Dies R Us – Kids Cards!

I decided to enter the current challenge at Dies R Us which is “Kids Cards”.

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The image I chose for this challenge is one called “Peaceful Easter” from The Paper Shelter.  I fell in love with this sweet image of innocence:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Download, size and print the image.  If you’re new to digital stamps,  the greatest reference on many things about using digital images is from a website called Kit and Clowder.   This is a company that teaches coloring with Markers and Pencils.  They also have areas on their website that have an amazing amount of information on all things coloring!  The below photo shows how I always print out an image that I buy in both the black and white, and color version on one page that I keep in a binder.  It also has the image that I colored with PrismaColor Premium Pencils. 

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After I colored the stamped image I created the background with stencils and PanPastel’s then trimmed the finished image to 5 x 7″ with the stamped image centered:

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Step 2:  Cut 2 rectangle mats that measure 5 x 7″.  One from Designer cardstock and one from white cardstock.  From the Die set below on the right 1113 – Stitched Ovals, center the second to the largest on the Designer cardstock and run through your machine.  From the same die set, center the third to the largest on the white rectangle.  Save the Oval mats for another project because you will use the rectangle mats with the oval cut outs.

2016-11-26-17-11-25Step 3:  Adhere the white mat to this layer. Then, on top. the Designer layer.  The photo below is these 3 layers and the beginning of step 4:

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Step 4:  Cut from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers, all the decorator items as follows:

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Cut the grass, eggs, bunnies and fence once.  Cut all the Holly Hock pcs. to assemble the holly hock on your card directly and build the plant from the stem up as the picture in step 3.

Step 5:  Assemble the Holly Hock on the left as shown then add the fence, bunnies and eggs on the bottom.

Step 6:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold and trim down to 5.5 x 7.5″.  Adhere the assembled front to the base.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  Please follow and leave a comment.  I love to read them and answer any questions.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish Cardstock White,  Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sissix Big Shot Plus


C4C 414 Color something!

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Below is the inside of this card:

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This week’s challenge over at Crazy4Challenges is to color!  I just recently bought some digital stamps from The Paper Shelter.  This little stamp is called “Snow Angel”and I fell in love with her!

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This is also a 3D scene card but only 2 layers:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Digital stamps can be printed out in any size.  I knew I wanted to make a multi layered card so that it would look like this little Snow Angel was out in the woods under a blanket of fresh falling snow.  Print out the image in the size that will be in ratio to the other elements (trees).

Cut 8 trees from this die set:

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You can cut two layers of cardstock at a time with these dies.  Glue two trees together to end up with four trees.  I need them early in the project so I can audition other things in relationship to this die set!

Step 2:  Color the Snow Angel with Copic Markers:

Step 3:  Create a background for the scene.  First, cut the printed and colored cardstock down to 5.5″ x 7″.  I used a stencil by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Cloud and Grass” to create the sky using PanPastels 520.5 Ultramarine Blue:

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Then using a white gel pen, I made little circles to look like snow:

Next using Copic N0, color the snow mounds in, accenting the artist’s lines and making the illusion of snow mounds in the forest:

Next using a product called Snow Writer add this dimension to the colored snow mounds and on the circles and some lines that the artist drew.  Immediately shake Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter Cool over all of this product:


Step 4:  The “trees” in the above die set have a built in embossing effect that suggests the dark lines on a birch tree.  With Copic liner pen .3,  I went over these embossed lines.

Step 5: Adhere two of the trees to both sides as shown below but leave some of the small branches not glued.  This gives you some options of tucking other items under them:

Step 6:  Stick a piece of white cardstock to Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive that measures 4″ x 2″.  Take the backing off of the adhesive and shake Silk Microfine Glitter Cool over this entire adhesive pc.  Shake off the excess and polish with your fingers.  Using the “Snow Flake”  from this die set, cut twice placing the die cutting side down on the glitter side of this pc. Tip: Cut off the excess glittered cardstock for each run through of the “snow flake” and the other dies you’ll run through your die cutting machine using this glittered cardstock.   I added ECD Glitter Dots Transparent/silver to the center of each snowflake.

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Cut two of the smallest snowflakes from this set: 757 -Snowflakes by Elizabeth Craft Designs using the same technique as above (I cut off the circles)

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Cut (out of white cardstock) and color the two birds from this set with Copic Markers:

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Step 7:  Make the second layer, the frame.  Cut a rectangle from heavy white cardstock that measures 5.5″ x 7″.  I had to improvise this step so I placed the third largest of this die set with the shortest side placed on one side of the rectangle eyeballing an even margin from the edge on those three sides.  Run it through your cutting machine.  Keep the mat that it cuts for the inside sentiment as I did.  Next, slide the die to the opposite side and run through the machine again.

