Wednesday, April 27, 2016

With Love


Yesterday I received a card in the mail from one of my brothers and it had the prettiest colors on it -- purple and gold.  So today I wanted to use those colors for my card.

I started off embossing a piece of white cardstock with the Sue Wilson Dotty Daisy embossing folder, then rubbing on some Creative Expressions Golden Lilac gilding wax on the dots, Blush on the flat areas between the daisies, and Golden Light in the centers of the daisies.  Gilding Wax adds such a nice, shiny touch to an embossed image.

The oval is from the Sue Wilson Austrian Collection - Salzburg.   The flower stamens were made using the Sue Wilson Dandelion Clocks and the flower bases are the Nellie's Choice Flower 2.




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I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge here:



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mother's Day Crocus


Did you know Mother's Day is coming up on May 8?  That's just 12 days away.


The background was made using the Sue Wilson Dotty Daisy embossing folder.  This embossing folder makes all these super embossed dots in the shape of flowers and leaves.  To make the dots stand out even more, I manually rubbed on some Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Wax in Golden Light and Golden Lilac, applying it more heavily in the areas with no embossing.

The word Mother is from the Frantic Stamper Grand Mother / Father die set.  I cut it twice; once in a dark purple and again in a lighter purple so I could layer them on top of each other but slightly offset for a more dimensional look.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Black White and Blue Daisy




The Dies R Us Challenge Blog has a challenge going on until April 28 called Black & White with accent color optional.  I'm entering this card in the challenge.  You can join along and try to win a $10 gift certificate to the Dies R Us Store.

Black and white cards can be so elegant looking in just black and white,  but I wanted the daisy to stand out on this card so I chose to use an aqua color as my accent color.

The background is a swirl embossing folder which I rubbed on pearl gilding wax.  The top layer is the Bold Daisy embossing folder.  The black swirled leaves are the Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourish.

I added some Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste to the daisy and the centers of the embossed daisies to give them some shine.

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Delicate Daisies for Mom


I'm really loving these Delicate Daisies by Sue Wilson, but then again, so are a lot of people as the die seems to sell out quickly.

A few cards back I used the Sue Wilson Lattice Window with an oval from the Lattice Snowflake but turned the oval vertically and shortened the height of the Lattice Window.   This time I wanted to use the Lattice Snowflake die horizontally so I left the Lattice Window in it's full size.

I inked just the edges of the daisies with Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink in Ocean Blue.  I also used the daisy dies that only have 5 petals this time and layered them while staggering the petals to fill in blank spaces.  The leaves are the Petite Leaves by Frantic Stamper.

Here's a close-up of the flowers:


Products used to make this card:

Sue Wilson Lattice Window CED1615
Sue Wilson Lattice Snowflake CED3021
Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies CED1417
Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Ocean Blue
Frantic Stamper Petite Leaves FRA9194

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lady Liberty



When I first saw the Sue Wilson Dandelion Clocks, I wondered how they would look as fireworks.  I've had this card idea in mind for a while and finally got the right dies to make it all come together.

I cut a variety of the dandelion clocks that didn't have the stems on them, in RWB.  For the background, I used an old Sizzix embossing folder that I have had for years and don't even know the name of it anymore but there is a different one at Ecstasy Crafts that would work great:

Ecstasy Crafts Ball Flowers embossing folder


I cut out the Statue of Liberty on a sage colored paper then rubbed on some Vintage Gold Green gilding wax to make it look old and tarnished.  I backed the statue with white paper and cut a thin border all around the edge so it would stand out against the black background.  I also used the San Francisco Cityscape die to give the card a little more dimension.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Aquila Daisy



Do you ever get a new die, use it once, then keep it on your desk thinking you need to use it again but in a different way?  That's how this card came about.

I used the Sue Wilson Mini Gemini Die - Aquila on a previous card where I angled it diagonally.  But after making that card, I really wanted to use the die horizontally on a card; it just took some time to figure out what other dies to use with it.

After finally figuring it out, I cut two of the Aquila die but thought they looked best if I left a small space between them.  I embossed a piece of cardstock with the Tattered Lace Lattice embossing folder set and placed that in between the two dies.  I actually used the long thin embossing folder that comes in the set:



Next came the focal point of the card.  I really am drawn to using ovals more than circles or rectangles on my cards, so I cut one of the ovals from the Sue Wilson Austrian Collection - Salzburg.


How pretty is that?  I can just see using the outer oval as stained glass on a future card.

Of course, I had to decide on what flower to put in the middle of the oval, but that wasn't difficult since I had a Sue Wilson Delicate Daisy already cut out and staring right at me on my desk.


The pearl flower centers I've been using on a lot of my flowers were ordered on ebay years ago.  I never really got to use them until now.  Ecstasy Crafts has a huge assortment of pearls in a variety of shapes and sizes that you can use.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.

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I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp "Make It Girlie" challenge seen here:




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

You Light Up My Life


I'm thinking of giving this card to my 16 year old nephew who I absolutely adore and miss terribly.  I moved away when he was just 6 years old and now he's a 16 year old teenager in high school.  Where did the time go?

I used the Frantic Stamper Light Bulb, Stitched Ovals, and the  Clear Stamp Set Celebration.  I stamped the greeting before embossing the card panel with the Ecstasy Crafts Dazzling Sunburst EF.

To make the background, I inked the upper inside of the embossing folder with Cosmic Shimmer Lemon Meringue blending ink, pounding the ink into the embossing folder with a Smoothie.    Then I ran the paper through the embossing folder and got all that really nice yellow on the paper.  To make the lightbulb stand out even more, I layered it on top of a pastel yellow oval.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Butterfly Shaped Easel Card



Easel cards are super easy to make and shaped ones are just as easy if you follow a few steps:

Fold a piece of cardstock in half so one half of it is big enough to fit on your butterfly die.  I used the Frantic Stamper Solid Swallowtail for my card.

