Monday, Monday Organizing

New 2022 – 2024 colors

Yes, organizing so I have space for new stamp pads, paper and markers. Truly love this about Stampin Up!. Color makes everything fun. These new colors are needed. The Parakeet Party, is Kermit Green to me….love Kermit the frog and this lime color green.

I began as a demonstrator in 2017, February. I have had so much fun, especially in the last two years. I love reaching out to family and friends, paper and mail is so much better than a email or phone call….truly more personal. Like everything in the past two years, change, change and more change.

First Post December, Where Ya Been?

Yep, been a while. I am 10 weeks out from Knee replacement….no fun but so happy it has been done. I waited for over a year….2020 was a wash and cancelled like so many things. 2021, I had to wait, September I had to cancel cause of Teeth problems, than finally October it was done! Long story of it move to another hospital cause of Covid and than I was sent home the same day. My husband is a saint.

Ok….now about the card shown. It is from the Peaceful Cabin Stamp set….sadly it is not available any longer….it was retired and sold out! Yikes.. but good news, new Catalog with amazing items coming…

The card has die cuts of cabin and trees…the deer are from Snow Front, retired last year…

OK, the trees and Merry Christmas which is base of card, is a card from the dollar store. Yes, I cheated or you can same I worked smarter, not harder? Do you like it……

Yes, when in a pinch, glam up a card with designer series paper (dsp) or die cuts… and it is appreciated……

I will be here more in 2022….another year of uncertainty with the news of new strain…. This is why I love stamping and creating, truly makes me a happy person and I am always in a better state of mine.

Go create something!

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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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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Thursday and Life Moves On

Yes Life Stops for No One

Had alot of hard days of late. Can not do what I want to do when I want to do it. First it is Arthiritis and second little Money. Today I was to go to my doctor but to be honest I did not go cause I did not have the $35 co-pay, plus I already have a running bill. My life is not what I like, do what I can to be happy, move on and face it.

I love making these tags, simple and fun. The paper is old but I use what I have. Yes, I have to much. My storage space is not there, I am working on a system but a small 2 bedroom house, there is no space…just the way it is. I am thankful we do not have a big house, big house big taxes.

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Tuesday Creating Fun with Arthritis

The day begins with lining up what to do? Yikes, so many things to get done before play time. Dishes and laundry. Yes, than figuring out dinner. Does not seem like much but live with arthritis is no fun. You can not do what you want to do when you want to do it. The body just hurts and does not move on call.

Here is a card I worked on…but I have to make Birthday, Sympathy and Get Well Card.

This is a technique I love to do. You use crumb cake card stock, stamp with black memento ink. You color with white water color pencil and than blend with blenders. Blenders are so cool cause you spread the color without water. I than used pink centers. I fussy cut the little extras and put on with dimensionals. The stamp design was from last years Sale a Bration. The stamp set can be any stamp.

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Glitches But Pressing On

Working on this blog or web site is a new learning curve…. time consuming.

I am pressing on…. I am stamping and doing machine embroidery. Yes, my hands are having issues with arthritis and it is my way of life. Check out my Etsy store from time to time. I have so many doctor and hospital bills since 2018 and it is never ending. My Stamping and Embroidery ease the pain on my limitations. Yes, I feel so isolated at times.

I shared the photo above on my old blog/website. Isn’t it true. I have many things to do to get this going again.

What Happend to the Wood Stamps?

Yes, no more wood stamps with Stampin’ Up…ugh or happy dance? I love the wood but also it takes lots of space for storage. So….what do you do?

I love the new Cling on stamps with the stamparatus.

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Yes, my arthiritic hands love the ease of just flipping over the plate and going for simple stamping
I use the wood blocks for decorating….yes, it takes room. I have been stamping for a long time!
Change is a good thing but sometimes we hold onto the old.
I am back into the card aka paper crafting mode. I have taken the time to enjoy Christmas and do my best to get things back in gear. Summers are short here in Michigan….real short. I think that is why creating cards to brighten someones bleak days on cold and cloudy days make it so much fun. Today I have to make a card for my sister-in-law and visit her at the hospital. Oh…you don’t have one made, yes, I do but it is fun to make something special.

Ok, enjoy the day!
Will have more instructions soon as I can get the photos.
Have a creating, crafting day… Create Joy, Give Joy!