Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lovely in Lavender

Today I am posting a card I created for my daughter.  Her birthday was last Thursday but we are celebrating it tomorrow evening.  She asked me to take her out to dinner at a restaurant she has been wanting to go to for a long time.  It is called "The Melting Pot" which serves many types of Fondue,   I am looking forward to going out to celebrate her special day. 

I had a lot of fun creating this card and did use a lot of different die cuts.  To start I used the Marianne Design Corners (LR0200); two corners were taped down and die cut.  The beautiful doily in the center is the Marianne Design (LR0236). The flower was created using the Cheery Lynn "Build A Flower #2" dies.   There are a lot of the Marianne Design Decorative Leaves which are listed below.  Two Cheery Lynn butterflies were added.  The small lavender flowers are die cut using the Cheery Lynn "Embellishments #2" dies.  Small Kaiser Craft pearls were added to the center of the flowers.

My daughter usually likes to display her birthday cards, so I put this card on a heavy piece of card stock and attached the Tim Holtz "Small Easel".  

Marianne Design Anja Corner (LR0200)
Marianne Design Anja Doily (LR0236)
Marianne Design (LR0156)
Marianne Design (LR0157)
Marianne Design (LR0192)
Marianne Design (LR0117)
Marianne Design (LR0206) 
Cheery Lynn Build A Flower #2
Cheery Lynn Build A Flower #2 Embellishments
Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterflies Small (DL113)
Tim Holtz Sizzix "Small Easel"


Saturday, September 29, 2012

My Wish For You

Today I have created a birthday card.  I used a dark tan card stock for the background.  The left side was embossed with the new Sizzix "Floral Vine w/Bird" embossing folder (657783).  A frame was die cut using the Spellbinders "Labels 17" dies.  

I love the new Heartfelt Creations "Delicate Asters" stamps and dies.  The three largest flowers were created using these stamps and dies.  The smaller flowers were created with the Cheery Lynn Build A Flower #2 Embellishments.  Pearls were added to the center of each flower.  The beautiful sentiment is from the Heartfelt Creations "Script Aster Background PreCut Set".  The smaller pearls used on this card are from Kaiser Craft and the larger ones are brads I pulled out of my stash.  On the inside of the card I glued in the Cheery Lynn Happy Birthday die cut (B211)

The "Delicate Asters" collection is the newest Heartfelt Creations release and I know you will love all the stamps, the dies and the gorgeous Delicate Aster design paper in this collection.  These stamps with matching dies will be used over and over for a variety of beautiful flowers.  I don't know if you remember, but I used the  Delicate Aster design paper for the box and matching card I posted a few weeks ago. This design paper is so gorgeous you almost don't want to use it, but it will make the most beautiful cards, covered boxes, and scrapbook pages.   If you haven't already, be sure to go over to Joan's Gardens at this link to watch the Heartfelt Creations video to give you additional ideas for using the stamps.  Below the video you will be able to see the entire Delicate Aster collection.  It is a collection I know you will love.   


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Joan's Gardens Weekly Challenge

It is time for a new challenge over at Joan's Gardens.  This week the challenge is to add embellishments to a piece of design paper.  Please go over to Joan's Gardens to get all the details about this challenge.

For my card I used a piece of design paper from the new Kaiser Craft "Turtle Dove" paper pad.  This pad has so many gorgeous papers in it.  I chose this outdoor scene and added the Memory Box Poinsettia.  It was stamped twice on red card stock, once on green card stock, and just the berries on the center on yellow card stock.  The layers were cut out with scissors, shaped and put together with a new dimensional tape from Joan's Gardens call "X-Press It High Tack Foam Mounting Tape".  Gold Stickles was added to the flower.  The flourish below the flower is the Cheery Lynn "Holly Flourish. Two were die cut and placed under the flower.  The Merry Christmas is one of the Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas sentiment dies.  There are two sizes in this set and I used the larger one.  

This card came together so quick and easy.  It is always fun to just add a few embellishments to a piece of pretty design paper.  I hope you will join us this week in this fun challenge.  

