Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Acorn Stamp

 Summer is winding down here, so I am digging out a couple of fall stamps sets. I had an unused set with an acorn, which I will use now. Our new town is named for the oak trees. This card is for my daughter's preschool director, who has created a smooth start in these uncertain times. My Stampin' Up! Night of Navy and Crushed Curry supplies match our school colors. I am happy to have time, space, and supplies to make cards from the kids' teachers.

Supplies Used
Papers and Card stock: Stampin' Up! and Close To My Heart
Stamps: The Stamping Village and  Close To My Heart (retired)
Inks: Stampin' Up!
Embossing Folder: Close To My Heart (retired)
Punch: Stampin' Up! Banners Pick a Punch

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Teacher Cards

 I am working on cards for teachers. School has started in our new city, and the "thank you for your dedication" sentiment seems so fitting for this time. Teachers are putting in extra effort to make online, hybrid, or in person learning work for kids. 

I found the inspiration for my card design from the Happy Stampin' blog. This design is flexible to use with different sentiments, papers, and themes. 

Supplies Used

Stamp - The Stamping Village Thinking of You

Papers - Echo Park Teacher's Pet

Card Stock - Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake and Close to My Heart Notecard

Other - Stampin' Up! Banners Pick a Punch and Candy Dots (retired) 

Beach Card

 I tried a beach card for the Make My Monday challenge blog even though I don't have any beach theme stamps. I used the castle from the Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After set and two of my favorite Stampin' Up! colors: Crumb Cake and Pool Party. It turned out to be a simple card, but it was fun to experiment with a few options from my supply stash.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Sunday Stamps

 I have been stocking up on birthday cards and made my first card from the Sunday Stamps challenge blog. I was originally going to set up a different sentiment from the Endless Birthday set (Stampin' Up! retired), but I temporarily lost the larger birthday stamp. Does anyone else lose their clear stamps?! It's happened to me a couple of time, but I always find the missing piece in time. 

For this color challenge, I used Pool Part, Night of Navy (both from Stampin Up!) and Lilac (from Close To My Heart).

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

CASE(E) this Sketch #385

 In the spring, I learned about the collaborative sets from The Stamping Village. I ordered my first set and just started using it in my new space.

I also learned a new technique from Jennifer McGuire and plan to try more dot coloring. I used CAS(E) this Sketch to put together my new stamp set and new technique. 

Supplies Used
Card Stock: Kraft from Bazzill and White Notecard from Close to My Heart
Ink: Versa Fine Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, and Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry
Markers:Stampin Up! So Saffron and Spectrum Noir Yellow from Close to My Heart
Dies: Sizzix Stitched Shapes from Stampin Up! (retired)

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Using Scraps

 Using my scraps and having precut card bases are two things helping me create more right now. I cut strips from my sun ray pattern paper and realized that I also like the pattern on the back. I have less card stock colors right now so, I used watercoloring to add colors before embossing the paper with a butterfly folder. I continued to use butterflies that I stamped and colored before our move. Also, I stocked up on white card bases and envelopes from Close to My Heart, which saves me some time. 

Many of my supplies are retired from Stampin' Up!, but here are some items for easy watercoloring:

Hard Board Panel & Purple Tape (to keep the paper flat as it dries) 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Fab Friday 195

 I finished 3 cards today while CJ napped. She is becoming an expert at stalling before "quiet time" and may drop her nap soon. I will see how our fall schedule comes together. I love the long summer days, but it make her earlier bedtime more of a challenge. I used this Fab Friday sketch for another card. I am out of Calypso Coral card stock, so made my own paper by watercoloring the ink from my stamp pad. 

Mojo Monday 543

 I have been creating birthday cards this week. I like this sketch for using pattern paper, especially some scraps. My next challenge is to decide how to store and organize my scraps. A benefit of moving has been rediscovering some craft supplies. Stampin' Up! retired the candy dots a while ago, but it's still fun to add them to embellish a card. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

New Craft Space and Card

A priority in our new house was for John to have an office, and I was hoping for a craft space. The upstairs ouf our Cape Cod gives us both! I finished setting up my craft space over the weekend, so now I can get back to making cards. I know that the space will evolve, and I am still having trouble remembering the location of some items. (Where are you glimmer brushes?!) I tried to keep some items away from curious hands, but so far I am sharing some markers and punches with CJ. I am interested in adding some peg boards above the desks.

