Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop

 It is time again for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop.  There are 13 designers in this hop to give you a lot of inspiration using your Heartfelt Creations products.  Once again, you have an opportunity to win a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations.  This Blog Hop is open until midnight, Friday, August 1st and a winner will be announced at noon on Saturday, August 2nd.  A winner will be drawn from one of the designers blogs.  We encourage you to comment on each blog for a greater chance to win.  Here are a list of designers who have created beautiful things using the Heartfelt Creations products:

Vicki Dutcher 
Lisa Nazario-Gregory 
Candy Slabaugh 
Alissa Wells
Glenda Brooks
Amarilys Doria
Cibele Glazer
Selma Stevenson
Sarah Miller
Mary Faus
Caroline Duncan
Emilia van den Heuvel
Lisa Allen

If you are going in order, the next stop in this Hop is Sarah Miller.
 
I was very excited to create my project today.  I used the new Heartfelt Creations "Cut Mat Create" Collection to decorate a gift box.  I loved using one of my all time favorite Heartfelt Creations flower sets and matching dies.  Some of the Paper Collection from this new collection includes the Posy Patch flowers.  I love that we can still use some of those first stamp sets and dies to coordinate with the newest designer paper collections.

To decorate the top of the box,  I stamped a variety of the smaller Posy Patch flowers using gray ink then used the matching Posy Patch dies to cut them out.  The edges of the flowers were sponged with light blue ink to match the flowers in the design paper.  To cover the top of the box I cut a piece of the Heartfelt Creations design paper to fit, then attached one of the 6x6" card panels from the Cut Mat Create Paper Collection in the center.  I added the butterflies using a stamp from the "Birds and Blooms PreCut Set".  The birthday sentiment is a stamp in the "Summer Glory PreCut Set".  Under the bow, I added one of the tags from the Cut Mat Create Paper Collection. 

The sides of the box were covered with Heartfelt Creations design paper.  I used two dies from the Cut Mat Design dies to create a frame for the pretty flower with swirls.  This flower is one of the dies in the Cut Mat Create 1A die set.  The flower and leaves were colored and shaped before attaching to the frame.  Above and below the die cut flower, I added the pretty stamped border from the "Vines and Blooms PreCut Set".   

On the front of the box, I added the black lace border from the Cut Mat Create Paper Collection, which is a flap to open the box.  On the bottom portion of the box, I die cut another Cut Mat Design Frame and added another tag from the Paper Collection. 

You can see all the products in the Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Collection at this LINK.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Thank You


Today I have a pretty Thank You card for you created with the Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Collection.  I used a panel from this new design paper collection and attached it to another solid piece of design paper, also from this collection.  The sentiment is from the Heartfelt Creations Summer Glory PreCut Set.  There are so many beautiful card fronts in this new collection for very quick and easy cards. 

Tomorrow I will be joining in on the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop.  I hope you will come back to see my project.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy Birthday



I am a little late in posting this card.  We had one of the worst storms I have ever seen come through our area.  All of our town has been out of power and some people still don't have power. The rain/wind storm was so strong that it blew down hundred of trees, power lines, fences, and took off shingles.  We were worried our food would go bad but our power is back on and I think it was all OK.  I stopped by the grocery store in Spokane and they told me they were selling more dry ice, than they were groceries, because people are trying to save their cold/frozen food.  

This is another card I created with the new Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Collection.  I love the 6x6 panels in the Paper Collection for quick and easy cards.  I used one of the same flowers I created with the Delicate Asters stamps and matching dies. To add some shimmer, I brushed the base of the petals with Violet Metallic 3D Paint.  The Metallic paint is so pretty with the micro beads added to the center of the flower. The sentiment is from the Summer Song PreCut Set. It was stamped on one of the Cut Mat Create die cuts and attached with dimensional glue dots.  Pearls and a bow were added to complete this card.

Heartfelt Creations is offering the entire Cut Mat Creation Collection for a $40 savings if you purchase the "I Want It All" collection.

Links to the products used to create this card:


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Collection


Every time a Heartfelt Creations new release comes out, I think that it is the best collection yet.  I guess I have to say I love them all.  The July release is the "Cut Mat Create Collection".  I started working with these beautiful stamps, dies and this gorgeous Design Paper Collection and found it hard to stop.  One of the things I love about the Heartfelt Creations paper collection, is that there are literally hundreds of beautiful cards/projects you can create without spending a lot of time if you need a quick and easy card or layout.  Of course, I love to coordinate the matching stamps and dies to dress up my cards/projects to make them special.

For this card I used one of the 6x6 inch card fronts from the design paper.  With the Cut Mat Design dies, you can cut out that center panel to pop it up on dimensionals.  I created dimensional flowers with the Delicate Asters stamps and Delicate Asters Dies. Today on the Heartfelt Creations Blog, Emma Lou has a new video showing how to create perfect little Aster buds.  You can see this video at this LINK. The flowers I created were stamped using gray ink and sponged with purple ink.  I added purple micro beads to the center of each flower.  They were attached with pop dots.   I used the Vines and Blooms PreCut Set to stamp the bird on the branch then fussy cut it to add at the top of the frame.  Part of the branch was cut off.  The bird and branch were colored with Copic markers.

This new Cut Mat Create collection has a great variety of sentiments.  I used the Sympathy stamp from the Birds and Bloom PreCut set.  The Heartfelt Creations panel was attached to a 6x6 inch card.  Around the edge of the frame I added pearls.

I will be posting the other cards I created with this collection throughout the week.  I also worked a a special project, using this collection, that I will post next week when we do the Alumni Design Team Blog Hop.  I hope you will be back to check them out!

Be sure to check out this new collection from Heartfelt Creations; I am sure you will love it as much as I do.   Go over the the Heartfelt Creations Blog for a lot of inspiration from the Design Team.

Links to Heartfelt Creations Products:

Heartfelt Creation Cut Mat Create Paper Collection
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat  Create Collection
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Dies
 Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters PreCut Set
Heartfelt Creations Delicate Aster Dies
Heartfelt Creations Vines and Bloom PreCut Set
Heartfelt Creations Birds and Bloom Pre Cut Set

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Little Time for Golf


We recently returned from a wonderful trip with our son to the St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook, Canada.  While there, one of the things we did was to spend several days golfing -- I only drove the golf cart and watched my husband, son and grandson golf.  The Resort is located in a breathtaking location in front of the gorgeous Fisher Peak and the Rocky Mountain Range and has a beautiful golf course where we saw a lot of wildlife, closeup,  including a Doe with her fawn.  Here is a picture of my husband in front of the Resort.  This trip was a belated Father's Day gift, which I got to enjoy too!  Here is a picture of the Resort where we stayed.


   My husband asked me to design a thank you card to send to our son.  I used the Memory Box, Golf Club Landscape and Mini Golf Cart dies to create a golfing scene.  Along with the Golf Club Landscape, I also used the Memory Box Country Landscape die to create a series of hills in the landscape.  The additional trees were die cut using the Impression Obsession, Fir Trees dies.  For the sky, I stamped the Impression Obsession, Clouds, Cover A Card background stamp.  I used Stormy Sky Distress Ink for the sky.

Tomorrow I will have a card created with the new Heartfelt Creations "Cut Mat Create Collection.  Hope you will come back to see this beautiful collection.

Below are the links to products from Ellen Hutson, LLC used on my card.


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

In the Garden of Life


 I have been on vacation and it was nice to get back to creating again.  Today I have a birthday card I designed for my friend Pat.  She loves birds so I designed this card using the Impression Obsession "Bird on Branch" die.  The small birds are the Marianne Design Birds (LR0206) dies (which is an older die set).  The birds and leaves were colored using the new Susan's Garden Pan Pastels. The doily used is the new Marianne Design (LR0317) die.  The Sentiment is from the "Garden Phrase Set" by Rubbernecker.  The flowers were created with the Susan's Garden Mini Daisy dies.  The flowers were shaped using the Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit.  In the center I added some Yellow Flower Soft.

Have a nice weekend.

Links to products from Ellen Hutson, LLC:
 







Saturday, July 5, 2014

Vintage Floret Tutorial

 Today I am using the Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret die to create a pretty vintage flower.  Back in March 2013 I posted a tutorial on how to create a red poppy with "wrinkled" petals but I had another request for this technique so have a new tutorial below.  Before doing the tutorial for this pretty Vintage Floret, I want to let you know how I created the background.  I used the Cuttlebug, Anna Griffin, Eyelet Strip embossing folders.  In this package you get one 5x7" folder plus one 1x7" embossing border.  The leaves were created with the Heartfelt Creations Classic Leaf Die.

TUTORIAL


 In this picture you can see the Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret dies I used to die cut the petals. There are also matching stamp sets for this flower (links below). To create the delicate color on these flowers, I die cut the petals using white card stock.   In the center of each flower I sponged on Scattered Straw  Distress Ink and on the edges of the petals Spun Sugar Distress Ink

In order to blend out the sponged on color and to help shape the flowers, I spritzed the petals with water using a fine mist.  I am working on my Teflon Craft Mat.

Let the petals sit for about a minute to absorb the water. Next use a round tool (I am using a tool from the first Susan Tierney-Cockburn's Flower Tool Kit) to wrap the petal around, then using your thumb and forefinger, pinch the petal down to create "wrinkles".  Do this to each petal.

