Forget Me Not

IMG_0220.JPGForget Me NotHello My Crafty Friends,

Warm weather has finally arrived here in Maine and it sure feels great.  I have been getting all my pots, window boxes, bicycle, wagon washtubs etc filled with lots of annuals now to keep everything watered.

The Forget Me Nots are in bloom and how pretty they are here in Maine the spring flowers are really beautiful.  Today my card has the Forget Me Nots along with the Pom Pom Dahlia and the Ostrich Fern. The Ostrich Fern,which are now starting to unfurl, are a spring time treat around here. When it first comes up and is still tightly coiled they are “Fiddleheads”. Many people start harvesting them and selling them roadside people steam them are said to be quite tasty and loved by many (not me). I don’t mind harvesting if the black flies are not too bad.

My card is a 5″ X 7″ A dot embossing folder was on front.

Beccka Feeken’s die set Nobel Chatelaine Etched was used to cut decorative pieces a solid green for backing and white overlay adhered together.  Clear dimensional tape was used to attach to card front.

Susan’s Garden Notes Forget Me Nots were die cut several times from White Soft Finish Cardstock then colored with alcohol markers tiny centers were cut from yellow cardstock and the leaves and stems from green cardstock.  Kids Choice Glue was used to build flowers.

Susan’s Garden Notes Ostrich Fern was cut from green cardstock then shaped.

Susan’s Garden Club Pom Pom Dahlia  was cut from white Soft Finish Cardstock colored with alcohol markers and shaped leaves are cut from green cardstock.

Kids Choice Glue was used to adhere flowers to card front.  Ostrich Ferns were adhered first then Forget Me Nots, Pom Pom Dahlia, leaves and Lady Bug.

I do hope that you have enjoyed my card today and it has inspired you to create!

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

Christine

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

 


Other Supplies

Cardstock – green, yellow

Micro Fine Black Pen

Copic Markers

Clear Dimensional Tape

 

Oh Happy Daisy

Oh Happy Daisy

Hello My Crafty Friends,

Hope you all had a great Mother’s Day at least the best you could under the circumstances.  I am sure it was much different than any other you have celebrated.  Our lives are turned upside down right now I do hope that creating beautiful things has gotten you through so far.

Early fall we will have a brand new release of Susan’s wonderful dies with Spellbinders I can’t wait but until then we are using her old releases which I know are hard to find but there are some out there.

Here is a card I created for you using Susan’s Garden Notes Shasta Daisy and Jasmine along with Suzanne Cannon – A Way With Words – Happy Birthday Small.  The embossing folder is one that came in a magazine several years ago but not sure and there is no brand name on it.

Created a 6″ X 6″ card base from white Soft Finish Cardstock.  Cut green cardstock 5-3/4″ square adhered to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  White Soft Finish Cardstock was cut 5-1/2″ square then embossed and adhered to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Used Susan’s Garden Notes Shasta Daisy to cut 3 daisies from white Soft Finish Cardstock.  Alcohol markers were used to shade center and her tool kit used to shape.  The tiny florets in center were cut from yellow cardstock and shaped.  Kids Choice Glue was used to build flowers and to add pollen to center of daisy when complete.  Leaves were cut from green cardstock then shaded and shaped.

Susan’s Garden Notes Jasmine die set was used to created the purple flowers cutting from white Soft Finish Cardstock the leaves from green and stamens from yellow.  Used purple alcohol marker to color the flowers.  Shape all with Susan’s tool kit and shade & shape leaves.

Berry branches were cut using Susan’s Garden Notes Berry Branch die set cutting from brown cardstock berries added using Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Flowers were adhered to card front using Kids Choice Glue starting with Jasmine leaves going down first.

Suzanne Cannon’s Happy Birthday was cut twice from cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back – one from white one from black.  White Happy Birthday was adhered to card front first then black Happy Birthday was offset just a little to give it shadow.

Hope that this has gotten your creative juices flowing and you get creating!

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

Christine

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

 

 

Hyacinth Hello

Hello Hyacinth

 

Hello My Crafty Friends,

Well it is Spring although today we got snow again so paper gardening was in order.

