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.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Graduation Card

It's that time of year for graduations. The granddaughter of my dearest friend (who has been blessed with 10 grandchildren) just graduated from high school.  Her parents gave her a graduation pool party and this is the card I made for her. 

I began with creating the focal panel by embossing white card stock with a Taylored Expressions Bead Board EF.  Next I die cut my images: the sentiment from Sue Wilson Congrats die, the cap and diploma from Cheery Lynn's Graduation Set die, and the books from Frantic Stamper's Stack of Books die.

I die cut the cap from red card stock and paper pieced the tassel with GKD Good as Gold card stock (since those were the colors of the graduate's high school). For the diploma, that was cut from white card stock and the ribbon was paper pieced with the same gold as the tassel. The stack of books took the most work. They were first die cut from Gold Pearl Linen card stock and then each book cover was paper pieced with various colored card stock. These were then put aside in order to assemble the card.

For the base card, the front was embossed with a die from Sue Wilson's Double Stitched Rectangle die. Next, a layer of red card stock was adhered to the base. The front panel was then adhered to the red layer. The Congrats die cut was attached with adhesive. The cap, diploma and books were adhered with dimensionals. This completed by project.

I hope you enjoyed with post and got inspired to create. 
 Thanks for stopping by and come by again real soon. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

First Holy Communion

Hello, friends and crafters!  This is the time of year for First Communion and Graduation events.  Here are the cards I made for my friend's grandchildren who received their first holy communion.  I made the young boy's card a little different so as to differentiate from the girls' cards.

I wanted an image of a chalice on the front of the card but could not find any chalice dies.  I found a template on line and created the chalice from GKD Pure Luxury white card stock. I added an embossed edge to the chalice using a die from Crafter's Companion Opulent Swirls and a gold cross from Sassy Stamps Lacey Eyelet Border #2. The wheat heads were die cut from a Cheery Lynn die and the grapes from a Frantic Stamper die These were put aside to work on my front panel and layers.

For the girls' cards I cut the oval using Spellbinders Elegant Ovals.  While still in the die I sponged around the oval using Memento Summer Sky ink. For the boy's focal panel I used a die from Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles and also sponged around the perimeter using the same ink. The sentiment was computer generated on all 3 cards.

The embossed layer on the girls' cards was created with a Couture Creations Tied Together EF. The base card was made using GKD Pure Luxury white card stock and the blue layer is from Stampin' Up Spring Rain card stock.

The cards were then assembled using foam layers on the focal panel to give the die cut images some dimension. This completed my project. 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Comments are always welcome and most appreciated.  Stop by again real soon!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Handy Man Birthday

Hi, everyone!  My brother is quite the handy man. When we were growing up he was always at my dad's side, helping him when there was repairing or building to be done. He learned to do things at a young age which later proved beneficial in adulthood.  Today he has built things for his family or repaired things that needed to be repaired. I just wish he lived near by so I could hire him for things that I need done around my home.  But alas, he and his family reside in Georgia.

So....I decided to make this card for him for his upcoming birthday.

In my garage I have a pegboard with garden tools on it. I wanted to design a card with a realistic looking pegboard filled with workshop tools. The above card is what I came up with. All the dies used in this project, with the exception of the banner with the sentiment,  are from Our Daily Bread Designs.

I began with creating the pegboard in GKD Pure Luxury White card stock and matted it with GKD Black Onyx card stock. Next, I die cut the tools in silver mirror paper and then paper pieced the tool handles with GKD Cherry Red card stock.  The tools were then attached to the peg board and die cut hooks were added to give it a realistic look.

The sentiment was composed and then computer generated and die cut with a die from Avery Elle Dotted Elle-Ments die set. Die cut nails were added as a final touch.

After my themed focal panel was completed, the base card was created using GKD Pure Luxury White card stock. This was layered with GKD Black onyx card stock. The background layer for the focal point was wood panel digital paper from my stash.  The final step was to adhere the pegboard and sentiment banner and the job was done.

I hope you liked this card and enjoyed this post. Thanks for visiting and please come back often. In the meantime,  make it a great day!

Dress-Up Birthday

Hello crafters!  This card was made for a "friend" that I've never met in person. When I was still working, this lady worked in a different state with whom I had frequent contact. In my job I had contacts in every state. This particular lady and I became friends over the years through work-related telephone calls. Even after we both retired we kept in touch with phone calls and cards, but we have never met in real life.  Hence the yearly birthday cards and phone calls.

I began with using a dress template to cut out the dress in some patterned paper that I had.  I added a white satin ribbon at the waist.  Next, I created the purse body in black mirror paper using an image that I found on line and tweaked it. The purse handle was made using 2 circle dies (one larger, one smaller) and then adhered to the back of the purse. The "happy birthday" was stamped with Versamark and then embossed with white EP.  The shoes were die cut in black mirror paper using a die from Impression Obsession Wedding Icons. I put all this aside to work on the base card and layers.

