Sunday, July 21, 2019
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
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?
Monday, July 15, 2019
Today I have a card with flowers created with Garden Notes Clematis dies.
This is a 6-inch card. The background was created by die cutting a piece of white card stock using the Sizzix #661186 die set. The Scor-Pal was used to score a line around the edge of this piece. A piece of green card stock was attached to the back of the die cut, then attached to the front of the card.
Three sets of clematis petals were die cut using pink card stock. The center of each petal was brushed with a darker pink for shading, shaped with flower tools and the layers glued together. The stamens were die cut using yellow card stock and a burgundy marker used to color the tips. The leaves were die cut using white card stock and two shades of green ink were brushed on, then shaped. The flowers were arranged in the lower right corner.
GinaK Designs StampnFoil Foil-Mates were used for the butterfly and the sentiment. The Foil-Mates butterfly was stamped over using black ink, foiled, then die cut using the matching die. Both the butterfly and the sentiment were foiled using Wild Lilac foil. It is hard to see the beautiful foiling in the photo. The sentiment was die cut using the Dashing Circles die set.
This card will mail nicely in one of the clear acrylic boxes.
Products used are linked below.
Monday, July 1, 2019
Fuchsia flowers are a beautiful, exotic flower with striking two-tone colors. I have seen a variety of colors but my favorite are the bright pink/purple and the light pink/white. Today I created the bright colored flowers for this card.
This is a 6-inch card. For the patterned design on the front of the card, use a stencil of choice and sponge purple ink onto a piece of 5 1/2-inch square white card stock. The stencil I used is by Crafters Workshop and is a 6x6 inch stencil. The design is only around the edges and leaves a blank center. Layer onto a piece of purple card stock and attach to the front of card.
Use Joset's General Sentiments stamp set and stamp the sentiment in the center of the card, using VersaFine Black Ink.
A frame was created for the center of the card. The die sets used are the Dotted Scallop Circle and Frame It Stitched Circles.
Use the 3rd down die in the Dotted Scallop Circle die set and tape the 5th down in the Frame It Stitched Circles (3 1/2 inch) die set, inside the larger die, using white card stock. When die cut it will give you a circle as shown on the right in the picture above.
To create another smaller circle to go inside the die cut frame, use the same Dotted Scallop Circle die and one size smaller Frame It Stitched Circles die. This will give you a smaller opening inside the frame. The outside of the circles will be the same size. (Oops! my inside die moved while die cutting. It is on the left -- Not a problem.)
Add dimensional tape to the back of the largest circle frame and attach it over the smaller opening frame. Refer to photo above. If the outside edges do not quite match up, just trim them with scissors so you don't see the lower frame. Add dimensional tape to the back of the frame and attach to the center of the card. Add bright pink pearls around the edges of the frame.
Create eleven or twelve Fuchsia flowers. For my flowers, I used a hot pink and a purple card stock. The lower petals and the stamens are hot pink and the center petals are purple. Using the Flower Tool Kit, shape the purple petals so they will bend down and the purple centers so they cup up. Cut the long stamens in half, using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Scissors, add glue to the base and roll, using the tweezers in the Flower Tool Kit. Dip the ends of the stamens into glue and add just a little of the light pink pollen. Attach a stamen to the center of each flower. Arrange the flowers and leaves around the left side of the frame. I used glued dots on the bottom (kind of off center), on the flower to attach to the card.
For a little extra greenery, use the Leafy Branch die set and die cut one branch. Cut the branch apart and tuck small pieces behind the flowers.
This card can be mailed out in one of the Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Acrylic Boxes which are linked below.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Today I created a card using the Garden Notes Hydrangea die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I wanted a single large hydrangea so decided to experiment by using a larger base to create the flower. Since this was a larger flower I needed a larger leaf so I used the leaves from the Garden Notes English Rose die set. I was happy with the way it turned out.
Use the Garden Notes flower petal die and die cut it twelve times. I was able to use two pieces of card stock together in order to only have to die cut this plate 6 times. I used light purple card stock.
To give each petal some dimension, use a light gray or light purple pen to draw lines out from the center of each petal. Use the smallest Life Changing brush to add a darker purple ink to the center of each flower. Some of the flowers were shaded with a pinkish purple. The inks I used are Altenew Lavender Fields and Purple Wine. A few of the flowers were not inked at all.
