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This weeks Challenge over at Crazy4Challenges was to create a birthday card using this sketch as the composition.

SketchsC4C386   Bday Gerbera

Elizabeth Craft Designs had a Mother’s Day Sale!  Like any crafter needs an excuse to buy more toys.  But a sale………that pushes us right over the budget cliff.  One of my top 5 favorite flowers is the Gerbera Daisy.  I always have some in pots on my back patio.

Susan Tierney Cockburn with Elizabeth Craft Designs recently released this die set:   “1292 – Garden Notes Gerbera Daisy”

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If you’ve read previous posts here (and God Bless you) then you know I like to make all the components that will make up my card so I can “audition” them before I whip out the glue.  My second rule “Always watch the Designers assembly video before you start a new die set!”  In this case however, I couldn’t find one.  I did find an older assembly video when Susan had developed a similar set for Sizzix.

I was glad I invested the time to watch because the shaping techniques are applicable.  Below are all the components:

Step 1:  I used three of each of the large flower pieces for my flowers.  I layered them in this order: one large petal piece on top of the other large one but put the shorter petals side opposite of the other Lg. piece  shorter petal side. Then one of the larger sort of a star burst shape, then two more large petal pcs. layered as before then another larger star, then the last large petal sandwich, then the two smaller star burst stacked but offset the petals.  Then fill in the center with the tiny little flower shape.  I wasn’t quite sure what to do with these tiny little shapes so I dipped one edge after I made them cup shaped using one of Susan’s flower shaping tools and her molding pad. I glued them standing up because it looked more like my real ones.  But I’m willing to learn something better.

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Step 2:  I created the circle background for the daisies by cutting circle from a sort of taupe color cardstock with the below die sets:  Cut a circle with the third largest die from  #1116 – Stitched Circles

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Then using ECD embossing folder “Bark” emboss the circle and using PanPastel “Raw Umber” bring out the “bark embossing”.

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Cut the largest die from ECD 1254 – Entwined Circles out of brown cardstock.

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The above pictures shows all the completed components that will make up the card.  I started with a piece of 5.5″ taupe cardstock.  From a piece of Kaisercraft “Base Coat” Collection cut a 6 x 2.75″ rectangle and adhere to the left side of the taupe piece.  Cut a piece of pink cardstock 5.75 x 6.25″.  Adhere your “wood/taupe piece to the pink pc.  Now notice above that there is a definite grain line to the embossed circle.  In this photo it’s going horizontal.  Now do you see the two circles (dots) that are across from each other that appear to be binding the twigs together?  I realized quite by accident that if you cut the twig circle at those dots it’s half a circle! What? I love happy surprises! I glued the half twig circle on the embossed circle trying to hide the raw edge of the right half of the circle.  Now adhere this to the card with the dots right on the seam as shown in the finished card (the bottom dot is hidden by the leaves added later).  Now just add your assembled flowers and leaves as you like them.  I added the “Happy Birthday” sentiment with ECD 783 – Happy Birthday. Cut two “happy birthday” and glue together for more dimension. This completed front was then adhered to a card base that was cut from 12 x 6.5″ white cardstock and scored on the long edge at 6″.  Make sure you stamp your sentiment on the inside of your base before you adhere the decorated piece to it.  I kept mine simple:

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That’s it!  Thank you so much for taking a look.  Great products create great results no matter where you are on your crafting journey.  Your comments are fun to read and your questions are answered personally.

Other Materials Used:

Beacon Kids Choice glue

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double sided Adhesive,  Susan’s Garden Tool Kit and Coffee and Tea Clear Stamps

FiskarsMake a Wish Quotes Clear Stamps


Michaels:  Recollections Cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A Graduation Pop Up Card

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Since it’s almost June it’s graduation time!  A customer of mine in the beauty salon asked me to make a card for her great granddaughter’s high school graduation.  Their high schools colors are purple, gold and white.

I purchased this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs 1106 – Hot Air Balloon Pop Up.  This set came out about a year or so ago but Joset Designs within the same company, came out with her “Hot Air Balloons“.  I opted to buy the former because it had a lot of extra little decoration dies.  But recently decided I needed this one too.  Hee, hee.

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When I make one of these pop up cards I usually don’t fuss a lot with the outside.  The inside of a pop up card, is the big bang!  So that where I begin.

Step 1:  Create the pop up.  Rather than try to write how the assembly works, as always, I have the assembly video from the Designer Karen Burniston link below.

 I began with a piece of 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock.  I scored it along the 11″ side at 5.5″.  I trimmed the folded card to measure 5.5 x 7″.

