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 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hero Arts Leafy Vine Stamp in Purple

Two cards that I made with the Hero Arts Leafy Vine stamp; one heat embossed with a dark purple embossing powder and the second with a light lavender embossing powder:

I've been making a few cards using both the Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Rectangles (frame) and the Hero Arts Leafy Vine Stamp but wanted to do a purple card this time, thus today's cards.

For card 1 I simply heat embossed the dark purple embossing powder that I sprinkled on some white card stock and adhered some purple Recollections flowers from my stash.

For card two, I stamped the stamp on watercolor paper and heat embossed with some lavender embossing powder.  Then I inked the background with some chic aubergine ink and brushed on a layer of Ceram Coat Sparkle Glaze.

The Sue Wilson Dandelion Clock flower was cut on white paper and covered with Creative Expressions Amethyst Metallic gilding wax.  Here's a closer look at the flower:

Items used:  Hero Arts Leafy Vines stamp, Creative Expressions Dandelion Clocks, CE Ornate Pierced Rectangles, CE Amethyst Metallic gilding wax, Cosmic Shimmer Chic Aubergine Colour Cloud Blending Ink, Ceram Coat Sparkle Glaze, Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourish, Elizabeth Craft Designs Big Triple Leaf, Lavender ZING embossing powder

Monday, March 20, 2017

Penny Black Poppy Pattern

This is the card that was a result of my first attempt using the Penny Black Poppy Pattern stamp:

In a previous blog post, I explained how I learned from my mistakes when watercoloring with stamps.  I had not let the red ink dry before applying the black ink centers to the flowers, causing the black to run into the red.  Easy fix for this card was just to adhere a butterfly on top of the flower with the most black runoff.

Items used:  Penny Black Poppy Pattern, Frantic Stamper Monarch Butterfly, Sue Wilson Stitched Lattice Frames.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stained Glass Roses

Today's card uses the Single Rose by Paper Smooches.  I cut it out on gold foiled cardstock three times.

For the background behind the roses and leaves, I swiped a piece of white cardstock through some watered down distress inks:  Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, and Peeled Paint.    After the inks were dry on the paper, I then brushed on some Clear Sparkle Texture Paste and let that dry.

I glued just the rose part of the flower, using a glue pen, to the inked paper then fussy cut around the edges.  Then I glued the leaf part to the green inked cardstock and fussy cut around it.

This is a close up of the flowers in an attempt to show the sparkle from the texture paste:

To finish the card I used one of my favorite Happy Birthday stamps.

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann

Saturday, March 18, 2017


This is a very intricate looking card but very easy to make.  I cut out the Frantic Stamper Large Solid Swallowtail (09420)  with an orangish colored paper, then cut the Large Swallowtail (fancy top layer 09419) with black cardstock.  Before I put the two together, I cut out small strips of white paper and adhered them to the back edges of the four wings.  For the white center part, I cut the die on white cardstock and just put those 6 pieces back into the butterfly cutout.

To shape the bottom edge of the top panels of the card, I used the Frantic Stamper Stitched Scene Builder Edgers die.

The embossing folder is from the Craft Stash Co. in the UK.  It's a large 8.5 x 11" folder called A4 Basket Weave.

The stamp "Celebrate" is from the Frantic Stamper Clear Stamp set FRA-CL-039.

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann

Friday, March 17, 2017

Easter Wishes

Since I'm not one to make St. Patrick's Day cards, I figured I'd get a start on my Easter cards.  I've been making a lot of cards lately using this Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Rectangles die and wanted to make an Easter one with it as well.  I just think the die is so pretty.

To make the card base, I folded a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock (blue) and cut the second largest Ornate Rectangle on it, leaving one long side of the rectangle die hanging off the fold of the paper to make the shaped card base.

Once that was done, I cut the second largest die again but this time on yellow paper so I could back the front of the card with it.  Then I cut the smallest of the rectangles on white cardstock for the center of the card.

I haven't made a scene card in a while and all these dies made me realize I need to make more of them.  After cutting the chicks, I chose two that fit the card and manually cut some wings for them.  I colored their feet and beaks with distress markers and raised up the wings with foam tape.

I used the following dies to make this card:

Frantic Stamper Easter Bunny & Chicks (carrot) FRA9129

Frantic Stamper Petite Eggs FRA9388

EK Success Paper Punch Small Butterfly

I hope you liked the card and will stop back to check out tomorrow's cards.

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann