Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thank You fall leaves

I started with a picture I took of leaves that had fallen on our sidewalk. The yellows and browns of the leaves just looked so pretty against the grain o the sidewalk.  I used that picture as the background of the card. On the color wheel, purple is opposite brown, so I chose a purple May Arts silk ribbon, twine, and a large brown brad (unknown) and a couple of small purple brads  to create a dimensional bow and attach the ribbon..  Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) was smudged around the edge of the photo.  The Thank You stamp is from Just Rite. Mounted on a cream colored cardstock and attached to a light brown card base, the card is finished.  I lined te inside with a cream colored paper.  Thank you very much!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Little Witch Vintage

October is such a fun time! Fall is in the air and Halloween is right around the corner.  I had fun creating this card using Graphic 45 Halloween Haunting paper.  I used a Impression Obsession background stamp on black cardstock and embossed the image with black. A bit of ribbon and three black brads completed the card front.  I lined the inside of the card with orange and stamped a Halloween verse from Northwoods rubber stamp company.  Boo!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Frozen" Elsa Birthday

Hard to believe that little bundle of Grandma's joy is turning 4.   She dances around the house singing "Let It Go" and loves watching Elsa create her ice castle (video).   I was inspired to use Frozen imagery to create a special glittery (girl after my own heart lol!) birthday card.   Now, the mechanics of the card:
Paper:  background paper and image of Elsa were obtained on the internet and printed on Solar White cardstock. image of numeral 4 from the internet
Punches: snowflakes, Martha Stewart
Ribbon: May Arts
Dies: Spellbinder circles and inverted circles
Rubber stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: Memento Paris Dusk; Distress Evergreen Bough
Bling: Swirls unknown
Stickles Stardust, Artic Ice, Silver
Copic Marker:  B97
Crystal Lacquer over Elsa image

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Thank You Gary

Inside card with fence photo and personal message



First of all let me thank Polly's Paper Studio from whom I cased this card.  I was so totally impressed with it as I scrolling Pinterest for thank you card ideas.  I wanted a special one to give our son.  While out of town, he surprised us by building a new fence for us.  He gave up a couple of golf days to get it done before we returned home! He screwed each picket to the header! a fence to last my lifetime.  I printed a 8 1/2 x 11" picture of the fence to create the inside of the card.  A personal thank you message was printed on top of the photo. Then the page was mounted to the inside of the card

May Arts Ribbon
Tag (unknown)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Memento Ink
JustRite Stamp
Photo Images from Internet: Golfer, postage stamp
Photo of completed fence
Misc. Papers/cardstock

Friday, February 21, 2014

E Baby Shower Card

Oh I needed a card for a baby shower!  From a folded piece of cardstock, I cut out the letter "E" to recognize the first letter in the baby to be's name.  On the front of the card, I punched out letters for baby's whole name and glued them over the previously embossed background.  Seem binding edged the fold and buttons embellished it.  Open the card to the inside an several stamps were used to welcome the arrival of the baby.  I was amazed at how many markers I used to get the very basic color design.  A personal message was written on the back of the front of the card.  I might have to play with using letters to form the card base for other card needs. 

 Supplies Used
Stamps: Alias Smith and Rowe (handprints)
               Hampton Art Stamps (tiny little things message)
               Inkadinkado (animals and sweet baby message
Ink: Distress (faded Jeans)
        VersaMark (watermark)
Embossing Powder: Zing (powder)
Copic Markers: E17, E31, E33,Y13, Y28, B06, B52,N6, BV29, RV11
Embellishments: Buttons, Seam Binding (from stash)


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Butterfly Magic


A background die became the card.  Mounted on a dark burgundy cardstock I had first coated the die cut with glitter.  The card base is a dove grey and I used a copic marker to color the edge. Then using the color wheel I decided on ribbon, tied a bow  and with a few embellishments the card is complete. 

