Monday, October 22, 2018

Berry Basket


Today I have a card that could be used for the holidays or really any occasion.  

The inside brown frame measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.  You can adjust the actual size of the card depending on the background you want for your card.

To begin, use the Garden Notes Leafy Berry Branch to die cut 5 branches.  Use Nuvo Crystal Drops to create the red berries.  Allow the berries to dry while you are working on the rest of the card, or even overnight.  Once the berries are dry, shape the little leaves using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Tweezers - place the tweezers on the end of the leaf and pinch up. This will give the branch a more realistic appearance.

Use the Garden Notes Frame It/Stitched Rectangles die set to die cut the brown frame.  Use the largest and #3 die.  Place the smaller frame, centered, in the larger frame and die cut.  Use the largest Stitched Rectangle die to die cut a piece of the ModaScrap Wood Effects design paper.  Use Dimensional tape on the back of the frame and attach over the wood panel.  Use Gold Border Peel Off Stickers to go around the outside edge of the frame.

Use the Joset Designs Spring Basket die set and die cut two baskets.  Use white card stock.
Glue the two baskets together for strength.  Sponge on Tea Dye Distress Ink then sponge Walnut Distress ink around the edges.  In the 1034 package of Corners and Borders, there are corner stickers.  In the corner design there are little gold circles (dots) that you can use to decorate the front of the basket.  Attach the basket to the bottom of the brown frame, using dimensional tape, leaving the top portion open so you can tuck the berry branches in.  

When the berries are dry on the leafy berry branch, cut the branches apart and insert them in the basket, as shown.

This frame can be added to a larger Buttercream Soft Finish Cardstock.  The size will depend on the size you want your finished card.  The finished piece can then be added to the front of a brown card.





Sunday, October 21, 2018

Pink Clematis with Blue Bird

Clematis are such beautiful flowers and are very easy to create using the Garden Notes Clematis die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  

This is a 6-inch square card.  A piece of white card stock was cut 5 3/4 inches square and embossed with a dotted embossing folder.  The edges of this piece were scored for a finished appearance.

For the center of the card, a square of watercolor paper was colored using light blue and light green inks.  The inks were put on a craft mat, sprayed with water, then the watercolor paper was dabbed down into the ink.  Once dry, a pearlized spray was applied to give it a shiny appearance.  Use the 4th Fitted Square die to die cut the inked background that will fit behind the frame.

To cut the white frame, Use the 3rd Dotted Scallop Square die and the 5th Frame It/Stitched Square.  Place the smaller frame inside the larger square and die cut.  Glue the frame over the watercolored piece.  Attach to the center of the card, using dimensional tape.



Use the Garden Notes die set and create three pink clematis.  Use the flower tool kit to shape the petals and leaves.  Assemble using Kids Choice Glue.  

Use the Garden Notes Jasmine die set and die cut 12 flowers and leaves.  Shape with the flower tool kit.  Cut down the center of each yellow stamen, with the Fine Pointed Scissors,  to give them a fuller appearance.  Glue in the center of the petals.

Use the Garden Notes Maidenhair Fern die set and die cut both ferns twice, using white card stock.  Sponge on light green ink.

Arrange the ferns, the clematis and jasmine around the left side of the frame, as shown.

Use the Garden Notes, Garden Birds, die set and die cut one bird.  Color with markers.  Attach inside the frame, next to the flowers, as shown.

This card will mail nicely inside one of the clear acrylic boxes sold at Elizabeth Craft Designs.




Saturday, October 20, 2018

Winter Cardinal


I have never seen a real cardinal but I love to create cards with them.  Today I used the Garden Notes Garden Birds die set.

This is a 6-inch square card.  Cut a piece of black Soft Finish Cardstock 5 3/4 inches square and attach to the front of the card.

Cut a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock cut 5 1/2 inches square.  Use the #2 and #3 Garden Notes Frame It/Stitched Circle dies and die cut a circle frame.  Use the #3 die from the same set and die cut an opening in the front of the 5 1/2 inch square.  Glue the circle frame around the edge of the circle in the white square.  This will give the opening a finished appearance.

Use a piece of the ModaScrape Thinking About Polinesia design paper to cover the opening in the 5 1/2 inch square.   Attach the dotted paper behind the opening.   Attach this piece to the front of the card.

Use the Beautiful Baubles die set and die cut two pine branches.  Attach them inside the die cut circle, as shown.

Use the Garden Notes, Garden Birds die set and die cut the Cardinal, using white Soft Finish Cardstock.  Color with markers.  Attach the bird on the edge of the circle frame, as shown.

Use the Words 5 - Winter Wishes die set to die cut the sentiment, using black card stock.  Attach to the lower right corner of the card.

Use Black Corner Peel Off Stickers (1018) to decorate the upper corners.

Product links are shown below.




Friday, October 19, 2018

Merry Christmas Deer Scene


I live in an area where  we see deer almost every day.  I love to create cards with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Reindeer die set.  You have probably noticed that I love this die set, because I use it so much!    It is a great die set to use alone or in combination with a lot of other die sets.  It is a great die set to create Christmas/Winter cards, but can also be used for many other types of cards.

This is a 6-inch square card.  There are many layers to create this card.

Use a piece of white card stock 5 3/4 inches square to create the cloud background.  Use the Earth & Sky Stencil to sponge blue ink around the cloud stencil.  This only needs to be sponged about half way down.  Attach this piece to the front of the card.

Use the A Way With Words Merry Christmas die set and die cut the sentiment using metallic silver card stock.  Attach to the upper right corner of the card.

CountryScapes - Mountains

Use the CountryScapes Mountains die set and die cut the three different mountain  layers.  Color the trees and attach each layer under the sentiment.  These die cuts are going to give a lot of depth to this scene.

Use the Reindeer die set and die cut four snow banks.  Attach each one to the front of the card, alternating the snow mounds.  You want different layers of snow to tuck the pine trees in.

Use the Reindeer die set and die cut 5 pine trees, using white Soft Finish Cardstock.  Color with markers.  Tuck the trees down in the snowbanks.  Use dimensional tape behind the four trees in the foreground and the back tree can be glued to the card.

Use the Reindeer die set and die cut both reindeer.  Color and attach the jumping reindeer behind the pine tree on the left.  Use dimensional tape.   Color and attach the other reindeer near the bottom of the card, as shown.

This type of card is great to use when you need a masculine card.

Links for the products are listed below.




Thursday, October 18, 2018

Paperwhite Flowers


One of the new Garden Notes die sets is the Daffodil/Narcissus.    You use the dies for the Narcissus to create Paperwhites.  I have created a container of the Paperwhites

This is a 6 inch square card.  A piece of the ModaScrap Relax in the Garden design paper was used for the background.  Gold Corner Peel Off Stickers were used on each corner.

Use the Garden Notes Wooden Fruit Crate die and die cut one crate using dark brown card stock.  Back the crate with a piece of tan card stock.  I brushed gold metallic paste over the design in the crate.  Attach to the bottom of the card.  

Use the Garden Notes Narcissus dies to create the flowers.  Shape the flowers with the Flower Tool Kit.  Arrange them in the crate.  I had a little bottle of stones, which I purchased from the Craft Store, and arranged some of them at the base of the leaves.

The products used from Elizabeth Craft Designs are linked below.




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Peace



I love Christmas cards with trees for a peaceful winter scene.

This is a 6 inch square card.  Cut another piece of white card stock 6 inches square and tape the largest Frame It/Stitched Squares die, centered, on it.  This will die cut the white frame.  

Cut a piece of the ModaScrap Let It Snow design paper 5 3/4 inch square and use 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive along the edges to attach to the back of the white frame.  Attach the frame to the front of the card.

Use the Reindeer die set and die cut 3 trees, and 2 snow banks using white Soft Finish Cardstock. 

Glue the two snowbanks together, alternating mounds, cutting to fit inside the frame, and glue only around the outside edges.  Leave the top of the snow open so you can tuck in the trees.

Attach the 3 trees, gluing down the tree in the middle and using dimensional tape for the other 2 trees.  

Use the CountryScape Woods 1 die set and die cut 1 white tree.  Attach to the right side of the card, using glue.

Use the A Way With Words Love, Joy, Peace  die set and die cut Peace using blue card stock.  Attach to the bottom of the card below the pine trees.

Use Kids Glue and add small amounts of glue on the tips of the pine trees, on the branches of the birch tree, and along the edges of the snowbanks.  Sprinkle on Cool Diamond Silk Microfine glitter.





Tuesday, October 16, 2018

All Is Calm All Is Bright

It is time for the design team challenge at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This month we are challenged to create a Christmas or Winter card using any of Krista Schneider's new Christmas/Winter themed stamp sets.  You can see all the great cards created by the design team at this LINK.


As in the past, you will be eligible to win a prize by commenting on the Elizabeth Craft Designs challenge post.

For today's challenge, Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on their website to 3 winners



To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us
Which of the new Krista Schneider stamp sets would you use to create a Christmas card.

Three lucky winners  will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced on Friday, October 19th on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Good Luck in the drawing.

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The new Krista die set used for my card today is the Elves clear stamp set and matching die set.

The size of this card is 6 1/2 x 5 inches.  A piece of white card stock cut 6 x 4 1/2 inches was cut and the edges scored, and attached to the front of the card.  An aqua ink was sponged in the center of this piece.

Use the new Krista Schneider's Elvs clear stamp set and stamp the Elf with the Christmas Lights.  Color and die cut with the matching die.  Attach her to the lower left side of the card using dimensional tape.

Use the Reindeer die set and die cut the tree.  Sponge on color.  Attach with dimensional tape beside the Elf.  

Use the Elvs stamp set and stamp the Banners.  Color and die cut with the matching die.  Attach to the tree as shown.

Use the Christmas Kids die set and die cut the large star from a piece of white card stock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on top.  Peel off the protective covering and add Gold Silk Microfine Glitter.  Polish the glitter with your finger.  Add to the top of the tree.

Use the Holiday Cheer stamp set and stamp the sentiment.  Use the Dotted Scallop die set and die cut the sentiment.  While the die is still on the die cut sentiment, sponge aqua ink around the edges.  Attach the oval to the top of the card as shown.

Use a light gray marker to add color below the tree and elf.



Reindeer


It is time for the design team challenge at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This month we are challenged to create a Christmas or Winter card using any of Krista Schneider's new Christmas/Winter themed stamp sets.  You can see all the great cards created by the design team at this LINK.

As in the past, you will be eligible to win a prize by commenting on the Elizabeth Craft Designs challenge post.

For today's challenge, Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on their website to 3 winners



To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us
Which of the new Krista Schneider stamp sets would you use to create a Christmas card.

Three lucky winners  will be selected in a random drawing and will be announced on Friday, October 19th on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Good Luck in the drawing.

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Reindeer stamp set

The new Krista stamp set used for this card is the Reindeer stamp set and matching dies.  

The card is 6 inches square. A piece of the ModaScrap Let It Snow design paper was added to the front

Use the Reindeer stamp set and stamp the reindeer/moon.  Color with markers.  Die cut with matching die.  Use a marker the same color as the blue in the design paper and color around the antlers and ribbon.  Use a white opaque pen to color in the white snow dots.  Attach to the top portion of the card, as shown.

Use the Reindeer die set and die cut two snow banks.  Use scissors to create a larger snow bank that will be part of the back snow.  Attach the larger snow bank to the lower half of the card.  Attach the  small snow banks at the bottom of the card by gluing only around the sides and bottom.  The top of the snow banks should be left open so the trees can be pushed down in the snow.

Holiday Trees & Ornaments - Clear Stamps

Use the older Krista Holiday Trees & Ornaments stamp and die set for the trees.  Stamp and color three of the large trees and one of the small group of trees. Use the matching dies to die cut the trees.   Cut the birds off one of the larger trees.  Attach the two larger trees, with birds, with dimensional tape on the left side and the other tree on the right side.  Each of the trees are tucked down in a different level of snow.  Add the small trees on the back snow bank, as shown.

To add sparkle to the card, add glue to the snow on the trees, and the snowbanks.  Sprinkle with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.  Use your finger to add a little glue to the moon and sprinkle on Gold Silk Microfine Glitter.

Links to the products used a shown below.





Sunday, October 14, 2018

Plant Smiles

The countryside is looking beautiful with all the beautiful, colorful trees, bushes and flowers.  I have created a bouquet using the new Garden Note Helenlum die set.

