Friday, June 26, 2015

Blazing Poppy Bell Jar tutorial

Hello to you all on this Friday morning, it is my turn to show you step for step this week on how to make something with this so wonderful Poppy Collection. I had sooooooo many ideas on what to do, it was so hard to make a I decided to use the KISS solution....
"Keep It Simple Susan"
This is something you can make with most flowers...we like that...
I hope you will get all fired up...inspired....and a ready to go feeling after spending a little time at my place this Friday, have fun.....

Step 1: Stamp the poppies using the versa-mark and black embossing powder. Stamp enough to make 5 X large, 1 X medium, 12 X small flowers. Each flower has 2 petal layers.

Step 2: Die cut the flowers. Die cut the leaves. 42 leaves are used in this project. Coloring with glimmer mist, make sure the mixture in the bottle is mixed well, so the sediment in the bottom of the bottle is totally mixed in the fluid. Pour a little of the color into a watercolor palette or small plate ready to paint onto the flower petals. See TIP #1.

Step 3: Do the same for the leaves using the Olive Vine glimmer mist

Step 4: When, the glimmer mist is dry on the poppy petals, using the TIP#1 paint the Olive vine to the petal edges.

Step 5: Make a whole in the center of the flower with a prick pen BEFORE you start shaping the petals for the placement of the brad later.

Step 6: Use the Deluxe Flower Shaping kit to shape the poppy petals. First ball with the balling tool so the petals curled down then curled the ends up again. Play around and have fun with a few extra cut petals. Balling and shaping till you get what you feel happy with. (The balling, breaks the paper fibers down which enables the shaping to take place. When you use water spritzer, a mister or wet color, the petals or leaves will dry hard and keep their new shape. Remember if you wet them again, the paper shaping will flatten. The balling and shaping will soften and relax.)

Step 7: Secure the petal layers together by adding a brad to each poppy flower top.

Step 8: Add double-sided 3d foam dots, to the center back of the top poppy petal. Secure this with the glue gun, so it will stay permanently in place. Remember you have used glimmer mist so the surface will not be porous. Again with the glue gun, adhere the two layers of poppy petals together as shown.

Step 9: To make, what I call “spring screws” cut very thin strips of card stock as shown. No more than 2mm wide x the length of the card stock. Using the quelling tool from the Delux flower Shaping kit, wind the card stock strip around the end point till the paper strip is used. Carefully remove the wound paper, holding one of the ends. This will keep the curl in a screw form, looking a bit like party slingers.

Step 10: Cut the polystyrene ball in half with a serrated edged knife. I used a not so best, bread knife. Paint the half ball with green Acrylic paint. If you do not have the right color green, make a mix of a little black with a green to get it right.

Step 11: Place the glass vase upside-down. Thus the vase foot becomes the top. This will become the “Bell jar” Adhere the painted half ball when dry, to the Bell jar top.

Step 12: Adhere the 5 large Poppy flowers around the base of the half green ball. The medium sized Poppy on the top. Add the leaves as shown in the photo. Look to tip #3 as to how to add the spring screws. This completes the top of the Bell jar.

Step 13: For the Bell jar bottom, make the Poppy flowers the same as the top using the smallest size of the stamp and die set. Place them in a line around the bottom of the glass. Place the leaves behind, under and next to the flowers as fillers. Use the same method as Tip #4 where needed. Curl the leaves on the under side up so they lay flat on the table.

Step 14: To make the center card: Cut with the red card stock 9 cm x 30.5 cm. Fold in ½ to form a card base. Cut Matting using the same card stock, cut twice at 8 cm x 14 cm. Using Water color paper cut twice at 7 cm x 13 cm.

Step 15: Take the stamp for the image from the Poppy Stems and Poppy Fillers stamp sets. Stamp one each on the watercolor paper. Use the “Tip” #1 for the coloring of the stamped image.

Step 16: Distress the matting. Use double sided tape to adhere all the papers together. Adhere the papers to the card base, making the centerpiece card. Write a special message, place a photo on the inside of the card or leave it as is. Place in the Bell jar.

"TIP" #1 
*Pour the glimmer mist color on to a water palette, china plate. I have been known to use a plastic rubbish bag in my WS. What is good about this, you can roll it up when you are done and use it again the next time you need it. Using a water coloring brush add color to your project, the same way as you would water colors. Keeping track of your colors, when dry add water then you are ready to go again.

