51 posts categorized "Sara Cook"


Sat 15

Hello Friend Blue Bird Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have an any occasion card using the new Cottage Flower Stem and the Hello Friend Posh Script dies.  I used a blue color scheme but you can use any color you or the recipient of the card like.  Using the new flower die and the colored paper packs make it easier to create the color you want.




Die cut the base of the Cottage Flower Stem die from white card stock 3 times.  Trim the stem off the flower. Die cut the 2nd layer from a light tone blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad 3 times.  Die cut the center of the flower out of a light yellow from the Sunny Orange paper pad. Glue the 3 pieces together using the picture on the front of the packaging.  Shape the flowers with your fingers.



Die cut the leaves from Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral. The solid leaf from a dark tone green and die cut the other leaf die out of a light green from the Lush Green paper pad. I ran out of a dark tone green so I used the med tone and colored with Distress Rustic Wilderness ink.  



Die cut the bird base from a dark blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad.  Die cut the wing 2 time one with the med tone blue than the same light tone blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad.  Die cut the beak out of orange from the Sunny Orange paper pad. Fussy cut the light blue die cut wing, cutting just the top of the wing.  Glue the pieces together.



Die cut the bottom of the Hello Friend Posh Scrip from the same dark blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad as the bird.  Die cut the top die from white card stock.  Glue together.


Tree Branch:

Die cut, Forest Pine Branch, 2 times, a med tone brown from the Earth Neutral paper pad.  Trim off the pine needles from both die cuts.  Adhere 1 branch just after the second brach, curving the branch downward.  Trim off the access from the first branch.



Use Open Studio Watercolor paper and spray inks to create a deep blue background.  I used Distress Oxide Broken China, Dylusions Periwinkle Blue and White Linen.  Heat dry.  Emboss using the Geometric Crystals 3D Embossing folder.  Trim down to 4"x5 1/4" panel.



Adhere the background to the center of a A2 card base.  Adhere the branches to the upper half of the card.  Adhere the bird right above the branch to make it looks like it is sitting.  Adhere the flowers to the branch and then tuck in the leaves.  Adhere the sentiment to the bottom right hand side.


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Sun 09

Valentine Flat Shaker Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a valentine card using the plastic sleeve from the dies to create a flat shaker card.  I have been seeing them around and found out how to make them.  They are really easy to make and using the plastic packaging the dies come in. 


Background Panel:

Use the smooshing technique with Distress Oxide Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar smooshed on a glass mat.  Spritz the ink.  Take Open Studio Watercolor paper, sprig with water, and dab in the ink randomly.  Re-ink and repeat until you have a light color.  Let dry.  Trim down paper just under 4" x 4".


Die Cuts:

Die cut both the Neighborhood Heart Frame and Sending Love Posh Scrip dies from a matching paper from the Twilight Purple pad.  Die cut the 2nd smallest Double Stitch Loving Heart die from the white Polished Foil paper pad.  Adhere the sentiment to the heart die cut.



Cut the plastic sleeve the dies come in to create 1 flat sheet that is around 5 1/4" x 5 1/4".  Add double sided tape around the back of the background panel.  Remove only 3 sides of the tape and lay front side down in the center of the plastic sheet.  Wrap the plastic sheet over 1 side than the opposites side, making sure the plastic is tight.  Trim down the corners so the plastic lays flat. Trim the other side too. Pour Distress Rock Candy Glitter and Mica Flakes into the front pouch.  Remove the backing from the adhesive and fold down the plastic tight.  


Create a 41/4" 4 1/4" card base from white card stock.  Add double sided tape or tape running to the back side of the shaker.  Adhere to the front center of the card base.  Add 1/8" double sided tape around the Neighborhood Heart Frame outside edge and heart.  Adhere to the top of the shaker.  Add double sided tape to the back of the heart with the sentiment and adhere to the center of the frame. Add a purple Fair Jewel for the top of the "I".  You cannot use liquid glue to adhere to the plastic and hence why the sentiment is added to the heart first then the shaker element.  






Wed 05

Any Occasion Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a any occasion card for you today.  I always take my extra time off to create cards using my holiday product that can be used for any occasion.  The Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil die is a die that can be used for any occasion.  This card can be used for next year as a Christmas card, a Lunar New Year card, or a birthday card.  


