152 posts categorized "Sara Cook"


Mon 25

Warm Wishes Bundled Bird Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone. I have another holiday card featuring the Bundled Bird layered die set.




Die cut the bird from heavy weight cream card stock.  Ink blend the different layers with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso Distress ink.  Use Ripe Persimmon for the beak.  Follow the image on the packaging for ink blending and adhering the bird layers together.  I did add some foam tape under the tops of the wings. Die cut the hat and scarf from red and white stock. Ink blend the bottom die cut for the fur with Fresh Ink Silicone Blue.  Ink blend the bottom sections of the hat and scarf with  Lumberjack Plaid Distress ink.  Adhere together using the packaging as a guide.



Die cut the nest from heavy weight cream card stock.  Ink blend the different layers with Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink. Follow the image on the packaging for ink blending and adhering the bird layers together.  tip do NOT glue the front part of the nest so you can tuck in the bird when assembling.



Die cut the Forest Pine Branch from the same cream card stock. Ink blend the pine needles with Rustic Wilderness Distress ink.  Use a dark brown watercolor marker to color in the branch. I did die cut another branch from dark brown card stock and adhered it to the back.  


Die cut Best Wishes Tender Script bottom from red card stock and the top with red.  Ink blend the the bottom die cut with Lumberjack Plaid Distress ink.  Adhere the 2 together.  White heat emboss "warm" from warm wishes stamp from the Shining Star stamp set on red card stock ink blend with Lumberjack Plaid Distress ink.  Fussy cut out the sentiment.


Trim down a light red/pink paper from the Poinsettia Plaid paper pad to 4" x 5 1/4".  Adhere to a A2 white card.  Adhere the sentiment to the bottom center, then the branch, nest and bird, inserting into the nest.  





Mon 18

Snowy Scene Christmas Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  It is an exciting day!  Christmas 2023 release is here!!! it is my favorite time of the year.  I have a snow globe tag card today.  There is so many different products released and I couldn't help but us a lot of them.  



Stamp the Aurora Snowflake on a 4" x 5 1/4" white card stock with VersaMark ink.  Heat emboss using a clear glitter embossing powder.  

Globe Tag:

Die cut the 3rd from largest Nest Globes die from white card stock.  Ink blend using Fresh Ink Silicone Blue.  Add snow bu using the Snow Flurries stencil and white texture base on the top 2/3 of the tag.  Let dry.  Use a hole punch to add a hole at the top center of the tag.  Die cut the Winter Tree Arch from Kraft card stock.  Add some shading using Vintage Photo Distress ink. Add dries white glue to the tops of the tree and then cover with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  Let dry Die cut the Winter Tree Arch from white card stock and trim off the trees.  Ink with VersaMark ink and heat embossing using the same embossing power as for the background.  Adhere the Winter Tree Arch to the tag and then the snow bank on top of the trees.  Add foam tape to the back.



Die cut the deer from the Snowglobe Backer die set from Kraft card stock.  Add shading using Vintage Photo Distress ink.  Use a white gel pen to the ears, tail and upper back.  Use a black gel pen for the eye, nose, and hooves.  Glue the antlers to the of the head.


Die cut the Small Poinsettia Layers from a light pink card stock.  Ink blend from the center out and in the cuts with Lumberjack Plaid Distress ink.  Also ink the outline circle die cut with the same ink and adhere to the hole in the tag. Die cut the center and Classic Pine Needle Sprigs from  shiny gold paper in the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  Adhere the layers of the poinsettia.



Adhere the background panel to a A2 Kraft card.  Ink up bakers twine with Lumberjack Plaid Distress ink. Let dry.  Tie to the top of the tag. Adhere the tape to the center with the foam tape.  Adhere the dear to the upper center of the snow bank.  Adhere the pine needle sprigs and poinsettia to the lower left side of the tag.  Add a Rose Greeting tab to the lower right hand side.





Sat 16

Violet Sparkle Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a quick and simple card but using Memory Box glitter papers it makes it shine.



Die cut the Fanciful Gilded Frame from a purple/red glitter paper from eh Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.  Trim a lighter matching paper from the Vibrant Violet pad to A2.  Ink blend the edges with Black Soot Distress ink. Adhere the frame die cut on the paper.



Die cut the top Happy Birthday Tender Scrip  die from the same Graceful Garden Glitter paper. Die cut the bottom Happy Birthday Tender Scrip die from the same Vibrant Violet paper and a heavy weight card stock.  Adhere the 2 together for more depth. Ink blend around the outside edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.  Adhere the top die cut.



Adhere the background on a side folder white A2 size card.  Adhere the sentiment in the center.






Thu 14

Birthday Mail Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a quick and easy birthday card that can be for anyone.  You can switch up colors and make it more feminine or masculine. 


Die cut the 3rd largest Curved cap Pinpoint Layer die from a bright blue paper from the Ocean Blue pad.  Stamp "sending smiles" in 
VersaMark ink all over the die cut.  Die cut the same bright blue paper use the bottom of the Birthday Mail Post Script die.  Die cut the top of the sentiment from white card stock.  Glue together.  Die cut the Starry Collage from the light blue paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  Die cut the Poppy Stamps Large Stitch Envelope and Postage die from white card stock.  Fold the 2 sides in and the bottom side up, leaving the top open



Adhere the Curved Cap Pinpoint die cut to a side folder A2 card in the center.  Adhere the envelope in the center, slightly a skew.  Adhere the sentiment on the top flap of the envelop.  Adhere the star die cuts in and around the envelope. 












Sat 02

Witches Hat Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have another Halloween card featuring the new Large Layered Witch Hat die.  This die is the perfect size to create a large focal image for easy card designs.  Pair with an embossing folder or background die and a sentiment and you are done.  I used an embossing folder and the Starry Collage die to create my background.



Ink the raised side of the Geometric Crystal 3D folder with a dark purple ink.  I used Clare VersaFine.  Emboss using a mid tone purple paper from  the Ocean Blue pad.  Trim down to 4" x 5 1/4".  Lightly rub a white ink pad on the raised surfaces.

Focal Point:

Die cut the Large Layered With Hat from 2 different toned purple paper from the Ocean Blue pad.  Ink blend the top layer with Distress Villainous Potion.  Use the later color paper for the bottom layer then the small side die cut in the dark paper.  Adhere with glue.  I wanted to had some sparkle to my hat and added Drewdrop Fairy Sugar to the band of the hat.  Let dry.


Stars and sentiment:

Spray Open Studio Watercolor paper with Distress Mica Stain Harvest Moon.  Let dry.  Die cut the Starry Collage and the top of Poppy Stamps Boo Outline die from sprayed watercolor paper.  Save the stars for the back ground. Die cut the bottom of the Boo Outline die from the back paper in the Rainbow Reflection Mirror pad.  Adhere the top letters to the bottom die cut.


Trim the  back paper in the Rainbow Reflection Mirror pad to A2 size.  Adhere the embossed background to the card base.  Adhere the stars around the back ground.  Adhere the sentiment to the bottom portion of the card.  Adhere the hate with foam tape.  Adhere to a A2 white note card.







Sat 26

Monochromatic Halloween Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a monochromatic Halloween card featuring a lot of the fall release dies.  This design can use any of the other color options of the Magnolia Grove leaf paper.  Their is matching papers in both paper pads that will coordinate nicely.  



Trim down the brownish leaf paper in the Magnolia Grove paper pad to A2 size.  Ink blend Distress Oxide Black Shoot around the edges. Die cut the Fanciful Gilded Frame from white paper from the Vintage Paper Mirror pad.  Adhere the frame die cut to the pattern paper.


Pumpkin and Sentiment:

Die cut the Autumn Pumpkin and the top Happy Halloween Posh Scrip from a white paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad. Die cut the bottom of the Happy Halloween Posh Scrip die from the same leaf pattern paper from the Magnolia Grove pad.  Ink blend with Distress Oxide Black shoot.  Die cut the bottom again from black card stock 2x.  Adhere the 3 layers together with the pattern paper on top.  Adhere the top die cut. 


Ink blend 2 pcs of white card stock with Distress Oxide.  1 with Lost Shadow and the other with Hickory Smoke.  Platter with Distress Mica Stain Iron Gate and Black Shoot.  Let Dry.  Die cut both with Layered Greenery Stems.  Adhere the 2 die cuts together using 1 each of the 2 different shades.



Adhere the stems and pumpkin the the center of the card.  Adhere the sentiment at the bottom of the die cards using foam tape.  Adhere to a A2 size card.








