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 “!

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.

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!

Escape to the Beach Card

This is one of those times when I saw a card, and made it mine! Meaning that I saw one using the exact same background paper, and the lacy die-cuts, but when I went to decorating it, it took on a life of its own.

Using Heartfelt Creations Sea Breeze Collection, and the Courtyard Elegance die (folded in half, as you see) , I added some fern die cuts, and used the classic rose stamped in light oranges and yellows, and put in some stamens for a different look.

Definitely will do this one again, as it doesn’t quite fold perfectly flat (hot glue leaks through the cut outs behind the flowers anyway!) but I’m definitely tickled with how it turned out!

Just Thinking of You

I made some cards for friends that we’ve been separated from during the pandemic & social distancing. Sometimes we can see our friends for lunch (outside seating!), sometimes not! So many people are going through a lot these days, so I’ve tried to give cards and a small treat to my friends, at least once a month. These are the ones I’ve made for them this week. (Plus some cupcakes!)

All of these use the Heartfelt Creations Regal Frames & Accents die, and the background paper is from my stash. The first one here has some yellow roses.

My second one is pink, with Double Petunias (I just love petunias!)

And the last one here is the Wild Aster. Asters are such a joy to make!

And now to make some cupcakes without eating them!

It’s Pink!

This little beauty was one day late for a contest, but is destined as a sort of “Thank You” Card. It includes some generic paper I picked up from Hobby Lobby, and all sorts of my Handmade Heartfelt Creations flowers. I also used one of the Heartfelt Creations Petite Pocket dies to add a wee bit of lace to the top and the bottom. I cut a butterfly out of gold paper from a Spellbinders die, and added the sentiment, lifted with a bit of foam, about 1/3 of the way down.

The inside has plenty of room for sentimental words, photos, or whatever you like? Enjoy, and show me your cards in the comments below, I’d love to see!

Cleaning Out My Junk Drawer

It’s amazing what you can create with scraps!! This card is created using Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose paper, I actually had to color the flowers and butterfly, as they just weren’t the right color, and I didn’t have any other scraps that would do. The dimensional flowers were created using the Wild Rose stamp and die set, the white blossom is from an old punch with a single prill in the centers.

The inside cover has a little mini-card for a secret message!

Quick and Simple (easy) Card

This card features Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony paper, a small wild rose & a lacy diamond die cut. Since the flowers were pre-made, I think I pulled it all together in 5 minutes. You can too!

I just realized that I had a couple of other elements (in my stash). The leaves are from the HFC classic rose, and the mini blossom come from a little punch I’ve had for, well, forever. Enjoy and have fun creating your own!

My First Insta-Album

I finally finished my first Insta-Album. I was super excited when HC came out with it on Black Friday (2018), but unfortunately had other pressing obligations (like Christmas! hello!) and so I didn’t really get to dive into it until late January. I’ve had a lot of fun figuring out where everything should go, and using the new mini-pocket dies that really dress up the album.

I also had quite a bit of fun making the flowers, and I wanted to do the album paper justice, since there really isn’t any room to put dimensional flowers inside the album, the outside is all I had to work with.

Here are a couple of pictures of my flowers:

These are just simple little pre-made flowers you can get at any craft store, which were happily, near the exact size of the roses on the paper. The little white blossom are simply punched flowers with a single prill for their centers.

Now these flowers are all hand made, and we used some glossy accents on them as well. The rose buds on the top left are wired with florist tape holding the paper, and acting a bit like the base of the flower.

Here’s the whole thing. I think it turned out rather pretty!

If you’re interested in the inside, check out the YouTube video here: