Happy Thoughts

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Hello Everyone welcome to my blog.  Well fall is quickly closing in and I don’t know about you but I am not ready to let go of my flowers yet.

Today my card is a “Twisted Easel Card” featuring Susan’s Garden Notes Dahlia.  This is really a fun and easy card.    I belong to a scrapbooking group and our demonstrator taught us this card the other night and I could not wait to make it again.  Let’s get started!

  1.  Card base: Cut cardstock 4-1/4″ X 11″ score at 5-1/2″ fold on score line.   (Note: Fold on this card is actually on the right and will seem a bit strange.)  Open card up score right half of card from lower left at center score line to top outside right edge as shown in photo.  If you look close you can see little x marks that are lined up in cutting channel.2017-08-25 Happy Thoughts2

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2.  Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock 4″ X 5-1/4″ dry emboss using embossing folder of your choice (Mosaic used here).  Attach to lower half of folded section centering so you have even edge all around.

3.  Apply strip of Clear Double Sided Adhesive to back of cardstock  wide enough to cut 2 Bead Strings 1 from (I used same cardstock card base is made from).  Attach one to card front and 1 to inside of card.

4.  Cut white cardstock 1″ X 3″ stamp sentiment in black.  Susan’s Garden Words That Means A Lot used here.  Round corners.  Cut matching cardstock 1-1/4″ X 3-1/4″ round corners.  Attach sentiment to colored cardstock using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

5.  From white cardstock cut 1 stitched circle using next to the smallest die.  Using Joset Designs General Sentiments Stamp Set stamp Hugs in black ink.  Cut 1 fitted circle from colored cardstock using next to smallest die.  Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive attach white circle to colored circle.

6.  Cut ModaScrap Pair of Leaves twice from green cardstock and cut 3 of smallest ModaScrap Dandelion Fluff from white cardstock.  Using Medium ball tool from Susan’s Garden Tool Kit lay all pieces right side down on Molding Mat rub ball tool over giving some shape.

7.  Create 1 Susan’s Garden Notes Dahlia in color of your choice.   Susan has stepped out how to create Dalhia on her blog. https://stierneyc.wordpress.com/

8.  Arrange leaves and fluffs  to your liking (do this before gluing down trust me as I am not real happy with mine).  When you have them where you want attach using Kids Choice Glue.  Attach Dalhia and leaves.  Using dimensional tape add sentiment to right of Dahlia.  Inside card add the Hugs circle using dimensional tape place to left about 3/4″ from bottom this will be your easel stop.  Add a few sparkles.

 

I do hope that you have enjoyed my post today and make your own version of this card.  Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs to see all their great supplies!

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine


Tea-rrific!

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Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am posting a card I made for one of my sweet rug hooking friends who is a tea drinker.  The background technique I cased from Lauri Coons – Stampin Friends when I saw her post on Facebook I just had to try it.  This is my second card I have done using this back ground and of course by changing colors and embossing folders they will look very different.

Here is how the card was made starting with a 5-1/2″ X 4-1/4″ tent fold card base.

  1.  Using 1-3/4″ punch (can also die cut Elizabeth Craft Designs has fitted circles smallest is 1-1/2″ and next size is 2″ which is what I would recommend and put clear double sided adhesive on back of cardstock before cutting as it will be easier to arrange pieces ) cut 2 circles from 6 different colors of cardstock.  Cut each circle into fourths and then emboss with embossing folder or folders of your choice. (be sure to cut before embossing).  Add adhesive to back of pieces using a Xyon sticker maker if you have punched your circles.   Arrange on card front.
  2.  Cut 1 piece of cardstock 5-1/4″ X 4 ink edges Vintage Photo Distress Ink used here.  Adhere to inside of card.
  3. From white cardstock cut cup and saucer using Karen Burniston’s Cup Pop Up die set.  Using green ink and stencil decorate cup and saucer (this stencil just happened to be close at hand but Elizabeth Craft Designs has stencil and stamp set that coordinates with this die set which I didn’t have at time card was made but since have purchased both).  Using Karen’s video as guidance on creating cup and saucer pop up video can be found here.
  4. Using Els van de Burgt Studios Ribbons 1 die set cut 2 ribbons from green cardstock and adhere to card.
  5. Using Close To My Heart March Stamp of the Month stamp tea cup on yellow cardstock and fussy cut out (you could also die cut another cup using Karen’s die set it is a little bigger but should work fine).  Stamp sentiment onto tea cup adhere to card front using dimensional tape.  Stamp the tea bag tag, color heart, punch small hole then add string and adhere to back side of cup by handle.
  6. From Silver cardstock cut 2 spoons adhere together.  Using ball tool shape bowl of spoon then adhere to card.
  7. Stamp sentiment inside of card.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used

Soft Finish White Cardstock

Karen Burniston Cup Pop Up Stand

Els van de Burgt Studio Ribbons 1

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Kids Choice Glue

Other Supplies Used

Cardstock – yellow, green, red, dk blue, purple,  silver and orange

Ink – Green & Black

Punch – 1-3/4″

Close to My Heart Stamp Set – March Stamp of the Month Tea-rrific

Xyron 1.5″ Create A Sticker

Thank you for stopping by todayand hope that you will make your own card for a friend!

Until next time – Happy Crafting.

Christine

 

 

 

 

 

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Hydrangea 90th Birthday

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Hello my Crafty Friends thank you for stopping by my blog today.

I don’t know about you but I am sure glad that spring is in sight and hopefully much of the illnesses going around will run off with “Ole Man Winter”.  So much sickness that keeps going around and around.  I had my bout with it a couple of weeks ago but am finally getting back to my old self.  That said several of my posts have been done when I was not feeling well and so I feel my work was not up to par,  for that I apologize.

My post today is a card that I made for my dear friend’s mother as she celebrates her 90th Birthday.

Here is how I created the 5′ X 7″ Tent Fold card.

  1. Cut blue cardstock (Soft Finish Cardstock – Dusky Sky used here) 5″ X 7″ adhere to front of card base using clear double sided adhesive.
  2. Cut white cardstock 4-1/4″ X 4-3/4″ dry emboss using brick pattern embossing folder.  Not sure which embossing folder was used for my piece as my piece came out of my stash but I think it was Tim Holtz.  Adhere to left side of card using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  3. Cut 2 sets  Susan’s Garden Notes Carolina Window and Shutters from black cardstock.  Adhere them together (like to double them up to give dimension) using Kids Choice glue.  Trace around edge of window onto yellow cardstock and cut out cutting on inside edge of line so it will not stick out beyond the window.  Adhere using Kids Choice Glue to back of window to make it look like lights are on.  Adhere window onto brick section making sure to leave room at bottom of window for the hydrangeas.
  4. Making the hydrangeas.  I made 6 hydrangeas using Susan’s Garden Notes Hydrangea 2 die set.   5 I cut the stem off  leaving 1 with stem. These hydrangeas were made using various shades of blues and some white cardstock but the way I prefer is to use various shades of blue, a bit of green and pink PanPastels wiped with a sponge over white cardstock then cut out the flowers as they seem more realistic.  That being said cut your flowers however you would like to make them then shape and build your flowers.  Use Susan’s video to guide you it is very helpful.   You can find video here.
  5. Using Kids Choice Glue attach hydrangeas under the window being sure to only put glue on very edge of hydrangea.  Add as many leaves as you wish – hydrangeas have a lot of leaves.
  6. From white cardstock cut 1 Stitched Fishtail (4th smallest in set) stamp with sentiment using black ink.  My sentiment was printed from my computer so in that case I printed then centered die over the sentiment and die cut.  Attach to right side of card using dimensional tape.  Attach hydrangea to top of sentiment piece using Kids Choice Glue.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used

Susan’s Garden Notes – Hydrangea 2

Susan’s Garden Carolina Window and Shutters

Soft Finish Cardstock – White, Dusky Sky

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Kids Choice Glue

Susan’s PanPastels

Susan’s 4pc Tool Set

 

Other Supplies Used

Brick Embossing Folder

Green cardstock

Yellow cardstock

Well that is it for today I do hope that you will visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for all their great products.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Rose Card

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Hello to all my crafty friends out there!  I keep hoping for that spring weather to come and stay for a while but seems we get a couple of days of spring and then back into winter with cold temps and snow but then I have to stop and think we have nothing to complain about when you look at what so many in the southern states are going through I need to feel very very lucky!  My heart goes out to them for sure.

