Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Today I have another card created using Susan's new Floribunda Rose die set.
This is a 6x6 inch card. For the background I used Lisa Horton's Shower of Roses 3-D embossing folder. This embossing folder has a die cut opening. I used Mica Powders to create a marbled background on a piece of glossy card stock. On top of that I used the Spellbinders Radiant Oval. These pieces were glued behind the die cut opening in the embossed piece. The completed background was glued to a piece of yellow cardstock.
The Floribunda Rose die set was used to die cut the flower using Susan's Specialty Cardstock. Different shades of yellow ink was brushed on the rose petals. It was shaped using the Flower Tool Kit and assembled using Bearly Art Glue.
The Fern & Ivy die set was used to die cut the ferns. The Winterberry & Mistletoe die set was used for the berry branch. I used small bean bag styrofoam balls for the berries. They were colored with light yellow acrylic paint. A black fine tip pen was used for the black dot on the end of each berry.
If you need help in knowing how to assemble the Floribunda Rose, you will find Susan's instruction on the Spellbinders YouTube Video.
Monday, May 2, 2022
Good Morning. Today I have a slimline card. I used Susan's Floribunda Rose, Forget Me Not, and Coreopsis die sets.
For the background, I used the Spellbinders Flute Classics Slimline Etched die set. Two different sizes were die cut and layered.
The Floribunda Rose die set, from Through The Garden Gate release, was used for the orange rose. It was die cut using Susan's White Specialty Card Stock and brushed with orange ink on the Waffle Flower Media Mat. the petals were shaped using the Flower Tool Kit and assembled using Bearly Art Glue.
The Coreopsis die set, from the Autumn Flora Release, was used to create the blue Bachelor Button Flowers.
The new Forget Me Not die set was used to create the small blue flowers. A small black Prill was glued to the center of each flower.
One of the stamps from Susan's Through The Garden Gate stamp set was used for the sentiment.
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Good Morning. We have some exciting news. Our oldest granddaughter will be getting married soon. I wanted to create a 'different' type wedding card for her. I decided to use the instructions on how Susan created a Spring Hat on her FaceBook video. I decorated the 'hat' card to resemble a wedding cake.
To decorate the top of the card, I wanted to use the wedding colors, which are blue and gray. The bottom layer on the base of the top was covered with a piece of pearlized white card stock. On top of that is a smaller scalloped white circle. For the raised 'cake', I covered the side with a border crisscross die cut, then a very narrow scallop die cut around the bottom edge. On the top, I added a silver die cut doily. I used silver metallic card stock for the gray to give it an elegant appearance. I created two white roses and a rose bud, using Susan's Hybrid Rose die set. For blue, I used Susan's Forget-Me-Not die set and created the blue flowers. Around the sides of the 'cake' I added small pieces of ivy leaves, that were die cut using Susan's Ferns & Ivy die set and attached additional Forget-Me-Not flowers.
I did not have any wedding dies or stamps. I dug through some of my stash and found silver wedding stickers. They worked out perfect. The edge of the card was too plain, so I added dot silver stickers all the way around.
Silver stickers were used to decorate the inside of the card.
Picture of card with the top tucked in raised piece on inside of the card, for display.
Side view showing how card stands up.
I had fun coming up with something different for her wedding card.
Monday, April 18, 2022
Good Morning Friends. Last week on Susan's Garden Club FaceBook Live Video, she showed us how to create a Shadowbox Easel Card.
I created the frame following Susan's instructions. The die cut design at the top of the shadowbox is from the Spellbinders Vintage Starburst Valance & Gate Fold die set. I believe this die set has now been discontinued.
The Floribunda Rose die set, from the new Through The Garden Gate Release, was used to create a pink rose. The rose was die cut using Susan's Specialty Cardstock. It was shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit and assembled using Bearly Art Glue. I used the Waffleflower Media Mat and blending brushes to brush on two shades of pink ink.
The Lilac die set, from an earlier release, was used to create two white lilacs. In the center, a Yellow Prill was added to the center of each bloom.
The Foliage and Ladybug die set was used for the leafy branch that I added pink berries. I used colored tiny bean bag styrofoam balls for the berries. Once they were glued and dried on the branch, I used a fine tip black pen to press down in the top to help make it resemble a real berry. From this same die set, Eucalyptus leaves were die cut, colored and shaped with the tools in the Flower Tool Kit.
The Forget-Me-Not die set from the new release was used to create white flowers. A Taken For Granite Prill was added to the center of each flower.
Stamps from Susan's Through The Garden Gate Stamp Set was used for both of the sentiments. The sentiment at the top of the frame was die cut using a scallop circle die and attached with foam tape. The quote on the bottom of the frame was die cut using the Spellbinders Precision Layering Mini Slimline A die set.
One the inside panel, the same design paper that was used for the frame was added, then two white squares, one slightly larger than the other added. In the center I used a die cut heart to attach to the center for a personal message.
Susan's instructions were very easy to follow. I hope you try this fun project.
Susan's new release is now available from both Spellbinders and Scrapbook.com. I have them link from both places below.
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Good Morning. Today I designed a tri-fold card and decorated it with Susan's Bee Blossom and Button & Daisy Chrysanthemum die sets.
After creating the tri-fold card, it was decorated with a piece of the P13 The 4 Seasons Summer design paper. The Spellbinders Elegant Twist Ovals die set was used for the two ovals. The oval on the front of the card was attached with dimensional tape.
Using Susan's new Bee Blossom die set, from the Through The Garden Gate release, was used for the branch of light pink bee blossom flowers. They were die cut using Susan's Specialty Cardstock. The base of the petals was sponged with light pink ink then at the very base, a brighter ink was sponged on. They were shaped using the loop tool in Susan's Flower Tool Kit. A purple marker was used to add a touch of purple in the indention on the end of each petal. The stamen die cut was cut to make each stamen thinner. The base was colored with the bright pink ink then rolled and glued with Bearly Art Glue. The very tips were dipped in glue then into Yellow Pollen.
The Button & Daisy Chrysanthemum die set, from an earlier release, was used to create the African Daisies. They were die cut using Susan's Specialty Cardstock. The base of the petals was sponged using a light pink ink then sponged again with a purplish pink ink over most of the light pink ink. A lavender colored pencil was used to draw lines up from the base over the colored base. I used a purple marker to color the indention in the tips of each petal. To create the stamens, I used Susan's Sunflower die set. I die cut the circle portion of the sunflower stamen, using dark purple cardstock. These were cut in half and glued together to create a smaller circle. The tips on this circle were dipped in glue, then in yellow pollen. Once dry, they were glued into the center of the daisy and pressed down using the large ball stylus in the Flower Tool Kit. I then used YES Glue to add a small ball of glue in the center of the stamen then poured in Power Outage Prills.
One of the stamps from Susan's new Through The Garden Stamp Set was used for the sentiment. It was stamped using VersaFine Ink then cut out with scissors. It was attached using a dimensional foam square.
To finish the card, Spellbinders Pearl Embellishments were added and a butterfly from my stash.
You can watch Susan's instruction on how to create a tri-fold card on her Susan's Garden Club FaceBook Video .
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
On March 30th, Susan demonstrated how to create a very pretty Diagonal Lidded Box on her Susan's Garden Club FaceBook Live Video. The Title of the Video is Roses and Hollyhocks.
This is the box I created following her instructions. I used a piece of heavy weight design paper that has ladybugs in the design.
Using the Floribunda Rose die set, I created one red rose and one bud. I used Susan's Specialty Cardstock. The rose was colored by brushing on red ink. The petals were placed in my Waffle Flower Media Mat and the ink was brushed on using one of the Picket Fence Brushes. The petals were lightly misted with water and shaped using the Loop Tool in Susan's Flower Tool Kit. In Susan's video, she demonstrates how I assemble the rose.
I use the ladybug die that is in the Forget-me-not die set for the little ladybug. Perfect to go with this design paper!
I have not purchased chocolates yet, but wanted to show you the little box inside the lid that pulls apart.
If you would like all the measurements and instructions for creating this box, and how to create the rose, be sure to watch Susan's Live Video on FaceBook.
Hello Paper Crafters. Today I worked with Susan's Gardenia, Bee Blossom, and Lilac die sets.
This is a 6x6 inch card. I used Mica Powder to create a panel for the Front of the card. It was framed using a die cut piece of metallic cardstock.
Using the Gardenia die set from the new Through the Garden Gate Release, two gardenias were die cut using Susan's Specialty Cardstock. A light yellow PanPastel was used to color the base of the petals, and a dark yellow marker used to color the base of the very small petals in the center. The petals were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit, and assembled using Bearly Art Glue. The leaves for the Gardenia were glazed to give them a waxy appearance.
The new Bee Blossom die set was used to die cut enough flowers for three stems of flowers. They were die cut using Susan's Specialty Cardstock. The base of the petals was colored using a very light pink marker then shading a little darker pink at the very base of each petal. The very bottom of the stamens was also colored with the darker pink marker, but the top portion was left white. The long stamens were divided using scissors from the Tool Kit. The tips of the stamens were barely dipped into glue and then pushed into yellow pollen. Only the very tips should have pollen.
The Lilac die set was used to create the purple lilac. A green Prill was glued to the center of each lilac blossom.
The ladybug from the Forget-Me-Not die set was used to die cut the ladybug. She was colored and clear crystal glaze added.
One of the stamps from Susan's Through The Garden Gate Stamp Set was used for the sentiment. It was stamped using black VersaFine Ink, cut out using scissors, then glued to a piece of the same metallic cardstock that was used for the frame. It was attached using Dimensional Foam Tape.
Pearls were added to the corners of the frame and tiny rhinestones glued around the arrangement.
Here is a closeup of the flowers. Susan's die sets help us create the most realistic flowers. I love figuring out all the little details that help to turn white cardstock into beautiful flowers. You can find detailed instructions from Susan on her Spellbinders YouTube Videos on how to assemble all her flowers.
Sunday, April 3, 2022
Today I have a card I designed using Susan's new Forget-Me-Not die set and her Button & Daisy Chrysanthemum die set, from an earlier release.
This is a 6x6 inch card. The background was created using the Lisa Horton Padded Quilt 3D embossing folder.
The Geranium & Wooden Bucket die set was used for the wooden bucket.
Four Daisies were die cut using the Button & Daisy Chrysanthemum die set. I usually use three when grouping flowers, but I had created four and it just seemed I needed the fourth one in this bouquet. The flowers were die cut using Susan's Specialty cardstock, and the base of each petal colored yellow with a marker. The flowers were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit and Yellow Prills added to the center.
The Forget-Me-Not die set, from the Through The Garden Gate Release, was used to create blue and pink flowers. A black Prill was added to the center of each flower.
The Forget-Me-Not flowers are beautiful by themselves on a card, but also a great size as a filler around larger flowers in a bouquet.
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Today I designed a card using Susan's Hollyhock die set.
This is a 5x7 inch card. Using a white piece of cardstock, I used an old circle die to die cut a circle opening in the top portion. The Alternew Basic Plaid 3D embossing folder was used to emboss another piece of white cardstock. A brown ink pad was rubbed over the embossed design, then attached behind the circle opening. These pieces were attached to the front of the card.
Using the Hollyhock die set, the flowers were die cut using Susan's Specialty white cardstock. The base of the the petals was colored with a yellow marker. Next, a burgundy marker was used to draw thin lines up toward the end of the petal making sure to leave the very center yellow. Next a bright pink marker was used to add color over the burgundy strokes. As a final touch, a fineline bright pink marker was used to draw very fine lines over these colors. Using the small loop tool from Susan's Flower Tool Kit, the petals were shaped. They were assembled using Bearly Art Glue.
I found a picture of a hollyhock I wanted to duplicate, on the Internet. I tried to duplicate the stamen. The Hollyhock die set die cuts the stamen along with the petals. Since they were white, I needed to color them yellow. I used my Waffle Flower Media Mat to place all the stamens on and used one of the Picket Fence Brushes to brush on yellow ink. The mat holds all the stamens down, which makes it quick and easy to color each side. This is much faster than coloring each one with a marker.
To create the stamen, Bearly Art Glue was added to the bottom band plus each round portion of the stamen.
When the stamen was rolled, the three stamens line up and with the glue on each one, they were pressed together to create just one stamen.
Holding the stamen at the base with tweezers, the round portion was dipped down in glue, then dipped down in the yellow pollen. This created one large stamen.
The stems were attached to the front of the card and the flowers glued on. The stamens were then added in the center of each flower. The leaves were die cut using watercolor paper, colored, shaped, then added to the hollyhock stems. A Ladybug was die cut, which is found in the Forget-Me-Not die set, colored, shaped and added to one of the leaves. Clear Crystal Glaze was added.
One of the sentiments of from Susan's Through The Garden Gate stamp set was stamped using VersaFine black ink, die cut, and attached with dimensional tape. Pearls and a dragonfly from my stash was added to finish the card.
Friday, April 1, 2022
Good Morning Paper Crafters.
Today I designed a card using Susan's new Gardenia die set which is in the Through The Garden Gate release from Spellbinders.
This is a 6x6 inch card. I created a layered background. A piece of Spellbinders Portbello Color Cardstock, a piece of white cardstock embossed with the Lisa Horton Botanical Fern 3-D embossing folder, a die cut using the Spellbinders Vintage Elegance S4-733 die set (which I believe may have been discontinued) then the Altenew Texture die cut using Spellbinders Portbello Color Cardstock.
