Paper Crafting

Who else is crafting this weekend?

I hope you, too, are prioritizing staying in (or at least out of public) and enjoying the simple things!

I didn’t get these completed yet, but I’ve got one colored and the rest ready as “blanks” to color with on my free time after work during the week. It’ll be nice to have something ready that’ll be easy to step into and give what time I can to instead of having to start from scratch.

And like many of you, I’m finding that the people I care about are weighing heavily on my mind right now – more so than normal. So, I plan to use these to send some of them paper hugs in the coming weeks.

I hope you’ll share with us what you’ve been up to!

Let’s all share some sunshine right now, and make the most of this season!

May God bless you all! 💕

Crafty hugs,


Paper Crafting

How are *you*?

Hey, all!  How are you doing out there?  I think we’re all getting inundated to some degree with information coming at us right now, and may be feeling heightened levels of stress, whether or not we even realize it.


I would strongly encourage everyone to prioritize taking time right now to engage in stress-relieving activities in your free time.  Whether it’s watching a movie on your couch, baking, crafting, reading, taking a walk – whatever it is that recharges you, it’s important to keep in mind that your health is strongly impacted by your level of stress and too much of it can have consequences I’d not wish on anyone.


The University of Minnesota Extension Service created a “Two for You Stress Series” based on research “to help you live and lead with intention.”  Episodes are just a minute or two and contain some great tips we can all benefit from.  Episode 4.8, Stress and Isolation, may be a timely choice worth checking out.


Another suggestion is yoga.  Take it from someone who used to be 100% not-at-all-interested in yoga (*cough*), but learned to explore it as a method of getting some physical exercise that also helps calm the nervous system and release tension.  Below are a few no-cost YouTube channels you can access on your free time:

Videos that are 10 minutes or less that you may in particular find particularly helpful today:


On one final note, I posted the below at work and thought I would share with everyone in case it could benefit you:

Of course, use discretion with tip #4. :0) 


Please feel free to forward any of this on to your loved ones if you think they may find it helpful!  Near or far, we’re all in this together!


Yours in health, happiness, and harmony,




Praying for Jean | DancesWithHooves Paper Design


I dislike making sympathy cards.  Who else is with me?  That’s why when I find the need to make one like I did this weekend, I make multiples to have on hand.  It’s not fun because I know someone is hurting deeply, and try as I might, I can’t fix their pain.  I dislike it even more when the person who is hurting is someone with a very special place in my heart.  The level of anxiety in my mind and body as I begin to work on such a card is quite remarkable, I’ll admit.

But to be perfectly honest and open, I think occasions that call for sympathy cards are occasions that truly call for a handmade card, because most of us, in these situations, want to do nothing less than shower the bereaved with as much love, support, thoughtfulness and care as possible.

That is why we make cards after all, is it not?  To spread kindness and give a piece of ourselves to someone?

Entering this in a few challenges:

CAS576: 3 Parts – three distinct parts are the embossed back panel, the white “ribbon,” and the matted/framed main image with sentiment. (March 9th)

CAS575: Shades of Gray – gray scaling used with only shades of grey for the entire card (March 2nd)

SC792 : Sketch challenge for March 11th

WT782: Sympathy Cards (Ways to Use it Challenge from March 5th)

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂




This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

Title: Praying for Jean
SCS Keywords: SC792 CAS576 CAS575 WT782 heroarts
Stamps: Forest Background (Hero Arts), Charlie Praying (Clear Dollar Stamps), All Year Greetings (Fiskars – inside sentiment)
Ink: Fog (SSS), Gray Granite
Paper: White, misc gray, Gray Granite
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Monochromatic, dry embossing
Accessories: Embossing folder by Sizzix/SU
Challenges · Clean and Simple Cards (Mondays) · Paper Crafting · SCS Fan Club Monthly Theme Challenges · Stampin Up · Thank-You · Thinking of You

CAS576 Grateful Quartet| DancesWithHooves Paper Design


Last week was my birthday, and I was absolutely showered with love and kindness from family, friends, and coworkers.  And as such, I had a need for thank you cards… and only one in my stash ready to go.  I envisioned creating something bright and cheerful and happy, and this is what I came up with!  I love rainbows… and what goes better together than gemstones with those rainbows? 🙂  (Can you tell I’m still on a sugar high?😎 )

So I got out my brightest, most cheerful ink pads:


… and went to town. 🙂


And because I like to make multiples (but really only needed two cards), I made 5; four variations total:


Entering these in:

CAS576: Three Parts (base, the wreath/main panel,  and the sentiment… they’re all separated with the added plumpness of foam mounting board to really make them distinct from what lies beneath.


CT0220: SCS Fan Club Central Theme – Better Together, (because as I said, what goes together better than rainbows and gemstones?)


Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂

Of course I snazzed up the envelopes a bit for the two that went out today:






This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

SCS Keywords: CAS576, CT0220, #thedailymarker30day
Stamps: Willow One Canoe Two (American Crafts)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green 
Paper: Neenah Solar White (80#, 110#), generic black, metallic silver (“Many Thanks” card only)
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: Clean and Simple, rainbow, wreath stamping, die cutting, dimension
Accessories: adhesive gems (in borealis on four of the designs and plain clear on “Many Thanks” card only), dies, foam board