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Technique Friday –– Assembling The Safari Jeep

March 15, 2019

It’s Technique Friday, and Els is showing us how to assemble the Safari Jeep! This is such a great addition to your cards, and it’s customizable!

Watch the tutorial, shop the supplies and download the project sheet on the Project Page!

Let us know if you’ve tried this project! Happy Technique Friday!

Planner Essentials

March Divider

March 14, 2019

Hello crafters! Luciana here today with a planner project for you –– it’s all about dividers!

I love memory keeping, and I love choosing something each month to put as a highlight on my monthly divider. Today I will show you how I made my March one.

Step 1. Prepare the divider background.

Use the divider die from the set Planner Essential 2 and the holes reinforces from the Planner Essential 1 with a White Soft Cardstock. Use a spray ink to create a watercolored background and the distress ink pad Walnut Stein to distress the edge. Add more a more interesting design with the letters stamp from the set Patterns 2, and some blue watercolor spots.

Use the die with the letters from the set Planner Patterns with White Cardstock. Color it with the Antique Linen ink pad. Add some strips of washi tape, as showed below.

Step 2. Prepare the first Tag.

Die cuts from the set Planner Essential 2:

  • 1 large tag with a White Soft Cardstock and color it like the divider
  • 1 arrow with a White Soft Cardstock
  • 1 word “details” and the “noted” circle with the black cardstock

Die cuts from the set Planner Essential 1:

  • 1 hole reinforces with a pink glitter sheet
  • 1 small squared frame

Take a photo of the month that you like to save, and then assemble all the pieces as showed below.

Step 3. Prepare the other Tags.

Die cuts from the set Planner Essential 2:

  • 1 large tag with a White Soft Cardstock and color it like with the Walnut Stein distress ink
  • 1 small tag with a white Soft Cardstock

Decorate the large tag with the stamps from the sets Reminders and Months.
Prepare some ephemera on random pieces of papers, using the stamps:

  • the “date” ticket from the set Month
  • the “tag” from the set Schedule, the squared pattern from the set Patterns 1
  • the word “Mar” from the set Schedule
  • the “word of day” from the set Calendar
  • the word “urgent” from the set Schedule

You can use also some cropped pictures, postage stamps and safety pins.

Assemble the pieces as showed below.

Step 4. Complete the dividers.

Use the metal safety pin to keep together the 3 tags on the divider.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Luciana

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
Joset Designs Technique Friday Videos

Technique Friday – Dream Big Monkey Card

March 8, 2019

Happy Technique Friday!

Joset Van De Burgt is here this week, showing us how to Dream Big with this cute card –– perfect for any occasion!

Watch the tutorial, shop the supplies and download the project sheet on the Project Page!

Let us know if you’ve tried this project!

Happy Technique Friday!

Susan's Garden Club

Lupines And The Garden Watering Can

March 7, 2019

Good morning all!! Kathy here, with two of the wonderful new dies just released in Susan Tierney Cockburn’s newest collection –– Lupines and the Garden Watering Can!

Lupines come in so many beautiful colors, it was fun to pick these three! You could also make Texas Blue Bonnets with this die if you’d like!

The Lupines are very easy to make, and aren’t they such pretty and happy flowers? Makes you realize Spring IS right around the corner!

I’ve used several colors to give character to the Watering Can, and added Ladder Fern, Baby’s Breath, and Ivy as fillers; all on an embossed piece of decorator paper. The Watering Can is sitting on paper from the Wood Effects paper.  And, of course, all of these flowers were put together with the Kid’s Choice Glue.

Again, don’t forget to add the ladybug to one of the leaves!

Keep checking Susan’s Garden Club for her Live tutorials of her new release!

Hope you enjoy making these lovely new flowers as much as I have!

See you soon!

Kathy Sabarese 

Susan's Garden Club

Calling Out For Spring!

March 6, 2019

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.
  • For a complete demonstration on how to make the Tulips, please watch Susan’s video here.

Step 4: Feverfew-1

  • Using the Garden Notes – Feverfew-1 (#1589) cut the following:
    • Out of White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb), cut 5 little flowers.
    • In some yellow cardstock, cut one plate of each of the 2 sizes of centers.
    • Using some green cardstock, cut 4 times all leaves.
  • Again, with the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set, shape the little flowers and the centers.
  • Shape the leaves with the tool set and shade them with a dark green ink. You can watch this video to see how Susan Tierney Cockburn does it!

