Share Handmade Kindness Week 4

I feel bad for missing week 3 – but I just couldn’t get my kids involved last week for the challenge.  This week’s theme is sharing handmade kindness with strangers.

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Simple notes or cards are the simplest things to give to strangers – so I made three quick holiday cards to put on strangers’ windshields tonight when my family and I went out to grab a quick dinner tonight.

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This Mama Elephant stamp set is so cute and I wish I had more time to jazz it up, but this was the best I could come up with in 15 mins.  My youngest, Liam, had been out with us all day grocery shopping for Thanksgiving and missed his nap. So while I was making these cards, he fell asleep in a little armchair behind me.  It was quite a funny sight!

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I definitely used my MISTI tool to make the stamping consistent with each of these cards.  The MISTI has saved me so much time recently with making my batch of personal holiday cards.

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Nothing too fancy, but I enjoyed the time I had to create.  After the initial curses under their breaths, I hope these strangers will realize what was left on their windshields were meant to make them smile and bring them some peace after their long days. 🙂

I really hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’ll be baking all day tomorrow – enjoy whatever it is you are doing! I’m so grateful to be off work this week!

SUPPLIES

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Not shown below is Stampin’ Up!’s Gold Paper. Note also that the rhinestones I used are Recollections brand that I purchased from Michael’s. I reference the SU brand below.

ME Twinkle Towns
ME Twinkle Towns

EH | SSS |ME

HA Acts of Kindness
HA Acts of Kindness

EH | SSS


Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink

Crumb Cake Ink
Crumb Cake Ink

Rose Red Ink
Rose Red Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
ME Twinkle Towns
ME Twinkle Towns

EH | SSS | ME


Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Heat Tool
Heat Tool
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle

SSS | EH


Rhinestone Jewels
Rhinestone Jewels

My 2015 Holiday Card

Happy Thanksgiving week, Everyone!

I always try to get my holiday cards out every year before Thanksgiving. Each year, I try to send a photo in some way. Since I only started crafting last fall, this is my second year making my own holiday cards. Last year, I inserted a photo with the card. This year, I made the photo a part of the card. This card is inspired by the card Jennifer McGuire made last year. The idea is the same, but the personal touches are different

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I made 75 of these. I started off by cutting all the velum and cardstock to 4.25″ x 5.5″. My sister in law took our photo for us (bethanywearsphotography.com) and I printed them at Walmart.com and had them shipped to my house – nothing too fancy.  I used Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangle dies to cut out each photo (that was crazy of me). Then I ran all the red cardstock through my printer to add a personal message on the inside. Once this was done, the stamping began.

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The MISTI was really helpful for this assembly line – it helped me stamp everything in the exact same place for each card and I highly recommend this tool if you don’t have it already. I did all the stamping for this gold sentiment and embossed all 75 pieces of vellum first, then I worked on the light string at the top.

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I alternated between using red embossing powder and stickles for the lights.  Again, I embossed all 75, then add stickles and let them dry.

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Once the vellum pieces were done, it was time to put my cards together. I sewed the card together using my sewing machine. A paper clamp is handy if you’re afraid of not lining the cards up perfectly before running it through the sewing machine.

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I’m so glad I got them all done and in the mailbox this week. If you’d like to see the process, please watch my video and/or check out Jennifer McGuire’s video here.

SUPPLIES:

ME Jingle Greetings
ME Jingle Greetings

EH | SSS |ME

HA Sparkle Borders
HA Sparkle Borders

EH | SSS | HA

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


VersaMarker
VersaMarker

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder

WOW Primary Apple Red Superfine
WOW Primary Apple Red Superfine
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle

SSS | EH


SSS Stitched Rectangles
SSS Stitched Rectangles

Real Red Cardstock
Real Red Cardstock

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock

Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Stickles - Christmas Red Glitter Glue
Ranger Stickles – Christmas Red Glitter Glue

EH | SSS


Janome 6260 Quilter's Companion Sewing Machine
Janome 6260 Quilter’s Companion Sewing Machine

MISTI - Laser Etched

MISTI – Laser Etched

Double Slider Card – A Personal Message Revealed

Hi Everyone!!!

I’ve had news that I’ve been dying to share but I’ve been waiting for this because I wanted to know all the details!  I found out just a week before moving back to KC that I was pregnant. This was in July!!! So we kept it a secret and moved back while struggling with lots of changes. If you don’t already know, I have 3 healthy, handsome boys. I have been praying for a little girl for YEARS. No matter how many times I told myself I was done, I knew my heart wasn’t full.  So we decided to try one last time thinking we would be settled in Ohio for the next 3 years. God clearly had other plans for us!

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My boys are so fun, happy, and full of life – but I’m definitely out-numbered! Can you tell my youngest, Liam runs the show? He’s my best friend because we spend a lot of time together.

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Here’s my husband being silly and making me laugh, as always. I couldn’t do anything without him!
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We found out the baby’s gender yesterday – so I finished this card that I’ve been thinking about all week. So glad I can finally share it!!!