*If you leave for the glimmer mist that is poured on to a palette for a while, the moisture will evaporate, thus the color will become deeper also, more of the metallic showing in your work. For the Olive Vine, I some times leave it over night so it becomes dry and a very intense in color. Then you can really see the gold. You can pick up the color with only the water on the brush or you could add a spray of water with a spritzer to get it flowing. Add more water as needed, depending on how intense or thick you want or need the glimmer mist to be. There are so many products on the market now…. but, we all still have the old faithful glimmer mists in our cupboards that need using up. This same technique can be used for all sorts of painting and enhancement of your cards, scrap or mixed media creations. It also makes a change from using paints or watercolors. 

All the gluing and adhering in this project will be done with the glue gun. This will be quick and secure as to staying in place. You just need to watch your fingers as far as the heat goes, we don’t want any unwanted burns.

“TIP” #3 
The reason why I make these to the length of the paper is so you can trim the spring screws to the length you want or needed for your project. Also because the screws are made with the card stock used in the project, there will be a lot going on but it will not fight with each other for attention. Thus not becoming too much or over done. I always place the glue on the largest end of the screw, then place between the flowers and leaves with the aid of tweezers. Thus using the screws as a filler.

“TIP” #4 
 Glue 2 leaves together at the side of the leaf, making sure one is a little higher than the other. This is so it looks natural and flatters the flowers more.

Products needed
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Other Products: Watercolor paper, Archival black ink, Acrylic stamp block, Paper distressing tool, Double-sided 3d foam tape, Acrylic paint, Black and Green Old china plate, (to mix the paint) Pigs hair paint brush, Glue Gun, Glass vase, Glimmer mist: Olive Vine, Red Velvet, brick, Watercolor palette, Watercolor brush Black brads, large and small, Brick red and green card stock, Polystyrene ball, Bread knife/serrated edged knife, SUP black embossing powder, Versa-mark, Heat gun, Tweezers.

The complete project with close ups:

.......... more close ups of the other side


Lots of close ups...some times we can not get enough of them. I hope you have fun giving this a go.You have the whole weekend to get it done....LOL....have fun making all those Poppies. This will make a wonderful gift for some one dear to the heart...or to spoil ones self....just.... because we deserve it.
We are having great sunny weather over here in Holland....I thought our summer was over last week. We can get in some multitasking in this weekend, out side shaping Poppies with our Deluxe Flower Shaping kit... and... getting all that vitamin D that sure is a feel good fun experience...if you are not having those rays of sunshine...and if you are having that cold, wet, windy weather, snuggle up with hot chocolate, cookies and making these Poppies...that can also be a feel good thing to do on a Friday/weekend. It is a win win. 
What ever your situation, have a scrappy inky time and remember, if you have any questions, leave a comment and I shall get back to you as soon as possible.
Till next Wednesday....inky hugs

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

You Inspire Me

Hi every one, I hope you had a scrappy week....I did...
Today a posting with the Blazing Poppy Collection and Art Anthology.

I am so pleased with this card. So I made lots of close ups.
I nearly did not send it in to head quarters..ha ha..I can always make another...but...when???
A great marriage between these two products....see what can be done with the Sorbet Dimensional Paint and those fantastic, must have Poppy stamps and dies.....

To make this step card you well need the following
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 Other products used: ART ANTHOLOGY Sorbet Dimensional Paint- Vegas Gold, Chocolate. Ranger: Heat gun, gold embossing powder, Peeled Paint distress ink, Water paintbrush, spatula, water mister. Spellbinders: S5-216 Tranquil Moments. Other: SUP A4 natural white card stock, Fine paintbrush, Versa-mark, 25 cm Green lace ribbon, Gold pearl beads x 4. Plastic plate. Toothbrush. Fussy cut scissors 

Instructions: This step card, when complete measures 21 cm x 15.5 cm. To make the step card base, cut the SUP card stock 21 cm x 29.8 cm. Score a fold at 14.9 cm from the 29.8 cm length. For the step, on both sides, cut 4.8 cm from the edge to 4.8 on both ends. Which will give you 11 cm front. The valley fold is 2.5 cm. For the card front stamping, use the spatula to take a scoop of the Vegas Gold medium, spread a thin layer on the plastic plate. This is so when you apply the stamp to the medium, it will not clog up the stamp. Stamp the card front randomly with the image. Clean the stamp immediately with water and the toothbrush. NOTE! The medium dries fast! 

To make the Poppies, use the gold embossing powder to stamp the Poppy petals, 2 for each flower. Die cut these with the matching die set. Stamp also with the gold embossing powder, 2 times the Poppy corners, fussy cut these. Cut the corners in half at the large flower so you have 4 pieces. Cut away the large leaf at the top and put aside for later. Color with the Vegas Gold and the Chocolate Art Anthology paint, covering also the back of the petals. Once dry, spray with the water mister then ball and shape with the deluxe flower shaping kit. Adhere the gold pearl bead to the center of the poppies. 

The die cutting with the SUP card stock: Die cut the hearts x 3. Adhere the 3 solid hearts together. Put aside 2 of the heart frames for another project. Cut 2 of the dies shapes from the same set. From the Tranquil Moments set, cut the tab for the sentiment, 1 x the tag with the lace edges. Using the same die set and the green paper from the Blazing Poppy paper collection, cut 2 x the tag with the lace edges and the frame x1. 

Putting it all together: Apply the medium to the edges of the card front, the heart, the tag with lace edges and the frame. When dry adhere the frame to the card front. Cut all the tags with the lace edges in half. Adhere 2 halves to the side panels, stack the green and SUP card stock halves and adhere with 3d foam squares to the top and bottom of the frame. Apply the glitter to the outer heart and sentiment tag ends. Adhere the heart frame to the stack with glue. Adhere the solid heart with 3d foam to the stack. Arrange and adhere the Poppies, leaves and fussy cut Poppy corners to the solid heart. Stamp the sentiment "You Inspire Me" to the sentiment tag. Give the tag a curl so it will fall over the Poppies. Adhere the tag with glue across the Poppies. To finish adhere the remaining die cut to the sides.


And here is my second card for this week
Something a little different for me! A bit brighter than my usual choice of colors...but still fun to make.

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Other Products Used: Card Stock: A4 SUP Natural White X 2. Ranger: Stickles, Heat Gun, Water Coloring Brush, Water Mister, Ink Foam Tool, Bone folder. Distress Inks: Walnut Stain, Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Pine Needles, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Crushed Olive, Black Soot, Broken China, Other: Versa-mark. Other: SUP white Embossing Powder, Fussy Cutting Scissors, Double sided Tape, Double Sided Foam Tape

Instructions: The finished size of this card is 14.5 cm x 21.0 cm Taking one of the SUP card stock, fold this in half. This is your card base. Sharpen the crease with the bone folder. From the remaining SUP card stock cut 13.8 cm x 21.0 cm, this will be your card front. Both the borders on the sides of the card front are made by stamping with white embossing powder. Stamp enough times to fill the border to your liking. 

 Stamp the vase image with black ink on the card front. Stamp also this image for fussy cutting once colored with inks. Color this with the distress inks, Barn Door, Pine Needles and Mustard Seed. Black Soot and Pine Needles are used to color the poppy centers. Apply the same distress ink colors to the image to form a glow on the outside of the stamped image on the card front. 

Now apply inks to the borders. Apply the color to the card front in layers. Listed on order of use. Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Walnut Stain. Look to the photo to see how the shading goes from dark to light. 

 Adhere the leaves to the image. Adhere the vase fussy cut image with Double Dots or 3d foam tape/squares. Using the same inks, stamp and fussy cut the flower cluster image from the Blazing Poppy fillers set. 

Find and cut to size the sentiments from the Blazing Poppy paper collection for June.. Adhere in place as seen in the photo. Adhere the flower cluster. To finish the poppies, add a little Star Dust stickles to the centers. Before adhering the card front to the card base, apply to the card base edges in the length Mustard Seed, enough to give a yellow boarder when the card front is glued. Adhere together with double sided tape or wet glue.

Well thats my dash for today....there is so much yummy going on over at the Heartfelt Creations blog lately....makes me feel like I have been slacking.....when I see what those ladies are making, it is always a OMG moment!
A little date to keep in the back burner....all going well Friday will be a posting of a tutorial I made with the Blazing Poppy Collection. Every one in the Heartfelt Creations team gets to do a tutorial during the year......this Friday's, I think, will be a great idea for a gift for someone dear to your heart or to spoil your own self...because you deserve keep the date!
In the mean time have a scrappy day and a few inky hugs.
Sussipoppins oxoxxo

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Hi, another Poppy Wednesday!
These Poppies are such fun, take a look and see.

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Other Products Used: Card stock: SUP A4 Natural Ivory, Bazzill Light green, Darker green and Brick red. Glimmer mist: Olive Vine and Brick. Other: Gold embossing powder, Heat gun, Versa-mark, 45cm Green ribbon, Distressing tool, , Water color brush, 2 x gold brads, Permanent black marker pen, Black Soot distress ink, Double sided tape, Prick pen tool, Bone folder.