My card today has a very popular spring flower – Susan’s Garden Notes – Hyacinth.

My card is a 6″ X 6″ tent fold card.  Card base was created using white Soft Finish Cardstock cut 6″ X 12″ scored at 6″ and folded on score line.

Used Susan’s Garden Notes Frame It – Rectangles die set to cut opening in card front.  I am lucky I have some 8-1/2″ X 11″ embossing folders  used one to emboss front of card base.

Distress Oxide Sprays in various colors were used on photo paper to create background piece then adhered to back of card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive behind opening.

5 Hyacinths were created in different colors cut from white Soft Finish Cardstock then colored with Copic Markers.  Stems and leaves were cut from green cardstock – I cut the leaf  off  stem and used separately.

From gray cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back 2 Susan’s Garden Notes Trevi Urns were cut one adhered to other.  Black Embellishment Mousse, Snow Accent and Distress Oxide Sprays were used for finish on urn.  Protective paper was removed from back of urn a couple of dimensional dots were placed center back of urn then adhered to card front.

Hyacinths and leaves were added to urn using Kids Choice Glue.

Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words – Hello was cut twice from black cardstock with Clear Double Sided Tape on back then one was adhered to other – adhered to lower left of card front.

Cannot wait until Susan’s new dies are released by Spellbinder in early September – I am on Susan’s Design Team and will be creating with her new dies.

Hope you have enjoyed my card today and it has inspired you to create and until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

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

 

Pitcher of Tulips

 

Pitcher of Tulips

 

Hello my crafty friends,

Today I have a card I created using Susan’s Garden Notes Tulip 2 and her Pottery Pitcher.  Once again I had seen a picture on Facebook and wanted to try to recreate in paper – something I really love to do.  Here is my inspiration picture.

tulips in pitcher

This is a 6″ X 6″ card base.  Tonic Specialty paper (white) was cut 6″ square then oval was cut out of center.  Adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  A second piece of Specialty paper (black) was used and same oval was cut from it.    Adhere the black oval inside oval opening on card front.

The Pitcher was cut twice from black cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back.  Adhere one on top of other.  The finish was actually a trial and error and it was not exactly how I wanted it but felt it was good enough to use.  I was out of texture paste so I used snow accent which is   grainier than texture paste.  I then used Seth Apter’s Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture Embossing Powder and heat embossed.  Add a couple of dimensional dots to lower center of back of pitcher adhere to card front.

8 tulips were created using Susan’s Garden Notes Tulip 2 colored with Copic marker and shaped using Susan’s Tool Kit.  Tulips and leaves adhered at top of pitcher using Kids Choice Glue.

Karen Burniston’s Word Set 6 was used to cut Hello from black cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back.  Adhere to lower right of card front.

Susan’s dies are getting harder and harder to find but be patient Susan has new dies being released by Spellbinders Aug/Sept and when they are released I will be linking them in my posts at that time.

Thank you for stopping by today and hope that you got some inspiration.  Until next time – happy crafting!

Christine

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

 

 

Blue Poppy & Daisies

Blue Poppy & Daisies

Hello My Crafty Friends,

So happy that Susan is going with Spellbinders and that I am on her Design Team.  I will be linking more products once her new release comes out this September.  When you click on the linked items it takes you to the site where you can purchase you do not pay anymore this way but I do earn a small commision when you do this.

Today I have another sympathy card I created once again using Susan’s Garden Notes Poppy 2 and Shasta Daisy.  The background paper is a photo I had taken of some old peeling wallpaper then printed on white Soft Finish Cardstock.

Here is how I created it.

Step 1  6″ x 6″ card base.  Cut colored cardstock (black used here) 5-1/4″ square adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  Cut background paper 5″ square add to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step 2  Create 3 daisies, 2 buds and 1 poppy  Susan’s video for these which can be found here

Step 3  Build flowers on left side of card front using Kids Choice Glue.

Step 4  chose sentiment stamp on white Soft Finish Cardstock edge with black ink adhere to upper right of card front using pop dots.

I do hope that you have enjoyed this simple tutorial and that it has given you some inspiration to create.

