Monday, July 19, 2021

Christmas Cactus with Poinsettia


I know you are all anxiously awaiting for the new Spellbinders Susan's Garden Christmas release.  It is will be available in a few days.  Her new sets include:  Winterberry & Mistletoe, Pinecone & Evergreen Bough, Woodland Wreath & Feathered Friends, Poinsettia, Garden Lantern, Winter Bough & Evergreen Shrubs, Gathering Basket, Christmas Cactus, and Amaryllis die sets, plus a new Christmas Quotes stamp set.  I will be linking all these in my product list below just as soon as they are available in the US.

This was a fun card to design using the Christmas Cactus, Gathering Basket, Poinsettia, Woodland Wreath & Feathered Friends and Pinecone & Evergreen Bough Die sets.

This is a 6-inch card.  A piece of black card stock was cut 5 3/4-inch square and attached to the front of the card.  A scalloped oval with a window was die cut to serve as a frame around a piece of watercolor paper that was colored with red mica power.  

Susan's Gathering Basket die set was used to die cut the basket.  It was die cut using an embossed gold cardstock. I know it is hard to see the basket because it is full of Christmas Cactus!   It was attached using dimensional tape  at the bottom of the card and glued around the sides and bottom.  

The Christmas Cactus die set was used to die cut all the green leaves. (Technically they are not leaves, they are cladodes which is a type of stem.)   Red cardstock was used to die cut the flowers. On Susan's new die sets, there is a number on each die to tell you how many to die cut which takes the guess work out of it.  The flowers were shaped using Susan's new Spellbinders Flower Tool Kit and assembled using Bearly Art Glue.   Susan's Yellow Pollen was used on the tips of the stamens.  Floral Moss was used to fill the top of the basket.  

The Woodland Wreath & Feathered Friends die set was used to die cut the Cardinal.  It was colored with markers and attached to the handle of the Gathering Basket, using dimensional tape.

The Poinsettia die set was used create the Poinsettia.  It was die cut using Susan's Specialty White Cardstock then red ink brushed on.  It was shaped using the Flower Tool Kit.  White acrylic paint was splattered on the petals to create the speckled poinsettia.  

The Pinecone & Evergreen Bough die set was used to die cut the pine branches out of green card stock.  The needles were all cut in half using the scissors in the Flower Tool Kit.

One of Susan's new Christmas Quotes was stamped using black VersaFine Ink and cut out with a small decorative die.  It was attached with dimensional tape.

This new collection of Susan's die sets will help you create just amazing Holiday cards for all your family and friends that they will cherish.  

I really appreciate you visiting my blog today and I hope I have given you inspiration to get an early start on your holiday cards.

As soon as Susan's new Christmas release is available, I will add links below to all her new products. 
 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Black Lantern with Poinsettias and Pinecones



Christmas In July!   Susan's new Christmas die set release, by Spellbinders, will be available next week so you can add these wonderful dies to your Susan's Garden collection.  As soon as the new release is available in the US, I will include links to all the new die sets below. 

 Today I am giving you a preview of a card I created with this new release.   Susan's flowers always are so realistic, but wait until you create pinecones with her new Pinecone die set! Susan has instructions on how to create the pinecone on her Susan's Garden Facebook Live and will also have instructions on YouTube soon. 

Here is how I created this card.  To create the lantern, use the Garden Lantern die set and die cut one lantern out of black glossy card stock.  For lantern details,  die cut the lantern again using gold metallic card stock and cut out the lantern details using scissors, which are included in Susan's Flower Tool Kit. I cut out the band for both the top and bottom of the lantern.   Glue these pieces to the black lantern. To decorate the windows, I used a quatrefoil die and die cut it out of black glossy card stock, cut it down, and attached behind the windows.   Gold Self Adhesive accents, from Spellbinders, were added to the top and on the handle for dimension.  To make the lantern dimensional, use the Leaf Tool from Susan's Tool Kit and scored down the center of the lantern, between the windows and slightly bend it to give it dimension.  Double sided tape was added along the sides and attached over the candles, being sure the center is raised up for dimension.  I did not attach the top, nor the bottom of the lantern to the card.

Included in the Garden Lantern die set, is a die for a candle.  I die cut the candle twice, using red card stock.  The flame was die cut using silver metallic card stock and colored with Copic markers.  Around the top ridge edge of the candles, I added clear glossy accents to resemble dripping candle wax.  I wanted to include two candles so I cut down both sides of each candle to make them narrower.  They were attached to the card at different heights.



Using the Poinsettia die set two red poinsettias were created. I used Susan's white Speciualty Card Stock from Spellbinders and brushed them with red ink.  I placed them on the Waffle Flower Media Mat to put the die cut pieces on, then used brushes to color. These media mats come in two sizes.  They were shaped using the Flower Tool Kit and glued together using Bearly Art Glue.  

Two pinecones were created using the  Pinecone die set.  Don't they look like real pinecones!!!  These were so fun to create.  They were die cut using brown card stock then once they were assembled, I used a sponge and white pigment ink to brush along the tips of each petal.  This helped accentuate the tips of each petal.   



Here is a picture of the same card that I added Snow Paste to the pine needles and pinecones, for a snowy effect.

For the foliage, the Pinecone & Evergreen Bough die set was used.  Each of the tips were split, using scissors from the flower tool kit, to give them a realistic pine needle appearance.  A brown thin line marker was used to draw a brown line down the center and out toward the tips.  Using my fingers, I fluffed out the tips on each pine branch.  Using the new Winterberry Holly Branch die set, five branches were die cut, using green card stock and shaped with the Flower Tool Kit.  For the berries, I used tiny white bean bag Styrofoam balls.  They were put in a small plastic Ziploc bag, along with red acrylic paint and rolled around until they were all colored.  They were then scrapped out of the bag, with a chop stick, onto a piece of waxed paper and spread out to dry.  Once dry, they were individually glued on the Winterberry berry branch.  Once dried on the branch, a fine tip black pen was used to push down on each berry to accentuate the end of the berry.  This makes it look more realistic.

I used one of Susan's quotes from her Winter Quotes Stamp set.  It was stamped on black card stock with VersaMark ink and gold embossed, then die cut with an oval die.  It was added with dimensional foam tape.   For finishing details, I added a gold bow created with thin gold cording and added Spellbinders gold self adhesive embellishments on the corners.   

This is an exciting new release and I will be sharing many more cards to give you inspiration.  Thanks for visiting my blog.  I will be adding links for the new release to the list below just as soon as they are available.  

Friday, April 16, 2021

Pink Lily of the Valley Bouquet


 
Today I have a card with the ever popular Garden Notes Lily of the Valley die set from Spellbinders.

This is a 6x6 inch card.  A piece of light pink card stock was cut 5 3/4 inch square, scored around the edges ,and attached to the front.  A discontinued Spellbinders Oval Shadow Box Frame die cut was centered on the front.

Susan's Spellbinders Lily of the Valley die set was used to create the bouquet.  The flowers were die cut using light pink card stock, shaped using Susan's new Flower Tool Kit and assembled using Bearly Art Glue.  The leaves were die cut using Susan's White Specialty Card Stock and brushed with green Distress Ink on the Waffle Flower Crafts Mini Water Mat and Picket Fence brushes.

Susan's Foliage & Ladybug die set was used to die cut the ladybug.  She was colored with a red Copic marker, detailed with a black fine line pen, and coated with Nuvo Crystal Glaze.

Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer Hot Foil Plate was used to gold emboss the sentiment. It was attached using foam squares.

White pearls were used to finish the card.


Monday, April 12, 2021

Burgundy Peony




Today I designed a slimline card using Susan's Spring release Peony, Sweet Peas and Lily of the Valley die sets from Spellbinders.

The burgundy peony and two peony buds were created using the Garden Club Peony die set.  The petals and leaves were shaped using Susan's new Flower Tool Kit from Spellbinders.  Bearly Art Glue was used to assemble the flowers.

Susan's Sweet Pea die set was used to create five sweet peas and her Lily of the Valley die set used to create two stems of pink Lily of the Valley.  Susan's Foliage and Ladybug die set, from her Autumn release, was used for the foliage and the ladybug.  

Two butterflies and netting was added for final embellishments.


