I decided to do something other than a Christmas card with the Tree Lot Dies, although I’m sure I will do something Christmassy with them as well. I am just not ready to think about that time of year yet. I am still enjoying the summer weather and don’t want to wish this time of year away. I’m not sick of the hot weather yet. I’m sure I will get there though. :O
When I saw the Tree Lot Dies in the current Sale-a-bration catalog and as a permanent resident of Colorado since 1989, I knew I had to have them. Just like I had to have the Mountain Air and Majestic Mountain Dies. They reminded me of the time I spent camping with my kids in Rocky Mountain National Park and Mesa Verde National Park when they were little! Although, we never had a camper then. We always used a tent. We used to tell my daughter that all the wild animals were locked up in cages at night when she would express concern over them. My son was probably too young to wonder about them. Oh, and the Oceanfront Stamp Set…well…who doesn’t love the beach? I really happy that my daughter moved back to Colorado from the beach two years ago, but the beach is always beautiful and am wondering when I will get to go to the beach again.
I used a 5″ x 7″ frame for this project. I cut a piece of Basic White card stock down to 5″ x 7″ to fit the frame and then lightly brushed Coastal Cabana ink along the top for the sky.
Using the Mountain Air Stamp Set and VersaMark Ink, I stamped the mountain range image onto a piece of Highland Heather card stock and added white embossing powder. I used the heat tool to set the powder. Then I cut the embossed mountain range out with the Majestic Mountain Dies. I cut another mountain range with the same dies out of the same colored card stock.
With Granny Apple Green ink, I stamped the pine trees along the top edge of 2 pieces of Basic White card stock that measured about 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and cut them out. Unfortunately, the trees stamp is not 7″ long, so you will have to piece these two piece together to make the trees long enough to fit the width of the frame. If you click on the photo, it will open up a little larger and you will be able to see the seam on the right side of the photo.
Beneath the trees, I stamped the water in Coastal Cabana and the ground in Soft Suede using stamps from the Oceanfront stamp set. The camp fire was stamped using a stamp set I bought on Amazon and colored with Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. I fussy-cut it out.
Most everything is attached with dimensionals. The background mountain range is set down flat against the sky. The embossed mountains are attached with dimensionals and the trees and water and ground piece are attached flat over the mountains. The camper along with campfire are attached with dimensionals.
Well, I hope you like what you saw here today. If you have any questions, please let me know.
A little late, but better than not at all…I finally had the chance to use my Ever Eden Designer Series Paper and Eden Dies that I bought awhile ago but was too busy to use because of that local theater production I was in. I’ve been spending time catching up on all kinds of crafting and this birthday card happens to be my latest stamping creation.
Last weekend we celebrated a very good friend’s birthday and she needed to have a beautiful card because she is a beautiful person. I added gold because she has a golden personality and I believe our friendship is golden. So here it is along with a list of things I used to create this card. If you have any questions, let me know.
Next month I will share one of the “other” crafts or perhaps two that I have been occupying myself with these last few days.
I know, it has been five months since my last post. Time always seems to get away from me. I’ve been going non-stop since two weeks before the Christmas Holidays and it doesn’t seem like things are going to slow down at all! Here’s what has been going on.
Two weeks before Christmas I auditioned for a part in a local production on a whim. I saw the advertisement for the auditions, read the description of the character (old woman who might be losing her mind who has been married for over 40 years to the same man) and I thought…”Hey! That’s me!” It also said the play wouldn’t last more than 30 minutes and I further thought, “Piece of Cake.”
Although my husband and I have only been together for 22 years, had my children’s father and I stayed together, it would have been over 40 years. I thought even more…”I can do this!” So I got up early on the morning December 18 and went down to the theater and auditioned not thinking I would get the part. Well…by Monday I had the part.
The name of the play was Love Song by Robert R. Lehan. It truly was about an older couple in their 60’s or 70’s that couldn’t remember if they had been married to each other or not (a dark comedy). One of them was in an institution, but by the end we weren’t sure who it was. Jeanine spent the entire play trying to convince Sam they had been married for over 40 years.
Anyway, when I realized I had been cast in the play, I did a google search for a copy of the script since the director wasn’t going to send it out until after Christmas. I was only able to find the first three pages and I am sure glad I did! The entire first scene was just me (character Jeanine) reciting a six minute monologue trying to get Sam to remember her. That’s when I learned the only characters were Sam and Jeanine and we would be on stage the entire 30 minutes with no breaks to go backstage and take a quick glance at the script. I began to panic! I started memorizing immediately working on my part between six and eight hours a day. Lines needed to be learned by the end of January.
