Handmade Cards: Night Sky and Stars

Saturday, September 11, 2021

This weekend's handmade card is all about night sky and stars. It's an easy background that's versatile. What I love about this style is the color scheme: the dark blue makes almost any other bright color pop thus it's perfect for lively scenes.

Easy starry night background for cardmaking

I decided to use my old Love Cynthia stamps for this theme. The first 2, I created a dreamy scene using the girl from Find A Reason To Smile stamp set, except that I cut out the lollipop she's holding and placed her on an interactive swing hanging by a cloud.

Love Cynthia stamps for starry night background cards

I used a cloud die cut for the upper and bottom part and stuck them onto the front panel with a foam adhesive for dimension. The strings of the swing were stuck behind the clouds and the foam adhesive allows the swing to move a bit.

Here are 2 versions of the card with the same format:

Love Cynthia stamps for starry night background cards

Love Cynthia has a stamp set with an image of a girl on a swing and that would be perfect for this theme. The stamp set is called Be Awesome Today, but I think any Love Cynthia Happy Girl image would work well because they're all too cute!

For the other card, I decided to make a friendship one. I was just reminded of the really nice quote about friendship and stars:

Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them but you know they're always there.


Love Cynthia stamps for starry night background cards about friendship

This stamp set is called I'm Always Here For You and this image is perfect for this setting. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I chose the sentiment because the girls give me the impression of 2 besties feeling blessed to have each other's company.

Love Cynthia stamps for starry night background cards about friendship

Now the secret behind these glittery stars is that they were made from recycled party banners 😁 When my baby turned 1, we had a mermaid themed party for her. One of the party decors I used was this silver bunting banner and you could see it in one of the pictures on my previous post about my baby's birthday party celebrations.

Use recycled bunting banner to make glittery stars

After the party, the bunting banner was unscathed and I decided to keep it. It hasn't been used for the next parties because it didn't fit the themes. While I was decluttering one time, it just hit me that I could use the glittery bunting banner for stars and these cards were created.

Easy starry night background for cardmaking

As for the decluttering, it had to be finished at a later time hahaha 😂

This design is very easy to make, just like with all my cards. I just used a midnight blue cardstock and blended some black ink around the edges with an oval make-up brush. Then I glued on different sized stars. 

The big ones were punched out from the bunting banner while the smaller ones were from a glitter-shaker set I bought from Kmart a while back. I then added some speckles of white poster paint and also some rhinestone embellishments to complete the starry night effect.

Easy starry night background for cardmaking

It was fun to make these cards and here's another one I created for our anniversary back in April which also happens to be my toddler's birthday.

Interactive double-slider anniversary Over The Moon For You card

I decided to step it up a bit with this one so I created an interactive double-slider card using the same starry background. Up front, it just looks like a simple moon in the sky with clouds and stars. 

Interactive double-slider anniversary Over The Moon For You card

But once you pull out the tab at the bottom, this cow with dreamy face pops out. Indeed, so over the moon for my hubby, my best frenemy! 😍 The cow is an image from the Over The Moon stamp set, which is a retired stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Interactive double-slider anniversary Over The Moon For You card

And that's it for now, my handmade cards using the starry-night background using a recycled bunting banner!

Starry night background for cardmaking

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Hello September!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

They say no winter lasts forever and today just marks that. Spring time again here down under! Not that I hated winter. To be honest, I really enjoyed this year's winter season, lock down and all. 

We were supposed to go to a snow trip in July with family friends but that's got cancelled because the COVID cases increased again from the end of June. Today, we have about 1000 plus cases in a day. 

The lock down brought changes in the community and has affected business and individuals alike. Our job has changed too. I am not doing compliance at the moment and I find our current work tasks to be overwhelming for my introvert self. 

Yes, I am an introvert to a fault. There are times (extreme times) when I want ZERO human interaction. Not even from my family. But don't worry, I'm not a loner as I may sound to be. Just an hour or so to be alone and in touch with myself is all I need to recharge. 

I don't know why but over the years I figured out that ALONE time is a necessity for me and lately, because of too much interaction at work, I find myself needing this ALONE time much more that I usually do.

So yes, winter had been very challenging but I'm not lying when I said I enjoyed this year's season. Firstly, our new house gets a lot of sun and it keeps my working area very warm in the day. Really thankful to have moved to this house. Winter used to be a torture for my tropical self but it's much more than bearable now.

Next, I was able to make lots of winter cards and that's what I wanted to share in my post here today. It's a day late, I know, but August had been very busy at work. Anyway, I don't want to dwell on that. I don't want to seem ungrateful for having a job amidst this crisis. But sometimes, you just have to address the stress factors too. No to toxic positivity!

Anyway, if you want to see my previous winter cards, you can view the June ones and July ones by clicking on the link. Here are the ones I have subsequently made:

Winter themed handmade card cozy wishes from our house to yours

This unbranded stamp set has some really great sentiments but I used a different one for a homey and cozy feeling, which is what I would want the recipient to get when she sees this (whoever she might be 😉).

Hello Bluebird Cocoa Party Stamp Set & Birch Tree Die Cuts
Feat Hello Bluebird Cocoa Party Stamp Set and Birch Tree Die Cuts

Hello Bluebird O Christmas Tree Stamp Set and Birch Tree Die Cut
Feat Hello Bluebird O Christmas Tree Stamp Set and Birch Tree Die Cuts

Then I decided to put the Birch Tree Die Cuts to use by creating these cards with a simple layout - just a midnight blue cardstock with snow falling in the background. I used a chalk pen for the snow fall and a white glitter foam sheet for the snowy ground. 

I wanted these cards' theme to be cherishing friendships and life's simple moments. Because really, in the middle of all the crises that's happening all over the world, family, friends and the everyday moments we have with them are the most valuable things we can hold on to for now.

Next, I decided to pull out my window die cut again and coupled it with Stampin' Up!'s Pine Wood Plank Embossing folder to create this luminary tea light cards. 

Luminary LED tea light cards - cozy windows
The cards open into a box structure and when you put the LED tealight inside, the houses glow as if from the fireplace inside 😍 I really love how cozy they look especially when you use them in the dark.

Luminary LED tea light cards - cozy windows with charms

The cards fold into a card that fits perfectly into a C6 envelope, so it's not a hassle sending them to friends. Only trouble is, they'll have to use their own LED tealight candles which are very cheap and can be bought anywhere from Kmart to Asian stores, etc.

Luminary LED tea light cards - cozy windows with charms

Finally, I am also sharing my daughter's creation. I'm really proud that she gave cardmaking a go out of the blue and came up with this original idea.

A winter-themed shaker card with cozy wishes from our house to yours! And because a photo won't do it justice, I am uploading a video of the card below.

And there you have it, all of our winter themed cards for this year's season. I hope you enjoyed all of them and if you wish to be part of my happy mail recipients, you know the drill. If you're new to this blog, please read about my Hugs in a Card mission.

August 2021 Happy Mail for Hugs in a Card project
August 2021 Happy Mail for Hugs in a Card project

Wishing you all a happy spring here from down under or happy autumn if you're in the west or just a happy any-season wherever you are in the world 💗

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