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How About a Beautiful Frame with Simply Zinnia?

I have a beautiful frame for you today using the Simply Zinnia dies.  This one has a lot of die cutting, but once that's done, it's easy to put it all together.

Simply Zinnia Frame  Flowering Zinnia DSP  Lemon Lolly  Balmy Blue  HIghland Heather  Petal Pink  Fresh Freesia  Daffodil Delight  Crushed Curry  Pretty Parakeet  Granny Apple Green  Gray Granite  Simply Zinnia dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

What's even better?  I've used one of the frames from the Happy Houseplants Kit.  The frame is 6 x 6.

For my background, I used the Flowering Zinnias Designer Series Paper, cutting it to the 6 x 6 mentioned above.

I'm hoping that the pot doesn't look like an ice cream cone.  I used the Ice Cream Swirl dies for that.  Cut it from Gray Granite.  Use a Blending Brush to add a little more color.  Cut some from the bottom.  I think I cut off about 1 1/2 inches.

Leaves are cut from Parakeet Party and Granny Apple Green.  I tried to mix them throughout.  Looks like I might have used about 5 of each color.  Sponge these with Parakeet party ink.


Simply Zinnia Frame  Flowering Zinnia DSP  Lemon Lolly  Balmy Blue  HIghland Heather  Petal Pink  Fresh Freesia  Daffodil Delight  Crushed Curry  Pretty Parakeet  Granny Apple Green  Simply Zinnia dies  Daubers  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

For the flowers, I cut the 2 different flower shapes and used sponge daubers to add a little more color from the center of each layer.  Here is a list of what I used.

Lemon Lolly with Daffodil Delight sponged

Balmy Blue with Balmy Blue sponged

Fresh Freesia with Fresh Freesia sponged

Highland Heather with Gorgeous Grape sponged 

Petal Pink with Flirty Flamingo sponged

For the little star like oval used Daffodil Delight and used Crushed Curry for the centers.

Use a Bone Folder to curl the petals for each layer.

Once all of the flowers are assembled just lay them out and determine where you want everything.  Add flowers with dimensionals.  Some leaves are on dimensionals and some are not.  Some leaves were trimmed a little to make them easier to add.

Start with the lower level and just add as you go.  Stick leaves wherever needed.  I curled a few leaves.

Finally add three of the little zinnia buds with leaves.  I added one near the bottom to add a little more interest there and then one from each side.

There you have it.  I'm thinking it will be easy to change out these frames and keep using them.  By the way, the background piece is cut from the backing of designer series paper.  I used nothing from the plant insert so I can just put it back in whenever.

Simply Zinnia Frame  Flowering Zinnia DSP  Lemon Lolly  Balmy Blue  HIghland Heather  Petal Pink  Fresh Freesia  Daffodil Delight  Crushed Curry  Pretty Parakeet  Granny Apple Green  Simply Zinnia dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

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Happy Houseplants Kits from the Kits Collection Online Store for Stampin' Up!

Some of the best news is that Stampin' Up! will publish 2 new kits every month in 2024 for the Online Kits Collection!  I'm here to review the Happy Houseplants Kit.  It's one of the February 2023 new kits.  It is a home decor kit making 4 beautiful plant frames.  #163873, $25.

When you open the kit, you'll find 2 smaller packages, the frames and the paper supplies needed.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Just Out of the Box

Here is a picture of the back of the frame.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Back of Frame

The 'glass' is plastic.  There is a coating covering to be removed.  If you use the dimensionals on the pieces as shown, the glass will not lie flat.  I did not use it.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Peel Off Plastic

The frames are a little different color than the other parts.  I like it because of that.  There is a tiny stripe to all the sides when you look closely.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  All Supplies From Kit

These are the parts.  The frames are OK for the price of the kit, but are plastic.  The mats could be a little thicker in my opinion.  I would also like to see the 4 background sheets for each plant to be a little more substantial.  There are two sheets with punch outs.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Supplies From Kit

This shows the backgrounds and the punch outs sheets.

The directions are good.  This is a very simple kit that will not take a lot of time.  Each plant has two plant pieces to add and the plant container.  All are added with dimensionals that are included.  I did add more dimensionals that shown on the directions, but there are plenty of them.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Making Snake Plant

The directions show using a pen or pencil to curl the parts of the plant.  I used my Bone Folder.  This kit is truly all inclusive!  Use the directions to help with placement of the parts.  I like how part of the picture is on the background piece.  That adds to the look of dimension.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Snakeplant in Frame

Here is the completed snake plant.  It's very hard to see the subtle stripes.  When I expanded the picture, I was able to see it a little.  When curling the punch outs, look at where they will be.  I curled some so that they would curl under and some so that they would curl up.  I thought this would add more interest.

