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Elegant Inspiration and a Sweet as Honey Sneak Peek

Wednesday June 6, 2018
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Hey Friend,

How's it going? How are you spending the first days of June.....are you taking time to create something beautiful today? How about getting started on your birthday or special all occasion projects. If you feel stuck and want some ideas to get you started, you are in the perfect spot! Each Wednesday we bring you completely new inspiration that allows you to jump start your creativity and inspire you to create something beautiful!


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Have an incredibly blessed week! Much Love, Emma Lou

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Creative Inspiration of the Week

Sweets for My Sweet

Sweets for My Sweet

Other Products: Black Cardstock, Green Cardstock, Fine Glitter, Ribbon, Clear Dry Glue, 3D Foam Tape, Green Moss, Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn

To see how to shape the peony, watch the video at https://youtu.be/L9_MLkvpGPQ.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Click here to view more photos of this project. The finished box measures 9 x 4 1/4". Cut black cardstock 11 x 11". Score at 1", 5", 6" and 10 1/4" horizontally and fold on all score lines. Score at 1 inch from both the sides vertically and fold on the score lines. For creating the box cut along all the horizontal score lines till the 1 inch vertical score line from both sides, apply double sided adhesive tape on the cut flaps and stick them to the center flap for creating the box.

Mat the outside and inside of the box with pattern paper from the collection. Once the top of the box is matted with pattern paper, cut pink color pattern paper 9 x 3 from the paper collection distress the edges and layer with 3D foam tape.

Next cut yellow color pattern paper 2 x 9" from the collection, distress the edges and adhere on top of pink color pattern paper with 3D foam tape. Die cut two tags from the pattern paper using Luggage and Tags Die set, distress the edges, overlap them and adhere on the right side of the box as shown.

Die cut white cardstock two times with Regal Borders and Pockets Die, mat with green cardstock and paste on the top of the box as shown with clear drying glue.

For flowers- stamp with Large and Small Sweet peony stamp sets with Archival ink plum and cut them using coordinating dies. Color the flowers with Color box ink - rose coral, harvest, berrylicious and dark peony. For filler flowers use smallest size petals and color them with Archival ink Tiger Lily. Make sure to color the back of the petals also. For shaping the flowers use Emma Lou's Video.

Leaves - Stamp bunch of leaves from Classic Rose Stamp and Sweet Peony stamp sets with Archival ink library green, cut the images with coordinating dies. Color them with Archival ink - Olive, library green and ColorBox ink - Lime pastel.

Color the ribbon with Distress ink Moved lawn, Peeled Paint and tie a bow. Arrange the flowers and ribbon bow as shown. Paste Green Moss here and there randomly with clear drying glue.

Cover the flowers with Crystal clear glitter and finish off the box with a sentiment ticket from the collection.

Edged in Beauty

Edged in Beauty

Other Products: Black card stock, foam tape

For more tips on creating with the Sweet Peony collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/L9_MLkvpGPQ.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Card base measures 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Cut dark green paper from Backyard Blossoms Paper Collection to fit card base and distress. Adhere Sweetheart Border die to each end. Cut out blue 6 x 6 inch panel from paper collection, distress and mat on white and black cardstock.

Adhere die from Window Box Elements Die to the top right and mat the sentiment from the paper Collection on black and adhere with foam to Window Box diecut. Sponge Ornate Pockets and Border Die with glue and cover with glitter and adhere to bottom center.

Stamp and sponge flowers and leaves from the Backyard Blossoms, Blossoming Coneflower, Garden's Edge, Rainboots & Blossoms (leaves), and Wildwood Florals (leaves) Cling Stamps and cut out with corresponding dies, add glitter.

Stamp and sponge Large and Small Sweet Peony flowers and sculpt according to instruction videos and cut out with corresponding dies, add stamens and glitter. Arrange and adhere flowers.

Sweet Peony Bonbonniere

Sweet Peony Bonbonniere

Other Products: White card, Ranger Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, Brilliance Pearlescent Coral and Brilliance Crimson Copper ink, Color Box Olive Pastel Chalk ink, Memento Pistachio ink for, bonbonniere box, pink sheer ribbon.

See different ways to shape the peonies on these two videos: Shaping Basics and Shape the Peony four ways.

Instructions: Click here to view a larger photo of this project. I like to do all my die cutting, shaping and coloring first. Die cut your Decorative Medallion Die using white cardstock. Using your Luggage and Tag die set, cut our your Celebrate tag. TIP: when stamping with Pigment ink you will have to let it dry or set with a heat gun before die cutting and coloring to avoid smudging. Using your Peony Bud and Blossom stamp set, stamp the small peony bud and using your Small Peony stamp set stamp the medium peony using Worn Lipstick. When your stamped images have dried, die cut with coordinating dies. Color your peonies in Pearlescent Coral and your leaves in Memento Pistachio. Using your mini mister lightly spray your flowers, shape using the 3D Floral Basics Shaping Mold, when dry just highlight the edges of your flowers with the Crimson Copper Ink. Shape your peony bud using your Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. TIP: I like to use the metal stamen wire and curl them for added effect. I have done this on the outer flowers and the smaller flowers. I adhere my flower well in place and then using a skewer or a pen or a stylus handle (depending on the size of the curl required) I curl the wire around and skewer and slide off to give this beautiful curled wired effect. You can do this before you adhere your flower or when it is secured very well in place. Using 3 shaped flowers add 2 stamens to the centre, curl your wires, one to each side. Adhere to your peony bud so leaves are at the bottom.

Now you have all your elements done, you can complete your bonbonniere. Using your Designer Dries Clear adhesive, apply a little to a sponge and apply over the front of your bonbonniere box and adhere your Decorative Medallion die cut, when dry trim off the excess on the edges. Tie a bow and adhere in the top center, it is best to use a hot glue gun. Also using the hot glue gun adhere your flowers. Line up and adhere your "Celebrate" sentiment.

Blooming Friendship

Blooming Friendship

Other Products: Vellum paper,Versamark ,White heat embossing powder, Glitter, Distress oxide (spiced marmalade, broken china)

For more tips on creating with the Butterfly Dreams collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/uCKKJfAQFHA

Instructions: Ready upside fold card measures 6.5" x 6.5". Choose a designer paper from Butterfly Dreams Paper collection and cut to 6.25" x 6.25". Adhere it on the card base using tacky tape. Also choose another paper from the same collection and cut to 6"x 6". Adhere that on the card using dimensional tape for added dimensions. Cut a 2"wide border using Fleur border basics die and adhere that using dimensional tape as shown. Create a frame using Eyelet oval and basics large die. Also cut a paper from the same collection to create a window scene.

Stamp large Sweet Peony flower using VersaMark on vellum paper and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Also stamp a butterfly on vellum paper using VersaMark and heat emboss with white embossing powder and cut with coordinating die. Color the flowers with vibrant fuchsia ink and spiced marmalade distress oxide and shape them. Color the butterfly using vibrant fuchsia ink, broken china and spiced marmalade. Stamp some leaves using library green ink on white cardstock and color them with leaf green ink. Cut them with coordinating die.

Arrange all as shown and glue them using hot glue. Cut a sentiment ticket from the same collection and glue it using dimensional tape. For the finished look, apply rainbow glitter using adhesive that dries clear.

Sweet Venice

Sweet Venice

Other Products: Edge Distresser, Blending Tool, Distress Oxide Ink (Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen), Stampin' Up Ink (Early Espresso, Baroque Burgundy), Close To My Heart Ink (Smoothie), ColorBox Ink (Seaweed, Rose Coral), Gems, Gem Brads, Ivory Burlap String, Heidi Swapp Misters (Raspberry, Blush), Tattered Angels Misters (Chalk, Shimmer Brown), Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (3D Foam Squares, Crafty Foam Tape, E-Z Runner Grand- Ultra, Adhesive Dots Medium, Dual Tip Glue Pen)

For more tips on creating with the Sweet Peony collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/L9_MLkvpGPQ.

Instructions: The framed patterned paper is the background. Using Distress Oxide Inks (Aged Mahogany and Antique Linen) and a blending tool, blend a background in the middle of the patterned paper. Using the Tattered Angels Misters (Chalk and Shimmer Brown) splatter around the blended area. Let dry. Mat the photo twice in white cardstock and distress the edges. Cut a piece of the green patterned paper that is 4.5 x 6.5", distress the edges. Cut a strip of the light green striped patterned paper and flag both ends. Adhere to the layout using 3D Foam Tape. Cut a narrow strip of the yellow patterned paper that is 0.5 x11" and adhere on top of the other patterned strip. Add the matted photo and green patterned paper using Crafty Foam Tape.

Stamp and die cut 2 sets of small and 2 sets of large Sweet Peony using coral ink (Smoothie). Add color to these images using ink and daubers (Smoothie and Rose Coral). Flip the images over and mist using a light pink mister (Blush). Shape each flower and assemble the different sized blooms. Add gems and pearl stamen to the middle of each of the larger blooms. Using a glue pen and Crystal Clear Glitter, add glitter to the tips of the flowers. Stamp and die cut an assortment of leaves, 8 total using brown ink (Early Espresso). Add color to the leaves using ink and daubers (Seaweed).

Stamp and die cut 2 sets of Large and 2 sets of Small Sweet Peony images using brown ink (Early Espresso). Add color to the images using burgundy ink (Baroque Burgundy). Flip the images over and mist the backs using the Raspberry mister. Shape each flower and assemble the different sized blooms. Add gems and pearl stamen to the middle of each of the larger blooms.

Using Ivory Burlap String create 2 sets of loops and adhere to either side of the matted photo. Adhere the flowers to either side of the matted photo. 3 on the left and 2 on the right. Then I added the leaves. Add gems to the top and sides of the layout frame. Add the simple title using letter stickers.

A Gift of Love

A Gift of Love

Other Products: Die cutting machine, trimmer, scissors, mini mister, bone folder, white card, white linen card, 3d adhesive, Ranger Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink, Brilliance Pearlescent Coral ink, Color Box Olive Pastel Chalk ink, Memento Pistachio ink, pink sheer ribbon, Green Tara Pearl Clusters Ivory, Crop-A-Dile or eyelet setting tool, 2 silver eyelets, white gift bag.

See different ways to shape the peonies on these two videos: Shaping Basics and Shape the Peony four ways.

