Lavender Bud Thanks


I love clean and simple card designs. However, for me they are difficult to achieve. I think the difficulty in making such cards lies in knowing that more is not better and there is a fine line between sparse and just enough.

I liked the results of this card. There is a single image of a lavender bud, a simple sentiment, and a little bit of background for the bud so that things don’t look too sparse or unfinished.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!


How I made this project:

  • Stamp the lavender bud and its green stem onto a piece of white cardstock.
  • Die-cut or fussy cut the stamped image.
  • Adhere foam tape to the back of the image for some dimension.
  • Stamp the distressed circle and sentiment onto a 4-inch by 5.5-inch piece of white cardstock.
  • Adhere the 4-inch by 5.5-inch stamped circle onto a 4.25-inch by 5.5 inch (A2 size) of colored cardstock (in the same color as the stamped distressed circle).
  • Adhere the lavender bud over the distressed circle.
  • Mount the entire card front onto an A2-sized card base.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Lavender Bud (flower and sentiment); Altenew: Watercolor Frames (distressed circle).
  • Inks: Altenew: Midnight Violet (bud) and Parrot (stem); Catherine Pooler Inks: Shea Butter (distressed circle).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar white 110# (for stamped images and card base; Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise for mat.


Heartfelt Thanks


This is another thank you card. This time I used hearts, hence the “heartfelt thanks” sentiment. It’s has a feminine vibe and more feminine colors when compared to the gender-neutral card in my prior post.

I’m using my favorite wood grain-embossed cardstock again.

This card uses a lot of dies. The only thing that is stamped is the word “heartfelt”. I love dies; they can add so much dimension and interest to a card. The word dies on fonts are so interesting and can really make your message stand out.

Here’s how I made this card:

I die cut all the pieces first. The different-shaped hearts were cut using Memory Box’s Mini Heart Collection die set and Simon Says Stamp’s Line Shape Wafer Dies. The paper used for the hearts was all from Papertrey Ink in Hibiscus Burst solid or Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dot patterned paper. The frame for the hearts was cut from Lil’ Inker Design’s Instant Camera die using Papertrey Ink cardstock in Hawaiian Shores. The thanks die cut was made using Simon Says Stamp’s Thanks die (cut out 3 times and glued on top of each other for added dimension) using PTI cardstock, in Aqua Mist.

I then cut a piece of wood grain embossed cardstock to 4” by 5.5” to make the card front. I then played with the positioning of all the die cuts to get the layout I wanted on the card front piece. I marked where my “heartfelt” stamp would be lightly in pencil and stamped that onto the frame first in Papertrey Ink in Hawaiian Shores. After that, I glued down all my pieces beginning with the frame, then the hearts and finally the thanks sentiment.

The card front was adhered to an A2-sized (4.25” x 5.5”) piece of Hawaiian Shores cardstock and then to a top-folding portrait oriented card base. Give me those layers of paper!

Last but not least, I used my Wink of Stella pen in clear to add a bit of shimmer to the “thanks” sentiment.

Hope you like the card.

Summary of Supplies used in making this card: Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Thanks stamp set; Inks: Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores; Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Line Shape Wafer Dies, Memory Box: Mini Heart Collection die set, Simon Says Stamp Thanks die, Lil’ Inkers Designs: Instant Camera die; Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Hibiscus Burst (solid); Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dot patterned paper, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist; Other: Wink of Stella Pen in clear.