Gift for a Master Gardener

Hi and welcome.

Do you enjoy gardening? My sister and I do and she recently became a Master Gardener. It involves months of classwork, tests, and accumulating many volunteer hours.

My sister’s efforts inspired me to create this little book filled with seed packets for her birthday. The packets can actually be used to collect and label seeds or just as a garden inspired mini-album. Like most albums, it can hold memorabilia, journaling cards, or photos.

Inside front cover and the first seed packet

Starting with floral papers that I already had, I cut ten packets with the Seed Packet die. Using a heavy-duty paper cutter, cut the book front and back from cardboard about 4&1/2″ x 4&1/2″. I covered the outside and inside of the covers with patterned paper using a combination of tape and glue. A Crop-A-Dile was used to round the corners of the covers.

Adhere vellum or decorative paper to the inside of the packet to cover the window opening. Then fold the die cut at the score lines and tape the bottom and side closed. I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 3mm double sided adhesive.

I used a variety of patterned papers and some solid papers for the mini-album.

Also cut ten of the four-hole notebook edge die from the Seed Packet Set in coordinating paper. Keep the excess piece from the seed packet “window”. Attach the edge piece to the back of a seed packet while making sure not to glue down the top flap.

This is how the back of the seed packets look and the inside back cover

Score the window piece in the center lengthwise, fold it, and adhere it covering the front and back of the notebook piece over the two middle holes (see the white and kraft pieces in the photo above).

Now assemble the book using the book rings and embellish it. Shaped flowers are a perfect accent. This is a fun, cute, and quick little album.

Thanks for reading along. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Di

  • SUPPLIES
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Sidekick Essentials 16, Seed Packet Set #1838
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Paper Love stamp set #CS214
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs In My Garden stamp set#CS212
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Home & Nature stamp set #CS213
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Labels dies #1658
  • Crop-A-Dile hole punch
  • Cardboard
  • Patterned paper
  • Vellum
  • Black stamp pad
  • Glitter Glue
  • Two 1″ book rings

Torn Paper Bag Flowers

Hi! Thanks for dropping by. I hope you will be inspired to create!

This post satisfies the “paper bag” prompt for two different groups: Journal with Us (using Elizabeth Craft Designs Art Journal Specials) and Art-Play-Fun (a My Heart’s Fancy’s Facebook group) .

I challenged myself to use the paper bag as much as possible and limit the number of other products. The hand torn flowers, bottle, and embossed background are all from the same paper bag. While it’s not too complicated, I’m happy with the outcome.

The Process

  • Stamp the Love Makes A House Home bottle in VersaFine black ink and heat emboss with black embossing powder. Use turquoise watercolor to color “water” in the bottle.
  • Cut leaves/vines with Elizabeth Craft Designs Summer Journal Specials die
  • Stamp the cork stopper with black Archival ink onto cork and fussy cut
  • Emboss the paper bag background with Tim Holtz 3-D Foliage embossing folder. I did not spritz the paper with water before embossing, but I would recommend it.
  • Cut a 1&1/2 inch strip of paper bag approximately 12″ long and tear to make flowers (instructions below). Use a blending brush to lightly add white ink to the the large flower and vines. Use a different brush to add Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide lightly over the top of the smaller shaped flowers.
  • Attach the elements then add white splatters mainly over the flowers.
  • Attach to a white A2 card base.
The torn edge creates a natural look and softens the flowers.

Creating the Flowers

To make the smaller flowers, cut a 1&1/2″ strip of paper bag and tear down the middle, going side to side, to make hills and valleys. Tear the valleys deeper than this picture shows to create the flower petals. The flower is very hard to shape if the petal tears aren’t deep enough. Starting at one end, wrap the paper around a skinny chopstick or pencil flaring the petals out as you work. When you’re happy with the shape, go back and add dots of glue as you wrap or put glue dots on the bottom to hold the shape.

This was before the white splatter was added. The splatter ties the card together better.

Supplies

  • Paper bag
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Art Journal Love Makes A House Home stamp set
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Art Journal set Summer Journal Special
  • Tim Holtz Foliage 3-D embossing folder
  • VersaFine Onyx Black inkpad
  • White inkpad
  • Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide
  • White acrylic paint
  • Glue dots, tape, glue

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you’ll come again soon.

Di

Beautiful Bees & Sunflowers

With Graphic 45 Paper

Hello and welcome.

Have you seen the Graphic 45 Let it Bee Collection? It is so beautiful with its golden sunflowers and detailed bees that I knew it would make a gorgeous planner.

By limiting the papers that I pulled from my stash and only using a few dies for the card bases, the album/journal came together pretty quickly. A sturdy black card stock (I recommend 90 pound or heavier) was used with Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essential dies 1, 2, 3, and 41 for the page foundations.

The 8×8 Let it Bee paper pack was just large enough to cut two matts per sheet using the mat die from the Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD) Planner Essentials #41.

Papers were added from my stash. The yellow and green papers were cut using ECD Florals 7 and shaped into dimensional sunflowers and leaves.

Journal pockets add interest and give good storage for memorabilia. Include tags for a versatile way to add extra photos or journaling.

The Seed Packet dies are fun to decorate in so many ways and give a secure way to keep memorabilia inside. I stamped, colored, and fussy cut bees to embellish the packets.

The Graphic 45 postcard journaling cards and stamped journaling cards really help with telling your story.

I hope this inspires you a bit. Please leave a comment and let me know if you made anything with this beautiful paper.

Thanks for stopping by!

Di

  • Graphic 45 Let it Bee 8×8″ Paper
  • Graphic 45 Let it Bee Journaling Cards
  • Graphic 45 Let it Bee Ephemera
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essentials 1, #1603
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essentials 2, #1604
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essentials 3, #1605
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essentials 41, #1867 Rounded Corners Page
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essentials 26, #1744 Tag & Topper
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Sidekick Essentials 8, #1772
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Sidekick Essentials 16, #1838 Seed Packet Set
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Florals 7, #1843
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #CS040 Bugs & Butterflies Stamp Set
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1347 Bugs & Butterflies Die Set
  • Tim Holtz red velvet ribbon

“A Quilt for Claire” for My Mother

Hi and welcome!

When I was growing up our mother valued the things that we, her children, made over any gift that we could have bought for her. So, when asked what she wanted for her birthday, Mother’s Day, etcetera, she always asked for something that we’d made ourselves. I don’t recall that any of us had a bit of talent, but for myself, her request instilled a great value for anything hand made.

Though I am not a seasoned quilter, I was sure Mom would be excited to have a quilt made specifically for her. The pattern A Quilt for Claire from The Quilting Land is interesting, but achievable for a novice like me. I collected coordinating pink and turquoise cotton fabrics along the “Road to Oklahoma Shop Hop” that takes place in quilt shops across Oklahoma each June through July.

One of the sewn blocks. This is a very quick quilt to make.

Here is the pieced top before quilting. Several of the fabrics have gold in the design which helped to coordinate the various patterns.

I chose pink and turquoise because they were Mom’s favorite colors when she was a child. The lap-size quilt was a combined birthday and Mother’s Day gift for her.

My original plan was to quilt with straight lines framing the fabric strips. For some reason that I can’t recall, I changed to a “pebble” pattern of free motion quilting. I’m happy with the result, but it certainly took a lot longer to complete the quilting!

Mom loves her quilt and displays it proudly on her couch for everyone to see!

Thanks for dropping by. It would make me day if you’d leave a comment.

Di

The quilt pattern is from Quilting Land – http://www.thequiltingland.com/2017/09/a-quilt-for-claire.html

Done is Better Than Perfect

Or is it?

Hi! How are you? I’m posting from my friend’s beautiful Colorado home set at an altitude of 7,000 feet. The view out the front is of pine-tree covered mountains. Looking to the back are mountains with a high vertical wall of red stone set in a national forest. Right now, everything is blanketed in a layer of snow. It’s gorgeous!

Now, on to the card. I enjoy participating in card challenges and the prompts help to inspire me with new card ideas. And, who doesn’t want a chance to win a gift certificate to your favorite stamp company? So, in my haste to submit a card before the deadline and trying to get to bed at a reasonable time, I submitted this card.

