Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I have another card today designed using one of the new Marianne Design stamp sets, but before I tell you about the card I want to thank all of you who sent my friend Helen a get well card. She has been so sick and was just able to start reading all your cards yesterday. Linda told me she received a big stack of cards and Helen was so happy to hear from each of you. Both Linda and Helen want me to thank you too. Helen is improving but they do not know when she will be able to go home from the hospital.
The background for this Christmas card was embossed with the new Anna Griffin "Foulard" embossing folder. The card is 5.5" by 6" so had to embossed it twice to cover the entire card. The embossing folder was placed over the area not embossed the first time, and run through a second time. The two stamps are from the Marianne Design "Silent Night" stamp set. They were both stamped with VersaFine black ink and clear embossed. The carolers were cut out and attached with dimensional tape. The doily around the sentiment is the Joy Crafts Doily 6002/0258. It was die cut using white card stock then die cut again using black card stock so I could use the center section of the doily as a black background behind the scalloped oval piece. The oval was also attached with dimensional tape. Fine gold trim was used to thread three gold jingle bells on, each a different length. They were taped behind the sentiment, then a bow made out of the same trim was added on top.
You can purchase these products from Joan's Gardens.
Marianne Design "Silent Night" stamp set (CS0874)
Anna Griffin "Foulard" embossing folder
Joy Crafts doily (6002/0258)
Friday, July 26, 2013
I received a beautiful new JustRite Background stamp called "Secret Garden". When you stamp this background the "background" is what stamps leaving the design the same color as your card stock. I wanted to find a way to get various colors on this background. I decided to stamp with VersaMark on white card stock and to add color used the Susan's Garden PanPastels. Before I show you how I did this, I will tell you about the other products used to create this card.
On the background behind the stamped image, I used the eBosser "Delicate Dots" embossing folder. The pretty die behind the flower is the Joy Crafts 6002/0258 doily. I created a flower to somewhat match the one in the stamped background by using the Susan's Garden "Daffodil" die for the flower and the leaves from the Susan's Garden "Rose" die set.
TUTORIAL USING PAN PASTELS ON STAMPED IMAGE
First I have to tell you it was so easy and very fun blending the Pan Pastels over the VersaMark to color this pretty background. I used one the blending tools that comes with the PanPastels and started rubbing the bright yellow over the design.
Next I used a little Orange Pan Pastel and ended by blending in the Rust PanPastel. When you pick up the color, you want to lightly go around in circles to pick up just a small amount. It takes much less than using traditional pastels (chalks). The colors blended together so well. Once I was happy with the color combination, I used a soft cloth to rub over the entire design. This actually left a slight sheen that is beautiful.
The next thing I wanted to do was create a flower that was similar to the one in the stamped background. I found the perfect dies. I used the Susan's Garden "Daffodil" dies. I die cut all the flower petals four times, each time with a double piece of card stock. Many times I die cut my flower petals using white or vanilla card stock and color them with the Pan Pastels to achieve a specialized color to match my project.
The lower petals were shaped down and the narrow petals were shaped up. For the center of the flower you can use the stamen from the Susan's Garden "Lily" die set.
The leaves were dies cut using the Susan's Garden "Rose" leaf dies. They were also shaped and colored with the Pan Pastels.
I hope this tutorial helps give you additional ideas for using the Susan's Garden Pan Pastels. Also don't be afraid to use those flower dies to create many different types of flowers. It is always fun to try and create flowers that are in design paper or in a stamped image such as this pretty JustRite "Secret Garden" Background Stamp.
JustRite "Secret Garden Background Stamp" (CL-04490)
Joy Crafts Doily (6002/0258)
eBosser "Delicate Dots" embossing folder
Susan's Garden Pan Pastels
Susan's Garden "Daffodil" die set (658414)
Susan's Garden "Rose" die set (658411)
Susan's Garden "Lily" die set (658275)
Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit
Thursday, July 25, 2013
- Have three dimensional flowers with greenery
- Use a Floral Design Paper
- Use A doily
- Use a product from Joan's Gardens
I hope you like this card as much as I do. My card base is 5.5" square. I used the largest Cheery Lynn "Horizon Square Boutique Stacker Frame" and layered it with a piece of glittered floral design paper from the Best Creation, Inc 6x6" Glitter Paper Pad. A corner rounder was used to round the corners to fit inside the Stacker Frame. The pretty doily is the MFT "Dizzy Doily". On the top portion of the doily, I used one of the stamps from the Penny Black "Gratitude" stamp set. It was stamped using VersaFine black ink then clear embossed.
The pretty roses were created with the MFT "Large Rolled Rose". These roses are so easy to create because you just use your tweezers and roll them up. I wanted a two shaded rose so used the Susan's Garden bright pink PanPastel down on the bottom portion of the petals. After shading them, I shaped the petals with the largest stylus in the Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit. By shaping each petal, it made the rose more realistic. Once rolled, I place some "Crafter Pick Ultimate Glue" on the circle at the base of the flower to hold the shape of the flower in place.
To decorate around the roses, I added some MFT "Royal Leaves". I sponged on a little larger green after shaping the leaves. Around these larger leaves, I added some Cheery Lynn leaves from the "Flourish Leaf Strip". To finish off the arrangement, I die cut the Marianne Design "Decorative Elegance" die using three different shades of lavender card stock. I added Ranger "Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy dry glitter" to match the glitter in the background design paper.
I hope you will join us in our challenge this week.
MFT Large Rolled Rose
MFT Dizzy Doily
MFT Royal Leaves
Best Creation, Inc 6x6 Glitter Paper Pad
Cheery Lynn Horizon Square Boutique Stacker Frames (DL253)
Cheery Lynn "Flourish Leaf Strip" (B178)
Susan's Gardens Pan Pastels
Susan's Gardens "Flower Tool Kit"
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Dry Glitter, Clear Rock Candy
Crafter's Pick Ultimate Glue
Black VersaFine Ink
Ranger ultra fine clear embossing powder
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I have some exciting news for those of you who like to make step cards. Cheery Lynn came out with a "to die for" die that cuts the basic step card plus it die cuts all the pieces to decorate both the front and the inside of the card. No more measuring for anything to make this card!!! You must continue reading because I have another "to die for" product shown below that is called the We R Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board". Oh what fun I have had today!!!
I made two steps cards and the second one I made an envelope for. The first card I die cut the basic card with a solid card stock and die cut a piece of design paper for the center and bottom of it. On the sides, I used the side panel dies and die cut white card stock and embossed them with the MPress "Retro Swirls 1" embossing folder. I did not use the die cut that can be used on the inside of this card.
To decorate this card, I used the Marianne Design "LR0272" doily and used a sentiment from the JustRite "Vintage Oval Labels" stamp set. It was stamped with VersaMark and clear embossed. On the top corners, I added the Marianne Design "Ivy Corners" (CR1253).
The pretty flower was created with the Susan's Garden "Hibiscus" dies. It was shaped with the Susan's Garden Flower tool Kit.
I want to show you another card that was super quick and easy but yet so elegant. A piece of design paper from my stash was used to decorate this lavender step card. All the dies were used to decorate both the inside and outside. A Cheery Lynn "Expandable Tiny Border" was added along the bottom panel to add to the lacy look, then a simple organdy bow added with a glue dot. How fast was that. You are going to love working with this die.
Here is the completed card with matching envelope.
Cheery Lynn "Step Card #1" (B348)
Marianne Design "Doily" (LR0272)
Marianne Design "Ivy Corners" (CR1253)
Susan's Garden "Hibiscus" (658415)
Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit
Susan's Garden PanPastels
Susan's Garden Yellow Pollen
MPress "Retro Swirls 1" embossing folder
Cheery Lynn "Expandable Tiny Borders" B215
We R Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board"
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I am so excited to post this card. I LOVE to create cute snowman cards. I hope you love this card as much as I do. All these cute dies and the snowman stamp are available from Joan's Gardens.
This is a 5.5" x 6" card. I embossed the "snowy" background by using the eBosser "Delicate Dots" embossing folder. Next I die cut the new Joy "Oval Frames" dies to frame this adorable snowman. I used all pieces in this die set. The outer delicate frame has Ranger Distress Stickles "Clear Rock Candy" glued to it. The inside portion of this frame is cut when when die cut so it was easy to use "Weathered Wood" Distress Ink to shade it. The scalloped part of the die cut is what I stamped the snowman on. I stamped the snowman twice so I could cut him out to make him dimensional. I cut off the broom so it appears to be behind the snowman. Copic markers were used to color him. Along the bottom of this stamped image, I cut around the scalloped edge so I could add white Liquid Applique. Before I heat set the Liquid Applique, I sprinkled on the Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles glitter. On the image stamped on the scalloped oval, I sponged on Weathered Wood Distress Ink up close to the image to help make the snowman stand out. The scalloped oval and the cut out snowman were added with dimensional tape. (Add the Liquid Applique after you sponge and attach the snowman to the oval.)
