Sunday, July 31, 2011
Today I have created a box for you. The flowers and Leaves are from the Heartfelt Creations "Botanical Floral" (HCPC3406) and "Leaf Medley" (HCPC 3405) stamp sets. The butterfly used is a Cheery Lynn Designs "Exotic Butterfly Lg #2 (DL118).
The widest part across the butterfly wing measures 5.5" so is just perfect for using on a box or package. To create this butterfly, I layered a piece of ivory cardstock and a piece of design paper then attached the butterfly die with removable tape and ran it through my die cutting machine. I used the Cheery Lynn stainless steel plate which helps cut out all the intricate design. I removed all the cut-out pieces from the butterfly that was cut with the design paper, but did not remove those pieces from the cardstock. I ran the cardstock butterfly through my Xyron machine and attached it to another piece of cardstock so those pieces would stay attached. Scissors were used to cut around the shape of the butterfly. Scattered Straw Distress Ink was sponged over the ivory butterfly so it would be a nice contrast to the top piece. The two butterflies were attached just on the body. I really like how you can see all the detail of the butterfly on the bottom piece.
The top of the box was covered with a piece of Webster's Pages design paper. A Cheery Lynn "Italian Flourish" (DL103) was added to the center, then the butterfly was attached with dimensional tape. Large black Dew Drops were added to the body.
The flowers were created using the new Heartfelt Creations Botanical Florals. They were white embossed on ivory cardstock then cut out with matching Spellbinder dies "Rose Creations Shapeabilities". They were sponged to match the flower colors in the design paper. Punched stamens were added to the center of the flowers. The leaves were stamped with green ink, on green cardstock, and cut out with the matching Spellbinder "Foliage Shapeabilities". The flourish is the Cheery Lynn "Fanciful Flourish (B117). Around the side of the box I added a punched border created with the Martha Stewart "Monarch Butterfly Trim" punch. A black Dew Drop was added to each corner to complete the card.
As you know, all products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Today is my oldest granddaughter's birthday. Happy Birthday Ali. We can't believe she is now 18 and going off to college in a few weeks! We will be having a special dinner and party with her later today.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Today I received a package from Joan's Gardens and it included some of the new Cheery Lynn Designs dies. When I did a survey with you a couple of weeks ago, everyone said they loved all the new dies, but the most popular was the "Cathedral Lace Frame" (DL148). That is the frame I have used on my card today. It was die cut using the Stainless Steel plate by Cheery Lynn Designs to help cut these intricate designs. The lace frame was glued to a deep purple backing. I just ran a small amount of liquid glue around the edge of the frame. Under the die cut frame I added a piece of light lavender card stock that was embossed with the Cheery Lynn "Dotted Swiss" extra large embossing plate. My card is a 5x7 and this embossing plate was large enough to emboss the whole thing. The Cuttlebug embossing folders only emboss a 4.25x5 inch area. To give texture to the light lavender piece, I distressed it with the Zutter Distress-It machine.
The flowers were created using the new Cheery Lynn "Cherry Blossoms" die (B129). For the large flower I used two of the larger flowers and one smaller flower. The smaller flowers were created by using just two layers of the smallest flower. The edges of the flowers were sponged with purple ink. These flowers were very easy to shape using the large white tool from the Flower Tool Kit. A medium "Sun" punch was used for the stamens. Lavender Dew Drops were added in the center of each flower.
The pair of Cheery Lynn "Ferns" (B118) were die cut and used for greenery under the flowers. A dark green dragonfly was die cut using the new Cheery Lynn "Small Dragonfly with Angel Wings" (DL152). The Angel Wings were cut out of a light green cardstock then lime green Stickles was spread over the Angel Wings. The body of the dragonfly was sponged with a very dark green ink. To complete the card a pretty purple bow and a few purple Dew Drops were added.
All the products used on my card can be purchased fro Joan's Gardens.
Thanks for stopping by. I would love to read your comments about these new Cheery Lynn dies.
Enjoy your weekend.
