Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Today I created a shadow box using a new LaBlanche stamp that will be released next month. The name of this stamp is "Spring Posy". The image was colored with Copic markers. A second image was stamped and the posies along the bottom of the image were colored and cut out. These were attached to the back of the top of the shadow box to give the image dimension.
The top of the shadow box was covered with a piece of yellow stripped design paper from a new "Dots and Strips" paper pack from Joan's Gardens. You will love the two paper packs shown above because they are full of dots and striped papers. The largest Spellbinders, "Fleur De Lis Rectangles" die was cut and placed around the opening in the shadow box. This die does not cut an opening in the center but I just used a craft knife and cut along the edge of the die before removing the piece from the die. Yellow posies were created using the large daisy punch shown in the photo above. They were punched out using white card stock and sponged with yellow ink. For each flower, two daisies were shaped with the tools in the Flower Tool Kit and glued together. A mixture of black and brown Flower Soft was added to the center of the punched flowers as well as the flowers in the stamped design. Green Cheery Lynn Ferns were added under the punched flowers. These leaves come two to a package, each facing a different direction. A pretty yellow silk bow was added to complete this shadow box.
You can preorder this cute LaBlanche stamp, and purchase all other supplies used on this card, from Joan's Gardens.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Punches used to create Magnolia: Mega Giant Dahlia Petals; Medium Pear; Sky Flake;Medium Sparkle; Small Sun; Medium Snowflake
Sizzix "Thank You Set" Embossing Folders
Don't you love shopping at Joan's Gardens. I always love the great variety of different brand of products; plus she constantly has fun new products coming in, so there is always something new to play with. She just recently added some new Sizzix embossing folders. This set is called "Thank You" and as you can see, this set contains four different embossing folders. I used the large folder for my card today. I turned it around, from what is shown in the picture, because I wanted my flower on top. I love these Sizzix embossing folders because they give a much deeper impression than some of the other brands.
This card is 5.5" square. Using a 6" square piece of card stock, I used the Martha Stewart "Doulbe Arches" border/corner punches to create a lacy looking card. (This is one of the extra large border/corner punches.) The Sizzix piece was layered on top. I know I use these a lot, but I love the new Spellbinders "Parisian Accents. Two corners and the tag used under the flower were die cut. There are six die cuts in this set. I need a birthday card, so used the sentiment from the JustRite "Elegant Frames" stamp set. It was stamped using VersaFine black ink and clear embossed. Do you know why I do that? When you stamp in black and clear emboss over it, it seems to make the sentiment stand out more -- seems to make the black - blacker. Also, if I would have embossed with black embossing powder, I might have had little specks of black in some of the embossed design.
I created a little magnolia flower using the punches shown in the photo above. Joan has all these punches in stock. The flower petals were created with the "Pear" punch and the leaves created with petals from the "Mega Giant Dahlia Petals" punch. I discovered a great way to make these punched leaves so very real and will be doing a tutorial on this at a later date. To finish the card, a piece of white trim was added along with a few white pearls.
All these products are available from Joan's Gardens.
Well I'm off to go grill some hamburgers, then finish planting a bunch of flowers I purchased from the nursery. Hope you are having a nice holiday.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Today I wasn't sure I would have time to play in my craft room because my DH and I have been working out in the yard. We finally had a beautiful day and it was so nice to be outdoors.
I did find this this afternoon to create this card. I used one of my favorite Heartfelt Creations stamps, HCPC 3301 "Hydrangea/Posy Branch PreCut Set". In order to make the hydrangea dimensional, I stamped a lot of the smallest posy from the HCPC 3303 "Posy Patch Flowers PreCut Set". I used three different shades of purple and stamped the flowers with purple ink. All these flowers can be cut out with the matching Posy Patch Dies. Two hydrangea images were stamped on white card stock and colored with Copic markers. I cut the leaves off one, so I could also make them dimensional. The entire image was cut out to use for the base for the die cut posies. All the shades of the small individual posy flowers were glued to the stamped hydrangea image. Purple "Stickles" was added to the center of each flower.
The design paper is from Webster's Pages. This is a 5.5" square card. The lace border was created with the Martha Stewart "String Lace" border punches. It was created using a 6" square piece of card stock then attached to the back of the card. (Oops! I squished one side of the border and didn't notice until after I posted -- it did flatten out!) Spellbinder "Parisian Accents" were die cut and added to the top corners and under the sentiment. The sentiment is from the JustRite "Signs of Life" stamp set. It was cut out with a scallop Nestie and attached with a dimensional. One of the mini doily butterflies from the Cheery Lynn die cuts was added to match the butterfly in the design paper. Tiny black pearls were added to the body. Additional white pearls and a purple bow were added to complete the card.
All the products used on this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Today has been a fun day of stamping with my granddaughter Shannon. She needed three graduation cards, one which is for her sister and the other two for friends. As I have told you before, Shannon has been stamping with me for most of her life (she is 13) so when she comes over I tell her to pick out the papers, and stamps she wants. She is so creative and always comes up with wonderful designs and she has done it again today. I set and work with her and teach her new things and tell her about new products she might not know I have, such as new Nestabilities or punches, but she makes the decision on what she wants to use and the designs.
This first card is designed for her sister. The only graduation stamp we had to work with happened to be just what Shannon wanted. It is from the JustRite "Favorite Occasions" stamp set. She stamped it using black ink and cut it out with circle Nestabilities. I showed her how to die cut the opening in a piece of card stock to make sure it was the perfect size to fit around the image. She loved that new technique. Her smaller circle fit perfect around the graduation cap. She sponged around the edge of this circle to help make it stand out. She did the same thing to cut out the border around the salutation. Her sister's school colors are yellow and blue, so she cut two Spellbinders, Floral Doily Motifs, in these colors to back the stamped image. She rotated them so you can see both colors. She used numbers from one of my JustRite monogram stamps sets. Luckily I had the vertical stamp block because she wanted the year stamped down the side. She also wanted "sparkly" gold embossing powder to emboss the year. It does look much prettier with the sparkly gold rather than the normal gold embossing powder. She found some of the Martha Stewart double punched borders I had in a drawer and used that along the bottom edge of the card. She wove ribbon through the opening then added blue rhinestones across the border. Can you see the detail on that graduation cap? We used a gold bookmark tassel to create this. We cut off most of the tassel so it was just the perfect size for this cap. Glue was added across the stamped tassel and the real tassel attached. She added a blue rhinestone to the center of the cap. She also completed the inside of the card with a wonderful verse.
She needed two red and silver graduation cards and created the following cards using the same JustRite stamp. She used silver ink to sponge around the design and silver embossed it. There is a layer of silver card and also red under the image. She used two different sets of Nestabilities for these. Again she stamped the year down the side and added a double punched border at the bottom, She added a strip of ScorTape across the middle of the border than placed three rows of silver cording side-by-side to complete the card. I am always very proud of her work.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are having a great weekend.
You can purchase the JustRite stamps used on this project from Joan's Gardens.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Three sizes of Tim Holtz Rosettes
Top rosette is on one die
Second and Third are both on a newer rosette die
Everyone is having fun creating rosettes. Joan's Gardens has had the larger rosette die and now she has the new Tim Holtz Alterations mini rosette dies in stock, which has the two smaller rosettes on one die. It is fun to have all three sizes. I have created a card using all three sizes so you can see the different sizes. In the center of each flower is a Webster's Pages button. For the larger rosette, I stacked the largest rosette with the larger rosette of the mini set. I could have stacked these three high, but the smallest is placed in the Spellbinder "Fancy Tags Two". The larger rosette was placed over the Heartfelt Creations, Bella Rose Flourish. The design paper is from a Jubilee paper pad collection. The three butterflies are Cherry Lynn Designs "Mini Butterflies". You can see all the different sizes of the beautiful butterflies at Joan's Gardens. On the body of each butterfly, green flock was added to give them a fuzzy look. Four black Dew Drops were added to each corner to complete the card.
My oldest granddaughter will be graduating from high school and I need to create a graduation card. I have no ideas at this time but better try and work on that this weekend. I am very proud of her. She is graduating not only from high school but has also earned her AA degree with a 3.9 GPA.
Have a great weekend.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Today I have a combination of products from Joan's Gardens that I am using. I have had several people ask me to do a tutorial on how to create a flower with the Spellbinders Nestabilities "Blossom Four" dies. The process to create this flower is very similar to the post I did a few days ago on the Peony Tutorial. I have photos below to show which dies I used and the process of shaping them. The amount of each size flower will depend on how many layers you want need to create the look you want to achieve. I always prepare a lot of layers then stack them up without adding glue to decide the exact look I want. You can always save the extra pieces to create more flowers later.
For this card I used a piece of design paper from a new paper pack Joan now has in stock called "KaiserCraft "Chapter One". This pad is 6 1/2" square and has gorgeous pages - some which are flocked. I know you will love it. For the background for the flower, I used the Cheery Lynn Designs "English Tea Party" doily. Joan's Gardens has a large variety of these beautiful doilies for you to choose from. My card is 6" square so in order to have room for everything I wanted to add, I cut off a small portion of the doily and lined it up with the left side of the design paper. I had to use my favorite flourish, which is from the new Heartfelt Creations "Bella Rose" collection. I used the die to cut out the flourish using white card stock. I then stamped the "Bella Rose Leaves PreCut Set" with dark green ink The colored leaves were cut out and used over the white leaves on the flourish. Two rose buds from the Heartfelt Creations "Classic Bella Rose PreCut Set" were stamped and cut out with matching dies then added around the large flower.
I have used the mini butterflies from Cheery Lynn Designs before but Joan's Gardens also carries the small and large butterflies. This is one of the small butterflies from "Exotic Butterfly Small" package. There are three beautiful butterflies in this package. Can you see the glitter on the butterfly? I die cut the butterfly using black card stock. It is so delicate and lacy. I wanted to add glitter to the openings, so I used a piece of two sided tape and cut around the outside of the butterfly. Fine purple glitter was spread over the butterfly and the glitter stuck to the sticky tape that covered each of the openings in the butterfly. This is a much easier way to add glitter than trying to add glue to each of the openings and then adding glitter. A few purple rhinestones were added to complete the card.
Here are pictures of the dies and mini tutorial on how the flower was created:
Blossom Four Dies used for this flower
Each flower was cut between petals to help with shaping and edges sponged with a darker purple ink
Each layer was shaped with the tools from the Flower Tool Kit
Please refer to the Peony Tutorial for complete instructions.
All products used on this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I'm back! Well I think I am . . . I have had either a horrible cold or allergies and my head could not think creatively so I have missed a few days posting. Today I created a card with the beautiful LaBlanche "Blossoming Rose" stamp that will be released next month. The image was stamped, colored with Copic markers and cut out so I could make each flower dimensional. I did not stamp a second image and cut out additional flowers, but just cut between the flowers being careful not to detach the arrangement. I used tools from the Flower Tool Kit to give each flower some dimension. Yellow Stickles was added to the center of each flower.
I'm not sure, but I don't think I have used this pretty "French Pastry" Doily Die by Cherry Lynn Designs. Joan's Gardens has a large variety of these beautiful doily dies in stock. The stamped LaBlanche Roses were attached over the doily with dimensional tape under each of the flowers. A double punched border, created with the Martha Stewart "Deco Shells" border punch, was placed on the bottom of the card.
I want to remind you this is the last week for the card and tag challenge at Joan's Gardens. One lucky person will receive one of the beautiful Marianne embossing folders ($30 value). Be sure to check out all the details at Joan's Gardens.
