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, March 23, 2020

Grand Piano Birthday

This is the card when closed.

This is the card when opened with the music stand upright.

Hello!  I hope all are well and staying safe during this very stressful time  and finding ways to cope and still enjoy life. I keep myself busy with cardmaking, watching favorite recorded shows and catching up on household chores (my least favorite). 

The card pictured above was made for a friend who requested a birthday card for his adult son who is an organist and a music lover.  Since I couldn't find any organ themed dies, I felt this grand piano theme would be an appropriate and perfect substitute.

 I began by die cutting the grand piano image in black cardstock. This was matted with gold mirror paper. Next, I worked on the inside of the card. The piano keys were die cut and adhered to the inside bottom. Then the inside message, which was computer generated, was adhered above the piano keys.  The music stand was die cut and attached. A music sheet with "Happy Birthday" was added to the music stand.

For the front of the card, "Happy Birthday" and the musical notes were all die cut in gold mirror paper and randomly adhered. To add a bit of contrast, a red strip of card stock was adhered to the bottom edge of the card front. My card was complete.

Here are the materials used in this project:

Card Stock:  GKD Black Onyx, White, Red Hot; Gold mirror paper
Dies:  Marianne Designs Piano, Memory Box Musical Motifs, Sue Wison's Happy Birthday
Other:  Happy Birthday music sheet (computer generated), adhesive

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you can find time to craft 
to take your minds off the challenges and anxiety we are currently facing.
Stay safe everyone!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Pocket full of Wishes

Hello!  Todays's card is one I made for the wife of my other nephew.  Both nephews' wives have birthdays in March.  I thought "a pocket full of wishes" theme would make a perfect birthday card.

I began with embossing a 5x5 inch panel with a Marianne Design EF. The embossed panel was then matted with navy and blue card stock,  all of which was adhered to a white base.

Using a jean's pocket template, I cut out the pocket in denim digital paper and added brads as buttons to the corners. The pocket was mounted on fun foam and then adhered to the card. The flowers were die cut, colored with copics and then adhered to the denim pocket image with dimensionals.  The leaves were die cut using green card stock and then added to the floral images  For the smaller flowers in the lower right hand corner, these were die cut with scraps of different colored card stock and the centers were colored with a black Sakura Glaze pen. The sentiment was computer generated on white card stock, matted with denim digital paper and adhered with dimensionals.  This completed my project.

Here are the products used in this project:

Card Stock:  GKD White, In the Navy,  Black Onyx;  PTI Spring Rain; SU Wild Wasabi;  scraps of various colors for flowers and leaves, denim digital paper
Dies:  John Next Door Cornflower Dies, Spellbinders Create a Sunflower, Rubbernecker Stamps Mixable Flower Stack, Spellbinders Matting Basics B
Embossing Folder:  Marianne Design Linen
Other:  adhesive, fun foam, dimensionals, copics, Sakura Glaze pen, brads

Thank you for stopping by!  Hope you were inspited to create.  
Until next time......make it a great day!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Classy Shopping

Hello fellow crafters!  It looks like spring today here in my neighborhood, although tomorrow we expect a rain/snow mix.  But it won't be long until it really does arrive.  Looking forward to it.

The wife of one of my nephews (I guess she would be my niece???) recently had a birthday. I missed her birthday by a few day because I didn't double check the date. Any way, I made this card for her and expressed my apologies for the delay. 

I didn't know how large to expect the card to be so I began by creating the die cut images first and then determining how large the focal panel would be. The dress was created using a dress template I had. I added a ribbon to the waistline to make the dress look finished. Next, the shopping bags were die cut with various digital papers and tissue added.  The shoe box was created using a square die and a handcut lid. Finally, the shoes were die cut using mirror paper.

Having the die cut elements completed, I used an embossing folder to create the focal panel. This was then matted with black and then pink card stock and finally adhered to a white base card.

(PS:  because the card was late, I inserted a little tag partially peeking out of one of the shopping bags that read:  Oh $HOE!  I missed your birthday!  Get it???  LOL)

Here are the supplies used in making this card:

Card Stock:  GKD White, Black Onyx, Kraft, Bubblegum Pink; black mirror paper; various digital paper
Ink:  Distress Oxide Vintage Photo (to sponge the edges of the shoe box)
Dies:  Memory Box Gift Bag, IO Wedding Icons (shoes), Spellbinders Classic Squares
Embossing Folder:  Sue Wilson Textures-Linen
Other:  dress template, ribbon, tissue paper, adhesive, dimnesionals

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you stop by often.
Until next time....make it a great day!