Magnet Conference I go! | Thank You card

 

Last month, I was asked if I would like to participate in a work-related trip to the ANCC Magnet conference that’ll be hosted in Orlando, FL! For those not in nursing or from a healthcare background, the Magnet conference is a HUGE week-long event for a variety of healthcare professionals (primarily nurses of varying roles including management and leadership) to do continuing education sessions, networking, brainstorming, and recognizing individuals and prestigious organizations for nursing excellence (note: have you fallen asleep yet?). I’m really excited but probably because I live and breathe nursing, right?

The best part is, my hospital will pay for me to attend with 4 other people from work too- my associate manager, another bedside nurse from Maternity services, our nursing director, and our nursing chief executive!

This week has been so crazy trying to tie up loose ends and prep for working a long work weekend. One thing I thought about was giving thanks to my manager who gave our nursing director permission for me to attend in such short notice. FYI- in the hospital nursing setting, schedules are set very much in advance so if I tried doing this on my own time and expense, it realistically would have been rejected!

So I made my manager a thank you card that I’ll be giving to her after my trip.

 

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I used Lawn Fawn’s Jump for Joy stamp set and coordinating dies to create this card. As you probably know, quality products in card making can feel like they cost an arm and a leg (but they’re worth it for sure!) so I have yet to build up a substantial Copic marker collection. I did snag some Nuvo markers, which I used for the images. They are also alcohol-based, so these gave me a taste of learning how to color and experiment with blending and shading. I used Lawn Fawn’s Big Scripty Sayings stamp and coordinating die set to cut out that Thanks that I tried positioning so it looked like the critters were holding onto it like a banner. I placed the images against my card front and it needed a little something something. I used some Wild Honey distress ink to create a faint blend behind the falling leaves. Still, it felt like it needed a little more. I’m the type of person who likes to add too many things and realize it’s too late to subtract, haha. So I was deliberate in placing that small strip of Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid fall cardstock to the bottom part of the card. I was still tempted to add some more (I was instinctively going to reach for sequins) but I decided to just finish the card by rounding with my  We R Memory Keeper’s corner round punch.

Supplies Used (No Specific Order):

  • Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy stamp set and coordinating die
  • Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Says stamp set and coordinating die
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink Wild Honey
  • Tim Holtz Mini Round Ink Blending Tool
  • Nuvo alcohol-based markers
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall collection paper pad
  • Zig 2-way glue pen
  • Score-pal double-sided adhesive tape
  • We R Memory Keeper’s Corner Round Punch
  • Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock
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Love Teamwork| Appreciation Card

A couple weeks ago, I had a really tough week at work caring for a challenging group of patients. It was one of those periods of time that the majority of the patients on our unit were pretty sick, challenging, and would be “long-term”, meaning they would be with us for well over a week (or month!).

I made it through those hard 3 12s (if you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a 12 hour shift) with the help of two outstanding coworkers. One was my CNA and the other was my assistant head nurse. I’ve mentioned it before, but who you work with can make or break your day, especially if you have to rely on one another to be able to do your job well.

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First I used the Lawn Fawn “Let’s Bokeh” stamp set to create the bokeh effect using the Hero Arts and Altenew mini inks. I used the Simon Says Stamp “It’s no Secret” stamp set for the fun sentiments for the scratch-off piece. Lastly, I used the Inky Antics scratch offs and placed over my “secret” message. I thought the cards needed a little more “oomph” so I decided to adhere some Doodlebug sequins as the final embellishment.

It was a fun card to make and I loved coyly slipping these cards into my co-workers’ mailbox for them to find later when they would be working again. I don’t know about in your  work field, but it seems like in a high energy, busy work environment, people don’t take the time to positively recognize one another. I am always humbled and pleasantly surprised when someone takes the time to say thank you or to be appreciative of something I may have done for them (even if I don’t remember doing it for them!). It’s still something I am working on for my daily practice, but I try hard to recognize these wonderful actions and words of those around me who help me take care of my patients the best I can.

Supplies Used (No Specific Order):

  • Lawn Fawn Let’s Bokeh stamp set
  • Hero Arts Jayne’s Fall Colors mini ink cubes (Lemon Yellow, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine, Strawberry)
  • Altenew Shades of Purple mini ink cubes (Midnight Violet, Deep Iris, Lavender Fields, and Soft Lilac)
  • Simon Says Clear Stamps It’s No Secret stamp set
  • Doodlebug Assorted Sequins
  • Inky Antics 1″ scratch off stickers

 

My Take| Patterned Paper DIY

Today I knew I wanted to create something but I didn’t know what. Typical problem for many, right?

