Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Lyla's Hearts & Flowers

 Valentine's Day is coming right up, and there's plenty of TFJB Inspiration Ave makes coming your way for these next two weeks! Lyla, here, to start you out with the first make based on the perfect Valentine's theme Linda Coughlin, Owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, has suggested: "Hearts and Flowers"!

 Of course, you can guess who my Valentines will go to! This is a shorter, simpler one than I usually do, but the simplicity is balanced out by the number I ended up making. Sit for a bit and scroll down to see how I put these together...and then go try making one yourself. (You WILL, ya know... they were addictive once I made the first one!)

I won't be using the newest Distress color (Scorched Timber) just yet, but I sure am excited to get mine!

Here's a list of LINKS to help you find the things I used:

The first thing I did was go back to the video tutorial on folding cardstock/paper. For this, you'll need to follow the instructions on Elena Consonni's Facebook tutorial: CLICK HERE.  It begins with a cut of 27 cm length by 18 cm height, with folds on the 9cm (x3). I also used my Rotary Trimmer to cut some belly bands (for little hands to easily open) and some simple cuts of the same cardstocks, folded in half for the inside cards. This cardstock is from Tim Holtz's retired stack; Correspondence.

I chose some obvious Tim Holtz Distress Oxides for all the edges.

The TH Collector Die Set is one of those really good ones! Not only does it save me weight and room in my travel craft bags, but it's clean, precise cut! Now I don't have to carry the TH BigzL Movers&Shapers Die with me!

I wanted to make some "blanks" for the kids since they like copying what I make. So I used this die set's envelope and card cuts to make some blank sets of cards.

I also used some of the elements, like the ribbon set, to add a little pizazz to their Valentine. I do love the little closure cuts (in the lower area of the pic)!

Since the newer Vault die set is on back order, I got out the original TH Thinlits
Set; Faceted Heart- from which the Vault die comes.
I used a couple sheets of reddish and pinkish from the Vol 5 Backdrops
to cut some hearts for my cards and for the blank sets.

By just using the fronts and trimming the off the edges that would normally fold, I ended up with "Minecraft" hearts- perfect for the kiddos!

All I needed was FLOWERS- to add with the HEARTS. Everyone likes flowers, and we all like growing them.

I did make an extra- for the ChiefHubby. I used some of the TH Seasonal Kraft Core- retired cardstock- and sanded it down.

These are the resulting Valentine Cards/Envelope Sets...



Thanks so much for joining me once again!
I hope you'll be encouraged to try out this folding idea for yourself. I'd like to try adding different elements such as little notes into all the many available tuck-spots,  or perhaps fitting bits of candy inside.

Don't forget: the "Hearts & Flowers" theme runs for this next 2 weeks, so be sure to pop back in often, so you don't miss a thing!

Remember also: The Funkie Junkie Boutique has everything you need to keep you stocked up so you can join in on the fun with us!

Until next time...

Stay Safe &

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