Hoarder, oh Hoarder

An elderly aunt has been hospitalized. For years we have known that her house was a crazy mess, but she has long been independent and resistant to acknowledging how bad it was.

So now I am goin’ in. And It Is a marvel, a wonder to behold, but not the good kind. My husband and I have spent about 30 man hours on it and have a long way to go. It curls into my dreams now and bumps my brain tissue during my usual calm-zone swim time.

This post is not about that subject in depth, not today. Today I want to share a card I made. It was made using stuff I found in Hoarder House. In amongst every-receipt, every-magazine, among tiny pieces of paper noting the phone number of each call made to her phone, we occasionally find gems.

We found old correspondence from when my grandma lived in England. She was born there, the daughter of a Seventh Day Adventist minister.

I have a love of letter-writing and old mail. Not a hoardy-love…I hope. But I did bring home some neat old envelopes.

I scanned them, sized them, and printed them.

This is the first card I made using two envelope images. It is fun getting to create and to not be going through the piles, choosing among Recycle, Garbage, Donate, Possible Estate Sale!

Ok, so maybe this post is a lot about dealing with the hoard of a hoarder. If you have any tips, I would appreciate it. The family member is alive, but will be going to assisted living/memory care when she recovers, so I am not completely getting rid of everything at this point. Am just going through the bags, boxes, and piles of STUFF to make room for movement and to reduce the fire hazard.

This post has been entered into a Christmas themed card challenge, http://christmasatsweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/

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Shrinking Books

28CB1A80-25D7-41B1-B5EB-99A49E575609.jpegQuick share. I found a great book in the “Free” box at our library. I scanned the front and back on my printer, sized it with a sizing app and made 3 boxes for the three people I know (and love) named Trish.

Think of the possibilities for making personalized boxes for holding gift cards or CHOCOLATE!

Oct 1 2018 update–another little book box!

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Coffee Loving Card Making Fun

I am in a group of people who love both card making and coffee. There has been a blog hop featuring coffee-themed cards. ( http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2018/05/2018-spring-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/ ) I have been having a lot of fun making cards with this coffee theme! I link my pictures from Flickr. I will drop a link to that at the end of this post.

Today I am linking a picture from here, because I wanted to show a few angles of this fun gift-card-box.

I just adore these little book boxes!

This one features stamps from Stamplorations, called Good Books and Coffee.

Please comment! If you would like a tutorial for this, let me know.

I got the idea from : http://stampinnerd.blogspot.com/2013/07/book-lovers-gift-box-tutorial.html

Flickr link https://flic.kr/p/26oyKPh

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Sit. Stay.

Wow–what a nice weekend I have had!

Yesterday involved a 6 mile hike that wound up and down and around a stream. I felt so happy to be healthy and outdoors!

Today involved gardening and then a little puttering in the craft room. I came up with a sweet card that I decided to list in my Etsy shop. I have been selling things I sew for awhile, as a hobby. Listing my cards is relatively new for me.

This card, with its soft colors and soothing images makes me smile. Hopefully it will be sent to someone who will send it to someone else and make more people smile!

While being well is Awesome, sometimes you have to Sit and Stay, be cozy, and get back to wellness.

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MFT Challenge

Ha ha, it is just February and I can already feel the challenge zeal dropping off! I decided to set a fairly low bar of creating at least two cards a week for challenges.

This week’s challenge from My Favorite Things is a simple prompt featuring a heart and a sentiment.

I viewed the challenge before setting off on a dog walk. The image of a window bursting with love, along with a punny sentiment came to me as I walked along.

It is kind of silly, kind of simple, kind of fun. I like motion in a card . I also really like typewriters, so any time I can have a typewriter on a card is a win for me!

So that is one take on it. I am sure my brain will keep mulling over the prompt!


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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 1/24/2018

Once again my photo file is too large, so I am dropping here a photo of a card made in response to a challenge.

The prompt this week is Layers. Fun prompt!

This card starts with an embossed layer featuring words; Glory, Patriot, America, etc.

I then added a Lawn Fawn mailbox, letter, and pen. I wrote in the words Sending Thanks on the letter.

The letter sits upon a postage-stamp-edged red rectangle.

A small strip of postal themed washi tape finishes it all off.

This card will eventually go into a care package packed by Camp Courage, a wonderful non-profit that sends jam-packed care packages to our military members. Each package also holds 5 or more hand-written cards or letters.

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Just a quick post

This is just a quick drop of a photo for a card sketch challenge. I usually link photos from Flickr as I am far to lazy to create a whole blog post for each card I create in response to a challenge. Today, my other image-linking lazy tricks aren’t working for me–yeah, yeah, I keep getting the Too Large message; Thanks a LOT!

Here is my little card for a random-drawing challenge, http://sketchnscrap.blogspot.com

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This year I have been participating in card-making challenges. Mostly I use links from Flickr or Instagram to link back to the challenges. Today I am making a whole blog post.

The company that offered up today’s fun challenge, More Coffee Please! , is CAS-ual Fridays. CAS stands for clean and simple, in regards to card-making. Today’s challenge is not limited to CAS cards. My creation is not CAS!

My creation does not utilize any CAS-ual Friday products, because surprising, shockingly and sadly–I do not own any! HOW did that happen? After looking at their stamps I don’t know how they got under my stampy radar.

This “More Coffee Please” inspired card is designed to make one think if a snow globe–only the snow is on the outside and the cozy coffee scene is on the inside. I think about all of the families that are having snow days currently–unlike those of us here in CA–and how the indoors is a haven from the flurry outside.

The stamps and dies used are from Stampin Up and My Favorite Things.

Herrrrrre is my take on the prompt, More Coffee Please:


Aaaand I made another:



If you would like to see more cards following this wonderful theme, please hop over to CAS-ual Friday’s blog!


Also entered in these challenges:



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Wednesday Challenge from Simon Says Stamp

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Do What is in Front of You

Feeling a bit blue today as I had to say “See ya later” to a family member that I won’t get to see again for almost a year.

I tried to get moving and just do what was in front of me, but found myself just sitting, scrolling through FB and Pinterest. (Ok, I did laundry, drank more coffee, and walked the dog, but still blue!)

On FB I saw a challenge to create something inspired by a graphic from a blog:


Here is my creation:

Which was inspired by this graphic:

I do feel much better after thinking about creating something, looking through and choosing my supplies, and actually having a finished creation I like!

Thank you Laurel Seabrook Designs!

Supplies used: Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folder, MFT Holiday Hugs Snowman, SU Trim Your Stocking snowflake thinlit, SU Morning Coffee mug stamp,Deco Art Snow-Tex

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