Step 2:  Using one of the “Behind the Scenes Stencils” called “Cloud and Grass” I created a sky background.  I first made the clouds using Panpastel Ultramarine Blue.  Once I had stenciled the whole inside of the card I went over the tops of most of the clouds with a little PanPastel Diarylide Yellow.  The Cloud and Grass stencil is one designed by Susan Tierney Cockburn also with Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Here’s a video by Susan that is a tutorial on this technique:


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Step 3:  Now according to the video above place the die piece that creates the pop up on the center fold closer to the bottom and run it through your die cutting machine.  I then ran it through my machine to extend the longer pop up just as Karen demonstrated.

Step 4:  Cut out all the pieces to decorate the inside of the card (the fun part).  I decided to cut two balloons in her school colors and two using just the balloon die pc. (looks like a light bulb) to use for the sentiments.  I first stamped the sentiments using the “What’s Up” stamp set pictured below on white cardstock with clear embossing ink.  Then sprinkled with Recollections Metallic Gold embossing powder.

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Then used a heating tool to activate the embossing.  Place the balloon die over the embossed sentiment and cut the balloon.  Next ink the edges with purple ink.  Cut the basket piece from gold mirror or metallic cardstock for both sentiment balloons.  For the clouds on foam dimensional dots and squares I used the clouds in this die set as well as the two cloud dies from “The All Seasons Tree” by Karen Burniston for ECD.  Color the edges of the clouds with PanPastels to match the stenciled background.  I added some metallic stars that were cut with the star decorator die from Elizabeth Craft Designs The Evergreen Pivot Card die set.  I added Clear Adhesive Glitter Dots to the top of the color baskets also from ECD.

The Sentiment banner “So proud of you”  is from a stamp and die set that I have no idea who the manufacturer is.  Sorry!  I used the stamp for the banner which I stamped with clear embossing ink and Antique Gold embossing powder.  Then used the matching die that cuts out the banner.  The actual sentiment words stamp “So proud of you” is a stamp set by Avery Elle.  I like little set because you can make a lot of different sentiments with all those little stamp combinations.


You need to make the outside of the card.  I am a big believer in “A fold in a fold never works out well!”  Instead cut two panels that measure 5.5 x 7″ from white cardstock.  On the front panel the graduation cap as well as the grad cap border on the bottom are Silhouette files.  The words “Congratulations” and “Class of 2017”  were cut from these three ECD die sets: 1051 – Congratulations, 967 – Alphabet 1 – Caps and 968 – Numbers & More 1.  The back of the card is always the same for me.  I make from Avery tear apart business cards and use one of their templates on line to make these simple cards attached to the back.

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I use clear double side adhesive to attach the outside panels to the pop up card.  Put the adhesive tape on the pop up back side not the panels you will attach.  This way you don’t accidently tape where the pop up mechanism is. That would be disastrous!

Thank you so very much for your time to look at this tutorial.  I hoped it inspired you to make on with your take on this cute Hot Air Balloon die set.

Materials not otherwise mentioned or in a photo:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:   Clear double sided adhesive 10mm, Clear Glitter Dots Peel off Stickers, Stars: Evergreen Pivot.

Cardstock: Michaels Recollections

Big Shot Plus



Thank you to Nurses Challenge C4C384

May 6th was National Nurse Day.  So over at Crazy 4 Challenges, this weeks challenge was to create a thank you card for a nurse.

Nurse front


Nurse inside

The above picture is obviously the inside of this card.  As soon as I saw this challenge I wanted to make a card for my friend Shelly who is the most “bad ass” nurse I know!

I found this digital image from Dr. Digi House of Stamps called Night Nurse Nina.  She reminded me a little bit of my friend.  I could also see me using this Nurse for many other humorous cards.  If you have never tried Digital stamps before you should give them a try.  There are some real advantages to digital stamps.  You can make them any size you want, they’re stored on your computer instead of a box or drawer and very inexpensive.  Nina was $1.00!  I know, what?  This company is so responsive to their customers.  For example, when I left a message on my order I received a personal email from the owners of how much they appreciated my comment and couldn’t wait to see what to see what I made with my purchase.  I know!  Who does that these days.  I hope you will all hop of to their store and take a look.

Products used for this card

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1120 Stitched Rectangles, 1125 Ropes 1, 1116 Stitched Circles, 932 Stocking Solid (nail for the sentiment circle), Clear double side adhesive 10m.

Sizzix:  657848 Tim Holtz Texture Fades, Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Collection

 Gina K:  layering weight white for my image stamp paper.  Copics don’t bleed through this paper.

