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!


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.

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!



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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!


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!


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 .  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!