Step 8:  Make the base card by scoring a 12″ x 12″ pc. of Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Dusky Sky at 6″.   Fold over and trim to 6″ x 7.5″.   Cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.75″ x 7.25″.  Adhere this rectangle to the “Dusky Sky” base card centering as shown with ECD double sided adhesive 10mm.  Next adhere the stamped first layer to this white rectangle also centering it.

Step 9:  Lay the “frame” layer from step 7 and lay it on top of this stack. Cut the last to trees in half dividing the two trunks. Adhere the  two tree halves that were the left trunks to both sides as shown with Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue.  Now that you have both layers almost finished you know where you want the “snow flakes and birds”:

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Step 10:   On the underside of the frame layer add foam dimensionals like this:

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Pull the backs off the foam and carefully place exactly over the stamped Snow Angel layer.  They should be exactly the same size.

Step 11:  You can either stamp a sentiment or do what I did for the inside sentiment.  I used the white mat that was cut from step 7 and  these two die sets:

Brush the outer edge only of the white mat with Wink of Stella Clear.  Cut “Merry Christmas” from silver mirror cardstock.  Cut two flourishes from the same ECD Dusky Sky cardstock as the base card.

That’s it!

I hope you’ll give making a 3D card yourself.  They are so fun to create.  But it’s not necessary for the challenge.  We hope you will show us what you do for this weeks challenge.  You inspire us!  Add 3 Blue/Silver Glitter Dots to both of the Flourishes.

Other products used:

Beacon’s Kids choice glue

Michaels:  Dimensional foam adhesives

Joanne Crafts: Silver Mirror cardstock

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C4C 403 Sketch Challenge

It’s the 3rd week of September which means it’s time for a sketch over at Crazy4Challenges!


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As soon as I saw this month’s sketch I thought of something with a window.  But, it had to be a small window to fit within the sketch.  I chose this one from Spellbinders:

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The Steps

Step 1:  I cut one first out of a pc. of scrap yellow paper see how it would look and where I could cut it to make it a square.  Then I used it to determine where I needed to cut the window hole in the card.

Step 2:  I cut a rectangle the measures 4.25 x 5.75.  After determining where the square hole should be using the yellow scrap window pc. as a guide I taped the 2nd smallest die in ECD 1118 – Stitched Squares to cut a square hole.

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Step 3:  Run the step 2 piece through your cutting machine sandwiched into this Brick Embossing folder by Darice:

2017-08-29 12.00.15Step 4:  Cut the window from the same blue cardstock as the base card.  Trim the top off.  Now glue the “window pc.”  over the square hole as shown.

Step 5:  I just love this little happy Kitten from Frantic Stamper Inc.  Cut and color one of these Kittens.

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Step 6:  Choose a scrap pc. of floral paper similar to the one pictured below that I used and cut a 2 x2″ square from this paper.  Cut a piece of Transparency Film (2 x 2″ sq.).  Glue the transparency film square behind the window and then glue the finished “Kitten” behind the transparency, then the 2×2″ square floral paper behind the kitten.

Step 7:  With the 5th largest or 4th smallest die depending on how you count, cut a yellow circle with 1116 – Stitched Circles.  Glue this circle as the last pc. behind the Floral pc.  Glue the window stack so that the upper two corners meet the upper edge of the circle!  This leaves a little more room at the bottom for the branch of birds. (The stack from top to bottom:  window, film, kitten, floral, yellow circle.)

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Step 8:  Glue the window sandwich onto the left side of the Brick embossed pc. as shown. You want the left window edge to be even with the left side of the Brick embossed pc.  Trim off the excess yellow circle.

Step 9:  With white cardstock, cut just the branch pc. from the below die set by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Color with Copic markers then trim off the two top branches and glue under the window.  Trim off where needed.

2017-03-15 14.27.24Step 10:  Using white cardstock, cut 3 of both of the birds from this die set By Susan and color with Copic markers:

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Step 11:  Cut the tiny ivy from another set by Susan below out of green cardstock.  I veined the ivy with Susan’s Flower shaping tool kit.  Now glue the 6 finished birds and some ivy leaves onto the branch as shown.

