May 20, 2022

More Stitched Alphabets from Spellbinders

 Two more cards to share. I only have the Y, O, and U letters from the Spellbinders Stitched Alphabet collection, and am determined to make the most of them!

This is a card for Yana Smakula and her husband Oles! 

Totally inspired by some amazing cards Yana made with this collection.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Busy here. Looking forward to playing board games this weekend. Right now we are obsessed with Brass Birmingham. It's fun. Hope you are all doing well. 

May 16, 2022

Personalized Baby Card


Babies are the perfect occasion for a personalized card. Actually, they are just a perfect occasion period! My friends have a new granddaughter. Isn't the name Coco just darling?

Pinkfresh Studio cover plate die combined with Honey Bee Stamps number and alphabet dies. Sentiment strip from CZ Design and available at Simon Says Stamp. The name and birth date are stacked up for some dimension. Makes a huge difference. 

MOOD WHEN DONE: Good. And bonus points for actually mailing this!

May 14, 2022

Introducing Spellbinders Stitched Alphabet

Got an email a few weeks ago from Spellbinders asking me to help introduce a new collection - Stitched Alphabet - that hits their store today, May 14th. I was so surprised as it came out of nowhere.

Design work makes me very anxious. I second guess everything I make, and honestly, the cards I make "on demand" tend to not be ones I like. But, I've decided to try and tackle that anxiety. So - here's a card using "U"  from the Stitched Alphabet collection. 

I chose not to stitch the letters, but I'll be sharing another card in a few days with some stitching. I added some die cut flowers and greenery from Spellbinders Simply Perfect Layered Blooms Etched Dies and a sentiment that Spellbinders donated to a Crop & Create virtual event that I attended a few months ago. 

NOTE: Spellbinders provided me with a few letters from the Stitched Alphabet set. I provided everything else!

MOOD WHEN DONE: I did it! It's a good feeling. 

May 8, 2022

Catching Up

 Here are a few cards that I've made over the past few weeks. 

1. Using Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Waves background and their Geometric Builder Square dies. 

2. Uses a set from Colorado Craft Company, the proceeds of which are going to Yana Smakula's efforts to help supply the Ukrainian army with non weapon supplies. For more information on this amazing work, check out Free Ukraine 2022.

3. Those cute lemon slices are from InkBlot Shop

4.  Paired a Spellbinders embossing folder with a sentiment from InkBlot Shop and a pretty image from Pinkfresh Studio. 

That's it!

MOOD WHEN DONE: Good and I hope you are doing well. 

Apr 11, 2022

Mixing Metals

I seem to recall that, along with wearing white between Labor Day and Memorial Day, mixing gold with silver is a design crime. Now I see it in kitchen and bath design and decided to give it a try.

This card mixes silver foiling on the background with gold foiling on the birds and branches as well as the sentiment. 

The bird and branches were left over from the last card I posted and use Pinkfresh Studio Songbirds on Branches hot foil plate, die, and stencils. The background is also from PFS and is called Geo Tiles Hot Foil plate. 

MOOD WHEN DONE: Honestly, part of me is struggling to post cards, as I -- like any decent person -- am heartbroken over the evil happening in Ukraine. 

Every time I see an older woman from Ukraine on the news, she reminds me of my grandmother and her sisters, all of whom came to the US from the Western part of Ukraine or Poland. We never knew for sure, as they didn't talk about the past much. My mom grew up speaking Ukrainian at home but thought of herself as Polish-American. Who knows? That area has been a battleground for a very long time, thanks to an aggressive Russia.

Or I think of my girlfriend's parents, who are now in their 90s, who walked out of Ukraine after WWII to the coast of Europe to get on a ship to the US as refugees. They are the most delightful, strong people I know -- they never learned to drive and continued to walk everywhere (in Minneapolis)! They got through so much, including the worst of the Covid years, only to watch this happen in Ukraine. Again. 

And then I think of Yana Smakula, the most talented and strong stamper I know (the way we "know" each other online), crafting from Ukraine. She makes the evil real and personal and not just a news story. I think of her all the time. 

So I guess If Yana can continue to post cards, we all can take refuge in the hobby and continue to share it.