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February 19th, 2016

postcard with a raised I This is an art postcard that I made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. Our group had an ongoing postcard swap in 2015. Each postcard had a raised letter of the alphabet. At years end, we had postcards that spelled out CREATIVE MIND>

This particular postcard had a raised I.

For the background, I used a selection of torn papers and collaged it. I added a row of black blanket stitch (rub-on stickers) around the border.

I printed out the words to spell “I am what I am”. The I was a 3-d sticker.

For the design element, I used a plastic window thing that I found in my stash. I used it to frame a stamped image of a woman’s face. I added some rubon stickers to the window frame for added decoration.


June 7th, 2014

feminine ATC in shades of pink This Pink ATC was made for a swap in Art Ventures group.

The theme was “Pink” and we were asked to create an ATC using pink and depicting how pink makes us fee. Pinks makes me feel girlish.

The background is a textured pink card stock.

I added some pink flowers cut from similar card stock, and inked around the edges. I added some paler pink scrapbook paper, and a strip of pink seed beads.

Lastly, I added a store-bought pink flower and a pink ribbon.

The word “girl” is created with alphabet stickers.

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April 6th, 2014

artist trading card in all white I made this artist trading card for a swap at Art Ventures swap group. The theme was to make a card in all white, and the card was to depict how white makes us feel.

For whatever reason, perhaps because I have recently lost a family member, white makes me think of grief.  I know that in some cultures, white does represent grief, so perhaps it feels that way to many people.

It is not easy to make an ATC using nothing but white. White does not come in “shades” like most colours.  Off-white is a different colour, not to be used for this swap. We will do off-white next.

In any case, the card contains white card stock, white lace, white chiffon ribbon, white eyelets, white heat embossing and the word grief spelled out with white stickers. The card doesn’t look like much, but a lot of work went into it.

It looks rather stark and cold — and that is how grief feels to me.


February 4th, 2014

Cup-shaped valentine with tea bag This cup shaped Valentine can be called a card or not, I suppose, depending on how you think about it.  I made it for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was cup or Java, and since it is close to Valentine’s Day, I decided to incorporate that theme as well.

I cut the coffee mug using a shape using a template found on the Internet. You can get it here: Milkwood Designs Coffee Mug Template.

You can glue the three sides shut, as I did, to tug a goodie in the cup, or you can leave them open as a card.

To start, I first stamped the dancing woman on scrap paper, then cut out the image to use as a mask. I stamped the woman on the cup and then masked her with the cut out image. I stamped the hearts on the cup as shown, using a stamp from Hero Arts.

I colored the stamping with Copic Markers, and then using an Outline sticker to put the band of gold around the bop and bottom.

I covered the inside of the cup and the handle using red glittery paper left over from Christmas projects, and also cut a small heart from this paper and attached it.

Lastly, I made a small tag saying Happy Valentines Day, using another stamped image. I punched a hole in the tag and in a teabag cover and tucked the teabag inside the cup.

I made a couple of kid’s Valentines using the mug shape also. I will post pictures of that tomorrow.

January 3rd, 2014

pop up box birthday card, open
pop up box birthday card, open

I made this pop-up box birthday card to send to a little girl on her 3rd birthday. The box folds flat for mailing, as you can see in the lower picture.

The instructions for scoring, cutting and folding this card are located here: Pop Up Box Card at Splitcoaststampers

Despite the apparent complexity, this pop up box is quite easy to make and the instructions given at splitcoaststampers are clear.

The box itself uses only one 12″ x 12″ sheet of card stock, plus whatever papers and trims you want to use for embellishing.

I used a set of coordinating birthday papers and stickers that I won in a prize draw awhile back.

I added some ribbon that I found in my stash.


December 21st, 2013

2 christmas cards with die cut reindeer
christmas card with stamped pine cone and die cut ornament
christmas card with green die cut

Here are three more Christmas cards that I made this year.

The top picture shows two cards made with glittery embossed backgrounds, reindeer die cuts made from velvet paper, ribbon and gold stickers spelling Merry Christmas. The reindeer have a red nose made from glitter glue.

In the middle card, I used blue Bazzil card stock and a paler shade of blue scrapbook paper with snowflakes. I stamped a pine cone from a rubber stamp and black die ink. The ornament is a Memories die cut using sparkly paper. I used a blue and winter-white string to “hang” the ornament. The words Christmas Joy are stamped with a stamp from Quietfire Design.

The bottom card was more or less an experiment. I used red card stock, and cut a large label shape from the middle of it. The inside of the card is lined with green card stock, which is showing through the hole.  I cut a couple of holiday tree shapes using a die and patterned scrapbook paper.

The corner die cut was given to me in a swap, but it seemed to work well for this card. The words Merry Christmas are gold stickers.



November 2nd, 2013

tag with theme of Paris Here is another tag made for a swap. The theme is “Passport to Paris”.

The tag is cut from burgundy card stock. The second layer is a subdued glittery gold card stock. It does not show up well in this picture.

I decorated with some laser cut vellum die cuts,. I used the Eiffle Tower, luggage, and some currency.

The words “La Joie de Vivre” are spelled out using burgundy stickers.

I added a ribbon of Twistel at the top, and attached a partial piece of old earring as decor.

June 11th, 2013

child's birthday card This birthday card was made for a five year old boy named Brendan.

I used a Z-fold for the card and decorated with child-themed scrapbook paper.

I also used some number and alphabet stickers and a couple of two-dimensional stickers to decorate.

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February 27th, 2013

altered belt becomes a copper colored bookmark This is the second bookmark I have made from an abandoned leather belt.

Here is the link to the post telling about the first one: Altered Belt Becomes a Bookmark.

This strip of belt is cut from the middle of the belt.

I painted it copper using Jacquard Lumiere fabric paint.  Fabric paint is more flexible, making it less likely to crack and break from a soft surface like a belt.

Find out about this paint at Amazon: Jacquard Products No.2 Lumiere Exciter Pack, Jewels/Halo, 9-Color

The copper paint I had was quite dry and ready to throw out. However, for this purpose, it worked beautifully. I smeared it on using a stick and let it dry all bumpy and lumpy.  When it was dry, I smeared a little Luminescent Pearl Lumiere paint over it in spots.

When that dried, I used alternating white alphabet stickers and alternating blue stickers to spell out words pertaining to books and reading.

I had a lovely strip of black velvet ribbon that a Secret Santa sent me at Christmas. I attached a strip of this on the bottom and attached long dangles of the ribbon on the top. I ended with a bow shaped eyelet to attach the ribbon, and some beads that were black and clear rhinestones.


November 1st, 2012

birthday card with Dutch triple fold After making several Double Dutch Cards, I decided to see what a Triple Fold card would be like. This is the result.

I used some old scrapbook papers and stickers and embellishments from my stash. This card is probably going to go to a young girl. I hope she will like the attempt.

The rose sticker on the top is three dimensional. The others are two dimensional.

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