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The Ivy Leaves were cut from this ECD die set by Susan:

2017-08-29 13.43.23Step 12:  Make a base card by scoring a piece of blue cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold at the score and trim to a finished size of 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the Brick and window piece to the base card.

Step 13:  Cut 4 of the straight ropes from this die set out of white cardstock:

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The ropes are almost the same size as the long sides of the “Brick” wall pc. so start with the top and bottom and glue a rope to the edges.  Trim as needed.  Now glue “ropes” to the two sides.  Because I chose to use the branch for the banner and the “birds” for the 6 x’s, I didn’t really have a place for a sentiment, but this card needed one badly.  So I used this die from Lawn Fawn:

hello-by-lawn-fawnI cut it once from white cardstock and once from blue cardstock.  This gave it dimension as well as a shadow so you could see it better but it wasn’t in your face so to spea k.  Glue the two together with the white on top but slightly offset as shown.  Then glue the pc. to the front of the card.

The inside was made by creating a sentiment on my computer, printing it out and cutting it out of ECD’s 1174 – Dotted Scallop Rectangles.  Then I added a sun and the little bird that were honestly left overs from another project.

That’s It!

I know this seems like a lot of steps but they’re all easy, quick steps.  Thanks so much for taking a look.

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided adhesive 10m

Beacon Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus





C4C 400 Make a Card to Cheer Up Someone

Well, coffee and anything chocolate always does the trick for me!

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Joset Designs for Elizabeth Craft Designs makes the cutest die sets.  I have collected them for a while now.  I used four of her sets for this card:

I always start most projects by cutting out a lot of stuff:

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The base card measures 5.5″ x 6.5″.


  1. Cut a pc. of 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white ECD Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 6.5″ x 11″.  Score on the long side of the 6.5″ x 11″ at 5.5″ and fold.
  2. Cut a pc. of designer paper 5.25″ x 6.25″.  I  chose this one by Reflections at Michael’s Craft store:2017-08-16 13.45.59
  3. Cut out of pink cardstock using the largest die in ECD 1120 – Stitched Rectangles.
  4. Cut out of light lavender cardstock using the largest die in ECD 1174 Dotted Rectangles.  Stamp sentiment in the upper left hand corner of the lavender mat.
  5. Cut the pieces for the “Ice Cream Cone”, “Tea Cup” “”Small Cupcake” and “Cake Stand” from white cardstock and the decorator pcs. from pink cardstock.  Color the “cupcakes”, “cupcake wrappers”, “chocolate layer” of cone and “drips” and the “coffee” with Copic Markers.  Assemble as shown.
  6. Using ECD Peel off Stickers, outline the designer paper layer with silver circle lines as shown.

That’s it!

Thank you so much for taking a look!  I love to read your comments!  Please follow me!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 6mm & 10mm.  “The Best Things” clear stamps set from Susan Tierney Cockburn

White Gel Pen (cream swirl in coffee)

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A card for Jeanine

Over at Crazy 4 Challenges this week our theme is “Monochromatic” like shades of blue, green or in my case, shades of purple.  You can accent with white or black. This card was made for the other hairdresser in the salon we work at, Jeanine!  Last week, my premier week as a designer on the team over at the “Crazies”, I made a card for my sisters for their support.  This week, I need to thank my work partner Jeanine.  She has encouraged and supported me through a lot!  We’ve worked together going on 14yrs.!

The Steps:

  Believe it or not, I only used two die sets for this card by Elizabeth Craft Designs:      1064 – Fitted Frames 4 – Curvy Squares and 1020 – Susan’s Garden – Hydrangea

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This week’s commercial:  I just love this Fitted Frames series.  It doesn’t show well in the picture above on the left, but all the frames pictured in the set are cut with one pass through the die cutter!  These sets of frames come in Squares, Rectangles, Circles and Ovals.  I admit when I first saw these I thought “Well that seems like a waste of card stock when you only want one frame”.  However, if you cut them with a piece of white cardstock then you have a supply of frames that you can color any color you need.  You can stencil or do a cool ink Oxide on paper and then cut them out. Or, color each one a different color to go with a designer print paper.  The ways you can use these are endless.  But you also get some cute little shapes with them.  I used the heart that comes out of each cut to decorate the inside of the card.

Step 1:  I cut the frames out of 3 colors of purple and just set them aside.