Contempo Poinsettia:

Die cut the Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil die from gold Polished Foil paper.  Die cut Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil die from the dark red Festive Glitter paper, saving the petal die cuts.  Emboss the Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil die from dark red card stock, same as card base.  Fussy cut out the flower on the inside of the outside intend.  Adhere the fussy cut flower behind the gold die cut.  Then glue in the red glitter petals.




Gate Fold Card Base:

Cut a dark red card stock to 81/4" x 5 1/2".  Score along the long side 2 1/8", flip and score the other end at 2 1/8".  Folder along the scored lines to create a gate fold.  Die cut the Pinpoint Daisy Background from the same red card stock.  Cut in half to create a panel 2 1/8' x 5 1/2". 



Adhere the Contempo Poinsettia assemblies die cut to the left side of the gate fold card.  Adhere the Pinpoint Daisy Background panel to the left side. Add a dark red Fairy Jewels to the center of the Poinsettia. Cut a light white card stock to 3 3/4 x 5 and adhere to the inside of the card to wright the chosen sentiment on the inside.







Tue 28

Flower Die Fireworks New Years Card
by Sara Cook

I hope everyone had a good holiday weekend.  It is time for the New Years celebrations next.  I have a New Years card design using the Seed Stem die as fireworks.  Memory Box dies are so versatile, making them my favorite. The Bennet Alphabet die set makes it easy to create your own sentiment.



Cut black card stock to 4"x51/4" and emboss using the Ringadings 3D embossing folder.  Center it in the folder and hold in place with temporary tape.  Splatter with metallic silver and blue paint.  I used Gansai Tambi Gem and Starry water color sets.



Die cut the top of the Seed Stems die from silver and blue glitter paper from the Glitzy Glitter Pad.  Die cut 2 silver and 1 blue.  Trim off the stem.  Turn the die cut upside down and it looks like firework.  



Die cut "happy new year" from the same silver and blue glitter paper as the fireworks using the Banner Alphabet die set.



Cut a A2 panel from the same blue glitter paper and adhere to a A2 card base.  Adhere the embossed background panel in the center.  Adhere the fireworks, upside down Seed Stems, with just tape or glue in the center of the due cut, at the top center of the card.  Arrange the die cut letter in the lower half of the card to spell happy new year.  





Sun 19

Quick Last Minute Holiday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I was 1 card short for sending out my holiday cards this year and came up with this quick but stunning card using the Slim Confetti Plate and Let It Snow Posh Script die.   It only took me 15 minutes to die cut and assembly.  


Snow Fall Center:

Die cut the lower portion Slim Confetti Plate out of the lightest blue paper from Stormy Blue paper pack. Die cut the 3rd largest Studio Oval Layer dies set from the Slim Confetti Plate die cut.  The Studio Ovals Layer dies work with the Poppy Stamp Dimond Snowflake Oval Frame die.



Die cut the Poppy Stamp Dimond Snowflake Oval Frame die from a light blue paper from Delicate Pastel Glitter pad.  I recommend to use a metal shim to cut this large die from glitter paper.  Adhere the light blue Fairy Jewels to the center of the snowflakes.  I would recommend to add a dot of glue to help adhere the jewels to the glitter paper.



Die cut the bottom Let It Snow Posh Script die from the same light blue glitter paper and the top die from the same light blue paper.  Glue the sentiments.  Add the same light blue Fairy Jewel to the top of the "I".



Glue the Slim Confetti Plate die cut to the back from the Dimond Snowflake Oval Frame.  Adhere to a A2 white card by just adding glue to the center of the frame, advising the snowflakes.  Adhere the sentiment with foam squares to the center of the frame.  





Tue 14

Snowman Shaker Tag
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  Counting down the days until Christmas.  Time to start holiday gift tags for me.  I have a shaker tag using the Nested Globe dies and the Snowman House Frame die set.  



Adhere the Poppy Stamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to a light blue from the Ocean Blue paper pack. Then die cut the 3rd largest die from the Nested Globe die set.  On the back side use a white paint pen and write To and From.  You can also use a embossing pen and use white embossing powder.  Die cut the same Globe die from acetate. 



Die cut the largest die from the Snowglobe Bases from Kraft Woodgrain card stock 2 times.  Ink blend the base with Distress Antique Linen and then Gathered Twigs to just around the outside edges.