Friday, April 2, 2021

Sweet Peas



Good Morning.  Today my card is designed using Susan's pretty Sweet Pea die set.

This is a 5x7 inch card.  I used the Spellbinders Annabelle's Trousseau die set for the doily.  It was die cut using cream card stock.  I used a distress tool around the edges of the pink card stock.

Susan's Sweet Pea die set was used to create the sweet peas. The flowers and leaves were shaped using Susan's new Flower Tool Kit from Spellbinders.   The Ferns & Ivy die set was used for the ferns behind the flowers.

Susan's Spring Quotes Clear Stamp Set was used for the sentiment.  It was stamped in black on on cream colored card stock and trimmed around the sentiment using scissors.

Susan's die sets are so popular that they are sometimes sold out and you can be notified when they are available again.  I have added links to her products from both Spellbinders and at Scrapbook.com so you can check both places for available dies.  The links to matching die sets are shown side by side below.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Hyacinth


Good Morning.   My card today has three beautiful hyacinths created with Susan's Garden Club Hyacinth die set.  

This is a 5x7 inch card.  A piece of white card stock was cut 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches and scored around the edges on a Score Board.  

The Spellbinders Annabelle's Trousseau Layering Frame Medium die set was used to die cut the frame using black card stock.  It was attached using Spray Adhesive.  

Using Susan's Hyacinth die set, three hyacinths were die cut, using Susan's White Specialty card stock. Picked Raspberry Distress Ink was brushed on a piece of the white specialty card stock before die cutting.  The little flowers were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.  The little flowers were glued to the flower base using Barely Art Glue.  The leaves were brushed with Distress Mowed Lawn ink.  

The Foliage & Ladybug die set, from Susan's Autumn Release, was used to die cut the ladybug.  It was colored with a red Copic marker and the details added with a black fine line pen.

Using the Spellbinder Glimmer Hot Foil System, the sentiment was gold foiled on a piece of white card stock.  The Glimmer Plate used was the Everyday Sentiments II Hot Foil Plate.  The Spellbinders Quick Trimmer for Cardstock and Foil was used to cut out the sentiment.  The corners were rounded using a corner rounder.  


Monday, March 29, 2021

Kerria Japonica


Today I designed a card using Susan's new Spellbinders Kerria Japonica die set.  The Kerria Japonica is also known as the Japanese marigold bush.  The bush is loaded with these pretty little yellow flowers.

I used a piece of design paper from my stash for the background.  I used a Score Board to emboss a frame around the edges.  Susan's Spring Quote was stamped  with black VersaFine ink on a Spellbinders Elegant Twist Oval die cut.  The oval was attached with double sided foam squares.

Susan's Foliage & Ladybugs die set was used to die cut the foliage, berry branch and lady bug.  Small pearls were used for the berries.  I used white pearls and colored them with an orange alcohol marker, then attached to the berry branch.  Crystal Glaze was added to the ladybug. 

Susan's Kerrria Japonica die set was used to die cut the flowers out of her white Specialty Card Stock, then were colored by brushing on Distress Inks. Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit was used to shape the flowers and Bearly Art Glue used to assemble the flowers.  The leaves and foliage were also brushed using green Distress Inks. I like to used watercolor paper to die cut the foliage.   I use the Waffle Flower Water Media Mat to place die cuts on, then brush on color with the Picket Fence Brushes.  The mat holds the die cuts still while brushing.  I created six large and 3 small flowers.  For the smaller flowers, I used only the two smallest dies for this flower.

To complete the card, Spellbinders Gold embellishments were added.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.



Thursday, March 25, 2021

Yellow Peony


Closeup of Peony created with Susan's Garden Peony die set.

Here is a photo I found on the Internet of a yellow peony used to create my flower.



Today I have another card with a Peony that was created with Susan's new Spellbinders Garden Notes Peony die set.

A background was created using Distress Inks.  The inks were brushed on using the Picket Fence Brushes then lightly spritz using a mini mister.  

The doily was created using the Spellbinders Timeless Grace Doily Build a Doily die set.  