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This double slider card is so much fun and it’s very easy to make! I thought long and hard about how I wanted to make a card that would be perfect for revealing my personal message – so when I stumbled across a video from Darlene Devries on Pinterest – I knew this is what I was going to do. The left and right panels are revealed simultaneously.

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Isn’t that fun!?!  It’s such a great keepsake! If you want to see the details on this card, you’ll have to watch my video!

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

COPIC Colors: R20, T1, T2, T3


Project Life Day to Day
Project Life Day to Day
LF Love You Tons
LF Love You Tons
EH | SSS | LF
MFT Birthday Wishes & Balloons
MFT Birthday Wishes & Balloons
EH | SSS | MFT

SSS All Ocassion Banners & Dies
SSS All Ocassion Banners & Dies
ME Bella Letters
ME Bella Letters
EH | SSS |ME
ME Flashy Letters
ME Flashy Letters
EH | SSS |ME
ME Pizazz Pieces
ME Pizazz Pieces
EH | SSS | ME

Pink Pirouette Ink
Pink Pirouette Ink

Soft Sky Ink
Soft Sky Ink

Pistachio Pudding Ink (Retired)
Pistachio Pudding Ink (Retired)
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS

Subtles Stampin' Write Markers
Subtles Stampin’ Write Markers

2014-2016 In Color Markers
2014-2016 In Color Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Memento Tuxedo Black Marker
Memento Tuxedo Black Marker

Stamping Sponges
Stamping Sponges

Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads
EH | SSS | AMZN

Sticky Strip (Retired)
Sticky Strip (Retired)

Tombow Permanent Tape Runner
Tombow Permanent Tape Runner
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
EH | SSS | AMZN

Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine (Retired)
Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker’s Twine (Retired)
3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape
EH | SSS | AMZN

Melon Mambo Ink
Melon Mambo Ink

Share Handmade Kindness Week 2 – Community

Hi Everyone!

It’s week 2 of Jennifer McGuire’s Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. If you’re not familiar, visit her blog by clicking on the following image:

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The first’s week’s challenge was a handmade item made for a family for friend. I made a card for my husband and you can view that card here. This week’s challenge is a community challenge: waitresses, doctors, mailmen, nurses, teachers, police, firemen, military, pastors, etc. So I’ve decided to make my boys’ teachers cards.

Little Minds

This card too is very simple, so I didn’t make a video.  I stamped this Avery Elle image in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with copic markers. To add a final touch, I added some glimmer using my Wink of Stella Clear Pen.

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I had to use an envelop punch board to make envelopes for these since they are 4×4 cards – it’s never an issue because I love using tools I don’t get to use often.

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I hope you like this!

SUPPLIES:

AE Little Minds
AE Little Minds
EH | SSS
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS

Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST
Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear
EH | SSS | AMZN
Envelope Punch Board
Envelope Punch Board
EH | SSS

Festive Flurry

Hi There!

Every month, the LiveLoveCards community has a monthly challenge and I always try to be a part of it – it gives me inspiration for a card and makes me think about the next project a few days in advance. This month’s challenge is SNOWFLAKES! So I pulled out this Festive Flurry set that became available through Stampin’ Up! two years ago. It’s now retired but I feel so fortunate that I was able to get these last year during Stampin’ Up!’s holiday sales!

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Don’t be fooled by this card! It really wasn’t hard to make. I think the part that took the longest was the distress ink blending – haha. I stamped a piece of Neenah White cardstock with a Falling Snow background stamp in Versamark ink, covered it in pearl white embossing powder, then heat set it. Then I covered the panel by blending with Shaded Lilac distress ink.

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The snowflake itself is layered with different sizes of the snowflake (from the bottom) in Dusty Concord ink, silver embossing powder, Seedless Preserves ink, and Shaded Lilac Ink. Lots of dimensionals used! I also added the ribbon between the first two snowflakes at the bottom to give it an ornament feel.

Festive Flurry

I hope you like it! All the supplies will be listed below. Here is my video if you’d like to watch it come together:

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Distress Colors: Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserve, Dusty Concord

Not shown: Stampin’ Up! Silver Paper – sorry I forgot to add it until I started narrating my video!


Festive Flurry
Festive Flurry

SSS Falling Snow
SSS Falling Snow
LF Let It Snow
LF Let It Snow
EH | SSS | LF
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
EH | SSS | AMZN

Festive Flurry Framelits
Festive Flurry Framelits
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN

Heat Tool
Heat Tool
WOW Metallic Silver Sparkle
WOW Metallic Silver Sparkle
SSS | EH
WOW White Pearl Embossing Powder
WOW White Pearl Embossing Powder
SSS | AMZN

Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads
EH | SSS | AMZN
ATG Gun
ATG Gun
EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
EH | SSS

Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin’ Dimensionals

Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle

MISTI
MISTI
PPP Clear Droplets 6mm
PPP Clear Droplets 6mm
EH | SSS | PPP

Silver 1/8
Silver 1/8″ Ribbon

Word Window Punch
Word Window Punch

Modern Label Punch
Modern Label Punch

Stencil Sleeve
Stencil Sleeve

Craftmates 2XL Lockables 14 Comp
Craftmates 2XL Lockables 14 Comp

Absorber
Absorber

Share Handmade Kindness Week 1 – Family or Friend

Hi Everyone!