The snowman is from the Marianne "Vintage Christmas Stamps (CS0878). In this set is also the sentiment which has a frame around it. This was stamped on blue card stock using VersaMark and white embossed. I used scissors to cut around the design. The little flourishes you see on the card are included in the Joy "Oval Frame Set. I added two sets of these flourishes to the card. The beautiful snowflake are from the Joy Crafts 6002/2021 and 6002/2019 dies. The larger snowflake has micro fine blue glitter added to it and layered on top is the smaller snowflake which has the Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles dry glitter added. In the center is a Kaiser Craft blue pearl. The snowflake as attached with a small piece of dimensional tape.
I seldom show you the inside of my cards, but I just have to show you this one. I love it. Along the top I added the Joy Crafts "Snowflake Border". Isn't it beautiful. I folded the card in half before I started, and sponged on "Weathered Wood" Distress Ink. I used a baby wipe to soften out the lower edges, then glued on the snowflake border along the fold of the card. I added the Marianne Design "Ski's and Poles". The skis were die cut using blue card stock and then I used a Sharpie Silver Paint Pen to color the embossed areas. The poles were die cut using black card stock. The sentiment is from the JustRite "Christmas Inner Thoughts" stamp set.
I know a lot of you like to create cards to similar to mine. I would love it if you would link back your cards on this post, if you create one similar to this. I would love to see your card.
All these products can be purchased from Joan's Gardens:
eBosser "Delicate Dots" embossing folder
Joy Crafts "Snowflakes 6002/2021
Joy Crafts "Snowflakes 6002/2019
Joy Crafts "Snowflake Border 6002/2021
Marianne Design "Vintage Christmas Stamp set" CS0878
Joy Crafts "Oval Frame" set (6002/0258)
Marianne Design Skis and Poles dies (CR1252)
JustRite "Christmas Inner Thoughts" stamp set (CL-4625)
Weathered Wood Distress Ink
Ranger Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy Glitter
Kaiser Craft blue pearls
Monday, July 22, 2013
I have been showing you a lot of new Christmas dies and stamps from Joan's Gardens, but today I wanted to let you know that Joan also has many very cute dies for Halloween.
This is a 5.5" x 6" card. I used a piece of the design paper from the Bazzill Basics Paper pad called "All Hallows Eve". The spooky house is the Memory Box "Manor House". I had a sheet of Glittery Sticky Back Foam I decided to use to die cut the house. It cut very easily with this Memory Box die. The house was backed with a piece of yellow card stock. The old tree is the Cheery Lynn "Spooky Tree". In front of the house I added the new Memory Box "Weathered Fence" and placed the MFT "Fresh Cut Grass" along the bottom of it. The cute little kids are the Memory Box "Trick or Treaters". They were both die cut out of white card stock and the "witch" colored with markers. The broom and jack-o-lantern the witch holds are also in this set. To create a spooky sky, I added the Memory Box "Ghost Trio" and "Swooping Bats".
I'm sure one of my grandkids will get a kick out of this card!
You can purchase all the products listed below from Joan's Gardens.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
I have a very special request for one of my best friends; her name is Helen. Helen is going to be 95 in a few months but has had some very bad luck this year. She has always been a very active person, but earlier this year she fell and had a severe broken leg that kept her in the hospital/therapy for months. She was just getting around and planning to go back to her volunteer work at her Senior Center when a few days ago had a ruptured appendix. She is now out of ICU but sure it will be a while before she is back on her feet. Helen loves sending cards herself and I know would love to receive some from my blogging friends. If you would like to help make her feel better by sending her some get well wishes, I would love to have you send her a get well card. I'm not sure how long she will be in the hospital, so will give you her daughter's address so she can deliver the cards to her. Thank you so much.
Here is the address:
c/o Linda Mulcahey
590 Carlsbad Trail
Roselle, IL 60172
Thank you blogging friends, I know this will mean so much to her.
