#SimplyG45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set

#Simply G45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set

Hello G45’ers!  You all know that I love to create elaborate layered cards.  But what you might NOT know is that I also create loads of very simple, quick to make cards.  These get tucked into my Etsy shop orders as a way to thank my customers for their business.  I also like to create card sets as birthday/Christmas gifts for friends and family. One of my friends had a birthday last week.  It just so happens that the monthly challenge at Graphic 45 is  #SimplyG45 .  So the

project I have to share with you today is a #SimplyG45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Card Set by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This is a set of four 4.25″ x 5.5″ all occasion cards made with ONE sheet of Graphic 45’s gorgeous Time to Flourish Collection. (retired)   I tied them together with seam binding ribbon for a pretty (and simple) presentation.

What is #SimplyG45?

A #SimplyG45  project is supposed to cost less than $10 for all supplies.  It’s supposed to be easy to make, and be made in an hour or less.  And yes, I did manage to make a set of 4 lovely cards for under $10.  The final tally for all my supplies was a meager $9.41.  I did manage to make all 4 cards in an hour…but let me tell you…that second hand had me sweating!  LOL  Let’s take a look at how this sweet and simply #SimplyG45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: The Supplies

To make this card set you will need:

  • 1 sheet of Time to Flourish August Cut Apart Paper
  • Time to Flourish Cardstock Flower Sheet
  • 4 sheets of Time to Flourish 6×6 Patterns and solids
  • 2 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ ivory cardstock
  • 1/2 sheet each of yellow and soft blue 8.5″ x 11 Cardstock
  • some buttons
  • 2 yards of seam binding ribbon
  • Water Soluble ink to dye your ribbon (Optional…and I did not include this in the price of the project as ink is a staple that we all have on hand.  I also did not figure in the cost of my adhesive.)
#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set

TIP:  To make quick work of cardmaking, use an assembly line approach.  Keep most of your measurements consistent for all 4 cards.  Keep the embellishments simple and similar to one another for ease of assembly.  Here are the simple steps I followed to create these cards.

  • First, create cut two sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in half.  I chose to cut my cardstock to measure 4.25″ x 11.  Then I scored it in half at 5.5″.  This gave me two top fold vertical cards and two side fold horizontal cards.  Lay each folded card base on your work surface.
  • Next, cut a sheet of yellow and a sheet of light blue cardstock in half.  Save the other halves for another day.  Trim cardstock to measure 4″ x 5.25″.  Lay one piece on top of each card base.
  • Now, select 4 sheets from the 6″ x 6″ Time to Flourish Patterns and Solids pad.  Cut each piece to measure 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.  Lay each piece on one of your card piles. Save the extra pieces to use as layering elements.
  • Then, cut the August Time to Flourish page apart.  Choose focal images and lay on each pile.
#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Quick and Easy Flower Making

I love to make my own flowers…but it can take a LOT of time.  Using the Graphic 45 cardstock flowers is a very affordable way to add a lovely, custom embellishment to a project.  Here’s how I made these flowers.

  • Punch out 3 blue flower layers and about 7 yellow flowers from the cardstock sheet.  (For the yellow flowers, I opted to use the back side of the cardstock flowers.)
  • Lightly brush the edges of the petals with ink.  I used G45 Dark Cashmere Decades ColorBox Ink, but any water soluble ink will do.
  • Next, you need to shape your flowers.

TIP: Keep it simple!  I rolled my petal edges around the barrel of a pencil.  Then I used my worked my thumbs around the center of each flower layer to cup it.  This takes less than a minute for each flower.

  • When all the flower layers are shaped, stack them together using hot glue or wet glue to adhere.  Add a simple button to the center of each flower.
#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Custom Dyed Ribbon

In Kathy World, no card is complete without ribbon.  To keep the cost down, I custom dyed white seam binding ribbon with my inks.  Then I tied all four bows at the same time.  To add more texture, I also tied 4 burlap string bows.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #1

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #2

This card used one of the blue mats and a green micro dot paper from the 6×6 pad.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #3

For this card, I turned my card base on its side to create a side fold horizontal card.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: Card #4

This is another horizontal side fold card.

#SimplyG45 Time To Flourish Gift Card Set: What’s inside?

Use the scraps and leftover cut aparts to simply decorate the inside of each card.  Make a quick and easy pocket and tuck in a tea bag or other small treat.  To make the pocket, punch a half moon shape with a circle punch.  Then adhere 3 sides of a leftover piece of the Patterns and solids paper.  This is a gift that anyone would love to receive!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  And be sure to link up your own #SimplyG45 project on the Graphic 45 Facebook page.  Use the #SimplyG45 to tag your project.  One lucky project will be randomly selected to win a great prize package.

Thanks for stopping by!



12 thoughts on “#SimplyG45 Time to Flourish Gift Card Set

  1. carol edwards

    Hi Kathy all these are stunning cards. In my world they far from simple however your instructions make it so. You certainly know how to get things done to perfection. Always love how you combine everything, you are very clever my friend. Enjoy your weekend. Xx

  2. Helen

    Kathy, this is a great challenge for any card maker. Even better, you give such great step-by-step ways to keep it simple and practical. Since I’ve been hoarding some of the older Graphic 45 papers etc. I’ve found at Tuesday Morning, I now have a great way to make the most of them. Thanks! The cards you made are truly lovely, so inspiring.

  3. Martie Rollin

    Because of the beautiful patterns and images on G45 papers, a CAS card can look like hours were spent on the project! Love all 4 of these beautiful cards. Your written directions are always easy to understand and follow. Beautiful results for everyone!

  4. Suzy Q

    Oh my Kathy! Luv, luv luv these cards! They may be simple …but they are so gorgeous … inside and out! I’m so slow at making cards …I’m terribly slow! This is JUST what I needed! Thanks so much for all your tips and tricks this time on how to accomplish all 4 in an hour! I’ll try! Oh I luv this Kathy world! Hugs, Suzy Q

  5. Gena Krannig

    Kathy , these cards are so lovely! I’m so glad you did this because I have that paper pad and now will have some great ideas! I’ve been wanting to make up some cards to have at the ready. I’m such a procrastinator and am always falling behind on getting cards made for my friends and family. Thank you so much for sharing! Hugs

  6. Sherry

    Just darling. What a great gift. I love using the g45 flowers wish they would include them more often have a great day

  7. Betsy

    I love every one of these! Simple, quick and beautiful. Please do more examples in the future.

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