Hydrangeas

Sweet Hydrangea from Heartfelt Creations….inspired by a card from the ubiquitous Kathy Clements. I haven’t used this collection for quite some time, but spent part of my Sunday playing around with it. I have fallen in LOVE with shaker boxes — it’s hard to tell without a video, but behind the little window are some tiny silver sprinkles (star shaped!) – shaker boxes are so easy when you have a kit! Thank you Creative Expressions!!

This starts off with generic cardstock -about 5×7” for front and back, with a 1/2” gusset, and a 1-1/2” pocket inside. I cheated and die cut the window from the paper pack, and used a kit for the shaker box (hidden behind the window), that made things super easy!!

The flowers were fussy cut from the paper pack, as I (stupid stupid!!) didn’t purchase the die that goes along with them, and used light blue small pearl stamens for the centers. The bows are cute little ribbon found at a local craft store, and the lacy piece on top is one of HFC dies as well.

Inside I have a couple of interactive pieces, including a card with mini tags, and there is room on the pocket for a treat, like a honey stick, or slip candy bar, as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by & I hope you’ve enjoyed it!!

Make a Wish! A card in Turquoise

Aqua is one of my favorite colors – and this beautiful paper from Lemon Tree, Forget Me Not just screamed at me to play with it!

This is my first card from this paper, and I had a lot of fun roughing up the edges, and creating some aqua colored wild roses out of fomiron. The gossamer bow isn’t quite the perfect color, but it does seem to bring out the rose centers!

The yellow and blue remind me of Swedens colors (my husband served a mission in Sweden, so I know these things), so perhaps I will save it for him for his birthday…..which is in November!! Probably not! Better come up with a more manly card by then!

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Best Wishes Card in Blue

My 2nd or 3rd card from Scrapandme’s lovely Sapphire Days. To be fair, this is modeled after one that Monika Jakubowska did several weeks ago – she used different paper, and colors, but I do have to give her credit for the design.

Once again, using many of my flower (and card) dies from Heartfelt Creations, the light periwinkle blue are made out of Fomiron, but the dark navy blue, and white blossom, are paper.

I did fussy cut the little design inside the card, as well as the sentiment from the paper pack.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and Best Wishes!!

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!

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!!

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!

Lilies and Lace v.2

Well I am hooked on the idea of Lilies and Lace! Actually, I’m just hooked on these Scrapandme papers I’ve discovered!! This lovely card is also from the “Aquarelles” collection.

To make this card, I used the largest die from the Heartfelt Creations Teardrop Lattice Gateway dies, to make the shaped card. Then I cut the front panel with the same die, adhered it in place, cut the teardrop lattice gateway, and adhered it on top of the Scrapandme decorative paper. The inside panel was cut using the largest of the Heartfelt Creations Scalloped border gateway die for the right hand side, and for the left hand side, I cut this image first using my old Creative Memories circle cutter, and then used the largest scalloped circle die from inside Heartfelt Creations Decorative Circle Frames die set, to place behind the patterned paper – although both pieces came from the same paper pack as everything else.

On the front of the card, I took some fabric lace and glued it down, and then placed a ribbon in the center as shown – and I clamped it for quite a while before going back to decorate with the flowers, to make sure it had dried. In fact I made all my flowers after I glued the lace and ribbon down.

For the lilies, I actually used the HFC Daffodil, and narrowed the petals a smidgen, and then put in the lovely sparkly stem you see there – I did roll the wire of the stamen in some matching ink. The daffodil, again, was made from the same set. The small blossom were cut from the smallest Classic rose dies, and I just cupped the flowers, and glued in the stamens. The ferns are from a “no name” set, and I used the HFC Dahlia large leaves to tuck under the lilies.

I think even the “Thank you” sentiment came from HFC, probably the Butterfly Dreams set – its in the one with the lacy square, and small doily, as well as the Single smaller butterfly. I’m not sure this set is available anymore, but I find lots of great sentiments for die cutting from Creative Expressions on-line at various shops – Heartfelt Creations and Graphic 45 often have sentiments in their collections as well, whether stamps, or die cuts.

And that will finish your card! I do love creating these cards, but even more, I enjoy giving them to people. Mothers Day is coming up, and I have over 50, which I will be taking over on the Saturday before, so the nurses can sign and deliver them. Wouldn’t it be great it I could make 75 next year?……that’s a lot of crafting!!

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Lilies and Lace

The theme at “A Place to Start” for May is Lilies and Lace. I love the beautiful artwork on Scrapandme papers! I had thought I would never get to use them, since they seem to be based in Poland, but got lucky, and found a shop in S.Carolina (Crafty City) that had a few of their collections. So this is my very first Scrapandme Card!

This card uses the Aquarelles paper collection, and of course, my favorite flower die company Heartfelt Creations for my hand crafted lilies and blossom. I sort of cheated, and used the dies for the daffodil, narrowed the petals a bit, and then used the leaves from the dahlia collection. (The fern leaves are from an unknown designer.)

I just love stamens that I used for the centers, don’t you? I had to hand die the purple ones, I had completely run out, but the ones I had were very pastel anyway, so (believe it or not!) I used the teal ones, and died them to purple you see here. The lace is from my stash, and I literally have only about six inches left of it!!

The inside was cut from the paper pack as well as the sentiment, using an old oval cutting device I have had for years made by Creative Memories.

