Sunday, May 08, 2016

Happy 75, Joanne

My friend, Joanne, celebrated her 75th birthday by throwing a picnic/party yesterday at Como Park in St. Paul. I made her a card using my number dies for the first time. The design is based on one I saw recently. I changed the cardstock color and the colors behind the "75".

The "happy" is printed (not stamped), and the design behind the "75" is Washi tape. The whole card front is raised up on dimensional double-stick tape.
I got a photo of the cake before it was cut, but not before the wind tried to lift it and it cracked!

That's Joanne in the tan/orange flowered top.

And there are Joanne's son, Greg and daughter, Jacqueline (above), and daughter-in-law, Sarah (below).

Monday, April 04, 2016

Happy Birthday, Neph

For my oldest nephew, who turns 32 today, I made this shaker card with DCWV flocked card stock. There are many ways to make a shaker. This one works with the whole front of the card raised up on mounting tape and the confetti sealed inside a cut-out window.

The sentiment is computer-printed.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St Patrick's Day!

One piece of patterned cardstock, one piece of ribbon, a stamped sentiment, and one metallic embellishment. That's what went into these small thank you cards with a St Patrick's Day theme.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Square Cards Sketch

Continuing my square-card layout, I created these two birthday cards.
The first includes a 3-D styrene sticker and a label-maker sentiment on cardstock.

The second one was made with the "Tide" embossing folder by Lifestyle, a metal sentiment sticker and a purse sticker. Easy, but elegant.


Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Coloring Book Card

For a cousin's wedding anniversary, I layered a small page that I had colored over black paper.

The sentiment is a diecut over vellum.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Winter Cards

For a December birthday and a January birthday, I used the same sketch with different embellishments on these cards.
Both cards have a panel of embossed cardstock in the center. The embossing folder is one of the Tide set by Life Style. I just love the wave/wind effect.

I added a little jewel to the metal embellishment above.

The second card features a metal star with a sentiment printed on vellum.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tuesdays Around Town - Christmas at Galleria

Fall semester was over for me the week before Christmas, so I took a trip to the Galleria in Edina to walk and window-shop and take photos of their decorations.
This year's theme was silver and gold.

Pottery Barn Kids had a beautiful fairyland scene.

The two windows below were at Tiffany. I believe the bridges and gates were paper cutouts. I may take them as inspiration for a card.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

October Anniversary and Light Art

I pulled out my various leaf punches to create this anniversary card for my brother and sis-in-law. The frame and most of the leaves are attached with foam tape to add dimension.

I cut out the frame first and then pulled out coordinating cardstock scraps for the leaves. Happy 21st Anniversary, David and Kim!

Last weekend, Craig and I went to an Art Crawl in St Paul. This display was made entirely from "Lite Brite" pieces. Impressive!

Friday, September 11, 2015


I wanted to re-post this card from a few years ago. It was not made with any occasion in mind, but it seems to be appropriate for today, the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

This is a re-post of what I wrote four years ago:

Although this is not a serious or controversial blog, it IS a personal journal of sorts, and I can't let the day go by without pausing for a moment to remember that day and thank God I didn't lose any loved ones. I was in London with my oldest nephew (for his high school graduation trip) when we started to hear that something had happened - via talk on the street, a canceled performance (because it was USA-related), and an eerie photo of a single WTC tower with smoke pouring from it. It wasn't until we returned to our hotel later that day that the whole shocking series of events was played on TV before our uncomprehending eyes. We had several days left of our vacation, so the delayed flights home didn't affect us. In fact, we flew home the first day planes were allowed back over U.S. airspace. When we landed in Pittsburgh, the passengers gave the pilots a round of applause and we were greeted by airport personnel as if WE had done something heroic.

And maybe we had. We got on those first planes and returned to our homes and lived our lives, because that's what the living must do to honor the departed.

If you have any thoughts or memories of that day, please feel free to share them here.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Two Birthdays and A Retirement

This weekend, two friends/family had birthdays and one of them also retired, so I found some inspiration online and made these two cards.
The outside of this card is super-simple with just a printed sentiment and 5 punched butterflies adhered together at the wing edges.

I decided on the outside after designing the inside with Cricut-cut butterflies.

The inside was inspired by the card shown below by "ruby-heartedmom" at Splitcoaststampers.
And here is the birthday/retirement cake...and the recipient.


My next card was inspired by this beautiful design by Vicky Papaioannou (see her website on the photo).

I think I made my design a little more complicated (unintentionally), by winding the floss around the feathers and threading the beads rather than just gluing them on, but I am very happy with the result. The cloud-print paper was embossed on my Big Shot. The feathers and lacy disc were die cut and embossed with the same machine. I believe the feathers are by Spellbinder.

The feathers were also shaded with a bit of inkpad. I added a jewel to the dreamcatcher center and vellum to the back and also printed my sentiment on vellum.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Carrots of Wisdom Card

For a cousin celebrating a milestone birthday, I made this "carrot" card. It features PC-printed checked paper, carrots punched with an exclamation point punch (without the bottom period), carrot tops made from a branch punch and a scrappy pieced border.

I bent some notebook spirals into eyeglasses and added eyes and mouth by hand.

The inside shows a little pocket in which I inserted 5 quotes on staying young at heart.

I spotted this enormous dragonfly on my fence. That post is 4 inches across! If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the wingspan is actually a bit bigger than that.

On a walk, I stopped to admire these flowers that I think I would like to include in my garden someday.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Anniversary and Birthday Wishes

Today was cousins Lisa and Jose's 25th wedding anniversary. I looked through all my metallic papers and chose a bit of silver paper to punch, and some silver textured cardstock with which to frame it. Then, I attached metallic stickers to a piece of vellum and cut along the edges.
All that was mounted over the sentiment printed on vellum and the DCWV glitter cardstock for an elegant card.

For nephew Blake's birthday, I used an ATC I had on hand and designed the card around it. The DCWV cardstock was pre-printed with "fabulous" and I added the "birthday" diecut and the stamped dates below.

The ATC was made with a piece of industrial flooring overlay, a bit of ball chain, a designer staple, an initial embellishment (leather), and a punch of glitter cardstock (the crown).

The nephews and niece and I played a full 18 holes of mini golf at Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden.

Chicken obstacles above...tombstones below.

We met up with Craig, David and Kim at Psycho Suzy's for drinks and apps on their riverside deck.



A great day all around.