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Everythings Blooming Honeybee Step Fold Card

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Annette Green’s Everythings Blooming Layered Honeybee Step Card with Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello, Friend!  This cute Everythings Blooming Layered Honeybee Step Card is another sample I made with Annette Green’s new Elizabeth Craft Designs release.  Oh, I am having so much fun with these stamps and dies.  This time I’ve paired the beautiful Layered Honeybee up with the Lace Borders and Postage Stamps Frame and the Honeybee Clear Acrylic Stamps.  I thought it would be fun to show them off on a fancy fold card…so I did!

I began by adapting the standard 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ step fold card base to measure 7″ x 5″.  (Yes, it took some mathing.)  The Layered Honeybee has a kraft cardstock base, patterned paper and vellum wings.  I added “pollen” to his body (he’s a very busy honeybee) with Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter Glue and Scattered Straw Distress Glitter.  The cute flowers are made with the flower dies that come in the set, as is the honeycomb background layer.

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Next I die cut a Small Doily and stamped the Honeybee Clear Acrylic Stamps Label on patterned cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.  Heat emboss the stamped image with Clear Embossing Powder, then color in the flowers.  Brush the edges lightly with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  Now you can mat the stamped label in the center of the small doily.

Add some mustard seeds inside your die cut honeycomb for extra texture and whimsy.  And don’t forget to add Lace Borders to the step folds!  This really helps them to stand out.

A Peek Inside

I’ve used the lace borders inside the card as well. I really like the detail they add to the card.  To make the cute tuck spot, adhere just the bottom edge of the flower basket to your card base.  Now you can tuck the cute tag behind it and add a sentiment to the back.

I’m having such a good time finding different ways to use this wonderful release.  Honeybees are a favorite of mine, so I especially enjoyed making this project.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Everythings Blooming Layered Bird Projects

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Annette Green’s Everythings Blooming Layered Bird Projects for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello, Friends!  I’m still having loads of fun with Annette Green’s Everythings Blooming Layered Bird, Small Doilies and Stemmed Flowers.  These new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs are so much fun to play with.  Today I’m pairing the dies up with Fancy Pants Honey and Bee. These cute Boho style papers make great playmates for the dies.

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Here’s a look at the 5×7 topfold card I made using these supplies as well as some simple crafty tips you can use.

  • First, keep the card design simple so that these detailed dies can take center stage. By keeping the busier floral pattern in the background and the simpler wood grain pattern in the foreground, these cute birds really pop off the page.
  • Next, die cut the bird bodies from plain kraft cardstock.  this gives you a great base to build your layers on.
  • Cut the wings and details from patterned paper to create a whimsical, boho style birdie.
  • Place foam tabs or dots between the layers to add extra dimension.
  • Place one wing in front of the bird’s body and the other behind for even more dimension.

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Stemmed Flowers Tips and Tricks

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  • Die cut stemmed flowers from 4 different shades of cardstock.  I used a dark grey to match the base of my card, a light grey for contrast, a pale petal pink for the flowers, and a deep rose pink for contrast.  I picked these colors up from the flowers in the paper pack.
  • Stagger the flower layers when gluing them together to create a shadow effect.
  • Keep out some leafy foliage to tuck in behind the birds.
  • Tie the two birds together by placing the doily between them.  You can fill the center of the doily with a shaker frame, or use a sentiment as I did here.
  • Black rhinestones work well for the eyes, and as little pops of color when scattered around the card.
A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is really fun because of the pretty blank sentiment area and the roomy pocket.  Do you spy the Lace Border at the top of the pocket?  That’s also from Everythings Blooming.

Oh, look!  There’s another fun button flower tag made with Everythings Blooming Playful Flowers, Stamps and the Fancy Flourish Die.  I told you these dies are versatile!  The stamps are such fun to use in a mixed media background, too.

I made this tag using the same techniques that I demonstrated in THIS YouTube video tutorial. Simply change out the color palette to go with your papers and you are all set.

Tuck a teabag in to a cute wallet made from your scraps.  Or , you could easily tuck in a gift card, if you prefer.  Either way, you’ve just created a great gift!

Layered Bird Tag “Just for Fun”

Since I already had a big mess out on my desk, I decided to use my leftover inks on another little tag.  This is a G45 Square Laser Cut Tag.  I don’t think they are making these any more, but I had one in my stash.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the tag held up under all  the inking and stamping.

If you’re intimidated at starting a big mixed media project, I highly recommend starting with a little tag like this.  It’s a non-threatening way to practice your techniques!

