Yesterday I shared the scrapbook pages that I designed with the Close To My Heart Hello Lovely Paper Packet, Complements, Blush Shimmer Ribbon, and Accessories. I had so much fun creating with this beautiful paper, that I decided to use a lot of the scraps that I had left over from making those pages to create a set of cards. I thought you might enjoy seeing some other ways to use your Hello Lovely paper, too. I like creating handmade cards, because they add such a personal touch to the notes I send to family and friends. And really, who doesn’t love receiving happy mail?

Here are the twelve cards that I made. They use different compositions and paper combinations. Having so many mix-and-match possibilities in the Hello Lovely Paper Packet is fantastic! I love that everything coordinates and makes creating a breeze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used the Close To My Heart White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack for the bases, because they are such an amazing deal. It is only about .30 cents per card base and envelope. That’s very affordable!

Close To My Heart also has some terrific options for sentiments that you can use for card making. On this set of cards, I used a variety of stamped images and Thin Cuts to add the messages. There are two stamp sets that I use often for birthday and thank you cards. They are the “All the Thanks” Stamp Set (B1536) and the “Birthday Sparkles” Stamp Set (B1537). Each set has four messages with various fonts and shapes.

 

 

 

 

I really had fun using Close To My Heart Thin Cuts with these cards, too. With four graduated sizes of circles in the Basic Circles Thin Cuts set, it is easy to layer messages on the cards. For a bolder, more colorful look, I especially love using Thin Cuts to make message die-cuts out of coordinating cardstock. The Hello &  Thanks, and Happy Birthday are two of my favorites because they are so versatile and useful.

 

 

 

 

 

If you have not used Thin Cuts before, it’s really easy. You use an embossing machine to cut out these die-cut shapes. It’s the same type of machine that you use with Embossing Folders. In the example below, I just set the “Hello” Thin Cuts on Sorbet Cardstock, ran it through my embossing machine, and out pops the die-cut shape ready to add to my card front. Sometimes I even use the left over scrap pieces with the negative space for project.

 

 

 

 

 

Once the “Hello” message was cut out, I attached the die-cut to the card front using a Bonding Memories Glue Pen. This type of adhesive has a smaller tip that works well with the narrow shapes of these letters. The card below shows what the message looks like on a completed card. That full color die-cut messages is pretty terrific, don’t you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we are talking about these cards, I also wanted to be sure to show you one way I like to use the Basic Circles Thin Cuts. For the next card, I took one of the pre-printed Picture My Life cards from the Hello Lovely Paper Packet and cut the flower cluster into a circle by using the largest Thin Cuts circle. It’s so quick and easy. I could see exactly how I wanted to line it up and be sure the circle would be just right around the floral cluster. (By the way, this technique also works terrific on photographs to cut them into perfect circles with the subject right where you want it.)

 

 

 

 

 

Once I had that flower cluster cut into a circle, I could just layer it onto the front of the card you see below. I loved the way it came together. Having that beautiful full-color image on the front in a circle rather than just another square, makes a difference. I add a little Blush Shimmer Ribbon and a few Gold Gems to finish it off. I did not put a sentiment on the front of this card. I liked it just the way it was. Sometimes I like having cards on hand that do not have a set message on the front, so that I can use them for any occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, if you know me, you know I like to mix-and-match supplies and get the most out of a great composition at the same time. The card shown below is the exact same composition as the card shown above. Take a look. Can you see the similarities? The difference is that I cut the large Thin Cuts circle out of White Daisy Cardstock instead of the pre-printed Picture My Life Card, and then use the “Hello” Thin Cuts to add nice message in the middle. I think having the white circle behind the message creates a terrific spotlight effect.

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty great, isn’t it?I sure appreciate how easy Close To My Heart makes it to enjoy some creative time. By using Close To My Heart products everything coordinates and works well together, making creating projects faster, simpler, and easier.

If you have enjoyed these cards and might like to make a set of your own, I do have Workshop Kits available to make all twelve cards. You can attend a Pick-A-Project Workshop Day here in Boise, or get a Workshop Kit To Go and I’ll have everything pre-cut for you to put together at home.

 

Hello Lovely Card Workshop – $20

(plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kits Include:

  • 12 White Daisy Card Bases & Envelopes
  • Hello Lovely Paper, pre-cut for each card
  • A variety of stamped messages to personalize your cards
  • Pre-cut Thin Cuts messages to personalize our cards
  • Blush Shimmer Ribbon
  • Gold Glitter Gems

 

Other Products Used On These Cards:

  • Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts
  • Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
  • Z3304 Happy Birthday Thin Cuts
  • Z553 Bonding Memories Glue Pen
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

 

Boise Area Workshop Dates:

  • Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, April 21 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 pm

 

If you would like to be able to use some of these great Thin Cuts at home for other projects, this is a great time to purchase some of those. In March you can enjoy a

25% discount on all Close To My Heart Thin Cuts.

The sale even includes the Thin Cuts that come in a bundle with coordinating Stamp Sets. That’s fantastic! If you would like to see all of the Thin Cuts options available and shop online, just click here.

 

 

To order a Hello Lovely Card Workshop Kit, simply email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope that these cards give you some creative inspiration and ideas on how you can enjoy making your own beautiful cards and making someone’s day by sharing some Happy Mail with others. Happy paper crafting!

 

 

 

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