Sunday, July 19, 2020
On Susan's Garden Club Facebook LIVE video this week, she created a Concertina Card and gave very detailed instructions on how to create it. You can watch the video then go to her Susan's Garden Club Blog for exact measurements.
Above is the front of the Concertina card I created. It is decorated using Susan's Garden Club Alstroemeria, Feverfew, and Beauty Berry Branch.
The Alstroemeria were die cut using white card stock. The colors I sponged on are Altenew Snapdragon and Grapevine inks. For the burgundy lines, I used the Arteza A164 fine line pen. The flowers were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit. The tall stamens were cut in half and burgundy pollen added to the tips.
The Feverfew flowers were assembled, the small yellow centers added, then yellow pollen added. The Beauty Berry Bush branches were die cut from white card stock, sponged green and burgundy berries added.
I used Becca Feeken's Candlewick Rectangle die set from Spellbinders for the white doily behind the arrangement.
Following the measurements Susan posted on her blog, I prepared all the pieces needed to assemble the Concertina Card. When these were all cut, I went to her Garden Club Facebook video and followed along to assemble the card.
Susan's instructions are very easy to follow. I hope you will give this fun card a try. Any of Susan's Garden Notes flowers will be beautiful on the front.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
I had a pretty piece of embossed design card stock with daisies I have been wanting to use for a long time. Today I decided to create some of Susan's Garden Notes Shasta Daisies in her Pottery Pitcher to go on this card stock.
I die cut a thin black frame and glued it to the front of the card and scored around the edges of the daisy square.
A white oval was die cut to place behind the arrangement. I'm not sure that was needed, as most of it is covered with the arrangement.
Susan's Garden Notes Watering Can die set used for the container. It was die cut using white card stock and several colors of ink used to color it. It was attached with several pieces of dimensional tape in the center and glue dots at the bottom edges.
The flowers were die cut using the Garden Notes Shasta Daisy die set.
Behind the flowers I used a small leaf branch, for a filler.
The sentiment is a stamp from Altenew.
Sunday, July 12, 2020
On Susan's Garden Club Facebook LIVE video a few weeks ago, she demonstrated how to create an Envelope Box Card. There are many ways to decorate an envelope Box Card. I hope you will watch Susan's video and create a pretty card for someone special in your life.
I created my Envelope Box Card using a piece of pink card stock for the envelope and a piece of design paper from my stash, with roses, to decorate it. For the lacy die cut design, I used the Spellbinders Candlewick Petticoats Etched die set by Becca Feeken. A stamped verse, from my stash, was used and die cut with a fancy die, then added using dimensional tape. There are pink butterflies in the design paper, so I added a larger butterfly near the dimensional rose.
For the dimensional rose, I used Susan's Garden English Rose die set to try and duplicate the roses in the design paper. Behind the rose are a couple branches of the Garden Notes Beauty Berry branches. Susan's die cut lady bug was added to one of the leaves.
An Envelope Box Card is a great way to include a small gift or gift card.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
I love to create Susan's Garden Notes Lilacs. This week on Susan's Garden Club LIVE Facebook video, she showed us a different way to color the lilac petals. She colored them on the back side, while they were still in the die, using a dark purple marker. The ink soaked through to give a light purple coloring on the front. They look so realistic. This information is in the second portion of the Swing Card Video.
I used Becca Feeken's Candlewick Oval die set from Spellbinders for the raised panel for this pretty lilac. The design paper is from a Stamperia design paper pad.
Many of you have been asking when Susan's new Garden Notes release from Spellbinders will be released. She announced it will be the first of September. We are all very excited to see what beautiful flowers she will have for us to work with this Fall.
Friday, July 10, 2020
While we are waiting for Susan's new Garden Notes release from Spellbinders, she has been showing us some fun ideas for creating unique card shapes and fun backgrounds for our floral arrangements. This week she demonstrated how to create a Swing Card that is perfect for small bouquets. You can see this video at this LINK.
I followed Susan's directions for the shape of the card. This is a very easy card to create following her instructions. I decorated by card using her Garden Notes Coreopsis and Maidenhair Fern die sets. The butterfly and design paper are from my stash. The sentiment is a stamp from GinaK Designs. A few brown sticky back pearls were used to complete the design.
Below are some photos of the card when opened.
This was such a fun card to create. I hope you will go over and get the instructions on Susan's Garden Club LIVE video on Facebook and give it a try.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Monday, June 8, 2020
Today I wanted to create a Lupine, which I haven't work with for a while.
This is a 6x6 inch card. I used design paper from the Stamperia Lilac Flower pad for the background.
Using Susan's Garden Notes Lupine/Bluebonnet die set, one pink Lupine was created.
The Garden Notes Pom Pom Dahlia die set used to create the yellow dahlia.
In the design paper, there was a lilac. I used Susan's smallest Garden Notes Lilac die set and die cut flowers, shaped them, and glued them over the lilac in the design paper.
One of Susan's Ladybugs was die cut, colored and shaped. It is on the leaf of the Pom Pom Dahlia.
I love to create my own backgrounds for the flowers I create, but sometimes it is fun to see what you can do with flowered design paper.
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Today I was going through all my Susan's Garden Note die sets and found her Coreopsis (#1008) die set. This was one of her first sets when she was with ECD. The flower has individual petals. Also used for this arrangement are the Garden Notes Ladder Fern, Berry Branch and Ivy. They were all placed in the Garden Notes Galvanized Bucket.
I did a search on Pinterest and found this picture of a coreopsis. It is different from any other variety I have created with Susan's die sets so challenged myself to create it.
The petals and calyx were die cut out of yellow card stock. The middle petals of the flower are orange down at the base, so I sponged orange ink at the base of a small group of petals. The petals have a ruffle look to them. In order to achieve this, I lightly misted the petals with water the crinkled the ends of the petals between my fingers - accordion style. Since this flower has individual petals, it has a calyx die cut piece to glue to petals to in order to create the flower. When die cutting the calyx, die cut two for each flower. I will explain down in this tutorial.
To form the flower, begin by gluing petals to every other point in the calyx. Use the yellow petals for the lower portion of the flower. The orange ones are to be used in the center.
Glue petals in the other points of the calyx between the first petals glued on. Keep adding petals, alternating between petals, until you have a pretty full flower - about four rows.
In this picture you can see two calyx. The one on the right has been cut from the outside edge toward the center between each of the points and down the center of each point, to make it frilly. The one on the left has not been cut. I hope you can see the difference.
Glue the frilly calyx in the center of the flower. Add a puddle of glue in the center of the calyx.
Add yellow pollen down on the glue in the center of the flower.
Use yellow Prills to glue to the top edge of the calyx in the center of the flower. Pick up a Prill, drip it in glue, and place on the edge, going around adding Prills all around the edge of the calyx. Push the flower petals up toward the center to create a full flower. Since there are single petals, if you need to add more petals in the body of the flower, for fullness, you can add glue to the base and push them in.
This is a close up of the finished Coreopsis.
I know a lot of you have some or even all of Susan's die sets, from years past. I hope, if you have this die set, that it inspires you create flowers with it.
Saturday, June 6, 2020
In Susan's Facebook Live Video, this week, she created blue poppies and mentioned that there are several varieties of these flowers. I have never seen a blue poppy so I did a search to see some of the other varieties. The one I created for this card is different from the one Susan created in her video.
Here is a picture of the blue poppy I wanted to create. The center is similar to a magnolia. I looked through my Garden Notes die sets to find the dies needed to create this particular variety.
The small square in the upper right corner of this card was die cut using the Spellbinders, Amazing Grace, Adoria Square Shadow Box Frame die set. The panel under the die cut window was created using Distress Inks.
To create the poppies, the Garden Notes Poppy die set was used. Petals were die cut from 90# white card stock. Blue ink was sponged at the base of the petals, and around the very edge of each petal. They were shaped and the two layers glued together.
Two of the 'wagon wheel' die cuts were used for each flower. They were die cut using a very light green card stock. Each protrusion was cut in half to make it frilly. Yellow Pollen was added to tips. The two pieces were glued together, alternating the points to create a full stamen. This piece was glued into the center of the poppy. Use a medium ball stylus to push down in the center on your molding mat to help 'cup' it.
Using the Garden Notes Magnolia die set, the large center piece was die cut using light green card stock. The very top edge was cut down to make it frilly. These fringes were fluffed out. The ball stylus was used to create a bowl (which will be one half of the center). Glue was added around the ball portion of this die cut and two pieces glued together. Allow to dry then. Add glue to the fringed tips and dip in yellow pollen. Once this piece is dry, cut off about 1/3 from the bottom. The original die cut piece is a little too tall for the poppy. Add glue to the bottom of this piece and place in the center of the poppy.
Susan always shows us very detailed instructions on her Videos on how to create her flowers. I have learned all those techniques from her, but I also like the challenge of looking at a picture and recreating it when there are different varieties of the same flower.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
I have a 12x12" Stamperia design paper pad called Lilac Flowers. This pad has a lot of beautiful papers that I almost hated to cut up, but I brought myself to cut one of the sheets to create this beautiful background for Susan's Garden Notes Pom Pom Dahlias.
This is a 6" square card. I cut the design paper down to fit on the front of the card and used a Zutter Distresser to distress the edges of it. It was layered on two shades of purple card stock.
