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Tutorial Series: Handmade Flowers 2

Hello there! Today a new video tutorial is up for my handmade flowers series. This time I’m showing you yet another way of making beautiful flowers using the same dies used for Handmade Flowers 1. This technique can be used with any flower punch or die cuts and doesn’t require any special tools. Here’s a preview of the flowers I made and the card I created with them:

Supplies: Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings dies / Our Daily Bread Designs: Fancy Foliage and Flourished Star Pattern dies, Rustic Beauty Papers / Spellbinders: Mary Border Strip and A2 Card Creator A dies/ McGill: Flower Tweezer / Ranger: Peeled Paint and Shaded Lilac re-inkers, Minimisters, Ink Blending Tool / UHU All Purpose Adhesive / Bead Landing Word Beads / Recollections Iridiscent Rhinestones / Lara’s Crafts Jute Twine / Miscelaneous: Foam tape, Leather textured cardstock in white, light green and light brown, water mister

I was inspired on the recent Cardabilities sketch to put this card together. I wanted it to be a colorful, Spring themed anniversary or wedding card. To learn how I made these flowers check out the video below:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and card. Make sure you subscribe to my Youtube channel and to this blog’s newsletter to receive upcoming videos for this series. Some of you have shared comments and questions and also the flowers you’ve created using the techniques shown in my previous videos. Thanks so much for that!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay tuned because I’ll be sharing some exciting news soon!

I’m sharing my card with:
Dies R Us Happy Anniversary; Come and Get it Flowers 1/3; Craft Your Passion AG 1/3; Crafting by Designs May AG 2/3; Crafting from the Heart AG 1/3; Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper May UE; Deep Ocean Flowers UE; Di’s Digi Designs Load on the Flowers 1/3; DL.ART May AG UE 1/day; Dragonfly Dreams Lauralcraft How does your Garden Grow UE; Fan-Tastic Tuesday AG Add Some Flowers 1/4; Fresh Brewed Designs Use Twine or Ribbon 1/5; Get Creative For the Ladies or Mother’s Day 1/3; HIMCR Super Scraps Saturday (all die cuts from scraps) 1/3; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Kitty Bee Aloha Friday In the Garden 2/2; Little Scrap Pieces Show it Off Saturday 1E; Love to Scrap A Stitch in Time (see stitched matting die) 1/3; Loves Rubberstamps Add a Sentiment UE; Our Creative Corner April Showers Bring May Flowers 1/3; Paperbabe Stamps AG; Papertake Weekly In the Garden 1/5;Party Time Tuesdays AG 1/3; Scrapy Land AG with dies sold at Scrapy Land 2/3; Scribble and Scrap AG 2/3;Scribbles Designs B is for… buttons, bow, bling, blooms, butterfly 1/3; Sentimental Sundays Mother’s Day or Really Girly 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Work-it Wednesday Yellow 1/3; Sister Act (Cards Only) AG UE; Stamp and Create May Flowers 1/3; Stamping Sensations Flower Power 2/3; Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ AG Add Flowers UE; The Crafter’s Cafe Feminine 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5;

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Beads, Flowers & Crackle + Video

This is proving to be a very busy week here at the blog but it’s also been a happy crafting week so far! Today I’m joining the Frilly & Funky team as their Guest Designer, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m always inspired by the beautiful projects shared there so it’s an honor to be able to join them at least for a bit!

The challenge at Frilly & Funky is Snap, Crackle, Crackle! Let’s see some cracks on your creations! You can use crackle paint, crackle paste, crackle glaze, crackle accents, an old cracked image, a piece of cracked ultra thick embossing powder, a cracked pattern from a stencil or stamp… You can even doodle on your crackle design! Anything goes, as long as is cracks!

I love to use crackle embossing paste on my shabby chic projects and that’s exactly what I used for today’s card.


Supplies: Spellbinders – Rose Creations, Victoria Accents / Our Daily Bread Designs – Ornate Hearts / Ranger – Distress Ink spray in Spun Sugar, Perfect Pearls Mists in Biscotti, Distress ink in Old Paper, Distress Paint in Antique Linen, Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray, Idea-ology crinkle ribbon / Carta Bella – Hello Again / Dreamweaver – Crackle Embossing Paste / Uhu All Purpose Adhesive / Bead Landing – Word Beads / Mcgill – Flower Tool Kit, Craft Molding Mat / Miscelaneous – Vintage gold button, gauze, pink metallic cardstock, beige textured cardstock, pink leather textured cardstock, foam tape, fused string pearl beads

I added handmade flowers around two die cut hearts and embellished them with flourish die cuts, crinkle ribbon, pearls, pearl string, gauze, a vintage button and a word bead. I colored my flowers with Distress Ink spray in Spun Sugar, Perfect Pearls Mists in Biscotti and Distress ink in Old Paper. I adhered it all on a beautiful floral patterned paper that I previously applied with Dreamweaver crackle embossing paste, Distress Paint in Antique Linen and Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray.

I loved how the card looks with that patterned background and pretty flowers. To see how I made these flowers please check out the video tutorial below:

I invite you to visit Frilly and Funky and join the challenge! I love their blog and I know you’ll love it too! Also, take a minute to stop by their shop where you can find all the Ranger/Tim Holtz products I used for my card and more.

As always I hope you enjoyed my card and tutorial. Remember to subscribe to my newsletter and social media! Thanks so much for visiting!

I would also like to share this card with:
Hiding in my Craft Room – May Flowers /// Die Cuts
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge – May Flowers
Inspiration Journal – Embossing Paste
Virginia’s View – Layers and Dimension

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ODBD Color Challenge + Video

A new month of challenges and wonderful releases is here! Have you seen Our Daily Bread Designs new release? It’s just gorgeous and full of many, many new stamps and dies that I know you’ll love. So today I am sharing a card I made with some of the new products for our Color Inspiration challenge.

I decided to use yellow, blue and green from the color board. I didn’t know how my design would turn out because this are not my usual colors, but I am really happy with the result. I used two paper collections from ODBD: Rustic Beauty and Blushing Rose.
The handmade flowers were made with the new Birds and Nest dies set, that includes two different flower dies. I will be sharing a video tutorial on how to make flowers with this set tomorrow, so stay tuned. I finished the flower bouquet with flourishes and leaves die cut with the Fancy Foliage set.
I used the beautiful Quatrefoil Pattern die, cutting it roughly to give the card a mixed media feel. I colored the patterned die cut with Yellow Gold Inka Gold and then with Antique Linen paint. I also used the coordinating Quatrefoil Design die as a label for the sentiment. This beautiful sentiment is also from another new stamp set called Belle Vignes.

I finished the card with many little stamped and die cut butterflies that I created with the new Butterfly & Bugs stamp set and Butterflies & Bugs dies.

I have a video for you below where I share a close-up to Our Daily Bread Designs May release and a sneak peek of a card I made with more new stamps and dies. I invite you to check it out:

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC237 or to join the challenge click here. You have until May 10, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. 

For more inspiration visit my teammates’ blogs:

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow!

I would also like to share this card with:
Hiding in my Craft Room – Die Cuts /// May Flowers
Virginia’s View – Layers and Dimension
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Spritzed & Splattered with LOVE!

This week our challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such is: Letter It, in other words use a letter or more on your creation! I went ahead and used some letter stickers on my mixed media freestyle collage card! This is the first card I make with my new stamp set by SNSS, Parisian Postcard.

Main supplies
Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Parisian Postcard
Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs English Tea Party, Vintage Flourish Pattern   
White Pearl Linen cardstock
Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock
Heavyweight Vellum 
1/2″ Scor-Tape
Empty Spritzer Bottle   
Seam Binding – Chalk White 
Baby Pearls – LeCreme 
Gold detail

To make my card, I stamped, colored and heat embossed images from the NEW stamp set Parisian Postcard from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, that I happened to design (yay!). I stamped some images on the background, some I heat embossed in gold detail on heavyweight vellum and others I fussy cut and mounted using foam tape on a pretty label die cut with Our Daily Bread Designs Vintage Flourish Pattern from White Pearl Linen cardstock. I stenciled the label with Spun Sugar Distress ink.

The top half beige layer was stamped, heat embossed and also sprayed with a mix of Peeled Paint Distress re-inker and water using a spritzer bottle. The bottom half of the base mat was cut from the gorgeous Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock. I cut a doily from vellum with the English Tea Party die from Cheery Lynn Designs, cut it in half and adhered it on top of the pink layer with thin pieces of 1/2″ Scor-tape.

