Springtime Cards

Have you ever taken a class making cards? It is so much fun to get to try new things. Recently I went to my friend Gail’s house, who happens to be a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator. She does classes in her home a couple of days a month, and you just sign up to go. She provides all the materials, plus you get to play with new tools. I got to use her embosser, and some blender pens, both tools were new to me. One card we made had a die-cut motif for the front, with an embossed base.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

The next one was also for Easter. The blender pens made the flowers pop.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

The same flowers are put on the inside with a nice sentiment.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Isn’t this little guy cute? Gail had us color him like a robin for spring.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

We did some sponge painting along the edge of the inside.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

The fourth design was a St. Patricks Day card, with small hearts punched out to make the shamrocks.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Aren’t these the greatest designs? If you live local, Gail is in Mills River, and you can get on her email list for classes by sending her an email at [grandmarac at bellsouth dot net].  She charges $10 per session for four cards plus envelopes (we stamped those too), or she offers the class for free if you order supplies.

Naturally, I came home all charged up to make more cards, so I got out my paper and cut some card stock into card size.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Oh, what stamps to choose? I think the birdhouses are perfect for just some springtime wishes.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

One more bit of handmade paper, torn with the deckle edge strip. I am seriously going to try making my own paper soon.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

I haven’t used the lace edge punch in a while, so I got it out. It is used in the center first.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, line up the edge with the guide on the extended end.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

A birdhouse is stamped on yellow, and punched out.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

I used a long birdhouse row on the bottom, then another birdhouse and sentiment on the side. Front finished.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

The back has a little rabbit and I just signed my name.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside, another birdhouse with the sentiment.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

These will go to my office ladies, with this little springtime gift.  You know I like to do this regularly to let them know they are appreciated.  These little gifts didn’t cost a lot, it is the thought and presentation that makes them special.  A little chocolate bunny is included, and the flower seeds can go anywhere.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

These kneeling pads are a great thing to have outside when pulling weeds. All tied up with a lavendar ribbon.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Then, I went to a local crafting store with a 55% coupon and bought a small embosser.  I just needed to add that to the stamping supplies.  I got four embossing plates too.  I’ll play with those in a future post.  I bought some blender pens too, and will see how they do with my chalks.

Are you doing any crafting for spring?

6 thoughts on “Springtime Cards

  1. Gail Rachow

    Thank you for the recognition in your blog today. So glad you were inspired to create your own springtime card. Love the design. See you tomorrow at our other common interest event…. British cars.
    Gail (grandmarac@bellsouth.net)

  2. Lesley

    Love reading about your card making. My daughter is a card crafter (but not a sewer) And she is quite up to date with a lot of the tools etc. I bought her an embossing/cutting machine last year and she loves it. I show her the cards you make as you always have nice ideas. What are those green things? Are they knee pads for gardening? They look so pretty tied up with the ribbon 🙂

  3. Good Morning Carole! You have no idea how much I needed to see your bright, cheery, beautiful post today filled with spring time and Easter cheer. Plus, your wonderful enthusiasm is always appreciated and brings smiles and cheerful thoughts and ideas. Although I have never made these types of cards and it has been so long since I have had the opportunity to work on any of the embroidered cards I enjoy creating; they are a lot of fun. I can understand your extra enthusiasm after getting to go to a crafting party and playing and creating cards with so many new and fun techniques. I would attend if I were closer! I really applaud you on making the ladies that you work with gifts of gratitude. I am positive that they really appreciate the way that you say “Thank You” or just “I Could Not Do My Job Without You”! These types of compliments and thank yous are truly remembered and help keep a working relationship strong. Thank You for sharing your beautiful cards today on your post, they are beautiful! Have a fantastic creative day!

  4. Trudi

    Love your cards. What type/make of embosser did you buy? If you bought a Sizzix you can also use dies for cutting fabric as well as cutting paper/card and embossing.

  5. The card class sounds like so much fun Carole! Even though you already have plenty of supplies and skills, taking a class is a great way to make new friends and get new inspirations! Love all your cards, especially the bunny bottom signature stamp!

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