All the products I used can be purchased from Joan's Gardens:
Kaiser Craft "Turtle Dove" 6 1/2 inch Paper Pad
Memory Box "Poinsettia Bloom" (G1788)
Cheery Lynn "Holly Flourish" (B148)
Cheery Lynn "Merry Christmas Set" (B186)
X-Press It High Tack Foam Mounting Tape
Gold Stickles
Shiny Gold Card Stock 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Recycled Halloween Treat Container

Do you have someone you like to give something special to for Halloween?    I want to give this treat box to my grandson and I know he will love this cute "Dancing Skeleton".   For the box, I used a Country Time Lemonade container and covered it with Halloween design paper from Authentique. This is a great size container for a good variety of Halloween treats!   I love all these new Halloween dies from Memory  Box;  also included is the Memory Box "Ghost Trio, Dangling Spider, and Swooping Bats.  

On the lid is attached three sunflowers I created with the Cheery Lynn "Sunflower" and "Build A Flower #2 Embellishment" dies.  Raffia was used to tuck in around the flowers and then the bats were attached with small glue dots to pieces of the raffia that were sticking up. It was really hard to get a good picture!

Just for fun for this photo, I created the pumpkins for additional decoration around my decorated box; they were created by gluing Spellbinders scallop ovals and circles together.  Each scallop or circle was folded in half and glued together to create the shape.  The leaves are from the Cheery Lynn "Small Leaves".  They were colored with Distress Inks.

Hope you have fun creating special treat boxes for your favorite Trick 'o Treaters.

All these products can be purchased from Joan's Gardens:
Memory Box "Dancing Skeleton" (98374)
Memory Box "Swooping Bats" (98409)
Memory Box "Dangling Spider" (98386)
Memory Box "Ghost Trio" (98376)
Cheery Lynn "Sunflower" (DL121)
Cheery Lynn "Small Leaves" (D133)


Monday, September 24, 2012

Framed Birched Trees

I love Birch Trees and have some in our front yard.  . The tall tree is about 5" tall and has the little notches in the trunk.  I die cut three of the trees and sponged the edges with "Weathered Wood" Distress Ink.  To create this project, I used the three largest Spellbinders "Labels Seventeen" to create frames for the trees.  The marbled background was created by using a piece of glossy card stock and applying different colors of Distress Inks. I put the reinker colors on the Craft Mat and laid the card stock down on the inks, then spritzed with water to blend the colors. To add interest to this, I used the Adirondack "Gold Metallics Acrylic Paint Dabber" which added pretty gold highlights in the marbled design.  The Birch Trees were placed in the framed layers.  

Along the bottom of the frame I die cut the Cheery Lynn "Cinderella's Pumpkins" using brown card stock and applied the Adirondack Metallics Gold Acrylic Paint on it, to match the design in the background.  The leaves are the Cheery Lynn "Small Leaves #1".  They were die cut using a mustard colored card stock then sponged with different colors of Distress Inks.  They were shaped with the tools from the Flower Tool Kit.  The flowers were created with the Cheery Lynn "Build A Flower #1" embellishments.  I used the six point base to create them.  The stamens were created with the embellishments from the Build A Flower #2 embellishments.  Along the side of the top, I cut two strips of the burgundy card stock and added some pearl embellishments I had in my "stash".  

This is a picture to show you the back.This project is large, so I decided to add the Tim Holtz Sizzix small easel to the back.  This easel die comes in so handy for so many projects; it is very easy to die cut and add to the back of any card or project.

I sure hate to see summer end but we can tell Fall is not far away.  I have been planting Spring blubs and trying to get the flower beds ready for Winter.  Normally we can see mountains all around us, but there are so many fires in Washington that we can't even see the mountains, because of all the smoke.   All the smoke causes lots of us to be coughing, sneezing, and have runny eyes.  Maybe we will have a rain soon to put out all the fires!  Guess this is a good reason to stay inside and create, huh!

Memory Box "Tall Birch" (98336)
Memory Box "Row of Trees" (98369) (not used on this project)
Cheery Lynn "Cinderella's Pumpkin" (B139)
Cheery Lynn "Small Leaves #1" (D133)
Cheery Lynn " Build A Flower #1" embellishments
Cheery Lynn "Build A Flower #2" embellishments
Spellbinders "labels Seventeen"
Tim Holtz Sizzix "Small Easel" 
Adirondack " Gold Metallics Acrylic Paint Dabber"


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Christmas Cards From the Past Winners

It is time to announce the winners of the Joan's Gardens  Christmas Cards From the Past post last Tuesday.  We want to thank all of you who left a comment.  It was so fun reading your comments and finding out which cards you like the best.  Joan and I hope you enjoyed reviewing these cards and hopefully they gave you inspiration for your cards this year.  Remember, if you need any of the products to create similar cards, you can get them from Joan's Gardens.

Congratulations to:

The winner from my blog for the Spellbinders Marvelous Squares is:

 Cindy Lou said...
Selma, your cards are all so beautiful, but I would say my favorites are #1 first of all, and #3 for a close second. The #12 card is also very awesome. You are a great inspiration. Thanks for sharing all the time :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:43:00 AM PDT 

The winner from Joan's Blog for the Spellbinders Exquisite Circles is:

Jeannie Hafer said...
I like the #7 the best. The product that she used that I like is the Sizzix Holly embossing folder. It just gives it that Christmas touch.

September 19, 2012 1:56 AM

Please contact Joan at Joan's Gardens for your prizes.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Joan's Gardens Weekly Challenge

We got you in the mood for doing Christmas cards since Joan and I posted some of my Christmas cards from last year so we thought it might be nice to challenge you this week with a Christmas card completed in blue and white.  You will find all the requirements for this week's challenge over at Joan's Gardens.

For my card I used the beautiful new Marianne Design tree.  The snowman is the new snowman from Marianne Design  .  The snow border along the bottom of the card is the Memory Box "Frostyville Border" and the corner die is the Memory Box "Snowflake Corner". I saved the snowflakes from the Martha Stewart "Aspen Snowflake" border punch for additional snow.  The background is a scrape piece of blue metallic card stock.  This was a very quick and easy card to design.  

I hope you will join us in our challenge this week and you will have one more card completed for your Christmas mailing this year.  Be sure to go over to Joan's Gardens to see all the challenge requirements to see what the prize is for this week.  

All the dies used on this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens:

Marianne Design "Tree" (CR1224)
Marianne Design "Snowman" (LR0246)
Memory Box "Frostyville Border" (98146)
Memory Box "Snowflake Corner" (98238)
Martha Stewart "Aspen Snowflake" border punch


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Christmas Cards from the Past and a Give Away

Would you like to win a prize - possibly two?  Keep reading to find out how.

Many of you are already working on Christmas cards and have been asking about cards I made last year.  Joan and I decided to post some of those cards, along with the links to each one, so you have the instructions. Unless a product has been discontinued, you will be able to order any of the products I used from Joan's Gardens.  You can check many more Christmas cards and tags, I have designed, by clicking on the "Christmas" link under "My Post Categories" in my sidebar, for more ideas.

 Joan, Joan's Gardens, and I are wondering which card below is your favorite and what is your favorite product.     All you have to do to win a prize is to leave a comment below, on this post,  voting on which card you like the best for a chance to win a prize from Joan's Gardens.  Then for a second chance to win a prize, go over to  Joan's Gardens and leave a comment on her blog telling us your favorite product, that I used, on your favorite card.  So be sure to vote on which card and product you like the best for a chance to win a beautiful NEW Spellbinder dies, Marvelous Squares or Exquisite Circles, shown below.

Here are the two prizes to be given away:

Spellbinders Marvelous Squares S5-363

Spellbinders Exquisite Circles SF-384

Here are 12 of the cards I designed last year.  Which one is your favorite?















Joan will do a random drawing next Sunday, September 23 and one of you will win a prize selected from comments left on my blog (BELOW) telling me which card is your favorite.   A second prize will be given to someone who leaves a comment on Joan's Blog telling us your favorite product.  You have two chances to win.  Be sure you leave your comments on our blogs  -- not in an email.

Go down to comments below and vote for your favorite card (each card has a number above it) then go over to Joan's Gardens and tell us your favorite product.  The products can be found by clicking on the link below your favorite card.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Halloween

Hope you had a great weekend.   Today I designed another "Happy Halloween" card. I love how easy it is to create a card using die cuts!   Can you guess what I used for the witch and the sign post?   

I used the Cheery Lynn "Enchanted Flight" die.  I wanted  a witch and the only one I had was in this frame, so I cut it out along with the sign that is also in that die cut.  I love it when I can get additional ideas (uses) out of a die. On the sign I used a white "Inkssentials Opaque Pen" to write "Boo!"  The tree is the Cheery Lynn "Spooky Tree".  To be different, I decided to add some falling leaves.  I die cut the Cheery Lynn Olive Branches in black and glued some of the leaves on the tree and some falling.  I think that witch is creating quite a storm!   

