This hop is now closed. The winner is Helen Budz, chosen from Gloria’s blog.
Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio
Hello, Friends! Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations August Alumni Hop! I’m the first stop on this inspiration filled hop, and I’m so happy to have you hop along. this spring, I planted sunflowers for the very first time, and guess what? They are blooming! I’m so excited, as sunflowers are my favorite summer bloom. Inspired by my garden, I created this pretty Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio.
The Classic Sunflower Collection has always been one of my all time favorites from Heartfelt Creations. Sunflowers just make me all happy inside! These sunshiny birthday greetings are layered onto a 6.75″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 1/2″ spine.
Don’t you just love these gorgeous patterned papers? This buttery yellow Chevron Striped Ribbon is the perfect playmate for the golden hues of the paper collection.
Classic Sunflower Birthday Folio: Creating the Classic Sunflowers
I forgot to take notes while making my card this month, so I don’t have a tutorial for you. I can tell you the steps I followed to make the flowers, however.
- First, select the yellow text from the Classic Sunflower Paper Collection. Stamping onto designer paper is a huge time saver! You don’t have to color your flower layers, and the patterned paper gives the finished flowers a gorgeous depth.
- Next Stamp the Classic Sunflowers with ColorBox Dark Brown Fluid Chalk Ink.
- Then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
- Now, die cut the flowers with the matching Classic Sunflower Die.
- Next, use sponge daubers to add a little Fossilized Amber and Warm Honey Distress Ink to each flower petal.
- After lightly misting the flowers with a little water, shape them with the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.
- Now, stack your flower layers together with hot glue.
- Fill the center of the sunflower with a little Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.
- Then fill the centers with an assortment of Prills. I used Gilt Trip, Gourd-jus, A Penny Saved, and Express-O Yourself.
- Finally, spritz the flowers with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist, Lemon Zest and Yellow Daisy Tattered Angels Mists.
Classic Sunflower Birthday Card Folio: A Peek Inside
Because I created my card base with a 1/2″ spine, I was able to turn my card into a pocket filled folio.
The side pocket on the top half of my card contains some lovely photo mounts. How fun would it be to add snapshots of the birthday girl on the reverse side of these pretty card fronts?
Also made with card fronts, this pretty tea bag wallet provides a spot to write a lovely note, add a photo or tuck in a gift card.
To decorate the bottom half of this Classic Sunflower Gift Card Folio, I layered a lot of my scraps. this pretty bookmark is also made with scraps, then decorated with the Raindrops on Roses die, burlap woven ribbon and a little charm.
Next, I fussy cut the denim pocket, matted it on kraft cardstock and turned it into a real paper pocket. And you can’t give someone an empty pocket, right? So I filled it with a chocolate treat and a little mini journal card where I can write a little note.
Let’s Go to the Hop!
You’ll want to visit all the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team Blogs for more beautiful inspiration. And be sure to leave a comment on each blog, as one random comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Certificate .
The hop will remain open until 11:59PMEDT on Monday, August 28th. The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog on Wednesday, August 30th. I will also post the winner at the top of this blog post.
The winner receives a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations. If YOU are the lucky winner, you will need to email Heartfelt Creations at email@example.com with “Winner of the August Alumni Hop” in the subject line.
Now let’s get hopping!
Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Amarilys ♥ Emily ♥ Vicki ♥ Gloria ♥ Deneen ♥ Archana ♥ Martine ♥ Alissa ♥ Sarah ♥Sandy
I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
As always, you do a STUNNING job with layering and with “flowering”! This is my first HC collection I ever purchased, so it is near and dear to my heart! I love what you have done with this beauty!
thanks for the detailed instructions! I love your card-folio! and the sunflowers… I need to use them more…. so pretty!
My favourite flower..so pretty
Love the sunflowers & paper collection. I used it for my niece’s wedding reception last year. What a unique card idea.
Hi, Sue! I bet her reception was gorgeous! Thanks so much for the lovely comment!
I love that you took inspiration for your card right from your garden. I too love sunflowers.
Just got the sunflower set from heartfelt creations and at a discount! Can’t wait to make this card.
Ooooh! You are going to have so much fun with this collection, Janice!
Kathy, this sunflower card is simply stunning! Absolutely fabulous.
Thank you so much, Robin! It’s such a wonderful stamp/die combo! Hope you enjoy the hop!
I love the denim with the yellow. Great cards!
Stunning work you inspire me
Awww! Thanks Molly! That just makes my day!
Used this collection for my niece’s wedding reception last fall. Love the colors of fall! What an innovative card.
What a beautuful project! Love the wonderful sunflowers! Love the denim pocket too.
Love love the sunflowers! Love the way you coordinate the colors… One of my biggest challenges is color coordination! Thank you for inspiring me (and us)
What a fantastic and beautiful project. I love all the yellow you used in your design as well.
Such a beautiful card I love the sunflowers
Thank you so much, Betty! I’m glad you are enjoying the hop!
The beautiful yellow color gets my interest right away. Like all the different lawyers and the flowers are beautiful. Edna
I love your vivid yellow sunflower folio and cards. I bought beautiful solid yellow paper this spring, because it is always so devoid of color after winter. You inspired me to pull it out and use it for sunflower cards. I love your construction of the flowers and borders on the front. Great project.
Oh, hooray! It always makes my day when a project inspires a crafty friend to dig out her paper pretties and get crafting! Thanks for making my day with this lovely comment! Happy crafting!
This is stunning
Thank you so much, April! Enjoy the hop!
