Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Living life.....

I'm feeling almost...well, normal.  I've been doing more and more and more things and taking a few chances.  This weekend I got a second chance with someone that I treated poorly while I wasn't feeling well.  A few hours of putting the past aside.   I feel truly blessed by the gift of a couple of hours that I got.  Think of the people in your life that are gifts.  Their face would be awesome on a Heartifacts Card.  Share the love....I love you!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thanks Guys!

There is nothing better than a free plug on the radio.  I am a huge fan of Jeff & Jeremy in the Morning on KZOZ radio in San Luis Obispo. Partly because I worked at that station in the 1970's and partly because those guys just crack me up.  This morning they had a post on Facebook talking about another card company's new line of cards.  Of course I just had to add my two cents and add my website address.  I love to poke fun at these guys and they just love the cards that I send them.  And why wouldn't they?  It's because I feature them on every card I've sent them.  I just want to say a big THANK YOU to them for mentioning how unique my Heartifacts Cards are.  So send a friend or a relative a card featuring them and just make their day!  If you mention KZOZ or Jeff & Jeremy, I'll ship your Heartifacts card to you for FREE!  805/296-8671.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Never forget....

September 11, 2011...was probably the biggest event in many of our lifetimes.  It's like a song.  You can sometimes remember where or who you were with the first time you heard it.  I remember getting myself and my kids ready for our day that day.  Watching the television in utter shock.  I'll never forget that day.  I'll never forget that year actually.  Eight days after September 11th, my Dad passed away.  You never forget the feeling of losing a parent.  Two weeks later on October 1st, I moved to an apartment that as a single Mom I could finally afford.  It was a very crazy year!

Life is full of big events.  Births, weddings, graduations, first homes to name just a few.  Big days that should be remembered in style with a stylish and special card.  A Heartifacts Card.  Look at your calendar and give me a call today so we can mark that special day in style! 805/296-8671.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Feel deeply....

In two days, my daughter starts her Senior year in High School.   She was showing me the proofs for her Senior pictures today and I felt a pang of sadness.  My daughter is a beautiful, talented and bright young lady.  Being a Mother has been an incredible journey for me.  As I think back over my daughter's last 17 years, there are so many wonderful memories.  Many of which I have documented in cards. 

Do you have a box of cards that you have saved? A box of memories of birthdays, triumphs or holidays? Would you like to be a part of someone's memory?  You could send a Heartifacts card featuring your recipient on it.  Make it a day to remember!  805/296-8671.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Take nothing for granted.....

I have a new enthusiasm for life these days.  I've been back at work for two weeks now.  Along with having a year and a half relationship ending, I am using my feelings of loss to move me forward to expand who I am.  Life experiences always make an artist feel more and therefore more capable of expressing it in their medium of choice.  I will try not to take anything or anyone for granted any more.  Today, I have to look life in the face and kind of laugh.  Silly me....I messed up but I am going to hop back on that vehicle called life and excellerate gently and move forward.  I can't take myself too seriously.

Is there someone in your life who needs a little pick me up?  I'm right here ready to make them a Heartifacts card.  Brighten someone's day with a card that is more like a gift....featuring them!  (805)296-8671.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Last night a couple of girlfriends of mine and I found ourselves grabbing some beers and heading out to a nearby lake to enjoy some live music on a perfect summer evening.  It was the first time I have really been "out" since my back surgery in early May.  I've actually been laid up longer than that and on top of that I've been feeling a little down because a recent break-up.  The girls and I actually ended up dancing with some guys who sat in front of us which made the evening perfect, yet bittersweet. 

I love to dance.  I love to dance almost as much as I love to make cards.  I love to dance because I feel the music and I can express how it makes me feel with my movements.   For me making a card is sometimes like writing a love song or poem.  I love to make cards because even though I seem to be quite a talkative individual, there are some things I have a hard time how I feel about people.  That's the reason I make cards.  Those deep feelings, especially those of love, are the hardest for me to express.  I make excuses for why I can't express love and I've hurt some special people, alienated others and broken my own heart more times than I can count.  This last time, is the time I regret the most.  As as in many artist's lives, even with great success with our craft, the deep feelings never find their way out, never to be heard.