The cute little ghosts are from the Memory Box "Ghost Trio" die.  I used a 1 1/4" circle for the moon and sponged on some orange Distress Ink.  The bat is from the Memory Box "Swooping Bats" die.  The sentiment is a stamp from Memory Box.

All the products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens:
Cheery Lynn Enchanted Flight (FRM123)
Cheery Lynn Spooky Tree (B191)
Cheery Lynn Olive Branches (B147)
Memory Box Ghost Trio (98376)
Memory Box Swooping Bats (98409)
Inkssentials Opaque White Pen


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Botanical Swirls

Today I used some new Spellbinder dies from Joan's Gardens.  The background on this card was created using the Botanical Swirls die which is a Shapeabilities Expandable Pattern.    I lined the back of it with a light green card stock.  The butterflies are the new Spellbinders "Les Papillions" dies.  You get four dies in this package; two dies can be used for the "angel wings" but do emboss when you die cut them, and two are delicate die cut butterflies.  

The flowers were created by using the Spellbinders "Bitty Blossoms" die.  Behind the roses I added some of the Marianne Design "Leaves" and separated the Memory Box "Cherish Border" to tuck in around the roses.  The corners are from the Spellbinders "Parisian Accents" die set.

All these products can be purchased from Joan's Gardens:

Spellbinders "Botanical Swirls" (S5-154)
Spellbinders "Les Papillions" butterflies (S4-371)
Marianne Design leaves (LR0192)
Spellbinders "Parisian Accents" Corners
Spellbinders "Bitty Blossoms" (S5-086)
Memory Box "Cherish Border" (98282)


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dainty Butterfly

I was going through my butterfly dies and this one popped out at me.  I love how dainty it looks.  I thought it would look so pretty on some new Spellbinder dies and a new embossing folder from Joan's Gardens.  The butterfly is the Cheery Lynn Small Lace Faerie Queen butterfly.  It comes with an "angel" wing but I chose not to use it this time.  The Spellbinder dies are the "Marvelous Squares" Nestabilities.  Have you seen these new Spellbinder dies?  You can Mix-n-Match to Create 20+ Designs with this one set of dies.  

Spellbinders "Marvelous Squares"

The pretty embossed background is one of the new Sizzix embossing folders in the "Floral Vines Set".  Both the folders in this set are so pretty and will work really well for a background for all the flowers we love to create.  The flowers were created with the Cheery Lynn "Build A Flower #2" dies.  Behind the flower I cut apart one of the Cheery Lynn "Mini Fanciful Flourishes"; There are also some of the Martha Stewart "branch" punched pieces.  To complete the card I added pink Kaiser Craft pearls.

All the products used on this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.  If I use something she does not have on her blog yet, just give her the name and number of the product, which are listed below:

Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourish (B117S)
Cheery Lynn Small Lace Faerie Queen w/Angel Wing (DL161)
Cheery Lynn Build A Flower #2
Spellbinders Marvelous Squares (S4-383)
Sizzix FloralVines Set embossing folders (657783)
Kaiser Craft Pearls

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Joan's Weekly Challenge

It is time for a new challenge at Joan's Gardens.  This week we would like to have you make a "Stair Step" card.  All the details about the challenge can be found over at Joan's Gardens.  You can use your own stair step pattern, but if you don't have a pattern I will give you the directions below for the one I created.

My card was designed using the new Heartfelt Creations "Delicate Aster" collection.  The design on the long panel was created by using a piece of the Delicate Aster Design paper for the background.  The vase of flowers is from the "Delicate Aster Base PreCut Set".  This stamp set also has a beautiful "vertical" sentiment that reads "Especially For You".  It was colored using Distress Markers, then the design was cut out with scissors.  The sentiments on the first two steps were cut of the Delicate Asters design paper and mounted on green card stock, then attached to the steps.  The butterfly is from the "Delicate Asters and Butterflies PreCut Set".  It was colored with Distress Inks and attached with dimensional dots.  

Here are the directions for my stair step card:
Cut a piece of card stock 10" x 6".
Place the card stock in your paper cutter, short end across the top,  and cut one line 2.5" from the left side of the card stock, starting 1" down from the top.  Cut down to 7.5".  I am using a small Fiskars paper cutter to do this.  You can also do it with a Craft Knife.  If you have the Flower Tool Kit, remember that you have a knife in that kit. 

