Published in Somerset Life, Jan/Feb 2016


I’m thankful to be part of the first issue of Somerset Life to hit the stands in 2016.  All my gratitude goes to the publishers at Stampington~ they present my idea and creations with beautiful photography and exquisite detail.

This article features my idea for Needle Case Valentines~You can see the original post and process photos here.DSCF4567 DSCF4562 DSCF4569 DSCF4561

My Etsy shop that I began in honor of my precious son Knox, who passed away in 2014 from Cockayne Syndrome, is still up and features pieces of original art and many pretty card sets for sale. All proceeds go to fund research for CS.DSCF4565

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a chance to check out this gorgeous new issue.

Happy New Year!


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Needle Case Valentines


Needle cases are the perfect containers for small notes. Slip them in a purse or pocket, and surprise your Valentine with a tiny expression of love.

Available in craft stores and online, you can find needle cases in several styles and sizes. I ordered mine from Rita at Sova Enterprises.

I played with inks to see what they would do to the raw wood cases. The first one below was left raw, then I used a light brown, pastel pink, and red ink.


To keep this project quick and simple, I used decorative tapes and bits of trim for embellishment.










A tiny sentiment can be rolled up and pushed into the case. Be sure and leave a small bit of the note extended above the top of the case, so the recipient can remove it.




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Owl Valentine’s with Anna Griffin Designer Papers

Just wanted to share this set of 4 Owl cards I listed in the Etsy shop today.

Click the clock button on the right side-bar to see more detailed photos in the listing.

And please feel free to share the link with anyone who loves owls.  :)

All sales from my little Etsy shop go to Dr. Neilan and his team at Boston Children’s Hospital.  They are working toward a cure for Cockayne Syndrome.

Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far! Thanks for taking a look!

Super Art Friday-Owl Valentine’s

This week’s art affair was ‘owl’ about having fun!

We were in the craft store yesterday and saw owl themed Valentine’s stuff everywhere.

I got home and  designed this simple pattern so we could make some owls of our own.

You’re welcome to borrow this pattern, and please link back if you make some cards with it, I’d love to see them.

I made the pattern so that the smaller sized hearts can be made using a 1″ heart punch and a 1/2″ heart punch, if you have them.

I gathered some card making supplies and invited some artistic friends to join us…

I set out stamps and punched hearts ahead of time.  Punching ahead makes it easier for the little people.

Here are some of my favorites from today…

This first one was made by my friend’s daughter. She has such an eye for card making!

She gets it from her extremely talented mom, who made this one…

My daughter made this one using a flower stamp sideways for a tree branch-so creative!

I made this one experimenting with different colored papers and folding the wing over so that the owl can ‘hold’ something lik e a balloon…

Or a kite…

And this one with some funky colors and patterns, holding a little flag..

I made this one using only paper that I found in the trash can!

Love the mixed-media look of this one my friend made–the different patterns look cool.

Valentine’s Day always sneaks up on me! This was a fun way to get some cute cards made and have a fun time with friends.

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by!