Monday, April 27, 2015

More Fun with Zentangles


I took another Zentangle class with Sheryl Lamarand at the Green Door in Brighton on Sunday.  We learned all about Celtic Knots.  After practicing a few simple ones in pencil, we moved over to Micron Pen and created the one above.  Everyone else filled in the last two figure eights with the Sunburn pattern, but I chose to leave mine open.  I have not decided if I will add another pattern or not.  This is about 5 1/2 inches square.


I also completed another Zendala.  This was inspired by one I saw on Facebook from Lily's Tangles.  It is entirely hand drawn and I added some color with Prismacolor pencils and Gamasol.  This is a 4 5/8" circle.  

I am still amazed at how much I enjoy making these. 


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cheery Lynn Designs New Release Step Cards

Today is new release day for Cheery Lynn Designs and it is a big one!  In the new release are three new A2 step card dies.  I have used two of them today.


First up is the new A2 Fancy Step Card (set of 8 dies).  This set requires an extended platform  and can be cut on any machine.  Using Cryogen metallic paper, I die cut the lovely lacy base and then added the beautiful window that is also part of the set.  I added a silver mirror card backing to the window, you get a die for that as well.  


I added an additional lacy flourish (also part of the set) below the window.  Finished size is 4.25 x 5.5 inches.


My next card uses the new Step Card Bundle Set 4 (set of 4 dies).  This die requires a larger die cut machine like Cheery Lynn's Crossover.  But the fun part is you can vary the width of the side step AND you can cut the step on the right or the left side of the card! 


I also used the new En Pointe Ballerina and Ballet Slippers dies.  Finished size is 4.25 x 5.5 inches.

Now hurry over to the Cheery Lynn Designs blog for more great inspiration.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cheery Lynn Designs Back to Nature


Cheery Lynn Designs has some fabulous butterfly, dragonfly, bird and various other critter dies so I thought I would play along with the Back to Nature challenge this week.  I just love the new A2 frames that Cheery Lynn released; you can mix and match them with stunning results.  For my card I began with a base using the largest die from my A2 Frames Rectangle Scalloped Set of 7.  My next layer is the beautiful Fiona's Magic Mirror.  Next came the second largest die from my Dutch Daisy Boutique Stacker A2 Frame set of 4. I used the matching die from the A2 Frames set to trim it out.   And the last layer is the smallest die from my Lords and Commons Boutique Stacker A2 Frame set of 4; again trimmed out with the matching A2 Frames die.  Before assembling my card, I added some color with Antique Linen Distress ink.


Lastly I added the nature element from my Small Exotic Butterflies #2 with Angel Wings set.  I added more Distress ink and then using spray adhesive, glued the angel wing to the butterfly.  After gluing it down, I bent the wings up for some added dimension.  Finished card is 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  

Be sure to check out this week's Back to Nature challenge for a chance to win a $20 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cheery Lynn Designs Shasta Daisy


Today I have a card for Cheery Lynn Designs with a burst of Spring Shasta Daisies.  This is a pretty simple card to make using only four dies.  I began with an A2 card base, 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  Then I cut the largest die from my Lords and Commons Boutique Stacker A2 Frame set.  Using spray adhesive, I attached it to the card base.  I cut a rectangle to fit the center adding texture with my Large Rectangle Stitcher plate before attaching it.  My next layer is the smallest and next size up in the Lords and Common set.  I popped this layer up with dimensional foam.


For my flowers, I die cut my Shasta Daisy strip die twice.  I added some details to the petals as well as some Distress ink before shaping them with my embossing stylus.  I added a bit of Stickles to the centers and some Rose Leaves which I also inked with Distress ink.  

Be sure to check out this week's Anything Goes challenge for a chance to win a $20 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Zendala Class


I took a Zendala class today at The Green Door Studio, taught by Sheryl Lamarand, Certified Zentangle Teacher.  It was a lot of fun and I look forward to the next class in April.  We began with a prestrung Zendala tile, the basic outline is printed on the tile in light gray as shown below on the right and then we filled in all the open areas with various Zentangles.


The new Zentangles we learned today were: Betweed, Echoism, Rick's Paradox, Mooka, Ahhh, Knightsbridge, Wheels and Zingers.  I used a 0.1 and 0.5 Black Micron pen and then shading was added with a pencil and a blending stump.  I am very pleased for my first try at a Zendala.  Although I am very anal, I truly enjoy this craft.  I want to try another one but do it in color rather than black and white.  Stay tuned, lol!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cheery Lynn Designs Happy St. Patrick's Day


Sandy here with you today for Cheery Lynn Designs, Leslierahye is having technical difficulties.  Our challenge theme this week is Celebrate and since it is St. Patrick's Day, I thought I would join in the fun.  Using my French Flair Stackers, I created a white easel card.  Using green card stock, I added a Horizon French Flair Boutique layer to both the front and the base of the card.  Next came a DP panel, cut with a coordinating Silver French Flair Stacker.  Using green card stock again, I cut a Horizon Circle Boutique layer and another DP panel using a coordinating Silver Circle Stacker.  This was the perfect backdrop for this fun Leprechaun from Karen's Doodles. To create the panel across the center of the base, I used my Horizon Rectangle Boutique die.