Kathy, As soon as I saw the word sunflowers in my e-mail, I knew I had to come here straight away! Wow! You always make the prettiest sunflowers and these are STUNNING on this gorgeous card! I love the colors and that fantastic bow! the distressing and that script panel under the flowers just takes my breath away! You are such a master of so many different styles, and I just love it when you bring out the grungy, fall colors! Gorgeous! PS I had to giggle when I got your message this morning…imagine us up at that early hour! Sending hugs!
this just brighten my day!!! Love all the yellow!!!
Thank you so much, Suzy! Yellow is one of my favorite colors. I’m so glad you hopped on by!
Thank you so much, Suzy! Yellow is one of my favorite colors, and sunflowers my favorite flowers, so I had a good time making this!
So pretty and I love
the sunflowers and
the bright ribbon
Carla from Utah
One of the first sets I got. Love seeing it used in new ways.
Thanks, Monique…it’s probably my all time favorite Heartfelt Creations collection.
Thanks, Monique…it’s probably my all time favorite paper collection from Heartfelt Creations. I’m so glad you hopped on by!
Whoohoo! You’ve done a lot of crafty goodness on this card/folio! Sunflowers are one of my favorites as well as one that I can even grow! I’ve got a non-green thumb…lol. Someone will be pleased with all the extra specialness you’ve put in it! TYFS!!!
You always make beautiful things, but when you do sunflowers you do a little extra,..Beautiful, as always.
Your sunflowers are stunning and I love your project! The layers and details are amazing!
Thank you so much Jackie! These sunflowers are so much fun to make, and the papers are so scrumptious. It’s one of my all time favorite HC collections!
What a great job!!! I love all the layers!!! Yes, and I saw that piece of chocolate in one of the pictures!!!
Beautiful cards! Love the yellows.
Thanks so much Larissa! It’s a great hop this month!
Love your art. Very talented!
Oh, thank you so much, Shirley! That really makes my day! I do love to play with paper pretties! Enjoy the hop!
Wow! What a beautiful card! I’m in love with all the gold tones!
Beautiful & cheery … I love yellow….talented artist!
Thank you so very much, Chris! That makes my day! I love yellow, too!
This Sunflower Card is beautiful!
Thank you so much, Natalie! These sunflowers are such fun to make…glad you are enjoying the hop!
This is amazing Kathy. Your cards are always an amazing gift and I love all the pockets!
Such a beautiful card I love the sunflowers
Thank you so much, Irene! Sunflowers are my favorite summer bloom…so glad you enjoyed them!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Just what I need for a birthday next week, Great. Thanks for sharing.
Hooray! I’m so glad you found inspiration here! That makes my day! Enjoy the hop!
What a well documented project. Your photos are great. Love these sunflowers. Thanks for sharing.
OMG!!! I just love this project. I love all of the details you included. Now I need to order the sunflower set. Thanks for the inspiration
Beautiful card. Love all those bright yellow sunflowers.
Thank you so much, Lori! Sunflowers always make me feel happy inside! Enjoy the hop!
WOW! You did good! All this eye candy — love it
I don’t think that my comment “took”. I like your sunflowers so much. And nice idea to add chocolate. Great look all the way around.
WOW! Beautiful card. Love sunflowers and all the yellow for a summer day.
How pretty. That must have taken you hours. I am just a beginner, and can’t imagine…
Sunflowers are such happy flowers. I love your creation—it makes me happy.
What a great idea. Sunflowers are also my favourite flower, so bright and cheerful.
Hi, Kate! So glad you enjoyed this project! Working with sunflowers always makes my heart happy! Enjoy the hop!
I adore fall colors and especially sunflowers. Very beautiful work.
Thank you so much, Brenda! Fall is my favorite season, and fall colors are the best! So glad you are enjoying the hop!
Just beautiful! Love the way you coordinate ALL the colors.. My biggest struggle!
Thank you, Maggie! It can be really challenging to work with lots of different patterns. Using papers from a collection makes it so much easier. Heartfelt does a great job of creating paper collections that mix and match easily. Enjoy the hop!
I just love the sunflower paper and accessories and what you did with them
Thank you so much, Jan! I love this paper collection too…it’s always been a favorite for me. Glad you are enjoying the hop!
What a beautiful presentation and great way to use use up scrap paper.
What a gorgeous bright and cheery card!
Thank you so much Sandy! I just love sunflowers, and the papers in this collection are exquisite. Enjoy the hop!
Wow… gorgeous folio! I love the sunflowers and the centers with the Prills! Adds a fabulous texture! The cover is amazing, and then all the creations inside are a real treat too!
I love the gorgeous centers of your sunflowers!! And, of course, all the fab goodies tucked inside!
Beautiful. I love sunflowers and denim.
Kathy, this card folio couldn’t be more timely. I’m currently working on a sunflower card for my sister’s birthday and can’t wait to incorporate the HC sunflowers–and other design ideas–into it. I love this set. Thanks for sharing it on the blog hop.
Wow!! This is stunning!! The sunflowers are gorgeous!! I love how you’ve made the flower centers with Prills. The inside of the card is so pretty.
I love sunflowers too! Beautiful card as always Kathy!
Hi…this has always been a fav collection…it’s where it all started…lol Such a shame it has retired. I love what you did with the papers…I always love the surprises you give us when you show and tell inside the card or folio’s, this one is no exception. I am sure we all are thankful the sunflowers are still active, a true classic. Have a great inky day.
such a very stunning and very beautiful creation.
Your cards are not just cards they are presents also.
Love all the wonderful pockets inside, and those Sunflowers are so gorgeous.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.
I love sunflowers! This cards folio is gorgeous and has so many great details!!
The sunflowers are beautiful, I must buy that set after seeing your lovely card.