Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hello! Welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by. I design and create handcrafted greeting cards. I like to call this passion of mine "visual poetry" ....imagery on paper. Please feel free to browse the photos of my cards and leave a comment.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Hang In There

Hello everyone! Spring is finally here which means cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning! There's so much to do that I actually have to make a list. However, if there are tasks that are NOT crossed off my list that means I had an excuse......I had to craft and that task goes on the back burner.'s a card I made for my sister-in-law who has been going through therapy and has only a few days to go. Hope it lifted her spirits.

The products used in this project:

Stamp Set  -  HFC Sugar Hollow Hangout
Dies  -  HFC Sugar Hollow Hangout, Spellbinders Cherry Blossoms
Card Stock  -  GKD Pure Luxury White, SU Pink Pirouette
Ink  -  Memento Tuxedo Black, GKD Innocent Pink
Embossing Folder  -  SU Square Lattice
Other  -  Copic markers,  adhesive, dimensionals, Wink of Stella

The base card was created in white card stock and layered with a pink embossed panel. The tree, swing and owl images were stamped on white card stock, colored with Copics and then die cut with co-ordinating dies. The flowers were cut in white with the SB die and then the edges sponged with the pink ink and the centers touched up with Wink of Stella.  After coloring, the images were positioned and adhered with dimensionals. The flowers were adhered with adhesive. The sentiment was computer generated.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for visiting and please stop by again.  Any comments are very much appreciated.

This card was submitted into the following challenge(s): 

613 Avenue Create  -  Challenge #196  -  AG
Aud Sentiments  -  Challenge #176 -  Any Sentiment Except Birthday
Brown Sugar  -  Challenge #244 - AG
Crafty Catz  -  Challenge #364  -  AG
Creative Moments  -  Challenge #114  -  AG
Great Impressions - April 2017 Theme Challenge  -  April Showers bring May Flowers
Inspiration Destination  -  Challenge #125  - AG
TTCRD  -  Challenge for week of 3/28-4/4 -  AG
Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge #276-277  -  AG

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Coffee Slider Card

Hello, crafting friends!  Here's another slider card I made for a birthday project.  This one was for a coffee lover.

Here are the products I used:

Card Stock:  GKD pure luxurry white, GKD Cherry Red, SU Crumbcake, GKD Patterned Paper
Dies:   Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles, MFT Coffee Cup
Other:  computer generated sentiment and coffee cup cover , digital image of coffee beans, pennies for slider, dimensionals and adhesive, pearls

Thanks for stopping by to have a look and have a wonderful day!

This card was entered into the following challenge(s):

Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge #194  -  AG
Crafting from the Heart  -  Challenge #146 - AG
Creative Moments  -  Challenge #111  -  AG
Fun-Day Friday  -  Challenge #175  - AG
Inspiration Destination  -  Challenge #122  -  AG
The Sisterhood of Crafters  - Challenge 2/8/16 -  Red
TTCRD  -  Challenge 2/14 - 2/20  -  AG

Monday, February 6, 2017

Forever Valentine

Hello! Happy Super Bowl Day!  Hope the team you're rooting for wins!  

Today I created a card for a friend who wanted a Valentine's Day card for his wife. Below are listed  the products I used.

Card Stock:  GKD Pure Luxury White, GKD Cherry Red, red Vellum (for the flowers), red velvet (for the cupid)  
Stamps:  HC Striped Sun Kissed Fleur 
Ink:  GKD White
Dies:  Sizzix Framelits Scalloped Hearts, IO Cupids, Sue Wilson Petite Vinery, HC Sun Kissed Fleur, Martha Steward Branch Punch, Spellbinders Lacey Pennants
Other: Sentiment computer generated, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF,  adhesive, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by. Come back often for more projects.

