Think Happy

2017-07 Think Happy

For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website to 3 winners. 
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Hello everyone welcome to my blog.  Today is Susan’s Garden Design Team second challenge.   This month we have been challenged to use new Cottage Dies, Window & Flower Box, Doors etc.  I have chosen Susan’s new release  Square Window & Flower Box Die Set.  On my card I used patterned paper that I had purchased (I am trying to use up some of my large paper stash) but how cool would it be to take a picture out your own window and print onto cardstock.

Here is how card was created.

  1.  Card base is 5-1/2″ square.  Cut white cardstock 5-1/2″ X 11″ score at 5-1/2″ fold on score line to for card base.  This card is a tent fold although it could also be done as a side fold since it is a square card.
  2. Cut 5-1/4″ square of patterned paper adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  3. Die cut window from White Soft Finish Cardstock using Garden Notes Square Window die.
  4. Place window over scenic pattern paper to find view you want to show in your window then cut paper to fit behind window die cut.  Attach window over scenic paper using Kids Choice Glue.  Attach window to upper left side of card using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  5. Using die set Garden Notes Potted cut pot and saucer from terra cotta or burnt orange cardstock.  Use white ink to give it an aged look by lightly swiping areas of pot.  Lay pot and saucer right side down on Molding Mat using large ball tool from Susan’s 4pc Tool Kit rub back to give dimension.  Using Kids Choice Glue around edges only adhere pot to lower right side of card front. Add saucer in same manner.
  6. Die cut 3 sunflowers from colored cardstock of your choice using Garden Notes Sunflower 2 die set.  Using PanPastels Set 1 shade petals then shape and assemble using Kids Choice Glue.  Cut several leaves from green cardstock shade and shape.
  7. Attach sunflowers and leaves at top of flowerpot using Kids Choice Glue.
  8. Stamp sentiment (this sentiment is from a brand new clear stamp set by Susan – Little Words That Mean A Lot CS061) in black ink.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I have enjoyed making it.  Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs blog at this link for details on winning a prize and to see all the challenge designs for this month.

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Christine

 

 


Potted Poinsettia

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Hi Everyone hope that you all have had a great Christmas – ours was great spending time with family and friends.

Today I am posting a birthday card for a dear friend with whom I have been friends with for about 60 years.  My card  uses Karen Burniston’s Flower Pot Pop Stand and Susan’s Garden Notes Small Poinsettia as well as her White Pine Boughs & Pinecones along with Els van de Burgt Holiday Garlands 2 and A Way With Words Happy Birthday.

Here is how I made the card.

  1. Using Karen Burniston’s video and Flower Pot Pop Stand die set – the flower pot cut from a color cardstock of your choice (Sea Glass was used here).  Cut and build the flower pot according to the video.
  2. Using Susan’s Garden Notes Small Poinsettia and white cardstock cut 7 or 8 poinsettias making sure you cut a set from green cardstock for each flower.  Shade and shape each flower using Susan’s PanPastels Set 1 and her 4 pc Tool Kit.  Susan has a great video to help you with this you can find it here.  Cut strips of clear plastic approximately 1/4″ wide (I used some packaging plastic that I had saved as it is sturdy).  Attach flowers to one end using Kids Choice Glue.
  3.  Using Susan’s garden Notes White Pine Boughs & Pinecones die set and green cardstock cut enough pine boughs for the front of card and to fill in in the flower pot.  Using a little of the orange PanPastel from set 1 shade each pine bough just a little.  Pinch up the needles to give dimension.
  4. Take a piece of white cardstock (making sure that it is big enough to cut out happy birthday and 2 holiday garlands from this piece) cover 1 side with Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  Lay happy birthday die and the holiday garland die face down on side of cardstock where adhesive is – die cut.  You will have to cut a second garland.  Pull back the protective covering being very careful not to touch the adhesive with fingers.  Add Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter all over tap off excess and burnish in with finger.
  5. Cut smallest Dotted Rectangle from white cardstock and the next size up from colored cardstock that matches your printed paper (CTMH Sea Glass used here).  Stamp sentiment on white rectangle with black ink.  Adhere white rectangle to colored rectangle using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  6. Attach 5 or 6 poinsettias to cross pieces of flower pot using Kid’s choice Glue attaching by the clear plastic piece.  Then fill in with pine boughs to your liking.
  7. Cut card base from white cardstock 6″ X 12″ score at 6″.  Lay pop stand die onto cardstock lining up die on the score line.  You will want to lay your filled flower pot folded flat lined up with pop stand to find out how low you will need to cut the pop stand.  Refer to Karen’s video for cutting pop stand and attaching the flower pot.
  8. Cut 1 piece of printed paper 5-3/4″ square and attach to the back of card using Clear Double Sided Adhesive making sure to avoid the die cut spots.
  9. Cut 1 piece of colored cardstock 5-3/4″ X 2-1/2″ attached to top of card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  Cut 1 piece of printed paper 5-3/4″ X 3-1/4″ attach to lower part of card front once again avoiding the die cut area.  Cut 2 pieces of of printed paper 1-3/4″ X 6″ attach to inside of card along outer edge.  Cut 2 pieces of colored cardstock 1-1/4″ attached on each side of inside card next to the printed paper.  Add snowflake garlands on each side attaching to the colored cardstock using Kids Choice Glue.  Using foam tape / pop dots attach the rectangles w/ sentiment to right side of inside of card.
  10. Add Happy B and a poinsettia to left of card where the 2 papers meet using Kids Choice Glue.

