A Shutter Card with a Peek-A-Boo

On Wednesday at the Garden Club LIVE, I’m demonstrating how to construct this very unique card to show off our bouquets. Don’t be intimidated…it’s really quite easy!


12 ” x 12″ cardstock

Patterned cardstock for layering and a solid square (3 3/4″ x 3 1/2″) of cardstock for the Peek-a-boo. White cardstock (3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″) for message.

Circle Dies – 2 1/2″ and 3″ Decorative Circles 3 1/2″ and 4″

Step 1–For the Main card, cut from a 12″ x 12″ cardstock the following:

7″ x 10″, scoring at 2 1/2″ and 7 1/2″

3 1/2″ x 8″, scoring at 1/2″ and 7 1/2″

For the Patterned cardstock panels, cut the following:

(4) 2 1/4″ x 6 3/4″

(1) 3 1/4″ x 6 3/4″

(1) 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″

Belly Band and Decorative Circles can be cut from the either of the above papers or choose another paper to contrast.

1 3/4″ x 11 3/4″ (Band), 3 1/2″ Circle and 4″ Circle

3 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ Contrasting cardstock, score at 1/2″ each side

Step 2–Adhere the 4 panels ( 2 1/4″ x 6 3/4″) and the center panel (4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″) to the main card using glue.

Step 3–Place the 2 1/2″ Circle on the 3 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ patterned cardstock, almost half way down, and die cut. Next, place this piece over your 3 1/2″ x 8″ cardstock and using a pencil, draw around to mark the circle. Die cut the opening, then glue the decorative paper onto this piece. If you want to add a frame around the opening (it does finish it off), die cut a 3″ circle with the 2 1/2″ opening and glue around the opening. Add red tape to the 1/2″ folds on this piece.

Step 4–On the 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ white cardstock, stamp your quote or verse, checking to make sure it is small enough to be seen through the opening. It helps to trace a circle with a pencil to insure this. Line it up under this panel and hold in place with a small piece of removable tape, then apply some glue to the back. Line up the 3 1/3″ x 8″ panel to the center of the card inside and press the white square to it. Remove the “removable” tape and press to secure. Next, peel the red tape and adhere to the panel, top and bottom, lining up as shown.

Step 5–Create the “slide”. First, measure the center, along the 3 3/4″ side and make it with a pencil (1 3/4″).

Using a T-square, mark 1 1/2″ down with a pencil from that center point.

Draw lines coming from this point out to the edge with a pencil. Cut out, then repeat for the other piece. Add red tape to the scored lines.

Step 6–Slide these two pieces together, use a piece of removable tape on the from to hold them together. Now slide it under the center panel and while hold the center, pull the red tape from one side and bring the Shutter over to adhere to it. Repeat with the second shutter.

Step 7–Now you’re ready to finish off the card. Measure the Belly Band around and mark it. Adhere with red tape. Adhere your decorative circles to the Belly Band and you’re ready to add your bouquet.

*If you want to add a message to the back as I’ve shown on LIVE, here are the measurements to trim the cardstock.

(1) 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ and (1) 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

Floral Concertina Card

On Wednesday’s LIVE, I showed how to make a Concertina Card and add a lovely floral bouquet on the front. Here are the measurements and steps in constructing this easy, but totally unique card.


  1. From a 12-inch piece of 100 lb. (300gsm) cardstock, cut one piece – 6″ x 10″ and one piece 6″ x 10 1/2″. Score both pieces at 5″ and on the 10 1/2″ piece, score one end at 1/2″.

2. From another piece of 12-inch piece of 100 lb. cardstock, cut a piece that is 4″ x 11 3/4″. Score both ends at 1/2″ and 2″ and in the center at 5 7/8″.

3. Other measurements for layering coordinating cardstock is as follows:

4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ (cut 5)

4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ (cut 4)

3 3/4″ x 3 5/8″ (cut 2)

3 3/8″ x 3 1/2″ (cut 2)

1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ (cut 2)

1″ x 3 1/2″ (cut 2)

4. Construct your layering as I showed on the video starting with the middle section. Everything can be glued down, but hold off on the card sections.

5. Die cut your windows (2) using a 4 1/8″ to 4 1/4″ rectangle starting with the second layer which is the 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece. Center the die on this piece.

6. Using this first layer as your template, place it on top of the next layer which is the 4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ piece. The die will “nestle” into the first layer and cut the second layer only.

7. Place this second layer onto the inside fold of the card opening and repeat the steps above to center onto it and die cut the opening.

8. Glue the two layers down, aligning the opening. Repeat for the other inside section.

9. If you want to hide the tab for the middle section, you will need to aligning your card and mark with pencil. Mine turned out to be 3/4″ from the top and bottom and 1 1/2 ” from the side edge. Use an craft knife to cut this, then move about 1/32″ and repeat the cut to give you an easy opening.

Repeat this for both outer sections of your card. Add tape onto the tab of the middle section (4″ x 11 3/4″) and tape it to this layer of cardstock. Feed the middle section through your windows and repeat with taping it to the other layer that you have cut a slit in.

10. Glue this layer of cardstock to the first layer.

11. Once complete, the card should look like this:

Tip: If you will be stamping any quotes or sentiments, do that step before adhering the middle section to the card!

