Happy Mother’s Day (Polish Calendar)

In Poland, Mothers Day is celebrated May 26th. I know this because I have become an aficionado of a Polish based Scrapbook paper company called Scrapandme, and they are currently having a challenge for Mother’s Day cards, for which I am submitting this card.

This is a fun fold that I just recently discovered that they call a Tri-fold Shutter Card. I used Scrapandme’s Aquarelles paper (only one page, and there was extra), and some handmade fomiron flowers. And a tiny little bit of gold string, as it seemed a bit much to add a ribbon or lace.

This card measured 7”x4” when closed as shown, and measures 7”x12” when open flat. To create your own, cut your paper from a 12”x12” square – you can use any color as your base, and score down from the 12” long side, at 2”, 4”, 8”, and 10”. Then turn the paper 90°, and carefully cut along each side, 1-1/2” from the edge, from the first score line down to the last (start at 2” and cut down to 10”). Then making mountain and valley folds you will create he shutter effect. (There is a lovely tutorial or two on YouTube if you need a visual on how to fold.)

Once you have your base, then you select your paper, and mat it, and then finally you can decorate. One little trick I have is placing some white cardstock on the back so that the two shutters which have been scored, it which we really want to lie flat, are stiffer.

Right at the pencil tip, you can see the extra piece I placed to stiffen up that part of the card. That purple square on the back is for a personal message.

Here you see the card open and shut. Hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial – the making of this card was rather fun, and frankly, if you want to just fussy cut floral arrangements, instead of using dimensional flowers as I am won’t to do, you could easily slip this in an envelope for mailing. Thanks so much for stopping by!

All the Best – Sapphire Days

I love this lovely blue paper from Scrapandme papers! Personally, in retrospect, I should have made the flowers a bit more pale, but they are close to the same shade.

I almost always use flower stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations, and these are called the Sweet Magnolia. The arched gateway die is one of my favorite shapes for cards. I used the edge from one of the papers for the middle part, and tucked the magnolias around the corner. Don’t you love the fancy stamens? I think they call them “rock candy” stamens.

The inside panel uses a paper from another Scrapandme collection (Aquarelles), and a cut-out from the Sapphire Days paper, using a very old “Creative Memories” circle cutter. There is plenty of room to write a sweet Mothers Day message below.

I really am loving these beautiful papers from Poland, and (again) am just so excited to have found a shop in the US that carries them! I am entering this in the Challenge # 92 – For Mom, from the Scrapandme blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Springtime and Climbing Clematis

I wish I lived somewhere Clematis would grow! I think it needs much cooler weather than Florida. I’m entering this in the Four Seasons Spring challenge for May.

I love this pretty image from the Heartfelt Creations Climbing Clematis collections. There is a lot of cutting and pasting going on here, tho!

I took one of their card panels, and cut out the center image, then went to a different page, and cut the same size circle of the fence. I glued that where the original picture was. Then I die cut the birdies and the birdhouse straight from the paper pack (can you say time saver!!) popped up the birdhouse with foam tape, as well as the little birdie on top of the fence post.

I used one of their large square dies to get the lace overlay, stamped, colored, shaped (yada yada) the clematis and used hot glue to adhere, I also used a dollop of hot glue -waited 5 seconds, and then put the other little birdie on. The white pearl things are from the bridal section of a local craft store.

The inside is a couple of leftovers – the arch from the same collection, and the pink lacy door, from the Gateway dies. No sentiment, as this is one of the 100 cards I gift to a local nursing home – so the nurses will write something sweet for their residents.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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Floral Song

I think this is my favorite card so far. I really enjoyed watercoloring my birds and flowers! You might not be able to see it very well, but I have a thin white piece of card stock glued (under the birdcage where you can’t see it) which extends out to the right a bit, to support the circular feel I was going for.

Aren’t they precious? This one is a Birthday Card for my mom, soon to be 81 years young.

This card uses the paper from Heartfelt Creations Cascading petals – the “I Want it All” package included the die for the birdcage and the birds as well. using the outline die, I created the shaped card, putting fold about one inch from the tops of the cage. I the. Cut another of the outline, and put the birdcage on top of it. Then the circle was placed beneath that piece, and the top of the card, to hide it a bit. Then I colored my birds and the flowers, added some dimensional wisteria and more leaves to round it out (pun intended, lol!). You will note, I avoided adding a ribbon or bow – very difficult for me, almost like asking me not to add flowers or glitter!!

The inside has light blue paper with a sticker sentiment.

Enjoy!

Mother’s Day Breakfast – Keto style

I had a great Mother’s Day – and I hope you did too! We started off with waffles & crushed strawberries for breakfast, and then my husband and one of my sons made a lovely dinner of quiche, arugula salad, a special stacked or layered jello, and finished off with keto style banana splits!

Doesn’t that look yummy?!! You start off with your typical Chaffee (one egg, 1/2 c shredded mozzarella, and 1 Tbsp almond flour) topped with crushed strawberries sweeties with just a touch of monk fruit, and all topped with real whipped cream, again sweetened with powdered monk fruit. It was delicious, let me tell you!

By the way, I get my Lakanto Monk Fruit and my Almond flour from Costco, and I only use extra large EB eggs. One Chaffee recipe makes two chaffles. It’s my favorite go-to food now a days!

The banana split includes banana, strawberry, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and whipped cream. Delish!