Do you sometimes find it hard to find the words to express how you feel?   Do you know someone who might be lonely or sad today?  Don't let this moment pass to brighten up someone's day with a Heartifacts Card.  (805)296-8671.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


At first I thought this pictue had nothing to do with how I am feeling at the moment, but it does.  Do you hold in things?  Would you like to tell someone something, but you don't know how?  A Heartifact Card is the perfect way to say what you feel.  So let it all out!!!!!!!! Call me (805) 296-867  Say what you've been holding in all this time!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Back to work.....

I was cleared by my doctor to go back to work.  So I will be back at the office on July 18th.   It's kind of bittersweet.  It's sort of like the end of one journey and the beginning of another.  Is there a card for that?  I could make one.  This is a a Boss's Day Heartifacts card I made many years ago.  I guess my occasion would be "Congrats for getting better!" or "Welcome Back!".   Whatever it is, it will be nice to be making a regular paycheck and be part of the "normal" world.  So Happy Going Back to Work to me!!!  I'll still have plenty of time to make cards though.  So if you are feeling you want to give someone a greeting card that is more like a gift than a card, call me!!! (805) 296-8671. 

Monday, July 4, 2011


I can't believe I've never done a 4th of July card.  Well that's something maybe for next year!  Mostly today is a day of having fun with friends and family celebrating being able to do go and do whatever is legal. I'm thinking about being free from pain so maybe I can go have fun next year.  I bet my daughter is thinking about being 17 going on 18 and all the independance that will bring.  What does independance mean to you?  Do you need a special card saying how good it is to just be you? Is someone having a birthday soon?  An anniversary?  Maybe buying a house? Sounds like a Heartifacts Card is just what you need!!! Call me at (805)296-8671!!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

One in a million.....

Have you ever thought about how many blogs there are on the internet? Millions? Billions?  People with a lot to say or they just have pictures of their children they want to post.  Who looks at all these blogs?  I wonder as I write who looks at my blog.  Who looks at my facebook page?

My Heartifact cards are definately one of a kind.  How often have you gotten a card with your picture on it? Let me know of you are looking and what you think.... 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Missing you, Dad....

This is a card from Father's Day 2008.  I love the old black and white photos.  I sure miss my Dad as the older we both got the closer we became.  Next year would be a great year for you to give your Dad a Heartifacts Father's Day card with him on the cover.  If he's not around any more, there are always brothers or husbands to remember that day.  Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Special Relationship....

My daughter turns 17 today.  Lots of memories from that was very, very hot that day.  Triple digit temperatures.  Plus O.J. Simpson was running from the law so there was something to watch on the TV while I waited for Leah's arrival.  Little did I know that this child would have such an impact on my life.  I get to be the Mother that I never had.  There is always time for second chances in life.  Happy Birthday sweet are truly a gift to me. 

Do you have any birthday's coming up?  Send me a picture and I can make that special person in your life a Heartifacts card that is more than a's gift!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Big Brother....

I haven't seen my brother in many years....not sure how long it's been.  I am glad that my daughter gets to see her big brothers pretty regularly.  I hope she is always that lucky.  My brother's pictures make excellent cards.  Do you have someone who has a birthday coming up?  There's still a little over a week until Father's Day.  Send a Heartifacts Card with your Dad's picture on it!  It is a card that is a gift!

Friday, May 27, 2011

It's a throw away culture....

Over the years how many cards have you gotten that have ended up in the trash?  Nothing is more satisfying when I give someone a card and they say "I gonna keep this one!"  That is what the young lady who rents a room from me said when I gave her this birthday card the other day.  A Heartifact card is more than a's more like a gift.  Do you have anybody with a birthday coming up? Graduation? Father's Day? Or just a card to say "you're a gift".  Email me at or call me at (805)296-8671. I'm feeling much better now and have posted a few more of my cards on my Facebook page.  

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mom....this one's for you.....

Some of the things I most love most about myself are things you passed on to me, Mom.  Thanks.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sleepless nights....

I've now been bedridden (why does that term sound like I am not lying in bed?) for three weeks.  Inactivity is now causing me to have insomnia.  Time to start thinking of ways to utilize those wee hours of the morning.  In the meantime how about a Mother's Day card featuring your Mom? Make it a Heartifacts card!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Challenging myself....