Sat 12

Casting a Spell Halloween Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a Halloween scene card featuring the Boiling Cauldron.  I use a nautical die, Kelp Collage, to create a cave.  I just love creating scenes and one of my favorite is Halloween scenes.



Die cut the Boiling Cauldron from black card stock.  Use just the cauldron and add some Distress Crayon Brushed Pewter to the center and blend out with your finger.   Add the Brushed Pewter to the top of the handles and blend downward.  Die cut the brew from a light and dark green Graceful Garden paper pad.  Adhere the lighter bubbling brew to the inside of the edge brew from the darker green.  Adhere to the top of the cauldron.

Cave Frame:

Trim the black Glitzy Glitter paper to A2.  Die cut the Kelp Collage in the center.  Trim off the kelp.  Add black foam tape around to the back of the frame.



Die cut the Poppy Stamps Spellcaster Witch from black card stock.  Use the Distress Crayon Bubbling Cauldron to the face and arm.  Blending with your finger.  Die cut the Spellcaster Witch from purple Glitzy Glitter paper.  Trim off the hat, shoes, and dress and adhere to the black card die cut.


Die cut the bottom of the Boo Posh Script from the matching green glitter paper.  Die cut the top die from black paper.  Adhere the die cut together.  Rub on little the Distress Crayon Bubbling Cauldron to the black sentiment and blend with your finger.



Ink blend a white A2 size card base starting with Distress Oxide Twisted Citron apply heavy ink in the center.  Then bland the outside edge with Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves.  


Adhere the background to a white A2 size card base.  Adhere the cave frame.  Then adhere the cauldron to the bottom center and the sentiment to the upper left of the inside of the cave.  Adhere the witch to the bottom left side and trim off the excess.  Add the light green Bright Fairy Jewels and Christmas Fairy Crystals to the top bubbles of the brew.  Add the purple and green from both packs in the holes around the cave walls.






Sat 05

Pumpkin Fall Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a fall card using the new  Autumn Pumpkin die can building up layers to create a 3D features.  



Die cut the Autumn Pumpkin from the copper Glitzy Glitter paper 3 times.  Trim off the outer edge where the cut is.  Just trim the paper that is keeping it together.  Trim off the 2 sections from the 3rd die cut.  Adhere foam tape to the back and stack the die cuts on top of each other.  Die cut the leaves and vine from the copper Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper twice.



Die cut the FALL with the Twiggy Alphabet die set from the same copper mirror paper as the leaves and vine.  Select a mid orange paper from Sunny Orange paper pad and stamp happy in black pigment ink.  Use the sentiment you make my heart happy from Gracious Floral stamp set. Place thin scrap paper over the other words, leaving just happy exposed.  Ink up the stamp then remove the scrap paper and stamp on the paper.  Trim down the sentiment.


Trim an orange plaid with gold strips paper from Madras Plaid Coral and Green pad to A2 size.  Ink blend Distress Oxide Rusty Hinge ink around the outside edges to darken the paper to match the copper papers.  Die cut the 2nd largest die from Wrapped Stitch Rectangles from Black Glossy paper.  Adhere the black glossy paper in the center of the plaid paper.


Adhere the background to a cream side folding A2 card.  Adhere the 3D pumpkin to the left side of the glossy paper.  Adhere the vine and 2 leaves to the top of the pumpkin. Adhere the leaves to the bottom of the glossy paper.  Adhere the FALL letter to the right of the pumpkin and happy to the upper left of the work FALL.








Wed 26

Pumpkin Carriage Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  A limited fall release is here!!!  It is an exciting day.  I took the new Autumn Pumpkin and Fanciful Gilded Frame dies and created a pumpkin carriage.  I also used the Majestic Achievements stamp set for the sentiment.  I have so many more ideas with the pumpkin carriage and this stamp set and the castle collage dies.  I wish there was more time in the day.  


Pumpkin Carriage

Die but the leaves and vine portion of Autumn Pumpkin die from orange paper from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror pad. Die cut the Autumn Pumpkin from light orange card stock. Use a darker alcohol marker on the cut outlines and bottom and top of pumpkin.  Then lightly blend in.  I used Copic YR02.  To create the door opening, die cut the center of the pumpkin using the smallest die from Nested Globe dies.  Potion the top plate of your die cutting machine so it only cuts half way down then use a craft knife and ruler to cut the door out.    Die cut the smaller die from the nested Globe die set from the same orange mirror paper.  Reposition the die to cut cut out the bottom to look like the door.  Add tape to the bottom half of the door opening on the backside, sticky part forward, then add in the mirror door.  Die cut half of the Fanciful Gilded Fram from the same orange mirror paper.  Trim off the largest flourishes.  Adhere them to lower sides of the pumpkin to make it look like wheels.  Adhere the leaves and vine to the top of the pumpkin.