I didn’t clean, I barely cooked (I didn’t mind that)…just memorized. Rehearsals started the first week in January, two nights each week, and the show ran from February 7 through February 27 with sometimes four performances each week. It was WORK, WORK, WORK! I had forgotten how much. I used to do this kind of thing in high school and college over 100 years ago! There were times when I wondered what I had gotten myself into. But, once the lines were learned it was FUN, FUN, FUN! I would do it again in a hear beat. I’ve been keeping my eyes open for more show auditions, but most of the local theaters are getting ready to close their current season. There probably won’t be anything again until the fall. And, that is okay because summer is for vacations and we have a few planned
As soon as the show closed I went to my daughter’s place in Northern Colorado to visit her and my granddaughter. I hadn’t seen them since Christmas. I actually visited them twice for three days each time during the month of March.
In March I re-started my monthly card club, Cards & Coffee, and began working on the project I am sharing with you today. It took three tries before I got it just as I wanted and I do have a written tutorial with photos available for $15.00 If you are interested, just email me at the address listed in the top right of this page, and I will let you know how to get payment to me and I will email you a copy of the tutorial. I wish I could share it for free, but unfortunately it was so time consuming I can not.
If you are local, I will be doing a class featuring this album. The cost of the class will be $35.00 as the album requires 24 sheets of 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper and one package (24 sheets ) of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock to construct.
A couple items that are not listed below are not in the Stampin’ Up! catalog and they are:
12″ x 12″ piece of chip board.
I created a mini album because I am forever looking for a way to showcase photos of grandchildren without a lot of scrap-booking fuss. Also, we will be doing a river cruise this August and it is always nice to have a photo album in your hands when remembering the trip afterwards. This mini album holds 70—that’s right 70–4″ x 4″ photos. Here is a sneak peak of the front cover and inside.
I hope you enjoyed your visit here today. I’ll try not to take so long to come back to visit with you next time. Until then…
I decided to do something different today. I’m going to share my thoughts on turning sixty-five this upcoming February. I know it’s still three months away, but a few things happened this past week that got me thinking about it. So, I’ll share my thoughts with you and then I’ll share the video tutorial on how I made this card. I am also sharing another craft I recently completed other than stamping. I made some snowmen door hangings for decorations this Christmas season. I hope you enjoy everything. I’d love to hear what you think.
Soon I will celebrate sixty-five circles around the sun. That’s right! I will be 65 years old. Old enough to be on Medicare.
The last few times I spoke with my mother, I mentioned the fact that I would soon be signing up for a Medicare Advantage Plan. And whenever I mentioned it to her, she would laugh that “HA HA HA , you’re getting old laugh” ! When she does that I just ask, “So tell me what it’s like to be ninety years old, Mother?” (We celebrated her ninetieth birthday this past May.) Then she says she can’t believe she is old enough for her youngest to be on Medicare; that’s why the laugh. Guess what, Mom? Neither can I!
The thought of turning sixty-five makes me shake my head in disbelief and ask myself, “How?”… “When?”… “Really?”… “Oh my God!”… “Seriously?”
After a recent visit to the eye doctor, I learned I have the beginning of cataracts. CATARACTS! Did I hear him right? That’s something that happens to old people, isn’t it? My grandfather and mother had cataracts. How in the hell did I get them? When I told my husband about the cataracts, he laughed and said in a teasing tone, “You are getting old!” “Not as old as you who will be seventy next year!” I replied. When asked how it feels to be this age, my answer is, “What age? How does it feel to be any age? I don’t know! I’ve never been this age!”
If I think about my cerebral age, I think I’m not that old! I think I’m in my thirties, forties, or fifties. In my mind, I’m still forty! Not much has changed about my cognitive abilities since then. At least I don’t think much has changed. Except I notice that I do spend a lot of time walking up and down the steps in my house, (we have four levels) looking for my phone. Sometimes I even forget what I’m looking for. When I finally do remember, I thank heaven for my Apple watch! I remember I can use it to ping the phone’s location. I also notice that when I’m giving driving directions to someone, I will verbally say something like, “Turn right at the light” but I’ll gesture left. What’s that all about?
