Lenten Rose 70th

Hello my crafting friends, welcome to my blog!

Today I have a card I created for a dear friend that has been my friend since childhood. Our birthdays are a week apart and we have been exchanging birthday cards for many years.

My card was created using Susan’s Garden Club Helleborous, Japanese Painted Fern, Galvanized Bucket, Tonic Studios – Patterned Panels – Deco Diamonds and Nuvo Shimmer Powders.

Step 1 Using Craft Perfect Watercolor Paper and Nuvo Shimmer Powders in colors of your choice sprinkle powders onto watercolor paper lightly spritz with water continue until you like the results. Set aside to air dry. Cut to size of diamond panel.

Step 2 From white cardstock die cut 1 Deco Diamond Panel.

Step 3 Cut 1 piece of white cardstock 4-3/4″ X 6-3/4″ then using a rectangle die just a little smaller than the diamond panel cut rectangle in upper portion of cardstock.

Step 4 Using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive attach panel over the colored piece then center behind rectangle opening and adhere.

Step 5 die cut Galvanized Bucket mine is cut from Tim Holtz grungeboard which has coloring of my antique galvanized buckets. Used gray and white ink for a bit of shading. Add Craft Perfect Dimensional Squares to center back of bucket and Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive around outer edges then adhere to bottom of diamond panel hold in place until adhesives adhere.

Step 6 Die cut Japanese Painted Fern from green cardstock add coloring using Magenta PanPastels. Adhere to card front in bucket.

Step 7 Cut 5 Susan’s Garden Club Helleborous from white cardstock using alcohol markers in colors of your choice color/shade and shape. I punched small stars from green cardstock and built my flowers on them. Arrange in bucket once satisfied with arrangement adhere using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. Add leaves that have been cut from green cardstock then shaded and shaped. Add Lady Bug

Step 8 Die cut Happy from black cardstock (Suzanne Cannon’s Happy Birthday 3 die set was used here). Die cut #’s from black cardstock. Adhere to card front.

Well I do hope this has inspired you to go create your own version of this card.

Products used are linked below just click on picture it will take you to their site. If you buy through my links I do get a small commission but it does not effect your pricing at all and I thank you very much if you do.

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


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

Tub of Spider Mums

Tub of Spider Mums

Welcome my crafty friends,

Susan’s new dies are so much fun.  Several of my cards have been done for a while hence I do not have all the particulars that I did as I was having so much fun playing with the dies I forgot to write info down.  Going forward I will try to do better but I get playing and get lost in what I am doing.

Today my card uses Susan’s Garden Spider Mum, Tub and Japanese Painted FernSusan is now with Tonic Studios and boy do they have lots of wonderful product.

The Tonic 6″ X 6″ white card base is used then colored cardstock cut 5-3/4″ square added to card front.  From white 5-1/2″ square cardstock a circle was cut in upper left of the piece.  You can use any background behind the circle but what I have used was an actual picture printed on white cardstock of my little building (which we call the basket shop as I use to make baskets there).

My tub was cut twice adhered together then colored with Copic markers and metallic rubs then adhered to card front.

Cut couple Japanese Spider Ferns color and shape.  Add to tub using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Cut several Spider Mums (cut a few extra pieces of the smaller petals to make buds) color as desired using alcohol markers.

Arrange flowers in Tub use Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to adhere in place.

Another card that can be used for many occasions I do hope you have enjoyed it.

Tonic Studios products are linked below.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop by.  Until next time – Happy crafting!


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




Diamond Survivor

Diamond Survivor

Hello my crafty friends,

It has been a couple months since I last posted time has flown by.

As a lot of you know Susan Tierney Cockburn has joined Tonic Studios and yesterday they had a launch of her 1st release of her beautiful flower dies  under the Tonic Studios Logo on Create & Craft.   I am so excited to once again be a member of Susan’s Design Team I feel honored to represent her.

My post today features a few of those dies.

As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and so my card was designed for a friend that is a breast cancer survivor.

My card is 6″ X 6″ I used Tonic’s card base.

Embellishment Mousse (Spring Green) was used along with their Stencil Twisting Circles to create background in center.

Pink cardstock was cut 5-3/4″ square and Diamond was cut in center.  Next white cardstock was cut 5-1/2 square and Diamond was cut in center of it using next larger size.  These were layered over the background on card front.

