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

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


Basket of Holly and Berries

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Welcome my crafty friends,

Here today with another card I have had down for a while so not a lot of detail.

Susan dies are available on Create & Craft for 1st 30 days then will be available from Tonic Studios so be patient they are coming.

Today I have used Susan’s Garden Gathering Basket (love that the die set comes with both the metal tub and the basket) along with her Holly and Berries.

Another 6″ X 6″ card base from colored cardstock.  White cardstock cut 5-1/2″ square then embossed.

Basket cut from white cardstock twice adhere on top of each other then colored with alcohol markers adhered to card front.

Made a bunch of Holly leaves and Berry Branches.  When berries are involved that is always my first step so that they will have time to dry completely while I am doing everything else.  Berries were done using Autumn Red Nuvo Drops on both sides as Susan does.  Holly cut from green cardstock then shaped and glazed.  Added to basket using Nuvo Dexluxe Adhesive.

Suzanne Cannon’s Merry Christmas was cut from black glitter paper and adhered to upper left corner of card front.

Tonic Studio Products are linked below.

Thank you once again for taking the time to stop by my blog and until next time – Happy Crafting!


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



Basket of Love


Welcome to my blog my crafty friend.

Today’s card is one I designed for the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog using Susan’s Garden Notes Love In A Mist, Gathering Basket and Stitched Fitted Frames – Square along with a few others.  Go to Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog to find tutorial on making this card.

Below is a list of supplies used just click on any of the pictures of Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies and it will take you to their site so you can purchase.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

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


DT Focus Joset

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Outside of card

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Welcome my crafty friends!

Today  new releases for Joset Designs are now available at Elizabeth Craft Designs be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog to see what the design team has created with the new releases.

My creation today is a 6 X 6 pop up card using new stamp set Color My Flowers which has an optional coordinating die set.

Other Supplies

Black Cardstock

Copic Markers R59, RV52, Y19, Y13, YG 95, YG 99

Distress Inks – Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke

Metallic Rub Ons – Gold

Nuvo Crystal Drops – Rhubarb Crumble

ECD Design Team Focus on Susan’s Garden New Release

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Welcome to my blog today!

Today is Focus Day for Susan’s Garden new releases.  Susan has 8 new dies that have just been released and I have chosen the Gathering Basket which is dear to my heart as I was a basketmaker years ago.  Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs to see all the great new things and Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog has creations from the design team showcasing the release.

Other Supplies:

Cardstock – White, Brown

Metallic Rub Ons

Nuvo Drops – Bottle Green, Buttermilk

Distress Inks – Fossilized Amber, Brushed Cordroy


Until next time my Crafty friends – Happy Crafting!