26 September 2022

2022: [cards #160-161]

Hello again, sweet friends! 

I've been able to spend MORE time in the studio, and it feels soooooooo good to be back! 

Trav's grandma (Gran) has always loved my creations, and since she just moved into an assisted living home, I thought maybe I could send more cards to her to cheer her up and let her know we are thinking of her. 
This first card is to welcome her to her new home. I know this move has been hard, but she has told us that she really likes her roommate and that her room is nice. It's CAS with a few extra embellishments. I love that patterned paper and yellow home:) 
This next card is the perfect note to send to say "thinking of you"! I love the way the sentiment is die cut from the patterned paper and layered with a black paper. I also added a few silver gems to make this card shimmer a bit. Still very CAS. 

That's it for me today. I actually created five sympathy cards over the weekend (same design but different colors)- I can't wait to share the final edited photo. I shared a sneak peek on Instagram because I never throw scraps away... including the TINEST dots from a scalloped die cut. I used them as accents on the sympathy cards and it took forever! BUT it was TOTALLY worth it:) 
You can see the very tiny dots on the card and on the mat! SOOOOOOO tiny! Sooooooooo fun :) 

THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

19 September 2022

2022: Paper Smooches Get Well [card #143]

Hello again, sweet friends! 

It's been awhile since I posted... I'm creating but have been busy with different things. 

I'm also struggling with social media/blogging. It's not the same anymore. Companies only want you to create for them if you have a huge following or if you get the most clicks and/or likes on your posts. I never started crafting for approval or to be liked but that's where everything is headed. You also have to have a YouTube Chanel (I do... but it took me 24 hours or more to make a video! I don't have time for that anymore.) and you have to post reels and stories and blah blah blah. It's too much! 

I want to craft and share because I love what I do... I want to share with my friends because I think they will be inspired and share what they make after seeing my creation... I want to go back to 2012, or even 2015. I miss the "old" crafting world ❤️ 

That being said... I pulled out my OLD Paper Smooches stamps to make this get well card. **NOTE: Just because a stamp or die is "retired" doesn't mean I can't still use it! Honestly- some companies come out with too many images and designs that I want or think I need and by the time they get to my house I've already ordered the next month's release, never to use what I bought previously. To help me with overspending and never using items, I'm just going to shop my stash and use what I have right now. #retired #retiredstamps #stillgood
This card was a custom card for a friend who's client broke her ankle. I love the watercolor design- not perfect but I'm working on "waiting" for the paint to dry. LOL 😂 I also LOVE my PS stamps/dies. I miss Kim and PS lots <3 

That's it for me today.

THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️

Supplies Sympathy Friend
Paper: watercolor paper
Inks: The Stamp Market watercolors 
Stamps/dies: Paper Smooches Tiny Hearts dies (retired), Well Wishes stamps (retired)
Accessories: Nuvo Crystal Drops, Stickles red glitter
Card #143 (I've made several cards since I last posted... taking photos/editing them takes a lot of time too....sorry for not posting them)

2022: Spellbinders Boo Dance Collection [cards #111-114]

Hello again, sweet friends! 

I am beyond excited to share that I was asked AGAIN to create a few special projects for the amazing company Spellbinders!!! Can you believe it!?!? WOW! 

These cards were shared last month on social media... I'm a bit late sharing here:) 

#SAVfact: I do not like Halloween. Never have. I don't decorate for the holiday; I don't buy candy to give out; I don't make Halloween cards... until this year! And to be really honest, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the cards I created! These creations made me step out of my comfort zone in many ways:
1. I had to make projects for a holiday I normally don't create for.
2. I used distress inks to ink paper/add dimension and detail.
3. I used Copic markers---ok, I used ONE copic marker for each card... but still! I don't normally add detail with markers! 
4. I pulled out and used papers that I love (I know that doesn't sound like I'm out of my comfort zone.... well I don't like using papers I love because I'm a hoarder🙃).

This little mummy's legs MOVE!!! He dances on the front of the card- sooooo fun! 
This ghost's legs also MOVE! That's why I put the sentiment "boo-gie dance" on the front! LOL
How about a bit of GLIMMER!!! Iridescent and silver! 
And finally... my FAVORITE card! An alcohol inked background with a 3D diorama effect for the front! Soooooooooo spooky! 
I actually have at least ten more designs that I would like to make before this Halloween... but I'm not sure I will get them done! I will keep you posted:) 

Be sure to check out the new Spellbinders collection and order your  Halloween stamps/dies/foil plates before it's too late!! 

I'll be back to share MORE soon! THANKS so much for stopping by!    

Be blessed ❤️