Hi! Diane here with a new card for you! We have been blessed with our 8th grandchild on his way! How happy we are to get ready to celebrate his birth in October. This card could have easily been an “It’s a girl” card too!
Here are the steps to create this card.
STEP 1: The card base
Cut a White Soft Finish Cardstock to 12″ x 6″, score in the middle and fold in half for a square 6″ X 6″ card.
Cut a 5 1/2″ square out of yellow cardstock.
Cut a 5″ square out of a purple cardstock.
Die cut the larger size of circles in the Dotted Scallop Circles (#1172) die set, using a pattern paper of your choice, in yellow and purple tones.
Using the Dotted Scallop Circles die set again, die cut the third smaller size of circle in White Soft Finish Cardstock.
Adhere the yellow cardstock on the white card base, than the purple cardstock on top of the yellow one, than the scallop circles (patterned and white) using some Clear Double Sided Tape.
STEP 2: The Elephant
Using the Elephant (#1663) die set , die cut all the part of the elephant into some White Soft Finish Cardstock.
Using some sponge applicator and some Distress Oxide, color the different parts of the elephant (for the inside of the ears, I used the color “Wilted Violet”, for the rest I used “Shaded Lilac”.
To give dimension to the elephant, with the Large Ball Stylus tool from the Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set on the Molding Pad, rub the back of all the parts of the elephant.
With some foam adhesive and some Kids Choice Glue, adhere the elephant on the whiteDotted Scallop Circles.
STEP 3: The Pansies
To make this flower, you can watch Susan Tierney Cockburn in this video.
Using some White Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut all the petals 5 times from the die set Garden Notes – Pansy 2 (#1488)
Using some ink markers, color the back and the front of all petals.
On the Molding Pad, with the Loop Tool and the Reverse Tweezers (from the Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set), shape each one of the petals.
From the Pansies die set, cut 4 times each leaf out of green cardstock.
Color the stem with Yellow Pan Pastel, shade the edges with some Forest moos Distress Ink.
Draw veins and shape the leaves using the Leaf Pad, the Molding Pad and the tools from Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set.
Step 4: The Myosotis
For this flower, you can watch how Susan Tierney Cockburn makes it in this video.
Using the Garden Notes – Myosotis (#1517) die set, die cut one plate of fowers out of some White Soft Finish Cardstock.
Color the tips of each flowers with some pale blue ink marker, leaving the centers white.
Out of some yellow cardstock, die cut one plate of little centers.
Using the tools in the Susan’s Garden 4 Pcs. All Metal Tool Set shape the blue tipped flowers on the Molding Pad.
Using an eraser and a toothpick, cup up the little yellow centers. Very lightly, dot the yellow centers with a black fine marker.
Step 5: The Sentiment
Die cut the words “It’s” and “Happy” from the die set Words 1 – Celabration (#1465) and the words “Brrrrr” and Joy” from the die set Words 5 – Winter Wishes(#1576), all in yellow cardstock.
From the word “Happy”, cut apart the letter “a”.
From the “brrrrr”, keep only the “b”.
From the “joy”. Keep only the “oy”.
Assemble the letters and glue together to write “It’s a boy”.
Using some White Soft Finish Cardstock, die cut the banner shown below from the set Banners (#1390).
Finalized the card by gluing down the flowers using some Kids Choice Glue, the banner and the sentiment.
Hello, Diane here with all the steps to make this beautiful, congratulatory card.
Many of our very talented youths will be finishing school this month, and for some it has been really challenging. I want to salute the courage and perseverance of those youths with a card showcasing some purple orchids. In the language of flowers, the purple orchid means “Admiration” and “Respect”, and that is exactly how I feel about them for this great achievement.
Step 1: Background
Cut a White Soft Finish Cardstock to 12″ x 6″, score in the middle and fold in half for a square 6″ X 6″ card.
Cut a 5 1/2″ square out of yellow cardstock.
Cut a 5″ square out of a tone on tone light green cardstock. Die cut two different size of circles into that square, using the Fitted Circles (#1117) die set. Put some double side tape on the back of this layer.
Adhere the yellow cardstock on the white card base with some Double Sided Tape. Adhere the green layer on top of the yellow cardstock.
With the Kids Choice Glue, put some Spanish Moss at the bottom of each circle.
Step 2: Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)
Using the Garden Notes – Phalaenopsis (#1593), die cut 3 times everything in White Soft Finish Cardstock.
In green cardstock, die cut the stems and buds, and the leaves, also 3 times each.
