Friday, July 29, 2011


It's been a few weeks since my last post, and I have to admit that I was starting to have crafting withdrawal symptoms!  I had wanted to make a center step card, so today was the day I set aside to get back into my craft room and create!

I used quite a few carts in the process, but I am so pleased with the end result.
The beehive is Pooh and Friends; the bunny, leaves, butterfly, and melon vines are DC; along with the grass, the melon is an oval from PS; the sunflower is SYI; and I used the font from Nifty 50s for shhh.

The sky background and grass is embossed with the swiss dots CB folder, while the bunny and melon are embossed with swirls.
The bunny, sunflower, melon, and butterfly are popped for dimension.

I will add a semtiment to finish this card.

This card could be used for a child's birthday, Easter, baby, etc.
I love the look of the center step card and it may replace my "favorite fold" the easel card!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fly away, Firefly!

Remember when we were kids and catching "lightning bugs" was a big deal?
Mom gave us a Mason jar with holes in the lid
and grass in the bottom to keep them in.
I used to stare at them for hours, wondering what makes them glow do beautifully.
My Grandmother has a birthday this week,
so I used this idea for her special day card.

This is a large easel card measuring 6.5 x 6.5". 
 I knew I would not have to mail it so size was not an issue.

I started with a background paper made of clouds, accented it with a strip of plain white,
and embossed it all with the swirls CB folder.
The jar is from Doodlecharms.  It is cut in 4 layers with the top layer being a clear plastic.
This gives it the look of a real jar. Black pen accents add dimension.
The fireflies and sunflower are from SYI.  The flower is embossed with the swiss dots CB folder,
the stem is hand-cut, and the leaves are from HD. 
 White pen accents were added to the stem and leaves.
I used the word "explore" from HD to set the tone for the personal verse I will compose for the inside sentiment.  The small "waves" are leftovers from another project.
The corners have been rounded and the edges inked.

For the finishing touch, I added some coordinating baker's twine and button. 
I will add a personal message and this project will be complete.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Here is a little creation that could be used for a get well, birthday, or cheer up card.
I love easel cards and had not tried the "twisted easel" yet, so this is my first attempt.

My card is 5.5 x 6 - where it should actually be 5.5 x 5.5 - thus the extra 1/2" that shows on the left when it is opened.
I used the GP cart for the cuts, the sentiments are computer generated, and the corners were rounded with a corner punch.

The background was matted 3 times with the white mat being embossed with the curls CB foler, while
the ship was embossed with the swiss dots CB folder.
The sentiment, sun, ship, and waves were popped for dimension; and some extra waves were added for more zip.

Some finishing touches by adding buttons and popping the inside sentiment,
and VOILA!! 
What a cute card that could be used for different occasions.