Monday, December 31, 2018

Masculine thank you card

I made this card by watercoloring the background, then die cutting the Fresh Pine Curved Border by Memory Box from green cardstock.  I added a wide border with the same cardstock by using 2 rectangle dies from the Hero Arts Infinity set.  These are mounted on a cream cardbase .  The sentiment is a gold metallic sticker.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Thank you cards

After Christmas, it's time to make thank you cards.  I received a darling tea cup die from a friend and decided to use it to make a thank you card.  I die cut 2 of them - 1 from blue cardstock and one from white, then used the cut out pieces in the opposite color.  This resulted in 2 cards.

I will wait to add a sentiment to the second card, when I decide where it will go.  I have more cards to make, but these are finished today.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

More Christmas cards

After I mailed the cards I had made previously, I decided I needed a few more.  This card was made with some new dies and stamps from Taylored Expressions.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas cards

I got very late in creating Christmas cards this year.  I ordered some new supplies in recent sales and used some of them to create my cards this year.  I made them all with the same basic design, but changed the colors of some the cardstock.  I used what I had on hand.  The background is made with pearlescent cardstock.

The large holly background die is from Taylored Expressions.  The sentiment stamp is a very old stamp by Inkadinkadoo, embossed with Chinese Red embossing powder by Ranger.  I used Spellbinders dies for the ovals.  The holly berries are made with a red Pearl Pen by Viva.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Birthday card for man

I always search for new ideas for making a birthday card for my brother.  He will be 97 soon and I've made him many cards over the years.  I went through some backgrounds that I had made earlier while practicing techniques.  Here's the result.

This background was made by brayering ink onto the inside of an embossing folder before embossing the cardstock.  I added a layer of glossy copper cardstock before mounting it on a white card base.  The sentiment was stamped onto a wooden business card and embossed with copper embossing powder.  The corners are stickers.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Thanksgiving cards

It took this oldstamper a long time to make Thanksgiving cards this year, but I think I'm finished.

I took a few close-ups to show the differences in these cards.

These are all shadow box cards.  The opening inside was created with a die from Simon Says Stamp, called Far Away Forest Collage.  My previous 2 posts showed some of the steps involved in creating these cards.  The leaves are glued to the watercolor background.  The leaves were cut with a variety of punches and some leaves are popped on dimensional adhesive.

Monday, October 29, 2018


I'm still working on my shadow box Thanksgiving cards.  This has been a slow process for this old woman.  I'm at the stage of gluing punched leaves to the inside of the shadowbox background.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Teaser - cards in progress

I'm working on Thanksgiving cards and it's taking a while.  Here's some of card parts in progress.
 This first part is the watercolor background in progress.  The second photo show the coarse salt that is sprinkled over the wet watercolor background.

These are some of the shadow box portions in progress.  The second photo shows the card folded on score lines and a finished watercolor background showing through the opening.  You can see the spots created after the coarse salt is removed from the dry watercolor paper.  It will show better if you click on image to enlarge it.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Birthday shadow box card

I recently purchased some new Memory Box dies with butterflies.  I felt they were perfect for shadow box cards.  The die on the inside worked very well.  However, I was surprised to learn that the butterflies on the front of the card  cut out separately from the background.  This made it possible to color the butterflies.  I dabbed them with Encore bronze metallic ink.  After all this work, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and added embossing powder.  Unfortunately, it clumped in areas, making it difficult to read.  The sentiment says, "Sending you birthday wishes on the gossamer wings of a butterfly".  Since this card is for a very dear friend, I didn't start over.  She will understand.  The inside sentiment is a sticker, so I wouldn't mess it up further.

I made a watercolor background for the inside of the shadow box.  I used pearlescent watercolors for this, which a adds a shimmer that goes well with the shiny Bazzill cardstock that I used for the card.

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.