Paper Pad Challenge – Round #2

I had so much fun using a single paper pad on a challenge that I decided I would do it again. This time I just wanted to use up the last 12 pages I had from the Together Collection paper pad from The Stamps of Life Here are those 12 pages.

So in addition to those 12 6″ x 6″ papers, I also used 4 sheets of 12″ x 12″ gray cardstock, and 4 each of 8 1/2″ x 11″ Yellow, Green, and Pink cardstock for matting. And for inspiration, I used Operation Write Home (OWH) sketches. Most of them are pretty close, but I didn’t always use the exact measurements. In all, I made 24 cards from these papers. Here is each card with the OWH sketch that inspired it.

This is probably my least favorite card of the bunch. I don’t love the bright green being so dominant.
This one was probably my second least favorite. I didn’t have a circle big enough for the suggested size on the OWH layout and I had the triangle piece left over from another design so I used it and it ended up looking like a boring envelope. Oh well!
This is my absolute favorite. I love the pink and gray together. It really became a standout once I added the “hello” sentiment. That picture is coming up later.
And these last six cards were all done with the left over scraps.
And this was all the scraps I had left – pretty good use of all the papers!

And finally, here are the finished cards with their sentiments.

It’s Not All Cards

Granted, the majority of my crafts are cards, followed by scrapbook pages, but I also do other things when I have the opportunity, My sister-in-law, Marganne, provided that opportunity via a delivery of wine corks. I asked what she wanted and she sent some pictures, but told me I could surprise her. So here is what I made with her corks and the supplies I had on hand. I couldn’t get anything else, like the wreath form I wanted, because most of the craft stores are still closed. Plus, it would have required more corks than she had sent. However, she assured me there will be more, especially as the stay home orders are still in place. So, other cork projects will be coming. Enjoy!

Cards for Troops

EDITED 05/26/2020: I am attaching the document that covers what is acceptable if you wish to send cards to the troops. It also contains the mailing address and an email if you have questions. Thanks for your support!

If you or someone you love is currently serving in the armed forces, thank you for your service. The families of service members deserve thanks also. Today I had a chance to ask questions about the Cards for Troops ministry that another of my crafty friends currently runs. She told me that are very strict rules about what kind of cards we can send. See, she collects cards from all of us and then sends them overseas where they are placed for the service members to choose from to send to someone they love. So, these aren’t cards they are receiving, they are the cards they will be sending.

As you can guess, they cannot contain anything shiny, like glitter or sequins or even certain papers. They cannot be too thick. They cannot contain any religious affiliation references, like Merry Christmas, Praying for You, or With God All Things are Possible. They can have things like Have a great day or Thinking of You. That said, she told me their biggest need right now is Thank You cards and Blank cards. So, I made these today to send out. I thought this particular paper pack with red, white and blue colors would be perfect. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

If you have any interest in donating cards or postage funds, let me know and I can put you in touch with her.

Challenge Accepted

I saw another blogger challenge herself to use up one whole 6 x 6 paper pad at one time. I decided I would accept this same challenge for myself. Now, normally the paper pads I have contain anywhere from 24 to 36 sheets, and most of them double-sided. All of my pads have pages missing where I have used them for other cards or scrapbook pages. So I just chose one called Believe from The Stamps of Life.

I was able to get 16 cards from the remaining pages and it took me about 5 hours total. I did use some additional black cardstock and of course white card bases. I think they look pretty good. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Going Mad

I’ve often wondered what people experienced when they were said to have “gone mad”. Well, I wonder no more as I believe I am in the middle of going mad. This quarantine, self-isolation, social distancing thing has really started to mess with my mind. I find I am talking to myself a lot and talking to my dog more than normal. Worse yet, I think sometimes he actually understands me and, in his own way, is talking back to me. The funny thing is, if the ‘rona was never a thing, I would be self-isolating myself anyway. I live alone and it doesn’t bother me to go days without being in the same room as someone else. But now that I HAVE to do it, I’m going mad. It’s like being a kid and told you can’t do something so of course it is all you want to do.

Growing up I would be what is considered a rebel – always doing what I wasn’t supposed to be doing. Now that I have to stay home to keep others safe, all I can think about is what I want to do. Now, I am not saying I’m going to run out and lick the handles on the stairways or intentionally cough on people, but I would LOVE to go get a pedicure. I’m fairly certain my nails might be longer than my dogs at this point. I wonder if the salons are prepared for me with special clippers to get these nasty nails trimmed. And how much lotion is it going to take to remove the ash off my skin? I feel like I should be prepared with a tip equal to my rent so to make up for what they will go through once I go.

For now, I continue to shelter in place, talking to myself and growing Guiness record worthy nails. Oh, and making cards and scrapbook pages. Lots of them. I’ve sold some, donated some, sent some, and still I have a large collection. Please, if you need a card, consider me before Hallmark – I can definitely hook you up. Here are some I have done in just the last few days. Enjoy, and say a little prayer for my sanity, please.

Healthcare Worker Thanks

Thanks seems inadequate for the many healthcare workers who continue to sacrifice their own health and time with their families to help those afflicted with coronavirus. There also doesn’t seem to be enough thanks for the countless others who have stepped up during this time. I wish I could say I was one of them, but sadly, I am clearly not essential and I can shelter in place at home.

I made cards to give healthcare workers, which includes more than just doctors and nurses. There are many folks in healthcare who never get proper respect for their contributions. So for all the registration folks who greet the patient and have that initial contact, the ones who are doing the virus screening, THANK YOU! For the EVS folks who have to clean their rooms and do the laundry, THANK YOU! For the techs, orderlies, chaplains, volunteers, nutrition services, IT, and the many others who aren’t doctors or nurses but are essential to hospital operations, THANK YOU!

Also, many thanks to Police, Fire, EMS, Truck Drivers, Farmers, Grocery Stores, Convenience Stores, and other supply chain workers. Thank you for keeping it going and protecting folks at the same time. I wish I had cards to give everyone. Please know you are loved and appreciated, even if we forget to tell you.

We are all in this together – but seriously, some more than others. If you aren’t essential, then do your part – and stay the $%^&*( home!

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:

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!