Michaels:  white and pink cardstock, blackish pearls

Copic Markers:

Big Shot Plus die cutting machine

Books by Hand:  PH Neutral PVA professional quality archival adhesive

Easter Bunny Card

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I recently acquired this adorable die from Frantic Stamper Inc. called Bunny Butt FRA-DIE-09816.

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I have to admit that I was inspired by a Pinterest Pin for this project.  I already had an embossing folder by Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Bark”.

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Step 1: The finished card measures 5.25″ x 7″.  I used for the card base Elizabeth Craft Designs 85lb. 12″ x 12″Soft Finish Cardstock in Sky Blue.  I cut a piece 7″ x 12″.  On the 12″ side, score at 6″ and fold the card.  Now trim the 6″ width  to 5.25″.  I love this brand of cardstock because only one side is color.  The other side is white which gives you the ability to stamp your sentiment right on the inside of your base card piece.  This is great when your base card color is a really dark shade.

Step 2:  Cut a mat that measures 6.5″ x 4.75″  and adhere to the base card.  I used glue but you could also use double sided adhesive.

Step 3:  Cut a piece of brown cardstock 4″ x 5.75″.  Decide where you want the bunny hole and with a circle die cut the hole.  Now, emboss with the above “Bark” folder.  I enhanced the embossing by using a dauber with Black PanPastel and lightly going over the card.  TIP: Lightly spray over this piece with hairspray.  This sets the PanPastel so that the receiver of the card won’t get this black powder color on their fingers.  Cut a piece of black cardstock the same size as the “Bark” pc. and adhere to the back of the “Bark” pc.

Step 4″  Die cut all the pieces in the “Bunny Butt” die set with white cardstock.  Cut two of the tail pc.  I took a stylis ball and shaped one tail pc. and glued over the flat tail pc. for dimension.  Color the oval paw pads  with Copic R81.  With a black Copic liner pen, go over the score lines on his feet as shown.

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Glue the assembled bunny as shown to the hole.

Step 5:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs “Curvy Leaves”, cut several of all the pieces in this set from green cardstock.  Cut all the pieces in the die set “1099 – Props 7”.  I cut the grass pc. from green cardstock, the eggs from white, the flowers 3 times ea. of pink, lavender and yellow.  I could have cut the eggs from the same colored cardstock but instead chose to color them with Copics.    I cut the basket from cream cardstock and then colored the assembled basket with Raw Umber PanPastel.  Assemble the flowers by shaping first with a ball stylis and gluing the smaller pc. to a larger piece and added a Peel Off Transparent Glitter Dot to the centers of the flowers.  I also used a tool to enhance the leaf’s veins and curve the tips up a bit.

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Below is the tool kit for manipulating and shaping paper pieces.  I could not do without this set by Susan Tierney Cockburn.

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I tried about 10 times to include a link to Susan’s video but the link shows up as her Carnation video.  But if you go to YouTube and search Elizabeth Craft Designs then go to Susan’ Garden Club you will find the “Tools and Techniques” video.  It’s a really good one.

Step 6:  Now glue the curvy leaves to the card as shown.  Assemble the basket and  glue in the corner as shown with a few of the smaller leaf pcs. with it. Glue flowers next as shown.

That’s it!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I love to see your comments.  I answer any questions personally.

Another Easter Card

Bunnies & cherry

This week I’m still working on Easter cards and using more of all the Susan’s Garden for Elizabeth Craft Designs dies that I recently purchased.

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I wanted to make this Cherry Blossom die set because I thought it would be cute attached to the top of an Oval.  So let’s make the card.

If you’re new to making florals or, like me, like to watch Susan manipulate all the paper pieces before you assemble them, WATCH THE VIDEO!  Before I even die cut any of a new set,  I watch the designers assembly video.  It will help you see what colors you want to cut with.  Believe me, some of her die sets cut a lot of different pieces and it isn’t always obvious what the heck it is!  But, that’s what makes her flowers so realistic.  OK, I know they look complex and tedious but you will be so happy with the results you get.  On my very first project “The Geranium”, I’m not kidding you, every time I went by it I smiled.  And you will feel the same way!

Step 1:  Cut out the 2 oval frames.  I used two ovals and taped the smaller inside of a larger one.  Below shows how this step looks.

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 Although I ended up using this technique with the oval set below 1173 – Dotted Scallop Ovals.


I did, however use the off white Oval from the photo above for the background inside the stacked scallop ovals.  I used PanPastels Diarylide Yellow & Ultramarine Blue then blended the colors with PanPastels Colorless Blender.


