My baby girl turns 49

Tomorrow (August 1, 2016) my beautiful daughter, Angie, will turn 49.Me and Angie at MS Bike Tour 2012

Angie-newborn August 1, 1967Can it really be almost a half century since I first held my precious baby in my arms?

Her big brown eyes were wide open and her chubby cheeks were the prettiest shade of pink.

I had never before felt such an overwhelming sense of  love.

I was in awe of this little Child of God.

I was her willing hand-maid, her lady-in-waiting.

Nothing would ever be too good for my Angie.

I loved you then. I love you still. I always have. I always will.

Happy Birthday, Angie. I love you more than chocolate!

Pretty birdhouse birthday card

Hi, folks! These beautiful summer days have lured me outdoors and into our garden and the adjacent park. So, that means less time in the paper-crafting studio. But, as we say, “carpe diem,” (seize the day!).

Today, however, I made this pretty birdhouse card for my daughter-in-law’s birthday. Her name is Jenn and she loves purple.

I started with this gorgeous piece of scrapbooking paper and made good use of the beautiful flowers on it.

Next, I cut out the birdhouse, three-piece bird and a little vine using my Silhouette Cameo. Then, I ran the birdhouse through my Cuttlebug to give it a 3-D wood grain effect. I used the Sizzix folder called, Notebook. It worked out really well. It’s so much fun to find unexpected uses for my embossing folders and other tools.

I coloured the birdhouse, the little vine and the three-piece bird by just rubbing them with my ink pads. I love the soft and natural effect.

I love using scrapbook paper with big, bold and beautiful designs, in my cards. It always makes such a statement. I think it also give a very professional look. Of course, there are times when all I want to do is colour, colour, colour, with my Copic markers. We crafters just go with the flow, or the urge, or the inspiration, right?


As always, I finished all four

sides of my card. Here is the inside verse. I stamped Live,Laught & Love, Happy Birthday using white pigment ink and then heat-embossed it with silver-pearl embossing powder. It looks much prettier in real life!


And, here is the left panel on the inside.









And, last but not least, here is the back panel.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ve got a birthday party to get to!!


Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!!






The cutest baby ballerina, ever!


Hi, folks,

I’m back with a really short post. I just want to show you this cute little baby ballerina card. The digi, called “Tutu Sweet,” is by Meljen’s Designs. Isn’t she adorable?

I coloured her with my Copic markers and then added glitter glue to give her tutu some pizzazz. I created the lacy border by punching a strip of paper on both sides with my new Martha Stewart punch. Little Tutu Baby is sitting in a scalloped circle that I created with my Spellbinders Nestabilities and my Cuttlebug die cutting machine.

A matching ribbon, tied up in a bow, added the final sweet touch to this simple card. I love this image so much that I’m going to make a few more in various colours, such as pink, lavender, yellow and red.

Before I close, I must share my old joke with you. From the time I was about 10 years old, right through to my mid twenties, I was involved with ballet. Because of all the classes and practices, I was toned and slender and able to slip easily into a tutu. Today, four decades later, I’m not so slender and toned, but I still love to dance around my living room. Only now that my tutu doesn’t fit, I have to wear a four-four!! LOL!!