Saturday, May 11, 2019

Blooming Mother's Day Card w/ Lynda Kanase's Card in Box Flower Basket Die

Hello, Crafty Friends!! 
Where has the time gone? It's Mother's Day tomorrow and for today's project, I have a tutorial for this gorgeous card I created for my mom using Lynda Kanase's Flower Basket Box Card die! 

I know what you're thinking... wait a minute, this isn't a box card! And you are absolutely right!! This card was made by using components included in the box card die set that make it super versatile. Let me show you how...

Supplies Used
Lynda Kanase Card in a Box- Flower Basket (Sizzix)
Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
Sea Glass Paper Pad (Craft Smith)
Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
White Cardstock (Recollections)
Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends Inks- Sunshine, Golden, Leaf, Frog, 
Nutmeg, Uniform, Flagstone, Ebony (Clarsnap)
Awesome Family (Pink and Main)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Paper Trimmer
Acrylic Block
Clear Drying Liquid Glue
Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

I started by making my card base.  I've been on a #10 card kick for a while. I think they are way more interesting than a boring 'Ol A2 card and it doesn't cost extra to send through the mail since they fit into a standard letter-sized envelope. So, YES, #10 cards are my jam!

To make the card base I used the following measurements...
White Cardstock Card Base- 9 1/4"x 7 3/4"
Striped Patterned Paper-
Green Geometric Pattern Paper- 

If at first glance you don't fall head over heels in love with this set, this right here may change your mind. This is the die-cuttable window die that comes included in the set. What is so awesome about this particular die is that it has no outer cutting edge, so it just cut out all those tiny little diamond shapes. And because of this, you can use this die to cut out one continuous background pattern. Which is what I did here to create this trellis for my flowers to climb.

Simply line up the die flushed against one side of your paper then die cut. Remove the die cut pieces, poke out any that didn't fall out, and reposition your die. Use the previous cut marks to line up the die for easy alignment. By using the previous cuts holes, you can make your pattern as long or as wide as you like! How flipping cool is that??!!

I trimmed the paper down and gave it a 1/4" lip one side and jagged edge and randomly cut edge on the other. 
 Then, I used my Xyron Mega Runner to adhere may card base together with my patterned papers and trellis onto my card.

Next, I die-cut Lynda's gorgeous flowers and leaves from this die set from Strathmore Mixed Media paper. This paper is very substantial, very thick, it is a 140lb weight,  and holds up amazingly to wet mediums. 

 I used Eileen Hull Blends to shade all my die cuts.

For the leaves, I used Leaf, Frog, Golden, and Nutmeg.
For the larger flowers, I used Uniform, FLagstone, and Ebony.
And for the smaller flower, I used layers of Sunshine.

 To give my flowers shape, I used my Stylus to make fine lines and crease on the backside of my flowers. Then on the front, I used the bigger ball on my stylus to roll a pitted center. Then attached my beads and rhinestones to the centers.

I arranged my leaves and flowers onto my trellis as desired. Then when I was happy with their placement I adhered them down using a clear drying glue, always starting with the leaves because those need be tucked under the flowers.

Then, using an acrylic block and I used the words "to an" and "mother" leaving an evenly spaced gap.

And on a separate piece of patterned paper, I stamped the word "Amazing" then hand cut it out leaving a thin border around the word. Then added foam adhesive to the back of the word and fitted it gap I left between the " to an" and "mother".

And here is my finished card...

I really love how this card turned out and I can't wait to give it to my mom and see her reaction. 

I hope this card inspired you to make something beautiful for your mom, not just for Mother's Day but for ANY DAY!

If you want to see more amazing projects made with Lynda Kanase's Card in a Box Flower Basket Die set, Check out my awesomely talented design team sisters on their blogs!! Their projects are sure to knock your socks off!!

THANK YOU so much for stopping by!!

Until next time...

Saturday, April 13, 2019

A Springy HELLO with Lynda Kanase Designs

Hey, Crafty Friends! 
I'm so excited to share some awesome news with you all... 
A sweet and talented friend asked me to join her on an amazing adventure and I am proud to announce that I am one of 5 wonderfully creative ladies the make up the brand new Lynda Kanase Design Team!!

It is such a privilege to introduce to you, my fabulous crafty sisters...

Please be sure to stop by their blogs and show them some love!!

You can read more about each of them on their blogs or here.

Today, these amazing women and I  will be sharing with you wonderful projects showcasing Lynda Kanase's Spring Things line!!

