Friday, August 23, 2019

English Rose


This rose was created using Susan Tierney-Cockburn's Garden Notes English Rose die set.
I have created this rose many times using card stock but today I used a piece of light peach Foamiran and shaded the edges with Pearlescent Red PanPastel.  The leaves were die cut using green Foamiran, then Susan's Leaf Tool was used to draw the veins on them.  To shape the rose petals and leaves, a small craft iron was used to warm up the Foamiran then the petals/leaves shaped by gently stretching each one.  A hot glue gun was used to glue the petals together to shape the rose.  Two rose buds were also created with the English Rose die cut petals. 


Here is the card I created with the English Rose.  Susan's Garden Notes Baby's Breath die set was used to create the baby's breath, and her Garden Notes Berry Spray die set used for the berry branch.  Nuvo Buttermilk Crystal Drops were used for the berries.

The sentiment is from one of Susan's stamp sets called 'Cherish'.  It was stamped using VersaFine Ink and Clear embossed.  It was die cut using the Dotted Scallop Rectangle die set.  Before removing it from the die, the edges were sponged with peach ink.  It was attached using double sided dimensional tape.


This card can be mailed in one of the clear acrylic boxes which is linked below.






Thursday, August 22, 2019

Foamiran Poinsettia


I have some red Foamiran that a dear friend in the Netherlands sent me and I decided to create a poinsettia with it using Susan Tierney-Cockburn's dies.  

This is a 6-inch card.  

A piece of white cardstock, slightly smaller than the front of the card was die cut using Susan's Frame It-Stitched Oval die set.  The oval was die cut toward the top.  A piece of white card stock was embossed with a dots embossing folder and attached to the back of the die cut oval.  

Suzanne Cannon's A Way With Words Merry Christmas die set was used for the sentiment.  It was die cut using red card stock and attached on the lower right side.

Susan's Poinsettia die set was used to create the poinsettia.  The red leaves were detailed using the leaf tool from her Flower Tool Kit.  The poinsettia was assembled using a hot glue gun.  

To create the bracts for the poinsettia, Nuvo Bottle Green Crystal Drops were created on a craft mat.  While the drops were still wet, a very small amount of yellow pollen was pushed into the top of the green drop.  Once dry, the bracts were glued into the center of the poinsettia using tacky glue.

The Garden Notes Whitepine Bough die set was used to die cut a lot of pine branches.  I used the Tim Holtz scissors to cut some of the pine needles in half.  This makes the pine branch appear fuller.  For snow on the branches, Nuvo  Gloss Simply White Crystal Drops was spread across some of the pine needles then Nuvo Ice White Pure Sheen Glitter sprinkled on, for a snowy effect.

The Garden Notes Berry Spray was used to die cut 2 sprays.  The stems were colored brown and Nuvo Gloss Simply White Crystal Drops was used to create the berries.  

The Poinsettia was attached to the left side of the die cut oval then the pine boughs and berry spray was attached under it.  

This card can be mailed out in one of the clear acrylic boxes linked below.




Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Autumn Wall Hanging


It is fun to create different things using Susan's Garden Notes Die sets.  The flower dies are perfect for creating cards, wall hanging, decorating boxes, and more.  

Today I decided to create an Autumn Wall Hanging.  The frame is 12 inches square.  In the center of the mat was a die cut opening.  There was a picture in that opening which I thought was perfect for the scene I was creating, so I glued it to the back of the frame mat.

I used Suzanne Cannon's Four Seasons die set for the Autumn sentiment.  It was die cut using a rust card stock and glued to the upper right corner.

The Garden Notes Galvanized Bucket was used for the container for the floral arrangement.  A piece of the Through The Lens Stone cardstock was used to cover the bucket.  It was attached to the left side of the die cut opening.

The Leafy Branch die set was used to die cut several branches.  They were colored and shaped with the Flower Tool Kit and attached to the upper left corner.

The Garden Notes Berry Spray was die cut using brown card, twice.  The berries were created using Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops.  These branches were prepared prior to working on this project, so the berries would be dry.  The berry branches were cut apart and attached over the leafy branch.

The Garden Notes Ladder Fern was die cut three times, colored in autumn colors and arranged in the bucket.

