A Ladies Diary Birthday Tag



This is a birthday tag I made for my oldest daughter’s birthday.  I have said that the Graphic 45 paper collections are my favorite and among their collections is this gorgeous one called A Ladies Diary.  If you click on the images here, you will get a larger view.

My daughter seems to like these tag-type cards because she keeps them hanging up as permanent decorations!  There is a Valentine’s Day tag that I will cover in another post that hangs next to this one in her kitchen window.

I’m glad they are there to remind her that I love her whenever she notices them.

She has always been a loyal and thoughtful daughter and has given me two terrific grandchildren and one all-boy great-grandson. Such riches!

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Spring, Anyone?


OK…  It has been awhile!! My favorite little camera had been giving me fits and, when I finally complained about it to my DH, he discovered that the motor that powers the ‘focus’ function had gone kaput; the poor little thing was dead.

This fact, then, was followed by the need to find out how to download photos from my cell phone which, according to the DH, actually takes pictures at a higher resolution.

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School Days – The Beginnings

My great-grandson, Aiden, is two now and has just started Nursery School.  His momma is so happy for him to have that time with playmates (and to have that time for a breather for her).  I can relate…  I spent a lot of time with Aiden’s daddy when he was the same age and they are very much alike.  Always going and always doing… who knows where or what!


His mother did share the fact that his initial response to the whole “school” thing was not entirely positive.  Being the gregarious boy that he is, I doubt that will last long.  By now he is probably running to the classroom door and leaving his mamma in his wake!


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Back to School

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I have a special request from my granddaughter, Jade, to send cards to her more often. She says they remind her that I love her and am thinking about her.  She is such a sweetheart and I am happy to fill her request!

So, here is my latest effort.  (It is probably time for me to change the name of my blog to something like “Cards for Jade” because that is what most of my content is these days.) Continue reading

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Origami Trinket Box


This is a box I created after watching a tutorial by The Gentleman Crafter.  Jim always has such interesting projects!  I’ve actually made several of these because they are so simple to make and really highlight a beautifully patterned paper.  You may notice this is a variation of another box I made shown here.      Continue reading

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A Pin for Tim!


This is a bit of a departure for me.  Everyone in paper crafting seems to be dipping their toe in the jewelry pond!  Continue reading

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Heart Series – Black & White Stripes

HeartsInStripesI have done a series of cards using heart shapes that I thought would be interesting for you to see.   Not necessarily Valentine cards but definitely cards meant to express love for any of the many occasions when it is appropriate and heartfelt.

This first in the series is done using the Tim Holtz Hearts die which I have barely covered with white embossing powder and then outlined in a heavy coat of gold embossing powder.  Each heart is raised up with dimensionals at different heights.  (I apologize for not getting side shots so that you could see the dimension better!) Continue reading

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Pat’s Red Flower Birthday




My dear friend, Pat, had a birthday early in April and I had been looking at this fabulous paper filled with these exotic flowers for some time. It just begged to be fussy cut and layered so, naturally, I had a go at it.

I was very pleased with the way this turned out. In the accompanying photo, you can get a bit of appreciation of the dimensional layers on the flowers. It is definitely bold and bright!

I know Pat enjoyed receiving this and I hope you have enjoyed viewing it here.  Let me hear from you!  I always appreciate visitors and comments!

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You’ve Got Mail! – MOJO 278 – TSTR 151


I love the challenges from Mojo Monday (mojomonday.blogspot.com) and The Shabby Tea Room this week (theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com)!!  Big surprise…  I always love them!! Continue reading

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Doggie for Jade

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My granddaughter, Jade, doesn’t get to see my Chihuahua, Sara Lee, very often and she loves that little dogggie!  She had a puppy for a while but it turned out that her mother was very allergic to the dog and they found it another home.  Jade’s puppy and my Sara Lee were litter mates and we had gotten them at the same time.  The love she had lavished on her puppy was now focused on Sara Lee.  Jade misses my dog so I told her I would send her a photo of Sara Lee and decided to do it as a card. Continue reading

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