Before adding the fussy cut images to the label I attached a piece of Chalk White Seam Binding, that I colored and wrinkled by spraying it with the same Peeled Paint Distress ink mix. I completed the card with a few Baby Pearls Le-Creme that go along very well with the vintage design and spritzed Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti and a bit more of Peeled Paint spray. I adhered the finished layer on a white mat cut with A2 Matting Basics, using 1/2″ Scor-tape and then mounted it on a white card base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! I motivate you to join our challenge this week with your crafty creation! Also, I invite you to visit Classy Cards ‘n Such store, there are many discounted items that I know you’d love, starting with the Clearance section. Make sure you check the new Valentine’s sale going on now! Cheery Lynn dies are all 50% off too! If you want to save on a regular order or own my new stamp set use my code Gracie-10 to get 10% off!

I hope I have inspired you today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’d like to share my card with: 
Hiding in my Craft Room – Any Holiday
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes 
Loves Rubber Stamps – Pink and Girly
STAMPlorations – Stamps and Inks
Cheery Lynn Designs – Anything Goes
In the Pink – Pink and Pearlie 
Vintage Journey – Love is in the Air
My Sheri Crafts – Valentine’s Day  

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Valentine’s Treat Bags + DIY Rosettes Tutorial

I’m glad to be able to share a DIY tutorial on a couple of pretty Valetine’s treat bags I created! Ann Butler Designs’ products were key during the process of making these projects I’m showing you today!

Supplies
Stamps: Colorbox Background Basics by Ann Butler – Basket 1 and Picnic 1
Inks: Colorbox Crafter’s Inks by Ann Butler in Sunshine, Colorbox Crafter’s Inks in Bark and Snow
Tools: Colorbox Color Blender, Westcott Titanium Bonded Trimmer and Titatium Non-stick Scissors. WRM Gift Bag Punch Board
Velcro Mini Fasteners – Round 3/8″ Dots
Adhesives: Ad-Tech Crafter’s Tape, Bazic two sided tape and foam tape, Uhu silicone glue
Enviromental Technologies Easy Cast Resin and Easy Mold Silicone Putty
Embellishments: White tulle, SU linen thread, Lara’s Crafts jute twine, gold vintage button, handmade resin flower, staple, mini tag
Paper: Leather textured cardstock

I absolutely love the final look of these pretty treat bags, but for them to look like this I had to create every single thing from scratch. That’s right! The embellishments, the bags themselves were all made from scratch! To see my step by step tutorial click HERE.

I have certainly been inspired to create pretty Valentine’s projects lately, especially for friends and family. I also like to make projects in non-traditional Valentine’s colors. In this particular ocassion I was also inspired by a nice blog hop and challenge being hosted by Latina Crafter!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and tutorial! Have a nice and creative weekend!

I’m sharing my projects with:
Moving Along with Times – Button It
The Cheerful Stamp Pad – Valentine
All Crafts Challenge – Anything but a Card
Crafty Cardmakers – Something Old (cardstock), something new (stamps)
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes
Latina Crafter – Blog Hop Party Favors con Amor

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Start where you are…

Today I have an unexpected design to share with you… I went CAS for this week’s challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such: Winter Birds. I’m enjoying the cooler weather, but thankfully we only get rain. For all of you whose towns have been covered with snow, I hope you’re staying warm and creative! So let me inspire you a bit with my clean and simple Winter card.

I die cut a card base with Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A. I created a scene on the actual card front with Penny Black’s Tweet Tweet stamp set. I used Memento ink for the lilac branches and heat embossed the bird on the branch with Gold detail embossing powder from Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle. I also heat embossed a wonderful sentiment from Cas-ual Fridays Stamps called Breathe… What a encouraging sentiment!

As you can see I sprayed the card with lilac and gold. The lilac drops and sprays were done with a DIY Distress Ink spray I made using Shaded Lilac Re-Inker and water mixed in a Empty Spritzer Bottle. I also used Inka Gold in Yellow Gold mixed with water, which I applied tapping a brush.Yes, it is a bit of a mixed media card! I want to point out that I used a mask to keep the sprays and stamps within the frame shape.

I die cut a window from a pierced matting layer with Labels Twenty-Five, one of my favorite classic label shapes from Spellbinders, and Our Daily Bread Designs Flourish Star Pattern, respectively. I adhered the frame to the stamped card base with double pieces of mounting tape to give extra dimension to it.

I finished my clean design with three Baby Rhinestones – Silver and a piece of gold cording. I didn’t want to add a regular bow to the card so I created a nice flow, threading the gold cording through the frame and adhering it with a tiny drop of Uhu all purpose adhesive (silicone glue).

