Thursday, October 2, 2014

Paper and Ribbon Shares

I have paper and ribbon shares available for World Card Making Day.  Come on over on Saturday from 12-4 for a free make and take card class!  Contact me by email at

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Happy Halloween!

 I was making cards for our local cider mill and just had to share them with you.  These were so much fun to make. My kids are well beyond the Halloween stage, but its good to look back and remember all of those cute costumes from days gone by... Happy Halloween!  May it be Spooktacular!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quilted Card Designs

Quilted Cards are some of the most exciting that I work on.  I never know how they are going to turn out, but every time, they are beautiful!  

It is amazing how a few squares and a few rectangles can look so stunning on a card.  Buttons and ribbon add the perfect touch to any card.

Patchwork Paper Pieced Card

These samples began with a 4 inch square.  I scored my paper down the middle on both sides creating a "plus" sign in the center.  Next,  I folded the corners down into the center meeting at the middle of the square forming 4 triangles. To reveal the background paper hidden within, I simply folded back the tips of the triangles and embellished the center with a button.   

I picked up some patriotic paper at Hobby Lobby one day in the summer.  I could not wait to give the paper and ribbon a try together.  This card strikes a few memories of growing up as a child in the Navy.  Patriotism was expected and cherished in our family.

Thoughts and Prayers by Stampin' Up!

I made this card in a series of steps.  The tree is stamped on a 3 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch piece of white card stock.  I then trimmed the image into three 1 1/8 inch pieces.  I adhered that to colored card stock which measured 3 3/4 x 3 1/2 inch Always Artichoke, 4 x 3 3/4 inch Soft Suede and 5 1/4 x 4 background paper.  I added ribbon, a paper punch and some bling to set off the card. I love it!  ...Hope you do too!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Color Theory Insights for Your Crafting Projects

Color Theory
I am starting a series of posts on Color Theory. It has been of interest to me, and I think it will be beneficial to you as you create your cards and scrapbook pages.

The color wheel will guide you in the use and combination of colors. It is divided into 12 different pure colors or hues. These are grouped as "Primary", "Secondary", and "Tertiary".

Primary Colors are red, blue and yellow. These are the colors from which all other colors are made. 

Secondary colors are violet, green and orange. They are made by combining 2 primary colors. For example, 
red + blue = violet, blue + yellow = green, red + yellow= orange. 

Primary and Secondary Colors combine to make what are called Tertiary Colors. These include yellow-green, yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, and blue-green.  

Let me show you a few pictures to explain. I cut some paper pieces and placed them around the color wheel so that you can see how the colors interact.


 The beauty of color combinations is really quite amazing. I would love to hear how you have used color theory in your projects!

Check back again soon... We will be discussing warm and cool colors and their impact on your paper craft creations.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Nautical Themed Cards

It's Summer here on Lake Erie.  Ships, boats, sand pails, and and light houses are the theme right now.  I make cards to sell at a variety of locations and to individuals who ask for custom cards.  I enjoy getting feedback on the finished work.

In May and June, I started production on a series of nautical cards.  It is such fun to see the designs come together.  Working with reds, blues, and blacks created such sharp contrast at times.  I was so pleased!  I even sold quite a few!

Enjoy looking through the pictures.  Remember, creativity is inspiring!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pocket of Posies... So Very Cute!

I joined in the fun with a group of ladies.  They are amazingly talented!  The challenge was to use the colors red, white, and blue with Stampin' Up products... This is what I came up with!  I was so excited that I wanted to share it with you... I hope you like it!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Setting Sail

I live on the Great Lakes.  A simple drive down town takes you right by the water.  The sail boats out in the bay look so peaceful.  I got a new ledger stamp in the mail the other day.  I wanted to put it to work.  This is what I came up with.  I hope you like it!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paper Punch Purses

A very creative lady on Pinterest had the idea of using the Stampin Up cupcake punch to make a purse.  I tweeked it a bit  and added my own twist.  I just love the black contrast with the polka-dot background.  I hope you like it!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mini Coffee Cups for Easter

In the Spirit of Mini-Coffee Cups, I got creative tonight.  I put together some punch art ideas and then adapted them to work on the 4oz cups.  I FaceTimed my mom and my sister for some reassurance, and here they are...

Maybe these ideas will inspire you!  I already have plans for a puppy and a kitten... Have fun!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tea Cups and Coffee Mugs

I have been working on a fun new project for my stamp class.  These tea cups and coffee mugs are adorable and so easy to put together!  I was so tickled to see the finished product.  They do not need to be specifically for Mother's or Father's Day, they are versatile for any day.

The dainty pink color decorated with eyelet lace is a perfect little gift for a special lady.

I love the idea of giving a mug to my dad filled with Milky Way Bars... His particular favorite!