Step 5: Grecian Windflower

  • Die cut 3 flowers from the Garden Notes – Grecian Windflower (# 1590) out of White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb).
  • Die cut 6 times the pistils and 2 plates of centers out of the same cardstock.
  • Color the petals with a purple ink marker leaving the center white. Color both sides of the petals.
  • Shape the petals with the Loop Tool and the Reverse tweezers (both part of the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set).
  • Using the Fine Pointed Scissors, cut in half each pistil.
  • Dip the tips of the pistils in Kids Choice Glue and then dip it in the Yellow Pollen. Let dry.
  • Using the smallest Ball Stylus of the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set, cup the middle.
  • Using a toothpick and a carving block or eraser, cup each little center.
  • Susan Tierney Cockburn has a great video showing how to make those beautiful Grecian Windflowers.
  • Using the Kids Choice Glue, assemble the flowers on the card as shown in the picture below.

I hope you enjoyed that tutorial!

Diane

A Way With Words ModaScrap Susan's Garden Club

Making A Tote With The Leaf Pocket

March 2, 2019

Do you make more cards than you can send out? I certainly do –– especially now that I am trying to make more than one card at time when I try a new layout or product.

I normally make a little box or just tie a ribbon around a few as a gift but I’ve discovered that the Leaf Pocket die is PERFECT to make a small tote! The front side is a bit bigger than 4.5″ x 6″ so it can perfectly fit as many A2 cards as you want – just change the thickness of the side base. This will make more sense in the instructions below.

These 4 pieces will make up the foundation of your tote
  1. Start with 2 strips of white card stock 2″ x 10 5/8″ and diecutting 2 leaf pockets. Score the two strips at 4 1/2″.
These are the sides of the tote.

2. Fold along the score lines of the leaf pockets and the strips of paper. The shorter piece of the strips of paper are glue together as above.

Glue the pieces together to finish the tote.

3. Add glue to the flaps of the leaf pocket and adhere them to the inside of the pieces from the previous step. I found it helpful to lay the pocket flat and secure the bottom flap first. By keeping the leaf pocket flat, the sides of the tote will be flushed to the front of the tote.

Tote before embellishments and additional layers.

4. Now you can embellish the tote as is, but I decided here that I wanted a liner against the leaf side to strengthen the tote and to better see the die cut. In hindsight, it would be have been easier to add a liner first before gluing all the pieces together. However, the process is the same before or after.

These are the liners before adding them to the tote.
This is a second tote I made and this is adding the lining before gluing the pockets on.

5. To add the liner, cut two sheets of cardstock 4.5″ x 6″. I penciled in where I needed to cut out a half circle out. As it happens, the circle die in the Love Live tag is the perfect size for this step. You can also use a punch or any other circle die you have.

Much studier with the liner.

6. I nestled two circle dies together to make an open circle as a handle for the tote. Die cut 4 of these and glue them on the inside and outside of the tote for a finished look.

All embellished!

7. I used the Love, Life Tag as a simple embellishment for this bag. The A Way With Words “for you” was die cut 3 times and glued together. You can be done here, or add something to the other side like I did. I had just received the bougainvillea die so I was itching to use it!

Love this color combo!

8. The bougainvillea was made with pink and green cardstock. I touched the center of the tiny flowers with an yellow-orange Zig markers before adhering them the the stamens. I couldn’t help but add a butterfly to the side where the tag wrapped around in the same pink cardstock.

Side view of tote

Thank you for indulging in a long blog post! I hope you are inspired to think outside the box with the dies you have. I’m off to make some more of these totes!

Diana Nguyen

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products Used:

Other products used:

Zig markers

Technique Friday Videos

Technique Friday –– Elegant Easter Egg Small

March 1, 2019

Happy Technique Friday, crafters!

This week, Els is showing us a beautiful project that will surely kickstart your Easter projects! Today’s technique features the Elegant Easter Egg Small die set and GLITTER!

Watch the tutorial, shop the supplies and download the project sheet on the Project Page!

Let us know if you’ve tried this project!

Happy Technique Friday!

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