Saturday, April 14, 2018

Teacup Plant for Mom

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life Blog this Saturday in April.
I was battling a cold all week and it's finally coming to an end. It didn't really take a deep hold though. I attribute that to taking lots of Vitamin C, Zinc and using some Essential oils.
I have just started with Essential Oils but the more I read and the ones that I have used work wonders. I am not big on over the counter meds because of all the side effects. Of course like anything you have to do your own homework and make sure of the safety of the oils you are using as well as a therapeutic grade and organic.
I have been reading a lot of articles by a Dr Eric Zielinski. He doesn't promote a specific brand but rather gives you the research that's been done on specific oils.
Anyway, let's move on to my card for today. This one I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog.  I am featuring the new Teacup Garden die. I thought it would be a good one to use for a Mother's Day card. So let's get started with the details on how I created this card.

Step 1: This week I started my card with the April Viva la Verve sketch. I thought it would work perfectly to showcase the Teacup Garden image as well as add layers to my card. Since I like to use patterned paper, the addition of layers to my cards always works for me. This one already had the layer panels and shapes sized out. I usually just estimate sizes but this worked for me this week.
 Step 2: I looked through my designer papers and I decided on this "Have a Cuppa" collection from Stampin'-Up. It even has a cup with a heart - how perfect!. I just had to decide on my other card colors. For my card base, I used melon mambo cardstock that matched the patterned paper.

The center square layer is patterned paper from the same collection. I used the 2nd largest  stitched  rounded square  die to cut it and then a corner rounder.
On the long gray panel I used an embossing folder that somewhat matched the patterned paper underneath it.

Card Measurements:
Melon Mambo Card Base:  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned Paper Background Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Gray Circle: 4th largest Stitched Circle die
White Circle: 4th largest Circle die
 Step 3: Once the card colors and papers were selected, I was ready to cut the teacup and succulent image. For the cup I used melon mambo cardstock,  garden green for the succulent and a pink for my heart, This die even includes a piece to simulate dirt. For that,  I used chocolate chip cardstock.
 Step 4: I started some of the card assembly. Attached all of the panels except the image panel. I wanted to stamp my sentiment first so I would have the placement I wanted before I attached the image.
The tea-riffic sentiment is from the Stampin'-Up set "a nice cuppa".  I attached the cup to the white circle with dimensional adhesive and then attached it to the gray circle.

 Step 5: Instead of another circle that is in the sketch, I decided to use a Stitched Heart and stamp the "Mother Phrase' on it. With a sketch you don't always have to use the shape called for. As long as your finished product looks like the sketch layout, you're good.
The stamp I am using is a cling stamp so I used my stamp-a-ma-jig for placement. With this tool you are stamping on plastic, and in the photo it looks like its not a good image. But, you are only using the plastic for a straight alignment. Once it's stamped, it's fine and usually with the cling stamps I get a good impression the first time. This stamp is from the ODBD set "Mother's Day".
To complete my card, I attached the heart. I thought about adding some sequins or enamel dots. But with the background paper pattern being a bit busy I thought they would be lost. So it's complete as is and now I have another card for Mother's Day.
Well, that's it for me for today and this post. Time to get back to my cards that I need for my Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen post for April. I think I mentioned back in November that I was selected for this elite team. It's a 6 month term and this is my last month. So until next time.....God bless.
Dies I used to create card:
I am also entering:
1.  Brown Sugar has a Mother's Day or pearls challenge
2.  Fussy & Fancy has an add a sentiment challenge.
3.  Creative Knockouts has a lots of layers challenge.
4.  Simon Says Wednesday wants us to add texture.


  1. Great tutorial on how you made this fabulous card! Love the colors of it. So bright and beautiful.
    Glad to hear you're feeling better!

  2. Love your pretty card and great tutorial you have given too.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x



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