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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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How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower

How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower with Spellbinders Victorian Garden

Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to show you how to make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower.  If you’re lucky enough to live in a region where  magnolias trees grow, then you understand what a treasure they are. These showy, oversized, fragrant blossoms are true Southern Belles! When we had our magnolia tree, I used to pluck the blossoms and float them in shallow bowls of water.  The soft fragrance filled the house, and the beauty of that enormous blossom added a sense of grace to the home.  Picking the leaves up from the yard every day was not as wonderful, but the flowers were so beautiful, we forgave the tree for making all that mess!

Project #1: Eyelet Lace Frame Top Fold Card

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Spellbinders has just released a new set of Susan’s Garden etched dies called Victorian Garden.  I shared some Mason Jar & Lavender and Victorian Tea Cup projects made with these amazing dies over the weekend.  Today we’ll be working with the Southern Magnolia and Southern Foliage Dies.

Creating paper flowers is a very relaxing and rewarding pursuit.   I’ve put together a Make & Take Tuesday tutorial showing you how I colored, shaped and layered these elements so you can have fun, too!

Here’s a peek inside my first card.  Both cards are made with Simple Stories Weathered Garden papers, but you can use whatever papers you have in your stash.

Project #2: Southern Magnolia and Foliage Easel Card

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The second sample I have for you today is this botanical easel card. One of the things I love about this particular flower is that you only need to add one blossom to dress up a card.  I’ve layered this one with some of the Victorian foliage and dressed it up with a Reneabouquet’s butterfly.

TIP:  Add a pocket to the interior of your easel card.  This gives you a place to tuck in a gift card or a treat and it also doubles as a brake for the easel mechanism.

I created a little chocolate wallet to hold a tasty treat, and I added a blank sentiment card to finish things off.

How to Make a Southern Magnolia Paper Flower Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I colored, shaped and layered my magnolias and foliage, then please enjoy this video tutorial on YouTube.

I hope you feel inspired to try your hand at making these lovely blooms.  If so, you’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations September 2022 Alumni Hop

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Heartfelt Creations September 2022 Alumni Hop: Autumn Flowers Urn

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations September 2022 Alumni Hop!  The hop starts  here and continues until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday,  October 3rd.  At that time, we will select a randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog to receive a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card!  A winner for a second $25 gift card will be selected from comments left on the Heartfelt Creations blog.  So along with all kinds of crafty inspiration, you have the opportunity to win one of TWO $25 gift cards this weekend!

Please make sure you leave your first and last name in your comments.  The two winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and FACEBOOK page on Wednesday, October 5th.  If you are one of the lucky winners, please claim your prize within 72 hours by contacting socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us. Please write “Winner of the September Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Now, are you ready to hop?

Floral Shoppe Autumn Flowers Urn

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What do you do when you have an extra handmade flower or two left over from a project?  Do you ever think to use them in a mixed flower arrangement? The Floral Shoppe Urn is a wonderful way to display those floral “extras.”  I had a few die cut leaves, a few sunflowers, and a small collection of previously stamped Floral Fillers stashed away in plastic boxes.  So putting this lovely fall floral arrangement together was a snap!

TIP: Die cut your floral urn from the Floral Shoppe paper pad.  Then customize it by inking up the matching stamp with clear embossing ink.  Use the die as a template to help you line the stamp up with the die cut image.  Now heat emboss with some Frayed Burlap Distress Embossing Powder to make the details look 3-D.  Finish the urn by sponging on some Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  This gives the urn a wonderful aged appearance that pops off the card.

Die Cut Your Background

Create a lacy die cut background for your card with the Simply Elegant Centerpiece Die.  Here’s how to make the die fit on a 5″ x 7″ card base.

  • First, stitch 2 layers of patterned paper onto a 5″ x 7″ panel of copper metallic paper.
  • Next, die cut the Simply Elegant Centerpiece from white cardstock.
  • Now, cut the die cut carefully in half.  Adhere one half near the bottom of the card base and the other near the top.
  • You will have a 1″ gap between the two die cut halves.  Fill this space in with a strip of copper cardstock wrapped with a complementary shade of ribbon.
  • Now use foam tape to adhere the sides and bottom of your urn to the card base.  Fill it with flowers and your job is done!
A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside of your card with the center piece of the die cut.  Cut this carefully in half and adhere as seen in the photo.

Create a pocket on the bottom half of your card and tuck in a little notecard/gift card wallet.

Add a fall tea bag and a honey stick.  Now your card is a gift!  You can also tuck a gift card inside if you wish.

On With the Hop!

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave some sweet words behind.  This enters you into the drawing for the first $25 gift card.

Finish up the hop over on the Heartfelt Creations blog where you’ll find a wonderful tutorial waiting for you.  Leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for the SECOND $25 gift card.

Here’s the complete Alumni Blog Hop List:

Kathy (You are HERE)  ♥ Bozena  Alissa GloriaLynn  ♥ LisaVicki  ♥ Heartfelt Creations  ♥

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

To leave a comment, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post and add your comment.  Or, click on the “REPLY” link below the title of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations September 2021 Alumni Blog Hop

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Heartfelt Creations September 2021 Alumni Blog Hop: Rustic Sunflowers

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations September 2021 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here and finishes up over on the Heartfelt Creations Blog.  and runs until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, September 27th, 2021.

At that time a randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card.

Heartfelt Creations will be giving away a second $25 gift card chosen randomly from the comments left on their blog.

Winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The winner has 72 hours to claim the prize by emailing socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.com. Please write “Winner of the September 2021 Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Rustic Sunflowers

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Sunflowers and fall seem to go together, don’t they?  For my inspiration piece, I’ve created a 7″ x 5″ top fold card folio featuring the Rustic Sunflowers paper pad and dies. Here’s how to create the card base.

  • First, trim an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of chocolate brown cardstock to measure 7″ x 10 1/2″.
  • Then score the long side of the cardstock at 5″, 5 1/2″ .
  • Now fold along the score lines to create a top fold card with a 1/2″ spine.
  • Next, line the inside of the card with patterned papers.  (See photos below.)
  • Create a box style pocket from a 9″ x 3″ panel of brown cardstock.  Score two 1/2″ lines on sides and two 1/2″ lines on the bottom.  Trim out the corners and fold to form the pocket.  Then adhere it to the base of the card interior.
Making the Rustic Sunflowers

Whenever time is short, I like to die cut the flower layers from the paper pad instead of stamping and then die cutting.  Half the work is already done for you!  Here’s how I finished up the Rustic Sunflowers on this card.

  • First, die cut one whole sheet of the printed sunflower layers from the Rustic Sunflower paper pad.
  • Then shape the petal layers in the Rustic Sunflower Shaping Mold.
  • Now use a sponge dauber to brush Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide Ink lightly over the edges of the flower layers.
  • Next, adhere 2 sunflower layers together, staggering the petals. Place each flower on a foam mat and press around the center of the flower.
  • Now mist the finished flowers lightly with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle.  (This mist is retired, but you can find new mica mists from Ranger Inks.  I will link below.)
  • Finally, fill the center of each sunflower with hot glue and immediately sprinkle with seed beads.  Use a funnel tray to catch the beads so you don’t have a big mess to clean up.
Putting it all together

Now die cut the Elaborate Oval Frame Die twice: once from white cardstock and once from patterned paper.  Adhere the two frames together to create strength.  Back the center of the frame with 1/8″ foam tape

Next, cut the center from a card front and lightly distress the edges.  Stamp a sentiment on the image and back it with foam tape.  Then center it over the frame.

Cut and distress a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel of patterned paper and adhere it to the card front.  Then cut a 5″ x 4″ panel of the blue medallion pattern, back it with foam.  Center and adhere over the first panel.  Now adhere the frame in the center of the card front.  Arrange your sunflowers around the base. Add brown plaid bows and burlap string bows to the corners.  Embellish with Say it in Crystals swirls and little metal brads.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card.  Don’t you just love this paper collection?

The box pocket gives you the perfect place to tuck in a tea bag, chocolate, honey packet and silver spoon.  Your pretty card just became a gift!  When the treats have all been consumed, the pocket is a great place to store photos, recipe cards or other memorabilia.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what crafty inspiration the rest of the alumni team has prepared for you!

Kathy (YOU ARE HERE) ♥ Alissa Vicki  ♥ Candy  ♥ Amarilys Carole  ♥ Emily  ♥ Lisa  ♥ MonicaOksana  ♥ Heartfelt Creations Blog

Don’t forget to pop over to the Heartfelt Creations blog for a chance to win that 2nd $25 gift card!  Enjoy the hop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations August 2021 Alumni Blog Hop

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Heartfelt Creations August 2021 Alumni Blog Hop: Summer Garden Celebration

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations August 2021 Alumni Blog Hop!  The fun starts here and continues through Monday, August 30th at 11:55 PM EDT.  You will want to pay a visit to each blog in the hop because this month is just bursting with inspiration and creativity!  Be sure to leave a sweet comment on each blog, too.  Because one lucky comment from a mystery blog will be randomly selected to win a Heartfelt Creations $25 gift card! 

The winner of the gift card will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and Facebook page on Wednesday, September 1st.  Be sure to check those venues to see if you are the lucky winner.  You will have 72 hours to claim your prize by e-mailing socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us. Please write “Winner of the August Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

You’ll find a complete list of all the blogs in the hop below.  But right now, let’s take a look at my inspiration piece for this lovely blog hop.

Summer Garden Zinnias for the  Heartfelt Creations August 2021 Alumni Hop

Zinnias are one of my favorite summer blossoms, so I could not resist using them on this 6×6 card.  Here’s how this card came together:

  • First, create a 6×6 top fold card base from white cardstock.
  • Next, cut a 6×6 panel of background paper from the Summer Garden Paper Pad.
  • Then stitch a 5 3/4″ square of the lace topped designer paper to the background.
  • Now die cut 2 Regal Pocket Accents from white cardstock.  Position them as seen in the photo.
  • Next, die cut and shape the purple zinnias and leaves from the paper pad.  This is a huge time saver!  The images in the paper pad are beautiful, professionally colored and ready to go!  Just die cut, shape in the flower molds and you have gorgeous flowers in no time!

Finishing Touches

Add ribbon and metallic string to fill in the floral corners.  Then die cut a little tag and stamp it with a suitable sentiment.  Tie a little butterfly charm to one end of the tag and add a button to the other.  Dig into your button stash and add a trio of purple buttons to finish the card front. Easy peasy!

A Peek Inside

Line the inside of the card with more designer papers.  Then create a little pocket where you can tuck in a note card and a sweet little tag.

On With the Hop

Kathy (You are here ♥ Vicki   ♥  Alissa   Candy  ♥ Amarilys  ♥  Carol  ♥  Lisa  ♥Monica  ♥  Oksana♥ Heartfelt Creations ♥  ♥  ♥

 

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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