Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Spellbinders Labels 47 & Labels 47 Decorative Elements Lily Card

As I was looking at the Labels 47 Decorative Elements, it occurred to me that the inset die (shown here under the star gazer lilies) looked like the wire mesh lids used on beautiful vintage rose bowls. From this thought, I was inspired to use the die in a similar fashion as both a functional and creative element for my card

I have written a tutorial to show how I planned my work so that you can be inspired and recreate it for yourself.

Supply List:

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To make this project you will also need:
  • ivory, light green cardstock
  • ivory ribbon
  • light green, light brown ink

1. Cut a 3 3/4" x 7 3/4" rectangle of ivory cardstock. Lay Labels 47 Decorative Elements Inset die template on the cardstock on the lower half and mark the center point horizontal to the long edge of the card lightly using pencil.

2. Mark the center line of the card, lay the die template on this cross with the horizontal and vertical points aligned to the pencil marks. Mark a short line indicating the horizontal points of the die. Move die to the left and right of the center marks to create lines for the center of the die and using a ruler, join the upper and lower marks to create crosses.

3. Using the pencil lines, align Labels 47 die template # 2 (with #1 being the smallest die in the set) with the cross lines as shown. Use temporary tape to hold the die in place as you cut and emboss using the Grand Calibur Machine. Placing the temporary tape INSIDE the die will ensure that the tape doesn't tear the card front. Repeat two more times. Erase pencil lines.

4. Waste not, want not. Using the Labels 47 shapes that were just cut, use Labels 47 die template #1 and cut 3 new shapes. Use temporary adhesive on the OUTSIDE of the die template to prevent tearing of the paper on the inside of the die. Repeat 2 more times.

5. Cut out 3 insets from Labels 47 Decorative Elements, as shown.

6. Using paper just big enough to accommodate the end decorative edge of the Labels 47 Decorative Elements Frame die template, cut 2. Adhere them to the top of the ivory card front, and trim to create the illusion of a continuous filagree piece.

7. Cut a 3 7/8" x 7 7/8" rectangle of light green cardstock. Adhere ivory card front using 3L 3D foam squares. Punch holes from the centers of the Labels 47 die template #1 pieces. Adhere as shown using 3L 3D foam squares. These pieces act similar to the 'rose frogs' used in the bottom of the rose bowl to hold the flowers in place in the floral arrangement. 

8. Cut center from the Labels 47 Decorative Elements Inset pieces and adhere them centered over the 'rose frogs' using 3L 3D foam squares, trimmed to fit.

9. Using the Create-a-Flower die template set of your choice, create 3 flowers. Here, I have used the Create-a-Flower Stargazer Lily. Christina Griffiths has made an excellent video tutorial to create these stunning paper flowers. Adhere the finished flowers using your favourite strong glue, placing them as shown or as desired.

10. To finish the card, I cut a 1" x 7 3/8" strip of light green cardstock, and adhered the ribbon and bow to the strip. Next, I adhered the strip to the card front using 3L 3D foam squares. Finally, all the layers created to this point are adhered to a 4"x8" car based, created by cutting an 8"x8" square of cardstock and scoring it across the card at 4" and folding it along the score line.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Spellbinders Winter CHA 2015 Sneak Peek and Giveaway - Day # 5

Welcome to the 5th and final day of the Spellbinders Winter CHA 2015 Sneak Peek and Giveaway. I am so excited to showcase some of the new die template sets being released at the Winter Craft and Hobby Association trade show. You will have an opportunity to win the new die templates I have used by entering the contest by using the link at the bottom of this post. Join me as we conclude this fabulous Sneak Peek event with Richard Garay and Michelle Woerner!

I've created 2 projects for you to demonstrate the versatility of Spellbinders Labels 47 and Labels 47 Decorative Elements die templates. Whether you are just learning to paper craft or you are a paper artist with advanced skill and experience, Spellbinders die templates are an excellent way to empower you to explore your creative genius! Always experiment and challenge yourself to go beyond your dreams and your artwork will be amazing!

This card uses Labels 47 and Labels 47 Decorative Elements and while it looks complicated it isn't, really. It is about layering up pieces of paper. That's it. I cut apart the large frame from Labels 47 Decorative Elements to create additional filagree elements. The sentiment was cut out using A2 Valiant Honor, which I think compliments the intricate cuts from Labels 47 Decorative Elements quite nicely.

Spellbinders Products Used:

Labels 47 (S4-489)
Labels 47 Decorative Elements (S5-229)

Cross Promotional Products:

Other Supplies (non-partner products):

dark teal, gray cardstock
half back glass gems
ivory ribbon
Wonderful Wishes stamp set (Verve)
Bow-it-All (Zutter)

Cut 8”x12” grey rectangle and score across the width at 6” down the long edge to create a 8”x6” card base. Cut 5 ½” x 7 ½” square of ivory cardstock, 5 3/8”x7 3/8” skyline cardstock, 5 1/8”x 7 1/8” ivory rectangle, 5”x7” pattern paper rectangle. Adhere the layers, apply ribbon, and adhere to card base.

Cut 6 3/8” x 4 ¾” ivory rectangle and 6 ¼” x 4 5/8” skyline rectangle. Cut 2 Labels 47 Decorative Elements #3 from ivory cardstock 1 1/2"x5" rectangle. Adhere ends centered to 6 3/8” x 4 ¾” ivory rectangle. Adhere skyline cardstock. Adhere rectangle layers to card base as shown using 3L foam dimensionals.

Cut Labels 47 Decorative Elements #3 in ivory cardstock. Cut 4 ¼” x 4” grey rectangle and adhere under Labels 47 Decorative Elements #3 using 3L foam dimensionals. Glue half pearls as shown, and adhere these 2 layers to the card base using 3L foam dimensionals.

Cut 3 ½” x 3 ¼” grey rectangle. Cut 3 3/8” x 3 1/8” pattern paper rectangle. Adhere to grey, then adhere these layers to base using 3L foam dimensionals.

Cut Labels 47 #4 in grey cardstock. Trace inside of  Labels 47 #4 die template on pattern paper and cut by hand. Adhere to grey, then adhere these layers to base using 3L foam dimensionals.

Cut Labels 47 #3 in skyline cardstock. Cut Labels 47 Decorative Elements #1 in ivory cardstock. Adhere to skyline, then adhere these layers to base using 3L foam dimensionals, trimmed to fit. Adhere half back gold pearls.

Cut Valiant Honour #1 in Skyline cardstock and adhere to base using 3L foam dimensionals, slightly arching the paper. Stamp sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on ivory cardstock. Cut and emboss using Valiant Honour #2 die template. Use 3L foam dimensional squares to adhere to card as shown. Make bow and attach using Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive.

My second project using Labels 47 and Labels 47 Decorative Elements has a more spring or Easter theme to it.

As I was looking at the Labels 47 Decorative Elements, it occurred to me that the inset die (shown here under the star gazer lilies) looked like the wire mesh lids used on beautiful vintage rose bowls. From this thought, I was inspired to use the die in a similar fashion as both a functional and creative element for my card.

I invite you to return to my blog on December 17th for a tutorial to create this lovely spring card.

For more chances to win, visit Michelle Woerner's and Richard Garay's blogs.


Official Contest Rules can be found HERE.

Questions? No entries will be accepted at this email address.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni blog hop

What an exciting day! I'm back with the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! If you came here from Sarah Miller's blog, you are on the right track. If you are here on a whim, I invite you to start the hop from Giovana Smith's blog, and enjoy!

As you hop along, leave comments for the designers to be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations. The hop closes on Friday, November 28th at midnight est. Winners will be announced on the designers blogs on Saturday, November 29th, so come back here on that date to see if you are the lucky winner.

This Christmas ornament stamp is one of my favourites, because I love the shape and the netting look on the ornament. It looks very old world, and I like the heritage feel of it. Please note; this stamp is being discontinued and there is a very short time left to purchase it through Heartfelt Creations for a deeply discounted price!

I stamped the ornament on Heartfelt Creations pattern paper, Posy Patch Collection using versamark ink and heat embossed it in gold. Then, I sponged the edges using distress inks. Heartfelt Creations papers are very versatile - this is an elegant summer paper I've used for this Christmas card.

I cut and embossed Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die templates to create this lovely dimensional embellishment. I dug through my old buttons and found this darling little ball button to act as my flower center. Divine!

As you continue on your way, you will head over to Gini Cagle's blog and I hope you enjoy the hop!

stamps: poinsettia ornament 2 (heartfelt creations)
ink: versamark (tsukineko), antique linen, tea dye distress ink (ranger)
paper; posy patch collection (heartfelt creations), fern, lanut creme (bazzill)
accessories; 2011 heirloom ornaments, layered poinsettias (spellbinders), gold embossing powder (ranger), button (unknown), ivory ribbon (offray)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Spellbinders Happy Holidays

I am so thrilled to be able to create with this amazing product and these amazing die templates. I love Spellbinders dies, and I really love making cards for special people like this card. A tutorial and materials for this card along with more pictures are on the Spellbinders Blog, and I invite you to visit my post there for additional details.