So I have been in bed since Saturday with my back problem.  It's get's kind of old after a while watching tv.  In the meantime life goes on.  My son had a birthday and I thought about just calling, but I always make him a card, so I had to think of something that was meaningful to both of us.  One of our big things to do when he was little and learning to spell was play hangman in the sand at the beach.

My daughter drove me to the doctor yesterday to get a injection in my back and then she left for six days to attend the Future Farmers State convention in Fresno.  She has been really busy and has not had much time to practice her speech for competion.  So needless to say she was a little bit on edge before she left. While she was at school I whipped out a card to let her know she was the best daughter to me no matter what happens this weekend.

I haven't done any hand drawn cards in quiet some time.  It's a challenge because I haven't had alot of free time to draw with purchasing a house this summer.  The whole process of just coming up with the idea, then the priliminary sketching and then the final drawing is a process that I had forgotten how much I enjoyed.

I am hoping to be back to work next week and to sit in my studio and make cards.  Do you have any birthday's coming up?  Any babies on the way?  Mother's and Father's days are just around the corner.  Why not send a Heartifact card with your recipient on the cover.  Guaranteed smiles!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Happy Birhday #1 Son.....

One of the inspirations in my life turns 23 today.  He's handsome, smart and charming. He's currently going to college and sells Cutco.  He has a very expressive face which makes a great card.  Unfortunately my back is not feeling all that great this week so I actually did a hand drawn card.  It's good to break away from the usual and do something different. Do you have any bithdays coming up?  A Heartifact card is a great way to tell someone they are truly special!  Just email me a picture with a liitle bit about the person and you've got a card that is a gift too!

Happy Birthday #1 Son!!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What makes you smile?

A friend on Facebook is tearing her hair out over a paper.  People are worried about the price of gas.  The situation in Japan, just gets more dramatic.  Oh and by the way, we dropped some bombs on Libya today.  On days like today, I'd like to be a dog with it's head hanging out the window of a car just being happy being a dog.  I love to see dogs in cars and trucks.  It makes me smile.  What makes you smile?  Would it transfer into something that would make a good card?  Make someone smile with a Heartifacts Card.  After all, life isn't perfect, but there are the little things worth smiling about.....

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Feelin' lucky....

Went to a pain specialist today and hopefully I will be ending the month just a little more pain free.  That will certainly make my life a whole lot rosier.  Plus I think I've got a really good tenant for my rental.  I'm feelin' a little luckier than I did a couple of days ago.  Oh I should have bought a lottery ticket!!!  Well the next time you need a card, remember the best, a Heartifacts Card.  It won't break the bank and it will be the most impressive card you will ever give.  While we're waiting for the next holiday or's a St. Patty's Day card with my little Leprechan son on it!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Feel better soon...

I'm a starving artist, Mom, new homeowner and I haven't had a raise in 4 years!  So I have three full-time job, a once a week office cleaning job and a caretaker job.  Well, the caretaker job has aggravated an old back injury.  Well, more than aggravated, I am in so much discomfort I'm taking vicodin until I can see a spine and pain specialist.  Did I say starving?  At least I can still sit.  So you haven't heard from me because well when I am in pain, I'm not very good company.  But today, after two nights of 12 hours of sleep, I feel like posting some get well cards.  So brighten someone's day with a Heartifacts Card featuring their face feeling better..or not....  Or make me an order!

Monday, February 21, 2011

School holiday....

It's not a holiday for those of us who work in the private sector...i.e. construction.   That's okay.  Like a lot of people have been saying, they are just thankful to have a job.  So if you are ever in a jam and can't afford to buy a gift, but want to give someone a fantastic card, that is as close to a gift as you can get....think Heartifacts Cards!!!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Being patient....

My Heartifacts Card company ad which is going in a local restaurant's menu is almost done.  I've spent over three years making most of my cards for free, so I am gearing up for just a little more exposure.  Still dreaming big!  Have a great day!

Monday, February 14, 2011

The "H" word.....

There's lots of to do about today.  Lots of scrambling, head scratching etc.  I could have made it so awesome and so easy for you had you gotten a Heartifacts Card.  That's okay, there are birthdays coming up and you've got 365 days to find that perfect picture to put on your card for next year.  Featuring your sweetheart on a card will be priceless and it won't cost you all that much!  Happy VD everyone!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentines Day isn't just for lovers....