Friday, July 29, 2011
I have had a very busy day. I started off making three batches of marionberry jam. Have you ever heard of marionberries. I never did until I lived down in Vancouver, Washington where there are many, many types of delicious berries. My granddaughter returned last night from Vancouver with a flat of these berries for us, so with lots of help from my DH, we made 15 jars of jam this morning.
This afternoon I had fun creating this card using this beautiful LaBlanche "Blossom Tree with Butterfly (LB1021). The image was stamped on a piece of LaBlanche Specialty Stamping Paper. It was stamped using Ranger's black "Archival" ink. Not only does this ink leave a very clearly stamped image, but it is really "black" -- not a faded out black. This is the ink LaBlanche recommends to use with these very finely detailed images. To color the image I used Distress Inks and "Cut-n-Dry Pen Nibs". These items are shown below.
These are the inks used to color the image.
I have talked about using these Nibs before but wanted to post a picture so you can see the package. You get 10 of them in a package. Can you see the very fine point on the two outside the package. The way I colored was to ink the tip of the Nib by just rolling it on the pad. The point is so small it is very easy to color very narrow spaces such as the branches. If you want to color a larger area, you ink the side of the Nib so you can color a wider area. This Specialty paper is suburb for blending colors. After the image was colored, I tore the edge of the paper so I could sponge more distress ink (Scattered Straw). Notice how the color is darker on the torn edges. This was such a fun way to finish this image.
The background for this card is a punched border using the Martha Stewart Doulbe Arches punches. This is a 5.5" square card, so I started with a 6" square to punch. It was sponged with Distress Ink. The card base is ivory but looks white in the photo.
I thought I would give you a mini tutorial on how I made the bow for this card. I used some seam binding you can get from Joan's Gardens. To color it I placed it on my Teflon Craft pad and used the Distress Stain to run down the length of it. Once it had color on most of it, I spritzed it with water and rolled it around until it was completely dyed. In the picture I had not run the stain all the way down yet.
After I had it completely colored, I placed it in a couple of sheets of paper towel and scrunched it up to "crinkle" it and also to get the excess moisture out.
I used the heat gun then to get it completely dry. Be sure to place it on the craft sheet when you use the heat gun. You want to keep it all "scrunched" up while drying it.
To create the bow, I first cut off a small piece to tie around the bow then wrapped the remainder around my hand using it all. Tie the short piece around the middle. I wanted to fray the ends of the seam binding so I used the scissors to fray the ends. I placed a Webster's Pages button in the middle.
All the products I have used on this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
This card was created using another Penny Black stamp you can purchase from Joan's Gardens. This style card is called a "Spring Card". Here is a a tutorial at SCS for this type card.
Everything really fell into place for creating this card. The pretty Nature's Day stamp fits perfectly on the Spring Card. It was stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Copic markers. I wanted to cut the image out so I could layer different elements behind it. On the very bottom layer is a Spellbinders scalloped square. Then a piece of the pink card stock was cut with a square Nestie with a slightly smaller white Nesties square on top. The Spellbinders "Lotus" die was cut and placed on top of all the other layering. The stamped image was attached in the middle using large pop dots.
For embellishments behind the stamped image, I cut out two Marianne Design "Decorative Elegance" dies (LR0157). The top of one of the dies is used at the top behind the flowers and part of the second die was used below the bird. Two Marianne Design corners from the "Corners 2" (LR0144) package were die cut for the bottom of the card. A few Kaiser Craft pearls were added to complete the card.
If you would like to order this pretty Penny Black "Nature's Day" stamp, Joan's Gardens has a good supply in stock. There are a lot of things you can do with this beautiful stamp. I also created a shadow box with this same stamp and you can see that post here.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Today I have had a very frustrating day with photography. I wanted to use this pretty Penny Black "Letters and Flowers" stamp from Joan's Gardens and wanted to use glossy card stock and Mica Gloss. The first card I made this morning is beautiful but even after about 75 photo's (not kidding) it did not show the richness of the card, so started over. I was working with black glossy card stock on the first card and then decided I wanted a brayered background and used white glossy card stock. Glossy card stock always produces such rich beautiful colors on your cards, but they sure are hard to photograph. Well neither card photographed very well because of the glare. Oh well, I am posting the second card because I don't have time to create something different just to get a good picture.