This card was submitted into the following challenge(s):

Crafting with Dragonflies -  Challenge #73 - Valentines Card
Crafting from the Heart  -  Challenge #145 - AG
Crafty Cardmakers  -  Challenge #181  -  Love, Love, Love
Creative Moments  -  Challenge #10  -  AG
613 Avenue Create  -  Challenge #194  -  AG
Dies-R-Us  -  Challenge #66  -  Hearts
Mod Squad  -   Feb 1 Challenge  -  Hearts & Flowers
Scrapy Land  -  Challenge #59  -  AG
Simply Create Too  -  Challenge #124  -  Love
TTCRD  -  Jan 31 Challenge  -  AG
Tuesday Throwdown  -  Challenge #328  -  Love Notes
Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge #268-269  -  AG
Fun-Day Friday  -  Challenge #175 - AG

Monday, January 30, 2017

Shadow Box Birthday

Hello! Today was a good day to stay cozy inside. It was a cold 27 degrees and snowy with more snow on the way.  A great day to stay cozy inside and work on cards for upcoming birthdays. And here is one I made for my dearest friend. It's a shadow box card and I was so happy with the way it turned out.

I began with the base card in PTI Sweet Blush card stock, layered it with GKD Black Onyx followed by GKD Pure Luxury White. This was put aside to work on my focal panel.

The shadow box was cut in PTI Sweet Blush card stock using Creative Expressions In the Garden Shadow Box die (a Sue Wilson die). Next, dimensional tape was adhered to the back of the shadow box and matted with a panel of white card stock which had been embossed with an SU Square Lattice EF.

I cut out some small accessories to put into the shadow box:  the chocolates were computer generated and cut out; the perfume bottle and 2 of the shoes were cut from Creative Expressions Retail Therapy dies; the cocktail glass was cut from IO Mixed Drink set; "Friend" was cut from the In the Garden Shadow Box set; and one other shoe was cut from IO Wedding Icons set.  The perfume bottle was paper pieced and colored with Copics and the cocktail glass was colored with Copics and covered with vellum.  The sentiment, from GKD Mountain Wilderness stamp set, was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and popped on with dimensionals.

All the accessories were positioned in the shadow box openings with dimensionals and the panel was adhered to my prepared base. This completed my card. 

Thank you for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this post and were inspired to create. Until next time, make it a great day!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Car Slider Birthday Card

Hello! Today I'd like to share a card I made for one of my nephews' birthdays. It's always a challenge to come up with an idea for a masculine card. However, I finally decided on making a slider card. I'll be making a couple more in the next few weeks for friends' birthdays. It takes a bit of work, but the end result is worth it.

I began with preparing my base card in GKD white card stock. A layer of  GKD Cherry Red was added. This was then put aside.

Next, I began working on my focal panel by determining where I need to cut the slot for the slider. Using a die from Lawn Fawn Slide-on-Over die set, the slot was created. (If you don't have a slider die, the slot can also be made using a ruler to draw the outline for the slot and a craft knife to cut out the slot. Or the slot can be created by using the longest die from Spellbinders Labels Trio, using it to create the slot and then extending it with the same die).  

At this point I took 4 pennies and adhered two together with a dimensional adhesive making sure the dimensional would be sized so as not to interfere with the pennies sliding in the slot. I did the same with the other two pennies. I put these aside to continue to work on the focal panel.

I created a "road" by taking GKD Black Onyx card stock and marking it with dashes using a white gel pen. This was adhered directly under the slider slot. 

In the next step I found a digital wavy racing flag on line and printed out two of them.  A pole was made from black card stock and one attached to each flag.  These were then adhered with dimensionals to my focal panel. I added 2 small gears (cut with a Cheery Lynn Gears die) on either side of the flags.

My sentiment was personally composed and computer generated and then cut with a die from Avery-Elle Dotted Elle-Ments. In order that it fit properly on my focal panel, I cut a bit off the end. This was then adhered with dimensionals to the card.

Finally, using a die from Mariane's Classic Cars set, a car was cut in red mirror paper. I used black and white card stock to create the white-wall tires and cut a small circle in silver mirror paper for the center of each wheel. Then the penny "sliders" were inserted into the slider slot on the focal panel and a dimensional was attached to the center of each one and the car then adhered to it in two places (front and rear). A layer of white card stock was added to the back of the focal panel with dimensionals in order that the car image could slide freely back and forth.

