Category Archives: Encouragement cards

Chin Up Buttercup!

Chin Up Buttercup Tri-Fold Encouragement Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon


Hello Ribbon Lovers!  I have had the best time this month playing with the Citrus Ribbons in the June Ribbon Club Assortment!  I have played and played with these pretty ribbons and used up just about every single scrap.   I had just enough left to squeeze in one more June Ribbon Club project before we turn the calendar over to the month of July.  I think you’re going to get a grin or two out of this Chin Up Buttercup tri-fold greeting card made with Simple Stories Bloom and Grow papers.

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It’s pretty hard not to smile when you’re working with these sunshiny ribbons! To begin this card,   Tangerine Delicate Stitched Satin and Citrus Striped Chevron Grosgrain were layered to create a header. Then I topped this with a little medallion that says, appropriately, “Chin Up Buttercup!”


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Next, I wove Citrus Paint Splatter Grosgrain through the pickets in this rusted garden fence.  Then I got busy layering up a double bow made with the last of my Maize Diamond Satin Ribbon and the Paint Splatter Grosgrain.


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I’ve been walking in my neighborhood every morning, and finding the most gorgeous mailbox gardens I’ve ever seen, and that inspired me to fill this fence in with a bounty of pretty Petaloo flowers.

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Now take a peek at the inside of the card, with just the first panel opened.

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And here it is opened all the way up. Honestly, I can’t look at this card without grinning…it’s those gnomes!!!!

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Finally, I stuffed the pockets with cute tags and postcards.  Imagine how much fun it would be to receive this in the mail!  It would turn a frown upside down in a hurry! That little snippet of Maize Honeycomb Satin was just the right size to slip into that red paperclip and top with a button.  The card says, “Don’t let the little things bug you.”

I loved this ribbon club so much that I kind of hate to see the month of June fade away. But it’s all good….July brings a brand new ribbon club assortment with it, and since I’ve had a sneaky peek of it, I know it’s going to be fun to play with, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!





Pink and Green Floral Key Cards (Heartfelt Creations)

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Pink and Green Floral Key Cards for Heartfelt Creations

Good Wednesday morning, my friends!  We are now just one week away from Christmas Day.  Are you ready?  Are your stockings all hung by the chimney with care?  Cookies baked? Cards mailed? Me, neither!  LOL  So today, I’m taking a break from Christmas cards and sharing a couple of pink and green Floral Key cards with you.  You can find a complete supply list and detailed directions on the Heartfelt Creations blog along with oodles of gorgeous projects from the rest of the design team.  So be sure to pop over and see what they have prepared for you today.

Wishing you a Quick Recovery

My first card made with papers from the Floral Key Collection  is a Get Well card.  When my husband was in the hospital, I realized how much it meant to receive a card from a friend.  Every time you look at that card, you remember that someone is thinking of you, praying for you and sending you love. 

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The card measures 5″ x 7″ and features flowers that were made with Spellbinder’s Carnation Creations die.   I stamped and die cut the Open Leaves as the main adornment on the card.

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The flowers were cut from a pink foil paper that I had in my stash, and while I was die cutting, I got out my Layered Scalloped Posy Die and cut it out of the same pink foil.  I used these pieces in the corners.

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The paper was so beautiful, it needed very little embellishing.  I love this ornate wrought iron gate and I didn’t want to risk covering it up.

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I used the sentiment stamp from the Script Aster Background PreCut Set . This was stamped directly onto the card front and then again onto pink cardstock, and then the two were combined as you see in the photo to make it all come together. Once I added the bow and rhinestones, the card was complete.

Thank you for Loving Me

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My second pink and green card also uses the Floral Key paper collection as well as Journey of Love and Burnished Key Hole stamp sets.  

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The card is 7″ x 5″ and features a card front from the collection.

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The heart was stamped onto white cardstock and then treated with UTEE, cracked and rubbed with green ink.  I used Want 2 Scrap Nestabling around the outside of the heart. 

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I love the green tulle with the pink heart and flower. 

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If you enlarge the photos, you can see more of the details.  And remember, a full supply list and step by step instructions can be found on the Heartfelt blog.

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The inside of the card carries a hand written message and artwork from the paper collection.  I think this could make a great Valentine, don’t you?

That’s it for me today, folks.  I thank you for taking the time to stop by the blog.  I love sharing my work with you, and I also love hearing your thoughts….it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time…



Sweet Juliet Easel Card (Heartfelt Creations Wednesday)

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Good morning, friends!  It’s time for another peek at the luscious  Sweet Juliet Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  I am absolutely in love with these beautiful stamps, dies and papers!  To showcase their beauty, I’ve prepared a Sweet Juliet easel card to share with you today.

