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:

 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mixed Media Project for Guest Designer Post


 This is my second guest designer post for Gloria Stengel for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.  I was a little nervous about this challenge but oh my, how fun it was!  I have not worked with mixed media much, but you can get very creative with different mixed media techniques to add to a piece.  This challenge was a lot of fun because I not only pulled out many items I have been hoarding for something special, but I worked with a variety of different mixed media products.  Here are the challenge rules:

Challenge #10 Spray It! Ink It! Paint It! Smear It! Emboss It!

Show us your inner mixed media diva! Use spray mists, inks, paints, modeling paste, embossing powder, pastels, chalk, and whatever messy media you can find! Let's dig into that hoard, pull out some of that "messy stuff," and use it up! There is a mess-maker hiding in all of you! Let her/him out to play!

Below I  will show you how I prepared the background for my project.

I started off with a piece of corrugated cardboard from a box.  It measures 7" x 9".

I tore off the top layer of the cardboard to  expose the corrugated center.

After I was happy with the exposed portion of the corrugated board, I used a sponge brush and painted it with Faber Castell Gesso.

I chose three different pieces of design paper to work with.  This one is from Heartfelt Creations.
These are the other two pieces of design paper.

I cut the 12x12" piece of design paper down to fit the cardboard then tore the edges as shown above.  I dampened the edges and rolled the edges and dried the with the heat gun.  Next I sponged on Distress ink on the torn edges.

I cut the third piece of design paper to fit across the bottom of the piece, then tore part of the larger piece across to expose the design paper with the script.  I also tore the lower right side off the script design paper.  The edges were rolled and sponged.  There is an additional little tear in the upper left side.

This is how the design papers looked on the corrugated card board.

Once the three pieces of design paper were glued together, I started adding texture by using different templates and Faber Castell Whipped Spackle. It is hard to see but there is script and brick texture in several places on the design papers.  I used a variety of inks to color the Studio 490 Embossing Paste and to also add additional color to the background.  Color was also sponged over the Gesso.  Once I was happy with the colors, I brushed on some Pearl Ex powders then spayed over the entire piece using a variety of colors of Perfect Pearls Mists.

Once the background was completed I started adding different elements I have been hoarding plus some of the Susan's Garden flowers I have created.  The pretty leaves are from Marianne Design.  I stamped the "Our Daily Bread" Sentiment on white card stock, sponged on some color then curled in the edges.  It was attached with dimensional tape.  Before adding some of the pieces, such as the music, time piece, fence, grass, and leaves, I sponged on Gesso and used chalks and Pan Pastels to add color.  Once the piece was all assembled, I again used a variety of Perfect Pearls Mists and finished off by spraying the entire piece with Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist.  

I had no idea how this was going to turn out when I started, but was extremely happy with it when it was completed.  I know I am hooked now and will be creating more mixed media projects.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Arianna Collection


Today the new Heartfelt Creations Arianna Collection is released.   Step away from the hustle and bustle as you enter a peaceful garden that winds its way through flower strewn paths in sunny hues of yellow, pink and green and richly hued background papers that are reminiscent of shaded bowers. Hand drawn stamps plant seeds of inspiration with images of bird houses, cottage gardens, artfully arranged florals and elegant sentiments.  The Arianna Blooms die allows you to create five blossoms with one pass through your cutting machine while the Arianna Lace die contains intricate flowers, lacy doilies delicate foliage, corners and page accents. Refresh your spirit and let your creativity flourish with the Arianna Blooms collection.

With this collection I decided to work with one of the beautiful 12x12 sheets of Arianna design paper to create a wall hanging for a birthday gift.   It was attached to a 12x12 canvas art board.  In the center I used one of the 6x6" card panels.  I used the birdhouse stamp from the "Arianna Bird Haven PreCut Set" to add to the upper left side of this panel. It was stamped, colored with Copic markers and cut out then attached with double sided tape.  The image was stamped a second time and the flowers were colored and cut out to add dimension to the birdhouse.  The Sentiment is from the "Arianna Birthday PreCut Set"