The Garden Notes Sunflower die set was used for the flowers.  The flowers were colored, and shaped using the Flower Tool Kit.  They were assembled using the Tonic Tacky  Glue.  Brown Pollen was used in the center of the flowers.  

Three pumpkins were die cut using the Pumpkin die set.  Color was sponged on.  They were arranged to the right of the flower arrangement.

Susan's Woodland Leaves die set was used to create a bunch of autumn leaves. A piece of Ranger's Yupo Paper was used for the leaves. A variety of  Autumn colors of Alcohol Inks were used to color the Yupo Paper, then the leaves were die cut.  They were shaped using the Flower Tool Kit and attached around the bottom of the arrangement. 

I hope I gave you inspiration to create something other than a card using Susan's Garden Notes die sets.





Monday, August 19, 2019

Peony Bouquet



Today I had an idea and wanted to experiment.  I love adding Susan's Garden Notes Baby's Breath to floral arrangements.  I like for the clusters of flowers to be very thick, like they actually grow.  I usually die cut many little flowers from the die in this set and shape them to fill the Baby's Breath Branch.  I love using the Tonic Nuvo Drops on my projects.  Today I experimented by adding dots of Nuvo White Crystal Drops on the Baby's Breath stem.  I filled each cluster with the Nuvo drops, then used the heat tool and heated up all the drops.  What happened is that the dots blew up like a balloon, then collapsed.  This made each bubble 'ruffly - similar to a cluster of baby's breath'.  This was building up the area for the tiny die cut flowers, giving them depth and fullness. The die cut flowers were then glued on the Nuvo clusters. I really like the effect and it took less of the die cut flowers. This definitely isn't something you have to do, but I had fun experimenting with the Nuvo Drops.

The flowers created for this project include Susan's Garden Notes Peony, Tiger Lily and Pansy.  The flowers were all die cut using white card stock,  colored, and shaped with the Flower Tool Kit.  Pollen was added to the Lily stamen, and a yellow Nuvo Crystal Drop added to the center of the Pansy.  

The Garden Notes Berry Spray die set was used for the berry branches.  Nuvo Crushed Grape Crystal Drops were used to create the berries.  

A leaf branch was die cut and small flowers created with the Garden Notes Hydrangea die set were die cut using lavender card stock, shaped and added to the leaf branch.  A small lavender Nuvo Crystal Drop was added to the center of each of these little flowers.  

This is a 6-inch square card.  A piece of embossed white card stock was distressed and added to the card.  A piece of white card stock was used to create the oval die cut in the center of the card.  Susan's Frame It-Stitched Rectangle die was used to create an oval.  This piece was cut down around the die cut oval and added in the center of the card.  I know it is hard to see this oval die cut piece in the picture because there are so many flowers added.

The Baby's Breath, leafy branch, Peonies, Lily, and Berry Spray were arranged in the oval die cut.  Sweet Lilac Nuvo Crystal Drops were used around the arrangement.

The sentiment is from the Tonic Craft Kit #24.  

This card can be mailed in one of the clear acrylic boxes, linked below.





Sunday, August 18, 2019

Basket of Anemone



Today I have a basket of Anemone created with Susan's Garden Notes die sets.  For instructions on how to create the anemone, go to Susan's Garden Club FaceBook page at this Link.

This is a six-inch square card.  A piece of embossed white card stock was scored around the edges with a Scor-Pal, and added to the front of the card.  

Use Susan's Frame-It/Rectangle die set to create a frame out of white card stock.  Use the largest and the 4th largest dies.  Place the smaller die, centered, inside the larger die and die cut.  Score around the edges of the the frame and attach at the top portion of the card.  

Use the Garden Notes Bushel Basket die and die cut two baskets.  Glue the two baskets together for strength.  Color the basket, shape, and attached to the bottom of the card using dimensional tape in the center, and glue around the sides and bottom.  On my basket, I used Nuvo Silver Lining Crystal Drops across the band in the middle of the basket, for a dimensional effect.

Use the Garden Notes Anemone die set and create a variety of colors of flowers.  For some reason in the photo it looks like I have blue anemone, but they really are purple.  The flowers were die cut using white card stock and colored using markers.  Shape the flowers and leaves, using the Flower Tool Kit.  Add black pollen to the ends of the stamens.