Instructions: I like to do all of my die cutting, shaping and coloring first. TIP: when stamping with Pigment ink you will have to let it dry or set with a heat gun before die cutting and coloring to avoid smudging. For the card: Using your Large Sweet Peony Stamp Set, stamp the flowers 2 times - (4 flowers in total, I used all 4 for 1 large flower) using the Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick ink. Using the Large Sweet Peony Stamp set stamp the medium leaf 6 times using the Color Box Olive Pastel Ink. Using your Small Sweet Peony Stamp set, stamp the largest double peony 3 times - (6 flowers in total, I used 3 for each small flower). Using your Peony Bud and Blossom stamp set, stamp your Large bud once using a mixture of the Olive Pastel on the leaves and the Worn Lipstick on the bud. When your stamped images have dried, use your stack and store daubers to color your flowers using the Brilliance Pearlescent Coral and the leaves with Memento Pistachio ink. Once dried die cut with coordinating dies on your die cutting machine. Using your mini mister lightly spray your flowers and leaves, shape your flowers and leaves using a Heartfelt Mold or your Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Adhere your pearl cluster to the flower centers. Using white cardstock Die cut 2 each of the Decorative Medallion half circles. For the Gift Bag: Click here to see a larger photo of the bag. Using white cardstock cut a mat 3.15" x 1". Stamp this with "A gift of love" stamp, trim the left side to a point. Using your Large Sweet Peony Stamp Set, stamp the flowers 2 times - (4 flowers in total, I used all 4 flowers to make 1 large), using the Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick ink. Using your Peony Bud and Blossom stamp set, stamp your Large bud 2 times using a mixture of the Olive Pastel on the leaves and the Worn Lipstick on the bud. Color, diecut and shape as above.

Card: Cut your card base using the white linen cardstock 12" x 6 1/8". Fold your card in half, I like to run a bone folder over the spine of the card to give it a clean finish. Trim the selected mat from the Sweet Peony Collection, trim this down to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8". Using your large and small circle dies find the matching size die to cut the circle from the center of the mat (set aside for the inside of your card). Using the frame of the mat adhere this to your card front, you will now have a white circle in the center, using the same circle die cut out the white section of the card to give you a aperture opening. Using the die cut floral circle (I used the opposite side of the cardstock) place some adhesive on this and with your card closed adhere through the opening of the aperture to the inside of the card, this insures your circle will line up with the opening. Using the scalloped circle die, cut a mat with your white cardstock and then using the same circle die cut used to cut out your floral, line it up over the scalloped die cut to create a frame, this will get adhered on the front side of your card to highlight the aperture.

Now you have all your elements done, you can complete your card. Adhere the flowers, I have hung them over the opening slightly so that you can see it through the aperture. Using 3d adhesive adhere the "Have a Beautiful day" sentiment and you can loop the tail at the bottom of the blossom stamp through your sentiment.

Gift Bag: I have used a ready-made gift bag for this project because I wanted white, but you can use the beautiful cardstock in the paper collections to create your bags. Cut off the top of your gift bag to give you the desired height. Adhere your Decorative Medallion half circle diets to the top of each side of your bag. Using a Crop-A-Dile or an eyelet setting tool place a silver eyelet on the top center of each side of the bag. Arrange and adhere your flowers as pictured. I have used the "A gift of love" stamp from the Celebrate the Season collection but you could also choose a sentiment from the Sweet Peony Collection. Adhere your sentiment just under the top of the flower as pictured. Fill your bag with filling before placing you gift inside and finish off with a pretty pink bow on top.

Backyard Beauty

Backyard Beauty

Other Products: Tag, White cardstock, Blue and white acrylic color, Clear drying glue, Foam tape, MDF mannequin cutout, Ribbon, pearl sting, metal bow, Stickles, Distress clear rock candy glitter, Archival Ink Saffron

For more tips on creating with the Backyard Blossoms collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/swO34-n1HNc.

Instructions: Click here to view a larger photo of this project. The Finished tag measures 9 x 5 inch. Cut pattern paper 1/4 inch smaller than the tag, distress the edges and adhere on top of tag base. Die cut green color pattern paper from the collection using largest die from Eyelet Oval die set and mat with white cardstock. Cut it into two unequal parts and adhere one part on the upper right side and another part on lower left side of tag as shown with 3D foam tape.

Color MDF Mannequin cut out with white and blue acrylic color. Apply Distress clear rock candy glitter with clear drying glue. For creating the skirt hand draw the flared skirt pattern on the yellow color pattern paper, cut with the help of a scissor and distress the edges with Archival ink Saffron. Next layer the skirt pattern cutout on top of each other as shown.

Stamp big flower and smaller filler flower images from Backyard Blossom stamp set with Archival ink Saffron, Plum and Library Green; die cut using the coordinating die. For Coloring the big flowers use Archival ink Saffron and Sepia and for small filler flowers use Archival ink Vibrant Fuchsia and Saffron.

Also stamp the ferns from Garden's Edge Coneflower Stamp set with Archival ink Library Green, die cut using the coordinating die. Color the image with Archival ink Saffron, Olive and Fern Green.

