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Card Making: Spellbinders ‘Create-a-Gerber Daisy’ Cards

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Spellbinders has a whole set of Die D-Lites ‘Create’ flower dies, the Gerber Daisy is just one of them so be sure to check out the rest and see which ones you’d like to add to your flower die collection.  In the video below I show you step-by-step how I created the pink flower on the right above and then a complete walk through as we make the card on the left.   You can see how just a change of color, from Marigold to Pink, can totally change the look of the daisy.  

Gerber Daisy-001            Gerber Daisy-011

The flowers were colored with combinations of Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Spiced Marmalade with Dried Marigold and Picked Raspberry with Spun Sugar. The petals were cut from light cream cardstock.  I love how they turn out!  It’s just a matter of staining a portion of each petal and then gluing to a petal base and stacking from largest to smallest. By curling each petal toward you it only takes a moment to see the flower begin to take shape.  Easy, peasy!

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The 5″ x 7″ card was created with Spellbinders Divine Eloquence dies.  By far one of my very favorites.  This time I cut the dies several times and split some of them to give extra filigree to the sides.  That’s always a great way to get another look, by splitting the cut in half sometimes even quarters.  Alternating between the cream cardstock and the latte color just makes the layers pop.  I also added foam dimensionals to the back of each set of mats giving just a little height and allowing the layers of flourishes and filigrees to show.  The ribbon is white rayon seam binding that was colored with Distress inks.

I hope you’ll join me in the video to see how easy it is to assemble both flowers and cards.  And don’t forget to check out all the other flower dies available in the store, you can have your own florist shop at home with just a few dies and some paper!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

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Supplies:

S2-066: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Create-a-Gerber Daisy

S5-218: Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence

TIM21438: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Dried Marigold

TIM27102: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Bundled Sage

TIM95935: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Picked Raspberry

TIM19497: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Antique Linen

TIM75149: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Spiced Marmalade

TIM19510: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Tea Dye

658300: Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my stash: Latte, cream, pink, rose cardstock; rayon white seam binding; scotch quick dry adhesive; ATG tape; dimensional foam dots; gemstone

Heartfelt Creations Beautiful Juliet Cards

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Today my cards feature the Beautiful Juliet stamp set and Sweet Juliet die set by Heartfelt Creations.  I love the stamp, the beautiful stem and greens with the saying “you are so beautiful to me” along the side.  The die set is also wonderful, and you can create so many different kinds of flowers with it.  I think that these were released around Valentines’ Day, but they are definitely appropriate for use throughout the entire year.  The first card below features both the stamp and the die sets; the second card features only the stamp set.

sweet juliet    heart juliet

The Beautiful Juliet stamp is very easy to use.  It isn’t too big, so you don’t have any issues with covering large areas, etc.  I usually use a green ink for this since it essentially represents the stem and leaves for a flower.  For the two samples, I used Memento Olive Grove ink.  (The samples on the video used Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.)  The important part is to make sure that your stamp block is big enough for the stamp so that you can get a good clear image.  I stamped the image on white cardstock cut 2.5” x 4.75”.

The next step is to make the “Sweet Juliet” flower for one of the cards.  I cut two pieces for the flower using the largest die in the set.  The paper I used was pink metallic vellum.  I found that for this particular flower, using something that is lighter in weight and that has a little flexibility works better than, for example, a heavier weight cardstock.  This is definitely a die that you want to use waxed paper with to make it easier to remove the cut piece.  As you remove the cut image from the die, pull gently and slowly to avoid tearing the paper.  Be sure to cut two of the largest flower pieces.  Once cut, gently curl each petal upward with your fingers to begin to shape the flower.  Assembly is super simple.  You just need a larger brad (one that won’t slip through the large holes already cut in the flower).  One by one, place each of the petals onto the brad (the brad goes from back to front through the hole), and then the brad goes through the center of the flower.  Pause after putting the first flower on the brad (loosely bend the “wings” of the brad to keep the petals from sliding off) and gently straighten out the petals.  When you’re happy with the result, re-open the brad and do the same thing with the second flower – this time trying to stagger the petals in between those of the first flower to fill it out a little.  When the second flower is on the brad, lightly bend the wings down and adjust the petals of both flowers so that they coordinate together.  When you’re satisfied with the result, tighten the brad.  Attach the Sweet Juliet flower to the card with a little Scor-Tape.  Please see the short video for some quick tips on using the Beautiful Juliet stamps and the Sweet Juliet die set.

The “heart” flower is just as easy to build.  I started with some of the May Arts Ribbon satin cut-out hearts.   These are sold by the yard, and attached side-by-side.  To use them I simply cut off the hearts that I needed, carefully trimming around the side curve.   I placed a small piece of Scor-Tape on the back of each heart.   Start by attaching one heart to the stamped image.  For the next heart, slightly overlap it with the first heart, making sure that the points meet.  Repeat this with the remaining three hearts (the May Arts hearts are approx. 7/8”) – you’ll need a total of 5 hearts for the large flower.  I like to add one more heart where the three leaves meet below.

