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, 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!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Stained Glass Window Birthday

Hello crafters!   I made this card for my old OSU college friend and roommate. The technique is called "stained glass window," by the person who inspired me to create this.....the fabulous Jennifer McGuire.  Here is a link to her video tutorial:  Stained Glass Window Technique.

Here are the products/supplies used in this project:

Card Stock:  GKD Pure Luxury Ivory, GKD Honey Mustard
Stamps:  GKD Stitched Leaves Mini Stamp Kit
Dies: GKD Stitched Leaves, Cheery Lynn Happy Birthday
Inks:  Versamark, Memento Dandelion, Tangelo, Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves
Other:  Gold EP, Acetate, Adhesive

I love how this card turned out. Unfortunately, the camera doesn't do it justice. The stamp set is a beautiful one and has so many possibilities.  Hope you try the stained glass  tchnique. I know you will be pleased with the results.

Thank you for visiting!  Until next time, happy crafting!

Autumn Leaves Birthday

Hello!  This card was made for a friend/former co-worker. I was disappointed in  how the photo came out. The focal background is gold linen card stock and is soooo pretty and the leaf veins were embossed in gold. However, the camera didn't catch the sheen no matter how I positioned it. This photo seemed to be the best of the lot.

The supplies/products used in this project:

Card Stock:  GKD Pure Luxury Ivory, SU Mossy Meadow, Classic Linen Gold Pearl, Various (for leaves)
Ink:  Versamark
Dies:  Sue Wilson Double Pierced Rectangle, SU Leaflets Framelits, Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Ovals
Other:  Gold EP,  Adhesives, Gold Sparkle Hemp Cord

Thanks for stopping by!  Feel free to leave any comments.  They are always appreciated.
And remember to make it a great day!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Western Birthday

Hello!  Today I have a card to share that I made for one of my nephew's birthdays.  It's always a challenge to come up with a masculine card. So...while surfing the web I came across one of Theresa Momber's cards and was inspired to create this birthday card for my nephew. Theresa is an illustrator for Gina K. Designs and extremely talented. I love her creations! Thank you, Theresa!

I began by creating my main focal panel using various inks to sponge my background:  GKD Sweet Corn, Memento Cantaloupe, Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa. Various grass images were stamped at the bottom of this panel in Memento Rich Cocoa

Next, I created the fence posts by swiping Memento Rich Cocoa on some narrow cut strips of white card stock and then adding bronze brads to connect them. The fence post was positioned on the panel in order to determine where I would be placing my birthday greeting, which was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then embossed with clear EP.  Some birds in flight were stamped and embossed above the birthday greeting using the same ink and EP. The fence post was then adhered to the panel using dimensionals.

Jute was used to create the lasso hanging on the fence post and adhered lightly. The cowboy hat and boots were cut with Tessler Crafts using PTI Dark Chocolate card stock and  then matted with GKD Kraft card stock. These were then positioned and adhered to the card with dimensionals.

My base card was created using GKD Warm Cocoa. It was layered with GKD Sweet Corn. Another layer of PTI Dark Chocolate was added. Finally the focal panel was adhered and my project was complete.

Hope you were inspired to create!  Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Birthday Flower Pot Pop-Up

Inside of card
Front of card

Hello crafters!  It's my favorite daughter's (and my ONLY daughter's) birthday this month. I decided to get out of my comfort zone and create a pop-up card for her.  It was a tedious challenge and required lots of patience. Here's the end result.

Without going into lengthy detail on how the inside pop-up was created I have provided a link to a Karen Burniston video on how to assemble and create the pop-up.  Karen has a several pop-up dies which can be purchased at various craft sites. She does a great job in her video tutorial with step by step instructions.

For the front of the card, I first computer generated my sentiment on ivory card stock.  Next I die cut butterflies on ivory card stock using Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage. Then I embossed a border/frame around the panel using a die from Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles.  Glitter was added to the center of the butterflies for accent. Dimensionals were added to the back of this panel and then it was matted with pink card stock. Finally it was adhered to the base card.

As I mentioned, it was a tedious task creating the pop-up flower pot and then arranging flowers in it but it was worth the time spent. I'm looking forward to making more of these pop-up cards. 

Thanks for paying a visit!  Come back again soon for more card projects and inspiration.