Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

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Sending You Sunshine Tag Note Card

I was inspired by some crafting blogs working with sunflower stamps this week. I dug through my stash and found this small stamp from Waffle Flower.

Supplies:  Stamp – Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Close to Cocoa (retired), Pool Party, inks – Copic BG0000, BG01, E23, Y17, YG25, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing folder – Provo Craft, hole punch – Fiskars, embossing powder – Stampendous, twine – Martha Stewart.


Fall-ish Wreath Birthday Card

This one is for my Mom. I also purchased a card for her this year – it was just too funny to pass up.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, inks – Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies Essentials by Ellen (flowers, foliage), Spellbinders (circle), sequins – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.

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Take a moment…

…and remember all that were lost on September 11, 2001.

I can close my eyes and see snippets of the day in my head. How blue the sky was that morning. Buckling Offspring3 into the minivan to go the library.  Picking up Offspring1 and Offspring2 early from elementary school – so the staff might have a chance to go home, too. No airport traffic overhead (we are on a flight path) for days. Not knowing when my husband would be able to return from his overseas business trip.

Wish for peace.


Foliage Thinking of You Card

Hey, there!

I made a card!  (I decided I owed it to myself to get inky!)

Of course, now I don’t want to shift gears and do the medical paperwork I need to do.

I was inspired by various crafting blogs displaying a Simon Says Stamp and Reverse Confetti joint collaboration stamp set (part of Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember…which, as of 8:39 pm on September 9th, is sold out. Wasn’t in my budget anyway!).

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, inks – Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green, Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, VersaMark, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!.

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Life is STILL a Little Messy…


We arrived back home Saturday afternoon (had been with the in-laws since Wednesday morning).  HOME.

Mother-in-law’s surgery went well. It was still outpatient, but we fought and won immediate in home rehab care (nurse, OT, PT visits). The nurse came to evaluate her before we headed home. Rehab will be tough because she lost so much sitting in a recliner for 3 weeks waiting for surgery.

No opportunities for paper crafting while I was away, but I did snap a few photos (thank goodness for some sort of creativity, right??!).

As always, click on any photo to enlarge.

eastbound sunrise

eastbound foggy sunrise

sunset from the in-laws’ house

beautiful day after Hurricane Dorian passed by

such a pretty day!

westbound towards home

I am going to try to find my MOJO while working on paperwork for the in-laws this week. And we have a day trip scheduled for Friday for a followup surgeon’s appointment.

Keep your fingers crossed that my MOJO is just excited to see me home!


Life Gets a Little Messy…

No crafting this week – the in-laws are experiencing medical issues, and I spent part of my week caring for them (hubby has been there all week).

My parents are 82 and 85 (they live only 5 miles away). The in-laws are 85 and 90 (120 miles away). Both sets have been able to live independently. We know how incredibly lucky that makes us.

Aging is not always pretty. Talk to someone in your life about helping to advocate for you in medical emergencies. Someone who is not afraid to ask questions, who is not afraid to ask for alternative options that will get you the care you need. (Sorry medical community, I am not convinced outpatient surgery for a severe injury in an elderly person with is the best option (depends on the individual, depends on the home they will have to navigate when you release them). A day or two or three of immediate occupational therapy and physical therapy in the hospital or a rehab facility can go a long way. Home care that takes 10 days to set up wastes 10 days!) I do understand that it is a care vs. germ balance that the medical system is aiming for.

SO…I am hoping to get a little crafting in over the weekend (art therapy!!), hoping to have something to post next week. I will be going back to the in-laws to help with pre-op appointments and to be there for the surgery.

Have a great weekend!