Celebrate International Craft Month! Tri-Fold Birthday Cards, Prizes and Blog Hop

March is International Craft Month, and I am kicking off this month’s Celebration with a stamping project. Throughout the month will be more new ideas using lots of crafty things.  In conjunction with Quilt Shop Gal, a number of bloggers will be sharing crafting ideas this month, particularly today.  Read all the way to the bottom for a huge giveaway opportunity!  To start the month of crafting projects, today I want to show you this Tri-Fold Birthday card.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

These stock cards come in packages of 10 with envelopes at the local craft supply store. It has been difficult to come up with a good design, so I put them aside for a long time. I do like the little window, so I decided to pull together several elements to make the three sections work together.  I made this design initially for my MIL’s birthday, then I needed another one quick so used the same design a few days later.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I started by centering a cute saying in the window of the card.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Using a black piece of throw-away paper, I masked off the under section of the card so I could use a large stamp on the second fold.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I inked up a large flower with purple ink, and stamped the image. I put the word ‘smile’ at the top.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I colored the flower with chalk pastels, and added a butterfly.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

On the front, I stamped ‘Celebrate’ at the top. You can see how the flower in the second section makes a pretty border on the sentiment visible from the inside.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

I added purple and yellow ribbons down the left side, and began putting scallop circles at the bottom.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

On the last circle, I stamped a little pansy.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Of course, my personal stamp goes on the back, this time with a little butterfly.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Inside has the cute candle sentiment, and Happy Birthday.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

A few days later, I needed another one for a special family member to go with an old photograph. So, having only a little time, I just did another one in the same basic design.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

This time I used a rose inside the second fold.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Getting out the pastel chalks again, I colored the rose yellow.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Then added a little butterfly.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

The yellow ribbon has little dots on the yellow, and I used green satin ribbon with it.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Five scalloped circles in two sizes complete the front, with a butterfly accent. Celebrate is stamped at the top.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

As usual, my personal stamp goes on the back, this time in green.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

As I did with the first card, I also put a stamp on the envelope to dress it up a bit.

Tri-Fold Birthday Card tutorial at From My Carolina Home

Thank you so much for visiting!  If you are not a regular reader, please look around to see what my blog has to offer.  I blog about so many things, and I love having new followers.

bee creative kick off badgeNow for the prize news and Blog Hop!  We have nine bloggers participating with this fabulous Celebrate International Craft Month blogger event.  So, let’s Bee Creative! Thanks to Quilt Shop Gal, our hostess for this great event,  Aurifil, Timeless Treasures, Martingale, Dragon Threads, The Wooden Bear, and more have all confirmed donation of prizes, most of which will ship directly and be open to international participants.  So, click on a Rafflecopter giveaway , and then visit these fun blogs for even more entries.

 

Marian  – Seams to be Sew: http://www.seamstobesew.com

Patty – Elm Street Quilts: www.elmstreetquilts.com

Cheryl – Cheryl’s Teapots2Quilting: http://cherylsteapots2quilting.blogspot.com/

Barb –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb: www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com

Vanda – Quilt in Piece:  http://chittenden.co.za

Julie – Pink Doxies: www.pinkdoxies.com

Carol – Fun Threads Designs: www.funthreads.blogspot.com

Carole –  You are Here!  From My Carolina Home

Darlene – QuiltShopGal: www.quiltshopgal.com

Are you crafting or stamping this month?

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Please forgive me if I don’t answer your comments individually as I usually do, there may be just too many to do that.

99 thoughts on “Celebrate International Craft Month! Tri-Fold Birthday Cards, Prizes and Blog Hop

  1. Lisa Marie

    Wow, such beautiful cards! I like making cards but usually use fabric or photos as I don’t have a collection of stamps. I like stamps, but think I shouldn’t start another hobby — the sewing stuff is already filling several rooms of the house! I’ll be crafting this month, and every month. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Have not done stamping for years! It’s such good fun…however, I have a number of quilting projects I need to complete in the next few weeks and months. Better not get side tracked

  3. I was scrolling and reading, and when I hit the yellow rose done with your chalks, it just popped off the page! I have these supplies, but like everything else I forget to use them unless reminded. What a brilliant idea for Easter cards, or the dozen spring birthdays. Lovely projects and thank you!

  4. Rosemaryflower

    Love the pastel touches, Carole
    I am always “crafting” hahaha for real.
    These cards are beautiful
    I am excited to visit these other blogs.
    Happy Tuesday, It is going to be a springy kind of day.

