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.

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!