Saturday, February 15, 2020

February IAR Challenge - Trust Your Heart Card

Hey, Crafty Friends!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's day and was showered with love. Though I firmly believe love should be shown and expressed every day and not just one day a year, which is why I created this gorgeous card for this month's  I Am Roses Challenge!

Are you new to the I Am Roses Challenges? Head on over to their blog (HERE) for more details on how to enter, amazing prizes you could win, and lots of inspiration from the IAR design team and previous winners!

Now, for my card, I used the following...

I Am Roses Supplies Used
Other Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Double Stitched Heart Dies (Pink and Main)
Coral Couture Stack (DCWV)
Double-sided Colored Cardstock (DCWV)
110 lb Cardstock- White, Kraft (Recollections)
Natural Hemp Twine
Self Adhesive Flower Jewels
Liquid Glue

I started with a 5"x7" card base made from 110 lb white cardstock, a 5"x7" piece of bright orangey-red cardstock, and a 4 3/4"x 6 3/4" Piece of teal patterned paper from the Coral Couture Stack. Then layered and attached them together using my Xyron Mega Runner.

Then I used my Sizzix Big Shot and Pink and Main'sDouble Stitched Heart Dies to cut a heart from Coral Red polka-dot paper from the Coral Couture Stack.

And then I die cut kraft cardstock using a leaf die from Diamond Press' Foliage Stamp & Die Kit.

I then attached the heart onto the card front using my Xyron Mega Runner. And used liquid glue to attach my leaves in a curve around the heart.

Here's where it really starts to come to life...

Next, I added I Am Roses Small Green Leaves and followed the same curve as the kraft leaves.

Then, I added all the smaller flowers.  First, the Mini Peach Round Roses...
then, the Small White Lillies & White Achillea Cottage Flowers.

Then added a single Medium White Lilly before filling up the gaps with three Medium Salmon Red May Roses.

I curled discarded stems for swirly vines and a randomly tucked them throughout my floral swag.
Then, I  made a multi-loop bow from hemp twine and tucked it neatly under a couple of leaves.

I added the TRUST YOUR HEART sentiment from Tim Holtz Quote Chips and surrounded the heart with self-adhesive flower jewels which I also sprinkled throughout.

And here is my finished card...

I hope you enjoyed my card for this month's IAR Challenge and it inspires you to join in on the fun!!
You could win some amazing prizes!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Floral Desk Calendar

Hey, Crafty Friends!!
Last month at Creativation, Eileen Hull debuted a few of her new die Designs. And being a part of her Inspiration team, we were tasked to bring her new designs to life and make samples ahead of time so she can show them off for the show.

One of her designs was her new Display Stand for which I used to create this beautiful mini Floral Desk Calendar...

With winter on the outs, what better way to ring in the coming of Spring than with a project that is beautiful and functional?!!

And Eileen's Display Stand comes together in a snap!! Let me show you how...

Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Mat Board (Sizzix)
Minty Lace Stack (DCWV)
Small Green Leaves (I Am Roses)
Pink Peony (I Am Roses)
Pink Cherry Blossoms (I Am Roses)
Mini White Roses (I Am Roses)
Teal Hibiscus (I Am Roses)
Small Teal Roses Roses(I Am Roses)
Pink Achillea Cottage Flowers (I Am Roses)
Liquid Glue
Mini Calendar

I started by cutting my 12"x12" piece of patterned paper in half to get 2- 6"x12" pieces. 

Then I ran each piece into my Xyron Creative Station and attached both sheets to a single sheet of Mat Board (one on the front and one on the back).

The placed the covered mat board onto my Eileen Hull Designs Display Stand Die and die cut it using my Sizzix Big Shot.

Assembly was insanely easy! One die cut is all I need to create a stand. So I'm practically halfway done already!!

Next, I'll show you the fastest and easiest way I found to fold the stand...

1. Fold both sides in towards the center on the crease lines.

2. Open up your two-fold and push out or back the die-cut center exposing "feet" and a notched tab.

3. One end panel will have a tiny tab. Fold that end towards the center, tucking the tiny tab into the notch in the center.

4. Fold the other end back towards the center till it pops or tucks in place creating the display stand.

It disassembles and lays flat easily for decorating and for mailing. which is what I did here...

Just laid it down flat, added my mini calendar, and cascaded beautiful flowers throughout.

And here is my finished Floral Desk Calendar on full display...

These make cute gifts for your friends in the office or for teachers!! A little something to brighten their day while they sit at their desk!

I hope you enjoyed my project for today and it inspires you to create something beautiful too!

Until next time...


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Vintage Spring Card

Hey, Crafty Friends!! 
I'm back from my trip and in full crafting gear for the new year! It's been kind of a warm winter with no hard freezes here so I'm hoping that means it will be an early spring for us! I can't wait till all the wildflowers are in bloom... it really is quite beautiful! Until then, I will have to create my own little flowery meadows in my craft room with my beautiful I Am Roses flowers...

Other Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Doily (Sizzix)
110 lb Cardstock- Kraft, Cream (Recollections)
Mariposa Stack (DCWV)
Cutterbee Scissors (EK Success)
Liquid Glue

I am absolutely in love with #10 sized cards!! The long slender look captivates the eye and draws you in. They are not your typical greeting card size yet ships for the same price as a letter because they fit right into legal size envelopes!