As you know, all products used to create this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Friday, May 20, 2011
On May 8th, I posted a card with a large flower on my blog and have had so many people request I do a tutorial for this flower. Here is the link to the other flower. The dies used to create this flower are the Spellbinders "Peony" dies. I have used some other new products from Joan's Gardens. The white doily was cut with the "Italian Flourish" doily die; the white flower sprig and the green leaf flourishes are the new Marianne Creatables that Joan now carries. The butterflies are also part of the doily die collection and these mini butterflies come in a set of three. Joan carries three different sizes of these beautiful butterflies. The pink flowers were created with the "Small Blossom" punch. The banner along the bottom of the card was created with the Martha Stewart "Deco Shells" border punch. The sentiment is from JustRite "Elegant Frames". All pieces were arranged and attached as shown with "Art Glitter" Designer Adhesive. All products used on this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Below is a tutorial on how I created the large flower:
Use Spellbinders Peony Nestabilities. Cut four or five of each of the four smallest flowers. Every flower you create will be a little different depending on how many petals of each size you wish to use,.
Cut toward center of each flower to create separate petals. When you do this it allows the flower to shape and look more realistic.
For my flower, I sponged pink ink on the edges, both front and back, to give it a two toned effect.
Using the black mat and tool from the "Flower Tool Kit", each flower was shaped. You can get full direction on how to do this in the "Paper Bouquet" book that Joan sells.
For the very center of this flower three "Small Sun" stamens were cut between each point, shaped and glued together.
When I create flowers from punches I always punch a lot of extra pieces so I know I have enough to create what I want and then save the extra pieces for other flowers at a later date. You can experiment with getting the look you want by stacking the flowers together, before gluing, just to see how many of each flower (petal layer) to want to use for the finished flower. You can get so many different looks with the same punched/die cut pieces by changing the number of layers, the type of stamen, and the shaping of the petals. I'm sure you know this by now, but I really love creating flowers with die cuts and/or punches.
I have been sick for the past three days and hope I have explained this well enough for you to create some of your own beautiful flowers. As you know when you don't feel well, things don't always come out the way they should. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I always love to read your comments so hope to hear from you.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Don't you love all the stamps in the new Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose Collection! This stamp set is called called "Tea with Bella PreCut Set". I also used the "Classic Bella Rose PreCut set" to add additional rose buds. The beautiful flourish is one of the dies in the Bella Rose Die set. This is my favorite flourish and you will see it on many cards I create in the future.
The tea cup was stamped and colored with Copic markers. It was cut out with scissors. Two additional rose buds were stamped, colored, and cut out with matching dies. The flourish was die cut using green card stock. I have had some questions about how to use the dies from Heartfelt Creations and want to tell you these dies are manufactured by Spellbinders and can be used in any die cut machine; the Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Vegabond, or the Grand Calibur. I love that Heartfelt Creations has matching Spellbinder dies for many of their stamps. There is a video on Joan's Gardens to show you how to use the Heartfelt Creations dies.
To assemble this card a piece of green design paper was placed on the front. One of the new Cheery Lynn doily dies, "Kiwi Doily", from Joan's Gardens was die cut and cut in half to place behind the cup. The flourish was attached to the left side then the cup was attached with dimensional tape over it. The two additional rose buds were tucked in over the flourish. Two Spellbinders "Parisian Accents" were added to the top corners to complete the card.
You can order your Bella Rose stamps from Joan's Gardens. Remember, if you order the "I Want It All" Bella Rose Collection, you will save $20.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tomorrow (Thursday) is the day for a new challenge at Joan's Gardens. Joan announced last week that this will be the last week for both the card and tag challenges until next Fall. For this week, both the Tag and Card Challenges will be combined. For this challenge, we are asking you to create both a Tag and a Card which will be posted separately; one in the card challenge and one in the tag challenge. There are no specific challenge rules - only that you make a matching tag and card. For each set you enter, you will be eligible to win one of the beautiful new Marianne Embossing Folders (retail value $30.00). The winner will be chosen by a random drawing, held on Thursday May 26.