I hope you like my card and feel motivated to join our challenge at Classy Cards ‘n Such! Remember that the supplies used can be found here, and you can get 10% off your purchase using my code Gracie-10.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Stay creative!

I’d like to submit my card to:
7 Kids College Fund – Anything Goes / Let it Snow

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

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Shabby Asters Bouquet + Tutorial – ODBDSLC223

Every third week of the month Our Daily Bread Designs will host an inspiration challenge. In this occasion our inspiration photo for the challenge is a gorgeous shabby chic image, with colors, patterns and textures that you will enjoy working with!

Supplies
Aster dies
Fancy Foliage dies
Beautiful Borders dies
Doily dies
Mini Tag dies
Mini Tag Sentiments
Flourished Star Pattern

I created a shabby chic mixed media card with lot’s of texture and elements that resemble those from the inspiration photo. To create the background:

1. Die cut a pierced matting layer using ODBD’s Flourished Star Pattern.
2. Use a stencil to add embossing paste. I mixed a drop of Distress re-inker in Spun Sugar to a bit of Dreamweaver Pearlescent paste.
3. Cut pieces of drywall tape (from the hardware store) roughly and adhere to the card as desired.
4. Apply Distress Ink Spray in Peeled Paint to opposite corners of the layer.
5. Add a piece of patterned paper and a die cut border from ODBD’s Beautiful Borders across the center of the layer.

I love to make handmade flowers and this time I had the opportunity to create some beautiful China Asters using ODBD’s Asters and Leaves. Here is one of the pictures that inspired me to make these full Aster blooms using this die set.

To make these flowers:

1. Die cut all three sizes of Aster dies multiple times from white cardstock. You will need three of each size to create a full flower.
2. Using a round nose plier roll each petal inwards very lightly so you don’t rip the cardstock.
3. Glue the different flowers’ layers one on top of the other using Tacky glue. Remember to use at least three of each size.
4. Color each flower with Distress Ink sprays and Perfect Pearls Mists. I used soft colors like Spun Sugar, Peeled Paint and Biscotti. Re-spray if needed. I applied more color to the center of the flowers to make them look more organic.
5. Next, apply heat using a heat tool to help the flowers curl inwards and dry them also.
6. Embellish flowers with pearls.

I arranged a pretty bouquet with the finished flowers. I die cut a doily using ODBD’s Doily as a base to attach the flowers and different leaves I die cut with ODBD’s Fancy Foliage. I adhered the doily to the right of the card, cutting it partially to remove the piece remainding outside of the layer.

I stamped a sentiment from ODBD’s Mini Tag Sentiments and die cut it using it’s coordinating die set Mini Tags. I also die cut a pretty heart shaped tag. I added a linen thread around both mini tags and attached the to one side of the bouquet. To finish the card I added pretty rhinestones to the leaves and adhered the finished layer to a second white mat and finally to a pink card base.

I hope you liked today’s card and tutorial! I think this would be a lovely card to give to a friend on Valentine’s! I’m also sharing my Snapguide tutorial with you below, which you can share and pin if you want to.

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To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC223 or to join the challenge click here. You have until January 25, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

I also invite you to visit my talented teammates’ blogs to see what they created for the challenge. You will be inspired for sure!

Robin Diana Elizabeth DJ RantsChris 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I’m sharing my card with:
In the Pink – Anything Goes
Scrap-Creations – Favorite Embellishment (flowers)
Creative Card Crew – Shabby Chic
Inky Chics – Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly – Get in Shape (diamonds, hearts, oval, etc.)
Party Time Tuesdays – Anythings Goes

Craft Hoarders Anonymous – Choose your Challenge
Stamplorations – Stamps and Inks
(Ink sprays, linen thread, mixed media & die cuts, embossing, flowers & bling -pearls-)
Creative Colors – Challenge #28

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For YOU with love

Happy Monday! I have the privilege to share a card I made just for fun today, and I say privilege because I don’t always have the time to make an extra card. I have been experimenting with different materials to create organic looking embellishments. My last card featured a DIY rosette embellishment made of a very common every day material. I will have a tutorial on that this week, so stay tuned and join me on Friday for all the details on that project made for Ann Butler Designs! Then tomorrow you’ll see a mixed media card I created for this week’s challenge at ODBD, featuring a product found at the hardware store that I used to add texture to the card. There will be another complete tutorial on that project also! But today, I bring you a card featuring one of my deepest paper crafting obsessions… Handmade flowers! I experimented with crepe paper! Yes, that’s right, the one used for party decorations.

