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, 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 fall.....my 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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Globe Birthday


Happy Summer everyone! After a weekend of 90 degree weather, we're back to the 80s.  Still a bit too warm for me but I'll take it over the 90s. My perfect temp is about 75. Is there anywhere where 75 degrees is constant???

Because it's been so warm I have been inside crafting. My latest project is this card that I made for my future son-in-law's upcoming birthday. I just love how it turned out! I usually have a picture in my mind's eye what I would like to create. Sometimes what I see in my head does not always appeal to me when I put it to paper. So in the end the initial idea morphs into something different. Can you relate to that?

When planning this project I knew I wanted to use the globe image. After several different scenarios I finally decided on creating a "niche" in which to showcase the globe.  I began by creating the "wall" in which the niche would sit. Using blue wood grain paneling digital paper for my focal layer, I cut a square in the layer. Next I used brown wood grain paneling paper, the same size as the focal layer, and ran it through a Darice Wood Grain EF to give it actual wood grain texture. This layer was then adhered to the back of the focal layer using dimensionals. Using the same brown wood paneling paper, embossed with the wood grain EF, I created a frame to go around the opening by using two different size Spellbinders 6x6 dies. Next, my focal layer was matted with PTI Dark Chocolate card stock, followed by PTI Spring Rain card stock. This was then adhered to my base card (GKD Pure Luxury White).

The globe was created using IO Globe Set dies. The actual map portion was computer generated and sized to fit the globe. The globe image was then assembled and popped into the "niche" with dimensionals.  The sentiment was personally composed and computer generated and then cut with a die from Spellbinders Ribbon Banners. Before adhering the sentiment banner to the card, it was  sponged around the edges using GKD Powder Blue ink. My project was then complete.

 I do hope you enjoyed this post. I feel this would make a great masculine card for any occasion: Father's Day, birthday, graduation, travel, retirement, moving away, etc. I hope it will inspire you to create and share your creation(s).

Until next time.....stay cool and make it a great day!




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

613 Avenue Create  -  Challenge #181 - AG
Great Impressions  -  June Challenge  -  AG
One Stitch at a Time  -  Challenge #264 - Layer It Up
Brown Sugar  -   Challenge #203 - Father's Day
TTCRD  -  Jun 21-27 Challenge - AG
Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge 234-235  -  AG
Crafting from the Heart  -  Challenge #117 - AG
Inspiration Destination -  Challenge #90 - AG
Love to Create  -  Challenge #13 - Anything Creative
Scrapy Land  -  Challenge #44 - Masculine

Sunday, June 19, 2016

First Confession / First Communion



Here are 2 cards I made for two young celebrants of their first Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

The base cards were prepared using GKD Pure Luxury White. I added a layer of blue glitter paper. Next came a layer in white which was dry embossed with a die from Sue Wilson's Austrian Salzburg die set. The cross was cut from white glitter paper with a die from Spellbinders Crosses Two. I added an additional slanted crossbeam which represents the footrest in the Ukrainian Orthodox tradition.

The top card was made for my Goddaughter's son. I adhered 3 ferns using a Martha Stewart Fern Punch and 1 flower using a die from Leane Creatief Small Flowers & Leaves to distinguish it from the other card which was made for my Goddaughter's niece. I used 3 flowers and 3 ferns on this one, using the same punch and die. A white pearl was added to the flower centers. The sentiment was computer generated and then cut with a die from Spellbinders Tranquil Moments set.

We celebrated 3 events:  First confession/communion, Father's Day and a promotion of one of my Goddaughter's brothers. This was held at another one of her brother's homes where we had a pool party, music, food and drink. The weather cooperated (90+ degrees) and we all had an enjoyable day, especially the kids who stayed in the pool the entire day. Oh, to be young again!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sympathy in Blue


Hello everyone! Sadly, I needed a couple of sympathy cards. I never look forward to making these but I'm glad I can add my own thoughts or sentiments to the family. One card I saw on line caught my eye and I wanted to make a similar one. 

I began with creating a sponged circle in blue on my focal panel. Next I stamped the floral branch in black ink and embossed it with clear EP.  My sentiment was also stamped in black ink and embossed. I added a blue ribbon as a final touch. This was then popped onto a blue card base with dimensionals.

Here are the products used:

Card Stock:  GKD white, PTI Spring Rain
Stamps:  SU Thoughts and Prayers, PTI Daily Designs Sentiments
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, GKD Powder Blue
Other:  Clear EP, ribbon, adhesive, dimensionals


Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you'll come back to see more card making projects.
Remember to make it a great day!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Single Layer Birthday


Hello, crafting friends! I'm sure all of you find single layer cards easy to make. There's so many things you can do on a single layer....die cut, emboss, stamp, water color, etc., and it will look great. I made this single layer card for this weeks Mod Squad Challenge.

On the front of my base card I embossed a pin point square. Next, I stamped my floral images with Versamark ink and embossed them with white EP. Finally I stamped my sentiment in black ink and embossd it with clear EP.  And that's it!

The products used in this project:

Card Stock:  SU Crumb Cake
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  GKD Made with Love STV Kit, GKD Wild Blossom
Dies: Spellbinders Triple Floral
Other:  Embossing powders

Thanks for visiting and stop by often.

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

Mod Squad  - One Layer Birthday Challenge 5/18
 
 


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cherry Blossom Birthday on Vellum


I made another card for the Just Us Girls challenge which required the use of vellum anywhere on the card. This is very similar to my previous card. I love the look of stamping or embossing on vellum. I think it gives a card a touch of elegance.

My first step was to cut a panel of vellum and stamp my cherry blossom branch in black ink and emboss it with clear EP.  I did the same with my sentiment. The dragonfly is a die cut which I adhered to the vellum.  

Next, I cut a panel of pink card stock to the same size as the vellum panel. The vellum was then adhered to the pink panel. I added a ribbon along the left edge. This was then adhered to my white card base with dimensionals and my card was complete.

Here are the products used:

Card Stock:  vellum, GKD Pure Luxury white, GKD Bubblegum Pink
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Deep Red Cherry Blossoms,  GKD Scripty Sayings
Dies:  IO Dragonflies
Other:  Ribbon, adhesive, dimensionals


Thanks for visiting!
Please stop by again for more card making. I love your comments so please feel free to
comment away.  Until next time, happy crafting!


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

Just Us Girls  -  Trend Week Challenge #343
613 Avenue Create  -  Challenge #176  - AG
Crafting from the Heart  -  Challenge #112 - AG
Aud Sentiments  -  Challenge #155  -  AG plus sentiment
TTCRD  -  Challenge 5/17-5/23  -  AG
Tuesday Throwdown  -  Challenge #294  - Embossing

Monday, May 16, 2016

Thinking of You on Vellum


Hello! It was hard for me to choose how to use vellum in this project. There are soooo  many possibilities. That was the challenge for this week at Just Us Girls Challenge Blog. Here's what I finally decided on....

I began by stamping the floral border in Versamark ink on clear vellum and then embossing it with white EP.  I did the same with my sentiment. The butterfly was stamped on a separate piece of vellum, embossed and then cut with a butterfly die.

I cut some green card stock the same size as the vellum panel and then adhered the two together on the left edge. I added a white ribbon down the side and attached the butterfly. This was then adhered to a white card base with dimensionals and my card was complete.

Here are the products used in this project:

Card Stock:  Vellum, GKD Grass Green, GKD Pure Luxury White
Ink:   Versamark
Stamps:  HC Sun Kissed Fleur Border & Corner, GKD All Occasion Tags, Hero Arts Antique Butterflies & Flowers            
Dies:  Sizzix Antique Butterflies & Flowers
Other:  White EP,  ribbon, adhesive, dimensionals

Hope you enjoyed this post and get creative with vellum. Until next time, thank you for stopping by and remember to make it a great day!


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

Just Us Girls  -  Trend Week Challenge #343
613 Avenue Create  - Challenge #176 - AG
Crafting from the Heart  -  Challenge #112 - AG
Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge #230-231 - AG
Creative Moments  -  Challenge #93 - AG
TTCRD -  Challenge 5/10 thru 5/16  - AG
Tuesday Throwdown  -  Challenge #293 - Thinking of You

Monday, May 2, 2016

Dahlia Birthday in Wisteria


Hello!  I made this birthday card today for someone that I call a friend but have never met. I would also call this person a co-worker because we worked for the same organization in the legislative arena. However, we worked and lived states apart and never had the opportunity to meet face to face. We became what I call "telephone friends" during those years and this has carried over into our retirement years. 

I had no idea how big this card would turn out when I finally completed it. It turned out to be 6 x 6 inches. I saw a photo on line that gave me an idea for what I wanted to do so I began with my focal panel. At first, I stamped my floral image (from PTI Delightful Dahlia stamp set) onto a square panel of GKD Pure Luxury white card stock with Versamark, embossed it with white EP and colored it with Copic markers. I was going to leave it as is but then decided to cut out the dahlia image. Having done that I then prepared another square panel of white card stock using a die from Memory Box Pinpoint Squares.  Before removing the panel from the die, I sponged SU Wisteria Wonder ink around the edges.  For my sentiment, I used a stamp from GKD Wild Blossom stamp set and stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a piece of white card stock. Then it was die cut using a die from Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangles. The prepared focal panel, dahlia image, and sentiment strip were put aside so I could work on preparing my base card and layers.

The base was made using GKD Pure Luxury white card stock. It was layered with SU Wisteria Wonder card stock which was cut and embossed with a die from Spellbinders 6x6 Matting Basics A. Next, I added a layer of some patterned digital paper that I had in my stash. Finally, I adhered my focal panel to my card, popped on the dahlia image and sentiment strip with dimensionals and that completed my project.

Thanks for stopping by! I love and appreciate any comments so feel free to comment. And come back again for more card projects.

And remember to make it a great day!




 

Age is Merely a Number


Hi everyone! My brother retired at the beginning of this year. Over the years he  has traveled to many far away places such as Ireland, Italy, China, etc. So for his birthday, I decided to make a card representing some of his adventures.

I began with preparing my card base in GKD Blue Denim card stock. I then layered it with GKD Pure Luxury white card stock and, before removing the card stock from the die, I sponged around the edges with Memento Summer Sky ink. Next, I created a frame in silver card stock using a die from Spellbinders 6x6 Matting Basics A. I put this aside in order to work on my focal panel.

The globe was created in silver card stock using Impression Obsession's Globe Set die. The colored map portion of the globe was computer generated, sized and adhered to the globe to give it the realistic look. The filmstrip was made in black mirror card stock with a Marianne die.The photos in the film strip were computer generated and adhered to the film strip to represent some of the places my brother had traveled to.  The sentiment was personally composed and die cut with a Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangles die. The images and sentiment were then adhered to my prepared base card with dimensionals. My project was complete.

Thank you for stopping by to visit. I hope you enjoyed this post and will come back for more card making. 




 Entered into the following challenge:

Crafting with Butterflies  -Challenge #55 -  Masculine Card

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Smiling Daisy Get Well


Hello, everyone! I haven't been posting much due to other tasks and commitments. I hope to get back to posting more often. Here's a card I made for my dearest friend who underwent hip surgery very recently. 

I began with creating my focal panel by embossing a panel of GKD Pure Luxury White card stock with a Sizzix Framed Tulips EF.  For the center of this frame I adhered some lattice pattern digital paper from my stash. For the flower, I die cut 3 flowers using a die from Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters die set and layered them. I used a computer generated image of a smiley face for the center of the flower. The flower was then popped onto the focal panel using dimensionals. The foliage was created by using a Poppy Stamps Leafy Sprig die and adhered to the flower. The sentiment was computer generated and then cut with a die from Spellbinders A2 Distressed Edges and adhered to the panel with dimensionals.

My focal panel was then matted with GKD Sweet Corn card stock, followed by Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow card stock. This was then adhered to my base card which was created using GKD Pure Luxury White card stock.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. Come back again for more card projects.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Booklovers


Hello, fellow crafters!  Today's card was made for a friend who loves to read. She also loves wine and chocolates. And her birthday happens to fall on Valentine's Day. How lucky can you get??? So I decided to make her this birthday "book pop-up" card with all this in mind.

The base card was made with GKD white card stock and layered with some lightly patterned green paper that I had in my stash.The card front or focal panel was embossed with a Creative Expressions Textured Linen folder. The book worm was created using small circle die cuts in light green card stock. I added brads for the eyes. The glasses were cut from an Impression Obsession Retro Masculine die set.The book was hand created and the book title was self composed and computer generated on pink cardstock. The hands holding the book were created with small floral die cuts, cut in half to show only 3 "fingers" and then  adhered to the book. The sentiment was computer generated and then cut into a banner and matted with green patterned paper.

Here's a photo of the inside of the card.


 I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for visiting my blog and please come again.
 Until next time, happy crafting!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

50th Anniversary



Hi everyone! Today I'd like to showcase a 50th Anniversary card I made for my dearest friend and her husband. They have shared 50 cherished years together. I wish you could see the shimmer of the champagne in the champagne glasses. It really is striking.

The base card was made using GKD white card stock. I layered it with gold glitter paper and put it aside. Meanwhile I prepared my focal panel by positioning a die cut heart, made with Memory Box Bingham Heart, and determining where to have my sentiment and their names placed. Nex,t I printed my sentiment and names via computer, positioned the heart die cut and adhered it.

The champagne glasses, cut with a Die-Namics die, were assembled using white card stock, vellum and gold glitter paper. Before adhering the glasses, I cut the number 50 from gold glitter paper and adhered  it beneath the heart. I was then able to position the champagne glasses in the manner shown in the photo.

For the interior of my card, I chose to die cut two other champagne glasses (from Cottage Cutz) and placed them around the verse. Here is a photo of one of the glasses:


That completed my project. I was very pleased with the end result. I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks for stopping by and come back again and again. Until then, make it a great day!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Shopping For Your Birthday


Hello, crafting friends! My oldest and dearest friend's birthday is this month and this is the card I made for her. My creative juices were flowing at a snail's pace so I searched around the Internet and finally got inspired and created this card. I just love how it turned out!

The base card was made from GKD White card stock. It was layered with SU Blushing Bride, followed by GDK Black Onyx card stock. The focal layer was embossed with SU Square Lattice EF.

The sentiment was personally composed and computer generated and then cut with a die from Spellbinders A2 Distressed Edges. This was then matted in GKD Black Onyx.

The shopping bags were cut using Memory Box Gift Bag dies on various patterned papers from my stash. I adhered the names of major department stores and added tissue paper to make the bags more interesting and give the card more appeal.  Both the sentiment and bags were adhered with dimensionals.

I didn't post a photo of the inside of the card but would like to share the inside verse.....

....and found tons of gifts,
ones that can't be gift wrapped
because they're all 
birthday wishes
that come from
 the heart.

  I added an image of a gift bag with the words "wishes" floating out of it. 


Hope you enjoyed this post and will be inspired to create something awesome today!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

It's Your Birthday, Sport!



Hello, everyone! It's been a while since I posted any of my cards. I was busy with appointments and household stuff that needed to be taken care of. I don't know where the time went. Tomorrow will be February 1 already and you'd never know it by looking outside. We have spring-like weather here in my neighborhood. It is currently 57 degrees. It should be in the teens or low twenties. I could learn to love this kind of winter weather,. But I'm sure we'll be paying for it sooner or later.

This is my first card of the year. I made it for one of my nephews who had a birthday this month. Please forgive the quality of the photo of the card. It was taken at night and the lighting was poor. I was planning to take another photo in daylight but I mailed the card out before remembering to snap a picture of it again. 

Basically there were only 2 types of products used in creating the card front:  card stock and dies. The sentiment was personally composed and computer generated.

Card stock:  GKD black onyx, ivory and Stampin Up Crumbcake
Dies:  IO Die 224-O

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll be posting more on a regular basis now that I'll have some time. Please come back or sign up to follow my blog.

Make it a great day!