Shaker Frame:

Take the 3rd and 4th largest die from the Nested Globe die set to create a frame.  Die cut the frame from white scrap card stock 3 times.  Die cut the frame from the white Polished Foil pad.   Glue the 3 frames together with thick glue, making sure there is glue everywhere.  Also glue in string in-between one of the layers.  Take 1 of the inside pieces of the scrap white card stock and trim about 1" off with a hill shape to create a snow bank.  Ink blend with Fresh Ink Silicone Blue at the bottom of the snowbank.


Snowman House Frame:

Die cut the snowman and trees from white card stock.  Ink blend Distress Rustic Wilderness on the tree die cuts from the top down leaving the bottom white to make it look like stock.  Ink blend Fresh Ink Silicone Blue around the snow man. Mask off the snowman body and color the snowman arms with a brown watercolor marker.  Color the hat black, nose, and the scarf red or any other color you choose using watercolor markers.  ** Trick to fix inky mistake.  I got ink on the snowman so I took a white Gell pen and colored the full die cut to hide it**


Glue the stacked shaker frames on top of the background.  Glue in the snowbank, Trees and snowman.  Add Distress Rock Candy glitter.  Glue the acetate die cut then the frame die cut form the white foil paper.  Glue 1 of the snow globe base die cut on front. Cut 4 strips of scrap paper the length of the snow glove base and glue behind the shaker base. Glue the other snow globe base the the backside for a finished look on the backside.  Die cut the top Let It Snow Posh Script die from white Festive Glitter paper. Adhere to the front on the snow globe base.  





Wed 08

Holly Frame Joy Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday/winter crafting.  I am still creating cards to mail off to family.   I finally used the Stunning Mandala 3D embossing folder and love how it embossing.  It is good for any occasion.


Stunning Mandala Background:

Spray Memory Box Water color paper with Lindy's Gang Starburst ink spay.  Let almost dry and emboss with the Stunning Mandala embossing folder.  Trim down to fit behind the 3 largest Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die.



Die cut the 3 rd larger Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die from gold paper out of the Festive Glitter Pad.  Die cut 2 more frames from scratch paper and glue on top of each other to stack up the frame.


Holly Leaves:

Die cut Holly Bundle dies from heavy white card stock several times.  Ink blend with Distress Mowed Lawn then Lucky Clover.  Add a coat of Distress Micro Glaze to give them a light polish.  


Smooth Pine Cone:

Die cut several of the smaller Smooth Pine Cone die from a dark brown from the Earth Neutral paper pack.   Glue together, reference the back of the die folder to help with assembly.  Add Distress Grint paste and let dry.


Pine Needle Trio:

Spray Memory Box Watercolor paper with Dylusions Mushy Peas Spray.  Dry. Die cut with the 2 smaller dies of the Pine Needle Trio.  Cutting several.



Cut a A2 panel from the dark green from the Lush Green paper pack.  Glue the Frame over the 3D embossed panel then adhere to the center of the panel.  Arrange the die cuts around the frame.  Add the pine cones with foam squares behind the holly leaves.  Tuck in the pine needles behind the holly leaves.  Add the red jewels from Christmas Fairy Dewdrops as berries over the holly leaves.  Die cut the Joy Posh Script from the same gold glitter paper and dark green.  Glue to the center of the 3D embossed panel.  Adhere to a A2 size card base.  Stamp your favorite sentiment on the inside with the Yuletide Moments stamp set.







Tue 23

Pretty Poinsettias Christmas Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a another golden glitter card but this time using the Layered Poinsettia and Fairy Sugar glitter glue.  


Layered Poinsettia:

Die cut the Layered Poinsettia from Memory Box watercolor paper 3 times.  Ink blend the 2, 3 leaf die cut with Distress Festive Berry.  Start heavy on the outside edges and very light towards the center leaving the center of the leaf without ink.  Repeat the same process with the 3rd die cuts but use Distress Shabby Shutters.  Paint with edges of the leaves with Sunlit Gold Fairy Sugar glue and let dry.  Glue the larger leaves set on top of the smaller leaves set.  Shape with a pen.  Die cut the poinsettia centers from the medium gold glitter paper from the Festive Glitter pad and adhere to the center of the poinsettia.  Ink blend the 2 larger individual leaves first with Distressed Rustic Wilderness and then Crushed Olive, heavier on the edges and lighter ink in the center.  