To make the cup, you will need a piece of card stock measuring 8 1/4 x 4 1/2.  It will be scored length wise (the 8 1/4 side) at 1 1/2 inches.  Next you will turn the paper so that the 4 1/2 inch side is at the top of your score board.  You will score the width of the card stock at every inch leaving 1/4 inch at the end for adhering.  Fold at each scored line.  

The bottom of the cup is the only tricky part.  Using scissors, cut each of the 1 inch scores to the that 1 1/2 inch fold.  You will now have 8 tabs at the bottom of your paper You will cut off the little 1/4 inch piece at the end.  

Use Scor-Tape to adhere the upper base of the card.  Attach Score-Tape to 4 of the 8 tabs on both sides. Working from opposite sides, remove the adhesive and fold into the center and attach.  Continue to work your way around the cup until you get to the last of the 8 tabs.  On this fold you will want to put the double taped tab down first to hide the adjesive on the outside of the cup.

The handle is made of a 1 x 6 inch (with the curl) or 1 x 4 1/2 (straight handle).  Fold 3/4 inch and attach to the top of the cup on the inside with Score-Tape.  If you are making the curled end, wrap the paper handle around a thin pencil, and adhere just above the curl.  If you are making the straight handle, simply adhere at the bottom of the piece of paper.  

Then decorate!  Enjoy the Creativty!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Pretty in Pink

I have seen cards done with the Chevron Paper Folding Technique, but I had never tried one... at least until today!  Watching a tutorial is a great way to pick up a new design.  I was "Tickled Pink" with how these two turned out.  

The double sided paper used to make the Chevron Folds measures 2 1/2 x 1.  It takes 5 pieces to cover the card.  Three of the pieces have a top triangle fold to the left and the bottom triangle fold is opposite to the right forming a diamond shape.  The other two have a top triangle fold to the right and the bottom triangle fold to the left forming a diamond shape.  The pieces are then placed corner to corner forming the Chevron pattern.

The Gumball Green ribbon and paper punched sentiments add the perfect touch.  I love the dimension of the second card, but I appreciate the simplicity of the first.  

I hope you enjoy these ideas... Hey, why not try one for yourself?

Perfect Pansies

I found Technique Time Tuesday's challenge yesterday... I REALLY wanted to give this one a try.  The challenge was to make a card using "Triple Time Stamping".   Basically, you stamp an image on 3 layers of paper and then separate them with matting.

 I love the old PXS botanical stamps.  They have amazing detail.  With a little color, the image is gorgeous.

Stop in again soon!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Wedding Design

I took the plunge and tried a challenge…My stamping friends have encouraged me to take one on and see how it turned out.

I applied the Colour Me Weekly Challenge (using Island Indigo as the color base) and the circular design layout of Mojo Monday.  I did not construct the card during the challenge date range, but I wanted to finish it just to say that I did it!

I have been working on Valentine cards the last few days, so I wanted to try a different theme.  I love the teal and silver combination.  I used it for quite a few of the Christmas cards I created this year.  The duo is quite popular for weddings.

This is what I came up with.  I hope you like it!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Little Bit of Yellow

Hey there, welcome to Pieces and Patterns on this cold winter day in January.  I thought I would share a few cards that remind us of bright, sunny days.  We all need a pick-me-up once in a while!  I hope you enjoy!

I love the color yellow.  It always seems to lift my spirits and make me smile.  Daisies and Moonbeam Coreopsis are among my favorites.  This card captures both. Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, it is a good time to make a card or two for a friend.  The "You and Me" caption allows your card to fit just about anyone.  

Having a kid's birthday card on hand is always a plus.  These two are a perfect fit!  The little girl with a cupcake is a My Favorite Things acrylic stamp.  I love the little cherry on top!  

Stampin' Up! has a set called "Little Boys" that I love to work with.       It perfectly captures the heart of a little boy!
If you notice, the background paper is made up of overlapping road lines just perfect for Match Box cars!

My mother-in-law taught me to quilt a year or two
ago.  I always wondered what a "card quilt" would look like, so I did a bit of digging.  I quickly discovered there were many talented ladies who shared my thoughts. I found some amazing designs.  This is the first one that I tried.  I have continued to experiment with a variety of designs.  I hope to share some of those with you soon!

 On a trip to Lancaster, my friend Brenda, suggested that I stop at one of the local scrapbooking stores she had happened upon.  To my delight, it was full of stamping supplies and also something that most would not expect in a store of that nature.  I found wall after wall stacked with bolts of beautiful material…a quilter's delight!  Lining the border of the room, the owner had displayed cards made with material.  Some had fussy cut images.  Some had small swatches of fabric.  The designs were amazing.  I gave my hand a try at a very simple design.  I love the denim blue and yellow contrast.  I can't wait to design a card with the pink and blue button material I picked up… 

I am so glad you stopped by today.  I hope you are inspired to put your hand to a bit of creativity, too!
See you soon!