Step 2:  The finished card measures 5.5″ x 7″ so cut one mat (yellow polka dot) 5″ x 6.5″ and another (blue gingham) 4.5 ” x 6″.   Adhere the blue mat over the yellow one. Center the the larger scallop oval frame on the blue mat and glue down.  Glue the colored oval into this frame.  Add small foam adhesive circles to the under side of the smaller oval frame and attach it to the larger one.

Step 3:  Glue the branch to the top of the double frame as pictured and start building your cherry blossoms to the branch.  You’ll be surprise at how much fun it is to create these beautiful little flowers from her collection.

Step 4: The glittered eggs were made with  Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel off stickers.

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Above is the peel off I used and a video on how to use these stickers with glitter and color with Copic Markers.  I used Copics: Y11, 13 G00, 07, 09 B21, 23 R81, 83

Step 5  Die cut and color the 3 bunnies in Impression Obsession’s Bunny die set.  I used Copic Markers E95 & N0 to color the bunnies ears and shade the white ones.  The brown bunny happened by accident.  It was cut white but I tried to color it with PanPastels by had some issues using my finger to color with after I had just been eating a potato chip.  Hence, the spots.  But then later, I decided I liked it!  The bunny’s eyes are Elizabeth Craft Designs “Glitter Dots” peel off stickers.


Step 6:  Cut a strip of grass from Elizabeth Craft Designs “914 Outdoor Edges” with green cardstock.

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I was able to cut all 3 layers of grass with one strip of grass.

Step 7:  Adhere the eggs, grass and bunnies as shown.

That’s it!  Thank you so very much and I love your comments.  I answer all questions personally.  And follow me if you want to learn more.


Easter Lilies and Bunnies

Easter bunnys

Today I started working on Easter Cards!  I recently bought a bunch of die sets from Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I used 3 of them in this project.  They are 1134-CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence, 1225-Garden Notes Potted and    995-Garden Notes-Lily  pictured below:

Step 1: Cut and shape enough parts to make 3 Lilies.  If you’re new to Susan’s floral dies, here is the the assembly video for this easy to make Lily.


I cut my petals from Elizabeth Craft Designs White Soft Finish Cardstock.  As in the video I added color to the end of the petal that forms the flower’s center using Copic YR00.  I cut enough stems and leaves for 3 lilies in a sort of olive colored cardstock from Michaels. Just as in the video, I added some darker green ink here and there for highlighting.

Step 2: Cut the 2 dies for the flower pot.  I used the same white cardstock and colored the pieces with Copic’s E11,E13, and E15.

Step 3: I cut the second to the largest oval in the Elizabeth Craft Designs “1112-Stiched Ovals” out of ECD Soft Finish Cardstock Buttercream.

Step 4:  Assemble and adhere the “Flower Pot and Lilies” to the yellow oval.

Step 5:  Cut the largest oval from the ECD “Dotted Scallop Ovals“.  I used a green and lighter green polka dotted cardstock.  Adhere your completed yellow layer to this green oval.

Step 6.  My finished card measures 5.5″ x 7″ so I scored a 8.5″ x 11” piece of ECD White Soft Finished Cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Trim the folded card down to 5.5″ x 7″. Then cut a green polka dot rectangle 5.25″ x 6.75″.  Cut a yellow gingham rectangle 5″ x 6.50″.  Adhere the yellow gingham to the green polka dot.  Next adhere these to the front of your white base card.  Next adhere the ovals piece to the front of the card near to the top.

Step 7:  Cut to “Picket Fences” from die set pictured above and glue them as shown on my card.

Step 8:  Cut one of each of the bunnies in the set below out of brown cardstock and color their tails with a white gel pen.  I attached a small black peel-off circle sticker for their eyes.

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Step 9:  Using 914 – Outdoor Edges cut 2 edges with the grass die from the set below that measure 5.25″ wide by 1.5″ high and glue one on top of the other as shown.  Leave the lower grass edge free so you can tuck the bunnies between the grass edges.

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I chose not to add a sentiment to the front of the card for two reasons.  I have a “Happy Easter” sentiment inside and because the card could be displayed through spring this way.

Thank you so very much for taking a look and I hope you will try your own version of this cute card.

Other materials and products used

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear double sided adhesive 10mm,  Susan Tierney Cockburn’s “Susan’s Garden Tool Kit”

Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine

The Misti for stamping the inside of my card




A Country Scene Birthday















If you’ve been following this blog, then you know that I’m in a full bloom love affair with Susan Tierney Cockburn’s products for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This week I was commissioned to make a birthday card for a woman turning 70 in March.  Her only request was “Make something pretty” for my sister.  Well, what’s prettier than a country scene!