 

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

1226 Susan’s garden Notes – Small Poinsettia

1091 Susan’s Garden Notes White Pine boughs & Pinecones

1205 Karen Burniston Flower Pot Pop Stand

1259 Els van de Burgt Holiday garlands 2

1174 Els van de Burgt Dotted Rectangles

1161 Suzanne Cannon Quietfire – Happy Birthday

30115 Susan’s PanPastels Flower Coloring Kit 1

808 Susan’s Garden 4pc Tool Kit

810 Large Molding Mat

814 Kids Choice Glue

641 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

Prills

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Other Supplies

Cardstock – white, green, brown & sea glass

Close to My Heart B & T (Printed) Paper  Pack – Oh Deer

Foam Tape or Pop Dots

This card is so much fun to make I do hope that you have enjoyed the tutorial and you will make your own card.  Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for your supplies.

Until next time – Happy Scrapping!

Christine

 

Up On the Roof Top

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Hello Everyone thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Today I have created kind of a fun card that has Santa and his satchel going head first down the chimney.  My card base was made by using Karen Burniston’s Flower Pot Pop Stand Die Set.

Here is how it was done

  1.  Cut flower pot from light gray cardstock you will need to cut it twice.  Find your score lines and fold all of them (this is important to do before embossing as it will make it easier to find them after embossing – ask me how I know ).  Depending on how big your brick embossing folder is you may be able to do both at once  but lay the flat pieces in the embossing folder and run through machine.  Try to have a couple of sides straight as possible and use these sides for front of card (Again ask me how I know).  Take cranberry ink pad and rub over the bricks which will color the bricks but leave mortar area gray.  Use Karen’s great video to build the flower pot.  For this card you can either cut the top flaps off or glue them down as they will be covered I glued mine.
  2. I cut doubles of everything as it makes them much more sturdy.  Father Christmas you only need to make the bottom half (no need to do all the fur and face stuff unless you want to use the top half for another card. Father Christmas, satchel and tree were all attached with Kid’s Choice Glue to dividers inside chimney. The star on the tree was just a little punch from my stash. For the snow flakes cut them from white cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on iit and then coat with cool diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.  Cut narrow strips of clear plastic at different lengths for each snowflake (I used 4 strips).  Sandwich 1 end of strip between 2 snow flakes using Kid’s Choice Glue.  Taking small strips of fiberfill glue around the top of the chimney using Kid’s Choice Glue.
  3. Cut colonial white cardstock 6″ X 12″ score at 6″ and fold on score line this forms card base.  Follow Karen’s video for placement of the pop stand so that your items in the chimney do not hang out over edge of card.
  4. Cut 2 pieces of print paper 4″ X 6″ using Karen Burniston’s Agatha Edge Dies cut 1 of the 6″ sides on each piece.  Attach to the left and the right side of card using Clear double Sided Adhesive and making sure that both fancy edges face into the card.
  5. Cut 2 coordinating strips of paper 1/2″ X 6″ and attach using Clear Double Sided Adhesive. (In place of these strips you could use Els new Christmas Garland 1 or 2 if you have them.) The little sign that was used here came with paper pack but you could use a fancy cut and stamp something or maybe a dimensional sticker.
  6. Before finishing front and back of card make sure you have attached your chimney (once again ask me how I know).  Cut 2 pieces of green cardstock 5-3/4″ square attaching 1 to front and 1 to back.  (When applying adhesive avoid the little open square hole.)  Cut 2 pieces of print paper 5-1/2″ square attach over green cardstock using Clear Double sided Adhesive.
  7. The picture on the front of my card came with the paper which I cut out and attached using dimensional tape to a double mat I had attached to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  (You could use one of Suzanne Cannon’s  Christmas dies on the front.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Susan’s CountryScapes Build A Father Christmas

