According to the Language of Flowers, a small book that Amazon Drygoods reprinted from its Victorian original, lilies of the valley mean a “return of happiness.” And so to, does this card promise happiness from it envelope through to its inside message.
Based on a panel die from Tutti Designs, that was die-cut twice (one white cardstock and one green paper), this card comes together with its sentiments. The front “With love” is a foiled strip on scrap cardstock. (Sometimes when my mojo is lacking, I make a batch of foiled sentiments to have on hand.)
Inside the sentiment is heat embossed onto vellum. The longer sentiment is:
“Let us be grateful
to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.”
Only liquid glue was used in the assembly of the card.
The back flap of the envelope was stamped with a Card Making Magic sentiment “OPEN immediately to release happiness!” to hint at what the enclosed card is about
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This Thank You gift bag was created to say thank you to everyone who has continued to do their jobs through this time of uncertainty, change and home isolation. Thank you to health carer workers, public service workers, restaurant and grocery store workers, to delivery and transportation workers, to gas station workers, to teachers and students who all keep doing their work from home or their regular work spaces. This is a bag full of thanks to those workers whose place of work have been closed or whose work hours have been cut who look out for and help their neighbors with health issues. This is a thank you to little ones who are trying to help their parents get through these stressful times.
Materials used include: Simply Made Crafts by Helen Griffin -Luxury Handbag Gift Box die set, Karen Burniston’s Word Set 1-Greetings die set, lightweight blue cardstock and black, silver and light blue paper scraps, double-sided tape and glue.
What a romantic image of Paris ! When I received the two dies that I used on this card, I looked at the packaging images for ideas for colors and layout and then did some modification to the easel mechanism.
Changing the frame from a hanging charm to a larger flat panel on an easel was as simple as using ½ inch wide, red-sticky-permanent double-sided tape to hold in place the rectangle piece that was cut out for the frame. And adhering the flat panel to the easel.
Because the flat panel is larger than the original frame pull tab, I had to add an extension tab. I used clear removable tape to smooth over the catching point where the extension level changes. In order to be able to fit the card in an A2 envelope, I punched a hole and tied a ribbon to the tab as a pull grip.
Because this was the first time I had assembled the star accordion card, I accidentally placed the center section with the start being upside-down and the connecting tab on the wrong side. My solution was to cut off all the stars’ tabs and connect them using a yellow ribbon. My heat embossed “Thank you” was a bit messy so I fussy cut it out and used a white gel pen for emphasis. A red and white checked gingham paper was used to back the stars and cover up the ribbon.
I wanted to share some of the cards I’ve made for a card ministry that sends cards to those who may need a word of encouragement or thanks. Letting people know that someone cares about them is what greeting cards are about, especially handmade ones. I encourage anyone reading this to think about making at least one card for someone you don’t know, but might appreciate being told they count as a human being.
Both cards were created from many scrap pieces left from other projects as well as flowers and leaves cut from food boxes. I have tried my best to remember all the dies used to produce these pieces.