It’s Suzanne here today with a completely unexpected gift idea! Do you know someone suffering from spring allergies? I do! Here is a little surprise for that sniffling special someone. Scour the secondhand stores for vintage cotton or linen handkerchiefs and tuck one inside the sweet envelope you’re going to make. “But Suzanne,” you’re thinking, “You don’t have a die that says ‘Bless’!” True. But I do have a die that says ‘Blessings’ and with a couple of cuts you’ve got just what you need. Here’s how…
Nothing says Spring has arrived as much as flowers and butterflies. They are also really easy to combine to make a sweet card! I just got some beautiful new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs, including the new Dancing Butterflies set. I’ve been on a gray kick lately – it’s such a nice soft neutral color and goes well with a more vibrant color. Today I am pairing it with purple!
It’s Suzanne here today with a card I fell in love with when it was completed! Susan’s Garden florals combine beautifully with A Way With Word dies. I don’t think you can go wrong with any combination!
I really love subtlety in my designs – the danger is being too subtle! I like the idea of important words peeking out to send a quiet message, a design that has enough interest from a distance, but draws you in to see more.
Here is how you can make this card. Join me!
It’s my turn to post a tutorial for the Die Cut Design Team. I love making cards that are a little different from the normal square or rectangular cards. Today I have used the Fishtail Borders die set from Els van de Burgt Studio to add a fishtail edge to my card. To decorate my card I used dies from Joset Designs and A Way With Words.
Spring has finally arrived and soon the air will be filled with the wonderful fragrance of lilacs. We can create realistic lilacs for our cards and other projects using Susan’s Garden Notes Lilac die set. Using the A Way With Words 4-Seasons die set we can complete a perfect Spring card. Here is how this card was created.
by Judi Kauffman
A big thank you to Suzanne Cannon for inviting me to be today’s guest designer. My project: A card that sends love.
Experienced card makers – head straight to the supply list. You’ll be able to create your own version of the card by looking at the photos, I think.
Beginners – I’m going to put on my ‘teacher’ hat for a moment and explain how the layout works. I call it ‘Double Triangle.’ (It’s among the Foolproof Layouts in my book, By the Batch: Creative Cards, Postcards, Envelopes & More – but this isn’t a plug because the book is out of print.)
Notice that the Entwined Oval has three small dots as part of the die. That is the first triangle. The dots pull in your eye and bring the focus to the words. The second triangle is formed by the three hydrangea heads at the edges of the card front. This trio acts as a frame, and it, too, keeps the eye moving. The triangles are dynamic, not static, and the words are at an angle – not straight across. Together, the angle of the words and the pair of triangles keeps things visually exciting…lots of movement.
Also notice that there are two rectangles, one paler and one darker. The darkest colors are at the bottom of the card base to anchor the card, much like ground and sky. But the top rectangle is pale, over all, and the darker areas are at the upper left and lower right, leaving the center area very pale and at the same angle as the words.
Controlling the watercolor-effect background pieces in this way is intentional, not accidental – that’s why I’m pointing it out…so you can make similar design decisions on your own projects!
Okay…Teacher hat is put away in the closet…
Smiles Required – Mixed Media Card
by Judi Kauffman
When it comes to mixed media, everything is fair game. Among the tools and supplies I pulled together for today’s card are the ModaScrap Poppies die set, A Way With Words ‘Play’ die, A Way With Stencils ‘Dotty’, Prills in two of my favorite colors, half of a mailing label that originally said ‘SIGNATURE REQUIRED’, a library card from the days before computers, a small metal folder tab, an office supply store label maker, strips of Kraft brown cardstock that were next to the paper trimmer, and a scrap of sequin waste encrusted with paint.
The project began with the strips of cardstock and the library card. Though you may not have precisely the same bits and pieces, as long as you keep in mind the letter ‘H’ or a ladder you’ll be able to make your own version!
I’m going to include what I call ‘Design Strategies’ along with the instructions. This is the ‘why’ part of design; the instructions are the ‘how’ part. Beginners: I hope this is especially useful to you!
(Experienced cardmakers – scroll through the photos and head straight to the supply list.)
Hello! I’m excited to show you this dramatic and beautiful card, easy to do by just combining some floral stamps and a bold die. By making it monochromatic, the card is easy to replicate using any of your favorite colors. It’s also a fun and relaxing card to make as multiples since there is coloring involved. My favorite color palette changes daily and as you can see, I felt like reds with a splash of black for my choice the day this one took shape. Read on for more information on how I made this beauty.
Hello to all,
Welcome to Susan’s Garden. This is Anita here and I am so happy to present to you a card made with some of the beautiful dies from Susan Tierney-Cockburn.
Today I have beautiful tulips in a pottery pitcher. I love the way this card turned out. I tried a new colouring technique and I think it gives a very realistic look to the flowers and leaves.
Here’s how it looks:
It’s Suzanne here today with a sweet and easy project for your home or workspace. There are many kinds of blessings and many ways to remind yourself of the those blessings you are fortunate to have. For this project I have chosen shabby but elegant styling. To make your own version, combine patterned papers in colours of your choosing to create just the right mood and to coordinate with your space.
Here is how you can make this eyecatching reminder…..