Step 3: Coloring and shaping the flowers
Color the petals using some ink markers in purple tones and dotted them with a darker fine tip marker. Finish the petals with a touch of Magenta PanPastel (Color No. 430.5) from the Kit 1.
Color the little centers with a yellow ink marker, leaving some white spots here and there. Dot them slightly with the dark purple fine tip marker.
Shape the petals on the molding pad, with the loop tool.
Cut some small tails on each sides of the apron of the centers with the Fine Pointed Scissors and shape them on the molding pad but
For more details on how to shape those wonderful flowers, watch Susan Tierney Cockburn video here.
Using some Kids Choice Glue, glue one flower on the top circle and two on the bottom circle.
Step 4: coloring and shaping the stems, buds and leaves.
On the white stems ends, color the buds with the same purple ink markers than the petals. Color the stem parts with a green marker as close as possible to the color of the green cardstock.
Cut the colored parts and glue on the green stems using Kids Choice Glue.
The leaves are press against a clear embossing pad and sprinkled with clear embossing powder, than heat gunned. On the molding pas and with the loop tool, the leaves are shaped for dimensions.
Glue the stems and buds underneath the flowers in the circles.
Step 5 : Adding the sentiment
Using the “Congrats to you” sentiment from the “Words 1 – Celebration” die set, die cut 3 times each word on the same yellow cardstock as in the background, lined with some Double Sided Adhesive.
Adhere each layer on top of the other.
Adhere on to the right corner of the card.
Here’s a closer look at the finish card:
And one more look!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thank you for visiting! And congrats, grads!
Flooding season has officially arrived here and this year it’s been awful, even more than usual. Reading on the hydrangea, I learned that the name is derived from Greek and means ‘water vessel’, which is in reference to the shape of its seed capsules. With this post, I wish to extend my compassion to everyone who feels heartaches having to deal with an infuriated Mother Nature and I’m offering them those mini water vessels.
Here are the steps to make this card:
Step 1: Card base
Use a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock, 12 X 6, folded in half to make a 6 X 6 card.
With a purple patterned paper, cute a square piece 5 1/2 X 5 1/2.
Die cut a circle with the the largest die of the Dotted Scallop Circles (#1172) dies set, in a purple cardstock.
Die cut a second circle with the the second largest die of the Stitched Circles (#1116) dies set, in a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock
Using the same purple cardstock as for the first circle, die cut the Flower Lace 2 (#1383).
With some Double Sided Adhesive Tape and some Kids Choice Glue, adhere all the layers on top of each other, like shown in the next picture.
And here’s the final card base:
Step 2 Hydrangea
For a very detailed and wonderful video from Susan Tierney Cockburn on how to create those forgeous flowers, I invite you to watch the video on the link here.
Using the die set Garden Notes Hydrangea 2 (#1293), die cut 6 times the center that will be use for the base of each of the three flowers, in a green cardstock.
With the medium size ball stylus (from the 4 Pieces All Metal Tool Set), on the Molding Pad, create a dome with each of the 6 pieces.
Glue the bases two by two, using a toothpick and some Kids Choice Glue, to get 3 final center pieces.
Cut the stem off, we do not use them for this card.
Ink up some White Soft Finish Cardstock using some Oxide Ink, (here I used some Dusty Concord), dabbing very lightly the dauber on both side of the cardstock.
Die cut the 4 times the plate of little flowers on the inked cardstock.
Shape the little flowers on a Molding Pad. with the smallest ball stylus, wrong side up, on each of the 4 tips of the flowers.
Turn the flowers on the right side and cup up with the same stylus.
Glue the green domes on the card base and had the little flowers to cover the domes.
With a make-up applicator, had some shading in the heart of some flowers, with the Bright Yellow Green Shades Pan Pastel.
Add a very small touch of glue here and there in some centers of the flowers and sprinkle some small green prills.
Using some green cardstock, die cut the leaves 5 or 6 times each.
On the Leaf Pad, with the leaf tool, draw some vein on the wrong side.
Bent the leaves and add some Bright Yellow Green Pan Pastel on the vein with a make-up applicator.
Add some shading with a dark green ink on the edges of each leaf.
On the Molding Pad, give some dimension to the leaves by rubbing them on the tip with the medium ball stylus.
Glue them on the project.
And here’s a closer look at the final project:
I really hope you like this tutorial, thanks for visiting!
Hi! Diane here with a “Thank You” card made with Prairie Roses and the Heart Grapevine Wreath.
There’s so many wonderful persons in my life that I want to thank –– let me start with our wonderful designer who creates the most incredible flowers for us to enjoy, Susan Tierney Cockburn. I’m in love with the Prairie Roses and I hope you will too after seeing how easy they are to make.