Japanese Painted Fern was cut from green cardstock Copic E09 was used to color stems and white PanPastels was used to give it the dusty look.  Using tweezers pinch up on fronds.  Using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive adhere ferns to right side of diamond opening.

Beauty Berry Bush die was cut from green cardstock berries added by using Nuvo Crystal Drops Autumn Red.  These were added over ferns using adhesive.

Using the Helleborus die cut out 3 flowers from white cardstock colored with Copic Marker, shaped and put together.  Add to the berries and ferns.

Stamped sentiment on white cardstock then layered onto pink cardstock.  Dimensional tape was used to attach.

While Susan is in UK she is filming YouTube videos on creating these beautiful flowers.

Eventually I will try to get back to typing tutorials for my cards but at this time I will just try to get cards posted.

I do hope that you have enjoyed my creation today and hope that you will check back often to see other creations.

Below I have linked products used if you click on a picture it will take you to their site where you can purchase.

Unfortunately Susan’s dies are only available from Create & Craft for the next 30 days then they will be available from Tonic.

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


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



ECD Design Team Focus on New Release – Susan’s Garden


Today members of ECD Design Team are doing another focus day and today it is for Susan’s Garden’s new release which consists of 8 dies.  You are going to love them!

For my card today I have chosen to use 3 of the new release Galvanized Bucket, Forsythia and Frosty Fern.  Sentiment is from Joset’s Words 1 – Celebration set.

Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog to see what other team members have created with this new release for Susan’s Garden.

Here is how I created my card.

Step 1  Using 3 Distress Oxide Reinkers (Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick used here) put 3 drops of of peeled paint, 3 drops of fossilized amber and 1 drop of worn lipstick onto non stick craft mat spritz with water take 5″ X 8-1/4″ white Soft Finish Cardstock spritz with water then tap into ink lift and tap again drying in between continue until piece is covered and to your liking.  Cut to 5″ X 7″ taking remaining piece add Clear Double Sided Adhesive to back die cut “happy birthday” then cut again from black cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back place colored piece on top of black.

Step 2  Cut 5-6 pieces of Garden Notes – Frosty Fern from green cardstock.  Using white Nuvo Drops add a little to each tip of fern Do Not do berries you want the white flat.  Set aside to dry.  Pinch up on fronds to give dimension.

Step 3  Using Garden Notes Forsythia die cut flowers from yellow cardstock, stems from brown and leaves from green.  I cut 2 plates of flowers for each stem I cut 4 sets of stems (2 stems per set)  Using green Copic marker add dot to center of each flower lay right side down on molding mat use small loop tool from Susan’s Garden 4 pc. All Metal Tool Kit shape each petal by pulling tool from tip to center of each petal.  Turn over use medium ball tool from tool kit push into center to cup.  Using Kids Choice Glue add flowers to stems.  Shape and shade leaves add to stems.

Step 4  Using Garden Notes – Galvanized Bucket die set cut 2 buckets and handles from gray cardstock 1 with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on back adhere 1 to other same with handle.  Cut 2 of wooden grip from light brown cardstock.  To do galvanizing see Susan’s video on her Facebook page Susan’s Garden Club found here.  I got a little heavy with black marker so it looks more cast iron then it does galvanized.

Step 5  Form 5″ X 7″ card base from white Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step 6  Cut white Soft Finish Cardstock 5″ X 7″ using largest Fitted Rectangle die set cut opening placing die approximately 1″ from bottom.

Step 7  Build your card.  Adhere background piece to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  Adhere piece with opening to front of card.  Take bucket pinch sides with fingers to give a little curve add a couple pieces of dimensional tape in center add Kids Choice Glue around outer edge of bucket making sure not to glue top opening of bucket as you will want to put your stems down through that opening.  Add handle using Kids Choice Glue to adhere.  Arrange stems and ferns adhering with Kids Choice Glue.  Finally add happy birthday to bottom of card using Kids Choice Glue.

Hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial today and be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.  You can purchase supplies by clicking on any of the supply pictures below it will take you to Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

Cardstock – yellow, green, brown, gray brown, black

Distress Inks – Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick

Nuvo Crystal Drops – white

Birthday Lilacs

2018-01-18 Birthday Lilacs

Hello my crafty friends.  I don’t know about you but I am so wanting spring to come but I know here in Maine we have a while to go so I am creating my own spring by making Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s paper flowers.  My post today uses her new release Garden Notes Lilac 2 along with and her Garden Notes Ladder Fern from previous release.  I have also used ModaScrap’s new release Romantic Bouquet.The “happy birthday” is from an older release of A Way With Words by Suzanne Cannon and all can be purchased from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Here is how the card was created.

