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 wont 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’!