First Christmas Cards of the Year (2022)

We finally succumbed to opening up the Christmas paper packs this weekend. It’s hard, when you live in Florida, to think about Christmas much before Halloween, as it stays warm here 10 months of the year. But as crafters, we know that we need to get a head start on our Christmas cards, or we’ll be resorting to Hallmark cards in December!

Sometimes I think the hardest part of sending Christmas cards is addressing all the envelopes. Nowadays, it’s the cost of postage – especially with dimensional cards! Fortunately, Heartfelt Creations came up with a collection that lends itself to a more flat card (= less postage) this year. I think my long distance cards will have Shaker Boxes on them as the most embellished part this time. (Close friends/neighbors & those I’m sending a package to, will still get the dimensional flowers – because I just don’t feel like my card is complete without them!

I just love the paper colors in this collection – purple and blue – a nice step away from the traditional colors – it has a very “cool” look to it – like ice or snow. This first card has two different colors of shiny metallic paper to add to the glitz.

My second card is my take-off from one that was demonstrated by the HFC design team – note to self, that corrugated white glitter paper on there requires hot glue to get anything to stick!

The shaker element for the second card did NOT come from a kit – the die cut set has several nesting stars that made it possible, with a little foam tape — I’m just not a fan of making my own, so I have several kits coming in the mail!

A Card for the Last Days of Summer

It seems like everyone is focusing on Christmas Cards right now (late August) – but I am not in the mood. Yet. I have ordered some paper, and have been drooling over the idea of some star shaped shaker boxes, but for now, it is HOT outside, in the mid 90’s in Florida, and I’m not quite ready to give summer up.

I’ve been playing with my flowers, and being frustrated at not being able to obtain some of the very, very fancy flower stamens that I see on others cards, I have decided to improvise. Additionally, I have added some fussy cuts to lay under my dimensional flowers, to hopefully enhance the look.

I’ve used paper from the Heartfelt Creations “Floral Borders” collection, and my flowers are from HFC Classic Rose – although I didn’t exactly fashion them like a classic rose, did I? The little lacy edge is a paper punch from Martha Stewart that is probably 15 years old, and not available anymore.

The little woodchip clock is adorable – too bad some of it had to be covered up! I ordered this (probably) from Little Birdie Crafts a while ago, when they were having a sale on a lot of chippy elements – the sentiment is also from them – I just tapped it lightly with a little pink dye to help it blend in better.

Here is a little close up of one of the flowers – since I couldn’t find the fancy stamens, I added some dots to the petals by hand in pink and brown – it kind of looks like something you’d find on a Tiger Lily or an Orchid, doesn’t it? Anyway, its amazing what a 5 minute detail can add to the look of something.

Another close look at the flowers, I’m very pleased with how it turned out, and although the fussy cut flowers (from Mintay’s Graceful papers) don’t match exactly, they do have the same color scheme & add to the dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by! (Comments always appreciated!!)

“Graceful” Pink Florals

A little late this week, meant to post this yesterday! This is a simple card using Mintay’s “Graceful” paper, a couple of pressed wood accents, and of course my favorite Heartfelt Creations handmade flowers, using a peony, some wild roses, and some dark pink blossom. I just love pink!!

The inside has one of the cut aparts from the paper pack – they generally have about 12/page – so cute, I suppose they might even be made into little mini-cards, or even gift tags (Ha! Just thought of that!).

A close up of my flowers, especially the peony & wild roses

Thanks for looking & drop me note sometimes!

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!!

Meadow Impressions

I so love this beautiful paper from ScrapandMe, Meadow Impressions, to me it looks like the flowers are kind of like the Purslane (in the Portulaca family) or Moss Rose, which I love! after all I live in Florida, and our flowers must be very hardy to endure July and August! I am sad that I cannot obtain (or at least have not found a vendor for) the type of stamens that I see in my European friends paper flowers, but I do my best with what I have (if any of you have info, please leave me a note!!).

This card is actually an apology card, not a sympathy card, and I didn’t really know how to do the sentiment on the front, so what you see is what you get!

The flowers are made from fomiron, which I’m finally getting used to using, you have to be very careful not to overheat the fomiron, or it will not only curl your petals, but may actually burn your fingers!! I sometimes will cover part of the petal and only curl one side, then come back to it, cover the curled edge with my finger, and reverse curl the other side, hoping to have it look more natural – but I think I might need some really thick gloves to protect myself!

The card base was cut from a Heartfelt Creations die (Gateway Arches) using 110 lb weight paper – much too thick, in my opinion, but I bought the paper, and I will finish using it – but only for square and rectangle bases, I suppose, as it was too too thick to run through my Sizzix machine, and actually kind of curved or bent, the die! I do enjoy heavy paper for making flowers (and HFC has some lovely paper specifically for this purpose) but it is just too thick for most of the things I do.

I have a couple of pearl sprays (Wedding dept at craft store) to add some dimension, and on the inside, I have a cutout placed on a die cut doily.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And please leave me a message, especially if you know where I can purchase cool stamens!

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!!

Mother’s (purple) Birthday Card

My mom is in love with the color purple – she has a dark, eggplant purple on her front door (really!) lavender in her bedroom, and touches of it all over her house. With all the lovely purple themed paper from ScrapandMe, I thought I should pair one of their paper collections with a purple rose for her card!

I had a lot of fun crafting the rose – even went on-line to find how to do a ombre coloring for a purple rose, and used some “Cactus Flower” ink (using a light touch) for the centers, and gently inked the edges of the petal with actual purple, then I used a blending sponge to blur the colors together.

I love the bling, found at a local craft store, on the left hand side of the card, very eye catching! Inside the card is a cut out, perfect for a note!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Floral Encouragement Card

Having fun making peonies lately . . . I needed an excuse to make a white Peony, so I rummaged around my Heartfelt Creations paper packs, and landed on the Floral Banners.

I used the lace from one of their dies, for the pink Lily I actually used the small daffodil die, without the trumpet center, the medium pink are peony “buds” using the small peony dies; the bright pink are the small petunia, and the light blue “blossom” are from the smallest cherry blossom die. So basically 99% HFC products, and a little bit of my time. Can you see the floral “banner” under the dimensional flowers? (Trying to be like the pros there, lol! without the fussy cutting!)

The little bird came from my stash, you’ve probably seen them at craft stores too, I just put some glossy accent on it to make it shine; and the sentiment is from a Tim Holtz package of chipboard sentiments.

For the middle of the card, I used more of the same HFC paper from the Floral Banners (same sheet of paper throughout, just using the front and the back, and I have a sentiment from a sticker pack you can’t really see in there.

Y’all don’t pay any attention to the fact that the bottom lace is facing the wrong way and should’ve been tucked under the pink paper, ok? It’s a work in progress, and I tried to kind of cover up my mistake with some flatback pearls. It is what it is (sigh)!

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!

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!!