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Joyce Schmidt

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Plant Your Pumpkins Now!!!

July 25, 2019

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share with you a friendly game that one of Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page members, Joseph Nguyen and I have been playing. We will be chatting and creating, and somehow it turns into a personal best challenge. So we’ve started creating crafting challenges, and this last challenge was to use pumpkins in our creation. This is my contribution –– “challenge accepted!” (its all in fun 😊)

I thought that I would share how I created my answer to his challenge with you. Enjoy!

I first started with the pumpkin die from Susan’s Garden. What a beautiful fall vessel to put flowers in. I used distress oxide inks to color the pumpkin. I used a fine brush to brush and blend the three colors onto the pumpkin.

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I choose flowers that have fall blooms, I used Forsythia, Helenium and Wheat.

I’ll show how I created the wheat using distress oxide ink and the fabulous soft finish card stock. I love this paper! (Not much shaping required to create the wheat.)

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After I made the Wheat, I die cut the Forsythia branch twice, giving me 4 branches total, but I only make three and use the extra flower petals to fill in. I colored using these Copic colors. I love how easy these are to make and adds some radiant color to any paper bouquet that you are making.

The focus of this bouquet was the Helenium. I took some detailed photos of this process because the colors that are used are pictured so that you get some nice blending.

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These are the leaves of the Helenium
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These are the centers for the Helenium

I’ll share a tip with you: Color the cardstock with your marker BEFORE you die cut these and you wont have to color them individually! Saves a lot of time.

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The assembly of the Helenium

I die cut two of these and cut the “legs” with Els’ scissors, dip them into the glue then the gold pollen before assembly. Simply offset the two layers and glue together with the Kids Choice Glue.

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This really was a fun and beautiful way to wish for cooler weather to come in the Fall.

I hope you enjoy paper gardening as much as I do.

You will find all the products I used below. I hope you enjoy this post and feel free to join in anytime with our challenges on Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page on Facebook.

Joyce Schmidt

Happy Crafting!

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Challenge Accepted…And Answered! #MakeFlowersMasculine

May 26, 2019

I was chatting with Joseph Nguyen from JN Unique Designs on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page the other night and he said “it would be nice if we could make flowers masculine”.

Well Joseph, Challenge accepted!!!

Hope you all enjoy how I created this card. Check out the #MakeFlowersMasculine Challenge on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Page going until June 14, 2019 –– you could win a special gift from Elizabeth Craft Designs!

I was inspired by this paper I got at my local craft store. It reminded me of artwork by Georgia O’Keeffe. I got my color pallets from this paper.

First I die cut 2 of each flower so I could have “extras” for fullness.

I used the Copic markers above and colored each piece.

I already had the milk can prepared in my stash-it pays to have things already made.

Next I shaped them on my shaping mat and cutting the yellow center pegs in half so I could get a good base for my pollen.

I assembled the flowers by offsetting the three layers. I dipped the yellow pieces in pollen and put green pollen in center for a darker effect.

Since this card is for my Dad for Father’s Day, I stamped it with the sentiment “Happy Father’s Day”.

I achieved the green background behind punch by cutting same punch in half.

This gave me a “matte” behind my sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed my creation. Flowers are NOT just for Moms!

Thank you for visiting and stop by soon for other creations from us.

Happy Crafting!

Joyce Schmidt

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“My Dog Ate My Homework” –– Honestly!

April 28, 2019

Hi everyone! I’m Joyce Schmidt. I have a funny story to share…

I have been moving into my new studio for what seems to be an eternity. I finally decided to get my craft on.

I decided on Sunflower from Susan’s Garden and the wood crate. I had just created the wooden crate to put Sunflowers in, looked down and my dog Jackson had literally EATEN it!!!!

I took a deep breath and decided to use this opportunity to start over😬

This is what I created after “the dog attack”!

Here is how I did it.