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G45 Blossom Paper Stuffed Card (Tutorial)

I love to give “stuffed cards” as gifts. I like to “wow” my friends with my creations, and they know the card is a gift from the heart! This particular card is also an entry for the G45 brand ambassador application. #G45BACall2022

You will need:
Two solid pieces of paper 8-1/2 x 11”
Two or three 12 x 12” designer sheets to decorate the inside and outsides of your card
One G45 square tag
One G45 long tag
Ribbon for tags
Organza ribbon for card front
A variety of flowers to embellish
G45 Ephemera cards or cutouts to embellish your tags, also some of the stickers and/or chipboard pieces from your selected G45 paper collection
A small hanger found in Hobby shops if desired
Art Glitter Dries clear glue
Glue gun

Select your card base paper 7-1/2” x 10”, and score in half to make a card base measuring 7-1/2” x 5”, this will open from the side. Reserve the paper you cut off, to use later. On the inside panels of the card, you may want to attach two thin magnets – do this now, before you forget! If you do use magnets, sometimes it is easiest to attach the inside decorative papers right away on top of them, so you will not have any difficulty opening up the card later.

Cut several layers of alternating solid, white and patterned paper in diminishing sizes for the front (reduce each paper mat by about 1/8-1/4” depending on which paper you might want to draw attention to). For the center focal piece, select a cut out or ephemera card. We will embellish with flowers at the end.

Open the card, and choose different designer papers for each side, 7-1/4” x 4-3/4” (sometimes it is nice to have a single paper, about 7-1/4 x 10”, cut it in half and mount them on opposite sides, but I chose different papers). Cut a piece of solid card stock which matches your card base, to 2-1/2” x 5”, cut another piece just slightly smaller, (2-1/4” x 4-3/4”) which will complement the paper for your background on the left side. Attach the decorative 2-1/4” x 4-3/4” to the solid piece, then take this, and apply glue to the two short sides, and one long side, and attach at the base of the left hand side, on top of the other decorative paper, to create a pocket. Select a cut out or sticker to additionally embellish this side of the card as well, if desired.

On the inner right hand side of your card, select a decorative strip from the cut apart page, mount on matching card stock again, and apply first the 7-1/4” x 4-3/4” paper, and then the decorative element at the top. The rest is left for a note, a photo or whatever you like.

For the back of the card, cut the back decorative paper to 7-1/4” x 4-3/4”. We will attach a gusseted pocket before attaching it to the card back.

To create the gusseted pocked, cut a piece of reserved card stock used for the base, measuring 8-1/2” x 4”. Put your decorative paper on this “pocket” piece in a perpendicular pattern, or like a “T”, and center it. Score on the solid paper, along the sides of the decorative 7-1/4” x 4-3/4” paper. Then score outside both of those score lines about 1/8-3/16” away. Remove the decorative paper, now turn the solid paper and score along the 8-1/2” long side, about 3/8” from the edge, and again 1/8-3/16” away from that first score line. Fold on all the score lines, all in the same direction. The outer”wings” of this will need trimmed. First place the decorative paper (the “right side” is facing down) onto the solid and push it right up to the outer score line – fold the little strip of paper over your card panel and glue down (the scored part, which creates the gusset will be on the “right” side of your paper. Now cut along the inner side score lines to the inner long score line of each wing and trim away a thin piece of excess paper at the base of each wing. Fold the wings to the back of the decorative paper, and use a couple of pieces of thick card stock to keep the gusset in place, as you glue the wings to the back of the decorative paper.

Whew! Almost done! Now cut some pretty paper to put on the outside of this pocket, measuring about 3-1/2” x 4-3/4” depending on how much of a border you want, and gently attach to the front of your pocket.

Take the reserved card stock from when you first cut the card base – fold and glue to make a double thick strip of paper measuring about 3/8” wide, and cut two 1-1/2” pieces to anchor the hanger in place at the top of the card. Loop these strips over he bottom of the hanger, glue them together, and anchor with a clip for a bit. Created a decorate strip to cover those hanger anchors, from your paper, and mount it on matching card stock, measuring about 1” x 4-3/4”, depending on what you choose for your decoration. Once the hanger anchors are dry, mount at the top of the card, and then glue the 1” x 4-3/4” strip on top of this.

Now to stuff! Create a couple of tags, both long and wide, and decorate! I used some card stock and ephemera cards, as well as stickers here. I also created little “books” of small cut apart in the paper pack. I also like to stick thin chocolate bars in this pocket, and sometimes, I have put in fancy Tea bags with a honey stick, and sometimes even fancy Hot Chocolate packets from Land-o-Lakes or Swiss Miss.

Lastly, we need to embellish the front of the card! I love to create my own flowers, but you can select pre-made flowers from various companies, or even use small silk flowers found at Hobby Shops. I glue down the leaves first, after fiddling around with where they need to go. Then I tuck in extra leaves as needed, small filler flowers, and finally an organza ribbon. At last I select a sentiment from the paper “cut-a-parts” page, put some puffy tape on the back for additional dimension, and attach to the right hand corner. Now step back, and admire your stuffed card!

Throwback Thursday

I made these cards quite a while ago, but for some reason never posted them here.

They are really sort of gift cards, and a unique element is the hangar on top, which allows the recipient to display it on a knob – like I have here in my kitchen.

The pink one is just a single sheet of paper decorated on both sides, the purple is an actual card, and even has a thin magnetic closure, which was required because of the heaviness of the back (see below).

It’s the chocolate bars, frankly, but maybe also because these are sorta “stuffed” with tags and mini-booklets!

Personally I think they are adorable, but then, I’ll admit, I’m kind of biased!

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