Noble Apple

Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Folded Star

My favorite bike ride is an eight mile trek from my childhood home in Bloomington, Indiana, up Old State Road 37 to Musgrave Apple Orchard. I met Mr. Catered Crop on one of those rides. That’s another story – but a possible explanation for my infatuation with this new Red Delicious Die-namic being released by My Favorite Things on April 9.

You might want to get comfortable – I have a lot to show you.



For this first card I filled the negative space created by the Red Delicious die with a homespun Folded Star.

The Folded or Somerset Star is a technique we did in the 70s and 80s to use up our fabric scraps. I thought it was a great way to pay tribute to the star inside the apple when you cut it side to side instead of top to bottom.

Folded Star in an Embroidery Hoop

It was so fun and nostalgic to create the Folded Star for the card, I made a larger one for the wall. I embellished it with tags using the Traditional Tags STAX Die-namics, leaves from the new Red Delicious Die-namic, the tag included in the new Blueprints 2 Die-namic set, and sentiments from Lisa Johnson Designs newest set, Sweet Roses.


Are you getting a craving for caramel apples yet?

Well, there’s more.

I included the worm hole in this apple because the best apples came from our back yard on Arlington Road – pesticide free with blemishes and all.


I used the new Blueprints 2 Die-namic set to create the base and strips from Nightshift Blue cardstock, and to make the little tag.

I took the sentiment, “sweet,” from the new Birthday Sentiments stamp set.

Sweet Apple Card Side

You can peek inside the apple when you angle this card to the side. I did some hand stitching to the leaves and inside of the apple, and, to bring out the sugary sweet flavor of the apple, I added some Distress Stickles to the edge. Yummy.

Green Granny Smith apples make the best pies, and oh, I love apple pie, so . . . I made a green apple.

3D Green Apple

I just cut the seeds by hand, used a stick from my yard for the apple core, and embellished the apple with a Kraft Button and hemp cord. I sponged some bottom of the apple with Sour Apple ink and the edges of the leaves with Kraft ink.

[Edited to add on 04/15/13 – Because of your very sweet comments, I wrote a tutorial to create this half/sliced apple and a whole apple. You can find it here: More Apple Orchards and a Tutorial.]

If you weren’t craving caramel apples before, you will now . . .

Paper Caramel Apple

The Wonky Scallop Die-namics makes a great, drippy caramel edge. I added Distress Stickles for sugary goodness.

To make this a fun treat, I added individual sized caramel dip behind the card wrapped in cellophane.


When you unwrap the cellophane and open the card, here’s the inside.

Caramel Apple Inside

I call this my Sweet Apple Trio.

Sweet Apple Trio


Tips & Techniques

Shew – that was a orchard full, wasn’t it. I hope you enjoyed all these projects as much as I enjoyed making them. If you’d like more detailed instructions on any of the projects, just let me know in a comment below.

Meanwhile, here’s just a simple tip. If you lay a rectangle cut from the Blueprints 1 set (4″ by 5.25″) on top of the largest rectangle cut from the Blueprints 2 set (4.125″ by 5.357″), you can get this lovely 1/16″ layer for your card front. I used those for this card.



My Favorite Things Teaser Time

Be sure to stop by the My Favorite Things Blog to see the rest of the crafty goodness being released this week and, of course, to see what the rest of the team has stamped for this release.

You’ll also read about the HUGE prizes My Favorite Things is giving away during Teaser Time that you won’t want to miss. Go read all the details HERE.

I’ll be back on Monday with more projects during our New Product Tour.

Here are all the goodies I used to make these projects. (The links below for the newest products will be active after the release on April 9th.)

Other ingredients include the following.

  • Folded Star Trio. DMC Ecru Embroidery Floss; Fancy Pants Trend Setter 12 x 12 paper; My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland Enamel Dots; Stampin’ Up! Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets; 6″ wooden embroidery hoop; fabric Flirt by Sandy Gervias and Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camile from Moda Fabrics; vintage Wright’s trimmings (ricrac); Canvas Corp Fluted Cardboard; antique Ball jar; Werther’s Original Caramels.
  • Sweet Apple Trio. Stampin Up! Night of Navy Classic Ink; DMC Ecru Embroidery Floss; Ranger Antique Linen Distress Stickles; Fancy Pants Trend Setter 12 x 12 paper; Fancy Pants Coral and Mint Corrugate Paper; Canvas Corp Fluted Cardboard; My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland Enamel Dots; wood craft stick; Marzetti Caramel-Dip.


Paper Apples

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Sweet Comments

  1. WOW! You always do such amazing work!!!!
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  2. WOWZA!!! I’m speechless on how you created that center for the apple and wall art. This technique of yours is worth of a magazine feature. Excellente’
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  3. Oh my word! The cute things you have done with that apple die! I’m in love!
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  4. WOW!! Stunning projects and so unique! LOVE them!
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  5. Pamela A says:

    Holy Cow – one just better than the last. Beautiful projects, so adorable. FABULOUS!!

  6. Katherine says:

    Fantastic! Your cards and projects are always an inspiration.

  7. Hi Linda, I love your work!! You gave me some great ideas! I wanted to tell you that I live in Bedford, IN. which is approx. 20 miles south of Bloomington! I can tell from your post that you loved living in the area growning up! It hasn’t changed much, but then again it has….if that makes any sense! haha! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us! Cheryl

    • I know Bedford well. My brother has lived there for over 30 years – he loves it. Such a great community – and if it’s still there, there’s a diner that serves steak as big as your plate. I’m so glad you liked the apples – it sure made me homesick for the orchards back in Indiana.

  8. Each and every project is absolutely stunning!
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  9. OMG~OMG~OMG!! What AMAZING Creations!! My Mouth is literally WIDE OPEN and in AWW!! THANKS for sharing your creations!! I can’t say enough how AMAZING they are to look at!! Your ROCKED this release!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! =)
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  10. Yvonne Weber says:

    Where would I find the directions for the folded star? These are so amazing. I do Iris folding but this beats that. Thanks for any info.



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