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)!
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!!
I love to give “stuffed cards” as gifts. I like to “wow” my friends with my creations, and they know the card is a gift from the heart! This particular card is also an entry for the G45 brand ambassador application. #G45BACall2022
You will need: Two solid pieces of paper 8-1/2 x 11” Two or three 12 x 12” designer sheets to decorate the inside and outsides of your card One G45 square tag One G45 long tag Ribbon for tags Organza ribbon for card front A variety of flowers to embellish G45 Ephemera cards or cutouts to embellish your tags, also some of the stickers and/or chipboard pieces from your selected G45 paper collection A small hanger found in Hobby shops if desired Art Glitter Dries clear glue Glue gun
Select your card base paper 7-1/2” x 10”, and score in half to make a card base measuring 7-1/2” x 5”, this will open from the side. Reserve the paper you cut off, to use later. On the inside panels of the card, you may want to attach two thin magnets – do this now, before you forget! If you do use magnets, sometimes it is easiest to attach the inside decorative papers right away on top of them, so you will not have any difficulty opening up the card later.
Cut several layers of alternating solid, white and patterned paper in diminishing sizes for the front (reduce each paper mat by about 1/8-1/4” depending on which paper you might want to draw attention to). For the center focal piece, select a cut out or ephemera card. We will embellish with flowers at the end.
Open the card, and choose different designer papers for each side, 7-1/4” x 4-3/4” (sometimes it is nice to have a single paper, about 7-1/4 x 10”, cut it in half and mount them on opposite sides, but I chose different papers). Cut a piece of solid card stock which matches your card base, to 2-1/2” x 5”, cut another piece just slightly smaller, (2-1/4” x 4-3/4”) which will complement the paper for your background on the left side. Attach the decorative 2-1/4” x 4-3/4” to the solid piece, then take this, and apply glue to the two short sides, and one long side, and attach at the base of the left hand side, on top of the other decorative paper, to create a pocket. Select a cut out or sticker to additionally embellish this side of the card as well, if desired.
On the inner right hand side of your card, select a decorative strip from the cut apart page, mount on matching card stock again, and apply first the 7-1/4” x 4-3/4” paper, and then the decorative element at the top. The rest is left for a note, a photo or whatever you like.
For the back of the card, cut the back decorative paper to 7-1/4” x 4-3/4”. We will attach a gusseted pocket before attaching it to the card back.
To create the gusseted pocked, cut a piece of reserved card stock used for the base, measuring 8-1/2” x 4”. Put your decorative paper on this “pocket” piece in a perpendicular pattern, or like a “T”, and center it. Score on the solid paper, along the sides of the decorative 7-1/4” x 4-3/4” paper. Then score outside both of those score lines about 1/8-3/16” away. Remove the decorative paper, now turn the solid paper and score along the 8-1/2” long side, about 3/8” from the edge, and again 1/8-3/16” away from that first score line. Fold on all the score lines, all in the same direction. The outer”wings” of this will need trimmed. First place the decorative paper (the “right side” is facing down) onto the solid and push it right up to the outer score line – fold the little strip of paper over your card panel and glue down (the scored part, which creates the gusset will be on the “right” side of your paper. Now cut along the inner side score lines to the inner long score line of each wing and trim away a thin piece of excess paper at the base of each wing. Fold the wings to the back of the decorative paper, and use a couple of pieces of thick card stock to keep the gusset in place, as you glue the wings to the back of the decorative paper.
Whew! Almost done! Now cut some pretty paper to put on the outside of this pocket, measuring about 3-1/2” x 4-3/4” depending on how much of a border you want, and gently attach to the front of your pocket.
Take the reserved card stock from when you first cut the card base – fold and glue to make a double thick strip of paper measuring about 3/8” wide, and cut two 1-1/2” pieces to anchor the hanger in place at the top of the card. Loop these strips over he bottom of the hanger, glue them together, and anchor with a clip for a bit. Created a decorate strip to cover those hanger anchors, from your paper, and mount it on matching card stock, measuring about 1” x 4-3/4”, depending on what you choose for your decoration. Once the hanger anchors are dry, mount at the top of the card, and then glue the 1” x 4-3/4” strip on top of this.
Now to stuff! Create a couple of tags, both long and wide, and decorate! I used some card stock and ephemera cards, as well as stickers here. I also created little “books” of small cut apart in the paper pack. I also like to stick thin chocolate bars in this pocket, and sometimes, I have put in fancy Tea bags with a honey stick, and sometimes even fancy Hot Chocolate packets from Land-o-Lakes or Swiss Miss.
Lastly, we need to embellish the front of the card! I love to create my own flowers, but you can select pre-made flowers from various companies, or even use small silk flowers found at Hobby Shops. I glue down the leaves first, after fiddling around with where they need to go. Then I tuck in extra leaves as needed, small filler flowers, and finally an organza ribbon. At last I select a sentiment from the paper “cut-a-parts” page, put some puffy tape on the back for additional dimension, and attach to the right hand corner. Now step back, and admire your stuffed card!
This is a conglomeration of several things in my stash. Of course I hand shaped the Peonies this afternoon, using Heartfelt Creations dies. I also used some of the Peony leaves, but I also had some leaves from my Graphic 45 set of dies (came with that really long tag) and of course the sentiment is from Creative Expressions. The paper is seriously just some from my stash – no name brand.
The metal elements are from Tim Holtz and G45 (the little clock). I needed to include the key for a challenge from “A Place to Start” April ‘22 DT inspiration, so that inspired me to add the little wreath and clock – I love doing things in 3’s, 5’s and 7s – gives it symmetry I suppose.
I mixed in a little tulle, some thin gold strings, and stuffed a lot of stamens in the flower centers.
I had a lot of fun creating this card – probably should’ve been doing housework or something, but this was way more fun!
This is a shaped card, they are so fun to make and receive! This uses almost exclusively Heartfelt Creations products, with the exception of the sentiment, which is from Creative Expressions – I have several of their dies, and they are perfect for people like me who have messy handwriting!!
The paper is from HFC Sweet Peonies paper, and the die to create the shaped card is called the Fancy Classic Oval. Flowers and leaves are hand made, using the HFC dies, with a little ribbon tucked in for eye appeal.
I love the little fern like die there – it came in the most recent HFC Christmas collection, and I had no idea I’d use it so often when I first got it, but I seem to find a place for it all the time!!
I even used coordinating shaped paper for the inside, and I have to say, I love the way it turned out!!
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.
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!
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!)
Design #3 for February, and then I’m done….gotta play with something other than red for a while!! The background paper is from G45 “Floral Shoppe”, the white die cut, swan and peonies & leaves from Hearfelt Creations dies (hand made by moi), and the lily of the valley are from an old generic punch. I’m sorry the gold embossing is catching the light there so much, couldn’t be helped!
Forgot about this lovely, and created her before Christmas! (I think!) The arched gatefold card is probably my new favorite, it is just so darn versatile!!
I used my favorite Heartfelt Creations paper, Sweet Peony, and an ornate arch gateway die. My sentiment comes from Creative Expressions – they make more things than sentiment dies, but that’s one of my favorite tools! I just love, love, love, my die cuts!!
The lighter colored flowers were made with the Climbing Clematis, medium sized flower, and the Peonies, of course, one large, one smaller – I have a lot of fun making flowers!
The inside has another one of the arched gateway dies, and the center sentiment came from Creative Expressions, as I said before, placed between the flowers on the Floral Borders Sweet Peony die – those floral border dies are so versatile!
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.