Friday, November 15, 2019

Echinacea and Cattails


This week on Susan's Garden Club Live video on Facebook, she demonstrated how to assemble echinacea and how to create cattails.  She inspired me to create this card. 

Currently Susan's Garden Club die sets are not available right now, but Susan will be announcing soon when they will be in stock.  

For the background, I used the Tonic Classic Quatrefoil die set to die cut the design in the upper portion of the white card stock.  Behind it I attached a piece of card stock I created using Brusho Powders.  

After watching Susan's video, I created the four cattails.  Using the Garden Club Japanese Painted Fern die sets, four ferns were die cut and colored.  The berry branch from the new Holly & Berries die set was used to create two berry branches.  For the berries I used Nuvo Ripened Pumpkin Crystal Drops then while the berries were still wet, I added a small drop of Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops. The berries were allowed to dry before cutting the branches in smaller pieces to add behind the flowers.  The flowers were created with the Garden Club Echinacea die sets.  

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lacecap Hydrangea and Pom Pom Dahlias



Today I worked with Susan's Garden Club Lacecap Hydrangea, Pom Pom Dahlia, Brunnera and Japanese Painted Fern die sets from Tonic Studios.




To create the background I decided to work with Nuvo Mousse.  This is a new product to me and I am having fun working with it.  To start with, I used the Tonic Twisting Circles Stencil to add just a little solid color.  I used the Nuvo Boatyard Blue Mousse.  In the picture you see a small jar of the mousse -- I received this jar in one of the Tonic Craft Kits, but it is available in a large size.   Using the Nuvo Spatula, I put a small amount on the Tonic Glass Mat, used the Nuvo Spray Bottle and spritzed  water into it to make it thin enough to paint with.  I used one of the Nuvo Paint Brushes and painted an area in the middle.  I could have used the spatula to add the mousse without diluting it, but wanted to try something different.   I took the stencil off and put in water right away so the mousse wouldn't dry on it.   Next, I used the paint brush to pick up some of the mousse and tapped it against my finger to create splaters on the card stock.  As it ended up, the portion of the background that had the stenciled design is covered up with the flowers.

For the tag for the sentiment, one of the die frames in the Tonic Craft Kit 25 dies was used.  The sentiment is one of Susan's old sentiment stamps.

Using the Garden Club die sets, the Lacecap Hydrangea, Pom Pom Dahlia, Brunnela, and Japanese Painted Ferns were die cut, colored, shaped and assembled.  If you need help in learning how to assemble Susan's flowers, you can watch her Live Videos which are on her Susan's Garden Club FaceBook page at this LINK.

To finish the card, I created three bees using Nuvo Crystal Drops. Susan explained how to do this on her last video.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Maroon Pom Pom Dahlias


Today I created six macroon Pom Pom Dahlias using Susan's Garden Notes  Dahlia die set from Tonic Studios. You can click on the link below that says "Image Available Soon" to purchase any of Susan's Garden Club die sets.  I created one card using  three of the dahlias using a beautiful background die from Tonic Studios.   I wasn't sure if I liked the arrangement, so using the other three flowers, created a second card with the same die cut background.    I decided to post both cards.  


The card stock used for the background is the Tonic Speciality Luxury Embossed Card -Cinnamon Silk.  I placed the Tonic Vibrant Damask die onto a piece of  the Tonic Cinnamon Silk card stock so it die cut toward the top.  Behind the die cut design I added a piece of Tonic Ivory card stock then layered onto a piece of Tonic Maroon Red card stock.  When I added the die cut piece, I used the Nuvo Deluxe adhesive and added small dots of glue around on the die cut design so it would lay nice and flat.

The Beauty Berry Bush branches were die cut using white card stock and Nuvo Safari Green Ink was sponged on both the front and back of the die cuts.  Nuvo Plum Pudding Crystal Drops were used for the berries.  The branches were shaped and placed on the card then three of the Maroon Pom Pom Dahlias were added.  I like to create my flowers right on the Tonic Glass Mat.  I start with the bottom petals and keep adding layers.  Some of the glue will stick to the glass mat and holds the flower in place until all layers are added.  I used the scrapper in the Tim Holtz Media Tool Set to gently remove the flower.  The glass mat cleans up really easily by just using a baby wipe.  

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Orange and White Floral Arrangement


Today I used Susan's Pom Pom Dahlia, Hellebrous, Berry Branch, Japanese Painted Fern and Galvanized Bucket die sets to design this card.

For the background, I wanted to do something different.  I used the Nuvo Solar Flare and Cherry Bomb Shimmer Powders on Watercolor Paper.  First I used the Nuvo Fine Mist Spray Bottle and spritzed water on the paper, then lightly tapped the Shimmer Powders onto the paper.  Do not squeeze the bottle because a lot will come out and you only need a very small amount - just tap the bottle with your finger.  Then I spritzed the powder again until it was all wet.  I also have the Brusho powders and used the orange on top of the Shimmer Powders.  I love what a beautiful background the Nuvo Shimmer Powders give you.  

The Galvanized Bucket was die cut using Tonic Steel Diamonds Luxury Embossed Card Stock.  Nuvo Grey Matter Embellishment Mousse was lightly rubbed over the embossed design, using my finger.

The Japanese Painted Fern die set was used to die cut a bunch of ferns.  To make the background for the arrangement full looking, I glued 7 or 8 ferns in the bucket.

The Holly and Berries die set was used to die cut two berry stems.  Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops were used to create the berries.  The stems were cut apart to place behind the flowers.

Two Hellebrous and three Pom Pom Dahlias were created using Susan's Garden Club die sets for this arrangement.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Purple Flowers & Ladybugs



I love creating purple flowers.  Today I have an arrangement of Susan's Garden Club Echinacea, Spider Mums, Butterfly Bush, and Brunnera and Fern.

This is a 6-inch card.  A piece of gray card stock was used for the background.  I pulled out a brick wall stencil, from my stash, and used the Nuvo Soft Truffle Embellisnment Mousse to create the bricks.  Working on the Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat, I used a Nuvo Media Spatula to take out the Mousse and soften it on the mat, then spread it over the design in the stencil.  The Mousse spreads like butter and is so fun to work with.  Once all the bricks in the stencil were covered, I used the side of the spatula to tap up and down for a textured appearance. Carefully remove the stencil. You need to put the stencil in water immediately so the mousse doesn't dry on it,  and wash the spatula.  I used the Nuvo Spray Bottle to spritz water on the glass mat and wiped up any left over mousse that I couldn't pick up and put back in the jar of mousse.  I let this piece dry while I worked on the flower arrangement.

This card did not take me long to create because I had the pieces die cut out of white card stock and had them all colored and shaped ready to assemble.  When I work with a die set, I usually will die cut enough pieces to complete a lot of flowers, then work in an assemble line to color and shape.  I then store the pieces for each flower in a small box, ready to assemble.

I used the Garden Notes Japanese Painted Fern die set to add foilage behind all the flowers.  I only colored the fern green, leaving off the magenta on the stems.  The flowers on the card include echinacea (coneflower), spider mum, buddleia (butterfly bush), and brunnera.  For the ladybugs, Susan's Stems and Ladybug die set was used.  Right now, Susan's die sets can only be purchased from Create & Craft.  

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Echinacea



Today I have a card designed using Susan's Echinacea die set.  

The card is a 6-inch card base.  A piece of the Tonic Emerald Hessian Luxury Embossed Card stock was attached to the top of the card.

The Garden Notes Gathering Basket and Galvanizedd Bucket die set was used to die cut one Bucket.  Die cut the bucket out of silver card stock and stipple Tonic Mother of Pearl Embellisment Mousse over the surface to give it a galvanized appearance.

The Garden Club Japanese Painted Fern die set was used to die three ferns.  The Ferns were colored using Susan's PanPastels.

The Garden Club Echinacea die set was used to die cut pieces to create five flowers.  The petals were colored using yellow, yellow orange and hot pink inks.  The petals were glued together using the Tonic Deluxe Adhesive.  Two shades of brown card stock were used to die cut the tiny pieces for the center of the flower.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Just to Say



Today I used Susan's Garden Club Pom Pom Dahlia, Brunnera, and Beauty Berry Bush die sets from Tonic Studios.  Today Susan will be doing her LIVE Susan's Garden Garden Club Facebook Video.  She is back from Create and Craft and will be showing how to create more of her new release plus I am sure giving a lot of great ideas for creating background for your cards.  This video starts at 10:00 am EST.  

On this card I created score lines with the paper trimmer along the top and bottom of a piece of textured card stock.  It was attached to a black card base using the Tonic Tape Runner.

A circle layering die set was used to create a narrow white frame that was placed in the center of the background.  It was attached using the Tonic narrow Tape Runner.

The Tonic Studios sentiment was die cut using black card stock and attached in the die cut circle.

Susan's Beauty Berry Bush die set was used to die cut 5 branches.  The little flowers were die cut using Tonic Craft Perfect  Ballet Pink card stock.  They were attached using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

One Garden Notes Pom Pom Dahlia was created using Craft Perfect Ballet Pink card stock.

