Mother’s (purple) Birthday Card

My mom is in love with the color purple – she has a dark, eggplant purple on her front door (really!) lavender in her bedroom, and touches of it all over her house. With all the lovely purple themed paper from ScrapandMe, I thought I should pair one of their paper collections with a purple rose for her card!

I had a lot of fun crafting the rose – even went on-line to find how to do a ombre coloring for a purple rose, and used some “Cactus Flower” ink (using a light touch) for the centers, and gently inked the edges of the petal with actual purple, then I used a blending sponge to blur the colors together.

I love the bling, found at a local craft store, on the left hand side of the card, very eye catching! Inside the card is a cut out, perfect for a note!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Purple Springtime

One of my newest makes – for a little contest with the Scrapandme paper company (in Poland) – I haven’t been able to obtain the Purple Spring yet, so I had to use their Meadow Impressions – it’s still beautiful!

I’ve developed a new way (for me) of making rose buds, which results in a fat little bud and even works with Fomiron, as seen here. Not that I’m overly pleased with myself or anything, just wanted to share! I also created some dark purple Purselane- at least that is what I was going for! and mini Calla Lilies are tucked in there. I used Rajni Chowlas Crystal Clear sprinkles on one of the butterflies- fussy cut from the paper pack.

Thanks for looking!

A Chocolate Gift Box-Card

Once again, I forgot to post my recent make on WP, but I did manage to put it on FB! (Twice) I must be getting old!! This is a little chocolate box using Graphic 45’s Cottage Life collection.

I used Fomiron to make the flowers and leaves, with exception of the thistle, which were found at a local craft store. I added some glitter to the precut butterfly in the ephemera pack, and the sentiment is one of their stickers.

The inside appears to be a typical card…….

Until you lift the flap, and see the chocolate, and another smaller card, with a sweet message. I’m sorry I do not know the manufacturers of all my dies used for each flower, and the honeycomb – I just got them off Amazon.

And below a short video. Thank you so much for stopping by, please let me know how you like it!

Floral Encouragement Card

Having fun making peonies lately . . . I needed an excuse to make a white Peony, so I rummaged around my Heartfelt Creations paper packs, and landed on the Floral Banners.

I used the lace from one of their dies, for the pink Lily I actually used the small daffodil die, without the trumpet center, the medium pink are peony “buds” using the small peony dies; the bright pink are the small petunia, and the light blue “blossom” are from the smallest cherry blossom die. So basically 99% HFC products, and a little bit of my time. Can you see the floral “banner” under the dimensional flowers? (Trying to be like the pros there, lol! without the fussy cutting!)

The little bird came from my stash, you’ve probably seen them at craft stores too, I just put some glossy accent on it to make it shine; and the sentiment is from a Tim Holtz package of chipboard sentiments.

For the middle of the card, I used more of the same HFC paper from the Floral Banners (same sheet of paper throughout, just using the front and the back, and I have a sentiment from a sticker pack you can’t really see in there.

Y’all don’t pay any attention to the fact that the bottom lace is facing the wrong way and should’ve been tucked under the pink paper, ok? It’s a work in progress, and I tried to kind of cover up my mistake with some flatback pearls. It is what it is (sigh)!

Girlie Birthday Card

A small apology, I haven’t posted very recently, but for a very good reason: my AC went out about 10 days ago – and we live in FLORIDA where there has been a record breaking heatwave – with temperatures in the 100’s, and a heat index of about 110° – I wasn’t in the mood to craft or bake anything! We get the new AC in 2 days, and as it is Sunday morning, and a “cool front” came in yesterday, it only got up to 92°, so the house is a bit more comfortable this morning.

This card is meant for a young ladies birthday, and features a digital image from Connie Fong, who is sponsoring the July 2022 challenge for “A Place to Start” – for which I am on the design team.

This card measures about 9” x 4”, and I selected papers from Ultimate Crafts Bohemian Bouquet, and created a shaker box to bring more attention to the featured image.

