I am a work-at-home mum to two children, and I've been married to my very busy, dear hubby for more than 18 years.
We share our home with a mini-lop bunny named Scooter, two pet rats named Hazelnut & Pistachio, and a "labradorable" black lab mix named Plinker.
My heart belongs to Christ. When I get the time to craft, I like to bless and encourage people through my creations.
Since the spring weather has finally arrived, I've been feeling the need for some new pretties for my walls. I made these sweet little burlap canvases using the Live Simply Cricut Lite cartridge and patterned paper from Basic Grey's 6 x 6 Hey Girl paper pad.
I think they have a fun, retro 70's look to them that makes me a little giddy.
Thanks for stopping by my poor, neglected blog today!
It may seem silly, in the age of e-mails, Facebook, and Twitter, to spend a couple of hours making a card that may end up in the trash in the near future. So why do I do it? Because when I make a card, I almost always make it with a specific person and a specific purpose in mind. Card making is meditative for me. I think about and pray for the person receiving the card. I think about the design and colors that will speak to them most. I hope that when they open that envelope, they are reminded that someone loves them and appreciates them. That's why I make cards.
Here are two cards I made this week.
A birthday card for a card shower a church member organized to uplift a neighbor who has been struggling with health issues:
Stamps: Stampin' Up!
Patterned paper: Basic Grey - Mint Julep
Cardstock: Bazzill (yellow); Core'dinations (blue); Gina K Designs (ivory)
Markers: Copic Sketch
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Stampin' Up! - Night of Navy; Ranger Distress Ink - Tea Dye
A thank you card for the guy who lets my hubby hunt on his property:
Because of my crazy work & volunteer schedules, I've been doing a lot of drive-by crafting lately. A little bit of stamping & coloring here and some assembling & embellishing there. Not exactly the ideal crafting situation for me, but I am grateful that I've still been able to squeeze in a little creative time.
After church on Sunday we had a Craft Day, and it was such a luxury to be able to sit down and craft and fellowship with some good friends. I was able to "stick down" about seven 12 x 12 scrapbook layouts, and now I just need to add journaling, titles, and embellishments, and they'll be ready to share.
In the meantime, here are the Valentine's Day cards I made for my kids' teachers.
In the quiet that follows Christmas break, I love the more leisurely pace of post-holiday crafting. My family gave me so many lovely crafting goodies this year. My mum gave me the Folk Art Festival Cricut cartridge, so it was only fitting that I used it to create her birthday card, along with some new Crate Paper and my new Imaginisce I-Rock gem setting tool.
Folk Art Festival Birthday Card:
Die Cut Fox - Folk Art Festival Cricut Cartridge
Die Cut Labels - Lacy Labels Cricut Cartridge
Sentiment Stamp - Crafty Secrets - Birds of Happiness set
Ink - Memento - Potter's Clay; Ranger Distress Ink - Tea Dye
Patterned paper - Crate Paper
Cardstock - Core'dinations
Gems - Imaginisce
Ribbon - Offray
Hope you are staying warm & enjoying your post-holiday quiet too.
Yesterday we had class Christmas parties at the kids' school. In my daughter's fifth-grade class, along with enjoying yummy treats, playing some silly games, and watching a short video on the giant squid (per the kids' request!), we made Christmas ornaments. The kids were enthusiastic about making their ornaments, and they were especially fascinated by the heat embossing process.
Yesterday I decided to try something new and remembered seeing the new tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers by Heidi Baks for a Tea Bag Dispenser Box. I just received the Sweater Weather designer series paper and thought it would be perfect for this project.
The measurements were a little fussy, but now that I know what I'm doing, I think the next one will go a bit easier. I really like how it turned out:
With the exception of Christmas cards, I think I make Thank You cards more than any other kind. That fact is a testimony to how many wonderful people there are at work, at school, at church, who use their time & talents to help out. I love that about our community!
Here are two thank you cards that I made for teachers, who helped make a recent event at the school even more special: