You Make My Heart Sing Card with Crafty Secrets

You Make My Heart Sing card by Paper Melody's, made with Crafty Secrets digital stamps and Silhouette designs

You Make My Heart Sing card with Crafty Secrets

Hello again!  Who’s ready for spring?  I know I am – and we’re not even the ones getting snow!  Cold weather and I don’t get along, and I miss flowers blooming and green everywhere, so I made a card to bring a little Spring inside 🙂  This card would also make a nice non-traditional Valentine, and you can find it in my Etsy shop.  Take a look:

You Make My Heart Sing card by Paper Melody's, made with Crafty Secrets digital stamps and Silhouette designs

Does it remind you of Spring?  I used stamps from the Bird Notes digital set and papers from the Vintage Valentine Kit by Crafty Secrets.  Those gorgeous corners and the lace circle (which reminds me of a bird’s nest) are Silhouette designs that I sized and cut out with my Portrait.  Here’s the inside:

You Make My Heart Sing card by Paper Melody's, made with Crafty Secrets digital stamps and Silhouette designs

I left it blank on the inside so it’s more versatile, but I was sorely tempted to add “Happy Valentine’s Day” right there in the middle!  What can I say, I’m in Valentine-creating mode.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day 🙂

Sing for Joy – a Spring Watercolor Birthday Card

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Sing For Joy – Watercolor Card for a Spring Birthday

Happy Monday, everybody!  There’s still plenty of snow on the ground here, but now it’s starting to melt into slush.  Yuck.  It all makes me wish for Spring to arrive!  Fortunately, the temperatures are warming up, but in the meantime I made a card full of Springtime cheer.  I hope you enjoy it:

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I started by stamping those adorable chubby birds from the Crafty Secrets “Sing for Joy” set and embossing them in white.  I went to town with my watercolor paints then gently ran a damp cloth over the images to remove the excess paint from the embossing.  Then, I fussy cut all those flowers and leaves and birds.  Am I crazy, you ask?  Probably.  The rest was pretty simple, I just picked my coordinating papers and cut them to size, layered some script tissue paper and a doily, and added some stitching around the edges.  After stamping and embossing the sentiment, I popped those sweet birds up on foam squares and called it done.

Here’s the inside:

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The same coordinating papers, a smaller bit of doily, and more stitching make the inside match the outside.  The sentiment is simple and there’s plenty of room to write a personal birthday greeting.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed today’s post and that your weather is improving, too.  Have a lovely day!

A Little Birdie Notecard

Hello, again!  Today I have for you another card made with papers from the delicious new pad I picked up on my impromptu shopping spree at Michaels a couple weeks ago.  It had to sit untouched on the shelf for several days before I could make enough time to do anything other than admire the pretty colors, poor thing.  But I put it to good use eventually  🙂  I also bought several packs of blank cards in white, cream, and kraft, and I was so excited to create my first card with a kraft base!  Take a look:

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Don’t you just adore that little bird?  He’s so chubby and whimsical, I can hardly stand it!  This card actually started as a much cleaner, simpler design, but I quickly discovered that the floral patterned paper in the background was horribly unrelenting and needed some toning-down.  So, I added a doily!  The doily, the stitching, the bouquet, and the tiny white flowers on the yellow paper all come together and make me think of a country cottage.

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a beautiful day 🙂

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My Favorite So Far- With Thoughts of You

Hi peoples!  I’m so excited about the card I’m sharing with you today.   I saw the paper and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it…and then I actually accomplished what I set out to do!  That’s really big for me!  Very often I have an idea in my head and find for one reason or another I’m unable to execute it.  I don’t have the right tools or supplies, or (more often than not) I just can’t turn imagination into reality sufficiently for my perfectionist self.  But this card…this card…it worked!  I was giddy about it for quite a long time.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

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Like I told you in my “Thanks a Latte” post, I love clusters of flowers and buttons and other goodies.  That’s one of the reasons I love this card- it’s got a small cluster of goodies!  I had just the right leaves and just the right butterflies and just the right flourish to (more than) adequately reconcile reality with the picture in my head of what this card should be.  I’m still so excited about it, it was sooooo difficult to send to its intended recipient!

