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.

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Two Tweet Birdies and Two Pink Peonies

This is another lovely slimline card – these things are super popular in Europe! I follow a blog from Poland, and I think these are practically the only size they post!!

The background papers are a mix from Little Birdie Crafts “Birds and Blooms” and Heartfelt Creations Butterfly Medly. The wee birdhouse came from Heartfelt Creations Climbing Clematis collection. The white doily is a HFC die, and the flowers are medium size clematis, and small peony. Leaves again are a mishmash! Sentiment is from Creative Expressions, and I suppose I should’ve selected white, instead of gold, but I do so love glitter and shine.

Have to admit, I messed up on this, I always seem to “have “ to add a ribbon/bow, but in the image here, you can’t see the cute paper I (so carefully selected, lol) inside of the doily!!

Below you can see a closeup of my flowers – I really love making my own flowers, there are so many varieties, and you can have such a different look, using the same ink, depending on how much ink you use, and if you add a crystal lacquer. Such fun!

The sentiment is another from Creative Expressions: So Glad We’re Friends – and that really is a nice sentiment, isn’t it?!

Below is a card using more of the pink peonies – really large ones, combined with a “newish” octagonal die from Heartfelt Creations. It was really rather simple to put together, but is just so elegant! (Less really is sometimes more, isn’t it!)

I used Momento Vibrant Fuschia for the ink on these flowers, and the die cut overlay is from a glossy/metallic paper I found at a local craft shop.
Here is the inside! I stamped, colored & die cut the rose image, and the message is from Creative Expressions, using the same glossy/metallic paper I used for the overlay on the front.

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Happy Everything card

Forgot about this lovely, and created her before Christmas! (I think!) The arched gatefold card is probably my new favorite, it is just so darn versatile!!

I used my favorite Heartfelt Creations paper, Sweet Peony, and an ornate arch gateway die. My sentiment comes from Creative Expressions – they make more things than sentiment dies, but that’s one of my favorite tools! I just love, love, love, my die cuts!!

The lighter colored flowers were made with the Climbing Clematis, medium sized flower, and the Peonies, of course, one large, one smaller – I have a lot of fun making flowers!

The inside has another one of the arched gateway dies, and the center sentiment came from Creative Expressions, as I said before, placed between the flowers on the Floral Borders Sweet Peony die – those floral border dies are so versatile!

I just love this card, hope you do too!!

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Climbing Clematis Mixed Media Tag

This was a fun little project using Heartfelt Creations Climbing Clematis paper (and stamps and dies for the flowers), a few cute little charms that I got from some vendor as a freebie months ago, flat back pearls that insist on being crooked!, some old lace and polka-dot ribbon.

The upper right corner has some sparkly corrugated paper that I don’t even remember when I got it – I do remember that one of my daughters gave it to me, but it is ancient – I rubbed it with a bit of brown ink to make it blend with the paper a little more, and tore the bottom at an angle.

The clematis were crafted by moi, using HFC Climbing Clematis stamps and dies, and yellow stamens – the I used Purple and Cactus Flower archival ink to make these, and Fern Green for the leaves.

Here is the inside of the tag – its really more like a card, isn’t it? On the right hand side, I used a stencil and ink to embellish the paper, and cut the arch of flowers for the top and the little birds and birdhouse were die cut from the paper pack, and I added some glossy accents to them for shine – the sentiment, in case the glare from the light is too much reads: All things grow with love – I cut out the cute little stamps from the paper pack for the left side of the tag, and I have an old die cut (probably a generic/no-name brand) of the heart for the top. There is a thin magnetic closure under the papers, so it seems more of a tag at first glance.

I thought it was all rather cute – hope you do too!

Climbing Clematis & Sweet Magnolia Cards

In the evenings, I like to make flowers, and dream up designs for cards. On Fridays and Sundays I try to actually make the cards or folios. I’m even trying to branch out from Heartfelt Creations, but they just have such adorable designs!!! This is more Climbing Clematis and a Sweet Magnolia card.

Forgot my message, didn’t I? Sometimes I just want to decide later who I’m giving the card to, and for whatever occasion is called for.
Here’s the inside 😊
Another card using the Sweet Magnolia collection.
And the inside.

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