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

Christine

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

Supplies:

Cardstock – Black

Background paper

ink – black

Blue Copic Markers – unsure of color used as I did poppy a long time ago

 

 

Poppy Hugs

Poppy Hugs

Hello My Crafty Friends,

I do hope you are all staying safe and healthy.  We are staying home as much as possible only going to grocery store as needed.   Boy I cannot wait until hubby can take this job back I am not a fan of grocery shopping.  We are both in that bracket of being higher risk due to health and age he is 78 and I am 70.   Let ‘s hope that this is all over soon so we can get back to some kind of normalcy.

During my time at home I have been making some flowers and creating cards.  Today’s card is featuring the poppy and daisy.  Perfect timing on my part as I see Susan is doing a live today and one of the things she is demonstrating is the poppy so I will link that as soon as it is available.  Susan’s link came be found here for both the poppy and daisy.

Sadly I have several sympathy cards to make none being due to the virus thank goodness.

Exciting news from Susan Tierney-Cockburn she is going with Spellbinders and will have a new release of dies and tools this fall.  I am so excited as I love working with Susan’s dies as they make the most realistic looking paper flowers.

Here is how I created today’s card.

Step 1  6″ X 6″ card base

Step 2  Cut 5-3/4″ square water color paper and create a background using Distress Oxide Inks in colors of your choice.    Once dry adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step 3  Sentiment was cut from black cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back.  Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words – Sending Hugs die set was used here. Adhere to lower left of card front.  Most of the time I add sentiment last but in this case space was an isssue so to make sure everything fit I added first.

Step 4 Cut 2 Garden Notes Canning Jar from clear sticker paper.  A blue color alcohol marker was used to cut front of one jar for the water although it is hard to see with the background.  Adhere second jar over jar that you have colored so color will be locked in between.  Add stems to jar down through jar opening stems will stick to jar to hold in place.  Add small pieces to back of stems so they are hidden by stems then adhere jar to lower right of card front.

Step 5  Create 2 poppies and 1 bud using Garden Notes Poppy 2 die set.  Mine were cut from white Soft Finish Cardstock then colored with Copics Alcohol Markers R29 & R08.  Create 1 Daisy and 1 Bud using Garden Note Shasta Daisy.  Adhere flowers to top of jar using Kids Choice Glue.

Step 6 Add Twine bow at neck of jar attaching with a dot of Kids Choice Glue.

Thanks for stopping by today hope it has been inspirational and you create your own paper bouquet.  Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

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

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

Hello My Crafty Friends,

Trying to stay busy during the stay at home and no power days I have created another card.  I leave the sentiment off now until I am ready to use the card something that took me a long time to do.  I tend to make cards that can be used for most any occasion so by leaving the sentiment off until I need a card it is very easy to add sentiment.

Here is how it was created.

Step 1  Created 6″ X 6″ card base from white cardstock.

Step 2  Cut piece of white cardstock 5-3/4″ square  cut circle in upper left corner using Garden Notes Frame It Stitched Circle Dies then embossed using 8-1/2 x 11 honeycomb embossing folder.

Step 3  Background piece was something I took from my stash I had created using Distress Oxide either inks or sprays.  Used a larger circle to cut to fit behind opening.  Used Clear Double Sided Adhesive to attach background circle to back of opening then attaching square to card front.

Step 4  Susan’s Garden Notes Watering can was used for container.  Cut 2 of can itself from white cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back.  Adhere the 2 together.  Nuvo Crystal Glaze was used with stencil brush pouncing all over let it dry then Distress Oxide Faded Jeans was sponged on to give it that splatter ware look.  Crystal Glaze was then brushed over entire piece then allowed to dry.  Once dry removed protective paper from back added couple dimensional dots lower center attached to lower right of card front.

Step 5  Created a bunch of Garden Notes Forget Me Nots and a couple stems of Garden Notes Feverfew.  Used Kids Choice Glue to adhere flower stems to top of container.

Once again I hope it has been encouraging and inspirational.