Posted by Selma at 2:57 PM
I love all the new Christmas dies and stamps that you can now purchase. This gives us lots of time to get all our holiday cards made in advance of the busy season. One of the new dies is the Memory Box "Fabulous Holiday Wreath". I love to create holiday cards with a pretty wreath. The leaves on the wreath are small holly leaves. I die cut three wreaths, then used the leaf shaping tool from Susan's Flower Tool Kit to draw a line down the center of each leaf. I used two of the wreaths that were face up and one wreath I used the back side of it, for the front, because the petals would face the opposite direction to make a very full wreath; this wreath was placed between the two others. To shape the petals, on the top side of each petal, I used the smallest stylus in the tool kit and pushed down on the tip to put a little curl in it for additional shaping. The three layered wreaths made a very pretty "full" looking wreath.
This is a 5" x 7" red card. I used all three of the Cheery Lynn new "Horizon Oval Boutique Stacker Frames" for the frame behind the wreath. On the smallest frame, I used one of the stamps from the new JustRite "Christmas Inner Thoughts" stamp set. Isn't it a pretty stamp. Each layer was attached with dimensional tape. On the corners, I used one of the snowflake stamps from the same JustRite stamp set and white embossed one on each corner.
The wreath needed some pretty little poinsettias so I created poinsettias from the Susan's Garden "Lily" dies. I just added two rows of petals to the calyx (base) piece for each flower. Each petal was shaded with a burgundy marker at the base, then shaped with the smallest loop tool, in the Susan's Garden Tool Kit. In the center I added some clear glue and poured on some micro gold beads. Aren't they cute little poinsettias! To finish off the wreath, I added a red silk bow made with the Bow Easy.
I love this card -- I hope you do too.
Memory Box "Fabulous Holiday Wreath" die (98723)
Cheery Lynn "Horizon Oval Boutique Stacker Frames" (DL 252)
JustRite "Christmas Inner Thoughts" stamp set (CL-04625)
Susan's Garden "Mini Lilies" (658275)
Susan's Garden "Flower Tool Kit" (658437)
Red Silk Ribbon
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Tutorial for creating ladybugs with the
Susan's Garden Ladybug Kit
I hope this tutorial will inspire you to make these cute little ladybugs for your projects.
Cheery Lynn, Horizon Square boutique Stacker frames (DL2530
Susan's Garden "Dogwood" (658405) on back order until Aug 1
Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit
Susan's Garden "Ladybug Kit"
Red Silk Ribbon
Friday, July 19, 2013
As I promised you yesterday, I am posting my tutorial for creating pine cones using the Susan's Gardens "Mini Petals". Before I begin my tutorial, I will tell you about the products used on this card. The pretty frame is a new Marianne Design Frame die (LR0276) and the candles are a new Memory Box die "Glowing Candles". I used pearlized card stock to cut out the candles then colored the leaves with Inka Gold Metallic Rub (Green/Yellow). The frame was die cut using white card stock then sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
The pine cones were created using the Susan's Garden Mini Petals" die. These little petals can be used for so many things, and I was very excited to be able to create realistic pine cones for my holiday cards/projects. Behind the pine cones I added some ferns from Susan's Garden "Fern and Ivy Leaves" dies (which are a little hard to see in this picture), then Cheery Lynn "Holly Leaves" and "Wreath Strip" greenery.
MY TUTORIAL FOR CREATING PINE CONES WITH SUSAN'S GARDEN DIES
After I get all the petal tops colored, I use the small loop tool from the Susan's Garden Tool Kit. Just run it from base to top. You probably only need to do this once but possibly twice to get it curled a little. Now you are ready to create your pine cone.
My next post will be a tutorial on how to create a ladybug with the Susan's Garden Kit. This is another easy and fun project.
I hope you have time for some fun crafting this weekend. I going out this morning to pick blackberries, raspberries, and cherries -- Yum.