I've finished my personal valentines.   I've always given valentines to my kids and the significant other of the moment.  I have a special cousin that I made a card for this year.  Maybe give someone a valentine or even a chocolate kiss to someone that least expects it.  Or next year, think of sending a Heartifacts Card with your valentine's face right on the cover!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why I make cards....

Being creative has a rush all of it's own, but the first time I put a friend's head on someone else's body in order to have a comedic was magical.

So the next time you go to WalMart and you can't find a card that is just perfect for the occasion, my email address is above....Heartifacts Cards....Truly Unique Greeting Cards!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

So sweet.....

Valentines Day is next Monday.  It always brings back memories of grammar school.  Did you make a special box or bag for the valentines from you classmates to go in to?  Oh and the anticipation to see if that special person made you a special valentine.  I like to think Valentines Day is a day signifying just love in general.  The more you have the more you can share....think about it.

Friday, February 4, 2011

It's more than just a card....

It's a card that features the person that the card is intended for so it's more than just a card.  The majority of my Heartifacts cards feature the people who the card was given to.   It's an interesting concept and I tell you it will be a hit if you try it!  Happy Birthday Everyone!!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Love - Hate relationship with Facebook

I love Facebook.  I enjoy freely expressing myself and seeing what my friends and family are up to.  Yet, does Facebook kind of take away the effort it takes for people to really connect?  Many of the friends I have on Facebook do live in other cities and if not for Facebook I probably would rarely see or know what they were up to.  Or like yesterday, I got Birthday wishes from people who probably didn't know it was my birthday had Facebook not told them.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed all the attention and wouldn't have gotten that much attention had I not had a Facebook account.  But do people still think about going to the store to get a special card for that special person?  That's why I started seriously making cards in the first place.  Do you still go to the store to buy a card when you think someone deserves more than a Facebook post?  Here's more birthday cards with real friends and family on them!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Today it's all about me!!

Got woken up this morning by my 16 year old daughter with Starbucks and powdered sugar donuts.  There is something pretty wonderful about kids getting older and being able to drive.  I'm not working today...gonna be out doing whatever I want to do today.  Here's some more cards celebrating the lives of people in my life!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


My daughter asked me yesterday what was my favorite breakfast.  Oh boy, that's a hard one as I love breakfast...there's french toast and waffles and omelets and then powdered sugar donettes, oh and biscuits and oatmeal with real fruit and nuts and cream and spices!  It made me feel special just thinking about it just like I like to make people feel extra special with a Heartifacts Card.

Monday, January 31, 2011

I am a Birthday Scrooge of sorts....

This year, like many years in the past, I take my birthday day off.  It makes me feel very uncomfortable for people to tell me "Happy Birthday!"  Frankly, as I approach my 5*th birthday, I'd rather be 45.  I should be happy I am alive etc. and feel blessed for having all that I have.  I am, I just don't want to be told I need to be a certain way on "my day".   So with that, I do love it when other people have birthdays.  I like to celebrate their specialness.  In celebration of my birthday this week, I'll be featuring other people's birthdays, cuz without them, I would have no reason to be creative!!  Happy Birthday! Everyone else!

Friday, January 28, 2011


I purchased a house this summer and it has monopolized almost every weekend.  I have loved almost every minute of it.  What I love is, I've taken a plain house and added a lot of me to it.  That's how I like to live my life.  You can do a job, but you have to add a piece of yourself to it or it's just a job.  Since the weather has been nice here in California the past couple of weeks, I am slowly but surely finishing the landscaping.  Believe it or not, it has been way too muddy in parts of my yard to do anything.  So today I am looking forward to two days of yard work.  I've got to get it done so when that avalanche of orders for cards come, I'll be ready!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

First card

I have found that making cards is therapeutic along with being rewarding.  So deep, I know.  This first card which was made about 8 years ago, was my attempt to tell my then boyfriend that I was ready to let him into my world and possibly my heart.  I think I make cards to show people how I really feel about them, because for some reason the words or the hugs don't come easily to me.  So I will continue to be just the way I am because it's working for me....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Where do I begin.....

This is the next step in sharing my quirky gift with the....should I say world?  I've been making cards since I was a young girl.  I should dig them up and take some pictures of them and give myself and good laugh.  I'd like to make some money doing what I like to do....creatively enhancing people using their pictures and glue, paper and a few embellishments.  Life is my muse....