Crafts Other Than Stamping

Hello Stamping Friends!

I hope you don’t mind this month’s post won’t be stamping related.  I spent the month doing very little of it and A LOT of time doing other crafts.  I did manage to create four Christmas cards for next month’s club. But for this month, I thought I would share a few of the other projects I worked on.

First off, both of my children work in health care for the same hospital system in Colorado, and they both asked if I would make them a few scrub caps.  I don’t think scrub caps were ever something they had a desire to wear before the Covid19 pandemic.  Now they want to remain as covered as possible while at work. So, I managed to make two for each of them.  My son’s cap came with very specific requirements.  He wanted Green Bay Packers material and buttons sewn to the sides so he could run the cords of his face mask behind them instead of his ears.  Finding Green Bay Packers material in Colorado took a little while.  It was nowhere to be found in the local stores, so I went online.  It cost a little more than I would normally pay for a yard of material, but he doesn’t make too many requests and I never did get to take him out for his birthday in March because of everything closing.  I decided I could splurge a little on him.  I found the pattern for this cap on Pintrist.  It is a version of several that the free pattern offers.  Here is a link to the pattern if you are interested.

I’ve harassed my daughter too many times to mention about sending me a photo of herself in the scrub cap I made her, but she hasn’t bothered yet so you will have to use your imagination.  When I finished with the  caps, I had enough of the material I used for my daughter’s  left over so I made my 2.5 year old grand daughter a pillow case dress with it.

She visited over this past weekend and she wore the dress, but she wouldn’t let me take a picture of her in it. (I think she gets it from her mom! 🙂 The dress was another pattern I got off Pintrist.  The link is here.

A couple other things I worked on this month were a few recycled glass projects. Using glass i.e. plates, bowls, vases, glasses, etc. I found at the dollar store and local thrift stores, I created a few lawn ornaments for my back yard.  My back yard has been needing a complete overhaul, but since that isn’t going to happen anytime in the near future, I decided to clean things up a little on my own and add some fun stuff back there.  After all, the back yard is our vacation destination for this year…maybe even next year.  So, I might as well enjoy sitting out there. 🙂

The first lawn ornaments I created are these mushrooms and a mini bird bath.  (The clay frogs are candle holders.)

The mushroom on the left with the blue stem was made using items from the dollar store.  The mushroom on the right ismade out of two items I found at a local thrift store.  And the mini bird bath to the back is created out of a pink covered candy dish and small vase I had collected awhile ago.  My biggest recycled glass project was a full size bird bath pictured below.  All of the glassware is stuff I found at a local thrift store.

My final project for the month of July was up-cycling my denim jacket.  I’ve seen many with lace trim for sale but they are always so expensive!  And my philosophy is,  why pay money for something you can make for twice the amount?!  I’m being sarcastic, if you didn’t realize.  Sometimes that is usually what happens.  By the time you finishing purchasing all the things you need to create something, you realize it would have been less expensive to buy it already done.  At any rate, I added some lace trimming to my denim jacket, and I am looking forward to wearing it this fall.  I hung it in our coat closet so I see it when I need a jacket.  I was keeping it in my clothing closet and realized I never wore it.

So these were all of my July crafts.  If you have any questions about them, let me know.  I would be happy to answer them.

Until next time…

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dandelion Shadow Box Card (also Blossoms in Bloom)

Hi Stampers!

Hope you are all doing well and staying healthy!  There is nothing new here to report other than the gym has opened back up and I went there four times since last week.  I wonder everyday I set foot in there if I am doing the right thing by going.  I don’t want to catch any of this virus stuff!  They are running at I think less than 1/2 capacity.  We have to make a reservation for any class we want to attend and can only make it up to 48 hours in advance.  We are also only allowed 1 hour per visit per day.

My husband and I went out to eat for the first time since February last Friday.  We went to a restaurant where we could eat outside on purpose.  There was definitely MORE than 6 feet of space between the tables, so I felt very safe.  Each time the waitress came to the table we wore our masks.  Trying to be safe and still enjoy life a little.

I’ve been a stamping fool lately.  There isn’t much else to do other than clean and if you put cleaning and stamping in front of me, stamping will win every time. 🙂

 

As I mention in the video, I started out wanting to make a shadow box card. My initial thought was to use the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set and Many Layered Blossoms dies, but I ended up creating a shadow box card out of one of my monthly club cards.  For the card I am featuring today,  I used the Sweet Silhouettes Dies, Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and Dandelions 3D Embossing Folder along with a sentiment and image from Dandelion Wishes stamp set. I love dandelions and I think the embossing folder and stamp set go very well together.   I will give you the dimensions of the card stock pieces and colors used for the two initial cards I was going to make.  The video will give you all the information you will need for the Dandelion Shadow Box card.  The first supply list at the end of the post contains all the things you will need to create the Dandelion card.  The second supply list will be preceded by the card stock dimensions for the other two cards.

If you watch the video, you will notice I didn’t decorate the inside front cover of the card.  This is a photo of how I decided to quickly cover up that seam the card base creates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want to make this card? Just click on the images in the showcase to add the items to your shopping cart or click the button at the bottom of each showcase to add everything into your cart.

Enjoy the video!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what you need for the dandelion card.

Dimensions for the Blossoms in Bloom cards are as follows:
  • For card base you need two pieces of the same color card stock that measure 5 1/2″ x 11″, and 5 1/2″ x 4″
  • Inside the card you need two pieces of the same color that measure 5 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Front of the card you need 2 pieces of the same color.  One piece is 2 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ and one piece that measures 4 3/4″ x 3 3/8″
  • Also on the front a piece of Whisper White 2 3/4″ x 4″
This is what you need for the other two cards.

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Summer Beach Coasters

Hello Everyone!

