Hero Arts, Squirrelz Stash Bash

I’m on the Edge: Squirrelz Stash Bash Blog Hop

Hi everyone! This post will be short and and maybe not so sweet as it has been a difficult month for me. My 92 year old father’s heart and kidney are failing and we are doing hospice care at home. My once vibrant father – a medical doctor, is now very much like a little baby, in every sense of the word. I’m a bit of a daddy’s girl, being the eldest in the family so its been so hard to see him like this. He has good days and very bad days – it’s a rollercoaster ride and I’m barely holding on.

That said, I turn to cardmaking as my therapy. It gives me that moment of distraction and escape, where I can focus on creating something that brings me joy. My squirrel sisters have shown me a lot of grace and understanding and have allowed me to pass on this month’s hop. But I decided I needed to create something.

The theme is Spring with an edge, with the “edge” being a project with a decorative edge. I made a clean and simple card for this month using the Hero Arts Pop Art Flowers Stamp & die set.

Using a Misti, I lined up the flowers from the stamp set vertically on the right side of a side folding card base. Once I was happy with the alignment, I stamped out the flowers individually starting with the middle flower. I used the Intes-ified Black ink for a crisp image.

Then I used the coordinating die to cut along the edge of each flower. I taped the die and lined up the edge of the top plate of my die-cutting machine to the area I wanted to die cut. Then run it through my die-cutting machine. I did the same for the other two flowers.

After die-cutting, I used a craft knife to cut off some areas that the die-cutting machine did not cut. I stamped the word “HELLO” at the bottom left of the card.

Then I took a side folding cardbase of Hero Hues Cherry cardstock and adhered it on the opposite side of the opening to create a trifold card.

This time I didn’t get to use an item that I have squirreled away as my other Squirrel sisters did. But they have been so wonderful to give me a pass this time.

I am so happy that I got to craft even a little today– even if I haven’t been feeling like “Spring” though I am feeling a little on the “edge” thus fulfilling at least part of this month’s prompt!

Next on the hop is my beautiful friend Karen.

‘Til next time!



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5 thoughts on “I’m on the Edge: Squirrelz Stash Bash Blog Hop”

  1. Oh sweet, sweet Anna… BIG hugs! You are in my thoughts and prayers, and I wish I knew something I could say or do that would help. I’m glad our little hop provided a much needed distraction in these dark days. And even in your state of mind, you made a gorgeous card with great contrast, and I love the pop of red! CAS but still impactful.


  2. Dear Anna, I’m glad that you managed to escape reality for just a bit and create such a beautiful card! Thinking of you ❤


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