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Punny Card Making

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Hello, so I have been trying to keep out of my own head and occupy my time and direct my obsessive and/or insane thoughts into a more positive direction (or at least a more productive one.) I had no idea what I was going to make with all of that wonderful happy Mail I got so I just opened a pack of clear stamps and started stamping my heart out. I just reached in my basket and grabbed a pack of stamps and ended up with the Avery Elle “Punny Food” stamp set I oredered from Simon Says Stamp and stamped a couple of pages.

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I then cut out all the shapes and then occupied my time with coloring all of them and tracing the black lines with my glitter gel pen. I am not done assembling all of the cards yet, as I have stamps so many images. (Like I said, I was trying to stay out of my head.) Here are a couple of the cards I came up with. What do you think? Do any of you ever feel the need to escape your own mind or thoughts sometimes?

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Fun Mail!

Hello! I recently received some of the goodies I ordered during my little shopping spree. I ordered from Simon says stampHero artsStamps of Life, and Unity Stamp Co.

Here’s a look at my goodies. I hope they inspire me to create some fun things! Wish me luck!

In the meantime, enjoy life’s sweet moments!

Rose 🌹

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Mice Inspiration 

I have been trying to get inspired to create something instead of obsessing over my planner. As I wrote in my last post I went a bit overboard with my online purchases and now have more stamps in my collection. However, the stamps I purchased did not strike up the same inspiration they did when I made my purchase. Does anyone else ever do that? You see something and the creativity starts to flow, but once you get home with it, the ideas are gone? No? Oh. It happens to me ALOT!

My mom’s birthday is next week and I wanted to make her a card. She is a talented artist and potter and I am always nervous when I present her with something I made. She always likes them but I still still get nervous. Anyway, I found these cute mice stamps by Stampendous and decided I’d see what I’d come up with. The result was Thomas little card. I think it came out kinda cute. It’s a lot of white but I’m still learning and every card I make is an experiment. I hope she likes it. What do you think of it? 

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My Insanity and a Planner

If any of you have read the “About” section you know that I struggle with mental illness. Lately I think I have been in a bit of a manic episode which has been bad news for my bank account and not as productive as I’d hoped. I have a million ideas for various crafts I can’t concentrate on one and the thoughts are so fast I can’t keep up with them to write them down. Anyone else have those moments?

I’m trying to keep myself occupied by creating things and keeping busy. Lately I am fascinated with organizers (planners?). I’m not sure what they are called, one company is called the Happy Planner. I found they are an expensive hobby. I have had a thing for stationary and day planners so it’s no wonder why I am so drawn to it. Right? I’m still trying to figure out how it works though? I’ve been glued to YouTube watching videos about other people’s planners and they are so beautiful.

I went to Michael’s craft store and looked at the planners they have and instantly became overwhelmed by all the choices. I still have no idea what I’m looking at or what I’m doing so instead of spending a lot of money on a planner that I was clueless about I went to Walmart and bought a marked down planner and figured I’d practice my planner journaling with that and see how it goes.

I like how it’s the vertical format and not the horizontal but I am so picky about how I want my planner. Does anyone know if there is a way I can design my own pages? I am also looking for a planner small enough to fit in my purse so I can take it with me. I like the ones with a monthly view as well as a weekly view. I know, I’m picky. Normally my planner runs from July to June of the following year to coincide with the school year since my whole world revolves around the kids’ school year. Anyone out there do the planner thing? If so, do you have any suggestions for me? I’m kind of all over the place and not sure about my planner style. I’m still trying to find what works for me. The larger page planners give me more room to write for those extra crazy days  but I like to plan as I’m on the go. I do have a calendar app on my phone which I’m constantly updating but I love pen and paper and writing down things.

Ok, so back to the insanity and a planner. I went a bit overboard buying cute things to decorate my pages and building may washi collection to adorn my pages since I only had 2 rolls prior to my shopping spree. I went to JoAnn fabrics and craft store and all papercrafting supplies were on sale y had 2-3 packs of washi for $1.19 (US) each. So as you can see from the photo, I made sure to stock up. I also went on a crazy spending spree buying stamps for cards and signing up for card kit of the month clubs. I joined 5! Hundreds of dollars later my bank account is low and I am eagerly waiting for my goodies. Hopefully I can come up with some good ideas!

Part of my insanity is OCD and I am a collector. If I find one thing in a set I like I have to have the whole set or just a large collection, hence my new washi collection. I couldn’t just join one kit of the month card kit memberships, I had to try to join all but then I had to rationalize with myself and be realistic in the fact I would not be able to do them all. Sometimes I think I’m Wonder Woman and can do it all! Anyone else do that? When I am manic I bite off way more than I can chew and commit to more than I can handle. When I am manic reality and I are strangers. I have to force myself to set realistic goals and be aware of myself and my actions. It’s very hard to do!

Here is a little look at my cheap planner and my accessories. My schedule for the rest of the week is pretty slow since my mom will be out to visit me for the weekend! I’m am so excited! If this post seems a bit all over the place, I apologize. It kinda goes with the mania. If any of you have any pointers on how to work with my planner I would love to hear them! If any of you can relate to my insanity, yay! Haha! That means I’m not so alone in my journey with insanity!

 

Until next time,

Enjoy life’s sweet moments!

Rose

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Getting Crafty?

So today I am trying to get my craft on. First I made a trip to the craft store to get some inspiration which resulted in me coming home with plenty of stuff I don’t really need and none of the items I purchased have anything to do with what I wanted to purchase. Anyone else have that problem? I go to a craft store and very rarely leave with what I intended to purchase. I’m like I kid in a candy store and my mind gets overloaded. There are just too many options and so many things you can do! Needless to say, I got home with none of the items on my list and spent way more than my budget allowed. Oops! So I am left using what I have on hand.

I tried to get my creative mojo going and even with my purchases, could not think of anything to make. My haul consisted of a LOT of washi as I had none and am fascinated by it. I also have a thing for tags and bought so many I have idea what to do with them. I’m sure it will something will come to me. Anyway, I have been wanting to make Easter cards and have seen so many adorable ones out there. However, my current stamps consist of those from the dollar bin at Michaels and I do not have very many. About a year ago I had a major depressive episode and purged all of my stamps and craft supplies so I am having to start all over. Just about every day I kick myself for giving away my stamps. I had hundreds! Oh well. I’ll get there again. Needless to say, crafting with a limited supply of items is a challenge.

I recently signed up for a couple of kit of the month clubs so we will see if I can rebuild my supply and come up with some good ideas that way. By signing up for these clubs I hope to satisfy my need to buy craft supplies and stay on budget. I hope I succeed! Wish me luck! 😁

Anyway, back to getting my craft on. I found a couple of wooden stamps that no one wanted when I purged my supplies and some doilies I got from the dollar store ages ago. I bought some card stock today and came up with the card you see. It is my first time coloring and I had fun with it. I don’t really have a lot of colors in my Copic collection. I only have 20 markers or so. They are a bit out of my budget and I’m still new so I think I will look for other markers out there that are just as good but not as pricey. If anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them. I am new to card making as well. I mostly S rapbooked in the past but haven’t done either in years! You might notice my card is a bit crooked but it’s all fun.

Ok, that’s enough for now. I sat for hours just trying to come up with my little ducky card but since I made at least one thing I consider today a successful craft day 😜.

 

Enjoy life’s sweet moments!

Rose