Arrange the flowers and fern images as shown and paste with clear drying glue. Apply Prills on the top of ferns with clear drying glue. Finish off the tag with a sentiment from the collection. Apply Glitters on top of flowers and metal bow and pearl string on the MDF Cutout.

Butterfly Dreams

Butterfly Dreams

Other Products: Smooth white cardstock, Colored cardstock, Shaker elements like sequins and glitter balls, Zig Clean Clear Brush Markers, Foam Dots.

For more tips on creating with the Butterfly Dreams collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/uCKKJfAQFHA.

For more tips on creating with the Lush Lilac collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/KDbdzC0MnAI.

Instructions: The ready side fold card measures 6" by 7 1/2". Choose the paper from the designer paper collection and create a first mat layer measuring 5 3/4" by 7 1/4". Distress all the edges using sharp scissors and layer it on the ready card base.

For the top layer, again choose the paper from designer paper with a window scene and cut it measuring 4 3/4" by 6 1/4". Distress all the sides and hand tear on few parts as shown. Adhere a white lacey border on both the sides from Sweetheart Borders Die. Create a frame around the window using acetate sheet and stacking 4-5 die cut frames from Eyelet Oval Die. Fill the window with shaker elements like sequins, glitter balls, and Crystal Clear and glue the window on the top panel and leave it for drying by pressing the window with some heavy tool.

Leaves: Leaves from Classic Rose stamp set are stamped using Library Green Archival ink and colored using Leaf Green and Olive Green Archival inks. These are then cut using the coordinating die and shaped using Deluxe flower shaping Kit. Glitter the leaves using Crystal Clear Powder and adhesive that dries clear.

Once all the elements are ready, assemble the card as shown and thread a natural twine around the card fold and add 2 tags from the paper collection.

Stamp the flower image from Lush Lilac Cling stamp set with archival ink, Plum and cut it using the coordinating die. Color all the flowers with Majestic Violet and shape them using Lush Lilac Mold and add a flower stamen. Also, stamp the foliage from Rain Boots and Blossom Cling Stamp Set with Library Green archival, cut them using coordinating die, paint them using Leaf Green archival and shape them using deluxe flower shaping kit.

Once all the elements are ready, assemble the card as shown and add Crystal Clear on the edges for extra interest.

Floral Gift Card

Floral Gift Card

Other Products: Forest Moss and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.

For more tips on creating with the Sweet Peony collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/L9_MLkvpGPQ.

To see how to shape the peony, watch the video at https://youtu.be/L9_MLkvpGPQ

For more tips on creating with the border dies & foldout cards, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/wxX94X84kUo.

Instructions: Take 2 pieces of white landscape 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Foldout Cards and cut away the 2 smaller sections. Glue the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panels together so that the loose flaps of both the cards are on opposite sides. Take one of the flaps we cut earlier and trim the smallest to 4" in width. Adhere it to the inside on 3 sides using Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to make a pocket for gift card and tag. Decorate the gift card holder using patterned papers from Backyard Blossoms Paper Collection.

Die cut 3 pieces of black cardstock using Fleur Border Basics Die. Adhere these to the closing flaps of the gift card holder as shown. Die cut a piece of black cardstock using Elegant Border Basics Die and adhere it to the inside pocket.

Die cut a piece of white cardstock using Butterfly Kisses Decorative Die and ink it with Tiger Lily Archival Ink using Stack and Store Daubers. Adhere it to the front using 3D Foam Circles.

Stamp the peony from Small Sweet Peony Cling Stamp Set on white cardstock using Vibrant Fuchsia. Die cut them using matching die from Small Sweet Peony Die. Ink it with the same ink using Stack and Store Daubers and shape it using the pointed end of the Groove Golf Tool Set and Molding Mat. Add a green stamen from Assorted Pearl Stamens to the center.

Stamp the flowers from Birds & Blooms Cling Stamp Set using French Ultramarine Archival Ink and Mustard Seed Distress Ink. Die cut them using matching die from Leafy Branch Die. Ink them with French Ultramarine and Tiger Lily Archival Ink using Stack and Store Daubers. Shape them using Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Add a stamen from Assorted Bead Stamens or Pastel Pearl Stamens to the flower centers.

Stamp the leaves from Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set using Forest moss distress ink and die cut them using matching dies from Classic Leaf Die. Ink them with Leaf Green Archival Ink and shape them using Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Arrange and adhere all the flowers and leaves as shown. Adhere a ladybug made with Ebony Black and Red Berry Nuvo Crystal Drops to the flower arrangement. Add few drops of 3-D Crystal Lacquer to make dew drops on flowers.

Golden Coneflowers

Golden Coneflowers

Other Products: Big shot, Foam pads, Gold glitter cardstock, Straws, Polka dot white ribbon, gold cord, White cardstock, gold Ink Colorbox, Corner rounder, Polka dot embossing folder Darice, Foamboard, Gold cardstock, Versamark.

For more tips on creating with the Backyard Blossoms collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/swO34-n1HNc.

Instructions: Cut a piece of White cardstock at 6 1/2 x 10" and score in half at 5", then cut a piece of gold glitter cardstock at 4 1/2 x 6" and glue this on top of the card, cut a piece of White cardstock at 4 x 5 1/2" and put that in the embossing folder and run it through your machine, put a layer of Foam board behind it to make it dimensional then put this on top of the gold Cardstock.