I kept the cards themselves simple so that the attention would be focused on the stamp and die sets.  The background layer is cut 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 sized).  The patterned paper is cut 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I attached the patterned paper to the background layer with ¼” Scor-Tape.  I attached the stamped panel with the “heart” flower to the card also using Scor-Tape.  The final steps are to add the ribbon, and then attach the card front to a card base.  Super quick and easy!

Supply List:

Heartfelt Creations Beautiful Juliet stamp set

Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet die set

Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Large decorative brad

Cardstock – a solid and pattern for the layers, white for stamping the flower

Metallic vellum – for the Sweet Juliet flower

May Arts Ribbon – red satin hearts (approx. 7/8” high – sold by the yard)

Ink – I used Memento Olive Grove (Bamboo Leaves in the video)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – ¼”

Ribbon – I used white with a shiny edge

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Paperwhites!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Today I want to show you a gift that I made using Sizzix Susan’s Garden  Narcissus/Paperwhites dies.   Paperwhites are beautiful flowers that can bloom indoors in the worst of winters.  They add such beauty and fragrance, as well as a reminder that spring is just around the corner.  This year I received a Thanksgiving gift of some paper white bulbs.  It was such fun to watch them grow – very quickly they were more than three feet tall.  The blooms were lovely and fragrant.  I’ve included pictures below of the real flowers, as well as my interpretation.

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paperwhites  paperwhites tall

Paperwhites are very easy to assemble using the Sizzix die set.  First, I cut the pieces from the appropriate colors of cardstock.  I used a nice smooth heavy-weight (80lb.) cardstock to get the best results.  Lighter weight cardstocks or cardstocks that have a linen finish (or other rough finish) do not work as well.  The die set contains twelve dies – only one piece cut from each is needed to complete the flower.  I used my Sizzix Big Kick to cut the pieces.  These are the Thinlits dies, so there should be no difficulty using them in any die cutting machine.

Once the pieces were cut, it was simple to follow the directions from the Sizzix website to assemble the flowers.  Click on this link to access the instructions.  It is important to have the proper tools and mats in order to mold the paper appropriately.  I used the Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool set which includes the needed tools and mats to make any of the Susan’s Garden flowers.  The McGill flower-making tools will also work so long as you have both sets (including mats).  Note that where the instructions tell you to add adhesive to the stamens and dip in Woodland Scenic pollen, I did not use the adhesive or the pollen.  I just added a little orange Pan Pastel to the ends of the stamens for a more subtle color.  Please see the short video for a discussion of the tools and other supplies needed to successfully complete the flowers.

The most important thing in making the flowers is to take your time and work through assembly of the first flower.  Any flowers you do after that will be so much simpler and quicker.   Sizzix and the designer, Susan Tierney Cockburn, do such a nice job of breaking down the steps for making beautiful paper interpretations of the flowers that we love so much.  They are quite simple and so much fun to make!

Once the flowers were complete, it was very easy to attach them to the chalkboard frame using a little bit of Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.   I tied a few strands of ivory burlap string to the burlap rope hanger on the chalkboard frame for added decoration.  This ended up being a very quick and easy project.

Supply List:

Sizzix Susan’s Garden paperwhite/narcissus dies set

Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Kick

Cardstock – white, cream, yellow and green

Flower tool set and mats – I used the Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool set

Small chalkboard frame

Adhesive – I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Pastels – I used orange (stamens) and bright yellow green (leaves) Pan Pastels

May Arts ivory burlap string

Scissors

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

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Graphic 45 Couture Collection Sneak Peak Days 3 & 4!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Get ready for some fancy fun with more amazing sneak peeks of Graphic 45 Couture collection Days 3 & 4! We are having such a great time this week getting to share an exclusive first look at this stylish new collection. Today we’re going to share 6 more gorgeous papers from Couture for you cardmaking, scrapbooking enthusiasts.

“Style”

G45 1

G45 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Classy”

G45 4G45 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Fabulous”

G45 4G45 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Accessorize”

G45 5

G45 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Elegant”

G45 8G45 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Stunning”

G45 9

 G45 10

Couture Banners

G45 11   G45 12

Couture Flowers

G45 13 G45 14

Couture Tags & Pockets

G45 15 G45 16

Couture 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad

G45 17

The Couture Collection will be available Nov. 2013, so keep checking our website to order!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awareness Card featuring Docrafts Glorious Gerbera Dies

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

awareness card

Today I want to share a breast cancer awareness card featuring the Glorious Gerbera dies by Docrafts dies.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I want to honor the courageous women and men (and their families) who have battled this disease.

Docrafts dies are newer to the US market, so you may not be as familiar with them (they are sometimes also called Xcut dies).  They are available in many of the common shapes and sizes (circles, rectangles, squares, flowers, etc.), and there are two beautiful doily dies.  Docrafts also makes some fun “build-a-scene” die sets such as “Haberdashery” and “Garden Party”.  Be sure to check out the selection in the “Docrafts” section on the Cut at Home website.