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Step 2:  Cut all the pieces from the “Hydrangea” die set.  I cut two bases (the weird oval shapes in the same color as the frame in the upper left of the above picture).  I also cut the square pc. in the set, which is what cuts all the petals, 3 times in this same pale lavender cardstock.  I cut the 3 leaf pieces 3 times from this pale lavender and 3 times from white cardstock.

Step 3:  Decide what will be the components of the card:

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I want to draw your attention to the assembled Hydrangea in the above photo.  I started out with just larger leaves on either side of the flower but hated it.  So I decided to just put leaves all around the flower which I think turned out better.  (Just thought it would help to see sometimes things go wrong.  Don’t panic, most mistakes can be fixed without starting over!)

Step 4:  There is an assembly video by Susan Tierney Cockburn on YouTube on the Elizabeth Craft Designs channel under Susan’s Garden.  I always highly recommend watching an assemble video if available whenever you get a new die set.  It can save you so much frustration.  Shape all the pieces of the hydrangea and assemble per Susan’s video. But first cut a dark purple square the same size as the only “stitched square”.  Glue the “stitched square” over this purple square.  This sandwich is what you will build the “hydrangea” on.  After I veined all the leaves I added PanPastel Violet to all the leaves both light lavender and white.  After the whole flower/leaves were all glued in place I squeezed a drop of glue here and there and added some “Express-o Yourself” Prills.  I then took a soft paint brush, just as in the video and lightly added a little of the “bright green” PanPastel she mentions, that is actually called “Bright Yellow Green” by the brand.

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Step 5: The last step!  Cut a piece of 12 x 12″ White 100 lb. ECD Soft Finish cardstock in half.  Create the base by taking one of the 6 x 12 and scoring at 6″ on the long side.  Cut a printed designer cardstock square mat that measures 5 3/8″ square.  Adhere to the front of the base card.  Cut a pale lavender sq. that measures 5 1/8″.  Adhere to the previous “designer print” mat.  Now add the 3 “Wavy Frames” starting with the largest to the smallest.  Then adhere the “Stitched Flower”  square pc. to the center as shown.  I added a little tag sentiment.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love comments and hope you’ll follow my blog.  I respond to all comments and any questions regarding crafting with paper, personally.

Other Products Used:

Cardstock from Michael’s:

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Elizabeth Craft Designs:  12 x12 White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear Double Sided Adhesive 6mm  and “General Sentiments” Clear Stamp set.

Spellbinders:  The little “For You” sentiment.

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Beacon’s Kids Choice glue

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A Background scene made entirely with stencils!

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I was so inspired by one of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s own creations that I went right over to Elizabeth Craft Designs and bought all the stencils, (ones I didn’t have) that were on sale.  Which was a fab surprise!  The picture below is Susan’s card.

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Yes, I know mine is pitiful next to hers!  But, the point of this blog is the journey!  I loved hers so much but didn’t want to copy it exactly (like I could).  First that would be plagiarism if by some miracle I could pull that off, and second I wanted to try flipping the stencil (like Susan did for the tree reflection) but with the river.  Plus, I had new toys and wanted to try them all, of course.

Here are the stencils that I used:

The two on the left are: The Great Outdoors and Mountain and Split Rail Fence. The three on right are: Cloud and Grass,  Evergreen Grove and Shade Trees.

Here’s how I made this card:

As, I said, I had this idea to continue the “river” behind the covered bridge.

Step 1:  I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to a 5.75 x 5.75″ square.  Then I die cut Susan’s 1217 – Country Scapes – Olde Covered Bridge out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.

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The covered bridge is the focal point so I needed it to even begin to start stenciling the background.

Step 2:  The above picture is the first thing I did.  Using the bridge die pc. as a guide, I used the Great Outdoors stencil  and PanPastels to stencil the water in front of the bridge and the stones.  Then I flipped the stencil over to stencil the water behind the bridge. Then, while I still had the bridge taped down with temporary tape,  I colored with PanPastels, the road “through the bridge”.

Step 3:  Above pictured, I added the  “Mountains” “Shade Tree”, head of the reindeer and one “evergreen tree” and the “grass” in the lower right corner.  Then I put the bridge over it to see where else I wanted trees.

2017-07-13 19.02.30Step 4:  In the above picture I just started filling in more “Evergreens” and the “Mountains”

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Step 5:  This photo is the finished scene.  I went over some of the images with more PanPastel color to darken up some of the images and added the “rail fence” and grass on the lower right side..

