Hi, Crafting Friends! I know I’m a day off with this post. I have finally ventured back into my craft room. If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you may know that my dad has been in and out of the hospital. He was doing so well, but a trip to the dentist caused an infection that set off a string of events. His sodium tanked. He stopped eating. He developed another infection…Bless his heart. My dad is one of the sweetest, kindest people I know, and he’s also fiercely independent and very active, so he hates this. Still, we try to keep his spirits up as much as we can. At least he is back home, so he’s happier and he and Mom are both more comfortable than staying in the hospital.
I’m looking forward to spring so he can see his beautiful woods with all the trees and flowers in bloom. In the meantime, my mom’s youngest sister brought him a vase of beautiful yellow tulips. They were so cheery, I had to recreate.
Honestly, this was my first foray into the craft room in over a week. While you may know about my dad, you probably do not know that in the middle of all that, I stressed myself into shingles. I just want to say, if you’ve haven’t gotten the shingles vaccine, go get it! You do not want shingles. Honestly, it’s worse than labor and childbirth (which, quite frankly, I didn’t think was that bad). I haven’t felt like doing much of anything, so it was lovely being back at the stamp table.
This card was a lot of fun. First, I sponged Granny Apple Green and Perfect Peacock Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I flicked a little water from an Aqua Painter over the panel.
On a separate piece of Whisper White Cardstock, I stamped the tulips from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set first in Daffodil Delight Classic Ink. Then I turned the stamp over on the block and stamped a background in So Saffron. After the first one (lower right), I decided to stamp off one time first. Much better!
I used the Tulips Builder Punch for the two larger tulips, but the smaller one I had to cut by hand. (If you bundle the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set and Tulip Builder Punch by June 2, 2020, you can save 10%.) I stamped the stems directly on the sponged card stock, then stamped the leaves on another Whisper White Cardstock scrap and punched/cut out the leaves. The stems and leaves are all stamped in Garden Green Classic Ink.
Of course, I needed a cheery sentiment to go with the tulips, so I stamped hello from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
The Buffalo Check stamped layer (in Daffodil Delight) is just a tinch smaller than the 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base. (Today, “tinch” means 1/8″, so it’s 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.) I separated the floral layer from the checks with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Vellum Cardstock that I embossed with the Stone 3D Embossing Folder. This is a new folder from Sale-a-bration. You can earn this folder together with the Power of Hope Stamp Set free with a $100 order, but hurry! Sale-a-bration ends March 31. Because the Stone 3D Folder is a new one, you will want to use a shim or the 3D Embossing Folder Plate instead of the top cutting plate.
Thank you so much for all the prayers and well-wishes for my parents. They are much appreciated!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!
Oh dear – Buffy, I’m so sorry to read that you’ve not been well! Stress takes a horrible toll on the body. I hope that now your Dad is back home some of that is alleviated from you. Sending you a big virtual ((hug)) & best wishes! Your card is so pretty – I hope that getting back to crafting helped to cheer you up 🙂
Thank you, Deborah! Dad is much better at home, and crafting is always a “cheer up,” don’t you think?
Buffy, this is a stunning, wonderful card. I love the background for the tulips, and the buffalo check background really adds a neat component. I sure hope that your dad, and shingles are improving.
Thanks, Jackie! Your patches have really helped!!! You rock!
I am so sorry to hear about your shingles and your dad. I wish you all a fast recovery! Love the colors you used on this card. It is beautiful!
Thanks, Susan! Hope you’re having an amazing vacation/time with the grands! It’s the best! I finally had time with Amelia last night, and it helped better than any medicine!
Happy to hear your Dad is back home – it’s no fun being in hospital. But, poor you! My sister had shingles and really suffered. Hope you are over the worst. Hugs!
Thanks, Gail! I think I had a mild case. It only lasted two weeks. I have twinges every now and then, but for the most part, I feel great.
my condolences on the shingles and yousr dad. had shingles once myself when my grandson went into that first run into Iraq. They sure aren’t something you want to have. Good luck and God bless.
On Thu, Feb 27, 2020 at 11:52 AM Stamping with Buffy wrote:
> buffycooper posted: “Morning Tulips Hi, Crafting Friends! I know I’m a day > off with this post. I have finally ventured back into my craft room. If > you’ve been reading my blog lately, you may know that my dad has been in > and out of the hospital. He was doing so well, but a tr” >
Oh, Emilie! If my grand was going into Iraq, I would have shingles and more! You are so amazing. Glad you’re better, and I hope he never has to got there again. ❤