Autumn Light

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2017-09-05 Autumn Light 1

 

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.

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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.

Assembling:

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!

Christine

Wildflowers

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Hello my Crafty Friends!  This card was designed for my post on Elizabeth Craft Designs for Susan’s garden Design Team.  It features the wildflowers that are in bloom in my area of Maine right now.  For tutorial on how card was made and to see all the great products be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Christine

Days Gone By

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Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Today my card was inspired by the orange Day Lilies that are in bloom right now in Central Maine and a picture that was posted on Facebook by Paul Morin who lives a couple towns north of   me. He posts some nice photos (I did message him and asked permission to use the photo).

Let’s get to it!

  1.  Card base: Cut white cardstock 7″ X 10″ score at 5″ fold on score line to form base which is going to be a tent fold.
  2. Cut black cardstock 6-3/4″ X 4-3/4″ adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  3. Cut patterned paper 6-1/2″ X 4-1/2″ (In my case I printed the picture onto cardstock and cut to size) adhere to black cardstock using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  4. Create 3 lilies using newly released Garden Notes – Day Lily and White Soft Finish Cardstock .  Using PanPastels color petals and stamens.  Lay petals face down on molding mat using large end of loop tool from Susan’s Garden 4 pc Tool Kit shape petals turn over take medium ball tool from tool kit push into center of petals cupping them.  Use Kids Choice Glue to attach petals together placing larger set of petals on top of smaller set of petals.  Take stamen cut each stamen in half add Kids Choice Glue along bottom edge leaving small tab free of glue – using fine point tweezers from tool kit roll up holding for a few seconds to let glue set up.  Dip ends of stamens in glue then into black pollen.  Dab bottom of stamen into glue and add to center of lily.  You can set flowers into egg carton to let them dry and take shape.  Cute stems and leaves from green cardstock shade with ink then shape by laying on leaf mat use leaf tool from tool kit to put vein line down middle.  Pinch up lay right side down on molding mat rub tips of leaves with medium ball tool from tool kit.
  5. Build your lilies on left side of card using Kids Choice Glue.
  6. Using sentiment of your choice stamp on piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock using black ink.  Tear around all edges then ink edges.  Adhere to card front using dimensional tape.  (My sentiment is from Susan’s new clear stamp set Little Words That Mean A Lot)

I do hope that you have enjoyed this little tutorial today.  Be sure to visit

Elizabeth Craft Designs to see all the great products they offer.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

Sending Hugs

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Hello Everyone welcome to my blog.

Today Susan’s Garden Design Team has their very first challenge.  Our first challenge is to create a card / project that includes one or more of Susan’s Garden flowers.  Susan Tiereny-Cockburn designs flower dies that are realistic and to scale as those flowers found in nature.  Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see all the great creations our design team has created.

For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a Susan’s Garden Prize Pack which includes: Garden Notes Square Window & Flower Box, Sunflower 2 and an All Metal Tool Kit to 3 winners. 
To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us “What  is your favorite flower from the Garden Notes collection?
We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing
The winners will be announced on Friday, July 14 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

For this challenge I have chosen one of Susan’s newly released dies – Garden Notes Dahlia.  I love making the Dahlia as they come in so many different colors.

Card base is 5″ X 7″ – cut white Soft Finish Cardstock 7″ X 10″ score at 5″ fold on score line.

Cut patterned paper (yellow here) 6-3/4″ X 4-3/4″ adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Cut white Soft Finish Cardstock 6-1/4″ X 4-1/4″ adhere to card front.

Cut black shiny cardstock 3-3/4″ X 5-3/4″ adhere to card front.

Cut white Soft Finish Cardstock 4″ X 10″ adhere Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the back of cardstock.  Using Suzanne Cannon’s Sending Hugs Kisses die set cut Sending Hugs twice and cut 4 corners using Els van de Burgt Studio Corners 1 die set.  Adhere corners to black shiny cardstock.  Adhere the 2 sets of words together to give more dimension adhere to card front.