Heartfelt Creation Sweet Juliet Easel 03 Those cheery little blossoms are made using the Sweet Juliet die.  It is so quick and easy to make a simple little flower to adorn your paper art using this die collection.  And, if you take a peek at the Heartfelt Creations blog you will find a wonderful video that reveals some great tricks for using this die in conjunction with other Heartfelt Creations dies.  It’s definitely worth a peek.  

Heartfelt Creation Sweet Juliet Easel 01  Here’s a closer look . I’ve embellished the centers with a copper brad and some Crystal Stickles.  If you’d like to make this fun easel card, Here is a complete supply list and detailed directions:

Heartfelt Creations Product Used:  HCDP1 237 Antiquity Paper Collection; HCD 740 Sweet Juliet Die; HCPC 3564 Blessing to Me PreCut Set; HCPC 3568 Moments with You Precut Set; HCD 735 Gift Ensemble Die; HCPC 3507 Timeless Amour Background PreCut Set; HCPC 3567 Juliet Spray PreCut Set

Other Product Used: Spellbinder’s Flying Beauties Shapeablities; Diamond Stickles; Core’dinations Core Impressions Cardstock; Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Old Paper; Olive Archival Ink; Distress Markers: Aged Mahogany, Warm Honey, Bundled Sage; water brush; Copper Brads, Pink Grosgrain Ribbon in 1/8” and ¼”, Sanding tool; light green cardstock;

Directions:  Create a 6×6” easel card base with Core’dinations Core Cardstock in Rose.  Sand inside and outside lightly to expose white core.  Brush clean.  Lightly sponge the outside with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Cut the “you are the world” 6×6 card front from the Antiquities paper collection. Stamp the left hand side of the panel with the Timeless Amour Background using Old Paper Distress Ink.   Heavily distress the edges of the card front and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Stamp the Sweet Juliet Spray in the upper left hand corner of the panel.  Color in with Distress Markers and a water brush.

Using paper from the collection, die cut 2 sets of small flowers and 1 set of large flowers.  Shape with mat and stylus.  Add copper brads.  Arrange over the Sweet Juliet Spray and glue down.  Die cut several of the vines from the Gift Ensemble out of light green cardstock.  Ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink while still in the die.  Arrange around the flowers and glue down.  Run ribbon around the lower third of the card front as shown.  Add a bow and then glue the whole panel onto the prepared base.

Cut the small journal tag from the paper collection.  Lightly distress and ink the edges.  Mat with Core’dinations cardstock.  Die cut 2 butterflies from the Spellbinder’s die, one from the paper collection and one from Core’dinations.  Ink the edges with Aged Mahogany ink and adhere to the journal tag with foam tape so that the wings are slightly elevated.  Add Stickles to the pane and butterfly and set aside to dry. When dry, use foam tape to secure at an angle to the front of the card.  Accent the card front with Crystal Stickles.  Set aside to dry.

Stamp the sentiment circle and adhere to the inside card base, as shown.  Die cut 2 sets of Sweet Juliet Vines from cardstock.  Ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  Glue on either side of the sentiment circle.  Run another length of pink ribbons just above the sentiment circle and tie a square knot.  This will hold your easel card open.   Cut out the journal tag and stamp with “You are Such a Blessing to Me” sentiment circle.  Glue in right center of the card interior. 

Easel cards are always fun to make because they look so impressive, but they are actually quite simple to design.  I love the fact that they can stand up all on their own. 

Heartfelt Creation Sweet Juliet Easel 04 Here’s the inside of this  card. 


Well, that’s it for me today, friends.  I hope you were inspired by my Sweet Juliet easel card.  I was very intimidated at the thought of making one of these fun cards, but once I made the first one, I wanted to make more and more.  How about you?  Have you tried making an easel card?  I’d love to hear from you!  Your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



Thinking of You Masculine Card for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

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Good Wednesday morning, friends!  It’s time for another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  I have two projects on the Heartfelt Creations blog this week.  Another little mini album and this Thinking of You Masculine card.  I’ll share the details of the mini album with you tomorrow, but for today, I’d like to take a look at this quick and easy masculine card.  Before we do that, it’s also the release day for the beautiful new Sweet Juliet collection.  Here are the official press release notes:

We are pleased to introduce the Sweet Juliet Collection. This collection is inspired by the beauty of ancient rooms locked away and laden with antique treasures. These rooms are filled with yellow candlelight and dusty vases. Crinkly letters lay scattered around, turning crisp and fading more every day. A postcard lays covered in thick dust, forgotten in a dark corner. Wildflowers lay around, as crisp and crinkled as the beautiful wallpapers. Using these detailed floral and typographical stamps, complemented by black, gold and burgundy papers will enable you to create an outstanding classical creation. 


Leave a comment on the Heartfelt Creations blog by October 15th and you will be eligible to win the entire collection valued at $150.