Stamp the coneflowers with VersaMark and put some gold embossing powder over it then melt it with the heat tool. Now cut them out with the coordinating dies. Glue the biggest coneflower on top of the card, then cut the straws in 3 different lengths and glue them on top of the flower, then on top of the straws you glue the smaller coneflower.

Cut out a tag with the tag die and stamp with the Heartfelt Love Sentiments stamp and gold ink then ink the edges with gold ink and pull a little piece of the ribbon through the hole and bind it together with a gold piece of cord. Glue the tag on the bottom part of the card on top of the flower.

Dipped in Gold

Dipped in Gold

Other Products: Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Aquamarine, Pearl White Metallic Cardstock, WOW Pearl Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter, VersaMark, Swarovski Crystals Topaz, Vellum, Dimensional Tape, Dimensional dots

For more tips on creating with the Backyard Blossoms collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/swO34-n1HNc.

Instructions: Card size is 6" x 6". Cut Pearl White Metallic cardstock 12" x 6". Score at 6" on the long side and fold to create card base. Cut designer paper from the Backyard Blossoms paper collection 5 7/8" x 5 7/8", ink the edges with Tiger Lily and adhere to the card base using dimensional tape. Cut another piece of designer paper 5 7/8" x 5 7/8", ink the edges and adhere to the inside of the card using dries clear adhesive.

Diecut the largest Eyelet Oval from Pearl White Metallic cardstock. Diecut two of the Decorative Medallions and adhere the to the back of the eyelet oval using dries clear adhesive. Adhere to the card base using dimensional dots. Diecut the second largest oval and adhere with dimensional dots.

Stamp the Garden's Edge Coneflower on vellum three times using Versamark, sprinkle with pearl gold embossing powder and heat set. Color all the leaves using Olive Archival ink and color all the cones with Coffee Archival ink. Color the flowers using Tiger Lily, Sunflower and Aquamarine Archival inks. Do all of the coloring on the front of the stamped images. Use a paper towel to remove excess ink. Diecut using the coordinating die. Lightly shape using the deluxe flower shaping tool and adhere as shown using dimensional dots.

Stamp the sentiment from the Young at Heart Collection on vellum using VersaMark, sprinkle with Pearl Gold embossing powder, heat set and diecut using the coordinating die. Color with Sunflower Archival ink, shape using your fingers and adhere at the tips using dries clear adhesive. Hold in place until dry.

Add topaz Swarovski crystals to all four corners as shown.

Booking the Backyard

Booking the Backyard

Other Products: Tan shimmer card stock, green and tan fibers, Liquid Pearls, Copic Markers: Y11, Y15, Y38, V01, V12, V15, YR24, E33,E53, E50, E35, E21, E51, YG03, YG23, YG17, BOO, B01, B02, R21, R24, R29, R59, C01, C03, R81, R83, R17, Fun Foam

For more tips on creating with the Blossoms collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/swO34-n1HNc.

For the magnets this video has some helpful hints: Album & inserts, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/uThSFbPtnYE.

Instructions: Click here to view more photos of this project. Card size: 6" x 6" x 1". Start by making the cover for the Accordion "Book"- Cut 1 piece of tan card stock 7 1/2 x 6" and 1 piece 9 x 6" tan. Score 7 1/2" piece at 6" and 7" leaving 1/2" as a glue tab. Score the 9" piece at 6"and 7" leaving a 2" end. Glue the 1/2" tab to the inside of the 6" part of the second piece. Glue one half of magnet set to the 2" piece on the outside and Tape to let glue set. Place the other magnet half on top of taped magnet and put some glue on the top of it, then close cover, open it again and use the spot of glue left behind as the place to glue the second magnet half after lifting off first half. Tape glued magnet half and allow both to dry. Cut decorative paper for each cover panel leaving a 1/8" border of tan. Make accordion pages with 2 pieces of tan card stock 11" x 5 5/8". Cut one piece of tan card stock 1" x 5 5/8" then score and fold in half to glue page sections together. Score both 11 x 5 5/8" pieces at 5 1/2" and glue the two together using the 1" folded tab. Cut Decorative paper to cover each side of each page. Die cut "scene" square, using the Cut Mat Create 2A, from the front cover panel then cut a piece of Fun Foam the same size square to fit. Glue the squares together. Glue all decorative paper pieces onto cover and pages including the front, replacing the now popped up square in the center square opening. Tabs will be covered and so will the magnets.

Stamp, die cut and color 1 set of deer, 2 sets of bunnies, 1 set of squirrels, 2 sets of cardinals, misc. small blossoms from Wildwood, Rain boots and Blossoms, coneflowers, the large Coneflower corner, tall Coneflower, birds on umbrella (Songs of Spring), and the Just for You banner. Cut from tan card stock, 3 Blossom Corners, 3 small Fleur pockets and 2 large Fleur pockets, 1 Ornate Border, 1 border from the Cut Mat Create .

