Lucky

Lucky:  adjective,  producing or resulting in good by chance, blessed

So, it’s been a really hard week out here in our neck of the woods.  Saturday night I noticed a burning smell.  I thought it smelled electrical.  My daughter and son-in-law thought it smelled like plastic.  My husband can’t smell well at all and smelled nothing.  We looked outside and didn’t see a fire near us.  We thought someone somewhere was burning trash as that happens a lot in our unincorporated, unrestricted neighborhood outside of any city limits.  We were wrong.  Ends up it was an electrical and plastic smell.  My nephew’s (who lives on the back side of our property) mobile home was on fire! We did not see it for nearly an hour and a half! The smell got bad enough that my husband finally smelled it and that’s when he saw a puff of smoke as he looked out of our upstairs window.  The cause–lithium batteries for his RC cars most likely exploded.  My husband fought a good fight.  Inhaled lots of smoke containing the fire to the back bedroom.  He and a neighbor ripped open the metal back door to that bedroom with their bare hands so he could spray water on the fire.  My daughter and son-in-law rolled off the water hose from one of our work trucks and connected it directly to our well house.  The small metal 1950s mobile home did not burn to the ground but almost everything inside was gone.  All of his furniture, clothes, big screen t.v., computer.  All gone.  But we were blessed.  Lucky.  Jim (my nephew) was not at home..no one got hurt.  On Sunday we pulled out everything and started throwing it into a trailer to be hauled off.  Several of my nieces and Jim’s sister from Oklahoma came out and carefully washed his dragon knick-knack collection and his late mother’s angel collection.  They washed, dried and wrapped them up to be stored until he has a new home.  Many of his photos were okay too.  Those in frames were taken out to be placed into new frames.  Lucky.  Blessed.

Here’s hubby and I looking over the kitchen/living room area.

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More of the fire damage…

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Work was started on it right away this week, with one day put on hold to wait for the rain.  Today the old mobile home is gone, thanks to the hard work of my husband, nephew and brothers-in-law and our combined heavy equipment.  Next, they will be leveling the land, taking down fences, trimming back some tree limbs in preparation of a new mobile home that we will be going to look at in Oklahoma on Sunday.  Lucky. Blessed.  I’m happy to say that my hubby is okay after inhaling all that smoke.  They brought out Life Care on Saturday night to check him out, but he is a stubborn man.  He had a cough for a few days after but now he is fine.  Jim is holding up good.  He’s received cash money donations and has been able to buy new clothes, shoes, etc.  Others have bought and brought him clothes including a jacket, sweat shirts, work boots etc.  His friend Christina started a GoFundMe account and many friends/relatives have donated to that fund. That money will be used to help him set up his new home for whatever he might need. If you have a few extra dollars to spare and would like to donate to help me help my nephew, here’s the link:  Jim’s Go Fund Me Account  Thank you so much.  We are indeed lucky and blessed. So very, very blessed.  All thoughts and prayers are appreciated so much and myself and my nephew Jim are very thankful for the help, money, clothing, etc. donated. Thank you, Thank you.

So, the Lucky tags are what I worked on Saturday afternoon before the fire that evening.  I’d decided that I wanted a wood block set for my mantel to hang tags each month for the season or holidays.  Hubby would have cut me some blocks but I decided to just order the set from Little Blue House and while I was at it, order me a tag kit for March.  I will probably design and create my own tags for the next months.  I only got the tags done, still need to paint and put pattern paper on the wood blocks.  I have done NO crafting this week.  I’ve been mentally and physically exhausted. Though I can’t do much physically, I’m still tired and the crafty mojo just hasn’t been there.  I did finally get in the craft room for a bit yesterday afternoon to see what I needed to do. Today and tomorrow I will be cutting kits for my March 5th class at Flossie Scrapper.

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If you view this tag set at The Little Blue House, you’ll see that I added a touch of myself to the tags. Extra bows and a bit of bling. Happy Crafting,

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See that little saying in the center of the bow of the above tag?  Yeah, the one that says “Let it Snow.”  Would you believe that almost a year ago we had some wintery stuff?  Ice, freezing stuff!  I know because I looked at my blog post for February 23, 2015 when I originally posted the above photo. Yep, what a difference a year makes! Today they are saying we will have almost 80 degrees (f)! I’m wearing Capri pants and a short sleeve summery top. It’s going to be a beautiful day!!

Okay so I haven’t posted since Monday. Once again I’ve been super busy here in this office.  I did find a few hours to work in the craft room and I should be able to work up there again this afternoon.  I’m designing something that I hope to offer as a class or at the very least as a tutorial. It’s slow going as I’m trying to do a video while fine tuning the creation process so this week I’ve had nothing to share!  I’ve decided that while I’m in a designing mode that there will be days that I don’t post.  And that’s okay.  I’d much rather have something new to share when I post but that just can’t happen 24/7. Ha, ha.  But I do love the tag above.  I created it following a Graphic 45 instruction sheet for tags last year. I’d hope to make a tag every month in 2015 following their class instructions but things happened and I didn’t.  Maybe I have the instruction sheets printed up or I can find them on line because I’d really still like to make them all!  Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today.  Just wanted to pop in and let you all know I’m still around and still creating…

Happy Crafting!

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I love the quote on this card.  It’s a Stampin’ Up! stamp that I have in my stash and it’s from their Happy Moments collection.

“Every day holds the

possibility of a miracle.”

