Saturday, October 21, 2017

When Autumn Comes a-Visiting

It's always nice to have
some Autumn-ish cards in your back pocket.

These can be used for just about any occasion
that happens between now and Thanksgiving.

They can say "Happy Halloween"
or "Thanksgiving Blessings"
or they can be used to say "Happy Birthday"
or "Get Well Soon" or "I'm Thinking Of You"
or "Congratulations" or "Happy Retirement"
or "Best Wishes" on your wedding
or "Happy Anniversary"
... the possibilities are endless.

Friday, October 20, 2017

A favorite

A few weeks ago,
I had about 35 cards on the island.
I liked all of them
but this one was my favorite.
There's something about the girl
and all the colors that caught my eye
every time I walked past.

And it's for Krista's birthday.

Enjoy your day, my friend.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

You have no idea how much we miss them!!!

I just hate that miles and miles and miles separate us.
We used to live close enough to get together all the time.
Not any more.

We would love to be able to go out to dinner tonight
to help them celebrate their anniversary.
We would pick right up where we left off
and just continue laughing.

Isn't in the cards though
(insert sad face)
so this card will have to do.

Happy anniversary,
Paul and Carol.
We miss you!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Has it ever crossed your mind?

The majority of the time,
my cards have no sentiment.


Even if somebody requests a birthday card,
I don't put "happy birthday"
on the front or on the inside.
Unless they specifically ask, that is.


Because maybe once they see the card,
they decide they'd rather use it for a different occasion.

These cards were made with this thought:
"Congratulations on your New Home"
but ...

This card certainly could be a celebration
of a new home, right?
But how about a card wishing somebody
good luck?
Or "best wishes on your ..."
or "feel better so that you can sit on your porch?"

This card is perfect to send to your neighbor.
Maybe to thank for a recipe shared.
Or maybe just say "thinking of you."
How about "I'm glad you're my neighbor?"

Of course, this is a perfect new home card.
But how about this?
Congratulations on completion of your home reno?
Or maybe "paint the town" on your birthday? 

Yes, new home, for sure.
or how about a card welcoming a new puppy?
(Puppy is almost hiding - do you see him?)

A great card to wish somebody a happy vacation.
Or "from my door to yours ..."
or even a sympathy card. 

Now you know why I rarely announce
what the occasion is.
All you have to do is use your imagination!
Put your thinking cap on.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

First comes love, then comes marriage, then the baby carriage!!!

Who doesn't love babies?
Boy baby or girl baby.
Doesn't matter.

Babies just aren't walked in buggies
(or are they called prams?) like these any more.
But, oh how I love them.

This mother and babe just melts my heart.
I remember ...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Yesterday's wedding cards?

Time for them to celebrate their anniversaries.
Doesn't matter how many years of wedded bliss.
Just as long as they keep on honeymooning!

And live happily ever after!

Couples have a long path to walk
in their marital walk.
Just hoping there's love every step of the way. 

In these days, not many couples
stay in it for the long haul.
How wonderful when they do. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Even though it's not June

June brides are a big deal.
But brides are a big deal no matter what month.

Three wedding cards
that will make a few brides and grooms happy.

What's not to love about this dress?

Perfect card
if the wedding is to be held in a barn or outdoors.
Or indoors for that matter.
Look at those floating pink hearts.

How romantic is this?
Can't you just vision the bride and groom
reciting their vows right here in this setting?

Be sure to check back tomorrow
for the anniversary cards!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Today it's time to celebrate some mens' birthdays

How fun to receive birthday cards.
Real cards - not electronic ones.

I really enjoyed designing and creating this one.
I can't even begin to tell you how many
different techniques and supplies I used.
I'm pretty happy with the end result.

Who wouldn't want to slice into this birthday cake?

This little pup is all ready for the birthday party.
He's wearing his favorite hat
and is ready for cake.

Happy birthday, gentlemen!

Thursday, October 12, 2017


We all have them.
Some of us dread them.
Some of us look forward to them.

Here are three cards for three celebrating women.

Happy birthday, ladies.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My friend, my friend. My long-time friend.

Her name is Debbi.
And her birthday is today.

We've been friends since 1995 or 1996.
We live just a few miles apart
but don't see each other often.

Next time we see each other
will be to celebrate her birthday over lunch.
And I can't wait!

Dropped this off earlier today.
Hope she loves it.

Happy birthday, Debbi.
Celebrate all month long
because "great things take time."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

They Celebrate Two Years

... of wedded bliss!

The request was eggplant and forest green.
I think this is pretty much spot-on!
The lace under the green flower
is a snippet from something Lisa's grandmother crocheted.

Happy anniversary, Tom and Lisa!!!
May you have many, many more.

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Monday is a Good Day to Celebrate a Birthday

And Krista's Aunt Penny will be doing just that.
Something tells me the big celebration
was probably over the weekend.
Maybe not.
Maybe she'll have a big celebration today.

Happy birthday, Penny!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Krista's Cousin Caroline is Having a Birthday

And that's today!
I'm sure it'll be a happy one
chock-full of celebrations and good times.
And maybe a couple of flowers.

Happy birthday, Caroline

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy, happy birthday!

I love me some watermelon
and I love me some Monica!
Both are just as sweet as honey.

May your day be filled with all things sweet.
Happy birthday, Moni!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

She loves him - yes, she does!

And here's the proof.
Right there, strung up on the clothesline.

Happy birthday, Mike!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Even though ...

your birthday is at the end of the month,
that doesn't mean you can't
spill those celebrations onto the next month.

I'm hoping that's exactly what Cass does.

Enjoy your celebrations
and happy birthday!

Monday, September 18, 2017

She loves puzzles

And she loves the color purple.

