Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winter Scene

Today I have an easy card to create using dies and punches.  The products I used can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.  They are:  Memory Box "Leaf Canopy" (98142); Memory Box "Twiggy Tree" (98143); Memory Box "Deer Trio" (98166); Cheery  Lynn "Border Carnivale" (DL 120); Martha Stewart "Aspen Snowflake" punches.




I started with a piece of sparkly aqua card stock 5 5/8" square and placed the Leaf Canopy near the top and taped it down then ran it through the die cutting machine.  This dies creates a lot of leaf shaped holes in the card stock.  You may remember I used this die in an earlier post to create an autumn scene.


Next, this Twiggy Tree was die cut using white card stock.  It was glued, using liquid glue, in the center of the Leaf Canopy.  Next I die cut two Cheery Lynn Border Carnivale borders and placed them, alternating the scallops, to create the snowy ground. 



The deer were die cut using white card stock.  When you die cut these deer, they do not cut out completely - the feet stay attached so you can use them in a group as shown.  I wanted to spread them across the bottom of my card so cut them off at the feet and attached with liquid glue. 


For the border around the snow scene, I used the Martha Stewart "Aspen Snowflake" punches.  I love these punches to create Christmas cards because you not only get a pretty border but can use the punched out snowflakes on your project.  You can see these snowflakes around the tree.  

The sentiment is from the JustRite "Sparky and Friends" stamp set.  It was cut out with a Spellbinders Tag, and sponged before removing it.  I used a paper piercer to punch holes around the edge then added two of the small snowflakes.  To complete the card I added an aqua silk bow.

All the products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.

Are you checking out Joan's 12 Days of Christmas Sale?  Each day you order from this sale, you will be entered into a drawing for a wonderful prize at the end of the sale.  Be sure to check it all out at Joan's Gardens.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop


It is time for another Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop.  We have a lot of participants this month. We enjoy designing with Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies and hope we give you a lot of inspiration.  If you started at the beginning of the hop, you came from Dina's blog.  You have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations.  All you have to do is visit each blog in this design team hop and leave a comment; maybe you will be the lucky winner.  This hop ends Friday, December 2nd at midnight and the winner will be announced Saturday at noon. 

My card was created with the Heartfelt Creations "Holiday Poinsettia Candle PreCut Set" (HCPC 3419) and the "Petite Poinsettia Precut Set" (HCPC 3415).   The design paper is from the  Basic Gray "Sweet Threads" paper pack I received from my friends, Dianna and Marsha, that came to visit and stamp.  The wreath was created using the Cheery Lynn Pine Branches (B146). 

The beautiful Heartfelt Creations candle was stamped with VersaMark Ink and gold embossed.  Extra flowers, from the Petite Poinsettia stamp set were also stamped and gold embossed.  These flower match the  Spellbinders Poinsettia dies.  The candle image was cut out using scissors.  The flowers were shaped using tools from the Flower Tool Kit and a gold flat backed bead was added to the center of the flowers.  The pinecones were created by using the Sizzix "Tattered Pinecone" die.  Bright gold glitter was added to some of the poinsettia leaves and the edges of the pinecones.

The wreath was created by die cutting a lot of pine branches and were shaped by gluing them on a round, open center, doily (Cheery Lynn Nautical Wheeler Doily).  The pine branch die comes with two dies in the set,  so it made it faster to die cut them.  Gold round beads were added around the wreath and gold glitter added to some of the branches.  The Candle arrangement was placed on top of the wreath.  A pinecone was added to each side of the flowers and a gold cord bow added.  A piece of gold trim was added along the bottom of the card.`

The next person on this blog hop is Karen Taylor (Creative Yearnings).  

All products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Purple Christmas Shadow Box

I had fun creating this card today.  I love to work with purple and and I also love to work with Heartfelt Creations stamps and matching dies.  This card was created using the Heartfelt Creations "Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set (HCPC 3415) and the "Carnation Florals 2 PreCut Set" (HCPC 3438) that just came out in the new release.  Both these sets have matching Spellbinder dies so they are super easy to cut out and create dimensional flowers.  I'm sure you know about the poinsettia dies by now, so I have taken a picture (below) of the new Heartfelt Creations Carnation Florals and the matching Spellbinder dies.   These new Carnation Florals stamp sets and matching dies are available from Joan's Gardens.


Pictured above are the Heartfelt Creations "Carnation Florals" stamp set, the matching Spellbinder "Carnation Creations" dies, and the Carnation Florals 2 stamp set.

My card today is a shadow box that started off with a white and a purple piece of card stock that measured 6.5" square.  Both pieces were scored down opposite sides at 1/2" to create the shadow box.  For the opening I used the Spellbinders largest "Label 8" Nestability.  The pretty background down in the shadow box was created with the Sizzix "Winter Botanicals" (657261) embossing folder. This is a beautiful embossing folder to create a background. The poinsettias were gold embossed on white vellum and colored with a purple marker.  The Carnation Florals were white embossed and also colored with a purple marker on the back of each flower. All the flowers were lightly spritzed with water so they could be shaped.  In the background, up the side and across the bottom I used the Memory Box "Woodland Branch" (98187).  I know you will love this branch for lots of things. 

Here is a picture of the die in the envelope and below it is the actual die cut.  Isn't is realistic looking.

I know you can't see much of the branch on my card because I ended up adding lots of other elements.  I used it because I wanted to add berries to the branches, it but it is hard to see that in the photo.  The other branches I used on this card are the Cheery Lynn "Olive Branches" (B147) and the "Pine Branches" (B146).   Both these branches were added down in the shadow box and under the flowers along the side and bottom.  For the backing on the shadow box I cut a border with the Martha Stewart "Apen Snowflake" punches.  Purple Stickles was used for berries on some of the branches.

All the products listed in "bold" can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.

I entered this card in this challenge:  http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/

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Gate Fold Card


This is a Gate Fold card created with the new die collection from Heartfelt Creations; the Layered Elegant Swirl Die (HCD 716).  There is a video on Joan's Gardens blog to show you how to use the dies to create this card.  I kept my card simple on the outside.  The pretty corner flourish is from one of the new  Flourish stamp set called "Rye Grass Flourish PreCut Set" (HCPC 3436).  There are two new Flourish sets that you will love using year round.  I added black pearls to the front of the card then tied a black bow around it to hold it closed.

 Have you checked out the "I Want It All" offer on this new Heartfelt Creations  Collection.  You save $30  at Joan's Gardens.

Today I started working on decorating my Christmas tree and getting the house prettied up for Christmas.  We purchased a new Martha Stewart artificial tree this year that is pre-lit.  It is amazing how much quicker it is to finish with the tree when you don't have to string the lights.  We used to always go out and cut down a fresh tree,  but the last time we did this was when we found out the real tree was full of tiny little spiders. It was horrible to wake up the next day and find these tiny little black spots all over the vaulted ceiling and on the walls.  No more spiders in our house!!!

Don't forget to go over to Joan's Gardens and see what is on sale today in the 12 Days of Christmas Sale.  Remember each day you purchase anything from the sale, you name will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Gift Package from Joan's Gardens.. 


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Flirty Fleurs




You know how much I love top work with flowers and this is another great addition to my flower stamp collection.  The stamps in this new Heartfelt Creations Collection is called "Flirty Fleurs PreCut Set" (HCPC 3439).  It coordinates with the Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch Die.  I used all the stamps in this set to create this card, plus the new Heartfelt Creations Artistic Gatefold dies.  The pink and white backgrounds were created by using the Sizzix "Thank You set" (656983) embossing folder.  The white piece was first die cut using the Heartfelt die.  I used a long piece of card stock 5.5" wide and placed the die at the top leaving room for the embossing.  The embossing folder was then placed under the die cut and cut off to fit this 5.5" x 6" card.  Two sets of the larger flowers were stamped and only one of the other stem of flowers were stamped;  they were colored with Copic markers and fussy cut and arranged.  In order to "ground" the flowers I added die cut grass.  I used the Cheery Lynn Grass Border (B126) to cut three strips of grass and layered them on the bottom of the card.  Two Spellbinder corners were added as well as a few pearls to complete the card.

All the products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Vintage Door


THERE ARE TWO POSTS TODAY

This card was created with the new Heartfelt Creations "Vintage Door PreCut Set" (HCPC 3440) and one of the new "Artistic Gatefold Dies".  I wanted to make a front porch scene with one of the doors in this stamp set and used the widest door and created two window panels for each side of it. The door was created by using a brown card stock and using a darker brown ink.  A metallic gold pen was used to color in the door handle. The windows were created with the Cheery Lynn Small Window Frame (FRM 114) die.  It was die cut using brown card stock, trimmed down, and backed with a piece of yellow card stock that was sponged with a darker yellow ink for a little texture.  Since I was using yellow ink, I could actually sponge right over the brown die cut window.  The "Layered Scalloped Posy Die (HCD717) was also die cut using brown card stock.  I was surprised how well this die popped out of the die when using  a double layer of waxed paper between the die and the card stock when you run it through your die cutting machine.  I didn't even need to punch but a couple of small pieces because it die cut so nicely.  This was also backed with yellow card stock and sponged with a darker yellow ink.  

The house "wall" in the background was created by embossing a piece of white card stock with the Sizzix "Bricked" embossing folder.  To create the color of bricks I wanted, I used about four different colors of Distress Inks, then covered it with Distress Stain "Picket Fence" to soften and blend the colors on the bricks.  The pots on the porch were die cut using the Spellbinders "Flower Pot" dies.  The evergreens in the post are the top of the Marianne LR0136 tree.  To create the porch and step, I used a piece of dark gray card stock. I wasn't sure how to create a step but cut a smaller piece of gray card stock, drew a line across it with a pencil, then shaded down on the lower end to try and create a shadow representing a step.  The sentiment is from the Heartfelt Creations "Vintage Door" stamp set.  All the pieces were assembled to create my front porch scene.  

I had a lot of fun creating this card for you.  It was actually very easy to complete -  I just had to figure out how to actually create the scene -- now will be very simple to recreate.  Hope you like it.  I'm sure you will have lots of fun creating your cards with this great stamp set.  There are two different doors to work with -- I can just see the smaller door used for "French" doors on a gate fold card.  

This is only one of six new stamp sets in the November Collection.  Be sure to go over to Joan's Gardens to see the entire collection.

There is another card posted last night created with this new collection.  If you haven't seen it, please scroll down.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Artistic Gatefold Collection from Heartfelt Creations




The new Heartfelt Creations  "Artistic Gatefold Collection" is being released today.  You are going to love these new stamps and gorgeous dies. You can create decorative gate-fold cards, doilies, borders; the possibilities are endless.   You can see the entire collection at Joan's Gardens

This card was created using the gorgeous new "Layered Elegant Swirl Die" in this release and one of the beautiful flower stamp sets "Carnation Florals 2 PreCut Set" (HCPC 3438)  which coordinates with the Spellbinders "Carnation Creation Shapeabilities" dies.  The leaves are the Heartfelt Creations "Filler Leaves" (1359E).  The embossed background was created with the Sizzix "Ornate Swirls"  embossing folder.  Two sizes of flowers were white embossed on white vellum and cut out with the matching Spellbinder dies.  A brad was put in the center to attach 5 flowers together then spritzed with water which causes the vellum to curl and allows you to shape it.  The leaves were also white embossed on white vellum and colored on the back with a pale green marker.  They were fussy cut.  A small strip of green card stock was added below the die "Layered Elegant Swirl Die" die cut.  Pearls were added to the band and also to the upper corners.  

Be sure to go over to see all the stamps and dies in this new Heartfelt Creations release at Joan's Gardens. All products I use can  be purchased from Joan's Gardens.

Tomorrow I will post the card I created with the New Heartfelt Creations Vintage Door stamp set. 

Sneak Peek




 Sneak Peek of card created with new Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies.

I have had emails from some of you wondering if you are missing some of my blog posts.  I want to let you know that you have not.  I have not  posted for a few days because I have been having some back problems and what time I am able to create, I have been working on the new Heartfelt Creations release that comes out tomorrow.  I will start posting the items I have been creating, with instructions,  starting tomorrow.  You will be able to see four of my new cards on Joan's Gardens tomorrow when she posts the new Heartfelt Creations  "Artistic Gatefold Collection".  This is a collection that that has six new stamp sets that coordinate with existing Spellbinders dies and 2 new exclusive dies.  I'll be back with a new post tomorrow.  Hope you are all having a great day.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Friendship


SECOND POST TODAY.  The purple and silver ornament card was posted this morning.

 I have been creating a lot of Christmas cards and today decided to use a couple of other new dies I just received to make a Friendship card.  The design paper I used is from the Webster's Pages "Your Life, Beautiful".  The sentiment is the Penny Black "Friendship" (4176H) wood stamp.  I like to create Rosettes with the Tim Holtz "Paper Rosette" die and used a piece of striped design paper from the Graphic 45 "Christmas Emporium" 12x12" paper pad for this one.  The new Cheery Lynn die that I used to create the pretty little flower is the "Cuties 2" (B150) die.  In the picture below you can see the strip used to create the flower when first punched.  On the video on Joan's Gardens, it shows how to glue two strips together to create a nice full flower.  Doing this really makes a big difference in how the flower turns out. If you haven't already seen this video, you won't want to miss it.   You can glue the two strips together and then cut them in half to create smaller flowers.  The flower on the top of my arrangement was created with a full strip of petals, and the two flowers below that one were created with a half strip.

Here is the picture to show you how you glue two strips together.  The strip on the bottom is a single strip.  The strip on top has two strips glued together, alternating the petals.  You just put a very thin line of glue across the bottom, below the petals, then roll it up.  I punched a small circle to add to the bottom of each flower to hold it's shape.  Then you start pulling each of the petals down to create your pretty little flower.

Below the Rosette I placed this beautiful die cut created with the Memory  Box "LaRue Flourish" (98218).   It is so beautiful I hated to cover it up but I really liked the dainty look it created below my flower arrangement.  I thought I should take a picture of the whole die so you can see how dainty and beautiful it is.  These Memory Box dies just pop right out of the die and are so easy to use.  I know you will love them.

Below the flowers I added one of the die cuts from the Marianne (LR0192) set.  I love all three of the die cuts in this package for little added embellishments behind flower arrangements.  The pretty little leaves, under the flowers, were die cut using the new Cheery Lynn "Olive Branches" (B147).  You get two stems of leaves, each facing a different direction so it easy to use around your flower arrangements.  To complete this card a small ivory bow and some pearls were added.

As you know all these products can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.

Today is the BIG DAY.  The 12 Days of Christmas Sale, at Joan's Gardens, started at noon today.  Remember for each day you make a purchase from this Sale, you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Gift Package from Joan's Gardens.  Better go over and check out the great savings!

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Purple and Silver Ornaments


I love silver and purple together for Christmas.  This card is made with some more Memory Box dies from Joan's Gardens.  Aren't those ornaments beautiful.  Here are the products I used:  Memory Box "Snowflake Ornament" (98231); Memory Box "Crisp Bows" (98197); Memory Box "Frosty Border" (98171); and a Heartfelt Creations background.  The punched border was created with the Martha Stewart "Aspen Snowflake" punches.  

The snowflake border was punched, then a piece of dark purple card stock was cut to fit just inside the  punched border.  The Heartfelt Creations snowflake flourish background was silver embossed on white card stock and attached over the purple cs.  The Memory Box Snowflake Ornaments were die cut using some gorgeous shiny silver card stock that you can now get at Joan's Gardens.  This silver card stock is so perfect for Christmas cards -- bright and shiny.  The Frosty Border was also die cut using this silver card stock and glued to the top of the card.  The ornaments were glued to some purple "velvet" paper that I have had in my stash for a very long time.  I always hated to use this paper but it is beautiful behind these pretty ornaments.   Thin silver cording was attached behind the ornaments so they could hang from the Frosty Border.  I started to add a ribbon to the top of the ornaments and didn't think it was "elegant" enough for these pretty ornaments, so remembered I had the Memory Box "Crisp Bows".  Wow - they were just what I was looking for.  They were also die cut out of the silver card stock.  The ornaments were attached with dimensional dots and a pretty bow was attached at the top of each one.  My corners were a little bare - I had some small silver corner stickers in my stash that I decided to add to the bottom to complete this card. The front was attached to a dark purple card.

All the products in "bold" can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.  Be sure to go over to Joan's Gardens and check out her big "12 Days of Christmas" Sale.

