Embossing for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  Many thanks for the kind thoughts about my post yesterday and the video tutorial.  I think I get a bit nervous thinking I’m going to mess up instructions, but perhaps I’ll get the hang of it! 🙂

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week it’s all about “embossing“!  Now there are a few different ways to emboss and I happen to love them all!  So you could do heat embossing, “dry” embossing with an embossing folder or even maybe do some embossing paste!  However you emboss it, we look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Here’s the card I made for the challenge:

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TRICK OR TREATS?!!  Oh my word now how stinkin’ cute are these penguins?!  Don’t they look like they just rang your door bell for Halloween?! LOL!  That penguin image that I’ve used here is from an August Digital Release  (previously released in red rubber) from Whimsy Stamps called Penguin Trick or Treaters and oh were they fun to color!

I was inspired to create with them for this embossing challenge, so I took a piece of Bristol Smooth Watercolor Paper and stamped the stars from the Whimsy Stamps Basic Christmas Backgrounds clear stamp set with a pigment black ink.  I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set them.  Then I went over the stars with some distress inks (Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet & Blueprint Sktech)  and ink foam blending tool.  I also spritzed some water over it for the water dropplet look.

All of the panels including the card base were cut from the Whimsy Stamps Notched Squares die set.  So I took the finished colored panel and attached it over a black die cut panel and then I took a piece of orange cardstock that was die cut and ran an embossing folder over it. (We Are Memory Keepers-Next Level Gemstones)  I rubbed a white ink pad over it to pop out the details in the embossing and then I mounted it over the die cut black card base.

After coloring the penguins, they were fussy cut out and popped up with foam tape over the colored panel.  I had an older Halloween set of dies that I couldn’t part with from Whimsy Stamps and I cut out some bats from black cardstock and attached those to the starry background.  I also added some drops with some Tonic Studios Silver Glitter Accents for a bit of sparkle.

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Here’s a closer look at these cute little trick-or-treaters and how I’ve colored them up.  I have used the following Copic markers to color them with.  CLICK HERE to view/purchase Copics from Whimsy Stamps or click numbers below for specific colors:

  • Penguin bodies – C8, C3, C1, 0blender, R00, YR27, YR24, Y35, White gel pen
  • Pumpkin – YR27, YR18, YR14, YR21, R20, YG67, YG63, YG61
  • Candy Bag – E33, E31, E30, wrote letters with Copic liner
  • Sherrif Costume – E89, E87, E84, E81, W5, W3, W1, Silver gel pen
  • Pirate Costume – R39, R37, R35, R32
  • Witch Costume – V17, V15, V12, YR07, YR04, Silver gel pen

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I think these look like a fun group to go trick-or-treating with, don’t you?! 🙂

I hope  you’ve enjoyed my fun Halloween card today and were inspired in some way!  Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and have a look at the inspiration and come play along with us this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products I’ve used on my card today with affliate links:

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Oceans of Love for Digi Doodle Studios

**(This is my second post for today.  CLICK HERE to view other post or scroll down please.)

Hello again my friends!  I’m back to share this card I made using this adorable image from Digi Doodle Studios:

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Isn’t she adorable with her little underwater crab friend?!  This is the Nixie Mermaid digital stamp from the Digi Doodles Studios “Under the Sea” collection.  There have recently been a couple more new ones added to this, so go check out the entire collection of these cuties!  I thought she was so cute and I actually had her colored up before I ended up hurting myself and had to leave.  I finished out the card when I got better.

I have also used some fun digital papers and a sentiment that work well with this particular image.  The pretty pink patterned papers you see in the background come from the Digi Doodle Studios Summer Breeze Card Making Paper collection.  The sentiment came from the Digi Doodle Studios Mermaid Sentiments set.  I printed out the sentiment and cut it out with a ticket die, sponged around the edges with the turquoise ink color and layered it over the same turquoise colored cardstock I’ve used throughout my layout.