Instructions: Finished card size, 21 cm x 10 cm. Taking the Ivory card stock, cut 21 cm x 20 cm. This will be your card base. Fold the 20 cm length in half. Using the bone folder sharpen the fold. Taking the light green card stock, cut 20.8 cm x 9.8 cm. Distress the edges. Adhere to the card base. Taking the Ivory card stock, cut 20 cm x 8 cm. This is your stamping paper. Stamp the image from the Blazing Poppy fillers set, x 2 across the length of the paper with gold embossing powder. Color the stamped image with the glimmer mist colors using the watercolor brush, the same as you would with water coloring. Tear the top edge off, above and along the top of the stamping. See the photo. 

Cut strips of the same card stock and tear along the edges. Leaving enough room for the ribbon placement, adhere papers together to form the card front. Adhere the ribbon across the front of the card front. Make x 2 half, triple bows with ends, see photo. Using double sided tape and wet glue secure the half bows in place to the right side of the card., leaving enough space for the flower and leaves. 

Make the Poppies and a poppy bud, by taking the Ivory card stock, using the Blazing Poppy stamp and die sets, gold embossing powder, stamp and die cut. Color both sides of the flower petals with the Brick glimmer mist. Cut the leaves using the All Geared Up die and the dark green card stock. Color this with Olive Vine glimmer mist. Wrap a leaf point around the bud. Draw with the black marker, lines across the brads for the Poppy centers. Prick a whole through each flower center, secure together with a brad. 

To make the screw swirls. Cut strips of red brick card stock 2 mm. Take the quelling tool from the Delux Flower Shaping Kit and quell the paper strips. When done, slide off the tool and pull. You now have a Swirl/spring screw. 

Find the sentiment in the paper collection. Cut to size and ink the edges. Arrange and adhere the embellishments made, using wet glue so you can slide and move to their placement in the arrangement. Order of placement; swirl spring screws, leaves and large Poppy, leaf and small Poppy, Poppy bud.
Beleive me....these Poppies can be adapted to make so many flowers...and they go with anything.
Have a scrappy inky day...
Hugs Sussipoppins

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Make a Wish....Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!

Hi! I have done something quite exciting today!
Take a look at another way you can use these wonderful stamps and dies!

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Sold on our Website: 
HCDP1-255 Blazing Poppy Paper Collection 
HCD1-764 Blazing Poppy Die set 
HCPC 3674 Blazing Poppy Cling Stamp Set 

Other Products Used: Versa-mark, Gold embossing powder, Heatgun, Gold thread and needle. SUP Cherry cobbler blendabilities/Red copic marker, Prick pen tool, Green staz-on ink, Walnut Stain distress ink, Gold color wire, Gold beads, Glue dots, 3d Foam tape, Paper distressing tool, Bone folder, A4 SUP Natural Ivory cardstock, x 2. Cardboard box, Crocodile tool (this is a tool to hold paper etc while using the heat gun so your fingers will not get burnt.) 

Instructions: The size of this card when finished, 21 cm x 14.7 cm. Taking the A4 cardstock, fold in half and trim if needed, so it will measure 21 cm x 14.7 cm. Sharpen the fold with the bone folder. This will be your card base. Take the red and black design paper from the Blazing Poppy paper collection. Cut the black paper to size, 20.9 cm x 14.6 cm. Distress the edges with the distressing tool. 

Take the same paper, flipping it to the red side. Cut this to size, 20.6 cm x 8.6 cm and 20.6 cm x 5.4 cm. This will be come your card fronts. Distress all the edges of these papers. Prick holes in the red paper as seen in the photo. Taking the gold thread and needle, backstitch this. Curl the edges up as seen in the photo. Adhere the black paper to the card base with the foam tape, do the same with the red paper. 

Die cut the photo with the 2.75 “ x 3.75 “ die from the Cut Mat Create 1a. Cut from the cardboard the same size for backing. Adhere together with wet glue. When dry, take the sanding tool and sand the edges of the photo so a little of the white shows from the photo paper. Use two strips of cardboard to give more height when gluing down to the card. Place and glue down in the center on the join line of the red paper. Adhere the photo to the cardboard strips with wet glue so you can slide it in place. 

To make the leaves: Taking the plastic cardstock, stamp both the large and small leaf images with the green staz-on ink. Die cut with the matching dies. Note, the die will not cut the through the plastic but it will give you a cutting guide-line. To shape the leaves: Once the leaves are cut out, use the Crocodile tool to hold the plastic while heating with the heat gun. When the plastic gets soft, stop with the heat, quickly mold the plastic before it cools. Apply the heat as needed. (This process needs a bit of practice and patience but well worth the effort) 

To make the flowers: Stamp the flower images with gold embossing powder. Color the flip side of the embossing with a Red copic marker or the Cherry Cobbler blendabilities marker. Apply the heat slowly so the plastic does not curl up too much with the heat. Try to keep it as flat as possible for the die cutting. A bit tricky, but the effect is so worth it. Die cut the flowers with the matching die set. (If the plastic curls too much and is not flat enough, you will have to miss the die cutting part out. 

