Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Crane of Fortune

 This has been sitting in my stash for awhile so decided to finish it up and make a birthday card.  Did a lot of embossing (copper embossing powder from my stash).  I think it really made the crane and "happy birthday" stand out.  Had some cooper specialty papers that I know is at least 20 (yes 20) years old.  

 The sentiment is new using Something Fancy StampinUp - and die cut with the set of dies that goes with the set.  This set has a lot of useful and fun sentiments.  

Off to finish up Valentines for my chemo buddies and grands. 

Friday, January 20, 2023

Gumball Card with Gumball Bank

 My first post of the new year - I must do better at posting - but - somehow the time just gets away or I don't manage it very well.  

As a Chemo Angel when we have a buddy we are "required" to write a note card or letter weekly of support and cheer.  I have a young man that is my buddy - so I made him a gumball card (Stampin UP) and found a gumball machine to send with the card.  Refills will go with the package as well.  I borrowed the SU set from a dear friend - so thank you Cheryl.  

It is a shaker card - the set which is now retired came with add on for the shaker dome and the gumball beads (which did not cooperate as they rolled all over my desk).  I got his younger brother one as well only in blue.  And will send his two older sisters some nail polish or etc. for Valentines Day.


Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Ready for the New Year

Is it really going to be a New Year - 2023??? Where has this year gone.  Lots of newsworthy stories, weather, and family issues to deal with.  As for the family issues hubby had his last surgery December 13 and it is a SUCCESS!!!  He is a new man - and wonder why the doctors didn't do this procedure to begin with.  But being a nurse and having worked in case management for a while I know insurance makes you jump through all kinds of hoops - but I think he finally jumped through the right hoop.  

I have a few chemo buddies and a senior man which I have had for well over a year.  Here are the New Years cards I mailed out today.

This image was a Gerda Steiner free digi image and I had a lot of fun coloring it. 

This is a Spellbinders die that I got "on sale" at HL and it just sort of jumped in my basket!!!  I can see a lot of uses for this die and have order a word set to go with this set.  For my New Years card I stamped and embossed "it's a new year" in gold and cut out gold numbers 2023.  I kept it simple with just an envelope with a gold flap  The detail on this set is amazing and has a lot of pieces I did not use (yet).  This is one I think I will be happy to have in my collection.  

I have a young man (11 years old) as a chemo buddy and today I got a photo Christmas card from his mom which showed the family.  It is the small things in life that make me happy.  I was so happy to see the young man who is dealing with chemo - and he is smiling.

Being kind, merciful  and giving is one of my New Years resolution.  No it is not losing weight, swearing off chocolate or coffee, or sending more cards.  This one resolution I plan on doing on a daily basis, and hopefully will bring  a smile to someone else. One more resolution is to use my NBUS (never before used stuff) in my basket before I order "new" stuff.  Now this one is going to be a bit harder to keep.  God has given me the ability to still use my hands (and mind) in making cards - and I want to continue to do so for a "long" time.  

2022 is over and 2023 is just a few days away. Be the Best you can Be.   

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Shadow Box 2022

 I didn't realize it had been 6 weeks since I have posted - can I use the excuse "been busy".  Getting Christmas cards made, addressed and in the mail.  Hubby has had yet another surgery, and just in general life.

But I do have to share our Christmas shadow box - there are 9 paper crafters and we each made 1 square design times 9 and then shared with everyone so we would each have 9 different designs.  I love my shadow box - having it sitting on my bar.  I tried several different 12 x 12 papers to mount the squares on - finally choose the red with snowflakes.  I think it is quite a feat for 9 people to make 9 different squares and there are no two alike.  

We are exchanging winter themed cards next month and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone does with their design. 

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Fall Cards

 Two more cards I have made for my fall collection to send at Thanksgiving.  

I am really liking the blue gingham pumpkins - again from Stampin Up - and the gatefold leaves card is from Amuse stamps.  I have always loved this. 

I send a lot of Thanksgiving cards - not only to my chemo buddies but to friends and family as well.  Then it is time to start sending out the Christmas cards. 

Monday, October 24, 2022

Camper Card

 I have had a chemo angel assignment for a year now - he is a teen boy - and Make a Wish got him a camper so he could go hunting with his dad.  I made him a card to go with his package which was a pair of warm hunting socks and Butterfinger candy bars (his favorites).  This is the card I made to include in his box. 

All stamps/supplies from StampinUP.  I think he will like his goodie box.  Next week I will send a box  of goodies to make S/mores - .  

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Season of Thanks

 Where oh where does the time go - being retired I should have more time but that is not the way it works.  But I did get some time to work on a few fall cards over the weekend.  

Both of these cards used "retired" SU sets - but...I usually keep most of my stamps even if they are retired or non longer available.  I love the first card with the variety of colors on the plaid DP.  On my second card I used two different leaf dies - no stamping except for the sentiment.  I matched the leaf colors with the fill in under the leaves and then a small twine bow.  Easy easy.  

I send out a lot of fall/Thanksgiving cards so I think I finally have enough for this year.  I love making fall cards - and our leaves in the woods behind our house are turning such pretty colors. 

 We live on top of a hill - and coming up the road into our subdivision is so pretty right now.  Love what Mother Nature does this time of the year.  What a beautiful picture she paints.