Good morning!! I’m excited to show you a little gift I made or perhaps I should say ‘made up’ – let me explain. I often send cards to my girls and on my last visit I was so tickled to see they keep these cards on display. I told them they didn’t have to do that for me and they sweetly informed me they do that for themselves – they said they like looking at them. Well imagine that :-) I’ve been trying to think of a novel way for them to display the cards so that they can easily display the most current one.
Linen and Lace
So, I came up with this Lace and Linen Hoop adorned with flowers. My thought was to create a pocket so that the back leg of a card can be slipped into the lace pocket and when ready for the next card, just pull it out and put the next one in! The hoop adds a sweet bit of decoration and can be placed on a stand on a desk or can be hung on the wall in an office. Here’s the card from yesterday, perfect fit ;-)
Layered Blooms – Contour Die.
It is made with Spellbinders Contour Die – Layered Blooms. This is one of my most favorite dies and I used it extensively at CHA! If you remember the wedding dress, this is the row of flowers that went around the bottom and up the shoulder. I’m asked all the time, so I’ll offer a recommendation – if you are just beginning to add steel rule dies to your collection, this is a great one to get started with. It’s a basic die that will get many uses and it is roughly the same cost as a thin die set. I’ll be doing a tutorial with this die tomorrow and will show you how to use it and be able to get the same results on an easy flower every time :-)
(Note: Your current machine may accept Contour (Steel Rule) Dies – check it out to be sure. The Spellbinders Platinum Machine is able to accommodate Contour (Steel Rule) Dies.)
How It’s Made
This project was as simple as pie and took me about 30 minutes. I purchased a 9″ hoop from Joann Fabrics along with 1/3 yard of lace and 1/3 yard of linen and ribbons from my stash.
- I doubled my linen, starched and ironed the small piece then added my lace on top positioning it so that it would fall midway the hoop.
- I laid a small length of silk ribbon and printed ribbon across the top to stabilize the opening of the pocket (not glued, not sewed).
- I positioned my hoop, closure at top and seated it over the ribbon, lace, linen sandwich and tightened the top of the hoop with a set of pliers (strong hands would do just fine).
- I hot glued three flowers made using the Layered Blooms Contour Die on to the right side of the hoop.
Flower 1 – largest flower at top – is made with 4 large petals, 2 medium petals, 1 small petal – 2.5″ diameter.
Flower 2 – medium flower on left – is made with 3 large petals, 2 medium petal, 1 small petal – 2″ diameter.
Flower 3 – small flower on right – is made with 2 large petals, 1 medium petal, 1 small petal – 1.25″ diameter.
- I poked loops of ribbon into the crevices between the flowers and glued with a hot glue gun to simulate a bow.
- I trimmed excess fabric flush with top of hoop. If desired, run a bead of glue or hot glue around the crack between hoops to secure the hoop.
- To finish, I topped it with a bow.
Other uses – Flower 1 is appropriately sized for the top of 3″ gift box such as this one I created HERE
Flower 2 or Flower 3 are appropriately sized for cards either alone or as a cluster.
I love it that hoops are popular again!! This was a simple project that gave me a great sense of accomplishment!
Rubber Stamps: None
Craft Paper: None
Accessories: Spellbinders Contour Die – Layered Blooms, 1/3 yard of lace cut from 45″ bolt (Joanns), 1/3 yard of Linen cut from 45″ bolt (Joanns), 1 yard silk ribbon, white flower stamens (Hobby Lobby), 1 corsage pin, hot glue gunI had hoped to have my video ready today but unfortunately I’ve been under the weather this week and have had no voice for the last couple of days. Voice willing, the flower tutorial will be posted tomorrow! I love these flowers and hope you will too!
There is no end to your Talent Becca, this idea is simply stunning.
I just love it all .
I hope you feel better soon .
Elaine H X
Lovely, the things you come up with are out of this world.
What a wonderful idea! It’s beautiful! You are so talented! :)
What a brilliant idea! Looking forward to seeing the video, your voice willing. God Bless, Becca. Hoping you’re 100% soon.
so elegant and beautiful!!!
What a very clever idea and such a classy way to display a card.
WOUW you´ve just made another masterpiece here Becca. It´s so gorgeous and sweet and such a wonderful idea to display the beautiful cards we recieve from time to time, that we´ll love to enjoy a bit longer. As ualways such a delicat and beautiful project. I absolutely LOVE it. You are such a genius sweet lady, and thanks sooo much for always sharing your genius projects with us all here so generously.