My finished panel was then adhered to my prepared base card and my project was complete. 

Hope you enjoyed this post.  No matter what the theme, "sliders" are fun to make and sure to be enjoyed by any recipient. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more posts to come.

Be sure to make it a great day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Because I Care

Hello fellow crafters! I've been away from posting for awhile because of other projects or commitments. Today I would like to share a card I made recently for my brother who underwent radiation therapy for early stage prostate cancer. He is doing well. 

The products used for this project are as follows:

Card Stock:  GKD Ivory, GKD Honey Mustard, PTI Dark Chocolate
Stamp:  SU Lovely as a Tree
Dies:  MFTR Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle
Inks:  SU Soft Suede, Memento Peanut Brittle, GKD Honey Mustard
Other:  adhesive, dimensional foam tape, sponge daubers, computer generated sentiment

After stamping the tree images, the edges were masked and the panel was sponged except for the bottom edge of the panel which is where my sentiment was computer generated and the leaf branch image stamped. A frame was created around the focal panel using Dark Chocolate card stock and dimensional tape. This was then adhered to the base card which had been layered with Honey Mustard card stock and the Ivory card stock.  

I hope you enjoyed this project and were inspired to create.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving any comments. I hope to be posting again soon.  Remember to make it a great day!

Saturday, December 17, 2016


Merry Christmas everyone!  I wanted to share with you this card I made for a friend who wanted a special Christmas card to give to his wife.  He calls her his "angel" and so I went with that idea in mind.

I decided to create angel wings from vellum and then emboss them with a polka dot EF. For the focal panel, I used a Nellie Snellen  EF. I then adhered the angel wings, added some gold pine branches and a ribbon. This completed my project.

My personal Christmas cards are in another bog I created just for Christmas. If you'd like to visit my Christmas 2016 blog, click on this link:  Christmas Joy.

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wedding Shaker Card


Hello!  I've been occupied with other things so I haven't had time to post too much for a while. My last project for this month is this wedding card that I designed and created for one of my nephews who got married this month. The wedding was in northern Georgia and the reception was held in a barn. It was so quaint and positively charming! May the beautiful bride and handsome groom have many, many years of wedded bliss!

I decided to make my card in ivory (GKD Ivory) instead of the tradition white. I began by working on the card front panel (a.k.a. shaker panel), cut to measure 4 7/8 x 6 7/8. Then, after determining the placement of the images I planned to use,  I computer generated the greeting and name of the couple. Next, the champagne glasses, using a Die-Namics Layered Champagne Glass die, were positioned and cut out, each one separately, leaving the negative space (the actual cut outs were saved for another time, another project).  Then the card front was embossed with a die from Spellbinders 5X7 Matting Basics A.

Next, I adhered a piece of acetate on the back of the card front which would serve as the "see-through" portion. Then, still working on the back of the card front,  I created a tight gap-free frame around each champagne glass using adhesive foam strips in order to create a shallow space for the shaker elements to sit it. Now, I had planned to use gold glitter for the shaker elements inside of the champagne glasses. However, I had to figure out a way to keep the glitter from falling into the glass stems. I ended up using a thin piece of a foam strip where the glass meets the stem. I also placed foam strips around all the edges of the panel to make it level. I did not remove the protective lining from the adhesive foam strips at this time.

Now came the tricky part....adding the glitter and keeping it isolated in the space it was intended for. I used a tiny spoon to carry the glitter from its container to the space in the champagne glasses. 
Satisfied that there was a sufficient and equal amount in each glass, the protective layers from all the foam strips were very slowly removed. I had previously prepared a piece of card stock, slightly smaller than the card front, and adhered this to the back of the shaker panel to keep the glitter inside the glasses.

Bows, cut from glittery gold card stock with a die from Frantic Stamper Gifts and Bows, were adhered to the base of the wine glasses to conceal the foam strips hiding there. The two hearts were cut using Spellbinders Classic Hearts in glittery gold card stack and positioned with dimensionals, one heart slightly over the other.