Today here in the PNW it has been a gorgeous and cheery 80-something degree day. My husband left town for an overnight trip and that left myself and Hank to our own devices. I did errands for most of the morning and then decided the day was too beautiful to pass up. After all, our “PNW Fall” will be here any day now. If you’re not from around here, we mostly experience a whole lot of rain. While everyone is excited for cozy and cool fall days, today I was content to have this warm sunshine and wanted to take advantage of it! Hank and I went to the dog park and ran a couple more doggy-related errands. Hank was exhausted by the time we got home but I wanted to get crafty, even if I didn’t have much of a plan.

I sifted through my supplies and found little bursts of inspiration. All the YouTube videos I’ve been watching from my fave crafters were all fall or holiday (!!!) related, lately.

I don’t know how the idea came about, but I thought it’d be fun to create some fall inspired patterned paper. I was contemplating and staring off into space when my eyes re-adjusted to a canvas piece I did a couple years ago for living room décor. I was inspired by a Brit +Co home décor article which I wish I could give proper credit to as I got a lot of compliments for my canvas! I stared at it for awhile and thought,

I know, I’ll create patterned paper like that canvas! I rummaged through my supplies to get the supplies I’ve used for that canvas piece. It would be nifty to have a picture of this canvas that inspired me, right? I’ll get around to posting it, if you remind me…As I type this, the lighting in our home wouldn’t give the canvas picture justice, so another time then…

Anyway, so how did I end up creating some patterned paper?

I took some watercolor paper and taped it down to a board with some masking tape. I chose watercolor paper because I thought it would hold up better than cardstock, but this was all an assumption and not experience. I mixed up some Mod Podge with a lot of water to create a thin solution, similar to if you made  liquid glue into a watery, runny mess.  I ripped up pieces of different tissue paper in fall colors: two greens, red, yellow, and orange. The most time consuming part comes next. I laid down the tissue paper pieces haphazardly and then would apply a thin layer of Mod Podge solution with a paintbrush. I didn’t care if they overlapped slightly. As the rest of the paper started filling out, I intentionally added certain colors per cluster to help round it out. I let it air dry in the sunshine and then I decided to experiment some more.

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On the left side of the picture, I’ve outlined these shapes with a black Sharpie marker. This is what I did for the canvas piece in my living room. It made it bold and the colors of the tissue paper pop! On the right side of the picture, I didn’t use a Sharpie to outline the edges. Instead, I messily stamped a solid leaf image in pigment inks that were closest to the colors of tissue paper I’ve used. One thing I didn’t account for or like was that since the Mod Podge solution left a bit of a slick, uneven surface, my inks didn’t “sit” well on it. If I could change anything, I probably wouldn’t have stamped anything to this background and just left it alone.

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Isn’t it crazy the two different looks you can get? I love this tissue paper technique and would love to try it out for a variety of cards and with the use of different tissue paper. I know crafters create patterned paper all the time from using stamps and dies, but I thought it would be fun to create with other supplies.

What do you think? I haven’t made cards with the patterned paper yet. Truth be told, this may just be a product test and I’ll try other colors or layouts to create others. It was a lot of fun and I want to do this again soon!

 

 

Wonderful Mary| Friendship Card

It’s a cool and drizzly September day here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m on the fence of wanting to celebrate fall’s arrival (yes, I know technically it’s in a couple of weeks) or just hoping to savor any last warm weather before Washington state goes back to daily rain for the next several months.

As a protest to the numerous fall and holiday cards on my social media feeds (however cute and inspirational they are!), decided to create a summery card for one of my sweet co-workers, Mary.

Mary is a wonderful, older nurse on my unit. When I work with her, we have a great shift together even if the unit is crazy busy. She is very knowledgeable, personable, and looks out for my other co-workers. I view her as a mentor of some sorts and a motherly figure. Lately, the unit and the patient loads we’ve had have been challenging. As many of you can relate, the team you work with on the daily can make or break how smooth your day may be! So I’m thankful she takes the time to be positive, encouraging, and always willing to help out her fellow co-worker, even if she may be drowning in her own work.

This card was a lot of fun to make and helped me feel like it was (almost) a summery day.

I cut some Canson XL watercolor paper to the size of an A2 card front. I prepared my watercolor paper with the EK Success powder tool for heat embossing. It makes such a difference in cutting down stray embossing powder! I used Versamark ink and the beautiful new Simon Says Stamp set called “Oh Happy Day”. I used Zing clear embossing powder and zapped the card front with my heat tool.

This was the most fun part of making this card… distress ink blending! I wanted bright, summery, and warm colors. I chose Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, and Dried Marigold to ink blend with the mini ink blending tool. Thankfully, it didn’t take much time to blend these together.