I’m back with a video tutorial this month after taking last month off.  This video is very short and sweet, but I think you are going to like what you see.  This month we are using the Sailing Home stamp set and we are making coasters for you to use while you are sitting out on your patio or deck, whatever you may call it, or as you lounge along side your backyard pool. Back yard pools are not a thing here in Colorado.  We are more of a hot tub state, so in my case I would sit under the awning on my patio, next to the hot tub having a cool drink while I look up at the stars on a warm summer night and dream about being near the beach.

Being near the beach again is not going to be in the near future since my daughter moved back to Colorado at the end of February.  I do have a trip planned for a visit back to Virginia Beach for the beginning of August, but I don’t think we are going to make it this year.  I believe the resorts in Virginia are still closed and even if they weren’t I’m not sure I want to take that risk with the virus still around. But I have a pretty good imagination and with a glass of wine after dinner, I’ll sit by my hot tub this summer and dream about the beach as I use my summer beach coasters.

Some of the things you will need are sandstone coasters with cork backing, painter’s tape and permanent waterproof ink.  The remainder of the items are listed at the bottom of this post.  I hope you enjoy the video.

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

 

 

Life Changes

Happy April, Stampers!

Hope everyone’s month has been a good one and everyone had a blessed Easter.

I am going to forego the video tutorial this month, as it has not been a particularly good month as far as stamping is concerned. Neither the motivation nor the desire has been there for me. Heck, it has not been a productive month in any regard.

My children’s father passed away on April 10, Good Friday.  We learned on Dec. 13 of last year that he had leukemia, AML, the deadliest form.  So, for the past few months he was in and out of the hospital with chemo treatments, etc.  At one point, we even thought he might be able to have a bone marrow transplant, but he took a turn for the worse around the first week of April and he did not make it.

Both my children are adults.  Our oldest moved away to Virginia Beach two years ago shortly after out granddaughter was born.  She just recently moved back at the end of February to be closer to her dad and the rest of the family.  She said learning of his illness was the final sign she needed that Colorado was where she should be.  Unfortunately, she only got to visit with her dad in person once before the hospitals closed to all visitors because of Corona Virus.  Toward the end, I was not sure if the kids were even going to get to see their father in person again before he passed.  I was incredibly angry about the entire situation!  No one should have to die alone!

The Saturday before he passed, he called me on the phone and told me he felt the doctors would soon be telling him there was nothing more they could do for him and that all he wanted was to die peacefully at home.  He asked if I would prepare one final family meal for everyone once he got there.  I agreed. If that was his final wish, then that is what would take place.  However, I told him not to give up hope because where there is life there is hope.  He insisted his mind was fighting, but he just couldn’t get his body to cooperate.

Unfortunately, his feelings were correct, and his physicians recommended hospice care for him by the end of the week.  The hospital did make an exception and allowed the kids to visit him in person they day before he got home.  He arrived home by 12:30 p.m. on April 10th, and by 4:22 p.m. he had passed.  He kept saying how good it was to be home and surrounded by those that he loved.  I was not there when he passed.  My children and his sister were with him.  I had been home about an hour when the phone call came.  I never DID say goodbye; I just said, “We will see you tomorrow!”  He thanked me for all I had done.  I gave him my standard answer, which was that I had not done anything. Because I do not feel that I had done anything he would not have done for me if needed.  He replied, “You’ve done more than you realize.”  Maybe I should have said more.  But I knew he was dying, and I was in too emotional a state.

My children’s father and I would have been divorced 27 years this coming May.  We were married for 12 years.  At first, like most divorced couples, our relationship was very strained; we had to get through a lot of ugly stuff.  Our children were young.  They were in preschool and first grade when we first separated.  My wise mother pushed me to be friends with him, regardless of what had transpired between the two of us.  “Your children are more important,” she always said, “than any bad thing that has ever happened to you.  It is always the children that pay the highest price in a divorce.  You won’t be sorry.”  And she was right, as she usually is.  My children have expressed their appreciation for my being there for him.  My son, now 33, told me when he was 19 that he appreciated the fact that I never forced them to choose.  I always felt that if I made my children choose it would only turn them against me.  He was, after all, their father

Holidays will not be the same; life will not be the same.  I had known this man for over 40 years.  He was 65 years old for only 3 weeks when he passed.  I always felt he would go before me, but I never thought it would be at such a young age. At first it felt unbelievable that he was gone.  It was difficult to accept that he is no longer of this world.  That his physical presence was no more.  Now at times I get upset with him for dying.  I know it sounds crazy, but I get angry that he has left our children fatherless at such an early age and they now must deal with settling his affairs.  He left a will so everything is pretty much cut and dry, but I know I still needed my parents when I was in my thirties…heck, I still need my mother who will soon be 89.  But at least when she passes, we will be able to say she had a long and fulfilling life.  My former spouse had a fulfilling life, but it was too short.  His death makes me feel vulnerable.

I am blessed in that I have a wonderful husband that always accepted my friendship with my former spouse and even became friends with him for the sake of my children, our children.  And I know my husband will be there for me and our children whenever we need them.

Life changes in an instant.  Always tell the people you love how much you care about them.  ALWAYS!  If they are going out the door to the grocery store, tell them!  Washing the car…tell them.  ALWAYS tell them…before you cannot tell them anymore.

So, I do have a cards I can share with you today.  I created these last month and I used them this month as part of my Card Club to Go for April.  Card Club to Go is something new I am trying during these COVID 19 fun times.

Wanted to let you know, I’ve included separate supply lists for each card at the end of this post. And, as always, the supply lists also include current bundles that go with the stamp set.  In some cases, the entire bundle is not used in the creation of the card.

 

 

Until next time…I would like to tell all of you how much you are appreciated.

Happy Stamping!