For my flowers I used Tea Rose Small, Tea Rose Medium and Sweet Christine flower strips.  I die cut one strip of each.  Using a black Micron pen, I added some veins to the petals and then added green Distress ink.  Using a stylus and an embossing mat, I added some shape to the flowers.  Then I stacked the Tea Rose medium and small to create the larger flowers turning them so the petals do not line up.  The single blooms are the Sweet Christine petals.  I added some green Stickles to the centers of the flowers.  The leaves are part of the tea rose dies. 


Lastly, I added Celebrate to the center panel on the base.  Finished size is 5 5/8 inches square.  Be sure to check out this week's Celebrate challenge for a chance to win a $20 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cheery Lynn Designs I'm Late


For Cheery Lynn Designs today, I thought this image would be great for a belated birthday card as it is the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.  He's late for a very important date!  I mounted him onto my Clock die cut.  It comes with an angel wing which I seem to have misplaced but I used one of my Silver Circle Stackers and it fit perfectly.  Behind that I tucked an English Tea Party Doily.   I added Anastasia Border along the bottom. 


For my floral embellishment I used my Judy's Blooms and Cheery Blossom dies.  These are great no fuss flowers; just bend them along the veins, stack them and you have gorgeous flowers.  I added some foliage using my Rose Leaf Strip and Wheat Heads.  Finished size is 6" square.

Be sure to check out this week's Easter challenge for a chance to win a $20 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cherry Lynn Designs Daisy Heart Card

 
For Cheery Lynn Designs, I have created a romantic card using my Horizon Square Boutique Stacker Frame.  I love the delicate edge of this die.  I began my card with a brown 5 3/4" square card base.  To this I added a peach DP panel 5 1/2" square and then the largest die from the boutique set die cut from brown card stock.  Using more DP, I added a 4 5/8" DP panel to the boutique panel. Next came the border panel created using my Lady Kate Edger and brown card stock and more DP.  Lots of layers on this card, now we come to the Heart to Heart Doily.  This is a great die as you get three lace hearts each with solid backers.  Lots of possible combinations with this die.  I used the middle die of the set and added the solid DP heart to the center.


Using my Shasta Daisy and Embellishments #3, I created 6 flowers.  This flower die is great as you get 3 sizes, 2 of each with just one pass through your die cut machine.  I curled the edges of the petals and pressed down on the center of the flowers to shape them.  Lastly I added some greenery using the Rose Leaf Strip and added some gem accents.

Be sure to check out this week's Anything Goes challenge for a chance to win a $20 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs.  And we are also looking for some new DT members

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cheery Lynn Designs Sweethearts Challenge


The challenge this week at Cheery Lynn Designs is Sweethearts.  I wanted to play with the new borders that Cheery Lynn released this month.  There are 3 dies in each set: an edger, one that inserts a pattern in your paper and a border.  Starting with a white folded A2 card base, 4.25 x 5.5 inches, I cut a matching piece of red card stock.  Using the new Deutschland Border set, I used the edger along the bottom, the insert pattern above it and then added a border piece in white above both of those.  Next I cut a piece of card stock 4 x 3.75 and used my Big Wicker die to add the embossed lines.   Using red card stock, I die cut the new Be my Valentine Heart and then added a hand trimmed white backing piece.


  The rectangle red panel behind the heart was created with the Deutschland Boutique Stacker A2 Frame set.  Using the matching A2 Frames Rectangle Classic set, I trimmed out the Deutschland pattern and added a white panel behind it.  The last step was to add some red gems. 

Dies used:

Monday, December 29, 2014

Cheery Lynn Designs One Free Wish


As I was sorting through my Cheery Lynn Designs dies with the idea of making a white on white card, I noticed that the pattern in the moon of the One Free Wish die coordinates well with the new Historic Barcelona Square Boutique Stacker Frame.  So I gave it a go.  I began with a card base 5 5/8" square.  Using the largest die in my Historic Barcelona Square Boutique Stacker Frame set, I die cut the fancy panel and using spray adhesive adhered it to the card base.  Using the middle die in my Historic Barcelona Square Boutique Stacker Frame set, I die cut another fancy panel and adhered that to a 4 1/8" square panel.  Using dimensional foam, I popped this panel up on the center of my card. 


I die cut a panel 3" square and dry embossed it with my Dotted Swiss Embossing plate.  I centered and mounted this on the previous panel again using dimensional foam.  I die cut my One Free Wish and glued this down to the embossed panel. 

Be sure to check out this week's Thank You challenge for a chance to win a $20 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs.  And we are looking for some guest designers as well as a few new team members.