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.

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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!!

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)!

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!!

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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Two Tweet Birdies and Two Pink Peonies

This is another lovely slimline card – these things are super popular in Europe! I follow a blog from Poland, and I think these are practically the only size they post!!

The background papers are a mix from Little Birdie Crafts “Birds and Blooms” and Heartfelt Creations Butterfly Medly. The wee birdhouse came from Heartfelt Creations Climbing Clematis collection. The white doily is a HFC die, and the flowers are medium size clematis, and small peony. Leaves again are a mishmash! Sentiment is from Creative Expressions, and I suppose I should’ve selected white, instead of gold, but I do so love glitter and shine.

Have to admit, I messed up on this, I always seem to “have “ to add a ribbon/bow, but in the image here, you can’t see the cute paper I (so carefully selected, lol) inside of the doily!!

Below you can see a closeup of my flowers – I really love making my own flowers, there are so many varieties, and you can have such a different look, using the same ink, depending on how much ink you use, and if you add a crystal lacquer. Such fun!

The sentiment is another from Creative Expressions: So Glad We’re Friends – and that really is a nice sentiment, isn’t it?!

Below is a card using more of the pink peonies – really large ones, combined with a “newish” octagonal die from Heartfelt Creations. It was really rather simple to put together, but is just so elegant! (Less really is sometimes more, isn’t it!)

I used Momento Vibrant Fuschia for the ink on these flowers, and the die cut overlay is from a glossy/metallic paper I found at a local craft shop.
Here is the inside! I stamped, colored & die cut the rose image, and the message is from Creative Expressions, using the same glossy/metallic paper I used for the overlay on the front.

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Love is in the (Lacy) Air

I have to give credit where credit is due, this was an idea I stole from a Facebook friend, and then I had to tweak it, and turn it into my own.

She had many many roses on her card, and they must’ve come out smaller than mine, but that’s ok, because I also added a shaker box where the heart is! Cute, huh?!!

Then I had to figure out how to keep it propped up, so I put a couple of pieces of paper in the middle to act as a brace.

This is definitely NOT a card you could mail, lol! It would get totally ruined in a box, or mailbox!

I had a lot of fun with this one, I really need to get off this Valentines kick, but I fear, there is more ahead!!

Getting Ready for Valentine’s (part 2)

This is actually from LAST year – so forgive me if this is a duplicate!

This is a tri-fold card from Heartfelt Creations, using one of their dies, and the swans are from their Calla Lily collection. The flowers are actually from the Cherry Blossom collection, just in a deep red. The scalloped edged heart has glitter on it as well, and the seams were embossed in glittery gold. The chipboard “forever“ sentiment I found at a local craft store. It’s a little frilly – but he liked it! (He likes everything I make! He’s nice like that!!)

Playing Around with Christmas Gifts

I was gifted with Graphic 45’s Fairy Wings paper, and two cute “Centerpiece” dies from Heartfelt Creations for Christmas this year – just had to have a go!

This first one actually has some paper from Fairy Dust, but he image is from the Fairy Wings. That white lacy piece is one of he dies from HFC. Flowers are by “moi” – lovingly hand shaped using HFC wild rose dies, and small clematis dies.

Here’s the inside.

This next card is 99% Heartfelt Creations, using their Peonies paper collection. I just had to add a bow, lol! Very very similar, but sometimes to post on certain FB pages, 90% of the project has to be using their products.

Here’s the inside.
Isn’t she a beauty? I really like how the color turned out on this rose.

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