The Garden Notes Brunnera die set was used to die cut three branches of flowers.  Craft Perfect Cornflower Blue card stock used to die cut the tiny flowers.  You can watch Susan's Live videos for instructions on how to assemble her flowers.

I want to remind you that today the new Tonic Craft Kit will be revealed on Facebook.  I have links to the kit below.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

White Helleborus




I am still working on designing my Christmas cards.  Susan's Garden Club Hellebrous, Holly & Berries, and Galvanized Bucket die sets from Tonic Studios were used.

For the background I used the Tonic Golden Satin Luxury Embossed card stock.  I used the Tonic Dot and Drop Diamond Corner Die and then used Nuvo Bottle Bottle Green Crystal Drops for the Dots in the die cut corner.

Susan's Hellebrous die set used to die cut three white flowers.  The Holly & Berries die set used to die cut eight holly branches.  Three berry branches were die cut and Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops used for the berries.  Nuvo Crystal Glaze was used to make the holly leaves shiny.  Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive was used to assemble the flowers.

The Garden Club Gathering Basket and Galvanized Bucket die set used to die cut the Bucket using Tonic Steel Diamonds Luxury Embossed Card stock.  A Tonic Dimensional Foam Pad was placed behind the bucket then Tonic Adhesive Tape Runner used on sides and bottom to adhere to the bottom of the card.

The sentiment is from Suzanne Cannon's A Way With Words die set. 

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Orange Echinacea



Echinacea flowers come in many different colors.  Today I chose to create orange flowers using Susan's Garden Club Echinacea die set from Tonic Studios.  I usually like to die cut my flowers out of white card stock and color them, but for these I used orange card stock and lightly shaded the middle (at the base of the petals) with a bright pink ink. Different shades of brown card stock was used for the center of the flowers.  Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive was used to assemble the flowers.

The Garden Club Japanese Painted Fern die set was used to die cut 5 ferns.  Green was sponged on the leaves and Magenta PanPastel was sponged down the veins.  Susan's new PanPastels will be out soon.


For the background I used a piece of white card stock and brushed Burnished Bronze Embellishment Mousse on using the Nuvo Blending Brushes.  About 1/4 of the card stock was colored with Bronze then Nuvo Orange Blush Embellishment Mousse was brushed on the rest of this piece.  The Mousse give such a beautiful pearl sheen to the card stock.  Next I used an old embossing folder from my stash to emboss this piece.  Nuvo Chai Latte Embellishment Mousse was then lightly sponged across the raised embossed design.

For an added embellishment, I used the Tonic Mixed Edge Oval die set to cut a narrow frame.  I am not sure if this die set is still available.  Using my finger, I rubbed Nuvo Burnished Bronze Embellishment Mouse over the die cut oval to color it.  


The Burnished Bronze Oval was attached to the center of the background.  I used the Nuvo Adhesive Tape Runner to add adhesive to the back of this narrow frame.  This is how the background piece looked prior to adding the flowers and ferns.

A piece of black card stock, slightly larger than the decorated panel was distressed using the Tonic Distresser.  It was attached using Nuvo Adhesive Tape Runner.


Closeup of the Echinacea

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Pink and White Helleborus


Hellebrous or Christmas Rose, is such a pretty little flower. This flower comes in a large variety of colors.   I did a search and found a pretty 'Helleborus Double Ellen Collection' flower and decided to try to duplicate these flowers for my card.  I may not have added enough petals, but it is pretty close.

The background for this card is a piece of the Tonic Studio Speciality Paper Pewter Slates Cotton Papers.  I like the woven effect on this pretty paper.

Susan's Garden Club Gathering Bsasket and Galvanized Bucket die set was used for the container.  The basket was die cut using 100# card stock.  When you use a heavy weight card stock, the score lines show up very well.  Different shades of golden yellow and brown inks were used to color the basket.  It was attached to the bottom of the card by placing a Dimensional Foam Pad in the center and Tonic Deluxe Adhesive around the sides and bottom.  Be sure to leave the top open so you can add your flowers/leaves/branches.  

The Garden Club Beauty Berry Bush die set was used to die cut 5 branches.  I used white card stock and sponged on green ink.  The leaves were shaped using Susan's old Flower Tool Kit.  Susan's new Tonic Flower Tool Kit will be available soon.  The small flowers were die cut using light pink card stock and glued to the branches using Tonic Deluxe Adhesive.  These branches were arranged in the basket with three branches on the left side of the handle and two branches on the right of the handle.

The Garden Club Helleborus die set was used to create three flowers.  The flowers were attached over the Beauty Berry Bush branches.  The Helleborus leaves were die cut using white card stock and colored, shaped and glued around the flowers.