 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Enjoy the Days of Autumn


Do you ever see something (for stamping) and get an idea of how you would use it before you even receive it?  Well that is what happened to me when I saw these new Memory Box dies from Joan's Gardens.  It  is funny I am making an Autumn card when it has been snowing here for the past two days, but I had to follow through on my idea.

I started out with a piece of light blue card stock for my card base.  The finished size of this card is a 5.5" x 6".  The card stock was folded and the top of the Memory Box "Leaf Canopy" (98142) was placed close to the fold.  This die just cuts little holes in the card stock.  Pretty neat huh!   Then the "Twiggy Tree" (98143) was die cut using brown card stock.  The Memory Box "Deer Trio" (98166) was die cut out of black card stock.  

Once the top of the tree was die cut, I used a dark blue Distress Ink to sponge the sky using a cloud stencil to create clouds behind the tree.  Using scissors, three different levels of "hilly ground" were cut out.  To give the ground an autumn look, I first sponged it with a dark green Distress ink then went over it with a brown Distress Ink to blend it all together.  The hills were then attached below the sky.  Next the "Twiggy Tree" was then glued in place to form the large tree.  Now don't laugh at me, but this was the idea I had to try.  I wanted to create a tree with falling leaves.  I took the "Leaf Canopy" and placed small pieces of fall colored card stock in different places over the die then ran it through the die cutting machine.  I saved all these little "leaves" so I could create a scene with falling leaves.  On the back side of the "Tree Canopy", I glued some of the same colors of card stock over some of the holes then cut a piece of dark yellow card stock to the inside to cover the whole top portion of the inside of the card.  This covered up all the little pieces of different colors of card stock glued to the top of the tree.  Next I added some dots of glue in areas where I wanted the falling leaves then just dumped on all the little leaves I had die cut.  The deer were then glued to one of the bottom hills.  The sentiment is from an old JustRite stamp set.  I wanted an autumn colored border around the card so cut a piece of dark orange card stock, slightly larger than the card, then ran all the edges through the Zutter Paper Distresser. Well, what do you think about my idea to create falling leaves from this pretty Memory Box Tree?

I can now imagine using these same dies to create a winter scene.  It is so much fun, and so easy, to create cards using these great dies.  All these products can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.  Did you see the big announcement on Joan's Gardens??  Joan is having a great "12 Days of Christmas" sale  and everyone making purchases during this sale will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Gift Package from Joan's Gardens.  Each time you make a purchase from one of the 12 Days, your name will be entered into the drawing - that means you could have up to 12 chances to win that $50 gift package.  Be sure to go over to Joan's Gardens to get all the information about this sale that begins Sunday, Nov 20.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

My Oh My - more beautiful dies and stamps




I just received some new Memory Box dies and stamps from Joan's Gardens and want to share a card designed with some of these products.  Before I explain how I created this card, I will tell you the Memory Box products I used:"Country Landscape" (98239) die; "Snowflake Corner" (98238) die; "Grand Snow Globe" (98228) die, and "Santa Globe" (D1821) stamp.




My first step was to create the Country Landscape.  This is a die that cuts out the houses and the trees and does not cut along the bottom.  This is great because you can place the die high enough up to leave a snow bank below the Landscape.  Here I am showing you how I place the die on a piece of 5.5" x 6" card stock.  



 You can see in this picture how the landscape is cut leaving the solid piece of card stock in tack.  I cut a piece of design paper wide enough to fit down behind the landscape.

Since the die was centered across the piece of card stock, I have an even border and  now can push the design paper down behind the die cut scene created with the die.  It was aligned up to give an even border and attached with adhesive.  The beautiful "Snowflake Border" was attached to the corner.  The sentiment I used is from a Penny Black stamp set that I have had for many years. 

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For the Santa scene, I stamped it on white card stock using black VersaFine Ink and clear embossed it.  This ink stays "wet" long enough to emboss.  To get it cut out perfect, I used the "Grand Snow Globe" die, taping it over the scene before running through the die cut machine.  You can break this die apart, but so far I am using it without doing that.  As you can see from this picture, that stamp and die are going to create a beautiful snow globe.  I am in the process of doing that for another card.  After cutting out the scene, I used a Spellbinders Scallop Circle Nestie to frame it. Since this is basically a black and white card, I added that red scalloped background to the Santa scene and used a green card and green silk bow to add the traditional Christmas colors. 
You can order all the products I use from Joan's Gardens. If the item is not pictured on Joan's Blog, just ask her about it and she will order it in for you.  I will have some more cards for you using  the other new Memory Box dies Joan just added to her blog.  Be sure to go over and over to Joan's Gardens and see all the new products she posted today. ALSO -- there is a big event that has just been announced on Joan's blog -- you can see it here.

It has been snowing like crazy at my house for most of the day.  Perfect time to get all my Christmas cards completed, isn't it!  Has it snowed at your house yet?

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A Pretty Card and a Thank You


Yesterday I was catching up on some of my blog reading and found this gorgeous card I would like to share with you.  It was created by one of my blogging friends, Carol West (CraftinGranny's Card Shack) and I did ask permission to post it on my blog.  You know how much I love working with Cheery Lynn Dies and Heartfelt Creations stamps - well those are the products Carol used on this card and it really caught my attention.   I wanted to share it with you, in case you didn't see it on Carol's blog.  Here is the link to this card so you can see Carol's post and while you are there, you will want to check out all the other beautiful work she has posted.   Hope you enjoy seeing this card as much as I did.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  I don't know if you remember me asking for cards to be sent to my neighbor who was diagnosed with cancer and going through a lot of treatment. Some of you sent Dick Montgomery a card, and I want to thank you, because it did mean a lot to me.  It also meant the world to Dick and his wife.  This is a portion of the thank you note I just received from them:

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Thank you for sharing your gift of making cards to the world, and in return, to us.  The cards brought huge smiles to Dick when he was so sick, and also to those that visited him.  It was truly a gift of love from those people who are otherwise strangers.  Their time, talents and words of encouragement have brought Dick home.  Love, Pat  

It touches my heart to go over and see all the beautiful cards you took the time to send.  It is amazing how much joy and hope each card gave to this family and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  We weren't sure how much time Dick had, but the good news is, that after this treatment, he will have about a year left to be with us. Thanks again for your kindness.
 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Joan's Weekly Challenge



It's time for another challenge at Joan's Gardens.  This week we would like to have you create either a Christmas card or a tag with  an animal on it.  If you create one of each, please download them separately - this will give you two entries for a chance to win the weekly prize. 

For the tag I created:
I started by using the Tim Holtz Sizzix "Tag and Bookplates" die to cut my tag.  This is a nice large tag and what I love about having this die is that you can cut your tag out of any material - card stock, old manila folders, or even chipboard.  The "Christmas Carol" song in the background is from the Tim Holtz "Seasonal Reflections (CMS112) stamp set.  It was stamped using TH "Walnut"  Distress Ink.  The snowflakes are from Heartfelt Creations and were stamped using VersaMark Ink and clear embossed.  "Weathered Wood" Distress Ink was sponged over the top three fourths of the tag to bring out the stamped design.  The tree is a very old Sizzix "Christmas Tree #2" that I don't believe is available any longer.  It was embossed using the bottom portion of the Sizzix "Thank You Set #5" (656983) embossing folder.  The tree was cut apart so I could layer each one with dimensionals.    I really like this embossed pattern on the Christmas tree. The tree was sponged with "Pine Needles" Distress Ink.  Next, the tree was attached to the card by gluing the bottom portion of the tree to the tag.  Next dimensional tape was added to the bottom of each of the tree layers and glue added to the top.  By doing this, the bottom of the layers become dimensional.  To decorate the tree with snow, I used Rangers "Bisque" Liquid Pearls on each of the cross sections of the embossed design.  The deer was die cut using the Tim Holtz Sizzix "Mini Reindeer & 25" set (657493).  You get this small reindeer and the numbers 2 and 5 in this set.  The sentiment is from the JustRite "Deck the Halls" stamp set.  The snowflake is the Martha Stewart "Polar Snowflake" punch.  The outside edge of the tag and sentiment were gold edged using the "Delicata" Golden Glitz Pigment Ink pad.  This is such a beautiful gold.  It is easy to just drag the edge along the ink pad to create this border.

