Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Shutter Christmas Card Display

I thought I would share with you my Christmas card display.  I used an old shutter I found at a salvage place.  I just have it leaning against unused wall space.  I supposed you could build a piece onto the back so that it is freestanding - or hang it on a wall, but this way is so easy!  Anyway, I took the old hinges off and was going to paint it, but never got around to it.  I kind of like it all old and crusty.  Now I wish I had bought 2 so I could space out the cards more so more of each actual card would show.  Nevertheless, I am happy with the way it turned out and will be carrying on this display tradition.  And I have all year to look for another shutter :)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Published: Thanks a Bunch

Just Cards!
Winter 2105
Page 103

I submitted this card for their "Thank You" section.  The owl card on the cover is by my friend Amanda.  I'm still chasing that elusive cover...


Image from Best of Cluck by Stampin' Up!
Yellow fiber paper (DCWV stack)
Glitter/shimmer paper
Chicken Wire Frame die (Cheery Lynn)
Copic Markers
Spellbinders Labels Eighteen die
Black and Yellow inks

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Published: Enjoy The Moment

Scrap & Stamp Arts
Feb/Mar 2015
Page 43

I submitted this card for their "The Sands of Time" section that contains cards featuring the theme of "Time."

Image by TPC Studio, Memory Lane;
Sentiment by Daisy Bucket Design; 
Colors: Pistachio Pudding and Island Indigo by Stampin' Up!;
Punches: 1" Square and Postage Stamp by Stampin' Up!;
Ribbon by Celebrate It

Friday, December 19, 2014

More Note Card Holders

Although I retired earlier this year, I was invited to my former co-workers' annual Christmas Party.  Each year, I had tried to make each of them some sort of paper craft.  For this year, I made them each a handmade Christmas card, a Note Card Holder, and a couple of handmade cards for their own personal use.

It was so nice to see was like we were never apart.  I had the best co-workers ever.  I know I was blessed to be a part of such a special team.   Damn I miss them every day.  But I don't miss work!  Just sayin'...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Note Card Holders

 I am part of a great group of women crafters known as "The Meade Girls" and each year, we do several rounds of "Secret Sister" cards during the year and "Secret Santa" for Christmas time.  We have a Christmas party at which we reveal the Secret Sisters and exchange our Secret Santa gifts.

I made these cute little note card holders - one for the reveal and one for the gift exchange.   They are made from one 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper.  Then you can add whatever else you'd like to dress them up.  I added the rosettes. 

I was Jane's Secret Sister, and I placed my reveal card in one pocket of the holder, and, even though no gifts were required for the reveal....just a card...I included a little something in the back pocket.

I was Jill's Secret Santa.  I had her list of 3 items she might like to have.  I put a card in the front pocket and her gift in the back pocket (luckily it was flat).

Oh, and I made the envelopes with coordinating designer paper using the Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers (Stampin' Up! has one too but I had already purchased the other one before Stampin' Up! came out with their version.).

Monday, December 15, 2014

Published in Just Christmas Cards & Decorations! 2014

"Happy Snowman" made it into the Just Christmas Cards & Decorations! 2014 magazine on pages 5 (Contents page), 74 (All That Glitters! section intro page) and 98 (in the All That Glitters! section).

A second card made it as well on page 40.  The top layer has the ornament shape punched out so you see the glittery paper underneath, but it really didn't photograph well in the magazine.  I included it below anyway :)


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Doily Dress Place Cards

After seeing my Doily Dress Card in a previous blog post, I was contacted and asked if I could be hired to do place cards for a bridal shower.  My initial reaction was to decline the request inasmuch as I'd never sold any of my paper crafts...I do them for fun.  But...I thought about it, and I had some extra time, so I said what the heck.  So, "Aunt Donna The Bomb" (inside joke) provided me with the bridal party colors and a basic description of what she wanted. 

The original sample I made was a normal-sized A2 card. 

She then asked if I could make the cards a little smaller, so I modified the dress (folded the doily tighter) and cut down the card.

 Long story short, everything turned out great, and I had my first (and only, so far) satisfied customer :)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Big Vanilla Fall Shoe Box Swap

What a fun day!  The Meade girls gathered at the "Big Vanilla" (I just love the name) in Pasadena, Maryland, for our Fall Shoe Box Swap (thank you Paula for setting it all up for us!).  So glad Mary could stop by then join us for a late lunch at Two Rivers.  Below are the terrific cards we all made:



 Rose (Front)

 Rose (Inside - Hilarious!)





Paula (Front)

Paula (Inside)



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Birthday Feather

Our Birthdays are Feathers In The Broad Wing Of Time.

This image and sentiment are from the stamp set "Falling Feathers" by StampWorkz.

I made this card while playing around with the new (to me) stamp set.  I simply stamped the feather in one color and the sentiment in another to test out the stamps.  The top right corner was torn, so I decided to trim it, add another color card stock, and cover the seam with a piece of ribbon.  It still needed something, so I corner punched 2 of the corners and added an adhesive stud to the top corner.

It's not fancy, but it's definitely usable :)

Friday, October 3, 2014


Scrap & Stamp Arts
Nov/Dec 2014
Page 35
(directions on page 63)

"Just living is not enough,"
said the butterfly.
"One must have sunshine,
freedom and a little flower."
--Hans Christian Anderson

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Published - Just Cards, Fall 2014

Just Cards!
Volume 35, Fall 2014
Pages 34 & 66

"Looking Chic" is one of my favorite stamp - especially since I'm a Westie fan. (Stampavie/Penny Johnson)

"You are in my Thoughts"  - Doily image: SU! Hello Doily; Thistle image: Woodware Craft Collection JGS273; Sentiment: Hero Arts Elegant Weeds.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cards from Scraps

Wow!  I haven't made a card in months!

I moved, and all of my crafting stuff is still mostly boxed up because my new craft room is still a work in progress.  So my friends Jane and Kathy came over and brought with them some boxes and bags full of scraps and leftovers from other cards and card kits, and they put them in front of me and say, OK, make something!  This taxed my brain a bit, but I was able to make these 2 cards.

That was fun!  Let's do it again!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Published: Peace Out

Scrap & Stamp Arts
May/June 2014
Page 46

My "Peace Out" card made it into the "Blast From the Past!" section. 

Published: Crazy Quilt of Life

Just Cards!
Volume 33, Spring 2014
Page 35

In this crazy quilt of life I'm glad you're in my block of friends -- Great Impressions, E725.

For some reason, the card did not photograph well in the magazine, so I've included a photo of the card that better shows the details of the card.

The embossing folder used is the Boofle Tri-Boss "Patchwork."