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Sunflower Wreath


Today I will be sharing my revamped Sunflower Wreath. I whipped up a quick wreath last year and when I got it out for this Fall it just looked a little pitiful so it got a makeover! I made a quick video just to show you how I put it together. Super easy and quick.


1- Grapevine Wreath (mine was wrapped with a wired floral ribbon but this isn’t necessary.

3 – Large single stem sunflowers

3- Bunches of smaller sunflowers

1 – Hot Glue Gun

1-  Small piece of ribbon or wire to hang finished wreath

All supplies were purchased at Michaels.

I started off with my wreath from last year. The sad little thing that she was. I hadn’t even glued the flowers on they were just stuck through the wreath. I am surprised that they didn’t blow off.


This is just a grapevine wreath with a wired floral ribbon wrapped around and then the three sunflowers and two leave stuck in the bottom. It really wasn’t bad but I wanted something with a little more pop.

All of the large sunflowers were removed and I used a high heat glue gun to re-adhere the sunflowers. Next, I dismantled the  smaller sunflower bunches by popping the flowers of the stems. I purchased three bunches of sunflowers when they were on sale and used all of them for the wreath.

Sunflower Wreath - A Makeover
Sunflower Wreath – A Makeover

I also added a tiny loop of ribbon around the back so I could hang it on the wreath hanger.

Easy sunflower wreath
Easy sunflower wreath

As you can see, the ribbon that was there, to begin with, doesn’t really show but it didn’t seem worth it to take it off. I feel like using the hot glue will keep all the flowers in place even in strong winds.

Thank you for stopping by!


Sunflower & Plaid Happy Birthday Card


Today, I am sharing a birthday card that I made recently. I used an old tool that had not seen the light of day for some time, the Stampin’ Up Plaid Maker.  It turned out just like I was hoping. I also added a handmade sunflower and used Flower Soft for the center. I often make my centers with more paper punches but I might just be sold on this look. The bonus is that it feels soft too.

Stamps from Stampin' Up with Distress Inks, Stains and Embossing Powders
Stamps from Stampin’ Up with Distress Inks, Stains, and Embossing Powders

When I started working on this card, I knew that I wanted to have one piece of background with a red based plaid pattern. I broke out my plaid maker and got to work! I’ll be honest I was a little afraid that I had gotten rid of it. I sponged through the thick stripes with Barn Red Distress Ink and the used the thinner stripes for the Faded Jeans Distress Ink.  I stamped over my plaid with the Weathered Background Stamp from Stampin’ Up using Tea Dye Distress Ink. Next, I aged the panel using more Tea Dye Ink and then Vintage Photo Ink around the edges.

Label close-up
Label close-up

I gave my panel some time to dry before stamping the horses on the bottom. I used Vintage Photos Distress Ink and Veramark to stamp the horses and then embossed with Zing! embossing powder in Chestnut. The stamp and embossing came out a little spotty so I colored in my blank spots with a Vintage Photo Distress Marker. It had a really neat distress texture.

Featureing a handmade sunflower
Featuring a handmade sunflower

Once I had that panel how I wanted it I went ahead and created the “jeans” layer behind it. for this, I simply sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink right onto a piece of white cardstock. I was simple and easy but gave the look I was going for.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I then started work on my “HB.” I cut out the letters using QuicKutz Blossom Die Cut Alphabet. I then inked the letters using Barn Red Distress Ink and my Ink Blending Tool. Then, I applied Clear Embossing Powder. I brushed a little off so that the coverage was not complete. I heat set the embossing powder and once cool, I sponged over it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I really wanted more of an aged enamel look so I gave my letters a good coat of Glossy Accents. I was very inspired by the “Pickers” for this touch, I kept thinking about old enamel signs they find in  dusty barns.

Horses on plaid
Horses on plaid

I then went to work on the labels where the letters would rest. I used the Spellbinders Label One Nested Dies to cut out the two shapes. For the lighter, I stamped the Stampin’ Up Background Stamp Just Jeans using Antique Linen. I then randomly applied smudges to distress the panel. For the larger shape, I used a rust technique. I have kind of cobbled this together from a few different sources and then there is always a fair amount of “making it work.” I started by applying Evergreen Boughs, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Iced Spruce and Stormy Sky Distress Inks to the label. I just keep working this until I am happy with the look. I then set the label aside to dry. I then stamped with the Stampin’  Up Gorgeous Grunge with Rusty Hinge over the Distress Stain. Next, I randomly applied a little VersaMark ink and poured Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder over the top. I then used my heat gun to set the powder.

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I adhered all my pieces of label together and before I adhered it to my plaid panel I added the ribbons. The first ribbon is a burlap ribbon from Michaels and then I added a piece of Twill Tape. This ribbon was dyed with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. Before I adhered down the label I added a few vintage  brads.

Rusty goodness
Rusty goodness

Next, I set four eyelets in the corners of my plaid and then added that to my blue piece. I almost stopped here, I really tried to but it was just too plain. So I created the sunflower. As is my normal, I used my McGill Paper Blossom Punches. This flower takes the Lily, Alpine Snowflake, and Birch Leave Punches. As I mentioned in the intro, I used Flower Soft on the center and other than taking some time to dry I am totally thrilled with this product. It just turned out kind of cool. I did add depth to the petals with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo went onto the leaves.

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I stamped the sentiment on a thin scrap of paper and cut it into a banner. I did a little aging to this with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.


My final step  was the wooden panel. I tried a few different options but this was the one that won out. I used the Hardwood Background Stamp on a piece of white cardstock using Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I added the additional color with Tea Dye and VintagePhotoo Distress Inks. I cut my wooden planks apart and added a little additional ink along the edges. I then adhered these directly to my top-fold card base.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I feel like this card has a unique look to it, but I love the way it all came together. This is in fact, a birthday card for my dad and while it does have a sunflower I think that it is still masculine. Thank you for popping by!

Horses on plaid
Horses on plaid


Stamps: Weathered, Gorgeous Grunge, Hardwood, Bareback, Just Jeans, and Warmest Regards – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Faded Jeans, Barn Red and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks – Ranger, VersaMark – Tsukineko

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Yellow & Green – Unk

Other: Evergreen Boughs, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Iced Spruce, & Stormy Sky Distress Ink – Ranger, Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder, Zing! Embossing Powder in Chestnut – American Crafts, Vintage Photo Distress Marker – Ranger,  Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Glossy Accents – Ranger, Burlap Ribbon – Michaels, Twill Tape –  Stampin’ Up, Eyelets & Brads – Making Memories, Flower Soft – Black

Tools: Spellbinders Label One, Plaid Maker – Stampin’ Up, Blossom alphabet Die – QuicKutz, Birch Leaf, Star Lily & Alpine Snowflake Paper Blossom Punches – McGill


Dragonfly & Sunflower Card


I hope that you are doing well out there. Our summer is in full swing and between all the activities and generally craziness I haven’t had much time to blog! Yikes the time just flies. Today, I am sharing a very special card I created. This features a handmade sunflower and die cut dragonfly. I used lots of layers and blending to create this card. As you may have noticed, I often create presentation boxes for my cards with flowers but this time I mailed this in a padded envelope and it worked great. And here it is. . . .

Card created by Jennifer Miner
Card created by Jennifer Miner

To begin this card I started by creating the panel with the stamped butterflies. I used Archival Ink from Ranger to stamp the butterflied and the I went to work with my Distress Inks. For this project I used Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin. I used my Ink Blending tools to created the panel. Once I had it how I wanted I used the Gothic Stencil by Tim Holtz from Stampers Anonymous to add the damask shapes in Picked Raspberry. I then stamped the background images using Carved Pumpkin. I completed this panel with an application of Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.

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Next, I created the metallic mat from my top panel. This began as a piece of white cardstock that I colored with Distress Stains. I used Tarnished Brass and Vintage Photos. I did a few coats with each color and it turned out to give a really neat look. Once my Distress Stains were dry I added a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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Then I created the background of the front. Again I grabbed a piece of white cardstock and applied my Distress Inks in the same colors. I then used the Harlequin Stencil by Time Holtz from Stampers Anonymous to create the raised diamonds. I first created a colored paste using Molding Paste from Golden and Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint from Americana. I mixed these on my craft sheet and applied to my card over the stencil using a palette knife. I se this aside to dry.

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Next I started on my dragonfly. This is a new Sizzix  die from Tim Holtz that I was coveting for some time and I finally decided that I had to have it. This die comes with the embossing folder that creates the depth to the dragonfly. I cut versions on the dragonfly and used the embossing folder on one.

I started with the pink “shadow.” I cut my shape out of white cardstock and spritzed it with a healthy amount of Viva Pink and Sunlight Glimmer Mists. Once those were dry I added a little Picked Raspberry on the edges.

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Next, I took the embossed die cut dragonfly and started coloring it. I used Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink to create the base color and then added a spritz of Sunlight Glimmer Mist. Once that was dry I added Hay Ride Glimmer Glam, I also used the Viva Pink to added a little pink to the wings. I really wanted him to have some dimension so I die cut another dragonfly and glued that to the back. At this point, I glued my pink shadow and yellow dragonfly to my main panel.