Ok, now for some technical details:

I started by layering the base papers and stitching around the edges.  Oh, another thing about this card, I actually did messy stitching on purpose.  The perfectionist in me was revolting the entire time, but I did it!  And I love what it adds to the card.  Moving on.  Next, I stamped my bird image twice onto ivory card stock, first in green, then again in vintage photo.  I used my American Crafts and Inkadinkado Stamping Markers to color in the leaves on the green image, then fussy cut both images (just the bird in the brown image).  Then, I hit the cutouts with VersaMark and covered them in clear embossing powder to give them a little extra strength and pop.  I gave the flourish the same VersaMark and embossing powder treatment, and adhered it to the card.  I glued the green bird-and-leaves image to the card, then popped the brown bird image up with foam squares for dimension.  All the leaves I colored with various green markers, smudged with vintage photo, and placed strategically on the card base.  Finally, I gathered all the other elements (flowers, butterflies, and ribbon) I wanted to use and moved them around and around until I had it all just right.  And then I stared at it for a while to memorize it before taking it apart and gluing it all down, piece by piece.  Truthfully, I took a picture so I could get it just right after I took it apart 😛  Call me crazy, but I wasn’t about to glue things down until I had them perfect, and then I had them perfect, so I didn’t want to mess it up…moving on.

I added some Glossy Accents to the butterflies and stamped my sentiment, added a couple rhinestones, and there it was!  I couldn’t stop smiling and staring at it.  It’s just SO EXCITING when a project turns out exactly the way you wanted.

Here’s a close-up for you:

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I hope you enjoy looking at this card as much as I did.  As always, thank you for stopping by!  I just love reading all your comments- you guys are the best!

What a Weekend & Comment to Win!

Hey everybody!  I hope your Monday is off to a good start and your weekend was a good one.  My weekend was pretty great and not at all what I expected!  Instead of staying inside on Saturday, nice and warm, I went snowboarding with my cousin!  I have never gone skiing in my life, much less snowboarding…it was awesome!  So much fun, even though I spent approximately half of my time on my behind.  Towards the end of the day I was getting noticeably better, but had to stop before I actually made it through a whole run without falling; falling and getting back up over and over again is super exhausting, as is hauling around a big old board on one foot all day (for any like me who knows squat about snowboarding, you leave your front foot attached to the board at all times, take your back foot out when you’ve finished a run, and use it to scoot yourself back around to the ski lift).  I got home just before dinnertime and barely moved the rest of the night.  I spent the day Sunday taking ibuprofen and only moving when absolutely necessary.  It’s been a long time since so many of my muscles have been sore all at the same time.  Wooo!  It was totally worth it though, and I would definitely do it again.  See how much fun I’m having?

In my borrowed gloves and pants and rented board and boots 🙂

Alright, alright, I guess I can get back to paper and stamps and other various “Paper Melody’s” type stuff 🙂  For your crafty pleasure, here’s a tag I made:

First, I covered a large tag (6.25″x3.25″) with the decorative paper and inked it up a little with light blue ink.  Then, I tore a corner of blue cardstock and glued it on the bottom corner of the tag.  On top of that I layered a small piece of beautifully textured homemade (not by me) paper, then inked all the edges with brown ink.  I cut out and layered the circles, stamped, embossed, and fussy cut the bird, then stamped, embossed, and fussy cut the swirly.  The bird I popped up on foam squares to give the tag some dimension, then I added the flowers, pearls, and blue rhinestones to pretty it up a bit.  Finally, I tied a bow using blue satin-edged organza ribbon and used the twine tie to hold it in place.  The back is left blank (though I did ink it up a little just so it wasn’t such a stark difference when you flip it over) and could be used for a personal note, special Bible verse, poem, or other such lovely sentiments.

What do you think?  Tell you what, if at least 5 people comment on this post I’ll randomly choose one of those people to win this tag!  Sound good?  Comment before Wednesday, January 30th at 5 PM EST for your chance to win!!!  Happy Monday!