Use the small ball stylus and press on each of the petals, but do not press down in the center. You want the petals shaped up but not the entire flower.
To create a larger flower, I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Dotted Scallop die set. Use the third largest die. In the picture you can see the white circle that is in the die set, which is quite a bit smaller than the circle I used, to create one large flower. Die cut three of the scalloped circles, using the light lavender card stock.
I like to shape my flowers on a craft mat, rather than right on the card. Shape two of the scallop circles. Use a large stylus and cup the circles so they are dome shaped. Do not shape the third circle. Glue the two shaped circles together, only adding glue to the outside edges. Use the Stylus again to help create the dome shape. Add glue to the outside edges of the shaped dome, and attach to the flat scalloped circle. This gives you a sturdy shape for the hydrangea.
Begin gluing the flower petals to the dome shape, beginning with the outside edge, working toward the center. Using the Elizabeth Craft Design Fine Pointed Tweezers really help make placing the little flowers exactly where you want them. Hold each flower by one petal and dip only the middle into the glue. Place the flower on the dome and slide each flower close together.
Add all the flowers to the dome, adding them, off set, on top of bottom layer of flowers. This gives you a full, nicely shaped domed hydrangea.
To add the centers to the hydrangea flowers, add a dot of glue in the center of each one. Sprinkle yellow prills over the flower. Only the Prills that hit the glue will stick. Use a tray or something that will hold spilled prills. Let sit for a minute or two, then turn the hydrangea over and shake off all the extra Prills. Pour the extra Prills back in the jar.
Use the Garden Notes English Rose die set and die cut 5 large leaves. Draw in the veins, color, and shape the leaves.
Use a 6-inch card base. Cut a piece of the light lavender card stock slightly smaller and attach to the front of the card. Cut a piece of white card stock 5 1/2 inches square. Use a Score-Pal and score around the edges. Attach to the front of the card.
Use the Elizabeth Craft Designs Romantic Corners die set and die cut one of the large corners, using white card stock. Trim off the edges at the score lines. Attach to the upper left corner of the card, as shown.
Use Joset's Dream Sentiments stamp set and stamp the sentiment, using VersaFine Black Ink, in the lower right corner.
Use dimensional glue dots and attach the hydrangea to the center of the card. Add the stem and leaves under the flower.
Use the Leafy Branch die set and die cut 3 three branches. Cut each branch in half and glue under the flower. By using dimensional glue dots under the flower, the leaves can be easily tucked under it.
This card can be mailed in one of the Clear Acrylic Boxes, from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
Product links are provided below.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Today I have a card I created using stamps from Altenew. The floral stamp set is called Persian Motifs and the sentiment is from the Build A Flower Japanese Mum stamp set.
This is a 6-inch square card. I used a slightly smaller piece of white card stock and used Marianne Design corner dies to create the upper corners. I have had these dies for many years and do not know if they are still available. This piece was attached to a piece of Rosebud Soft Finish Cardstock cut 5 1/2 inches square.
The flowers in the Persian Motifs stamp set were white embossed onto watercolor paper. Be sure to space them far enough apart so you can die cut them. Use two shades of pink watercolors to color the flowers and two shades of green to watercolor the leaves. Once the watercolor is dry, die cut all three flowers. Arrange on the card as shown, saving one for the inside of the card.
Use the Build A Flower Japanese Mum stamp set and stamp the sentiment, using VersaMark Ink, onto a piece of the Rosebud cardstock. White emboss. Die cut this sentiment using a label die. I used a Framelits label die from Sizzix (559202). Sponge dark pink around the edges then used a white gel pen to add white dots around the edges.
Add a few sticky back pearls for the final embellishment.
On the inside of the card, attach the third Persian Motif.
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Today I designed a non-dimensional floral card, using the ModaScrap Romantic Bouquet die, from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
This is a 6-inch card. Use a piece of 12-inch white Soft Finish card stock cut 6x12 inches. Score and crease across the middle to create a 6-inch card.
Cut a piece of white Soft Finish card stock 6-inches square. Use the ModaScrap Romantic Bouquet die and die cut the design at the top. Use the Score-Pal and score a line 1/8 inch from the edge, all the way around this square.
