Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Its been quite some time since I've posted....still been making cards, though! Here's a gallery of some of my favorites and some that offer a different twist, hope you like them.

 This was made for a student I've worked with for several years who was moving over the summer. Thought bright & cheery! Tough to photograph the sparkle & the butterfly's dimension.

I was amazed at how just a simple stamp on some dsp with punched strips under made such a pretty card.

After a fabulous first season for my daughter cheer-leading, I found this digi stamp at Sweet & Sassy Stamps  & fun exploding fold to let all the girls show their appreciation.

What better way to celebrate a teen who loves to twist & turn on the trampoline than a birthday card that does the same.  This is my try at the Tri-fold with a Twist. The toughest part of this design was being sure the stripes were going the right way before cutting & gluing. The sentiments are computer journals, the front used a digi frame found here. Originally used the frames for book plates, found they come in handy!

Here's two fun techniques in one! I used a triple stamp layering technique on a spring card. The front of this one actually opens for the message inside, which makes for a slightly top-heavy card.

This was fun to make & I love the way the lattice EF came out for the base with the Martha Stewart flowers (stamp & punch set). I ended up adding some of the same water color pencil to the edges of the flowers that I used in the main image.

For this next card, I cased a technique I saw on Pinterest from Live Love Stamp. Didn't make mine shadowed, but did ink the edges & really like the way the stamp flows from one tile to another. 

Still working on using a fine line with glitter, but do like the way the sentiment came out with the embossing. Stamp is from Hot off the Press - Heart to Heart Greetings.

...and this one? Well, its simple, but just plain pretty.                                                                        I used a printed cardstock then made the band with a MS border punch. Love the butterfly, it was die cut from another piece of printed stock.                       

That's it for now, will be posting more soon. Thanks for taking a look!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


I am very intrigued by moving parts and different types of folds in card making. Since my sister also makes cards, I thought she'd be a good guinea pig for this one. Hopefully, she'll appreciate the attempt anyway.

I started with the stamped image I colored with my trusty watercolor pencils, just love the soft look!  

This next couple of steps go against the "should dos" but...I made it up as I went, so.... I cut the window in the main card; attached a piece of acetate to the back of the front; mounted the stamped image to the back side of the front of the card, using strips from around the pop-squares dimensionsals (instead of using foam tape, which I didn't have handy). If you try this, remember....

1) you need some space for things to shake inside, so be sure to use an adhesive with depth.
2) check the size of your shaking element, mine is just a bit too big, doesn't move too freely - although since it sticks a bit, its not ever all down at the bottom like finer glitter might be.
3) be sure to completely block all edges of the window - you don't want to loose your element in the envelope during mailing (or as they take it out!)
4) This is a dimensional card, so the top fold is actually two folds about 1/16th to 1/8th inch wide.

I like to finish the inside of the fronts too, so I cut a matching piece of the yellow card to cover that up, mounted on the back of the white stamped area.

ok, now to the out of order steps....
The gold cardstock seemed very blank, so I took a stamp, inked it up in slate grey, brought the window piece back in to protect the window, stamped once then turned it & stamped again. I kind of liked the way it wasn't finish it off, added the ribbon, tucked behind the front, used another piece for the bow. Finally, I typically secure the tabs of the bow to keep it just right.

I'm thinking that it would make much more sense to stamp the front before adhering the stuff to the back, you know....a flatter stamping surface & all...seemed to work though.

Give it a try! Thanks for looking.