~ Elizabeth David

It’s time for another challenge over on Cards in Envy!  This time the theme is “Tickled Pink” which means your card should be mostly pink in color or have something pink as the focal point. I love pink so this would be easy for me or so I thought.  Do you ever have an idea in your head and it just won’t turn out on paper the way you want? Yeah, this happened to me while making this card–several times.  But I kept at it and ended up with this one and I love it.  One thing I should share about the Cards in Envy challenge.  We’ve decided to accept any size and any shape card for our challenges BUT they must still be flat enough to fit in an envy (envelope) for mailing. My card is a square one this time.  It’s been a while since I’ve made a square card but I do like them now and then.  This one is a 5″ square and I have envelopes that fit that size.

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To create this card, I decided to use some rubber stamps that I’ve had in my stash for quite sometime and I think I’ve only used them once or twice!  These are from a Stampin’ Up collection called “A Wash With Flowers.”  I’m pretty sure they are a discontinued set but you should be able to get a similar look with other flower stamps.  I did a “messy” stamp or coloring technique where it doesn’t matter if you get out of the lines.  I used my Copic markers.  Then I put some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in the Pickled Raspberry color on my craft mat and added some water to thin it up and splattered the image with a small brush.  Next I matted the image to some pink paper from a 6×6 pad, Teresa Collins “Sweet Afternoon” and tied some button string around it and into a bow.  Then I added more layers from the same paper pad and attached it all to the white card base.

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If you love making cards, I hope you’ll join us on the Cards in Envy Challenge!  We have a new challenge every 1st and 3rd Monday so this time you actually have an extra week to create a card or two or three.  Hoping you find your miracle today.

Happy Crafting!

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A few weeks ago (or maybe it was a month ago) I joined a private craft group on Facebook.  Lots of ideas are shared and a once a month challenge.  This is the card I created last night and just uploaded to the group for my February challenge entry.  It had to have the colors I used in the card and either a mushroom, bike, roses or heart on the card.  I went with roses and hearts.  My inspiration for the card came from searching for vintage Valentines as the card also had to have a vintage vibe to it.  So this is what I came up with.

To create the card, I used, of course, white card stock and a metallic silver paper I had in my stash.  I punched the corners with a new Martha Stewart heart corner punch that I bought at Michael’s craft store for half price. I used the same punch to get the small red hearts.  The large scallop heart is cut with a die on the Big Shot and I carefully inked the edges with a red Copic pen (#R35).  The lattice behind the big heart is stamped with a Prima clear stamp from their Firefly set.  I  used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Stormy Sky for the lattice and for the Love sentiment.  The sentiment is also a clear stamp but is from the Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages set.

The roses and the cupid were fussy cut from a 6×6 piece of Graphic 45 paper called “Be My Valentine” that is in the discontinued Sweet Sentiments collection. I used a fine tip black pen to make the dots for the dangling hearts.  I finished up with applying some clear Wink of Stella glitter pen on the hearts and roses.

Yesterday afternoon my love card took about 10 minutes.  This one….several hours.  But that’s the way it is when you are creating something.

Happy Crafting!

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I don’t normally buy “kits” but in January I saw a monthly card kit from Simon Says Stamp and I thought I’d order one month to see how I liked it.  I got January which had all this wonderful stuff to create love and Valentine cards.  I’ve been rather busy at work the last few weeks and haven’t had much time for crafting but today everything lined up right and I found myself with a few hours to make something crafty so I decided to open up this kit and made the card above.

What was fun about the kit is that you also get a color sheet with 6 card ideas.  No instructions but all of the cards were created by a Simon Says Stamp designer from the same kit contents.  I picked the one that was designed by Laura Bassen.  It’s a shaker card and I did use a bit different selection of stickers from the sticker pack just because I loved the x’s and o’s.

To create the card, I cut and scored a card base from heavy white cardstock in the A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″)  Then I cut some dotted paper from the kit 6×6 paper pad down to a 4″ x 5.25″ size.  Next I cut the pink ombre paper to a 3 3/4″ x 5″ size.  To that piece, I sewed (zig zag stitch) a piece of clear plastic transparency on three sides and added the red, gold and pink heart “sequins” from the kits, then I stitched up the remaining side. It’s been a while since I’ve stitched on paper and maybe never on plastic so one line is not perfectly straight, but I’m okay with it. The black arrow, “Love” and x’s o’s are Crate Paper epoxy “Hello Love” stickers that I got with the kit.  Seriously, this card took maybe 10 minutes to make and I love how it turned out.  How fun to shake it up!

Below is a photo of some of the things I got in the kit.  I’ll list them below the photo so you’ll know what a great deal it was!

Kit

  • Crate Paper “Hello Love” 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad
  • Crate Paper “Hello Love” Epoxy Stickers Pack
  • Simon Says Stamp “Hello Beautiful” Clear Stamp Set
  • Crate Paper “Hello Love” Red, Pink and Gold Heart Sequins
  • Simon Says Stamp Heart Outlines Die
  • Crate Paper “Hello Love” Ombre Word Stickers Pack
  • One each 8 1/2″ x 11″ 100 lb Card Stock in red, pink, black and white from Simon Says Stamp
  • Idea Sheet with color photos of six cards for you to make

Cost if purchased monthly is $29.95, but if you sign up for the annual membership which starts March 1st, your cost is $24.95 each month.  I’m not signing up for each month as I know how I can let kits pile up and never get around to doing them. But I did really like this one! I think I’ll make a few more cards from this kit!

There are a few more days left for the “From the Heart” card challenge over on Cards in Envy.  This time, the designers are also making and linking an extra card to the challenge if they’d like to in honor of our co-founder Denise Gray that passed away on February 1st.  So, in honor of a very dear online friend, I’m linking this card.

Happy Crafting!