I also wanted to incorporate another new Simon Says Stamp set called “You Matter” because of the wonderful sentiments included. I bought the coordinating die for this set that die cuts a large and script “You”.

I stamped the large “You” with more Versamark ink and used Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder. I zapped it with the heat tool and die cut through my Sizzix Big Shot. FYI, you might want to use a paper piercer because this is an intricate die! I also had to use some of the Zig 2 way glue pen to adhere this die cut to the card front. I would recommend using the Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy to clean off your stamps. I’ve tried cleaners and they work for sure, but I love how you only need water for the shammy to get your stamps squeaky clean.

As a finishing touch, I added some patterned paper on the card base before adhering the card front with some double-sided tape.

The sentiment used for the inside of the card  sums up how I feel about Mary : “YOU make the world a better place”.

I hope Mary enjoys this card as much as I enjoyed making it for her!

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Supplies Used (No Specific Order):

  • Simon Says Stamp Oh Happy Day stamp set
  • Simon Says Stamp You Matter stamp set, You die
  • Jen Hadfield Everyday paper pad
  • Pre-cut/ pre-scored card base (Unsure of brand, purchased last year at Michael’s)
  • Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder
  • Score-pal double-sided adhesive ape
  • Tim Holtz mini Distress ink cubes: Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, & Dried Marigold
  • Versamark Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy
  • EK Success Powder Tool
  • American Craft ZING Clear Embossing powder
  • MISTI stamping tool
  • Zig 2 way glue pen
  • Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink
  • Darice heat tool
  • Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine

Megan’s Bundle of Joy | Baby Shower Card

This is the first card I’ve created in a couple weeks. I was definitely experiencing a bit of a creative block, lack of (lasting) inspiration, and motivation to create.

Recently, I received an invite to a baby shower for Matt’s cousin, Megan. I won’t be attending but I still want her to know we offer congratulations and joy for her first child and the journey of parenthood.

I wanted this card to be simple and bright, so springy colors are what I envisioned for this card. I already had two “baby” type of stamps from Lawn Fawn in my collection, so those were the sets I looked at for more inspiration.

I picked out the striped paper from a paper pad collection and used double-sided tape to cover a pre-cut/scored craft card with the paper. Ideally, I love making my own card bases with sturdy cardstock but I want to try using up old supplies from my “early days” of getting started in this hobby.

Then I used my Sizzix Big Shot and a Sizzix square die to cut a portion of Canson XL paper. I made sure to run it through a couple times to make sure it cut through, as watercolor paper can be rougher and thicker to die cut.

Next, I used Hero Arts Intense Black Ink and my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the image and small sentiment onto that watercolor square. I love using my MISTI when stamping on watercolor paper because the texture can make it hard to get a good stamped impression the first time. The MISTI definitely helps keep the paper aligned where you originally stamped, so re-aligning is minimal, if at all, because of the magnets. While I had these supplies out, I stamped out the big scripty “Congrats” sentiment too. With such an intricate die, I ran it twice through the Big Shot.

I used some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a Pentel Aquabrush to “messy watercolor” the stork image and the background. I blasted it with my heat tool before mounting it to the card with some more double-sided tape.

To get the intricate “Congrats” onto the card, I dotted the back with the Zig 2-Way glue pen and used craft tweezers to help align it.

I was tempted to jazz up the striped background with small stamped images included in the stamp sets or with sequins. However, I wanted to stay true to simple and bright. Plus I would be sending this through the mail and I worried about embellishments falling or rubbing off in transit .I settled for using some striped twine as another interest point, and I was satisfied.

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Congrats, Megan, on your Bundle of Joy! 

I’ll be sending this off in the next week or so after buying a gift card for her. I liked this layout and I know a few other friends who will also be celebrating their bundles of joy in the upcoming months. I may play around with this layout and I’ll share the variations if I pursue this. Thanks for stopping by and see you for the next card!

Supplies used (No specific order)

  • Pre-Cut/Pre-Scored Craft card (Sorry, unsure of brand. A set was purchased from Michael’s last year)
  • Dear Lizzy Happy Place paper pad
  • Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Word stamp & die
  • Lawn Fawn Plus One Stamp
  • Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
  • MISTI stamping tool
  • Zig 2-Way Glue pen
  • Pentel Aquabrush
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 036(Light Blue), 091 (Light Gray), 067 (Mustard), 032 (Persian Blue)
  • Canson XL Watercolor paper
  • Scor-pal double-sided tape
  • American Craft twine
  • Sizzix square die
  • Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine