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 30, 2017

Owl on Cherry Blossom Branch Birthday

Hello fellow crafters!  This card was made for a friend who I've never met in person. When I was working I had telephone contact on a business level with this person (who lives out of state) quite often and over time we became telephone friends. After retiring we continued to keep in touch via phone calls and birthday cards. 

I began my project with first creating my base card in GKD Pure Luxury White card stock.  This was put aside and I worked on my front panel.

A piece of PTI Spring Rain card stock was cut slightly smaller than my base card with a die from Sue Wilsons Double Pierced Rectangles.  Using a die from Poppy Stamps Fancy Clouds, a cloud was cut out to leave a negative space.  Another smaller cloud was cut from the same die set and adhered slightly over the negative space.

Next, a tree branch was created using a die from Spellbinders Cherry Blossom set in PTI Dark Chocolate card stock. Another duplicate branch was cut but partially snipped off and the two branches were attached at one end.

Using the flower dies from the Spellbinders Cherry Blossom set, several flowers were cut in various sizes in white card stock and then the edges sponged with GKD Innocent Pink ink. The centers were filled with Nuvo Crystal Drops. Also, Wink of Stella was applied to the tips of the flower petals. The flowers were put aside to allow the crystal drops to dry. In the meantime, the owl parts were cut using Elizabeth Craft Poppy the Owl die and assembled using PTI Dark Chocolate, Kraft and GKD Pumpkin Spice card stock.

Next, the tree branches were adhered to the blue focal panel using dimensionals. The flowers, the centers now dry with the crystal drops, were randomly adhered to the tree branches. Fern leaves from MS Fern punch were also added to give fullness to the flowering branches. The owl was then attached using dimensionals.

The sentiment was computer generated on white card stock which had been cut with a Cottage Cutz Pierced Rectangle die, and popped on under the tree branch with dimensionals.  My focal panel was then attached to the base card with dimensionals and my project was complete.

This was a fun project to work on. I hope my telephone friend will enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Thanks for visiting my blog.  Hope you come back again soon.

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

613 Avenue Create  -  Challenge #196 - April 2017 - AG - OT Anything Spring
Scrapy Land  -  Challenge #64 - Spring Blooms
Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge #280-281  -  AG

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!