I’m Back

Hello and Happy Sunday! I took a very long break due to life situations that kept me occupied. My creative space is now a classroom, my dining room is now my creative space and my early retirement due to injury has brought me on a new journey that has finally started. My high school senior has also been facing difficulties as many others and adult children never stop being children. I hope everyone and their loved ones are well. I am sure everyone still finds themselves at home or working an essential job. As summer weather is approaching, we are getting restless. I am grateful for our health and those working everyday to keep us all save and well. I have faced some creative slumps during this process and been inspired by those who never stop creating.

Today, I want to share a card that I made for an organization (Cardz for Kidz). They also donate hand made cards to senior living facilities around the country. If you face moments of creative block, I hope this inspires you. I made about a dozen cards to give to the organization and mail them off according to their website guidelines. Scrapbook.com also has a similar donation system. I also have been trying to make happy mail cards for friends and family that we cannot see right now. Do what makes you happy or less anxious during this time and hopefully we will be at our favorite spots visiting soon!

This card is a monochromatic type card and simple. I started with a standard A2 size card base (4.25 x 5.5), I chose black, I like a heavy base (110 lb card stock) I find the paper at Joann’s (when their open of course, but online has similar selections) I then trimmed down kraft card stock slightly less than the base, so there is a border.

I dug through my stamp stash and found mandala stamps that would be easy to color. I stamped directly onto the kraft card stock with versa fine black ink. This ink is great at fine details, perfect for colored pencils and water coring images. I used my stamp positioner but an acrylic block will work as well. Once my image is stamped I simply colored spaces in with a white colored pencil (keep it sharp, something I learned from Kathy at the daily marker) I use prismacolor premier colored pencils as they blend well when I use gamsol. You can randomly color spaces in or color in a pattern.

Once I was satisfied with my colored image, I made a sentiment tag. I used the scrap paper from my project and stamped a sentiment (also in versa fine ink) I then popped up the sentiment with foam tape and I was done! These would be easy to mass produce or fun for a quick card.

Let me know in the comments below if you enjoy the monochromatic inspired look and how you are keeping busy and healthy during our trying times. I PROMISE I will be back very soon. Don’t forget to check out my other projects on Instagram or Facebook: sewmuchglitter

Stay safe and well! Carrie

Boredom Busters

Happy Saturday! As this situation progresses, more of us are finding extra time at home. Sometimes it isn’t always quality time. We just have to remember that we are all in this situation together. We can help and inspire each other. Be kind in the grocery store or pharmacy. I would love to hear what everyone is doing to bust through the boredom. As I know I have promised a glittery project, I have been having trouble finding all of my supplies in the stores or online but……My friend did reach out to me and has some of those supplies on hand. I tend to use up my “pretty” supplies first. Just know that is still coming.

MY BOREDOM BUSTERS. I have found during this time that keeping a daily schedule helps with productivity. Spring is coming and now is the perfect time to start our gardens. For those kiddos stuck at home driving you crazy, home made play dough or a nature hunt are fun ways to occupy their time and minds. I remember the days of struggling to keep them entertained (and that was when we were allowed to roam free). The internet is a perfect educational tool as well. There are a lot of museums and zoos offering free looks into their worlds via webcams. My daughter and I have checked a few out and it is worth a look. I love baking, so now is the perfect time to experiment with my recipes. Spring cleaning is always a good option too, especially with the kids. They like to feel productive too. I had to make a game out of it or the kids weren’t going to help me clean.

On the crafty side, I am still making cards for seniors who are alone during this time. My last blog post highlighted some great organizations who accept card donations for just this occasion. Take a look and let me know what organization you like the best. The daily marker 30 day challenge is still happening through the end of the month, kids can partake as well. Check out my Instagram (sewmuchglitter) for some great ideas and how you can hop into the fun. Check out some new crafting techniques on Youtube, I like to watch Melody Lane, Jennifer McGuire, Scrapbook.com, or May May made it to name a few. Tim Holtz is even doing some fun Facebook lives. It’s great to learn new things and keep entertained at the same time. Let me know if you enjoy YouTube or interacting on Facebook during this time.

KEEP HEALTHY! As part of my daily routine, I have been exercising and continuing my daily vitamins. This helps with positive attitude and feeling better. Plus don’t forget the hand washing ritual, 20 seconds never felt so long but Alexa is there to count down to keep things interesting. Or good old fashioned counting or singing. Anything to get to 20 seconds. Check me out on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with my boredom busters and let me know in the comments what you have been doing.

AS PROMISED. My next blog project is coming very soon. I just need to grab the supplies from my friend’s front porch (social distancing). SEE YOU SOON!

