Story of Elegance

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

How was your weekend?

I had a great weekend because I was able to spend a ton of time in my craft room, and I was able to spend a little time with my neighbors celebrating a birthday.  I didn’t take any pics of the gathering.  I wasn’t feeling 100% so I didn’t get to stay long, but I did take a pic of the card I made for my neighbor before I signed it and put it in an envelope.

Here’s a glimpse of some of my crafting fun.  I used the Stampin Up! Paper Florist dies for this card along with other products I own.


Last week I also spent a lot of time playing with the Nature’s Sweetness suite, so I have three different projects from the suite to share this week.

I really like this suite and I know I’ll get lots of use from it.  It’s in the new January -April 2024 mini-catalog.  If you’ve been thinking about this one, I say go for it.

So, here’s the project I made for today.

The large almond plant and the cocoa plant are die cut from the Nature’s Sweetness Specialty DSP.  I used blends to color the almond plant and I left the cocoa plant with just the foiling.  You can already see how quickly this card comes together, right?

There’s plenty of texture and dimension on this card.


Elegance Made Easy

Following are the quick steps to recreate this card.

First, make your cuts:

  • Gold Foil card stock – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Basic White card stock – 4 x 5 1/4″ (two pieces)
  • Die cuts:
    •  Die cut the large floral almond plant image  and the cocoa plant image from the Nature’s Sweetness Specialty Designer Series Paper using the dies from the Lover & Sweet die set.
    • Die cut a stamped sentiment  (I used Pecan Pie ink) of your choice using a die from the Stylish Shapes die set.
  • Punches
    • None

Emboss one of the Basic White panels, using the Basics 3D embossing folder.

Adhere the embossed panel to the Gold Foil panel and then add to an A2 card base made with Thick Basic White card stock.   (Note: An A2 card base is made by cutting an 8 1/2″ x 11″  piece of Thick card stock in half on the long side.  Score the 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″  (half sheet) of card stock at 4 1/4 “.)

Color the almond plant die cut.  I used Old Olive, Petal Pink and Medium Light SU700 Blends.  Add the die cuts to the card front, using Dimensionals for the cocoa plant.

Add gold thread behind the sentiment and add to the card front.

Finish the card front by adding gold Pearl Basic jewels.

For the inside, I printed my greeting onto the second the 4″ x 5 1/4″ Basic White panel and added a  1/2″ x 4” strip of the DSP to the bottom of the panel before adhering to the card base.

To complete the project,  add DSP to the envelope flap.

Finding Your Creative Elegance

In the end, the beauty of paper crafting lies in its ability to connect us with our own creativity and with others. It’s a chance to slow down, unplug, and create something beautiful and meaningful with our own two hands. So why not give it a try today? You never know where your creativity might take you.

If you would like to try your creativity with the products I used, you can shop with me anytime!


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Thank you again for stopping by.

Hope that your week is wonderful.
I’ll be live on Thursday on my YouTube channel.  I hope you’ll check it out.
I also plan to be back on Friday with another card to share.
I hope you’ll join me!
Until then,

Live Graciously!