Monday, June 29, 2015

A Flower cannot blossom without Sunshine

You can be so creative when working with Susan's CountryScape dies. It is fun and easy to create a scene for either feminine or masculine cards.  The new Clematis die is so pretty; I twined it through the Trellis from the CountryScapes - Backyard 2 collection.  The Birdbath is from the CountryScapes - Woods 2 set.  I die cut one using white card stock and colored it with Distress Ink and cut a second birdbath out of black card stock.  The blue image was glued offset over the black die cut to give it dimension.  There are small birds in the Woods 2 set, but I elected to use the larger birds from the CountryScapes Critters 2 set.  The die cut grass is from the Woods 2 set.  Three butterflies were added from the Garden Notes - Bugs and Butterflies set.  The Squirrel is from the CountryScapes Country Critters set.  The rose was created using the Garden Notes Rose 2 set.  The sentiment is Susan's Sunshine & Love stamp.  I decided to add a 'sun' -- it is a punched circle that was distressed around the edges then filled with Glossy Accents.

My friend Glenda Brooks (MagPie's Corner)  posted a very pretty  Fancy Fold Corner Card which I wanted to try.  You can see her card and the link to this special fold card at this LINK. I created this Fancy Fold Corner on a 6x6 inch card and added and added extra layers around the corner.  The sentiment is a ECD Peel Off Sticker.

Here are links to the products used:


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tag with Garden Patch Mini Dasies in Wheelbarrow



 Don't you love to receive a gift with a pretty tag!   Today I wanted to fill the ECD Wheelbarrow with Susan's Garden Patch Daisies.  The wheelbarrow was die cut and colored with Copic markers then filled with grass from Susan's CountryScapes - Country Flora grass

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The smallest daisy in the Garden Patch 1-inch & Mini Daisy and Chrysanthemum die set was used to fill the wheelbarrow.

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The ECD tag used is the Tags and More 8 - Lattice die. There are a lot of embellishments in this set - I used two at the top, one under the sentiment, and one at the bottom of the tag.   The lattice tag was die cut twice - once using white card stock then a second one die cut using design paper.  They were glued together.  The edges of the tag were sponged with matching Distress Ink.


I really enjoy trying to find many ways to use my dies.  I used the Lorna Label PopUp die to create a label for the sentiment. 

 I die cut the PopUp and cut it away from the frame.  You can see in this picture which portion I used.  I left the top popup portion on the label because I wanted it to have the label dimensional on my tag.  Only the top portion is a pop up. The bottom part lays down on the tag.  You could write a personal note on this side, if you wanted to. 

 This is how the PopUp looks from the side, on the tag.  Before attaching the PopUp Label to the tag, I used Susan's Hope Sentiment Stamp.  The edges of the label was sponged and an embellishment from the Lorna Label PopUp die set added. 

To complete this tag, I added light green flat-backed pearls and a bird embellishment from my stash.

Hope I have given you inspiration to create a pretty tag for someone special.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lilacs in Shadow Box


Today I have created a shadow box out of a piece of 12 x 12 card stock and filled it with pretty lilacs created with Susan's Garden Notes Lilacs.

I want to give credit to Amanda (The Craft Spa Blog), where I saw this type of shadow box.  Here is the link .  In the bottom of the box I glued in a piece of white card stock that was embossed with the Damask Embossing Folder.  It was glued down before gluing down the sides of the shadow box.  I created two light purple and two dark purple lilac stems and arranged them in the box.  Behind the lilacs I added 8 branches from the Flourishes & Branches die set.  On the top I added purple design paper.  Along the bottom, is a banner label from the Lorna Label PopUp die set. Stickers were used for the sentiment and two purple brads added at each end.  The white flourishes are from the Flourishes & Branches die set. To complete this shadow box, I added two ECD Small Butterfly die cuts.

I have had emails asking about my foot.  It is really slow going.  I am able to put partial weight on my foot and can not do much walking yet.  I will start physical therapy next week.  I am not able to sit with my foot down very long or it gets very swollen and painful.  I am working on my cards in spurts!  I am so happy to be creative again.

Links to products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Friday, June 26, 2015

Pretty Poppies



I have always had a love of poppies.  My kitchen is decorated with red poppies and my children have helped me complete my set of poppy dishes from Pier I Imports.  It is always fun to create different colors of poppies with Susan's dies.  For this card, I created orange poppies to match the design paper.      
 