 

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Making Hanging Basket

This shows the hanging basket with one of the sets of leaves already added.  Again, look carefully at the directions for placement.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Completed Hanging Basket

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Making Plant in Basket

I felt like this plant gave me a little more challenge on where to place each part.  The stems shown with the first part end up being mostly covered.  It made me wonder why they were there.  I'm sure it was to be helpful.  In this picture, you see some Linen Thread across the basket.  I added that on my own as an extra.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Completed Plant in Basket

I added a bow to the frame.  I chose to add this to some of the other frames.  I'll show you at the end.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Varigated Leaves

This shows the last variegated plant.  The pot is placed on the line.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Completed Varigated Frame

Here is the finished plant.  I wanted to add more to the frames.  There is a video showing how you can add words.  Here is one example here.  I chose not to make a video.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Display of Frames

Here is a picture of my finished frames.  I added Linen Thread to three of the pictures.  I also used the Brushed Brass Butterflies and the Adhesive Backed Dragonflies & Birds.

I'm sure that something could be done to the mats.  As an experiment I tried covering one of them.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Frame with Covered Mat

I apoligize that this paper is retired.  It's from the holiday mini catalog that just retired.  I do think there is some perfect paper in the upcoming Online Exclusives called Flowering Zinnias that would be perfect for this.  I just have other plans for that paper.

To cover the mat, I cut my paper to 7 x 7.  Cut from the center.  On my Paper Trimmer, place the paper so that it is on the 5.  Now cut from 2 to 5.  Turn and repeat on each side.  Place the frame in the middle of the paper and miter each corner.  Fold each side down against the edge.  Once the outside is complete, cut from each corner on the inside to the corner of the mat.  Fold each side up against the edge.  I found the inside to be more difficult.  The outside would be hidden a little by the frame.  I tried to do this without securing the paper so I could take it all off if unsuccessful.  It was hard to do it that way.  That's why I suggested doing the outside edges first.

This kit is great for someone who feels they aren't crafty.  There's no stamping.  The frames should be completed in about 30 minutes I would say.  They are very pretty and would dress up a wall or bookshelf nicely.  I think one would be perfect as a gift for someone in a nursing home since it can stand.  There is hardware to hang as well.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Completed Frames with Extra Supplies
I hope you found my review helpful.  Let me know what you think.  Are you going to try the Happy Houseplants Kit from the Stampin' Up! Kits Collection?

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Fall Frame Using the Paper Florist Dies and Earthen Elegance Designer Series Paper

I have another frame for you today all ready to greet the fall season.  This frame uses the Paper Florist dies, Cheerful Daisies dies, and the Dainty Delight dies.  I had seen several frames online for spring by Gail Ellis.  She is an inspired creator.  Check her out if you don't know her.  I decided I wanted to make a frame for fall.

 

Paper Florist dies  fall frame  Dainty Delight dies  Cheerful Daisies dies  Close Up of Flowers  No Frame  Earthen Elegance DSP choice 2  2023-2025 In Color Jute  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This was so much fun!  It is time consuming, but if you like that, you will have a ball!  It would be difficult to go through and tell you how to make all the flowers.  I just can't make a video right now.  I have my granddaughter Sagan and she takes priority.  I had a lot of shadow in my picture with the frame, so I made a picture without the frame.  You can see it much better this way.

Colors used are Lost Lagoon, Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze with pad, Cherry Cobbler with pad, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink with Flirty Flamingo pad, Pecan Pie, Copper Clay with pad.

Those mentioned with a pad had some blending to enhance the flowers.

The vase is cut from the Earthen Elegance Designer Series Paper.  I cut out the pattern myself.  There is a bow around the vase using the 2023-2025 In Color Jute trim.

Add the flowers with glue dots, Multipurpose Glue, dimensionals- whatever seems to work best at the time.

I have another one using a different pattern of the designer paper.

Paper Florist dies  fall frame  Dainty Delight dies  Cheerful Daisies dies  Close Up of Flowers with no frame  Earthen Elegance DSP choice 2  2023-2025 In Color Jute  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Which do you like best?  The flowers are the same in this one.  I just changed the designer paper.  The frame is 8 x 10.  It's a cheap one that I've had a long time.  Please excuse the shadows!

Paper Florist dies  fall frame  Dainty Delight dies  Cheerful Daisies dies  Earthen Elegance DSP choice 2  2023-2025 In Color Jute  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Paper Florist dies  fall frame  Dainty Delight dies  Cheerful Daisies dies  Earthen Elegance DSP  2023-2025 In Color Jute  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Go play around with those dies.  If you don't have them, you just might want to think about that!   Let me know if I can help!

Paper Florist dies  fall frame  Dainty Delight dies  Cheerful Daisies dies  Close Up of Flowers  Earthen Elegance DSP choice 2  2023-2025 In Color Jute  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

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Countryside Inn Suite Collection Sampler Frame

I have a frame to share with you today.  The frame is made using the Countryside Corners dies, Stylish Shapes dies, Around the Bend dies, Cheerful Daisy dies, and the Dainty Delight dies.  There was lots of cutting, but it was all worth it.  This is a 9 x 9 frame that came from IKea several years ago.