I had this idea of using crepe paper to try a new look for my infamous Spellbinders Rose Creations die cuts… Well, my gut was right and I think my flowers resulted beautiful, full of texture and somewhat organic looking. But again, that is MY opinion… What do you think?

Supplies 
Dies: Spellbinders – Rose Creations, Mary Border Strip, A2 Matting Basics. ODBD – Fancy Foliage, Beautiful Borders, Flourished Star Pattern. Docrafts Xcut – Leafy Flourishes. Marianne Creatables – Key. Cheery Lynn Designs – English Tea Party
Stamps: Avery Elle – Simple Tags, Everyday. ColorBox Background Basics by Ann Butler – Picnic 1
Inks: ColorBox Paintbox (Heliotrope and Pink). Ranger – Distress Ink Sprays in Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar, Dylussions White Linen Ink Spray. Ann Butler’s Crafter’s Ink in Aquamarine
Tools: Zap! heat tool, Westcott titanium paper trimmer, Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Adhesives: Beacon’s Tacky Glue, Bazic two sided tape, Bazic two sided foam tape
Embellishments – Stampin’ Up Jewels Basic Rhinestones
Miscelaneous
Textured cardstock in white, aquamarine and pink

Craft metal (silver backing)
Vellum
Crepe Paper

I’m really into mixed media cards lately, and I love the watercolored look of these flowers, paired with the incredible texture created by the die cut background (made with the NEW Spellbinders Mary Border Strip) and the use of sprays and ink. I was inspired by two challenges: The always fun Mod Squad Challenge hosted now by the talented Joyce Erb with a beautiful and peculiar color combination, Purple and Teal; and, Cardabilities with these great sketch:

Recently I’ve been thinking of my old days as a singer. Incredibly music still means the world to me, though I don’t sing anymore (in public that is). I do love to sing along to Youtube videos and personal playlists, but that’s about it now a days. Anyways, while I was making this card I recalled that one of the last photos taken of me while singing has the color palette of this challenge. Turns out I used to WEAR these colors back in the day!

Then while I was writing this post I stumbled across a love song I used to listen to around the time this picture was taken. Again, the song too has the color, sweetness and fresh lyrics that I think can be translated to the feel and sentiment of this card, so I am going to share it with you too! Valentine’s day is approaching so why not? Yes, it’s that kind of rainy day today!

As you may be able to tell a piece of my heart goes into every card I make, and I take my time until I feel it conveys the energy present in me. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Be inspired to try out new things and express yourself as much as you can through all the artistic things you do, little and large!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a creative week!

I’m submitting this card to:
Mod Squad Challenge – Purple and Teal
Cardabilities – Sketch #115
Cheery Lynn Designs – Add a Heart (gridded pink heart stamped on banner)

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Textured Clay Leaves – Ann Butler Designs

I’m delighted to be back with a new card for Ann Butler Designs. I love the versatility of Ann’s Faux Quilting rubber stamps and also her Crafter’s Inks, so I decided to use the stamps to add texture to clay leaves and the inks to color them too.

TUTORIAL
I have a step by step tutorial on Ann Butler Design’s blog! Click here to check it out!

Other
Avery Elle – Flower die
Fancy Pants Designs – Burlaps & Bouquets
Textured cardstocks in light yellow and white
Vellum
Large Pearl stickers

I adhered 4 of the leaves around a couple of cute flowers. I also colored the flowers, and the round white layer to which I added the bouquet, with Crafter’s Inks in Berry and Sunshine. The Berry ink once combined with the yellow, became a nice, soft peach. The colors blended nicely giving the cardstock a dégradé effect! I used a piece of green patterned paper that goes along perfectly with the leaves and extends the texture and green tones to the card base.

This little squared card was finished with a heat embossed Spanish sentiment on a vellum banner.

I hope you liked my card! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Butterfly Canvases with Cottonwood Arts

This month Sin City Stamps partnered with Cottonwood Arts. I love CA’s canvases and I’ve enjoyed making projects with them during the last months. Let’s take a look at a set of butterfly canvases I presented separately, but that were designed to go together as a set.

I used a stamp set called Love of Butterflies on both projects. It’s a plate of rubber you can find on Sin City Stamps store!

There are step by step tutorials available for both canvases. Visit my snapguide page or Sin City Stamps blog to check them out!

Hope you are inspired to get some Cottonwood Arts canvases or journals to try out some mixed media projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by!