Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Susan's Garden Gerbera Daisy

 Today I have a quick card for you.  The pretty daisy was created with the Susan's Garden Gerbera Daisy dies.  Here is the LINK to Susan's instructions for creating a Gerber Daisy.  The background was embossed with the Sizzix, Basket Weave embossing folder.  For a frame I used the Memory Box, Twirling Vine Frame die.  The butterflies are the Memory Box Kaleidoscope and Pippi butterfly dies.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

 This is a picture of the Susan's Garden Gerbera Daisy dies and the daisy I created.

A close up of my Gerber Daisy

I still have about half of the new Susan's Garden flowers to create, but want to let you know that the next couple of weeks are going to be pretty hectic for me.    My daughter is going to the hospital, for her second back surgery, early tomorrow morning.   Next week my husband will have his second cataract surgery then later next week  I need to go to the hospital for one day.  Hopefully we will all be a healthy bunch after this!!  As soon as I can, I will work on the rest of the new flower collections and get them posted.  You can go over to Ellen Hutson, LLC to see all the new flowers in the Susan's Garden collection.  I will be able to answer emails, so if you have any questions, just let me know and I will be happy to help you.

Here are the links to the products I used today:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Susan's Garden Clematis

 There are many different colors and varieties of Clematis flowers.  In Susan's new Susan's Garden flower collection she has included dies for beautiful Clematis.  I chose to create a purple variety I found a picture of on Pintrest.  I have a tutorial below to show you how I created this variety of Clematis.  The delicate doily on this card is the Marianne Design Anja's Fillagran Heart. There are four dies in this set and I have used two of them on this card.  The Bird  Silhouette die cut is also a Marianne Design die (CR1264).

 Here is a picture of the  Susan's Garden Clematis Dies and the flower I created.

 I love how realistic the flowers turn out with Susan's Garden dies. I think this looks like a real Clematis!  Susan has designed all the dies necessary  to create a complete flower with leaves, includes a picture of the flower on the package,  has instructions on the inside, and a plastic "Seed Packet" to store your  dies in for easy filing.  Susan has completed videos for all the new flowers but they have not been released from Sizzix yet.  As soon as they are released, I will let you know so you can watch them for additional information on completing your flowers.


 I die cut all the petals using a light purple card stock.  I used the leaf tool and green leaf pad from the Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit to draw a line down the center of each petal.  The petal was creased down the score line then white Pan Pastel from the Susan's Garden Pan Pastel Kit was rubbed on down the seam.  To give the edge of the petals more definition, I sponged on Dusty Concord Distress Ink.  In the picture above you can see how much better the petal looks with the purple ink sponged on. 

 After the petals were colored, I turned them over and used the 3mm end of the Susan's Garden Loop Tool to add texture to the petals.  I drew the loop tool from the edge of the petal over to the center score line, going at an angle.  In the picture, on the left is a petal with out texture, in the center the left side is shaped and the petal on the right is complete.  I then used the 8mm ball stylus in the kit to press down in the center of the petal to shape it.  Next, I turned the petal over and used the 5mm stylus to press down on the tip to give it a little curled up tip. 

 Susan includes two types of calyx with these dies so you can create different varieties of clematis.  I used the calyx with four projections and created two separate rows that were glued together, for an eight petal flower.

Here are the two different layers.  I used four larger petals on the left layer and four smaller petals for the layer on the right.  The smaller petals where glued on top of the larger petals, alternating the petals.

The Clematis I created was a different variety than the one Susan has directions for, so I created my stamen differently, using the same stamen die in this flower package.

 I used two stamen pieces to create a very frilly stamen.  My stamen needed to have a green center surrounded with some yellow, then the longer stamens needed to be purple on the bottom and white on the top.  I used a green marker to color the green and yellow stamens.  On one I colored two stamens green and three yellow.  On the bottom stamen I colored three green and two yellow.  The other two levels of stamens were sponged with purple ink.  The top stamen shows how it looks when you die cut it.  I wanted very frilly stamens so I cut each point three times as shown on the bottom die cut.
 This is how the stamens looked after both were cut to create thinner stamens.

 I added glue to the bottom edge of one of the die cut stamens (in top picture). 

Next I glued the two pieces together but notice how I placed the top piece so there are no gaps between the stamens.  This gave me three green stamens and three yellow stamens on the smaller end.  There are no gaps now so when it is rolled, you will have a very full stamen.

