A froggie get-well card

Isn’t it great when you find just the right image for the card you’re making? 

My cousin, Pierre, is in the hospital and I wanted to make him a cheery get-well card. I took my inspiration from this comical froggie king statue that he posted to Facebook. A quick look in my digis library and up popped a frog wearing a crown. Yay!  

So, here’s how I created my little froggie card…

  • traced and detached the frog digi, using my Silhouette Cameo
  • traced and cut out a lily pad, a free image that I found using Google Search
  • created the square background using a blue polka dot background from my Silhouette library
  • coloured the frog with my Copic markers…now, here comes the fun part…
  • after colouring the frog, I used a Copic colourless blender to create lighter spots on the frog, then
  • I turned the frog over, wrong side up and, using a foam mat and an embossing tool (see photo below) I made depressions all over my little froggie king; when I turned it right side up, those little depressions appeared as bumps…the photo below shows the embossing tools and the black sponge mat.

Embossing tools and a sponge mat are very inexpensive and are must-haves in every paper-crafting studio.

After gluing the lily pad to the front of my card, I then added a “Wobble Spring” to the back of the frog and attached it to the lily pad. A little flick of the finger and the frog wiggles and wobbles.






I always finish the inside and back of my cards to match the front. A funny quote on the inside left panel should bring a smile to my cousin’s face.

No Globug Ideas card is  finished until it has my logo on the back.

So, that’s it for today. I hope my froggie card has inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you stop in again, soon.


A birthday card for Joan

Hey, Sister…age gets better with wine!

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Joan is a lovely and elegant lady who is turning 70 this month. She loves white wine and pearls. In fact, Joan wears pearls with everything!

Then, there’s Peggy, Joan’s sister. Peggy simply adores Joan and wanted to give her a personalized birthday card that would reflect Joan’s love of white wine and pearls. And that, is where I came in.

I’ve made several cards for Peggy and yet, I’m always pleased and surprised when she asks me to make another one for someone in her wonderful family. So, without further ado, let me tell you about Joan’s 70th birthday card.

First off, I spent hours online hunting for a digital image of a woman with a wine glass in her hand, as Peggy had asked for. Believe it or not, I could not find one, anywhere. Finally, I found this cutie, a freebie–unfortunately, I can’t remember where I found it. I hate when that happens! Next, I found a wine glass which, through the magic of CorelDraw, is now in the lady’s hand.

I named the wine Joan’s Cellar and added Chablis  and 1943 (Joan’s date of birth); at the bottom of the label I wrote Product of France. 

Joan, Peggy told me, loves the colour cream and wears it often. So, I dressed her cream and, to add a tiny touch of sparkle to it, I gave it a coat of clear sparkle nail polish–one of my trade secrets revealed! Of course, she’s wearing pearls and, just for fun, a few shiny bangles which I created with Perfect Pearls. Her wine glass has a realistic look, thanks to Glossy Accents.  (By the way, I coloured the lady with my Copic markers and cut her out by hand…that was a challenge!!)

Peggy found a really cute nightie for Joan that has, “Hey, Sister…age gets better with wine!” written on it. She suggested that I use the same sentiment on the card. Great idea!!! I added, “And you’re aged to perfection!” I think it all worked out quite well. It’s cute and whimsical! As always, I finished all four sides of my cards, so the front, middle and back are all pretty!

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I’ve got a few more orders to work on this week, so come on back soon to see what’s happening here, at Globug Ideas! I hope I’ve inspired you, even just a bit. 🙂

A Birthday Card for Lima

Let’s all sing, hip hip hooray! Lima McVeigh turns 80, today!

My friend and neighbour, Ruth, asked me to make a light-hearted card for her east coast friend, Lima, who is just about to turn 80. I had fun with this one, and got to use my Copic markers and lots of sparkle glue. Here’s the finished card…



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That’s all for now, folks, but lots more to come! It’s busy here at Globug Ideas…I’m working on a card for a lovely lady who is about to turn 70; one for a little Miss who is about to celebrate her fifth birthday with a “spa party!” I also just got a request for an elegant fifth anniversary card for a couple who got married on Christmas Day–I’m looking forward to making a romantic card for this couple, with a sweet Christmas theme. I also have to get busy on my son’s 42nd birthday card. And, of course, my Christmas cards!! Is it any wonder I don’t have time for housework!!

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Card-makers and other paper-crafters have a philosophy known as “CASE,” which stands for Copy And Share Everything! We are honoured when another crafter is inspired by one of our creations. That’s exactly what happened when I was browsing Pinterest one day–I came across an adorable birthday card that featured three big candles and a funny message on the inside. Below is my take on it. By the way, this is one of the cards from my Polka Dot Parade series (more to come). If you would like to buy this card, please leave a comment at the end of the post. I have 10 available, at $4 each, including postage.


Sorry about the background! I was in a hurry to take the photos so I could get them posted before I go back to painting (walls–nothing artistic!!).


Here is the message on the inside…I just love it!


I always finish all four sides of my cards. It gives them a really polished look.


And, the back, with my Globug Ideas tag…


Quick and Cute Greeting Cards

I LOVE polka dots!

On a recent trip to Michael’s, I bought a great stack of 5″ x 7″ polka dot card stock for $9.99. The minute I saw it, I was in polka-dot-love! Red, green, blue, orange and yellow sheets, all with white polka dots–ahh, what wonderful cards I would create!

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Here are a couple of the quick and easy cards from my polka-dot-love collection.

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My Tweet Tweet…Happy Bird Day from both of us card is a little silly, but I was just having fun with polka dots! (Don’t ask what the scalloped half-circles are, because I have no idea. I just thought they were fun).


This quick and easy flower card is bright and cheerful, and would make even the gloomiest person smile! Here’s the inside (I finish all four sides of every card!)

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I haven’t put the verse in, yet…but you can see how pretty the inside is even without the verse.

Quick, fun and easy!! If only I could find someone to do my housework, shopping, laundry…and then I could craft all day long. Sigh… 🙂