Friday, November 13, 2020

Rainbow Cards

 I keep experimenting with my watercolor sets, and this round resulted in two cards for family members. The rainbow ribbon came on a birthday goodie bag that CJ brought home from preschool, and it looked fun to use on a card. I started with watercolor backgrounds using the Sakura 24 color set and added gold specs and frames with a metallic watercolor set. I wrote the sentiments with a gold gel pen. I also added some rainbow jewels for more details. I even managed to get these cards mailed after buying larger envelopes for 5x7 cards. Now back to making Christmas cards. 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Card for Mojo Monday

 For this card, I tried my watercolors with stamps and papers from my last Stampin' Up order. I will list out the supplies at the end of the card because they are mostly current for once! This is a great sketch for Mojo Monday

I wonder if other crafters occasionally lose their clear stamps because I do! Luckily, I always find them. The sentiment on this card was stuck to my self-healing mat for a couple of weeks. I was happy to find it yesterday because I worried that my vacuum might have gotten it. 

Supplies Used

from Stampin' Up!

Coming Home Stamp Set

Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper

Night of Navy Cardstock

White Embossing Powder

Versamark Ink

Archival Black Ink

Banners Pick a Punch

Winter Snow Embossing Foler

Stitched Dies (retired)

from Close To My Heart

White Notecards

from Amazon

Watercolor Paints

White Gel Pen 

Watercolor Brushes 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Watercolor Class

I think that it's beneficial to be a beginner and learn new things. I have enjoyed previous Online Card Classes, so I was excited to try the newest class. (These classes are packed with content and a great value!) I had used some of my inks to watercolor cards occasionally, but that is the limit of my experience. I bought some water color supplies and am trying new cards. Right now I have made some card pieces and 2 completed cards. 

These cards are from the Day 1 Lessons: 

I have so much more to practice and learn! 

Supplies Used:

Watercolor set

Metallic watercolor set

Brush set

Gold pens

White gel pens

Watercolor paper


Small round bruh

Stampin' Up! cardstock, stamp, gold paper, embossing powder, Versamark ink, and heat tool. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Fall Weekend

 After 16 years in Texas and California, I am enjoying my first Midwestern fall again. The Ohio weather has been mild, which is helpful. This weekend we visited a pumpkin patch and played outside. Alex made his first apple pie with his grandma. I knew that I needed to embrace the seasons as we moved back to Ohio, and I am enjoying the fall so far. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Have a Beautiful Fall

 The leaves are changing in Ohio, so it's a fun time to play with the Beautiful Autumn bundle from Stampin' Up. I started stamping and punching pieces on Saturday and then used a sketch on Sunday to put my card together. Here is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (#455 by Jen Mitchell).

I mixed 2 stamp sets for my greeting. The original greeting was "Have a Beautiful Day," but I wanted my card to say fall instead of day. I used a retired stamp set from Close To My Heart to make the change and used the Mini Misti tool to line up my sentiment. I wanted to add the red maple leaves to the card because those are my favorites right now in our neighborhood. 

I am photographing my cards by our stairs, so I may look for a light box to improve the process. We are still setting our upstairs office and craft nook, and I feel grateful to have the space. 

Supplies Used

From Stampin Up: Crumb Cake cardstock, Pear Pizzazz cardstock and ink, Crushed Curry cardstock and ink, Cajun Craze cardstock, Real Red ink, stitched circle die (retired), Woodland embossing folder, and Beautiful Autumn bundle

From Close To My Heart: White notecards and cardstock, New England Ivy ink, pattern paper, and Autumn Air stamp set (retired)


Thursday, October 1, 2020

Thankful Thursday: October 1

 I have been revisiting some blogs that I've read in the past. I enjoyed reading Thankful Thursday posts on The Frugal Girl, so I will share my thoughts here. 

1. The Ohio weather was nice in September! We've enjoyed a lot of time outside, including walks, bike rides, and a bonfire. The leaves are starting to change colors too. 

2. I am thankful for our patio, so we could enjoy safer time with family and friends outside. 

3. Hybrid school is working out for our family. Preschool is three mornings a week and sixth grade is 3 hours each morning with online homework. We feel fortunate to have a choice in options and that our schools are following strong procedures for health and safety. After teaching last school year, I acknowledge that there may need to be future changes and that each solution comes with challenges. I am really grateful for the time that preschool opens up for me each week. 

4. We have a gas range again! This is my favorite kind, and we've not had one since the end of 2014. We rented an apartment and 3 houses over 8 years, so I am grateful to settle into our own home now. 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Happy Fall Y'all!

The weather is cooling off in Ohio, and I feel fall coming. I left our box of coats and jackets in a closet when we moved in July. It was time to unpack it this week due to cooler mornings. It's time to start making some fall cards! I enjoyed working with this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

Supplies Used
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (Cajun Craze, Garden Green, Soft Suede, and Crushed Curry) and Close to My Heart (white card base)
Inks: Stampin' Up! (Crumb Cake) and Close to My Heart (New England Ivy)
Stamps: Stampin' Up! (Banner Yearand Close to My Heart (retired)
Embossing Folder and Dies: Stampin' Up! retired
Punch: Stampin' Up! Banners Pick a Punch

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.