Spread Kindness

Everything just keeps getting worse and more drastic changes are required for our daily lives. As this virus keeps progressing and more of us are forced to stay home, imagine how the senior citizens of our communities feel. I live in an area where there are a lot of retired people residing in assisted/senior living. Some of these retirees live there by choice and some do not. Just like us, they are used to their daily routines and socializing is a huge part of their lives. Now, they can no longer socialize as they are used to, which is sometimes detrimental to their health. We can still leave our homes and go for a walk or shop in the dreaded grocery store, wave to our neighbors. Their only interaction is with staff, which are spread thin and cannot always sit and chat as a loved one would.

During the daily marker 30 day coloring challenge, it has made me realize that crafting for a purpose is rewarding. Why not share that during such times like these, or all the time. As Jennifer McGuire has brought to the crafting world’s attention, card making is her super power (and she’s a great super hero!) She is encouraging everyone else to share handmade kindness.

Why not create cards or write letters to those in need. This could be the “visit” they need today. There are a lot of organizations that spread this kind of joy to seniors and beyond, I have found a list of them from a reliable source: scrapbook.com. Check it out and discover how you can help during this time. If you also find yourself home bound, it can help you too. If you are in a highly retired area, reach out to your local nursing homes and see if they are accepting such items like a handmade card. USPS is still running if they will not accept such offers at the door.

Hop on over to my Instagram: sewmuchglitter to see the cards that I have been working on as well join in on the daily marker 30 day, the kids can even join in! Say HI when you are there.

In such uncertain times we need to reach out to others, if you know of a senior give them a call or send them a friendly hello card. Let me know in the comments below if you find an organization on scrapbook.com that you want to reach out to. Let me know if you need help or how you can help someone else. I chose scrapbook.com because they are a reliable online craft retailer who support reputable charities and I have encountered other artists who have had great experiences with these organizations.

I am excited to share more projects with you and some creative meals for all of our at home time.

Positive Vibes

As we finish this crazy week, we start off with a more uncertain weekend. I hope everyone is well and taking measures to stay well. I don’t think anyone in our country is left behind in this crisis and toilet paper shortage. BTW…When you know the reason behind hoarding the TP, please let me know.

I want to go into the weekend and week ahead on a positive note, in order to do that I will look back to my creativity of recent past. As I have mentioned before I am taking part of the daily marker 30 day coloring challenge. It has helped keep my creativity flowing through this time and has served as a fun distraction. Now, knowing that the majority of the next month or so will be spent at home, I would like to share with you my finished projects from the coloring challenge. Hop on over to my Instagram: sewmuchglitter and check out my story. On my page you will find my progress as it happens and I hope you are inspired to share your creativity to others. Let’s be kind to each other in the stores where there has been a lack of decency.

I am working on getting a quick video going of my circle card previously shared. I apologize but I can somewhat be technically challenged and my assistant (aka. teenage daughter) works in retail so she has been preoccupied. I am also gathering supplies for an accessory to your springtime events. These may be more solitary than previously thought but we can all use some extra sparkle.

Please let me know in the comments below what your plans will be during any extra at home time. Don’t be shy and let me know what you would like to see in my blog in order for you to spread positive vibes to others.

Go check out my Instagram and I will be back very soon with my next project. Take care of yourself and others around you. Oh and WASH YOUR HANDS 🙂

Spring Forward

Happy daylight savings time. These are the hardest days to get used to the older I get. But, it does mean brighter days are ahead. We don’t experience much rain or cold weather in San Diego but when we do, it is extreme. With the news freaking out about this virus spreading like wildfire, I am excited to get fresh air and spring cleaning underway.

Speaking of spring cleaning, it is also time to evaluate my crafting organization. I recently re-organized my stamp and mini ink collection. You can check it out on my Instagram: sewmuchglitter. Michael’s is a great resource for organization and coupons!

As a crafter, I don’t normally purge my collection. So, I try to save space as I can. And of course, we all want the latest and greatest to improve our crafty skills. When new products come out, they are not always the same quality as others. I find that I cannot use the same blender applicator with different type of inks because they are all meant to be used in different ways. I LOVE using Tim Holtz distress inks but they are a different formula than my other inks. So of course……I want them to have their own applicator because it is one more thing I can shop for (shhh. our secret). In the name of saving space and using the right supplies for the right job, I found a fun way to store my applicators.

I have the scrapbook.com blending tool and enjoy using the domed applicators but find that Tim Holtz applicators are more available and I can use those fun COUPONS! I discovered that either of those applicators fit nicely under my mini distress inks, and they still fit in my storage. WIN WIN! In order to get them to stay in place I use Velcro dots. The opposite side of the applicator adheres perfectly. I have found Velcro dots at Walmart and the Dollar Tree. That is my fun tidbit for now. I hope this helps or inspires you. I would love to hear how you save space while still adding to your crafting collection. Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram where you can see my new stamp storage.

I hope you have a fabulous week! I am having a lot of fun exploring my creativity with the 30 day coloring challenge. You can hop in and out as you desire or just check out everyone’s creativity. I have the # on my Instagram where you can find the details and beautiful artwork.

I’ll be back soon with a fun tutorial that will add sparkle to your spring gatherings!