I LOVE Spring!! What's there not to love? Winter gloom is disappearing and there's nothing I love more than flowers, flowers, everywhere!

I love to pick them, smell them, wear them, and of course, color them!

And today, I colored up a storm and create a floral card that's sure to brighten your day!

Supplies Used
Spring Things (Lynda Kanase)
Spring Phrases (Lynda Kanase)
Sizzix Big Shot
Black Cardstock (Recollections)
Tan Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Black Twine
White Gel Pen (Sakura)
Mixed Media Glue
Acrylic Block
Water Pen
Scissors (EK Success)
Paper Trimmer (Swingline)
MISTI Stamping Tool- *Optional*

I started by cutting my tan toned mixed media paper down to 4"x 5.25".

I used the floral stamp from Lynda Kanase's Spring Phrases and mounted it to a clear acrylic block. I inked the stamp using Colorbox dye ink in Wicked Black to stamp a floral frame along the perimeter of my tan cardstock.

Then, I colored the floral images using my Derwent Inktense Color Pencils and blended out the colors using a water pen.

To make the stamen details pop, I used a Sakura white gel pen to add highlights.

I die cut these gorgeous flowers and leaves from Lynda's Spring Things die set from white mixed media paper. And then shaded them with my Inktense pencils and watercolored each die cut using my water pen.

While the flowers wet still damp and pliable, I creased and molded each flower then set them aside to fully dry.

Once they were dried, I used mixed media glue to layer and attach the flowers together.

Then finished water coloring the center of the flowers and the leaves.
 I die-cut the layered labels from the Spring Things set. Cutting the larger label in black and the smaller one in white.

I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the word Hello (from the Spring Phrases set) in Wicked Black ink. I chose to use the MISTI because quite often mess up on my sentiment stamping and this ensures that they always come out perfect.

Then attached my Hello label onto the bigger black one using my Xyron Mega Runner.

I attached my colored card front onto an A2 card base I made from 110 lb black cardstock. And then attached the label to the center.

I created a multi-loop bow from black twine and glued it to the upper left-hand corner of the label. Then glued the three-dimensional die-cut flower onto the center knot of the bow and tucked and glued the leaves and stems behind the flower. 

And here is my finished card...

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!! 

Make sure you visit these gals for even more Spring Thing projects and give them some love!!

And of course,

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

DIY 3D Carrot Canvas

Hey, Crafty Friends! 
I may not be Peter Cottontail but spring has sprung and, hippity-hoppity, Easter is on its way! Before I start on making Easter baskets for all the little boys and girls (a.k.a. my children), I figured I'll set the mood by making a little Easter decor for my home first. So today I'll show you how I created this simple 3D Carrat Canvas.

Supplies Used
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Natural Burlap Stack (DCWV)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull's Flower Layers w/ Heart Petals Die (Sizzix)
David Tutera's Greenery & Flourish (Sizzix)
ColorBox Dyestress Inks- Tomato, Moss (Clearsnap)
Jute Twine
Orange Button (Buttons Galore)

Farmhouse chic decor can get on the pricy side. Let me show you how you can recreate the look using scrapbooking supplies... Believe it or not, this carrot is made from FLOWERS & LEAVES!! And **Spoiler Alert** this used less than 2 whole sheet os scrapbook paper!!

First, I gathered my supplies. I knew I wanted to make a canvas. something I could hang on my wall or place on a shelf or mantle. And I knew it absolutely had to have burlap. Burlap screams farmhouse and shabby chic! Then I threw in my love for all thing paper-crafty... bring on the paper stacks!! 

I found this Fall Basics stack from DCWV (yeah, yeah- I know Fall has long since past) but bear with me... this stack had tons of greens, yellows, purples, and oranges... the same colors we also find in Easter!! Score! These are PERFECT! Check your stash, you may have paper stacks that you can use for more than one occasion!!

Once, I had everything in arm's reach I prepped my canvas. No priming here!! I did, however, cut a 7"x 9" piece of burlap and ran it through my Xyron Creative Station and applied it directly onto the center of my canvas!

 I love the different plaid papers that came in the Fall Basics stack. These 2 sheets were deep shades of orange and green that would be absolutely perfect against the burlap.

I used Big Shot and this long stemmed leaf die from David Tutera's Greenery & Flourish set from Sizzix and die-cut 6 stem from the green patterned paper.

For a more natural look and to add depth I shaded the stems and the inner parts of the leaves with ColorBox Dyestress ink in Moss using a sponge dauber. Then shaped the leaves using a ball stylus from the McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit.

