Adventures in Card-Making · Sentiments


Dear Fellow Crafters,

If you’ve been creating cards for a while and sending them to friends and family, they’ve probably begun to anticipate one of your “specials” each and every time there’s an occasion in their life. The challenge is, of course, is to surprise them with new and exciting techniques, embellishments, stamps etc. One of the ways I use to ensure that I don’t repeat my cards is to keep a record or photo of them. So what happens when you’re stuck with an idea for the inside of your cards?

There are several ideas that you can use to make the inside as special as the outside. One way is to write/stamp/die-cut your message on the left side of the card! Here are some other ideas:

1. Type up the greeting or stamp it and then cut it out and attach to a border. The paper can be coordinated with the colors of your focal point on the front of your card.

2. Use stickers. I especially like the ones that are printed in color and have clear adhesive.

3. Create a background of light hues of ink (dye) or marker around the greeting.

4. Continue the theme on the inside. For instance, if using clouds or butterflies on the front, stamp or die-cut some on the inside too.

5. Use some Flat embellishments.

6. Flat ribbon creates a special touch.

Mother’s Day Sentiments

1. A Grandma fills the world with love.

2.What do I wish for a Mom like you? Beauty that blossoms the whole day through!

3.Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

4.Because of you, I am me.

5. There are a thousand languages in the world. But a Mother’s smile speaks them all.


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.


Seasonal Sentiments · Sentiments

Christmas sentiments

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Does your mind “go blank” when faced with writing a sentiment in a greeting card? Here are a few Holiday greetings for you, broken down into categories:


“Have your best Christmas ever!”

“We hope you have a nice, relaxing Christmas, Susan!”

“So grateful to have a friend like you at Christmas and all year long!”


“Family is the greatest gift of all.”

“Thinking of you with lots of love this Christmas.”

“My holiday starts when we get together.”

“Looking forward to being with you soon”.


“Missing you this holiday season but we wish you a wonderful holiday.”

“We may not be together in person, but you’re always in my heart.”


“You’ve had more than your share of challenges this year. Wishing you peace and hope at Christmas and a new year full of better days.”

“It’s hard with Christmas comes during a difficult time. Just know that I’m thinking of you.”


“Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come”.

“It’s a pleasure to work with you and a joy to wish you a Merry Christmas.”

“Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season.”

…and you can always wish them a very traditional “Merry Christmas!”



What to write in a fall card


Pumpkin kisses and Harvest Wishes

Leaves are falling ~ Autumn is calling

Pumpkin spice everything

Every year I fall for: pumpkins, bonfires, s’mores, autumn leaves, apples and YOU!

The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way.


Thank You sentiments

Your thoughtfulness warms my heart and brightens my day.

Thank you for being a friend.

Gratitude is the heart’s memory.

Thank you for the gift of you.

Thank you for your special way of making the world a better place.

This brings a special thank you as warm as it can be it was so very nice of you to be so nice to me.

Thanks a bunch!

Thank you for always being there, to listen and understand me. I appreciate all you did for me and all you still do.

Thank you for making me feel whole again, for putting my pieces back together.

You are an inspiration.

Your kindness touches me.

Thank you for all the little things you do.

A cup of tea, a heart to share, A loving hug and a prayer. Thank you my friend for being there.

When your world falls apart, Patch it up with friends and love.

Just a note, just a word or two -Thanking you for who you are and everything you do!

Thanks for touching my life with your special friendship.

Give thanks for the simple things in life.

May someone be as kind to you as you were to me. Thank you so much.

I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you, my heart has no bottom.

You always let me know I’m someone special, and that is a gift I could never have asked for.

I could never have asked for someone as wonderful as you to enter my life. No one should be allowed to ask for so much.

You overwhelm me with awesomeness.