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

Christine’

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

Supplies

Garden Notes Watering Can

Garden Notes Forget Me Nots

Garden Notes Feverfew

Garden Notes Frame It Stitched Circles

Background paper

8-1/2 X 11 Embossing Folder – Honeycomb

Nuvo Crystal Glaze

Distress Oxide Ink – Faded Jeans

Kids Choice Glue

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Cardstock – white & Green

Yellow Pollen

 

Pussy Willows & Daffodils

Daffodils pussy willows

Hello My Crafty Friends,

Hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy.

Today I have a sympathy card I made for a friend – always hard card to make.

My card was created using Susan’s Garden Notes Canning Jar & Lid, Garden Notes Daffodil / Narcissus along with Garden Notes Stitched Frame It- Squares.

Here is how it was created.

Step 1  Card base is 6″ X 6″ white cardstock

Step 2  Create a background piece.  Mine was created using  several colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.

Step 3  Using a coordinating cardstock to cut a frame using Susan’s Garden Notes Stitched Frame It Squares (use two largest together to cut frame).  Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive attach frame over background piece.  Adhere the piece to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step 4  Cut Susan’s Garden Note Canning Jar twice once from white cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back and one from Clear Sticker Paper.  Adhere the clear jar on top of white jar.  Using a Dotted Embossing Folder to give it that milk glass look.  Add dimensional dots to center back adhere to card front leaving jar top opening open.

Step 5  Create 2 or 3 stems of pussy willows there is a short tutorial here on my blog for making them.

Step 6  Cut, color and shape 3 daffodils using Susan’s Garden Notes Daffodil / Narcissus die set.  See Susan’s video here.

Step 7  Add pussy willows to jar using Kids Choice Glue.

Step 8  Add Daffodils and their leaves to jar top using Kids Choice Glue.

Step 9  Stamp your sentiment on white cardstock then die cut with shape that fits sentiment then one size larger to give a mat adhere them together add to card front using dimensional tape.

Easy card that can be used for many different occasions – hope this has been an inspiration for you.

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

Christine

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

 

Supplies

1220 Garden Notes Canning Jar & Lid

1530 Garden Notes Stitched Frame It – Squares

1588 Garden Notes Daffodil / Narcissus

1518 Garden Notes Forsythia

S6-005 Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4

C1524 Close to My Heart Words of Comfort Stamp Set

Dotted Embossing Folder

Silhouette Clear Sticker Paper

Cardstock – white, 2 shades of green, brown, yellow

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Copic  Sketch Marker R02

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

 

Cup of Forget Me Nots

Hello My Crafty Friends,

My card today features some of Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s older dies Garden Notes Tea Cup, Forget Me Nots and Stitched Frames Circle.

This card was based on this inspiration picture

Image may contain: plant, flower and indoor, possible text that says 'Good morning'

Tea Cup was cut from White Soft Finish Cardstock with Clear Double Sided Tape on back. Adhere 1 on top of the other. Using Distress Oxide Inks I created a small background in center of cup. A few Forget Me Not flowers and leaves were penciled on over background. Water Color Pencils were used to color image. Several coats of embossing powder were added to cup.

Garden Notes Forget Me Nots were created from White Soft Finish Cardstock colored with Copics B23 marker. The tiny center flowers were cut from yellow cardstock and leaves from green cardstock which was shaded and shaped. Several sprigs were created.

Card base is a 6″ X 6″ created from White Soft Finish Cardstock. Yellow paper was cut 5-1/2″ square adhered to card front. Blue printed paper was cut 5-3/4″ square then using Susan’s Stitched Frame It Circle cut circle in upper left corner adhere to card front. Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock 5-1/2″ square then using next larger circle die cut into upper left corner emboss using embossing folder of your choice adhere to card front ling up over circle on blue paper.

Add a couple of pop dots to back of tea cup center bottom adhere to bottom right corner. Arrange Forget Me Nots and leaves in tea cup adhere using Kids Choice Glue. Add Ladybug.

Cut Susanne Cannon’s Small Happy Birthday twice from black cardstock with adhesive on back. Adhere one on top of other. Adhere to center of circle.

I do hope you have enjoyed my card today and it is an inspiration for you to get creating.

Until Next Time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

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