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Garden Club Floral Arrangement


When I create Susan's flowers, I usually create a lot at one time and work in an assembly line to complete them.    I love purple, and had a lot of purple flowers and decided to group them in one arrangement.  The Garden Notes die sets used for the flowers in this arrangement include:  Buddleia (Butterfly Bush), Brunnera, Columbine, Spider Mum, Echinacea, and Beauty Berry Bush die sets.  Nuvo  Bottle Green Crystal Drops were used on the top of the Buddleia and Nuvo Plum Pudding Crystal Drops used on the Beauty Berry Bush.

 For this card I worked with the Nuvo Misted Mauve Expanding Mousse to create a small background.
 

The Tonic Studio Petal Pattern Stencil was taped down on a piece of white card stock.  The Nuvo Misted Mauve Expanding Mousse was spread over the stencil.  The extra mousse was scraped off and put back in the jar.  The stencil was carefully taken off and placed in water right away to be cleaned.  Since this is expanding mousse, it can be heated with a heat tool and the appearance changes.  It raises up and almost appeared to have the appearance of felt.  It was very soft to the touch.  So fun to work with!


Once the Expanding Mousse was cooled off, I used one of the Tonic Eastern Oyster Layering Dies to die cut a decorative piece.   For a backing to this piece with the mousse, the die, one size larger was used for a solid lavender background.  These layers were attached to each other using Tonic Dimensional Pads.  

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Pink Pom Pom Dahlias



I love Pom Pom Dahlias.  This card was designed using Susan's Garden Club Pom Pom Dahlia, Japanese Painted Fern, and Galvanized Bucket die sets.



To create a background, I used a piece of white card stock and a variety of Nuvo Mousse to create a multicolored pearl background.  First, using a Nuvo Blending Bush, Burnished Bronze Embellishment Mousse was brushed across 1/2 of the card stock.  Next, French Rose Embellishment Mousse was brushed across the lower half.   I dipped the brush right into the jar of mousse and then brushed from side to side.  When you open the jar of mousse, be sure to cut around the edge of the tin foil and leave part of it attached so you can always push it back down over the mousse before closing the jar for storage.  This will prevent the mousse from drying out.  



Across the center of the card stock, Nuvo English Heather Embellishment  Mousse was brushed.  A small amount was also brushed at the top and at the bottom.  



This piece turned out beautiful, but decided to wanted to see what it would look like if I embossed it.


I used an old embossing folder from my stash to emboss a design.  Next I used the Nuvo Worn Linen Expanding Mousse to add a shine to the embossed areas.  A small amount of mousse was placed on my Tonic Glass Mat, then using my finger, I picked up a little mousse and lightly rubbed the mousse over the raised areas.  This really brought out the design.  

Using Susan's Galvanized Bucket & Gathering Basket die set, I die cut one bucket, using Tonic Speciality Card Steel Diamonds Luxury Embossed Card.  It was attach to the bottom of the card.  A piece of Tonic Dimensional Foam Pads was added to the center of the bucket then Deluxe Adhesive added around the sides and bottom of the bucket.

The Garden Notes Japanese Painted Fern die set was used to die cut 4 ferns, out of white card stock.  Green ink was sponged on the ferns, then Susan's new Magenta PanPastel was used down the stem and along the veins of the ferns.  Susan's new PanPastels will be out soon.

 I used Susan's Garden Club Pom Pom Dahlia die set and created three pink flowers.  They were shaped and attached over the ferns.

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Basket of Beauty Berry



Have you been excited to see all the new Garden Club die sets?  Today is the last day Susan will be on Create & Craft demonstrating her new release with Tonic Studios.  This new release is so addictive to work with.  Every die set is very easy to work with so you can create beautiful floral arrangements.  Currently you can only order your Garden Club die sets from Create & Craft.

For the design behind the arrangement, I used the Tonic  Classic Quatrefoil -Floral Blossoms die set.  This is one of my very favorite die sets for creating pretty backgrounds.

I really love the Beauty Berry Bush die set because you can create the branches with either beautiful purple berries or with light pink flowers. On these branches I used Nuvo Plum Pudding Crystal Drops.  These branches make a  beautiful filler behind a floral arrangement, but I also think look beautiful alone in Susan's new Gathering Basket.  The basket was die cut using white card stock and colored with several shades of brown ink.  Place a Dimensional Foam Pad under the basket (in the center) then use either the Deluxe Adhesive or the Adhesive Tape runner around the sides and bottom to attach to the card.  

A card like this could be used for just about any occassion.  

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