The layout idea came from a sketch challenge that I’m entering for below this post.  I have several layer panels including the fun turquoise sparkly paper that I’ve used that was cut with a wave border die and then sponged with some white ink.  I added some pearls to each corner of the image panel, wrapped some white organdy ribbon around the card front base, tied a bow and added a silver bow where I have attached some silver string and a starfish charm to it.  The entire card measures 5.5″ square.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring that I’ve done on this mermaid image.  Mainly colored with Copic markers, but I’ve used a gel pen to color the sprigs next to the flower in her hair and the braclets around her wrists.  I took a glitter brush pen and covered her entire fish body and the bubbles in the water with.  (Of course it looks so shimmery in person!)  I then took some glossy accents and covered the little crabs eyeballs with and then some liquid pearls to dab a dot over the pearl inside the oyster.  This mermaid image panel was popped up with foam tape over the card front.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my underwater mermaid card today!  Please be sure to join with us over at the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group as there is a couple of fun challenges going on right now with a chance to win something!  There is also monthly blog challenge to join if you’d like another chance at winning a prize!  We’d love to see what Digi Doodle Studio projects you’re working on! (CLICK HERE to see this page for all challenge options to join with!)

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with something fun!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Cheerful Sketches – August Challengesketch be
  2. The House That Stamps Built – A1419 Tic-Tac-Toe (I used first row down)a1419
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1933 Anything Goes

Windy Day Cinnamon For Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  Can you feel it in the air?  Autumn is on the way along with the crisp cool air and blowing leaves!  I know that some of you had said you’re not looking forward to Fall when I asked, but I absolutely love everything about it including the sweater weather season & flavors like pumpkin spice and cinnamon!  Speaking of which, I have a fun Autumn color inspired card o share with you today:

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This cute image is called Windy Day Cinnamon from Whimsy Stamps.  I thought she looked as happy about Fall coming as I do, so I went with those colors in mind when creating this card.  After coloring her in with my Copics, I cut her out with a banner shaped die and went around the edges of it with tea dye distress ink and layered her onto another banner layer and set it aside.

For my card base, I took some orange colored plaid pattern paper and die cut it out with a wonky stitched rectangle die.  I took a double layer of twine and wrapped it around this piece and tied a bow towards the bottom thirds of the piece and then attached it down to the brown A2 sized top folding card base.

I took the image banner panel and added a piece of craft foam to pop her up over the card base.  I took a chipboard sentiment from my stash and added some foam tape to one side of it and glued the other side to the image panel.  I added a flower to the center of thw twine bow along with a few others along the side.

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Here’s a closer view of how I’ve colored Cinnamon with Copic markers.  (See view or purchase the Copics from Whimsy Stamps, CLICK HERE or on the individual numbers below.)

  • Coat, Hat:  YG61, YG63, YG67
  • Shoes, Purse & Coat Buttons:  E31, E33, E35, E37
  • Scarf, Mittens, Hat Flower:  YR12, YR14, YR18
  • Hair:  YR30, Y32, E43
  • Skin:  E000, E00, E11, E21, R20, R00
  • Shadows:  E41, E42, E0000
  • Used a gel pen for the center of the flower on her hat and the purse closure button

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my Autumn color inspired card today!  Be sure to check out the rest of the August digital stamp release over at Whimsy Stamps to see them all!

Thank you so much for dropping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today with affiliate links below:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Creative Inspirations – Something Seasonal
  2. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #358
  3. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1932 Anything Goes

Russell is Rustling in the Leaves!

Hello friends!  Can you believe that Fall is right around the corner already?!  I so look forward to this every single year! What’s your favorite Season? Fall is my favorite season and I just love everything Fall related!   I’m excited to share this really cute and fun Autumn style card with you today using some Whimsy Stamps products!

