My Once In A Lifetime



Hello my crafty friends welcome to my blog!

Today I have an anniversary card which I made for my hubby to celebrate our 49th anniversary.   For this card I combined using dies as well as old school of stamping and fussy cutting for my main image.

Here is how it was created.

Step 1  From white Soft Finish Cardstock cut heart using Els van de Burgt Studio Stitched Hearts – 4th largest die.  Using Susan’s Garden Notes Earth & Sky Stencil and PanPastels Set 2 blue for sky green for grass.

Step 2  Using black ink stamped couple on bench twice onto white Soft Finish Cardstock.  Using alcohol markers color both images then fussy cut both.  Kids Choice Glue adhere 1 image to heart.

Step 3  Using clear Nuvo Crystal Drops add raindrops to heart and umbrella of second image.  Set aside to dry.

Step 4  Form 6″ X 6″ tent fold card base.  Emboss front of card with embossing folder of your choice.

Step 5  For inside of card cut white cardstock 5-3/4″ X 11-3/4″ score in half.  Using Garden Notes Earth & Sky Stencil along with Garden Notes PanPastels Set 2 add clouds and grass.

Step 6  Cut Pop Up in center lining up in center fold using largest die in Elizabeth Craft Designs General Pop Up die set.  Work folds in pop ups.  Add Clear Double Sided Adhesive to back staying away from the pop ups.  Adhere to inside of card lining up the creases and edges.  NOTE:  work 1 side at a time removing protective covering from adhesive.

Step 7  From black cardstock cut 2 ( 1) piece with Clear Double Sided Adhesive and (1) without adhesive Happy Anniversary from Suzanne Cannon Happy Anniversary die set.  Adhere one with adhesive on back to top of one without adhesive.  Cut very narrow strips of clear plastic adhere to back of words using Kids Choice Glue on anniversary add narrow plastic vertical strip back side centered (this will give you something to use to adhere to pop up) adhere to front pop up using Kids Choice Glue.  Adhere happy using Kids Choice Glue to top pop up.

Step 8  Cut 2 –  49th from black cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back adhere one on top of other then adhere to card at base of pop up.

Step 9  Once raindrops are dry on second image add dimensional tape to back adhere directly over first image on heart.

Step 10  Adhere heart to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step 11  Using black ink stamp sentiment on 3/4″ X 1-3/4″ white Soft Finish Cardstock then adhere  to black cardstock cut 1″ X 2″.  Using dimensional tape on back adhere to lower right of card front.

Hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today.  For any of the Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies used for this card just click on any picture it will take you directly to site.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

Cardstock – black, white

Alcohol Markers (Copic used here)

Nuvo Crystal Drops – Morning Dew

Stamp Set – ArtImpressions – Love Birds

Autumn Light

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Hello everyone welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by.  Today is Susan’s Garden September Challenge and the challenge this month is Home Decor using Susan’s dies.  I chose to decorate  a lantern that I have had around for a while and have not been using.  Sorry about photo quality as it is very hard to photograph things with glass.

For our Challenge today Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to 3 winners. 

To enter, simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog post and answer this question: What Home Decor items do you like to create to use in your home?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 15th, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.



Here is how I did it.

1.  Cut 7 or 8 Garden Notes Grapevine Wreath from medium brown color cardstock.   Shade each one using inks or PanPastels (Distress Oxide re-inkers used here)  Lay each one face down on molding mat using medium ball tool from Susan’s 4 pc. Tool Kit rub branches all around then turn over and rub branches here and there with ball tool this gives some dimension.  Using small amounts of Kids Choice Glue attach wreaths together stacking them as you go.

2.  Make 5-7 Sunflowers in colors of your choice using Garden Notes Sunflower 2 die.  Susan has a video on Facebook – Susan’s Garden Club page showing how to do her sunflowers and the Woodland Leaves.

3.  For leaves use White Soft Finish Cardstock colored with PanPastels Set 1 rubbing colors all over paper then cut leaves from paper.  You could also cut from colored cardstock and shade with PanPastels Set 1.  Cut a variety of leaves so you would have enough to go all around the wreath.  Lay leaves on leaf mat and using leaf tool from tool kit put vein lines in.  Center line is done on back  then turn over and put side veins in.


place wreaths inside lantern.   Cut a large clear plastic cup so you have approx 2″ ring.    Attach Sunflowers to plastic ring using Kids Choice Glue.  Add a little glue to just top back of sunflower press up against plastic ring evenly spacing sunflowers all around.  Add the sunflower leaves.  Place ring into lantern setting inside center of wreaths.  Add Woodland leaves randomly all around attaching with a little Kids Choice Glue. (if you don’t attach and just lay leaves in it would be very easy to change for the seasons).

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Other Supplies:

Lantern (this one is 13″ high 5″ dia)

Distress Oxide inks in colors of your choice

Cardstock in colors of your choice


I do hope that this has been inspirational and gives you some ideas on repurposing  an old lantern.  If you don’t have an old lantern I have seen them at places like A.C.Moore, JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby.  Mine is fall but you could do any season or decor that you like.  By attaching flowers to plastic ring and not attaching leaves but just laying them in there you can certainly change out for different seasons.  I am thinking this would be beautiful with Susan’s Garden Notes Rose 1 and the Ivy Vine.  Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for all their wonderful dies and supplies.   Also be sure  to check out their blog for details on this months challenge to see all the Design Teams creations and a chance to win.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!


Think Happy

2017-07 Think Happy

For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to 3 winners. 
To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us “Which dies from Susan’s collection make you think of your home?”
We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing
The winners will be announced on Friday, August 11  on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.


Hello everyone welcome to my blog.  Today is Susan’s Garden Design Team second challenge.   This month we have been challenged to use new Cottage Dies, Window & Flower Box, Doors etc.  I have chosen Susan’s new release  Square Window & Flower Box Die Set.  On my card I used patterned paper that I had purchased (I am trying to use up some of my large paper stash) but how cool would it be to take a picture out your own window and print onto cardstock.

Here is how card was created.

  1.  Card base is 5-1/2″ square.  Cut white cardstock 5-1/2″ X 11″ score at 5-1/2″ fold on score line to for card base.  This card is a tent fold although it could also be done as a side fold since it is a square card.
  2. Cut 5-1/4″ square of patterned paper adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  3. Die cut window from White Soft Finish Cardstock using Garden Notes Square Window die.
  4. Place window over scenic pattern paper to find view you want to show in your window then cut paper to fit behind window die cut.  Attach window over scenic paper using Kids Choice Glue.  Attach window to upper left side of card using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  5. Using die set Garden Notes Potted cut pot and saucer from terra cotta or burnt orange cardstock.  Use white ink to give it an aged look by lightly swiping areas of pot.  Lay pot and saucer right side down on Molding Mat using large ball tool from Susan’s 4pc Tool Kit rub back to give dimension.  Using Kids Choice Glue around edges only adhere pot to lower right side of card front. Add saucer in same manner.
  6. Die cut 3 sunflowers from colored cardstock of your choice using Garden Notes Sunflower 2 die set.  Using PanPastels Set 1 shade petals then shape and assemble using Kids Choice Glue.  Cut several leaves from green cardstock shade and shape.
  7. Attach sunflowers and leaves at top of flowerpot using Kids Choice Glue.
  8. Stamp sentiment (this sentiment is from a brand new clear stamp set by Susan – Little Words That Mean A Lot CS061) in black ink.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I have enjoyed making it.  Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs blog at this link for details on winning a prize and to see all the challenge designs for this month.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!




Sunflower Hello


Hello My Friends!  Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

We are finally getting some warm weather here in Maine so I have been busy planting my vegetable garden and tending some of my flower gardens.

Today’s post features one of Susan’s newly released dies –  Garden Notes Sunflower 2 which I am exited to use – I do love sunflowers.  The background was made using the new Distress Oxide Inks.

This card could be used for any occasion mine was done for a dear friend just to let her know I was thinking of here.

Here is how the card was made.

  1.  Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock 4-1/4″ X 11″ score at 5-1/2″ fold forming an A2 card.
  2. Cut 1 piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock 4″ X 5-1/4″.  Taking several colors of Distress Oxide Inks rub them on none stick mat spritz with water take cardstock lay right side down onto ink using a heat tool dry repeat process until you are happy with your background.  Using a distress tool distress all edges.  Adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  3. Cut 2 sunflowers in colors of your choice shade with Susan’s Garden PanPastels and shape using Susan’s 4 pc Tool Kit and Leaf Pad build your flowers Using Kids Choice Glue.
  4. Arrange on your card front attaching with Kids Choice Glue.
  5. Stamp “HELLO” from Joset Designs – General Sentiments stamp set onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock then tear around the edges.  Adhere to card front with dimensional dots.

I do hope you have enjoyed this simple little card today and hope it has inspired you.

Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs to see all of Susan’s newly released dies.

Until Next Time – Happy Crafting!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supply List:

Other Supplies:

Cardstock Barn Red, Yellow and Olive

Distress Oxide Inks

Black Ink