Adventures in Card-Making · Sentiments

For better or verse

Red cardstock, white paper, 5″x6 1/2″ Sold blank sentiments on blog $3.50

Dear Fellow Crafters,

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I decided to ‘re-post this one from 2015 on how to choose a Valentine’s Day card. This information works for those of you who create cards as well.

Oh, and be sure to read all the way to the bottom for several new sentiments.

As a card maker, I seldom shop in Hallmark stores. On occasion, when I am stumped for an idea, I admit it, I do browse the card selection aisle. This post can either appeal to the person who creates cards or the person who doesn’t. In either case, the points I make (hopefully) will benefit you.

Sending the “RIGHT” Valentine card can be stressful, so here are some do’s and don’t’s:

DO: Trust your own words. Whether or not your valentine is for a friend, a relative or a romantic interest, it’s unlikely that text in a conventional store-bought card can accurately sum up your relationship. Look for a card with blank space. For years I sold my cards from my web site blank inside for that very reason. I now offer sentiments too, but the big “draw” still seems to be, in the words of a client, “leave mine blank”.

Don’t: Let the card do all the talking – go instead for a personalized message.

DO: Feel free to get creative (artistic skills not required). If you go with a store-bought card, aim for one with text or pictures that have personal significance. For years, my husband has been  plagued with buying cards. He told me that he searches for ones that “say what he wants them to say” and the card is one that is creative. I appreciate his effort and have some  that I can “copy”.

DON’T: Lean toward overly effusive language, as it runs the risk of making your message seem unoriginal or recycled.

DO: Incorporate humor, if it suits your relationship. A little humor can also help take some pressure off of Valentine’s Day.

DON’T: Explore uncharted territory when it comes to jokes. Steer clear of humor that borders on being sexist, racist or otherwise offensive.

DO: Look for a card with special significance for the relationship. Choose one with writing or illustrations that evoke fond memories, for example. When we were first dating, my husband was stationed overseas. My first Valentine card from him featured a barren tree on the front, and a tree with loads of leaves and hearts on the inside. He hand-wrote the sentiment and yes, I still have that card!

DON’T: Use the card as an attempt to accelerate or scale back the relationship. Know your boundaries, and don’t use the card has an attempt to test them with large, unprecedented gestures, such as saying “I love you” for the first time. The same rule applies to initiating a breakup or expressing displeasure.

ALWAYS: Avoid the view that the fate of a relationship is hinging on a single holiday, or a single greeting card, for that matter.

I hope that you have found this useful and if you still have some qualms about what to say in the card, either contact me via email or check out my previous posts on sentiments or my cards.

‘Til next time,


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The best thing that ever happened to me is you.

The good things in life are better with you.

I’m glad that you and me are US.

I’m so glad that you’re first in my life.


word ghosts

Core Values

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Today’s word ghosts will be a bit different. What follows is Sizzix’s 10 Core Values (some of which could be used in any Customer Service Department in America today).

Sizzix’s Core Values
1. We must be the change we want to see – Mahatma Gandhi
2. TEAM- T-ogether, E-veryone, A-chieves, M-ore
3. Be a HERO to our customers
4. Respect all
5. Be the solution
6. Stay committed to your decisions, but stay accommodating in your approach
7. Expect excellence
8. Efficiency is doing things right, effectiveness is doing the right things
9. Plan with a purpose
10. Work happy




Trends for 2018

Dear Fellow Crafters,

There’s a famous quote from the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” in which one of the main characters says:

‘This… stuff’? Oh. OK. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

While many of our crafts do not involve fabric, the fact is that trends influence our crafting into each year. The other “driver” is color. Pantone Institute says that Violet is the color of 2018. Many crafting professionals also indicate that the color trend will be combining pastel tones of metallic and glitter elements to create projects.

Paper crafting has  become a versatile craft which now offers quilling, origami, di-cutting, card making, stenciling, rubber stamping, water coloring, and adult coloring books as different options for crafters.

Several trends that developed last year will carry into 2018. They include

a) Paper Craft flowers: while there have always been silk flowers of all sizes and colors available for crafters, many of us like to create our own. I watched a fascinating program on HSN last year that featured Anna Griffin and a new die to use in making flowers. So of course…. I now make many mini flowers!

b) Personalization: Everyone, it seems, wants a personalized gift or home deco piece that makes an everyday item into something special.

c) Scandinavian style: This style encompasses not only wrapping paper and cards but 3-D paper houses, battery-powered tea light lanterns, sweaters, home décor and ornaments. I noticed it a lot at Christmas and liked the various colors which made interesting borders on my cards.

d) Geometric: Different shapes add texture and interest to paper crafting. Take a look in any Hallmark store these days – those cards are amazing.

e) Going natural: Several crafts have taken advantage of their surroundings by using leaves, feathers, wool, ribbon etc.

It’s going to be an interesting glittery violet year!

Happy Crafting,


Adventures in Card-Making

Craft Fair Re-scheduled

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Little did I know, back in late October of 2017, that the craft/vendor fair I signed up for would be re-scheduled. I was ‘knee deep” in Christmas cards, planners, gift cards, ornaments and Mason Jar Luminaries. I had my signage ready, bought a festive table cloth, prices and hallmarks were done and the raffle gift made. I was set. AND THEN a snow/ice storm hit the state. The fair was re-scheduled to January!

Mild panic and depression set in. What was I going to do with all those Christmas cards etc.? I had enough cards to not only give to friends/family and sell for this year and next but cards for the year after. Luckily, I make cards for all occasions so the inventory was ok. After a few days I decided that I would go ahead with the fair in January (who wants to forfeit fees) and sell the Christmas “stuff” at 1/2 price nd feature some Valentine’s cards and other products. I turned to my Facebook group for advice on what to paint on my new signage. The members who responded were generous with their suggestions. I decided to make a sign of light blue with snowflakes on it. The words “snowflakes and prices are falling” was printed and some glittery die-cut snowflakes adorned the sign also.

At this point, mere days from the event, I can only shake my head and hope that the event turns out well. I’ll let you know.