I’m feeling encouraged this week to make a card to encourage a family or friend because of another amazing crafter, Jennifer McGuire.  I think most people who are serious about cardmaking know who she is. Jennifer has launched a challenge with her new website/blog for the month of November and I know that this is inspiring a lot of crafters to spread love to others. Everyone can use more kindness in their lives – even if the smile lingers only a few seconds – those seconds are a change YOU made that they didn’t expect.

Please visit her blog and view the video of her story and why she launched this wonderful challenge and everlasting act to encourage others to share if you haven’t seen it yet. If you click on the image below, it will take you to her blog.

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As I mentioned, this week’s challenge is to create something handmade for a family or friend. Sometimes, I think we forget that the people who need the most uplifting are the people who live right underneath our roof. My little family has been through a lot over the past few years with my husband pursuing a career in medicine. We knew it was going to be difficult when he started, but I don’t think anyone can truly grasp the hardships that come along with that process. My husband is forever a loyal father to his children and a wonderful husband to me. His new residency, which brought us back to the Kansas City area, is proving to be a challenge for us as it is physically and emotionally demanding. So I made this card for him using a Stampin’ Up! set that I’ve never used before, hoping it will encourage him and remind him of what a wonderful person is and has always been.

SHK Rainbow

The stamping is really simple to I added some texture using the Marvy Snow Marker and heating to activate it for the cloud.

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I didn’t make a video for this card because it is so simple…and I really just wanted to share the card and a bit of our story for you here.

I have been pretty down lately with his work schedule – because it also means I pick up a lot more responsibilities in a new home and with the kids. I am reminded of what it was like while he was in school and I was pregnant with two kids and was a single mom during the week. This went on for almost 4 years.  When medical school was over, I knew that we would follow him wherever his residency would take him. In 15 month, we moved from KC (go ROYALS!) to Ohio, then back to KC again when he accepted a position at a local hospital. We jumped at the opportunity to return home to an area we love and missed. The kids get to see their cousins and family, attend great schools and we get to be a part of a great community. There was really no reason not to move back. We don’t regret it one bit. We love our home and we are happy. Except that we don’t get to see each other much anymore.  He works at least 13 or 14 hours most days, doesn’t get enough sleep, and he’s hard on himself because he thinks he could be better at his job and he’s torn because he can’t spend more time with his family.

I miss my husband. I miss that we can’t have dinners together and I never know when he’s going to be off work. Sometimes he’ll hope to be done by 5 pm and he doesn’t get home until after 7. It isn’t so bad until you remember he’s been there 12 hours or more. When things get rough, I start to let resentment build and I feel bad for it. Like having to make phone calls to arrange for a fence to be put in or waiting in the car with the kids for him to get home so we can rush to a school event without delay. Everything comes to him as a surprise because he has no idea what’s going on…and most of the time, I forget to tell him because there’s so little time together before bed.

He’s really good about putting clean dishes away. I can’t find some things because he’s put them in a place I don’t normally put it. He doesn’t know because he’s not here to use the frying pan. I get mad, then I get sad. Then I cry. When he walks in the door…sometimes I’m stoic. I don’t want to talk about anything because I don’t want to cry or speak my frustrations knowing he’s had a long day.

People try to be encouraging and say that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that things will get easier. I don’t think it’s true. I think we learn to cope with it better as time goes on, but I don’t think it gets easier. The moment I became a medical students wife, I also signed on to be a medical resident’s wife and to be a doctor’s wife. He’s going miss half of everything that goes on with the kids.  He knows this – and I know this. The world around us continues to spin and people continue to take but they don’t see how hard it is because they don’t ask or reach out. I don’t ask for help because I’m so used to handling it all on my own. I can’t blame anyone but myself for that.

Anyway…that is our story. When I read about this week’s #sharehandmadekindness challenge, I thought of my husband knowing he could really use some encouragement from me. Sometimes listening to him talk about his long day isn’t enough. He needs to hear that he’s doing great and that these experiences will make him a wonderful doctor in the future.

I hope you’ll visit Jennifer’s website and can be as touched and as encouraged by her to share your handmade kindness as well. Hopefully my next share for this month’s challenge won’t be as personal – because it doesn’t have to be! I just thought I would share so that readers can learn a bit more about my real life struggles. That’s all for now – go share some handmade kindness!

SUPPLIES:


Over The Rainbow
Over The Rainbow
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN

Real Red Ink
Real Red Ink

Pumpkin Pie Ink
Pumpkin Pie Ink

So Saffron Ink
So Saffron Ink

Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink

Pacific Point Ink
Pacific Point Ink

Perfect Plum Ink
Perfect Plum Ink
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

SSS Stitched Rectangles
SSS Stitched Rectangles

Marvy Snow Marker
Marvy Snow Marker