Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cheery Lynn Mixed Media Frame Tutorial

Hello!  Since the current challenge theme at Cheery Lynn Designs is Anything Goes I thought I'd make something different than a card.  This is a picture frame made out of chipboard.  I've never created anything like this before so I took lots of photos along the way.

First I cut three pieces of thin chipboard to 5.5" square.  I cut the middle out of two of the three pieces using two different sizes of the Scalloped Square Stackers.  The two pieces with square windows will be used to double mat the central image and the whole square is for the back of the frame.  

I painted the frame with the larger square opening with a clear matte gesso.  When the gesso was dry I glued elements from the new Quadrafoil Accents die set (also cut out of chipboard) on top and then painted the entire frame with a metallic distress paint.  I wasn't worried about the paint being even because I planned to cover it.

I sponged black distress ink on top because I wanted contrast and an antique feel.  The crackle paste I used suggested a black color base.  There was still a metallic sheen to the frame.

I covered the frame with white Crackle paste, leaving less on the raised Quadrafoil Accents so they'd show up more.  I didn't worry about neatness.  Variations makes the crackle interesting when dry.

My heat tool unfortunately went on strike so while I was waiting I added clear crackle glaze to the edges of the flowers.  The large flower was created using the Stacker Flower 5 die.  The smaller roses are from the Tea Rose Medium die.  They were colored with distress ink and sprayed with shimmery mists.

 Once the crackle glaze was dry and I moved around the flowers a bit to determine placement.

The sentiment paired well with the vibrant flowers but everything felt too bright so I added brown distress ink to the frame and flowers.

The second piece of chipboard with the smaller window was colored with bronze metallic paint.  I sandwiched a piece of clear acetate from toy packaging between the two chipboard mats before gluing the chipboard together.  

I added a stand to the third piece of chipboard so the frame can stand independently.  The chipboard was thin so I cut and glued two pieces together to create the stand and scored and folded the top.

 Brads connect the stand to the frame.  I punched two small holes through the top part of the stand as well as through the back of the frame and then threaded two brads through the holes.

Last in the assembly, I glued the front of the frame to the back.  If you want to be able to use the frame with different images, make sure to only glue around the bottom and sides, leaving the top unglued.  Heavy books held the chipboard together while it dried. 

The Fern Leaves were coated with a sepia gloss and I adhered the flowers and leaves to the frame with the same glaze.

Cheery Lynn Dies

Thanks for visiting and make sure to join us for the Anything Goes challenge that ends on February 3rd.  Our challenge rules have changed, beginning February 4th you'll have two weeks to enter and can enter up to two projects for a chance to win a $20 gift card to the Cheery Lynn Store.

Challenge Entered:
Crafting by Designs Add a Flower
4 Crafty Chicks Anything but a card
Aud Sentiments Anything Goes
Simply Create Too Something New

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cheery Lynn Sweetheart Bear

Hello!  Thank you to all who left comments on my blog during last week's Cheery Lynn Designs blog hop.  I hope you had the chance to see all the beautiful projects my teammates created showcasing the new dies. 

This card fits Cheery Lynn's Sweetheats challenge theme.  I just love this adorable little bear and he fit so nicely into the new film die.  It's so simple to change around the colors of the heart he holds and the little accents on his feet and ears.  I backed his ears and nose with pink paper and glued in the little red hearts on his feet and the red heart in his hands.

I used the Deutschland Boutique Stacker for the background layer.  I often use this stacker.  It's interesting and lacy without being too frilly when I want an elegant touch.  The heart and arrow die was cut three times (in white, red and pink).  The arrow was colored black with a copic marker and I snipped sides off the red and pink die cuts to paper piece the red swirls and pink ribbon banner.  Last I piled a few of the sweetheart candy dies on top of the heart in his arms. 

Cheery Lynn New Release Dies
Sweet B679 (New)

Thanks for visiting and make sure to join Cheery Lynn's Sweethearts challenge for a chance to win $20 towards shopping at Cheery Lynn Designs!

Challenges Entered
Scrapyland Love is in the air
Mod Squad Challenge Love is in the Air
Crafty Creations Paper Piecing
Inky Impressions All about Borders
Inspiration Destination Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Spring Flowers

Hello!  I'm back sharing a new card today.  Spring is my favorite season and today has probably been the coldest it's been here in NY.  I'm really looking forward to warmer weather and seeing flowers again.

