Suzie Card-Maker

Suzie Card-Maker


I LOVE to create greeting cards. This is a place
for me to share some of my favorite cards with family,
fellow card-makers,and friends.
Update: Since I began this card-making blog in 2009, we have moved to a warm, sunny place, retired, and gotten very busy. Even though my love of making cards has not lessened, my time "for" card-making has diminished. I had actually considered taking down my blog because of my lack of time to make and post cards. Instead I will try to post more regularly with a variety of things. Please bear with me while I attempt to expand my topics.


Congratulations! You're having a baby!

First of all, I checked out my supply of "baby" stamps. I was surprised that I didn't have very many (a comment from my dear husband might be "with all these stamps, you DON'T have enough?"). So I headed over to Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) and started surfing baby cards. I ran across some ADORABLE baby buggy cards made very creatively (of course!) with punches. The picture above is the result of my first attempt at making a baby buggy card. It took a lot of playing around on my part with the right size circle punch, the right border punch, and dies for the handle. I won't even mention HOW long! It really was fun, though, and I will be making more of them. You can use such a wide variety of punch styles and sizes. My next one might even be a bigger buggy!
Since the sex of the baby isn't known yet for this card, I used the green and yellow combination. I used SU! Certainly Celery for the buggy and wheels. I believe I used SU! Barely Banana for the handle. The white border is Bazzill. And the patterned paper is from a Debbie Mumm paper pad entitled "Baby Boy" from JoAnn's. The green buttons and silver brads are from my stash as is the ribbon. They all just coordinated so well together. And you can see that I used the SU! Word Window and Modern Label punches as well. The diaper pin and "baby" are from the Short and Sweet set. I had to improvise with the sentiment since this card is a congratulatory card for being pregnant and not for the birth of the baby.

Again, there has been a dry spell regarding postings on my blog. My brother and I took a road trip to Arkansas the 16th - 20th of July to celebrate with our mom her 85th birthday (as mentioned in my prior posting). I was home a few days and then my dear husband and I headed out on an even longer road trip (almost 1800 miles) to southwest Florida. I am hoping to catch up with a couple of new postings while we are down here. And I am going to spend some time doing more supply-arranging here at my "southern card-making workstation". :D There will also be further documenting of what supplies are here before we return on the 10th of August. My Excel spreadsheet is getting bigger and bigger with Minnesota supplies, Florida supplies, and "shared" supplies.

Thank you for stopping by! Hope you are preparing for a great end of July weekend. Enjoy!


Birthday Card for Mom's 85th!

This is a CASE of a CASE! Susan, aka peebsmama posted a great CASE of Stephanie's (aka sbs81) card. Thanks so much to both of you for your inspiration. This is for my mom's 85th birthday! My brother and I leave early Friday morning to drive down to Arkansas to celebrate our mom's birthday. It is a long day in the car to get there, but well worth the drive! I've made her a box of cards for her gift! I sure do hope that she will actually USE them! ;-)

Here is the link to peebsmama's card:;si=peebsmama

I used much of the same colors for the cardstock, different patterned paper, another sentiment, brads, layered butterflies, and doodles. Thanks so much for looking!


Another Masculine Sympathy Card

This is one of the sympathy cards that I am including in my mom's birthday gift set of greeting cards.
I used the bird image from SU! Friends 24/7 and the sentiment from SU! Three Little Words. My paper choices are SU! Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, and Vanilla Confetti. My inks are SU! Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, and Always Artichoke. The button is from the SU! Latte Buttons. The punches used were: SU! Modern Label- X Large and SU! Word Window - Large. I used a CB embossing folder as well. It reminds me of houndstooth. Thanks so much for looking!


MS Butterfly Border Punch

This week I used a 50% coupon to purchase a Martha Stewart butterfly border punch. I had watched a video recently on my computer which was like an infomercial for MS punches. If I could have opened the packaging on the punch before buying it, I would have realized it was a "two-step" type punch, so I was a little surprised when I punched a border for the inside of a card. Every other butterfly was still attached! Some of the MS punches are strictly punches. Another variety is one that makes more like a "crunching sound". For example, the MS butterfly punch which has "cut-out" parts. You have to carefully detach the "punched piece" at a couple of anchor points. And then there is the type the butterfly border punch is where some of the shapes are punched out and the others remain to give dimension. I DID like it, though! I haven't used the punch for the outside of a card yet, but I think it will be fun to embellish the little butterflies. The outside of the card is almost exactly the same as the other "tree" or "branch" stamped image cards I've posted lately. I made a few changes: Soft Sky instead of Bashful Blue, a different embossing folder, etc.
Thanks so much for taking time to look!


Birdhouse Card

My friend Deb showed a few of us how to make this adorable birdhouse card this winter. I actually sent the one I made to Deb's sister. It was SO CUTE I had to make another one. Mine is a variation ... different patterned papers and a different border punch, but it turned out okay, don't you think?
You start with a 7 x 5 inch card base. Take two 3 x 1/2 inch pieces of patterned paper or cardstock to form the roof. Place them on the card as shown. Cut the chimney and roof line after adhering the pieces. I used the SU! Bird Punch as well as a Martha Stewart border punch, a Sizzlit circle die, one heart from the SU! Triple Heart Punch, and one flower from the SU! Triple Flower Punch. I added a yellow brad to the center of the flower. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Blooming with Happiness Birthday Card

Thanks to whiterockmama (on SCS) and her WRM-Verve Challenge #5 for the wonderful inspiration.

I used SU! Pretty in Pink cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, DSP Petals & Paisleys, the Blooming with Happiness stamp set, Happy Day sentiment by A Muse, Stazon Black ink, MS border punch, tiny silver gems, SU! Pretty in Pink marker, Copic Cool Gray #1, and a Sizzlits Window Cuts Frame, Rectangle w/ Scallop Edge.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Leave a comment if you have a minute.


Sympathy Card

Masculine sympathy card using my sea shell stamp. Thinking of the ocean is a comforting thing for me. I hope it is appropriate for a masculine sympathy card.

Sentiment stamped inside reads: "Some people come into our lives and quietly stay. Others stay for a while, leaving footprints in our hearts and we are never the same."

I repeated the SU! Curley Label punchies on the inside as I chose to add a White Confetti layer on top of the already White Confetti card base. I put one on the upper left and the other on the lower right. KWIM? Thanks so much for looking!

Happy 4th of July!