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I think he’s just having too much fun in the crisp cool Autumn air, don’t you?!  This is Russell from the Whimsy Stamps August digital release just in time to start your Autumn makes!  I can picture him colored up in all sorts of fun Autumn colors, right?!  I’ve colored him up with Copics over some X-Press It Blending Card.  (See photo below for Copic list details.)

After coloring him, I’ve cut him out using the Whimsy Stamps Notched Square dies and then cut another piece of brown cardstock to layer behind him.  I took some fun plaid papers for the background that was cut out with a rectangle stitched die.  Then I took another piece of the brown cardstock and white heat embossed a sentiment from my stash that was cut out with the Whimsy Stamps Quick Strips die set.

I took the plaid background and the brown layer behind Russell and attached them together.  Then I took a strip of score tape and wrapped it around both of these layers.  I sprinkled some pretty Autumn colored glitter over the tape and burnished it in.  Then I glued the leaves down and then popped up the image as well as the sentiment banner with foam tape.  To finish it off, I took some dimensional glue to create small “dots” randomly on the design and then I sprinkled some more of the same glitter I used for the strip over them and let it dry.  A little glitter never hurts!

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Here’s a closer look at Russell and how I’ve got him colored up.  Here’s the Copic markers I’ve used to color him with.  CLICK HERE to see/purchase from Whimsy Stamps or click on the numbered links below:

  • Leaves – R22, R24, V95, V01, YR14, YR12, Y23, E33, E31, E30, YG63, YG61
  • Grass – G24, G21, G20
  • Squirrel – E15, E13, E11, E53, E51
  • Russell’s outfit – YR18, YR15, YR12, E44, E42, E43, E41
  • Skin – E000, E00, E02, E11, E21, R20
  • Hair – Y21, Y32, E43
  • Shadows – BG10, BG000

 

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This was a really fun card to put together and color up!  Now I’m excited for all things Fall coming soon!  I hope you liked my card today and inspired you in some way!

Thanks so much for stopping in!  I’ll see you soon!

Here’s the affiliate links to the Whimsy Stamps products I’ve used today:

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I’d like to enter this card for the following challenges:

  1.  Creative with Stamps – Dad/masculineCWS#41Dad
  2. Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes
  3. Love to Craft – LTCCB37 Aug Anything Goes
  4. Brown Sugar – Anything Goes
  5. Simply Create Too – Anything Goes
  6. Send a Smile 4 Kids – Thank you for Kids or Anything Goes

Vivienne on the Beach with Video Tutorial!

Hello friends!  Summer is in full swing over my way and the temperature is typical for August which is hot!  So of course who wouldn’t love a nice relaxing sit at the beach with a cool iced drink on hand!  Happily continuing with my guest design spot, I have another fun creation for you today using this really cute Summer image from Digi Doodle Studios:

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Vivienne Beach Girl is all decked out in her cute navy blue beach outfit holding a sea shell in one hand and a cold drink in the other!  Sounds like a great idea to me!  I had so much fun coloring her in!

I have been asked by several people how I go about doing the ink blending on certain cards that I’ve made in the past.  It’s somewhat difficult to type up exactly what I’m doing when I blend and sometimes it tends to be a bit different depending upon what background and colors I’m creating with as well as the type of scene that I’m making.  So I thought it would just be easiest to create a video tutorial on how I’ve achieved this particular beach scene background:

(To view the video on You Tube, CLICK HERE or watch below)

I didn’t show the coloring of this image in the video, but let me know if this is something you’d like to see in a video from me by leaving me a comment or message somewhere.   It always helps if you let me know that you are interested in something!

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So here’s a closer look at this adorable image and how I’ve colored her with my Copics.  I fussy cut her out and went around the edges with a black marker to hide any imperfections I may have had.  As seen in the video, I’ve attached her to the background and added some shimmer to her sunglasses with a glitter pen, added some liquid glitter glue to her cup and glossy accents on her ice.