Melted Candles:

Die cut the larger candle and melted wax from Memory Box watercolor paper 3 times.  Trim 2 candles about 1/3" shorter.  Ink blend the candle with Distress Antique Linen, heavier on the edges and lighter in the center.  Add Distress Antique Linen ink to the edges of the melted wax die cuts.  Paint on Distress Collage Matte Medium to give a wax look.  Ink blend watercolor paper with Distress Squeezed lemonade ink, let dry, and die cut just the flame of the candle.  Trim off the wick is needed.  Add Distress Mustard Seed to the edges of the die cut. Let dry.  Add clear glitter to the flame.  Let dry.  Adhere to the candles.



Die cut the larger die from the Merry Christmas Posh Script die from the same gold glitter paper from eh Festive Glitter pad.  Die cut the smaller die from cream card stock.  Ink blend the smaller die cut with Distress Festive Berry ink.  Glue the smaller die on the larger die.



Cut cream card stock to 5"x7".  Die cut the largest die from the Rectangle Basic set from the center of the paper to create a frame.  Adhere a same size vellum to the backsides.  Add foam tape to the backside of the frame.  



Create a 5"x7" card from cream card stock.  Set the frame over the card front and determine where to add the candles, putting the taller candle in the center and shorter to either side.  Then remove the frame and add Distress Squeezed Lemonade behind where the the candles will be to create glowing light.  Ink blend with Distress Antique linen from the outside edge up to the Squeezed Lemonade.  Adhere the frame to the card.  Adhere the candles with double sided tape to vellum, aligning the flame in the center of the yellow glow.  Adhere the poinsettia below the candles with the green in the center.  Tuck the leaves behind the poinsettia and adhere with glue.  Glue the sentiment. to the upper portion of the card.




Sun 21

Golden Pine Cone Holiday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone. I have a holiday card featuring the Large Pine Cone and Gentle Pine Needle Sprig.   


Large Pine Cone:

Die cut the Large Pine Cone from a medium warm brown from the Earth Neutral paper pad.  Ink blend each die cut from the top with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs to create depth.  Use your finger to add from wax metal bronze wax paint to give it some shine. In the diamond shape ends add glue then sprinkle with Distress Rock Candy glitter. The glue reacts with the paper giving the glitter a golden color.  This was a happy accident. After the glitter is dry, glue the pine cone together following the diagram on the back of the packaging.  


Gentle Pine Needle Sprig:

Die cut the Gentle Pine Needle Sprig out of a mid green from the Lush Green paper pad 3 times.  Color the branch with a brown marker. Making sure to color the sides of the paper to cover up the white.  I used Marvy Marker No 18, Dark Brown.  Ink blend the pine needles with Distress Ink Rustic Wilderness.  Blend from the branch out, so not to crumble the paper.  



Die cut joy with the smaller dies from the Bennet Alphabet set out of gold glitter from the Festive Glitter paper pad. 



Die cut heavy white card stock with the Pinpoint Daisy Background die.  Ink blend with Distress Oxide Aged Mahogany to create the fuzzy warm feel.  Trim down the panel to 4"x5 1/4".  Trim the same gold glitter paper as the sentiment to A2 size. Mount the background panel on the glitter paper.  I used heavy glue to make it stick.



Adhere the pine needle sprig to the right hand side and adhere the pine cone with foam tape.  In the bottom left hand side adhere the letters to spell joy.  Mount on a A2 card and add a sentiment inside.





Fri 12

Red and Green Holiday Cheer Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have another card using the Pine Needle Trio die set with the white and silver embossing powder.  This time I use the pine needle die cuts as the border framing the Joy and Cheer sentiment die cut.  


Pine Needles:

Die cut 16 of the 2 smallest Pine Needle Trio dies from the darkest green from the Lush Green paper pad.  Emboss using dries white glue and white and silver mixed embossing power on the ends of the pine needles.  



Die cut the top  Joy and Cheer die from a dark green glitter paper from the Glitzy Flitter pad.  



Ink blend a A2 heavy weight card stock with Distress Oxide Ink. First add Candied Apple all over, then blend around the outside with Festive Berries and then just the outside edge with Aged Mahogany.   Add white splatters with Distress Picket Fence reindeer. Add a few water splatters as well.



Glue the sentiment to the center of the card panel.  Glue the Pine Needles around the outside edge to frame the sentiment.  Trim off the excess.  Adhere the card panel to a heavy weight A2 size card.  Cut a reddish brown from the Earth Neutral pad to A2 size.  Use the 2nd largest die from the Rectangle Basics set to cut a frame.  Adhere the frame to the front of the card.