I started by using a "Late November" Kaleidacolor Spectrum ink pad and brayered the color at an angle. The Letters and Flowers were stamped using black ink. When it was dry it was cut out with a Spellbinders "Large Deckled Meca Rectangle" die. Using black card stock, a one size larger mat was cut. Three yellow pearls were added at the bottom of the image. A piece of Basic Grey background paper was placed on this 5.5" square card. A navy blue "Cheery Lynn "Italian Flourish (DL103) was die cut then a Spellbinder circle die cut, the same color, and placed in the center. A black Marianne Designs "Forest Branch (LR0150) was die cut. It matches the leaves in the stamped design very well. A yellow Spellbinders "Floral Doily Motifs" was die cut and one of the sentiments from the JustRite "You Inspire Me" set was stamped in the center. A pretty Cheery Lynn "Mini Butterfly" was die cut using Spellbinders premium craft foil. All the pieces were layered as shown then a little bow added to complete the card.
This is a beautiful stamp. It is the same stamp Joan used in her last workshop using it with the Mica Gloss. Joan's Gardens has a good supply in stock so there will be no waiting if you order one.
As you know, all products I use are from Joan's Gardens.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Today I want to show you another way to use the "Easy Frames". Joan has been so busy shipping out Easy Frames to everyone so I know they are very popular. I thought I would show you another idea for using them. I used a Sizzix embossing folder and the circle Easy Frame. I did an "oops!" -- I put the Easy Frame inside the embossing folder. You don't want to do that because you end up embossing the Easy Frame. It doesn't hurt the frame but that is not the correct way to use them. You need to center it on top of the embossing folder and tape it down, then run it through your machine. The embossing doesn't show up as well when you do it wrong, so I had to emboss a second piece. I love how the Easy Frame leaves that unembossed area so you can stamp on the front of your card without having to layer. On this card I found a Nestability circle -- it was the the third largest in the "Petite Circle Small" set that fit right inside that unembossed area. I centered it over the unembossed area and used a Copic 0.5 Multi-liner pen to draw a black circle, to frame the unembossed area. I used the inside of the circle for this. It was a perfect fit.
I used four different JustRite stamp sets on this card. The stamped frame I used inside the Easy Frame is from the "You Inspire Me" stamp set. The sentiment in the middle is from the "Spread Your Wings" set And the pretty flourish above and below that sentiment is from the "Friendship Blooms" set. A JustRite Spellbinder tag die was used for the tag on the bottom of the card. It was die cut twice -- once in black and once in white. The birthday sentiment is from the JustRite "Elegant Frames" set. The same flourishes used in the circle were also stamped on the ends of the tag. The center of the white tag was cut out with scissors and attached to the center of the black tag. I really like how that turned out.
A piece of scrape design paper, left over from the box I made the other day, was attached to the left side of the card. Two Cheery Lynn (B127) Tropical Flourishes were added on the left. Hot pink flowers were created by using the "Small Sakuras" and "Small Sparkle" punches. They were shaped with the white tool from the Flower Tool Kit and smallest stylus then attached over the vine. Two additional flowers were also added. A few small KaiserCraft pearls were added to complete the card.
I love coming up with different ways to use these Easy Frames. It is so nice that there are seven frames in each package so you can do a variety of things with them. If you haven't ordered your Easy Frames yet, be sure to check them out at Joan's Gardens.
Monday, July 25, 2011
This is the card I made for you today. Can you believe it is made with the same flower die as the card below? The card with the blue flower was posted July 19.
Sweet William card posted here
Both these flowers were made with this Cheery Lynn "Sweet William" die. There are so many different flowers you can create with a single flower die or punch.
