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, May 8, 2017

Poppy Easel Cards

Hello! I received a request to make 2 easel cards for Mother's Day, one showcasing an orange poppy and the other a red poppy.  These were going to be sent to daughters of the person requesting them.

If you've never made an easel card but would like to try to make one, here is a link. Since I'm providing a link to a video tutorial, I won't go into detail on how to create these. It'll be a lot easier to watch a video. There are many video tutorials to choose from on line if you'd care to look into them.

Here are the supplies used in making these cards:

Card Stock:  GKD Pure Luxury White, Black Onyx, Neenah Bright White
Stamps:  GKD Stately Flowers 1
Dies:  Spellbinders Elegant Ovals, Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Ovals, Tattered Lace Butterflies
Other: adhesive, black half pearls, Copics, Stickles
Inside sentiment was composed and computer generated 

I hope you try your hand at creating some easel cards. I'm sure you'll love the end result.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to make it a great day!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Nautical Birthday

Hello, everyone!  Today's card is one I made for my brother for his birthday. He and his wife have traveled extensively all over the world. So I thought it befitting that I create a birthday card with that in mind. 

I began with creating a panel that would set the stage for my focal point. I wanted to create the look of old wood so I scored a piece of kraft card stock every inch or so. Next, I used a Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad and swiped down on the scored panel. This gave it the look of weathered wood. A circle was cut in the center where a port hole would be created.

In my next step, I die cut the port hole using Sue Wilson's Porthole die in GKD Silver card stock. A piece of acetate was adhered to the back of the porthole and then positioned over the cut out circle using dimensionials.

On GKD Pure Luxury White card stock I created clouds using a template and Memento Summer Sky ink. Flying birds (stamp unknown) were stamped on the sky background in Memento Tuxedo Back ink. The boat was die cut twice, once in white and again in brown card stock, with a die from Sue Wilson's Nautical Accessories set. The sails on the brown boat die cut were snipped off and then the brown boat was paper pieced over the white. This was then adhered with deminsionals to the sky background panel. Waves in GKD Little Boy Blue card stock were cut from the same accessories die set and adhered to the panel.

Next, it was time to put the porthole together.  The sky background was positioned behind the porthole and attached with dimensionals.  This was then matted with white card stock and adhered to a panel of Little Boy Blue card stock and then afixed to my white base card.

As my final step I die cut some nautical accessories (anchor, telescope, wheel) in silver and brown card stock, respectively, using Nellie Snellen's Nautical Accessories die set. My sentiment was computer generated and cut with a die from Spellbinders Lacey Pennants. All were then adhered to my card front with dimensionals.

This completed my project and I was so pleased at the way it turned out, especially the weathered wood panel. It actually looked like real wood, although the photo doesn't do it justice.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks so much for stopping by and do come back.