When I was in my fifties and still teaching full-time, my students would sometimes ask me how old I was. I never revealed my age, but I would give them a response like, “I still look good for someone in her sixties. Don’t you think?” And they would look at each other and say quietly, “She’s sixty!” as if to say… “GAWD YOU ARE OLD!” and I would chuckle under my breath. In my mind, I am still in my fifties.
If I think about my corporal age, I think I’m able to do more than the Silver Sneaker seniors at the YMCA can do in their Silver Sneakers classes. I can still spin a good twenty miles in a 50-minute spinning class or walk unassisted for an adequate length of time. Never mind that my adult children walk as I did in my thirties. My mother used to tell me to slow down then. Now I say to my children, “You go ahead and run; I will walk.” And they chuckle and reply, “Mom…” What’s that all about?
Along with reaching Medicare age, I sometimes think of how much time I might have left, and I ask myself if I accomplished enough in the time I have been given? Did I do enough good? I wonder if I should die tomorrow, if I’ve done enough for my children so they will be good, responsible adults on their own. Did I teach them enough about life? Then I remind myself; they are responsible adults on their own right now. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t need me anymore, does it? I’m going to be sixty-five and at times I still need my mother. Besides, I’m not ready to leave them alone quite yet.
When I think of my mortality, I feel sad because one day my life will be over. Will my friends and family miss me? I will no longer be able to participate in the lives of my children and grandchildren. Was it that long ago that I gave birth to my kids? Will I get to meet my great-grandchildren?
So, as I chose a Medicare Advantage Plan earlier this week, I realize there are a lot of questions I have that only time will be able to answer. But as I prepare myself for the celebration of my 65th revolution around the sun, I tell myself to make the most of each day. Don’t take a moment for granted! My Italian mother once told me of an old Italian saying about the creases in the palms of our hands. Are you looking at yours right now? The creases form the letter “M” in each palm which stands for “Momento Morire.” Or in English, “At any moment, death;” nature’s way of giving us a daily reminder that our time on Earth is limited to a certain number of days.
I vow, as I age…I will do all I can to stave off both physical and mental degradation. I’ll stay as active as I can both physically and mentally. I realize I will slow down more as I grow even older. Certain things that happen to me might even be beyond my control. I will do all I can to ensure I have a quality of life before my time comes. I. Will. Not. Be. Afraid. Of. Another. Birthday! My incredibly wise father used to say at each of his birthdays as he grew older, “Keep them coming!” It sure beats the alternative!
These are the snowmen door/wall hangings I made. I used picture frames and some Christmas supplies from the dollar store along with some retired Stampin’ Up! ribbon and DSP and a few current Stampin’ Up! supplies.
On the first snowman I stamped a piece of Basic White card stock cut large enough for the frame using Mint Macaron Classic Ink and the water color-wash stamp from the Artistically Inked stamp set just to give his face a little texture. I cut 1″ circles for his eyes using a 1″ circle punch and 1/2″ circles for his mouth and buttons using a 1/2″ circle punch. They are cut out of Basic Black card stock. I used the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker to make dots for button holes on the mouth and three buttons on both snowmen. I drew the carrot for the nose and hat free hand on both. The nose on both is cut from a piece of scrap Pumpkin Pie card stock and outlined with the dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend. The hats are cut out of black felt (2 pieces per hat). I drew the hat on a piece of cardboard from a pack of 12″ x 12″ DSP and cut it out, then traced it onto a piece of black felt a little larger than the cardboard cut out. I then hot glued a piece of felt to the front and back of the cardboard. All the decorations are from Dollar Tree except for the green striped ribbon on the first snowman and the red ribbon around the hat on the second snowman. Both of these ribbons are leftover retired stuff. All decorations on both snowmen are hot glued to the front of the frames. I cut a length of ribbon (I didn’t measure) and hot glued it down the center back of each frame. You could also add three branch arms to each if you like. I don’t think I am quite finished with each of these. I may add a big bow to the “neck” area on each and maybe arms.
I used some left over Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper for this second snowman. Unfortunately, it was a fall Sale-a-bration item and is no longer available.
So my card today is more of a gate fold box card. I saw it somewhere on Pinterest.com but for the life of me can’t remember who it was that was sharing it. It took awhile to figure out, but I managed to get a pattern down for the card. You can download a copy of the template for it here.
I hope you enjoy the video and the other things I had to share today. If you have any questions about any of it, please let me know. Until next time…
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