Now I will tell you about all the elements on this card and explain how I created the pink flower. There is a lot of layering on this card using many of different dies, all available from Joan's Gardens. I started out by embossing a background using the Marianne Design DS0907 embossing folder. A piece of pink card stock was glued behind the openings in this piece. This is a 5.5" square card. A slightly smaller piece of white card stock was embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder which is attached to the top of the card for a background. I chose this embossing folder to continue the small dots in the Marianne embossed folder. The Marianne folder was placed on the left side of the card. The Cheery Lynn "Border Carnivale" (DL129) was placed along the right side. A Cheery Lynn "Tropical Flourish" (B127) was placed on the right side. Down in the right lower corner the two small hearts, which fit inside each other, from the Cheery Lynn "Heartland America Large" die (DL110) was attached. This die is a large heart doily with a lot of smaller pieces in it that you can use separately --isn't that great! The leaves are from the Cheery Lynn "Tropical Leaves" (B119) set and the pretty flourish below the flower is from the Marianne (LR-156) die. I am sure you recognize the ferns - they are from the Martha Stewart "branch" punch.
Now I will tell you how I created the flower. There are two sizes of dies in the Cheery Lynn "Sweet William" (Dl37) package. I die cut 8 sets of these dies (you can die cut both sizes at the same time if you want). Pale pink ink was sponged on the tips of all the flowers. Using scissors, slits were cut from the ends down to the center of each petal. I think you can see that in the pictures. Each flower was "conditioned" with the large white tool in the Flower Tool kit and pressed down in the black mat to "cup" them. I used two of the larger flowers on the bottom and all eight of the small flowers for the center. Each layer was glued together in the center to form the"mum" -- do you think it looks like a mum? All die cut pieces were layered as shown on the card. Here is a side view and hopefully you can see all the slits in the petals to create this type of flower.
I hope you like my new flower made with this Sweet William die. As you know, you can purchase all products I use from Joan's Gardens.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
LaBlanche Foxglove stamp
Before I tell about my card today I first want to thank all of you who visited my blog yesterday and commented on that Heartfelt Creations pink and white card. I was very happy to receive an email from SCS this morning telling me it has made the "Favorites" list. That was exciting! Many of you have emailed me and asked for the template for that card. After a lot of research, I found it on SCS and it is called a "Center Step" card. Here is the link for the tutorial.
Today I created a card with another LaBlanche stamp called "Foxglove" LB1063. You can order this stamp from Joan's Gardens. Have you seen all the new LaBlanche stamps that Joan just posted on her blog? They are gorgeous. Later Joan will be posting the new LaBlanche Christmas line and I can hardly wait! They are fabulous -- sorry I have to make you wait to see them.
When I saw this beautiful LaBlanche foxglove stamp on Joan's blog, I immediately thought it would be pretty with "Flower Soft" on the flowers, so that is what I have done today. The image was stamped into an embossed frame created with the Marianne Design DS0908 embossing folder. The paper used is the LaBlanche Specialty Stamping Paper. The embossed piece was attached to a dark purple piece that was embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder to the right side of a 5.5" square card. The image was colored with Copic markers then a mixture of lavender and violet Flower Soft was added. A pretty piece of trim was added to the left side of the card.
As you know, all products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
It is a beautiful day here in Washington so I am going to go out and enjoy the sun this afternoon. Hope you are having a great weekend.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Today I have a style of card I have not posted before. I found this piece of pink card stock in my paper supply that I had previously cut and scored it, so decided to use it. For the life of me I can't think of the name of this type card. I thought maybe it was called stair step but couldn't find it in my search at SCS. EDIT: This type card is called "Center Step" card.
On the side panels I added a strip of stripped design paper from the Echo Park Paper "Dots & Stripes" paper pad. For the front panel I used the Sizzix "Birds and Wreath" embossing folder and cut around the embossed design with scissors. It was attached with foam dots. For the background on this embossed piece I die cut the Heartfelt Creations "Bella Rose" flourish. The leaves on both the embossed piece, and the die cut, were colored with chalk pencils. Oh, I forgot to tell you that there is a matching stamp for that die -- "Bella Rose Leaves PreCut Set". I wanted to white emboss the leaves to match the flowers, so I used a VersaMark pen and added ink to the leaves on the stamp. The die cut flourish was placed, face down, over the stamp and using my fingers pressed the VersaMark ink onto the leaves. They were then white embossed. I also drew lines on the leaves in the embossed piece to resemble veins and white embossed them.
I love the variety of flowers you can create with the stamps from the Heartfelt "Botanical Floral" collection. I used only the smallest flower this time. It was white embossed on white card stock 15 times. A sponge dauber was used to color the flowers with a very light pink ink. They were all cut out with the matching Spellbinder "Rose Creations" dies. All flowers were shaped with the Flower Tool Kit then three flowers were layered to create dimensional flowers. A white pearl was added to the center.
For the side panels I added a Marianne Designs "Garden Branch". The white flowers on this vine were created with the small daisy punch. Pink pearls were added to the small flower centers. Along the bottom of the card I used the ScorPal to emboss lines 1/4" apart and added pearls.
All your Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies, and all other products used on this card, can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Today has been a very busy day but I found time this afternoon to create this pretty box using all the flowers in the Heartfelt Creations "Botanical Floral 1" and Botanical Floral 2" stamps sets. There are six sizes of flowers in these two sets. Each flower was white embossed on white card stock then sponged using Tim Holtz "Mustard Seed" Distress Ink and a large sponge dauber. They were cut out with the matching "Rose Creations" Spellbinder dies. Each flower has several different size flowers to create a lot of dimension. The flowers were shaped with tools from the Flower Tool Kit. I used the "Sparkle" punch to create the stamens for each flower. Yellow Stickles was added to the center of each stamen. The lace on the top of the box was cut using the Heartfelt Creations "Decorative Lace Border Die". The flourish is the "Bella Rose Die". The matching stamps were used to veins to the leaves, but since I used the same color ink, it is really hard to see the stamped design in the photo. The leaves were also shaped to give them dimension. All Heartfelt Creations dies are manufactured by Spellbinders. The pretty butterfly is from the "Bella Rose House PreCut set". It was stamped on white card stock and sponged with yellow and orange inks, then Yellow Stickles added to give it a lot of sparkle. A piece of lace was added around the top edge of the lid then one large flat-backed pearl added to each corner.
These are beautiful flower stamps and when you can use Spellbinder dies to cut them out, you can create beautiful projects with very little work. As you know, all the products used on this project can be purchased from Joan's Gardens. Have you been to Joan's blog to see all the new products she found at CHA? I have a feeling we are going to have lots of new things to work with soon. Have you seen any new products advertised that you would like for Joan to carry? Just email or call Joan and I'm sure she will be able to get it for you.
Hope you will leave me a comment and let me know if you like my project today. I always look forward to reading your comments.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I love working with Heartfelt Creations stamps. You know I always love to create dimensional flowers and that is so easy with all the Heartfelt Creations flowers because they have matching Spellbinder dies. The flowers I used today are from the "Tropical Floral Swirls PreCut Set", and "Botanical Floral 2 PreCut Set". These stamps are from the just released "Botanical Garden Collection". The Floral Swirl was stamped and colored with Copic markers. It was cut out using the Nestability Labels Six die then embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. The piece was sponged with Tim Holtz Tea Die Distress Ink. Additional flowers from the Botanical Floral set were stamps, colored with Copics and cut out with the matching Spellbinder "Rose Creations" Shapabilities. The edges of the petals were sponged with a darker burgundy ink for shading. The stamens were created using punches. The large stamen created using the large punched sun and the other two smaller flowers have a stamen created with the medium sun. Black Flower Soft was added to the center of each stamen.
The design paper used is from the "Botanical" Collection 6x6" paper pack - one of the many new paper packs available from Joan's Gardens. Two Spellbinders "Parisian Accents" were die cut and sponged with Distress Ink. A piece of trim was added along the bottom of the card. It was not exactly the color I wanted, so some of the Tea Die Distress Ink was sponged over it to help it blend in with the other tans on the card. A few pearls and a burgundy bow were added to complete the card.
