Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! Here is a new birthday card. Again, I used the embossing folder letter press technique to make my own beautiful background paper. I love using watercolor paper for this as it is thicker than regular cardstock and really glows with the distress ink. Using pre-made mulberry paper flowers makes this card come together quickly.

Supplies: 140# cold press water color paper, embossing folder, distress ink (spun sugar, peeled paint, mowed lawn) 5″ x 7″ white cardstock card base, Spellbinders rose leaves, embellishments: feathers, pearls, Staz-on Black ink, Happy Birthday sentiment stamp of choice- I used one from JustRite.

Directions: Make your background paper by cutting a piece of watercolor paper, spritz with water, ink up the front inside of the embossing folder, put in paper, carefully and gently put your paper inside and close it up. Run it through your machine using the correct stack for embossing – I used the Spellbinder Grand Calibur. Set aside the piece to dry. Using another piece of watercolor paper and Staz-on ink*, stamp your birthday sentiment. Cut it out with a die, run it through with the embossing matt for more detail on the edges, edge with spun sugar distress ink. Cut out leaves from watercolor paper, spritz with water, ink leaves with peeled paint and edge with mowed lawn, shape with fingers while wet and set them aside to dry. Distress the edges of your base piece that you letter pressed. Arrange leaves, a white feather, other embellishments and flowers as shown. Give to a friend!

*Please note: It’s important to stamp your sentiment with Staz-on ink or a similar solvent based ink with watercolor paper. A water based ink will run on watercolor paper and not give as clear of a stamped image. If you use a dye based ink such as distress ink for your sentiment the watercolor paper will suck up the ink (because it has water) and run with it. Granted there are instances when you want a softer look, just not with the sentiment/words. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to leave a comment/question and I will reply. 🙂

Have a beautiful day!



Thinking of You

When you need a “thinking of you” card to encourage a friend going through a difficult time or as a sympathy card to don’t want it too fussy. Here is a lovely one that isn’t too over the top. 🙂

TOY Purple full front

Supplies: 5.5″ square card base, lilac paper, white cardstock, seam binding ribbon, mulberry flowers, Cheery Lynn “thinking of you” die cut, Tattered lace corner swirl, Spellbinders square (discontinued), rhinestone bling, 5.25″ background swirl die (unknown)

Directions: layer die cuts on card base with dimensional foam, use hot glue for the flowers, make a seam binding ribbon 3 loop bow attach with hot glue, add bling, double matt inside. Done. Lovely!

If you would like to purchase this card, it can be found in my  hydeparkhill.etsy.com store.

Have a beautiful day!


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He lives!

It’s Good Friday! But Sunday is coming!

Here is a lovely Resurrection Sunday card! As always, supplies and directions are listed below! Heartfelt Creations Dogwood Collection makes this card so lovely, so full of spring, and so full of life! He is risen, indeed!


5″ x 7″ Dogwood Wreath Card

Supplies: HFC Flowering Dogwood stamp and dies, Dogwood Chapel Stamps, Flowering Dogwood and Doves Stamps and Dies, Delicate Border Basics, Flowering Dogwood Paper Pad, Spellbinders Wreath Die, Spellbinders Vine Embossing Folder, Spellbinders Renaissance Tags 2, Spellbinders Circle die, dimensional foam adhesive, Walnut Stamp Paint, Ribbit Prills, Dries Clear Adhesive, hot glue, Cold Press 140# watercolor paper (I use Strathmore), 110# White cardstock, Memento Ink: Rhubarb Stalk, Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Victorian Velvet, Staz-On Ink: Timber Brown and Jet Black, white feather, faux pearls, paper trimmer, flower shaping tools, water brush, scissors, die cut machine

Directions: Using Staz-On Ink Timber Brown, stamp all your flowers and leaves on the watercolor paper, cut out with coordinating dies. Spray lightly with water and ink using Peeled Paint, Victoria Velvet, and highlight the edge of the dogwood petals with the Rhubarb Stalk. Shape the flowers while they are wet, set aside to dry. When dry add Ribbit Prills to the middles with Dries Clear Glue. Stamp your cross scene on watercolor paper, fussy cut around the crosses and around the hills, color with Distress Inks. Cut a “Delicate Border Die” from watercolor paper and adhere it to the back of the 3 crosses scene. Cut your wreath die 3 times, glue layers together and cover with Walnut Stamp Paint, set aside to dry. Cut one piece of 4.5” x 6.6” piece of water-color paper, cut a large circle one half-inch from the top. Lightly spray with water and emboss. Lightly wipe “Peeled Paint” Distress Ink over the paper with a sponge dauber, highlighting the vine/leaf design. With Staz-On Jet Black Ink stamp and cut a dove, add a white feather to the tail with hot glue and put a pop up dot under the body. Stamp “He lives!” sentiment on watercolor paper and cut with tag die. Cut a 5” x7” hinged card base from 110# white cardstock. To make a hinged from the top 5” x7” hinged card base cut 1 piece 5” x 7” and cut another piece 5” x 8”. Score one inch down from the top and bend and adhere to the other piece. Cut two Delicate Borders from 140# cold press watercolor paper, adhere to the sides of the front panel. Cut a light blue piece 5”x 7” from the Flowering Dogwood Paper Pad and adhere to the front of the card. Assemble the remaining pieces of your card: Glue the three crosses piece behind the circle cut out, put 3D pop up dots on backside of entire embossed piece and mount. Put 3D pop up dots put on the wreath and mount on the outside of the circle, stick in a small branch of dogwood flowers on the hill below the crosses. Cut a small dogwood flower from a branch and put it on the middle cross. Decorate the wreath with the flowers, leaves, and the dove. Decorate tag with flowers and leaves, use pop dots and mount the tag under the wreath as shown.

Have a beautiful Easter weekend!