When you place your paper on the die, you want the fold lines to be just inside the cut line of the top of the die:


This is what it will look like after you cut it out:


This by itself would make a nice butterfly shaped card, but we want to go one step further and make it into an easel card.  Fold along the center of the wings on the top butterfly when your card is folded like a normal card.


Apply double sided tape to the bottom portion of the folded area.

Cut out one more butterfly and adhere it so the bottom part of the wings line up perfectly with the bottom wings of the easel where you have your tape:



Reinforce the fold at the half way point on the wings.  The bottom tip of the swallowtail should fit into the gap between the wings on the bottom panel of your card, allowing the card to stay in place.  This is what your card should look  like from the side:




Cut out one of the Large Swallowtail Butterflies with the intricate pattern on it and adhere it right on top of the butterfly you just adhered to the easel:


This just gives the card a nicer look, using the two swallowtail dies together.  If you don't have the intricate swallowtail die, then you could just emboss the third butterfly before adhering it.


Write your message on the inside or back of the card and you are done.

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Thanks for stopping by!

--Ann















Floret Circle Shaker Card




This is a tutorial on how to make a shaker card where you can see right through the shaker part to the back side of the card instead of the kind where the shaker is simply adhered right on front of the card and you see cardstock behind the sequins.  This is more of a window shaker card.

To start off, I used a Versamark pen and colored in just the roses on the Sue Wilson Floret Circle Stamp.  I stamped it on watercolor paper, but before removing the stamp from the paper, I took a pencil and lightly traced around the outside of the stamp.  This is so I could line it up in the same spot later to do more stamping.  I then removed the stamp and  heat embossed with purple embossing powder.

In order to get the leaves and tiny hearts and dots on my stamped image somehow, I colored them in right on the stamp using water based markers.  I spritzed the stamp lightly with water and lined it up  on the watercolor paper, using the tracing as a guide as to where to place it.  The stamp is pretty irregularly shaped so this was not hard to line back up.  I then cut around the outside of the stamp.

To make the window shaker part, I cut a circle out of the middle of the Floret Circle stamp using a circle die.  

I then cut a piece of acetate (save all that packaging that your Sue Wilson dies come in to make shaker cards with) to the size of the back of the floret circle.  The purple paper it is lying on is just to cover my work surface for now.


Tape the acetate with double sided tape to the back of the floret circle that you cut out


To make your card base, cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/4" by 11" and fold it along the 11" side so it folds in half.

Take a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the top flap of the card, place it  on the front of the card so it is centered all around (this is going to go on the inside of the card to hide the acetate edges), place your floret circle where you want it, and trace the circle from the inside of the floret right onto your card.  Now take the circle die you used earlier, line it up where you just traced, and cut through both layers of cardstock.

This is what the inside upper flap of your card will look like.  Don't adhere it yet.  You need to insert a piece of acetate in between the two layers for the window.


Take another piece of acetate and adhere it with double sided tape to the back side of the front flap on the card.  This is your window.  Now adhere the piece of cardstock to cover all of this.



Now you have both the front floret circle with acetate attached to the back AND the front of your card with an acetate window in it.  You need to sandwich the two together with foam tape to hold the sequins.

Take some foam tape and adhere it around the edge of the window on the front of your card, making sure you don't leave any gaps between pieces of tape or the sequins will escape.  You don't want the tape to be too close to the edges of the circle or it will show later.


Leaving the top green paper on the tape, brush on some baby powder around the inside edges of the tape where the sequins will be touching.  This prevents the sequins from sticking to your tape when shaking the card.  But it's important to leave that green top layer of paper on your tape while you do this.  If you get baby powder on the top of the tape, the tape will lose it's stickiness and won't adhere to the floret circle.


Use a damp tissue to wipe the excess powder off the acetate window.

Pour in some sequins on top of the acetate.  Be careful not to overfill the shaker.  Remove the paper from the top of the foam tape, apply a few tiny dots of liquid glue to the top of the tape for extra security,  line up your floret circle and gently adhere it, being careful not to push too hard or the liquid glue will ooze out onto the acetate.




Finish off the front of the card as desired.  I adhered a tiny bow to the top of my floret circle.

I hope this tutorial wasn't confusing and you were able to assemble your window shaker card with ease.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Ann













Saturday, April 16, 2016

Stacking your die multiple ways



This card is the result of my attempt to try to make the card below:

Delfina Layer Set

The above card is made using a set of 3 layering dies which cost over $70.00.  My card was made using just one die, different from the ones used on the above card.

I used the Frantic Stamper Saharan Screen Card Panel for the background.   I started off by cutting two of this with gold glittered cardstock and one with a teal colored cardstock.

Notice how thick the gold looks with two layers slightly offset from each other.

I used a dark blue glitter cardstock for the back behind these layers:


I tried to offset the teal top layer to show as much of the gold layer as possible.


Here are other ways to line them up for a totally different look:









The flower is the Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Complete Petals.  I used the 3 dies that have 8 petals.  After the flowers were cut out, I rolled a stylus around just the tips on the back side, flipped them over and then rolled the stylus around the centers, pushing down fairly hard.


I adhered the medium sized on to the largest one, offsetting the petals, then laid the smallest one on top of those, lining up the petals with the biggest flower on the bottom.  I think this gives it a realistic looking daisy.




It only took three layers of the daisy petals to make the flower.  I can see using this die set on a lot of my cards.

This "Mom" die is available and could have been used.  



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