Sympathy Card


This is a card for a friend who unexpectedly lost her mother.  Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her mom, I know she was an extraordinary person because her daughter is.

For this card, I used the color palette from the Carta Bella flower bouquet  available at the Silhouette Online Store.  This graphic uses Silhouette’s print and cut feature.  I printed and cut the file at 3.6″ tall.  To add a little dimension, I found some flower shapes and a leaf that were similar to the shapes in the print and cut file.  I sized the flowers to fit over the Carta Bella blooms and then used the color selector tool (the eye drop) to fill the flowers with the same color.  I printed all of the card elements at one time on the same Bazzill French Vanilla paper and then assembled.  The flowers were glued on top of the respective blooms and “fluffed”.   One of the flowers was folded in half for added dimension and to align better to the cut file.  After tying a small ribbon around the cut file, I used foam tape to adhere the Carta Bella bouquet to a 4″ square of paper (using the same paper that the flowers and bouquet were printed).  I also used the color selector tool to match the colors of the label and the font to the bouquet.  After that, I added some layers to frame the bouquet and used foam tape to add a little more dimension to the dark frame.

Here is a close up of the bouquet showing the flowers and leaf.   I intend to use this technique again particularly when working on a card where I want the design feature to stand out.


A Hospice Card

A much respected and admired man entered hospice care a few days ago.  This card is for him.

The sentiment is from the almost last line in my favorite Irish blessing used on partings.   I added three shamrocks to represent the Trinity and a Celtic-inspired background from My Mind’s Eye “Remarkable” collectable.  All of the shapes are from the Silhouette Online Store and the font is SNF Picardy.

Although I am very sad that is he is in hospice, I am very thankful for the nurses and doctors, like my friend Diane, who will make sure he is afforded the dignity he has earned and the care he and his family need.


I debated posting the card on my blog.   I thought it might provide some encouragement for someone looking for a hospice card or wondering if something as simple as a card could help.  I hope it will.

In A First for Me – A Mixed Media Canvas

Well – there is not a lot of media mixing going on, but here is my first try.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the paper, my trusty Epson Photo R2000 for printing the “words” and some gesso, matte medium, acrylic paints, and stamps to create something to hang on the wall of a friend’s creative space (scheduled for expansion after her daughter gets married and moves out).

The best thing about this type of project is you can cut and adhere your paper pieces with relative freedom because of the matte medium.  I used a flowering dogwood branch, a heart, and some stars in a variety of papers.  To get the branch properly aligned to fit the 4×12 canvas, I simply trimmed the branch apart and adhered the heart over the  stem pieces.


So there you have it – a first canvas.

Hurry Up & Feel Better – A Silhouette Cameo Card

A friend’s sister was recently in an accident.  I thought she might appreciate something a little vintage and a little modern to brighten up her recovery.

I found a vintage card on eBay and interpreted it into this:

Up Card - folded

I liked the open “U” so I needed to make sure I maintained plenty of open space while adding all of the details.  The little bird is from the Silhouette Online Store and I used a variety of papers and patterns to create her.  The “hurry” banner used Arial font; I copied and flipped the word vertically and horizontally and then welded each of the letters together.  After cutting, I folded the letters over the bakers twine.  I cut the bird’s beak in Papertrey Ink cardstock, colored it with Copics, and hand trimmed her beak so she could carry her banner.

To make the “U”, I used the Silhouette Designer Edition software and Copperplate font.  I then used the offset feature for the teal outline.  The  completed “U” measures about 5.5″ wide and 4.75″ tall.

Next I created the inside of the card by copying the “U” from the front of the card and welding it to a “P”.  Underneath all of the patterned papers, is a Papertrey Ink cardstock foundation to provide for stability.

Up Card Inside

I cut the bird a second time (after flipping it horizontally) as well as the individual letters and the teal offset.  I hand trimmed some of the bird away to make it look as if it were flying between the layers.


The flowers are from the Silhouette Online Store.  I hand trimmed the “P” so it wasn’t visible from the front of the folded card.


I added a piece of acetate to the back of the “P” so the card could stand open.  The banner sentiment uses the Silhouette Designer Edition software “text to path” and print and cut feature.

And there you have it, a fresh twist on vintage.

First Holy Communion Card

A special card for a special young lady to congratulate and celebrate her First Holy Communion.

I used my new Silhouette Cameo, and I continue to be impressed at its cutting ability.  I used the “Lizzy, Paper Doll” and using the Silhouette Designer Studio, I was able to change her arm position (from outstretched) to hold a rosary.  I have a lot to learn with the tool, but I am pleased at my first effort.  I also was able to create the skirt portion of her dress, change her hair, and create and cut her eyes and her mouth.  The Cameo cut the tiny flowers for her headpiece without issue and also did a great job on the interior Celtic Cross (also from the Silhouette Online Store).

I used my Spellbinders dies to cut the frame in the front of the card as well as the scalloped pink edge.  The window (Papertrey Ink Clear Cardstock) was stamped with Staz On ink in cotton white.

I hope she’ll like it – she is a terrific young lady – smart, creative, and caring.

EDITED:  The earlier photo did not fully show the “beauty” of stamping on acetate so I took some more photos.  I had read on-line that sometimes acetate is hard to stamp as it “slides”  which makes it difficult to stamp.  So I placed the sheet on my Silhouette mat to hold it in place, stamped with the Staz On ink, and it didn’t slide at all.  It’s not perfect, but I think it is acceptable.

I also decided to submit this card in the CR84FN Color Challenge as the latest 2 week challenge was medium pink, tan, and cream.  This is a fabulous way to challenge yourself with lots of inspiration from a terrific Design Team.  Clicking on the graphic below will take you to the page with all of the details.  A new challenge will be published on Sunday.