Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Spring Wreath


This morning I watched Susan's Garden Club LIVE Facebook video and she challenged us to create a wreath using her die sets.

I created this wreath with Susan's Garden Club Square Wreath.  Two wreaths were die cut and glued together.  

In the center of the wreath,  Suzanne Cannon's 'Spring' sentiment was die cut using the die from her A Way With Words, 4 Seasons die set.  

A purple and white Spider mum and bud were created using the Garden Notes Spider Mum die set.  This flower was attached to the lower left corner of the wreath.

Six dogwood flowers were created using the Garden Notes Dogwood die set.  Three dogwoods were attached above the spider mum and three below.

In the background, four Garden Club Maidenhair Ferns were die cut out of white card stock and sponged with green ink.  The leaves were shaped with the leaf tool and leaves pinched to give them dimension.

Susan designed  four beautiful wreaths in her video today, with complete instructions on how each were created.  I hope you will watch her video, join in on the challenge,  and post your wreath on the 'Susan's Garden Club Budding Paper Gardeners' Facebook page.  

Monday, March 9, 2020

Pink Pansies

Yesterday I saw pretty pink and purple pansies at the store and decided to come home and create some with Susan's Garden Notes Pansy die set.

The pansies were die cut  using white card stock. A bright pink marker was used to color the petals pink.  Strokes were made from the base of the petal out to the edge so there is a white border around the petal.  A dark purple marker was used to add color the the side and bottom petals.  The petals were glued together.  In the center of the pansy there was a small yellow center.  I used a small round punch and used that small circle for the center.  It was colored yellow with a dot of yellow/orange in the very center.  It was glued in the center of the pansy.  Two pansy buds were created.

Also added to the bouquet are two Brunnera, Ostrich Fern and Ivy, all die cut using Susan's die sets.  Susan's Galvanized Bucket was die cut using white card stock and colored using Nuvo embellishment mousse.  The Dragon Fly was die cut from dies in one of the Tonic Craft Kits.  

Friday, March 6, 2020

Just A Note

I watched a YouTube Video that Louise Sims did using the Tonic Studios Just For You Tri-Fold die set.  I was very impressed with the cards she created and made a comment.  To my surprise, I received a message from Louise that I was her YouTube giveaway winner.  Thank you so much Louise -  I love this die set.

The die set can be used for many different types of cards, including a tri-fold card. But you know me, I always have to add a pretty dimensional flower to my cards and didn't use the tri-fold for this card.  I love the tri-fold and will be creating more cards with this die set.

I used the large die in the die set and die cut the 'Just' sentiment into a piece of Tonic Speciality Card Embossed Silver card stock.  This is a brushed silver card. Behind the die cut design, I glued on a piece of darker purple card stock.  This silver piece was attached to a piece of 5 3/4' Tonic Speciality Card Lilac Waves card stock.  

 Next I used the 'a note' die and die cut that sentiment out of the Lilac Waves card stock.  This die has a larger die to cut the frame.  I used a darker purple card stock for this frame.  The two pieces were glued together and attached with dimensional tape below the die cut 'Just'.  On each side of the  center piece, two narrow strips of the Embossed Silver card stock was added.

Around the 'Just' sentiment, there are die cut flowers.  The petals and leaves were raised up.  In the die set there are  additional dies for flowers.  Two of each size of the flowers were shaped and glued together to create dimensional flowers.  In the center of these flowers, a drop of pink Nuvo glitter drops was added. 

For the large dimensional flowers, Susan's Garden Club Pom Pom Dahlia and Beauty Berry die sets were used.  An open dahlia and bud were created.  Four Beauty Berry Bush branches were die cut and small very pale pink flowers added.  In the center of each little flower, a purple Prill was glued in. 

Thank you Louise for this great die set.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Fomarian Lilacs

Today I am posting a card I made for my dear friend, Eva, who lives in the Netherlands.  She sends me Fomarian and told me she would love to have a card made with Foamiran Lilacs.  I love creating this flower with the Foamiran.  I cannot get a picture with the true color of this flower -- it is a beautiful purple, just like a French Lilac.  

To create the lilac, I used Susan's Garden Notes Lilac die set and die cut a lot of the small flowers, using lavender Foamiran.  You can fold the Foamiran and die cut 4 or 5 sheets at one time.  I pressed the center of each flower down onto a piece of thin wire.  The flowers should be very close together.  Using a sponge dauber, dark purple ink was sponged over the edges of the petals, going both directions so that both the top and bottom of the petals are colored.

To shape the petals, the little flower was picked up with self closing tweezers and pressed against a hot iron for about 5 seconds.   This will cause the petals to curl in, down toward the iron.  

Once the little flower is heated, it is pressed down into an old flower molding mat to cup it.  Leave the little flowers cupped in the mat until cooled so they hold their shape.  This causes holes down in the molding mat, so that is why you want to use an old one.  Even though pressing down the flower in the mat causes holes, it can be used many more times for future flowers that need to be pressed down and held to cool.  Once the flowers have cooled, you can just brush them off the mat.

I have done something different than Susan, when she create her lilacs.  She uses two of the die cut lilac/stem die cuts to create her flower because it helps to hold a domed shape.  I found that by die cutting only one base and a 1 1/4' circle for each flower, it is easier to keep a high dome for the lower portion of the flower.  This was an experiment and I found it easier to use the circles for a higher dome, but either way, you can create a beautiful lilac.

Color the lilac base green, and the circles the color of the lilacs.  Use the large ball stylus and dome the circles.  Add glue around just the edges of the circles and attach to the base.  Allow these pieces to dry before proceeding.

I used Aileen's Clear Tacky Glue to attach the flowers to the lilac base. I found this glue holds the Fomarian well and was easier to use than the hot glue gun.  Spread about half the base with kind of a thick layer of glue, then using tweezers, start adding the little flowers.  You can move (slide) the flowers together with the tweezers to cover the base well.  

Add glue in sections and completely cover the lilac base.  Allow all the the glue to dry on the lilacs.  There will still be areas you want to add more flowers.  Add a small amount of glue to your work mat and dip the bottom of a flower in the glue, then press it down in the lilac to fill in spaces and or add more fullness.  On my card, I have one flower that is laying on top of another lilac, so I added the small flowers to the bottom (underside) portion, at the tip, of that flower.  I did not add flowers to the underside of the flowers that were glued down on the card.

The corners on the white die cut piece under the flowers was die cut using an old Marianne Designs die.  The flowers were arranged in the middle of this piece.  A purple silk bow was made and attached across the stems of the flowers.  Pearls were added for an additional accent.  

In case you missed it, I have another Fomarian Lilac tutorial at this LINK.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Bachelor Buttons

This card was designed using Susan's Garden Notes Bachelor Button, Baby's Breath, Ivy, and Bushel Basket die sets.  Susan recently did a video on her Susan's Garden Club Facebook Live page at this LINK, to show how to assemble the bachelor buttons.

The bushel basket was die cut using a brown pearl cardstock and then different colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse were rubbed over the surface to give it some texture.  

Two stems of baby's breath were die cut and the small white flowers attached.  The two branches were cut apart to arrange behind the flowers.  

Some ivy was die cut, colored and cut apart to arrange at the bottom of the bouquet.

Butterflies from my stash were added to complete the card.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Bouquet in Gathering Basket

In Susan's last FaceBook Susan's Garden Club Live video, she showed us how to assemble the Bachelor's Button.  This is a flower I have not made for a while and was happy to see the tips she gives us in creating it.

 Today I created a pretty bouquet of lilacs, pom pom dahlias, Beauty Berry Bush, and Bachelor Buttons in Susan's Gathering Basket.  All the flowers and the basket were created using Susan's die sets.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Prairie Roses

Today I worked with Susan's Garden Notes Prairie Rose die set and some Foamiran to create these flowers.  I am not real happy with my work creating the roses, but thought I would go a head and create a card with them.  With a little more practice, I think they will be perfect! 

The petals were die cut out of white Foamiran.  First a light pink ink was sponged on the ends of the petals then a bright pink sponged on the edges.   The petals were shaped then glued together using hot glue. Two buds were created using five flower petals. The leaves were die cut using light green Foamiran.   They were sponged with a dark green ink and highlighted with red ink.  The stamens were created using some small white stamens. I used a yellow marker to color the stamen and a rusty brown marker to color the tips.  A small round yellow stamen was used in the middle.  The small stamens were glued around the yellow stamen.  I had to cut the flowers apart -- 2 petals in one piece and 3 petals in the other.  They were glued around the stamen.  To create the stems, I heated, stretched, and rolled green Foamiran.  

I had fun working on these flowers, but want to create them again with Foamiran and see if I can make them perfect.

I love that we can use Susan's dies to create paper flowers but also use them for Foamiran flowers.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

English Roses in Framed Mirror

Today I created two decor pieces, using the same colors of English Roses, created with Susan's English Rose die set.  On the petals of the roses, I used Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Burnished Bronze, Tuscan Gold, and Mother of Pearl).   The mousse was placed on the craft mat and picked up with my finger then rubbed on the edges on slightly on the top of some of the petals.  It gave the roses an antique look.   The leaves were die cut using white card stock, sponged green, then edged with Burnished Bronze Embellishment Mousse.  

A leafy branch die was used to die cut three branches, using white card stock.  Nuvo Mother of Pearl Embellishment Mousse was rubbed over the leaves.  

The leafy branches and roses were attached to the mirror.  

This is a second one made with the same color of roses.  I added some off white pearls over the leafy branches.   

These pieces are being sent to a friend who is moving into a new home.

(It was hard to photograph these pieces without getting myself in the mirror behind the arrangement.)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Flowering Trees of Spring

I am so tired of snow so wanted to think about Spring.  Today I created my card using Susan's Flowering Trees of Spring die set.  

The branch was die cut using brown card stock.  Cut two branches and glue them together for strength.

The flower petals were die cut using white card stock to create 8 flowers and 3 buds.  Leaves were also die cut using white card stock.  Light pink ink was sponged lightly around the tips of the flower petals. The two die cut petal pieces were glued together to form the flower.   The stamens were die cut with yellow card stock and a light green marker  used to color the base.  The stamen pieces were cut down the center of each stamen to make them thinner.  A small dot of ink was added to the tips and then dipped into Susan's Yellow Pollen.  The stamen was then rolled and glued into the center of the flower.  The tree buds were created by using the two die pieces for the flower.  The petals were lightly sponged with light pink ink.  On the outside of the three petal die cut, a bright pink ink was sponged at the base.  A small pearl was used to create the round shape of the bud.  First the two petal die cut was hot glued around the bead, then the three petal die cut, with the bright pink inked side on the outside, was glued around the two petal die cut.  Pinch the petals close together to form the bud.  The leaves were detailed with the leaf tool, sponged with green ink, then shaped.  

The background on this card is a piece of design paper from the Tonic Studios Craft Perfect Blue Blossom 6x6 pad.  The Tonic Classic Quatrefoil die was die cut using white card stock and attached to the top portion of the card.  

Suzanne Cannon's A Way With Words 4-Seasons die set was used to die cut the Sentiment.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Dogwoods and Butterfly

I am thinking Spring!   Today I used one of Susan's older die sets and sentiment stamp set to create this card.

This is a 6x6 inch card.   To create the background, green, blue and purple Distress Inks were sponged onto a piece of white card stock.  The edges were scored for a finished appearance.

Susan's Garden Notes  Dogwood die set was used to create the dogwoods.  One of Susan's Grapevine Wreaths was die cut, sponged with two shades of brown ink, then cut a part to create the branches behind the flowers.  

The butterfly was die cut from one of the dies in the Tonic Craft Kit #29.  Color was sponged on and a black marker used to define details.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Columbines & Daisies

Today I designed a card using Susan's Garden Club Columbine die set and an older Shasta Daisy die set.  

The background was created using the Spellbinders Vine metal foil plate with the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Machine.  The Sentiment  was die cut using one of Suzanne Cannon's A Way With Words dies.  A few Nuvo Pink tutu Sequins were added around the arrangement.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Foamiran Hydrangea

It is fun to create Susan's flowers using Foamiran.  They are easy to shape and look so realistic.  Today I have a Hydrangea created using Susan's Garden Club Lacecap Hydrangea die set.  Instead of using the flower base in the die set, I used a die cut 2-inch circle, using 120 lb card stock.  Shape the circle in a dome.  All the flowers were die cut using white Foamiran and removed from the die plate.  A small sponge dauber was used to add light blue and purple ink to the petals.  The sponge dauber was loaded with ink and pressed down on each die cut flower.  Approximately half of each one was blue and half purple.  Both sides of the die cut flower was inked.  Once colored, each flower was placed against a hot iron, holding it with tweezers.  You only need to hold it on the iron for a second or two.  The petals touching the iron curled inward shaping it perfectly.  Don't press down in the center like you do the lilac, because you want a more open flower.  Add Aileens Clear Tacky Glue to a small portion of the die cut circle and add the flower petals.  Repeat until the entire dome is covered.  Allow to dry and then you can bend the flower to round it out more.  Add three dimensional pads to the center of the flower to attach to the card.  

