Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dealing with Stress

When things get stressful for me, I turn to my garden. Last week my credit card number was stolen, so I had to call to cancel my card and get a new one reissued. That process wasn't all that bad but getting my new card in time for my upcoming trip to Iceland this week, is causing a few gray hairs. Now I understand why my Dad always went out to his garden after work to water. Something very meditative about doing that. 
I also have two homes in the outlining area of Houston Texas. At this point I have no idea if any damage was done or more importantly if my tenants are OK. There hasn't been any response from my property managers, but I'm sure there are more pressing issues they have to deal with.  
So I walk out to my garden and water the plants that I started from seed or little seedlings. Water the Japanese maple trees that came from my father garden to help remind me to be thankful for what I do have. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Squishy Backgrounds 2017

When I'm having a creative block, I make backgrounds for my cards. For the longest time I could never get the squishy acrylic block technique to work. I've watched many YouTube video, but until I watched one done by Jennifer McGuire did the light bulb go on. It's not rocket science but Jennifer explained the why and how without a lot of excess blabbling, which is the down fall so many other crafting blogs. The photo doesn't show the really cool ones on made since I've already turned them into cards. Big thank you to Jennifer!  I will link her blog posting on how to do this technique once I figure out how to do it. :) 

Halloween Cards 2017

Every time my computer is updated it takes me awhile to figure out how to upload my photos. Sorry for the delay in getting things posted!
I finally got around to picking up a ream of Desert Storm card stock. Love the color and more down to earth look. I've also practiced more with my Misti and well,  have to admit it does make a big difference.  If you want to mass produce cards or avoid those under-stamping mistakes, using this stamping tool is a must have, even at the high price point. 
For this year I went with making the candy corn card to mail out. Even with Halloween not being a really big card sending holiday, I love making them! All the stamps and die cuts are really old and the packaging is long gone so I can't list everything.