Spring Watercolor Bouquet Card

Spring Watercolor Bouquet

I love the soft look of a handmade water-colored card.

This card was made using the Hello Spring Stamp and Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

Just for you…I’ve created simple step by step instructions on how to make the card.

How to make a Spring Watercolor Bouquet Card

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  • In the Hello Spring Stamp and Die Set, there are several stamps that have a coordinating die that matches the stamp.
  • Stamp a flower using blue ink onto a piece of watercolor paper.

  • Place the mask onto the stamped flower image and stamp a second flower image slightly overlapping the first flower.

  • By using the mask, you create the look of one flower behind the other.

  • Place masks on both of the stamped flower image.  Start adding the background images by stamping small pink flowers, ferns, and leaves.

  • Remove masks and watercolor the stamped flowers using a water-brush*.
  • I like to use dye ink to watercolor.  I apply the ink to a simple grid that I printed onto copy paper and laminated.   Dip the wet tip of the water-brush* into the ink and paint your images.  (You can also use a small paintbrush and water.)

  • Cut frames using the Nested Stitched Rectangles Dies.
  • Adhere water-colored image, frames, and layers onto a 4 ½” x 5 ½” blue dot card.
  • Stamp another flower with blue ink onto watercolor paper.  Watercolor the flower as before.  Cut the flower out using the coordinating die and the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System*.
  • Mount onto the lower right corner of the card using a thin foam mounting square.
  • Stamp “Hello” onto a small white banner cut from the small banner die found in the Hello Spring set.  Trim banner to size and adhere under the raised flower.
  • Add a simple sheer ribbon to the top of the card to finish.

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Spring Care Basket

With so many people stuck at home, share a little love and kindness with a Spring Care Basket.

Hang the basket on the front door of an older relative or neighbor to brighten their day.

I created the care basket with extra essentials and re-purposed items I already had at home.

Here’s what I used to create the Spring Care Basket:

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I refreshed the look of the basket with a new coat of paint using a white color stain.

I glued the floral applique to the front of the basket with craft glue.

After adding a little paper shred to the bottom of the basket, I filled it with useful essential items.

A little chocolate might be a nice touch too.  (if you’re willing to share)

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How to make an Egg-stra Special Shaker Tag

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How to make a Egg-stra Special Shaker Tag

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  • Stamp the chick image with black ink onto white cardstock.
  • Stamping on non-porous white card-stock helps the markers blend easier.

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  • Color in the edge of the chick with the light ochre marker.  Use the pale yellow marker to blend and fill in the rest of the chick.

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Counting the Nesting Tag dies as 6 being the largest and 1 being the smallest…

  • Using the largest (#6) Nesting Tag Die, and the 4th largest Nesting Tag Die, center and tape the two dies together to create a tag frame.

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Shaker Tag pieces:

  • Cut a large (#6) “blue skies” tag from the largest nested tag die.
  • Cut a large (#6) green dot tag.  Cut a wavy line die on the bottom of the tag using a wavy line die.  (From the MSD209  Some Bunny Loves You Stamp and Die Set.)
  • Adhere bottom of the wavy cut tag onto the blue skies tag.
  • Cut a acetate tag from the 5th largest nesting tag die.
  • Cut a large purple gingham egg, a floral cracked egg and several small eggs from coordinating scrapbook paper.

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  • On the back of the tag frame, add a thin line of adhesive around the inside opening of the tag.
  • Remove the protective coating from both sides of the acetate and place it on top of the adhesive.
  • Cut thin strips from the double-sided foam sheets.  Remove one side of the protective layer from the foam strips and place around the inside edges of the tag.
  • Add shaker bits inside tag.
  • Remove the second side of the protective layer from the foam strips and adhere to the blue skies layer on the inside of the tag.

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  • Glue the small floral cracked half egg onto purple gingham egg.
  • Add foam to the back of chick and egg and add to front of the card.
  • Punch a hole on the top of the tag using the crop-a-dile, add purple and white twine.
  • Adhere ribbon bow to top of the tag.

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How to make a Ribbon Flower Wreath

Learn how to create ribbon flowers to embellish a small 6″ grapevine wreath.  

A great little Spring decoration.

Ribbon Flowers looks great on bags, gifts, wedding decorations and hair accessories.

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to make the Ribbon Flower Wreath you’ll need:

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How to make a Ribbon Flower Wreath:

  • Cut a 6″ piece of ribbon.
  • Use the ink applicator to apply purple ink to one edge of the ribbon.

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  • create a running stitch down one side of the ribbon.

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  • gather the ribbon and tie thread ends in a knot.

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  • glue small vintage button to the center of the flower.
  • to create leaves:  fold a small strip of green ribbon and glue to the back of the flower.

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  • Glue flowers onto wreath.
  • Optional:  Glue small sprigs of flowers on each end of the ribbon flowers.

Did you notice?  I used the Deflecto Ribbon Dispenser* to organize and hold my ribbon.

The Deflecto Ribbon Dispenser* also fits into the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*

Hang your small wreath on a doorknob or decorative window and Enjoy.

