Monday, October 18, 2021

Eileen Hull's Chapter 4 Dies - Heart Mandala used for a Pocket Posy

Today I have a card to share using Eileen Hulls new Heart Mandala die from Sizzix.
And instead of using it as a full Mandala, I cut it in half, folded the edges in and made a sweet Pocket Posy!
Here's a brief view of how I made my pocket posy.  I die cut the Heart Mandala and cut it in half 
(so now I can make two pocket posies!)
I scored the inside edge of the outside panels and folded them in, creasing with a bone folder making sure the centers lined up neatly.
I sprayed the pocket with Speckled Egg Ranger Distress Oxide Spray, inside and outside. 
 I use a pizza box lined with computer paper whenever I spray something to help contain the spray!
I die cut flowers and leaves from Designer Paper using Eileen's older Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Die set.
I adhered the back of the pocket to a square of the same DPI used for the flowers.  I layered the flowers with foam dots to make them dimensional.  I adhered the flowers and leaves inside the pocket and tied it closed with a piece a twine, hiding the knot behind a little punched heart.  I added Teal Crystals to the centers.  I adhered the whole thing to a card base cut with an older Noted:Scalloped Square die from Papertrey Ink.  I splattered gold over the card using a fine tip paint marker taping it with a plastic ruler.

This card measures 3 3/4" x3 5/8".
I think it would make a lovely card for a birthday, get well or just saying hello!

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Paper:  White Linen - Ellen Hutson, DP Craft Papers Ink Drops Earth - Craft Consortium.
Accessories:  Heart Mandala Die, Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Noted: Scalloped Square Die - Papertrey Ink,  Speckled Egg Ranger Distress Oxide Spray, Fine Tip Gold Paint Marker - Top Notch, foam dots, heart Punch - McGill, Brown Twine, Teal Crystals - Prima

Friday, October 15, 2021

May Your Season Sparkle!

 Today I'm here with my reminder card for the October CAS Christmas Card Challenge which is to use red and grey.

I used glitter paper in red and silver (that's grey right?!) for the die cuts on my design, with grey stenciled snowflakes in the sky.

I die cut the oval using a Petite Oval Nestability out of silver glitter paper for my frozen lake, then l adhered it to my card base and stenciled lightly above the oval using Tim's mini snowflake stencil from Stampers Anonymous using a blender brush and Limestone Ink from Altenew.

I die cut the skater out of both red and silver glitter card stock.  I cut the hands and hat off the silver die cut (accept for the pom pom which I left red!) and glued the pieces over the red skater.  I popped the skater over the ice with foam dots.  The sentiment and sentiment strip die are from Taylored Expressions.

You have until 10/24 to get your CAS Red and Grey creation linked up over at the CAS Christmas Card Challenge -  hope to see you there!

Stamps: Simple Strips: Christmas - Taylored Expressions
Paper: White - PTI, Silver and Red from Glitter Pad - Michaels.
Ink: True Black - PTI, Limestone - Altenew
Accessories: Mini Snowflake Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Annonymous, Petite Oval Die - Nestabilities, Thin Ice Thinlit Die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Simple Strips Die - Taylored Expressions, foam dots, blender brush.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

A Fun Day Pressing Plants!

 I checked out the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge this month and got so excited about it I made a plethora of cards.  Hostess Bonnie's  challenge is Botanical Prints -  to gather leaves, flowers, stems etc from your garden and then press them with your Big Shot or gel press them etc.  Bonnie has links to several videos for different techniques.

So my first card was made using a leaf stem from one of my Astilbe plants - long past bloom but the leaves are still green

I put the stem between two pieces of water color paper and ran it through my Vagabond.  The first card is more CAS and I'm linking this one to the challenge.  This is the print gotten from the back side of the stem and pressed much lighter than the panel that was over the front of the stem (see 2nd card)

I added a stamped sentiment panel up on foam dots, 3 green enamel dots and splatter - using a gold Paint Marker.

My second card uses the front panel of watercolor paper that was laid on top of the face up stem,  It gave a much darker imprint.  I die cut this panel with Ship Lap Builder from the Greetery, layered it over a piece of DP from Ink Drops/Earth paper pad from Craft Consortium..  The ship lap die adds woodgrain texture to the panels and they are popped up on foam dots.  I stamped the sentiment on a strip of water color paper in brown ink and splattered the panel  with the same gold Paint Marker I used above.
For my next card I pressed 2 geranium leaves and a few red single petals that were left on the geranium.  These leaves pressed very lightly on both front and back panels and the petals were very watery and ran across the panels.   I stamped Quinn and Hearts Mini from Lavinia over the pressing using my Misti to get good coverage over the water color paper, and added splatter using a Purple POSCA Ink fine tip pen.  I stamped the sentiment from Heart Felt Verses from Lavinia on a strip of watercolor paper and used it as a seat/grounding for Quinn.  I added Clear Glitter Wink of Stella to her wings but you can't really see the sparkle in the photo.
And finally,  another press from two geranium leaves and a full red geranium blossom - funny how it turns purple when pressed!  I die cut the panel with Nordic Circles from the Greetery, I layered the outside piece over a white card base with foam tape and adhered the pressed circle inside.  I splattered the card with a Purple POSCA ink pen and added the stamped sentiment on a die cut strip up on foam dots.
What a fun day I had in my craft room pressing these leaves and petals from my garden -  now I'm going back in to try out the gel press technique shown over at the challenge.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Giving Thanks with an Autumn Posy Pocket

I'm into Thanksgiving mode already making some things for my church fair and also to sell in a local shop where I have a booth.  I totally CASED Betsy Veldman's post over at The Greetery showing this sweet Autumn posy heart.   But, instead of having my posy a stand alone and opening up, I glued all the wheat and leaf stems inside, glued the heart closed and adhered it to a die cut circle and looped a piece of twine through the top so it could be hung up. I also added a fall leaf to the front behind the sentiment. I absolutely love how these came out!

The circle is 4" in diameter and this fits into a regular A2 envelope for mailing with plenty of room on the back of the die cut circle to write a message.

Everything is from The Greetery - Posy Pocket Dies, Boxwood Heart Details dies, Botanicuts: Wheat diesBotanicuts: Mighty Oak dies, Botanicuts:  Palm dies and Nordic Circles dies accept for the sentiment which is Mini Strips Harvest stamps and Mini Strips Die both from Taylored Expressions.

There was a lot of die cutting involved in making these - so I made eight of them while I had all the materials out with various sentiments from the Mini Harvest Strip Stamp set - all for the Thanksgiving season.
I assembled them while watching TV at night!
Everything is cut out of white card stock and then inked with Distress Inks 
(accept for the circle which is cut out of Canyon Clay card stock.

I'm linking my Autumn Posy card to:

Stamps: Mini Strips - Harvest - Taylored Expressions.
Ink: Ranger Distress - Gathered Twigs and Scattered Straw for wheat, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hings, Wild Honey for the pocket, Wild Honey, Fired Brick, Walnut Stain and Antique Linen for the stems, Cocoa Bean - Papertrey Ink
Paper: White, Canyon Clay, Vintage Cream - PTI
Accessories: Dies: Posy Pockets, Boxwood Heart Details, Botanicuts Wheat, Botanicuts: Mighty Oak, Botanicuts - Palm, Nordic Circles - The Greetery, Mini Strips Die - Taylored Expressions, brown and grey colored pencils for detail on wheat, natural twine.