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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Orange Poppies Easel Card


Hello, crafting friends! Today's card is an  easel card that I made for my DT entry in this week's The Outlawz Twisted Thursday "Anything Goes" Challenge....with the "twist" being an easel card.

I began with preparing and scoring my base card which would be the easel part of my card. The shape was cut using  a  Spellbinders Stately Circles die. (Here is a video tutorial on making a basic easel card. There are other videos on line demonstrating how to make shaped easel cards). I cut another identically shaped panel with the same die, stamped my image (from GKD Stately Flowers 1), colored it with Copics and added black glitter to the center of the poppy image. To add a bit more interest I adhered a small butterfly in black which was cut with a die from a Tattered Lace Butterflies. This would be my focal panel which would later be attached to my easel base. I put this aside to continue working on my base.

I layered the bottom of my "easel" with dotted swiss pattered paper. Next, I cut a smaller die cut piece, which was cut from the same Spellbinders die, and stamped my sentiment (from the same stamp set as my focal image). I added 3 black half-pearls above the sentiment which would serve as the "stopper" for my easel card. As a final step, I adhered my focal panel to my base card and my card was  complete. 

For mailing, the easel card folds flat as seen in the photo below:

 
If you are interested in complete details on how to create an easel card, make sure you view the video tutorial. There are many different styles and shapes of easel cards and you can find tutorials for them on line. Seeing how one is done is much easier than trying to read instructions. If you haven't made one yet, hope you will give it a try.

Thanks for visiting! And make it a great day!






Thursday, October 23, 2014

Poinsettia on Shimmery Tree


Hello everyone! Here is one of my first Christmas cards for this year. I usually make a different card for each recipient. There are so many beautiful possibilities that it is truly hard for me to choose to make just one type of Christmas card. But this year I am way far behind in my Christmas card making so I will have to limit myself to just a few different kinds.

I began with preparing my base card in white card stock. Next, I cut a panel in white a bit smaller than the front of my base and had my sentiment computer generated. My panel was then embossed with a Nellie Snellen Christmas Square 2 folder. 

The tree was cut with a Memory Box Winterland Tree die and covered with glitter. The poinsettia was cut with Sue Wilson's Mosaic Poinsettia die in red suede and Ranger Liquid Pearls was added to the center. The tree and poinsettia were then positioned and adhered to the focal panel. As a last step, the panel was adhered to the base with dimensionals and this completed my project.

Hope you liked this post. Thanks for stopping by and please come again. And I love to receive your comments so please feel free to add your thoughts.


This card was entered into the following challenge(s)
Stamp TV  -  MIUM Challenlge - Christmas Comes Early - STV14MON41
TTCRD  - Challenge Oct 21-Oct 27 - Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday  -  Challenge #58 - Anything Goes - Twist: Add flowers
Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge #155 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls  -  Challenge #29 - Anything Goes

Spooky Halloween




Hello everyone! Halloween is just a little over a week away. Is everyone ready for the little goblins that will be appearing at their door? I enjoy the littlest ones trying to walk up my front steps and saying "trick or treat". They are the cutest!

Since there is NO twist for this week's Twisted Thursday Anything Goes challenge at The Outlawz, I decided to make a Halloween card. And I really had a lot of fun making it.

I wanted to create a Halloween night scene so I began by cutting a 4" x 6" piece of white card stock for my focal panel. I wanted to have a large moon portrayed in my project so I created a mask with a Spellbinders Standard Circles die and positioned it on my panel with removable adhesive. This would serve as the area that would be left uncolored while I sponged my panel. I used Memento Sweet Plum ink to sponge over the entire panel. Then I went over parts of the panel using Memento Summer Sky ink. This resulted in a pretty purplish/pink night sky.  I removed the mask and there was the big beautiful moon.

In my next step I used a branch stamp from PTI Trees stamp set and stamped the branch a few times on both the right and left edges of my panel using GKD Black ink. Using both the bat stamps and owl stamp from GKD Celebrate the Season stamp set, I positioned these on my panel in various spots and stamped them with the same black ink. The picket fence is a die from Impression Obsession and was cut in black card stock and adhered to my panel with dimensionals. I used a pumpkin image from GKD Always Autumn stamp set, colored it with Copics, cut it out and then used a Memory Box Perky Pumpkin Face die to cut out the face. I added a black layer under the finished pumpkin face and popped it on to the fence with dimensionals. At this point I matted my focal panel with black card stock. My sentiment was composed on my computer, printed out and then cut with craft scissors and sponged with black ink around all four edges. My focal panel being completed, I matted it with black card stock and put it aside to work on my base card.

My base card was prepared in black  and layered  with purple. The focal panel was adhered to my base and my project was done. I was happy with the way it turned out. Spooky, but with a soft look.

 Thanks for stopping by. And......hope you have a Spooky Halloween!