This 6 inch square card was covered with a piece of the ModaScrap Wood Effects dsesign paper.

Die cut the Garden Notes Vintage Tin Milk Can.  Color as desired.  I used a piece of dark gray card stock and added silver metallic paste with my finger.  Attach to the lower left side of the card.  Attach with a piece of dimensional tape attached to the center of the can and glue around the edges.  This will give the milk can some dimension.

Use the Garden Notes Helenlum die set and create three flowers.  Shape with the Flower Tool Kit and assemble using Kid Choice Glue.

Use the Garden Notes Shasta Daisy die set and create two flowers.  Shape with the Flower Tool Kit.  Assemble then add yellow pollen to the center.

Use the Garden Notes Ladder Fern die set.  Die cut 6 ferns.  Use light green card stock then sponge on brown ink to the tips and middle of each fern.  Shape with the Flower Tool Kit.

Arrange the flowers and ferns in the Vintage  Tin Milk Can.  

Use the Spring Basket die set and die cut 3 grass.  Use the Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Scissors and cut down each blade of grass.  Attach at the bottom of the Milk Can.

Use the Little Words That Mean A Lot clear stamp set and stamp the sentiment, using black VersaFine Ink.





Saturday, October 13, 2018

Phaleanopsis Orchid


Orchids are such a beautiful exotic flower.  Today I have designed my card using the new Garden Notes Phalaenopsis Orchid die set.

This is a 5x7 inch card.  Cut a piece of of white card stock to cover the front and emboss with a dotted background embossing folder.  Use a scoreboard and score around the edges.  Attach to the front of the card. 

Use the Garden Notes Trevi Urn and die cut two urns, using a light gray card stock.   Glue the two urns together.   Use Pewter metallic paste to shade the urn and to bring out the embossed design.  Attach to the bottom of the card using a piece of dimensional  tape in the center and glue around the edges.  This will give the urn a little rounded shape.

Use the Garden Notes Phalaenopsis Orchid die set and die cut pieces to create seven orchids.  Color with markers, or PanPastels.  I used two shades of pink PanPastels.  Draw lines on the petals and add small dots.  I went to Pinterest and found pictures of Orchids.  There are many different colors of Phalaenopis Orchids.   Color the stems and the orchid buds.  Cut extra stems with the buds and cut the buds off to make longer stems of buds.  Glue down the stems then add the orchids.  Add the extra buds at the end of the buds on the stems and around the orchids as shown.  Add Spanish Moss to the top of the Urn.  Die cut the Orchid leaves  Shape with the Flower Tool Kit.  Use the yellow green PanPastel to go down the center of each leaf.  Use brownish red PanPastel to lightly touch around the edges of some of the leaves.  Use Nuvo Crystal Glaze to give the leaves the glossy appearance.  I added a little to the leaf and rubbed it over the leaf with my finger.  As soon as the glaze is dry, shape the leaves and attach at the base of the flowers.

If you need help to learn how to assemble the Phalaenopsis Orchid, you can watch Susan's Garden Club Facebook Video at this LINK.

Links to the products used are listed below.




Friday, October 12, 2018

Ho Ho Ho


I am always excited when there is a new A Way With Words release.  Anything you create with Suzanne Cannon's calligraphy die sets or stamps will give your project an elegant appearance.  For this card I used one of her newest die sets.  

Today I created a Z shaped card.  There are many ways to create Z shaped cards.  You can Google it and find instructions.  I followed the basic instructions for a card I saw by Jennifer McGuire.  

This card uses only two pieces of card stock.  

Use a piece of Kraft card stock cut 5 x 10 inches.  Score at 2 1/2 and 5 inches.  Fold the 2 1/2 inch score line into a mountain fold and the 5 inch score line into a mountain fold.

Use a piece of ivory card stock cut 4 x 9 inches.  Score at 4 inches and 6 1/2 inches.  The 4 inch section is folded into a mountain fold and the 6 1/2 inch fold is a valley fold.



Use the A Way With Words Flourished Christmas Minis die set.  Die cut the ornament and Ho Ho Ho using gold metallic card stock.  On the  ivory card stock, attach these die cut pieces in the center of the square.  Use a fine gold cording to create a bow to attach at the top of the ornament.