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To add details to the card, I’ve used the Lawn Fawn stamp set Life is Good by stamping a couple of sea shells, coloring them in, fussy cutting them out and attaching to the scene. I took a sentiment from the set and white heat embossed it over a navy strip and cut it into a banner. I also took a bird and stamped it in the sky twice with black ink.  I’ve layered the beach scene onto a piece of navy cardstock that was cut with the MFT Blueprints 27 Die-namics die.  I then attached these layers onto a white top folding A2 sized card base.

Lastly, I’ve added some Crystal Clear Confetti from Studio Katia with liquid glue.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and that the video was helpful!   Be sure to stop on over to the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group and check out the inspiration or share your creation using a Digi Doodle image as we’d love to see it!  There is also a brand new Digi Doodle Blog Challenge that just started for this month, so be sure to check out the inspiration and play along!

Thanks for dropping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafty Friends – Summer Colors
  2. Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
  3. Creatalicious – Anything Goes with optional “Distress It”
  4. TIME OUT – Relaxation with optional 1 layer cardTime Out Challenge 141..1png
  5. Cardz 4 Galz – Summer fun
  6. Pearly Sparkles – Something beginning with ‘B’ (beach)

Sending Smiles Mermaid Style

Hello friends!  Well it feels nice to get back into the swing of things here again!  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the awesome welcome back I recieved from you guys!  Wish I could reach out through the screen and give you all a big hug!  🙂

Today is August 1st AND it’s on a Thursday too, so I wanted to share the card I made for the Whimsy Stamps August Digital new release as well as a brand new Cute Card Thursday Challenge too!!  Whimsy Stamps is our sponsor this week and it’s an easy “Anything Goes“, so please be sure to stop by the blog to see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along with us!!  We look forward to seeing what you’re working on!

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Oh aren’t these Sylvia Zet images just as cute as can be?!  I so enjoyed coloring her up!  (See the close up photo and details below.)  This is the DIGITAL version of  “Goldie” just released from Whimsy Stamps this month.  You can still also purchase the rubber cling stamp HERE, but now it’s nice to be able to have the option to choose either one!

Since her name is “Goldie“, I had to use the orangish color palette for her!  When looking at the image, I immediately saw “bubbles”, so I thought it would be fun to make a circle easel card design with her!  This actually turned out to be a “non-traditional” circle easel card with the circled image going askew from the main area…which makes it seem more like several bubbles underwater!

I have cut several different sizes of circles, one for the main circle card base and several others with some old SU! bokeh looking papers from my stash.  I used a stitched scallop circle die set to cut out the layers behind the circles.  I sponged all circles with some blue ink for more depth.  I’ve added a strip of blue glitter cardstock on the main card front layer as well as some ribbon to attach to the front.  I arranged the circles where I wanted them and added some foam tape here and there to pop up the layers.

To hold up the card front, the inside of the easel card has another strip of that blue glitter cardstock and I stamped an anchor image over one of the circle panels using an older Whimsy Stamps clear set.  I used some foam tape to pop that up so that the front card panel would prop up.

I’ve taken the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments stamp set to stamp the sentiment under the image panel with black ink.  For the accents on the card, I’ve used some clear acrylic bubbles randomly and glued them in places.  For the fish, it was a wood veneer from my stash that I heat embossed with some cool orange metallic embossing powder.

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Here you can see the details from the side view of the easel design and how it’s propped up with that anchor circle holding the front card panel in place.  to mail this card, you just unfold it and lay it flat as shown in the last photo below.

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Here’s a closer look at this really sweet image.  Below are the list of Copics I’ve used to color her in with:

Click on the numbers to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.

  • Fins, flowers, Bubbles – Y38, Y35, Y32, BG000
  • Hair – C8, C5, C3, C1
  • Skin – E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20
  • Snail – W5, W3, W1, E33, E31, R20

Wink of Stella used for mermaid body, clear glitter and 2-way glue pen used for the bubbles.  I used a black gel pen to dot the center of flowers.