 I first cut the two frames out of different papers using the Rectangles 6-in-1 set from IO.  The blue frame is raised.  It was adhered with foam adhesive and the yellow frame was glued flat.  I rolled about five of each type of flower from the Spiral Flowers die to create full flower clusters.  I love these little flower die, they roll easily with my quilling tool and there is a good variety of flowers.  I'm not sure you can see that it's shorter but the bottom of one of the pails was cut so it sits lower than the other.  The pails and flowers were colored with distress ink.  I also rubbed metallic paint over the pails and adhered them to the card with foam adhesive.

Thanks for visiting today!

IO Dies

Challenge Entered:
Impression Obsession Spring Colors

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Cheery Lynn January 2016 New Release Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Cheery Lynn Designs January Release Blog Hop!  I am so excited to show you some of the fabulous new dies.  If you arrived from Debbie's Blog you are on the right track.  If not, you can head back to the blog HERE to start from the beginning.  Comments are appreciated and make sure to stop back and answer the question on the Cheery Lynn Blog for a chance to win a $20 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn Designs.  

I am so inspired by the new dies, especially all the gorgeous new doilies.  This card uses the Quadrafoil Square Doily and the coordinating Quadrafoil Tag.  I cut the doily once out of white card stock cut with the Scalloped Square Stackers and used the outside as a frame to then in-set the blue-green doily.  The ChrysanthemumsDandelionsFlourish leaves, Sweet  word and Humming Bird were all colored with distress ink.

Cheery Lynn Designs Dies
Sweet B679
Dandelions B453
Scalloped Square LG Stackers

Thanks so much for visiting and joining us on the hop!  Your next stop is Eva's Blog.  Don't forget to answer the question on the main blog too for a chance to win $20 towards Cheery Lynn Designs goodies!


Friday, January 15, 2016

Cheery Lynn Sunflowers

It's New Release day at Cheery Lynn Designs!  Today I'm excited to share a card using some of these beautiful new dies.  But don't take my word for it, if you haven't gotten a chance to see them all, why not pop over to the Cheery Lynn blog HERE. Check back here and at the CLD blog tomorrow too for more inspiration and the chance to win a $20 shopping spree in the blog hop.

I used the new Sunflower Set to create these big, gorgeous flowers.  They are fun on a card but their size would also make them perfect for a scrapbook page.  For another look the petals could also be double layered.

I colored the sunflowers with distress ink and then added a gloss to the center of the flowers for added interest.  The flower pot is the second largest out of the set was cut out of design paper and colored with distress ink for dimension.  The sentiment was cut out of the same design paper and  glued to the new Dutch Daisy Tag.  

Cheery Lynn Dies

Thanks for visiting and make sure to check out the Cheery Lynn Designs blog to see the awesome projects my talented DT sisters also created for the new release.  Remember to stop back tomorrow for a blog hop showcasing more of the new dies for your chance to win $20 at CLD.  You can also join this week's challenge for an additional chance to win $20 towards shopping at Cheery Lynn Designs!

Challenge Entered:
Scapyland Anything Goes

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Cheery Lynn Happy Birthday

Hello crafting friends!  I'm so excited to share the new Cheery Lynn release dies with you tomorrow.  Make sure to check back here to see what I've made using some of the new dies. 

Today I'm sharing a birthday card made with Cheery Lynn dies.  I never seem to have enough birthday cards when I need them and I've been itching to use this dragonfly.  He's a large die so he would also be great on scrapbook pages.  I found this pretty designer paper in my stash and planned all the colors around it.  

The Lattice #3 background was half of the die cut left over from another project.  I thought it would work here instead of adding one of the doilies I  usually use to back my florals.  The flowers were made with the Tea Rose Medium die.  I colored them with distress ink, shaped them with a molding tool and added rhinestone centers.  I used the matching leaves that are also in the die and added in the Olive Branches.  I added white flowers to the Olive Branches from the baby breath kit in the Embellishment #2 set.  The tiny flowers add interest.

The dragonfly was cut twice.  The top layer was colored lighter colors and covered in glitter glue before being glued onto the darker backing.  Happy Birthday were cut in a dark purple paper to match the background layer. 

