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Butterfly Medley Birthday Card Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop: Butterfly Medley Birthday Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the February 2016 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop.  I have a sunshine yellow Butterfly Medley Birthday card tutorial to share with you today.  You should have come here from Eemelia’s lovely blog. If so you are right on track.  Just in case you are lost, here’s a link to the Alumni Team that is participating in this hop:

Caroline Duncan ♥  Amarilys Doria ♥  Ujjwal Gupta ♥  Vicki DutcherGlenda Brooks ♥                   Gloria StengelRegina M. Hamilton Gini Williams CagleSarah Miller ♥                               Emilia van den Heuvel Kathy Clement (You are HERE) ♥  Alissa Wells  ♥  Lisa Allen

Be sure to visit each blog along the way and leave a lovely comment, because one comment from one of the above blogs will be randomly chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 27th and will have 24 hours to contact [email protected] to claim the prize.

Butterfly Medley Birthday Card Tutorial Card 04There’s something about a sunshine yellow card in the middle of winter that just lifts the spirit.  In making this 5″ x 7″ side fold card,  I combined Butterfly Medley papers, dies and stamps with the Delightful Daisy stamps and dies.  I love how cheery this card is!

Butterfly Medley Birthday Card 01I layered designer papers up with a pretty Decorative Oval die cut that I popped up on foam dots to add extra depth to the card.  It’s hard to see in this photo, but I stamped the white space in the designer paper with the Large Elegant Word Background Stamp before adding the die cut.

Butterfly Medley Birthday Card 02The flowers were stamped onto white cardstock using Mustard Seed Distress Ink followed by heat embossing.  Once they were shaped and layered, I painted the petals and leaves with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint and filled the centers with Czech beads.

Butterfly Medley Birthday Card 03There’s a fair amount of distressing and inking on the card layers.   I layered a sentiment ticket up with a small image from the cut apart page , then added a couple of little banner flags for fun. In this photo, you can see the belly band I created with the Chevron Ribbon and 1.5″ White Crocheted Lace.

Lemon Yellow Birthday Daisy Card 03And you have to have a lemony fresh bow on a card like this one, so I used this pretty Yellow Chevron Striped Twill to the side of my sentiment panel.  Love this ribbon!

Lemon Yellow Birthday Daisy Card 04The inside of the card uses stacked layers of designer paper with plenty of room to add your own hand written birthday greeting.

You’ll find a complete supply list and tutorial below.  Now hop on over to see what Alissa has cooked up for you this month!

Thanks for stopping by!



Butterfly Medley Birthday Card Tutorial


  • white cardstock
  • Butterfly Medley Paper Collection
  • Butterfly Medley Stamp
  • Butterfly Medley Die
  • Delightful Daisy Stamp
  • Delightful Daisy Die
  • Decorative Oval Die
  • Mustard Seed Distress ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink
  • Peeled Paint Distress Ink
  • Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint
  • Czech Beads
  • 1.5″ Crocheted Lace
  • Tim Holtz Ideology Memo Pin
  • Distressing Tool
  • Deluxe Flower Shaping Tool Kit
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive


  1. Create a 5″ x 7″ side fold card from white cardstock
  2. Cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ panel of polka dot paper from the Butterfly Medley Collection.  Distress the edges and ink with Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
  3. Cut the 5″ x 7″ card panel from the paper collection.  Trim off the outer edge so that the polka dot edge is now the outer edge.
  4. Stamp the white oval center with the Elegant Word Background stamp and Mustard Seed Distress Ink.  Heat Emboss. Distress edges, ink with Mustard Seed DI.  Curl edges.  Center on the polka dot paper panel and glue in place. Wrap with white crocheted lace and chevron ribbon.  Glue to the card base.
  5. Die cut the Decorative Oval from white cardstock and adhere with foam dots.
  6. Cut the small decorative panel from the paper collection. Mat onto white cardstock.  Adhere to card on an angle, gluing the bottom portion directly to the card base, but using foam dots to raise the top edge.
  7. Stamp 2 sets of Delightful Daisies onto white cardstock using Mustard Seed DI.  Heat emboss with clear powder.  Die cut, shape and stack. Sponge the edges lightly with ink.  Color the leaves with Peeled Paint Distress ink.  Use hot glue to secure to card as shown.
  8. Stamp Butterfly Medley with Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink.  Heat emboss and die cut.  Shape the wings and add to the flower cascade as shown.   Paint the petals and butterfly wings with Clear Rock Candy Distress Ink.  Add Czech beads to the flower centers.
  9. Cut out the sentiment ticket and mat onto white cardstock.  Add to the card using the Tim Holtz memory pin.
  10. Tie a bow with the Yellow Chevron Twill and use hot glue to secure to the card.
  11. Cut out papers in varying sizes to line the inside of the card.


Daisy Dreams Card Tutorial

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, my friends!

It is truly springtime here in North Carolina. The whole world is dressed up as though it is getting ready to go to a fancy dress ball. Bradford Pears are adorned in layers of foamy white blossoms, tender leaves are popping out in myriad shades of green, and along the road, the wispy branches of red buds add delightful pops of color.  Yellow forsythia bells ring out the glad news that winter is past, and spring has come to stay.  It’s all so beautiful, it almost makes my heart pop!  I wanted to capture the exuberance and beauty of early springtime on this Daisy Dreams card tutorial for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.

Daisy Dreams HC March 27, 2015 08aI combined beautiful Peacock Paisley papers with Delightful Daisies stamps and dies to create a dreamy springtime base for this top fold card. For the card focal, I used my favorite stamp from the Butterfly Medley Collection.  Dream in Beauty was inked up with Ranger Archival Cobalt ink and stamped directly onto the open space on the card panel. This was heat embossed with clear ink, and “colored” in with Diamond Stickles.

Daisy Dreams HC March 27, 2015 05Then I stamped Dream in Beauty onto clear cardstock and die cut just the butterfly with the Botanical Wings Die.  I colored the back side of the butterfly with assorted alcohol markers (see the tutorial below for details) and heated it gently so that I could shape the wings.  I glued it onto the card base with Glossy Accents.  I added more Stickles to the stamped flourishes and the butterfly body , then lightly sprinkled the whole thing with Mustard Seed Distress Glitter because it looks like pollen.  I just love the glitz and shine on that butterfly, don’t you?

Daisy Dreams HC March 27, 2015 11aThe frothy, poufy bow was tied with white organza to mimic the feel of those Bradford Pear blossoms I was talking about earlier.  I tapped it lightly with some of the same inks I used to color the daisies.

Daisy Dreams HC March 27, 2015 02aYou can see a little peeky of the inside of the card here.  I just used another panel of the same paper found on the front of the card, and left room to write a nice note.

Wishing you a glorious springtime and Daisy Dreams!



Daisy Dreams Card TUTORIAL

HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
HCDP1 252 Peacock Paisley Paper Collectin
HCPC 3655 Dream in Beauty Cling Stamps
HCPC 3656 Delightful Daisies Cling Stamps
HCD 758 Botanical Wings Die
HCD 760 Delightful Daisies Die
GBCC811 8.5″ x 11″ clear cardstock
130524 Distress Crackle Paint

Other Products: White Cardstock, Spring Green Cardstock (DCWV); Archival Ink: Cobalt, Butterscotch, Sap Green; Clear Embossing Powder; Diamond Stickles; Spectrum Noir Pens: JG4, GT2, BT6, BT7, GB3, FL3; Gold Painty Pen, Colorbox Primary Pastel Paintbox Chalk Ink, Colorbox Blossom Paintbox Chalk Ink; 1″ wide organza ribbon; Prima Raja Flower Centers; Mustard Seed Distress Glitter

Directions: Create a 5.5″ x 6″ top fold card base from the spring green cardstock. Cut a 5.25″ 5.75″ rectangle of the dark navy daisy paper from the Peacock Paisley collection. Cut a 5″ x 5.5″ rectangle of the light green daisy border paper from the collection and mat with the dark navy. Stamp this panel with the “Dream in Beauty” stamp using cobalt ink. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Wrap the ribbon around the bottom edge about 1/2″ from the card base. Top with the bow. Brush the butterfly with Diamond Stickles and set aside to dry.

While the butterfly is drying, stamp and die cut several sets of the Delightful Daisies using cobalt, butterscotch and sap green ink onto white cardstock. Shape and stack. Sponge with a mix of blue and yellow inks from the Chalkbox Paintboxes. Paint with Distress Crackle Paint, sprinkle with Distress Glitter and set aside to dry. When dry, hot glue the Raja flower centers in place and arrange the flowers onto the prepared card base.

Stamp the “Dream in Beauty” stamp a second time onto the clear cardstock. Heat emboss carefully with clear embossing powder and die cut with the Botanical Wings die. You will probably have to run through your machine several times to cut out the butterfly and add cardstock shims as needed. Color the back of the butterfly with Spectrum Noir Markers and Painty Pen. Bend the wings upwards to look like a butterfly in flight. Add Stickles to the back side of the wings and set aside to dry. When completely dry, glue on top of the stamped butterfly on the card base. Add Stickles to the flourishes and butterfly antennae.

RRR Flowers and Ribbon Challenge

Really Reasonable Ribbon Flowers and Ribbon Challenge

Hello, Friends!  There’s a new challenge up on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG. The Flowers and Ribbon Challenge is just what we need after a long, cold winter, wouldn’t you agree? I dug out my Graphic 45 “Time to Flourish” papers and the gorgeous new March Ribbon Club Assortment from RRR and created this springtime tulip card.

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon


I was thrilled with how perfectly the ribbons go with the April pages from Time to Flourish.  I used a combination of Light Coral and Tropic Delicate Stitched Satin and a touch of Sharon White Crocheted Lace.  The delicate stitched satin ribbon is my absolute favorite, as it has a soft sheen and ties perfect bows every time.  It also comes in a rainbow of beautiful colors!

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

To create this two-tone bow, I stacked two 18″ lengths of ribbon one on top of the other, and then tied the bow using my Bow-it-All Tool.  I threaded some white string through the fussy cut tag and added it to the top of the pretty bow.

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

The open tulip was created using the die cut flowers that are part of the Time to Flourish collection.  Once the individual layers were shaped, the center was filled with pink seed beads and then I painted the whole thing with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle.  I love the crackly, vintage shine this lends to the flower.

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Kathy by Design/Time to Flourish Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

The inside was finished simply with another panel of paper and a bit of artwork from the cut apart page.  I left it blank so that a personal greeting could be inserted.  This card would work well as an Easter card, a get well card, or a birthday card. It’s always good to keep one’s options open!

Now it’s your turn!  Dig into your papers, ribbons, trims and flowers and create a project for the RRR Flowers and Ribbon challenge and link it up to the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG.  I’ll be popping by to take a look at your wondrous creations between now and March 19th, which is when the challenge ends.   I can’t wait to see what you make!

Now go get your craft on!



Hand Crafted Spring Flowers: Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge

Winter Showers Bring (Hand-Crafted)  Spring Flowers

Are you longing for Spring as much as I am?  When I was out and about the other day, I spotted cherry trees in bloom.  Hurrah!  And, my brave little daffodils have blossomed in their pot on my front porch.  Spring is coming, folks!  It really is…and with it all the beautiful flowers of spring.  If you can’t wait any longer, today’s post features some hand crafted Spring Flowers made using Tim’s Tattered Floral and Tattered Leaves dies.  Tim challenged us to create Spring flowers as a tag, card, wearable art or any other project.  The only rule is to use his Tattered Floral die in the project.

Crinoline, It’s not just for petticoats anymore

I decided to create my flowers with  burlap, paper, tulle, fabric scraps from my stash, and my new secret weapon for making hand crafted flowers: crinoline! It’s not just for petticoats anymore!  It has a very loose weave, but is stiff and takes inks, sprays, and dyes very well.  It’s also very malleable while it is wet.  It adds wonderful texture to handmade flowers.  004 (2)  If you take the time to look at Tim’s Blog he offers a wonderful tutorial on how to make these gorgeous hand-crafted flowers.  I colored my  using Distress Ink in shades of Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive and Scattered Straw.  I just swiped the inks directly onto my non-stick craft sheet and then spritzed the ink with water until it beaded up.  Then, I either tapped my materials into this luscious puddle of inky goodness, or I dragged them through it, depending on how much color I wanted to add to each layer.  I scrunched each layer into a ball and dried it with my heat tool, then carefully “unscrunched” it.  I ran a brad through the center of each layer, fluffed the edges and added the burlap and tulle leaves to the base.  005 (2) I created a second, smaller flower and also used a manila tag to soak up the extra ink.  