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Here’s what the folded and closed circle card looks like.  She will not quie fit into a regular A2 sized envelope because I arranged the circles differently, but a nice 5×5 size would work great.  I do have an envelope creator which is handy for those odd shaped designs that I can custom make.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to check out the full August Digital Release over at Whimsy Stamps and don’t forget to play along with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday for your chance to win a nice prize from our sponsor, Whimsy Stamps too!!

Here are the products and affiliate links to the products I’ve used today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Sweet Stampers – Summer (digi and stamp used)
  2. QKR Stampede – #358 Anything Goes
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More – #352 Make Your Mark Make Your Mark badge
  4. Little Red Wagon – Digital Stamps
  5. Crafty Gals Corner – 3+ layers

 

 

I’m back! It’s Been a Rough Patch!

Hello friends! 🙂  Are you still with me out there?  (This is a bit of a long post to catch you up with what’s happened.)

Wow!  It sure has been a while since I’ve been able to even TRY to get back into things.  This was a really abrupt and rude unplanned disappearance from me and I was getting worried for a while about how I would even begin to start up again!  I actually feel pretty “rusty” and unpracticed from my abscence and I have a few things to share with you too!

Firstly, I want to thank you ALL from the very bottom of my heart for your wonderful comments, personal e-mail, cards and social media contact that I’ve heard from many of you.  There were days that I just went to tears hearing from my fellow crafty friends as it came on a few days that I REALLY needed it the most!  I thank you SO MUCH for that and it really helped to get me though some difficult pain days.

So what happened was a worsening of something that I believed to be a minor back issue that I thought would resolve on it’s own, but the issue grew worse and more painful to the point that I couldn’t sit, stand, walk or even getting out of bed was painful enough that I had a procedure to try and control the nerve pain.  With this done, along with physical therapy and adjustments to my life style, I am feeling better now.  It’s not COMPLETELY pain free, but it’s tollerable enough to do normal tasks for a period of time until I need to move around again.  It’s just a life style adjustment that I can live with and hopefully fit in with what I love to do which is crafting!  It really bothered me to just “walk away”, but sometimes when your health is in trouble, you just have to do what you have to do and heal.  I have just learned that SEVERAL small breaks a day are better than none at all and I will pay for it later if I don’t!  🙂  Thanks for sticking it out with me!

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And so with that, I would like to share a couple of things that actually took way longer to complete than what I would normally take the time to complete and it was actually the very last little bit that I had accomplished before I had to completely step out of my room for a while.  My husband wouldn’t let me go back in there until he was sure that I could tollerate my pain ok.  Still working through the exercises until my follow up Dr. appointment, but I think I’ll be fine from here…I sure hope so as I’m ready to ROCK N ROLL!!!  LOL

I had made a couple of Father’s Day cards that I hand dilevered:

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This one I made for my brother.  He has always loved his rock-n-roll and we share similar tastes with each other, so I thought this was really appropriate for him.

Although I don’t have a black  light, my brother does and I told him to hold up the card to a black light and the  Brutus Monroe Neon Aqua Pigment watercolor background that I made will glow!  It’s a pretty cool affect!  I used most all product for my card from the Brutus Monroe Rock On Inspiration Box. (They don’t have the card kit available any longer, but CLICK HERE for the stamp set and a few other elements from it.)

I took one of the foilable image panels from the kit and took several of the Neon Aqua Pigments and smooshed them over the background until I was happy.  I tried to foil over it, but it didn’t completely get all of it.  I added the strip of holligraphic paper at the bottom and the stamped elements along with the stars over it.  For the sentiment, I heat embossed it with the Brutus Monroe Mic Drop EP that came in the kit and popped it up with foam tape. (That stuff is so awesome, I had to grab a big bottle!)  He seemed to like it and I think those neon watercolors are pretty cool myself! 🙂

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And this is the card that I made for my dear ole dad!  This is probably one of my all time faves from Newton’s Nook called Winston’s BBQ.  I think they have had this set for a while, but It’s a great one for masculine themed designs!