My latest purchase of Susan’s dies was this adorable set:  1196 – Garden Edges Rose Hedge.


I also knew I wanted to use two other sets I bought of Susan’s dies:  1084 – New England Stone Wall & Gate and 1135 – CountryScapes Wishing Well.

Step 1: I like to assemble all or most of all the elements first when making one of these scene cards.  Then I can get a better idea of how large a card I’ll need to create my scene.  I started with the “Rose Hedge”.  I couldn’t find a video of how to construct this hedge but it’s pretty simple. The set comes with a die that cuts a strip of what is the foundation for your roses and leaves.  I cut this pc. out of a sort of olive colored cardstock.  I cut enough of the rose piece to have 3 or 4 roses on each bush.  I also cut a lot of the ” leaves” piece so I could make the bushes look full and cover the “olive” base.  The flower piece is a funny little spiral that you wind around and then glue.

Step 2:  Next, I cut and assembled the “Stone Wall and Gate” and “Wishing Well”.  I would recommend watching this video because it’s the piece in both of these dies that create the stones that you will use for the wall and well.

Step 3:  I’ve had the “Western Edges” die set from Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs for a while but had not used it until now!


This step was interesting for me.  Because when you run the edge die with the two horses, all the paper around and above the horses drops away so you have to have this layer over another layer of paper.  I was using this as my upper edge for the scene in my mind.  So what I did was cut a piece of white cardstock 6.5 x 6.5 inches and placed the horses all the way at the top of one side and ran the die through.  This layer was the layer that I would build my scene.2017-02-26-18-22-48

The above photo shows that layer after I colored the horses with Copic Markers and then colored the background on the rest of that piece with PanPastels and this grass stencil I had from a Silhouette file (the Negative).  The piece behind it was another piece of white cardstock that I only colored the first two inches with PanPastels and another stencil I made by taping several “clouds” from a die set called The All Seasons Tree from Elizabeth Craft Designs, together on the edge of a 2 x 6 inch scrap of cardstock. Susan Tierney Cockburn now has a stencil for just this thing which I will be picking up at the Scrapbook Expo in Pleasanton, CA. Friday! YAY!

Step 4:  Cut all the pieces of this adorable little duck die set from Impression Obsession Rubber Stamps.


I cut them out of cream cardstock and then colored with Copic Markers.

Step 5.  THE FUN PART.  Now you start assembling the card.  Place the horse layer over the cloud and sky layer lining up the two bottoms.  I first applied Elizabeth Craft Designs 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the horse layer. Now add the rest of your components for your scene as pictured.

Step 6.  I wanted this to be an easel card for easy display.  I chose a sort of taupe cardstock that went well with the color scheme of the scene for the base card.  Cut a piece 12″ x 6.5″.  Score on the long side at 6″ and 9″. Both score lines folded so they are “valley folds”.


In the picture above you see on the lower 3 inches on the half of your 12″ strip is what will make the easel stand up.  So that’s the next step.

Step 7:  Cut a piece of designer paper 3″ x  6.5″.  I chose a wood grain paper from KaiserCraft’s “Base Coat” Collection called Hardwood.  I cut two pieces of the “Grass”    from “792 – Stand Up Helpers” die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs, out of the same olive cardstock as the “Rose Hedge” base pc.  I cut a label from Karen Burniston’s 1208 – Label & Circles..


Sorry the photo is sideways. I stamped the sentiment on this label and adhered to the right side of this section.  I used the Happy Birthday die set from A Way With Words 1161 – Happy Birthday 2.

I also cut the barbed wire from Western Edges set from Tim Holtz Metallic Craft paper. Adhere these pieces to the wood designer paper section as pictured.  Attach the completed  6″ x 6.25 “Country Scene” piece to the upper 3″ of the base card so that when it’s in the opened display mode, the bottom of the scene is held in position by the two grass helper pieces as in the picture below.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing what beautiful little Keepsake scenes are possible with the die sets made by Susan Tierney Cockburn and the other talented designers at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I value your time and answer all questions personally.