Lawn Fawn’s I Like Naps stamp set

The image is a darling sloth from Lawn Fawn filled in with colored pencils from Luminance by Caran D’Ache. But, in my rush to submit the card and go to bed, one heart is not colored and leaves are left oddly floating by the tree branch.

The same card after a few adjustments

The next morning I caught the mistakes and made a few adjustments. I stamped, colored, and die cut a couple of leaves so the floating leaves are “connected” to the tree. The heart is now colored and a tiny amount of dimension was added to all the hearts with a liquid enamel and a few highlights were added with a white gel pen. Little changes, but the card looks complete.

Done may be better than perfect, but, a second look at a project can make a big difference.

Bye for now. I hope you’ll drop by again.

Di

Supplies
  • Lawn Fawn I like Naps stamp set and dies
  • Luminance colored pencils by Caran D’ache
  • Neenah Dessert Storm 📝
  • Gina K Obsidian Amalgam Ink
  • White gel pen by Gelly Roll
  • Snarky Stickers from Tim Holtz

Monochromatic Winter Card

Hello! I hope you’re staying warm. It’s c-c-c-cold and windy here in Oklahoma today. No snow, but my card definitely reflects the feeling outside right now. This card is for the ECD Planners & Journaling January 2022 prompt, monochromatic.

I started with a white A2 card base and attached a blue watercolor background that I’d previously made using the dip and dry technique. Two hills were cut from white glitter paper using the Slimline Adventure Edges dies. I taped down the first hill and popped the second up with foam tape.

Snowflakes from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Mason Jar set, were used to cut white glitter paper and both size trees from the Mason Jar set were cut from corrugated white glitter paper. Both small trees were adhered to the back hill. Foam tape was placed behind the part of the larger tree that was above the popped-up hill so that it would lay flat and the trunk of the tree was attached with glue.

A bird from the ECD Sidekick Essentials 17 was cut from white #100 card stock and colored with Copic Marker B00. Glue was applied to the bird’s belly and sprinkled with ECD Warm Diamond Microfine Glitter. A line of glue and glitter were applied at the base of the large tree to help ground the tree. The snowflakes were randomly attached with glue and all done!

Thanks for dropping by!

Di

  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Mason Jar die set
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Slimline Adventure Edges dies
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Sidekick Essentials 17, Window Folder Set
  • Glitter paper
  • Foam Tape
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

Oriental Garden Journal

Hi and welcome! Di here. Stamperia’s Oriental Garden paper is so gorgeous that I “had” to have it. I don’t have a specific purpose for this journal, so I left space for photos or journaling, it could even become a planner. This may be gifted to someone – if I can part with it.

Starting with the 12×12 Oriental Garden paper pad and the coordinating package of die cuts, I selected matching solid papers from my stash. I chose a mint green, desert storm, and black. All are about 80 LB weight.

I love the size of the Planner Essentials (journal) dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs, so I used the Planner Essentials 41 Rounded Corner set to cut most of my pages. I cut some from the patterned Oriental Garden paper and some from the solids I’d collected.

Wanting to add a common texture and color through the journal, I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essentials 38 Splatter Page to cut a stencil from 110 LB paper. The stencil was laid over the cut pages and I used an embossing pen to ink through the holes in the template. I moved the stencil away, added gold embossing powder to the wet ink, and heat embossed. While the gold doesn’t show up very much on some pages, it does add a unifying color and texture to the journal. Of course, gold accents are perfect for the Asian theme. I didn’t use antistatic powder since random gold powder on the page fits with the aged style of the paper.

Die cut, shaped, and gold embossed flowers

The Elizabeth Craft Designs Florals 2 set was used to cut flowers and leaves from white Soft Finish card stock. I added a touch of Spun Sugar Distress Oxide to the centers and shaped the flowers. The red flowers were die cut using the Florals 4 set from solid red paper and green leaves from the mint paper. These were also shaped and black prills were glued into the flower centers. The embossing marker was used randomly around the flower edges and embossed with gold powder.

