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Butterflies Add a Special Touch

Good Wednesday morning.  My project today is one you have already seen. I loved making this Impression Obsession Tree Die seen but for some reason I thought something was missing.  It is for my good friend’s birthday and I want it to be extra special.  As I was just getting ready to put it in on of my crystal clear boxes it dawned on me that it would be so much sweeter with a few butterflies to add that extra touch of spring. 

Here’s the original.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Die 6 right  KC Impression Obsession Tree Die 6 left

 

Here’s photos with added butterflies. 

KC Impression Obsession Tree Die 6 right butterflies

I the pink butterflies kicks it up a notch.

KC IMpression Obsession Tree Die 6 left butterflies

 

I think this looks so pretty in the crystal clear box with the matching pink bow.  It makes a perfect birthday package and is a gift of love.

Crystal Box

 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Crystal Clear Boxes, A2

Impression Obsession Clear Stamp Set, Solid Tree Impression Obsession Dies, Tree Impression Obsession Dies, Leaf Cluster Impression Obsession Dies, Grass Border Sizzix Accessory, Tool Kit inspired by Susan Tierney-CockburnAccents, Glossy Glue Dots, 3/8ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkRetractable Craft PickMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone Folder High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2Paper Trimmer, Tonic Guillotine 12 Distress Ink Pad, Tumbled GlassDistress Ink Pad, Peeled PaintFiskars 23627097 Hand Punch, 1/4-Inch, FlowerCOPIC Sketch Marker R85, Rose Red

Stamps:  Impression Obsession Solid Tree Set    Paper:  Regal Rose, Pink, Olive, White    Ink:  Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint    Accessories:  Impression Obsession Tree Die, Leaf ClusterGrass Border, Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit, Fiskars 1/8” Circle Punch, Fiskars 1/4” Flower Punch, Fiskars Scalloped Paper Edger,  Paper Shapers Scalloped Scissors (cut cloud template), Tiny Stylus, Hand Cut Cloud Template,  Glossy Accents , Mounting Tape , Glue Dots , Metal Adapter Plate , Paper Piercer , ATG , Refill Tape , Big Shot , Teflon Bone Folder , Snips , Guillotine Paper Cutter, Color Box Stylus and Foam Tips, Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool, Copic Marker Rose Red R85, Crystal Clear Boxes


Susan's Wheelbarrow and Tulips

Good Tuesday morning.  I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. I sure did.  I had lots of fun creating in my craft room.  I want to share a project using the tulip that I showed you yesterday.  I have added a couple more and arranged them in Susan Tierney Cockburn’s new Wheelbarrow.  This was fun for me and took me back to working in the flower shop with my mother.  She would have loved this.

KC Sizzix Wheelbarrow 1 front right

I cut the wheelbarrow using Essentials by Ellen Craft-a-Board. I assembled it using ATG adhesive.  It was very easy and fast to put together.

 

KC Sizzix Wheelbarrow 1 right side

I painted the whole wheelbarrow with vintage photo crackle paint. I used a dark brown Copic Marker to add a little more depth to the wood appearance.  The front wheel was embossed with copper embossing powder and was attached to the wheelbarrow with copper brads

KC Sizzix Wheelbarrow 1 top

I attached a thin piece of green floral styrofoam with my hot glue gun to create a base to hold the tulips up a little higher in the bed of the wheelbarrow. I cut several pieces of large foliage, formed it with my large stylus from the accessory tool kit and hot glued them to the styrofoam.  I hot glued the three tulips in place and then added several smaller pieces of foliage to soften the arrangement.  I love how this turned out.  It would make a great gift for a gardener or flower lover.  You can see the tutorial I posted yesterday if you would like to see how I made my tulips. KC Sizzix Wheelbarrow 1 left front

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.  Just think only four work days this week.  Woo Hoo! 

 

    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, Flower, Tulip by Susan Tierney-Cockburn, 10PKimage[11]   Sizzix Bigz XL Die, Wheelbarrow, 3-D by Susan Tierney-CockburnEssentials by Ellen: Craft-a-Board 6x12, 12pk    Sizzix Accessory, Tool Kit inspired by Susan Tierney-CockburnImpression Obsession Dies, Leafy Branch    The Ultimate Glue, 4 oz. Sizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateDistress Crackle Paint, Vintage PhotoRanger Embossing Powders, CopperAmerican Crafts Elements, Mini Brads, CopperCOPIC Sketch Marker E59, WalnutVersaMark InkpadStudio Artist Brushes

 

Paper:  Olive, White    Ink: Distress Ink  Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey      Accessories:  Sizzix Tulip, Wheelbarrow, Essentials by Ellen Craft-a-Board, Spellbinders Foliage, Impression Obsession Leafy Branch 2, Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit, Hot Glue Gun, Copic Marker E59 Walnut, Cooper Embossing PowderVersa, Copper Brads, Crafter’s Pick, Vintage Photo Crackle Paint, Brush,

 


Susan’s Tulip and a Tutorial

Good Monday morning.  I have been having so much fun making Susan Tierney Cockburn’s flowers.  Today I want to share Susan’s beautiful Tulip die set and a step by step tutorial on how I add layers of color to the petals and form the flower.  I went a little overboard taking pictures of it but wanted you to see several views to see how pretty and realistic it is.  And guess what……….the pictures fool you into thinking the tulip is really hard to make when in reality it is so easy!!!!

I hope to have a project to share with you tomorrow using this tulip and possibly a few more. Check out this tulip photo link if you would like to be inspired and to see wonderful tulip color combinations.  You will definitely be inspired.

KC Tulip 5

KC Tulip 6

KC Tulip 3

Supplies: 

Paper:  White, Olive    Ink:  Distress Ink Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey,    Accessories:  Sizzix Tulip by Susan Tierney Cockburn, Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit, Sizzix Flower Pot Trays, Color Box Stylus and Foam Tip, Distress Marker Black Soot, Crafter’s Pick (glue), Big Shot, Metal Adapter Plate 

 

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1.  I cut the petals in white so I could add and build layers of color.  I sponged on a light layer of worn lipstick ink.

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2.  I sponged wild honey ink over the pink but leaving pink space.  I 3

3.  I went back and sponged another layer of pink around the edges to add a deeper color and to blend in with the wild honey color.  I repeated these steps on each petal and tried to make each petal a little different.

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Here’s a closer view.

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4.  I formed all the petals using the loop tool from the accessory tool kit. This tool kit makes easy work of making these flowers.

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5.  I formed the base of the tulip with the largest stylus tip and then using crafter’s pick glue.  I attached three petals to the outside of the flower base alternating the them and then added the second three (ooops…I failed to take a picture after adding the other three petals) . I formed the small green circle with my stylus and attached to the bottom of the flower.7

6.  I placed the tulip upside down in the flower pot tray to hold it’s shape while allowing the glue to dry.  If you want to mold and form lovely flowers then you will definitely want to invest in these little trays.

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7.  I softened the leaf cardstock with the loop tool and leaf pad and lightly formed the leaves.

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8.  I used the leaf tool to add veins to the leaves.

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9.  I cut the stamen using white cardstock and sponged on wild honey over the top half.

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10.  I colored the bottom half of the stamen black to match the flower base.

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11.  I cut each section of the stamen in half to add a little more texture for the inside of the tulip.

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12.  I rolled the stamen around the tip of the tweezers and glued it closed.

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13.  I applied a good amount of glue to the bottom of the stamen and placed in the center of the tulip.  I held it in place for a minute to make sure it dried in the right place.

KC Tulip 4

KC Tulip 1

14.  I finished by adding the leaves to the base of the flower. 

KC Tulip 2

KC Tulip 7

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, Flower, Tulip by Susan Tierney-Cockburn, 10PKimage  Sizzix Accessory, Tool Kit inspired by Susan Tierney-CockburnSizzix Accessory, Plastic Flower Pot Trays, 5 Pack inspired by Susan Tierney-CockburnThe Ultimate Glue, 4 oz.     Sizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor Plate


Tiny Birdhouse Village

Good Sunday morning.  I have a fun project to share with you today using the Memory Box Tiny Village and Resting Birds paired with the Impression Obsession Leafy Branch 2. I had such a good time yesterday stamping a foliage background behind my die cut images that I thought I would use the same technique today.  I pulled out a tiny foliage stamp from my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master to stamp leaves and add depth and dimension behind my branch.

 

KC Memory Box Tiny Village 1 right
I cut the leafy branch using green cardstock and colored the branches with a brown Copic marker leaving the leaves green.  I cut the tiny village houses and resting birds using white cardstock and colored them with Copic markers.  I attached the houses to the branches with glossy accents and applied a couple of leaves to the top of each house.  I cut tiny flowers using amethyst cardstock and my flower mound die, formed the flowers with my tiny stylus and attached to the branches and house tops.  I attached the birds in place with glossy accents.KC Memory Box Tiny Village 1 center

I laid my branch on the white cardstock to get an idea of where to stamp the foliage background.  I stamped in the foliage and used a Copic marker to color in tiny flowers. I applied the white layer over the amethyst decorative border and attached to the card base. I attached the branch over the stamped foliage using rolled glue dots.

Pale pink, yellow, blue and amethyst are one of my favorite color combinations for spring projects. One disappointment is that amethyst always seems to photograph as a darker blue than it really is.  The amethyst is really much softer in person. Here’s a couple closer views to see the dimension.

KC Memory Box Tiny Village 1 close left

KC Memory Box Tiny Village 1 close right

I thought the tiny village houses would make perfect birdhouses.  I love how this turned out. I wish you could see it in person.