This completed my front panel. The last step was to adhere the panel to my base card and the card was done. This took a lot of time and patience, but I was very pleased with the end result. I hope the young wedding couple liked it as well.

Christmas is just about 9 weeks away and I have to start moving on making my Christmas cards. (Where did the year go?)  So that will be my project for the next many weeks. And hopefully I will have them done in time for mailing them out. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this card gave you some inspiration to create. Until next time, make it a great day!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Autumn Blessings Birthday

Hello everyone! Here is another autumn card I made.  This one was for my OSU college roommate (a long time ago) and friend. We  share October birthdays, 4 days apart.

I love copper and gold together. I call it "autumn elegance". I love the brilliance of the copper and the soft lustre of the gold. These are the colors I selected for this card.

My base card was created using GKD Ivory card stock. I added a layer of PTI Dark Chocolate and then another layer of GKD Ivory.  

For the card front, my focal panel, I used GKD Copper Metallic card stock. The large leaf was cut with Stampin' Up Leaflets Framelits and the smaller leaf with Darice Assorted Leaves die. The wheat stalks were cut using Impression Obsession Wheat die.  The leaves and wheat were cut in GKD Gold card stock. The acorn was cut using Memory Box Nutty Acorn die and cut in both copper and gold card stock. All images were adhered with glue dots and dimensionals. A jute bow was added as a final touch.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a creative day!

Autumn Wheat Birthday

This card was created for a former co-worker whose birthday fell this month. I just love making fall cards. It is my favorite season and sometimes I wish it were fall all year round.

I began with creating my base card in GKD Ivory card stock. This was layered with PTI Dark Chocolate followed by another layer of GKD Copper Metallic card stock. I put this aside to work on the focal panel.

Using ivory card stock, I die cut and embossed my focal panel with a die from Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles. Next, the wheat was cut in GKD Gold card stock using  Impression Obsession Wheat die and then adhered to the panel. A copper-toned bow was added to give the appearance of the wheat being bundled. The leaves, from Impression Obsession Small Leaf set, were cut and embossed in GKD Gold card stock. The sentiment is from GKD Scripty Sayings stamp set and was stamped in Versamark and embossed with gold EP.

This completed my project. In my next post I will share another fall card I made. Please stop by and check it out. Until then, make it a great day!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Butterfly Shaker Card

Hello! Hope you're not having the heat wave that we are here in northeast Ohio. Needless to say I am ready for favorite season. Crisp air surrounded by the beautiful hues of autumn.  Ahhh... I can almost hear the sound of fallen leaves crunching under my feet, creating a colorful path. I love all four seasons but I think autumn is the most beautiful season of all.

Anyway, back to summer.  This summery card was made for my daughter's birthday. I decided to make a shaker card using a butterfly window to showcase the glittery particles. It wasn't a difficult card to make but required time and patience.

I began with creating my focal panel. I used some floral patterned paper from my stash and cut a butterfly "window" with a Memory Box Darla Butterfly die. Next, I adhered a clear acetate panel on the backside of my focal panel to create the "window" which I would be filling with glittery pieces to create the shaker card. I needed to frame my "window" before filling it. I used foam adhesive strips around the butterfly window to make sure that the shaker contents would be isolated only to the window. After filling the window with tiny glittery shapes I adhered a panel of card stock to the back of my focal panel with dimensionals in order to prevent the shaker contents from spilling out.

With my focal panel complete, I then created my base card in white. added a layer in wisteria and another layer of white card stock before adhering my focal panel to the base.

My sentiment was computer generated and then cut with a die from Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles and popped onto the card with dimensionals.  As a final touch, a tiny butterfly, cut with a die from Avery Elle Butterflies set, was added to the sentiment. 

Hope you enjoyed this project and will take a stab at making a shaker card, if you haven't already.  Until next time, make it a great day!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Smart Phone Birthday

Hello crafting friends! Today I'm sharing a birthday card I made for one of my nephews. Since today's young adults are so tech savvy, I thought I'd make a card with that theme in mind.

