Springtime

We have had lovely changes in weather lately as well as not-so-lovely thunderstorms with a bit of chill in the air, but that is what spring is all about.  I pulled out some long-loved Stampin Up stamps and punches to create this little bird card, and it reminds me so much of springtime.

Stampin Up Bird Card

Stampin Up Bird Card

Have a great weekend and try to get out to experience all the blossoms and renewal in your part of the world.

White on White Cards

Today I am sharing three cards that are white on white. After playing with watercolors for many weeks I got back to card making and wanted to start with a clean look. What could be cleaner than white on white?

White on White-Best Wishes

White on White-Best Wishes

Embossing folders add texture and only a few ribbons or inky words are needed.  The card above features the Stampin Up Bird punch layered on an embossed heart.

White on White - Swirls

White on White – Swirls

White on White - Hearts

White on White – Hearts

The edge punches add to the lacy, crisp, and elegant feel of these cards, which are so versatile and can be used for a multitude of occasions.

A Box of 327 Sent, Thanks To Friends and Family!

Hurray!  The large flat rate box was mailed to OWH last week and included 284 love/valentine cards and 43 Anyhero cards.  It seems that I get writer’s cramp so quickly these days, so I am thankful to those who helped me write out the Anyhero cards!  I am also thankful to my friends who, at our previous girls’ weekend, helped me assemble the last of the bunch of regular cards.  Without all this extra help, I would not have been able to get the box sent in soon.  Thank you!!

Valentine card, silver embossing

Valentine card, silver embossing

Valentine card with patterned paper\

Stampin Up Language of Friendship

Stampin Up Language of Friendship

Full box of cards

Full box of cards

Anyhero Card, Snowman

Anyhero Card, Snowman

Anyhero Card, Christmas Tree

Anyhero Card, Christmas Tree

Full box with Anyhero cards added on top

Full box with Anyhero cards added on top

There were also some cards geared toward children; maybe I will upload those at a later date.  Now that it is snowing like crazy, I might get to write a few more posts this weekend.  Be safe out there!

October Crafting

My goodness, what a busy month – October is really flying by!  I’ve been busy with a wonderful trip to Nashville for my niece’s wedding and lots of crafting projects in between.  I hate having down time in the car so I stamped lots of flowers before we left and cut them out almost the entire trip down and at least half the trip back.  I was happy to get that tedious work finished and it made the time in the car go a lot faster.

Then I have been spending a lot of time prepping to put together a scrapbook for Hawaii – selecting the photos, getting them in chronological orders, coordinating them with keepsakes, embellishments, papers, and journaling.  Big trips like this are so overwhelming for me to scrap, but I am always happy when I am finished.

Terri & Emily

Terri & Emily

Terri and Traci organized a Saturday scrap day at a local church and I was hoping to get a big portion of the Hawaii book finished there.  I didn’t get as much finished as I would have liked, but I did have a great time sharing the day with my friends.  One of the goals of the day was to make cards for the Caring Hearts card drive which sends Christmas cards to nursing homes throughout the United States and Canada.  I made mine at home the day before so I could focus on the scrapbook, but I enjoyed watching everyone work so hard on their creations.

Dove Christmas card

Dove Christmas card

My daughter, who is not especially fond of crafting, spent the better part of the day with us which of course made me happy, and she made some nice cards for the drive.  I loved watching everyone in action and enjoying the paper, ribbons, glue, sparkles, and friends.

Carrie and Kim

Carrie and Kim

Emily & Carrie

Emily & Carrie

Judy & Carrie

Judy & Carrie

Kim and Carrie

Kim and Carrie

Traci the Cricut Queen

Traci the Cricut Queen

Photobomb Fun

Photobomb Fun

Some of Carrie's Cards

Some of Carrie’s Cards

More of Carrie's Cards

More of Carrie’s Cards

My crafting goals for the rest of the year include finishing the Hawaii scrapbook (hopefully within the next 2 weeks), making two special crafting projects for Christmas gifts, making yearlong sets of cards for my mom and my mother-in-law, getting my year of cards together, making my Christmas cards, and filling a large size flat rate box of Love/Valentine cards made for Operation Write Home.  Wish me luck!

Lovely Crafters

Lovely Crafters

Weekend Retreat at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do

I was fortunate enough to enjoy another weekend at my favorite crafting place – the Crop-A-Doodle-Do – which is Indiana’s finest crafting Bed and Breakfast!  It is a farmhouse renovated into a crafter’s haven.  What a respite.  All our meals and snacks were made for us, and all we had to do was craft, relax, and reconnect with friends.  Here are some pictures of the weekend.

Friday's Sunset

Friday’s Sunset

Friday's Sunset

Friday’s Sunset

Relaxing in Adirondak Chairs

Relaxing in Adirondak Chairs

I planned to make 114 owl cards to to go along with the owl pun stamps I just bought.  After about 35 owl cards I had had enough of the tedious piecing and moved on to another project.

Components to make 114 owl cards!

Components to make 114 owl cards!

Guess Whoo Misses You

Guess Whoo Misses You

Guess Whooo Loves You

Guess Whooo Loves You

The owls were made with Stampin Up’s owl punch and the branch is from their bird punch.  I pieced everything together with my craft tweezers and Tombow’s Mono Multi Glue.

You Rock components

You Rock components

I borrowed the CADD’s Cricut Cartridge called Nifty Fifties and cut out all these terrific guitars as well as the phrases of “You Rock.”  I made these cards for OWH and thought the You Rock cards were perfect for deployed service folks to send home to their teenagers.

Now back to normal tomorrow with work, etc., but at least I am starting Monday feeling refreshed and rested.  Speaking of work – Missie, here is the card I dedicated to you for covering the weekend’s dictation for me.  Thank You – You Rock!

You Rock

You Rock, Missie!