I free-hand cut out a carrot shape from orange cardstock. Then ran it through my Xyron Creative Station. This will give me a general shape of where to place my flowers. I attached it to my canvas and made sure to leave some room at the top for the stems. Then attached all 6 stems to create the carrot top.

I used the medium sized flower on the Eileen Hull Flower Layers w/ Heart Petals die and cut out about 24 flowers from the orange plaid paper. Then shaded the edges using ColorBox Dyestress ink in Tomato and a sponge dauber.

To add dimension to the flowers, I first folded the flower in half, and then half again. Then in each quartered section, I folded it into thirds. So when opened there's a crease line in between each little scalloped edge.

I used my Mega Runner and applied adhesive to half of each flower, partially folded the flower and attached the flowers into my carrot cut-out. I continued to fill the carrot with flowers but left a small section open at top to attach a bow I made with jute twine and a button.

And here is my finished 3D Carrot Canvas...

I love how darling it turned out...

And the dimension of those flowers really pops off the canvas! Picture does not do it justice!

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and it inspires you to create Easter canvas art of your own!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Paper Pieced Sloth Belated Birthday Card

Hello, Crafty Friends! 
Wow, has it been a while! Spring has crept its head and is finally here! Here in Texas, it went from freezing temps to rain. Warm humid air and...yup, rain... and lots of it! Which just set off a chain reaction that made every flower, weed, tree, and grass send blooming clouds of pollen into the air that has my eyes, nose, and throat hating me right now. You know what I'm talking about... the dreaded seasonal allergies!!

Allergies hit pretty bad and put me down and out for a bit. And it made me miss events and even birthdays. No one likes to miss out on anything let alone birthdays. So for today's project, I'll show you how I made this paper pieced Sloth and created a Belated Birthday Card.

Supplies Used
Sloth (Sizzix)
Lynda Kanase - Tropicool Banner (Sizzix)
Lynda Kanase - Card Front, Tropicool Leaves Sizzix)
Eileen Hull - Bookplates, Hinges, & Labels(Sizzix)
Tropical Leaves 3D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Sizzix)
Sloths (Pink and Main)
Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends Inks - Frog, Leaf, Nutmeg. Golden, Ebony (Clearsnap)
ColorBox Archival Dye Ink - Wicked Black (Clearsnap)
110 lb. White Cardstock (Recollections)
Corrugated Cardstock (DCWV)
Cardstock - Moss Green, Light Green, Light Brown, Brown, Dark Brown
Black Fine line Pen
White Gel Pen
Red Chalk
Foam Adhesive
Clear Liquid Adhesive
Paper Trimmer
Mini Mister Bottle of Water

I gathered my supplies. I wanted my finished card to be 5"x7". So, I started by first creating the background, I cut a piece of light green cardstock to measure 4 1/4"x 6 1/4". Then I lightly misted it with water. I inserted into this 3D Tropical Leaves folder and ran it through my Big Shot with a multi-purpose platform on Tab 1 and only 1 clear plate.

 Spraying your paper before you run it through will hell the fiber to relax while it's being embossed. It helps prevent tearing and gives the embossing a crisper impression.

Then, I inked over the entire raised image using my Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends ink Leaf. These inks have built-in applicators so you can ink directly onto your paper.

There's no need to wait for the ink to dry either. Next, I applied Golden lightly throughout. Followed by Nutmeg around the edges.

While the ink was drying, I worked on my sloth. I used this adorable Sloth die from Sizzix to die-cut cardstock in 3 shades of brown (light brown, brown, and dark brown). Then shaded all the die cut pieces with Nutmeg ink.

 I ran the smaller pieces through my Xyron 3" Sticker Maker and adhered his little face onto his body. Then used a fine line back pen to draw his eyes and used a make-up brush to dust his cheeks with chalk and added highlights with a white gel pen.

I wanted more of a jungle feel to my card so I die-cut these monstera leaves from moss green cardstock using 2 of Lynda Kanase's Tropicool sets (listed in supply list above).

 I inked over the edges using Eileen Hull Blends Inks in Frog for a big pop of green.

With my Sloth and Background taken care of, I assembled my card...

I cut my card panels and pieces to the following sizes...

  Card Measurements:
Base- 5"x7"
Corrugate- 4 3/4"x 6 3/4"
White Cardstock- 4 3/8" x 6 3/8"
Embossed Background- 4 1/4"x 6 1/4"

I wanted a focal point without blocking all that beautiful embossing. So I used the largest Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals to die-cut vellum.

