Life is Tough

Life is Tough

Hello My Crafty Friends,

First and foremost I want to take the time to say THANK YOU to everyone on the front lines doctors, nurses, janitors, food service, grocery store employees as well as the truck drivers etc.  I hope that those that can stay home do stay home so we can get this horrible virus under control.

Today I have a card that I created for a dear friend that has just been diagnosed with breast cancer which is very scary in itself but during this pandemic it is scary ten fold.

A couple of weeks ago Susan’s “Live” on Susan’s Garden Club Facebook page had the Bells of Ireland which was intriguing as it was combining different pieces from several die sets.  Here is how I created it.

Step 1 form 6″ X 6″ card base ( tent fold or side fold whichever your preference).

Step 2  Cut white Soft Finish Cardstock 5-3/4″ square.  Using shape of your choice cut shape upper left side of cardstock. ( Tonic Mixed Edge Diamond Layering Basics Die Set used here)

Step 3  Create a background piece to go behind cut out mine was created using Distress Oxide inks.  Attach behind opening then attach square to card front using Clear Double sided Adhesive.

Step 4  Create container for arrangement Susan’s Garden Notes Gathering Basket used here.  Cut twice from cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back.  Adhere together.  Brown cardstock used here then shaded with Copic markers.  add a couple dimensional dots to lower center of basket (container) back then adhere to card front to right of the cut out.

Step 5 Cut, color and shape your flowers I have used Pom Pom Dahlia and using Susan’s Garden Notes Nasturtium, Woodland Leaves, Bougainvillea and Japanese Painted Fern die sets.  You can find the videos on Susan’s Facebook page Susan’s Garden Club (here is the link for the Bells of Ireland  https://www.facebook.com/SusansGardenClub/videos/201063344507415/

Step 6 Build your bouquet in your basket.

Step 7  Stamp a sentiment on a cut out in black in adhere to lower left card front using dimensional dots.

Stay Safe and Healthy my friends!

I do hope that my card today has inspired you to create and until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

You only live once, but if you live right once is enough!

Suppies: Copic Markers YG 25, RV69, W4, W7 (sorry don’t remember the pinks I used on Dahlia)

Cardstock: White Soft Finish, Brown, Green

Ellen Hutson – Essentials by Ellen Courage Stamp & Die Set

Susan’s Garden Pom Pom Dahlia, Japanese Painted Fern

Susan’s Garden Notes: Woodland Leaves, Nasturtium, Gathering Basket

Tonic Mixed Edge Diamond Layering Basics Die Set

 

Wreath With Hellebores

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Hello my crafty friends,

Just wanted to share with you a card I did for a Christmas card challenge I am a member of on Facebook – Cardmaking Tips.  On Sunday we are given a theme then we create a Christmas card using that theme and post picture of it in album for that week.  At the end of the year you have your Christmas cards made and ready to send out.

On my card I have used Susan’s Garden Notes Evergreen Wreath #1221, Garden Notes Berry Spray 1481 with Nuvo Drops – Autumn Red for berries and Susan’s Garden Club Helleoborus Wood grain embossing folder and Close To My Heart stamp set – Christmas Joy #C1520.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

You only live once but if you live right once is enough!

Pussy Willow Tutorial

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Hello my crafty friends,

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these stressful times.  One plus with all this staying in is a chance for a lot of us to craft more.  Since here in Maine the pussy willows are blooming I of course  wanted to recreate them for my cards.  I have come up with my take on making them I do hope it is helpful.  I don’t do videos but have taken pictures.

Stems:

Find a die for a stick that is fairly straight.  The ones I have cut were from ECD Toasted Marshmallow die set ( I happened to be using for another card so I cut extra branches) I cut some out of white and equal amount from brown cardstock.  Adhere white on top of brown (Note: you can cut both out of brown rather than color with markers)  Using a couple shades of brown alcohol markers color stems.  Lay stems right side down and using leaf tool draw a line down middle then pinch between fingers to curve stem a bit.

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Buds:

Mix Art Glitter Dries Clear glue mixing in s small dish with small amount of water.  Cut small pieces of wool roving approximately 3/4″ dip in thinned glue squeeze out excess then twist to shape putting clip on end to hold twist.  Set aside to dry.