A quick and easy masculine card:

Heartfelt Creations Thinking of You 02  By now you all know how much I enjoy creating projects and cards that contain a lot of details.  But I also like to create quick, simple cards like this Thinking of You masculine card.  This card came together from concept to completion in about 30 minutes, which is pretty fast!  Here is a supply list and detailed instructions for creating this card:

Heartfelt Creations Product used in making this card: HCPC 3566 Beautiful Juliet PreCut Set; HCDP1237 Antiquities Paper Collection


Other Product Used: Chocolate Chip Cardstock, Cherry Cobbler Cardstock;  twine, button, burlap, Coffee Archival Ink; Clear Embossing Powder; Vintage Photo Distress Ink


 Directions:  Create a 6×6” card base with the fold at the top.  Cut out the “You Mean So Much to Me” panel from the 6×6 card base page of the Sweet Juliet collection.  Trim to 5  7/8” square.  Stitch around the edges. Ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Adhere to card base. 

Cut a 1”x 5 ½” strip of the script paper from Sweet Juliet.  Cut a fishtail on the bottom end.  Mat onto Cherry Cobbler, Burlap, Chocolate Chip and then Cherry Cobbler once again.  Glue approximately 1” from the left hand side of the card base.


Stamp the Thinking of You stamp onto a light colored sheet of Sweet Juliet Paper with Coffee Ink.  Heat Emboss with clear embossing powder.  Mat with Chocolate Chip cardstock and mat again onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock and cut a fishtail end on the right hand side.  Glue onto burlap and trim around.  Fray the ends.  Line up with the left hand edge of the vertical strip and glue down.  Make a jute bow.  Add button.  Wrap top of card with jute string and add a bow. 


On the inside, cut a 5 ½” x 5” panel of light colored paper from the collection.  Top with a 1” strip of dark brown paper, cut a fishtail banner and top with the sentiment from one of the mini journal cards.

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This is another wonderful paper collection, full of ready to go card fronts and artwork.  I loved everything about it, and I think you will, too.

If you haven’t voted for your favorite designers yet, just click on the link and make your selection.  It only takes a second, and you may win a $50 gift card to Heartfelt Creations by doing so.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed, hoping to make the team for another round, but I need your vote to do so.  To those of you who have already voted, thank you!  Remember, you must cast your vote by October 18th.

And that’s it for me today, folks.  I’ll be back tomorrow to share photos and instructions for another fun mini album.  I so appreciate your visits.  I know how busy we all are, and the fact that you take the time to stop by my little blog and leave such nice comments makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



TGIF Card Using Graphic 45 Typography

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Well, Happy Friday, everyone!  We’ve almost made it through another week, and to celebrate, I’m here with my TGIF card featuring this wonderful sentiment and papers from Graphic 45’s Typography collection.   It is a good day to have a good day!  I love the great chalkboard look of this sentiment panel and the bright happy colors of this card.  Do you agree?

Typography Good Day Card 03  The chalkboard look always makes me feel nostalgic.  Growing up in rural Vermont, I can remember trying to be a very, very, good girl so that the teacher would pick me to erase all the chalkboards at the end of the school day.  It was considered a great honor to be chosen to clean the slate chalkboards, clap out the erasers and line the trays with fresh chalk for the next day.  Oh, the simple pleasures of childhood!  We didn’t know how good we had it, did we?

I started out by creating a 7″x5″ card base from kraft cardstock.  The sentiment was cut directly from the cut apart page of the Typography collection and smudged with a little white pigment ink.

Typography Good Day Card 02  I matted the sentiment panel with both red and black cardstock.  The striped panel was also stitched onto a black mat.  These yummy layers were then glued down onto my card base. 

Graphic 45 Good Day Card 01 I wanted to create a festive, party feel for this card, and to me, nothing says party  like rosettes and banners! 

Typography Good Day Card 01 (3)  These mini rosettes were made using Tim’s die.  I love the movement they add to this fun card.  Each rosette was topped with a little chipboard piece from the Typography collection. The fishtail banners were hand cut and double matted with both red and black cardstock.  Does it make you feel like celebrating?  I know it works for me!

Typography Good Day Card 01 I combined three strands of jute string to make the fun little bow. 

Typography Good Day Card 04  The interior of the TGIF card carries over the chalkboard theme and the happy colors used on the front of the card.  The sentiment on the black paper was stamped in white pigment ink, then embossed with white superfine embossing powder. It reads: “Laughing deeply is living deeply.”  The smaller sentiment was cut from the collection, matted and mounted on a fishtail banner.  It reads: “Happiness is an inside job.” 

Of course, I lined the envelope and covered the flap.  I love the way this makes a card feel like a special gift!

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I think this TGIF card would make a great birthday card, a super fun “thinking of you” card or a perfect “just because” card.  We all need a little help from our friends every once in a while…and I know this card would certainly cheer me up!  So what occasion would you use this card for? 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today.  I hope your Friday rolls along without drama, incident or upset and that your weekend is spent doing the things you love to do.  Thanks in advance for your kind comments.  They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,



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