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Bunny Table Favor with Rinea Foil

Create a cute little Bunny Treat Box to adorn your table this Easter.

To make the Bunny Table Favor…

I used Rinea Foiled Paper, a paper lined with colorful vibrant metal foil on both sides.

This German inspired paper holds its shape, looks like foil and works like paper. 

The Bunny Table Favor is a fun project to make even the littlest guest feel special.

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Directions:

  • To add adhesive to the back of the Rinea Foiled Paper lay the paper onto the  Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need electricity.

  • Apply Rinea Foiled Paper onto the front and back of pre-cut chipboard pieces.
  • Place the double sided foiled chipboard pieces onto the (discontinued) Easter Elements Die and run through the Sizzix Big Shot Die Cut Machine* to cut out the Bunny Shapes.
  • FYI…the Sizzix Cottontail Die is very similar to the bunny I used.

  • Cut two double-sided blush foiled bunny shapes.
  • Cut two 2 ½” x 1 ½” and two 1 ½” x 1 ½” pieces of double-sided silver foiled chipboard.
  • Cut a 2 ½” x 3 ½” piece of double-sided pastel green foiled chipboard.
  • To cover up the brown core of the chipboard, use the DecoColor Premium Silver Leaf Pen* to go around the edge of each piece of cut chipboard.

  • I used Beacon 3 in 1 Glue* to glue the four silver sides of the box onto the pastel green base.
  • Glue the pink foiled bunnies to both sides of the box.

  • Cut a 2″ x 2 ½” piece of pastel green foil.  Tightly roll foil using a bamboo skewer, add a little glue along the edge of the roll to keep roll from unraveling.
  • Cut small cuts into the top of the foil to create fringe.
  • Create two and glue to the front and back of the box.

  • Punch a couple small pastel purple daisies, curl and form into a petite flower.
  • Glue flower to the front of the box.
  • Cut several thin 6″ strips of pastel green foil.  Wrap foil paper around the bamboo skewer to form little spirals.
  • Use spirals as the filler inside the treat box.  (The foil paper holds its shape well.)

Fill Bunny Table Favor with candy treats and add to your Easter Table.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Let’s Go Fly a Kite…

I’m so happy that Spring is finally here.

I’m ready to celebrate Spring with beautiful sunny skies and just enough breeze to fly a kite.

If you’re not into flying kites, you could always make a fabric one to hang up on the wall.

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How to make a Kite Wall Hanging:

  • Creating a kite pattern… Cut the white cardstock to 9″ x 12″.  Fold the cardstock in 1/2 lengthways.  On the two long sides make a mark at 4″.
  • For the top of the kite, draw a line from the top middle fold to the 4″ mark on each side.  For the bottom of the kite, draw a line from the 4″ mark to the bottom middle folds.
  • Cut out Kite pattern.
  • Trace and cut out the kite pattern on the backsides of both of the printed fabrics and the white felt.

  • Sandwich the white felt between the two patterned pieces .  Pin into place and top stitch around the kite.
  • Arrange the words “Lets go fly a kite” onto the front of the kite with the shiny side down.
  • Cover with soft clean cloth and iron on cotton settings for 30 seconds.  Turn kite over and repeat for an additional 30 seconds.

  • Cut the top flower and leaves off the floral applique.
  • Arrange the flowers on the kite and iron onto the kite the same way as the letters.
  • Glue rick rack around the edge of the kite.

  • Cut strips of fabric and tie onto a 14″ piece of twine.  Glue one end of the twine to the backside of the kite.
  • Make a small loop with a second piece of twine and glue to the top of the kite.

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Spring Quilt Card

It’s been a while since I’ve used rubber stamps to make a card… 

and I’ll admit that it felt really good to sit and watercolor a image again.

Interesting fact…In 1996, my creative journey was started with rubber stamps.

This week the Xyron Design Team has partnered up with Deep Red Rubber Stamps.

I choose the Color Me Spring Quilt cling stamp to use in my project.

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I like using art markers ( and dye ink pads) to water color my stamped image.

I scribble using the marker onto a piece of acetate. (or anything non-porous) and pick up

the ink from the marker with the water-brush and paint the image.

When layering the card…

The Xyron Creative Station* is great for adding adhesive to the back of intricate pieces.

For simple layers I use my Xyron Tape Runner*

I also use the XYRON Adhesive Eraser* to remove any extra adhesive that might show.

Embellish the card using self adhesive flower rhinestones and a sheer ribbon bow.

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“Dyeing” for Spring

Welcome Spring with all your beautiful flowers, warmer days and everything renewed.

My Welcome Spring Banner turned into a real labor of love.

I began this project with the idea of using fun pink and purple hand cut felt flowers.

After I cut all the flowers and leaves, I decided to dye the embroidered letters.

The letters turned out so soft and delicate, I needed something softer for the flowers.

So…more flowers and more dyeing!  (make sure to read all the instructions below.)

I could of kept things simple and glued all the flowers in place, but noooo…

instead at the last minute I committed myself to stitching the entire thing.

Let me tell you…I’m not a stitcher!    (But, I am pretty satisfied by the way they turned out.)

