Greeting cards

Hello, its me… am I the card you’ve been looking for?

You know when you have a great idea then you put it into action and you realize just how much work your idea will take to become reality?  Well that is this “simple” hello card…

I had the idea to repeatedly die cut one of my sentiments out of plain colored backgrounds and put a black backing paper then fill one of the sentiments in.. sounds easy enough.  When i sat down to execute this idea, I realized just how much time it would take.

I chose the ‘hello’ sentiment from the Tim Holtz Friendship Words collection, I really love the cursive font used in these dies and one day I hope to own all of Tim Holtz sentiment packs.  Then I picked colors of the rainbow, aiming to make six cards but I thought if I liked it I might do more.

I started with yellow and half an hour later I was finally done… it took so much longer then I expected but the results are really worth it.  I love these cards but because of the amount of time it took to make I won’t be rushing to make them again.

Birthday card, Greeting cards

Simple embossed backgrounds

I don’t know if it is just me but I always struggle with cards designed to be given to men.  I think its because at the most basic level I just love pretty things, I love butterflies and flowers and ultimately things do not look complete to me without a scattering of sparkles and pearls.

But the men in our lives need cards too, and I know that they could easily get a card with butterflies and sparkles – I know plenty of men who have readily accepted and loved handmade cards with beautiful butterflies but it was because they loved the look of them.

I wanted to start somewhere for the men with simple and clean tastes. Those who want something that gets the job done without all the frills; but just because they may not want the trims and frills, it does not mean they cannot have something beautiful.

I went through my die collection and realized I had so many embossing plates which I have neglected and so I had an idea to bring interest to the card without the need of too many embellishments.

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I used an old cuttlebug hexagon embossing folder to create three strips to layer behind a rectangle the same color as the background and with the sentiment ‘happy birthday’.  I used shades of blue and green for the embossed paper and then did a set using a white background and a set using a white background.

 

Personally I like the black background more because it makes the colors pop a little it more but I think both look great. which do you like more?

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Birthday cards, Butterfly, flower, Greeting cards, Uncategorized

Friendship cards

This design is so simple but it really makes an impact and allows the focal point to shine. I only used three dies for this project – the Spellbinders Nestabilities Floral Ovals,  a butterfly die I picked up in a garage sale so unfortunately I don’t have the brand and I used the Tim Holtz Friendship sentiments.

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I cut 10 of each die, the floral oval in cream shades and the butterflies in shades of pink, blue and yellow.  I then went through my massive paper collection to find papers which looked best with each center, then added a couple of flowers from Flowersome Crafts http://www.flowersomecrafts.co.nz/

I finished each card with a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Friendship set – I love how versatile this sentiment pack is because I feel like it could be used for birthday cards, thank you cards or even just a card to say hello.

I really love the results…

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