Susan's new Spellbinders Peony die set was used to create the flower.  The petals were die cut using Susan's white Specialty Card Stock.  Distress Scattered Straw ink was brushed on the petals.  I place the petals on the Waffle Flower Mini Water Media Mat and brush the ink on with Picket Fence Brushes.  The base of the petals were brushed with both Distress Wild Honey and Carved Pumpkin inks.  The ferns were die cut using the new Ivy and Ferns die set.  

One of Susan's Spring Quotes was stamped on a piece of white card stock and added with dimensional tape.

Using Susan's Foliage & Ladybug die set, from her Autumn Release, was used to die cut the ladybug.  

A green silk ribbon was added to complete the card.


Sunday, March 21, 2021

Tulips and Lily of the Valley


Good Morning Paper Gardeners.  We always know Spring has arrived when we see tulips blooming.  My card today has Parrot Tulips and light pink Lily of the Valley created with Susan's Garden Notes die sets.

This is a 6x6 inch card.  A piece of pink card stock from my stash was cut 5 1/2 inch square, scored around the edges using a Score Board and attached to a white card.  Spellbinders Elegant Twist Squares die set was used for the die cut squares - the largest die cut using white card stock, the middle size die cut using matching pink card stock and the smallest die cut using white card stock.  The small die in this set was used for the quote.   One of Susan's Spring Quotes was stamped on the small die cut square.  The squares were all attached using dimensional tape.

Susan's Parrot Tulip die set was used to create three tulips.  They were die cut using Susan's Speciality white card stock.  Distress Inks Spun Sugar and Kitsch Flamingo was brushed on the petals for a two tone effect.  The flowers were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit and assembled using Bearly Art Glue.  

Susan's Lily of the Valley die set was used to create two stems of flowers.  I found using watercolor paper to die cut the stems was easiest to push the stems through the top of the flower.  The flowers were die cut using Susan's white Specialty Cardstock.  The cardstock was brushed with Distress Spun Sugar ink prior to die cutting.  The flowers were shaped with the ball stylus in Susan's Flower Tool Kit.  

Susan's Foliage & Ladybug die set was used to die cut the eucalyptus branch that is attached behind the Lily of the Valley.

To finish the bouquet, a small pink organdy bow was attached under the tulips. 


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Light Pink Peony and Spirea




The peony is one of my favorite  flowers!  It is so rewarding to me to be able to use cardstock and create such a realistic peony for my cards.  Susan's Garden Club Peony die set makes creating this beautiful flower so easy.

For this card, I used the Amazing Paper Grace, January Die of the Month die for the die cut background.  It is backed with a piece of pale pink card stock to match the pretty flower.

Susan's Garden Spirea die set was used to create the white Spirea behind the peony. All the die cuts were cut using Susan's white Specialty Cardstock from Spellbinders. To color the peony, I used Distress Spun Sugar and Scattered Straw inks.  The inks were brushed on using one of the Picket Fence Brushes.  The die cut pieces were placed on the Waffle Flower Mini Water Media Mat, which holds the die cut pieces still while brushing on the inks.  To shape the petals, Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit was used.  This tool kit contains everything you need for creating your paper flower garden.  Bearly Art Craft Glue was used to assemble the petals.

One of Susan's stamps, from her Spring Quotes stamp set was stamped on a piece of white card stock, using VersaFine Black Ink.  The quote was clear embossed.  The corners of this piece were rounded with a corner rounder, then attached using adhesive foam squares.

 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Tulips, Poppies and Spirea



Today my card has two of the new Susan's Garden Club die sets and a quote from her new Spring Quotes stamp set, from Spellbinders.

This is a 6x6 inch card.  A piece of design paper from the First Edition  - Gardenia paper pad, was added to the front of the card.  The large Spellbinders Elegant Twist Square die was attached in the center, using foam squares.  In the center of this square the Altenew Mid-Century Frame die was added.  

The quote was stamped using Susan's new Spring Quotes stamp set.  It was stamped using black VersaFine Ink and clear embossed.

The new Garden Notes Spirea die set was used to create two branches of spirea.

The new Garden Notes Parrot Tulip die set was used to create three tulips.  Susan's White Specialty Cardstock from Spellbinders was used to die cut all the pieces. Some Parrot Tulips have fringed edges, so I used the scissors in Susan's Tool Kit and made short cuts around the petals.   I used the new Kitsch Flamingo Distress Ink and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink at the base of the tulip petals.  I worked on the Waffle Flower Mini Water Mat  to brush on the inks.  I really like using the Picket Fence Brushes to apply ink to my die cuts.  Susan's new Flower Tool Kit was used to shape the flowers and Bearly Glue used to assemble the flowers

The Oriental Poppy die set, from Susan's Autumn release, was used to create two poppies  The Garden Notes Foliage & Ladybugs die set was used for the ladybug.  She was colored with a red Copic marker, then a black fine line pen used for the black details.  Nuvo Crystal Glaze was used to give her a shine.

I decided the corners of the Elegant Twist Square needed an embellishment so added large pearls that were colored with a dark pink Copic marker.   

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Twisted Easel Card with Kerria Japonica


What a fun card this was to create!  Susan showed us how to create this card on her Susan's Garden Club Facebook Live Video.  

For the background I used a Tonic die (discontinued Classic Quatrefoil) to die cut an open design in the right side of the design paper I used.  It was backed with a piece of brown cardstock and attached to the a piece of white card stock 6x6 inches square.

For instructions to create the twisted easel card, watch Susan's video.  

Susan's new Garden Club Kerria Japonica die set was used to create the little yellow flowers on the left side of the card.  The Foliage & Ladybug die set was used to die cut the ladybug.  It was colored, shaped, and glued to one of the leaves.  Crystal Glaze was added for a shine.

On the inside of the card, I used a piece of design paper that has bees in the design.  The design paper is from the First Edition-Gardenia 12x12 pad.  A bee was fussy cut from that design paper.  It was shaped, and attached with a pop-up glue dot.  Glue was added to the wings and sprinkled with clear glitter.



Front of Card



To enable the easel (front of the card) to stand up, one of Susan's Spring Quotes was stamped with black ink, on a piece of ivory card stock,  and die cut using a scallop die.  A piece of the same brown card stock used on the front of the card was cut slightly larger than the scallop rectangle.   It was glued at an angle on the inside of the card.  The scallop rectangle was centered over the brown card stock and attached using dimensional tape.  Another bee was fussy cut and added with a pop-up glue dot.



Monday, March 8, 2021

Easel Card with Parrot Tulips


Good Morning Crafty Friends, 

Easel Cards are fun to create and always fun for the recipient.   This is a Floating Swinging Easel Card.  I found the directions for creating it on Sam Calcott's YouTube video.   It is a fun card because the middle panel is connected on a piece of acetate that gives the illusion of floating.


This is a 6x6 inch square card.  It will lay flat for mailing in an acrylic box.

On the floating panel, I added the small Spellbinders Elegant Twist Square Die Cut, with dimensional foam squares.  The small square in this set was die cut and one of Susan's Spring Quotes was stamped.  It was also attached with dimensional foam squares.  A butterfly was added to the upper right corner.

For the scallop design, I used the Spellbinders Vintage Starburst Valance & Gatefold die set.  The outline die was used to die cut just the edge of one side of the card.  The same die was used again to die cut the edge of a piece of design paper, leaving the other end long enough to fit up to the score line on the bottom panel. (This will make sense after watching the video.)  That piece was glued to the bottom, matching the scallop edges.  Using the same outline die along with the Vintage Starburst Valance die, cut it out of white card stock. Trim along across top edge.  This will be where the top easel piece with rest. Glue it to the bottom of the card, matching scallops.  I used a 3/4 inch circle punch to create three circles.  They were cut in half, glued together, then attached to the circle in the center of the die cut, using a circle dimensional, trimmed flat along the middle.  This half circle will hold easel open.

Susan's Parrot Tulip die set was used to create five tulips.  They were die cut using Susan's white Specialty Card Stock from Spellbinders.  Light green and yellow markers were used to color the petals.  The edge of the petals were cut with the scissors in Susan's Flower Tool Kit, then shaped.  Three tulips were added to the left side and two tulips attached to the left.  Before adding the flowers, close the card down to be sure there is room for the card to close.


When all the way pushed down, the floating panel will fit down between the tulips and will fit into an acrylic box.


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