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Next, I created my sunflower. I used my McGill Paper Blossoms Punches and white cardstock that was colored with Distress Inks in the same colors as the rest of the card. I made one petal pink. I broke out the glue gun and my shaping tools and went to work. Once I had created my sunflower I added Stickles in Orange Slice, Fruit Punch and Yellow.

Up close and personal with a paper sunflower
Up close and personal with a paper sunflower

At this point, I added three eyelets and two pink ribbons to the card and put it all together. I glued on my sunflower and added a few adhesive gems.

Dragon & Sunflower card - on the inside
Dragon & Sunflower card – on the inside

Using the same techniques I used to create the front of the card I created an inner panel. I kept it pretty light so I was able to write on top of the ink without any problems.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

And that was all she wrote! I was very happy with how this card turned out. It was a lot of work but totally worth it!


Paper: Neenah Solar White

Stencils: Gothic & Harlequin by Tim Holtz – Stampers Anonymous

Stamps: Papillon – Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous

Ink: Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin & Vintage Photo, Jet Black Archival Ink – Ranger

Other: Sunlight & Viva Pink Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels, Hay Ride Glimmer Glam – Tattered Angels, Tarnished Brass & Vintage Photo Distress Stain – Ranger, Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint – Americana, 3/8″ Pink Stain Ribbon – Michaels, Fruit Punch, Yellow & Orange Slice Stickles – Ranger, 3mm Orange Adhesive Gems – Mark Richards, Eyelets – Making Memories



Emboss Resist Congratulations Card


I hope that you are having a wonderful day. I cannot believe that it is already the weekend! I have been super busy with lots of non-card projects this week. I do not know where the time goes. On to my card for today. We just heard that a member of our family just got engaged! We are so very excited and happy that these two people found each other. It is great news. So, to commemorate this exciting event, I decided to create a card! I use this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Try to Resist as my jumping off point for this Emboss Resist Congratulations Card.

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I started by creating the background. The damask image is from the Distress Damask stamp set by Stampers Anonymous. I used Apricot Appeal Craft Ink from Stampin’ Up and heat embossing that with clear embossing powder. I then went to work adding color. I started by applying Distress Ink directly to the paper in Scattered Straw, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain. Once I had the colors as I wanted them I sprayed my background with Oriental Poppy and Gold Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

I don’t have a good place to spray in my studio so I just hop out the front door and spray on the front porch. I am sure that the neighbors wonder what is wrong with me but that’s fine with me.

Heat Emboss Resist with Distress Ink & Glimmer Mist
Heat Emboss Resist with Distress Ink & Glimmer Mist

I used the large image from the Stampers Anonymous’ set Papillion on the left-side using Walnut Stain. Next, I added the dots and splats from the Gorgeous Grunge set from Stampin’ Up. These were inked in Ground Espresso, Barn Red and a touch of Ripe Persimmon.

Side View
Side View

I then added a little Gathered Twigs and Ground Espresso on the edges.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

Next I created the red sunflower. I used my McGill Paper Blossom punches to create the flower. I punched 12 large lily petals and 12 medium lily petals out of dark red cardstock and then distressed them with a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I used the McGill tools to soften and shape the petals. I adhered my petals using my high temp hot glue gun to a Highland Snowflake shape punched out of brown cardstock. I then punched six sun shapes out of brown cardstock and cupped those with the McGill Stylus and then glued them together. Lastly, I punched out four Birch Leaves  and inked them with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Then I used the McGill tools to soften, shape and add veining.

Handmade Sunflower
Handmade Sunflower

Once my flower was assembled I spayed my it with a little Scarlet Glimmer Mist and added Vintage Photo Distress Stickles to the center.

Jennifer Miner
Jennifer Miner

I then cut out the label shape using my Epic 6 and the Spellbinder Label 4 die set. I stamped the sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly in Walnut Stain and embossed using Chestnut Zing! Powder. I added the small damask in Barn Red and then distressed the edges in Antique Linen and Tea Dye and just a hint of Ripe Persimmon.

Sometimes I have leftovers when I make a card. I keep these pieces in a box in my studio. I was looking for tiny butterflies and actually found a pair that were already inked.  I added a little Rock Candy Distress Stickles and added them to the sentiment label.

Congratulations Card
Congratulations Card

I then mounted my background to a piece of brown and then red cardstock. I added the trio of ribbons. The sheer and grosgrain were salvaged and the orange twine came from Funkie Frinjz. I added the Lush Brads to my label and added it to my card with pop dots. I glued my flower down and I thought that was it. I just couldn’t shake the idea that this card wasn’t finished, so I decided to add some inner stamping.

