July 10, 2014

Stampin' Up! Thoughts & Prayers


Thoughts & Prayers from Stampin' Up! is one of favorite stamp sets. I love the tree image in the set, but my favorite is the floral vine. This week I was looking at some cards on Pinterest and saw one I wanted to try to make. It uses the floral vine around the edges of the card, leaving an open space for the sentiment. I loved the look, so gave it a try.

I began by stamping a sentiment (PSX) on a 6-1/2" x 4-1/4" white card. I stamped it a little to the right, off center. I then stamped the floral vine on a piece of plastic that came with my Stamp-a-ma-jig, so I could use it for placement. Then I stamped the floral vine six times around the card, surrounding the sentiment. I punched some bright pink mini-flowers and glued them onto the vines, where the stamped flowers were. I added a little pearl embellishment to the center of each flower to give it dimension. I then backed the white stamped card with a piece of the same pink card stock that I used for the flowers. I then glued the layers to an A-7 navy blue card.

February 20, 2014

Personalized Baby Card


I just love...love...love making personalized cards. When I can add a name on a card...that becomes really personal. Here is an example of my favorite personalized baby card.


I made the Onesie card in pink adding a little bib, some pearls and the baby's name, then I personalized the inside congratulating the new parents. Will they receive a card like this? Probably not, and that's what makes it special ... it's personal.

February 6, 2014

Over the Mountain



Isn't this one of the cutest cards you've ever seen? It really put a smile on my face as I was celebrating my 60th birthday. The saying over the hill came to mind...then I decided turning 60 was more like going over a mountain. I survived thanks to the great cards I received. Terry H. in Ohio sent me this one.

January 9, 2014

Deer Trio Card


I've been making several cards this week using my newest Deer Trio die from Memory Box. Below is a Thinking of You card I made this morning.



I started with a white A-2 panel card. I computer-generated the message at the top and bottom. I then stamped a snowy woods scene (Hero Arts) on white in black ink. I backed the image with a black layer that has been spattered with white watercolor. After attaching the image to the center of the card I added my three die cut deer using pop dots to give the image dimension.

December 25, 2013

The New Telephone Books Are Here!


If you remember the movie with Steve Martin called 'The Jerk', then you will remember the excitement of the telephone book arriving. That's how I felt yesterday when my newest Memory Box die arrived...it was actually a Christmas present to myself, so its arrival on Christmas eve was perfect.

I love deer and when I saw some of the cards made with this Memory Box Deer Trio die I just had to order it. I am making New Years cards with a Penny Black snowy background image and wanted deer on the front, so this die was perfect. I've already got my cards stamped and ready and will add the finishing touch of the deer, which I will attach with thin pop dots.

Speaking of cards...It will be a while before I have to buy any A-2 pre-folded cards. While at Goodwill this past weekend I found 6 boxes of pre-folded white panel cards (250 per box) for 99-cents a box. Yes, of course I bought them all. Merry Christmas to me.

August 23, 2013

Cut, Fold and Tuck Spellbinder's Die


I was aware of the Spellbinder's Cut, Fold and Tuck dies, but wasn't sure if I wanted to add them to my collection. This week a friend surprised me with one of them, the Angle Approach set. She called me later that evening to ask if I'd tried the die out, which I replied, "Yes...and I love it!"

What I thought, but didn't say, was that not only did I love the die but want to buy more of them. They are so easy to fold and tuck and if you use the right decorative paper, you can get a wonderful medallion to use on cards. Below is the first medallion I made using a purple polka dot paper with a solid dark purple backing. This will be used on a card for my generous friend who gave me the set.