Use the Garden Notes Maidenhair Fern die set and die cut 2 each of the ferns.  I used green card stock and shaded the leaves with a darker green ink.  The leaves were scored using the leaf tool and shaped using tweezers.  

Add the fern in the basket, being sure it is placed high enough that it will show above the flowers.  Attach the Anemone in the basket and add the leaves.

At the bottom of the card, I use sentiment dies from the Tonic Craft Kit 24.  

This card can be mailed in one of the clear acrylic boxes, linked below.



Saturday, August 17, 2019

Purple Dahlias


Today I used some extra purple dahlias, I created a days ago, for a another card and did not use.  

This is a 6-inch square card.  A piece of lavender embossed card stock from my stash was used for the front of the card.  I sponged on Nuvo Mother of Pearl Embellishment Mousse across the raised parts of the embossing to give the card some shimmer.  The edges of this piece were then distressed and attached to the front of the card.

Suzanne Cannon's, A Way With Words, Congratulations die set was used for the sentiment.  It was die cut three times using purple card stock and once using white card stock.  The four die cuts were glued together with the white die cut on the bottom.  This gives a nice dimensional to the sentiment.  It was attached at the bottom of the card.

Two oval die cuts were glued together and attached to the upper portion of the card.  

Susan's Garden Notes Dahlia 2 die set was used to create the two large flowers.  

The Garden Notes Ivy die set was used to die cut two large ivy, using white card stock.  They were colored then shaped using the Flower Tool Kit.  

The Garden Notes Hydrangea die set was used to die cut 8 hydrangea flowers.  Nuvo Violet Galaxy Crystal Drops were added to the center of each of these flowers.

The Dahlias with the dahlia leaves, ivy, and the small white flowers were arranged in the oval.

On the upper corners, lavender sticky back pearls were added.

This card can be mailed out in one of the clear acrylic boxes which are linked below.





Thursday, August 15, 2019

Viburnum Wentworth


Today I was thinking outside the box with Susan's Garden Notes die sets.  I received an email from White Flower Farm showing a beautiful plant called Viburnum Trilobum Wentworth.  I thought it would be fun to try and duplicate that plant using Susan's die sets.


White Flower Farm Viburnum Wentworth

Susan's Woodland Leaves die set was used to die cut the leaves.  I tried to duplicate the colors shown in the picture.  I probably should have created more leaves, but I wanted to be sure the berries showed.  For this card I die cut, colored and shaped 12 leaves.  To bring out the color on the leaves, I brushed Nuvo Crystal Glaze over them.

Susan's Garden Notes Berry Spray was used to create the branches for the leaves and berries.  The branches were colored brown and Nuvo Gloss Red Berry Crystal Drops were added for the berries.  The die cut Berry Spray shows where to place the berries, but I added additional berries trying to create clusters.  

The Garden Notes Trevi Urn die set was die cut for the container.  I experimented with different embossing powders to color this urn.  I think it looks better than it appears in the photo.

The urn was attached to the front of the card.  The Berry Spray was cut apart and the branches inserted in the urn.  The Woodland leaves were glued onto the berry branches, trying to replicate the branches in the picture.  

I felt the urn needed something extra so I used the Impression Obsession Grass die 038J to create filler.  The grass was cut apart and glued behind the berry spray.




Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Potted Plants


On Susan's Garden Club FaceBook page, she recently did a video on how to create the Mother-in-laws Tongue plant using dies from her Garden Notes Day Lily die set.  I loved how realistic these looked so had to give it a try today.  

I went one step further than Susan and used her Garden Notes Day Lily die set for for some of the leaves, and for an additional shape, I used the leaves from the Garden Notes Cymbidium Orchid die set.  I followed her instructions for coloring and shaping.  The leaves of this plant are thick and shiny so I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze on all the leaves to make them look realistic.

