A Birthday Card for my June born grandson

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                                     The above photo is the front of the card.

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                                      This photo above is the fully open card.


Because Daron was born in June, I decided to create a beach scene for his birthday card.  I began by using Elizabeth Craft Designs 975 – Adirondack Chair Pop Up die set.

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This is an easy Pop Up die to use because it’s really just the chair die that creates the Pop Up mechanism.  You simply tape the chair die piece on the fold of your inside card.  To make sure the piece is placed correctly on the fold there is a little nub that sticks out on either side of the die.  Place those nubs on the fold.  Here’s Karen Burniston’s assembly video for this die set.

I used white 65lb. cardstock from Michaels.  With a pc. of white cardstock 8.5 x 11″, score at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold in half at the score line and trim down to 5.5″ x 6″.  With low tack temporary tape secure the chair die pc. with the nubs on the fold with the card fully open.  Run through your cutting machine.

I colored the sky with PanPastels Ultramarine Blue using Elizabeth Craft Designs “Cloud and Grass Stencil”.

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I colored the beach using a “Silhouette Cameo cut file called “Wave Borders” that I cut out and then used as a stencil to create the look of waves lapping at the beach edge.


The rest of the beach was created with Panpastels Raw Umber and Diarylide Yellow.  I do this by streaking the paper with both colors and then using PanPastels Colorless Blender to seamlessly blend the two colors. Side note:  This colorless blender is a “Must Have” item because it truly blends two or more colors together really easy.  It also  picks up from the blended colors, now on the sponge, and moves that color into the white areas from the streaked stage before blending.  I use a wedge makeup sponge.

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At this point I start making everything else that will go into this pop up scene.  Because it took me too many projects before I acknowledged that “Sometimes you just can’t make what’s in your head into a card”.  And if by some miracle you do, you have wasted a lot of time and cardstock by changing your mind and then cutting out more shapes..

So, I just start getting out dies that fit my theme.  I use a Sizzix Big Shot Plus.  The cutting plates are very large to put a lot of dies on the surface.  I also always put two layers of cardstock under the die (some 2 of the same color and some 2 different colors).  I was able to cut all of these components in two trips through the machine.

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It also gives you options for when you start assembling the scene.  The worst that can happen is now you may have left over pcs. for another project.  Store these with the die set that cut them and the next time you go to use that die you have a surprise waiting for you!

The Palm tree and the bucket is also an Elizabeth Craft Designs die set.  I cut all the pieces out of white cardstock and then colored with Copic markers.  I added a little shaping with Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Tool Kit.  If you are thinking about trying your hand at florals, I believe this tool kit is a must.

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The Monkey and bananas came from the below Elizabeth Craft Designs die set:

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The skateboard and starfish are Silhouette Cameo files.  The lobster is a QuicKutz die pictured below:

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That’s pretty much it.  Thanks for taking a look.  I hope you’ll try making a card with the Adirondack chair die set.  There are so many cute scenes you can create with this set.

Other products used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear double sided Adhesive 10mm, White Soft Finish Cardstock, 916 – Spiral Circle Pull Card (balloons), 974 – Rectangle Pull Card (balloon strings. 1161 – Happy Birthday 2, 949 – Props 2 (Party hat)

Kaisercraft:  Base coat Collection P1329 Shabby Chic

Copic Markers: R22, 24, 27 Y13, 15, 17, G21, 24, 28, B21, 23, 24 E70, 71, 74, 77, 79

Jelly Roll 08 White

PH Neutral PVA archival adhesive








A C4C 389 Challenge – Put a rose on it.

This weeks challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges (or C4C) is to include at least one rose on your card or designer paper with roses on it.

On my card, I used Susan’s Garden for Elizabeth Craft Designs “998 – Garden Notes Rose 2”  Then I also used Susan’s “1196 – Garden Edges Rose Hedge” for the little roses on top of the birdcage.

The birdcage by Dies R Us and Doily by Carnival Masterpiece behind the birdcage are from these two die sets:

The embossing folder is from Elizabeth Craft Designs and is called “Entwined Hearts”.

My finished card measures  5 x 7″.  I started with white cardstock 8.5 x 11″ scored at 5.5″ on the long side.  After folding the card I trimmed it down to the finished size.  The light grey with white polka dots is from Michael’s and meaures 6.25″ by 4.5″.

Thanks for taking a look.  I appreciate your time so much!

A Pansy Challenge Entry Card

FMS291The above sketch from “Freshly Made Sketches” blog spot and is the inspiration for this weeks Challenge.  Below is my entry.

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I wanted to use my new Pansy die set from Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs 1089 – Garden Notes – Pansy.

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As always, I recommend you watch the YouTube assembly video.  Whenever I get a new die set I always go to the designer’s YouTube channel and watch the assembly video.  Especially with Floral die sets, there is always shaping and coloring techniques that you will want to do to give a more realistic look to your project.

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So here’s the steps:

  1. The base card measures 5 x 7″.  From an 8.5 x 11″ piece of cardstock score at 5.5″ on the long side.  Trim down to 5×7″.
  2. Cut two rectangles from printed cardstock.  One is 4 x 2″ and the other is 4 x 3.75″.    Adhere to the base card as pictured.
  3. Cut, color and shape all the pieces in the “Pansy” die set.
  4. With Impression Obsession Die137-E, which is the below little jar cut one out of clear acetate and one from white cardstock.  I colored one side of the acetate pc. with Copic Marker BV01 but in the end I don’t think it achieved what I had in my head.  Adhere the clear pc. to the white pc. with Beacon’s Kid’s choice glue.  I like this glue because it dries perfectly clear.  However, it is shiny, so don’t go crazy with it.  DO NOT GLUE THE TOP OF THE JAR TO EACH OTHER.  You need it open to put your Pansy stems between the clear and white layers.
  5. The BIG, fun step:  Adhere the jar as shown to the front of the card.  Assemble the Pansies by first putting the lower edge of the stem pieces between the jar layers.  Then finish the pansy assembly.  (I flipped one stem pc. over so it curved the opposite way.  I also shaped this pc. as if this side was the right side.)
  6. I added a lavender gross grain ribbon bow.
  7. The “For you” sentiment was first computer generated and printed on white cardstock.  The cut out the sentiment with a little tag set from Spellbinders:

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The last step was to add the word “thanks”.  I have no idea what brand this die set is but here is what the whole set looks like:


Thanks for taking a look.  I love getting comments and personally answer any questions.

C4C 386


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.

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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

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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