The background was die cut using a die from the Tonic Craft Kit #29.  The sentiment is foiled using one of the Spellbinders Everyday Sentiment II metal plates and the Spellbinder Glimmer  Foiling Machine.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Forever Friends

Today I have a card designed using Susan's Garden Club Spider Mum and Heleborus die sets.  

The background is a piece of patterened paper from Tonic Studios.  The butterfly was die cut using one of the dies in the Tonic Craft Kit 29.  

The Sentiment was foiled using the Amazing Grace Elegant Affirmation Sentiments metal plates/die and the Spellbinders Glimmer Foiling Machine.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Just to Say Spider Mum

I love creating spider mums with Susan's Garden Club die sets from Tonic Studios.
Today I used one of the Tonic Studio's 5x7" Ivory White Card Blanks for the card base.  The Tonic Studios Deco Diamond Patterned Panel was used for the die cut background.  

Use the Garden Club die Spider Mum die set and die cut the flower petals using white card stock.

Using a small sponge dauber, sponge pink ink on the upper half of the flower petals.  Sponge on both sides of the petals.  I used Nuvo Diamond Hybrid Ink pads

Using a different small sponge dauber, sponge dark purple on the very tips of all the petals on both the front and back.  Use the Leaf Tool from  Susan's Tool Kit  and draw a line down the center of each flower petal, starting from the base of the petal and drawing down to the tip.  If you don't put your hand on the die cut,  each petal will curl up and shape.  Do this step on Susan's Leaf Pad.  Once all the petals have been shaped with the Leaf Tool, use the ball stylus to cup the petals. Assemble the mum using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.   Create two Spider Mum buds.  If you need help in learning how to assemble any of Susan's flowers, you can go to her Susan's Garden Live Videos on Facebook. 

You can add as many petals as you wish to create the Spider Mum for the fullness you want.  You usually begin with 4 or 5 of the largest petals the build toward the center.  

Behind the Spider Mum I added to of the Garden Club Beauty Berry Bush die cut.  The berries were created using Nuvo Crushed Grape Crystal Drops.  

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Flowers for a Special Friend

Today I have a basket of dahlias and lilacs for a special friend.

For the lattice background I used the Tonic Studios Classic Quatrefoil die.  It was die cut using white card stock and attached to the front of a purple card front.  I used the Nuvo Adhesive Tape Runner to add adhesive to the back of the Quatrefoil die cut.  Once you attach it to the front of the card, you can use your fingers to rub off any extra  adhesive that shows through the die cut design. 

The Garden Club Gathering Basket was die cut, colored and attached to the bottom of the card using Tonic's Craft Perfect Adhesive Pads in the center.  Around the edge of the basket I used the Nuvo Tape Runner and pressed it down well.  The top of the basket was left open to insert the flowers. 

The Garden Club Pom Pom Dahlia die set was used to die cut 8 sets of petals, using white card stock.  I always like to prepare a lot of petals at one time, even if I don't need all of them for the project I am working on.  

Using Nuvo bright pink hybrid ink, the center of all the petals were sponged on both the front and back.  Leave the tips of the petals white.

Once all the petals were sponged with the bright pink ink, Nuvo Hybrid dark purple ink was sponged on, leaving some of the pink showing toward the tips.  Next all the petals were shaped and assembled.  On this card there are 2 large mums, 1 medium and 2 buds.

Using an older Garden Notes die set, lilacs were created.  Light purple card stock was die cut and the edges of the petals were sponged with Nuvo Hybrid dark purple ink.  

To assemble the arrangement, an ECD leafy branch was die cut and placed in the basket, then the lilacs.  The dahlias were attached using dimensional glue dot then the dahlia buds added.  

The sentiment and butterfly are from the the Tonic Craft Kit #29.  


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