Most of you who know me, know that I love hot dogs. I also love tacos, and if you’ve ever eaten Mexican with me, you know that too. In fact I just told Matt the other day that if I was forced to only have tacos and hot dogs for the rest of my life, I would be just fine. So, it was no surprise that this past Tuesday I found myself thinking about tacos. And what to do with those thoughts, make cards of course. Enjoy!

Love is in the Air

For those who craft, we have to get things done ahead of the holiday so they can be given or sold to someone to use for the holiday. So I’ve been busy working on Valentine cards (even though one has the Christmas reindeer) with a kit I received from Lyssa at Song of My Heart Stampers. I love the real red and flirty flamingo colors along with all the coordinating papers. I know a former mentor who would love that one of the colors is named flirty flamingo. Enjoy!

Encouraging Words

Recently there has been much change in my professional world. Not just my world, but many of my friends and co-workers as well. I’ve found myself repeating over and over many of the phrases on these cards or hearing them said to me. I thought it would be great to make cards with these phrases from Gina K Designs and most of the backgrounds from Altenew. Enjoy!

Stamp Layering with Altenew

So I found out that Altenew offers classes, free classes, on stamp layering. I’ve taken the first class and after each lesson there is “homework” for practicing the technique of layering stamps. I’ve so enjoyed learning this and now I need to submit my offerings. All of these used Altenew stamps and dies. Most of the sentiments are from Altenew but a couple are from The Stamps of Life. Please comment on which one you like best. Enjoy!

On to the Next

Ok, I’ve officially become like WalMart, Target, or other stores and everything I hate about retail. How can I possibly be enjoying one holiday when I am already on to the next one with my crafting? Ugh, I need to stop and smell the roses, no pun intended with these flowery cards. I just received my Stamps of Life monthly card kit goodies and felt inspired so I have been busy making Valentine Cards. Yep, here in December, before Christmas and New Year’s Day, I am making Valentine Cards. Oh well, I guess I have succumbed to the commercialization of holidays. Enjoy!

A Year in Review Challenge 2019 Post

I am excited to announce that this post is my first ever entry to a blog challenge that Altenew is having for December #AltenewChallenge. Altenew has some amazing products and while I would LOVE to show you all of them, I am only allowed to enter one per post. So here is the inspiration they have provided monthly for 2019 and the idea is to review these and find new inspiration for December:

And here is my entry using Altenew Layered Floral Cover dies. I just love these dies as they make such interesting backgrounds, especially when you change up the colors.

And since I have always been a rule breaker, I’m just going to have to show the other cards I created using Altenew Layered Dies, because I just LOVE them. The Happy Birthday and Have a Sweet Day sentiments are from The Stamps of Life. The celebrate and pretty things sentiments are from Stampin Up! The Christmas sentiments are from Echo Park. The Altenew Layered Dies are Snowflake Stars, Floral, Medallion, and Plaid. You can find the Altenew Layered Dies on the website: https://altenew.com/

The Layered Dies are a set, which you can also use individually, doubling the creative fun you can have. I did that here with the Layered Plaid. You almost don’t notice there is only one die in the lighter blue version since I used patterned paper.

Hope you enjoyed looking at these and please wish me luck in the contest!

About Altenew, from their website:
Established in April 2014, Altenew has quickly become a leader in the inspiration industry, and continues to innovate and influence the world of paper crafts. Altenew strives to encourage crafters to express their own unique creativity through the art of paper crafting.

Alt” translates into “old” in German, and thus “Alt-e-new” represents the juxtaposition of classical and contemporary designs.  Our high-quality clear photopolymer stamps, stencils, and inks are manufactured in the United States and we are humbled to be serving customers in over 70 countries.

Our team recognizes the importance of bringing joy to others, and that the personal touches of a handmade card or scrapbook layout can comfort the people who are most important to us. We hope that our products will inspire you to make a spectacular difference in someone’s life.

Happy Mail

I am a member of several groups on Facebook for card makers, scrapbookers, and paper crafters. One group started a Happy Mail campaign. Everyone who wanted to participate gave their name and address and then the full list was sent to each of us. The idea is to pick, at random, someone to send a card (or anything else) to. That way you get a random, unexpected surprise, a.k.a. Happy Mail. I’ve sent out five cards and I just got one myself. A nice woman, named Brenda, sent me 8 different stamped images for coloring and then to be used on cards. Needless to say I spent the weekend coloring and making cards. First a picture of the coloring, along with the unicorn cake already becoming a card.

And now here are the other seven turned into cards as well.

This was a great idea and so much fun. I would not have had these images otherwise, and probably not anything I would have done without the prompting. Now I get to send them out to others – and hopefully make some Happy Mail of my own. Enjoy!

Friends Who Inspire

I’ve found card making is really a wonderful outlet for me. It allows me to not think about other things, like work or sadness over loss. It’s therapeutic for me but I don’t think it is cheaper than therapy as I seem to be spending all of my money on supplies. I’ve also got a stash of well over 100 cards. I might be good a creating them, but I am terrible at sending them. I did manage to send a dozen to a nursing home and I sent some to a sweet friend who is always picking me up with cards of her own.

So as I was looking through them I thought about how many of them remind me of various friends. I thought I would share some of the cards and tell you why that friend inspired that card.

This pop-up card reminds me of my friend Starla. She seems to radiate positive vibes all the time and this turned out to be such a happy card that it just really makes me think of her every time I look at it.

This card with the high heeled shoe is definitely a nod to my friend Heather. I don’t think I have ever seen her in anything but heels. I often wonder if she has slippers at home that have heels and fuzzy feathers like the ladies did back in the 50’s. She’s all about her shoes (and purses) so the whole time I was making this card I was thinking about her.

undefinedThis Northern Lights card turned out much better than expected. Although I wasn’t thinking of her at the time, when it was completed I immediately thought of my friend Cindy. She is truly creative with crafts herself and I’m usually in awe of what she does, like being in awe of the Northern Lights. I also have a fun birthday card for her, but I can’t post it until I give it to her on Monday (Nov. 11th).

undefinedIf you know me, then you know I love snowmen. I keep them out year round at my house. My friend Tina knows this and has gifted me several snowmen over the years. So when this card was completed it immediately set my mind to thinking of her and how we both love snowmen.

My friend Sandy is a beautiful soul with strong faith. She always makes me smile and gave me a really precious gift when I got my degree. She brings pure joy to my heart, so this one is definitely her.

undefinedSusie is the friend I mentioned in the opening who always picks me up with her own cards. I sent her a few so she could replenish her stash. She’s really thoughtful and although I might not see or talk to her everyday, I know she is right there for me if needed. The sentiment here speaks to that.

undefinedThis one has Natalia written all over it. Never one to “go with the flow” this card reminds us to be who we are, no apologies. That is how Natalia is. She will do what she needs too, whether anyone else agrees with her or not. When people say things like “you do you” they are talking about folks like Natalia, who are brave enough to be their true self, all the time.

I have many more cards that remind me of other friends, but I thought this post was getting too long. I do have one more that I have to share. This is for my friend, Tami. Probably the person I have relied on the most since Andrew died. She’s been an absolute rock and let’s me do whatever it is I need too, whether it is crying, screaming, complaining, laughing, or just incessantly talking. She consistently checks on me and makes me get out of the house every so often, either for a movie or Swarm games or even the occasional bingo night at Lips Atlanta. She’s also the biggest Braves fan I know (maybe even more than Matt) and truly one of the coolest chicks I know. Here’s to you Tami!