I really enjoy making cards to coordinate with gifts. If I can make a homemade gift as well, I consider that a Win! Win! I love to walk the beach and comb for shells and sea glass so I started creating some gifts from the sea. I’ve shared some of the trinket dishes I’ve made previously. I decided to create cards to coordinate. One of my favorite cards uses the new Cheerful Daisies Bundle and the Layering Leaves Stamp set with the coordinating Bough Punch.
I was so happy with how these turned out I was inspired to create more! I have a lot of different shells so I went through my current and retired stamp sets, designer series papers, embellishments, paper pumpkin kits, etc. I was on a mission to see what I could create using what I had. I used 12 x 12 Basic White cardstock to create the 3×3 cards. You can get 8 cards from a sheet of cardstock. Here are some of the cards I made.
I think pansies are such pretty flowers and I love that they come in so many different colors. I used the dies and retired DSP to create this card (a CASE from the catalog); however, you can easily stamp your own card using the Pansy Patch stamp set and Pansy Dies which are still available. This card would be so pretty to give with a pot of pansies!
I love heron and didn’t get to share all the projects I wanted to before the Heron Habitat Bundle sold out and retired! This set will stay in my collection. I used the blending brushes to create a subtle background before stamping the images. The heron is colored with watercolor pencils and a blender pen then cut out with the coordinating die.
This card was quick & easy using the Timeless Tulips stamp set.
Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers! I used the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper to create this card and matching envelope.
The retired Painted Harvest Stamp set and Leaf Punch was used to create this sunflower card. I was able to match the green leaves using the recently retired Soft Succulent cardstock and Evening Evergreen ink (from the 2021-2023 In Colors).
If there’s a stamp set, die, or embossing folder that has anything to do with the ocean, I probably own it! LOL This card was created using the Sailing Home Stamp set and dies. I love to go sailing and could spend my days on the water! These would be great for masculine gifts too!
The Seashells 3D Embossing Folder is one of my favorites of all time! I love the detail and texture it provides!
The seahorse is from the Seaside Notions stamp set (retired long ago). I colored the seahorse using my new Wild Wheat Stampin’ Blends…couldn’t match any better! The large shell (and starfish soap) are from my guest bath!
Paper Pumpkin to the rescue for this card! The June 2019, A Little Smile, kit was one of my favorites.
These cards just make me smile! I love that I was able to use supplies I already had! I bet if you go through your stash you can do the same!
3×3 Cards are great to tuck inside a gift, leave for the waitress in a restaurant/ housekeeper in the hotel, give to the person handing you your coffee in the drive thru or give to the UPS driver who may or may not make deliveries to your home every day. (LOL) I’m sure you can think of many people to share a little handmade kindness with a note card!
Are you wondering what I’m going to do with all these shells and cards? I was asked to participate in our local Farmer’s Market that will open later this month. I thought this would be a great opportunity to meet more people and promote my Stampin’ Up! business. I intend to gift the cards with the purchase of the shells. I will tuck the coordinating card as well as my Stampin’ Up! business card in the box. I love to shop the Clearance Rack and I stocked up on Stampin’ Up! boxes and other packaging items when they went on sale! These boxes make gift giving so easy!
The shells and cards fit in either the Mini Pizza Boxes or Scalloped Kraft Treat Boxes. My oyster wine stoppers fit in the Tag A Bag Gift Boxes and a set of two napkin rings fit in the clear acetate boxes. I created the napkin rings to use in my home.
I also make shells for holiday table favors.
One of my latest projects has been candle making! I love these!
The beautiful By the Bay 6×6 Specialty Designer Series Paper has the perfect designs for my oyster shell crafts! I love this simple card design and coordinating envelope.
I hope these have inspired you to be creative! Do you have a favorite? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.
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