Gerbera Daisy Bouquet for Spring

image taken from the internet

Gerbera Daisies are the fifth most popular cut flower in the world; after Rose, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, and Tulip. It was named in honor of the German botanist and medical doctor, Traugott Gerber, a friend of Carl Linnaeus.  It is attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds, but resistant to deer, which for most home gardeners is a good thing!

I love the brilliant colors of the Gerber Daisy and in a bouquet it can make quite a statement.  Here in the south, Spring has burst and I couldn’t help but create a bouquet in honor of this spectacular season of color!


Step One

I used Celadon Green Soft Finished card stock trimmed to a 6″ x 6″ for the card with Els van de Burgt Studio “Through the Lens/Wood” background trimmed to 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  I also used Corners 1 and die cut 4 in another “Wood” paper from the collection.

Die cut two Garden Notes Pottery Pitchers in Soft Finished White 100 lb. card stock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the backs.

 Adhere the one pitcher on top of the other, then using Distress/Oxide ink, I colored the pitcher.

Step Two

I die cut 6 stems from the Gerbera Daisy; three in a 80 lb. medium green and 3 in a 100 lb. lighter green to add stability and depth to the stem.  Use Beacon’s Zip Dry glue to adhere the pieces together.

Peel off the Clear Double Sided Adhesive of the Potter Pitcher and feed the stems through the opening.  I also added three stems of ModaScraps Leafy Branch 4 for some foliage.



I added a foam dot on the back for dimension!

Adhere the Pitcher to the card front.

Step Three

I colored the four large flowers with Copic/R29.

I colored the larger flowers with Copic/R29

I also added some color to the pale yellow medium flower with Copic/RO8.

Next, I added detail to the individual petals of the large flower by placing them on the Leaf Mat and using the Leaf Tool. Then I place the large flower on the Molding Mat and used the Medium Ball Stylus to shape the flower.

Step Four

Use a toothpick and apply Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue!  to the back and adhere it to a stem.  Repeat with the other three large flowers, trying to off-set the petals.

I used ECD’s small scissors to cut in half he medium flower segments; this gives the “frilly” look of the petals.

Place the medium flowers on the Molding Mat and shape using the Medium Ball Stylus as you did for the large flowers.  Apply glue to the center of the flower and adhere to the large flower.  Again, repeat with these steps for all medium flowers!

Next, place the small flower on the Molding Mat and use a stirring technique on the center with the Medium Ball Stylus to give the flower shape.

Finally, place the mini petals on either the Molding Mat or as I use, a “carving block” that I found at my local art store. (These are used to carve your own stamps!)  I use a rounded toothpick to cup the center, but if you’re using the Molding Mat, using the Small Ball Stylus (opposite end to the Leaf Tool). Then, use ECD’s small tweezers to pick up the petals, dip lightly into the Kids Choice Glue, and place in the center of the flower.

I made an array of colors, but you certainly could have done them all in one color. I also didn’t use the leaves that come with the Gerbera; I would choose those if I were doing it in a flower pot!

I added some more sprigs of Leafy Branch 4 in the front and Suzanne Cannon’s “Spring” from her 4 Season’s die.

I hope you try this colorful flower in your bouquets.  It’s easy to make and with just a few details can look as real as the natural ones.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Garden Notes: Gerbera Daisy #1292, Pottery Pitcher #1294

Els van de Burgt Studio: Corners 1 #1124

Suzanne Cannon’s QuietFire: 4 Seasons #1199

ModaScrap: Leafy Branch 4 #1317

Susan’s Garden: Tool Kit#808, Mini Molding Mat #809, Leaf Pad #811

Soft Finish card stock/Celadon Green #PSF137

Soft Finish White card stock 100 lb. #PSF102

Soft Finish White card stock 85 lb. #PSF101

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue! 