Step 6:  My original intention was to use one of Elizabeth Crafts Designs dies in the  1047 – Pop it Ups – Western Edges – 4 die set as part of my scene.  It is the one with the two horses. Pictured below:


But the horses were to big to be at the foothills of the mountains.  But I had already cut and colored it.  By coincidently, it was laying by the bottom of the finished scene and I liked how it looked as if the horses had stopped to get a drink.  I really liked it lifted by dimension foam dots.

Step 7:  I cut a grass piece out of green cardstock using the 914 – Outdoor Edges -3 die set below and adhered it behind the “horse” piece.  I stenciled the horse pc. with the negative from the grass die pc. as a stencil.

Then I added some little grass dies from Obsession Impression on top of the horse layer on both ends, pictured below:

Step 8:  Attach the above “grass, horse, grass” stack with “Foam Dimension Dots” to the lower edge of your stenciled scene.

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Step 9:  To create the Easel base card, cut a piece of 12 x 12″ white cardstock in half.  Score one half on the 12″ side at 3″ and 6″.

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Next cut a pc. of cardstock 3 x 6″.  In my case, I used a scrap pc. of double sided designer paper that looks like old painted wood.  Then stamped a sentiment “The Best Things In Life” by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Next using the die set by ECD cut the two grass pieces using the same green cardstock your other grass was cut with.  Adhere these two grass helpers as shown below to the underside of your 3×6″ panel:

I added a rope die I cut with brown cardstock with ECD die set: 1125 – Ropes 1

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 and attached to the front of this panel as shown.

Now adhere this panel to the lower 3″ of your scored base card.  (the side that is 6″ sq. not scored.

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I colored a brown stripe with a Copic E71 because I didn’t like the white showing under the scene that I think was caused because of the additional pumped out layer.  Easy fix!

Now fold the scored half over the paneled half and adhere the scene pc. to the lower 3″ ONLY of the front of this card:

 That’s it!

A card that the recipient can display easily without an additional stand:

Thank so much for taking a look.  As you can see, I’ve got a ways to go before I’m stenciling like the great Susan but it sure is fun to keep trying.  Stencils are relatively inexpensive and their uses are nearly endless.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  12×12″ 100lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm


Copic Markers

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Hampton Art brown ink pad

Make your own Designer paper with stencils.

This week I wanted to use some die sets I bought back in November at the Scrapbook Expo and hadn’t used yet!  I know you’re thinking “For the love of God girl, it’s almost the 4th of July!”  Well, I’ve been busy with holiday, birthday and specific commissioned cards.  I must say, I’ve really developed a love for everything Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I’m crazy for her “Country Scapes” collection.   The die set I’ve been anxious to use is 1078 – CountryScapes – Backyard 3 – Apple Orchard pictured below:

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I also think it’s about time I sang the praises of stencils!  If I’m making a card with an outdoor scene for the front or inside of a card, I pull out two things first.  Susan’s Cloud and Grass stencil.  I use it so much I don’t why I even put it away.  And the other is my PanPastels.

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I used to look for designer paper of the sky and others for grass.  Sometimes you want the “cute” look rather than a realistic look and that’s what I think designer paper is great for.  But, if you’re trying to create a realistic look, this stencil is not only your best bet financially but you can get a pretty authentic look.  I haven’t used it yet for a sunset but I will soon or try to!  Susan has a tutorial on YouTube demonstrating this stencil.

The Steps:

  1.  Cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 5.5″ x 5.3/8″.  Using the above stencil create your sky and grass using PanPastels.

2.  Cut and prepare all the pieces that will create the components of your scene and glue to the stenciled cardstock.  I used these die sets for this scene.

From Elizabeth Craft Designs:

                              1078 – CountryScapes – Backyard 3 – Apple Orchard

1127 – CountryScapes Backyard 5 – Wash Day (quilt)

1131 – CountryScapes Garden Edges Daffodil

1133 – CountryScapes Garden Edges Tulip

1084 – CountryScapes – New England Stone Wall & Gate (little fence)

Additional die sets used:

From Frantic Stamper Inc.:

FRA-DIE-09921 Flying Gulls

FRA-DIE-09822 Gardening Pots (set of 4 dies)

3.  Cut a piece of blue cardstock 5.3/4″ x 5.5/8″.  Adhere the scene piece to this blue layer.

4.  Cut a piece of white cardstock 6″ x 12″ and score at 6″ on the long side.  Fold in half and adhere the completed step 3 to the front of you folded card.  My card’s fold is at the top but you could have a book open card as well.

That’s it.   Thank you so much for the taking a look.  I love comments and answer any questions personally.