The base card was created in white using GKD Pure Luxury card stock. A layer of SU Blackberry Bliss card stock was added followed by a layer of SU Wisteria Wonder. For the background of the focal point, I die cut a panel of dotted swiss patterned paper using the largest die from Spellbinders 5x7 Detailed Scallops die set.

After adhering all the layers, the dress, purse and shoe images were popped on with dimensionals. This completed my project. I was very happy with the final result.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time, make it a great "crafting" day!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Thinking of You Poppies

Hello!  I have two friends who have been going through difficult times. One is recovering from 3rd degree burns and the other is going through chemo due to cancer. I made these cards to send to them in hopes that they will bring a little cheerfulness into their lives.

The stamp set I used in this project is from Hero Arts called Poppy.  This is a layering stamp set which contains 3 layers for the poppy flower plus the poppy center or the stamen and stems and buds. The set contains stamps of 2 sizes of poppies.

I began by stamping the first or bottom layer of the large poppy with a light color ink on white card stock. This was followed by stamping the second layer in a mid tone ink. The third layer was stamped with a dark ink. I did the same with the smaller poppy stamps. The stamen was stamped with black ink and the stems and buds with a green ink. The sentiment, which was included in the same set, was stamped with black ink.

After coloring my images, I matted the panel with black card stock and adhered this to a white card base.   This completed my project.

The poppy images appeared to be so soft and soothing to me that I felt they would make wonderful get well or thinking of you cards. I was happy with the results.

Thank you for stopping by! Please come again and perhaps get inspired to create.
 Until next time, make it a great day!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Birthday Cake 3 Sectional Card

Front section of card

As the card is opened, the flap is exposed

The card as it stands upright exposing the flap section.

The card exposing the middle section containing the verse, the flap laying down.

Hello fellow crafters!  Here's a card I made for a friend's birthday.  I call it a 3 sectional card because it has 3 sections: the front of the card is one section, the middle is the second section and the flap is the third section. 

The card is created by taking an 8 1/2  x 11-inch piece of card stock and scoring it at 5 1/2 inches. on the 11" side. Next, 1/8 " needs to be cut off at the 8 1/2" end.  Then, the card stock is cut in half lengthwise at 4 1/4", ending up with 2 pieces of card stock, sized 4 1/4" by 5 3/8".

The front section with the window and the flap sections are decorated prior to assembling the card. The middle section, which will contain the verse, can be done after the card is assembled by creating the verse on a separate piece of card stock and then adhering it to the middle section. 

After decorating the 2 sections, place both card bases down with the fronts facing you. Leave the first card with the front facing up and turn the second card so that the shorter side faces up. Next, open the second card and adhere its shorter side to the back of the first card, making sure that the tops of the card are aligned. After adhering, the card will have 3 panels with 2 folds. It's similar to a gatefold card except 2 pieces of card stock are used to create it.  Here's a sample diagram of what the card would like when completely opened up:

I hope this helps explain how the card is assembled. Here are the products used to create this card:

Card Stock:  GKD Pure Luxury White, Innocent Pink, Grass Green; PTI Blushing Bride
Stamps:  SU Cake Soiree Stamp Set
Dies:  SU Sweet Cakes Framelits, Crafter's Companion Simple Sentiments
Ink:  GKD Innocent Pink, SU Mossy Meadow, Versafine Onyx Black
Other:   adhesive, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by!  Please feel free to leave any comments. 
 Until next time,  happy stamping!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Thinking of You in Blackberry Floral

This card was made for a friend and former co-worker who has been affected with cancer. It is always hard to know what to say to someone who is angry, in disbelief, afraid and feels alone when cancer strikes. I feel words of encouragement are the best way to help someone get through those painful and difficult times. So that is what I chose to do in my inside message to my friend.

If interested, I am listing below the products used in creating this card:

Card Stock  -  GKD Pure Luxury White, SU Blackberry Bliss

Ink  -  SU Blackberry Bliss

Stamps  -  GKD Wild Blossom,  Chocolate Baroque Thinking of You Sentiments, (for inside of          card:  GKD You're My Favorite, Handmade Botanicals)

Dies  -  Sue Wilson Double Pierced Rectangles Set B

Other  -  Clear EF, adhesive, dimensionals

Please remember to keep in your prayers those that are suffering from any serious illnesses. 
And thank you for visiting.  Until next time, get creative!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

70th Birthday

       Reaching 70 years of age is a milestone. Lots of memories to share and reminisce. 
And in celsius, 70 is 21!  

My dearest friend turned 70 recently. We have been friends for almost a century. Well.....not quite. So, I wanted to make a very special card for her. After searching to find just the right one, I came across one that I loved and decided to make a very similar one.