Such a lovely, creative and useful gift you have made. Your imagination has no end – thank goodness! Take care sweet Becca and get better soon. If we were neighbors, I would bring you some chicken soup.
I love the idea of dies capable of multi-layered cuts!
And ones that can cut thicker materials!
No more running a one-cut die through the machine over and over…
I have been waiting for this! I hope it can cut cardboard–would love to make chip board type shapes.
Your project looks great for displaying cards–I love it!
That is so pretty! I love the creativity in this piece, and the flowers are perfect! Your girls will love this.
Oh Becca, I am speachless. What a delightful project. I thought the card was stunning and I just can’t think of a better way to display it. You are amazing. Your girls are so lucky and are going to love this. Really looking forward to the video when you are feeling better of course. Thank you.
Beautiful idea, lovely way for them to display your card!! Those flowers are gorgeous, look forward to seeing how you put them together!
Beautiful project, Becca! I love this. Terrific way to showcase cards. I may have to try my hand at this!
Stunning idea Becca…only you could come up with something so beautiful and versatile!
What a wonderful idea! I love that you don’t have to worry about the card falling over when it is being displayed. Thank you for sharing this awesome project!
What a gorgeous idea!
Good morning Becca, they’re off again!!! My socks : ) Wow this is gorgeous!!! Love. Love. Love it!!!
Hope you feeling better!!!
Have a good one!!!
Loopy Lynda xxx
Oh my you never fail to inspire me you are so creative our Jesus is a creative God and you have tapped into his creativity that he desired for his children. Thank you so much
What a beautiful way to display a beautiful card. I can’t believe how simple it is! Something to bear in mind! Hugs Christine xx
Such a sweet Homespun card caddy, Becca.
Again, your elegance shines. All the cards my Mother receives from me are placed in the ribbons of a large memo board. She loves to look at them throughout the year. I just love the simplicity and elegance of the hoop card holder you made. Thank you for sharing.
So sorry to hear you are under the weather. Looking forward to seeing your video and purchasing the Contour Flower Die. I always take your suggestions to heart.
Girl, you need to market this!! Absolutely stunning! Looking forward to getting the die. TFS Hugs, Diana
This is a beautiful idea!! Thanks!! Hope you get to feeling better, we have it here too and man does it suck! I HATE being sick, and it always takes me longer to get over it than my hubby. :( It’s worse when we are both sick at the same time. LOL Between the headache and coughing I can’t sleep…which doesn’t help me feel better. *roll eyes* Ok, I’ll stop complaining and move on now. LOL LOVE your project, and hope you feel better soon!!
This is such a novel idea. I am going to make one for me and one for each of my card making friends, we all have our favorite cards we would like to display. Thank you for sharing this brilliant project!
Absolutely brilliant idea Becca! This makes a lovely gift for someone else or just oneself!! Thank you! Love Myra xxx
What a great display. So pretty.
Love this I am going to steel you idea and make this. Would make great gifts
Oh Becca, We can always depend on you to Wow us. Thanks.
I am always amazed at how elegant your creations are. Thank you for sharing.
How sweet of your daughters to display all your cards and what a lovely gift to them to do so, lovely xxx
I am so in love with this! This would look darling on my new desk *Hint Hint*
Seriously though, it is too cute and I really love the idea so much :D
WOW what an amazing lady you are Becca, a fantastic way of displaying our cards. Thank you so much for the details to make
this project I would love to try this. You are so inspiring to many Becca.
What a lovely idea to display a special card. and how rewarding for you that your girls like having your personal cards displayed to remind them of you!
Love your flowers!
So sorry to hear that you have not been well!Pray that you will soon be feeling much better This is a wonderful idea – thank you for sharing it!
How cute is that? That just gave me a great idea! Thanks Becca!
Your girls are so very fortunate to have such a thoughtful and creative mom. I will be making some of these up for some folks I know that might use them. My cards aren’t nearly as art-worthy as yours, but I have in mind some “encouragement cards” for some dear friends that need some daily reminders. So sweet!
Just last week I mailed my Sis her birthday card which was your
“LIVE IN THE MOMENT” design. She texted me and said how beautiful it was, blah, blah, blah and I said “Glad you liked it” and she said, I have it sitting right here on the table where I can look at it all the time. Too bad I hadn’t seen this earlier as it would have perfect to send her as a little gift to go along with her card. I will be eagerly waiting for your video. Your work is just so elegant and lovely.
Becca what a clever idea and one that is so stylish as well. It is always so lovely when people like your cards enough to put them on display isn’t it. But your cards are always so perfect.
ahhh…so sweet! And since I make mostly side fold cards, I’m figuring out ways to make a side pocketed display hoop. This is really awesome! Thanks, Becca – and feel better soon!
Hi Joni if you come up with something please share as
my cards are more side opening Pam
Love it!! I love all your work. It always stands out above all others.
Becca this is such a lovely idea. I can see myself adding this to the cards i make and send to special people or for special occasions.
You’re amazing, Becca,
When I’m not feeling good, nothin’ gets done but…look at you! This caddy looks beautiful without any cards. I’m always so honored when people display my cards. What a great idea -your family absolutely needs this!
Love and blessings (speedy healing, my dear!),
Hi Becca hope you are feeling better soon !
Lovely to hear how your girls treasure your makes wish I had
a daughter lol.
This is a gorgeous idea you are so clever (think you have been on this earth before ? ) I was thinking about the side opening cards like Joni as most of mine are side opening thank you for sharing .
Look after yourself hugs PamXXX
Hi Becca. Love this! So beautifully created and such a wonderful idea :-) Hope you are feeling better soon. Hugs xxx
So very nice!
I don’t know how you come up with such clever ideas. Love this one and a beautiful way of showing your cards.
So sorry to hear you’ve been poorly. Do hope you’re feeling much better now.
What a beautiful idea for your girls to display your cards! And how heartwarming for you to know how much they appreciate each card you send :o)
Anne (UK) x
Beautiful project Becca….you take care and do what you need to do to get better!
Prayers and Paper Hugs,
This is so beautiful,Becca! And what a great gift idea!
What a clever & cute idea! I will definitely put the layered blooms die on my wish list! Hope you get your voice back & felling better soon! Take care x
Great idea. Of course your girls display your cards. Each card is a work of art with an inspirational hug inside. I won a card with anT-shirt from you many years ago – I still have it on display and enjoy is daily.
Bravo! We must all have hoops in craft storage. My favorite places to hunt down items like this is when I am in the old neighborhoods of orginal home owners. I find a treasure trove of old ribbons, lace, buttoms and great card items. I have some beautiful lace, pretty sure linen too hiding in a basket away from the eyes of Mr Car, who is wanting me to get rid of my fabric. Alass a use for these stowed away items. :) beautiful stunning hoop.
What a fabulous idea and beautiful too Becca looking forward to your flower tutorial, hope your voice get back to normal soon.
Love it – will definitely try this! Thx!
Morning Becca, Here’s hoping you are feeling much better today !!
I absolutely ‘adore’ this, and what a fabulous idea. I really must have this flower die set, yours are stunning, stunning, stunning.
Lots of love from Patricia xx
Love this project! TFS!
P.S. Please feel better soon!
Hi Becca oh you clever girl,this is super so great for a gift for a sewer god bless hugs linda
You’re so smart! What a terrific idea!! I must make one of these… now to figure out something for side opening cards..
O Becca! This is stunning. Love it. I will be trying to make one of these once my current in progress projects are done. Happy weekend. Looking forward to the tutorial. Hope you are feeling better soon.
What a wonderful idea. I often have special cards up for months, and this is decorative and useful. I’m looking forward to the tutorial.
Beautiful never thought of this before Supper Awesome Idea
Gorgeous! I often have special cards that deserve a special place and they get lost on my desk. I have wooden hoops so I think I will have to make one! Thanks for the idea. I’ve made potpourri holders using the smaller 4″ hoops and lace on either side. Nice aroma in any room, and no damage to the walls.
You are so very creative, Becca. Your mind and hands must be at work all the time! I see that my daughter has some of my cards on display as well and I was surprised by that. Hope you feel better soon!
What a clever and beautiful idea…love this…I want to make one for myself…thanks for the tutorial …love it..
Love, love, love your video. You make it look so simple! Going into my kitchen right now and take a look at my measuring spoons! What a great idea and almost as great as you! Have a terrific day, Becca!
Simply lovely. I am available for adoption by you!
ohh wow Becca, what a fantastic idea :) I’ve decorated the 3D picture frames for my sister and my aunt who love to keep and show off the cards I’ve made them, but I just love your idea and I know my sister would go all ga ga over this idea :) ty for sharing, you are such an inspiration, hugs, bless you
I’ve been MIA while my husband was in the hospital for heart surgery. Thankfully, he is recovering well. I’m so happy I didn’t miss this post and took time to check out what I had missed. This project is so incredible. What a wonderful way to display beautiful cards. I cannot wait to try my hand. Beautiful project and fabulous flowers!
I did have a pen pal she was from Greece, but I do not remember much about her. Love your card Christine S.