Create Dahlia by using white Soft Finish Cardstock cutting each petal twice except for smallest petal and center cut them once.  Shade center of all using yellow PanPastels Set 3.   Shape petals assemble using Kids Choice Glue off setting each layer a little.  (Susan has stepped this out on her blog stierneyc.wordpress.com .  Cut several leaves from green cardstock shade and shape.   Attach Dahlia and leaves to card front using Kids Choice Glue.


Hope you have enjoyed my project today and until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

Sunflower Hello

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!

Christine

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supply List:

Other Supplies:

Cardstock Barn Red, Yellow and Olive

Distress Oxide Inks

Black Ink

 

 

Window Box of Begonias

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Hello everyone thank you for stopping by my blog today.  My post today is using 2  brand new Susan’s Garden Notes die sets – Begonia and Window w/ Window box plus ModaScrap Lace corner die all can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  A full tutorial can be found on Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog found here .  I do hope you enjoy it.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

Spring Bouquet

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Hello and thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Here in Maine things are starting to bloom my lilac trees are getting ready to burst with color and fragrance like none other.   The lilacs do not show the true color in this picture I tried taking several different pictures in different light but could not get the true color to show.

Today I am posting a card which has a bouquet of spring flowers hence the name of the card.  Susan’s Garden Notes dies were used for the flowers along with her Pottery Pitcher die.  The finish on the pitcher is a result of a botched cracked glass technique but I decided when all was said and done it looked like a very old pitcher and that I liked the look so I used it.

Here is how this  6 X6  tent fold card was done.

  1.  Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock 6″ X 12″ score at 6″ fold on score line.  Cut patterned paper (Through the Lens – Wood used here) at 5-3/4″ square then attach to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  2. From White Soft Finish Cardstock cut 2 ModaScrap Lace Corners.  Attach to bottom corners using Clear Double Sided Adhesive overlapping at the center.
  3. From grayish tan cardstock cut 1 Garden Notes Pottery Pitcher –  ink edges.  Lay face down on molding mat using large ball tool from Susan’s Garden Tool Set rub back of pitcher giving it a little shape.  As I said the finish was a botched Cracked Glass Technique.  You can google that technique.  I believe I got mine too thick some fell off the remainder was reheated and bubbled giving this texture.  Ink over all of it (Distress Vintage Photo used here).
  4. Make 2 Garden Notes Lilac branches.  These were made using White Soft Finish Cardstock  colored with lavender and dark purple Susan’s Garden PanPastels Set 1 & 2 before cutting flowers.
  5. Make 1 Garden Notes Daffodil
  6. Make 2 Garden Notes Tulip 2 in colors of your choice ( 1 white and 1 peach used here).
  7. Pussy willows were made by using Els van de Burgt Studio Leaf & Berry Branch and brown cardstock cutting 5-6 branches.  Snip off the leaves so you basically have sticks then using Kids Choice Glue add dots of glue  to top half of each stick  sprinkle white Flower Soft over glue then gently press Flower Soft into glue then repeat.
  8. Arrange flowers to your liking  then attach to back of pitcher using Kids Choice Glue (I put the stems down through the opening at top of pitcher).
  9. Attach pitcher to card front using Kids Choice Glue that is just on the very edge of the pitcher.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Susan’s Garden Notes Pottery Pitcher

Susan’s Garden Notes Tulip 2

Susan’s Garden Notes Lilac

Susan’s Garden Notes Daffodil

ModaScrap Lace Corner

Els van de Burgt Through The Lens – Wood

Els van de Burgt Leaf & Berry Branch

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Soft Finish Cardstock – White

Susan’s Garden PanPastels

Susan’s 4pc Deluxe Tool Kit

Kids Choice Glue

Other Supplies

Green, Yellow, Peach and Gray / Tan Cardstock

Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel

Pollen

Flower Soft

I truly hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial today and it has inspired you to make your own Spring Bouquet.

Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for your supplies.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

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