Happy birthday, Melanie.
I hope your day is filled with all things wonderful.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Yesterday They Tied The Knot

... and will live happily ever after.

Congratulations Lauren and Tyler!

Friday, September 8, 2017

With deepest sympathy

My friend, John, lost his father.
Sympathy cards are not my favorite to create
but I couldn't not make one for John.

I am still holding the family in my thoughts.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

They're back to a foursome!!!!

Today is Charlotte's birthday.
Even though she's celebrating in heaven
doesn't mean we can't celebrate her here on earth.

I've created a birthday card for her
every year - for many, many years.
This year shouldn't be any different.

Except, who has heaven's address?
Second best thing?
This card was mailed to her daughter, Karla.

A tough day for her children,
especially Karla, who cared for her so lovingly
in her final days.

Many moments were spent with this sweet woman.
I didn't spend as many moments as my folks though.
You see, Charlotte and Karl
were my parents' best friends.

Many hours were spent around the kitchen table
as they played cards.
I'm sure they're playing today, too.
Back to a foursome.
I'm sure they were all waiting for Charlotte
so that they could pick up
where they left off.

Happy heavenly birthday, Charlotte.
Please kiss and hug the others around the table, too.
Just for me.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wishing all things good

Sharon asked me to make a card.
For a mutual friend.
Must have a "fire" theme.

You see, our friend works
for the Euless Fire Department.

The friend's name is Ken.
Ken has been battling some major health issues.
After three surgeries in just 24 hours,
he's back home
after being hospitalized for something
like 16 days
and working on some rehabilitation.

I'm sure he'll be up and "running"
in no time at all.
He's determined, has a great attitude
and will do it!

Back to the card.
With a "fire" theme.

Ken is looking forward to drumming with his son,
hence the music sheet under the fire.
Hopefully, he'll still be able to recognize the notes
and drum out the tune.

The background was created
using some inks.
The red is 'fired brick'
and the black is 'black soot'
and the yellow is 'fossilized amber.'
How much more "fire" can you get?

The white specks?
Why it's the foam, of course.

The paper under the image
is probably something like the paperwork
Ken, the fire investigator,
uses on the job.

This bicycle probably isn't used much any more
in today's fire services.
But since Ken doesn't actually put out the fires
and since riding a bike will probably
be part of his rehab, I thought it to be perfect.

Of course, efd is in the corner of the image,
surrounded by all the black soot.

The stitches?
Not sure if he's got any yet,
but something tells me he'll be needing some
before this whole ordeal is put to bed.

The stars?
Ken's the shining star over at Fire Admin
and his presence is missed.

Heal quickly, Ken!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A birthday is a great way to finish out the month

Having a birthday on the last day of the month
means you can celebrate that month
and the next month, too.

I'm sure that's exactly what Marilyn will do.
And she should.  She's earned the celebrations.
Happy birthday!

I don't know about her,
but I'd sure like a box of flowers
on my table just like this.
Greens, blues and purples make me happy!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Two birthdays on the same day

I'll start with the younger star.
Delaney earns that.
When her mamma asked me to create
a "Harry Styles card"
I was stumped.
WHO is Harry Styles?
(Guess this is official - I am old!!!)

A little research and I figured it out.
It's Delaney's heart throb.
Ahhhhhh - the teenage years!

Neome also celebrates today.
This bright and cheery card is just for her.
I'm sure she'll love that bouquet of flowers
in the beautiful altered can.

Happy birthday, ladies!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Pretty flowers for a pretty girl

These colors are perfect for Tasha.
They remind me of her:
vibrant and happy.

Happy birthday!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Leaving today ...

Just from looking at the card,
can you guess where he's going?

I'm sure his family isn't excited,
but I'm guessing he is.
On to new adventures,
new learnings, new friends
and a new life.

Congratulations, Christopher!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Birthday Greetings to My Cousin

... from Texas to Arizona.
If you know Lisa, you know she's well deserving
of the best birthday ever. 

Happy birthday with lottsa love!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Friendship Day

It rolls around every August
on the first Sunday.
What a wonderful day.
A day to let somebody know you value their friendship.

Kendra's friends, Andrea and Victoria,
and Glenda's Secret Sister
received these cards.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My (not-so) Little Friend

I cannot believe Julia turns 16 today.
WHERE does the time go?
Gosh - I remember the day she was born.

Cards to her certainly have changed.
She used to get little girl cards.
Now her cards are much more sophisticated.
Just like her.

Happy birthday, Julia.
Enjoy every second of your special day.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

One more cousin celebrates

Hmmmmmmmmm ... if she's not a blood cousin,
but married to my cousin,
does that make the two of us cousins?
Doesn't matter.
In my eyes, I love her like she's blood.

Happy birthday, Lois.
Enjoy your day to the fullest.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Not my norm ...

Got some of those new inks a while back.
I'm sure I'm not the only one that buys things.
Things I just "have to have"
and then leave them in the packaging
for days/weeks on end.

Finally got them out and started to play.
This is actually the very first experiment
and I'm quite pleased with the result.

Once I decided I liked it well enough to actually mail it,
I chose this image.
Top to bottom, lighter to darker
and the colors kinda match.

You know Vicki ...
she's my friend that knits nests.
She loves going to farm to table events
and this image reminds me of her.

Happy birthday, special friend.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Happy birthday to me

I'm not sure which birthday I was celebrating here.
Maybe my seventh?
Must have been a party going on.
See all the plates, forks and spoons?
And a store-bought cake?
Unheard of!

I do know that this was my 10th birthday.
It was a surprise party with all of my friends
and my sister.
And yes, I was very surprised.

I remember my mother allowing me
to choose whatever I wanted to wear that day.
But I don't remember how they
got me out of the house.
Or where everybody was
when they yelled, "SURPRISE!!"