Today I am posting a card that was made for my new great great niece.  Susan’s Garden Notes Rose 2 was used along with Els van de Burgt Studio Stitched and Fitted Fishtail dies, Moda Scrap Dandelion Fluff dies and  Suzanne Cannon Baby Love die set.

Although this card is my design the background of the card is not mine I cased it from Lauri Coons – Stampin Friends and I have told her that I had cased it.  She had posted a card on Facebook and I was intrigued so had to try it.  I chose colors to go with my card theme but the sky is the limit.

Here is how the card was created.

Note:  Lauri said to do all your cutting on circles before embossing so that is what I did.

Card base is 5-1/2″ square.

  1.  Using white Soft Finish cardstock punch 4 circles 1-3/4″ diameter (Els van de Burgt Studio has Fitted Circle dies that could be used one circle is 1-1/2″ and the next size up is 2″ and I would go with the 2″ rather than the smaller as you have to cut these circles into fourths).  Cut 4 circles 1-3/4″ diameter from pink cardstock and 4 from white cardstock.  Cut each circle into fourths.  Next emboss all the pieces using embossing folder of your choice I decided to use two different embossing folders.  Run all pieces through a little Xyron create-a-sticker.  Note:  You could use Clear double Sided Adhesive on the back of your cardstock before punching circles but you just have to work a little at times to get backing off adhesive once it has been embossed but it does work.  Actually makes it easier to layout your pattern before sticking pieces down especially if you have many colors that you are using.
  2. Adhere pieces to card front – this card has 3 rows.  The following picture shows 3 colors this is just a sample to go by.2017-04-04 20.59.45
  3. From pink cardstock cut 1 Stitched Fishtail using #5 die (I always number my dies on the back side with black sharpie when I get them).
  4. From white cardstock cut 1 Fitted fishtail from #4.  Using Clear Double sided Adhesive adhere white fishtail to pink.  Attach to right front of card using dimensional tape.
  5. From pink cardstock cut Baby using Suzanne Cannon’s Baby Love die set and cut girl using Els van de Burgt Studio It’s A Boy / Girl die set.  Adhere to Fishtail using Kids Choice glue.
  6. Create 3 pink roses and several rose buds using Susan’s Garden Notes Rose 2 die set and pink cardstock and leaves from green cardstock.  Shade using Susan’s Garden PanPastels Set 1 shape using Susan’s Garden 4 pc. Tool Kit and her video as a guide.  Video can be found here.
  7. From a light green cardstock using ModaScrap Dandelion Fluff cut 2 pair.  To add a little color to tips of fluff Viva Pearl Pen was used let dry completely.  Lay each fluff face down on molding mat using medium ball tool from tool kit rubbing gently to give a little dimension.  Turn over do same on front side randomly in each piece.  2017-03-27 14.38.33
  8. Arrange Dandelion Fluffs on left side of card when where you want adhere them with Kids Choice Glue.  Do the same for the roses and leaves.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Susan’s Garden Notes Rose 2

ModaScrap Dandelion Fluff

Els van de Burgt Fitted Fishtails

Els van de Burgt Stitched Fishtails

Els van de Burgt It’s A Boy / Girl

Suzanne Cannon Baby Love

Susan’s Garden PanPastels Set 1

Susan’s Garden 4 pc. Tool Kit

Soft Finish Cardstock

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Kids Choice Glue

 

Other Supplies

Cardstock pink and 2 shades of green

Viva Pearl Pen – Salmon

Embossing Folder

Xyron create- a- sticker 1.5″

 

Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for great supplies and check out their blog for so many great creations.