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I used the same images and colors to create an inner panel.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I really like this little card. I should mention that it is an 5″x6″. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope that you enjoyed your time here.

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You can see the inner stamping just peeking out a little.


Stamps: Papillon & Distress Damask – Stamper Anonymous & Gorgeous Grunge – Stampin’ Up, Congratulations – My Sentiments Exactly

Ink: Apricot Appeal Dye & Craft – Stampin’ Up, Walnut Stain, Gathered twigs, Barn Door, Ground Espresso, Scattered Straw, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Tea Dye, & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lb & 110lb, Brown – Bazzill, Dark re – Unknown, Very Vanilla – Stampin’ Up

Dies & Punches: Labels 4 – Spellbinders, Star Lily, Sun, Highland Snowflake & Birch Leaf -McGill Paper Blossom Punches

Other: Oriental Poppy, Gold & Scarlet Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels, Vintage Photo & Rock Candy Distress Stickles – Ranger, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Chestnut Zing! Embossing Powder – American Crafts, Lush Brads – My Mind’s Eye, Orange Twine – Funkie Frinjz



A Dash of Yellow

I haven’t disappeared! We had my daughter’s 5th Birthday party yesterday and it was quiet the occasion. We had a good turn out and the girls all seemed to have a fun time. My daughter selected Monster High as her theme and I had a great time putting it all together. I am ready to get back to “normal life.”  We were able to watch the Rolex Three Day Event live today and I really enjoyed getting to watch a few of my favorite riders. While the cross-country day is more exciting and glamorous we were too busy to watch it yesterday.

On to my cards for today! We are having a very rainy day today and so I thought I would bring in a little brightness in the form of yellow flowers.

"Postcard" featuring a handmade yellow garden rose and Papertrey Ink stamps.
“Postcard” featuring a handmade yellow garden rose and Papertrey Ink stamps.

This card was created with the Papertrey Ink Stamp Set Postmarks. I adore all of the elements of this set but just don’t use it as much as I would like. I stamped with Memento Jet Black ink and then aged the “Post Card” with Old Paper, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. The background of the bee stamp was stamped with Peeled Paint Distress Ink but it came out very subtle. The edge was distressed with the Tim Holtz Distress Tool.

Side view of the "Postcard" card
Side view of the “Postcard” card

The rose was made from McGill Paper Blossom Punches. The petals were lightly distressed with Tea Dye Distress Ink.


Stamps: Postmarks – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Old Paper, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Peeled Paint Distress Ink by Ranger

Misc.: Multi Pear, Garden Petals, Birch Leaf & Alpine Snowflake – McGill Paper Blossoms, Gems – Hero Arts

My second card today is also yellow, but features a sunflower. I am really happy with how the background pattern turned out and love the pop the teal gives the sunflower.

Happy yellow sunflower on a damask background.
Happy yellow sunflower on a damask background.

The background was stamped with an image from Papertrey Ink’s Giga Guide Lines set. I particularly like this image because it incorporates a fleur-de-lis. The center image and sentiment are also from Papertrey Ink and are fromt he Mat Stack 2 set. The background image was stamped with Wild Honey Distress Ink. The teal accents are Stickles.

Another angel on the sunflower and damask card.
Another angle on the sunflower and damask card.


Stamps: Giga Guide Lines & Mat Stack 2 – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Wild Honey, Vintage Photo & Antique Linen  Distress Ink  – Ranger

Punches: Star Lily, Highland Snowflake, Birch & Sun Paper Blossom Punches – McGill Inc.

Misc.: Mat Stack 2 Die – Papertrey Ink, Turquoise Stickles – Ranger, Gems – Little Yellow Bicycle

Thanks for stopping by!



For You with sunflower

I thought that I would take a break from the baby shower to share another card, with another flower. I know you are shocked. Just a spoiler, I even made two flowers for a baby shower decoration! That is coming soon but it is a flower I haven’t made before. On to the card for today.

"For You" card with Sunflower
“For You” card with Sunflower

This card features the Chevron Stripes Set from Papertrey Ink for the background and the sentiment is from the Mat Stack 2 set, also from Papertrey Ink. The sunflower was made with the McGill Paper Blossom Punches. The punches I used were the Star Lily, Highland Snowflake, Sun, and Birch Leaf.

A different angel of the "For You" card.
A different angel of the “For You” card.

The organza ribbon is from Impression Obsession and the gems are from Little Yellow Bicycle.

Close up of the sunflower
Close up of the sunflower

I am still working on my Game of Thrones cards and have another tri-fold in progress as well. My daughter and I are going to try and make a rag quilt in the next few days. Should be fun!