Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sending Love - -

Hello!  I'm sorry it's been so long since I've been here butt I'm back!  I've been creating just not sharing a whole bunch.  Sometimes life presents us with unpleasant things like losing a loved one.  The owner of the Jazzercise Fitness Center that I attend lost her mom last week.  I can complete empathize with how she is feeling and what she is going through so I thought I'd make her a card to express my thoughts.  I took out the SU! sets Painted Petals and Love & Sympathy to make the card.  The cardstock is Whisper White and Rose Red (one of my two favorite colors!). 

Inside a sympathy card I always write "She (or He) lived and laughed and loved and left.  The world will never be the same."  I know if I had read this on a sympathy card it would have felt very comforted by that.  I also added the sentiment from Love & Sympathy on the inside.  I think together those two sentiments are very nice. 
So, while it is difficult to make sympathy cards I know that receiving a heartfelt expression of a person's sympathy can really help the grieving person at a very difficult time so I encourage you to step up and make sure you send these cards.

Sorry for a slightly somber post but really...everyone experiences loss in their lives so it really is okay (and healthy) to talk about it!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

It's graduation season...

Do you know anyone who is graduating this year?  I know a couple and one of them has a graduation party today so I got busy yesterday making her card and putting her gift together.  Her gift is, of course, an Origami Owl locket.  Origami Owl makes it so easy to make a special gift for anyone!  Of course you can't just present that gift in any 'ole way so I made a box with my Stampin' Up! Box Board and found a WSU cut file to put on it too...
So, the paper used for this box is Cherry Crisp (which is one of my favorite colors!).  I used a Sweet 'n Sassy stamp set called Congrats Grad for the grad cap here (using it as a tag in case the card and gift get separated) and the stamping inside the card.  I just Googled WSU cut file and found this file so I cut it on my Cricut, added the tag and ribbon on top and Smiley from Millan.Net. I think it looks great!
Next is the card I made for the grad who is our pastor's daughter.  She graduated with her BSN in nursing from the WSU nursing school so, of course, I had to work that in there!  The nurse is made from the SVG Cutting Files shape named Nurse Olivia - Thermometer.  I then just used a card sketch and some paper to make the card.  This particular grad had a hard go of her education due to some health issues of her own so to say her family (and the congregation) is proud of her is an understatement!
Above is the inside with the SNSS image and congrats grad stamping. Below is a side view so you can see the layers.
So now for the honesty side...this box and card set took me most of Saturday morning...not because it was necessarily difficult (though the nurse cut file was difficult to figure out with the layers of hair not clearly defined...I persevered though!) but because I wanted it to be perfect and something she will not soon forget!  Thinking about it now it might have been nice to put a little bling or pearl in a couple of spots (random but know what I mean) on the card...that would have kicked it up a notch or two BUT it is wonderful the way it is too so I'm going to just leave it be!

Smiley from Millan.Net

Now, have a wonderful Sunday and I'll see you soon! 

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Good morning!  I can't believe it is Saturday, May 16th, already...May is just flying by!  I've had some time in my croffice the last few days and thought I'd share with you a card I made.  I've been wanting this Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps set, Cave Kids, for awhile now and she  had a sale so I bit the bullet and paid the shipping (have I ever mentioned I don't like to pay shipping?) to get it here (KK is in Canada) and I'm SO glad I did.  It is SO cute, stamps beautifully and I think my card turned out great!
I wanted an earthy type of paper for this card but then ran across this paper and thought it would be perfect!  My cave girl has a wonderful sense of style with her pink polka dot dress...what animal she would have made that from I have no idea but that isn't the point is it?  Anyway, the paper is an old Basic Grey paper pad called Hopscotch, the twine is from Papertrey Ink (I got it a LONG time ago) and the inside sentiment is from A Muse Studio (it is so frustrating when things are coming out so nice then you stamp the last thing and it is crooked.  Ugh!!).  It was hard but I put the card in the mail today to the intended recipient...I'm sure she will love it too! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A few more cards for ya...

Thought I'd share the other Mother's Day cards I made.  This first one I made for our daughter-in-love.  It is her first official Mother's Day with William being not quite a year.  I really love how this flower pot came out! The flower pot cut file is from My Scrap Chick.
 The bike card below was for my dad's wife, Eva.  Even though she can't ride her bike right now (after a bad fall and shoulder injury this winter) I know she loves to ride and that this would make her smile! The bike image and dies are from The Stamps of Life.
 And finally a card for an in town special friend of mine who is an amazing example of what a Godly mother is supposed to be!  This image, sentiment, and paper is from Stampin' Up!
I really loved making all my Mother's Day cards and now I need to get started on Father's Day!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Some baby cards...

A few weeks ago I was working on some baby cards for a local children's store.  The owner is a friend of mine and we had discussed a little partnership.  She liked the cards and asked for birthday next, which will be way fun to make!!

Most of the cards are cut with SVG Files and my favorite is the pacifier bear...SO cute!  I'm off to get working on my grandson's birthday decorations...think jungle theme!!  So fun!  I want to get some paper pieced animals together before my son and daughter in law get here tonight for dinner so they can see what I'm thinking.  :) 

Have a wonderful Friday!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mother's Day is coming soon!

I had a very successful day in my croffice (craft room + office = croffice) so I thought I'd share a couple of cards with you!!  Three of the four cards I made use the same Stampin' Up! set called Sweet Laughter including the two I'm showing you.  Both of these cards were made with cardstock I've had for ages but someone it still totally fit the card and the recipient which is why I love crafting, it is so much fun to make things that are personal to the recipient!!
On the exciting news front - - I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator a couple of weeks ago and yesterday I got to pre-order from the new 2015/2016 catalog that is due out in a month...woohoo!  I'm looking forward to sharing the new in-colors and stamps that I got with you!!  In case you are interested there are weekly sale items and this week the Gift Box Punch Board (I used the board to make all the boxes for Valentine's Day) is on sale this week!!  I encourage you to go check it out if you love a great deal!!

Next I'll be working on decorations for my grandson's birthday party in June.  I can't wait to show you!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the 4th

It's a little known holiday today.  Did you know that?  Today is May the 4th Be With You.  Get it?  If you are a Star Wars fan it makes total sense to you, right?  Some of you know I've been playing along with and having fun with SVG Cutting Files.  I've even started a savings for a new Silhouette Cameo to help using SVG's that much easier!  Well, last Friday they had a May the 4th blog hop and receive tons of Star Wars themed SVGs so obviously I had to make a little something, right?
I had ordered the Candy Wars stamp set from Jaded Blossom some time ago as I knew I would want to use it at some point so it was just perfect with the Obe Won Kanobe figure that I made for this fun angled box!  Please do note that the free files from blog hops are only available for 24 hours and then they go back in the SVG Cutting Files vault never to be seen again.  I know...sad for you guys to miss out on these but if you are interested in getting in on a future blog hop let me know and I'll point you in the direction of the SVG Cutting Files group on Facebook.

I made this box for Kyler so it is sitting at his spot at the table and he'll see it soon!  I know he'll like it!

I hope you had a great weekend and take time for some crafting this week!  Oh!  And if you are looking for some crafting products at a great price I'm having a crafty yard sale on Facebook...just ask and if we are friends on Facebook I'll add you to the group!