Here are the supplies used to create this card:

Card Stock  -  GKD Pure Luxury White, Orange Zest, Sweet Mango, Gold
Die Cuts  -  Marianne Designs pumps, champagne glass, Anja's Vintage Swirls, Spellbinders 5 x 7 Detailed Scallops, Memory Box Floral Delights, ProvoCraft Numbers
Embossing Folder - Sue Wilson Beaded Quilted Circles
Other  -  adhesives, dimensionals,  Nuovo Pale Gold Crystal Drops, tiny white pearls

The sentiment was computer generated. All images were popped on with dimensionals.

Thank you for visiting! Please feel free to leave any comments. I would love to hear what you think of this card.  Until next time, get inspired and create!

Football Birthday

Hello! My older nephew is a big fan of the Georgia Tech college football team. So I decided to incorporate that theme into his birthday card. He turned 35. And, by the way, his initials are GT.  How cool is that?

Here are the products I used to create this card:

Card Stock  -  GKD Pure Luxury Ivory, In the Navy, Grass Green,  Good as Gold Metallic
Dies  -  Quickutz Large Football, Little B Sports Dies, ProvoCraft Numbers Dies, Avery Elle Dotted Elle-Ments
Embossing Folder -  Creative Expressions Textured Linen, Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles
Other  - adhesive, dimensionals,

The textured linen embossing folder was used to create the background (playing field).  Thin strips of ivory card stock were cut to create the goal posts and then adhered to the "playing field" with dimensionals. The large football, embossed with the tiny bubbles EF, was die cut in navy and in gold and then assembled. The helmet was also die cut in navy and gold and then paper pieced. The sentiment and "GT" initials on the helmet were computer generated.

I was very pleased with the end result.  I have 3 men in my family that I send birthday cards to each year. Masculine cards are always a challenge and I find myself trying to come up with 3 different themes each year. But it's always fun searching ideas until that light bulb in my head lights up.  LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by and please come by often.
 Until next time, make it a great day!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sweet Baby Girl Cards

Hello! And Happy New Year!

I received a request to make a "baby girl" card.  I was on a roll and couldn't stop at just one card. So I ended up making 5 that the requester could choose from.  And here they are......

I thoroughly enjoyed making these, loving each new one more than the one before it. I do have a favorite, though, and I hope my client chooses that one.

Until next time, make it a great crafting day!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Tree Pop-Up Card

Merry Christmas!  Here is a Christmas card I made for my daughter. It is a pop-up card. The front of  the card is a door that I created in silver mirror paper. I added a black brad for the door knob. The wreath was created in white card stock and turquoise Stickles were added to decorate it. A turquoise bow was attached to the wreath.

The inside of the card shows a Christmas tree that pops up when opened. This tree was created using Karen Burniston's Christmas Tree Pop-Up dies. The background (or floor) of the inside was made with designer paper. I added some dark turquoise die-cut snow flake images to the designer paper.  The tree was decorated with dark turquoise and silver glitter circles and a tree-top star (all dies included in the tree die set).

This card took time and patience but the end result was most satisfying. If interested, here is a link to Karen's video on assembling the pop-up tree.

Til next time...........have a Merry Christmas and make it a great one!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Cards 2017

Merry Christmas, friends!  I have finally finished my Christmas Card project and would like to share my creations with you.  Unfortunately, I couldn't capture the fine beautiful details with my camera. The cards are  so much more vivid in real life. 

Hope you enjoyed viewing my 2017 Christmas Card project!  Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

70th Birthday Shirt Card

Hello, everyone!  Hope everyone here in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends.  Has anyone decorated their home with Christmas decorations yet?  I have seen several homes in my neighborhood decked out for Christmas. Me, I wait until around Dec. 15 to do that. I have to get through one holiday at a time. 

Here is a card I made for a dear friend who turned 70 this month. There are many videos tutorials out there on how to create shirts. Here is a link to a shirt video you might want to view. This video also demonstrates how to make the tie.

For my base card I used GKD Pure Luxury white card stock. This was layered with GKD In the Navy card stock. 

The shirt was created with some patterned paper in my stash. I added a pocket in which to insert my sentiment.  The ties was created using white layering weight card stock. After making the tie, it was embossed with a Taylored Experssions Bead Board embossing folder. I added navy brads to the tie and shirt collar. The "70" was die cut with some old Provo Craft numeric dies. The shirt was then adhered to my base card and my project was complete.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll visit often. Until then, make it a great day!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pink Poppies on Lattice

Hello everyone!  I have a friend who is in the burn unit of our trauma hospital. I made this card to send to her in hopes that she knows she is being prayed for and thought of.

Here are the supplies/materials used in this project:

Card Stock:  GKD Pure Luxury White, Innocent Pink, Grass Green
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies:  Cheery Lynn French Lattice, Memory Box Prim Poppy, Poppy Stamps Pointed Oval Frame (used the middle cut out)
Other:  adhesive, dimensional tape

Thanks for stopping by and please come again!  Until then, happy stamping!