For my matching tag and card, I used stamps from the new Heartfelt Creations "Bella Rose Collection". For the card I used both stamps from the "Bella Rose Vase PreCut Set". The baby's breath was stamped with VersaMark Ink and white embossed on a piece of purple card stock. The vase of roses was stamped on white card stock, colored with Copic markers and cut out. Two additional roses and one set of leaves were cut from a second stamped image and attached with dimensional tape. Two Spellbinders "Parisian Accents" corners were added. A Martha Stewart double punched border was added with a piece of ribbon attached across the middle with ScorTape. The design paper has squares on it and large rhinestones were added to each square down the sides.
The tag was created with the Heartfelt Creations "Tea with Bella PreCut Set". This is the set with the tea cup with a rose at the base of the cup. I used this rose for my tag. The same design paper was used for the tag. Two of the small Spellbinders "Parisian Accents" were added to the top corners. The "Accent" for the sentiment is also from this Spellbinders die set. The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations "Springtime Cardinal Collection". It was cut out with a circle Nestability, sponged and attached with dimensional tape to the Parisian Accent. Matching rhinestones were added to the bottom. Purple ribbon was added to the top of the tag.
I'm sure all of you would love to have one of the beautiful new Marianne Embossing Folders ($30 value) so I hope you will enter both a card and a tag for a chance to win. I will be looking forward to seeing your beautiful entries. Please go over to Joan's Gardens blog for all the details and links for this week's challenges.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Mega Elongated Leaves, Medium Sparkle
Large Delicate Snowflake, Small Cosmo
I had a wonderful surprise about a week ago. LaBlanche stamps wrote to me and said they loved what I was designing with their stamps and asked me to be a guest designer using a few of the new stamps that will be coming out later in June. I was excited to be asked, and here is my first card from the upcoming release.
The LaBlanche stamp used on this card is called "Big Straw Hat". Isn't it a cute image! It was stamped on white card stock with Memento black ink and colored with Copic markers. I wanted to frame the image so I used the Cuttlebug "Grace's Frame" embossing folder. Using a craft knife, the inside of the frame was cut out so I could place the stamped image behind it.
The design paper used on this card is from the "Sweet Fairy" paper pad from Joan. I thought the perfect embellishment for this card would be a daisy created like the one in the stamped image. To do this, I used the punches shown above. The petals were punched with the Mega Elongated Leaves punch using yellow card stock. The smallest petals were used. They were sponged with a darker yellow on the tips and an yellow/orange ink on the stamen end. A gray marker was used to create the lines in each petal. The flowers were shaped with the "Flower Tool Kit". The stamens were created using five "Medium Sparkles" and four "Small Cosmos". To get the feathered look, each sparkle and cosmos petal were cut right down the center. The petals were glued to the Large Delicate Snowflake. The leaves were created with the same Elongated Leaves punch. They were punched out on green card stock, sponged and shaped. The largest leaves were used. To complete the card, a pretty yellow "double" bow and yellow pearls were added.
I want to thank LaBlanche for asking me to design with these new stamps coming out next month. They are so well detailed that they are very easy to create beautiful cards you will be proud of. Be sure to contact Joan, at Joan's Gardens, to place your order. I will be posting some more cards soon with others stamps I received.
All products used on this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Monday, May 16, 2011
From time to time we need to create a masculine card. Joan sent me a set from "Our Craft Lounge" called "Fishing With Dad". I don't feel I am very good at creating cards where I need to do a lot of sponging but felt that is what this card needed. The trees and fisherman were stamped using VersaFine Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Using a stamp from Heartfelt Creations, the clouds were stamped with VersaMark Ink and clear embossed. Using sponge daubers, the different colors were sponged around the images. I used both large and small sponge daubers. The larger sponge daubers give a smoother coverage for larger areas. The detail in the clouds does not show up well in the photo but they do look very realistic.
