Monday, March 23, 2015


Usually I am showcasing my cards and writing a post to tell a story.  Today I am changing it up and have a different card to show you.  We card makers tend to think that our handmade creations are the best but I want to show you a card I received recently from a special girlfriend.


This card is special in more ways than one.  First, it was sent to me by my best friend.  Also, I was impressed with the elements of the card that puts it in the creative category.  Notice the embossed background.  The raised design adds texture and movement.  Also the colors and pattern remind me of fun papers I use and collect.


I wish I had a stamp with this saying.  Isn't it great!  Anyone who has a special relationship with a girlfriend knows what I'm talking about.  I even love the different color for the "girlfriend" word and the font of the sentiment is very girly.  On the actual card the word girlfriends is raised and shiny, like it was heat embossed.  So handmade.


Ok, this water color looking butterfly is just over the top pretty.  It also looks shiny and heat embossed.


This is a Blue Mountain Arts card and is from their Watercolor Feelings line.  I love my special card and the special girlfriend who sent it to me.  I know she searched and chose a card that would reflect her thoughts about our relationship and I'm happy that she found one.  There is a place for handmade crafts, but there is also plenty of room for companies who make quality products.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To My Little Sis

I love my supporters!  Family, friends, blog followers.  It's nice to be recognized by people who love and support me.  So today, I'm celebrating one of YOU!  My little sister, Linda.


I love the structure of this card plus the striking color scheme.  It came together quite by accident but a lovely accident for sure.  Notice how the arrows are pointing in an upward direction on the background paper?  I'm mentally sending good thoughts to you sis.  We all have our challenges to face but some of us get more than our fair share.  I want you to know that only good thoughts are coming from me to you.


I also love how the sentiment panel is tilted sideways.  Isn't life like that sometimes?  Sideways, upside down, spun around and tilted.  I also appreciate how the good thoughts get sent back my way.  You are special.


One more observation.  If you remove one of the o's from good, guess what it spells?  Yes, I'm also sending God thoughts your way.  Love you bunches!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Princess Aurora

Back in December I shared with you a page I created using the Julie Nutting paper doll stamps.  They each have a name and are faceless.  If you'd like to read my post about the Phoebe page, please click HERE.  Today I'm sharing the page I made for January.  The doll's name is Aurora.


I'm creating each page on 6" x 9" canvas paper.  This gives me the liberty of using whatever kind of "art" I want for the background.  On this page I started with some light wood grain paper.  After adding a couple of "snow hills" I was ready to work on the doll.


I stamped her on paper with a light text print.  I then stamped her again on a pretty purple paper with a watery look.  I went over the folds of her dress with a dark purple marker and then added tiny rhinestones to just the upper portion.  I finished the dress with a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.  It's difficult to see all the detail in the photo but it's full of sparkle.  I colored her hair a dramatic black and covered her crown with silver glitter.  Her black jewel necklace and bracelet are separate accessories you can purchase to enhance the dolls.


I decided I wanted to use a snow family to keep her company so I used a Stampin' Up! one I had.  I also stamped them on text print paper and colored them to match.  The quote is from a very old stamp set from My Favorite Things.  I love this quote and it reflects how I feel about my special friends.


Please notice the delicate snowflakes in the background.  I stamped and embossed them with white powder and added rhinestones to a few.  They give the page some added depth and tie the whole scene together.


So, Princess Aurora is finished and will go into the album I'm putting together with all the pages.  I have already finished my February doll page so you will have to come back to see who the mystery lady is.



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Love is in the Cards

I've been making lots of happy love cards.  Here's my latest one.


I used a heart die to cut an opening in a panel of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock.  Before attaching it to the Real Red card base, I cut several strips of coordinating paper and attached them in rows to peek through the heart opening.


To finish it off I cut a scalloped heart from Calypso Coral and stamped the sentiment on it.  A pretty side bow adds some texture and softness.  The stamped row of real red hearts at the bottom grounds the design.


To make the card extra special I die cut an envelope liner with some paper that has some of the same colors as the card.  So pretty.  A card for a couple who has been married for 58 years today!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hey Jen, I Like Your Face!


It was so funny to find a stamp that said, I Like Your Face!  It's a phrase that my husband has always said to our kids and grandchildren.  So of course it was only natural that I would make a card using that stamp.  The cute xo paper is the basis for the background of Real Red cardstock.  I cut a matching banner using the Banner Framelits.  The cute bunny is part of a stamp set called Cheerful Critters.


I can't wait to ink up the other cuties.  All the sentiments fit inside the signs the critters are holding.  You can order this stamp set from me along with any other Stampin' Up! products.  Go to  Right now you can get FREE items for every $50 you spend.  Yes, I said FREE.  Check it out.


So Miss Jen, granddaughter extraodinaire, I like your face just as much as grandpa.

Miss you sugar girl.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hello There

I've been working with several Stampin' Up! products lately and I have a cute card to show you.


Isn't this just the happiest card?  The card base is Night of Navy and is the same color as the sailboat.  One of the greatest advantages of Stampin' Up! products is that they all color coordinate.  Paper, ink, markers, buttons, etc.  It's really easy to put together a fun project in a hurry but appear like it was a lot of work.


This cute octopus was cut from a piece of Maritime designer series paper.  I used my scissors and cut him out because that's the image I wanted to feature.  He was already this color but I used a Coastal Cabana marker to give him the artsy look.  I also cut out a couple of the starfish.


The sentiment is from the Hello There stamp set and I used aquamarine chalk ink.  I love the unique look this ink gives to the words.  I popped up the octopus and then added a strip of washi tape to the top edge.


I used some paper that matches to make an envelope liner.  So fancy!

Come back tomorrow.  I have another special card for you to see.