Three Garden Notes Pom Pom Dahlias were created and attached to the lower right corner. Dahlia leaves were attached under the flowers. I have a tutorial on my blog at this LINK on how I created the Pom Pom Dahlias. The design paper has enough design, that I felt nothing else was needed to complete the card.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
It is daffodil time, and is easy to create beautiful daffodils using Susan's Garden Notes Daffodil die set to create springtime cards.
For the background I used red and orange Distress Inks to create a marbled background.
A large rectangle die was used to die cut an opening in a piece of white card stock to create a window. The edges were taped off and sprayed with an orange ink. This piece was glued over the colored background.
Three daffodils were created using the Garden Notes Daffodil die set. Susan's Bouquet Stems die was used for the stems. The leaves were die cut using white card stock and green ink sponged on. They were lightly spritzed with water and shaped. A piece of brown card stock was used to create the ground for the flowers.
A small rectangle die was used to die cut a small white rectangle to fit inside the large die cut rectangle. One of Susan's old verse stamps was used for the sentiment. This piece was added to the center of the large die cut opening, using dimensional tape. A black pearl was added to the corner of this small rectangle.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
Today I designed a card using Susan's Garden Notes Hydrangea die set. Three hydrangeas were created on the card, then stems drawn on with a colored pencil. Light blue PanPasrtel was sponged on behind the hydrangea branch.
If you need help in knowing how to create the Hydrangea, you can watch Susan's Garden Club Video on Facebook at this Link.
Susan will have a new die release in September through Spellbinders. She will not only have Garden Notes die sets but other products, including a new Tool Kit. When the new products are released, I will have links to all products used.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
I love creating the Pom Pom Dahlia using Susan's Garden Notes Dahlia die set. It is a rainy day without much to do, so I created dahlias in a variety of colors. The true colors are not showing up very well in photos today. For each flower, I die cut the petals out of white card stock and sponged on ink. The two lower petals on each flower is a light color, then a slightly darker color on the next two layers of petals, and a darker shade in the very middle. For the white dahlia, all the petals are white except the two smaller size petals in the center - an very light yellow was used for the next to smallest petals, and a very light green ink used on just one of the very smallest petals. By lightly spritzing the petals with water just before shaping, the rolled shape will hold. Be sure to let the petals dry thoroughly before gluing the layers together so you don't lose the shape.
For my first card, I used a yellow, red, and orange pom pom dahlia.
The sentiment is a Tonic Studio die. I don't remember where I got the lacy die cut behind the flowers.
Friday, May 22, 2020
I watched a YouTube video by Sam Calcott UK - Mixed Up Craft, at this LINK where she created a Inter-Lock Concertina Card. I was intrigued by this card design and tried to duplicate it. Of course, I wanted to decorate the front with flowers created with Susan's Garden Notes dies.
I found a piece of design paper by Heartfelt Creations (from years ago) with small purple flowers in the design. The flowers looked like asters. I wanted to duplicate the same flowers for the center panel on the front of the card. I was happy with how well the flowers match the design paper.
I followed the directions on the video to create the Inter-Lock Double Concertina Card. I used a stamp and a die from my stash to decorate the inside. The card folds flat for mailing.
This is a view of the card, when looking down from the top. I think it will be a fun card for my friend to receive.
If you like to create different shaped card, I think you will have fun working with this design.
Friday, May 15, 2020
I have a confession to make. I created gerbera daisies and posted the card here on by blog a few days ago. When I started to write up the blog post, I realized I had not added one of the die cuts for the center of the flower. The glue had dried on the flowers, and I could not pull the centers out to add the largest die cut pieces. Since I had gone that far with the post, I went ahead and published that post. Someone asked if I had written up a tutorial on how to create the white gerberas, so I created more white gerberas and have a tutorial for you on this post. Susan's Garden Notes Gerbera Daisy die set was used to create these flowers.
To create each flower, three layers of petals were used - two of one die cut and one of the other, which was placed in the center. Also I die cut three each of the three pieces for the center for each flower (called floral disc). I wasn't sure I would need that many, but I would always like to have too many pieces die cut than to have to go back and die cut more once I start assembling my flowers. I save any pieces not used in a little container for future use. All the pieces were die cut out of white card stock except the smallest pieces for the very center -- charcoal gray card stock was used for those die cuts.
Using Tim Holtz fine tip scissors, each of the spokes on the center die cuts (all 3 sizes) were cut in half to give a frilly appearance when shaped. I ended up using three of the largest and smallest die cuts for the center and only two of the middle die cuts.
This is how the flower looked after the two white disk florets were added. Press down in the center, with the ball stylus on the molding mat, to cup the flower. Add glue to the bottom of the gray die cuts and glue in the center. Fluff up the white florets around the gray centers.
These flowers are one of my favorite daisies. They come in many beautiful colors. I hope this tutorial helps you so you can create them for your projects.