This is a 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 inch card created with ivory card stock.  A piece of light brown card stock was cut slightly smaller than the card front.   The largest Garden Notes Frame It - Rectangle  die centered in the middle, then run through the die cutting machine to create a frame.    A piece of cream colored card stock was cut the same size as the frame (to be attached to the back of the die cut frame).  The edges were sponged with tan and brown inks.  The  GinaK Designs Tiny Textures stamp was used to stamp the textured design twice on the top of this piece --  (only one of the stamped designs shows on my card because I ended up covering the one on the left with the flowers.).  Double Sided dimensional tape was attached to the back of the frame. The covering on the dimensional tape was removed from the back of the frame and was centered on top of the ivory card stock.  This piece was then glued to the front of the card.  

The Garden Notes Chrysanthemum die set was used to create three different colored flowers.  The flowers, leaves and stems were shaped with Susan's Flower Tool Kit and assembled using Kid Choice Glue.

 The Garden Notes Potted die set was used to die cut two pots out of white card stock.  Distress Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, and Walnut Stain inks were sponged onto the pots.  

The Garden Notes Leafy Berry Branch was die cut and colored with green ink.  Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops were used to create the berries.This branch was cut apart to arrange around the flowers.

The flower pots were attached to the bottom of the card, inside the frame.  There is double sided dimensional tape in the center of the back of each pot and glue around the sides and bottom.  This will give the pots dimension.  The chrysanthemums were arranged on the stems inside the pot.  Extra leaves were glued around the top of the pot.  The Leafy Berry Branch was cut apart and arranged around the flowers. 

In the second pot, the Mother-in-law Tongue was arrange in the pot.  There were some gaps inside the top of the pot around the leaves, so a tiny bit of Spanish moss was glued in those areas.  

Susan's Woodland Leaves die set was used to die cut fall leaves.  They were die cut using white card stock and fall colors sponged on them.  They were arranged at the base of the flower pots.

You can go to Susan's Garden Club FaceBook page and find instructions on how to assemble her flowers plus a lot of other helpful information on creating realistic flower arrangements.




Monday, August 12, 2019

Rusty Bucket Autumn Arrangement


In my last post, August 10th, I posted a card with the Garden Notes Vintage Milk Can that I used Rust Effects Paste on.  At the same time, I used the rusty pastes on Susan's Garden Notes Galvanized Bucket.  This is such a fun technique.  Here is the link to the YouTube video by Joyce Schmidt showing how to use the rust effects paste.  

Today I filled the rusty bucket with Susan's Garden Notes Black-Eyed Susan, Wheat Sheath, and Leafy Berry Branch.  

Use the Garden Notes Black-Eyed Susan die set and create three flowers.  For instructions on how to create these beautiful flowers,  you can go to her FaceBook Page - Susan's Garden Club  for detailed instructions.  I did a little addition to the center of the flowers -- I added a few brown Prills.  The flowers were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit and assembled using Kid's Choice Glue.

Use the Garden Notes Wheat Sheath die set and die cut 6 sheaths. After die cutting, run the die cut, still on the die, through the die cutting machine to emboss.  This will bring out each of the scored lines showing the wheat grain.   I like to use white card stock to die cut so I can sponge on different shades of colors to give depth of color.  For the wheat, I used Altenew Inks:  Chamomile, Snapdragon and Almond Butter.  For highlights I used the Copic marker YR23.  Distress Gathered Twigs ink was sponged down the stem and up the middle of the sheath.  Each of the wheat spikes were cut in half to make them very thin.

Use the Garden Notes Leafy Berry Branch die set and die cut two.  Color the leaves dark green and use the Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops for the berries.  Let the berries dry before arranging in the bucket.

Die cut one pumpkin and leaves.  Use the Spring Basket die set and die cut four grass.  Color the grass and glue two together for fullness.  

This is a 7 x 5 1/2 inch card.  The base card is Kraft card stock.  A piece of ivory card stock was layered on black card stock.  The edges of the ivory card stock was scored around the edges using the Scor-Pal.  Tim Holtz Slight Alterations stamp was used to stamp the design on the left side.  Distress Ink, Gathered Twigs, was sponged around the edges of the ivory card stock.

Attach the bucket to the lower right corner of the card.  Add the wheat sheaths, leafy berry branches and the black-eyed Susan's in the bucket.  Add the pumpkin, leaves and grass at the bottom of the card.