Other Supplies

Ranger’s Tim Holtz Distress Ink/Fossilized Amber

Copic Marker/R29, RO8, YRO7, RV17, RV19

Beacon’s Zip Dry Glue


Rose 3…a new look

In my latest release, I decided to revamp some of the old favorites and improve upon the technique and size to make them more compatible to my other flowers.  Rose 3 is one of those improvements.  You can always refer to my YouTube video on Rose 2, for basic techniques (i.e., shaping, pinching, bending, etc.), but until I do a new video, I’ve stepped out how I make this Rose and even a bud.

As you will see, it sets next to another new die, Garden Notes Fairy~Rose Petal.  Check out all the new releases at Elizabeth Craft Designs…there’s some pretty amazing designs.


Step One

The die set includes everything you to create the flower.  I chose to die cut the petals from Soft Finish 85 lb. card stock and shade the ends with Distress Ink/Spun Sugar.  You will notice there are two stems cut and that is because I like to “double up” on the stem to give it some dimension.


I use Beacon’s Zip Dry glue to run a bead down the (lighter green) stem.  Then, set the darker green stem on top.  The glue dries quickly!  I shade the stem and the leaves with some Distress Ink/Forest Moss.



Use a toothpick with Beacon’s Kids Choice glue on the back of the stem and set in place directly on your project.  (Garden Notes flowers are always constructed right on your project.) To create this card, I used Els van de Burgt Studio Dotted Scallop Ovals, Corners 1 and ModaScrap Lace Heart, then I colored my Fairy and placed her on the card.  The Rose stem was set in place.


Step Two

Place the “2-petal” piece on the Molding Mat and use the Small Loop tool to shape.  Next, I use my tweezers and pinch through the center.  Use your thumb and index finger on your opposite hand to hold this pinch, while you release the tweezers.  Continue to hold the “pinch” and use the tweezers to bend the edges of each petal downward.  Finally, place this piece back on the Molding Mat and use the Small Ball Stylus to cup the center.

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Use a toothpick to apply glue to the underside of the center and adhere it to the top of the stem (calyx).


Step Three

The next 2-petal piece is larger and shaping it is a little different.  Place this piece right-side down on the Molding Mat and using the Small Ball Stylus, shape just the outer edges of the petal (both ends).  Next, turn the piece over and shape the remaining petal, starting below where you shaped on the wrong side.

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Repeat the pinching and bending techniques as you did above.  Then, place back on the Molding Mat and cup the center.  Use a toothpick to add glue to the underside center, then, adhere it to the flower–larger shape goes at the top.

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Step Four

The Bud is the center and is created next so the remaining six single petals can be built around it.Place the bud on the Molding Mat, right-side up, and shape it using the Small Loop tool.  Turn it over, with wrong side up, and repeat the same shaping.  

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With the bud upside down, use the tweezers to grasp the right side and roll towards the other side.  Use a toothpick to apply a small amount of glue at the “stem” end and roll the shape closed.  Slide the tweezers out, holding onto the rolled bud with your opposite thumb and index finger.

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Use your tweezers to bend out the bud edges, slightly.


You can dip the stem end of the bud into the glue and set it in place in the center of the petals. I prefer my bud to lean slightly towards the back petal rather than stand erect.


Step Five

Place the remaining 6 petals on the Molding Mat and shape, pinch, and bend each one.

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Build the rose from the center outward with these petals.

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If you want to add a “new bud” to the side of your stem.  Die cut the bud and 3 petals. Repeat the techniques used above. I use a toothpick to apply a small amount of glue to the inside of the stem end of the petal to construct this bud.

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Step Six

Leaves are shaded with Distress Ink/Mossy Green, then use the Leaf Tool with the piece, right side down, on the Leaf Pad and stem.  Turn over and bend along that stem line and shade with PanPastel/Bright Yellow Green.  Place back on the Leaf Pad and use the Leaf Tool to create veins. Pinch the stem end and bend down on the Leaf; dip stem end into the glue and set on the stem.

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I created the Fairies “tutu” using the same techniques for those petals as I did for the Rose.  Her wings are die cut in Shimmer Sheetz.

I love making these Roses and hope you will too.  Remember, if you have any problems, you can email or IM me on Facebook and I promise to answer all your questions.  Happy Gardening!


Susan’s Garden~Garden Notes Rose 3 (#1295) and Garden Fairy/Rose Petal (#1290)

Els van de Burgt Studio Dotted Scallop Ovals (#1173) and Corners 1 (#1124)

ModaScrap Lace Heart (#1313)

Tool Kit (#808)

Molding Mat (#809)

Leaf Pad (#811)

PanPastels/Set 1 (#30115)

Soft Finish 85 lb card stock (#PSF101)

Clear Double sided adhesive (#506)

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Other Supplies:

Ranger Distress Ink/Forest Moss and Spun Sugar

Beacons Zip Dry Glue

Tulip Bouquet for Chinese New Year


“Gung Hey Fat Choy!”  On January 28th starts the celebration of Chinese New Year.  In our family, we celebrate this special time with the addition of our granddaughters.


This holiday has given us the opportunity to learn about this celebration and how “family-oriented” it is, which is what I’ve always been about.  This year is the Year of the Fire Rooster and I have chosen my new Garden Notes Tulip (2) to fill my Pottery Pitcher with a lovely bouquet.  A Leafy Branch (5) is by a new artist with Elizabeth Craft Designs, “Moda Scrap” is perfect as a filler.  I chose Suzanne Cannon’s “Peace” to make this my wish for everyone.


Step One

I cut a 6″ x 6″ card in Lady Bug Red/Soft Finish 100 lb. card stock.  The next layer is trimmed to a 5 1/2″  square and embossed with Bamboo.  Next, I die cut Els van de Burgt Studio Corners 1 in gold and outlined the corners. My new Pottery Pitcher is die cut with Clear Double-Sided Paper on both sides; I wanted to use Silk Microfine Glitter/Solar Gold to color my pitcher.


Step Two

Die cut my Stems/Branches in dark green card stock for the Tulips.  I die cut my Tulip 2 in Soft Finish White 85 lb. card stock and used Copic Markers R14 and R29 to shade my petals.


img_4127I also die cut some Tulip leaves in dark green and shaded the edges with Distress Ink/Forest Green.  The Leafy Branch 5 was die cut in the same Soft Finished White 85 lb. card stock and then colored with Distress Ink/Crushed Olive to act as a filler for the bouquet.

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All leaves were stemmed, using the Leaf Tool on the Leaf Pad and shaped to give dimension.


The Tulip leaves were also shaded with PanPastel/Bright Yellow Green.img_4125

Then fill around the stems.


Step Three

Shape the Tulip petal pieces on the Molding Mat, using the small-end of the Loop Tool.


Use the tweezers to pinch the individual petals at the center.  Use a toothpick to add some Beacon’s Kid Choice glue to the underside of the two-petal piece and lay arose the four-petal piece.  Then, add the calyx in the center and while the flower is on the Molding Mat, use the small ball Stylus to cup the pieces.



Step Four

Use a toothpick to apply some glue on the underside of the flower and place it on one of the stems.  The stamen is die cut in black card stock.  Use a toothpick to apply a small amount of glue to the lower edge and, with the tweezers holding one side, roll the stamen up closed.


Dip the top of the stamen into black “Pollen” and using the tweezers to hold, dip the bottom into the glue and set in place inside the flower.



Repeat with these steps with the remaining four Tulips.

