Hidden Pocket Cards

These cards were sort of copied from cards I saw on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook page.

This first one is using their Wild Roses paper, which I think may be my all time favorite of their papers! Also, it is extremely difficult to mess up on making the Wild Rose.

The second card is using their Calla Lily paper…….I just love the swans! I’m not so enamored of Calla Lilies, but the artwork is just beautiful.

Each of these has a hidden little pocket for a gift card, the best part!

I hope you enjoy, and feel inspired to duplicate this on your own!

Thinking of You Card

Today is the anniversary of my fathers death 4 years ago. It’s still hard on all of us, despite our getting to keep him for 80 years. I made this little card for my mom, who lives 12 hours away from me, alone with her 2 cats, and German Shepherd.

I used Mintay’s “Dreamer” paper, and dressed it up with some flowers I created this morning, the “Roses” are just made using an old Martha Stewart punch, the little tiny lavender flowers from a generic punch as well, and the leaves are from a G45 die. The silver oval is an Heartfelt Creations die cut that I trimmed a little bit to show more of the pretty paper.

If you prop it just so, it is an easel card as well. I hope you like it!

Shabby Chic cards

Just a couple of designs, mixing it up, and trying for the Shabby chic look.

I used several doily type die cuts, gossamer ribbon, and Vellum flowers on one of them, the other has a standard paper flowers in the center and vellum for the others, all handmade, using the Heartfelt Creations dies, of course!

I just love this lacy die (white piece)

I even used vellum for the butterflies!

Paper is some Tim Holz I found at Tuesday Morning, it’s about 5”x 8” and has a fabric feel to it – very interesting and fun to work with.

Beautiful Asters on a Lacy Card

Heartfelt Creations came out with some beautiful and ornate dies at Thanksgiving last year, they are called “Gateway” dies.

Using two different selections, paper from my stash, and previously made Asters, I played around a little bit this morning.

No ribbons on this card. The blossom are made from wired “posies” that you can pull off in about 5 minutes.

The inside sentiment

Finish off with a sentiment, and your card is done!

Merry Christmas Card

Merry Christmas everybody! This is my final card of the season, I have a lot of company coming this week, and really must clean off my desk!

This is an easel card, using a retired Heartfelt Creations paper collection – I am really upset with myself for not buying more of it before they retired it! I just love the cardinals, especially since our yard is full of them!

There are a couple of photos here to show more detail, enjoy!

This is the “absolute” front of my card
Here is the card shown with the easel
Inside view
Flower Detail
Sentiment detail

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 “!

Swans and Calla Lilies

This is a very simple slim line card, measuring about 8” long, and 3-1/2” tall. The Calla Lilies are made from vellum, as are the leaves. The swans are die cut out from the Heartfelt Creations paper, and lifted up with some thick tape, to add a bit of dimension. The bows of course just add to the feminine appeal.

Inside the card

This was fairly simple in construction, but I feel like it’s clean lines are actually very pleasing.

All Occasion Cards

I’m branching out, and have used Stamperia “Microcosms” paper for these beautiful cards. It is lovely to work with, sturdy, and has a good feel to it. These are all occasion cards, with no sentiment inside yet.

Wild Cherry Blossom (HFC) colored blue, Lilacs, and pink Blossom, with fern and leafy accents help frame this Dragonfly! The lacy edge is a HFC oval die, and there is a wee bit of light blue ribbon woven in between the blue flowers and their leaves.
Pink and purple pansies with a grosgrain ribbon finish out this card. Shiny gold cardstock is a nice accent to showcase the center panel of flowers.
Both cards together, kind of like “it’s the same, but different”! flowers in opposite corner, opposite spectrums on the color wheel, but both are 5”x7” cards with the same oval die in the center, showcasing an oval picture. I was pleased with the results, and hope you like them as well.

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!