Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 173 - Anything Goes

  I had a new learning experience building my first pop up box card.  There were several tutorials on how to build a pop up box card.  The tutorial that I used was located at: from Monica Gale.  A pop up box card is created to fold down to fit into an envelope.

I cut narrow strips with different lengths from a clear paper protector sheet and glued each flower, balloon, butterfly and 'Happy Birthday' on each strip giving with different lengths to give the height that I wanted for each one.  My challenge and time were arranging the flowers, balloons, etc. before finally gluing everything to the inside of the card.  One tutorial suggested to tape the strips and/or flowers, etc. inside the card first which can be removed again and again until you achieved the arrangement that you wanted before finally gluing it to the inside of the card which I used and recommend.

Several Cherry Lynn dies were used to build this card.  On the outside bottom of the card was the Cherry Lynn Sophia Heart Border (see in the pictures the scallop of this border).  The "Happy Birthday" is from Cherry Lynn.  The flowers came from Cherry Lynn Manon's Wedding Garland die.  I used the small flower from this die.  In the center of the arrangement, I used the Cherry Lynn Small Exotic Butterflies #1 as well as the Cherry Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourish

I created the presents with the ribbon using a square punch and the bows were created using the Zutter Bow Maker.  The balloons were punched from an old punch.

Additional dies from other companies used were the Cottage Cutz Number Candles and Marianne Designs Cupcake.  The paper is from Graphic 45 'Celebrate'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cherry Lynn Challenge - Shaped Card

This card is called a block card.    There are many tutorials on how to make this card.  I revised mine to made the front of the card larger and will also be the same size of the back when folded.  I added one additional step to reinforce the blocks to stay open each time the card is opened.  Otherwise, the back side wants to stick to the front. 

The paper is from Graphic 45.  The frame on the front of the card is the Cherry Lynn Dutch Doily Rectangle .  I made the flowers and rose buds using the Cherry Lynn Miniature Rose die and Cherry Lynn Rea Rose die.  The leaves are from the Cherry Lynn Flourish Leaf die strip.

I even made the lady bugs using the Ranger red and black liquid pearl drops.

I used the Range Liquid Pearls Ruby Red and Onyx Black to make the lady bug along with a fine Sharpie pen for the dots.  Use one drop of red pearl and let dry.  Then add the dots and then the black pearl and let dry before removing from parchment paper or a clear plastic paper protector to glue onto the leaf.  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cherry Lynn Challenge #171 - Tickled Pink

I had some fun and challenges with this card.  I found this little cherub at a local thrift store and decided to use it on one of my Valentine's cards.   

Please read the tutorial below on how I made my rose buds using Cherry Lynn dies.

The larger 2 white flowers are from the Cherry Lynn Small Gardenia die and the white rose under the branch is from Cherry Lynn Tea Rose die I love the Small Gardenia flower die and have used it almost on all of my cards with roses.  I cute out the pink tea roses with white/gold shimmer paper and sponged the petals with pink ink.  I crunched each petals with my fingers to give it the tea rose appearance before gluing it together.  This time, I used the hot glue gun instead of fast tacky glue which helped keep the flowers in the shape that I wanted.

The tiny white flowers with the pink and white hearts are from the Cherry Lynn Baby Breath Flower KitThe pink hearts came from the Cherry Lynn Cape Cod Doily die.  I used the Cherry Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip and Cherry Lynn Ivy Strip.

The inside is from Spellbinder's Majestic Element.  The embossing is from Cuttlebugs.  The scallop hearts are from Martha Stewart heart punch.  The stamp is from Stampin Up.

Many of my friends asked he how I make my rose buds from the Cherry Lynn dies.
 I prepared a small tutorial that I think would be useful for how I make my rose buds.

 Note the commercial
Rose Bud that I added to the tutorial will give you an idea how close my rose buds look to the commercial rose buds using a single flower. 

I will use three of Cherry Lynn flower dies to show the difference of rose buds along with adding one flower or two flowers to form different size buds since to look like the rose bud is blooming.  

On the right, I used the Cherry Lynn Miniature Rose, Cherry Lynn Large Rose and the Cherry Lynn Tea Rose Small.

I like using a foam pad and this stylus formed these rose buds.  Use the stylus only on the tips of each rose petals and leaves (knows as the sepal).  I like using the Cherry Lynn Miniature Rose leaf for rose buds because it is small enough to show off the rose bud.  I found the larger leaf dies will hide most of the rose bud.

NOTE:  If using paper with one side that has texture, make the texture side the inside of the flower and not the outside of the petal or leaf.  I have found it doesn't make a nice looking rose bud when the texture is showing.  Therefore, shown on the right, I am forming the flower on the textured side and will be gluing together only the tips of the petals.  After the rose bud is formed, the smooth side will show. 

Flowers have a shimmer look to the petals. I prefer shimmer paper to create my flowers and rose buds.   I use white or cream and then sponge the petals with color ink.  It will still show the glimmer to the flowers afterwards and bring a light to the flowers and rose buds.

Adding a green wire serves two purposes besides adding a stem to the rose bud.  It is easier to hold while making rose buds and it is easier to stay on the card.

 I used this tool and curled the end of the wire large enough so that it won't come out after sliding it through the hole of the flower. 
Make sure you only glue the tips of each petal and then squeeze the tips together with your fingers until the glue dries. 

Normally, I like using the hot glue gun when making flowers but when using it to make the rose buds, it was drying too fast and it left a lot of glue on the outside of the rose bud that didn't come off and didn't look good.
After the glue on the rose bud is almost dry, just slide the leaf through the wired stem and only glue the tips of each leaf onto the rose bud.   I used my fingers to hold the leaves on the rose bud until the glue dried.  If you get a little glue that shows on the leaf, just use a colored marker to hide it.  Sometimes, I don't always bring the leaf right up to the bottom of the rose bud and glue the tips of the leaf right in the middle of the rose bud.  It shows off the rose bud a little more when you want this look.  Note the small space below the rose bud is open but won't show when glued onto the card.

Example of Cherry Lynn Rose Buds that I just made for this tutorial and CL dies:  Rose Buds using Cherry Lynn (CL) Miniature Rose die, flowers are CL Cherry Lynn Miniature Rose Die, CL Baby Breath Flower Kit, CL Spring Basket, CL Flourish Leaf Strip, CL Fanciful Flourish, CL Dutch Doily Rectangle and CL French Lattice Large Frame.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 170 - Add a Flourish

I  received new dies from Cherry Lynn this past month and are being used in my Valentine cards this year.  The Cherry Lynn French doily was curled and used as the flower holder. 

Additional Cherry Lynn dies long with the new dies are:

Small Tea Rose and rose buds were made from this same die
Anastasia Border
Sophia Doily
French Doily (Holder for the flowers)
Baby Breath
Small Gardenia Flower
Shasta Daisy
Flourish Leaf Strip
Mini Fanciful Flourish

Additional dies were the Impression Obsession cupids and Marianne Design flourish stem.   I used Ranger Metal Art embossing powder and glitter on vellum paper after cutting out the cupid to provide some dimension and added crystal glitter glue to parts of the cupid.

I added small dots of Ranger Pearl  inside of the Sophia Doily.  I added a heart charm to the flowers.  I formed the bow first and melted it with the hot glue gun to melt it enough and give it vintage look.