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Spring Flower Garden

Good Sunday morning. I have more spring flowers to share with you today. I was browsing through my stash of dies for flower inspiration and ran across the Marianne Designs Anja’s Flowers set.  I’ve had it for quite a while but have only used it once.  I used it for my project today and paired it with flowers from the Impression Obsession Spring Wreath and Memory Box Butterfly Delights.

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I cut a few sets of the flowers, formed them using my stylus and molding pad from Susan’s Garden Tool Kit , assembled them using glossy accents and I attached them to the flower border background using glossy accents.

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I applied mounting tape to the back of both the flower border and decorative border and attached to the card base.  I applied rolled up glue dots to  the back of a few key flowers to hold the whole floral section in place. I added a few tiny butterflies to bring another element of interest.

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Here’s a close up side view to show the dimension of the flower garden and border.

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I thought you may enjoy seeing the first colorful spring project I did using the Anja’s Flowers paired with the Impression Obsession Bunch of Blossoms, Butterfly Set, Large Fence and Tiny Flowers.  

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Here is a link to my Flower Garden and Butterflies blog post  if you would like to out the details about how I made this project. I linked the dies and cardstock that I used on both cards below.  Note the pink cardstock is no longer available.  If I had to chose a favorite between the two cards I would have to go for the bright pink, purple and yellow flowers and butterflies but I really like them both.

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Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful day. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Double Framed Hydrangea

Good Monday morning.  As I browsed through the CLEARANCE Sale at Ellen Hutson yesterday morning I saw the Marianne Designs Oval Frame on sale for 50% off.  I really like the frame and thought I would use it along with the Marianne Designs Petra’s Large Ovals to create a double layered decorative frame. I knew I wanted to put a flower inside the frame so I pulled out both of Susan’s Hydrangea and Hydrangea 2 sets and combined the small and large petals from both sets to create my flower.

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I cut the larger rectangle layer and attached it to the card base with mounting tape.  I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached a piece of white cardstock to the back.  I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the frame section and attached it to the purple layer.

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I cut the leaves and base from the small hydrangea set to use as the base for my flower and cut petals from both sets.  I hand cut a tiny green circle about half the size of the flower base to use as a platform  to add height in the center for assembling the flower and attached it with a piece of mounting tape.  Check out my Hydrangea tutorial if you would like to see photos of how I add height and roundness to my hydrangea.  The tutorial shows the use of several layers of platforms but I only used one on my project today.

KC Elizabeth Craft Susan  Hydrangea 1 close 

I formed both the large and small petals using my stylus and molding pad started assembling the flower by placing the large blossoms around the outer lower base using glossy accents.  I worked my around the lower base and then added petals in the center.  When I completed adding the large petals I attached the tiny petals in the centers of all the large and attached with glossy accents.  I liked the look of both size petals together.  I attached the flower and stem to the card base with glossy accents and then tucked the formed leaves in under the flower and attached with glossy accents.  I added two thin cardstock strips coming out from under the flower to look like ribbon streamers.

KC Elizabeth Craft Susan  Hydrangea 1 left

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great week.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Flower Garden and Butterflies

Good Saturday afternoon.  I’m sorry I’ve missed posting for a couple of days and am happy to be back posting today.  My project is a flower garden scene with a pretty border, fence and lots of butterflies.  I made this as a reminder that spring is not so far away for those of you living in the cold and snowy parts of the country. The pretty borders are made using Marianne Designs Anja’s Flowers.  I paired it with Impression Obsession Bunch of Blossoms, Butterfly Set, Tiny Flowers and Large Fence

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I started by cutting the flower border and top border.  I cut flowers in pink, lavender and yellow, formed them with my stylus and molding pad and attached them over the borders flowers with glossy accents.  I filled each flower with a tiny apricot flower center to add a little more realistic appearance. 

KC MArianne Designs Anja's Flowers 1 center

I cut 2 fence sections and attached them together to fit all the way across the card front. I attached small pieces of mounting tape to the top of a few pickets so they would stand away from the card base, applied ATG adhesive to the bottom of the fence so it would lay flat behind the flower border base and then attached it to the card base.  I applied mounting tape to the top border so it would stand out above the fence.  I finished by adding several butterflies to the scene to add another element of dimension and to help draw the eye up and also to fill in some of the blank white space.

KC MArianne Designs Anja's Flowers 1 left

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying a wonderful and relaxing Saturday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Sugared Filigree Poinsettia, Holly and Pine

Good Friday morning.  I love making holiday projects with poinsettias, holly and pine. And I think adding glitter to create a sugared effect makes it all the more special. Today I used the Creative Expressions Filigree Poinsettia, Holly Sprays, Impression Obsession Pine Pair and  Marianne Design Petra’s Large Oval.