I’m off now to our youngest granddaughter’s 8th birthday party.  How she turned 8 so quickly is beyond me!  I hope you all have a restful and restorative Sunday afternoon.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Everythings Blooming Mixed Media Tutorial

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Everythings Blooming Mixed Media Tutorial for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello, Friends!  Instead of our usual Throwback Thursday, today I have a step by step Everythings Blooming Mixed Media Tutorial to share with you.  Once again, we’re playing with goodies from Annette Green’s new collection from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I thought you might enjoy seeing how to use the stamps and dies to create a mixed media project for a junk journal, card, mini album or wall hanging.  Sound good?

We’ll be playing with the fabulous Playful Flowers Dies again today as I show you how to create this button flower.  But we’ll also be using stamps from the Happy, Bloom and Honeybee sets as well as the Everyday Words,  Fancy Flourishes and Lace Borders Dies.

Do you like playing with Distress Inks?  Well, the first step in this Everythings Blooming Mixed Media tutorial is building an inky background with Distress Oxide Inks.  It’s loads of fun, and a great tool to have in our toolbox.

It’s been a while since I took on a mixed media project of this size (about 5″ x 7″) and I really had a good time.

So grab  your Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet, put on an apron and get ready to make a glorious inky mess with me!

Did you have fun?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

 Cheerio,

kathy

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Introducing Everythings Blooming by Annette Green

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Introducing Everythings Blooming by Annette Green with Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello, Friends!  Today I have the honor of introducing Everythings Blooming by Annette Green.  Annette and I formed a friendship when we were both special projects designers for Graphic 45.  She’s  such a fun person, and incredibly talented.   I’m so excited to announce that Annette has just released her very first collection of dies and stamps with Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Even better, Annette has invited me to join her design team.  What fun!

This new collection is called Everythings Blooming. It’s loaded with 10 lovely die sets and 3 sets of stamps.  I was immediately drawn to the Playful Flowers and Large Doilies dies.  Since our newlywed daughter and her husband have just moved into their first home, I decided to make them a little housewarming gift featuring these fun dies.

How to Shape 3-D Everythings Blooming Playful Flowers

These layered flowers are really versatile!  You can layer them flat, which is very pretty.  Or, you can take them 3-D as I did here.

  • First, die cut the flowers from white cardstock. I used the 3 petal flowers with the heart shaped petals, the pierced petals and the solid petals.  Cut 3 of each.
  • Next, swipe Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink on your craft sheet.  Spritz with water until little beads of color form.
  • Now place your flower layers into the inky puddle and tap gently for a second or two. Flip the flower layer so that you can add ink to the back side as well. You can repeat this process until you’ve achieved the color you desire.
  • Next, gently heat dry the flowers with your heat gun, or leave them to dry on their own.
  • Gently shape the backs of the flower layers with a ball stylus to slightly round them.
  • Stack the three shaped layers together with the pierced layer in the back, the solid layer in the center and the heart shaped layer at the front.
  • Use a dab of hot glue between the layers, and before  you add the second layer, place some pretty flower stamens in the hot glue.
  • Once the layers are all stacked, you can kind of pinch the outer edges to pouf out the flowers.
  • Lightly brush or spatter with diluted ivory chalk paint and brush the top and sides with Picked Raspberry distress ink.
The Shaker Frame

The Large Doilies are a perfect choice for shaker frames!  Simply die cut clear cardstock (acetate sheets) with a circle die and adhere to the back of the doily.  Add three layers of 1/8″ foam strips and you’ve got a super cute shaker frame!

A Peek Inside

I added a little pocket inside the card, then tucked in a cute magnet made with one of the 4×6 cards from the paper collection.

Such a sweet sentiment to hang on the fridge, don’t you agree?

More Playful Flowers

Because I was having so much fun with these dies, I decided to make another card. These dimensional flowers are made with the same process I used for the first card.  Aren’t they cheery?  I layered in some of the Stemmed Flowers to fill out my bow cluster.

Do you like the shaker frame?  It’s made with the Everythings Blooming Postage Stamps Dies. They are perfect for shaker frames!  I also made a cute bee tag with the Honeybee and Happy Stamp sets.  The “hello” greeting is die cut from the Everyday Words dies.  Each word has a solid shadow layer, which makes it very easy to add the sentiment to the project.

Let’s talk about that sweet layered border, shall we?  This is made by die cutting two layers with the Lace Borders Dies.  The bottom layer is solid color cardstock and the top is patterned paper.  Stagger the layers when you glue them together to achieve this fun look.

What’s Inside?

You  knew there had to be a pocket, didn’t you?

I tucked in a sweet little tea wallet, tea bag, honey stick, bookmark and a blank circular sentiment panel.

I will be back on Saturday with more fun Everythings Blooming samples.  The dies are shipping out to stores now, and should be available in April.  I’ll provide links in the supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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