card making :: climbing orchid

I think I owe my fondness of orchids to our mother: she has this incredible knack of being able to keep them alive in her house, and they continue to bloom year after year.  She must have at least a dozen at a time, and each time I see an orchid flower or plant I…

card making :: oh so succulent

There’s a great stamp set by Stampin’ Up! called “oh so succulent” that comes with a matching die set.  The stamp set follows the new trend of two-step stamping where the outline and the filled in part are two different stamps.  I played around with different ink and paper colors, and mostly just used the…

card making :: bloomin’ love

I have to admit that sometimes I don’t like all of the stamps that are included in a stamp set. If I’m lucky there’ll be a couple of components that stand out to me enough to make it worth buying the entire set, and in this case it was the little flowers and banner that caught…

card making :: different perspectives

I have a shadow.  Right now, it’s 4-years-old and it likes to copy almost everything I do.  This shadow currently loves to stamp just like me.  And it likes to work right next to me at the table.

card making: state die cuts

If you’ve ever considered buying a die cut machine, this just may be the reason: state dies to represent! It doesn’t get that much closer to home than this, and it makes a great card for that anyone in your life.  In this article I also explain how you can create a state die cut even if…

card making: for a sweet friend

Gold is quite the trend these days so why not join the bandwagon and try your hand at this fun and quick card using a metallic gold marker.  The word “sweet” is hand-written with a chisel tip marker so you can easily create this by using other markers in any color.  I’ll also show you…

card making: selective embossing

When it comes to applying the technique of heat embossing to a paper project most people naturally assume that you must use a special watermark ink pad (generally a Versamark pad) and a stamp.  In this article I will highlight three card designs that demonstrate the use of a VersaMarker pen and explain how to selectively apply heat…

card making: sewing fabric on paper

In this step-by-step tutorial learn how to take scrap pieces of fabric, add some ribbon, and a button embellishment to create a simple yet unique card.  It’s a great way to utilize scraps and de-stash your fabric bin at the same time. This card is also my introduction to a word I think I made…

a week of new designs – day 1

Exactly one week from today I’ll be standing at a table while greeting passersby at the Arlington Open Studios event.  That means it’s down to the wire this week for me to create new card designs.  This week’s posts will be a different design featured each day to give you a sneak peek at what…

you’re spoketacular!

Oh yes, yes you are! 🙂 New greeting card design available here. Supplies used: – cardstock base in “pool” by Paper Source, cut from 8.5″ x 11″ sheet to two 4″ x 5.25″ rectangles, then joined together along the left edge with a staple-less stapler and red embroidery floss – “smokey shadow” cardstock by Papertrey…

nanaimo bars (a recipe)

A friend at work told me about these amazingly delicious bars that originated in British Columbia (her homeland) a little while ago.  You know, it’s generally easy for me to fall into any conversation about food any time of the day.  🙂