Other Products Used:

White Soft Finish Cardstock – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Susan Tierney Cockburn’s PanPastel Garden 1 Kit and Flower Shaping Tool Kit


A Basket Full of Puppies & Kittens



This week I made a pop up birthday card for my oldest Daughter Ann.  I purchased this adorable double sided designer paper from Graphic 45 called “Raining Cats and Dogs”  earlier in the year knowing I would use it for Ann’s card.  This daughter has always been very active in rescuing and fostering cats and dogs that needed help.  Last yr. she bought a huge aquarium to incubate baby turtles from a pond behind her condo.  She couldn’t stand that they were being eaten by some natural predator.  This finished card measures 6″ x 6.25″.


I decided to make a pop up card using Karen Burniston’s  1205 – Flower Pot Pop Stand die set for Elizabeth Craft Designs.


Here’s the link to Karen’s construction video of this great die set and I highly recommend that you watch it if you’re using this die set for the first time:

I turned the flower pot into what I hoped would look more like a basket instead of a flower pot.  So here’s the steps to make this card.

Step 1:  I used a Darice Embossing folder  called “Basket Weave” to emboss a yellow piece of cardstock.


Step 2:  I cut 3 of the flower pot pieces out of yellow cardstock. (2 for the basket inside and 1 for the basket on the card front. I cut 5 of the flower pot decorator pieces out of the embossed yellow cardstock (4 for the inside basket and 1 for the card front basket). I had tried cutting the flower pot piece first and then embossing it.  But when I went to fold it as in the video it would crack on all the folds.  So don’t do that.  This embossing folder embosses really deep. I rubbed the embossed decorator pieces with Burnt Umber PanPastel to bring out the embossing.  I cut 5 of the pot’s flap decorator pieces from the plaid side of the designer paper. (4 for the inside basket and 1 for the basket on the card front.

Step 3:  Using a couple of new dies pictured below from Frantic Stamper Inc. I cut 5 “Cute Kittens“, 3 “Sweet Pea” dogs and 4 “Max” dogs from white cardstock that I first covered with double side adhesive.  The reason I did this was because the ears, eyes and nose cut out with the die on the “kittens” and the noses on the dogs otherwise I couldn’t have used them in this manner as stand ups in the basket.  I assembled and adhered the pieces to another piece of white cardstock. Next I hand cut out all the dogs and cats. I colored all the assembled dogs and cats with Copic Markers. 


Step 4:  At this step I wanted to assemble my basket.  I attached each of the dogs and cats to a little post I made by cutting a yellow strip of the same yellow cardstock 1/4″ x 12″.  Then folded in half and glued the folded piece together  I then cut 1.5″ strips from this now 6″ double thick strip.  Now if I was as smart as I wish I was, I would have put the cut strips between the two layers but didn’t think ahead.  Learn from my mistake!

Now you just start gluing the cats and dogs where you like them gluing the little post to the part in the “crisscross” mechanism you made according to Karen’s video.  I decided that I also wanted some grass so I used this little set by Impression Obsession Rubber


I cut a bunch of all 3 dies in this set from white cardstock, colored them with Copics and glued the into the basket where ever I thought it looked cute.

Step 5:  From a 12′ x12″ piece of yellow cardstock cut a piece 12″ x 6.25″ and score along the 12″ side at 6″.  Run through a die cutting machine with a die pc. that cuts the flaps that attaches to the basket and makes in fold onto itself.  Now you will attach the basket to your base card according to Karen’s instructions.  SERIOUSLY, don’t do this step until you watch the video.  In her video she shows you exactly how to determine where to put this die piece.

Step 6:  Decorate the rest of the inside of the card.  I chose to use the “umbrella” side of my designer paper for the inside.  Cut two  4″ x 6″ panels from the designer paper.  Attach these 2 panels to both outside ends of your inside card.  I used Els Van de Burgt’s for Elizabeth Craft Designs “1269 Love Sentiments” and placed as pictured above. I cut the “I Love You” from rust cardstock backed with Double sided adhesive then added a layer of Copper Metallic PanPastels.  It made the words shimmery although it doesn’t show well in the photo.


Step 7:  Cut two of the straight shaped chains  from “1126 – Chains 1 with white cardstock backed with Double sided adhesive and color with Black PanPastels:


Attach these chains to the inside edge of the two designer panels.  I created my inside sentiment on my computer, printed it out on the same yellow cardstock and cut it out with QuicKutz Nesting Frame 11.  I distressed the edged with Black PanPastels  I added the XOXO from the same “Love Sentiments” set.  The last step for the inside is cut a few “dog bones” and “fish bones” from  Karen Burniston’s for Elizabeth Craft Designs “982 – Props 4 Set” scatter around the yellow middle section of the inside of the card and I put one of each on the two front flaps of the basket.