For the card:
The embossed oval on the red card stock was done by using the Sizzix "Birds & Wreath" embossing folder.  The small white strip was embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.  There is a small border along the edge of the red card stock and that was die cut using a portion of the new Cheery Lynn "Lace Edger" (B153).  The deer was die cut using the Sizzix "Mini Reindeer" (657493).  I used the Tim Holtz music stamp from the "Seasonal Reflections" stamp set to put a design on the deer.   The tree, Marianne "(LR0136), and flower, Marianne Designs (LR0122 and LR0121) were die cut.   The leaves were die cut using the Cheery Lynn "Pine Branches (B146) and "Olive Branches" (B147).  Little red pearls were added to the branches.  The snowflakes are from the Martha Stewart border punch "Aspen Snowflake" border punch.  The sentiment is from the JustRite "Deck the Halls" stamp set.  Stickles was added to the petals of the flower and Polar White Flower Soft was added on the tree and below the deer.

I hope you will join us this week in the challenge at Joan's Gardens.  You will find all the details about the challenge on Joan's Blog.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Amaryllis


Have you ever had an amaryllis at Christmas time?  I never have but I think they are so pretty.  Joan sent me this pretty Penny Black "Amaryllis" (40-078) stamp and I thought it would be very pretty with the new Cheery Lynn "Large Sunflower Doily" (DL181).  The dark green background was embossed with the Sizzix "Botanicals" (657137) embossing folder.  The sentiment is from an older JustRite stamp set "Simple Blessings" and was die cut with one of the Spellbinders "Fancy Tags Two" dies.  The sentiment reads "Live Simply, Love Generously, Speak Kindly, Care Deeply, Leave the rest to God".  The amaryllis was stamped with Memento Black ink and colored with Copic markers.  It was "fussy" cut and then attached with dimensional dots.  Gold Stickles was added to the stamens and potting soil.  A green bow was added to complete the card.

All the items shown in "bold" can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.  She does have a good supply of the Penny Black Amaryllis and the new Cheery Lynn Large Sunflower Doily.

Tomorrow it will be time for a new Joan's Gardens Weekly Challenge.  See you then.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Cheery Lynn Dies at Joan's Gardens


SECOND POST TODAY.

Have you been over to Joan's Gardens yet to see all the new Cheery Lynn dies that were released today?  There are lots of new beautiful doilies, intricate die cuts such as the one above, borders, and some new dies to create small flowers.  You must go check it out here.   This card was made using the Garden of Love (B141) die.  Isn't it gorgeous!  The border is "Lace Edger" (B153), and the small heart is from "Two of Hearts" (DL128).  There are two pretty hearts in this package.  A few Ranger white "Liquid Pearls" were added to some of the centers of the flowers.  A quick and easy card with a big statement.  Go over to Joan's Gardens to see all the other beautiful dies.  On Joan's blog today, she has posted a video from Cheery Lynn showing you the dies and giving you information about them.   I will continue posting more cards later to give you some more of my ideas on how to use them.

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Today you can see all the newly released Cheery Lynn dies at Joan's Gardens.   I have been busy creating some cards for you to give you some ideas on how to use them. Here is my first card; it was created using the following new dies:  French Flair Doily Stacker (DL177); Flourish from Celtic Fire Oval Frame (DL127);  Miniature Rose (B152).

The new French Flair Doily Stacker has a total of four dies in the package.  It is great for layering as I did in this card, or you could use  just one of the stackers instead of using  Martha Stewart border punches.  To decorate this card I created a large rose with the Spellbinders Rose Creations die then made some smaller roses using the new  Cheery Lynn "Miniature Rose" die. You are going to love this die to create small flowers for your cards.  There are other new dies, just released, to create other types of flowers too.   The flourishes behind the rose is from the center of the Celtic Fire Oval Frame.  Don't you love that you can buy a frame die and also get pretty flourishes with it!  A lot of the Cheery Lynn dies include extras with them. The leaves are from the Spellbinders "Foliage" die.  A pretty silk bow and a few pearls were added to complete the card. 

Be sure to go over to Joan's Gardens to see all the other new dies in this Cheery Lynn November release. 

I will be posting other cards soon made with these new dies.

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