Building the Tag to Hold the Hand-Crafted Flowers

Once I was happy with the layers of color on the tag, I used some old Stampin’ Up leaf stamps from my stash to stamp around the edges.  I also decided that I wanted some sheen on the tag, so I spritzed it generously with Perfect Pearls.  While it was still damp, I decided to add some extra texture and dimension by using a Sizzix texture plate in a harlequin design.  I applied Coffee Ranger Archival Ink directly to a 3×3″ area of the texture plate.  Carefully placing my tag, face down on top of the inked area, I then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  Ooh-la-la!  Wonderful texture, and a great color fade, too!  010 (2)

As usual,  I got so wrapped up in creating that I forgot to take step-by-step photos of the process.  I apologize, and will try to do better in the future.  Once the flowers were secured to the tag, the remaining elements were added, leaving plenty of room for the sentiment, which was printed out onto paper, inked and mounted onto scrap cardstock for strength and stability.  An Idea-Ology word stick  was inked up with distress stain to make it look aged and bundled into the twine bow.

How Does Your Garden Grow? With Hand-Crafted Flowers!

001 (2) 002 (2) Here’s the finished product.  Rayon seam binding was dyed to match, and then stamped with the same leafy vine stamp used on the tag.  The sentiment was added using a memo pin, and a sweet little butterfly was added to the mix.  Ah, Spring!  Flowers!  Color!  Green growing things…can’t get here soon enough for me!003 (2) 007 (2) 011 (2) 008 (2)

Remember, you can click on the photos to enlarge them and get a more detailed view.

Thanks for reading my little blog today. I hope you will take time to look at Tim’s blog post and enjoy all the beautiful projects posted there.  I know you will be inspired if you do.  And thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment.  You know how much I love hearing from you…it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers…speaking of which…here’s one last photo featuring those crafty little fingers after they’d finished with this project: 016 (2) 015 (2)  




Everafter Card for Simon Says Stamp and Show

002 (2) - CopyWhen I was a little girl, I loved fairy tales. I devoured every book featuring these wonderful creatures that I could get my hands on: The Red Fairy Book, The Green Fairy Book, The Blue Fairy Book, Andersen’s Fairy Tales, and the Brothers Grimm….do you remember those? It wasn’t the Disney fairy tale I fell in love with, it was the classic, mythical fairy that stole my heart: shining, beautiful creatures with shimmering wings and flowing hair. The fact that they possessed magical powers to grant wishes further enhanced my intrigue. (My great grandmother forbade me to read fairy tales in her home. She felt that reading them would lead to moral decline. Isn’t that a riot? ) To this day, I have a special tenderness in my heart for fairies. So, when the good folks at Simon Says Stamp introduced their “Everafter” challenge this week, I knew I had to play along.

I chose a lovely stamp set from Crafty Secrets to make my card:born_to_fly_20120217_1112835118 Don’t you love all those sweet little fairies? There are so many wonderful images in this one collection! After stamping, embossing, fussy cutting, Glossy Accenting, die-cutting and layering flowers, distressing and inking, here’s what “magically” appeared on my work desk:001 (2)

And here is the interior: 015 (2)

A close-up of this darling little fairy with the “magic” banner and bluebird:005 (2) - Copy and of the frame, which is filled with Glossy Accents: 004 (2) - Copy and the pretty flowers: 010 (2)

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I customized an envelope, adding the finishing touches to this whimsical card: 008 (2)

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What about you? What’s your favorite fairy tale? Did this card bring back sweet memories of your childhood? We all need a little magic now and then to sweeten up our days. Why not submit your own “everafter” project to this fun challenge. http://www.simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.com/2013/02/challenge-ever-after.html

I’ll be back tomorrow to share a little envelope tutorial with you. Until then, thanks so much for reading my little blog. I pour my whole heart and soul into every post, and when you take the time to leave me a comment, it makes me smile right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.

Happily Ever After,

PS: If you ever have any questions about a project I’ve created, please feel free to ask me, and I’ll get back to you right away. Or, if you’d like me to create a custom card or gift for someone special in your life, I’d be happy to do that as well.

Products used in the creation of this card:

Crafty Secrets: Born to Fly Clear Art Set, Creating with Vintage Patterns CD, Heartwarming Vintage Stickers(Valentine Love) Chipboard Frames
Ranger Industries: Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Tea Dye) Archival Ink (Jet Black) Distress Markers (Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick,
Victorian Velvet, Old Paper) Glossy Accents, Star Dust Stickles
Prima Say it in Crystals
Paper Wishes “Pretty” Paper pad
My Favorite Things Die Namics (Layered Rose)
Sakura Gelly Roll Pens (Stardust Collection)
Maya Road wooden butterfly

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