Step 1: Card base
For this card, you will need a 12 X 6 piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock 90 lbs , folded in half, to make a 6 X 6 card.
You will need a 5 3/4 inches square cut out of some purple cardstock, a 5 1/2 square cut out of yellow cardstock and a 5 1/4 square cut out of a pattern purple cardstock.
Using some Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere each layer on top of the other.
Step 2: Heart Grapevine Wreath
Using the #1648 Garden Notes – Heart Grapevine Wreath, die cut the wreath twice in brown 80 lbs cardstock.
Using the tweezers in the 4 Pces All Metal Tool Set, shape the wreaths to give them dimension.
With the Beacon Kid’s Choice Glue, adhere the wreaths onto the card base, the first one on the wrong side and the second one on the right side.
Step 3: Prairie Roses
Using the die set #1643 – Garden Notes Prairie Roses, die cut every pieces of the flower 5 times in White Soft Finish Cardstock 90 lbs.
Susan Tierney Cockburn has a complete video where she explains and demonstrate every steps to make the prairie rose. You can watch it here.
Color the flowers petals using ink markers, here were used some different shades of purple and light pink.
Using the loop tool in the 4 Pces All Metal Tool Set , shape the petals and with the small ball stylus, cup up the petals.
Color the centers with a very light shade of green ink marker.
Cut off the filament of all the center pieces in half using the Fine Pointed Scissors.
Dip all center parts into the Kids Choice Glue and than in the Yellow Pollen.
With the small ball stylus, cup up the wheel shape parts.
Using the tweezers from the 4 Pces All Metal Tool Set roll up the center pieces.
Die cut 8 to 10 leaves out of green 80 lbs cardstock.
Using the leaf tool from the 4 Pces All Metal Tool Set, draw a vein in the middle of each leaf, fold on the vein and apply some Yellow Pan Pastel with a make-up applicator.
With the right side up, draw some more vein on each side of the main vein.
With a darker shade of green and a dauber, shade the edges of each leaves.
Using the medium ball stylus, shape the edges on the back of each leave, holding it on the Molding Pad with the tweezers.
Step 4: Baby’s Breath
Out of dark green cardstock, die cut one branch.
Out of White Soft Finish Cardstock 90 lbs, die cut a plate of the little centers.
Using the Beacon Kid’s Choice Glue, adhere the little centers on to the branches after cupping them with a toothpick on an eraser or on a carving block.
Step 5: Sentiments
Using the die set # 1466 Words 2 – Thinking of You, die cut the word Thanks out of yellow cardstock.
Using the Beacon Kid’s Choice Glue, adhere the Baby’s Breath on the wreath.
Glue the flowers starting with the three petals parts first and off setting the two petals parts. Glue the little wheel pieces (2) next and finish up with the center piece, on each petals set.
Glue the leaves around the flowers.
Finally, glue the word “Thanks” in the heart.
Here’s a closer look at the finished flowers.
I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and until next time, happy paper gardening !
Hello Paper Gardeners, Diane here with a spring card for you!
Winter is still roaring pretty strong in my part of the world, even with February behind us. The sunlight as been shy and we are longing for wonderful warm days. With this card, I thought I would make an offering to Mother Nature and let her know that we are ready for a change in scenery! Anyone want to join in?
Step 1: Background
For this card, you will need a 6 inches X 12 inches piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb), score and fold in half to make a 6 X 6 inches card.
From a lavender cardstock, cut a 5 3/4 inches square.
Out of the White Soft Finish cardstock (90 lb), cut a 5 1/2 inches square.
On the 5 1/2 square piece of white cardstock, spray some lavender and yellow inks. Allow to dry or use an embossing gun.
Over the layer of sprayed ink, dab some Lilac and Yellow Distress Oxide. Make some different intensity of colors by putting more or less pressure on the dabber. Again let dry.
Cut out a stencil using the Circle Background (#1262) die.
With the stencil and a make-up applicator, apply some White PanPastel, here and there to draw some white circles.
Adhere all layers, one on top of the others, with some Double Sided Tape.
Step 2: Egg
Die cut the Elegant Easter Egg Large (#1628) using some White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb) covered with some Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
Peel-off the protective sheet and cover with some Lavender (620) – Silk Microfine Glitter.
Rub the glitter with fingers to make it really shine.
On a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb), cut the outer part of the egg.
Glue the glittered part of the egg on the white egg using Kids Choice Glue.
Using a lavender ribbon, tie a bow around the egg.
Glue the glittered egg on top of the card base.
