Monday, March 27, 2017

Pink and Burgundy Hugs


I've always liked a combination of pinks and burgundy, so when I saw this card by Donna Ellis,  I knew it was time to make a card with these colors.

After cutting the largest petal of the Perfect Peony set three times  (for each flower), I inked the edges with Aged Mahogany distress ink then applied some glue and very fine glitter to the edges.  I did the same with the tiniest petal die in the set for the flower centers.  I rolled the back side of the petals with a stylus then turned them over and pressed real hard in the centers with a large stylus.

Here's a close-up of the flower:


The base of the card is the largest die in the SW Ornate Pierced Rectangles.  I folded a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 pink paper in half then placed the cut line of the die so it was hanging over the fold of the card, leaving a complete card base with front and back attached to each other at the fold.  The card fits perfectly into an envelope that measures 8 3/4 x 5 3/4.

Products Used:  Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Rectangles, Sue Wilson Perfect Peony Complete Petals, Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Leaves, Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection - St. Lucia,  Technique Tuesday Say It Hugs, Creative Craft Essentials Basket Weave EF


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sue Wilson Butterfly Frame


I saw this Sue Wilson Butterfly Frame die (CED7105) used on a gorgeous card by Donna Ellis.   Here is Donna's card, which mine can't even compare to:





 I wasn't sure the die would cut through glitter paper seeing how it is such an intricate die but after talking to Donna I was pretty convinced it would.

This is what the entire die set looks like:


After being stumped for hours with what I could put in the center square of the die, I ended up using the butterfly die that comes in the set.  This is such a pretty die; I know I have to try to make another card with it on a day when I have more MOJO.

The "Butterfly Kisses" stamp is from Frantic Stamper.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Easter Iris


My favorite Irises in my garden are the ones that have a combination of lilac and purple petals and a touch of yellow in the veins.  I used the Penny Black Pure Iris (40-332) Slapstick Cling stamp and colored it with a variety of water based markers which I spritzed with just a little water.

The "Easter Wishes" is an older Stampin' Up stamp from a set.


Thanks for stopping by -- Ann



Friday, March 24, 2017

Magnolia Rhapsody


The Magnolia trees in our area all lost their beautiful buds during the nor'easter last week.  We won't be seeing any of the beautiful tulip-like blooms nor smell the fragrance they give off this year.

Even though this stamp I used on my card is called Magnolia Rhapsody by Penny Black, it doesn't come very close to replacing the magnificent blooms of a real Magnolia tree.  Sorry this post is on the sad side, but I look out at our Magnolia tree every day and see the wilted brown buds that were just a day away from blooming when the weather turned cold.  On the other hand, we do have our Forsythia bush that is full of yellow blooms.

Items used:  Penny Black Magnolia Rhapsody, Sue Wilson Pacific Ocean Collection background die, Penny Black Sentiment Collection clear stamp set

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sue Wilson Hollywood and Exquisite Poppy


I found these Memory Box Open Studio Distressed Windham Collage dies difficult to use on a card in the sense that I wanted two for corners but then didn't know what to place in the center of the card.  I decided to use the Sue Wilson Californian Collection Hollywood and put an Exquisite Poppy from the Sue Wilson Collection in the center of it.

The fun part of this card was making the poppy.  I cut two of the largest die in the set (but should have cut 3), and two of the next size smaller.  I saw a video where if you wet the petals and roll them tightly, let them dry partially and then unroll them, they will have all the roll lines dried into them.  This worked wonderfully; I really liked how the petals turned out:


Wet the petals and roll them tightly, unroll once they are partially dry but not all the way.


Stack the petals, adhering them alternately so the petals are staggered.


Fill with a poppy center from the same die set.




Products used:  Sue Wilson Californian Collection Hollywood, SW Exquisite Poppy, SW Californian Collection Basic Frames Set A (CED1103), Memory Box Open Studio Distressed Windham Collage 




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hero Arts Leafy Vine Stamp in Purple

Two cards that I made with the Hero Arts Leafy Vine stamp; one heat embossed with a dark purple embossing powder and the second with a light lavender embossing powder:





I've been making a few cards using both the Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Rectangles (frame) and the Hero Arts Leafy Vine Stamp but wanted to do a purple card this time, thus today's cards.

For card 1 I simply heat embossed the dark purple embossing powder that I sprinkled on some white card stock and adhered some purple Recollections flowers from my stash.

For card two, I stamped the stamp on watercolor paper and heat embossed with some lavender embossing powder.  Then I inked the background with some chic aubergine ink and brushed on a layer of Ceram Coat Sparkle Glaze.

The Sue Wilson Dandelion Clock flower was cut on white paper and covered with Creative Expressions Amethyst Metallic gilding wax.  Here's a closer look at the flower:


Items used:  Hero Arts Leafy Vines stamp, Creative Expressions Dandelion Clocks, CE Ornate Pierced Rectangles, CE Amethyst Metallic gilding wax, Cosmic Shimmer Chic Aubergine Colour Cloud Blending Ink, Ceram Coat Sparkle Glaze, Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourish, Elizabeth Craft Designs Big Triple Leaf, Lavender ZING embossing powder

Monday, March 20, 2017

Penny Black Poppy Pattern

This is the card that was a result of my first attempt using the Penny Black Poppy Pattern stamp:


In a previous blog post, I explained how I learned from my mistakes when watercoloring with stamps.  I had not let the red ink dry before applying the black ink centers to the flowers, causing the black to run into the red.  Easy fix for this card was just to adhere a butterfly on top of the flower with the most black runoff.

Items used:  Penny Black Poppy Pattern, Frantic Stamper Monarch Butterfly, Sue Wilson Stitched Lattice Frames.