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Once dry take clips off.  Using Neutral Gray Shade PanPastels add a little shading to each.  Be very light handed to avoid some really darker spots which you can see on mine.  Trim off excess roving and reshape if needed.  Using Kids Choice Glue and a toothpick attach each bud to stem.  Allow to dry thoroughly.

IMG_0128Have fun – plan on getting your hands quite messy but it will be worth it.

Alternative to wool rovings you can use Q-Tips I would shade with the PanPastels before cutting as it is easier to hold on to.

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Thanks for stopping by today and until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

You on live once but if you live right once is enough!

 

 

 

Potted Orchid

Potted Orchid

 

Hello my crafty friends!

Today I have a card I created per request of a friend.  Susan’s Garden Notes Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) is the flower in Susan’s Garden Notes Potted was used along with Fitted Stitch Frame It Square dies.

Susan has a video on her Facebook page Susan’s Garden Club for the orchid. You can find video here 

6″ X 6″  bright white card blank.

Patterned paper cut to 5-3/4″ X 5-3/4″ die cut square in center.

Burnt Orange cardstock cut 5-1/2″ X 5-1/2″ next smaller square cut in center.  Using clear double sided adhesive attach patterned paper over orange cardstock lining up so it is even all around then adhere to card front using clear double sided adhesive.

Cut 2 pots from cardstock with clear double sided adhesive on back – 1 from gray card stock 1 from white soft finish cardstock. Adhere white on top of gray one.  Using alcohol markers color and shade.  Remove protective backing add couple of dimension squares lower center back.  Bend a little to give curved shape using your fingers then adhere to bottom center of square on card front.

Add buds and flowers using Kids Choice Glue.  Before adding leaves add a little moss to top of pot.

Hope this has given you some inspiration!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and until next time – happy crafting!

Christine

 

You only live once, but if you live right once is enough!

 

Cheery Pom Pom Dahlias

Cheery Pom Pom Dahlias

Welcome my crafty friends,

Today I have a colorful card that could be used for several different occasions.  Once again I had seen a picture posted on Facebook that inspired me to make some of Susan’s Pom Pom Dahlias.   Look around there are so many places to find inspiration for a card.  Here is the inspiration picture.

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Here is how I created my card.

Card base 6″ X 6″ – Craft Perfect White Card Base used here.

Cut colored cardstock 5-3/4″ square attach to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock 5-1/2″ square attach to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals – smallest was used to cut a decorative oval from white Soft Finish Cardstock.

Create background piece 3-1/2″ X 4″ die cut using oval that will fit inside decorative oval then adhere in center using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  My background piece was photo paper then colored with Brusho Powders.

Vase was cut on Cricut using clear sticker paper – 2 were cut.  Colored back of one using B12 & BG13 Copic markers.    Adhered the one I colored to top of clear one.  Using embossing folder – emboss to make it look like decorative glass.

Cut Stems from green cardstock put them in vase then added  small pieces of clear dimension tape in center back of vase.  Adhere to left side of card base.

Add dimensional tape to back of decorative oval adhere to right side of card front.

Create 4-5 Pom Pom Dahlias.  My dahlias are smaller I only did 2 of largest petals on 3 of them and non of the largest on 1.  Using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive attach dahlias to top of vase.  Add leaves.

Once again I hope I have given you inspiration to create a card.

Thank you for stopping by today and until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

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Other Supplies

Cardstock – green, teal

Brusho Pigment Powders

Photo Paper

Clear Sticker Paper

Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals

Spellbinders Classic Ovals – Large

Vase – Cut on Cricut

Embossing Folder

Copic Markers  R05, R08, BG13, B12

 

 

 

Family Hydrangeas

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Hello My Crafty Friends,

Today I have another card for you that I created,  my inspiration actually being bouquet of dried hydrangeas that sits on my dresser in an old antique vase.  The hydrangeas are ones that grow across the front of my house they are called Bobo.  These hydrangeas have been on my dresser since I cut them last fall and one day as I looked at them my inspiration hit me.

