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.

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!