More Dahlias!

I just realized that I forgot to post this card! I had quite a bit of fun, as I “cut down” the size of the flower (purple & black card) and since the flower is just so darn easy, it’s easy to have a card made, and then just rummage through your leftover flowers to embellish it.

This was pretty much finishing up the paper pack from Heartfelt Creations “Delightful Dahlias”, and for me, really branching out into the color orange.

Of course I didn’t really intend on orange, I kinda was hoping for that flame type flower, where it starts out as a pink and then near the tips has the orange/pink flame colored, but oh well!

Both of these are little folios, the square one measures about 6” x 6”, and the rectangle is about 5” x 7”.

I have a secret tag tucked in behind these bright pink dahlias – it has the light purple, organza ribbon bow on the top of it, and a little message on it.

The inside folio has a pocket with a gusset that will allow a thin candy bar, or package of hot chocolate, or some other fancy gift or gift card.

Thanks for looking!

An Easter Card for 2021

This is my first Easter Card this year! I really enjoyed making this – started last night, playing around with the daffodil, and then today I got several new sentiment die cuts in the mail, and one of them was the “Happy Easter” you see here. I think part of the reason I love this die cut, is because it almost looks like my actual handwriting! (Weird, huh!?)

So anyway, Heartfelt Creations came out with some new paper called (aptly enough) Delightful Daffodil. I should’ve bought two packs, the paper is that gorgeous! Luckily, I will be able to purchase a second pack when I place my next big order (I love the free shipping you get if you spend over $100).

Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, this collection is designed with no real dimensional flowers, so I had to create my own. This was a couple weeks of frustration, but I have finally come up with the magic, as you can see below.

Here’s the front.
How do you like the dimension on those daffodils? Even the hyacinths are
“off the page”
And here’s the inside.

The inside image is one of their stamps, which I cut out after coloring, to place beside the mini-message.

Easter is a time of Miracles, after all.

A Gateway Card with Daffodils and a New Butterfly

This is a simple card, and basically flat enough for mailing. I used Heartfelt Creations gateway dies as a template for my base, and cut the vibrant blue from the Regal Lattice Gateway die, as well as the bottom part of the butterfly. I have some pale green behind the lattice, to set the flowers off better.

The arch of daffodils and spray in the center were each cut straight from the paper pack (hard to beat perfection!) I added some organza ribbon near the bottom, and silver card stock for the top of the butterfly. Inside I have a sentiment I also die cut out of silver; and I stamped directly onto the card stock the same image, just mirrored. These were colored using my Zig Clear Color brush markers.

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!

Sharing the Love.

Once again, it is time to visit the ladies in the neighborhood, and see how they have been faring with the Pandemic/CoVid-19. I leave these on the doorstep with some homemade cookies or quick bread to let them know I’ve been thinking about them! (I haven’t had any complaints yet!)

These cards use the Sweet Peony paper from Heartfelt Creations, and some flowers (peonies) that I created out of vellum, and a rose out of paper, which was colored with Prisma water-color pencils.

This first card features the vellum flowers I made. It is important to select high quality vellum, ink and powder, or the powder will just flake off the paper and get everywhere!
It is a simple z-fold card, which basically means this: take a piece of paper (this one is 6″ x 12″), and place it long side against the edge of your score-pal, score at 3″ and 6″. Fold along the score lines, the two 3″ wide sections create the front.
This particular card has a paper rose that I made.
The center scene is only glued on the left side, and has a lace border to emphasize it.
The middle part is left alone, or sometimes I will put a pocket and insert a tag. Then select a pretty flower (mine are hand crafted, of course) and secure to the left lower edge of the decorative center panel. Also I shellac the flowers with “Glossy Accent” or something similar, when I make them out of paper, to give them that shine.

Fold-Out with Birds and Wisteria

Another sweet fold out card that I’ve created. I love organza ribbons and lavender flowers! This is a special card, which required a bit of thinking to get it all put together, and took most of my afternoon, so the recipient will be most deserving!!

This is the front of the card, that the recipient will first see. I used the vines with the collection for the edge – it worked perfectly, and then used some open wisteria blossom with a tiny blue stamen for the center.
This is the back side of the card, plenty of room to include a photo if you like.
And this is the inside. The bird with the more yellow belly, is one that I water-colored (I am really having fun with that!) and the one with the all pink belly was die cut from the paper.
Just a little bit more of a close up.
And again, more of a close up – you can see the cute little blue birds better!
The final touch was the lace bit that I added at the top. The worst part of these dimensional cards is the expense of mailing them. There will be NO envelope to fit this, other than a big manila envelope, and it would require padding for sure. These flowers would probably survive getting mashed at the post office, but most others would not. So this card will be hand delivered!

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.

Triple fold out Card

This is a Hodgepodge of 3-4 different collections. For starters, I always use Heartfelt Creations dies for my flowers & lace, that’s basically all I have! But some of this paper is from Stamperia “Microcosms”, some from G45 “Flutter”, and there may even be some scraps from a Mintay collection. Mad at myself, because of flower placement (once it’s Hot-Glued down, there it stays, lol!) I couldn’t flip the front piece to prop it like a pedestal, hurumph! Live and learn I guess, I thought I had it all planned out so perfectly! Hahaha! No. I guess not. 😕

The flowers were not just hand shaped, but I water colored them as well, using my Zig Clear Color Brush Markers, and then I added some Glossy Accent to make them pop. The white blossom are actually from a Heartfelt Creations paper pack, I think called “Wild Cherry Blossom”.
I LOVE this clock face!! And you can still see the gossamer ribbon here.
This white lace overlay is from Heartfelt creations, so this bottom page has three collections right there, as the tag is from G45, and the paper is from Stamperia!
You could put a gift card under the white trim. The trim was cut with a Martha Stewart edge punch, you might be able to find that at Michaels.
I love how I am able to use bits and pieces from different paper collections and companies to create a thing of beauty!