Saturday, April 28, 2012

With Love

Hello!  I'm back again, stepping outside the comfort zone with my dies from Cheery Lynn Designs…You know how I adore my dies and how inspired I am to see what else I can create!
The bottom layer is created with the largest of the Mini Pearl Rectangle Mega Doily Reflections Die set. I just love how versatile the Reflections dies are! Next is the dainty Queen Anne’s Lace border atop the beautiful Border Carnivale. I hand stitched the heart, and then added the Dainty Dutch Deco Frame to back the photo. Under the photo is a strip outlined by the stunning Lace Light Deco Border. Tucked in on the right is the Mega Tea Party Doily.
I created my flower by cutting one layer of Flower Stacker #5 from cardboard, then dry brushed the edges with Distress Paint. I added the little lace doily from the center of the Dainty Dutch Deco Frame underneath the flower along with some pieces of the Fanciful Flourish and foliage from Olive Branches, Stacker Flower #1 leaf, and Large Leaves #2.
  Using the mini Exotic Butterfly set, I cut three layers of butterfly from velum. (thanks to my good friend Rhonda for the fun tip!) She rests atop a swirl from the Fanciful Flourish, and a piece of Olive Branches
Banners have been such a fun trend. The Pennant Die is the perfect size for both layouts and cards! Notice the detail on the Pennant?! So Cute!!  I fussy cut the glitter and birds from pattern paper to adorn the top, and added a Miniature Rose to finish it off!
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Miss You

Hello!  I'm  here today with another Cheery Lynn Designs card featuring a mix of textures.

Loving the simple beauty of the white on white cards, I decided to add a bit of elegance by combining a dainty embossed background (Petite Hearts) layered with the classy patterns of the French Lattice Small Frame. I really love the combination of the two textures together. To the right of the card I layered the Two of Hearts, adding just a spritz of Stickles to add to the delicate feel of the card.

To the left I started with the Fanciful Flourish and added a bit of foliage using the Olive Branches and SM Leaves #2. To create the flower, I layered two dies of each size of the Darling Daisies, lightly inking the edges of the petals before adhering the layers together. Notice the leaves. They were cut from white cardstock and lightly inked with Ranger distress inks. I just love the way the ink brings out the details!

I really had fun creating this flower using the Cuties #2 die! The flower is 8 layers of pink tissue paper. I cut four layers at a time….yes, remember when using tissue paper the dies will cut through a few layers at a time! I cut one layer of 4, and then a second layer of 4. Keep each layered strip together. Do NOT separate the layers. Attach the two strips together, staggering the petals. Roll with quilling tool. Glue the ends. Fold down the petals and fluff. Enjoy your beautiful flower!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Card fun!

Hello! I am so excited to becoming to you from Miss Art’s Papercrafting School! Alyssa, thank you so much for asking me to join you!

We are focusing on a special group that is very dear to my heart, Operation Write Home. My son was stationed overseas for a couple years and has made many friends whom are now stationed around the world. I am so grateful for all of you wonderful ladies that donate your time and cards so that these men and women may remain in contact with their loved ones at home. It really means so much both those sending the cards, and those receiving them.
I want to share with you a fun way to add a little texture without adding a lot of bulk.

I stared with a plain piece of burlap and a few colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Pink Bubblegum, Sunshine, and Waterslide). The burlap absorbs the mists very quickly so one or two sprays gives a lot of color. I brought my colors close together so they would blend slightly where they met giving even more variation.

I like to use a clear acrylic stamp enabling me to see exactly where I am placing the image. Using StazOn ink, I applied a generous amount of ink to the image, I placed the stamp onto the burlap.  Since the burlap is much easier to cut when dry, I set the piece aside while I went to work on the rest of my card.

After distressing and stitching a couple layers for my card, I decided I wanted to place the flower over a banner. I devised a little trick to cutting an even bottom on a banner.
Cut a post-it note paper the width of your banner.
Fold the post-it in half and cut at an angle.
Unfold the post-it and line it up on the bottom of your banner piece, the adhesive on the post-it will hold it in place
 Cut your banner into shape!

After adhering the banner, and layering with a diecut, I cut a couple leaves from my favorite Cheery Lynn Designs Dies, inking the edges for dimension. Cut the flower and attach with a button. Tuck the leaves in around the flower.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s little tutorial! I look forward to seeing your burlap images!

Here is a peek at the card a created using the second flower.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s little tutorial! I look forward to seeing your burlap images!