Then, taking into account, you will not have a cutting line, so be careful not to cut too close to the edge of the flower petals) Prick a whole in the center of each flower. Note: be careful as the embossing powder can flake off. Do not panic if this happens in the center, the bead will cover this. The flaking can also give the flower a distressed effect. To form and shape the flower use the same method as for the leaves. Shaping petal for petal. Prick the wholes again, they may have closed a little with the heat. Taking the gold wire, thread the bead onto it, twist the wire to secure the bead in the center. Thread the wired bead through both flower centers. Secure with a ¼ of a glue dot, placed between both layers. 

Open the twisted wire and with the quelling tool; quell the ends to form a spring screw shape. Taking the gold wire again, make a few extra spring screws. Make 5 bead sprigs by threading a bead on the wire and twisting, the same as the method used for the flowers. Adhere the leaves, flowers, spring screws and bead sprigs with ¼ cut to size glue dots. From the paper collection find the sentiment “Make a wish”, die cut this with the matching die. 

Add the Walnut Stain ink to the edges of the die cut. Adhere the sentiment to the side left of the photo. Adhere a few beads under the sentiment, under the flowers bottom right and in the tear on the right side of the edge with wet glue so you can slide the beads into place.
Hey Dottie, did you enjoy this.....yes you are the one that is behind the inspiration of this card. You all have a lot of fun making these plastic flowers....just don't get your fingers burnt! You need them to get inking inky for next time.....LOL
Don't forget to hop back to Heartfelt Creations blog to get more inspiring get up and go ideas.
Have a scrappy great day...
Inky hugs Sussi P

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

"Thinking of you"

Hello to you on this wonderful fav day of the week!
Today, a card made from the Cascading Fuchsias Collection

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Embossing Enamel 

Other Products Used: Paper: Card Stock: SUP A4 Natural White, Peach Bazzill. Ranger: Prick Tool, Bone folder, Heat Gun, Ink Foam Tool. Ink: Black Stazon Distress Inks: Walnut Stain, Forest Moss, Alcohol ink: Wild Plum, Raisin, Cranberry, Bottle, Pesto. Blending solution. Spellbinder Dies: S5-218 Devine Eloquence. Other: Versa-mark, Fine paint brush. 

Instructions: The finished size of this card: !4.8 cm x 21 cm. For the card base, take the SUP A4 card stock and fold in half. Using the bone folder sharpen the fold. Taking the Cascading Fuchsia oval die cut x 2 from the SUP A4, die cut x 2 Peach card stock. Put 1 of the SUP oval frames aside. Cut away the center of the remaining 3 oval frames. Stack and glue these oval rings together, forming a chip board. 

Keeping and putting aside the SUP lattice off cut for later. To this chipboard frame apply the Forest Moss ink with the foam tool, adding a little Walnut Stain ink to the edges only. Apply Versamark to the frame, clear embossing powder then fix this with the heat gun. Repeat this if needed, so you have a glossy finish over the oval circle. Adhere the remaining SUP Lattice frame to the left side of the center. This will become your guide for he placement for the Fuchsia spray. 

Taking the clear card stock, cut this to fit the card base front. This will be your card front. Use the stamp positioner to align the stamp, for the Fuchsia spray. Remembering you will be stamping with stazon on the flip side of the clear card stock (This is because when you use alcohol ink, it will distort the stamped image. So you need to apply the color on the flip side of the stamping.) If you make a mistake, you can remove the ink and alcohol with the blending solution. (But make sure the surface it is dry and clean before continuing.) Color the image with the alcohol inks.

 Taking the remaining SUP lattice frame centers. Cut and glue to the card front base. Arranging as shown in the photo. Add a very light application of the Forest Moss ink with the foam ink tool. Apply the Walnut Stain to the edges of the base card front. Adhere the clear card stock card front to the base at the frame with the wet glue. When the glue is dry, do the same with the chipboard frame. Holding down so the frame will not slip out of alignment while drying. Taking the HCD-750 Cut Mat Create die set and the S5-218 die set. Find the small tag die and die cut using the SUP A$ card stock. Ink all edges with the distress inks. Stamp the sentiment on the top tag.

 Adhere the tags together with cut to size Double Dots. Adhere the tag to the lower right of the frame.
So much fun can be had, coloring with all those bottles of alcohol ink that we have stashed in the back cupboard...LOL
Love that oval can do so much with it!
Till next week, have a scrappy day, inky hugs,
Sussipoppins xox