Life is Better on the Porch

home-sweet-home-1My cousin, Pierre, and his wife, Sherri, recently moved to their dream home in the country. Their pretty house, with its big old-fashioned porch, is surrounded by all of Mother Nature’s finest gifts.  If it sounds idyllic, that’s because it really is. The noise and smells of the city have been replaced with the twitter of birds and the fresh clean scent of the woodlands.

I wanted to congratulate them in my own paper-crafting way, so I created this special card. It is a 6″x6″ easel card. I coloured it with my Copic markers and did some fussy cutting to pop up some parts of the house, the railing, the bushes and even the little flower box. I think it gives it a really cool 3-D effect. A little wooden fence completed the look. I hope it inspires you to create a card for someone special in your life.


Here is the card when it’s open in the easel format. The fence keeps it standing.


That’s it for today. Thanks for dropping in! I hope will will stop by, again, soon.

Happy crafting, happy everything!


Happy Winter Birthday to a Special Little Girl!

Thanks a million to all you wonderful folks who buy my hand-crafted cards: you challenge me to stretch my imagination and hone my crafting skills.

Haley's skating card frontHere is a cute 5″x5″ easel card that I made for a young lady who is going to be six years old this January. She will be celebrating by hosting a skating party for her friends. Her grandma asked me to design a card that was “all blue and sparkly.” Here is what I came up with, I hope it inspires you!

Here it is in its “easel” position.

Front standing up


When it’s fully opened, there is lots of space for verses and messages.

Inside open

And last, but as important, a handmade personalized envelope…

Envelope front

Farewell card for wonderful friends

Nova Scotia here we come!

I guess we’ve all had to say goodbye to a close friend or family member who was moving away. It can be so bitter sweet: while we don’t want to see them go, we are happy for those who move away to take on new challenges, start new careers, or follow a life-long dream. The card I’m showing you today was for a couple of empty-nesters who are following their dream of living on the east coast of Canada–from the bustling city of Mississauga to a quiet country retreat in Nova Scotia.  Ah, can’t you just hear the lapping of the waves and chirping of the crickets? Below is the card I made for my customer to give to their best friends at the farewell party.

First off, it’s an “easel card” which, as its name says, stands up like a painting on an easel. I found this awesome textured card stock at Michael’s and it had just the right look and feel for an east coast farewell card. The card is 6″ x 6″ when closed flat.

Card for Chris and Dan Front Open

I can’t remember, offhand, where I bought the lighthouse image, but I coloured it with my Copic markers and added some sparkle on the sun-dazzled waves and along the side of the lighthouse. The sentiment, which is just perfect for the occasion, is a Dr. Seuss quote (he has the best quotes!), which I  bought at the Silhouette online store. I added a compass (also from Silhouette) and a real wood fence. Here’s a side view that shows off the easel effect.

Card - open in easel position

I love to write the verses or sentiments for the inside of my cards so that they are uniquely tailored for the recipients and the occasion.

inside verse

Here is what the card looks like when it’s open all the way–you can see two panels for special messages. It’s a bit blurry, but I think you get the idea.

Card open all the way
















As with all Globug Ideas cards, I created a custom envelope, which I always make to look as pretty as the card inside. On this one, I added some baker’s twine, a couple of seashells and a tiny key (to their new home!)

Envelope for Lighthouse card


I hope my like my east coast farewell easel card and that it inspires you to create a unique card for someone in your life.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you will visit again, soon!


Wedding Card for a Beautiful Couple


Eric and AnnMarie's wedding card front

Well, the Big Day finally arrived! My wonderful nephew, Eric married the one and only AnnMarie, the girl of his dreams. It was such a joy and an honour to be part of their wedding and to celebrate with them after they had taken their vows. (My husband and I danced like no one was watching…we had a blast!)

So, back to Eric and AnnMarie…these two are Solid! I know in my heart that 60 years from now, they will still be in love and, what’s more, they will still be best friends! They are planning to start their family, soon, so there will be little Erics and AnnMaries to bring more sunshine and laughter into the world!!

I wanted to make them a special wedding card, and I wanted it to be simple and elegant. The photo above shows the front of the card. As  you can see, my Silhouette Cameo and my Cuttlebug got into the act, along with a little bit of creativity. I decided on an easel card. It was my husband’s idea to put their initials on the front…good idea, Sweet P.! Oh, and by the way, their wedding colours were teal, white and black, hence the teal roses.

 Here is the card opened as an easel.

And, finally, here is the inside of the card. Lots of space to write messages!

 The verse says: “May the Lord bless your life together and may you fall in love with each other over and over again. Happiness always!”

And to that I say, “Amen!”

P.S. I will also be posting tons of photos of the mini-album that I made for them…what a fun and joyful project!

Ladybug birthday card…so cute!

 Ladybug, ladybug!

Hi, folks! I wanted to share with you, this cute little ladybug card I made, recently.

Last week, a lady from Iowa contacted me and told me that her little daughter’s first birthday was coming up in April. The theme for the party is “ladybugs,” and she was hoping to find a cute ladybug birthday card. So, we agreed that I would create something special for her little birthday girl. Here it is!

I decided to make an easel card so that it would stand up nicely throughout the birthday celebrations. The first photo is the front of the card. I just love the big eyes and impish smile on that little ladybug. The second photo shows the card opened up.

I had a little strip of my real wood fence left, and thought it would work perfectly with the ladybug and all the little flowers. Notice how the flowers are growing over and through the fence.

I made sure to leave some white space for signatures. The back of the card also has lots of space for writing special messages.

When the card is opened all the way, it reveals the special message for the little birthday girl.

The last photo shows the card from the side. See the easel effect? When the celebrations are over, and you’re ready to put it away, the front just lifts up and then folds flat over the base piece. Such a cool idea!

I hope the little girl who will be receiving this card will be able to look at it again when she is older–and when she does, I hope she tucks it away in a special treasure box. It will be so nice for her to know that her mommy gave her a card that was hand-crafted, especially for her!

If you would like a hand-crafted card for someone special… I would be happy to create one to your specifications. If you’re not sure what kind of card you want, just let me know what the occasion is and something about the person(s) you will be giving it to. For example, does he/she have a special hobby, interest or passion. Does this person have some quirks, like always being late…or early? Is the person a fashionista or sneaker-wearing casual dude? Is the occasion a 50th wedding anniversary or a divorce celebration? Whatever the occasion, Globug Ideas can create something very special unique!

If you can imagine it, I can create it…usually within a day or two. But to make sure you have it in time for the big day, we will need to factor in at least a couple of weeks for snail mail within Canada and the United States. If you are outside of North America, we’ll definitely need to start earlier!

Until next time, happy crafting!