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.

Friday, October 7, 2022

Autumn Leaves and Owl

 Hello everyone!  Here is another fall card I created. This one was for a college roommate from long ago. Her birthday falls in the middle of this month.

I began with positioning a circle die on the lower right of a panel of brown card stock. I cut out the circle and then ran the panel through a wood grain embossing folder. I then matted this panel with another panel of brown card stock using dimensional foam to give this panel the appearance of a hole in a tree.

Next, I die cut the owl image using kraft, brown and orange card stock. White and black card stock were used to create the eyes of the owl. A clear Glaze pen was used to give a shine to the black "pupils" of the owl's eyes. The owl was then assembled and put aside. 

The leaves were die cut in white card stock and colored with Distress Oxide inks and put aside to prepare the base card.

Ivory card stock was used to create the base. This was layered with orange card stock followed by an orange and brown plaid layer. At this point, I adhered the wood grain layer to the base using a foam dimensional panel. 

The owl was then positioned in the hole on the "tree" and adhered with dimensionals.  The leaves were adhered using both dimensionals and adhesive. I stuck in a few leaves that I had cut in copper card stock to add some extra interest and shine. This completed my project.

Here are the products used:

Card Stock:  GKD White, Ivory; PTI Chocolate Brown, Kraft; SU Pumpkin Pie, Plaid (digital)

Dies: SU Stitched Shapes, Elizabeth Crafts Poppy the Owl, Hero Arts Autumn Leaves Fancy Die

Inks:  Distress Oxide (various colors)

Other:  Crafters Companion Natural Wood embossing Folder, adhesive, dimensional foam and tape, clear Glaze gel pen,


This turned out to be a very large card, measuring 6.5* wide by 8.25" high. It has to be the largest card I've ever made!!!  But I really love how it turned out.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

 I will be starting to work on my Christmas cards so

I won't be posting anything new until I'm done with them. 

So until then........ Get those creative juices flowing and make something beautiful!


Autumn Leaves on Fence

 Hello!  Fall is my most favorite season and I love making fall cards. This one was made for a former co-worker whose birthday falls this month. It was an easy card to make because of its simplicity. But I'm sorry to say that my camera did not capture the vibrant colors of the leaves.

I knew what I had in mind so I began by creating my base card in white card stock. It was then layered with gray card stock followed by white.

The gray fence background was from a paper pack that I had on hand. I adhered this to a white panel to add stability.  A wide copper-orange ribbon was then wrapped around it. Finally, this panel was adhered to my prepared base card.

Now to add the focal elements......the leaves were die cut in white card stock and colored with various Distress Oxide inks. I added a couple of leaves that were die cut in copper card stock as well. All were then positioned and adhered to the fence background.

The sentiment was stamped in black ink, die cut and popped on the ribbon with dimensionals.

Here are the products used in this project:

Card Stock:  GKD Pure Luxury White, Copper; SU Smokey Slate; Gray Wood Fence Panel (from a 6x6 paper pack)

Dies:  Hero Arts Autumn Leaves Fancy Die, Sue Wilson Postage Stamp Frame

Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Other:  ribbon, adhesive, dimensionals, Distress Oxide Inks, blending brushes


 Thank you for stopping by. 

Hope to see you again for another fall card on the way.


Thursday, October 6, 2022

Memories of Comfort


I made this card for a childhood friend who recently passed away. Since she was Ukrainian, such as myself, I felt sunflowers were the perfect fall theme. This card was made before she passed away and was intended to be delivered to her signed by myself and 3 other close childhood friends. The inside of the card contained a long letter filled with memories of our youth which we hoped would bring her comfort. However, as fate would have it, she was taken from us quickly, before the card could be delivered. The card was given to her husband at her funeral. 

This is just a reminder to keep in touch with those you love.

 We never know when they might leave us.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Masculine Shirt Card


Hello, crafting friends! As many of you know, masculine card ideas are sometimes a challenge, hard to come by. If you're making a card for the men in your life (be it your husband, son, brother, etc) all year, sometimes it's difficult to come up with a different theme each time. There are several masculine shirt card ideas out there. Here is one shirt card I made for my nephew who has a birthday this month.

Instead of providing instructions on how this card was created, if you're interested, I am providing a link to the video tutorial: Shirt Cards Video.

This was a fun card to create and I was pleased with how it turned out. I hope you will apply your creative talents to make one or more for the men in your life. 

Until next time, have a wonderful day doing the things you love!

Friday, August 19, 2022

Lovely Sunflower Birthday

 Welcome, fellow crafters!  Today's card is one I made for my daughter whose birthday falls this month. My daughter has many sunflowers in her back yard. It's like a big ray of sunshine covering a section of her yard. Hence the sunflower theme I used to create her card.

I began by creating the base card first using white card stock. It was then layered with chocolate brown card stock. The focal layer was embossed using white card stock and adhered to the prepared base. This was put aside while I created the sunflower and sentiment.

The sunflower was die cut and assembled in yellow card stock for the petals and in 2 different shades of brown for the center. I added markings to the bottom of the petals with Copic markers and used a gold gel pen for the"seedlings". The leaves were die cut in green card stock and then shading added using  darker green ink. The sentiment was computer generated along with the butterfly and then die cut in both white and brown card stock. 

The above being done, the sunflower was adhered to the prepared base card with dimensionals as were the leaves. I overlapped the white and brown sentiment labels to give interest and dimension. This completed my project.

