Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sending You Prayers Card

Hi, Crafty Friends!
I'm back... This time with Team Xyron!!

Every now and then life has a way of reminding you how precious it really is. It's not all about the happy moments and joyous occasions. Sometimes we face hard times and loss.  Financial hardships, break-ups, or even death can bear down on us and plunge us into despair. And sometimes just we need gentle words to tell us we are not alone. Whether spoken out loud in person or silently and privately, a prayer can go a long way.

Today, I'll show you how I created this beautiful card. Some days you just got to let someone know... hey, I'm praying for ya!

Supplies Used
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Eileen Hull Flower & Leaf Stitchlits (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends- Leaf, Frog, Berry, Bay, Beach (Clearsnap)
Sunshine Stamp Set (Pink and Main)
White Cardstock (Recollections)
Cardstock- Pink, Green, Black (DCWV)
Big Shot (Sizzix)

I started with a standard A2 size (4.25"x 5.5"- folded) card base. 
I made the card using papers from the Lori Whitlock "I'd Rather Be Crafting" Collection. 

Orange Paper - 4.25"x 5.5"
Geometric Diamond Paper- 4" x 5.25"

I layered at attached them to my card base using my Xyron Mega Runner.

Then, using my Big Shot and Eileen Hull Heart Journaling card die, I die cut yellow striped paper by using the heart insert with the outer rectangle die. Next, I backed the heart cut out with pink polka dot paper by just using the outer rectangle die.

Again, attaching the pieces using my Xyron Mega Runner.

Next, I die cut stemmed leaves from light green paper using the Eileen Hull Flowers & Leaves Journaling Card and the Spring Leaves die.

I  added depth by inking the edges with Leaf, Frog, & Nutmeg Blends inks.

Then added tiny vein details with a fine-tipped pen.

I die cut flowers from using the Flower & Leaf stitchlits.

I misted the flower slightly with water, then crushed the petals upward. 

Once dried, I inked the edges of the flower petals using Berry ink.

While the ink was drying, I die cut the word prayer from white & black cardstock. 

I gave it a variegated look using Bay and Beach ink.

Then paired the die-cut with a "sending you" stamp from Pink & Main's Sunshine stamps set. I stamped the phrase onto plain white cardstock using Coal dye ink. 

I attached my leaves then my flowers onto my card. I wanted it to hang over like a swag over a doorway. I set down and attached the leaves first then added the flowers over the leaves.

Then added my sentiment below my floral arch.

And here is my finished card...

It's not always easy finding the right words...
 But we can hope words of encouragement, faith, and understanding will help lighten a hard load on a heavy heart.

I hope you all enjoyed today's card and I hope you are inspired to send your own paper prayers.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Flowers & Cupcakes... SWEET!

Happy Monday, Friends!! 
Today, I created this adorable card as part of the I Am Roses July Challenge! 

If you don't know what that is, you don't know what you're missing! These monthly challenges are a great way to get creative, participate in a wonderful crafting community, and possibly win some amazing prizes in the process!!

To participate, all you have to do is create something new that includes flowers on your project and link it on the I Am Roses Challenge Blog. And the best part can use ANY brand flowers!! Yes, you read that right... you can use ANY flowers!!! More Details can be found on their blog, HERE.

For my project, I made a sweet little card... This stamp had the cutest little girl holding a stack of cupcakes... I just couldn't help myself! 

I Am Roses Supplies Used

Other Supplies Used
Cupcake Brigitta Stamp (C.C. Designs)
Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Leaves, Spring Die (Sizzix)
Jen Long Fancy Frame Die (Sizzix)
Edgeables Die (Crafter's Companion)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
 Cardstock-White, Black (Recollections)
Patterned Paper (Pink and Main, Lawn Fawn)
Foam Adhesive
Sparkle Pen- Clear (Spectrum Noir)
Paper Piercing Tool (Optional)
Scissors (EK Success)
Paper Trimmer (Swingline) 
MISTI Stamping Tool (My Pink Petunia)

I started by using my Misti stamping tool to stamp Cupcake Brigetta with Wicked Black ink onto mixed media paper. I colored her in using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Then cut out the image by hand. I added red chalk to her cheeks using a small make-up brush, then added highlights to my image using a white gel pen.

I set aside my image and worked on my card base. I decided I wanted a 5.5" x 5.5" card (5.5" x 11"- folded in half). 

I cut out two pieces of 3" x 5" white cardstock, ran them through a Xyron 3" Sticker Maker, then die cut this beautiful and intricate lace design die twice.

I peeled each off its protective film and mounted them in the center onto a 5.25" x 5.25" piece of purple patterned paper, trimming off the overhang. Then, I attached it to the square card.

For the center of the card, I die cut fancy frames out of black and white cardstock. I layered and attached all the frames together, stacking the black frames on the bottom and the white frames on the top. I could have used all white but adding black to the bottom layers added visual depth. 

I also die cut a few leaves out of green cardstock using Eileen Hull's Spring Leaves die. Then I inked the edges using her Blends ink in Leaf.

I used a remnant from the fancy frame as a stencil to trace an oval out of plaid paper to go in the center of the frame. Then attached it using my Xyron Mega Runner.

I added foam adhesive to the back of my sweet little cupcake girl and mounted her onto my card, making her appear as if she was sitting on the edge of the frame.

I tied crinkle bow and attached the leaves to the frame. 

 I wound the wired stems around a paper piercing tool to create coiled vines. Then attached them onto the card base with clear-drying liquid glue.

And here is my finished card...

Isn't she absolutely adorable!! It looks like the cutie-patootie is having cupcakes in a beautiful garden!

All these shades of purple blooms are nothing short of gorgeous!! The pictures really don't do these flowers justice! They are even more stunning in person!

I hope you all enjoyed my tutorial! And I hope it inspires you to join in on this month's blog challenge... Just think of all the gorgeous flowers you could win!! 

For more amazing inspiration, don't forget to visit my design team sister!! All there projects, pics, and blog links can b found on the I Am Rose Challenge Blog, HERE!

Hope this started your week out with a smile!!

See you all next time!!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Tower Card using Lynda Kanase's Window Box Impresslits

Hello, Crafty Friends. 
It's been a while but I'm back to with another card tutorial. Today, I'm here with the Lynda Kanase Design Team to share creations using her new Window Box Impresslits Embossing Folder.

The Impresslits folders are designed to cut and emboss at the same time. And the Window Box is the perfect size for A2 cards. But in this tutorial, I will show you how to I  extend my embossing and created this fairytale inspired tower card.

Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends Inks
Frog, Leaf, Pansy, Melon, Sunshine, Ebony, Nutmeg, Flagstone, Uniform (Clearsnap)
ColorBox Premium Dye Ink- Coal (Clearsnap)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore) 
110lb White Cardstock (Recollections)
Paper Trimmer (Swingline)
Clear Stamp (Crafter's Companion)
Liquid Glue

I started out with a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of Strathmore mixed media paper. I used Lynda's Window Box Folder and ran it through my Big Shot machine.

Then, I inserted a 2" x 4.25" strip of mixed media paper, placing it directly under the window. I repeated those steps 2 more times for a total of 3 strips.

I arranged the embossing so that the bricks would vary on what sides the fell on by flipping every other strip. 

I used Eileen Hull's Blends inks in Uniform, Nutmeg, Flagstone, and Ebony to ink and shade all the embossed stonework.

I accidentally got ink on my window shutters, so I used scissors to cut them off.

I also trimmed all the pieces down to be 3.5" wide.

Then, I die cut an extra window from white cardstock. I opened the window shutter with the assistance of an acrylic block. This helps ensure that my creases were folded nice and straight.

Next, I took my die cut shutters and inserted it into the window.

I secured the window in place using a Xyron Mega Runner. Then attached the window and the extra stone/ brick rows onto a #10 card base(9 1/4" x 7 3/4") made from 110 lb cardstock. I stamped my sentiment into the opened window using ColorBox Wicked Black ink. 

I die cut multiple leaves, flowers, & butterflies from more mixed media paper. I used Blends inks in  Leaf & Frog to color the leaves, Sunshine & Pansy to color the flowers, and Melon to color the butterflies.

I ran all the leaves through my Xyron X (150 Sticker Maker) and attached them onto the tower creating vines.

Then, I used a clear drying glue to attach the flowers and butterflies.

And here is my finished card...

I really love how this tower turned out.

The stonework in this embossing folder is absolutely gorgeous!

I love this sweet little dies Lynda included with this folder. It really adds so many beautiful details and makes projects come to life.

I'm in awe and I hope you are too!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to create your own fairytale tower!

If you loved my project don't forget to stop off and visit my design team sister and check out heir gorgeous projects too!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Until next time...

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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...