Happy Mother’s Day (Polish Calendar)

In Poland, Mothers Day is celebrated May 26th. I know this because I have become an aficionado of a Polish based Scrapbook paper company called Scrapandme, and they are currently having a challenge for Mother’s Day cards, for which I am submitting this card.

This is a fun fold that I just recently discovered that they call a Tri-fold Shutter Card. I used Scrapandme’s Aquarelles paper (only one page, and there was extra), and some handmade fomiron flowers. And a tiny little bit of gold string, as it seemed a bit much to add a ribbon or lace.

This card measured 7”x4” when closed as shown, and measures 7”x12” when open flat. To create your own, cut your paper from a 12”x12” square – you can use any color as your base, and score down from the 12” long side, at 2”, 4”, 8”, and 10”. Then turn the paper 90°, and carefully cut along each side, 1-1/2” from the edge, from the first score line down to the last (start at 2” and cut down to 10”). Then making mountain and valley folds you will create he shutter effect. (There is a lovely tutorial or two on YouTube if you need a visual on how to fold.)

(Sorry about the lighting)

Once you have your base, then you select your paper, and mat it, and then finally you can decorate. One little trick I have is placing some white cardstock on the back so that the two shutters which have been scored, it which we really want to lie flat, are stiffer.

Right at the pencil tip, you can see the extra piece I placed to stiffen up that part of the card. That purple square on the back is for a personal message.

Here you see the card open and shut. Hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial – the making of this card was rather fun, and frankly, if you want to just fussy cut floral arrangements, instead of using dimensional flowers as I am won’t to do, you could easily slip this in an envelope for mailing. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Priceless Friendship card

This lovely uses Scrapandme Sapphire Days paper, it is about 4-1/2” x 7-1/2”. The flowers are (Heartfelt Creations dies) cut out of fomiron, and the fern are actually thin little woodcuts, which I found from Little Birdie Crafts – they are primed when you receive them, and I just daubed them with a little ink.

This is the inside of my card. I used the same sheet of paper that I had on the front, and just fussy cut he flowers out, and turned them lengthwise. Every time I do fussy cutting I marvel at people who claim to love it – what I love is die cutting! And electric die cutting machines like my Vagabond II, are the bomb!

Teaching myself how to heat the fomiron so that it does what I want it to, without burning me little fingers has quite a learning curve! I’m waiting with baited breath for some colored fomiron to come in the mail….it just adds such a nice, soft touch, but it is a little bit fiddly!

For the sentiments, I cheated and found a sticker pack from Hobby Lobby – I actually have about 5 of them – some are religious, some family oriented, some friendship – and their handwriting is much neater than mine!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and please give me. Humans up, or a note, if you like my work!

Dragonfly Dreams

This paper from Heartfelt Creations is delightfully decorated, in some of my favorite colors. It is rather whimsical, and I purchased it specifically with my grandchildren in mind. They will love the fanciful dragonflies!

As for myself, it is the solid sheets that are most appealing as a backdrop for the lovely flowers I can create from the Heartfelt Creations flower dies! I tucked a piece of lace beneath the flowers. I took a very old sentiment cut out (from some cute frog paper HFC put out many years ago, and was in my stash) that happened to have a Dragonfly on it – I just had to use it – even if it doesn’t match perfectly.

For the inside, simply a piece from the paper pack, just delightful. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Cheerful Daisies Greeting Card

This is another card made from Scrapandme’s “Aquarelles” paper. I’ll have to admit, I was surprised when I saw this and another sheet, as for some reason I thought the “aqua” in “Aquarelles” meant the papers would be, well, aqua. Doesn’t matter! I love the artistry, and love finding new paper products to play with!

This is also a Shaker Card, and hopefully you can see the little gold stars in the shaker box. I have a little wreath die that works nicely to place over the cardstock used for the shaker element, which led me towards the green base paper in the background there.

I had a lot of fun, for a change, making this shaker card! I’m got the kit from a place called Creative Embellishments, on-line, of course – it’s a craft store that is in New York – I just went searching for shaker card kits, and they popped up! They have a LOT of variety as far as shaker kits goes, and the kit is totally worth the couple of $$ you spend on them – the worst part is waiting on snail mail, for them to arrive!

This is going to be entered in the Challenge #92 – for Mom, by Scrapandme papers, especially because whenever I look at daisies, I think of my mom, I remember her often saying how much she loves daisies – perhaps not as much as she loves Plumeria (growing live in Hawaii), but still.

Thanks for stopping by, and please say hello!

All the Best – Sapphire Days

I love this lovely blue paper from Scrapandme papers! Personally, in retrospect, I should have made the flowers a bit more pale, but they are close to the same shade.

I almost always use flower stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations, and these are called the Sweet Magnolia. The arched gateway die is one of my favorite shapes for cards. I used the edge from one of the papers for the middle part, and tucked the magnolias around the corner. Don’t you love the fancy stamens? I think they call them “rock candy” stamens.

The inside panel uses a paper from another Scrapandme collection (Aquarelles), and a cut-out from the Sapphire Days paper, using a very old “Creative Memories” circle cutter. There is plenty of room to write a sweet Mothers Day message below.

I really am loving these beautiful papers from Poland, and (again) am just so excited to have found a shop in the US that carries them! I am entering this in the Challenge # 92 – For Mom, from the Scrapandme blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Springtime and Climbing Clematis

I wish I lived somewhere Clematis would grow! I think it needs much cooler weather than Florida. I’m entering this in the Four Seasons Spring challenge for May.

I love this pretty image from the Heartfelt Creations Climbing Clematis collections. There is a lot of cutting and pasting going on here, tho!