Step 7:  Because cutting the flaps to attach the basket/flower pot created holes in the card, you need to cover those up.  You could just create a piece of cardstock the length of the fold and about 4″ wide.  Then fold this strip along the long side and attach this to the outside fold.  I chose to cut 2 pieces of the yellow cardstock the exact size of the finished card 6.25″ x 6″ to create a front and back.  I find that two folds glued together don’t work well.  That’s why I recommend a separate front and back.

I decorated the front by adding an additional strip of the plaid side of my designer paper 3.25″ x 6.25″ as pictured.  Then I made the basket for the front cutting an additional basket die and folding in half and gluing the side flap to the back of the basket.  I stuck a dog and kitty down into the basket and added a umbrella cut with the plaid side of the paper.  This is the die set I used for the Umbrella by QuicKutz.


 I created a sentiment on my computer, printed on yellow cardstock and cut it out with same QuicKuts Nest die set referenced above for the inside sentiment.  The last step was to add the Happy Birthday using Suzanne Cannon’s for Elizabeth Craft Designs 1162 – Happy Birthday 2. 


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Hello Card


I’m determined to use all the die sets I recently purchased before I buy new ones at the Pleasanton, Ca.  Scrapbook Expo March 3rd – 5th!  I’m truly a craft product junky!  I bought several of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s florals to try my hand with these amazing things she designs.  Don’t be scared of these.  Her dies and tutorial videos make even this 70yr. old novice look pretty good!  They’re also fun and so relaxing because they’re NOT HARD TO MAKE.  Yay!

Here’s how I made this all purpose card:

Step 1.  This card was made with another beautiful flower die set from Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs 998 -Rose 2.  I cut 2 of all the pieces in this die set out of White Soft Finish cardstock 85lb.   I recommend that you watch Susan’s construction video on this set if you’re new to florals.  Here’s the link:



Step 2.  Cut a piece of white Soft Finish cardstock 5.5″ x 7.5″ and emboss with the embossing folder from Spellbinders “Oval Accent E3D-017″.This is a huge folder.  It measures 5″ x  7″.  This is my first time using this kind of folder.

I must say I’m very impressed with the depth of the texture.  It took a little time to figure out what plates to use in my Big Shot Plus but once I figured what works, it was great..

Step 3:  The third new product (for me) that I used was the Small Butterfly – 1072 designed by Els van de Burgt for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I cut one of each of the 3 pcs. in this set out of the same white cardstock.


Here’s a great video of Els demonstrating a fun glitter technique with her butterfly dies.

 Step 4:  As I started to assemble the rose I changed my mind and decided to give the card a little color.  I colored the stem and leaves with Copic markers YG00 & YG11. Assemble the “Rose” on the oval of the embossed pc.  After the rose and bud was glued in place I added a little of the same two colors to the rose.

Step 5:  Color the overlay pc. of the “butterfly” with the same two Copic markers         Note:  cut this pc. before you color from a pc. of cardstock adhered to double sided adhesive.  Color the body pc. of the butterfly with white Wink of Stella.  Assemble the butterfly.  I like to shape the butterfly like Els does in the video before I attach it to the project.  Now trim this layer down to 5″ x 7″ and attach to a piece of lime cardstock that measures 5.5″ x 7.5″.

Step 6:   I used Lawn Fawn’s “Scripty Hello” die for the sentiment.  I cut it 3 times and layered it for a thicker look.


Step 7:  To finish it off I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 1125 – Ropes 1 to cut 5 pcs. of the straight one in this set.  I had to splice a pc. on the two long sides to make them work.  I did a not so great job of this splice on the upper left corner but figured it out on the left lower corner.  Then I added a half dome pearl to each corner.

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Products used and not pictured:

Susan Tierney Cockburn’s – Susan’s Garden Club Tool kit

Susan Tierney Cockburns – 1011 Garden Notes – Bugs & Butterflies (little green ladybug)

Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double sided adhesive

Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock white

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

“Hay There” Easel Card


I have a confession to make.  The first time I ever heard of Susan Tierney Cockburn was when I was watching a Youtube video about using PanPastels.  Susan’s video just happened to start up because it was up next in the search under “PanPastels”.  In her video she was demonstrating, using her flower shaping tool kit and “PanPastels”.  I was absolutely mesmerized with how she manipulated little die cut flower parts and then glued them together to make the most realistic replica of that flower. (Don’t remember which flower).  Here is the link to that video.  I recommend watching it if you want successful florals:    https://youtu.be/tfpjF8ZMsfA?list=PLCP2iiaN5icAagDS5tBwmkcxr4Lnzq4AQI

I thought I would have the wisteria hanging over one of Karen Burniston’s  House dies but in the end decided on the barn from Karen’s “Barn Pop Stand” die set.