Use the Joset Designs Santa Clause die set and to create the Santa.  Attach to the middle section of the ivory piece.

Christmas Collection

Use the A Way With Words Christmas Collection stamp set and stamp the sentiment  (It's all fun & games until Santa checks the Naughty List) using VersaMark Ink.  Gold Emboss.  This sentiment is on the right panel of the ivory card stock. 

Use Gold Line Peel Off Stickers to outline the front panel (around the ornament), and around the panel with the stamped sentiment.  Use Gold Corner Peel off Stickers to decorate each of the corners of the Kraft card stock.  

This is a picture of how the card will look when pulled open.  It folds flat for mailing.  The finished size is 5 1/2 inches square.



To attach the ivory panel to the front of the folded Kraft card stock, close the Kraft card, add glue to only the left half on the back of the Ornament panel.  Center that square so it is centered on the front of the card when it is closed.  By looking at the last two pictures above, I think you will understand.  Add glue to the whole backside of the left rectangle of the ivory piece.  Pull the card all the way open and press the glued rectangle to the Kraft card stock.  When the card is closed, the right edge of the top panel will be even with the edge of the ivory edge on the right side.  

This is not a difficult card to create.  If you have any questions, please let me know.




Thursday, October 11, 2018

Happy Holidays Snow Globe


Today I decided to be creative.  Elizabeth Craft Designs has a very cute Snow Globe die set, but it is smaller than what I wanted.  I decided to create my own snow globe.

This is a 6-inch square card.  

To cover the front of the card, a 6-inch square piece of the ModaScrape Let It Snow design paper was used.  To create the round cirecle (globe) the largest Frame It/Stitched Circle die was centered on the Let It Snow design paper.  

Behind the die cut circle is a piece of white card stock that has Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.  A 6-inch square piece of white card stock was covered with Clear Double Sided Adhesive and Cool Diamond Glitter added.  Polish the glitter with your fingers.  Attach behind the die cut circle.  Attach these pieces to the front of the card.

Use a piece of the ModaScrap Wood Effects card stock and cut a base for the snow globe.  Sponge around the edges using black ink.  Use the Winter Sentiments stamp set and stamp the sentiment on the snow globe base.  Attach the base, using dimensional tape, at the bottom of the die cut circle, being sure to align the top outer edges of the base with the edge of the die cut circle.  You want the circle (globe) to appear that it is inside the base.

Use the new Krista Elves stamp set and stamp and color the Elf with gifts.  Die cut using the matching die.

Use the new Krista Christmas Kids stamp set and stamp and color the boy and girl with the gift.  Die cut using the matching die.

Use the Els Van de Burgt Studio 5-Part Pine die set and die cut one tree using silver metallic card stock.   Attach the pieces together using dimensional tape at the bottom of each branch section  Attach the tree in the snow globe toward the upper right side.

Attach the Elf on the left side of the tree with clear double sided adhesive.  Attach the children on the lower right side of the snow globe.

For a finishing touch, add silver Peel Off Sticker Corners to the upper corners of the card.




Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Joy


Today I used one of the stamps in Krista Schneider's new release for this quick and easy Christmas card.  

Poinsettia stamp set

The name of this stamp set is 'Poinsettia'.  This stamp set also has a matching die set.

Use a piece of the Cafe au Lait  Soft Finish card stock cut 10 x 6 1/2 inches.  Score at 5 inches to create a card 5 x 6 1/2 inches.  Optional:  The back of this card can be attached to a piece of gold metallic card stock.

Use the Garden Notes Frame It/Stitched Rectangles die set to die cut the Ivory card stock frame.  Use a smaller Frame It/ Stitched Rectangles die to die cut a piece of ivory card stock to fit inside the frame (5 x 3 inches).

Use the berry branch stamp in the Poinsettia stamp set to stamp the branch in the center of the rectangle piece.  Use masking tape to go around the edges of this piece to mask the center of the card.  Use Tea Dye Distress Ink to sponge inside the masked area to create a border for the stamped image.  Color the berry branch.  Use a thin line black marker to create small dots on the ends of each berry.  

Use the Words 5- Winter Sentiments die set, and gold metallic card stock, to die cut the word 'Joy'.  Attach to the card as shown.

Use Gold Line Peel Off Stickers to outline the outer edge of the frame.





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