Start with the inside pages, decorate with pockets and blossoms plus wildlife here and there on all pages, both sides. Using the Luggage and Tag die, cut tags for all the pages, stamping with sentiments or leaving blank for writing. Add fiber or ribbon to the top of each tag and insert into pockets. Add fibers to the book binding and then add a small tag on one of the pieces of fiber hanging down the side. This could have your book title if desired. The final part of this project is to decorate the front. The paper including raised center should already be glued down, now glue 2 borders top and bottom of raised center (from Cut Mat Create and Ornate Pockets and Borders). Add all pieces of Coneflower corner and tall Coneflower to go around raised center like a big letter "U". This border is popped up in places. Add the Banner snuggled in one corner and then add the 2 birds from Songs of Spring, 1 on each side at the top. Add glitter to flower petals (I thinned some glue with water and brushed it onto petals then sprinkled with glitter).

Enveloping Coneflowers

Enveloping Coneflowers

Other Products: Glass Beads, Flower Flock-yellow, Embossing powder-pink, VersaMark ink.

For more tips on creating with the Backyard Blossoms collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/swO34-n1HNc.

Instructions: Click here to view a large photo of this project. Envelope size 7"x4"(take cardstock size 7"x12" and score at 4", 8" and at one edge cut one classic Border Basics Die as shown and add crystal clear glitter on the diecut.) Now adhere pattern paper on the cardstock and distress the edges. On the top panel of the envelope on the left and right side stamp coneflower with versamark ink and sprinkle embossing powder and heat set it with heating tool.

Cut Circle die and adhere pattern paper and cut two circle border die and add some glitter powder and glass beads and then cover with one OHP sheet and again one more circle border with white cardstock and add crystal clear glitter.

Next stamp some Backyard blossoms with archival ink plum, leaf green, and die cut them with matching die. Color them too with archival ink and then shape them with deluxe flower shaping tool kit and then sprinkle some glass mini beads. Now arrange these embellishments as shown.

Now stamp from Garden's Edge Coneflower with plum archival ink and cut them with matching die, and color them with archival ink leaf green, sunflower and cactus flower and shape them and then at the centre of the flower sprinkle prills and Redland elements and sprinkle crystal clear glitter on the flower petals. Now adhere these flowers on the right side on the circle die as shown.

Stamp Delightful daisies with archival ink-leaf green and rose madder and cut them with matching die and color them with the same ink and shape them with deluxe flower shaping tool kit and then add some flower flocks for the centre of the flower and add some Redland elements and then sprinkle crystal clear glitter on the flower petals. Arrange all the elements as shown.

Now add sentiment from the paper collection.

Blossoming Window Box

Blossoming Window Box

Other Products: Copic Sketch: YR21, YR24, Y08, E25, Fabercastell Big Brush Pens: Orange Glaze, May Green, Glue Gun, Zig Clean Color Pens: Mid Green, Momenta Metal Stickers, Stylus

For more tips on creating with the Backyard Blossoms collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/swO34-n1HNc.

Instructions: To create this 5.75 x 4.75" card, cut cardstock 11.5" x 4.75" and score at 5.75". Next for the card front you will be using a specific sheet of patterned paper from the Backyard Blossoms set. Use the sheet that has the 4 coneflower edges on it. You will diecut one that will be used on your card front.

Now take your diecut coneflower image and dry emboss it with your flower shaping tool to give it a 3D look. Once done add some foam dots to each of the flowers and place it on top of the image on your card front as if it were an overlay over the image. This will give your card a nice decorative edge.

Now apply some liquid glue along your flower and add some gala glitz for added texture.

Now take your eyelet oval die in large and diecut using gold paper. Once done take the matching oval and diecut 2 layers from the patterned paper. This will be your card focal point.

Now stamp your leaves and sunflower using your pens in the listed colors. Diecut all your stamp images and set aside. Now diecut your window box and glue it to your eyelet oval and place all your stamped greenery and sunflowers inside of your window box.

For the sentiment diecut using the die from the Cut Mat 1B set and glue to your window box to complete your card. Finishing it off by adding the metal sticker corners to give it an elegant look.

All Buttoned Up

All Buttoned Up

Other Products: White and Blue cardstock, Foam Sheet, Blue Buttons

For more tips on creating with the Frame a Card Leafy Borders, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/K_1152Kd2Ls.

Instructions: Prepare a white card base 5 x 7" and layer a piece of blue cardstock on top 1/8" smaller all the way around, add foam sheet to the back and adhere to the card. Cut the white frame out using the Intricate Swirl die, add foam to the back and adhere to card. Cut another piece of the blue cardstock out to fit within the frame, add foam sheet to the back and adhere to card. Cut 2 of the corner dies out of white cardstock and place in 2 of the corners.

Stamp the sentiment in the center of the card with the Emerald Ink.

Stamp the flowers on white cardstock with the Forget-Me-Not ink, color the center with the Buttercup, cut out with the matching die, shade the edges with the Paradise Teal, use the Flower Shaping kit and shape the flowers. Add buttons to the center of each flower and adhere to card.

Stamp the leaves on white cardstock with the Olive ink, color in with the Leaf Green, cut out with the matching die, shade the edges with the Emerald ink, shape and cut apart. Add on top of the 2 corners as shown under the flowers.

To finish the card, add glitter to all the leaves and flowers.

