In-Home Card Making Workshop

In-Home Card Making Workshop


In my last post, I mentioned that I had a friend who wanted to give card making a try.  (HERE is the project we worked on together.)  I guess she really enjoyed it because she called me a few days later and asked if I would design and teach a 2-hour card making workshop she wanted to host at her house with a few of her friends.  The photo above, with the project choices, was included on the evite she sent.  I was thrilled to do it and really grateful for the opportunity.  Thanks, Cyndy!



I came up with three different projects; we had time for two of them.  The photo above shows one of the lessons the ladies chose which included stamping with a large background stamp, using a stamp positioning tool, water color block stamping, and various distressing techniques.  It was fun to see how the ladies made changes to my original design to make it their own!


The other project we completed was a “fancy fold” card I had made a while back (HERE).  The focus on this lesson was using a trimmer and score board (which they hadn’t done before).


The final project I came up with was to make a boxed set of note cards using a few solid image, scene-building stamp sets.  (I was trying to avoid the need to color since time was limited.)  Unfortunately, we did not have time for this one.  Maybe next time…

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Rolled Frame Birthday Card

Rolled Frame Birthday Card


I have been very busy (since April) planning and preparing for an 8-week card making class I just started teaching through the Haddonfield Adult School, and as a result, I have gotten VERY behind in posting projects here on my site.  Now that all the projects/lessons are complete and the class is underway, I can get back to just “playing” and posting!

The rolled frame on the card project above is a technique I previously shared HERE.  It’s a nice way to show off two-sided patterned paper and to draw attention to a die cut, focal image, object, etc.  My tutorial for creating the rolled frame can be found HERE.

This 5″ x 7″ card is a project we completed in one of the classes.  After learning to use the paper trimmer and score board for making basic cuts and folds, the students created this card where the trimmer was used to create diagonal cuts and the score board was used to create score lines that did not extend to the ends of the panel.  Die cutting was also introduced.

As you may know, I love browns and earth tones for my cards, but I know others may prefer colors (lol!), so I offered this second sample to my students as well.


And here is a final variation using silk flowers in the frame instead of a die cut.


This frame adds a lot of “thickness” to this card and requires a trip to the post office if mailing.  I used a bubble mailer to send mine.  You could also create a “box envelope” with the We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board if desired.

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Basic Paper Crafting Supplies

Basic Paper Crafting Supplies

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A friend, considering getting into card making, recently asked me for a list of the basic tools and supplies she might need.  Some of the items on my list are consumable and/or project-specific, and some are “necessities” that I use all the time.  I also included some of the tools needed for a few of my favorite techniques.  While I am NOT suggesting that a beginner should go out and buy everything on this list, I tried to come up with a list of things I use often.  Consider your needs and buy accordingly, and if you live near me, consider taking a “test drive” with my stuff before buying anything at all!

I’ve included links (in red) on some of the items below so that you can see samples and/or the specific brands I use, but these are by no means the best and/or only choices.


Let’s Craft!

Let’s Craft!


Interested in learning new techniques?  Want to try out the latest tools and supplies before committing to purchasing them?  Wish you had access to a large selection of stamps, dies, and embossing folders to use on your projects?  Tired of crafting alone?  If you live in the Cherry Hill, NJ area and are interested in any of the above, leave me a note below, or email me at  I’d be happy to set something up with you at your convenience.  Fees for lessons and other terms, including location, can be discussed in advance when you contact me. Oh, and one more thing – I don’t work for any company or sell any product so there will never be pressure to purchase anything. Let’s just craft!!