The dies I used are the  Garden Notes - Poppy.  These little poppies are so easy to create and are just the right size for greeting cards.   I created two open poppies and 3 partially open poppies.  To create the partially open poppies, I used only the 3-petal die; for the open poppies I used all the petals.  The three petal die cut was well shaped using the small loop tool from Susan's Flower Tool Set.  If you start on the outside edge of the petal and pull down to the center, on all three petals, the petals will "cup".    I folded two of the petals up over the center (back) petal (two petals on top of one petal). Glue was added to the base of the two petals that overlapped on the front. Be careful to not flatten out your petals. The stamen was glued down in the center.  Creating these partially open poppies gives an added dimension to the poppy bouquet.

The design paper I used is from Graphic 45.  To create the circle in the center of the white piece of card stock, I used the Accordion Circle Card die.  The pivot section was cut off, so I could use the frame.  This frame was embossed with the Spring Leaves embossing folder.  To edge the white frame and the corners of the card, I used ECD peel off stickers.  A piece of black twine was used for the bow.

Below are links to the products used from Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Country Scene with Foxes

Hello Friends. Today is an exciting day for me.   It has been a long six weeks;  I can finally get back to my craftroom to design.  Today I have a card that was inspired by a picture of a fox Els Van de Burgt, owner of Elizabeth Craft Designs, posted on Facebook  It was so fun to create this scene with Susan's dies.

This is a picture of a fox that has a den in the rocks behind Els house in Pine, Colorado.  Susan has a fox die in her CountryScapes - Critters 2 die set that was perfect to create this card.

I used a variety of Susan's other dies too,  to complete this scene.  The purple rhododendron is from the CountryScapes Mini Botanicals.  The butterfly is from the Garden Notes - Bugs & Butterflies.  The birds are from the CountryScapes - Critters 2.  Two different dies were used for grass; CountryScapes - Woods 2 and CountryScapes - Backyard 1.  The birdhouse is also from CountryScapes - Woods 2.  The tiny yellow, pink, purple and red flowers were die cut  using the CountryScapes - Backyard 2 set were glued to stems from the CountryScapes - Country Flora 1 dies.  


I love the tree from the CountryScapes - The Woods 1 die set; you can create many different types of trees with it.    I used two die cut trees and a few die cut branches from this set, on my card.   This set comes with individual leaves that you individually glue on.  Since it is summertime, I wanted to have a tree that was filled with leaves, so I used the leaf dies below, in order to create a nice shade tree. 

The Garden patch - 7/8-inch & Mini Leaves die set has a variety of leaves.  The leaves I used are shown on the bottom of the magnetic sheet of dies on the right side of this picture. These leaves a very similar to the leaf in the tree die set, but include six little leaves on each die cut.  This leaf saved a lot of time gluing on  leaves.  It was easy to die cut a lot of leaves because I used 80 lb pound card stock so I was able to place the two leaf dies  to two layers of card stock.  The leaves were then layered (glued) over each branch of the tree. 

To finish off the card, I used ECD corner stickers.

Thank you for stopping by.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Country Scapes PopUp Card

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Today is my turn as a designer on Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team to post a project on the Elizabeth Craft Design Blog.   My project is a Popup card I decorated with Susan's CountryScapes Mini Botanicals - Hollyhock, CountryScapes -Critters 2, and CountryScapes - Woods 2 dies.  

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Susan's Hollyhock is only 4 inches tall and fits so well on any card or project.  These flowers come in a variety of colors so you can create a garden of many colors of hollyhocks.  For my card today, I chose to use the deep burgundy flowers.   Susan has a great variety of CountryScapes dies to help create beautiful scenes around your flowers.  I used the birdhouse and grass from the CountryScapes - Woods 2 die set on the right side of the card.  The cute little birds were die cut from the CountryScapes - Critters 2 set.

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I wanted to create a dimensional card for the Hollyhocks so decided to use the Lorna Label PopUp dies.  I know, you usually see a PopUp on the inside of the card,  but I wanted to be different

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When this card is standing open, it measures 5 1/2 inches by 4 inches.  When it is closed flat, it measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, so it will be easy to mail.

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To create the card, I started with a piece of card stock measuring 5 1/2 inches by 11 inches.  It was scored down the center at 5 1/2 inches and 1 1/2 inches from each end.  Once scored, you fold the card in half creating a mountain fold (when open) and a valley fold at each end.

