Today is the first day of Spring, and we’re kicking off the day with some Spring-themed projects! Even if the flowers aren’t blooming just yet, you can still enjoy these beautiful projects and maybe even get some inspiration for your next project. Below, our Design Team has put together a list of 11 projects to kick off Spring –– click on the pictures to see their tutorials. Enjoy!
Hey there! It’s Annette Green here today with my Greenville Planner, as I continue marking the milestones as we prepare to move this Summer. March has already become a super busy month! Take a peek at my pages to see what’s been going on and the fun I had making them with several Planner Essentials dies. All products used are listed at the end of the post.
Our big milestone this month was our final garage sale and the selling of most of our furniture. (while still staying married. LOL!)
I began my left page on the back of the previous page which was the large tag shape cut from black cardstock. To give interest to the background, I trimmed the design papers just inside the shape of the page, and left the right edge blunt.
For the right page, I used the page die from the new Retro Number Trio set. The key to this page die, with the intricate scallops, is to cut heavy cardstock or layer two thinner sheets to ensure it doesn’t bend or tear.
The tag and topper are cut using the Planner Pocket 3 – Tag & Topper die. I love these numbers in this topper piece.
Before adhering the topper to the tag, I used it as a stencil at the bottom by simply rubbing some brown ink across it.
From Planner Essentials 5, I die cut the two frame pieces (twice, for the front and back) from coordinating design papers and sandwiched a scrap piece of lace-punched cardstock between the two layers.
I love this element because it allows you to add two more photos to a layout easily without crowding the pages.
When I design pages, I lay out the base elements and a few accents before planning the photos. Later I measure the spaces and size my photos accordingly in PhotoShop.
Once I add photos, then I begin layering more elements and embellishment. This photo shows how we had a bare piece of wood on the wall which we didn’t want to remove in fear of damaging the drywall, so I painted and stenciled it and added a vinyl phrase. A fun little memory to look back on.
I find that making some photos small and focusing more on the journaling gives a little more interest to the page. (Especially when my husband doesn’t think it’s a flattering photo of himself.)
It’s always great to include some humor in my planner, because these funny little moments are sometimes the best thing to remember during all the work and stress of moving. Here, my husband is spelling out a message to our daughter on her bedroom wall. I texted her this photo and she had a good laugh.
Through all the work, it’s good to document the happy times too. We were holding our final garage sale on this day and were so happy to finally be done!
Part of my reason for documenting our progress is to eventually share it with our daughter who has been away at college during all these changes to our house. Our dog Suki is always nearby as we work, probably wondering what in the world is going on.
To finish off this page, I used some small alphabet stickers to fill in the date.
Now we will continue on with a bit more painting, and then list our house on the market! It’s been fun documenting the process and making a special planner just for this. Watch for more pages in the coming months as our journey continues.
Hey Friends! It’s EK and today I am creating a card featuring some spotlight stamping using Charlene’s Make a Wish stamp set. All of Charlene’s stamp set designs were just meant to be colored and the spotlight stamping technique is just perfect for these large images.
Step One: Trim a piece of 90lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. Using some water resistant black ink stamp the sentiment onto the cardstock. Using the large feather from the Make a Wish stamp set, stamp the feather image around the card.
Step Two: Using the coordinating smaller feather, stamp the image into the blank spaces between the large image.
Step Three: Die cut the stamped image using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die set twice.
Step Four: Die cut some Rust Soft Finish Cardstock using the Fitted Rounded Rectangle die set using dies slightly larger than the ones used to die cut the stamped images.
Step Five: Using some 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the die cut images to the Rust cardstock.
Step Six: Using a watercolor maker and a water brush, add some light brown onto half of the feathers from the middle panel.
Step Seven: Repeat step six, but this time using a dark brown watercolor brush.
Step Eight: Adhere all three panels to an A2 card frame.
I love how the coloring in this technique pulls your eyes not to the color, but instead right to the sentiment. Let us know in the comments below what you think of the spotlight stamping technique used with Charlene’s stamp image. Until then, happy crafting!
Hello everyone, it’s Sanna Lippert here again today with a set of “build-a-Hippo” baby cards. I adore this little die cut die so much –– it’s perfect for so many occasions, and practically made for creating baby cards! And while I was at it, I created a set of three. You never know when you’ll need one!
This is how I created the cards:
Step 1: First take a sheet of White Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut 3 sets of Hippos. And don’t forget to die cut the feet six times!! 🙂 Step 2: Next take a sheet of Soft Sky and Dusky cardstock and die cut two sets with the Stitched Rounded Rechtangle from the blue paper and one set from the lilac one. Step 3: Take a white Soft Finish Cardstock sheet (or glitter cardstock) and die cut three sets with the Postage Stamp Rectangles die cut die. Step 4: Ink the hippo pieces with grey and pink stamp ink, but leave the eyes and teeth white.
Step 5: Now cut blue and purple patterned paper into a card size from the polka-dotted “Thinking about Polinesia” paper. Adhere onto the card base. Step 6: Attach a piece of ribbon in blue and pink onto the cards, then adhere the rechtangle pieces on place. Start with the postage stamp piece and adhere the rounded rectangle on top. Step 7: Add a stamped sentiment using the Ahoy Sentiments or the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set and black stamp ink. Step 8: Color the tiny eye pieces with a black marker and adhere in place.
To give you a better idea of each and every step, I’ve again recorded a video for your to watch. I hope you like it!
I hope I inspired you to play with your dies a little today and create a few cards yourself! I’ll be back with another project next month.
