Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Some Easter Cards

Hello crafty friends, I hope your week has been going well. Not much happening around here. Doctor put me back on my Lupus meds as my numbers were high. Proteins a little high in my urine as well, but we are just going to keep an eye on that for now. Vitamin D is low too, that surprised me, so will be doing meds for that once a week. So considering I've been managing without the Lupus meds for 6 1/2 years, I figured it could have been way worse. So I'm thankful I managed as well as I have. My Doctor was surprised that I managed as well as I did too. But sometimes, that is your only choice and you just survive as best as you can.

I have some Easter cards to share today. I got a few made and sent out before Easter. I hope you all had a great Easter, we did here. 

My first card I saw on Pinterest, I didn't have the dies they used, so I went to my Cricut Machine and Design Space to get my cuts of a cross and palm leaves. The oval and sentiment strip are from dies I have. Hard to see, but I also used an embossing folder for the background mat. I cut many crosses, stacking about three on top of each other and then placing the wood grain paper cross on top. Inked my palm leaves with DOI's. I am pleased with how this card came out, similar to the one on Pinterest, but different a bit too.

I used my left one of the over die cut piece to stencil a palm leaf inside my card. 

Same with this card, saw it on Pinterest. Same as the first card, I didn't have any bunny dies, so went to my Cricut and Design Space to do some print and cut bunnies. Couldn't find any pattern paper to use, so thus why I picked some patterns and did the print and cut. I need to calibrate my machine though! Die cut my squares, placing my bunnies on them. Added some sequins, don't think the one on Pinterest had sequins. So again, similar, but different. 

This card uses snippets and a little washi flower die cut that a sweet friend sent me a bunch of. Thank you sweet friend, you know who you are! Simple, layered, but sweet I thought. I followed a sketch from Cardz TV.

Another sweet friend sent me this little bunny, two of them actually. Thank you sweet friend, you know who you are too! I used all snippets on this one too as well as following another Cardz TV sketch. The purple piece is an alcohol piece I found in my background stash. The wreath was cut using a friend's SU die and I used Brusho's on it. I did many of the wreaths that day we got together, which was quite a while ago! So I just have them in my bits and bob box to use. 

The sweet friend who gave me the sweet bunnies, also gave me the piece of wood that I've hoarded for quite a while. But figured it wasn't doing anyone any good by keeping it in my stash and so I finally used it. I have a tiny square piece left to use yet. Again, thank you sweet friend....you know who you are. 

And that is it! Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me a spell, I know it is busy for everyone. Mowing is keeping me busy as well, although I wish the weather would just stay warm. The next three days is supposed to feel like winter with some areas higher up maybe seeing some snow.  We will see rain with maybe a snowflake or two...what's new there?!What the heck, it is almost May?!!! Anyway, your comments always bring sunshine and joy to my days and I thank you for taking the time to leave one. If I haven't been by to see you, I will be soon. 

Crafty hugs, 

Card Recipe:

My Creative Time
Stamping Up
Maymay Made It
Distress Oxide Inks
Alcohol Inks

Monday, April 11, 2022

Some Cards and What I've Been Up To

Well, it's been a while again. I sure hope you all have been doing well and are getting nice weather. We are still back and forth with our weather and lots of storms and rain. This week has some rain in it, but it is supposed to be much warmer! 

So much going on, so many sympathy cards have been going out the door as well. I am hoping that is over with, having two go out today alone. But I have been making cards and such. So will start with these few. 

To catch you up on what's going on with Bret....the poor guy isn't buying his house now. He thought at first he was going to have to move quickly in March. As he was getting his loan all together with the bank, they found out that the property was zone as commercial use. The guy selling the house didn't know about it, and of course Bret didn't know about it. The bank wanted an additional $25,000 in closing costs on top of the regular closing cost and the township will not guarantee him that he can rebuild in case of a fire. So he isn't buying it of course, but the guy needs to sell it because of having to pay back his grandparents for the money loaned to buy his newer home. So Bret was scrambling looking at homes and such. But as it turned out, he can stay where he is at and just rent as the business, Superior Home's, beside him is buying the property and wants Bret to stay and rent. So for now, he will just rent the house and can take his time looking for a home to buy. We both look at it as everything happens for a reason and when one door closes, another one will open.

I have kept busying dog sitting for Bret as he has been traveling a good bit. I am also taking care of lots of testing that I haven't had done for years since Dwayne passed since I have health care once again. And of course that mean seeing a rheumatologist and running lots of blood testing. Will be seeing her this week for go over all the testing and the "flagged" tests.  

So here are my cards, most sympathy cards went out as Mass cards, but this one I made. Had two others, but forgot to take a photo of them! And of course, birthday cards. They are always going out the door. Had a friend over to make cards, so I decided to have a play with a NBUS stencil. It was fun and though not perfectly lined up, I'm still pleased with the results of that play and the cards made with the stencil. 

This sympathy card was made using the Ukraine flag colors. After all was said and done, I had wished I picked a less "cluttered" design on the front. It was cut out in removeable vinyl scraps.  

A birthday card for my brother, again, the happy birthday was cut out using vinyl scraps that I'm trying to get used up. One birthday card got mailed and I forgot to take a photo of it, it was a beautiful teal and gray color with a stamped silhouette of Queen Anne's Lace and a birthday sentiment cut out in vinyl. 

Another birthday card, you guessed it, the sentiment design was cut out in vinyl scraps.

A birthday card for my nephew, I saw this design on Pinterest and so got out my Cricut and stamps to make it my own. The sentiment is print and cut. I thought it looks young and hip. lol 

Was invited to use a ticket (the owner couldn't use because they were sick) to go see the Celtic Angels. Was a fabulous show of Celtic singing and dancing. 

A last season snow-many of us saw that! 

And last but not least, a beautiful double rainbow after a storm. It was just so beautiful (photo doesn't do it justice!) and seemed like it touched the ground on either side of it. And no, I didn't go looking for that pot of gold. lol 

As always, I appreciate the time you take from your busy schedule to come and see what I've been up to. Your comments always bring me joy and I feel honored that you leave them for me. I am behind on commenting, but am trying to get some caught up on, so hopefully I will be by to visit you soon as well. 

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Design Space
Altenew stencil
Distress Oxide Inks