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 

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Watercolor Stamping Trial and Errors

I'm extremely new to watercoloring and recently decided to try some Penny Black Slapstick stamps since they looked fairly easy, and there are a lot of videos on how to use them.

I started by putting the Poppy Pattern stamp (40-290) in my MISTI and inking up the stamp with a pad of Tattered Rose distress ink.  I tapped the ink pad right on the stamp then used a towel to remove the ink from the leaves and stem areas on the stamp.    I spritzed the stamp just a little and pressed it onto my watercolor paper in the MISTI.  The next step is very important as you will see below what happens if you don't follow this step.  DRY your paper with a heat gun or allow it to air dry before stamping with another color (see down below at end of post).

Next I wiped the stamp clean and stamped again but this time with Dried Marigold distress ink, using the same method as earlier and spritzing the stamp lightly.   I then took a tiny wet paint brush and spread out the ink to fill in some white areas.

After the petals were done and dry, I then cleaned the stamp and colored the leaves and stems on the stamp with a Peeled Paint distress pen.  Again, I spritzed the stamp lightly and pressed down on the MISTI.  During this whole process, my stamp remained on the right hand side of the MISTI and never moved.

The stamping was now done.  I decided not to ink the centers of the flowers due to my catastrophe the first time.  I cut some poppy centers from the Sue Wilson Exquisite Poppy die set and adhered those in the centers of some of the open poppies.

I stamped the Penny Black "you are wonderful" from the Sentiment Collection (30-350) clear stamp set, also using my MISTI as it took over 3 tries to get the stamp dark enough on my paper.

I framed the poppies with the Sue Wilson Stitched Lattice Frames CED9303 and cut the sentiment out with the Sue Wilson Stitched Flags CED1458.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Now, on to sharing my catastrophic moment and what I learned.

The first time I inked up my stamp and spritzed it with water, it came out fine on the paper using my MISTI.  But, I did not let the paper dry before restamping it and the black color ran right into the red petals:

Step 1:  stamping just the petals a few times

Step 2:  coloring the leaves and stems with a marker and spritzing with water.



See all the tiny bubbles of water on the petals of the stamp..... I should have wiped them off.

I can still use this card; I'll just cover the black runny area with a flag or something.

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann

A Basket of Flowers for Mom

I think this card is going to be either my Easter card for my parent's or my mother's birthday card.  It is one of my favorite cards that I've made using the Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Rectangles.

Since the largest die in the Ornate Pierced Rectangles is 6.5" long, I couldn't just fold a piece of 12 x 12 paper to make the card base with this die.  So I cut two of the largest rectangles in the set and adhered them to make a card base.

I cut a separate strip of paper measuring 3 3/8 x 1 1/4 for the hinge to hold the two rectangles together.  I used the 3 3/8 size because that was the width of the top of the rectangle before getting to the corners.  Then I folded the paper in half lengthwise, adhered one side to the plain rectangle that would become the bottom of the card, then lined up the decorated top rectangle and adhered that with double sided tape.

The basket I used on my card is the Frantic Stamper Easter Basket (FRA-DIE-09389).  I filled the basket with the smallest flower in the Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet kit B777.  The greenery is also from the same Floral Bouquet kit; I cut some in a shimmer green paper and the other in clear vellum.

The bow at the top of the basket is from the Cheery Lynn Special Occasions set B242.

I filled the flower centers with some tiny pearl flowers that I purchased on eBay years ago.

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Thanks for stopping by -- Ann

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Religious Ornate Pierced Rectangles Cards

The above card was made using Dee's Distinctively Praying Hands, a cross from Spellbinders Crosses 2, and Sue Wilson's Ornate Pierced Rectangles.

For the stained glass window card above, I used the Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Rectangles and paper pieced the center with pieces of various colors of glitter paper to get a stained glass look.  I cut the center die 5 times, once on each color of glitter paper and once in black:

I adhered the black die cut to a black background.  If I had used a white background, some of the white may have shown through when putting the tiny pieces back in.

The four colors of glitter paper that I used:

After adhering all the pieces back in:

I then cut the second largest ornate rectangle in the set, along with the intricate frame die.  The words "Faith" and "Rejoice" are from Dee's Distinctively Religious Greetings die set.

The cross in the middle is from Spellbinder's Crosses 2.

Thanks for stopping by -- Ann