Christmas Cardinals, Bells, and Lanterns

What could be more reminiscent of home than the brilliant red of a cardinal against the crisp white background of newly fallen snow or the sight of a Christmas lantern lighting the way as the gentle sounds of Christmas bells fill the air?

At least, that’s what I was thinking as I created this next card . . .

Cardinals Bells Lantern

With papers, stamps, and dies from the Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly collection, I was able to create exactly what I was envisioning in no time at all!

I took one of the sheets from the Festive Holly paper pack and cut it down to 5.75″ x 5.75″ then adhered it to a 6″ x 6″ card base.  The lantern, cardinal, and holly were stamped on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers then cut out with the matching dies.

Copic Markers Used: Lampost – C3, C5, C7, C9. Flame – Y06, Y17, Y21, YR20. Candle – Y21. Leaves – YG61, YG63. Berries – R17, R39. Branch – E37. Cardinal – R35, R37, R39, Y17.

 

I used another piece of patterned paper inside the card as well as one of the larger tags:

Cardinal Bells Lantern inside

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s project – thanks for visiting!

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Heartfelt Creations Christmas

With Heartfelt Creations, making Christmas Cards couldn’t be easier!  Their artwork is amazing and makes a beautiful card all on its own or you can jazz it up a bit with die-cuts, stamped and colored images and stamped sentiments.

The card below was made from their Snow Kissed paper collection–I just love these chickadees, don’t you?

Chickadee Xmas

Chickadee Xmas inside

All I added were a couple of die-cut pine boughs and berries on the front and a stamped sentiment on the tag inside, and in a matter of minutes, I had a great card completed!

Next up is a lovely card from this year’s Winter’s Eve collection–I just added a simple stamped greeting to the front:

Deer and Pines

Then on the inside, I used one of the more simple background papers so that I could highlight the two sentiments and various die-cut images:

Deer and Pines inside

 

Here’s another card from the Winter’s Eve collection that looks great but couldn’t have been easier to make:

 

And finally, here are two cards I made from the Festive Holly collection–once again, all I added were a couple of stamped and die-cut sentiments:

 

Give one or all of these paper collections a try for yourself and see just how fun and easy it can be to make great Christmas cards that your friends and family will treasure through the years.

Thanks for visiting and make it a crafty week everyone!

Heartfelt Creations Tropical Paradise Window Card

Tropical Paradise Window Card

This fun birthday card was made almost entirely from the Heartfelt Creations Tropical Paradise Paper Collection – everything from the main card image to the vine and even the palm tree tops were cut from this paper. I have to say, I do LOVE the colors and imagery contained in this paper collection!

The flowers were stamped with the Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms set HCPC-3608 onto white cardstock and colored with Memento Lilac Posies & Danube Blue inks then cut out with the Arianna Blooms dies HCD1-748.

The leaves behind the flowers were cut from the Tropical Paradise paper with Elizabeth Craft Designs Pair of Leaves 1 #1314. The Celebrate die (#1286) is also from Elizabeth Craft Designs and was cut out of black cardstock.

The vine at the top of the card was cut with the Heartfelt Creations Delicate Border Dies HCD1-7118. This versatile die set is one that I have been using a lot lately!

The palm trees are from Lawn Fawn’s Palm Trees die set.  (This set also comes with a very cute crab die, by the way, that wasn’t used here.) As mentioned before, the tree tops were cut from the Tropical Paradise paper and the trunks and coconuts were cut from Stampin’ Up Kraft paper then colored with Copic Markers E23 and E18.

It is hard to tell from the photo, but I added dimension to the window frame by cutting four 1″ x 4″ pieces of black cardstock, scoring and folding them in half to form four 1/2″ x 4″ pieces, and then gluing two on each side.  I saw this great tip demonstrated on a blog a few months ago and was pleased at how well it worked!

As you can see below, I continued the Tropical Paradise theme on the envelope as well:

Tropical Paradise Envelope

The flamingo on the left was stamped with the Tropical Paradise stamp set  HCPC-3783 and cut out with the matching die HCD1-7137.

The tag on the right, like the main card image, was cut directly from the paper pad, making this card and envelope a surprisingly quick and easy project to put together.

Thanks for visiting – I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

 

 

 

Tropical Paradise Birthday

 

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Since I haven’t posted in awhile, I thought I would do another quick post today.

This is a birthday card I made using the Heartfelt Creations Tropical Paradise papers, stamps, and dies.  Love the colors and images of this set!

Although the flowers on the front were actually made with stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose Collection, I did stamp them on paper from the Tropical Paradise collection and shaded with Memento inks.

Here is the back of the card when closed:

Back Closed

 

The card base is a Heartfelt Creations 5″ x 7″ white foldout card.   Below is the inside and outside with the card fully open:

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And here are some closeups of the individual panels:

 

The parrot and cockatoo were colored with Copic markers.  I didn’t like how the back of the cockatoo appeared from the backside, so I added a die-cut circle to represent the sun and colored both sides with Memento Cantaloupe ink and Kaleidacolor Desert Heat ink pad.  (And added a die-cut dragonfly so the back side wouldn’t look so plain!)

Other products used on the card include Memory Box dies: 99229 Garland Greenery, 99751 Little Dragonflies, and 99461 Wildflower Landscape; Sizzix 656515 Dragonfly; and Elizabeth Craft Designs dies: Leafy Branch 5, Pair of Leaves 1, and Celebrate.

Thanks for visiting – have a great rest of the holiday weekend everyone!

Wildwood Cottage Shaker Card

Wildwood Cottage Shaker

This fun birthday shaker card features papers from the Heartfelt Creations Wildwood Cottage collection.  I love that the paper packs have 2 of each design. This allowed me to cut out certain elements, such as the fairy, from the second sheet and foam tape it in place to create more dimension and interest.

I also stamped, colored, and die-cut some of the vines and flowers from this set and glued them on the roof and side of the house and in the lower left corner. And of course, I had to add some glitter and beads just for the fun of it!

The shaker element features products from Queen and Company’s Pop Ups Heart and Heart Throb shaker kits.

The inside of the card features more Heartfelt Creations Wildwood Cottage paper as well as a cute hummingbird from their Botanic Orchid papers:

Wildwood Cottage

 

I hope you liked today’s card, and if you haven’t made a shaker card yet, you really should give it a try!

 

 

Under the Sea Birthday Shaker Card

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Shaker cards seem to be growing ever popular, so today’s project is a 6″ x 6″ shaker card I made with paper from the Heartfelt Creations Under The Sea collection and Queen and Company’s Pop Ups Circle Shaker set.

These Pop Ups shaker sets are great because not only do they include the pop-up foam frames in several sizes, but transparency and card stock back pieces in matching sizes!

I cut a 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ piece of paper from the Under The Sea collection and adhered it to my card front.

Next, without removing the protective covering from the adhesive, I placed the largest foam frame from the Pop Ups shaker set over the scene I had chosen from the Under The Sea paper pad and traced around it with a pencil. I cut this out and adhered it to my card front, then I removed the adhesive covering from one side of the foam frame and placed it over my scene.

I glued 3 silver heart sequins next to the sea horses, then added various beads and other sequins within the framed area.  After removing the protective covering from the top of the foam frame, I placed the largest transparency from the Pop Ups shaker set over it.

Using the largest die from Queen and Company’s Pop Up Circles Dies, I cut a frame from blue card stock and glued this on the top of the transparency piece. I cut out one of the Under The Sea turtles and glued that to the top of my shaker element.  Next I glued heart and star sequins in the corners.

I felt the card was just missing something yet, so I added three flowers made from the Heartfelt Creations Wildwood Cottage collection.  I colored them with Distress inks and added Krystallos Shard Glass Glitter to the edges and Frantage Fuchsia Glass Glitter to the centers.

The inside of the card features a sea horse, beta fish and coral border I cut from the Under The Sea paper.  (This collection has dies to match these and other elements in the paper, making cutting them out a breeze!)  I also chose a couple of word tags from the paper pack and adhered all of these elements onto another 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ piece of Under The Sea paper.

UnderTheSea inside

 

I cut down one of the 6″ x 6″ scenes to 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ then glued it to the back of the card. The text is from the Gina K. Designs By the Sea stamp set, and it was stamped in Peacock Feathers Distressed Ink. I finished the card with a small Under The Sea ticket tag near the bottom.

UnderTheSea back

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and have fun making a shaker card of your own!

A Woodsy Wonderland Thank You

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I made this fun Thank You card with papers, stamps, and dies from the Heartfelt Creations Woodsy Wonderland Collection and one of the Heartfelt Creations 6″ x 6″ White Foldout Card Bases (Product ID #HCCF1-445-2).  The Thank You die comes from the Heartfelt Creations Elegant Border Basics Dies (Product ID #HCD1-7121).  I also used dies from the Heartfelt Creations Fleur Border Basics Die Set (Product ID #HCD1-7120) and Heartfelt Creations Regal Borders and Pockets Die Set (Product ID #HCD1-779).

I stamped and die-cut some of the deer and trees then colored them with various Memento inks and matching Memento markers.  I used foam dots to add dimension to the deer and trees on the front of the card.

A great video tutorial (and the inspiration for my card) can be found here.

Closeup photos with first flap open:

Closeup photos with second flap open:

And we can’t forget the back:

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My photos here don’t really do it justice, but the scenes and colors in this collection are amazing! The designs are so versatile, too–I love that they can be used for a wide variety of occasions and are suitable for both men and women. I can’t wait to get started on my next project with this delightful collection!

Have a wonderful and crafty New Year and thanks for visiting!