Step 3: Tulips
Using the Garden Notes – Tulips 2 (#1296) dies set, cut 3 times the 2 petals dies and 3 time the pistils die, out of White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb).
Out of a green cardstock, cut out 3 stems, a couple of individual leaves and 3 calyx.
Color the tulips using some ink marker in a variegating manner. Leaving the middle white, brush on light strokes of lavender. Use a green marker to color the center of the tulips and the pistils.
On a Molding Pad and using the Loop Tool (from the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set) , shape the tulips to give them dimension.
Work the leaves using the Leaf Pad and the Leaf Tool from the from the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set.
Shade the edges of the leaves with some green ink and the vein with some Yellow Bright PanPastel.
Finish the leaves with the Medium Ball Stylus also from the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set to give some dimension.
Hi! Diane Prince here today with a very simple card idea for Valentine’s Day.
I guess most of us have played that game plucking the petals of a daisy, wishing to finish with the “he loves me” petal! It seems like the daisies have been in my life for ever but they always remind me of my childhood friendships. I find that the daisies are the most versatile flowers and they can show just how much we appreciate someone as a friend, as a family member, on Valentine’s Day or any day!
Step 1 – Card base:
For the base of this card, you will need:
A white Soft Finish Cardstock (85 lb), 12 inches X 6 inches, scored and folded in half.
A 6 inches square piece of yellow cardstock.
A 5 ½ inches square piece of pattern paper.
5 ½ inches square piece of a lighter pattern paper cut diagonally.
Adhere each layers on the card base using Clear Double Sided Tape in the order shown below.
Glue a narrow yellow ribbon diagonally with Kids Choice Glue.
Step 2 – Shasta Daisies
Using the 1521 – Garden Notes Shasta Daisy die set:
Die cut 3 times the petals out of White Soft Finish Cardstock (85 lb) for the flowers.
The small centers needs to be cut 3 times out of yellow cardstock.
For the leaves, choose a dark green cardstock and die cut the 2 leaves 3 times.
Shape the leaves and the petals using the 4 Pieces All Metal Tool Set. Susan Tierney Cockburn has a wonderful video you can watch to help you with this step. Video here
Step 3 – Ladder Ferns
Using the 1423 – Garden Notes – Ladder Fern die set:
Die cut 2 times the 2 different sizes out of a different green cardstock than the one used for the Shasta Daisies leaves.
Shade the ferns with a darker green ink on the edges.
Shape the ferns using the 4 Pieces All Metal Tool Set.
To see how Susan Tierney Cockburn does it, you can watch the following video. Video here.
Step 4 – Sentiments:
With the use of the 1390 – Banners set and the 1466 – Words 2 – Thinking of you set:
Die cut the second banner 3 times out of the same yellow cardstock used for the card base, each piece being double up with some Clear Double Side Adhesive.
Adhere the 3 banners on top of each other, to give it dimension.
Die cut the “I Love You” words out of dark green cardstock doubled with Clear Double Side Adhesive.
Stick the words on the banner.
And here’s a closer look at the finish flowers!
I hope you enjoyed this project and I wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day!
What can I say? I love everything about Christmas – all the lights, the smells, the snow, the cold, hot chocolate, rosy cheeks, childhood memories and being with all the ones I love! I feel like a kid every time I hear a Christmas song and I cry watching all the happy-ending Christmas movies on TV. I hope that the magic of the holidays will fill your heart and that you’ll remember to enjoy every minute of the time spent creating the most wonderful memories with your loved ones.
This is the time of the year when we count our blessings, and I have a lot to be thankful for. One of them is being a grand-mother of 3 amazingly beautiful, smart and strong grand-daughters. Their smiles have the power to make everything right in this world and it reminds me that the precious things in life….aren’t things!!!
In Quebec, the beautiful colors of autumn have past leaving behind brown and grey shades. Some flurries have made their first appearance, reminding us that winter will soon drape its white coat around us until spring. Looking at the new collection of flowers from Susan’s Garden Notes, the astrantia (from the Greek word “asteri” meaning “Star”) caught my eyes and reminded me of fireworks. So let’s celebrate in hopes that those astrantias will give us a little bit of strength and courage for the winter to come!
Every fall I feel it’s hard to see the days get shorter, the warm sun disappear and the cold rain setting in. Than again Mother Nature puts on a great show with all the colors changing in the trees. We get inside to prepare some warm meal in the slow cooker with the many wonderful vegetables ready to be harvest and our home smells like happiness. I found a quote from an anonymous writer that capture my present state of mind: ” The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go…” It inspired this card and I hope you’ll like it.