Step Five

I finished off my card by die cutting Suzanne Cannon’s “Peace” in Shimmer Sheetz/Fire Opal Gemstone that has been backed with Clear Double-Sided Paper.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supply List

Susan’s Garden Notes: Pottery Pitcher (#1294), Tulip 2 (#1296), CountryScapes Rooster/Critter 1 (#989)

Els van de Burgt Studio: Corners 1 (#1124)

Moda Scrap: Leafy Branch 5 (#1319)

Suzanne Cannon QuietFire Designs: Peace (#1238)

Embossing Folder/Bamboo (#E100)

Soft Finish/White 85 lb. card stock (#PSF101)

Soft Finish/LadyBug Red 100 lb. card stock (#PSF115)

Silk Microfine Glitter/Solar Gold (#638)

Shimmer Sheets: Bronze (#SS 0215) and Fire Opal Gemstone (#SS 0218)

PanPastel Set 1/Bright Yellow Green (#30115)

Clear Double Sided Adhesive / 5″ x 12″(#501) and Tape (#506)

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue (#814)

Other Supplies:

Copic Markers, R14 and R29

Ranger Industries Distress Ink: Forest Moss and Crushed Olive





A Simple Gift-Giving Project!

img_3785I know when my daughters were growing up, they were always asking me to come up with gifts they could give to their friends and teachers.  This simple project would have been perfect!

Here in the South, we use Ball jars for everything; from canning to drinking our “sweet tea” out of.  This isn’t my original idea, but adding my Poinsettia in the globe is.  Expense-wise, this is pretty frugal since you can buy a dozen jars for about $11.00 and the plastic Christmas balls (which I found at Michaels) will make two and are only $1.29.  What you fill the jars with…well, the ideas are endless from candy to home made cocoa mix.  I made a simple tag with “Noel” on the front, but if you do a mix, print up the recipe.


Step One

You will need a hot glue gun for this project.  Measure the metal lid of the Ball jar.  You can cut out a circle with scissors, or use one of Els’ Beaded Circles to die cut–much easier.

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Separate the balls.  I snapped off the “hanging loop” to create a smooth area so the ribbon would attached easily.  You can use a nail file to smooth where you snap off the loop.  Use the glue gun to adhere the patterned paper circle to the of the lid, then run a bead of glue to the rim and adhere the lid permanently together with it.

Step Two

I wanted to make a “Peppermint” variety of Poinsettia, so I used some alcohol ink  from Copic R29 refill bottle.  An unused toothbrush works best for giving it the spattering effect.

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Die cut the Poinsettia once and the extra petals, twice out of the spattered paper.  Also, die cut the Poinsettia and a few of the larger leaves in a medium green card stock.


I used Distress Ink/Forest Moss to shade the green leaves.


Step Three

Shape all leaves on the Leaf Pad, using the Leaf Tool. (

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Repeat these steps for the spattered pieces.

Step Four

I used the glue gun to mound a small amount of glue on the center of the lid to “raise-up” the flower.  Then, I assembled the flower as directed.


Add Prills/Ribbit and Red! It’s Right in the center of the Poinsettia.  I also die cut a few of the smaller White Pine Boughs to tuck under the Poinsettia.  I wanted them to look frosty (it’s a snow globe, after all!) so I used Twinklets/Diamond Dust.

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Step Five

Finally, use the glue gun to apply a bead of glue around the edge of the plastic ball and adhere to the top of the lid.


Now, fill your jar and screw on this perfectly beautiful snow globe.  I finished off the jar with ribbon around the rim and a tag with “NOEL” die cut in the same patterned paper that I used for the base.


I hope this simple project helps with your gift-giving list–Happy Holidays!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

Susan’s Garden Notes:

Poinsettia (#1226)

White Pine Boughs (#1091)

Els van de Burgt Studio:

Dotted Scallop Circle (#1172)

Tags & More 6 (#959)

Suzanne Cannon “A Way with Words”

Noel (#1237)

PanPastels Set 2 #30116

Susan’s Garden Tool Kit (#808) ; Molding Pad (#809) and Leaf Pad (#811)

Soft Finished White 85 lb. card stock (#PSF101)

Beacon’s “Kids Choice Glue!”