Today I’m working with the Glorious Gerbera die.  I began by cutting out 6 sets of petals from the third largest petal die (or the middle die – there are 2 larger and 2 smaller petal dies), and 3 centers using the third largest (or middle) scalloped center die.  All of these pieces were cut from Bazzill “tutu pink” paper.   Before assembling the flowers, I edged each of the petals with Angel Pink Memento ink (using a Darice Foamies small marshmallow).  Since the Angel Pink is just a little darker than the Bazzill cardstock that I used, I tapped the marshmallow on the ink pad and applied it directly to the daisy petals.  The centers are edged in Pear Tart Memento ink, and because there’s a significant contrast between the colors, I tapped off some of the excess ink on scratch paper before edging the flower center (I wanted the edging to be more subtle).

To add some dimension to the daisy petals, I pulled them between my thumb and index finger, curving them slightly in the process.  Then I used a tape runner to adhere two of the sets of petals together to make a small daisy (if you’re using the larger dies, you’ll need 3 sets to get a fuller flower).  Be sure to offset the petals when you glue them together so the flower doesn’t have large gaps between petals, etc.   Attach the center to the flower using the tape runner.  I wanted a little bling in the center of the flower, so I added a coordinating rhinestone.  If you feel that the daisies are too dimensional, you can flatten them a little before attaching them to the card.

This short video will give you a closer look at how I added dimension to the daisies, and a closer look at Docrafts dies generally.

To assemble the card, I first attached the patterned paper to the solid background.  Then I attached a small length of green hemp cord to the back of each daisy to represent a stem, and attached the daisies to the card.  I pulled the stems toward the lower left corner of the card and attached a small pink bow in the corner where the stems meet.  I stamped the sentiment in Gray Flannel Memento ink on white paper, and stamped a small pink awareness ribbon using Rose Bud Memento ink.  The sentiment was attached to the card with a low dimensional adhesive.  As a final step, I attached the completed card front to an A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) card.

To make a sunflower instead of a daisy, I changed the paper colors and cut a larger center.  The sunflower pictured here uses 3 sets of petals cut with the second largest die and a center cut with the largest scalloped center die.  The sunflower petals are edged with Memento Toffee Crunch ink, and the center is edged with Memento Morocco ink.  I used a few brown sequins to enhance the sunflower center.

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Supply List:

Docrafts Glorious Gerbera dies

Sentiment – I used My Favorite Things “WTG Choose Hope” clear stamps

Bazzill solid papers – light pink,  medium pink and white.  I used tutu pink for the flowers, and a matching darker pink for the card base (cut 4.25” x 5.5”).  I used the white for the sentiment and to make an A2 card.

Grey/pink background paper (cut 4”x5.25”) – I used “Collectable” by Jen Allyson (My Mind’s Eye)

Memento inks – The petals are edged in Angel Pink; the center is edged In Pear Tart; the sentiment is stamped with Gray Flannel; and the awareness ribbon is stamped with Rose Bud.

Light pink rhinestones (the ones I used were approximately 3/8” in diameter).

Heavy weight green hemp twine (flower stems)

5/8” light pink sheer ribbon

Adhesive – tape runner of your choice and dimensional adhesive (I used Darice Adhesive Foam – 3/16” squares).

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

Our Daily Bread Quatrefoil Pattern Die!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

If you want a beautiful background die to dress up a card or layout, then you might just want to check out Our Daily Bread Quatrefoil Pattern Die. It is a Spellbinders die co-branded with ODB that can cut beautifully embossed designs that look great on any paper crafting project. It also can be used as a stencil. It will work in most leading die cutting and embossing machines. The Quatrefoil Pattern die is 5 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches and consists of 1 die.  It is PERFECT to use as a background for other dies or as the feature die on your project.

On my fairy card, I used the Quatrefoil Pattern as a lattice screen and placed a silhouette fairy behind it, making it appear that the fairy is hiding behind the screen.  I used a pre-printed card from DCWV Citrus Box of Cards, to have a background print for my fairy, then placed Prima flowers on top of the Quatrefoil Pattern.  The fairy is 4X4330-Cottage Cutz Filigree Fairy Made Easy.

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To finish off the card I used Robin’s Nest Dew Drops on the 4 corners, brads in the flower centers and Baby Bling Silver Rhinestones-6044 from Want2Scrap throughout the Quatrefoil Pattern. After all, where there’s fairies, there’s sparkles!

I fell in love with this die and knew I had to have it! It is gorgeous!  The fairy die is adorable too, and my granddaughter is going to love it! She loves fairies and princesses. Tinkerbell is her favorite fairy. Isn’t she everyone’s?

Be sure to check out all of Our Daily Bread’s dies and stamps! FYI-Even though ODB dies are made by Spellbinders, they are exclusive to ODB and do not qualify for the 40% coupon. Sorry!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

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