Do you enjoy making cards? Every Tuesday in April the teachers at Miss Art's Papercrafting School will be teaming up to bring you a card tutorial, designed to spark your creativity, teach you new techniques, and meet the specifications for Operation Write Home cards. Each Tuesday, visit the Miss Art's blog  to view the tutorial. Then join designers Karen Hanson. Alyssa McGrew, Tina McDonald, and Jodi Baune in creating cards to donate to Operation Write Home. Cards will be collected at the Miss Art's office, then forwarded as a group to the Operation Write Home distribution center. Every card we receive will become an entry to win the Esther's Innovations kit  from Miss Art's! You can send as many cards as you like, earning as many entries as you like, but only cards following the OWH guidelines will be eligible. Cards must be received by May 25th, 2012 to be eligible for the drawing. International entries and cards are welcome. Cards created should be shipped to Miss Art's Papercrafting School, Attn: Alyssa McGrew, 125 Sherry Ln, Attica, IN 47918.
For more information about the specific requirements for donated cards, please view the OWH requirements page.
We can't wait to see what you create!
Alyssa McGrew
Owner, Miss Art's Papercrafting School

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Basic Shapes Gone Wild!

Hello! Jodi here with another layout for Cheery Lynn Designs! I started scrapping long before there were such beautiful dies and diecut machines on the market. The only way to get fun embellishments were to create your own by paper piecing….I loved paper piecing! I love to be able to take something ordinary and make it extraordinary, which is just what I have done for you today!

To create a fun scallop border around the edge, I used the flower die, Cuties #3. Mini Pearl Rectangle Reflections Mega Doily was used to create the photo matte and the background layer. The French Flair Scalloped Stacker Nesting Dies, layered with the French Flair Classic Silver Stackers creates a fun background for the photo. The Border Carnivale adds just the right touch of lace and femininity to the ensemble. I hand doodled the swirl border, then stitched overtop. I added a bit of bling to the stitching for added fun and girly glitz. 

The inspiration for this layout came when my Nesting Egg dies arrived….the set may include a darling little bunny, but eggs are not just for Easter! I just had to flip the eggs upside down and create a set of flip-flops! Yes! The flip-flops were cut from the smallest of the Nesting Eggs set, and the thong part is a photo corner from the Lace Deco C set. I added a bit of stickles and some bling to give them some girly sparkle! The base of the flower is a stamp, layered with Darling Daises. In this photo you can also see the details of the Border Carnivale.

Now for a cutsie little purse. The base of the purse was cut from the Classic Circle Silver Stacker ( second smallest size) . I cut the bottom of the circle off for the bottom of the purse. The handle was created by laying both the third and fourth size ovals together on my paper when cutting, creating an oval frame (Small Oval Classic Silver Stacker). I attached the oval frame to the back of the circle, added some bling and a bow. Next to the purse you can see the Frangipani with Leaves! Notice the details on the photo matte, Mini Pearl Rectangle Reflections Mega Doily.

I started the mirror by stacking layers of the Small Scalloped Oval Stacker Nesting Dies, and Small Classic Oval Silver Stacker Layers. The handle, as well as the lipstick were drawn out free hand.
other ingredients: 
Imaginisce: pattern paper ( Makin Waves, Happy Camper, Garden Party, Enchanted, and card kit), stamp (Sole Sisters) bling, i-top, i-rock;
Ranger Distress Inks; Ranger Stickles; DMC floss; Bazzil cardstock; Mirror cardstock (unknown); Creative Imagination sticker letters; pearls and ribbon (craft supply)
I hope you have enjoyed today’s little adventure and take time to look at your dies from a different angle!

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Blue Eyes

Hello! Jodi here with another layout for you. Sitting down to create my blog post, I realize how addicted I am to my dies from Cheery Lynn Designs! I can’t seem to stop adding layers, “lace,” creating flowers and other embellishments! These soft, vintage papers from Kaiser Craft just beckoned me to keep adding more!

After fussy cutting the birdcage and large flower from the pattern paper, I tucked in a Mega Polynesian Sail Doily. The Fanciful Flourish is the prefect addition behind the birdcage. The flowers from the Flower Chain Border perfectly matched the blue flowers on the pattern paper. I removed the chain from around the flowers, inked the petals, and strategically placed them on the flourish, and amongst the flowers on the pattern paper.

At the top of the photo, I tucked in the French Pastry Doily. The Medium Rose, along with leaves from the Small Dimensional Leaves #2 set, embellishes the metal frame. My favorite little Mini Exotic Butterflies adorn the doily and birdcage.
To the bottom of the photo you will find the Dancing Doily Lace Border layered atop the Francesca Border. Poking out from under is the English Tea Party Doily. With those big blue eyes, you just can’t help but show your affection with the Two of Hearts!

Along the bottom left side you will find a cluster with the larger flower being the Sweet Williams (two layers of each die) and Darling Daisies as the flower center. It is accompanied by a Miniature Rose, Large Rose, and a flower from the Flower Chain Border. To the right, Stacker Flower #5 (3 layers) is peeking out from under the doily, (again I used Darling Daisies as the flower center) and along with another Large Rose. Leaves from Stacker Flower #1 and Small Dimensional Leaves #2 fill in the bouquets as well as around the layout.

The design for my layout was inspired by the current sketch challenge at Scrap 365 Magazine.

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