Susan’s CountryScapes Woods 4 Evergreen & Trimmings

Karen Burniston Flower Pot Pop Stand

Karen Burniston Agatha Edges

Suzanne Cannon Quietfire Brrrrrr

Els van de Burgt Entwined Circles

Silk Microfine Glitter Cool Diamond

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Kid’s Choice Glue

  1. Other SuppliesClose To My Heart cardstock Colonial WhiteCardstock – gray, red, brown, white, green, black and yellow.

    Printed Paper (K & Co used here)

    Close To My Heart Ink Pad cranberry

    Strips of clear plastic (old packaging used here as it is sturdy)

    polyester fiber fill or cotton balls

    I do hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today and will be excited to try your own.

    Visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for your supplies today!

    Until next time Happy Scrapping!

    Christine

Potted & Framed Amaryllis

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Hello Everyone,  thanks for stopping by today.  Here in Maine we got a little snow a few days ago but then it turned to rain and in my area it is gone – I am really not looking forward to winter it lasts way too long!

My post today uses Susan’s Garden Notes Amaryllis and Potted along with Els van de Burgt’s new Holiday Garlands 1.  Let’s get started.

  1. Cut off white cardstock 6″ X 12″ score at 6″ and fold on score line forming your 6″x 6″ card base.  Ink all edges (Vintage Photo Distress Ink used here).
  2. Cut Patterned paper 6″ X 6″ ink all edges with same ink.  Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive attach to card front.
  3. Cut green cardstock 6″ X 6″.  Cut from outer edges 1/2″ in all around remove center square to reveal a frame.  Use dimensional tape to attach to front of card.
  4. Cut pot from off white cardstock distress the pot (Vintage Photo Distress Ink used here).  using loop tool from Susan’s 4pc. Tool Kit lay pot face down on molding pad and shape pulling loop tool down from top to bottom.   Using a toothpick add some clear quick drying glue such as Kid’s Choice Glue add glue to very outer edges all around  pot and adhere to card front leaving the top opening open.
  5. Make 3 red amaryllis using Susan’s video as a guide.  Video found here.
  6. Using a little clear quick drying glue on back of stems place them in top of pot.  Add flowers to top of stems and fill in at top of pot with extra leaves.
  7. Cut piece of  off white cardstock 2-1/2″ X 6-1/2″ add clear double sided adhesive to one side.  Cut 4 Holiday Garlands remove protective paper and add to green frame on card front.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Susan’s Garden Notes – Amaryllis

Susan’s Garden Notes – Potted

Els van de Burgt – Holiday Garland 1

Susan’s 4 pc Tool Kit

Susan’s Molding Pad

Susan’s Leaf Pad

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

PanPastels Set 3

Kid’s Choice Glue

Other Supplies

Cardstock – off white, red and green

Pollen

Pattern Paper – K & Company used here

Distress Ink – Vintage Photo & Peeled Paint

I really hope that you have enjoyed my tutorial today and will now try your hand at making this card.  Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for your supplies.

Until next time – Happy Scrapping!

Christine

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Jasmine & Roses

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Today my post is another card inspired by my recent tour of the Olson House in Cushing, Maine.   I believe as a crafter we look at everything in a different way at least I do.  I am sure some of those that were in our tour group probably thought that I was a “tad bit” crazy when I got so excited over the peeling wallpaper, cracked walls and wide painted floorboards and proceeded to take pictures of these items.  The background paper I used today is from my picture I took of the peeling wall paper then printed on cardstock.  When I was looking at the wall that day I could just picture some of Susan’s Garden Note Roses on that background.

 

I have chosen Susan’s new soon to be released Susan’s Garden Note Plant Pot die using her Garden Notes Rose 2 and Jasmine from her previous releases.  I also used Els Leafy Branch, Dotted Scallop Rectangles, Bead Strings 1 and Joset Designs General Sentiments stamp set.  I know it is another card with roses but I just love them and I think that sometimes they can take a nice card and make it a wow card at least in my opinion.

Let us get started.

