Tutorial · Video

Who doesn’t love flowers?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Enjoy this great video!




Adventures in Card-Making · Tutorial


Dear Fellow Crafters,

Card sketches are blueprints for greeting card designs. That being said, paper crafters always ask the inevitable questions: ” How do I use them?” and “What’s the point?”

Here are some of my thoughts:

  • The¬†background¬†of the card sketch is usually the largest part of the design that is laid down first. Sometimes that’s the card stock itself! The background sets the tone so if you’re creating a birthday card, using a festive background is appropriate.

  • The focal point of a card sketch is sometimes a larger shape or design that reflects the nature of the holiday or design.
  • Accent embellishments are the accent pieces -gems, buttons and the like. Oftentimes, paper crafters go overboard with these elements.

How to begin?

  1. The largest design element in a card sketch is usually the first step in creating the card, so if the card sketch has a large background then that’s the first piece that goes down.
  2. Layering card stock comes next.
  3. The embellishments come last.

**Sometimes a paper crafter will gather all the elements together and stray from the original sketch. This happens to me a lot. Something doesn’t look right, so I ‘re-arrange the elements. How, you ask? Ask yourself:

  • Would the horizontal card work as a vertical one?
  • Could the horizontal or vertical work as a square card?
  • Could you add a sentiment on the front?
  • How many accents are right?

In the example above, the festive paper was glued down first. I cut the banner next and then die-cut the sentiment and glued it onto the banner. The 3D embellishment was last.

~Happy crafting,







Tutorial · Video

Kite cards

Dear Fellow Crafters,

To me, this Kenny Chesney song “Summertime”, always reminds me of lazy days and kites. Enjoy!


When I think of the summer season, I think of lemonade, the beach, vacation days and flying kites. Back in the day before the internet, SmartPhones, video games you made up your own games outdoors from dawn to dusk. A few months ago I started watching reruns of a favorite tv western called Laramie (1960). The opening scene of the third season shows a youngster flying a kite off the back of a buckboard.

I wondered if I could create a kite card? Turns out there are nifty videos to help.


Enjoy your summer crafting days!


Books I recommend


Dear Fellow Crafters,

The following list of books were all published this year.

“Craft the Rainbow” by Brittany Watson Jepsen

“Craft a life you love” by Amy Tan

“Vogue Knitting” by Vogue editors

“By hand:The Art of modern lettering” by Nicole Santo

“The Pallet Book” by Chris Peterson

“Market Like a Boss” by Honoree Corset

~Have a good reading summer,


Adventures in Card-Making · Tutorial

‘Tis the season for Vellum

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Vellum is a translucent but not clear (like acetate) paper that is fragile but very versatile. It can be used in a variety of ways and lends an elegant “air” to many cards such as Mother’s Day or weddings that are coming up in the next few days. The following article (with pictures) will illustrate what I mean:


Happy Crafting