The Confession:

I went right over to Amazon and bought the tool kit and her PanPastel flower coloring set.  I didn’t even look for her dies because when I saw in the video how many tiny little pieces she was shaping and coloring to acquire the absolutely  stunning results, my first reaction was “Oh heck no!”  It just looked like it would take an entire day to make just one flower.  A while later Susan joined the Elizabeth Craft Designs team of Designers of their products.  Still I stayed away from her die sets.  I own a Silhouette and have many files of elements that when glued together, creates pretty good results.  Then, I bought Susan’s “Geranium” die set and well, now I’m hooked!  I just can’t get over how her sets make an amateur look like an expert!   Below is the card I made with that set:


Here’s how I made the “Hay There” Easel Card

I have now decided that I like to cut all the components out first, that I think I’ll need for my completed project.  I then color the cut pieces.  This gives me the opportunity to audition them before you glue them down. The only thing I new was definitely going to be on this card was my new die set from Susan’s Garden “Wisteria”.  I raised my children in a home that had a Wisteria that had grown into and through my neighbors tree! I thought I would have the wisteria hanging over one of Karen Burniston’s  House dies but in the end decided on the barn from Karen’s “Barn Pop Stand” die set.  I also just received Susan Tierney Cockburn’s CountryScapes Critters 5.  I used the 3 ducks, Yorkie, both smallest butterflies and smallest ladybug dies from this set. I colored all the “Critters” with Copic Markers.


Step 1:  Die cut all the pieces from the Wisteria die set as follows: With the square pc. that cuts the flowers, I cut twice for each color which nets 50 flowers in each color.  I used 4 different colors from lavender to purple.  The amount of flowers you actually need depends on how full you want the flower clusters to be. I cut 3 of ea. of the 3 leaf vine dies out of green cardstock and distressed the edges with a darker green ink.

Step 2:  Die cut all the pieces for the barn from Karen Burniston’s 1021 Barn Pop Stand Die set.

A.  Die cut the barn and the barn doors from Elizabeth Craft Designs “Through The Lens” Wood.  I cut the all the décor pieces for the roof, doors and the slider mechanism pieces for the doors from white cardstock.  I cut an extra “barn” with grey cardstock so that when the barn doors are opened it looks like the inside of the bard   Here is a video of the barn construction: https://youtu.be/4BCVU0eZBTYlist=PLhScVwngfRZ6HPqDlTg4_UiqDcqy_zqmD

B.  Die cut a “fence” from Susan Tierney Cockburn’s 1084 CountryScapesNew England Stone & Gate Wall from white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers

C. Other die sets used:  The hay piles in the barn and barn window as well as the “Hay There” sentiment is from Karen Burniston’s 1025 – Hay There Pop Stand die set, grass from her 780 – Garden Bench, grass standup helper from Elizabeth Craft Design’s 792 – Stand Up Helpers and Ropes from 1125 – Ropes 1.

Step 3:  Cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock to measure 6″ x 6″.  I used PanPastels to color a sky and dirt background for my little scene.  Later, after the rest of the elements were glued to the card I added the two birds in the upper left corner by using Karen Buriston’s Stage it Stencil S005 Partly Cloudy.


Step 1:  Assemble the Wisteria on the right side of the background by first gluing the trunk.  I left the silhouette flower bases not glue down until all the flowers were applied and I had also added the leaf branches.  That gave me choice of having some of the leaves go under the flower clusters.

Step 2: Assemble the barn.  Attach the fence piece first.  Then add dimensional foam to the back of the assembled barn and attach partly over the fence as shown.

Step 3:  Now add all your other critters as shown and the grass pieces to the lower right and left corners.  Here’s a close up of where I put the butterflies and ladybug.


Step 4:  Cut a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs 12″ x 12″white Soft Finish Cardstock in half.  Next, score one of the 6″ x 12″ on the long side at 3″ and 6″ as shown below.


Fold with both valley folds.  Your scene card will be attached to this piece, only to the part that is as pictured below:


The last step is to create what will hold or “stand up” your scene.  Below, shows what part you use for this step:


I cut a piece 3″ x 5.6/8″ piece of the same cardstock I used for the barn.  I cut the 2 grass stand up helpers and glued them under this wood piece as shown.  Then added the little Yorkie and the “Thinking of You” sentiment which I believe is from a set by Docrafts.

That’s it!  Thanks so much for taking a look. I hope you’ll give this a try yourself!