Saturday, August 10, 2019

Rusty Vintage Milk Can Arrangement



Susan Tierney-Cockburn has dies for great containers to create rusty effects on.  I watched Joyce Schmidt's YouTube Rusty Vintage Milk Can video to learn how to use Rust Effects Paste to achieve a very realistic rusty look.   In Joyce's video she painted white card stock with silver paint.  I did not have silver paint so I used a piece of dull silver metallic card stock.  I followed Joyce's instructions on the video for adding the Rust Effects Paste.  


I had so much fun creating the rust effects, I did it on both Susan's Garden Notes Vintage Milk Can and the Garden Notes Bucket (which I will use on another card).  Since I did this technique over silver card stock, I needed to add additional strength to the containers.  I used another piece of heavy weight card stock and put double sided adhesive on the front of the card stock before die cutting additional pieces.  The covering was removed from the double sided tape and attached to the back of the rusty containers.  It was very easy to shape these pieces with the additional layer of card stock on the back.  Two pieces of dimensional tapes were placed on top of each other, down the length (in the center) of the vintage milk can when placed on the card.

To fill the can with Autumn Foilage,  I used a variety of die sets.  

Use the Garden Notes Berry Branch and die cut 3 or 4 branches, using a light brown card stock.  Use the Nuvo Orange Crystal Drops to create the berries.  Set aside for the  berries to dry before arranging the foliage in the can.

Use the Garden Notes Lavender die set and die cut one branch.  Use yellow card stock for the flowers.  (This is a piece I had left over from my post yesterday.)

Use the Garden Notes Maidenhair Fern die set and die cut two large and two small ferns.  I like to die cut these with white card stock and sponge on color.  The ferns were sponged with green link then lightly sponged around the edges of the leaves with a rust ink.  The leaves were shaped using the flower tool kit.  The leaf tool was used to draw a line down the center of each leaf, then each leaf was pinched in half over the point of the tweezers, to give them shape.

Use the leafy branch die set and die cut the branches using rust card stock.  Shape the leaves with the flower tool kit.  For the tiny berries, glue red Prills in groups on the branch.

This is a 6-inch card.  Rust card stock was used for the card base and a piece of ModaScrap Wood Effects card stock attached on top.

The Vintage Milk Can was attached at the bottom left of the card.  Once the berries were dry, all the foliage was arranged in the can.  

Use the Garden Notes Woodland Leaves die set and die cut a few leaves to arrange around the bottom of the Vintage Milk Can.

I hope you will watch Joyce's video on how to do this cool technique with the Rust Effects Paste. The technique is very easy to do and really gives realistic results.   I ordered my Rust Effects Paste from Amazon.




Friday, August 9, 2019

Fall Bouquet



A bouquet showcased in a large pumpkin is so beautiful.  Today I created a card using a variety of the Susan's Garden Notes die sets.

This is a 6x6 inch card.  The base card is a dark purple.  On top is a slightly smaller ivory card stock that has been sprayed with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo Spray.

The Garden Notes French Pumpkin die set was used to die cut the pumpkin out of white card stock.  Different shades of orange and yellow inks were used to sponge on color.  The pumpkin was attach to the bottom of the card.  Dimensional foam tape was used in the center of the pumpkin and the edges glued down.

 I created two dinner plate dahlias using the Garden Notes Dahlia 2 die set.  The petals were die cut using a pretty purple card stock.  The tips of each petal was colored white by swiping the tips along the edge a white pigment ink pad.  A heat tool was used to to dry the ink before shaping the petals.  The Flower Tool Kit was used to shape the petals.  Two layers of each size petals were used to create each flower.  

The white flowers were created using the Garden Notes Shasta Daisy die set.   I created these flowers differently than the Shasta Daisy because I wanted a smaller flower.  Only the smallest petal die was used.  There are two layers to each flower.  The center was sponged using the light green PanPastel before shaping.  The two layers were glued together.  For the center of the daisy, a small circle was cut and cupped to fit in the center.  The edges were glued and attached in the center of the flower.  Yellow Pollen was added around the edges of this circle.  A mixture of orange, yellow, and a tiny bit of green pollen was added in the very center.  

The Garden Notes Lavender die set was used to die cut one branch.  Instead of using purple for the little flowers, yellow card stock was used.  After shaping the flowers, they were glued to the stem.  I used Bottle Green Nuvo Crystal drops to drop one tiny dot in the center of most of the yellow flowers.  