Echinacea and Columbine Projects

Whether we’re remembering Summer or looking forward to honoring Autumn, these paper bouquets will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

The Echinacea background was actually a photo I took looking up through a beautiful Oak tree that was turning colors. I put the photo in my App, Waterlogue and changed it to a softer, abstract of color to set my flowers on. Whereas, the Columbine’s background is done in Shimmer Powders to give a “Monet” look to the garden. Choosing backgrounds, for me, is just as important as the flowers I put with them. You can see how I did both of these projects on my Facebook page, Susan’s Garden Club video!


Hearty Soft White Clay by KatySue Designs or Amazon, 18 gauge Cloth Wire, and Brusho Powder Watercolor/Burnt Sienna

Unique Backgrounds: Helleborus, Dahlias, and Beauty Berry Bush

Creating 3-dimensional flowers is easy–creating beautiful bouquets is what I want paper gardeners to think about. Today, on Susan’s Garden Club LIVE, I wanted to show how spending a little time on backgrounds can lead to an eye-catching bouquet!

In the first one, I used my Holly & Berry die and die cut the leaves on Fun Foam, along with the branch from the Brunnera to hold berries. I stamped the leaves with two different colors of Nuvo Hybrid Ink/Dried Oregano and Versa Fine Clair/Shady Lane. Then, used an eraser from a #2 pencil to create the berries with Nuvo Hybrid Ink/Rich Rosewood. A few details done with Nuvo Alcohol Pens/Vine Leaf and Hunter Green for stems and veins. The Helleborus was done with Copic Markers YG21 and R89 for the speckling of that variety. Simple three flowers, but you have an unique bouquet for a special card to a friend or loved one.

The second card, I used the Nuvo Hybrid/Dried Oregano to softly add color in the upper left hand corner with a soft brush. I added some speckling by using Nuvo Water Color Pen/Indigo Dawn. Three varying in color purple PomPom Dahlias were done with some Beauty Berry foliage. Again, simple!

For all directions, go to my Facebook page, Susan’s Garden Club and click on the video.


Pretty Little Note Box

I’m so excited to show you some of the new flowers that I have designed for my first release with Tonic Studios and what better way…this sweet box from Graphic 45 that I have covered with a colorful array of blooms!

Here’s the products I used from Graphic 45 (which can be ordered through Beau Q Creations [407-474-2328] and email: beauqcreations@gmail.com)

Book Box #4500844

Ornate Metal Key Holes #4500546 and Ornate Metal Corners #4501810

Paper ~ BLOOMS #4501870

The box is so easy to cover, but I do recommend you use YES! Glue to adhere the paper to the box.

Here are the measurements:

Outside Box:

4 7/8″ x 7″ (2) for front and back covers

2 3/8 x 7″ (1) for spine

2 1/8″ x 6 1/2″ (2) for sides

2 1/8″ x 4 1/2″ (2) for sides

Inside Box:

4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ (1)

2 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ (1)

2 1/8″ x 6 1/2″ (2)

2 1/8″ x 4 1/2″ (2)

2 1/8″ x 6 1/4″ (2)

2 1/8″ x 4 3/8″ (2)

A2 Note Cards fit perfectly in the box, but their coordinating envelopes are too big. I added a coordinating ribbon on the open inside flap and then covered it with two squares cut to cover the ribbon.

Squares: 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″

I added the Ornate Metal Corners and Key Hole.

I think a handmade gift is the best you can give and I hope you love decorating the top of the box with a beautiful bouquet!

Autumn Splendor & Halloween Fun

Hello Paper Gardeners. Today on The Garden Spot LIVE, I created two cards to pay tribute to the season fast coming upon us–Autumn, and a little whimsy with one of Tim Holtz’ product, “Halloween Paper Dolls.”

Below, I’ve listed the products I’ve used if you’re interested in creating the most unique cards. Thank you for being part of The Garden Club!


HEY Pumpkin!

As those of us on the southern coast of the United States prepare for Hurricane Dorian:-( …I decided to look ahead to Autumn. I love the colors, aromas, and comfort foods this season brings. Pumpkins of course signal its arrival so I used my French Pumpkin to fill with an array of some of my favorite flowers. What I want to show you was how easy it is to color the pumpkin using Tonic’s Embellishment Mousse in a variety of colors; techniques for blending that can be used on any of your pieces.

  1. I started with Tonic’s “Craft Perfect” Card Blanks/Bright White in 6″ x 6″. Then, I had a second layer using the Mirror Card/Smooth Mint in 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″. Finally, a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ square of Watercolor paper (I love the texture it brought to the card.

2. Using the sponge daubers, it made it so easy to add the Orange Blush Mousse first, leaving some areas untouched so I could blend in other colors.

3. I decided to add some Shimmer Powder/Solar Flare onto my non-stick mat so I could blend it with the Orange Blush and give the pumpkin some highlights. As you can see, I blended Forest Green Mousse along the bottom edge as well.

4. Final touch, was to “age” the pumpkin a bit, using my finger and blending some Cosmic Brown Mousse onto the surface. The stem was created by using two of the Nuvo Crystal Drops/Olive Branch with Copper Penny and smearing them with a toothpick to give a textured look to the stem.

5. I created a background for my card on the watercolor paper using Glacier Paste/Green Envy and applied it over a stencil using a spatula.

6. The leaves of the Pumpkin were colored with Copic YR95 and YR97. I chose Black-eyed Susan’s, Dahlia, and some Goldenrod for my flower bouquet and Woodland Leaves brightly colored with Crystal Glaze on them. Finally, Suzanne Cannon’s “Autumn” was die cut in the same Mirror Card/Smooth Mint to announce the season!

PRODUCTS BY TONIC: If you would like any of the products I’ve used, just click on the image and it will take you to the Tonic site to purchase.