A Penny Black stamp set I received from Joan's Gardens last year, called "Enjoy Life", was used for the bushes down on the bottom corners. The sentiment is from the JustRite "You Inspire Me" stamp set and the tag is also from JustRite called "Grommet Tags". There are three pretty tags in this set. The fish from the "Fishing With Dad" set was stamped, colored with Copic markers, cut out with scissors and attached on the tag with dimensionals.
This stamp set from Our Craft Lounge has six image stamps and six sentiments and will be perfect for some of those masculine cards you need to make.
All these products can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Heartfelt Creations has a new beautiful collection just released called "Bella Rose". This is such a gorgeous collection of roses I am sure you will want to add to your collection. You can see the entire collection at Joan's Garden's.
Today I have combined two of these new sets to create a shadow box. The shadow box was cut 6" square with 1/2" score lines down two sides to create the box. An opening was cut in the top piece with the Spellbinders Labels 17 die. A piece of blue design paper was placed on the inside for a backing. The "Bella Rose Lattice Background PreCut Set (HCPC 3396) was stamped on white card stock and colored with Copic markers. It was cut out with scissors. To cut out between the lattice, the craft knife from the Flower Tool Kit was used. Additional roses from "Classic Bella Rose PreCut Set" were stamped, colored, and cut out with matching dies to give dimension to the flowers on the lattice. The beautiful butterfly is from the same set as the birdhouse "Bella Rose House PreCut Set" (HCPC 3392). It was stamped, colored with Copic markers and two colors of Stickles added. The bird house was stamped, colored and cut out to add to the top of the shadow box. An additional rose was added to also give it more dimension. Three Spellbinders Parisian Accents corners were added to the top to give the top a finished look. A 6" square was cut to place on the back of the shadow box and the Martha Stewart "Doulbe Arches" punch was used to add a border to each side.
This new Heartfelt Creations collection is gorgeous and all the sets can be used to mix and match designs for many different creations. Be sure to check out the 8 stamps sets and die set in the Bella Rose collection at Joan's Gardens. If you are interested in the entire collection you will save $20 by ordering the "I Want It All" package.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Mega Sweet Pea, Chestnut Leaf, Snowflake
NOTE: Joan and I are aware of a problem with the Tag Challenge Link right now. Blogger is having some problems and the sample for the card challenge and the ink to submit tags is no longer on her blog. Joan will fix it as soon as she can. She is sorry for this problem; she will allow you to post 2 tags for next week if the problem isn't fixed before it is time to vote. We look forward to seeing your beautiful tags.
Did you know that there is a special punch for creating pretty Sweet Pea flowers? I love sweet peas and was so excited to get the sweet pea punch to give this a try. I used the directions in the "Paper Bouquet" book by Susan Tierney Cockburn. This is the book I use to learn how to create most of the flowers I create for my cards and boxes. It has excellent instructions and pictures for creating 40 different flowers. You can get this book and the punches needed for these pretty flowers at Joan's Gardens. Joan does have these punches, flower tool kits, and book in stock.
The background for this card was created with the new Embossing Folder from Joan's Gardens. She does not have it on her blog yet, but you can call or email her and tell her you want the embossing folder I used on this card. A piece of pink card stock was attached below the die cut openings on this embossed folder. On the left side of the card, I used one of the double punched borders I showed you how to create a few days ago. I used the same punch "Martha Stewart String Lace" border punch, to create a border around the outside of the card. The pretty "Flourish" is the flourish from the new Heartfelt Creations Bell Rose Collection. This is the most beautiful flourish I own and I know I will be using it a lot. The sentiment and frame are from the JustRite "Elegant Frames" stamp set.
The sweet peas were punched out of pink vellum and created as described in the Paper Bouquet book. The sweet peas in the book were not created with vellum but I love the dainty look of the vellum. The leaves were attached below each flower along with a paper tendrils created with thin strips of green card stock.
Hope you like this card. I'm sure you will have fun creating these pretty flowers.
All products used on this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.