Spellbinders Die:- Butterfly Magic
Ribbon: May Arts-Silk
Glitter: Art Institute-Butterfy Bush
Cardstock: from my stash
Copic Marker: R59
Premade silk flowers, pearl spray, brad

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Magnolia Blossoms

I made this card after seeing it a couple of years ago on Connie MacFarlane's blog ( Not exactly duplicated...but close enough! After seeing her card, I was inspired enough to purchase the stamp so make her card my way.  After coloring the image with Copic Markers and then cut it out - I guess the current terminology is to fussy cut....  I misted the cut out image with Tattered Angels (maybe seen in the closeup adds such dimension!)  Layers and ribbon and pearls and card is ready to share.
Flourishes stamp set (Magnolias)
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Pearl)
Copic Markers ( E30, E31, E33, E37, YG 61, YG63, Y18)
Spellbinders (Floral Ovals)
Background Die (don't recall the company sorry)
May Arts ribbon
5mm pearls


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Several years ago a card using this stamp was posted on Splitcoast...Loving the stamp I searched and searched for it.  Initially, I was unable to get the stamp, but the lady who had originally used it was kind enough to send a stamped image and a piece of the ribbon she had used.  I do recall she lived near Sioux City, Iowa; but can't locate her name.   I was fortunate to make contact with another lady (see zebra card below) who had the stamp and sent it to me.... Forever in debt to both these special stamping gals.  Finally, I got around to making the card...and here it is.  Unfortunately, I do not know who made the stamp. (if I ever find out..I'll edit this post)  What does this giraffe seem to be saying?

Update:  The stamp company is Nature Images (unfortunately no longer in business I think)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Zebra - Seeing Stripes

Such a fabulous stamp!  I wish I knew the manufacturer...I wish I could remember the name of the lady who as a favor and an act of kindness sent me her rubber stamp a couple of years ago.  With "life impacts" I'd not found the time to make a card with it until now.  .  And, of course her envelope/return address is either long gone or lost in the house...somewhere.  What I remember is that she is from Nova Scotia and her website featured cards and recipes.  I wish she knew how much I honor her for her kindness to a total stranger.  That being is the card.  The image makes the card which is enhanced a bit with Crystal Effects, a bit of Bakers Twine, a pearl dot and odds and ends of paper/cardstock.  The zebra print is from Hobby Lobby.
Update: I was "driven" to find out the who and what after my initial post...  Success!! The stamp is from Natures Image (a small family business that sadly is no more) 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Little Owls Obsession - Crocheted Afghan

Once upon a time, my daughter found an afghan she just "fell in love with" on Pinterest.  Whimsical Owls.  So, I explored Pinterest, found the website that had the link to the pattern and the rest is history!
( The pattern called for Chroma Yarn which was lovely to work with!  Not a difficult pattern, just lots and lots of steps and pieces.  When I crochet, the part I like least is weaving in all the tail ends.  This one must have had a thousand!!  Call this a work of love for a beloved daughter.  

Friday, January 3, 2014

Climbing the Stairs

I really enjoy using Graphic 45 Paper...such cute cards can be created and no stamping is required.  So, when there are "leftovers" from a card made; I find a way to use the rest of the pieces.  This card makes use of the leftovers from a card previously made.  Only the ribbon is not a remnant!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Little Boy Blue

One of my all time favorite baby cards is one that was originally created by Connie MacFarlane.  When I need a special card for a baby boy, I usually round up my Graphic 45 paper and begin the   cutting and layering needed to create this card.  Put together with a spellbinder die, distress ink pad (vintage photo), May Arts velvet ribbon , a bit of Bakers Twine,  a button from my stash, a Martha Stewart punch, and a Cuttlebug embossing folder and the card is completed. 

Wedding Invitation Card

The invitations were sent, and now it was time to make a card of well wishes for the bride and groom.  I always like to incorporate (if I can) parts and pieces of the invitations, announcements, etc.  The only part of this card that wasn't part of the original invitation is the patterned paper and the Mr and Mrs tag.  I simply turned the invitation over  and adhered it to a base card.  I slid the patterned paper under the invitation slit and moved the ribbon.  Swarovski crystals were used to highlight areas of the patterned paper.