The Garden Notes Leafy Berry Branch die set was used to die cut two branches.  A marker was used to color the leaves and stems.  Nuvo Violet Galaxy Crystal Drops were used to create the berries.  These branches were cut a part to go behind the arrangement.

The Garden Notes Ladder Fern die set was used to die cut two ferns out of green card stock.  They are hard to see, but they are tucked in at the back of the arrangement.

All the die cut elements were arranged in the pumpkin. 

Gold butterfly and sentiment stickers were used to complete the card.

This card can be mailed in one of the clear acrylic boxes, which are listed below.





Sunday, August 4, 2019

Black-eyed Susan Fall Arrangement



Black-eyed Susan flowers are blooming everywhere and inspired me to create a card with them.  

This is a 6-inch card.  The background is a piece of the ModaScrap Rainbow Bark card stock.

Three flowers were created using the Garden Notes Black-eyed Susan die set.  The Flower tool kit was used to shape the flowers and assembled using Kids Choice Glue.

The Garden Notes Hawthorne Berries die set was used to die cut four branches, using white card stock.  To color the leaves, green, orange and brown inks were sponged on leaves.  To create the berries, Glass Red Berries Nuvo Crystal Drops were used.  Once the berries were dry, a black permanent pen was used to created the black dot on each berry.  The leaves were shaped with the flower tool kit.

Four Garden Notes Ladder Ferns were die cut using white card stock.  Green and Brown inks were sponged on the die cuts.

The Garden Notes Wooden Fruit Crate was die cut and colored.  The words in the die cut were darkened with a pencil.

The Impression Obsession Grass die (038J) was used to die cut four grasses out of white card stock and were sponged, using green ink.

The Elizabeth Craft Designs Pumpkin die set was used to die cut the three pumpkins out of white card stock.  Yellow, orange, brown and green inks were sponged on the pumpkins to color them.  A brown marker was used to color the stems.  The leaves were also sponged with fall colors.  

The Wooden Fruit Crate was attached at the bottom of the card.  The Ladder Ferns, and Hawthorne Berry branches were attached, then the three Black-eyed Susans were attached with dimensional glue dots. 

The tall grasses were attached on each side of the Fruit Crate then the three pumpkins added with a piece of dimensional tape in the center, to give them dimension.  The leaves were glued in around the pumpkins.  

This card can be mailed out in one of the clear acrylic boxes, linked below.




Monday, July 29, 2019

Pink Poinsettias


Today I have a Christmas card created with Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia die set and Berry Spray.

This is a 6-inch card.  A piece of card stock from my stash, that has a pearled design in it, was used for the background.  The edges were scored, using the Scor-Pal, then attached to the front of the card.  

Three poinsettias were created with the Garden Notes Poinsettia die set.  They were die cut using white card stock then colored using the light pink PanPastel.  They were shaped using the flower tool kit and assembled using Kids Choice Glue.  For the bracts of the poinsettia, dots of Nuvo, Bottle Green, Crystal Drops were used to create each dot down on a craft mat.  While still wet, yellow pollen was put on top.  Once they were dry, the green bracts were glued to the center of each poinsettia.

One branch was die cut using the Garden Notes Berry Spray die set.  It was die cut using white card stock and the branch was colored with a brown marker, leaving the berries white.  Nuvo Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops were used to create the berries.  Once the berries were dry, the branch was cut apart in smaller pieces to be glued behind the poinsettias.

A Marianne Designs Pine Branch die set was used to die cut the pine branches.  I have had this die a long time.  I do not know the number of the die set.

For the sentiment, I used one of the GinaK Design Foil Mates, from the Holiday Cheer Foil Mates package.  It was die cut using the GinaK Double Stitched Circle die set, then foiled using a piece of the DecoFoil Emerald Watercolor foil.  A larger GinaK Designs Stitched Circle die was used to die cut a piece of green metallic card stock. I used an old embossing folder to give this circle some dimension. The two circles were attached using double sided foam tape, to give dimension between the two circles, then attached to the card front.

The pine bough, berry branch pieces, and poinsettias were attached on the left side of the sentiment.