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I applied Crafter’s Pick glue to all the pieces (with my finger) and dipped them in crystal fine glitter to create the sugared effect. I want to take a minute to talk about the Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter.  I have several different brands of nice glitter but none as fine and purely crystal clear as the one I used today.  The Martha Stewart crystal coarse glitter is wonderful as well.

I had to move on to something else while I waited for the glue to dry so I attached the oval to the card base with mounting tape.  I applied full 1/2” wide pieces in the upper left center to create a secure base for my floral design.

KC Creative Expressions Filigree Poinsettia 1 center

I started the floral spray by attaching the two large pieces of holly to the base with glossy accents.  I followed by attaching the poinsettia with glossy accents.  Once the flower was secure I tucked pine pieces and a couple of smaller holly pieces in around the flower to complete the spray.  I finished by adding a large snow pearl in the flower center.

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Here’s a closer view.  I love the delicate cut of the filigree poinsettia.  It’s so elegant.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Inspired by…….

Good Monday morning.  I hope you had a wonderful and restful weekend.  I sure did.

A couple of weeks ago, my good friend and paper crafting artist, Broni Holcombe honored me on her blog as an artist she is inspired by!  What a total thrill and honor that is for me. Not only is Broni one of the most talented coloring artist in the paper crafting community but she is also one of the sweetest people I know.  I have had the privilege of serving on two design teams with Broni, Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen and Rubbernecker Stamps.  I have also entertained Broni as a houseguest and she is a treasure. If you aren’t already familiar with Broni’s work then you need to get a cup of coffee and hop on over to her blog, Splashes of Watercolor

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Along with this honor, Broni asked that I answer a few questions and share a couple other artists who inspire me.

So, here goes the questions!

1. What am I working on?

For the past couple of weeks I have been working on creating dimensional die cut projects and step by step written instructions for a class I will be teaching at The Collins Group trade show being held here in Orlando at the end of the month.  I will be representing Impression Obsession products and I am very excited that I will have my first opportunity to meet Mitra Friant, the owner of Impression Obsession. 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t believe my favorite genre differs much from others who love crafting with the exception that I am obsessed with adding dimension to almost everything I make.  I have been paper crafting for about ten years. My style of card making has had a pretty dramatic change during that time.  My love of creating scenes has progressed over the years from adding scenery around stamped images with artists pen, brushes and sponges to creating dimensional die cut scenes and dimensional floral projects. Die cut images have taken the crafting industry by storm and it doesn’t appear the storm will calm any time soon.

Here are a few of my all-time dimensional favorites.

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3. Why do I create what I do?

I am driven by a desire to continue pushing the envelope and creating realistic dimensional scenes with extreme detail and creating natural looking floral designs that can “almost” pass for real. I started paper crafting as an outlet to reduce stress.  When I sit at my desk and start working on a project my mind is overtaken by the creative process and none of my work day problems can share the space. 

4. How does your creative process work?

It is hard for me to describe my creative process. I design by the seat of pants and rarely know at the beginning how my finished project will turn out.  I usually begin by choosing a pretty color combination and a couple of dies and just go where they take me.

And now I get to nominate a couple lovely ladies who are inspiring to me!

 Jeanne Streiff- Inky Paws 

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I first got to know Jeanne on Splitcoaststampers and we first met several years ago when she came to Florida for a Paper Crafting show.  I have entertained Jeanne in my home and have had the opportunity to see her several times over the years.  We have served together on the several design teams.

Jeanne is known in the paper crafting community as a master coloring artist with many different mediums. Jeanne’s talent and inspiration has influenced much of my craft spending over the years. LOL! She hosts several different challenge forums on Splitcoaststampers and was member of the first Dirty Dozen design team. She serves on several different company teams including Impression Obsession, Sizzix, Stamps of Life, The Paper Loft, Taylored Expressions Baker’s Dozen and ShinHan Art Materials.

Julie Warner- The Write Stuff

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Julie became a member of Splitcoaststampers in 2007 and two years later became a member of the Dirty Dozen.  She is known for her gorgeous water coloring and unmistakable style.  She is also a Copic certified Copic designer. I have been inspired by Julie’s gorgeous creations for years and have enjoyed getting to know her while taking part in the SCS daily challenges. 

Julie serves on several company design teams including DRS Designs, North Coast Creations, Our Daily Bread and Serendipity Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed my Inspired by…post .  I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to share my admiration for these talented designers who have inspired me.