I began by creating my base card in GKD white card stock.  I layered it with GKD Soft Sand, followed by a layer of GKD Black Onyx and finally a plaid patterned paper layer that came from my stash.

Next, I created the phone using Marianne's Smart Phone die. The die comes in 2 separate pieces.  I used (unknown) silver card stock to cut the "base" of the phone and GKD Black Onyx card stock to create the phone itself. The "screen" was personally created on my computer and then attached in the opening of the phone. The completed phone was then adhered to my card using dimensionals. Black pearls were added in opposite corners of the card as a final touch.

This was a fun card to make and can be created for just about any age or gender. So, I hope you enjoyed this post and will stop by again soon. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Speedy Recovery

Hello! This card was made for the husband of my dearest friend. He recently had surgery on his right toe and I decided to use that as the focal theme in my card. 

I began with creating my focal panel by embossing GKD Pure Luxury Ivory card stock with a Sizzix Stripes EF. I put that aside and prepared my base card in PTI Dark Chocolate, layered it with GKD Pure Luxury Ivory, and added  a layer of plaid digital paper from my stash. My focal layer was then adhered to my prepared base card.

Next, I worked on creating the images. The foot image was cut with Marianne"s Feet die. The medicine bottle image is a stamp from GKD Under the Weather set and was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored and then cut out. The label on the bottle was computer generated, cut to fit the medicine bottle and then adhered to it. The band aid image was hand made using card stock which was run through a polka dot EF and then cut and assembled to resemble a band aid. These were all positioned and adhered to the focal panel.

The sentiment was computer generated and then cut with Spellbinders A2 Distressed Edges die and matted with green card stock slightly larger than the sentiment panel. I added a green ribbon and adhered the sentiment on the right edge of the panel. This completed my project.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you'll stop by often.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Birthday Purse Card

Good morning! I'd like to share this card I made for my sister-in-law's recent birthday. I was inspired to make this after viewing Melanie Muenchinger's (of StampTV) video tutorial on creating a purse card. 

Instead of listing details of how to create this card, I am providing a link to------> Melanie's video.

Here is a list of products used:

Card Stock:    GKD Black Onyx, Gold (unknown )
Ink:    Versamark
Stamps:    GKD Triple Play Fillers Stamp Set
Embossing folder:  Goosebumps A2 Whimsy
Other:    Gold EP, adhesive, scissors, heat gun

Hope you give this project a try.  Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Barrel of Get Well Wishes

Hello everyone! Today's card is for a friend and former co-worker who recently underwent knee surgery. He and his wife raise and show St. Bernards. So, with that in mind, I made this card for him.

I began with creating my focal panel. I found a digital stamp on line of a St. Bernard puppy with the infamous keg around his neck. I got an idea and ran with it. 

I printed out the digital stamp of the St Bernard puppy on GKD Pure Luxury White and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. Next, I die cut this panel with a die from Lil' Inkers Stitched Squares. I printed out the stamp one more time, colored the keg, cut it out and popped it onto the stamped image just to give it dimension. Then I die cut another panel in SU Crumb Cake using the next larger die from the same stitched squares die set. These 2 panels were adhered together.

The card base was created using GKD Soft Sand card stock. I layered it with GKD Warm Cocoa card stock which was cut with a die from Spellbinders 6X6 Matting Basics B. Finally, I used dimensionals to attach my focal panel to my prepared card base. The sentiment was personally composed and computer generated and then cut with a die from Spellbinders A2 Distressed Edges and popped onto the card. That completed my project.

Thanks for stopping by!

This card was entered into the following challenge(s):

613 Avenue Create  -  Challenge #184  -  AG 
Crafting from the Heart  -  Challenge #120 - AG
Creative Moments  -  Anything Goes
Great Impressions - July Challenge - AG
Scrapy Land  -   Challenge #45 - AG
The Sisterhood of Crafters  -  Jul 13 Challenge - Animals
TTCRD  -  Challenge Jul 12-18  -  AG
Word Art Wednesday  - Challenge #238-239  -  AG