As soon as the stamen pieces are dry, roll it using the self-closing tweezers, starting with the smaller end.  Add glue to the end and hold in place a minute so it remains closed.

The stamen is then glued to the center of the layered petals. 

I hope you enjoy seeing different varieties of flowers using your Susan's Garden dies.  I know you will have a lot of fun being creative with styles and colors.

You can purchase the following items from Ellen Hutson, LLC:

Marianne Design Anja's Fillagran Heart Die


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Susan's Garden Alstromeria

 I received all my  flower dies in the NEW Susan's Garden Release the same day I got sick and have not felt like working in my studio.  I am finally feeling better and today I created a few of these flowers.  On my card above, I created the Susan's Garden Alstroemeria flowers .  I am totally in love with these gorgeous flowers.  I followed the directions in the package to assemble them, but created them in a different color.  I went to the florist shop to see real Alstroemerias and to see the variety of colors these flowers come in.  My favorite color was this pale pink with the lime green highlights.  The picture above does not show the beauty of these flowers, so I have a closeup picture below so you can see the dimension and details of my Alstroemeria.

The beautiful heart on my card is a new Marianne Design "Anja's Filligran Heart". Isn't it beautiful.  Behind the Alstroemeria I placed some of the new Poppy Stamps Massa Leaf. To finish off the card I added Hero Arts Accent Pale Pink Pearls.

Here is the Susan's Garden Alstroemeria die package along with the three flowers I created. Susan has 14 new die sets; the 13 other new Susan's Garden Flower Dies you are going to love are the Lilac, Clematis, Aster, Bearded Iris, Crocus, Gerbera Daisy, Daylily, Hydrangea, Globe Allium, Primrose, Stephanotis, Zinnia, and Branches & Stem. You can see all these dies at Ellen Hutson, LLC.  In the search box type "Sizzix" and the name of the flower.

 These Alstroemeria were die cut using white card stock and were colored using Susan's Garden Pan Pastels. I used Georgia Pacific 110# card stock.  A lime green marker was used to draw the line on the larger, lower petals. The flowers were shaped using the tools in the Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit.   You first glue the larger petals on the calyx, then the three smaller ones on.    The stamens were die cut using white card stock.  The upper portion of each stamen was colored with light pink and bright pink Pan Pastels, the brighter pink on top.  The base was left white.  On the very tip, I used a black marker.  To create very thin stamens, I cut each stamen "leg" twice to create three very thin stamens.  They were rolled and glued at the base, then glued into the center of the flower.  The flowers were placed in the Susan's Garden Plastic Flower Pots to hold the shape of the flower, and the stamen glued in the center.  As soon as the stamen was dry, I used the Black Viva Decor Pearl Pen to add tiny little dots to the tip of each stamen.

I have started working with Susan's new lilacs, hydrangeas, and stephanotis.  These are beautiful and also very easy to assemble.  Here is a picture of the flowers I have created so far:

You can purchase the following products from Ellen Hutson, LLC

Susan's Garden Alstroemeria dies
Susan's Garden Hydrangea dies
Susan's Garden Lilac dies
Susan's Garden Stephanotis
Black Viva Decor Pearl Pen
Susan's Garden Pan Pastels
Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit
Susan's Garden Plastic Flower Pots
Ultimate Glue
Poppy Stamps, Massa Leaf Background

Hero Arts Accent Pale Pink Pearls
Memento Pear Tart Marker


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Secret Garden

Today I have a quick and easy card for you.  This card was designed with a  new Marianne Design die (CR1265) that I received from my dear friend Eva.  I used it with a sheet of design paper from the Graphic 45, Sweet Sentiment 8x8 pad.  I used a spray adhesive on the back of the die cut and arranged it with the little girl in the center.  To give the card some dimension, I die cut some Susan's Garden Quince flowers, which match the flowers in the design paper. I have posted a tutorial on how to create these flowers in an earlier post.   Flowers were added on both sides of the sentiment.
Here is a little closer view of the flowers.

Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you are having a great weekend.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Get Well Card

 Today I tried to dream up something different to show you.  I designed a "see through window" card.  The card size is 6"x6".  Below I have a tutorial to show you how I created the window with a piece of clear card stock; you could recycle acetate from some of your craft supplies or use a transparency, for the window.  The embossed frame was created using the Embossalicious embossing folder.   The green frame was die cut using the Memory Box "Twirling Vine Frame" die.  The pretty little pink and blue flowers were created using Susan's Garden Quince dies. I love having these small quince dies because I can create so many different little flowers with them.  They were die cut using white card stock and I sponged ink on the edges of the petals.  Yellow Flower Soft was added for the stamens.  The yellow flowers are Susan's Garden Forsythia.  They were glued to a folded piece of brown wired Sisal Rope. I am sure you will want to watch Susan's video for creating these pretty flowers at this LINK.  You can add extra leaves, pearls and a bow to complete the card.

Here is a view of the card from the side.  A piece of design paper was attached to the inside of the card and shows through the clear card stock window for a background to the flowers.

 You can see the reflection in the clear card stock window.

 Inside of the card.

Tutorial on creating the die cut window and inserting the clear card stock and die cut frame.

 I first centered the Memory Box Twirling Vine Frame on the front of the 6"x6" card.  I use the Sizzix Magnetic Platform to hold the die cut in place.  This platform is great because you do not have to use tape to hold your dies in place. I only need the outline of the Twirling Vine Frame for this step, so will save the actual white Twirling Vine Frame die cut for another use.

 Next I attach the clear card stock (slightly smaller than the front of the card) to the inside of the card, using double sided tape.

The Memory Box, Twirling Vine Frame is die cut using green card stock.

 Place the green Twirling Vine Frame, over the clear card stock, inside the white card stock frame, and tape it down along the edges using regular clear (Scotch) tape.  Make sure you don't get the tape into the inside of the frame, or it will show on the front -- just catch the edges of the frame with the tape. 

 To cover up the tape and make the inside of the card look nice use another piece card stock and die cut the frame.  If your machine will die cut two thickness of card stock, it is easiest to die cut this at the same time you do step no 1.  If not, you can place the die cut frame over the opening, matching it perfectly, and draw lines out the outside edge to create a "cover" for the inside of the card  - it should be approximately 6"x6".   It will look like the picture above.  Using double sided tape attach this piece over the acetate. This will give you a nice finished look to the inside of your card.

You can purchase the following products from Ellen Hutson, LLC:

 Susan's Garden Quince dies
Susan's Garden Forsythia dies
 Memory Box Twirling Vine Frame die
Sizzix Magnetic Platform
Glue Glider Pro Tool


Monday, March 24, 2014

Whimiscal Susan's Garden Mini Dasies

I think we all love daisies.  If you are like me, you like to be creative with your flower dies to create more than just one style flower. Today I thought I would show you another way to use your Susan's Garden Mini Daisy dies.   I had some polka dot embellishments I thought made cute stamens for these daisies.  These were purchased from  Michaels.  

I have a tutorial below, to show you how I created the daisies but first I'll give you info on the die cuts used to create this scene.  The fence is the Poppy Stamps Picket Fence, the stems for the daisies is the Impression Obsession tall grass, Clouds are the Memory Box Puffy Clouds, Memory Box Gold Finch,  and butterflies were cut from the Memory Box Butterfly vine.  The sentiment is from a Paper Smooches Scripty Sayings stamp set.

Here is a little tutorial on how I created the daisies.

 Use the calyx from the Susan's Garden Mini Daisy die set.  Use the leaf tool from the Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit to score a line across the middle (on the leaf pad from the kit) leaving four legs on each side of the score line.

 Use the bone folder to crease the calyx in half.  You can see the open calyx on the left and the folded one in the middle.  I used eight daisy petals that were colored with Susan's Garden Pan Pastels at the base then shaped with the small loop tool on the thick shaping pad.

 This picture shows the daisy upside down with the bottom four petals glued to the four bottom calyx points.

 This picture shows the top petals added to the top calyx points.

 This is what the finished flower petal base will look like.  Press down on the fold of the calyx so it is just slightly open.  

You can then add whatever you want to create the center of the flower such as: pearls, rhinestones, Susan's Garden Pollen, etc.

