Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire Cards

Below are two cards that I made using the Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire die.  After cutting the die on a lavender card stock for my first card, all the hexagon shaped pieces stayed on the cutting plate as I pulled off the die cut.  I figured, "why not use those pieces to make a second card", and I did.

This is the first card:

I mounted the Chicken Wire die onto a piece of designer paper and cut the Floral Bouquet flower with colors from the background paper.  These have become my favorite two dies; the Chicken Wire and the Floral Bouquet Kit.  I love the intricate detail to the Chicken Wire die which shows up even more when you use a piece of foil card stock with it like I did on my butterfly card.

To get the hexagon shaped pieces to stick to a piece of paper and not move around (even though I did lose a few), I rubbed a piece of double sided Scor-tape paper right onto the cutting plate, pressing down on the individual pieces so they'd stick.  I then peeled off the adhesive from the cutting plate and sprinkled on some purple embossing powder and heated it to melt into the Scor-tape sheet.

The backing paper was still on this so I peeled that off and stuck the entire sticky sheet with the hexagons to a piece of purple glitter paper and began making the rest of the card.

I purposely left off any sentiments on my cards so I could use them as needed in the future.

These are the dies I used on my cards:

Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire FRM144, Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet B777, Cheery Lynn Special Occasions B242 (bow and ribbons)

I appreciate your taking the time to stop by ~ Ann

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fancy Four Square

The four squares on this card are made using the center of the Sue Wilson Butterfly Frame set:

I first cut out the second largest square (twice) in the Sue Wilson Noble Dies - Double Pierced Squares Set B (CED5510) on pink card stock.  I then made a hinge to hold the two pink squares together to make the card base.

I then cut the third largest square in the above set on white card stock.
The fancy center of the Butterfly Frame die set fit perfectly when cutting four of them inside this square.  You do have to be careful though to line them up since the fancy square does not have four equal sides; it is slightly larger on two of the sides.

This was my first attempt at doing this; it didn't come out perfect but close enough.  You can cover any unevenness between squares with a piece of ribbon or put a larger die cut in the center of the four squares.  I wanted to keep this first card simple so I just put a flower where the four squares meet.

Dies used:  Sue Wilson Butterfly Frame, Sue Wilson Noble Dies - Double Pierced Squares Set B, Frantic Stamper Assorted Bunnies, Dies R Us Chicks, Cheery Lynn Sweet William, Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet Kit (leaves)

I'm entering this card in the Splitcoaststampers Challenge CAS421:  Bunny Hop hosted by Kia Gibson-Clapper.

Beautiful Butterflies

Another color combination that I really like -- teal, yellow, pink and orange.  

I used the following dies:  Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Squares, Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire Frame, Cheery Lynn Small Exotic Butterflies #1 with Angel Wings, Dee's Distinctively Berry Sprigs, Penny Black Sentiment Collection stamp, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pink and Burgundy Hugs

I've always liked a combination of pinks and burgundy, so when I saw this card by Donna Ellis,  I knew it was time to make a card with these colors.

After cutting the largest petal of the Perfect Peony set three times  (for each flower), I inked the edges with Aged Mahogany distress ink then applied some glue and very fine glitter to the edges.  I did the same with the tiniest petal die in the set for the flower centers.  I rolled the back side of the petals with a stylus then turned them over and pressed real hard in the centers with a large stylus.

Here's a close-up of the flower:

The base of the card is the largest die in the SW Ornate Pierced Rectangles.  I folded a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 pink paper in half then placed the cut line of the die so it was hanging over the fold of the card, leaving a complete card base with front and back attached to each other at the fold.  The card fits perfectly into an envelope that measures 8 3/4 x 5 3/4.

Products Used:  Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Rectangles, Sue Wilson Perfect Peony Complete Petals, Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Leaves, Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection - St. Lucia,  Technique Tuesday Say It Hugs, Creative Craft Essentials Basket Weave EF

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sue Wilson Butterfly Frame

I saw this Sue Wilson Butterfly Frame die (CED7105) used on a gorgeous card by Donna Ellis.   Here is Donna's card, which mine can't even compare to:

 I wasn't sure the die would cut through glitter paper seeing how it is such an intricate die but after talking to Donna I was pretty convinced it would.

This is what the entire die set looks like:

After being stumped for hours with what I could put in the center square of the die, I ended up using the butterfly die that comes in the set.  This is such a pretty die; I know I have to try to make another card with it on a day when I have more MOJO.

The "Butterfly Kisses" stamp is from Frantic Stamper.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Easter Iris

My favorite Irises in my garden are the ones that have a combination of lilac and purple petals and a touch of yellow in the veins.  I used the Penny Black Pure Iris (40-332) Slapstick Cling stamp and colored it with a variety of water based markers which I spritzed with just a little water.

The "Easter Wishes" is an older Stampin' Up stamp from a set.

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann

Friday, March 24, 2017

Magnolia Rhapsody

The Magnolia trees in our area all lost their beautiful buds during the nor'easter last week.  We won't be seeing any of the beautiful tulip-like blooms nor smell the fragrance they give off this year.

Even though this stamp I used on my card is called Magnolia Rhapsody by Penny Black, it doesn't come very close to replacing the magnificent blooms of a real Magnolia tree.  Sorry this post is on the sad side, but I look out at our Magnolia tree every day and see the wilted brown buds that were just a day away from blooming when the weather turned cold.  On the other hand, we do have our Forsythia bush that is full of yellow blooms.

Items used:  Penny Black Magnolia Rhapsody, Sue Wilson Pacific Ocean Collection background die, Penny Black Sentiment Collection clear stamp set

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sue Wilson Hollywood and Exquisite Poppy

I found these Memory Box Open Studio Distressed Windham Collage dies difficult to use on a card in the sense that I wanted two for corners but then didn't know what to place in the center of the card.  I decided to use the Sue Wilson Californian Collection Hollywood and put an Exquisite Poppy from the Sue Wilson Collection in the center of it.

The fun part of this card was making the poppy.  I cut two of the largest die in the set (but should have cut 3), and two of the next size smaller.  I saw a video where if you wet the petals and roll them tightly, let them dry partially and then unroll them, they will have all the roll lines dried into them.  This worked wonderfully; I really liked how the petals turned out:

Wet the petals and roll them tightly, unroll once they are partially dry but not all the way.

Stack the petals, adhering them alternately so the petals are staggered.

Fill with a poppy center from the same die set.

Products used:  Sue Wilson Californian Collection Hollywood, SW Exquisite Poppy, SW Californian Collection Basic Frames Set A (CED1103), Memory Box Open Studio Distressed Windham Collage