A Christmas Card in a Box

Christmas should be full of surprises!

Isla's card--full view

I just love making a card-in-box, and this one was really special. First of all, it was for the sweet granddaughter of a very special friend and, second of all, it was a Christmas card!

I had so much fun hunting for these cute little Christmas characters. I cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo and coloured them with my Copic markers. The cool thing about a card-in-a-box is that it folds flat and fits in a regular size envelope.  If you would like to learn how to make a card-in-a-box, just go to YouTube and search on “card-in-a-box.”

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Here are some close-ups of the various panels. I hope this card-in-a-box inspires you to create a card for your someone special.

Isla's card--Wryn caroling

Isla's card--Sentiment panel 1

Isla's card--Sentiment panel 2

Isla's card--Snowman panel

Isla's card--Trees panel

Here’s the back panel with lots of room for writing a special message.

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Here it is folded flat and ready to slide into an envelope.

Isla's card--Text panels-front

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A Quick and Simple Birthday Card

Happy 80th Birthday!

A lovely friend of the family turned 80 years young earlier this year. I made her a quick and simple–but very pretty–birthday card. I used my Cuttlebug to add some pretty embossing and then added my signature sparkle glue to give it some shimmer and shine.

Card front

A small strip of floral card stock on the bottom, with a dash of sparkle glue, provided a nice balance to the white top. The word “celebrate” in a pretty font completed this quick and easy card.

Here’s the inside…

Card--inside verses

As usual, I forgot to take the photo before we signed the card. Oh, well, I’m sure Shirley wouldn’t mind!

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Gloria

A 50th Anniversary Card

The secret to a long and happy marriage? Play golf, of course!

Doreen and Dennis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary earlier this year. I had the privilege of making this light hearted card for them. I hope it inspires you to make a special card for the golfer in your life.

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My first stained glass pieces!

Another check off my bucket list!

I have wanted to try making a stained glass piece since the early 1970’s…yikes, that’s well over 40 years ago! Well, I finally did it.2015-11-11 14.46.35

Stained glass looks so easy to do. It’s not. You find this out the first time you try to cut a circle or some irregular shape out of a piece of glass that just wants to crack in a straight line. I pretty much hated the first two classes and vowed that once I had2015-11-11 14.55.59 finished my projects I would never ever make another stained glass piece. That was before I saw my finished creations–the pears and the apple.

There are so many steps in the process, which goes like this:

  1. Number your paper pattern pieces.

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    The piece are all cut out and I’ve laid them back on the paper pattern for one final check. Notice that each piece of glass is numbered the same as on the pattern. As my very first attempt at cutting glass, a trained eye can see that it’s not perfect, but the solder covered a lot of mistakes!

  2. Lay each piece of glass on the paper pattern and trace the shapes–yellow glass for the pears, two shades of green glass for the leaves, clear textured glass for the background parts. A light table comes in very handy when using a very dark glass that you can’t see through, such as the brown that I used for the branches. Number each piece of glass to match the paper pattern.
  3. Once your pieces are all cut out (which usually takes more than one attempt), lay them back on your paper pattern to see what needs to be tweaked to fit properly into the overall pattern. If there is just a small bit a tweaking required, it can be done on the
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    The grinding wheel. The basin under the grid is filled to the top with water. A small spunge that is wedged in behind the grinding wheel, soaks up water and, in turn, keeps the grinding wheel wet. It cools the glass and keeps it from cracking.

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  4. Even pieces that don’t require tweaking must still be run over the grinding wheel to “rough up” the edges so the foil will adhere securely.
  5. Once all of your pieces fit nicely together and the edges are all smooth, its time to apply the foil to the edges. The foil comes on a roll and it’s a mere 7/32 of an inch wide, which makes it a bit finicky to put on, but you just have to be patient and go slowly.
  6. With all of the pieces foiled, it’s now time to solder…another process that gets easier with practice.
  7. Because my pears and apple creations were irregularly shaped, I used bendable lead “caming” (not “caning”) around the outside edge. The caming must first be stretched and then molded to the outer edge of the piece. It must also be soldered on.
  8. Next, because I wanted my solder lines to be black, I pour liquid patina over the whole piece and rub it into the solder solder lines and on the caming. Instant black! And, wow, do the colours ever pop, then! Ideally, you should let the patina sit for 24 hours before polishing your stained glass creation. The polish really gives it a shine and is worth the time and effort that goes into it.
  9. And now, we’re almost done. Two little rings are attached to the edges of your piece–you will attach the chain for hanging to them. But, first, these little rings must “tinned,” which means you add a layer of solder to them and then you’re ready to solder them onto your stained glass masterpiece.
  10. Add a chain.
  11. Hang in a sunny window and admire!

My next foray into the world of glass art will be taking place in December, when I take my first “mosaic on glass” class. It’s a one-day workshop in which I will create a glass mosaic pattern on an old window. Can’t wait. I’ll post photos!

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Funny birthday card for a senior citizen

Happy 86th Birthday, Mom!!

Mom makes no bones about it, she’s not as fleet of foot as she once was. But, then, she is 86 and had open-heart surgery a year ago. She’s got a great sense of humour and we joke with her all the time about the trials and tribulations of being a senior citizen–the lighter side of getting old. So, for her birthday, which is on Halloween, I just had to make her a funny card. Can’t wait to give it to her tomorrow!! (I know I could have made her a witchy card, but we’ve been there and done that!!). For you Copic-lovers, I used my Copic markers to colour these funny characters. I created the text in Silhouette Studio and printed it on this wonderful patterned paper.

Here is the front of the card. Scroll down to see the inside panels.

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Mom 86-Both inside panel

Here’s a close-up of the birds…the stripes on the blue bird and the polka dots on the green bird were created with my Copic colourless blender. It’s such an easy technique to take your colouring from flat to fantastic!

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And, the back panel…I never leave it unfinished.

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I hope this gives you some ideas for a funny card of your own. Thanks, for stopping by. Please come back soon!

So many ideas, so little time…sigh!