Step 1  Make card base by cutting white cardstock 6″ X 12″ score at 6″ fold on score line.

Step 2  Emboss card front using a large embossing folder.

Step 3  Using white Soft Finish Cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on top die cut ModaScrap – Romantic Bouquet and A Way With Words happy birthday.  Also cut happy birthday from black cardstock  with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back.

Step 4 using Silk Microfine Glitter – (Sea Glass used here) coat the Romantic Bouquet and the white happy birthday and burnish in.  Attach the Romantic Bouquet to bottom of card front using Kids Choice Glue.  Attach the happy birthday to the black happy birthday offsetting just a bit to give appearance of a shadow using Kids Choice Glue.

Step 5  Cut 1 set of Garden Notes Ladder Fern from green cardstock shade with Distress Inks and shape by laying fern on Leaf Pad. Take leaf tool from Susan’s Garden 4 pc. all metal tool kit pull tool down center stem and each frond.  Using tweezers from tool kit hold center stem in tweezers and pinch up on fronds.

Step 6  Make 3 flowers and several leaves using Susan’s new Garden Notes Lilac 2 die set using White Soft Finish Cardstock green cardstock for leaves and brown for the stem.  For the purple lilac a couple shades of purple Distress Ink was used on white Soft Finish Cardstock then die cut.  Susan has a video on her Facebook page Susan’s Garden Club which you can see here.

Step 7 Arrange on card front using Kids Choice Glue to attach.

Hope you have enjoyed my post today and that it has inspired you to create your own.

For any of the Elizabeth Craft Designs products just click on the picture and it will take you right there.

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


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


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies


Other Supplies

Cardstock – 2 shades green, white, brown and black

Distress Inks

Large Embossing Folder



Valentine Pansies

Welcome all my crafty friends!

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and today I am posting a couple that I have created.  They are same card but I changed out the color of pansies a bit and used ferns.  These cards were created using Susan’s new releases Garden Notes Pansy 2 and Leafy Berry Branch 1 along with a couple of her ferns from last release. The hearts are from Becky Seddon’s new releases Heartfelt Love and Love Struck.

Here is how the card was created.

Step 1 Cut 1 Garden Notes Berry Branch 1 from green cardstock.  Using Nuvo Crystal Drops add berries let dry.  Repeat on back side and let dry.

Step 2  Cut white cardstock 6″ X 12″ score at 6″ fold on score line – 6″ X 6″ card base formed.  Dry emboss front of card.

Step 3  Cut large solid heart from red cardstock using Becky Seddon’s Heartfelt Love die set.  Attach to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step 4  From white Soft Finish Cardstock cut lacy heart using Becky Seddon’s Love Struck die set.  Attach to front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive only on back of solid part of heart (leave lace edge free)

Step 5  From gold cardstock cut the 2 piece arrow from Love Struck die set attach using Kids Choice Glue.

Step 6  Cut 1 set of ferns from green cardstock using fern die set of choice.  Shade a little with Distress Ink and bend up fronds to give dimension.  Attach to card front with Kids Choice Glue added to just stem area.  Add Leafy Berry Branch in same manner arranging over ferns.

Step 7  Cut, color and shape 3 Garden Notes Pansy 2 and several leaves using white Soft Finish Cardstock.  Susan has a video on her Facebook page showing how to do pansies you can find it here which is dated January 27th.  Attach to card front using Kids Choice Glue.

Step 8    Cut red cardstock 2-3/4″ X 1-1/4″ .  Cut white Soft Finish Cardstock 2-1/2″ X 1″ attach to red cardstock.  Using black ink stamp Happy Valentine’s Day from Joset’s Love Sentiments onto white cardstock.  Attach to lower right corner of card front using dimensional tape.

I do hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today and will create some of your own valentines.  For any of the Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies you can click on any of the pictures below and it will take you directly to their site.

Until next time – Happy Crafting and remember “You only live once, but if you live right, once is enough” unknown

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

Cardstock – green, red, white, gold

Nuvo Crystal Drops

Copic Markers

Dimensional Tape

Black Ink