Die cut an oval from cream card stock using the 2nd to largest die from the Poppy Stamp Basic Ovals Set. Stamp the Mercer Rose Background stamp over all the oval using a gold ink pad.  Heat set dry.  Then rub the gold in pad around the outside edge of the die cut.



Heat emboss May all your DREAMS come true sentiment from the Majestic Achievements using a copper embossing powder.  I have one from many, many years ago and don't think the company is in business any more.  But any copper or orange embossing powder will work.  Cut to size and edge with the same alcohol marker as used to shade the pumpkin.



Adhere the oval background to a A2 sized cream card base.  Adhere the pumpkin carriage to the center and the sentiment with foam tope under the pumpkin.








Sat 15

Garden Scene Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a garden scene card using various dies.  All the die cuts were cut using colored card stock and then ink blended with Distress Oxide Ink in a darker color to add some depth.  This is a longer project but worth it when it all comes together.


Back ground:

Trim a light blue paper from Ocean Blue paper pad to 5" x 5".  Ink blend with Salty Ocean from the top to 1/3 down. Die cut Wild Grass Board from green card stock twice.  Trim the card stock to 5" wide and have the 1 of the strips have a 1" base and the 2nd 1/2" base.  Ink blend the 1" base lightly from the bottom up with Pine Needle and the 1/2" base heavily.  Die cut the greenery for the tree using the bottom portion of the Cloudy Sun Collage from green paper.  Trim the green paper to 5" wide and 2 1/" tall.  Position the bottom cloud portion of the die along the bottom  and side of the paper, die cutting several times, to create the greenery. Die cut another greenery that is shorter.  Ink blend the larger greenery heavily with Mowed Lawn and the smaller greenery lighter. Die cut the Woodgrain Tree Trunk from brown card stock.  Ink blend the sides and knots with Walnut Stain.  Die cut Woodgrain Fence Pickets form cream card stock.  Trim 2 strips of the cream card sock to 5" x 1/4".  Ink blend with Antique Linen and the sides with Gathered Twiggs.  Adhere the fence post to the 2 strips, starting at adhere the to fence post to either end and then in the center.  Then fill in the rest spacing it evenly.  Adhere to taller grass boarder to the bottom of the blue sky background.  Adhere the fence on the grass.  Adhere the darker tree greenery to the upper left of the background.  Adhere the tree to the left side then adhere the smaller greenery and the other grass boarder.  Trim off any excess paper.



Die cut the greenery from Layered Star Flowers from a yellow green paper 3 times.  Ink blend the leaves with Cracked Pistachio.  Die but the 2 smallest flowers from Layered Impatiens form light orange paper.  Ink blend from the center out using Spiced Marmalade.  Use a white paint pen and color the tips of the petals and blend with your finger into the center. Die cut the stems from Fresh Cut Stems from 2 different green paper.  Ink blend one with Pine Needle and the other Rustic Wilderness.  Die but the thin flower from Fresh Cut Stems from light yellow paper. Ink blend with Gathered Straw fully on the larger of the flowers and just at the bottom of the smaller flower. Adhere the smaller flower on the larger one.  Die cut the flowers from Willow Gate from light pink card stock.  Ink blend with Victorian Velvet from the tips of the petals to the center.  Use a white paint pen to color the center and the cuts in the paper.  Shape all the flowers using a small ball roller from the backside of the petals.  Turn flowers over and push with the ball roller in the center. Adhere the yellow flowers to the darker green stems and the pink flowers to the other stems.  



Adhere the taller flowers behind the top layer of grass around the tree and heavier on the right side.  Adhere the light green foliage under the tree on top of the grass to form a bush.  Fill in by adhering the orange flowers.  Trim off any excess hanging off the bottom.  The sides can stay as this is design to go into a standard 5"x7" envelop.  Die cut Tilted Thanks from the light blue paper from Ocean Blue pad.  Adhere to the bottom right hand corner.