The Arianna Blooms PreCut Set" includes five flowers.  These were stamped many times to create all the flowers on this piece.  They were stamped using Colorbox Rouge ink.  The Arianna Blooms die, to die cut these flowers, is so easy to use.  You don't need to cut a template and holds well over the stamped images if you are using the Sizzix Magnetic plate - if you aren't using the magnetic plate, just tape the die over the stamped images.  To add more color to the flowers, I sponged additional ink around the tips of the petals.  The stamens were die cut with the stamen dies in this collection.  The tips of each stamen were dotted with glue and dipped in Susan's Garden yellow pollen.  All the pretty doilies and flourishes were die cut using dies from the Arianna Blooms Collection.  Pearls were added to complete this project.

Since I don't do scrapbooking, it was fun to figure out a way to use this beautiful 12x12 design paper to create a wall hanging.

Be sure to go over to the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see all the beautiful cards/projects created by the design team for a lot more inspiration using this beautiful Arianna Blooms Collection.

These are the Heartfelt Creations Products used:
Arianna Design Paper Collection
Arianna Bird Haven PreCut Set HCPC3611
Arianna Birthday PreCut Set HCPC3612
Arianna Blooms PreCut Set HCPC3608
Arianna Blooms dies


Monday, June 9, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Guest Designer


I was very honored to be asked by Gloria Stengel to be a guest designer for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge this month.  This week the #9 Challenge is "Fold It".  Here is the information for this challenge. 

Use some sort of "fun fold" on your project. You can make a fun fold card, a pop-up card, an explosion box, or other type of project that makes use of folded cardstock or paper. You can share some folding techniques that are perfect for scrapbook layouts or mixed media pieces. Create a mini album with a folded binding. Fold some ribbon to make pleats. De-hoard those supplies and show us your folds....paper folds that is!
sponsors: WorldWin Papers and StencilGirl

For  this challenge I created a 6"x6" Explosion Box. This is a larger explosion box from any others I have seen or made. I created a larger box so I could enclose a a "chest" in the center, with four drawers.   Below I have a tutorial to show you how I created it.

I used a 12"x12" piece of card stock for the bottom of this explosion box. Using my Scor-Pal, I scored at 3" from the edge of the card stock, on all four sides.   Crease each score line well with a bone folder. The corner squares were cut off as shown. If you haven't made an explosion box before, the sides fall down when you remove the lid from the box.  These measurements will create a 6"x6" explosion box

To create the lid for the box, use another 12"x12" piece of card stock.  Score all sides at 3". 


 Cut up to the score line on two sides of this piece, as shown above, then on the "flap" (3"x3") piece cut off a narrow piece forming a "V" shape.  This will help create a smooth edge when you attach the end pieces to the long piece to create a lid.Do this again on the opposite side.

This picture shows you were to add tape to the end pieces so it holds securely.  You need to add tape to folded ends on both sides.

 With the end pieces inside the lid, match end pieces to score lines and press firmly, to create your lid.  You now have all the pieces ready to decorate your explosion box.

This is the Craft Hoarder Anonymous challenge, so I have dug out items, including design paper I have been hoarding to decorate the sides and the top of the box.  On the top I have added a Marianne Design Petra's Ornaments (LR0279) doily to the lower left side.  On top I created a hydrangea using Susan's Garden Hydrangea dies.  The small flowers were created using the Memory Box "Norland Flower dies".  The butterflies were cut out of Graphic 45 Design paper.

 On the front side of the lid, I added a Marianne  Design, Anja's Vintage Frame.  On the other three sides,  I added the Spellbinder Flourish Trim,S2-005.


To create the little "chest" for the center of the Explosion Box, I created four little match boxes (2.25" x 3"), attached them together with ScorTape then enclosed them with a long strip to go completely around the boxes.  The chest was covered with more of the same design paper used on the explosion box then decorated with two hydrangeas created with Susan's Garden dies.  The inside panels were decorated with Marianne Design Anja's Vintage Frame, Memory Box Norland Flowers and Graphic 45 butterflies cut from the Design Paper. 



Close up pictures of the small box inside the Explosion Box.  Susan's Garden Hydrangea flowers decorate the top of this box.



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