Intricate Blue Echinaceas

Intricate Blue Echinaceas

Other Products: Coneflower Blue Archival Ink, White and Purple Cardstock, Dimensional Tape

For tips on creating with the Backyard Blossoms Collection watch this video: https://youtu.be/swO34-n1HNc.

Instructions: My card is 5 x 7". Make card base out of white cardstock and cover with a piece of purple cardstock. Diecut the Swirl Frame Die out of white cardstock and use dimensional tape to adhere it to the card front. Measure and cut a piece of the paper collection to fit inside the inner area of the die cut. Glue it down.

Stamp the flowers and leaves using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink onto white cardstock. Color the leaves using New Sprout and Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink. The flower part is colored with Coneflower Blue Archival Ink. Cut out the flowers using the coordinating die. Use Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and add the Redlands Elements to the cone part of the flower and set aside to dry. Once dry decide on the placement of the flowers and glue down. The card is ready to go.

Teal Moments

Teal Moments

Other Products: White cardstock, Hammered Cardstock, Pewter Pixie Powder, Teal Wash Pixie Powder, Co-ordinating ribbon, Cosmic Shimmer Frosted Aqua Chalk Cloud ink, Crumb Cake ink and cardstock - Stampin Up!, Early Espresso ink - Stampin Up!, Heat gun, Wet glue, Foam pads, Hot glue, Water mister

For more tips on creating with the Sweet Peony collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/L9_MLkvpGPQ.

For more tips on creating with the foam paper & stamens, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/Oma6ctVmUD0.

Instructions: Score a 15" x 5.5" piece of white card at 7.5" to give you a 7.5" x 5.5" card base. Create a chalk cloud ink border around the edges of the front of the card, approximately 1" deep.

Die cut the intricate swirl frame in Crumb Cake card and adhere to the card base.

Spray a light cover of water over the hammered card (I started with an A4 sheet), and sprinkle Pewter and Teal Wash pixie powder, allow the colours to blend and add more water if necessary. When dry cut a piece of the card 5 3/4" x 3 3/4", edge with soft suede ink.

Die cut the smaller intricate lace frame and adhere to the pixie powdered card. Secure coordinating ribbon across the top of the card and mount onto the base card using foam pads.

Make the Sweet Peonies: Stamp the Sweet Peonies onto art foam paper using early espresso ink and die cut. Heat the foam using a heat gun - hold the foam secure in the centre with a ball tool - and shape before completely cooled. Layer 2 or 3 die cuts to create the flower and make a hole in the centre to pass the stamens through (fold 3 stamens in half, thread a wire or strong cotton thread from the back of the flower, over the centre of the stamens and back into the flower. Pull the stamens through and secure with hot glue).

Make a bow with the coordinating ribbon, attach to the card using hot glue and secure the peonies and buds around it using the hot glue. Hold the flowers in place until the glue has set, twist the ribbon and trim the ends.

Select the sentiment strip from the paper pad, cut to size and layer onto a strip of crumb cake card, add to the base card using foam pads.

Circled One-der

Circled One-der

Other Products: Creative Expressions Iris Cardstock, Purple Ribbon

For more tips on creating with the Backyard Blossoms collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/swO34-n1HNc.

Instructions: Cut a piece of white cardstock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", score at 4 1/4" along the long side and fold to create a base card of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Cut a piece of dark green patterned paper 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and adhere to the front of the card. Cut the panel from the patterned paper and adhere the purple ribbon along the centre as shown. Die cut the circle using the largest die from the HCD1-7155 Circle Basics Large Die out of the purple cardstock. Die cut the green patterned paper from the largest plain cutting die from the HCD1-7154 Eyelet Circle & Basics Die and adhere to the purple circle.

Stamp the small coneflower image from the HCPC-3828 Garden's Edge Coneflower Stamp in Fern Green, Majestic Violet and Sepia inks on white cardstock. Colour the leaf with Leaf Green, the flower with Majestic Violet and the head with Peanut Brittle inks and die cut with the coordinating die. Shape the petals and add Crystal Clear to the flower with Dries Clear glue on a damp sponge. Add Express-O Yourself Prills to the head and adhere to the front as shown.

Add a purple bow to the flower.

Wishing You the Best

Wishing You the Best

Other Products: White card stock; Vellum; VersaFine, Smokey Grey; Prismacolor pencils, Pale Sage, Apple Green, Grass Green, Rose, Blush Pink, Mulberry, Violet, Canary Yellow, Pale Vermillion, Spanish Orange, Tuscan Red; white ribbon; Tattered Angels glimmer mist, gold; foam tape; Krylon Gold Leafing Pen; Cuttlebug Honeycomb embossing folder

For more tips on creating with the Backyard Blossoms collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/swO34-n1HNc.

Instructions: Cut card base with white card stock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", fold in half. Cut purple design paper 4" x 5 1/4", add to card. Cut a piece of white card stock 3 3/4" x 5 1/4". Die cut the top of the paper with the Ornate Borders die. Do not use the bottom cutting piece. Trim the piece to 3 1/2" x 5". Use honeycomb embossing folder on the tag portion only. Cut a piece of vellum 1 1/4" x 5".