I’ve used a kraft cardstock background and stamped several of the images from the set all over the background with the same color of ink.  For the main panel, I stamped Winston, the grill and sentiment together and colored with my Copic markers.  I also sponged some blue ink around the edges of it for a “sky” looking appearance.

I’ve taken a strip of silver foil cardstock and ran an embossing folder through it to place across the center of the card.  I used some foam tape to pop up the image panel over top.  All of these layers were placed over an A2 sized white top folding card base.

I was happy to give dad a smile that day!  He likes to cook on the grill.

Of course, last but not least, I wanted to share a card I had completed for a guest design card meant for June and that was completed at the end of May, but I was unable to share it before I had to leave for a while.  This is the card I gave to my husband for Father’s Day and he really does feel like my super hero! 🙂

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Isn’t this just the cutest?!  I made this card using the adorable Paper Nest Dolls Superboy Owen and his sweet companion Superpuppy too!  I had so much fun blending the background in the different colors!  I added some blue stars stamped in the background.  the city scape behind him was made with a city scape die cut layered a couple of times.  I used some yellow cardstock behind the building for a lighted building affect.  The wall was made using some gray colored cardstock and then a brick stencil with some red ink colored embossing paste to over it with.  Then I just added the sentiment by white heat embossing it over a black strip that I die cut out.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done on the images.  I’ve used a silver gel pen to color in the buckle on his outfit.  I fussy cut the images out after coloring.

Here you can also see the splattering that I’ve done with some white shimmer paint in the background with the blue stars.

If you haven’t yet, PLEASE hop on over and check out the Paper Nest Dolls store, (Digital storeblog and join in the group over on Facebook for inspiration too!  Can’t wait to share more with you soon!!  Their badge and store link are also available on the left side of this blog as well!

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I actually got a bit of really cool news while I was down and thanks to a lovely craft friend, she tagged me and let me know about this, but my set of Whimsy Stamps “Bee cards” were shown in the Making Cards & Papercraft Magazine for August 2019!  Chosen as a “top spot” editor’s pick right inside the front cover!  I was very surprised and to see what was said about it along with my blog address was pretty cool!  So go get your copy of this magazine!  It’s my first time having a peek at it and they’ve got some pretty neat inspiration in there!

Although I have been in a great deal of pain and mainly dealing with what came with it, of course my husband was great at trying to “distract” me from it and trying to get me to smile as much as possible.  He knew first hand how I was feeling each day and like I mentioned above, he’s my super hero!  So there were a few fun or smiling moments here and there while I was being patient with myself as much as I could anyway.

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I wasn’t able to do much to celebrate 4th of July, but going out in my backyard, my neighborhood seemed to have a pretty cool display!  You can see the half moon at the bottom underneath the left side of the firework.  Needed bug spray, but it was a nice night!

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Back in April, hubby and I had gotten some Styx concert tickets and I was worried about going due to the problems I was having.  Of course hubby said not to worry about it as our seats were great with no one behind us so I could sit, stand or whatever I needed to do!  It was loud enough with the music and it took my mind off things plus I could always clap and sing the songs!  🙂  We took a good break in the middle of it so I could move around away from the seat too.  It was a great concert!

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In my backyard, I have different flowers and I really enjoy going out in nature to see the flowers, birds, bees, etc.  The flowers this Summer really helped me relax, smile and just enjoy the beauty that is around.

Some days were absolutely horrible, but there are also these days too…

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I’m soooo happy to finally be able to write up a post and now that I’m able to start getting back into my stamp room, I’m very excited to be able to come back to my design teams (who were ALL so absolutely wonderful with letting me have the time to heal and recover!  It meant so much!) and I will be along again soon to share new creations now!  Yay!  Hope everyone is doing well and I’ve missed you!

Crafty hugs