Friday, April 8, 2016

Make A Wish

I'm a very girly girl.  I enjoy baking.  I love sparkly things.  I squeal when there is a bug near me.  And I absolutely, positively love the color pink.  So I tend to navigate that way when I make cards, which limits me on who I can give the cards to.  So, I very actively decided to go with a different color pallette today - one outside of my comfort zone.

Now don't get me wrong.  I like blue, especially Peacock Feathers by Tim Holtz.  But my hand rarely pulls those blue inks out.  Well today, it's all about the blue.  I selected several blue Distress inks and inked up this fun background.  Then about halfway through making it, I forgot that I was trying to stay away from the girly look, and added sparkle, and glitter, and sequins. So it turned out to be feminine anyway, but I love it.

I used several of the Stamp of Approval stamp and die sets on this card, which aren't available from the manufacturers yet.  If you didn't get the Stamp of Approval Young at Heart collection, you will have to wait a few more weeks or months for them to be released.  I love the 2 streamer stamps in the Bring on the Cake stamp set by SugarPea Designs that I used to make the background with.  I also used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles and Stitched Rectangle dies.

The layout of the card is based on the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 275.  I saw several cards based on this sketch that were very inspiring, so I decided to play along.

Have a good day.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Wishing You Strength

I recently made a card for a co-worker that is going through a tough time.  Her mother has cancer and is now in Hospice care.  I can really empathize with my co-worker and felt pulled to send her this card.  It is not very fun to make these kinds of cards, especially if they are made for a specific person, as the need arises.  I didn't want the card to be flashy, or shiny, or sequined, or fancy.  Just a simple, 'Hey, I'm thinking of you," card.  I have seen several people making this style of card recently, and I wanted to give it a try.

It doesn't feel right to me, to focus on the products used on this card, but instead to focus on the message.  I told you in my last post that my grandfather would say, "Have a good day," as a goodbye.  He passed away several years ago now, also from cancer and while in Hospice care.  I have lost 2 other grandparents to cancer, and have 2 more family members fighting it currently, including my dad on his third diagnosis.  I think that we can all understand the pain and heartbreak of having a sick loved one, and even losing that sick loved one.

This post didn't go where I planned when I started it.  I hope that anyone who sees it knows that they aren't alone in their struggle, and can find some comfort with others.  Please be kind to everyone.  You never know what they are struggling with.  To anyone out there going through this struggle, or any other, I wish you strength.

And even when it is hard, I hope you have a good day.

PS - I know this is a little against the message I posted above, but I wanted this to be seen by as many people as possible.  I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Try to Resist.

Springtime Balloons

It is starting to feel like spring in upstate South Carolina.  The sun is shining.  The wind is blowing.  And I am making cards.  I combined the 3, and created this hot air balloon card.

I was recently at my local craft store, Scrapbook Creations, with a friend (Hi Amanda!), and she picked up this Elizabeth Craft Designs Hot Air Balloon die set.  As happens when shopping with a friend, I was soon convinced that I, not just wanted it, but NEEDED it too.  I sat down with it at my crafting station and proceeded to whip this really simple, but very spring-y card out.  I will say that these Memory Box Stitched Clouds dies are perfection, and really help with the spring feel of this card.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Anything Goes.

I've been thinking for a while about how to close blog posts out, and decided that I will close them the same way my grandfather would say goodbye.  It's simple, to the point, and I mean it wholeheartedly.

Have a good day.