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To create the popup, I cut a piece of card stock 5 1/2 inches square.  It was scored 1 1/2 inches from one end.  The little tabs on the Lorna Label PopUp die were placed right on the score line and put through the die cutting machine.  When all the score lines are pressed out, it will look like this.

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The Hollyhocks I used are a deep burgundy color, so  I used the same card stock to create a burgundy label.  You use the same popup die and cut out the label, from the die cut piece.  It was glued to the popup I used on the front of the card.

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Use the two smaller label dies in this die set to cut a smaller label with the stitch lines - that inside die does not cut a label but it creates stitch lines.   I die cut the sentiment from the Hello sentiment die, in black, and glued it to the label.

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This picture shows the base card and the die cut Popup before assembly.

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The PopUp was glued to the base card then decorated with Susan's Hollyhock and CountryScapes dies. (Oops!  I see I didn't press the side down well when gluing together before I took the picture.)

I hope I have inspired you to create something pretty with Susan's new Hollyhock and Country Scapes dies.

Supplies:

Other Supplies
White Card Stock
Copic Markers
Glue
Dimensional Tape


Monday, May 18, 2015

Birthday Explosion Box

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Today is my turn as a Susan's Tierney-Cockburn Design Team Member to post a project on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.   I decorated a Birthday Explosion Box using three of Susan's new flower dies.   The recipient will not only receive long lasting flowers, but also a gift card to make their birthday wishes come true!   The flowers I created for this project are:  Garden Notes Hydrangea, Garden Notes Lilac, and Garden Notes Hyacinthe.  Susan's new Garden Notes flowers are just the perfect size to decorate cards and boxes, and I am sure will be treasured because they look so realistic.

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When closed, this is a six inch square explosion box.

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This is a picture of the top of the box.  I used Secret Garden Graphic 45 design paper to cover the top and sides of the box;   The Grid framing "Secret Garden" was die cut using Susan's Garden Patch - 7/8-inch & Mini Leaves die set.  Four squares were cut out of the center of the grid and centered over the words in the design paper.  I love the size of the flowers in the new collection from Susan.  I die cut the Garden Notes Hydrangea  using four shades of light purple card stock and mixed the colors on each flower.  I used black Elizabeth Craft Design Black Corner Stickers, tulle and a ribbon to complete the top.

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To create the bottom of the Explosion Box, use a 12 x 12 inch piece of card stock; score at 3 inches on each side.  Cut out the four corners.  Crease the seams well
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 The top of the box must be just slightly larger.  Use another piece of 12 x 12 inch card stock.  If using a score board, push the the card stock over 1/16 of an inch and score at 3 inches.  Do this on all four sides.  This will make the lid just slightly larger to fit over the bottom of the box.  Add adhesive tape to the four corners to create the lid.

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The next two pictures help you see how the inside was decorated.  I created additional Garden Notes - Hydrangeas for the bottom side of the box.  For the flower on the left side, I used Susan's Garden Notes - Lilac dies.  For the flower on the right side, I used  the Garden Notes Hyacinthe dies.

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To create the dimensional (popup) "Happy Birthday" sentiment, I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday PopUp dies.  I have never seen a popup used this way, but love the dimension it gave to the inside of the box.   I used a piece of card stock 6 inches by 9 inches for this die cut; it was scored at 3 inches.  The die cut was placed on the score line to create the popup; it fit perfect for the popup on the side panel.  The sentiment was die cut using black card stock.  The Silver Stars were created by die cutting the stars again, using ECD Double Sided Transparent Tape attached to white card stock.    ECD Silver Silk Microfine Glitter was poured over the tapeThey were glued over the stars on the die cut.  A strip of the glittered card stock was cut and glued behind the 6 stars  on the bottom of the popup.
On the other three sides, I cut a piece of card stock slightly smaller and embossed the panels with the ECD Swirly Curves embossing folder.  They were glued to each side panel.    In the center of the card.  I cut a piece of 6 x 6 inch card stock and embossed the bottom 3/4 with the ECD  Sea Glass embossing folder. A piece was cut out to fit around the popup panel on the top.  To create a pocket on the bottom, I used the Paris Edges lacy die.  It was attached on the bottom and each side with double sided tape.  This created a pocket for a gift card.   The ECD Tags & More 6 - Daisy die was used to create a tag with a small pocket on the bottom to hold the gift card.  The candles and gift are ECD stickers that I attached over a piece of card stock that had Double Sided Transparent tape and Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; they were colored with Copic Markers.  I used  ECD letter stickers for "a gift for you" sentiment by the present.  Both the candles and the gift were attached with dimensional tape.  ECD black line stickers were added around the Happy Birthday Popup and along the bottom of the center panel.  More black sticker corners, to match those on the lid, were added to complete the inside.

