Monday, February 20, 2017

Spring Blooms

This is a  card designed using the new Krista Schneider stamp set 'Spring Blooms'.  Also used are the ModaScrap Dandelion Fluff, Dancing Butterflies, A Way With Words - Sweet Smiles and Els van de Burgt Studio Fitted Oval Frames die sets.  The embossing on the white inside oval was done with the Curvy Leaves Embossing Folder. 

Spring Blooms

For a watercolor effect on the flowers, use Watercolor Paper and VersaMark Ink to stamp the Spring Bloom flower and flower bud.  Emboss using white embossing power.  The embossing helps hold the watercolor within the lines.  Lightly dampen the paper and color the petals of the flower using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  Use yellow in the center of the flowers, brushing strokes out from the center about 1/4 inch.  Working on one petal at a time, color the petals using a pink marker.  Add the color, starting just above the yellow, going up a short distance.  Use a waterbrush or wet brush to blend the color up to the outside edge of the petal, leaving the ends of the petal lighter than the lower part. Blend the yellow and pink together, which will turn a peachy color.  Color the bud using the same markers.  Color the leaves green, using the same technique.  Die cut the images using the matching dies.

Use the ModaScrap Dandelion Fluff die set to die cut one white Dandelion Fluff, using White Soft Finish Cardstock.

 Use a piece of colored cardstock, that coordinates with your colored flower, to create a frame for the front of the card.  This is a 6-inch square card.  Use the second largest Fitted Oval Frame die set to die cut an open frame.  Use a score board to score around the outside edge of this frame, for a finished look.  Add two layers of dimensional tape around the edges on the back of the frame, to give it height.

Use a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock and the Curvy Leaves embossing folder to create the embossed background under the flower.  Attach this piece to the front of a 6x6 inch card.  Attach the Oval Frame over the embossed background.

Attach the large flower inside the frame using just one layer of dimensional tape on the back.  One layer of tape will lift the flower from the background, but be slightly lower than the frame which has two layers of dimensional tape.  Glue or use glue dots to tuck the Dandelion Fluff behind the flower.  You will need to cut the stem off this die cut, to get it to fit under the flower. Attach the flower bud, as shown in the picture, with the bottom edge under the larger flower.  Use glue or glue dots to attach.

Die cut the A Way With Words 'Sweet', using White Soft Finish Cardstock. Attach the sentiment to the lower right corner.   For easy placement, attach Clear Doubled Sided Adhesive on the back of the card stock before die cutting.

Use the ModaScrap Dancing Butterflies die set to die cut the two butterflies, using White Soft Finish Cardstock.  Attach to the card as shown.  Attach Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back of the cardstock, before die cutting, for easy attachment.

Add three sticky back pearls in the lower left corner to finish the card.

I love the watercolor on this flower.  I hope you will try this technique.

Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 Queen of Hearts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Quietfire Design's 2017 Queen of Hearts Blog Hop! This week the designers have been celebrating the release of the newest dies, stencils and stamps from Quitefire Design by sharing our best projects.  This is the last day of the blog hop but you can view all the projects posted this week at the links provided below.  Also be sure to read below about the giveaway!

Before I give you all the information about the Blog Hop and the Giveway, I will tell you about my card.

I used the new A Way With Words - Blessings Prayers die set for the large sentiment at the top of the card.  The stamped image is the 'Always Believe' stamp that was stamped with VersaFine Ink in the middle of a Dotted Scalloped Rectangle.   The cute little butterflies were sponged on using the new A Way With Stencils - Butterfly Kaleidoscope stencil.   The purple frame was die cut using the Fitted Frames 3  Curvy Retangles die set.  The flowers were created with the Garden Notes Lilac die set. and the butterfly was die cut using the Dancing Butterfly die set.  The links to all products are below.

Now for information about the blog hop and giveway.

Here is our Blog Hop Schedule with the dates each designer has posted this week.  (Click on each person's name to go to their blog):

Sun Feb 12 - Suzanne
Mon Feb 13 - Wanda (that's me!) and Connie
Tues Feb 14 - Robyn and Teresa
Wed Feb 15 - Kathy Jo and Diana
Thurs Feb 16 Yvonne and Yogi
Fri Feb 17 Selma

What would a celebration be without a giveaway!? Suzanne is giving away stamps, dies or stencils to random winners on each blog. 

Make sure you leave a comment below before midnight Sunday February 19, 2017. A winner will be randomly chosen from my list of comments and the winner's name will be posted on Quietfire Creations shortly afterwards. Visit and leave comments on all the designers Queen of Hearts blog posts! You can go back if you've missed any of them.

Good Luck!

Links to products used on  my card:

Always Believe - Mounted

Blessings Prayers - Metal Cutting Dies

Butterfly Kaleidoscope - Stencil

Products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lots of Hearts Valentine


 Today I have a Valentine card that would be appropriate for anyone -- no flowers added.  I decided to see what I could design using a variety of  the new Heart die sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The Heart die sets include:  Stitched Hearts, Scalloped Hearts, Leafy Lace Heart, and Entwined Hearts.  

I used red and Kraft card stock for the color theme.  The Els van de Burgt Studio Scalloped Rectangle was die cut out of Kraft card stock to arrange the hearts on.  I used the Stitched Fishtail Banners die set to place part of the sentiment on.  Two little hearts from the Entwined Hearts die set were attached to twine and hung from the Banner.  A white opaque marker was used to create dots on the large red heart

Have a wonderful day!

The die sets used for this card are linked below.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Lacy Heart

Today I have a red and white Valentine to show you.  I used the new Els van de Burgt Studio Lace Heart and Stitched Hearts die sets along with Susan's Garden Rose 1 die set.  

Use a 6-inch square card.  Cut a piece of white card stock 5 1/2 inches square and score around the edges, using a scoreboard for neat edges.  Attach to the front of the card.  Use Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz and the Stitched Hearts die set to die cut the large red heart.  Die cut the white heart using the Lace Heart die set and White Soft Finish Cardstock.  Attach the white heart in the center of the large heart.

Use the Susan's Garden Rose 1 die set to die cut enough petals to create one large rose.  Shape the petals and shape with the Flower Tool Kit.  Assemble, adding as many petals as you want for fullness.

Use the Leafy Branch 6 - Wheat die set and die cut three branches, using Soft Finish White Cardstock.  

Use the Lovebirds die set to die cut one Lovebird branch, using White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Use Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz, with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back, to die cut the sentiment.  

Attach all the die cuts on the card as shown.  For extra embellishment, I tucked in some pearl picks that have tulle attached.  

The Elizabeth Craft Designs products used are linked below.  Have fun creating your Valentiune!


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