Back to “Normal”

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This week I have to get back into my “normal” routine.  All except my weekly visits to my mother in the nursing home.

I was going to go back to work today but spent most of the night awake wondering how I was going to concentrate on work.  I got up, had a shower, and decided I couldn’t go in.  I let the office know I needed a couple of days (they’ve been great about my time off) and I’m going back on Wednesday.

Routines are good.  Work is a routine.  I know that once I get through the first morning back I’ll be fine (as long as nobody talks about my mom) and it will be good to be around so many people that I’ve known for a long time (I was quite touched at my mother’s memorial service to see quite a few co-workers in attendance).

Another routine for me is to try to do my LSS’s Mojo Monday challenges so that’s what I did tonight after I’d had supper and spent some time with my husband.

It was a sketch challenge (not my favourite – I don’t do well with sketches) and I struggled with it at first because there wasn’t really room for a focal image.  However, I used some artistic licence to reduce the number of banners in the sketch (there were 6 and I prefer an odd number) and I made my sentiment “bigger” by using some Thickers and extending the real estate of the sentiment with a few more words popped up on dimensional foam.  A sprinkle of pearls, rhinestones and sequins and a touch of sewing gave my card a little more texture.

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I used a double-sided sheet of patterned paper for the background (cut a small strip off the side and flipped it over for contrast) and some leftovers scraps of patterned paper from my scrap pile.

Must get ready for bed as I really do need to get back on a proper sleep schedule.

Difficult Cards To Make

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I debated whether to even post this on my blog but it is MY blog so I’m going to go ahead.

Before this past week, I would have said that Sympathy cards were the most difficult to make.  This week I learned that Thank You cards can be equally difficult as I’ve just spent the afternoon making thank you cards for some family and friends to thank them for their kindness over the past week.

My mother passed away last Friday.   She’s had dementia for several years and spent the last year of her life in a long term care facility as it was no longer possible for her to remain at home.  She had been slowly deteriorating and we knew that this day would come.  I’d hoped she would pass quietly in her sleep but she became ill last Thursday and passed on Friday.

I won’t go into all the details of what I’ve gone through emotionally this past week with planning her funeral etc. but I did sit down and make some thank you cards that I hope she would have been pleased with (she would have – she loved my cards and kept every one I’d ever made for her).  I was going to do the background in pink because it was her favourite colour but it was just too bright so I used her second favourite colour – blue.

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I love you Mom.  To quote what you always said to me after every visit, “I’m so glad we had this time together.”

Small Wonder

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Quick post tonight but I wanted to blog the baby card I finished tonight.

I spent 3 separate sessions in my craft room to complete this card.  The first night I worked out the layout, chose the patterned paper and stamped the image.  Last night I coloured the image and fussy cut the heads of the animals in the umbrella, popped them up on the main image and called it a night.  Tonight, I put together the layout and spent some time fiddling with placement of washi tape, pearls and enamel dots.
It was worth it.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is in my top 3 of all-time best baby cards (For long-time blog readers, you know that baby cards are not my strength!).  Modesty aside (ha, ha!), here’s what it looks like:


…and here’s a close-up of the detail:


This is a 5.5″X6″ card so there’s a lot of crafting real estate to fill up.

I used some super cute Echo Park patterned paper (Baby Girl), a Whipper Snapper Designs stamp, 3 rolls of washi tape, doodlebug pearls, Recollections enamel dots and a Mama Elephant die (the “cloud” border).  I also used a Spellbinders circle to cut out the stamped image (I popped a corner of the paper over the die so I could cut a partial circle).


I Scream (for Spring)

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Continuing with my goal to use more of my Whipper Snapper stamps, I made this card last night.

I used a journal card die I’d been wanting for a long time but it was always on backorder from my usually supplier of all things crafty. (Lawn Fawn)

I love the stitching detail around the edge of the die.  It adds a lot to my stamped image (IMO).

I also added a couple of Lawn Fawn sequins (the glue isn’t even dry in the picture but it will dry clear).

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The patterned paper is a mix of Pebbles ( the teal script paper) and Echo Park (Summer, maybe?  I’m terrible with the names of the different paper sets).

I used cardstock from my first ever Simon Says Stamp card kit (I just signed up for a subscription) and used the Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock for the image but I don’t recommend this paper for stamping/colouring as the image bled the first time so I heat set it but it still bleeds even though I coloured carefully.

I’ve never coloured this WS image as a “blue” bear before but I’m soooooo sick of winter I wanted to make a colourful card.

Must dash!  My work day has started.

Wedding Wishes

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Quick post tonight.

I’ve had quite a few (for me!) card orders this week so I have to keep on top of them if I want to deliver on time.

Today’s card is a wedding card which is a larger 5X6.5″ card.  I used embossing paste, vellum (which is making a big comeback), mulberry paper (which might not be making a comeback but I used it anyway!) and some thread which seems to be a bit of a hot trend at the moment.

I even whipped out the embossing powder and heat gun!

Here’s the card:

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I CASEd this from a fabulous card I saw on Simon Says Stamp.  Thank God for CASEing when you’re on a deadline!

Must dash!

Wonderful Friend

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Well, that was a fun 8 or 9 days.

I’ve had a terrible cold since last Saturday and I’m still feeling a bit congested  – I can’t believe how long it’s taking to get over this nasty bug!

Zero time spent in the craft room (despite being off from work for 2 days – couldn’t even get out of bed!).

This morning I decided to brave my craft room and it was just as messy as I recalled.  I spent about 40 minutes tidying up and rearranging a few things (I could easily spend another 40 days doing that…this room needs an overhaul!).  During the tidy up, I freed up 2 photo boxes that I usually keep all my 6X6 paper in.  I’m currently using one for paper scraps and the other is for WIPs (work in progress).  Now that I have a designated WIP spot, I filled it with a little Spring project I’m working on for my coworkers – I’m not in the mood for mass production today – and moved on to my Whipper Snapper project.  I really want to use my beautiful WS stamps (possibly to justify obtaining more…) and some of the newer paper pads I got after Christmas.

Here’s today’s card:

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I have to tell you that I could NOT do justice to how colourful this is.  My next project will be to sort out my picture-taking spot to see if I can get it back to the way it used to be.

I used Doodlebug Designs paper (dear Doodlebug Designs – you’ve done a wonderful job of modernizing your paper crafting lines – much more appealing to me!) plus some Doodlebug washi and a few Doodlebug “sprinkles” (rhinestones).  I also used a Simon Says Stamp die and stamp set that I’ve had for a while but this is the first time I’ve used it.

Quite happy with this card – it’s really cheerful and I used lots of unused products in my stash combined with an older stamp.  It’s always great to “shop your stash” instead of buying and buying (which I do tend to do in cycles) more new stuff.

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