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July 12th, 2013

This tag has en embossed,  metal flower.  I made it for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

For the tag itself, I used a standard shipping tag of the kind you purchase at an office supply store.  I stamped it with a Hero Arts stamp and heat embossed it using Tattered Rose distressed,  embossing powder by Ranger.

Someone gave me some die cut flowers cut from aluminum foil. I heat embossed them using the same stamp and embossing powder as I did for the tag.

I attached some corrugated card stock, ribbon and assorted brads as embellishment.

I stamped the word “Treasure” at the bottom with dye ink.


April 28th, 2013

cover of asian themed book made from coffee filters
back cover of asian themed book made from coffee filters
asian themed book fanned open
asian themed book first layout
asian themed book second layout
asian themed book third layout
asian themed book fourth layout
asian themed book fifth layout
asian themed book sixth layout
asian themed book seventh layout

This is an Asian themed book made from coffee filters. Its made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind swap group.

I cut the front and back cover from book board. I bound the book using household string and two wooden chopsticks, as shown.

On the front cover, I cut and made an Asian dancing girl using an iris folding pattern found in a magazine.  I added some die cut cherry blossoms that I made using this die: Sizzix Thinlits – Thinlits 3PK Flowering Quince.   I added a gold dragonfly charm and a strip of lace along the edge.

On the back cover, I stamped and heat embossed a pagoda, and glued it over scrapbook paper. I added some pink metallic fibre.

The third picture shows the album fanning open. The binding with the chopsticks permits a fanning style that some binding types would not allow.

On the first layout, I used some play money with an Asian theme and some images of Asian people.

On the second layout, I added the silhouette of the Asian dancer, that was cut when I did the iris folding on the front cover. On the facing layout, I added a Haiku poem that I wrote myself.

On the third layout, I used stamped images on both sides. One image is a background layout using Asian letters or words. The other is an image of a geisha girl. I coloured it with Copic markers and added a gold charm in the shape of a fan.

On the fourth layout, I put a photograph of flowering cherry trees on one side. I took the photo myself in Vancouver. On the facing page, I used various Asian papers, including paper taken from a Chinese language newspaper, to form a collage.

On the fifth layout, I used some Chinese papers that I believe are used in Buddhist celebrations on one side. On the other side, I made inchies out of Chinese language newspaper and arranged them in a decorative shape.

On the sixth layout, I placed an origami kimono (folded by me) on one side. On the facing side, I stamped bamboo images directly on the coffee filter, and covered with a photograph of bamboo growing in Vancouver’s Van Dusen Gardens.

On the seventh layout, I used some fresh bamboo leaves that I dried or pressed in the microwave.  Facing this, I used an image of an Asian dancer taken from a brochure of a Chinese dance troupe that performed in Vancouver.

And that is my Asian coffee filter book.



March 8th, 2013

masculine card with aboriginal image This masculine card with its aboriginal image was made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

The theme was simply to use our favorite stamp.

I have many stamps and no particular favorite. That is, my favorite tends to change from day to day based on a whim.

This card uses two stamps.

The reeds are stamped. I used the watermark resist technique, applying a dye ink over top with a brayer.

The cormorants are a stamp also. I stamped them with black pigment ink and then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.

I blocked on brown card stock and put the card on black card stock.

The small black squares are embellishments found in my stash.

March 2nd, 2013

Celtic card for St. Patrick's Day with Center Step fold This St. Patrick’s Day card is really ‘wearin’ the green”. Its entered in the Playing in Paradise Challenge #106. The theme is St. Patrick’s Day Green.

I made this Celtic card using the Center Step Fold tutorial provided on

The paper with the shamrocks is scrapbook paper.

The scalloped oval is cut with a Spellbinder die from Nestability.

The girl is clip art found on the Net.

I decorated with a rosette cut with the TH rosette die, using the shamrock scrapbook paper and attached a little gold fibre under the rosette for contrast.

Lastly, I added a stamped sentiment, “Good Luck”, with a small shamrock in the middle. I heat embossed the sentiment using gold embossing powder and colored in the little shamrock with gold pen.


