Category Archives: cards by hand

A Pop Of Joy!

This was my first attempt at creating a pop-up card with my Cricut and I am pleased with how it came out. I wanted to have the recipient’s name on the inside so I used Make The Cut software to design the cut file. There are three layers to the name to help add some dimension. All of the other elements on the card were cut by hand. The banner on the front was very easy to make. I cut little triangles out of scrap paper from an earlier project then glued a piece of embroidery floss to the back of each one to form a pennant banner. For the sun, I punched out a yellow circle, then used the Fiskars Bling Punch to create the rays. The title is from a labeling machine.

Thanks for looking!


A Whole Latte

I went back and forth on this card, as well as the owl card (from my last post) on whether or not to use a pun. I wondered is it too sweet? too corny? too Lifetime Movie Network?? But then I realized that giving cards is meant to be sweet and yes even a little bit corny. Even the so-called sassy cards have a little geek in them. So I went forward with my punny cards. 😉

I Love You A Whole Latte: I made this with the help of my Cricut E and Make The Cut. I found a wonderful svg file from The Lady Wolf’s Blog. The paper for the card was made with the DCWV Handmade Christmas Paper Stack. I even pulled out my old Fiskar’s paper crimper to add some texture to the band on the cup.

Owl Always Love You!

Owl Always Love You Card

Once upon a time I ventured into the world of making custom handmade projects to sell, but experience has taught me that sometimes it is just not worth it. I much prefer to make things that satisfy my creative desires, and then do with the items as I please, whether that means giving them away or selling them. There is so much more freedom in doing it this way, rather than jumping through hoops to create that perfect custom birthday card, invitation or favor under the looming threat of a customer walking away because they can “get it for much cheaper at Walmart.”

Every now and then however, I will take on a special custom handmade project. Not sure what inspires me to do it but I suppose it has something to do with the alignment of the moon and stars. So, this week I went out of my box and made custom Valentine’s Day cards for someone. I am quite pleased with how they turned out and so was my customer. First try, no edits or do-overs, I love it when it works out like that!

This is the Owl Always Love You card. Oh, I cut the owl out by hand. Here is my video tutorial on it. It is my very first video tutorial.

Thanks for looking!

2009 and counting

Christmas Tree Card

Happy New Year everyone! This is a Christmas card that I designed but never sent out, and even though today marks the official end of the holiday season I still wanted to post this project. I am really not concerned with the fact that it is “late” because it goes hand in hand with my 2009 mantra which is…
Do What You Can, No More, No Less, No Sweat!!! I love that!

The tree is one of my handmade embellishments, which I enjoy creating from time to time.

Season’s Greetings

Season's Greetings Card

Since it is the holiday season, I figured the least I could do is share some of my holiday projects. This is a card that I did for a swap. It actually came together pretty quickly once I figured out my designed. It is nice to make cards and sometimes I feel there is a bit more freedom in cards than in scrapbooking because, with cards you don’t have to worry about all of the archival and acid-free stuff. So you can just use materials that make you happy.

My Secret: The brown Season’s Greetings circle is actually a gift tag. I added some rhinestones to it to “jazz” it up a bit.

College Grad

Believe Card

I had a wonderful weekend! I attended my sister’s graduation from college. It was a long and hard road for her (and for the rest of us). The timing actually came as a surprise to her, she was planning to graduate in May, but her counselor was able to rearrange her earned credits and qualify her for a December graduation. YAY!!! 2008 has proven to be a very fruitful year for her, and I cannot express just how proud I am of her. She is one focused 20something year old.
On top of this post is a picture of the card I made for her. The word “Believe” has proven to be more meaningful for her, over the standard “Congratulations.” I like the colors because they match her color scheme for her new home. That means she should not have a problem sitting this card out on display. lol

It’s A New Day!!

Celebrate Dots

It’s amazing how change happens. It is gradually then all of a sudden. Of course we know that dedicated work must be applied in order to sustain lasting change. But the kind of change I am talking about is the kind that happens inside of us. Not to be cliche, but it truly is all about how we see ourselves.

I am still in awe & still quite emotional. All I can say is that I feel like it is New Year’s Day! I really have to gather my thoughts so I can document all of this properly. I am so proud of all of us…shout out to AMERICA!!!

This card says it all “CELEBRATE!”