Here are the materials used:

Card Stock:  GKD Pure Luxury White, Sweet Corn, Warm Cocoa; SU Wild Wasabi; PTI Dark Chocolate

Ink:  Memento Bamboo Leaves (for shading on leaves)

Dies:  Honey Bee Lovely Layers - Sunflowers, Spellbinders Elliptical Ovals

Other: Lisa Horton Padded Quilt embossing folder, Copic Marker, gold gel pen, adhesive, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by. 

Until next time, get those creative juices flowing and create something beautiful!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Stitched Daisy Border Birthday

 Hello, fellow crafters! Here is another stitched card I made, this one for a cousin's birthday. Stitching on cards is a challenge but it is worth the time and effort put into it. I feel the results are beautiful.

I began my project by die cutting the floral  pattern on  white card stock with Marianne Design Stitching Daisies die set Using embroidery thread the flowers and leaves were stitched. Then the outline die of the same set was used to create the border.

The base card was created in white card stock and a bottom border was created using a Spelllbinders Borderabilities die. The stitched floral panel was then adhered to the front of the base card. The sentiment was  computer generated and then die cut with a Spellbinders Eliptical Oval die and mounted on the base card.

This completed my project. Here are the tools used in creating this card:

Card Stock:  GKD Pure Luxury White

Dies:  Mariane Design Stitching Daisies, Spellbinders Borderabilities, Spellbinders Eliptical Oval 

Other:  embroidery needle and thread, adhesive, dimensionals 


Thank you for visiting my blog. Hope this project got your creative juices flowing. 

Until next time, happy crafting!

Monday, July 11, 2022

Three Square Stitched Floral Birthday

 Hello! I took a sabbatical from making cards due to having some home remodeling and landscaping done. But I'm back with this stitched floral birthday card. I love the new stitching dies. My hands and fingers got a good workout in creating the flowers on this card.

I began with die cutting the 3 squares panel in white card stock and mounting it on its zigzag counterpart with dimensional tape. This was then adhered to a green layer and then to a white card base. I put this aside to work on the die cut images.

The floral images were die cut in white card stock and then stitched with yellow embroidery floss for the petals and brown floss for the centers. The leaf branches were die cut in green card stock and the dragonfly was created using green card stock and green vellum. All images were adhered to the 3 square panel with dimensionals or adhesive.  The birthday greeting was computer generated.

Here are the materials used in creating this card:

Card Stock:  GKD White, SU Garden Green, Vellum

Dies:  Marianne Design Slim Line 3 Square Die Set, Spellbinders Stitched Flower Die Set, IO Dragon Flies Die Set.

Other: yellow and green embroidery thread, adhesive, dimensional tape and/or dimensionals


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this post and will drop by again.

Until next time.....make it a great day!

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Garden Shutter Birthday Card


 Hello fellow crafters! I took a break from watching the war in Ukraine. It is just heartbreaking to watch the onslaught of human lives and the destruction of their homeland, which is my homeland. My parents were born in Ukraine but were taken by the Germans to work for them during WWII. I was born in Germany and as refugees, my parents emigrated to the US since my mother had an aunt who had emigrated several years before. I was very young and don't remember anything. My mother told me that we traveled from Germany to the US on the USS Hershey. No wonder I love chocolate!

 Anyway, here is a card I created for my niece (the wife of one of my nephews). It is a shutter card made from a Spellbinders die set (listed below). Directions are included with the die set. Also, there are videos that give step by step instructions as well. 



 When lower tab is held and upper tab is pulled

the shutters open to reveal the birthday greeting.


 Here are the products used:

Card Stock:  GKD Pure Luxury White, SU Wild Wasabi; patterned digital papers

Dies: Spellbinders Daisy Delight Garden Shutters Die Set, Labels Seventeen (for the pull tabs), Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters (for the flowers), Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Classic Rose Die Set (for the leaves), Karen Burniston Butterfly Collage Add-ons Die Set

Ink: Distress Oxide Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint; GKD Dusty Rose, Passionate Pink

Other: adhesive, dimensionals, scotch tape, Fun Flock (for floral centers)

Thank you for stopping by! May your days be filled with happy crafting!

                                                                Please pray for Ukraine.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Orange Poppy Birthday


Hello fellow crafters!  Here is another "poppy" card I made which is similar to the previous one. My daughter requested a birthday card for one of her co-workers, one that was in bright colors. So....I decided on orange poppies as my focal point on ivory card stock.

Again, this was not a difficult card to make.  It just took time. Below are listed the products used.


Card Stock:  GKD Ivory, Tangerine Twist; SU Wild Wasabi

Dies:  Spellbinders Eyelet Lace Frame, Frantic Stamper Serene Poppy, Memory Box Prim Poppy

Other:  Copic Markers, adhesive, fun foam, dimensionals, computer generated sentiment 

Thank you for visiting! Hope you enjoyed this post. 

Please stop by again!

Friday, February 4, 2022

Birthday Poppies

 Winter greetings, crafters!  We have had over a foot of snow in my neighborhood here in NE Ohio. And with the drifts caused by gusting winds.....over 2 feet in some places. I couldn't open my side door until my driveway was cleared. Hoping there won't be more of this severe weather.

I love poppies and for my dearest friend's birthday I created this card. It was not a difficult project but still elegant so I will only list the products used. Also, the sentiment was computer generated on vellum.


Card Stock:  GKD pure luxury white, blue denim; vellum

Dies: Spellbinders Eylet Lace Frame; Memory Box Darling Poppies, Prim Poppy; Crafter's Companion Fluttering Motifs; Frantic Stamper Gifts and Bows: Avery Elle Doted Elle-MentsAdhesi

Other:  Adhesive, fun foam, dimensionals, white pearl for butterfly image


Thank you for stopping by. I always look forward to reading your comments.

 Until next time, stay safe and warm and .......get creative!