I've created a lot of dimension by first sponging and then shaping the poinsettias and foliage.

My son came into my studio, and thought initially I had used real poinsettias on this card. He's a sweet boy.

I like the traditional heirloom look and feel of this this card. And not to sound gushy, but Spellbinders die templates make it easy to achieve these results.

I have been trying to find the right place to use the new Create-a-Flower Ivy die templates, because they are really wonderful I think, and this card just yelled out loud and clear for them!

I hope you are inspired to create floral clusters for all seasons, and I wish you Season's Greeting for the upcoming holidays.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Courage, My Friend!

There has been so much going on behind the scenes. Teaching. Grad studies. Friends. Family. Paper Crafting. Foster dogs. Forgive me when I get behind in blogging.

 I have a close friend who is having such immense health struggles that it shakes me to the core. I want her to fight for life. I want a miraculous healing for her so she can leave the hospital for the first time since before Easter. I want my friend to be healthy and whole. I want to hear her magical voice ringing pure and true beside me during worship services and we sing praise to The Only One worthy of our praise. I want to have her whole and complete family over for our coveted family nights, laughing and playing games and talking until late.

I miss my friend. I had the incredible privilege to visit with her in ICU 2 weeks ago. She's tired of fighting. I want to fight for her - physically give her my strength and will to fight on, but it's not possible. I'm fighting for her the only way I can, and I believe the only way that will have the most effect - by lifting her constantly to the Throne of Grace. To the Father who loves her so much more than I ever could.

And as I write this, I know my motives are flawed. Selfishly motivated. I want things to be the way they were. I list my wants, but am completely ignorant of the larger, more loving will of Our Heavenly Father. And through all of this, I am uncomfortably growing way beyond my comfort zone. Again, I selfishly list my minimal discomforts in contrast to the significant pain my friend cannot escape from. God, give me the grace to grow!

Jody is never far from my thoughts. I am in constant prayer for her and her wonderful family. I am thankful for all the people globally God is bringing together to lift Jody to the throne of grace. I am thankful for her husband's willingness to share his journey - it's been incredibly difficult, but he has learned lessons he might not have learned otherwise and he is being purified in the fire of adversity. Oh! that I would come through as well as he has.

I humbly thank-you for dropping by today and I apologize for the weight of this blog post. It's just where I'm at.

sentiment: digital image (tlc creations)
ink: antique linen, tea dye, vintage photo, walnut stain, fired brick distress inks (ranger)
paper: timepiece (bo bunny), amsterdam, canvas white, cinder (bazzill), black (world win)
accessories: Celebra'tions Silk Luster Black, Feathers, Sm deckle Mega Rectangles (spellbinders), black twine (may arts) 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thinking of You

With the change of seasons, I wanted to create a card that reflected the beauty of the landscape in watercolour. I used this terrific stamp from the High Seas stamp set by Heartfelt Creations.

To frame this scene and sentiment, I have used a new Spellbinders die set, 5x7 Modern Stationary. I am really enjoying the thick frame trend that I am seeing in paper crafting and the nesting sizes in Spellbinders's die templates make this look easy to achieve with minimal effort.

I love colouring. It doesn't matter what medium - copics, prisma colour pencils, acrylic paint, oil paint, water colouring using water colour pencils or reinkers, or water colour paint. The medium doesn't matter to me if I am able to colour. I choose the medium based on what I want the final product to look like.

For this image, I used Derwent Inktense Water Color Pencils and a water reservoir brush. I loaded the colour on my brush by rubbing the wet bristles on the pencil lead. A little goes a long way and the pencils didn't even leave the case! I'm uber clumsy, so this technique also prevents me from dropping the pencils and shattering the lead. Sometimes I just drive myself crazy!!

I invite you to go to the Heartfelt Creations blog to see what the rest of the team created this week.

stamps: high seas, heartfelt expressions (heartfelt creations)
ink: onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
paper: canvas white, kraft (bazzill)
accessories: inktense water color pencils (derwent), 5x7 modern stationary die templates (spellbinders)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Victorian Inspiration

I'm thrilled to have this card on the Spellbinders Blog today. There are full instructions with a tutorial to recreate this card, and I invite you to head over and check it out. While you are there, enter for your chance to win these Die Template Sets (Regal Frame and Victorian Tags) from the newly released Victorian Collection.