You can purchase the following items from Ellen Hutson, LLC:


Saturday, March 22, 2014

White Poppies

I love poppies!   This is the top of a box decorated with white poppies I created using Susan's Garden Poppy Dies.  Seems like wrapping paper, boxes and bows are so expensive any more.  You can create a beautiful box, using your flower dies, that may be cherished as much as the gift inside.  These boxes could also be used in your home decor.

 This box was purchased from Michaels.  They are on sale a lot or you can use your Michaels coupon; there are so many beautiful boxes to choose from.    I fell in love the white poppies on the brown/gold background on this box. I decided to create a cluster of white poppies to decorate the top.  The top of the box actually had one giant poppy, but I like having the dimensional cluster of flowers on it, to make it special.  I tried to duplicate the poppies on the side of the box.  . 

I created nine poppies for this box.  You can watch Susan's VIDEO at this LINK to see how to create the poppies using the Susan's Garden Poppy Dies. To shade the base of each petal, I used the Faber Castell, Warm Gray III, Pitt Big Brush Artist Pen.   When I first get my dies, I always create the flowers exactly the way Susan's shows us on her videos, but sometimes later,  I experiment and do things a little different.  I am always happy to share these ideas with you.  Below I have a little tutorial on how I create the yellow stamen for the poppy.

In the center of the box I added a piece of Styrofoam to give the flowers more dimension.  It was attached with double sided tape.  A straight pen was used to attach about three poppies to the Styrofoam, then additional poppies were added around the center with Pop Dots.  The poppy leaves that come in the Susan's Garden Poppy die set were die cut using white card stock, and sponged two shades of green, after drawing a line down the center of them with the leaf tool from the Susan's Garden Tool Kit.  They were then shaped and tucked in around the poppies.  The little filler greenery was die cut using the Poppy Stamps, Leafy Sprig die.  A piece Hemp Cord was used to create a bow. I used Susan's Garden Lady Bug Kit to create the ladybugs on some of the leaves.   Bees, a butterfly and a dragonfly were pulled from my stash. To complete the box, I added a large gold flat bead to each corner.

I think this is a much prettier gift box than one just wrapped in paper with a bow.  I hope you will give this idea a try.

My Tutorial for Creating the stamen for the Poppy

Your poppies will be beautiful using the method Susan uses on her video, but I thought I would share how I created the stamens I used today.  I used two of the largest stamen pieces from the Susan's Garden Poppy die set die, cut in both yellow and black.  I like to cut each "leg" on this piece into three to create very thin stamens, for a frilly look.  After they are cut, I pick them up with the self-closing tweezers from the Susan's Garden Tool Kit and add glue to the tips of each one.  The "legs" don't necessarily need to be spread far apart in this step.

Next, still holding the stamen with the tweezers, I dip the tips in the Susan's Garden Yellow Pollen, making sure each tip is coated.  (I store my pollen in a plastic divided box that has dividers that come all the way up to lid.  This is important because you don't want your pollen spilling into the divided area next to it.  I purchased this box at Joann's.)

Next, take a pick and separate each of the legs.  I try to just push down on the center leg and that will separate them.  Do that all the way around.  It is easiest to do this while holding the stamen with the tweezers.

To make a very full stamen for the poppy, I glued two stamens together, alternating legs, to make it full.  In this picture you can see three completed stamens on the left.  In the center you can see four single ones with a dot of glue, and on the right the other four that will be attached on the center ones.  Two black stamens, that were cut the same, were glued together and all of them shaped by pushing them down in the center on the molding mat to cup them.  The black stamens were glued on top of the yellow stamens.  For these poppies I used the Lisa Pavelka "Daisy Chain Border Mold" and Makin's Clay to create the center of the stamen. Makin's Clay is a no bake clay and is easy to color with Susan's Garden Pan Pastels or markers. These products were purchased from Michaels. The clay center was glued in the center of the stamen with Ultimate Glue, and push up around the clay center.

Isn't this box more beautiful than one just wrapped in gift wrap paper and a bow added.  I hope you will give this a try.  It is truly a gift box that will be loved.

You can purchase all the items below from Ellen Hutson, LLC.

 Susan's Garden, Poppy Dies
Susan's Garden, Pollen
 Susan's Garden, Tool Kit
Susan's Garden, Ladybug Kit
Susan's Garden, Pan Pastels
 Hemp Cord
Pop Dots
Poppy Stamps, Leafy Sprig
Hi Tack Double Sided Tape
Ultimate Glue



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