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!

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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Hello Sunshine!

This is a conglomeration of several things in my stash. Of course I hand shaped the Peonies this afternoon, using Heartfelt Creations dies. I also used some of the Peony leaves, but I also had some leaves from my Graphic 45 set of dies (came with that really long tag) and of course the sentiment is from Creative Expressions. The paper is seriously just some from my stash – no name brand.

The metal elements are from Tim Holtz and G45 (the little clock). I needed to include the key for a challenge from “A Place to Start” April ‘22 DT inspiration, so that inspired me to add the little wreath and clock – I love doing things in 3’s, 5’s and 7s – gives it symmetry I suppose.

I mixed in a little tulle, some thin gold strings, and stuffed a lot of stamens in the flower centers.

I had a lot of fun creating this card – probably should’ve been doing housework or something, but this was way more fun!

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Wild Rose Happy Birthday Card

This is a shaped card, they are so fun to make and receive! This uses almost exclusively Heartfelt Creations products, with the exception of the sentiment, which is from Creative Expressions – I have several of their dies, and they are perfect for people like me who have messy handwriting!!

The paper is from HFC Sweet Peonies paper, and the die to create the shaped card is called the Fancy Classic Oval. Flowers and leaves are hand made, using the HFC dies, with a little ribbon tucked in for eye appeal.

I love the little fern like die there – it came in the most recent HFC Christmas collection, and I had no idea I’d use it so often when I first got it, but I seem to find a place for it all the time!!

I even used coordinating shaped paper for the inside, and I have to say, I love the way it turned out!!

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Pastel Greeting Card

This delightful greeting card uses Heartfelt Creations Floral Borders papers, and HFC Classic Rose and Lush Lilac dies for the flowers. It measures about 9″ x 4″, and features a sentiment from Creative Expressions.

I roughed up the edges of the white border and the pale turquoise paper, and although you can’t see much of it, wrapped a couple of strips of thin organza ribbon around the paper, before attaching the flowers. There are several different leaves used here – two of which are not even remotely associated with the flowers I chose! And of course a ribbon. No lace this time, but I almost felt like that would be a bit too much. Less is more sometimes.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll try to be more regular, now that the holidays are behind us!!