  1. I started out by spritzing the white card-stock layer with the new distress oxide sprays. Then let it dry because the colors are darker when wet-luckily the brown lightened up.
  2. I die cut and RE-created the crate, once with Elizabeth Craft Designs double sided tape sheets and the other just plain brown paper. I adhered them together for thickness.
  3. Next, I made the Sunflower. To me, this is a great flower for a new person to paper gardening. It is easy to shape and even easier to assemble.
  4. After shaping the petals, I die cut 3 plates of the little stars (seeds) for the center out of brown card stock. I used my thicker more sturdy mat. This allowed me to use the small stylus and really shape those seeds.
  5. To finish, I layered the white on top of yellow and used a brown card base. Voila! One easy simple but beautiful card.

I think I might send this as a “thank you” card as my new Studio is finished!!!! I have had a lot of blessings and people who have helped us make this dream come true!

I hope you have enjoyed this card. It’s fun, EASY, and oh so beautiful!

Happy Crafting!

Joyce Schmidt

A Way With Words Susan's Garden Club

Calendula Tea, Anyone?

March 13, 2019

Hello, Joyce Schmidt here! Today, I’m using Susan’s Gardens New Spring 2019 Release to create a beautiful card for you.

I was watching Susan’s Garden Club live last Wednesday, she was creating the new Calendula and mentioned that not only was it beautiful, but its edible! In fact, it can be steeped in tea!

This inspired me to create a gatefold card depicting a Calendula cup of tea in a lovely cracked aged china Victorian tea-cup.

1. Die cut:

  • Two of the Garden Notes Victorian tea-cup & saucer and adhered them together with ECD double sided adhesive
  • Three each of the flower pieces from soft finish cardstock
  • Four of the flower centers from brown cardstock Frames
  • One of the 2nd and 3rd largest frames in the Frame It Stitched Rectangles to surround your patterned paper out of pink

2. The tea cup and saucer:

(I used used a beautiful petal pink chalk ink and sponged it on.) Then, attach the saucer to the teacup using a foam dot.

The colored tea-cup is then covered with VersaMark ink and covered it with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). Melt with the heat tool melting until a thick glaze. Repeat this process three times, allow to cool-to-touch in between each application. After the last application, you should have a thick shiny glaze over the entire piece. Put it in the FREEZER… yes freezer… for about 5 minutes. When you take it out it will be very stiff. Begin gently bending it until you hear and see it snap. This process creates a cracked ceramic look on your project!

After it has cooled, adhere it to the assembled card with foam dots and you are ready to fill it with your freshly made Calendula flowers😘

3. Creating the flower:

These flowers are as easy to create as they are beautiful and delicate. The color I chose for the flowers in this project was inspired by a Strawberry Pink Calendula I found on Google images. I colored the flowers using Copic color R20 and R81.

Using the small scissors to cut each of the little legs in half just short of the center. Then, using the smallest ball stylus, “cup” the centers on the molding mat. Then dip each leg into glue then into brown pollen.

To shape the petals, use the small loop tool the gently pull toward the center curling the ends of each petal on the molding mat. Repeat this for all flower pieces.

Use the small end of the ball stylus tool to round out the center of each one.

Next, use tweezers to crease the petals to a natural shape.

Using the Beacon kids choice glue I adhered the centers of the flowers together, slightly offset from the one before, int he order of biggest to smallest. Place the centers into flower. Done!

4. The leaves:

I colored the leaves with Copic color G94. Shape the leaves on the molding pad, using the leaf tool, then highlight the the venation with the PanPastels Bright Yellow Green.

Arrange in your tea cup as you’d like and add foliage. (I used the Garden notes pinecone pine boughs and filled in the space.)


I hope you like this project! Let me know what you think in the comments below. You can find a list of the products I used below.

Now I’m off to try Calendula Tea!!!

Happy Crafting!

Joyce

Other:

  • Patterned paper of your choice
  • A paper doiley
  • UTEE
  • Ink color of choice
  • Copic Markers R20, R81, G94
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