Card Base:  6″ X 6″

  1. Cut white cardstock 6″ X 12″ score at 6″.
  2. Choose a printed paper for background – mine is one I printed from a photo I took.  Cut paper 6″ X 6″ attach to card front using clear double sided adhesive.  Note this card can be a top fold or side fold it is your choice.
  3. Cut 4 matching pieces from Bead Strings 1 ( you have a choice of 4 I chose one of the straight ones) using white cardstock with clear double sided adhesive on the back.  At the same time cut 1 Dotted Scallop Rectangle using smallest die but do not back white cardstock with adhesive for this piece.
  4. Ink all edges (Distress Antique Linen used here).
  5. Attach beaded strings around outer edges.

Flower Pot:

  1. Cut 2 pots and 2 saucers from terra cotta cardstock.
  2. On 1 pot and saucer using green and white ink and makeup sponge shade to give it aged look.
  3. After shading lay shaded pot and sauce face down on molding pad.  Using loop tool from Susan’s 4 piece tool kit pull loop down through the pot and saucer to give it dimension.  Jasmine & Roses2
  4. Attach flat pot and saucer to card front using clear double sided adhesive (I left little piece in top of pot on this one and adhered)Jasmine & Roses3
  5. Using clear drying glue on very edges of pot (even tiny rim area) and saucer all around attach over one already attached to card.  Make sure you leave center of pot open and free of glue as that is where you will arranging your flowers.

Flowers and Foliage:

  1. Cut 3 roses from pink cardstock.  Shade centers of all petals with PanPastels Set 1 Magenta.
  2. Using green cardstock cut leaves and stems shade with PanPastels Set 1 Bright Yellow Green.
  3. Shape roses, leaves and stems using Susan’s video as a guide you can find it here.  This video is very helpful  I refer to it often.
  4. Cut 6 Jasmine flowers and stamens from white cardstock and  stems and leaves several times from green cardstock using Susan’s Garden Notes Jasmine die.  Shade center of each flower with yellow PanPastel Set 1.  Lay flowers face down on molding mat and with small loop tool pull tool from top to bottom shaping petals. Turn flowers over and with small ball tool push into center cupping each flower. To form stamen spread a small amount of clear drying glue on bottom of stamen and roll up using tweezers starting at tab end..  Spread stamen out and with black marker make small dots on each stamen.  Attach stamen to center of each flower using clear drying glue.  Place leaves and stems face down on leaf molding pad and with leaf tool draw vein line down center of each leaf.  Turn leaves over add Bright Yellow Green PanPastel and Rust PanPastels from set 1 for shading.  Using tweezers pinch bottom of each leaf and lay on molding mat face down rub end of leaf with medium ball tool to add shape.
  5. Cut 2-3 Leafy Branches from green cardstock add shading using Bright Yellow Green PanPastels set 1.  Lay face down on molding mat using med ball tool rub each leafy gently to give a little shape turn over and gently rub stems in several areas to give more dimension.

Arranging Flower Pot:

  1. Layout your Leafy Branches arranging until you are happy with it putting stems down in hole of pot.  When happy with arrangement use clear drying glue to attach ( just a few dots on stems here and there).  I cut some apart and even had some hang over edge of pot.
  2. Next add Roses and buds (once again I cut them apart  cutting buds and leaves off and a little bit of bottom of stems).
  3. Add Jasmine flowers in same manner.  Experiment until you get the look you want.

Adding Sentiment:

  1. Stamp sentiment on die cut rectangle using black ink (Happy Birthday used here but this card could be used for many things).
  2. Attach rectangle to top right corner of card using dimensional tape.

Last but not least your card needs a stand to display it on Els has a how to video for making card stand here.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Susan’s Garden Notes – Flower Pot

Susan’s Garden Notes – Roses 2

Susan’s Garden Notes – Jasmine

Susan’s Garden 4 pc Tool Kit

Susan’s Garden Molding Pad

Susan’s Garden PanPastels Set 1

Els van de Burgt Studio Dotted Scallop Rectangles

Els van de Burgt Studio Bead Strings 1

Els van de Burgt Studio Card Stand / Easel

Joset Designs Stamp Set – general Sentiments

Other Supplies:

White, pink, green and terra cotta cardstock

Black, white and green ink

Distress Antique Linen ink

Makeup sponges

Fine tip black marker

I do hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you will try making one yourself. Please visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for supplies for this card plus much more.

Until next time – Happy Scrapping!

Christine

 

 

 

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