I used kraft cardstock for my card base. I cut my cardstock to measure 9 1/4" x 8 1/8" then score and folded it in half to measure 9 1/4" x 3 7/8".

To create a mat for my card, I trimmed a piece of paper from DCWV's Mariposa Stack to 8 1/8" x 3 5/8" and attached it to my card base using my Xyron Mega Runner.

Then, I ran my Mega Runner across the top and bottom of my mat and attached strips of lace trim.

I ran a 5" x 4 1/2" piece of cream cardstock through my Creative Station to add adhesive to the back. Then die-cut it using a Tim Holtz Doily die through my Sizzix Big Shot machine with a Standard Magnetic Platform (Optional- but it helps keep the die in place).
Then, I peeled the film backer and attached the doily to the center of the card.

I used White w/ Pink Edge Variegated Romantica Roses & Pink Curly Roses to create a vertical swag onto one side of my doily. 
Then, I surrounded my largest rose with pairs of Small Green Leaves both above and below it. Then added an extra leaf to each end of the swag.

I then nestled tiny White Achillea Cottage Flowers throughout, tucking them in between the flowers and over leaves.

Using my Cutterbee Scissors, I hand cut these beautiful glittered butterflies from one of the patterned paper sheets of the Mariposa Stack. Then used a Non-Stick Pencil Bone Folder to curl the wings.

I found the bigger butterfly to be too big so decided to just use the remaining small one.

I adhered the butterfly onto the edge of my doily as if it stopped for a little rest.

Then finally, added the phrase "use your wings" from the Tim Holtz Quote Chips to finish off my card.

And here is the completed card...

I love using I Am Roses VARIEGATED (two colors transitioning into each other) flowers. The variegated colors look natural and very realistic.

Look how absolutely stunning they are even up close!

Even the leaves have a brownish tinge to the tips for added realism.

I love how this card turned out! It's almost like I'll be sending a little bouquet in the mail!

I hope you all enjoyed my tutorial and that it inspires you to create something beautiful too!

Until next time...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

January IAR Challenge- Pure Love Card

Happy Hump Day!! 
It's Wednesday, January 15th, 2020... And that makes this the FIRST official I Am Roses Challenge post of the year!! 

If you've never joined us for a challenge here is how it works...

Contest Details/Rules:
  • Contest runs  Jan 15th - Dec 8th (Ends 11:59PM PST)
  • Minimum (3) I Am Roses Products
  • One project submission per participant
  • One winner will be chosen
  • Participants will upload their project to their blog or forum, Label it “ JAN IAR Challenge
  • Participants will add a direct link to their project using the InLinkz tool provided. (*if you are unable to use the tool, leave a comment to this blog post and leave a direct link to your project)
  • Must Subscribe/or be a Follower of the IAR Challenge Blog
  • Winners will be announced alongside the next NEW monthly challenge on the 15th
Here is the breakdown of the Prizes up for grabs:

WINNER (Chosen at Random) $50 Voucher
Top 3 (1st Place) $30 Voucher
Top 3 (2nd/3rd Place) $25 Voucher

Be sure to stop the I Am Roses for more inspiration, link your projects, or see previous winners!!

For this month's challenge, I created this long gorgeous #10 sized card. Valentine's Day will be here real soon and love will soon fill the air! But instead of using red flowers I used it as a background color. It gives my beautiful white blooms a great base and really makes them pop!! Don't you think?!

I Am Roses Supplies Used

Other Supplies Used
Big Shot (Sizzix)
110 lb Cardstock- White, Black (Recollections)
Red Polkadot Paper (Paper Play House)
Love Hearts- Sparkletz (Buttons Galore)
Wooden Dowel- Optional

I started with a #10 (9 1/2"x 4 1/8" card base made from black cardstock. A white mat measuring 9 1/4" x 3 7/8". And then my red polka dot mat measuring 9" x 3 1/2".

I ran the red polka dot paper through my Xyron Creative Station then used one of my Tim Holtz Mixed #5 dies and my Sizzix Big Shot with a magnetic platform to cut out a flowery silhouette on one end. I flipped the card over and repeated the same thing on the other end of the card.

Once I had the flower silhouettes cut out, I adhered it onto the white cardstock mat and then onto the black card base using my Xyron Mega Runner.

Then I attached my beautiful White Peonies. I cascaded them toward the bottom. Tucking in small and tiny green leaves under the peonies. 

I saved the stems from the peonies and created little swirly vines by wrapping them around a thin wooden dowel. then tucked those in and glued them in place.

Lastly, I placed my little Love HEarts Sparkletz onto the belt of my Mega Runner to attach adhesive to them and neatly placed each tiny heart around my card.

And here is my finished card...


There is something about white flowers that is so BEAUTIFUL & PURE! I absolutely LOVE them!!

I love the brilliance of these white peonies against the red background!
It's absolutely breathtaking!!

I really hope you enjoyed my card for today and that it inspires you to create something and join in on the challenge too!

Don't forget to stop on by the I Am Roses Official Blog to see what my wonderfully talented Design Tem sisters have created for this challenge!!

Until next time,