Use the Romantic Bouquet die and die cut the design into a piece of scrap card stock. This will be used for a stencil. I did not do it, but it will make it easier if you line the top edge of the die up with the top edge of the scrap cardstock. (The above piece shows the stencil I cut after I used ink to color in the design.) Cut a piece of white glossy card stock 6-inches square. Glossy card stock will give a pretty shiny effect under the white Soft Finish cardstock. Tape the die cut stencil to the top of glossy card stock, using removable tape so you can sponge on color.
Use the Life Saving Brushes (linked below), or sponges, to color in the die cut flowers and leaves. I used GinaK Designs Dusty Rose and Plum Punch ink for the flowers, and Jelly Bean Green ink for the leaves. I love using the Life Saving Brushes because they come in a variety of sizes and make it easy to add color, and blend colors, to any size area. They are very easy to clean and will not wear out like sponge daubers do.
Attach the 6x6 inch piece of card stock that was die cut with the Romantic Bouquet die on top of the glossy card stock. This is the overlay for the sponged design. Align the two pieces together. If the outside edges are off a little, just trim with scissors. Attach this piece to the front of the card. Use Lemon Drop ink and lightly sponge color on the center of the flower overlay, as shown. Use a Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Marker to add shine to the yellow centers.
Use a border embossing folder to emboss the design for the bottom of the card. I pulled an embossing folder out of my stash and do not know which company it is from. Line the border with a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs Rosebud Soft Finish Cardstock. Attach to the bottom of the card. White pearls were added across this border and a few added around the Romantic Bouquet.
A piece of the Rosebud Soft Finish Cardstock was cut slightly larger than the card and attach to the back.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. The flowers on this card were created using the Garden Notes Hydrangea die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
This is a 6-inch card. A piece of white cardstock was cut 5 1/2 inches square and scored around the edges using the Score-Pal, then attached to the card front. Use a piece of design paper and die cut a rectangle using the Dotted Scallop Rectangle die set. Attach across the top of the card, as shown. (I used a piece of design paper in my scrap stash and do not know the know of it.)
Use the sentiment in the GinaK Design Inspiring Poppies stamp set and stamp using black ink in the lower right corner.
Use the Garden Notes Gathering Basket die set and die cut one basket. Use cocoa ink then shade with bronze metallic rub on paste. Attach to the bottom left corner of the card.
Use the Garden Notes Ladder Fern die set and die cut 5 ferns, using white card stock then sponge on green inks. Attach inside the basket.
Use the Garden Notes Ivy Vine die set and die cut two large ivy pieces. Color the ivy using dark green on the edges and light green in the center of each leaf. Shape with the tools in the Flower Tool Kit. Cut the pieces in half and arrange as shown.
Use the Garden Notes Berry Branch and die cut two branches. Use purple Nuvo Crystal Drops to create the berries. Be sure berries are dry before adding branches to the arrangement.
Use the Garden Notes Hydrangea die set and create one white, one pink and one lavender flower. Use light green PanPastels to color center of white flowers. Shape the flowers using the Flower Tool Kit and use Kids Choice Glue to glue each flower down. Attach to the arrangement, as shown.
Use a light gray marker to shade around the base of the basket.
Use the A Way With Words Butterflies and Stars Sprays die set to die cut the butterflies. Use one of the die cut butterflies to place above the sentiment. Color as desired.
This card can be mailed in one of the Clear Acrylic Boxes from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
Links to products are shown below.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Seeing all the beautiful geraniums in the florist shop inspired me to create this card.
The card size is 6-inches square.
Cut a piece of the ModaScrap Cucina With Love design paper to fit the front of the card.
Use the Garden Notes Galvanized Bucket die set and die cut one bucket. Use gray card stock to die cut then use Distress Oxide inks to add texture to the bucket. I used a combination of black and brown inks. Silver Metallic Paste was lightly rubbed in some areas. A Silver Marker was used to line the bottom of the bucket.
Use the Garden Notes Ostrich Fern Die set and die cut six ferns, using white card stock. Color by using an olive marker to draw along the stem then sponge with green ink.
Use the Garden Notes Ivy Vine die set and die cut four large ivy pieces, using white card stock. Color using two shades of green markers, leaving the edges of the leaves white. Cut the ivy pieces into two pieces.
Use the Garden Notes Geranium die set and create five flowers. Shape the flowers using the Flower Tool Kit and assemble using the Kids Choice Glue. Die cut 10 geranium leaves, using white card stock. Sponge two shades of green ink on the leaves, then lightly sponge red ink around edges. Shape the leaves using the Loop Tool in the Flower Tool Kit.