Cheerful Daisies dies Frame Wall Background No Glare  Around the Bend dies  Dainty Delight Dies  Stylish Shapes dies  Countryside Inn DSP  Boho Blue CS  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

My Luv 2 Create Team met this past Saturday.  We made this frame as our project.

I'll go through section by section and tell you a little about each of them.

Cheerful Daisies Frame Upper Left  Dainty Delight dies  Stylish Shapes dies  Ribbon Duo Combo Pack. Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This is the upper left side of the frame.  Use the Stylish Shapes dies to cut a Basic White circle (second circle in) and a Boho Blue circle (3rd one in).  Decorate with the long stem from the Dainty Delight dies in Lemon-Lime Twist.  Cut 2 of the Fresh Freesia flowers and 2 stems in Granny Apple Green.  Use a Blending Brush to add color to the Fresh Freesia flowers.  Tie knots of the Lemon-Lime Ribbon from the Duo Ribbon Combo Pack.  Glue everything.  Add the knots with rolled up glue dots.

Cheerful Daisies dies Frame Upper Right  Around the Bend dies  Dainty Delight dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This section is the upper right.  Use the Countryside Corners dies to cut a shape from the Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper.  Cut two of these because you'll need another for another area of the frame.  Use the 4th die in. 

Use Granny Apple Green cardstock a little larger than the shape you cut from designer paper.  Angle and cut the leaves using the Around the Bend dies.  Cut this using the same die as for the designer paper.  Be careful how you angle the die so it will match close to the sample. 

Cut 7 flowers using the dies from Around the Bend.  If you cut two sets, you'll have an extra one.  Cut backings for the flowers using Lemon Lolly cardstock.  I admit, this was quite tedious but worth it.  Add the flowers on dimensionals.

The half daisies are cut from Lemon Lolly using the Dainty Delight dies.  Cut centers for the flowers using Pecan Pie cardstock.

Cheerful Daisies dies Frame Lower Left  Countryside Inn DSP  Dainty Delight dies  Countryside Corners dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Use the other shape you cut for this lower left part of the sampler.  Cut the long stem from Dainty Delight in Granny Apple Green.  Trim part of it away.  Cut three of the Fresh Freesia and add color with a Blending Brush.  Cut three of the daisies from Lemon Lolly.  Add additional color with a Blending Brush.  Cut centers with Pecan Pie.  Glue all of these.

Cheerful Daisies dies Fram Lower Right  Ribbon Duo Combo Pack  Dainty Delight dies  2023-2024 In Color 6 x 6 Paper Stack  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create


Measurements for the bottom right are Basic White 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.  The 2023-2025 In Color 6 x 6 Paper Stack Boho Blue piece is 3 3/8 x 3 3/8.  Cut a long stem from Dainty Delight in Granny Apple Green.  Trim this stem as needed.  Cut 3 sets of leaves using the largest die from the Cheerful Daisies dies.  Cut the largest die again using Fresh Freesia cardstock.  Cut each of these flowers apart and remove any tags.  Add color around the edges wuith a Blending Brush.  Cut each flower out using the individual detailed dies for each flower.  Blend the edges.  Glue the flowers together.  Cut centers from Lemon Lolly using Cheerful Daisies dies.  Add the flowers with dimensionals.  Cut three Fresh Freesia flowers from Dainty Delight.  Add color with Blending Brushes.

Just to be honest, I kept changing this section and ended up covering up some of the leaves.  Of course you fix them to please you!

Tie a bow with the Duo Ribbon Combo Pack and add with g glue dot.

Cheerful Daisies dies Frame pictured without frame  Around the Bend dies  Dainty Delight Dies  Stylish Shapes dies  Countryside Inn DSP  Boho Blue CS  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The frame background is cut from the backing of a designer series pack.  It measures 9 1/8 x 9 1/8.  The Boho Blue layer measures 7 1/4 x 7 1/4.  The Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper measures 7 1/16 x 7 1/16.  Glue those two layers together and add them to the background with dimensionals or with Foam Adhesive Sheets.  

Add each section with dimensionals.

Cut an additional largest die from Cheerful Daisies in Basic White.  Cut these pieces apart as before.  Add some of these pieces around some of the sections.  I wanted this to help lighten up the dark background.

I used a 9 x 9 Ikea 3D frame for my sampler.  I have had this frame for a long time so I don't know if they still have them.  I'm sure you could find something online.

This was a project for my Luv 2 Create team.  Here they are hard at work.  I did all of the cutting for them so they had to assemble.

Luv 2 Create Team 5.4

Luv 2 Create Team 5

It was a great day followed by lunch at a favorite restaurant.  Want to join my Luv 2 Create Team?  I'm happy to help you!

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