Monday, June 30, 2014

Now That I Reorganized... is such a pleasure to work in the Tower again!  (stamping, that is...)  It was certainly a lot of work purging and tossing; but now that it's done, I'm back to card making.  Not only did I clear out a lot of "dead wood," I also incorporated some new storage ideas found on Jennifer McGuire's video HERE.  One of her best ideas was to precut lots of cardstock to card front sizes and also to cut some cardstock for A2 cards, some the regular way and some the long way.  It's so much easier to grab what I need as I construct a card with the cardstock containers on my table filled with these standard sizes.

Today I made some pastor cards, after mailing out a few note and birthday cards I did yesterday, long overdue!

TIP:  Pre-cut sizes for card fronts are 4 x 5 1/4 and 3 3/4 x 5.

Monday, June 23, 2014


I found this designer paper at Hobby Lobby, but wasn't sure what I'd use it for--now I know!

Friday, June 20, 2014


 For a tutorial on Zentangling, click HERE!

This card was done in black, white and silver for a really mod look.  The card started with a standard white A2 size and a silver panel die cut, "Tipped Tops" from Papertrey Ink HERE

After zentangling the flowers, I added rhinestone centers and attached them to the panel.  "Happy" was included in the die cut set, which I cut from black cardstock.  "Birthday" (from a Simon Says Stamp set) was stamped in black on white cs and trimmed down.  Before mounting the panel to the card, I added the silver and white bakers twine and some silver sequins.  Another tiny flower was added inside.

Zentangling is a simple art form which is very relaxing--kinda like doodling.  I'm happy to have found a use for the pens I bought after taking a class on pen and ink drawing.  This is much easier to do than drawings, for me anyway.  Enjoy!

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fathers Day Slider

Here's the card I made for my Dad.  He lives near the water on Long Island, so I thought a sailboat would be appropriate.

To make the waves, I used the wavy blade on my rotary cutter in two colors of cs.  I then layered them on the card as shown, leaving a gap in the second row for the boat to slide along.  So not only does it slide to reveal the message in the upper left (behind the sails when closed) but it also glides through the waves.  Cool!

My Dad is 95 and still lives independently and drives his car to do his errands.  My sister lives only a mile away, so he has help available if he needs it.  His Fathers Day gift was a basket of goodies that he could microwave for breakfasts and lunches.  He thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded at our house by his grandchildren and their spouses and the 4 great grands!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


This pastor card was made from scraps on my table.  The frame is the outline from a previous rectangular die cut.  The opening had been cut from a larger piece, as was the blue pansy.

After stamping and punching the pansy, I added pearls in the center.  Then I attached it to the white piece with a glue dot and added the gems.  Finally, I used dimensionals to pop up the panel in the center of the frame.

Saturday, June 7, 2014



This is another pastor card that started out with a watercolor panel done with distress inks and a honeycomb embossing folder.  After pressing the paper to the folder and letting it dry, I used a stitch-edged die to cut it down for the card front.  The verse is stamped in black directly on the panel.

The bee and leaf sprigs were stamped on the same paper and colored with distress markers.  The bee was added with a dimensional, and Crystal Stickles was applied to the wings.  Before mounting the panel to the card, I stamped some sprigs on the sides of the green card base with Versamark.

For the inside, I stamped another sprig on the bottom left of an inner white panel cut from printer paper.  This sure looks summery inside and out!