KC Memory Box Tiny Village 1 left

I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend.  I sure am.  Check out my Saturday post if you would like to see how I created the background behind my die cut images.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Outdoor MasterMemory Box Dies, Tiny VillageMemory Box Dies, Resting BirdsMemory Box Dies, Flower MoundImpression Obsession Dies, Leafy BranchImpression Obsession Dies, Border Duo 1

   Sizzix Accessory, Tool Kit inspired by Susan Tierney-CockburnAccents, Glossy Glue Dots, 3/8ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkRetractable Craft PickMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone Folder High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2Paper Trimmer, Tonic Guillotine 12Distress Ink Pad, Shabby ShuttersCOPIC Sketch Marker Y32, CashmereCOPIC Sketch Marker R81, Rose PinkCOPIC Sketch Marker B000, Pale Porcelain BlueCOPIC Sketch Marker BV11, Soft VioletCOPIC Sketch Marker E57, Light Walnut`

 

Stamps:  Kittie Kits Outdoor Master    Paper:  White, Spring Moss, Amethyst     Ink:  Distress Ink Shabby Shutters       Accessories:  Memory Box Tiny Village, Resting Birds, Flower Mound, Impression Obsession Leafy Branch 2 Border Duo 1, Copic Markers Y32 Cashmere, R81 Rose Pink, B000 Pale Porcelain Blue, BV11 Soft Violet, E57 Light Walnut,Tiny Stylus, Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit, Glossy Accents , Glue Dots , Metal Adapter Plate , Paper Piercer , ATG , Refill Tape , Big Shot , Teflon Bone Folder , Snips , Guillotine Paper Cutter,


Impression Obsession Die Cut and Stamped Tree Scene

 

Good Saturday afternoon.  I haven’t been able to play the last few days due to a few long work days.  It was good to get my dies and stamps out this morning.  I have a scene project to share with you today combining die cuts and stamped images.  I took step by step pictures to show how I used stamped images to create a layer of dimension behind the dies and the steps I take to build the die cut scene. 

 

KC Impression Obsession Tree Die 6 right

1.  I cut the tree and leaf clusters. 

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2.  I cut the smaller leaf clusters apart to create individual leaves to make them small enough to fit on the tree die

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3.  I applied glossy accents to the branches and attached the leaves.

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4,  I punched out several light and dark pink 1/8” circles and formed them with my tiniest stylus.

 

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5.  I applied glossy accents  to the leaves and attached the tiny flowers to cover the tree.

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6.  I stamped the solid tree image on white cardstock to create a template for stamping the leaves.  The stamped image is a little light but it doesn’t matter as it will be totally covered with the die cut tree.

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7.  I stamped leaves from the solid tree set all around the branches to fill in and create a full leafy base behind the tree die

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8.  I used a dark pink Copic marker to hand color flowers all around in the leaves.9

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9.  I used an ink blending tool and a hand cut cloud template to create clouds in the sky area.12

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10.  I used a color box stylus and foam tip to apply a green base for the ground area.  14

11.  I stamped the leaf image on the ground area to create a foliage background and created a few flowers with the Copic marker.

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12.  I cut two grass borders and attached 1/4” punched flowers to create a floral border.

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13.  I placed a strip of mounting tape across the bottom of the scene and attached the grass borders and flowers.

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14.  I finished the scene by attaching scalloped borders cut with decorative scissors to both the top and bottom to frame. 

KC Impression Obsession Tree Die 6 center

I love how the stamped foliage behind the tree adds depth and interest to the scene.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Die 6 close

KC Impression Obsession Tree Die 6 left

 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great holiday weekend.  Woo Hoo!  I love three day weekends.

 

 Impression Obsession Clear Stamp Set, Solid Tree          Impression Obsession Dies, Tree Impression Obsession Dies, Leaf Cluster  Impression Obsession Dies, Grass Border                                                                            Sizzix Accessory, Tool Kit inspired by Susan Tierney-CockburnAccents, Glossy Glue Dots, 3/8ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkRetractable Craft PickMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone Folder  High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2Paper Trimmer, Tonic Guillotine 12     Distress Ink Pad, Tumbled GlassDistress Ink Pad, Peeled PaintFiskars 23627097 Hand Punch, 1/4-Inch, FlowerCOPIC Sketch Marker R85, Rose Red

 

Stamps:  Impression Obsession Solid Tree Set    Paper:  Regal Rose, Pink, Olive, White    Ink:  Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint    Accessories:  Impression Obsession Tree Die, Leaf ClusterGrass Border, Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit, Fiskars 1/8” Circle Punch, Fiskars 1/4” Flower Punch, Fiskars Scalloped Paper Edger,  Paper Shapers Scalloped Scissors (cut cloud template), Tiny Stylus,  Hand Cut Cloud Template,  Glossy Accents , Mounting Tape , Glue Dots , Metal Adapter Plate , Paper Piercer , ATG , Refill Tape , Big Shot , Teflon Bone Folder , Snips , Guillotine Paper Cutter, Color Box Stylus and Foam Tips, Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool, Copic Marker Rose Red R85