Prills/Bloomy Day

Prills/Flower Pot

Others Products:

Plastic Holiday Balls (found at Michael’s)

Ranger-Distress Ink/Forest Moss

Copic Refill/R29

Twinklets/Diamond Dust


Glue Gun & Sticks


Technique Tuesday–Creating the Spiral Rose


img_2150Whether you’re doing the Rose Hedge or the Rose Vine, the spiral rose is the easiest flower you’ll ever do!  I had a request to step out this rose, so LET’S GET STARTED!

Step One

img_3419This is the rose from the Rose Hedge.  Each bush will probably hold about 3-4 roses in addition to the leaves, which also are included.

Step Two

With the Reverse tweezers, that come in the Tool Kit, grasp the inside projection.


Step Three

Now start to roll towards the other end.  Stop rolling when you have about 1/4-inch left.


Step Four

Use a toothpick and apply a small amount of Beacon’s Kids Choice glue to the unrolled end of the rose.  Roll the rose closed and hold with the index finger and thumb of your opposite hand a few seconds to allow the glue to set.


That’s it!  All you need to do is use ECD’s small tweezers to hold the petal end, dip or use a toothpick to apply glue to the bottom of the Rose and set in place on the Hedge or Vine!


Add a few leaves and you have a finished Rose Hedge or Vine!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Susan’s Garden/CountryScapes – Rose Hedge (#1196) and Flora 5/Rose Vine (#1130) 

Tool Kit (#808)

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Ode to Summer with 3 Dies & Give-Away

IMG_3371It’s September 1st and I can’t help but think that Summer is coming to an end.  It was just a few months ago that I planted Geraniums in pots on my porch and now I see them starting to dry back; fall, then winter is coming.  Creating a card to honor their beauty is what I had in mind when I did my newest “Potted” plant.

If you’ve been following me on FaceBook, you’ve seen some of my projects of my Garden Notes flowers in my newest die, Potted.

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I hope you get inspired after you see how easy these are to make and remember there are YouTube videos on Elizabeth Craft Designs channel on how to make ALL the flowers in my collection.

One more thing, as a special thank you to all my paper gardening friends, Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away the three dies to make this featured project–Garden Notes Geranium and Potted, and Suzanne Cannon’s Four Seasons!  Post a comment and you will be entered to win…the drawing will be on Friday, September 9th.


Step One

I chose Soft Finished card stock/Ladybug as my card and Els van de Burgt Studio “Through the Lens/Stone” for my project. I masked off the bottom of the “Stone” card stock and used Distress Ink/Walnut Stain to create a table to put my pot on.



Then, I adhered the Stone card stock to the card with Clear Double-sided Adhesive. Die cut two “Potted” in Smooth Finish/White 85 lb card stock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back.


Step Two

To create the look of a terra cotta pot, I use Copic Markers–E09, E15, E19, and E99 and shade the edges with the same Distress Ink/Walnut Stain.


Repeat the coloring for the saucer.

Step Three

I peeled the adhesive off the back and add four foam squares so the flower pot will have some dimension.  Use your fingers to curve the pot, then set it on your card. I use Prismacolor/Cool Grey to add shading to the the side of the pot and shadow it on the card.


Step Four

I created a “stencil” from the base of the Geranium die and dab the positioning of the flowers using Distress Ink/Forest Moss.


This gives me a good idea how the flowers will set, but it is optional.

Step Five

I decided on five flower heads, so I die cut five bases in 80 lb. card stock/medium green and five in 100 lb. card stock/light olive green. Doubling up on the bases gives a firm area to set the flowerets in place.


After shaping the base on the molding mat with the Large Ball Stylus, hold the base with your Reverse tweezers (from the tool kit) and use a toothpick to outline the edge with Beacon’s Kid’s Choice glue.


First, place the 100 lb. card stock bases over the stenciled areas, then the medium green ones.