Inspiration:

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Here is how it was created.

Step 1  Card base is 5″ X 7 – I used Tonic Studios Craft Perfect Ivory White Card Blanks.  These card blanks are very nice quality also com in white and other sizes.

Step 2  Cut colored cardstock 4-3/4″ X 6-3/4″ using Oval die set ( Susan’s Garden Notes Fitted Frame It used here) choose oval one size smaller than what you want for opening – die cut oval in cardstock keeping it close to top.    Cut Ivory cardstock 4-1/2″ X 6-1/2″  Using next size up oval die cut oval adhere ivory on top of colored using Clear Double Sided Adhesive then adhere to card front.  From ivory white cardstock  with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back cut 4 corners (ECD Corners 1 used here).  Adhere corners to card front.

Step 3  Using Suzanne Cannon – A Way With Words – Family die cut from black cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back.  Adhere to bottom center of card front.

Step 4  Vase was cut on Cricut from brown cardstock.  Cut twice adhere one on top of other using Tonic’s Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Use basket weave embossing folder to emboss.  Metallic Rub-Ons Kit 2 – Nubian was rubbed over surface of vase to highlight.  Dimensional tape was used to mount to card (to make it fit oval bottom of vase was cut off).

Step 5  cut, color and shape and build hydrangeas.  Susan’s Garden Club Lacecap Hydrangea die set was used for little flowers but I cut oval shapes to use for base.  Adhere at top of vase.

Hope my card gives you an idea and look around for inspiration as I have done.

Thank you for stopping by today and until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine



Other Supplies

Cardstock – ivory white, brown,burgundy green

Copic Markers – RV69, E41, E42

Dimensional Tape

Metallic Rub Ons Kit 2

“You only live once but if you live right once is enough”

 

Bachelor Buttons Hello

Bachelor Buttons Hello

Hello My Crafty Friends,

Wow March 1st spring is around the corner at least I hope it is.

Today I have a card for you it was inspired by a picture that I saw on Facebook.  This is the picture.  After Susan did these on her “Live” a couple weeks ago I decided it was time to make my card. 87024237_2643336545886255_3078880867012050944_n

Here is how my card was created.

Step 1  Create 6″ X 6″ card base from white Cardstock  or use purchased one which you can find at Tonic Studios.  Cut colored cardstock (light green used here) 5-1/2″ X 5-1/2″ adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  Cut white cardstock 5-1/2″ X 5-1/2″ emboss using embossing folder of your choice. ( Craftwell Delicate Dots used here) then adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step 2  Using Tonic Studios Verso Classic Quatrafoil die (2 pieces together) cut white cardstock.  Using white cardstock slightly larger than the Quatrafoil.  Using 2 colors of Nouvo Embellishment Mousse (Spring Green and Lemon Sorbet used here)  spread on piece of cardstock  using Nuvo Media Spatulas graduating the colors from top to bottom.  Using outline die from Classic Quatrafoil set die cut your piece once dry.  Using Nuvo Liquid Adhesive adhere your white quatrafoil over your background piece.  Adhere to left side of card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step Create Watering Can cutting it twice from cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back.  Either use colored cardstock and shade or white cardstock and color / shade with Alcohol Markers.   Stack one on top of the other bend sides back a little to give it some curve.  Remove protective paper from back add dimensional tape lower center of back then adhere to right side of card front making sure to leave top of watering can open so you can put stems down in can.

Step 4  Create 5 Bachelor Buttons and 3 buds. Color shape and build flowers then arrange and adhere to watering can.   Link to Susan’s “Live” can be found here  

Step From black cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back die cut “Hello” using Tonic’s Sentiment Strip die.  Adhere to left side of card.

Hope that I have given you some inspiration and you will create your own version.

Thanks for stopping by today and until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine 

Other Supplies

Cardstock – Black, Green ( 2 shades), Gray, white

Copic Markers – B29, B26, V09

Dimensional Tape

Metallic Rub-Ons Kit 2 – Pewter and Olive

Embossing Folder – Craftwell Delicate Dots

“You only live once, but if you live right once is enough”