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!


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



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!


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


Wreath With Hellebores

week 11 flowers

Hello my crafty friends,

Just wanted to share with you a card I did for a Christmas card challenge I am a member of on Facebook – Cardmaking Tips.  On Sunday we are given a theme then we create a Christmas card using that theme and post picture of it in album for that week.  At the end of the year you have your Christmas cards made and ready to send out.

On my card I have used Susan’s Garden Notes Evergreen Wreath #1221, Garden Notes Berry Spray 1481 with Nuvo Drops – Autumn Red for berries and Susan’s Garden Club Helleoborus Wood grain embossing folder and Close To My Heart stamp set – Christmas Joy #C1520.

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


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

Pussy Willow Tutorial


Hello my crafty friends,

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these stressful times.  One plus with all this staying in is a chance for a lot of us to craft more.  Since here in Maine the pussy willows are blooming I of course  wanted to recreate them for my cards.  I have come up with my take on making them I do hope it is helpful.  I don’t do videos but have taken pictures.


Find a die for a stick that is fairly straight.  The ones I have cut were from ECD Toasted Marshmallow die set ( I happened to be using for another card so I cut extra branches) I cut some out of white and equal amount from brown cardstock.  Adhere white on top of brown (Note: you can cut both out of brown rather than color with markers)  Using a couple shades of brown alcohol markers color stems.  Lay stems right side down and using leaf tool draw a line down middle then pinch between fingers to curve stem a bit.



Mix Art Glitter Dries Clear glue mixing in s small dish with small amount of water.  Cut small pieces of wool roving approximately 3/4″ dip in thinned glue squeeze out excess then twist to shape putting clip on end to hold twist.  Set aside to dry.




Once dry take clips off.  Using Neutral Gray Shade PanPastels add a little shading to each.  Be very light handed to avoid some really darker spots which you can see on mine.  Trim off excess roving and reshape if needed.  Using Kids Choice Glue and a toothpick attach each bud to stem.  Allow to dry thoroughly.

IMG_0128Have fun – plan on getting your hands quite messy but it will be worth it.

Alternative to wool rovings you can use Q-Tips I would shade with the PanPastels before cutting as it is easier to hold on to.



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


You on live once but if you live right once is enough!




Potted Orchid

Potted Orchid


Hello my crafty friends!

Today I have a card I created per request of a friend.  Susan’s Garden Notes Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) is the flower in Susan’s Garden Notes Potted was used along with Fitted Stitch Frame It Square dies.

Susan has a video on her Facebook page Susan’s Garden Club for the orchid. You can find video here 

6″ X 6″  bright white card blank.

Patterned paper cut to 5-3/4″ X 5-3/4″ die cut square in center.

Burnt Orange cardstock cut 5-1/2″ X 5-1/2″ next smaller square cut in center.  Using clear double sided adhesive attach patterned paper over orange cardstock lining up so it is even all around then adhere to card front using clear double sided adhesive.

Cut 2 pots from cardstock with clear double sided adhesive on back – 1 from gray card stock 1 from white soft finish cardstock. Adhere white on top of gray one.  Using alcohol markers color and shade.  Remove protective backing add couple of dimension squares lower center back.  Bend a little to give curved shape using your fingers then adhere to bottom center of square on card front.

Add buds and flowers using Kids Choice Glue.  Before adding leaves add a little moss to top of pot.

Hope this has given you some inspiration!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and until next time – happy crafting!



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


Cheery Pom Pom Dahlias

Cheery Pom Pom Dahlias

Welcome my crafty friends,

Today I have a colorful card that could be used for several different occasions.  Once again I had seen a picture posted on Facebook that inspired me to make some of Susan’s Pom Pom Dahlias.   Look around there are so many places to find inspiration for a card.  Here is the inspiration picture.


Here is how I created my card.

Card base 6″ X 6″ – Craft Perfect White Card Base used here.

Cut colored cardstock 5-3/4″ square attach to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock 5-1/2″ square attach to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals – smallest was used to cut a decorative oval from white Soft Finish Cardstock.

Create background piece 3-1/2″ X 4″ die cut using oval that will fit inside decorative oval then adhere in center using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  My background piece was photo paper then colored with Brusho Powders.

Vase was cut on Cricut using clear sticker paper – 2 were cut.  Colored back of one using B12 & BG13 Copic markers.    Adhered the one I colored to top of clear one.  Using embossing folder – emboss to make it look like decorative glass.

Cut Stems from green cardstock put them in vase then added  small pieces of clear dimension tape in center back of vase.  Adhere to left side of card base.

Add dimensional tape to back of decorative oval adhere to right side of card front.

Create 4-5 Pom Pom Dahlias.  My dahlias are smaller I only did 2 of largest petals on 3 of them and non of the largest on 1.  Using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive attach dahlias to top of vase.  Add leaves.

Once again I hope I have given you inspiration to create a card.

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



Other Supplies

Cardstock – green, teal

Brusho Pigment Powders

Photo Paper

Clear Sticker Paper

Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals

Spellbinders Classic Ovals – Large

Vase – Cut on Cricut

Embossing Folder

Copic Markers  R05, R08, BG13, B12




Family Hydrangeas


Hello My Crafty Friends,

Today I have another card for you that I created,  my inspiration actually being bouquet of dried hydrangeas that sits on my dresser in an old antique vase.  The hydrangeas are ones that grow across the front of my house they are called Bobo.  These hydrangeas have been on my dresser since I cut them last fall and one day as I looked at them my inspiration hit me.



Here is how it was created.

Step 1  Card base is 5″ X 7 – I used Tonic Studios Craft Perfect Ivory White Card Blanks.  These card blanks are very nice quality also com in white and other sizes.

Step 2  Cut colored cardstock 4-3/4″ X 6-3/4″ using Oval die set ( Susan’s Garden Notes Fitted Frame It used here) choose oval one size smaller than what you want for opening – die cut oval in cardstock keeping it close to top.    Cut Ivory cardstock 4-1/2″ X 6-1/2″  Using next size up oval die cut oval adhere ivory on top of colored using Clear Double Sided Adhesive then adhere to card front.  From ivory white cardstock  with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back cut 4 corners (ECD Corners 1 used here).  Adhere corners to card front.

Step 3  Using Suzanne Cannon – A Way With Words – Family die cut from black cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back.  Adhere to bottom center of card front.

Step 4  Vase was cut on Cricut from brown cardstock.  Cut twice adhere one on top of other using Tonic’s Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Use basket weave embossing folder to emboss.  Metallic Rub-Ons Kit 2 – Nubian was rubbed over surface of vase to highlight.  Dimensional tape was used to mount to card (to make it fit oval bottom of vase was cut off).

Step 5  cut, color and shape and build hydrangeas.  Susan’s Garden Club Lacecap Hydrangea die set was used for little flowers but I cut oval shapes to use for base.  Adhere at top of vase.

Hope my card gives you an idea and look around for inspiration as I have done.

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


Other Supplies

Cardstock – ivory white, brown,burgundy green

Copic Markers – RV69, E41, E42

Dimensional Tape

Metallic Rub Ons Kit 2

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