Step Six

The leaves should be tucked around the bases before you add the flowerets.  I shade with Distress Ink/ Forest Moss, then place the leaf, right-side-down on my Leaf Pad and use my Leaf Tool to add stem lines.  Turn it over and crease the lines.  Add shading, using PanPastels/Bright Yellow Green.  Shape the petal, by pinching the stem end and bending the outer leaf.  Add some shading using PanPastel/Permanent Red on the edges. Dip the stem ends into the glue and place around the bases.



Step Seven

I decided to really do justice to the color of my geraniums, I would color each floweret, so I started by die cutting them on Soft Finished/White 85 lb. card stock, then used Copic Markers R14 and $29.  This takes some time, but really gives your project the “Mother Nature” technique:-D


There’s two sizes of petals; the larger petals are shaped, right-side-down, turned over and cupped, then placed on the base.  Repeat the shaping and cupping with the smaller petals and place them, off-set, on top of the larger ones.


Now, just repeat this and fill in the five bases.  For a final detail, you can add USArtQuest Prills/Ribbit in the center of each floweret (see large sample above).


Since this is an “Ode to Summer,” I used Suzanne Cannon’s Four Season/Summer to label my work.  It was die cut in Shimmer Sheetz with Double Sided Adhesive on the back.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products

Susan’s Garden/Garden Notes – Geranium (#1019); Potted (#1225)

Suzanne Cannon’s “A Way with Words” 4 Seasons (#1199)

Els van de Burgt Studio “Through the Lens/Stone” (#TTL002)

Smooth Finished Card stock/Ladybug Red (#PSF115)

Smooth Finished Card stock/White (#PSF101)

Susan’s Garden Tool Kit (#808); Molding Pad (#809 or #810), and Leaf Pad (#811)

Shimmer Sheetz/Red Metallic (#SS 0214)

Clear Double-Sided Adhesive 6mm (#506) and 8 1/2″ x 11″ (#502)

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice

USArtQuest Prills/Ribbit


Other Supplies:

Ranger Distress Ink/Walnut Stain and Forest Moss

Copic Markers

Foam squares




Just for Him!

A few weeks ago, I posted a card on my FaceBook page (Susan’s Garden Club) that I created for my hubby.  The idea was not mine, but a fellow crafter who had posted on Card Making Tips.  However, I did spruce it up a bit with a 3-D flower in the lapel proving that even guys can enjoy flowers!

IMG_3028I received lots of comments, especially asking if this was hard to make.  It is not.  In fact, it took me less than an hour to put everything together, including hand coloring my Garden Notes Carnation with Chameleon Pens!  So, as requested…here is how I put this card together.


Step One

The card stock I used is Elizabeth Craft Designs new Colored Soft-Finished; there are 36 colors to choose from.  Today, I used PSF 132/True Blue for the suit.  I trimmed a 12″ x 12″ piece to 6″ x 12″.  With the colored side down on your scoring board, score 3 1/4″ from the right side and 3″ on the left side. (Remember, men’s jackets close left to right!)


For the shirt, I trimmed an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of 85 lb. Soft Finish Cardstock/White to 5 1/2″ x 7 5/8″.  Score a 1-inch line across the top and fold down (for the collar). Press the score line again to make a smooth fold.  Cut 1 1/4″ from each side and fold the collar to the center.  Trim the shirt shoulders as shown.


Use ECD’s Clear Double-Sided Tape to adhere the shirt to the inside of the jacket.


Step Two

The tie is created using Washi paper.  I like using it for two reasons–it folds easily and it looks like a silk tie when finished.  First, the Washi paper is trimmed to a 5″ square.  Fold the square on the diagonal, open up and turn.  Fold again on the opposite diagonal.


Now, bring the sides together to meet in the middle.  Repeat this step once more.



Next, fold down the top to meet the folds.


Then, turn the tie over so the right side is facing you.  Fold down the top, about 1 1/4″ to 1 1/2″, then fold up so you create the “Windsor Knot.”


Flip the tie back to the wrong side up and fold in the sides once more, angling the fold slightly as shown.


While holding the knot side, push in the bottom corner to give you the correct angle.  Apply Double Sided Tape to the tie and adhere it between the folds of the collar.


Just in case this doesn’t make sense, you can go to YouTube under Origami Ties and watch a video…that’s what I did the first time!

Step Three

I folded the lapels on the coat, marking with a pencil, 1 1/4″ in from each side, the right side, 2 1/4″ down and the left side, 3″ down.  I used a straight edge aligned on these points for each side and creased the lapel.  Finally, I used my bone folder to press the folder flatter.

IMG_3052If you like, you can add a top pocket flap.  Trimmed same paper you used for the jacket to 1 1/2″ x 2″.  Fold over to create a pocket that is 3/4″ x 2″.  Fold a 2″ square of the same Washi paper on the diagonal, then bring the two sides together to form the “hankie,” trimming the bottom to fit the pocket.   A couple of strips of Double Sided Tape holds it in place. I also added buttons to my jacket and to help close it, a small piece of Hoop & Loop Tape by Velcro.  Now all you have to do is choose what flower you want in the lapel.  For this jacket, I chose my Garden Notes Hydrangea, but the first one was my new Carnation; so many choices!




Elizabeth Craft Designs Products

Susan’s Garden/Garden Notes

Hydrangea #994

Carnation # #1191

Els Van de Burgt Studio

Leafy Branch #1033

Colored Soft Finished Cardstock/PSF 132 True Blue

Soft Finished 85 lb. White Cardstock

Double Sided Tape

Beacon’s Kids Choice Adhesive

Other Supplies

Washi Paper

Small buttons




A White Sport Coat…and a Pink Carnation

IMG_2937The title of my post today comes from a Marty Robbin’s song ~ “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation.” (You can listen to the words by clicking on the link!)  It’s a song of a young man dressed up for the dance, but his date, whom he asked long ago to go to the prom, changes her mind and now he’s blue.

During the month of May, I’m sure there are lots of young people preparing for this big dance.  Do you remember your first Prom?  I do.  I made my dress, white Dotted Swiss covered with flowers (yes, I was a flower nerd back then too!)  I had my hair done in French Curls and my date brought me a corsage with pink carnations.  The card I designed today, brings back that memory.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs “Lots of Dots” embossing folder on Soft Finish White 100 lb. card stock (for my Dotted Swiss dress) and Els van de Burgt Studio “Bead Strings 2” die cut in the same card stock, then shaded with Distress Inks to represent crepe paper streamers that we decorated the gymnasium with.  A few Robin’s Nest “Drops” of pink adds the sparkle that the night held…and then, there’s the Pink Carnation, one of my new Garden Notes that will be available shortly.  I’ve stepped out how easy it is to put this flower together and hope you find some inspiration to make some memories of your first dance.


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A Simple Rose

IMG_2880Mother’s Day is just a few days away and a bouquet of Roses would make a beautiful card for her.  This is my Garden Notes~Rose 2, a low relief flower that is perfect for card making.  Even though I have a YouTube video for creating this flower, a follower emailed me and asked if I could explain the steps a little better…with photos.  So, here it is:

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It’s All in the Technique!

I tell everyone, “I was a gardener before I was a paper artist,” and this is why my flowers come as close to nature as I can possibly make them.  Not only dimension, but the paper I use, products for shading and coloring, and today, embossing powder to create a natural-looking wreath to set my flowers on is important to me.  Going that extra distance makes me HAPPY!

This project today started with creating an unique background using a plastic mesh bag that I bought new potatoes in.  Dabbing Distress Ink over the bag made the interesting pattern that I placed my wreath on.  I don’t throw anything away that may be used for backgrounds, something I’m sure you can relate to.


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