Planner Pocket 1
Planner Pocket 2
Planner Pocket 2

I added pockets to several pages and created tags adding embellishments of shaped flowers, ribbon, and gold embossed accents. Besides adding interest, it seems like heat embossing would strengthen the edge of the pockets.

Other embellishments include die cut ginkgo leaves, bamboo, butterflies, and lanterns. I also added die cuts from the coordinating Stamperia pack of die cut chipboard. The quotes are from the Stamperia paper.

The double-wide page on the right was made by trimming black card stock to 8.25 inches (page height) by 8.75 inches and folding it over 4 inches. Create the ring binder holes using Planner Essentials 5 ring binder hole die or using a hole punch.

I created two peek-a-boo flaps using a die from the Rounded Corners set. Photos or journaling can be added under the hinged flaps.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope this has inspired you. Please leave a comment or a question.

Happy crafting! Di

  • Products used:
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1867 Planner Essentials 41, Rounded Corners Page
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1864 Planner Essentials 38, Splatter Page
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1607 Planner Essentials 5
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1608 Planner Pocket 1
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1609 Planner Pocket 2
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1776 Florals 4
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1779 Ginko
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1732 Cherry Blossom Branch
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1774 Florals 2
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1739 Planner Essentials 21 Note Pieces
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1782 Butterfly Pocket Insert
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #1736 Reinforcement Variety Pack
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs #CS253 Note Pieces (stamps)
  • Spellbinders #S4-979 Lanterns
  • Spellbinders #IN-043 Dancing Lanters
  • Spellbinders IN-045 Scruffy Panda (used bamboo die)
  • Stamperia Oriental Garden paper pack 12×12″
  • Stamperia Oriental Garden paper pack 6×6″
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish 90 LB card stock
  • Stampin’ Up mint green paper
  • Neenah desert storm paper
  • Black paper
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm #507

Love, Forever Cards

Masking and watercolors were used to create these love inspired cards.

Hello and welcome! I love playing with stamps and seeing what I can come up with by combining them. Both of these cards were made using single bird stamps and the masking* technique to unite them into a scene.

*Masking is using something, like paper, to cover and protect one image so that another image can be stamped over it. This makes the first image look as if it’s in the front.

Using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Forever stamp set (#1885), stamp the front bird image with Gina K Amalgam Ink onto watercolor paper.

Stamp the same bird image onto masking paper or a post it note and trim very closely to the outline.

Place your mask on the watercolor paper directly over the stamped image.

Stamp the second bird image over the masked bird (this isn’t shown). Stamp and cut a mask of this bird, too. Place the mask over the new bird as pictured.

I didn’t take a picture, but mask over stamped areas that you want to protect, then stamp in the foliage. You can even place small amounts of mask, like I did here on the tail, to protect little areas. With a pencil, faintly draw in branches for the birds feet to rest on or to connect to the foliage. Then go over the pencil with a very thin Copic liner or another water resistant marker.

I used watercolors from Elizabeth Craft Designs to paint my stamped images, leaves, and the branch that I drew. Leave some small unpainted areas for highlights. Remember to let an area dry before painting any area that touches it or the colors will run together.

Create a subtle frame by applying brown distress ink along the edges of the paper. Stamp on a sentiment and back with patterned paper from Reminiscence the book 2. Attach to your card base and be sure to share it with someone!

Here is the second card using the same masking technique, but with some gold paint spattered over it.

Do you enjoy masking? Let me know what you think.

Happy crafting!

Di

Fun & Festive Gift Tags

Hi and Happy Holidays! These are just a sample of the many tags that I made for the holidays. It’s so fun to create whimsical glittery gnomes or colorful little animals for tags to make the gift wrap extra special.

Colorado Craft Company’s stamps by Anita Jeram made this tag super quick to make. The tag was cut from Waffle Flower Half Dot patterned paper, stamped, then colored with light Copic marker colors. Snow was added with a gel pen.

Lawn Fawn patterned paper, twine, and a few stamped images colored with Copic markers made this tag pop.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Essential 26 Tags & Toppers Dies and Joset’s Gnome dies add whimsy and layers to these sparkly tags.