The secret of your own heart you can never know;
but you can know Him who knows its secret.
-George MacDonald

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Packaging

If you are a crafter, one of the funnest things about Christmas is making cute tags and cards. This little tree is made out of book paper. Simply punch or cut out 5 tree shapes, ink the edges, and fold in half longways. Punch or cut one tree shape out of book paper to use as your base. Glue that to a tag. Carefully glue your folded trees to the base with a thin layer of glue on the folded tree edge. Place the first folded tree in the middle. Then add the other four trees (two folded trees on each side very closely to the middle of the base tree)the same way. This will create a little tree of "pages" that will add dimension to your tag. I used a quick drying craft glue like Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. You need to make sure the "pages" of your tree do not stick together by carefully running your finger between each "page" as they dry.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge

I have never participated in a Make It Monday Challenge by Papertrey Ink and Nicole Heady. This past challenge was making beautiful frosted images by stamping white ink over a darker ink, and then blending together. It gave the image a foggy, kind of etheral look. I used the technique to make the background for this card to welcome a new little one to the world. You can find the technique and challenge here:

Friday, June 17, 2011


"It is easier for a father to have children, than for children to have a real father". ~Pope John XXIII
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Martha Stewart Scores!

I love this product from Martha Stewart. It's called a Scoring Board.

This handy board comes with instructions and a bone folder to help you cut and fold cards, envelopes and boxes. Although this product has been out for a while, I have to admit, I can be a sceptic. But, after seeing this demonstrated, I decided to head to Michaels to buy one for myself.

Making my own envelopes have always been a problem...How much paper? How do you fold evenly? This product helps me answer these questions.

The instructions give you a nice selection of small and large sizes and then, using a little math and a calculator, you can makes those measurements larger or smaller.

You can use all kinds of paper as well. Book pages, old maps, even catalog pages. Some catalogs are just too pretty to throw away.

Now I can make a card AND an envelope to match.

Friday, June 10, 2011

I'm Back!

My daughter is married and my son is graduated. It's been a busy year. Now it's back to making things for other occasions beside a wedding. Although that was (most of the time) quite fun!
Recently, my daughter and son-in-law gave me this darling little stamp. I adore it.

I could not help but explore what I could add to the design to make it my own...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wedding School

For wedding reception decor, a parent/teacher store can be your best friend.

Black foam board and bulletin board letters are used to make a photo booth sign.

Library cards are used to number tables on top of book and flower centerpieces.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Praying for Japan

Japan has been on my mind. May God cover the Japanese people with HIS love and grace..."His banner over me is love..." ~Song of Solomon

Friday, February 18, 2011

Loving Books Is Caught And Taught

"Books, to the reading child, are so much more than books—they are dreams and knowledge, they are a future, and a past." ~Esther Meynell

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Day of the Valentines

"Whatever our souls are made of,his and mine are the same."
~Emily Bronte

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Wedding daughter is getting married and my crafting skills are being put to the test...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

Tomorrow is the Chinese New Year. It's the year of the rabbit. When I saw this book and the instructions for making a little rabbit, I just had to try. You can make one, too...for your own celebration.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Celebrating Springtime While Shoveling Snow

"Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." ~Veronica A. Shoffstall