This card was entered into the following challenge(s):
TTCRD  -  Challenge Oct 21-Oct 27 - Anything Goes
Creative Moments  -  Challenge #54 - Anything Goes - Halloween
Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge #155 - Anything Goes
Dies R Us  -  Challenge #12 - Halloween
Crafty Girls  -  Challenge#29 - Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge - Challenge Oct 15-Oct 31 - V for Vibrant
The Sisterhood of Crafters  -  Challenge Oct 22 - Fall Colors
Tuesday Throwdown  -  Challenge #218 - Halloween Colors


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Harvest of Wishes




Hello everyone! Today's card is one where I used one of my favorite coloring techniques: Prismacolor pencils and OMS (Odorless Mineral Spirits). The "twist" for the Anything Goes challenge at The Outlawz this week was to use your favorite technique and this is the one I chose for my Design Team project.

I stamped my image (GKD Always Autumn) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock. Next, I colored the image using several different shades of Prismacolor Colored Pencils and OMS. (For anyone interested in how to do this technique, here is a link to a video tutorial).

After coloring, I cut my image panel using Sue Wilson's Innsbruck die and sponged around the edges with Memento Tangelo ink before removing it from the die. For my sentiment, I used a stamp from GKD's Harvest of Wishes stamp set and cut it with a small die from the same Sue Wilson die set. 

My base card was created from white card stock and layered with warm cocoa card stock. An orange layer was embossed with a Cuttlebug Gingham EF and adhered to my base card. My focal panel and sentiment were then popped on with dimensionals and a bow made from jute twine was attached to the sentiment for a finished look.

Hope you enjoyed this post and will check out the tutorial. If you've never used colored pencils and OMS, I think you'll find it a fun technique. Just make sure you have quality colored pencils and card stock. It makes a world of difference.

Until next time............make it a great day! 


This card was entered into the following challenge(s):
613 Avenue Create  - Challenge #93 - Anything Goes
TTCRD  - Challenge Oct 14-20  -  Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge #154 - Anything Goes
Sister Act  - Challenge #78 - Anything Goes 
One Stitch at a Time  _  Challenge #221 - Anything Goes with color Orange 
Fantastic Tuesday  - Challenge #57 - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart  -  Challenge #40 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Challenge #117  Week Two - Anything Goes
Wags 'n Whiskers - Challenge #139 - Fall Colors

Thursday, October 9, 2014

No One Like You



Hello fellow crafters! This is my DT card for this week's challenge at The Outlawz! The twist was an "outdoor" theme. I chose to use this image from Lee's Digi Shop who is this month's sponsor at The Outlawz.

I began my printing out my digital image on white card stock and coloring it with Copics. Next, I cut it using Spellbinders Decorative Labels Thirty Four. Before removing it from the die, I lightly sponged Memento Summer Sky ink around the edges (which isn't very visible in the photo). My sentiment was composed and printed out on my computer and cut with a die from Spellbinders Labels Thirty Six. I added a floral image that I had cropped from the focal image and colored it with Copics. I put this side while I prepared my base card.

I used white card stock for my base and layered it with denim blue card stock from GKD. Next, I cut a layer of GKD pumpkin spice card stock and cut a pattern using an Impression Obsession Fancy Cutout Border die. This was adhered to my base card. As my final step, I popped on my focal panel and sentiment panel using dimensionals and that completed my project.

Thanks for stopping by! Make it a great day!

This card was entered in the following challenge(s):
613 Avenue Create  -   Challenge #92 - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time  -  Challenge #221 - Anything Goes with Color Orange
Crafting from the Heart  -  Challenge #39 - Anything Goes
TTCRD  -  Challenge Oct 7 - 13  -  Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday  -  Challenge #56 - Anything Goes with Wings
Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge # 153 - Anything Goes
Creative Moments  -  Challenge #53 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls  -  Challenge #28 - Anything Goes
Sister Act  -  Challenge #77 - Anything Goes

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Birthday Ride



Hi there! For this week's Twisted Thursday "Anything Goes" challenge at The Outlawz the twist was "take a ride". Here's my Design Team entry using an image from Lee's Digi Shop, which is this month's sponsor for The Outlawz. 

I chose  an image titled "boy on present" and colored him with Copics. Next, I cut out the panel with a die from Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor. Before removing the panel from the die, I sponged around my image with Memento Cantaloupe and Tangelo inks. Since the little boy image was dressed in a long sleeved shirt and pants, I added a falling leaf, colored with Copics to show that autumn had indeed arrived. I used the wagon stamp from GKD Beyond Baskets stamp set and colored it with Copics and used a stamp from GKD Signs of Spring as my birthday greeting which I stamped on the wagon. I embossed the wheels and wagon handle to give them a shine. After cutting out the wagon, I adhered it to my focal panel with dimensionals to create the illusion that the little boy was sitting on a birthday present in the wagon.

I made my base card in white card stock and added a layer of patterned paper from my stash. I then adhered my focal panel to my base and my project was complete.

I hope you enjoyed this post and were inspired to create. Thanks for stopping by!


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