Sunday, March 22, 2020

COVID-19 madness.

Yes, that's me in a face mask I made from quilting fabric. It has a twist tie along the top edge for shaping and a pocket opening if I care to put in a filter.

I have a new respect for health care professionals who have to wear these things and actually breathe and work in them. They are freaking HOT. No wonder hospitals are kept so cold.

The first prototype was too small for my face. Or perhaps I put too much pleating in. Anyway, I plan on making a bunch of these for myself and others.

At this time there has been no local call for them, but several hospitals in other parts of the country are desperate enough to ask for donations of them and publish instructions.It's only a matter of time before people start scalping others for these too. Let's not talk about folks hoarding basics like hand sanitizer (understandable) or toilet paper (WTF?)

I'm going to be working from home for the next 2 weeks, then I'll be back at the library working in the mostly empty building.  Staff is divided in half and each is 2 weeks at work and 2 weeks at home.  The public is limited to phone in reference and curbside pickup of materials for the next few weeks or months.

Everyone, please do your part and stay back and safely away from others.

Friday, March 13, 2020


Bunnies!  These bunnies are part of the March Spellbinders'Small Die of the Month.  They call it a kit sometimes, but it's really just the dies. And what dies they are!

This is the first time since I've been subscribing that I've used the dies in the same month I got them. Heck, it's the same week, too!

The paper is left over from a Simon Says Stamp kit from several years ago.  I seem to recall there were bunny peeps in that one.

I have had the photo realistic grass in my stash since my scrap booking days, about 10 years ago.

I was so inspired that I brought out some paper I've had that long and used some of it up, too.  Actually it's leftovers from the "throwing them together" post from the last time. Who am I kidding?

I made the envelope with the printed side inside so that it would be easy to address and put through the mail.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Just slapping them together now

In an effort to pretend that I'm dipping into my old paper stash, I put together this card and made a matching envelope.

The die cut buildings with trees has been in my die cut cup for a few years, too. The paper is from an old My Mind's Eye pad I got at Michael's.  It's thin paper that I originally got for scrap booking.

In other news, I bought an entire card  kit in order to get the ONE poinsettia die that has captured my imagination.  The rest of the kit is OK, after all it is Spellbinders. But an entire kit for one die? And Christmas themed, at that?

I'm really round the bend now.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Back to flowers, one more time!

This one escaped the photo process yesterday, so here it is. It's the last of the My Favorite Things' Stitched Flowers cards, at least for a while.

Like the little bees?

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Back to flowers, part 2

OK, it's the same as last time, only many more of them.  The flowers are assembled from My Favorite Things' Stitched Flower dies, and the leaves are from Paper Smooches' Foliage 1 & 2.  The embossing folders are Darice  and Sizzix. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Back to flowers, again

When all else fails, crafty-inspiration-wise, go back to flowers.

These flowers were created from My Favorite Things' Stitched Flowers Dies. The centers on most of the flowers are Nuvo drops.

The greenery is cut with Paper Smooches' Foliage 1 and 2 dies. The Darice embossing folder with the text has been in my stash for a while, and the lumpy embossing folder is from Sizzix. The sentiments have been in my desk cup for a while also.

So, over the weekend I ordered ANOTHER Christmas card kit.  While I was on the site I also ordered more embossing folders and a few small die sets.  One of the sets I ordered is for layered flowers, and since I can't wait for them I pulled out these cuties from MFT and started layering them up. I hope I don't burn out before the new set gets here.

The card kit was ordered because I couldn't figure out any other way to get the particular die that comes with it any other way. I'm a little obsessed, I think. I took a few minutes to finally put the parts of the "Merry Everything" kit back in it's box, where it can rest until next time I need to do a bunch of Christmas cards.  I have enough for the next 3 years already, but who's counting?

Friday, February 14, 2020

Maps make great masculine cards.

I used up the rest of the Florida map pages from my very old 12 x 12 paper pad. I even cut out one of North Carolina, since my brother owns a cabin there. Fun fact :  the mountains in North Carolina are so full of Floridians in the summer that it is sometimes referred to as "Upstairs Florida". 


I used up the last of the navy card bases from the Paper Studios card set, and cut both the maps and red mats using a Sizzix rectangle die with perforated edges.  The sentiment is from Spellbinder's Favorite Fonts sentiments which was from the December small die of the month.

I can always use more "thank you" cards.

The geotag die is from an old Mama Elephant die set called "Index Card".  It is roughly positioned at the small town I grew up in, Bartow.