This card can be mailed in the clear acrylic box, which is linked below.



Sunday, July 21, 2019

English Rose


Three dimensional roses are so easy to create using Susan's Garden Notes die sets.  Today I created one rose using her English Rose die set.  Behind the rose are some branches of Baby's Breath.



Close up of English Rose


Using the English Rose die set, a lot of flower pieces were die cut, using white cardstock.  To create a soft yellow on the petals, I brushed on Altenew Buttercream ink on both sides of the petals.  Both the large and single petals were sponged lightly.


To add a light peach color, GinaK Peach Bellini ink was sponged very lightly on the lower 2/3 of the 3 petal die cuts.  More ink was added to the single petals, almost all the way to the top.  I wanted the center of this flower to be darker peach on the center petals.  I looked up English Rose colors on the Internet. You can add as many layers of petals as you want to create the fullness you like.  I added 8 layers of the 3 petal die cuts, alternating them as they were glued together.  When shaping the petals, I used the Flower Tool Kit and cupped the petals.  The single petals were cupped and added in the center of the three petal die cuts.  The very center petals were rolled and glued at the base.

One branch of Baby's Breath was die cut using the  Garden Notes Baby's Breath die set.  The stem was die cut using a very light tan card stock.  The flowers were die cut using white card stock.  The little flowers were pressed down in the center and glued to the branch.  Make clusters of the flowers on each branch to make it look full.  

Use the Leafy Branch 5 die set and die cut 4 branches.  Use the leaf tool to draw a line down the center of each leaf.  

This is a 6-inch card.  A piece of pale peach card stock was attached to the card front.  I added a die cut background, that was die cut using white card stock.  I have had that die for a while and do not know the name of it.  Peach pearls were added to the corners of the diamonds in the background die cut.

Attach the Leafy Branches on the left side of the card front.  Cut the Baby's Breath branch apart and spread it out over the leafy branches.  Attach the Rose, using a dimensional glue dot.  

Add a peach organdy ribbon under the rose, as shown.

This card will fit in one of the clear acrylic boxes, linked below, for mailing.



Saturday, July 20, 2019

Red Poinsettias


What happens in July?   Crafters begin thinking about Christmas cards.  It is so nice to get an early start so when the holidays arrive, we don't have to spend a lot of time creating the beautiful cards we want to send out to the special people in our lives.

If you follow me, you know I love to create my Christmas cards using Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia dies.  Today I have created three red poinsettias and embellished with Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs.

This is a 6-inch card that will fit nicely into the Clear Acrylic Box linked below.  

I used a piece of white embossed  card stock, from my stash, for the background on this card.  The Scor-Pal was used to score a line around all four edges. 

Three Poinsettias were created by die cutting the red leaves out of bright red card stock.  They were shaped using the Flower Tool Kit.  For the center of each poinsettia, a small ball of 'YES' glue was rolled in green, yellow and red Prills, then glued in the center of the poinsettia.  Susan has a video on her Garden Spot Live Facebook page showing how to assemble the poinsettia and how to create the center (bracts). 

Both the red and green leaves were shaded with PanPastels.  A mixture of red and dark green PanPastels were used on the center vein of the red leaves and the light yellow green was sponged down the center of the green leaves.  A little bit of red and darker green PanPastes was sponged around the edges on the green leaves.  PanPastels are easy to clean up on your work space by using a Swifter cloth.  

The Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pinecone die set was used to die cut enough boughs to fill in nicely under the poinsettia arrangement.  The boughs were die cut using a dark green card stock then sponged with the light yellow green PanPastels.  Tonic Nuvo Glitter Accents Fresh Snowfall drops were used to add glittered snow to the pine boughs.

For the sentiment, I used GinaK Design Joyful Holiday Foil Mates.  I love adding sparkle and shine to my Christmas cards.  The foil used on the sentiment is Radiant Red Fancy Foil.  It has a beautiful sparkle in the foil.  The die set used to cut out the Foil Mate sentiment was the GinaK Designs Double Stitch Small Rectangle die set.  A piece of red mirror card stock, from my stash, was used to line the die cut sentiment. 

It feels good to have my first Christmas card created.  Hopefully I will have them all completed before the holiday season!  Have you started your Christmas cards yet?




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