Until then, happy crafting! xxx, Sanna
Other: White Glitter Cardstock Hero Arts Shadow Ink – Bubblegum, Soft Granite Black stamp ink – Hero Arts Ribbon Sizzix Big Shot Black Sharpie
Hey Everyone! It’s EK today with some sepia toned love cards.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to create a collection of romantic cards that can be used for Cupid’s holiday or frankly any day. Charlene’s A Field of Flowers stamp set is the perfect way to create a simple collections of cards. And let’s be honest, these flowers are just begging for a sepia treatment.
Step One: Stamp all the images from the A Field of Flowers stamp set onto Watercolor Paper using water proof ink.
Step Two: Using watercolor pencils in shades of brown, tan and peach color the flowers.
Step Three: Using a watercolor brush, spread the pencil out.
Step Four: Repeat steps one and two with the rest of the images.
Step Five: Using a watercolor pencil, shade around the edges of the watercolor paper. I used shades of red, pink and purple.
Step Six: Using a watercolor brush, blend out the pencil.
Step Seven: Repeat steps five and six with rest of the images.
Step Eight: Using the Love Sentiments stamp set, add the sentiment onto each image. I used grey on all except the one with the leaves.
Step Nine: Mount the watercolor paper onto an A2 card frame.
I hope you enjoy these super simple, yet romantic cards. Let me know in the comments below what you think about turning the flowers into sepia tones. Until then, happy crafting.
Karen here today from Craftily Yours! I’m excited to be sharing with you a couple projects I created using the gorgeous stamps designed by Charlene. These stamps are fantastic for journal pages, planners and cards too. So versatile!
Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Create the Things Tag.
I’m loving all the different ideas and projects that I’ve been coming up with using Charlene’s beautiful stamp sets. For today’s project, I’ve create this tag, which uses a variety of Charlene’s stamps and a couple of dies from the Planner Essentials Collection. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my tag at home.
Step One. Die cut the large tag from the Planner Essentials – 26 die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Choose one of the reinforcement circles from the Reinforcement Variety Pack and die cut it out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Place the reinforcement circle over top of the circle on the tag. Sprinkle Turquoise, Rosebud and Spring Green Magenta Nuance over the tag. Spritz the tag with water. Dry the tag. Apply Emboss It Ink to the block stamp from the Journaling Elements and stamp on the tag as desired. Reapply ink as needed to the stamp, stamp a total of four times. Sprinkle White Wonder Embossing Powder over the stamped areas. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Distress the edges of the tag. Ink the edges of the tag using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Two. Choose two of the flowers from the A Field of Flowers stamp set. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to each stamp and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Colour the flowers using Scribble Sticks 1 & 2 and a waterbrush. Once the flowers have dried, fussy cut them out. Ink the edges of the flowers using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Three. From the Journaling Elements stamp set, you’ll need the heart stamp. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the stamp and stamp onto the watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the stamp and stamp two more times on the same cardstock piece. Colour the hearts using Scribble Sticks 1 & 2 and a waterbrush. Once the hearts have dried, fussy cut eight out. Ink the edges of the hearts using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Four. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the “Create the Things” sentiment from the Make a Wish stamp set and stamp onto a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Cut each word strip into a strip for a total of five strips. Ink the edges of the strips using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.
Step Five. Adhere the reinforcement circle overtop of the circle on the tag. Adhere the eight hearts as desired on your tag.
Step Six. Use foam square to adhere the two flowers to the bottom left side of the tag as desired.
Step Seven. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the sentiment to the right side of the tag. To finish the tag, tie a piece of twine through the hole at the top of the tag.
Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Create the Things Tag.
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Distress Ink: Black Soot
Blending Tool with Foam
Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink and Jet Black Archival Ink
Dina Wakley: Scribble Sticks 1 & 2
Magenta Nuance: Turquoise, Rosebud and Spring Green
Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Molten Dimensions – White Wonder Embossing Powder
Hey Friends! It’s a new year, so I have been revamping my planner. But this year I really wanted a cool art piece to be the cover. I wanted it to be something I would enjoy seeing al year long. And since I take great pride in my group of girl friends who enrich my life, I thought it might be fun to pull out the different lady stamps, drawn by Charlene, ECD has released this past year to decorate the inside of my planner.
Step One: Stamp the five female stamps released this past year onto some watercolor paper using some gray water resistant ink. The five ladies come from the Make a Wish, Halloween Party, Oh the Joy of Christmas, Moments of Life and Pure Spring stamp sets.
Step Two: Using watercolor makers, color in the skin tones. I used the Ecoline Beige Pink collection.
Step Three: Using watercolor or ink pencils color in the hair, lips and eyes of the ladies. I used Inktense pencils.
Step Four: Using a white gel pen, add reflection to the eyes. I used a Gelly Role Pen.
Step Five: Using watercolored pencils, color in the clothing. I traced around the edges of the stamp, and colored in a little bit when the heaviest shading would be. Then using a watercolor brush, I moved around the color.
I used Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolored pencils to color in all the clothing.
Step Six: Fill in the background with color. I used traditional watercolors.
Step Seven: While the watercolor is still wet, add powder watercolor to create more visual interest. I used Brusho in purple.
Step Eight: Add stamped sentiments. I used sentiments stamps from both Moments of Life and Pure Spring in black water resistant ink.
Step Nine: Die cut holes into the watercolor paper using the Planner Essentials 5 die set.
Step Ten: Trim the edges with scissors so it will fit nicely into your planner. I love these little Fine Pointed Scissors from ECD.
I just love how this came out. Yes, it might be a little purple, but it is great color to use to theme an entire calendar year.
I ended up coloring each of the ladies so that they would remind me of a dear friend.
Now all year long when I open my planner, I can be reminded of my friends who are more like sisters.
How are you going to spruce up your planner this year? Are you going to stamp fun pictures, layer inspiring papers or just ink everything up? Let us know in the comments below, and until then, happy crafting.