30 day Color Challenge

Hello again! As I prepare for the daily marker 30 day color challenge, I find myself adding to my craft stash, once again (shhh). I wanted to share this challenge with you because I have recently started using my stamps in a different way (different for me). In doing this, I realized other crafters probably use certain supplies in certain ways too, which is why some of us have so much stuff (I am some of us).

I have always used my stamps on cards.My inks were used for blending, etc. I had never thought to use anything together. Everything had a place. I am sure this has already occurred to a lot of you but my creative journey isn’t always fast.

In discovering the daily marker on YouTube, I also discovered that different mediums can compliment each other. Most of mine were living separately. Now, I am eager to explore water coloring while using my pencils to compliment that same image. I am having fun coloring over a stamped image.

I invite you to join this journey with me, we can inspire each other!

I will be posting my coloring projects Instagram @sewmuchglitter as well as sharing this challenge with you here. This isn’t a total time commitment, just some fun me time (we all deserve that). Let me know in the comments how you share your mediums.

Be sure to subscribe as I will be back very soon with a project.

Part of the Journey

Welcome Back to my blog. I hope everyone enjoyed the paper flower tutorial from last week. If you missed it, check it out and let me know how you enjoy using your creations. Look on Instagram @sewmuchglitter for my favorite uses.

This past week was a perfect example of how simple projects, activities and everyday moments can help teach us about ourselves.

While I am eager to move far away from my injury and dive into the next chapter, my body reminds me…..NOT YET. I stepped into this week with vigor by enhancing my exercise routine. I added stationary bike time and some walks. I have been enjoying the practice of yoga this past year as it helps physically and I have found that it lifts my spirits too. I strongly suggest Julia Marie Yoga on Amazon Prime! While the stationary bike doesn’t put extra pressure on my darn foot, the walks do and I do not realize how much until days later. So, I am finishing out the week with an Epsom salt bath and Disney+.

Then there was Valentine’s Day. A day full of sweet treats and small reminders for those close to us. I had a lot of fun prepping for gift making and card creating. The final products are on my Instagram: sewmuchglitter I would love to share with you how I made my candy bouquets. While Pinterest has great ideas, I don’t always find the “how to.” Since it’s senior year in our household, the candy bouquets made me think that these fun gifts can be used for any occasion, themes included. I have enjoyed using the Dollar Tree as my “go to” for candy this week, especially since they amped up their variety for the holiday.

While your busy checking out my Valentine’s creations on Instagram don’t forget to hop on to view my story as I like to update it with ideas and inspirations. After you have done that come back here to my blog because my next post will be a fun and simple candy bouquet tutorial. HAVE A GREAT WEEK and let me know how you learned something about yourself this week.

Taking comfort

I had such high hopes for my week. I ended up really sick in bed with a never ending cough and sinus infection that felt like the flu. So, instead of explaining why I love making paper flowers and how you don’t have to be a crafty genius to enjoy this paper craft, I am sharing what I took most comfort in while fighting off evil germs.

The heat of a bubble bath helped with my aches and pains while I started a Ruth Ware novel, the turn of the key. I love suspenseful books with a hint of mystery just to keep me reading. This book does not disappoint! Although it starts off with the character’s current situation and goes backward from there, it keeps you wondering how she got there, so you keep reading. I look forward to finishing the book and getting back to catering to my creative juices soon.

I would love to hear what you have been enjoying this week or who you are cheering for Super Bowl Sunday. Personally, I will be cheering for the most creative commercial. Check back tomorrow for my family’s favorite football meal (I have to go buy the ingredients) And don’t forget the paper flower tutorial coming very soon.

Don’t forget you can check out my creative outlet on Instagram or Facebook: @sewmuchglitter

Hello

I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Carrie as you may have already guessed based on the blog name. My passion is creating and has been since I was young when I would hand sew pillows with my grandma and aunt, as well as partially finish latch hook designs. Yes, I’m an 80s baby and 90s girl (I couldn’t resist saying it)

I’ve always had a desire to learn new things because the process is rewarding but not always easy. I am new to the blogging world and decided to dive in because friends, family and beyond are frequently asking me why I find joy in my crafting and “how did you make that?” I am hoping this platform can help others on their creative journeys as well as give some sort of positive inspiration, because I feel we lack that in today’s world.

I have two children, two grandchildren and a husband of 19 years. We are partial empty nesters. I am originally from Washington State and relocated to Southern California 21 years ago. While California has been great to us, we are looking to relocate to a more affordable option sometime in the near future. I am in between careers right now due to an injury a few years back. As I said above, I have always had a passion for creating but as life got busy, I didn’t always set time aside for myself. This time has allowed me to rediscover what I love to do and has taught me more about myself. I look forward in getting to know you and sharing my creations as well as my creative process.

Leave a comment below introducing yourself and I will be back soon to share a few of my favorite crafty things. In the meantime please find me on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest: @sewmuchglitter

Have a great week!

Crafting with Carrie