Friday, July 26, 2013

A Black Eye Susan Barrette using Sizzix Susan's Garden Die

As a girl born and raised in Maryland, my favorite wildflower is the Black Eyed Susan. All along the highways in my home state you can see them growing. I made sure to plant them at my home in CT now that I am adult to give me that piece of Maryland. So when I saw this Susan's Garden Bigz die by Sizzix I knew I had to have it. I made with the die a Black Eyed Susan barrette for my daughter the other night. I colored the petals and created the the black powder look on the petals with Pan Pastels. I then finished it with a coat of Triple Thick by Deco Art. I glued the flower to the barrette with the same glue I used to put the flower together, The Ultimate. It is extremely strong and great to add firmness to paper projects.




Modeled by my daughter.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Beautiful Rose Made With Susan's Garden Dies by Sizzix

Today I experimented more with the Sizzix Susan's Garden dies. This time I made a beautiful rose. I will have to save this and add it to an arrangement or wreath.



It's a Boy Card

A friend is having a baby boy in a week and I made her this cute card.

I used a Sizzix Embossing Folder inked with Archival Ink by Ranger to create the background. The stamps are by Printworks and All Night Media. I stamped the images with Sepia Archival Ink and colored them with Copic markers.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Experimenting With Susan's Garden Dies

Good morning everyone!  This week I received in the mail a bunch of dies by Sizzix called Susan's Garden.  It is a full line of dies to create flowers.  I fell in love with these as soon as I saw them.  Those of you who have followed me for awhile know that I started this blog to showcase flowers that I made using punches.  My header is a Christmas swag I made for a local scrapbook store that I taught at years ago.

Here is one of my first projects, a flower bobby pin for my daughter to wear.

I used the Flowering Quince Die Set.
I did not follow the directions to make the Quince but created my own fun flower using a light blue polka dot paper.  I cut each of the die pieces once and use all of the pieces.  I ran my Versafine cube in Pinecone along the edges of the petal pieces.  I colored the tips of the stamen with a Copic marker YR65 Atoll.  To glue it all together I used the best glue called The Ultimate.  I glued the petals onto the bobby pin and put a calyx under and over the bottom metal piece.  I then took the pin outside and sprayed the whole flower with Krylon Matte Finish several times. 
I designed this card for my daughter to keep the bobby pins organized.
Here is herself modeling.  It was early so she wouldn't let me take a front shot.  Maybe later.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cool Book Box

I signed up for a fun class by Andy Skinner called Book of Ruination. This is my first attempt at trying the techniques. A lot of the under layers did not show through my top layer.

I used Decoart Americana and traditions paints. The box was from Hobby Lobby. The die cut houses are Tim Holtz and I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the line and dot pattern. The texture technique on the box is from the class as well as achieving the rusty look on the die cut.

I used Tim Holtz tissue tape on the sides and stained it with Distress Stain.

Here are a few close ups of the rust technique.