  5. Joyce Carter

    Thank you for sharing your pretty cards. i love making my own cards to send also and enjoy it very much. I like to add glitter to mine. I guess it is the kid still in me.LOL

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  7. Your cards are absolutely beautiful. Whomever receives them will certainly treasure them. I love making cards, but don’t consider myself great at making them. Thanks for sharing your tips. I definitely want to pick up some tri-fold card stock as well as give stamps with chalk a try. Total #CreativeGoodness. Thanks for sharing and participating in this event. Great way to kick off and Celebrate International Craft Month.

    QuiltShopGal
    http://www.quiltshopgal.com

  8. Deborah Heddleson

    Cute card. I had a friend come in to a group I belong to and she did a program on pop up cards. We all did one and it turned out really good and was a lot of fun! Thanks for the tips!

  9. Rosemary

    Your cards are very pretty, but I send Blue Moutain cards, which are very cute, animated, etc. It cuts down on paper and postage. I’m hoping to get back into sewing/quilting after spending some time at another location while our home is being remodeled.

  10. Trudy

    What wonderful, beautiful, simply card ideas. I’ve only embroidered on card stock, but think I’ll give stamping a try. thanks.

  11. Susan

    Love these cards. Thanks for showing how you made them. What craft store did you find the cards at? Joann’s, Michaels and Hobby Lobby around here don’t seem to have them.

  12. Laura

    My comment did not show, so am trying again. Apologies if you get this twice. Thanks for sharing your cards. Really like the use of the chalk pastels for the flower. You certainly use many techniques to create these special cards. Will pass this blog post on to a friend whose passion is card making.

  13. Trudi

    Lovely cards. Which reminds me that Easter is just 3 weeks away and I had better get going with making my Easter cards. I like the idea of using pastels (chalks), I have quite a large collection of them (far too many), but have been favouring water colours and Copic markers for colouring stamp designs.

    So I need to dig out my Easter stamps and finish the cards ready for mailing, before you post the next step of Scrapdance Tango…….

  14. Donna Lee

    Thank you so much for the card inspiration! We make almost all the cards we send, and I needed some fresh ideas. These are lovely- I’ve not seen the cards with the little windows before.

  15. Sheila Ivany

    You are very talented the card is beautiful . I have kept all the cards my friends have made they are special to me. Thank you for a chance to win .

  16. Judy Zoll

    I am new to your blog and am enjoying your posts. I was drawn in by your scrap quilt along. Keep up the good work.

  17. Good morning, good to know this is craft month-and I have felt more crafty too-looking more into recipes for using the oak galls I have collected in the woods, doing more hand stitching too as I am able.
    I love your card and your personal stamp especially -that is really nice
    thank your blog hop link

  18. joanne

    What a beautiful talent you have! Luv your color combinations and inspirations.
    Would be sew fun to become lucky winner.
    Thanks for sharing your energies!

  19. Good Morning Carole! As you can tell, I am a day behind. Kevin and I had a busy day in town yesterday and I never had the opportunity to get online. Blog hops are always full of fun tutorials, great information and superb give aways! Your cards are gorgeous! I found it really fascinating that you used colored chalks to color with. Are they a special type that have some sort of oils added because they do not appear to be powdery. The way that they spread so nicely in your close tiny areas was amazing or is it just your brilliant artistic abilities that are shining through! I am glad that you shared them with us and your process for making your lovely cards! Thank you and have a fantastic creative day!

  20. I have lots of card making supplies that I haven’t used in years! I got hooked on quilting and haven’t made a card since; but it looks like so much fun! I think I’ll make cards for Easter this year instead of buying them. Thanks for the tutorial!

  21. Pat Evans

    What a wonderful way to personalize cards to suit the recipient. Thanks for being part of the blog hop and for sharing your talent(s). I’m working on scrap tango.

  22. Rose Marie Andreozzi

    thanks for sharing the cardmaking idea. This is one thing I almost never do even though I have many of the supplies!

  23. I love your personalized stamp! My sister does Stampin’ Up, so I’ll have to find out more about it. This month, I’m just trying to catch up on last year’s Pat Sloan mystery BOM, finish my baby’s quilt, finish lots of quilts. I have a stack of quilt tops and some in sandwiches that I need to get quilting!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

  24. Mom C

    I am doing tons of sewing, it is spring break and I have grandkids working on quilt projects. So fun. Love your cards. I am in awe of a DIL who creates works of art like yours. Thanks.

  25. Janet T

    I just had a new floor put in my sewing area, so I am putting it back together, as well as sorting and rearranging my area right now. Still can’t find things I would need to make something!

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