Timeless Tulips Hope of Spring

Hope of Spring…

Here in Michigan we love Tulips. Not far from our home is a yearly event called Tulip Time. Thousands of people attend every year. Not this year, sadly. 91 years in the making, no Tulip Time this year cause of the Corona Virus. It had to be done, people come from all over the world to attend and we need to stop the spread.

Look Up Holland, Michigan Tulip Time. Many amazing photos. I never get tired of Tulips.

My anxiety level was through the roof yesterday. I was in such a tizzy. I have not felt that way in years. I usually can keep it under control. My husband even said “you aren’t going to wig out on me are you”. He knows I am ok but like all do not like the lies of our President. I worked for 3 weeks on our limited income to prepare. I did not listen to him, he said it was a hoax. I watched the news about Italy and my heart broke with all the deaths in mass quanity. With my health issues, age 62 and all, I am now in the house and in place. I walk the dog now 3 or 4 times a day…he loves it.

Seaside Spray – 4-1/4” x 11” card base scored at 5-1/2”
Seaside Spray 3-3/4” x 5” panel
Whisper White – 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″ panel,
three Tulip Builder Punches,
Mini Curvy Keepsake die cut,
4” x 5-1/4” panel (inside card)whisper white

First, stamp the tulip images from the Timeless Tulips stamp set in Merry Merlot ink on a panel of Whisper White card stock.
Punch them out with the coordinating Tulip Builder Punch .
Ink the leaf image from the Timeless Tulips stamp set in Pear Pizzazz ink, sponged a little Mossy Meadow ink along the edges with a Sponge Dauber and then stamped the images on a panel of Whisper White card stock.
Punch the leaves out with the Tulip Builder Punch.
Attach the middle and left tulip and all three leaves with SNAIL and the right tulip with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the card front.
Tie a small bow with Seaside Spray 1/4″ Metallic Ribbon and attach with a Glue Dot. Stamp the sentiment from the Timeless Tulips stamp set in Seaside Spray ink on a panel of Whisper White card stock and then cut it out with one of the Mini Curvy Keepsakes Box Dies. Tie the sentiment to the bow with Linen Thread and then attach to the card front with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the sentiment to finish it.

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Coronavirus and Papercrafting

The virus has hit Michigan. Yes, two confirmed cases on east side of state in Detroit. I am on the west side of state but like all, need to take precautions. I especially. I am over 60, have health issues and especially auto immune issues. Life is changing.

Like many, my shopping has changed in the last couple weeks. I am into bread baking, making good meals with simple ingredients and like many others, staying close to home.

So, what do you do when you are home sweet home all the time. You clean, tidy and than create. Yes, I am working on cards. Simple cards, some more involved. A little of everything.

Gift Card Holder from Paper

Gift Card Holder from Paper

I love giving gift cards and/or money as gifts. I found this fun way to make a gift card holder.

You can use Designer Series Paper (use double sided for a fun look) or make your own. Yes, make your own with your stamps. You can practice stamping designs, color combinations and it is just fun and creative. Very relaxing. You will use those stamps you have always wanted to use but did not know how to make for a card…this is beyond the card.

You begin with a 12″ by 12″ piece of paper. You will stamp both sides in colors you choose, I used Timeless Tulips stamp set from Stampin’ Up!. Pear Pizzaz was used in green stems, the pink I used was Blushing Bride. This stamp set has a matching punch.

Positive Thoughts stamp set, has a beautiful Fern that Used. This set has matching dies, I did not use the dies in this project. Check back again, you will see them later.

Measurements: 8-5/8″ x 9-7/8″ for paper. I cut with a paper cutter.

The long (Tall) way, fold this in half. You than will bring the bottom up to fold line and the top to the fold line…. You have four sections. Burnish well with bone folder.

Open up, fold in corners as shown in video.

You than fold in the end to meet in the middle

Now we are going to flip this over (see video) and bring up the ends at the points.

than have both end folded up. Keeping sides straight when folding over

We than are taking the ends and bending them into each other.

Fold in half to create gift card.

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Understanding the Ruler

I know it is basic but many get upset with 1/8th of inch in paper crafting. Don’t get discouraged.

Yes, I know, life is not all even Inch, half inch or 1/4 of an inch. Those pesky 1/8’s throw people off but don’t be.

Simple lesson today. I will be showing something with 1/8’s and I have before. I have found many do not like them, but hey, we can use them to create more… Today’s facebook live with show something that has them so don’t miss out. I try to have Facebook Friday every week at 1:00pm Eastern time (Michigan). OK. Not set in stone but if I miss I do a video later. Life Happens.

March…Spring is Coming

I have been under the weather. The season is changing…so thankful. I am moving slow but push myself to get out everyday walking. I always walk the dog but now I walk more when the weather is nice. Yesterday, it snowed here, but I still walked. I do a extra walk.

Creating new cards, need sympathy cards, thank you cards, get well card. I thought I had extra, I do not, wow, they are going out fast. I am behind on Birthday cards, too.