Well that is it for today I do hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

 

 

 

 

 

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Hearts & Tulips

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Hello my crafty friends!  Today I am posting a card I made using one of eight of Susan’s new dies that have just been released.  Today I chose to use the Tulip 2 of this new group since we are all wishing for Spring about now.  Along with this new die  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Shimmer Sheetz and Els van de Burgt Studio Heart Background die.  The picture does not show how pretty the Shimmer Sheetz looks it is really hard to take photos of it to do it justice.

Although I am using this card as a sympathy card it certainly could be used for a valentine or birthday card by changing the sentiment and put a whole heart on it.

Here is how this card was created.

Start with white card base 4-1/4″ X 5-1/2″

  1.  Die cut Raspberry Shimmer Metal Sheetz with Heart Background die making sure to use metal adapter plate to insure complete cutting.  This cut out will measure 4″ X 5-1/4″.  Cut White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz 4″ X 5-1/4″ (it fits exactly behind heart background).  Using Kids Choice Glue attach heart background to white iridescent piece. ( I placed something heavy on top to hold it down until dry).
  2.   Cut 3 tulips using White Soft Finish 85# Cardstock (1 of 4 petal and 1 of 2 petal pieces for each tulip) .  Color 2 of them with pink PanPastels Kit 1 shade base and edge with Magenta PanPastel Kit 1.  Shade 1 with Bright Yellow Green PanPastel Kit 1 at the base of all petals.  Lay petals on molding mat right side up using large loop tool from Susan’s Garden Tool Kit shape petals by pulling loop tool down each petal from tip to center pushing down quite hard to make petals curl up.  Use medium ball tool push down in the center of both pieces cupping up.  Using Kids Choice Glue offset the 2 pieces and glue together.  Take the sun shaped piece cut from green cardstock place down on molding mat push down in center with med ball tool.  glue into center of petals.  Cut stamen from yellow cardstock roll up dip tips into glue then into black pollen.  Glue into center of tulip.
  3. Cut stems and leaves from green cardstock (I cut everything twice for each tulip).  Using green ink  (Crushed Olive Distress Ink used here) add shading to all leaves and 3 stems.  Lay face down on leaf pad  take leaf tool from Susan’s Garden Tool Kit put stem lines in 3 stems and all leaves. Turn leaves over adding vein lines on each side of stem line.   Gently fold back on stem line add Bright Yellow Green PanPastels.  Pinch leaves together hold face down on molding mat rub end with medium ball tool to curve back.  Take stem that has stem line in it glue on top of plain stem do this for 3 tulips.  Kids Choice Glue was used to glue stems together.
  4. Cut heart from White Soft Finish Cardstock using one of Els van de Burgt Studio’s new heart dies middle size would work best  ( At the time I did not have the heart dies so I took a chipboard heart from my stash traced around it and cut it out).  Cut heart with an Exacto knife with zig zag pattern.  Take right piece emboss using embossing folder of your choice  (Elizabeth Craft Designs Heart Strings Embossing folder used here).  Ink all edges on both pieces using a coordinating ink (Spun Sugar Distress Ink used here)
  5. Using pop dots attach heart to card front leave slight space between pieces of heart.
  6.   Add sentiment to left section of heart.  I used Peel Off Stickers for sentiment but you could also stamp it on which you would do before you attach heart to card.
  7. Add tulips to right of heart using Kids Choice Glue.  Add leaves and small bow.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

Susan’s Garden Notes – Tulip 2

Els van de Burgt – Heart Background

Embossing Folder – Heart Strings

Shimmer Sheetz – Raspberry Metallic

Shimmer Sheetz – White Iridescent

White Soft Finish Cardstock 85#

Susan’s PanPastels Kit 1

Peel Off Stickers – Thinking of You

Kids Choice Glue

Molding Pad

Susan’s Garden 4 pc Tool Kit

Leaf Pad

Other Supplies:

Green Cardstock

Distress Inks – Crushed Olive & Spun Sugar

Ribbon

I do hope that my tutorial today has been helpful and has inspired you to make your own card.

Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for all their great products.

Until next time…………

Happy Crafting!

Christine

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Up On the Roof Top

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Hello Everyone thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Today I have created kind of a fun card that has Santa and his satchel going head first down the chimney.  My card base was made by using Karen Burniston’s Flower Pot Pop Stand Die Set.

Here is how it was done

  1.  Cut flower pot from light gray cardstock you will need to cut it twice.  Find your score lines and fold all of them (this is important to do before embossing as it will make it easier to find them after embossing – ask me how I know ).  Depending on how big your brick embossing folder is you may be able to do both at once  but lay the flat pieces in the embossing folder and run through machine.  Try to have a couple of sides straight as possible and use these sides for front of card (Again ask me how I know).  Take cranberry ink pad and rub over the bricks which will color the bricks but leave mortar area gray.  Use Karen’s great video to build the flower pot.  For this card you can either cut the top flaps off or glue them down as they will be covered I glued mine.
  2. I cut doubles of everything as it makes them much more sturdy.  Father Christmas you only need to make the bottom half (no need to do all the fur and face stuff unless you want to use the top half for another card. Father Christmas, satchel and tree were all attached with Kid’s Choice Glue to dividers inside chimney. The star on the tree was just a little punch from my stash. For the snow flakes cut them from white cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on iit and then coat with cool diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.  Cut narrow strips of clear plastic at different lengths for each snowflake (I used 4 strips).  Sandwich 1 end of strip between 2 snow flakes using Kid’s Choice Glue.  Taking small strips of fiberfill glue around the top of the chimney using Kid’s Choice Glue.
  3. Cut colonial white cardstock 6″ X 12″ score at 6″ and fold on score line this forms card base.  Follow Karen’s video for placement of the pop stand so that your items in the chimney do not hang out over edge of card.
  4. Cut 2 pieces of print paper 4″ X 6″ using Karen Burniston’s Agatha Edge Dies cut 1 of the 6″ sides on each piece.  Attach to the left and the right side of card using Clear double Sided Adhesive and making sure that both fancy edges face into the card.
  5. Cut 2 coordinating strips of paper 1/2″ X 6″ and attach using Clear Double Sided Adhesive. (In place of these strips you could use Els new Christmas Garland 1 or 2 if you have them.) The little sign that was used here came with paper pack but you could use a fancy cut and stamp something or maybe a dimensional sticker.
  6. Before finishing front and back of card make sure you have attached your chimney (once again ask me how I know).  Cut 2 pieces of green cardstock 5-3/4″ square attaching 1 to front and 1 to back.  (When applying adhesive avoid the little open square hole.)  Cut 2 pieces of print paper 5-1/2″ square attach over green cardstock using Clear Double sided Adhesive.
  7. The picture on the front of my card came with the paper which I cut out and attached using dimensional tape to a double mat I had attached to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  (You could use one of Suzanne Cannon’s  Christmas dies on the front.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Susan’s CountryScapes Build A Father Christmas

Susan’s CountryScapes Woods 4 Evergreen & Trimmings

Karen Burniston Flower Pot Pop Stand

Karen Burniston Agatha Edges

Suzanne Cannon Quietfire Brrrrrr

Els van de Burgt Entwined Circles

Silk Microfine Glitter Cool Diamond

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Kid’s Choice Glue

  1. Other SuppliesClose To My Heart cardstock Colonial WhiteCardstock – gray, red, brown, white, green, black and yellow.

    Printed Paper (K & Co used here)

    Close To My Heart Ink Pad cranberry

    Strips of clear plastic (old packaging used here as it is sturdy)

    polyester fiber fill or cotton balls

    I do hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today and will be excited to try your own.

    Visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for your supplies today!

    Until next time Happy Scrapping!

    Christine