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I will show you how I created the hydrangea flowers.  I used the base piece in the Garden Notes Hydrangea die set.  It was shaped with the largest ball stylus in Susan's Tool Set.  By shaping this base piece, it will give the hydrangea the rounded (domed) shape.

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I used the smallest ball stylus and pressed down in the center of each petal, on each die cut flower piece, to give it shape, then pressed down in the very center to cup the petals.  (I know, that looks like a lot of petals, but I was creating 5 hydrangea flowers and wanted to be sure I had plenty of petals die cut.  I didn't really need this many, but now I have more petals for future use.)

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The petals were glued around the bottom of the shaped base and then the entire base was covered.  I mixed the shades of purple petals to give variation to the color of the flower.  After the entire base was covered, I added additional petals on top of the one already attached; this creates a nice full blossom.

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Here is a closeup of one of the finished Hydrangea.  The finished flower is less than 2 inches wide and about 1/2 inch high.   Aren't they beautiful!

Explosion boxes are always a lot of fun to receive.  I hope you will give this a try and surprise someone you know!

Supplies:

Other Supplies:
12 x 12 inch white card stock
Four shades of light purple card stock
Graphic 45 Secret Garden Design Paper
Copic Markers
White Tulle
Narrow Lavender and purple gingham Ribbon
Flat Back Pearls
Dimensional Tape

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Susan's Garden Rose 1




Today is going to be my last post for a while. I want to let you know what is happening so you don't wonder why you are not receiving new updates from me.    I am going in this morning to have surgery on my foot.  I have been trying everything, for months to avoid surgery, but the only way to get rid of the pain is to have a torn tendon repaired.  I will need to be completely off my foot for six weeks.  My craft room is upstairs and this would be hard for me to maneuver, so will not be designing for a while.    I do have my two Susan's Design Team projects scheduled to post while I am recovering -  the first one on May 18 and the next one June 15.  I hope you will be back to see these projects. 

 


My card today was designed using Susan's Garden Rose 1 dies.  This is the largest rose in her collection from Elizabeth Craft Designs, measuring approximately 2 1/2" wide. 



 The sentiment is one of Susan's new sentiment stamps (The Butterfly is Proof).   The pink die cut Butterfly is the ECD Small Butterfly.  The background is a piece of pearlized lavender card stock that was embossed with the ECD Damask embossing folder.  This is a 6"x6" card.  I placed the embossing folder in the center of the 6x6 inch card stock to emboss, then cut strips of matching card stock and glued along the top and bottom edges of the embossed design.  Pearls were added to complete the card.

I am really going to miss my days in my craft room, but I'll be back as soon as possible.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Susan's Garden Notes Blue Bonnet

I am always blown away with how realistic flowers look when created with Susan Tierney-Cockburn's dies.  This is Susan's Blue Bonnet.

 

This is a picture of the Garden Notes Blue Bonnet/Lupine die set I used.  I have not created the Lupine, which comes in many colors, but I really love how realistic the Blue Bonnet looks.  The height of this finished flower is approximately 3 1/2 inches.  This is such a  perfect size for cards and assembly does not take long since it is a smaller flower.  I die cut all the pieces, using white card stock and colored the petals with Copic Markers and Pan Pastels .  I posted a tag at this LINK explaining how I colored the petals for this flower.  

This is a 6"x6" card.  For the background I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Agatha Edges dies for the shape at the top of the card.  The die cut piece (the part cut out) was used at the bottom of the card.  Before gluing on that die cut flourish, I used the ECD Lots of Dots Embossing Folder to emboss the card stock below the die cut top border.  A narrow piece of blue card stock was glued across the top line of embossing.  This white background was glued to a blue card stock slightly smaller than the card.  

To create the ovals for the Blue Bonnet, I used the Accordion Oval Card dies.  The largest oval is actually part of the accordion, but was cut away to be a backing for the smaller white oval.  I used the "stitched" die in that set for the lines on the white oval.  These ovals were attached with dimensional tape.  The Blue Bonnet was attached with glue dots.  The sentiment is an ECD Sticker.  Blue pearls were added to complete the card.

The products used from Elizabeth Craft Designs are:


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