I took one of their card panels, and cut out the center image, then went to a different page, and cut the same size circle of the fence. I glued that where the original picture was. Then I die cut the birdies and the birdhouse straight from the paper pack (can you say time saver!!) popped up the birdhouse with foam tape, as well as the little birdie on top of the fence post.

I used one of their large square dies to get the lace overlay, stamped, colored, shaped (yada yada) the clematis and used hot glue to adhere, I also used a dollop of hot glue -waited 5 seconds, and then put the other little birdie on. The white pearl things are from the bridal section of a local craft store.

The inside is a couple of leftovers – the arch from the same collection, and the pink lacy door, from the Gateway dies. No sentiment, as this is one of the 100 cards I gift to a local nursing home – so the nurses will write something sweet for their residents.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Piano Shaped Thank-You Card

I found this delightful template for a piano shaped card on Split Coast Stampers, and the minute I saw it, I knew I had to make this for a certain someone who goes to Church with me (our organist!).

It was delightfully easy, I just fussy cut the piano out, and then I covered it up with flowers I’ve made from Heartfelt Creations – because those are the only flowers I make, lol!!

On the side, where the support is, there is a sentiment, I chose “Thank You” because: a) it fit, and b) she does so much for us! You could also put a different sentiment, but perhaps in a different location, like just above the keyboard.

If you simply fussy cut what I call “flat flowers”, you see that with the hinge down, you could slip this baby into an envelope for snail mail (but alas, I could never do that!)

Thanks for lookin’!

Lilies and Lace v.2

Well I am hooked on the idea of Lilies and Lace! Actually, I’m just hooked on these Scrapandme papers I’ve discovered!! This lovely card is also from the “Aquarelles” collection.

To make this card, I used the largest die from the Heartfelt Creations Teardrop Lattice Gateway dies, to make the shaped card. Then I cut the front panel with the same die, adhered it in place, cut the teardrop lattice gateway, and adhered it on top of the Scrapandme decorative paper. The inside panel was cut using the largest of the Heartfelt Creations Scalloped border gateway die for the right hand side, and for the left hand side, I cut this image first using my old Creative Memories circle cutter, and then used the largest scalloped circle die from inside Heartfelt Creations Decorative Circle Frames die set, to place behind the patterned paper – although both pieces came from the same paper pack as everything else.

On the front of the card, I took some fabric lace and glued it down, and then placed a ribbon in the center as shown – and I clamped it for quite a while before going back to decorate with the flowers, to make sure it had dried. In fact I made all my flowers after I glued the lace and ribbon down.

For the lilies, I actually used the HFC Daffodil, and narrowed the petals a smidgen, and then put in the lovely sparkly stem you see there – I did roll the wire of the stamen in some matching ink. The daffodil, again, was made from the same set. The small blossom were cut from the smallest Classic rose dies, and I just cupped the flowers, and glued in the stamens. The ferns are from a “no name” set, and I used the HFC Dahlia large leaves to tuck under the lilies.

I think even the “Thank you” sentiment came from HFC, probably the Butterfly Dreams set – its in the one with the lacy square, and small doily, as well as the Single smaller butterfly. I’m not sure this set is available anymore, but I find lots of great sentiments for die cutting from Creative Expressions on-line at various shops – Heartfelt Creations and Graphic 45 often have sentiments in their collections as well, whether stamps, or die cuts.

And that will finish your card! I do love creating these cards, but even more, I enjoy giving them to people. Mothers Day is coming up, and I have over 50, which I will be taking over on the Saturday before, so the nurses can sign and deliver them. Wouldn’t it be great it I could make 75 next year?……that’s a lot of crafting!!

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Lilies and Lace

The theme at “A Place to Start” for May is Lilies and Lace. I love the beautiful artwork on Scrapandme papers! I had thought I would never get to use them, since they seem to be based in Poland, but got lucky, and found a shop in S.Carolina (Crafty City) that had a few of their collections. So this is my very first Scrapandme Card!

This card uses the Aquarelles paper collection, and of course, my favorite flower die company Heartfelt Creations for my hand crafted lilies and blossom. I sort of cheated, and used the dies for the daffodil, narrowed the petals a bit, and then used the leaves from the dahlia collection. (The fern leaves are from an unknown designer.)

I just love stamens that I used for the centers, don’t you? I had to hand die the purple ones, I had completely run out, but the ones I had were very pastel anyway, so (believe it or not!) I used the teal ones, and died them to purple you see here. The lace is from my stash, and I literally have only about six inches left of it!!

The inside was cut from the paper pack as well as the sentiment, using an old oval cutting device I have had for years made by Creative Memories.

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Thank Them with Chocolate!

New card today is sort of a chocolate box, but with a very thin gusset for the chocolate bar, this came from the leftovers after I made a Recipe Box using Graphic 45’s Home Sweet Home Collection.

The red poppies against the blue background, combined with the strawberry blossom and other berries, is simply eye catching! I had a bit of luck in finding stamens in my stash that went perfectly with the teal ink I selected for the main flowers! (The stamens on the strawberry blossoms were a little bit trickier, lol!)

This card measures not quite 3-1/2” wide by not quite 7” tall, and the pocket is about 1-1/2” deep (plus the extra 1/8” for the gusset.

I love sneaking a treat into my cards, and almost everyone loves chocolate! the gusset is made by scoring along the side, and then one score line over, scoring again. Glue the pocket down, and hold in place with clamps for a bit before gluing on the decorative paper.

(Take a 7” x 8-5/16” piece of paper for the base, score at 3-1/2”, 7”, and 7-1/16”, fold accordingly. Glue the inner decorative paper in, before gluing down the pocket.)

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