Products used for this card:
Marianne Design Frame (LR0276)
Memory Box "Glowing Candles" (98661)
Cheery Lynn "Wreath Strip" (B216)
Cheery Lynn "Holly Leaves" (B183)
Susan's Gardens "Mini Petals" (658409)
Susan's Gardens "Fern and Ivy Leaves" (658 412)
Susan's Gardens Flower Tool Kit (658437)
Paper Bouquet Book by Susan Tierney-Cockburn LB-59059
Viva Inka Gold Metallic Rub (Green/Yellow) 30095
Kaiser Craft Pearls
Thursday, July 18, 2013
- A Christmas theme
- Use the traditional red and green colors
- Have something from nature (pine cones, birds, flowers, etc)
The tiny poinsettias were created with the dies in the Susan's Gardens "Mini Lily" set. Gold Stickles was added to the center of each flower. Can you see the three little pine cones? They were created with the Susan Gardens "Mini Petals". I love to create pine cones for my holiday cards. I learned to make pine cones from the "Paper Bouquet Book" by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. She uses "YES" Glue to form the pine cones. I am going to do a separate post, with a tutorial, on how I created the pine cones. The greenery behind the flowers were die cut with the Cheery Lynn "Holly Flourish" die. The completed pine cones were added under the flowers.
The Christmas sentiment was die cut with the Cheery Lynn "Merry Christmas Set" die. I used Viva "Inka-Gold" to color it. Inka Gold is a paste and I just rubbed it over the sentiment then polished it with a soft rag to bring out the shine. The snowflakes were die cut using the Cheery Lynn "Snow Flowers #1" and Snow Flowers #2" dies. The set contains both "Merry" and "Christmas".
Design Paper from KaiserCraft "December 25th" 6 1/2" Paper Pad
JustRite Christmas Cardinal Background Stamp (CL-04645)
Susan's Garden "Mini Lily" (658408)
Susan's Garden "Mini Petals" (658409) (On back order until Aug 1)
Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit ( 658437)
Susan's Garden Lady Bug Kit
Paper Bouquet Book by Susan Tierney-Cockburn LB-59059
Cheery Lynn "Snow Flowers #1" (DL 225)
Cheery Lynn "Snow Flowers #2 (DL226)
Cheery Lynn "Merry Christmas Set" (B186)
Cheery Lynn "Holly Flourish" (B148)
Ranger Detail Gold Embossing Powder
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Today I have another card created with the new Heartfelt Creations Dahlias from the "Burst of Splendor" Collection. I love working with the design paper that matches the stamps and dies. Each collection has twenty four sheets of double sided paper. I used the corner of one of these sheets for the background for this card. Another thing I love about having the design paper is that you get many coloring ideas for the stamped images.
In the lower corner, I stamped the large flower cluster from the "Dahlia Bouquet Precut Set" and colored it with markers as shown on the design paper. It was cut out with scissors to make it dimensional. This collection has three "leaf" stamp sets that also have matching dies. This is really cool because you can stamp the leaf outline, die cut them with matching dies, then actually color them with the "Bold Leaf" stamps. On the upper left side of the dahlias, I used the open leaf stamp from the "Classic Leaf PreCut Set", then die cut it with the matching die. I tried something new; I then used the bold leaf stamp from the same set and colored the stamp with two shades of green markers. To blend the colors I used a very fine mister and sprayed it in the air and let it fall on the stamp to blend the colors; then I pressed the die cut leaf on top of this stamp to color it. I then touched up the leaves with the lighter maker to blend the color even more. It was a fun technique. I did this again using several of the leaves from the "Open Leaf PreCut Set" and the "Bold Leaf PreCut Set". The leaves were shaped with tools from the flower tool kit.
Do you see that pretty "wispy" flower behind the dahlias. This is a stamp from the "Dahlia Bouquet PreCut Set". I arranged the flowers and leaves on the design paper then figured out where I wanted these wispy flowers to be, then stamped them on the design paper. I used a white Inksentials pen to add white to each of the little circles. The dahlias were attached with dimensional tape and the leaves glued under them. To complete the card I added the pretty Heartfelt Creations "Decorative Butterfly Corner".
You can purchase this beautiful Heartfelt Creations "Burst of Splendor" Collection from Joan's Gardens. As always, Joan offers a great discount on the "I Want It All" collection; her price is $125.99 for all these products.
Heartfelt Creations "Dahlia Bouquet PreCut Set" (HCPC 3550)
Heartfelt Creations "Classic Leaf PreCut Set" (HCPC 3546)
Heartfelt Creations "Bold Leaf PreCut Set" (HCPC 3547)
Heartfelt Creations "Open Leaf PreCut Set" (HCPC 3545)
Heartfelt Creations "Decorative Butterfly Corner" (HCD 730)