Stamp sentiment in center with Jet Black ink. Edge piece with gold leafing pen. Wrap around tag and adhere on back. Add to card. Stamp images on white cardstock with Smokey Grey and color with Prismacolor pencils. Die cut flowers, birds and butterfly. Add to card. Spritz with glimmer mist. Add bow.

Love-ly in Purple

Love-ly in Purple

Other Products: White card stock; VersaFine, Smokey Grey; Prismacolor pencils, Micron pen, 03; purple glitter dots; seam binding; lace; Tattered Angels glimmer mist, gold; foam tape

For more tips on creating with the Backyard Blossoms collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/swO34-n1HNc.

Instructions: For the card base, cut white card stock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", fold in half. Cut yellow design paper 4" x 5 1/4", add to card base. Cut purple floral design paper 3 3/4" x 5", add to card.

Die cut tag from white card stock and add stitching lines with Micron pen. Cut yellow design paper 2 5/8" x 4" to layer tag. Cut corners to match tag. Add lace to yellow layer and add to card with foam tape. Add ribbon to tag and add to yellow layer with foam tape.

Stamp flower and butterfly with Smokey Grey, color with Prismacolor pencils and die cut. Shape flower and add foam tape to center, adhere to card. Die cut sentiment with Luggage and Tags die and add to tag, add glitter dot and butterfly. Spritz with glimmer mist.

Hearty Petunias

Hearty Petunias

Other Products: 3D foam tape, hot glue gun, gallery soft oil pastels

For more tips on creating with the foam paper & stamens, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/Oma6ctVmUD0.

To see how to shape the petunia, watch the video at https://youtu.be/KOy_qNB9OAk.

For more tips on creating with the Frame a Card Leafy Borders, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/K_1152Kd2Ls.

Instructions: Create card base using white pearlised paper and Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Die. Cut a piece of paper from the Butterfly Dreams Paper Collection using a Eyelet Lace Frames Die and adhere to the card base using 3D foam tape for dimension.

Stamp the Large Classic Petunia Cling Stamp on foam paper with waterproof black ink and cut using the coordinating dies. Colour with purple pigment ink. You will need two petals for each flower to create flowers.

Use an iron or heat gun to heat the petals and then shape using your fingers. Layer the petals together using the hot glue gun making sure to offset them. Use a paper piercer to make a hole in the middle and pull through the black stamens from the Bright Bead - Medium set. Add a little hot glue to the underside of the flower to adhere. Sponge the petals with dries clear adhesive and sprinkle with Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter and Rajni Chawla's Crystal Clear glitter.

Stamp the leaves using Classic Rose Vines Cling Stamp Set on the white paper with StazOn Ink Pad - Olive Green, cut out with the coordinating die, shade use this same ink and shape.

Adhere the flowers and leaves  to the card using a hot glue gun.

Swirling Reflection

Swirling Reflection

Other Products: White and Kraft cardstock,

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

To see how to shape the roses, watch the video at https://youtu.be/Z8P070kC3oo.

Instructions: Prepare a white card base 5 1/2 x 7 1/2". Using a piece of Kraft cardstock, tear all 4 sides and add foam dots to the back, ink the edges with the Coffee ink and adhere to the card base. Cut the Intricate Swirl Frame out of white cardstock, add foam dots to the back and adhere to card. Tear another smaller piece from the Kraft cardstock, stamp the sentiment with the Coffee ink, add foam dots to the back and adhere to card.

Stamp the leaves on white cardstock with the Olive ink, color with the Leaf Green, cut out using the matching die, shade with the Fern Green, shape and adhere to the bottom of the card.

Stamp the flowers on white cardstock with the Deep Purple, color with the Majestic Violet, cut out using the matching die, shade with the Cactus Flower, place in the Roses flower mold, finish shaping with the Flower kit and arrange on top of the leaves.

To finish add prills to the center of each flower and glitter to both the leaves and flowers.

Simply Framed

Simply Framed

Other Products: Seedless preserve distress ink pad, White card stock, Zig real brush pens, foam tape.

Backyard Blossoms collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/swO34-n1HNc.

Instructions: Cut a white card stock 8.5 inches by 11 inches. Score at the 5 1/2 inches mark on longer side. Fold to create a card base 5 1/2 inches by 4 1/4 inches.

Cut a pattern paper that has A2 card panel design. Adhere a panel on the card front using clear glue.

Cut two Sweetheart border die cuts and one doily die cut from Butterfly Dream set. Colour the edges lightly with seedless preserve distress ink. Adhere the lace border on the two edges of card panel and then adhere the doily on top with foam dots.

Stamp the coneflower image with black archival ink on white card stock. Colour with zig markers. Cut with coordinating die and lightly shape using the groove golf tool set. Adhere this image on the doily with foam tape. Add some glitter using clear glue.

Finish the card by cutting the sentiment from the paper collection, mat on white cardstock, angle two of the corners as shown and adhere to the card base with foam dimensional dots.

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BECKY LODESTEIN
I am overwhelmed by all the beautiful cards here. The coneflower collection is the best I've ever seen.
Wednesday 6th of June 2018 01:53 PM
MARTIE ROLLIN
Ewelina's lovely floral card is really pulling my attention. Beautifully created flowers displayed perfectly. Love HC flower petal dies!
Wednesday 6th of June 2018 03:15 PM