Thursday, September 6, 2018

Inside tunnel card for man

After my failure to create an Inside tunnel card I decided I had to try again to see if I could really do it.  This one is for a man who loves his dogs.
Front of card
Inside of tunnel card

Back of card
Forgive my finger in the photo.  I had to hold the card open to get the tunnel effect to show.  These are fun to make, but you may need to watch Jennifer McGuire's video several times to understand all the steps.  Good luck!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Anniversary card

I needed to make an anniversary card for a special family member.  I wanted to do something special for this wonderful couple.  I thought I would make an Inside tunnel card.  I really tried, but couldn't make it look good, so I reverted to the first step of making and inside shadow box card.  I hope to still try the tunnel card, but not this time.


This special couple live in Colorado and enjoy a mountain cabin where the wildflowers bloom and the moose graze in their yard.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Can you stand one more shadow box card?

While I'm still learning about making the inside shadow box card, I made one more.  The die I used on the inside of this one is a bit too big and goes right up to the edges.  This made the details difficult because they are right on the fold.


The background of the shadow box panel is make with watercolors on watercolor paper, then I stamped the silhouette flowers onto the background.  The butterfly inside is glued to the background.

Before I move on, I'd like to share the card sketch that I created, using Jennifer McGuire's measurements.  This makes it easier for me to remember where to cut and fold each time.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Masculine inside shadow box card

I had to change my images to create an inside shadow box card for a man.

front of card
inside of card (shadow box)

Friday, August 17, 2018

More inside shadow box cards

I bought some new dies and decided to use them in inside shadow box cards.  Inspiration and instructions for these cards came from Jennifer McGuire's blog.  I got the measurements from her video.
front of card
inside of card (shadow box)

front of card
inside of card (shadow box)
 These cards are time consuming, but fun to make.  Precise measurements and good quality cardstock make the cards work better.  Some of the open dies cuts, such as dragonflies, are made with 2 layers glued together to make them more sturdy.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


This is a collage of photos I took many years ago, when I raised black swallowtail butterflies to take photos of the stages.  I then released the adult butterflies.

Friday, July 20, 2018


I was enjoying creating a special birthday card for a relative, when I got sad news and had to stop what I was doing and create a sympathy card for and old friend who lost her husband of 58 years.
This background was made by smooshing watercolor paper into watered down Distress Inks on acetate.  I kept adding more ink and water, repeating the process several times to create some depth.  I cut the sentiment with a die and made 4 layers, gluing them atop each other.    I cut a layer from the craft cardstock that I used for the sentiment and adhered them to a white card base.

Now, back to the birthday card I was working on.
This card began with a soft watercolor background.  I placed a lattice die cut (from a Hero Arts die) over the watercolor.  The flower die cut (from a Simon Says Die) did not show up over the lattice, so I used an oval die to cut out the center.  I use 2 oval dies (from Hero Arts infinity ovals) to make a frame to cover the cut edges around the flowers.  I added some gems to the lattice and some stickers to surround the other edge of card.  The sentiment is a metallic sticker, colored with a Sharpie pen.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Birthday card for man

I needed a birthday card for an adult grandson, who loves music and is talented in music.  This is what I came up with.
Front of card

This was made with an embossing folder with ink brayered to inside of folder before embossing.
Inside message

Back of card

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Lighthouse shadow box card

Since I saw Jennifer McGuire's Inside Shadow Box Card, I've been working to duplicate her technique.  I watched her video many times to get the technique figured out.  Here is my latest attempt:
Front of card
Inside, showing shadow box
 The inside view shows the 1/2 inch deep shadow box.  The background sky and ocean are made with watercolors on watercolor paper.  The lighthouse and clouds are on the upper layer.  I fussy cut the lighthouse and glued it to the upper layer, after cutting the rectangle with a Hero Arts infinity die.  The foreground around base of lighthouse was added with small stamps of grass and trees.

Back of card
I stamped the back of card with a fun stamp from Judi Kins.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Shadow box birthday card

With my brother's birthday approaching, I'm always looking for something I haven't sent to him in the past.  I found this technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog: Inside Shadow Box Cards.  Since my brother also lives in the desert (near Death Valley),  I chose a desert scene for this card.
Since this a shadow box card, the inside took a little maneuvering.  Hopefully, my technique will improve when and if I decide to try another of these cards.
Inside shadow box
Back of card