I have some birthday cards to make for August. I colored and cut a bunch of butterflies months ago, so it was fun to pair them with some pattern paper that made the cut for our move. The butterfly stamp has also survived multiple craft supply purges and moves and remained one of my favorite stamps to color. The card came together when I saw this sketch from CAS(E) this sketch #384: 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

2400 Some Miles

I am quick to say that I am not a “roadtrip person". At some point in my 20’s, I realized that I don’t like driving, but I do it out of necessity. Yet it was my idea to rent an RV to drive across the county. There were two main reasons to approach our move in this manner: a pandemic and a fourteen-year-old beagle. Somehow we pulled off this move from California back to Ohio, which was over 2400 miles.

My husband did not think that my idea was crazy and ran with it. We rented a 30-foot RV for five humans and a dog, but we had to pick it up in Bakersfield, California. I was not the only person considering an RV trip in these uncertain times. I have immense gratitude to my husband and mother-in-law for driving us.

We learned as we went, and I could become a “roadtrip person.” I might even consider becoming more comfortable driving larger vehicles. Trips will be easier when our daughter is older. But for now, I have a new home and lots of boxes to unpack. I am happy to have my bicycles back.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

COVID-19 Baking: Banana Muffins

Repost from 2015

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup applesauce
4 ripe mashed bananas
1/4 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray or line a muffin tin.
2. Mash 4 ripe bananas and set aside.
3. Mix all of the dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips
4. Add in the wet ingredients and stir.
5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Fill each muffin spot about 3/4 full.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
8. Cool & Enjoy!

Adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking
(check your chocolate chips if you want them vegan)

Shelter in Place Day 40

We are still enjoying our daily bike rides and watching the flowers bloom in our neighborhood. We are using Google, Facebook, WebX, and Zoom to keep in touch with family, friends, and work. But honestly, 40 days feels like a long time and many things do not feel normal. I am happy to have my card making hobby!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Daily Bike Ride: Shelter in Place

We are on day 35 of Shelter in Place. We take a daily bike ride after lunch and have only missed one day so far when it was raining. I have been enjoying this daily outing and getting some exercise. We take the same route around the neighborhood and have spotted many bears, rainbows, and hearts in windows. My favorite are the 2 bears riding a bike around the corner for us.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Shelter in Place Day 30

Wow... It's been 30 days now!

Spring weather has arrived for our Spring Break. Alex and I are relieved to have a break during this challenging time. We are enjoying the flowers and succulents in the yard (and are pulling some weeds).

I am making more cards, and now I need to send them.

We have at least 18 more days of Shelter in Place, but we are prepared for this to go longer.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Shelter in Place Day 19

Our Shelter in Place order is extended until at least May 3rd, and California schools are officially operating on distance learning for the remainder of the school year. I am keeping track of the Shelter in Place days by writing on our picture calendar. (My 2021 gift calendars with have more home pictures than in the past.) My daughter has embraced pajama days and mixing patterns. I have now taught for 5 school days straight online for 32 fourth graders (with minimal tears for me). And I made some cards because crafting is a good hobby to have right now. Stampin' Up! and Close to My Heart are both still delivering, and an Online Card Class begins during my spring break.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Shelter in Place Day 2

We are wrapping up Day 2 of Shelter in Place. We took a few essential trips outside. John headed to our local Trader Joe's and took a picture of the signs. We took a family bike ride around the neighborhood. We walked to our favorite take-out place for dinner to support a local business. And of course, there is time in our backyard. Sidewalk chalk, balance biking, and skateboarding are all nice breaks. (The picture is from yesterday, but there was more skateboard practice today.) We are renting the most comfortable house of our time in California, and I am so grateful for the space right now.

My emotional moments come when I read about the idea of California schools not reopening this school year. My online teaching will ramp up soon, but it won't be the same. This would be emotional for me at anytime teaching, but it stings as a first year teacher. This was supposed to be 180 days with my first class.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Shelter in Place Day 1

I do not regularly blog, but a few big things bring me back here. I think that the current pandemic is one of them.

I found this picture funny since I teach 4th grade. My classroom was all set up for Monday, March 16th. Then schools closed. Then the San Francisco Bay Area went into "shelter in place" with my county being the epicenter of confirmed cases.

Now I am at home with my family of four, including a two-year-old who only naps some days.