October 15th, 2012

kids halloween card with telescope folds This Halloween card for a kid is made using telescope folds. This is a different version of telescope folds than the telescoping witch card that I posted a few days ago.

The instructions for making telescope cards are available at

For this card, all three shapes are cut using this die set: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements Dies, Lacey Squares

For all three shapes, I decorated with stamped and heat embossed images of pumpkins, bats, trick or treat signs and other related Halloween images.

The squares are attached using eyelets.  I added a long ribbon so the child can hang the card if he wants to.

This card folds up into one compact shape, which makes it nice for mailing purposes.


September 17th, 2012

easel card This easel card is made for a swap. The theme was butterflies or dragonflies. The directions for making an easel card can be found on web site.

As you see, I used yellow and blue card stock for the  card itself.

The floral element is an example of punch art, made with a punch-ins stamp from Make an Impression. The shape is stamped, heat embossed with a mint colored opaque embossing powder, cut and attached with  dimensional tape.  The flowers are made from punches.

The text along the side reads, “Laugh, Hope, Dance, Love, Wish, Dream”. It is also stamped and heat embossed.

The butterfly at the bottom is made with a punch.

The sentiment, at the bottom, also from Make an Impression, reads, ” “A butterfly, when pursued, is just beyond your grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, it may alight upon you.”

I put a couple of rhinestones along the butterfly’s body.



May 23rd, 2012

circular mandala with cat This 4 inch circular mandala is made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

Our instructions were to make a mandala that was four inches in diameter. I made one for myself as well, and placed it in my fat book or chunky book that I use for items that are four inches square.

Although I think many of the group opted to  doodle or use Zentangles, I decided to use a combination of stamped images.

The large flower shape and the cat shape are both from Outlines.

I used a lot of masking to create the design, and also used heat embossing.

I colored the flowers with Copic markers. The cat has some Copic coloring as well, but for the most part, it is decorated with green rhinestones.

You can get a good selection of Copics at Amazon: Copic Markers

The four small flowers are stamped images also, using black pigment ink and with a rhinestone on each.

I blocked the white circle on green card stock, leaving a narrow band showing around the circumference of the circle.


March 16th, 2012

4 x 4 layout with puzzle pieces forming flower The swap at Art for the Creative Mind was to make a 4 x 4 layout using pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. I made two — one to send and one to keep for myself. This is my first one and the one I will be sending for the swap.

For the background, I layered crystalline paper over card stock.  The instruction for making crystalline paper are here:How to make Crystalline Paper.

To make the jigsaw flower, I heat embossed using watermark ink (Versamark) and Distress embossing powders.  I went over the edges of the puzzle pieces a bit with a colored pen.

I used green ribbon for the flower stem, and ran a strip of the same green ribbon down one side of the 4 x 4.  I then added a strip of pink braid along the side of the ribbon. Luckily, I had some braid that was a perfect colour match for the pink puzzles pieces.




March 13th, 2012

st. patricks day card I made this St. Patrick’s Day card at a Scrap Arts make and take. Scrap Arts is the scrapbooking and paper arts store in North Vancouver.

The card is attractive and easy to make.

The shamrocks on the background are done with a stamp, a watermark ink and gold embossing powder.

You need a heat gun such as the American Crafts Zap Embossing Heat Gun 90502.

The image in the middle is clip art. The sentiment reads, “St. Patrick’s Day Greetings.


January 3rd, 2012

art journal with theme of magick It is for an art journal swap, of course. The recipient’s chosen theme is magick.

I decided to make the cover of a Book of Spells.

I used scrapbook paper for the background.

The blue circular shape is a piece of broken CD covered with UTEE and beads.

The black bird is a rub  on. I realized too late that he would be better at the bottom, but not much you can do to change a rubon once the mistake is made.

The words Book of Spells are made with a stamp and heat embossed with gold.

Similarly, the corners are stamped and heat embossed with various colors of embossing powders.