Friday, May 27, 2016


Today is our 49th anniversary, and this is the card I made for my husband.

The rose was clear embossed on white cs and watercolored using Twinkling H2O's.  After mounting the rose panel to the cardfront, I embellished with clear Wiink of Stella and a few sequins.

Next, I added the pale aqua dsp and the narrow cardstock strip between the two panels.  Finally, I added the greeting.

Can't believe it's been 49 years--and they said it would never last!

Monday, May 23, 2016


My friend, Evelyn, gave me this Poppy die set along with a lovely note of tribute to my Dad. 

Although I appreciate her gift of the dies, I was very moved by her words in honoring my Dad whom she had gone to visit with me awhile back..  He was a WWII veteran who very rarely spoke of his experiences in the war.  For some reason, he felt comfortable with Evelyn that day and told us some things I'd never heard him speak of before.  It made such an impression on both of us, that we spoke about it during the 2-hour ride home (and many times since.)

This Memorial Day take a moment to reflect on the service of those who have put their lives on the line for our country.  If you know someone presently in the military, send him (or her) a word of gratitude.  They will be so glad you did!

NOTE:  I posted this early so you would have time to send a card to someone who's far from home.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


One of the ladies from our Bible Study fell and broke her foot.  Actually, shattered would be closer to the truth.  She will be in rehab for several weeks, so I made this card to let her know she's not forgotten.

For the shaker portion, I used a piece of dsp from the Tribal Chic dsp set at Lil' Inkers.  The stitched square die also came from the same company.  The two pieces of cardstock are from scraps (again!) in my stash, and I like the way they work together.  I also had the same colors in my sequin collection.

Once the shaker was made, I attached it as shown and proceeded to add the flower.  I used two of the dies from the Botanical Blooms set and some -- you guessed it--scraps again.  I sponged the petals with Fired Brick Distress ink and added them to the corner of the shaker.  Using a Martha Stewart fern punch, I added a few of them underneath with glue dots.  The greeting was punched with the window word punch and reinserted on the right side to make it smaller.

I hope this card brightens the day of a lady whose fall has shaken up her regular routine.

Friday, May 20, 2016

THREE OF A KIND--Christmas

Just got a new die for Christmas, and I LOVE it!

These cards were easier to make than they look.  First I made the top one with peg stamps using Versamark and gold ep on the card base in the shape of the tree..  Then I die  cut the dsp and white cs using the tree die.  I used the "frame" for the top card, and the tree for the card on the right.  After gluing down the frame, I attached the white tree with a glue dot at the top and bottom.

Next, I cut a piece of gold metallic cs to 4 x 5 1/4" and die cut the stitched rectangle from the middle.  I added the gold cs over a wood-grain embossed card front with dimensionals.  Then I added the dsp tree and the smaller white tree center as shown.  The woodgrain embossing adds a lot of texture.

For the card on the left, I attached the gold metallic gold frame to the front with narrow strips of foam mounting tape to keep it from "caving" and glued the dsp in the middle.  Then I carefully glued the white panel onto the gold frame and attached the white tree with glue dots at the top and bottom.

FOR A HERO ARTS VIDEO on how this was done, click HERE!


The teachers at our Church's preschool are in need of thank-you notes as the school year comes to an end.  When they asked me to make some, I wasn't sure what I could come up with since I have very few child-related stamps.

This card is the solution I came up with, keeping it simple and to the point.  By using my alphabet dies and pasting them on primary color squares, I stacked the squares like blocks.  The sentiment is from an old SU! set, "Outlined For Fun."  After stamping "thanks" on the lower right and coloring it with markers in the same colors as the blocks, it was done.

Once again, CAS saves the day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


What do you write to someone who has been battling Pancreatic cancer for two years and is now facing the reality of her final weeks?  As a believer, I could only think of words encouraging her to look to the hope she has in our Savior.

As the hymn goes, "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow...," whatever tomorrow may hold.  He is the One Who numbers our days and prepares a place for us in His presence to enjoy Him forever.  Death has indeed lost its victory and its sting for all those who look to Jesus Christ as their Savior.


Sunday, May 8, 2016


The sun is finally shining here in NW NJ after many days of cold and rainy weather.  While truly grateful for the much-needed rain, the sunshine is a welcome relief.

Mothers Day was celebrated last night at my daughter's house with my son and DIL, all 4 grandchildren and a lovely dinner.  Both families now live just 20 minutes away which is a great joy.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Friday, May 6, 2016


After completing the wreath project that arrived in the April kit, I used one of the leftover labels for this card.

The card front is from the calendar kit in the December Paper Pumpkin, so I guess that makes it a double alternate.  After removing the calendar and salvaging what could be reused, I put them together as shown.

The wreath from this month's Paper Pumpkin is now hanging on the door to my Tower and is a perfect color match, too!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

THREE OF A KIND--Split Card Front

It's butterfly season again (soon!)  Have you seen any yet in your yard?
At least we can enjoy them on cards.

These three started with the one on the top left.  I started with dry embossing on the front, then cut the diagonal.  The trick here is to trim the 1/2" off the  bottom instead of the angle (much easier.)

Next, I stamped the message, cut it into two pieces and mounted them with tape as shown.  The dsp panel was then mounted on the back of the top flap and the smaller piece was mounted on the bottom of the dsp, leaving the 1/2" gap.  Finally, the butterfly was die cut from the same dsp and attached with glue dots.

On the second card, I started out with sponging on a triangle stencil using blue and green dye inks.  The greeting was stamped on a scrap of the dsp underlay with the butterfly attached last.

Finally, the third card was done by mounting the dsp on top of the cardfront, using a scrap of cardstock in a matching color for the butterfly.  The greeting was stamped on a scrap of dsp with a small metallic butterfly.

The dsp for all three cards were from the Lil Inkers pack of Tribal Chic patterns.

Sunday, May 1, 2016


I have a stamp that says "I love my computer.cause all my friends live in there."  How true!  I'm glad I also have many other friends on this side of the screen, however. 

This card will be going to one of my computer friends who has some health issues and hasn't left a comment or corresponded lately.  The stamps, two of them, are from a new set that recently arrived in the mail (how did that happen???)  It will be going out tomorrow (Monday) with a note of encouragement.

The flower is from the SU Botanical Blooms die set.  The dsp is from Lil Inker and coordinates with their triangle dies and this stamp set.

Spring is finally here.  The leaves are popping on all the trees and bushes, and the Spring flowers are bursting forth in their pastel colors.  The flower beds have all been mulched and hostas are poking through.  When anyone asks how I have such a beautiful yard, I just tell them it's because I sleep with the gardener LOL...