Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Today I have a card using more new Susan's Garden dies.  One of my favorite flowering trees is the dogwood.  The flowers on these trees can be either white or pink.  I used the grid die from the Garden Patch 1 3/8-inch dies for my background.  In this package you also receive dies for Mini Daffodils. I created two branches of flowers using the Susan's Garden - Dogwood dies.  I created the branches the same as I did on the Cherry Blossom post done yesterday.  I used a light tan card stock and sponged the branches with Crushed Olive Distress Ink, shaped them, then sponged on Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  They look so realistic.  The flowers were die cut using white card stock.  On the indention on the end of each petal, I used the Copic marker R59 (Cardinal); place the tip of the point in the indention.  For the stamen, I die cut two stamen pieces for each flower and used scissors to cut each stamen stem in half.  Two stamen pieces were glued together to give fullness to it.  The ends were spread apart and tiny dots of Viva Light Moss Green Paper Pen was placed on the tips. 

This is a 6"x6" card.  I attached a piece of design paper from an old Jodie Lee Designs "Nature Garden Collection" 6x6 paper stack over a 6x6 piece of black card stock.  The Garden Patch grid was die cut using black card stock then the same die used to die cut the squares using a piece of design paper from an older BasicGray "Green at Heart" paper pad.  The grid frame was attached with dimensional tape.  Over the grid, I attached a pearl swirl from my stash.  

The sentiment is one of Susan's new sentiment stamps from Elizabeth Craft Designs "Take Time".  It was stamped on white card stock, cut out with scissors and backed with black card stock.  Black pearls were added to complete the card.

The new smaller flower dies by Susan are so perfect for creating beautiful cards.  

Below is a link to each of the Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:



Petras Bastelschätze said...

I like this dogwoods very much and the words are so wise
LG Petra

Cheryl W said...

Very pretty! The flowers you make are amazing!

Ileana Carmen said...

It is a beautiful card.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

You do these so well, Selma.

Eva Van Buuren said...

Wonderful Dogwoods, Selma!!
Thanks for already bringing the Spring to us!
I love the Words...
Hugs, Eva.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Are these dogwood dies smaller than the “original” ones that I already have by Susan? If so, it would be great to have these, too, to add to the larger ones. Thanks for sharing your creations, Selma.

Debi Lefever

Anonymous said...

Lovely card... but I clicked on the link to see the actual die and was shocked at the price! Wow! $21.95 for a branch some leaves (or a leafy branch... I can't tell) and some blossoms. I think you know Susan and I know you are on the design team so can you ask either Susan or Elizabeth Crafts to justify the price on these dies?????? I know her Sizzix flower dies were not all that reasonable either, but these are smaller flowers and it just seems they should be a lower price. As an example, Spellbinders has a line of flower dies that sell for $9.99 each. I'm sure Elizabeth Crafts would sell a whole lot more dies if they were more reasonably priced. Just my opinion. I love dies, but some of the companies are just ripping people off.

Susan said...
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Susan said...

Dear Anonymous,
I would like to answer your comment above--my Dogwood die with ECD not only has more petal pieces, but a branch, which wasn't included in my Sizzix's design. On why Spellbinder's is able to have lower prices, well here it is: First, their dogwood is bordering on copying my design, so they haven't spent the time to draw it, test it and refine it and the biggest reason is that they manufacture in China; my dies are made in the United States and I'm proud I am providing jobs for our people. I have been creating 3-dimensional flowers for almost 20 years, written 3 books, and considered the innovator of these flowers. Spellbinders is the one ripping off customers by copying and "lowly" designers as myself when they produce products that lean towards infringement of Intellectual Property. Think about that when you buy a knock-off. Susan Tierney-Cockburn


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