Summer Flowers Happy Mail

Now more than ever, it is so important to find ways to bring happiness into our own lives and those of others.  Sending and receiving happy mail is one way to feel connected, even when we are apart.  Keeping up with friends both online and in real life is essential now.  Stamping is a fun activity for me, but you know, any happy mail is a joy to receive.  Add in a Summer Flowers challenge at the Impression Obsession blog, and I’m in.

Summer Flowers Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

For these cards, I used this wonderful set called Butterflies and Blooms, now on sale at Impression Obsession.  I started by placing a floral print paper strip horizontally on a gold base card stock.  On the left is a bit of tulle ribbon left over from my last hat project.  I stamped and lightly colored the butterfly on a flower, mounting it on a dark green printed frame.

Summer Flowers Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Taking two of the word stamps, and putting them together gives me a sentiment of “just a note to say hello”.  I stamped it in ruby ink on a pink print paper.

Summer Flowers Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I punched out the sentiment with a scallop punch, and mounted it on a larger scallop in dark red.  The colors were pulled from the floral paper.

Summer Flowers Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

After I did this, I thought it would look better in a lighter tone.  So I stamped another sentiment from the set on ecru card stock and punched it out.  Then I used the larger punch on the same pink print for a frame.  Yes, I like that better.

Summer Flowers Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I have to show you the card that got me started stamping again.  This was happy mail I received from a dear reader stamper.  Her card was beautiful, and her heartfelt, encouraging note inside was such a ray of sunshine for me.  She stamped gold flowers, over-stamped the green leaves, then added dimensional details of cutouts and rhinestones.  The greeting is raised on dimensional sticky dots.  The card front is folded back with the decoration on top, so as you open it up by pulling the decorated part to the left, the ‘just because’ stays facing forward.  Thank you so much, Susan, for your lovely card and your note.  They are appreciated more than I can tell you.

Card by Susan B

Then for a second card using the same butterfly stamp set, I stamped a flower multiple times in ruby ink on a pink card stock to create a background.  I placed a floral paper horizontally across the card, then added some details.  A butterfly was stamped on ecru paper, then punched with a tag shape.  It is mounted on a larger tag, then a hole was punched for a twine bow.  This is put on a blue frame, and glued with a gold leaf accent.  The ‘hello’ sentiment was added last.

Summer Flowers Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The envelopes got accent stamps from the same set.  I like decorating the envelopes to match.

Summer Flowers Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

See the Featured Products on Sale 25% off through July 31 at Impression Obsession.  They also have wonderful inks, digital stamps and dies.  See the full catalog at Impression Obsession.  Order Butterflies and Blooms before they sell out!

Have you sent or received any happy mail recently?  How are you keeping up your connections with friends now?

Summer Flowers Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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13 thoughts on “Summer Flowers Happy Mail

  1. So glad you enjoyed the card. In a spirit of full disclosure, I need to say that the stamps and supplies I used came from a Paper Pumpkin subscription kit by Stampin’Up. The card design is an alternative style designed by the immensely talented artist Chelsey Christensen. The message inside is by me :)! Carole, you have renewed my interest and delight in stamping that I had abandoned years ago,and I am really enjoying the craft again. Thanks to you for the inspiration!

  2. You make the most beautiful cards! You certainly have a talent for it. I often refer back to some of your creative efforts when I am looking for ideas for my own crafting. I go in “spurts” with my card crafting, and haven’t made any since Mother’s day. (Quilting is # 1 for me….) I do like making cards and have accumulated a lot of supplies. I think you are wise to have a card crafting “station’ where you can work specifically on paper crafting. I need to improve my set up. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration again.

  3. Rita C.

    Your cards and the one your friend sent are great! I’m having a hard time staying in touch with friends, other than Zoom, for one reason or another (either they run around with too many people who I know nothing about in terms of contact tracing, or in my own case, I had to self-quarantine for a close encounter, even though we were both masked). Some days are trying, aren’t they??

  4. You make such pretty cards with all of your stamps and creativity! I don’t make my own cards, but have tried to send happy mail regularly to a friend of mine who’s been undergoing chemo treatments for breast cancer. I think she’s enjoyed my efforts! (And I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done that for her during all of the Covid restrictions.)

  5. Joan Sheppard

    Perfect rainy day (and we have had that everyday) project. So pretty! I’m on my way to the library to get 2 of the books on your list on the side of the blog. You always have just the right book for the time “A Week In Winter” should be just perfect and “After the Storm” will round out the week. Thanks!

Due to the volume of comments during Autumn Jubilee, I am unable to personally respond to all of them, however, I read and appreciate each and every one!

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