You now need to create four score lines.  Score at 1" over to cut line; 2" over to cut line; 3.5" to cut line; 5" all the way across the width of the card; and 7.5" over to the cut line.  The wide panel will be on the back of the card, where I put the butterfly, once it is all scored and creased well.   

This picture shows the long cut and shows  how it will look once you add the score lines.  The front of the card is on the left in this picture.

This card will go inside the pretty Heartfelt Creations box I posted yesterday.

I hope you will join us this week.  We are anxious to see your beautiful Stair Step card.

All the products I used can be purchased from Joan's Gardens:
Heartfelt Creations Delicate Aster Vase PreCut Set" (HCPC 3498)
Heartfelt Creations Deliate Asters and Butterflies PreCut Set
Heartfelt Creations "I Want It All" Delicate Astor Collection (A great saving on the entire collection.)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Heartfelt Creations September Collection

I am so excited to tell you about the  Heartfelt Creations new collection of stamps and dies you can now order from Joan's Gardens.  The September release is the  Delicate Asters Collection; this collection is stunning and the paper color combinations are unbelievable.  As you know, I love working with flowers so this collection of stamps, dies and gorgeous design paper made me a happy camper!   

I decided to create a "birthday" box for my first project.   This box is 6" x 6".  I used a piece of the gorgeous Delicate Asters design paper for the top, then used the Delicate Asters PreCut Set to stamp  the different size flowers to create my flowers.  They were die cut using the matching "Delicate Asters Dies".  The design paper with this collection is so gorgeous I almost hated to cut into it, but I did and what a beautiful background.  There are two flowers on the piece I used and I then created dimensional flowers to attach over the ones in the design paper.  I used "Concord Grape" Distress Inks to water color the petals and the leaves.  I also love butterflies and there are two beautiful butterflies in the "Delicate Asters & Butterflies PreCut set"; I used just one of them on my box.  The corners are from Cheery Lynn.

 This is another view and I hope you can see the dimension of the flowers and leaves.

This view shows the sides of the box and of course I had to decorate the inside.  In the 12"x12" pack of design paper, there are sheets that have a lot of squares with the beautiful flowers and great sentiments.  Rather than stamping a sentiment I just cut out one of the squares and attached it to a Cheery Lynn Frame.

Here you can read the sentiment better.

I used another piece of the design paper for the bottom of the inside of the box.  On the outside of the box, I cut panels for each side out of a different sheet of the design paper,  then attached the Memory Box "Valencia Border" over it.

I'm sure you will love this Delicate Aster collection.  Be sure to go over to Joan's Gardens to check out the price on the "I Want It All" collection.

All these products can be purchased from Joan's Gardens:
Heartfelt Creations "I Want It All" Delicate Asters Collection"
Heartfelt Creations "Delicate Asters PreCut Set" (HCPC 3494)
Heartfelt Creations "Delicate Asters & Butterflies PreCut Set" (HCPC 3499)
Heartfelt Creations "Delicate Asters Dies"
Memory Box "Valencia Border" (98290)
Cheery Lynn Corner (B162) 

New Marianne Design "Anja" Die Set

Isn't this a gorgeous card!!!  It was so easy and can be used for just about any occasion.  This is one of the new Marianne Design dies you can now purchase from Joan's Gardens. I love all the Marianne "Anja" dies because they are all so beautifully designed with so much great detail! This one comes with five dies that layer to make a gorgeous card without adding anything else on it.  I used Ivory card stock and die cut each piece and layered with dimensional tape.  How easy!  The scalloped edge around the card was punched with the Martha Stewart Double Arches border punches and on top I added a 5"x5" ivory square that was embossed with the Dotted Swiss embossing folder.  To add a little more elegance to the card, I added a few Kaiser Craft Ivory pearls

This card went together so quickly for a great effect.  I can see all kinds of ways to use the five dies that come in this package.  Be sure to go over to Joan's Gardens to check out all the new Marianne dies that just arrived. This is a direct link to the Marianne Design dies.

Products used:
Marianne Design "Anja's Squares" (LR0242)  
Martha Stewart "Double Arches" border punches
Kaiser Craft Pearls



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