Cheery Lynn Dies

Thanks for visiting today and make sure to join in this week's Snowflakes challenge for your chance to win $20 towards shopping at Cheery Lynn Designs.  Hope to see you here tomorrow for some new release inspiration!

Challenge Entered
Scrapyland Anything Goes

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Cheery Lynn Thank You

Hello crafty friends, I'm back today with a Thank You card.  I love layering Cheery Lynn doilies to make cards.  You can achieve so many wonderful and varied looks by combining different doilies and stackers.  For this card I cut the Royal Scandinavian Boutique Stacker  out of a patterned paper and backed it with a gray A2 size card.  I layered the Alpine Flourish Doily on top cut with a pale gray paper.  A light blue Royal Scandinavian Tag is the backing for the Thank You phrase.  Thank You was cut twice and slightly offset for a shadow effect.

Last I added the floral arrangement for some added interest.  If I needed a really quick last minute card, it would have worked without the flowers but I love seeing how paper flowers transform when molded with a stylus tool so I added them.  I used the smaller of the two dies in the Judy's Blooms set and cut four flowers to make the two blooms.  The leaves were cut using Flourish #14 and I added some Tiny Fanciful Flourishs for interest.

Cheery Lynn Dies
Royal Scandinavian Boutique Stacker A2 DL313
Royal Scandinavian Tag

Thanks for looking and make sure to join in this week's Winter Whites Challenge for a chance to win $20 towards shopping at Cheery Lynn Designs.

Challenge Entered
Scrapyland Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cheery Lynn Celebrate

Hello! I'm sharing a card that's also featured on the Cheery Lynn Blog today. I've been making so many holiday cards and wanted to make something different.  I pulled out my floral dies and pastel colors and ended up with a spring card.  

First I cut the Canadian Kaleidoscope Doily die out of kraft paper and then found a patterned paper that coordinated for underneath.  I love using these Cheery Lynn Doily dies.  They are so detailed and lovely it's so easy to create a stunning card with just a few dies.  I glued both to a pink A2 sized card.  The arrangement was made by first making a flower with the Build a Flower #2 die.  I scrunched the petals and sprayed them with distress ink spray and glimmer mist so they sparkle. 

 The Flourish #3, white Wreath Strip leaves and yellow leaves from the Ivy Strip were all tucked into the arrangement.  The little bird is from the Feathered Friends set and he was colored with distress ink.  The Celebrate word is the larger of the two dies from the set and was also colored with distress ink to match the flower.  

Cheery Lynn Dies

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Jen's Paper Obsession: Best of 2015

I've been thinking about all the different projects I made in 2015 and like my post in 2014 which you can see HERE I thought I'd again post my favorites. I would love to see your creations too. If you've put together a similar collection, please leave a link in the comment section.  Here are my top twelve cards chronologically sorted with the most recent on top:

 Narrowing down my list to twelve cards was more difficult than I imagined.  And last, here's my favorite project that isn't a card.  

Thanks for scrolling to the end and I wish you and your family a very Happy, Healthy and Crafty 2016!  If you'd like to flash back and see 2014's Best of post, you can view it HERE.

Dies R Us Always

Happy New Year!  I'm sharing a card for the Dies R Us Something New challenge beginning today.  My "something new" is the Cheery Lynn/Crafty Ann Lattice die in the background.  

These roses were originally intended for another card but they seemed weighty enough on their own that I decided to build a card around them.  The petals were colored with distress ink and molded with a stylus. Embossing paste and glitter glue were dabbed on the edges for the appearance of snow and because I always like a bit of sparkle! Last, I added flat-back pearls to the center of each flower.

The edges of some of the pine needles were heat embossed with Frantage embossing powder and some were painted with a gold pen.  The edges of the lattice layer were distressed with a distressing tool and sponged with distress ink.  

Dies R Us Dies
Cheery Lynn Designs - Tea Rose Medium (out of stock)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Pierced Banners (out of stock)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Pine Branches (out of stock)

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for a chance to win  a gift voucher to the Dies R Us online store.  You can link up and check out all the wonderful inspiration from my teammates HERE.  Wishing you and yours a wonderful Happy and Healthy 2016!