So I printed the image out on Bristol paper, and colored it using a mix of my Zig markers and my watercolors pencils. I am NOT a colorist, but I did give it a go; it’s nice to expand my skills into other crafty areas – it wasn’t all that long ago, that I had no idea of how to make a shaker box, and now I make them all the time and find them so fun!

I’m starting off backwards today – this is the inside – sentiments and my handwriting – well, let’s just say, this is better! Clear sheets picked up at Hobby Lobby with lots of sentiments! To be fair, I actually do start off with inside of my cards when creating them, as the front of the card is so dimensional that it can’t lie flat, first I choose my design, cut the card base, and then cut the decorative paper. I glue the inside in first, and place any sentiment or added ephemera to the inside, and if I’m going to stamp the back (you know: “Handmade Especially for You” or something like that!) I’ll do that, then I move onto the front.

Of course I already have in mind what my design is, so I’ll begin working on my flowers, and then any additional touches. This time, as it takes drying time for shaker boxes and flowers alike, I switched back and forth between the two. Then I lay down my ribbon, and painted the sides of my shaker box with white matte acrylic paint.

And here is the front of my card. as you can see, the “ribbon” isn’t actually a ribbon at all, but I love it, and just had to have it!! (Wal-mart find, lol) Sentiment and shaker box kit are both from Creative Expressions, flowers made from Heartfelt Creations dies. The sparkle inside the shaker box came from Buttons Galore.

A little bit more of a close up. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Same But Different

My favorite thing: same basic design, but slightly altered in this case, different size cards, different shaped shaker boxes, different paper companies, and of course different flower focus. But the general idea remains the same, and can be duplicated over and over – I guess most things are like that, come to think about it…….two girls (both human) different shaped bodies, different skin tone & hair color, but from the same neighborhood and with similar interests. God must’ve had fun with that, lol! I mean, really, look at all His creations – some are so so similar, but not quite the same, and each different in distinct an beautiful ways! But I’m rhapsodizing!

The first card is using Heartfelt Creations Cherry Blossom Retreat. The shaker box is handmade – meaning no kit, I just cut out multiple ovals, and used clear cardstock under the lattice.

This second card is using Graphic 45’s Cottage Life paper, and it does feature a shaker box, that came from a kit.

I think this card is my favorite of the two, because I just love how the flowers came out!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and taking a peek at my creations!!

A Simple Wedding Card

This is a very simple card using the swans from Heartfelt Creations Calla Lily collection. I tried to copy one similar to this found on their DT Gallery.

This is part of an inspiration piece for “A Place to Start” card challenge for the month of June (2022) – and the theme is “Down the Aisle”

I used some generic deep pink for the background, and embossed the white overlay and the pink part of the heart. Then I lightly shaded the center of the heart with a pale pink. The heart was also cut out of a shiny gold paper, as were the swans, to add a little glitz. The sentiment I just typed and printed off my computer, backed it with some gold as well. The whole thing probably took less than an hour from start to finish!

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Accordion Tunnel Cards

These are two different accordion tunnel cards – I needed something for a young man’s birthday (hence the Steampunk) but as I had never made one before, I needed to practice and kind of make a template.

For my practice accordion tunnel, I chose Mintay’s Dreamer 6×6” paper, partly because I enjoy the floral color scheme, and partly because I was lucky enough to have two Paper packs, and so had plenty of spares, in case I messed up! The base was created from a single 8-1/2” x 11” piece of white cardstock, which was cut into two 4-1/4 x 5-1/2” cards. I won’t bore you with details, as there are basic tutorials on YouTube.

Here is a look at the side:

For the Steampunk card, I used a 12×12” piece of Kraft paper, to creat two 6×6” cards for the base. I used Stamperia’s Vagabond paper and chipboard ephemera – left over from when I made that album last year.

I also added a few metal embellishments to go along with the Steampunk theme, and slipped a Happy Birthday sentiment along the second part of the accordion (in gold, doesn’t really show well).

I have to say, when he saw I made him a card, he wasn’t surprised. But when he actually looked at it, he liked it more and more. So success!

From the Side

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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 the shutter effect. (There is a lovely tutorial or two on YouTube if you need a visual on how to fold.)

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, 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!