 While the flower is still damp, use a stylus to press down in the center to shape (cup) the flower.  I am working on the stylus and shaping mat from the new Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit. 
 To assemble the flowers, I glued two of the same size petals together, alternating the petals -- doing this for all the different sizes.  I then glued one size smaller layer inside a one size larger set of petals.  You can layer as many layers as you want, depending on the fullness of the flower you want.  In the top of the picture, I added three layers.  In the lower flower, I just added two layers.  The completed flower is on the right in the picture.  For the center of the flower, I glued in some yellow Flower Soft.

 For the leaves, I used the Heartfelt Creations Classic Leaf Die.  I did not use the stamp sets this time to stamp the leaves since I did not stamp the flowers.  I have the link below for both the stamp sets and the dies for the Vintage Flowers and the Leaves.


The flourishing vine behind the large flower was die cut using the Heartfelt Creations Arianna Lace Dies.

I hope this tutorial gives you inspiration for creating yet another different type of flower with your dies.

Here are the links to the Heartfelt Creations products:

Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret die, HCD727
Heartfelt Creations Classic Leaf die, HCD736
Heartfelt Creations Classic Leaf PreCut Stamp Set HCPC3536
Heartfelt Creations Open Leaf PreCut Stamp Set HCPC3545
Heartfelt Creations Open Vintage Floral PreCut Stamp Set HCPC3500
Heartfelt Creations Mini Vintage Floral PreCut Stamp Set HCPC 3502
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Lace Die HCD747

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Birdhouse


While on my trip over to the Oregon coast, I found a very cute moss covered birdhouse at my favorite craft store in Vancouver, Washington.  It was a perfect little home decor piece to add some of my favorite flowers.   I added some fuchsia flowers created with Susan's Garden  Fuchsia dies and a spray of small purple flowers created with Susan's Garden Forsythia dies.  A couple of little birds, also found at the craft store, were added.

While on vacation, I also found some great things to work on some more mixed media pieces.  I am anxious to started figuring out what new piece I can create.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Arianna Blooms


This is a card I designed using the new Heartfelt Creations new Arianna Collection stamps, dies and design paper.  Have you been over to the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see the video Emma Lou posted this week showing all the tips for creating different flowers with the new Arianna Blooms stamp set and die?  She shows you how to shape the flower petals to achieve different types of flowers and how to shape and create beautiful stamens.  You can find the video at this LINK.  I created a box full of Arianna Blooms before I saw Emma Lou's video and now have additional new flowers I want to create.  In the box below are the flowers completed so far;  I have not completed the stamens in all these flowers.

I have been working with different types of paper such as vellum and different textured card stock and have created a box full of pretty blooms.  In the picture you can see the Arianna Blooms stamp (HCPC3608).  It is one stamp with the five flowers on it and there is a matching die you lay over it to quickly die cut all five flowers at once. 

Arianna Blooms Die
This is a picture of the Arianna Blooms die (HCD748).  This set includes the dies for both the flowers and the stamens.  You can go over to Heartfelt  Creations at this LINK to see the entire Arianna Blooms Collection. 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop

 It is the fun time of the month for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop.  This month there are 14 Alumni Designers participating to give you a lot of inspiration.  For viewing all these projects and leaving a comment before Friday, June 27th at midnight, you have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations.  A random drawing will be held from one of the blogs and announced at noon on June 28th.  Here is the list of designers participating:

Giovana Smith
Candy Slabaugh
Amarilys Doria
Lisa Nazario-Gregory:
Vicki Dutcher:
Cibele Glazer
Selma Stevenson  (you are here)
Emilia van den Heuvel
Linda Loew:
Glenda Brooks
Mary Faus:
Sarah Miller:
Alissa Wells
Lisa Allen


For my project this month I decided to create flowers with the Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning Background PreCut Set and Heartfelt Creations design paper to create a gift box.  The flowers were die cut using the Majestic Blooms die.  The flowers were die cut using white card stock.  The ends of the petals were sponged with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, then the tips sponged with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  The flowers were then sprayed with Cappuccino Perfect Pearls Mist to tone down the bright color.  Next I lightly brushed on Viva 3D Gold Stamp Paint, to give it some glimmer.  The leaves were stamped with the Heartfelt Creations Open Leaf PreCut Set and die cut using the Classic Leaf Die.  

The doily was die cut using one of the Raindrops on Roses dies.  I wanted to tell you about a new tool you can get from Heartfelt Creations for cleaning out those intricate dies.  It is called the Spellbinders "Tool 'n One". This tool is a quick and easy way to clean out all those little die cut pieces that stick in your die. I love this tool.   You can see Emma Lou showing how well the Tool n' One works in her Arianna Blooms Video   

Spellbinders Tool N' One: click to enlarge

 Be sure to visit all the Heartfelt Alumni Design Team blogs for a lot of inspiration and a chance to win that $25 Gift Certificate from Heartfelt Creations.

Here are links at Heartfelt Creations for products used:

 

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