Quarantine Coloring & Cards

As the shelter in place order becomes more and more official throughout all of Georgia, I am entering my 3rd week of being home alone. I’m not sick, nor have I been exposed, I just live alone and have nowhere to go, so I thought it best to stay put and not get out at all. I haven’t bought gas in over a month. I haven’t worn makeup in weeks and I have all clean clothes except for this pair of pajamas that seems to have become my uniform for every day. My sleep pattern has become so irregular that I have watched the full series of both The Golden Girls and Frasier since Hallmark airs multiple episodes every night.

In between all the panic news reports and tales of toilet paper troubles, I’ve amassed quite the card collection. I have over 600 cards now. I need somewhere for them to go. I’ve sent some, given some away, sold some, and still they continue to multiply. If we don’t come out of this pandemic soon, I might emerge as the new Hallmark.

I’ve taken to coloring the images for cards, hoping it would slow the production, but as with all my endeavours related to crafts, it has become an obsession. Here are some pictures of my most recent creations. Enjoy (and let me know if you’d like any of them)!

Opening Day

Thanks Coronavirus! We had to cut every other sport short, kids are out of school – even being sent home from college, and wherever possible folks are working from home as new shelter in place orders are issued county by county. Yes, these are unprecedented times and yes we are making history, but now you’ve stolen baseball’s Opening Day.

My love of baseball is long-standing. I’ve been in a relationship with the Atlanta Braves since the 70’s. While many know Freddie Freeman and Chipper Jones, I know them and, in addition, I know Bob Horner, Dale Murphy, Biff Pocoroba, Chris Chambliss, even Chief Nocahoma. And of course, I know Hank Aaron. I was even at the games when he hit 714 and 715. As a Braves fan, I’m no stranger to disappointment, but they are still MY team and I want to see them play. They’ve even been called America’s Team.

Then I had two sons, and they loved baseball too, Matt more than Andrew. I’m not sure I can properly explain the depths of Matt’s love of baseball. It’s definitely greater than mine and he knows so many players and their stats. He has opinions on everything baseball related and most of them are really good. He’s now a certified scout and I can’t wait to see where that takes him.

Then I met my friend, Tami. To say she is a fan of the Braves is like saying the Mona Lisa is just a painting or Shakespeare was just a writer. She’s a MEGA fan. I’m pretty sure she has every available item with some sort of Braves or at least baseball logo on it. From the key chain to the license plate, jewelry to clothing, and her phone case to home decor, she’s a die hard fan. I have many friends disappointed by the postponement of baseball season, but between Matt and Tami, I worry if they will survive. It’s really their lifeblood and if we don’t get some baseball soon they might need a transfusion.

Tami was also the friend that checked on me constantly and consistently after Andrew died. She’s one of my most favorite people on the planet. So naturally, I had to make her some more t-shirts for the season, regardless of when it actually starts. The pictures of the shirts are below and just for fun, I also added some of Matt and Andrew’s early years playing baseball. The glow around the t-shirts that have white is the shine from all the glitter. Tami also loves sparkle. Enjoy!

Remembering Andrew

If you know my story, then you know March 24th is my least favorite day of the year. It’s the day my youngest son, Andrew, gained his wings. I kept another blog then if you really want to read through the whole story. You can find it here: http://losingandrew.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-crash.html

I still struggle with depression sometimes. Some days the loss is overwhelming – like it will be today, the 24th. My oldest son, Matthew, has been wonderful and I have to remember he lost a brother too. Please keep us in your prayers today.

I made some cards while thinking about him. Please don’t be offended if you reach out to me today and I don’t respond. I’ll probably stay in bed all day, but I am fine. thanks.

Crafty Isolation

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to dominate the news and prevent social interacting, I spent the weekend crafting. But let’s be honest, I was probably going to be doing that anyway, in fact I know I would, as I was scheduled to go to a crop this weekend but it was cancelled because of the virus. I did some other crafts too, but they are gifts I haven’t given yet so I can’t share them just yet. Anyway, below are the cards I made. I also have some cheeky ones, but not sure I should post them all. Enjoy!

Tropical Storm

Thank goodness I have so many supplies during this self-imposed quarantine. It’s a good excuse to make a bunch of stuff and “pretend” it was because I couldn’t do anything else. I mean really, I think it is totally safe to go outside now, since everyone else is sequestered away. Well, unless they are on a rampage to find toilet paper. I mean really? It’s coronavirus, which does not have a symptom of diarrhea, so why the mad dash for toilet paper? Is it because you are going to be home instead of work so you’ll have to use your own supplies? Just take some from work. Kidding, that would be stealing. Of course you could always resort to stealing it from the public restrooms at parks and convenience stores, like you did in high school when you needed to TP someone’s house. Wow, I totally got off topic.

Back to the tropics. This month the featured set from Stampin’ Up! is Timeless Tropical, so all of my creations today used products from this line. I really love the colors and designs. I was able to get 10 cards and 3 scrapbook pages and still have some paper left. This has really made me ready for summer and some beach time. Enjoy!

Pumpkins in Spring?

Pumpkins can be springy, right? Ok, seriously…as you know magazines work in advance of their publishing date. I came across a magazine asking for submissions for their fall issue. As it happened, I had just gotten some photos from my sister-in-law of my beautiful niece, born in the fall of 2019. So I thought I would use the photo (with her permission of course) and make a scrapbook page for the entry. Let me know what you think and if I should change anything. Enjoy!

One Background – Four Different Looks

I was inspired to make a background using alcohol inks. I gathered my supplies and sat down to begin. I carefully squirted the blending solution on the paper, then added my colors, then blew the colors around with a straw. It became crystal clear to me at that point that I am not an artist. Some people can paint while holding brushes in their teeth, feet, or even fingers. But me, I couldn’t even abstract paint with a straw. It was an epic fail, but I will show you two cards I did manage to make in spite of the fail.

But on to the topic at hand. I found this really cool paper in my stash when I was looking for something else. It is purple with pink and blue mixed in – much like I wanted my alcohol inks to look, but didn’t. So I decided to use that background on four different cards. I made five cards in total (I made two of the mother’s day cards. On three of them I used the paper as the background.

Then for the fourth one I die cut the “hello” from the paper and used it as the sentiment on the card. Now, this card also features the failed background of my alcohol ink. In fact, thinking about it now, it was like I was drinking the alcohol instead of trying to ink with it. Anyway, that card is below along with another Mother’s Day card featuring the only portion of alcohol ink I liked. It’s the part inside the star. I need to go watch more videos to get better ideas on how to do it. Sigh. Enjoy!

The Ladies

I bought the file so I could cut these pieces from my Cricut. As I decided on the color combinations and patterns, I watched each of these ladies come to life. I am completely obsessed with them, although they take hours to put together. I put the three of them on Facebook and asked friends to vote – the results are as follows:

#1 – Juliette – 24 votes
#2 – Sunny – 7 votes
#3 – Rosey – 6 votes

If you’d like to order one, let me know. Cost is $7.00 but that includes free shipping. I have them available in my Etsy store and you can customize colors if you like.