 Then ran it through the Xyron Creative Station Lite. It gave edge-to-edge coverage that made the adhesive virtually invisible behind the vellum.

I die cut a label using Eileen Hull's Bookplate, Hinges, & Label dies from white cardstock. 
And I found the most perfect sentiment in my Sloths stamp set from Pink and Main. It read... "I'm a little slow, Happy Belated Birthday". It was just too perfect so I stamped it in Wicked Black ColorBox Dye ink. 

Look how adorable the finished card turned out...

Sometimes we're late. Sometimes we miss Birthdays. Thankfully, we have creative ways to make up for it!

I hope you enjoyed this card tutorial and it inspires you to create something... even if it is a little past due!

Until next time...

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Canvas Art Using DIY Foil Paper

Hello, Crafty Friends! It's been a while since I've been crafting. I took a short break to take care of my son had surgery on his leg. He's getting better tons better and his poor little leg is getting stronger every day. Which is just in time too! Warmer weather has been peeking its head and soon Spring will be here. And you know what that means... lots of flowers blooming!!

So, to celebrate Spring's arrival, I created this Flower Bloom Wall Art Canvas using...of all things... wait for it... Aluminum Foil!!

Yup, the same stuff you wrap your leftovers with! I used this kitchen staple and made my own DIY SHEET METAL EMBELLISHMENTS that look and feel like, well, metal!! Unlike the foiled cardstock from the craft store, which is just a thin plastic coating. 

AAANNND, it die-cuts like a dream!! 

Let me show you how...

Supplies Used
Eileen Hull Leaves Die (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Stitched Circle Die (Sizzix)
Textured Impressions Plus Embossing Folder- Botanical Swirls(Sizzix)
16"x 20 " Canvas
Gesso (Liquitex)
Black Chalkboard Paint (Prima)
Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
Clear drying liquid Adhesive

I started my project with a plain 16"x 20" Canvas and applied a coat of gesso. Most canvases come pre-gessoed but I like to add an additional coat anyway, it seems to help my paint go on smoother and helps spread my paint further (at least it does to me, anyway).

I zapped the canvas with a heat gun to speed up drying time.

Then, applied a layer of black chalkboard paint over the entire surface (including the sides).  Then zapped it again once more.

Here is where it gets really good...

I knew I wanted to make metal embellishments but didn't want to just run the foil through my Xyron. NOPE, it would crinkle up in a heartbeat! Even though I used HEAVY DUTY FOIL, IT still didn't have that heft and standing power that I wanted.

So, to firm things up a bit I attached the foil to 110 lb cardstock. Nice, thick, and sturdy 110 lb cardstock!

I simply ran each individual sheets through my Creative Station, peeled the film backer, and attached the sheet to the aluminum.

 When attaching sheets of adhesive start from one end and kind of roll it toward the other end. If you attach straight down you are a more likely to catch air bubbles. 

Smooth out any tiny lumps and bumps with a rubber or silicone brayer.
Look how shiny and smooth it is!! Ooooh, pretty!

Next, I cut my sheets to die-cuttable sizes. I'm saving myself a lot of tears by die-cutting all my petal pieces instead of cutting them by hand. I once hand cut 50 take out boxes for a birthday party once, um, yeah, NEVER AGAIN!!

I had bruises and calluses for weeks. My poor hands took a nasty beating! I'm so glad someone invented die-cut machines and dies! ENTER the Big Shot Machine ...

I knew I wanted "petals" but didn't have any huge petal dies. So, I used an Eileen Hull Leaves Die instead. I die-cut out the foiled sheets then cut off the little stem.

 I also knew I wanted more texture (just not the crinkly kind) to my petals. So I loaded up this HUGE Texture Impressions Plus  Botanical Swirls folder with all my little stemless leaves. This time using my Big Shot Plus machine. These embossing folders were just way too big to fit through my regular Big Shot!

 These metal sheets even emboss like a dream!! 

And look how well the stitched details show up on these Tim Holtz Stitched Circle Dies! I used this die cut as the center of my bloom.

Starting from the center, I attached the petals with liquid adhesive smallest to largest and worked my way outward.

I made sure to continue even along the sides of the canvas. Anything left overhanging got a bent and tucked over the side and glue down in place. With small children in my house, I didn't want to worry about any sharp edges. So tucked away they went.

The embossing in person is absolutely STUNNING!!

HAnd here's my final piece. Already up and mounted on my wall!

I hope you enjoyed this project and it has inspired you to create a canvas piece of your own!!

Thanks for stopping in!

Until next time...