Not Just Cardmaking, Create a Cherished Keepsake

Graduation card
Most of us have that box of keepsakes in our closet of cherished mementos. Filled with notes, cards, ticket stubs and the like. We hold on to the things that are important to us because they have meaning. When creating a card for someone special, take time to customize it so it speaks to them.
This graduation card was done in the school colors of the recipient, and the year added. It’s a special year for them and you’d be hard pressed to find a card in the store with that detail.
If you are making a special card you can incorporate the style of the decade they were married, or born in, include a scanned photo printed on vellum or acetate. Find an embellishment that reflects the industry of the new job they just landed, and more.
In creating this card I stamped the verse in black ink. the cap and diploma was stamped off in red (first stamped on scrap paper then stamped over verse without re-inking) The numbers were dry embossed on vellum with Stencils by Ecstasy Crafts Because it was on vellum it was easy to do and line up vertically. I simply took a piece of scrap vellum and traced the numbers with a pencil so they lined up.Turned it to the reverse, lined up the stencil to the number, then layered the good vellum over the top. Dry embossed with stylus tool, making sure the strip of paper was long enough to fold around the back of the red piece and attached with tape.
Hope your next card creation will be a cherished keepsake.
All the best,

Diane Long


Homage to Chocolate

Chocolate Collage

The joy of chocolate in all its forms! This collage is full of hand stamped elements including the photograph, black mat, lace and of course the M and M’s and Hershey bar. The chocolate pieces are made of polymer clay.
Every day needs to include i bit of chocolate in it don’t you think?

ATC’s Revisited

artist trading cards
While going through some boxes, I discovered a stash of ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards). I’d forgotten how much fun it was to come up with a design based on the monthly challenge theme. There was great excitement when our group traded the cards and we would open these little treasures to see what everyone came up with. It’s a great way to use your supplies, meet new crafters, and stretch your imagination. If you haven’t done them in awhile, or have never done them at all, go online to find a group and give them a try!


Mistakes in your hand crafted pieces

Often what we think of as mistakes can really be usable when we look at them differently. In taking pieces of a scene, a stamped image or drawing and putting them into blocked tiles can give a whole new look. These are coated with 3 layers of clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to give the look of an actual tile (can be seen much better in person) Try it with random pieces of your “mistakes”.


The language of text messaging

Text Message card design

I’m not big on text messaging but it’s funny how our vocabulary is reduced to the point where you can communicate a whole sentence in just a few letters , BRB (Be right back) JK (Just kidding) IDTS (I don’t think so) OMG (Oh my God!) So I thought it would be fun to use my monogram stamper from Justrite Stampers to create a sentiment using some texting shortcuts.
Have a nice week (despite the fact that Mr Groundhog is giving us 6 more weeks of Winter!!)