Birds & Blooms cards

I’m branching out….not very far, but a wee bit, to explore other decorative paper companies. This past week I received the Birds & Booms from Little Birdie Crafts, I had been wait listed for so long, I almost forgot about it!

This paper is thick, very thick. Think cover of a paperback book thick, and add some weight to it. It is also very glossy, on both sides, both the white & decorative side. That being said, I used a lighter weight paper for my card base, about 60#.

This first card measures 5”x7”. As you can see, I have used some hand made roses and blossom, and borrowed the sentiment from a different paper pack.
This is the inside, aren’t these little birds adorable!! The right side (white background) features a circular punch out from the collection, and a strip from the embellishment page. On the left (pink background) the sentiment was fussy cut from the collection, and the white lace piece is a die cut from, guess where? Heartfelt Creations.
This is actually the first card I made from the collection, measuring 6”x6”. I used a white die cut bird cage, and a hand colored butterfly for the upper corner, and an organza lavender ribbon with two handmade purple petunias, and a bright pink flower in the center.
The inside of this card has a pocket (right above the wood slats) which I tucked a little ephemera card in to. Perfect for a sweet message of friendship.

This entire card probably took a mere 90 minutes to put together, since I already had the flowers made, and in my stash for “emergencies “!

A Birthday Card for a Friend

This is a repeat of one I made before, with improvements to my wisteria, and a more elaborate inside.

So I figured out how to make my wisteria look a bit more lush, and again, I had fun water/coloring the bluebirds. Plus, the organza ribbon bows in each corner give it a nice touch, I think! The little bit of shiny gold cardstock beneath the sentiment is a subtle eye catching element as well.
I just love adding a little bit of lace to the inside, a half circle which helps set off both inside panels. I felt very clever figuring out the panel with the hearts, and I really like the way it looks. I almost had trouble giving this card away!
The last panel is simple, unless you lay the lacy part on top, and then it’s rather striking!

Totally enjoy working with this paper, and also enjoy playing with my Zig Clear Color markers, as well as the beautiful lacy dies created by Heartfelt Creations! No I don’t work for them, but it almost seems like I’m doing a commercial for them, doesn’t it!

Fold Out Cards

This was the first time I had used one of those precut fold out cards that has the curvy edges. They are very cute, but a little bit of work, as you have to cover both sides of each little “page”. All in all, if you do it right, you could simply use two 12 x 12” pieces of decorative paper for your base papers, but I wanted to make things difficult for myself!

Wild Asters and Butterflies Thank You Card

I got some new toys in the mail yesterday! It is an older collection, but I somehow missed it when it first came out, so I got it instead of the Christmas collections that the paper companies are advertising right now. It’s August, for Pete’s sake! I’m more interested in lying around the pool than celebrating Christmas!

These are just some of the butterflies in the collection, but they are what I used today.

Don’t you just love these huge ones? That card in the middle measures 6” x 6”, to give one a little perspective on their size. I am learning to watercolor (my new joy!), and I just colored whatever came to mind. On the yellow and orange one, I just used daubers and an ink pad, but on the blue butterfly, I used my Zig Clear color Brush markers, and really had fun with that.

Here is the final product, using paper from the Wild Aster collection (Heartfelt Creations, I’m sooo boring!), and Asters that I made weeks ago, pink butterflies that I stamped and colored today. The white die cuts and sentiment are from the collection as well.

Bluebirds and Wisteria

I just wanted another excuse to play with purple, I think.

I cut the “screen door” out of shiny gold cardstock, for a bit of a different look

The wisteria and flowers were simply die cut from the “Cascading Petals” paper pack, but the little blue birds (which were stamped and water colored) are from the Cherry Blossom collection. The screen door is from the French Country Cottage collection, so this is a bit of a mashup, it I think it’s nice how Heartfelt Creations products all work so well together.

Escape to the Beach Card

This is one of those times when I saw a card, and made it mine! Meaning that I saw one using the exact same background paper, and the lacy die-cuts, but when I went to decorating it, it took on a life of its own.

Using Heartfelt Creations Sea Breeze Collection, and the Courtyard Elegance die (folded in half, as you see) , I added some fern die cuts, and used the classic rose stamped in light oranges and yellows, and put in some stamens for a different look.

Definitely will do this one again, as it doesn’t quite fold perfectly flat (hot glue leaks through the cut outs behind the flowers anyway!) but I’m definitely tickled with how it turned out!

Just Thinking of You

I made some cards for friends that we’ve been separated from during the pandemic & social distancing. Sometimes we can see our friends for lunch (outside seating!), sometimes not! So many people are going through a lot these days, so I’ve tried to give cards and a small treat to my friends, at least once a month. These are the ones I’ve made for them this week. (Plus some cupcakes!)

All of these use the Heartfelt Creations Regal Frames & Accents die, and the background paper is from my stash. The first one here has some yellow roses.

My second one is pink, with Double Petunias (I just love petunias!)

And the last one here is the Wild Aster. Asters are such a joy to make!

And now to make some cupcakes without eating them!

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Floral Song

I think this is my favorite card so far. I really enjoyed watercoloring my birds and flowers! You might not be able to see it very well, but I have a thin white piece of card stock glued (under the birdcage where you can’t see it) which extends out to the right a bit, to support the circular feel I was going for.

Aren’t they precious? This one is a Birthday Card for my mom, soon to be 81 years young.

This card uses the paper from Heartfelt Creations Cascading petals – the “I Want it All” package included the die for the birdcage and the birds as well. using the outline die, I created the shaped card, putting fold about one inch from the tops of the cage. I the. Cut another of the outline, and put the birdcage on top of it. Then the circle was placed beneath that piece, and the top of the card, to hide it a bit. Then I colored my birds and the flowers, added some dimensional wisteria and more leaves to round it out (pun intended, lol!). You will note, I avoided adding a ribbon or bow – very difficult for me, almost like asking me not to add flowers or glitter!!

The inside has light blue paper with a sticker sentiment.

Enjoy!

Twin Sisters in Song

This was an experiment in water coloring with my Zig Clear Color Brush Markers, which my son, Wes, gave me for Christmas (2019)! I really did try to use them over the past few months, but I was not doing so well, until I found a few tutorials on YouTube. I am by all means, not an expert, but this is a work in progress, and fun to learn a new skill. I’ve also been playing around with colored pencils, blending them with a variety of mediums, from water, to alcohol, to baby oil.

Also I have a new toy to make a more perfect bow (it’s called 2 dowel rods hot glued into a wood base, lol! My sweet hubby made it for me.)

This little card includes flowers from Heartfelt Creations, a window from the French Country Garden Collection, and the birds and leaves are from the HFC Cascading Wisteria collection. zig markers colored in the flowers and the birds.

Cascading Petals & Bluebirds

This card was made with Heartfelt Creations Cascading Petals collection. It is a pretty big card, measuring about 7-1/2 inches tall, and 6-1/4 inches wide. I took one of the papers and cut the top right edge for my background, and the using the die cuts, I also used the paper pack for the bird on the right, and all the leaves and flowers.

For the inside of my cards, I like to use nice phrases from a sticker pack I found at either Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I also used a border strip at the bottom for visual interest, and then I shellacked the flowers and leaves with “Crystal Laquer”.