Using the Gardenia die set, three flowers were created. They were die cut using Susan's Specialty Cardstock. At the base of the petals a yellow ochre tint PanPastel was sponged on. In the center the Copic Marker E34 was used to darken the base of the center petals. Once they were colored, Susan's Flower Tool Kit was used to shape the petals. The flowers were assembled using Kids Choice Glue. The Leaves were die cut using watercolor paper, colored, shaped then brushed with clear crystal glaze to give them the shiny appearance that Gardenia leaves have. I created two gardenia buds by coloring the second largest, three petal die cut, with the Yellow ochre Tint PanPastel, then a yellow green PanPastel. The three petals were shaped and rolled to create the buds.
The Forget-me-not die set was used to die cut the little ladybug. She was colored, shaped and clear crystal glaze added to her after she was glued to one of the leaves.
As a final embellishment, Spellbinders gold embellishments were added around the arrangement.
Monday, March 28, 2022
I am having so much fun working with the new dies in Susan's Through The Garden Gate release from Spellbinders. Today I have a card created with the Forget-Me-Not & Ladybug and Gardenia die sets.
This is a 6x6 inch card. I used an old Spellbinders die set called Lisette Oval Shadowbox Frame. Two of the ovals were glued to the front of the card. The corners are also from this die set.
The Forget-Me-Not die set was used to die cut the flowers. They were die cut using Susan's Specialty Cardstock. In the center of each flower a Prill was added.
The Gardenia die set was used to die cut one flower. It was shaped using the tools in Susan's Flower Tool Kit. Light yellow PanPastel was added to the base of each petal and on the tips of a few petals. In the very center petals, I used a yellow/brown marker at the base of the petals. The leaves were die cut using watercolor paper, colored, and shaped. Crystal Clear Glaze was then brushed on the leaves.
The Forget-Me-Not & Ladybugs die set was used to die cut one ladybug. It was colored, shaped and glued to one of the Gardenia Leaves. Once dry, Crystal Clear Glaze was added to her.
To finish the card, white pearl embellishments and a blue ribbon were added.
Sunday, March 27, 2022
I am happy you came to visit my blog today. This was such a fun card to create. I used Susan's Bee Blossom die set from her new Through The Garden Gate release. This is a very pretty flower and very easy to create.
This is a 6 inch card. A piece of design paper from my stash was used for the background.
Using Susan's Geranium & Antique Wooden Bucket die set, I die cut the bucket using a piece of woodgrain design paper. I used a fine line black pen to add additional vertical lines and colored the band with a marker. It was attached with a piece of dimensional tape in the middle and glued around the sides and bottom.
The Bee Blossom die set was used to die cut 13 flowers using Susan's Specialty White Cardstock. Bright pink ink was sponged at the base of each petal then a fine line pen used to add lines from the base of each petal up about half way. The branches were sponged using bright pink ink then a dark red marker used to go over portions of the stem. The dark red marker was also used to color the 'V' shape piece that shows at the base of each flower. The stamens were colored bright pink about half way up then each stamen was cut in half to make them narrow and appear fuller. The very tips of the stamens were dipped in glue then into yellow Pollen. The Tweezers from Susan's Flower Tool Kit were used to roll the stamens. They were glued to the center of the flower using Bearly Art Glue. The leaves were die cut and brushed with light green ink then at the base a blue/green ink was sponged on. They were shaped and glued all around the flowers.
One of the sentiments from Susan's new Through The Garden Gate Stamp Set was stamped on white card stock, die cut, and sponged with light brown ink around the edges. It was attached with dimensional tape.
For final touches, one of Susan's Ladybugs was die cut, colored and added to one of the leaves. A small butterfly from my stash was added with dimensional tape.
This is such a fun flower to create. I hope I have inspired you create your bouquet. The dies for Susan's release are now available and linked below.
Friday, March 25, 2022
Today I worked with Susan's Hollyhock die set to create a pretty bouquet. This is one of the new die sets in her Through The Garden Gate Release which is now available.
This is a 5x7 inch card. For the background, I used a quatrefoil die that does not die cut the design out unless you tape the frame die around it. I taped the die toward the top of a 5x7 piece of cardstock and ran it through the die cutting machine. It was glued to the front of the card.
Using Susan's Daffodil/Narcissus & Antique Vase die set, I die cut the vase using a burgundy mirror cardstock. It was attach at the bottom of the card.
The Hollyhock die set was used to die cut six hollyhock stems. Two of the stems were glued together to make the stems longer. These stems were die cut using watercolor paper and sponged green adding color for the buds.
Using the holyhock flower dies, the flowers were die cut using Susan's Specialty Cardstock. They were brushed on the Waffleflower Media Mat, using the Picket Fence Brushes using two different shades of pink ink. They were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit and assembled using Bearly Art Glue. Yellow Pollen was added to the stamens. The flowers were arranged on the stems. The leaves were die cut using watercolor paper and sponged with two shades of green ink.
To finish the card, white pearl embellishments were added to the corners of the quatrefoil die cut.