The above card is a mish match. A little of this and a little of that. I do it often. Save those scraps of paper….be it DSP (Designer series paper or plain cardstock that I have stamped. You stack ontop of each other, creates something unique. I also like vellum and I cut that out with punches or dies. I have them ready and pick them here and there. You can see I used a punch of a circle. I add embellishments, the bird I found in some embellishments I bought at dollar store. I have to stay away from dollar store, I purchase to much.

The happy Birthday is from a stamp set I truly love, Botanical Bliss Cling-Mount Stamp Set. It has matching dies.

This is a book mark using the dies. They have so many uses. I used the Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight. University of Michigan Colors. I love Stampin Up paper, you can find your school colors and create lasting memories. The bookmark has been used, so it is a little ratty, a memory I made to celebrate a special occasion.

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Birthday Fun Card

Loved making this card for my brother. He is super special. We have birthdays on the same day.

I was born on his 4th birthday along with my twin sister…yes, 3 birthdays in one day. Our lives changed in 2014 as my twin passed away from a stroke at 56. My days have never been the same but I press on, move on but always have her in my heart and mind. Life is different, never will be the same.

I had to do this card in steps. Yes, my arthritis kicked on a revenge. My hands could not function. Like typing this right now is not simple. I use to type for a living, now I pray I can do keyboarding just a little. I press on. You have to, it is the only choice you have.

The card is simple but striking.

This high-quality printed paper is excellent scrapbook paper, card making paper, and more. Pack includes various golf-themed images, prints, and patterns. It’s a great choice for masculine cards and projects. I love the plaids.

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Directions:

Card Base:  5 1/2″ x 7″ Night of Navy Cardstock, scored at 4 1/4″.

First Layer:  2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ Navy plaid from Country Club Designer Series Paper 151314

Second Layer:  Scrap of White. Cardstock. Stamp with “Happy Birthday” with Night of Navy from stamp set Layered With Kindness Cling Stamp Set (English) and punch with Label Me Lovely Punch 151296

Inside Layer:  Die cut Whisper White Cardstock with rectangle from Stitched so Sweetly dies. Place a little over to have it peek out to front. Scrap of White. Cardstock.

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Valentine Fun

Just days away is Valentine’s Day. I make cards, so I make Valentine’s Day Cards to give. This Card I made for my husband. We have Several cats and he loves them. It is goofy we never had cats growing up in our family or his. We have been married…33 years..wow and most of that time we have had at least one cat. They just come knocking on our door. Where we live, sadly, people just throw them out of their cars. Yes, it makes me sick. We have many cats and a dog. Miguel is a chihuahua who we adopted from a local shelter…we have had him for 7 of his 10 years, he is a sweetie.

Directions:

Card Base:  5 1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Lovely Lipstick Cardstock, scored at 4 1/4″.

First Layer:  Whisper White cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″ This layer is stamps with hearts from Forever Lovely stampset, Lovely Lipstick was used to cut fancy heart from die set. I also used the die as the template for the first layer. The back ground with Lovely Lipstick ink, Happy Valentine’s Day from Meant to Be Stamp set. This stamp set had a lovely die set that matches and I have used it for so many cards. The die set is called Stitched Be Mine dies.

Second Layer: Cats from the punch out with Cat Punch from the stamp set Nine Lives using whisper white. I colored the cats with water color pencils to match a few of our cats. Lovely Lipstick cardstock was used to cut fancy heart from die set. I also used the die as the template for the first layer.

Inside Layer:  4″ x 5 1/4″ Whisper White Cardstock. I put a another punched out cat stamped in black and colored with watercolor pencils. I put inside and put the hearts coming out of him in Lovely Lipstick.

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Arthritis and Creating

Yes, I have Osteoartritis but I still am trying to enjoy life and bring love to others. Some days it is not good, some days good. I create cards, lots of cards. I am trying to use my arthiritc hands everyday, yes, I fumble, I drop and sometimes cry.

I have to do things in spurts, no marathon creating. My life has changed greatly. No fun but I have to deal with it cause there is no cure.

The above card is so easy and fun. It is from the Sentimental Bundle.

I have to watch my pennies and I was blessed with the lovely paper in a sample pack that you get when you join Stampin Up during celebration.

Directions:

Card Base:  5 1/2″ x 7″ Poppy Parade Cardstock, scored at 4 1/4″.

First Layer:  2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper

Second Layer:  Scrap of Poppy Parade Cardstock. Place a rectangle die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies on the cardstock and put through a Die Cutting Machine. Score at 1/2″ from the right side. Attach to the Card Base.

Third Layer:  2″ x 2 5/8″ Whisper White Cardstock. Stamp the sentiment in Poppy Parade Ink. Attach to the Second Layer.

Inside Layer:  4″ x 5 1/4″ Whisper White Cardstock. This hides the 1/2″ piece of the Second Layer.

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