Use the Garden Notes Hydrangea die set and die cut a bunch of white flowers. Use these individual die cut flowers, to fill in around the geraniums.
Attach the Bucket along the bottom of the card front. Use a brown marker to add shadow under bucket, to ground it. Leave the top of the bucket open so you can glue in the foliage. Attach the Ostrich Ferns so the tops show around the edges of the card. Add the Ivy pieces on each side of the bucket, as shown. Attach the Geraniums. I like to add dimensional glue dots in the center of each geranium and Kids Choice glue around the edges. Glue the Geranium Leaves around the flowers. Glue the small white flowers around the arrangement. Glue a yellow or orange Prill in in the center of each white flower.
This card can be mailed in the Clear Acrylic Box which is linked below.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
I love creating roses with the Garden Notes die sets. Today, my rose was created using the Garden Notes English Rose die set.
This is a 6-inch card. Cut a piece of white card stock 5 3/4 inches square and score around the edges. Attach to the front of the card.
Use a piece of watercolor paper and create a water colored background. Use yellow, orange green and blue Distress Inks.
Die cut the rectangle frames using the Garden Notes Frame It/Stitched Rectangle die set for the smaller frame. Use two Stitched rectangles and place smaller die inside larger rectangle die, run through die cut machine to create the narrow frame. Use the Dotted Scallop Rectangle set to die cut a slightly larger backing. Attach the watercolor background behind the Stitched Rectangle, then back with the Dotted Scallop Rectangle. Attach to the front of the card as shown.
Use the A Way With Words Unforgettable die set and die cut it twice, using black card stock. Glue the two die cuts together for dimension, and attach below the frame.
Use the Garden Notes Ladder Fern die set and die cut three ferns, using green card stock. Use a brown marker to color down the center of each fern. Attach the ferns to the right side of the frame.
Use the Garden Notes English Rose die set and create one rose and one bud. I used Foamiran to create this flower. I blended yellow, orange and red PanPastels to color this rose. I really love how you can blend PanPastels to achieve the color you want. I used a Swifter Sheet to wipe up any loose PanPastels on my work area. Die cut the leaves, shade using PanPastels, and shape. Attach the rose, bud and leaves in the lower right side of the rectangle.
Susan has a series of videos on how to create flowers, using her dies, on her Facebook Susan's Garden Club at this LINK.
This card can be mailed in one of the clear acrylic boxes which are linked below.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Good Morning. I hope you are having a nice weekend.
Create the layered background for this card by using four of the Elizabeth Craft Designs rectangle die sets. Use the largest Stitched rectangle and die cut one rectangle, using white card stock. Use the Postage Stamp die set for the next rectangle, the Dashing Rectangle one size smaller than the Postage Stamp, then the Dotted Scallop Rectangles. Sponge the edges of the largest rectangle using yellow green ink. Sponge the Postage Stamp rectangle using yellow ink. Leave the edges of the Dashing Rectangle white. Sponge yellow green ink on the edges of the small Scallop Rectangle. Layer all the rectangles together, using dimensional tape. Attach the rectangles to the front of the card.
Use the Garden Notes Maidenhair Fern die set and die cut 2 large and 2 small ferns. Attach to the front of the card, inside the smallest rectangle. I die cut the leaves using white card stock and sponged on green ink. Use the Fine Pointed Tweezers to pinch each of the leaves on the fern to create dimension.
Use the Garden Notes Calla Lily die set and create three lilies. I used yellow card stock to die cut the flowers then used the yellow orange PanPastel to shade the inside of each flower. Shape the flowers using the Flower Tool Kit. Shade the base of the lilies using Yellow green then darker green PanPastels. Die cut the stamen using white card stock. Color the top with a yellow marker and the stem with green ink. Shape the stamen and glue the two pieces together. Add yellow Pollen to the stamen. Push the stamen down inside the lily. Attach the three flowers over the Maidenhair Fern. Die cut the lily leaves, shape, and attach to the base of the flowers.
Use the Garden Notes Feverfew die set to create the 6 little white flowers. Glue the white flowers around the calla lily arrangement.
Create a bow and attach to the base of the flower arrangement.
Links to the products used are listed below.