A Birthday Card for a Friend

This is a repeat of one I made before, with improvements to my wisteria, and a more elaborate inside.

So I figured out how to make my wisteria look a bit more lush, and again, I had fun water/coloring the bluebirds. Plus, the organza ribbon bows in each corner give it a nice touch, I think! The little bit of shiny gold cardstock beneath the sentiment is a subtle eye catching element as well.
I just love adding a little bit of lace to the inside, a half circle which helps set off both inside panels. I felt very clever figuring out the panel with the hearts, and I really like the way it looks. I almost had trouble giving this card away!
The last panel is simple, unless you lay the lacy part on top, and then it’s rather striking!

Totally enjoy working with this paper, and also enjoy playing with my Zig Clear Color markers, as well as the beautiful lacy dies created by Heartfelt Creations! No I don’t work for them, but it almost seems like I’m doing a commercial for them, doesn’t it!

Bluebirds and Wisteria

I just wanted another excuse to play with purple, I think.

I cut the “screen door” out of shiny gold cardstock, for a bit of a different look

The wisteria and flowers were simply die cut from the “Cascading Petals” paper pack, but the little blue birds (which were stamped and water colored) are from the Cherry Blossom collection. The screen door is from the French Country Cottage collection, so this is a bit of a mashup, it I think it’s nice how Heartfelt Creations products all work so well together.

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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!

Twin Sisters in Song

This was an experiment in water coloring with my Zig Clear Color Brush Markers, which my son, Wes, gave me for Christmas (2019)! I really did try to use them over the past few months, but I was not doing so well, until I found a few tutorials on YouTube. I am by all means, not an expert, but this is a work in progress, and fun to learn a new skill. I’ve also been playing around with colored pencils, blending them with a variety of mediums, from water, to alcohol, to baby oil.

Also I have a new toy to make a more perfect bow (it’s called 2 dowel rods hot glued into a wood base, lol! My sweet hubby made it for me.)

This little card includes flowers from Heartfelt Creations, a window from the French Country Garden Collection, and the birds and leaves are from the HFC Cascading Wisteria collection. zig markers colored in the flowers and the birds.

Cascading Petals & Bluebirds

This card was made with Heartfelt Creations Cascading Petals collection. It is a pretty big card, measuring about 7-1/2 inches tall, and 6-1/4 inches wide. I took one of the papers and cut the top right edge for my background, and the using the die cuts, I also used the paper pack for the bird on the right, and all the leaves and flowers.

For the inside of my cards, I like to use nice phrases from a sticker pack I found at either Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I also used a border strip at the bottom for visual interest, and then I shellacked the flowers and leaves with “Crystal Laquer”.