As you know, all products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Today I am using two more Cheery Lynn dies from Joan's Gardens. The flower is created with the "Sweet William" (D137) die. The frame and green stem is from one die, the "Japanese Lace and Flourish Frame" (DL137). This is a 5.5" square card. A piece of white card stock was embossed with the Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" embossing folder then the Japanese Lace frame attached over it. Both the flower and stem were cut out of white card stock and sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Seven flowers were die cut and layered then attached with a brad. I had a scrap piece of design paper that was mostly blue. I like the strips in the paper so sponged some purple Distress Ink over it and it turned out just the color I wanted to match the flower. The flower has both blue and purple sponged on it.
Joan sent me a spool of ivory seam binding. I cut a piece long enough to make four loops on each side. It was placed in my glitter tray and it was sprayed with both blue and purple Distress Inks so it would match my flower. I dried it with the heat gun. The bow was tied then a Tim Holtz button was attached in the center. A stick pin was pushed in behind the button. A few small purple Dew Drops were added in the corner to complete the card.
All products used on this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Monday, July 18, 2011
First I want to thank all 45 of you who left a comment to let Joan and me know what your favorite Cheery Lynn dies are. Looks like they are all going to be very popular. So now it is time to announce the winner of the Cheery Lynn "Judy Blooms" die. The randomly picked number was #16. Congratulations Sheila. Please email me with your complete mailing address. Below is her comment and her favorite new Cheery Lynn die.
Sheila - Ginger said...Hi Selama as always your card is beautiful and I look forward to each and every new creation you come up with. Choosing a favourite Cheery Lynn die is just so hard as I love them all but at a push I would go for the Victorian Romance Flourish which I think would be so versatile.
I have a few more new products from Joan's Gardens that I want to show you. First is a set of "Fleur de Lis" stamps that were developed for use with the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis dies. As you can see in the picture below, there are a lot of stamps in this set that coordinate perfectly with the dies. What an easy way to dress up a die cut and/or card. I used the largest die and gold embossed the design in the upper left corner in the picture below. I used one of the bird cages from the new JustRite "Spread Your Wings" stamp sets for the center design. There are 15 stamps in this set. The greeting is also from this set. The bird was black embossed and cut out so she would stand out in the gold cage. This is a 5.5" square card. A piece of design paper from the new Graphic 45 "The Magic of Oz Collection" was used for the background. To finish the card a few black Dew Drops and a black silk bow were added. This was really a quick and easy, and I think elegant, card to create.
I have had my small Fiskars paper cutter for years and have worn it out. I just ordered a new Fiskars cutter (shown below) from Joan's Gardens and I love it so much, so in case you need a new cutter I wanted to tell you about it. It has so many great features. Some of them are: it has greater accuracy because of a Triple Track rail system - the SureCut wire cut-line shows exactly where the blade cuts. It has over a 6 inch deck with a grid with all the common card sizes and even extends over 15 inches with the self-leveling swing out arm. It has a paper clamp/smudge guard, and something important to me is that it has a permanent grid printed underneath the clear covering. My old cutter has most of the numbers worn off and that will never happen with this trimmer. Using this trimmer is like cutting through butter!
Fiskars SureCut Paper Trimmer
As you know all products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens. She is off to CHA this week but you can email her your orders and they will go out next week. If you don't find products I use, in her store, just tell Joan what you want and she will either call or email you with prices or answer any questions you have about the products.
Just one more thing. Remember I was so excited and showed you a picture of flowers on my coffee tree. Guess What! I now have coffee beans. Isn't this exciting. We must be crazy though to have a "tree" in our house. We have to keep cutting the top of it off because it has reached the ceiling several times. I tried to give this tree away just before it had flowers, and now we are so happy we kept it just for the experience of seeing it produce coffee beans. Now I have to learn when to pick them and how to roast them. Wonder if I will have enough for a cup of coffee -- I think so! Can you see some of the beans in the picture below?