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Word Ghosts and sunsets


Sunset over Connecticut


“Sunsets like children, at viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.”

Richard Paul Evans

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Tips for Layering card stock

Dear Fellow Crafter,

If you talk to a person from the north-eastern part of America during the winter months and you mention the word “layering” they know exactly what you are referring to. Layering means extra coordinated clothing – blouse, sweater, jacket, scarf, coat, hat, boots or shirt, tie, sweater, jacket, coat etc. In some cases, if it’s really cold, read frigid – 0 degrees you add winter underwear!

Layering cardstock is much the same thing with the added caveat that the papers should be evenly cut. So here are some tips on layering cards and papers:

  •      Instead of using colored base cards simply cover white, ivory, kraft card stock with layers of patterned papers that coordinates with your topper. This is a good way to use up scraps.
  •      Use an adhesive runner to attach layers quickly and evenly. I prefer to use double-sided tape which I run on all 4 sides and in the middle.
  •      Add texture to the background paper by embossing it with an embossing folder.
  •      If you don’t have enough background paper for a full layer, cut the edge straight and mount behind another layer to give the impression of a complete layer.
  •      Adding height to your layers gives real depth to a card design. Use foam double stick tape.

“Til then,



Stitch on Cards?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

When I first heard about this idea I broke out in hives! Oh no, not literally. Let me explain. When I was in High School, my mom decided that I needed to learn how to sew even though we didn’t own a sewing machine. I was studying to be a teacher so my curriculum did not include home economics classes. “Oh no problem”, my Mom told me. ” You can take a summer school class.” Great idea I sarcastically told myself. That summer I took the class which, if I remember right, lasted 5 long weeks. The objective of the class was to make a dress. My dress was made of black velveteen with long sleeves and a collar. I won’t go into all the gruesome details of choosing the right material, thread, buttons, lace etc. and of course the seemingly impossible blueprint (er, pattern). THE DRESS was eventually made and I did wear it on several occasions but I left it in my closet when I went off to college and contented myself with the “art of replacing buttons and hemming.”

Luckily, when researching this topic, I found the perfect way for non-sewers to stitch on cards – Faux Stitching. According to Splitcoaststampers it’s really easy and all you need are a paper piercing tool and mat, template, marker and cardstock. The link shows the step by step instructions. There’s also a video and other stitches you can make. Non-sewers Rejoice!


‘Til next time,