To make the Welcome Spring Banner you’ll need:

  1. Add several drops of dye ink to each misting bottle.
  2. Remove letters from backing sheet and place on a Non Stick Craft Mat* or (wax paper).
  3. Spritz the letters with both blue and green ink for a variegated look.  Allow the ink to soak into the letters then dab away excess ink and water with a paper towel.  Let dry.

Look at how beautiful the letters dried.  ↓

4.  Create simple, hand drawn flowers (small, medium and large), circle and leaf patterns onto plain white paper.  Cut then trace around the patterns onto white felt.  Cut out.

5.  Spray the leaves green, set aside then spray the flowers and circles one color at a time.  Allow them to dry overnight.

6.  Layer the circle, small flower and large flower on top of each other then stitch in place.  Use a small amount of glue to hold the pieces in place while you stitch.

I love how the ink pooled at the edges of the pink flowers!

7.  To create the banner shape, fold a 10″ x 14″ piece of white felt in half lengthways.  Cut diagonally across the bottom from the center fold to a point about 3″ up from the bottom corner on the outer edges.  Stitch the flowers to the banner using a button at the center of each one.  Tuck leaves underneath the outer edges of the flowers then stitch in place.

8.  Set iron to cotton setting, approx. 350°, or follow garment care label.  Position letters with shiny side down on felt, then iron the letters in place as shown.  Cover letters with a fine cloth.  With firm pressure, iron cloth over the letters for 30 seconds.  Turn banner over and iron the back of the letters for 30 seconds.

9.  Use a sewing machine to stitch the banner to backing material, then stitch trim in place across the top and around the bottom edge if desired.

 If you need to finish your banner in less time, glue the flowers, leaves and trim in place, then use a fusible interfacing to adhere the felt banner to a backing.

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered alphabet letter sheets at your local craft store.

My “Welcome Spring” banner was created for and sponsored by Joy SA.

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DIY Bloom Floral Plaque

Bloom into Spring with this DIY Bloom Floral Plaque.

I admit it…I’m an adhesive snob.

There’s nothing worse than spending hours on a project and then it  comes undone

from using the wrong adhesives.

I tell people all the time “not all adhesives are created equal”.

That’s one reason why I was so excited to be on the Xyron 2018 Design Team.

Xyron has Good Adhesive!

The DIY Bloom Floral Plaque is the first of many projects to come using Xyron.

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How to make a DIY Bloom Floral Plaque…

  • Lay a piece of a 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of decorative scrapbook paper (design side up) on the  *Xyron Creative Station, 9″ crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.
  • Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.

       You get complete coverage, no gluing, no wrinkling, no bubbles!

  • Lay Wood Flower Shaped Plaque onto the adhesive side of the paper.
  • Carefully cut around the wood shape with a craft knife and craft cutting mat.

  • Gently sand away rough cut edges on the paper using a extra fine sanding block.

  • I used my electronic die cutting machine and cut files to create pieces for my background.  The Xyron Creative Station is great for adding adhesive to the back of intricate pieces.

  • After the layers are adhered together, I use the XYRON Adhesive Eraser* to remove any extra adhesive from the edges of my pieces.  Remember to use a gentle touch.

The XYRON Adhesive Eraser* is one of my favorite must have tools.  I keep it on my desk at all times.  I think every paper crafter should carry one in their supply box.

  • For added detail…use a gold paint pen to edge around the outside of the Wood Flower Shaped Plaque and the decorative scrapbook paper oval.

  • My Xyron Creative Station makes quick work of assembling all the pieces of my DIY Bloom Floral Plaque.
  • Finish embellishing the plaque with a few paper flowers glued into place with craft glue.

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March Calendar Girl Card

The March Calendar Girl card was made by using one the pages from my

Calendar Girls Mini Coloring Book* by Adornit.

The card was water colored using dye ink pads and a Waterbrush*

I apply the ink directly onto a piece of acetate and pick up the ink with my water-brush.

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March Calendar Card Directions:

  1. Form a 5 x 6 ¾ inch card from cream cardstock.
  2. Cut green chevron patterned paper to 4 ¼ x 6 inches. Adhere to gold cardstock and trim a small border. Adhere layers onto 4 ½ x 6 ¼ olive green layer and then onto the cream card base.
  3. Cut Calendar Girl coloring page to 3 ¼ x 4 ¾ inches.
  4. Apply light watercolor wash to coloring page using waterbrush and ink from light blue dye ink pad.
  5. Color on acetate sheet with the salmon marker; pick up color with waterbrush and color girls face on coloring page.
  6. Dab ink onto the acetate sheet with ink pads. Pick up color with waterbrush and paint the rest of the calendar image.
  7. Add gold accents to the glasses, center of flower, skirt, socks and lettering using the gold gel pen.
  8. Add diamond stickles to the girls hair and vest.
  9. Adhere calender girl to a thin gold cardstock border and onto the front of the card base.
  10. Add green enamel dots to the bottom corner of the card.
  11. Tie a sheer ivory ribbon to left side of card.

Finished card size: 5” x 6 ¾”

March Calendar Girl was sponsored by ADORNit*.

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