Adventures in Card-Making · Sentiments

Halloween cards and sentiments

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Some ideas from Pinterest boards for your Halloween inspiration:

Haunted House


Sentiments for cards

Here’s a little greeting that always bears repeating…

Happy Trick or Treating!

Spiders, bats and a ghostly brew

Are all in this Halloween wish for you!

May your costume be scary.. your cat be black, and buckets of candy fill your sack!

Happy Haunting!

Have a spooktacular day!

Best witches to you.

I’m bats about you!

A bat, a cat, a bright-eyed pumpkin too

A Happy Halloween and best witches to you!

Monster manners

Only spook when spooken to
Avoid biting when a simple hello will do
Keep your spells to yourself
Brush your fangs, no goblin your food, and cover you mummy.
Treat every batty with respect
Never serve your friends stakes or sandwitches
Don’t eat the trick or treaters.
Ghoul Talk

Make time for your ghoul friends
Candy corn and jelly beans are vegetables
You can never have too many shoes
No bat kissing
Hair belongs on spiders, not on your chin
Everybody picks a pumpkin that is pleasingly plump
Don’t wait for the invisible man. He won’t show up.
It’s ghoul night out, so if the broom fits, fly it.

Halloween greetings,




Father’s Day card sentiments

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Finding the right words for a father’s day card can make all the difference! When you are ready to add the sentiment, “Happy Father’s Day” seems so bland. You can type a poem, song lyric, quotation or even something Dad says all the time. Some creative ways to showcase your sentiments are:

1. You can write a father’s day poem on decorated paper and insert into your handmade card.

2. Print the short poem onto the front of the card and decorate the sides with embellishments.

3. Record your message or made a video.

Some writing tips:

1. If your relationship with your father is complicated, don’t feel obligated to make your message more complimentary or effusive than you feel. Instead be sincere and focus on what’s true. Wish him a good day.

2. If you have a Grandfather make it personal, by addressing him by his familiar title or nickname.

3. Don’t hesitate to send a card to any men who are like a father/mentor to you.

4. A warm closing before your signature is like the bow on top of a present. Some suggestions are: “Warmly, with love, love always, wishing you happiness, warmest wishes.”

The men in your life:

Your father, Grandfather, husband, partner, brother, friend, mentor, son, grandson, father-to-be or new father will surely appreciate your remembering them.

‘Til next time,


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!”