Friday, September 19, 2014

Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas

Aren't the new Memory Box die cut sentiments beautiful!  On this card I used the Grand Merry Christmas Script.  Just above it, I die cut just three rows of the Penny Black "Interlocking" background. Clear rhinestones were attached to the center of each "flower" in that die cut design. A piece of red card stock was attached behind the sentiment and the rest of the card attached to a dark green backing.

 A white poinsettia created with Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies was added.  On the petals I added Distress Stickles Clear Rock Dry Glitter.  A Memory Box Beach Sprig was tucked under the poinsettia and a Red Viva Paper pen was used to create the berries.  The Snowflake was die cut from the Marianne Design LR03327 die set. 

Here is a picture of the dies I used.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

White on White Poinsettia

 I had a request to design an elegant, white on white Christmas card with a poinsettia.  It is no secret that for this task I always want to use my favorite dies by Anja.  For the background, I used the Marianne Design, Anja's Delicate Corner in all four corners of this 6x6" card.  I have the new Marianne Design Anja's Circle die, LR0327;  I used it in the center of the card.

This is a picture of the Marianne Design Anja's Circle die cut.  There are four dies. Isn't it gorgeous!

The two larger pieces of the Anja's Circle were attached together and placed in the center of the card.  To add a little more lace to the card, I added four Joy Craft 6002/0135 corners.  They are tucked in at the center at each side.  

In the center of the doilies, I added the poinsettia I created with Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies.  Light green vellum was used for the poinsettia leave; I wanted just a hint of color for the leaves.  White Pearls were added in the center of the poinsettia and also on the die cuts.

What do you think -- did it turn out elegant?

Marianne Design LR0200
Susan's Garden Poinsettia

Two more Classic Sunflower cards

 I still have a lot of cards in my box that I designed using the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection.  Today I thought I would post two of them.  Seems the ideas are endless when you use the Classic Sunflower Collection Paper Collection, the Classic Sunflower PreCut Set and matching die.  This card was totally designed using just the Classic Sunflower Paper Collection.  The four sunflower panel was cut out and framed on mustard card stock.  The black lace border along the bottom is also from the same design paper.  This piece was attached to one of the 6x6 card panels, from the paper collection.  I added some little corners from my stash.  The sentiment is from the "Chick Retreat PreCut Set".  A little glitter and a twine bow added, completed this quick and easy card.

For this card I used a piece of the Classic Sunflower Design Paper for the background. The scene was stamped using a stamp from the Chick Retreat PreCut Set; it was watercolored.  A Memory Box frame was added around the scene.  The sunflowers were created using the Classic Sunflower PreCut Set and the matching die. A little twine and dried vine were added under the sunflowers.   


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Snow Scene


My sweet friend Eva sent me some new dies and I had so much fun creating a winter scene with them. Thank you Eva.  The snowman is the Marianne Design COL1332.  The other die she sent is the Marianne Design Jingle Bells COL1363.  On top of the design paper, I used the Poppy Stamps "Puffy Cloud Border" to create snow.  This die will make some great clouds, but I also thought it worked great for snow!  Glitter was added to the top edges.  The snowman was die cut and assembled, then tucked into the snow.  The tree is the Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree.  While the die cut was still in the die, I added glue to the part of the tree showing through the front of the die, then took the die cut out; Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter was sprinkled on, for a snowy effect.  The die cut snowflakes from the Jingle Bells die, were die cut using silver glitter card stock.  The poinsettia was created using the Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies; they were die cut using red and green glitter card stock.  The jingle bells were die cut using shiny gold card stock.  They were attached to a gold cord bow and tucked under the poinsettia.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

There is Sunshine in My Soul Today

 I wanted to create a window frame for this pretty Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamped image.  I used the Marianne Design CR1241oval die to cut the window, then attached the die cut frame from the same set, on the inside of the front of the card , for a decorative window.  One of the Classic Sunshine Paper Collection 6x6 card panels was attached to the front of the card before die cutting the window.  The only other decoration on the front of the card are three blue pearls.

 On the inside of the card I attached another 6x6 card panel from the Classic Sunshine Paper Collection.  On the piece that was die cut out of the front panel, I stamped the sunflower image from the Summer's Day PreCut Set.  It was colored with markers.  To give the card a little dimension, I stamped the same image on white card stock and cut out the butterfly.  It was colored then attached with dimensional tape.  I used a stylus to give the wings dimensional shape.  Glitter was added to the petals of the sunflower.  This piece was centered under the window, on the inside of the card.

If you love the Classic Sunflower Collection, You can purchase the "I Want It All"  Classic Sunflower Collection at a great savings until October 3.

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection
Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Paper Collection
Heartfelt Creations Summer's Day PreCut Set
Heartfelt Creations "I Want It All" Classic Sunflower Collection


Friday, September 12, 2014

Ice Skates Tag

 I seldom join in on a challenge, but Sizzix has a challenge I thought would be fun.  You can see the "Take The Sizzix Challenge!" at this LINK. You can create any Sizzix craft project such as cards, bags, or boxes, to enter.  I decided to create a Christmas Tag using three different Sizzix dies.

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This is a picture you are to use for inspiration.

In this picture, the first thing I noticed is there are flowers with baby's breath, and water in the bulbs.  What came to my mind  was to create a poinsettia, use snowflakes, and use Tim Holtz Ice Skates (instead of water, I thought of ice).   

I used a large tan tag and sponged Tea Dye Distress Ink around the edges.  My very favorite poinsettia is, of course, the Sizzix, Susan's Garden Poinsettia.  To create a "vintage" looking flower,  I die cut the petals with classic cream card stock then used Goose Bumps on the petals. To give it a pinkish color, I lightly sponged on Barn Door Red Distress Ink.  Punched snowflakes were used instead of baby's breath. The Sizzix Ice Skates were die cut using Tim Holtz Grunge Board. They were painted with Picket Fence, Walnut Stain, and Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. The three Pine Cones were created with the Sizzix Tattered Pinecone die

I hope you like my project today.  I sure had fun creating it.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Happiness is a Butterfly

 Happiness is a Butterfly and working with the new Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection.  For this card I used one of the 6x6 card fronts from the  Classic Sunflower Paper Collection.  On a piece of white card stock I stamped the sunflower from the Sunflower Stem PreCut Set.  It was colored with Copic Markers and cut out with scissors.  To make it dimensional, I added one of the sunflowers I created with the Classic Sunflower PreCut Set, over the large stamped sunflower. The flower was attached with dimensional glue dots over a piece of woven trim.  The butterfly above the tag is also a stamp in the Sunflower Stem PreCut Set, and the tag is from the Paper Collection.  Did you notice the ladybug on the leaf?  That little guy is die cut from the Classic Sunflower PreCut set.  I colored it then shaped it, from the back (cupped it), to make him round, then coated it with Glossy Accents.  I think they are so cute.
 Classic Sunflower PreCut Set: click to enlarge
Can you see the little ladybugs in the Classic Sunflower PreCut Set?  They are also cut out when you use the matching die for this stamp.

Thank you for visiting me today.  I would love to have you to comment below and let me know what you think about this Classic Sunflower Collection.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Heavenly Sunshine

Are you excited about the new Classic Sunflower Collection by Heartfelt Creations?  I know you will have so much fun working with the Classic Sunflower Paper Collection and stamps.  For this card I used one of the 6x6 card fronts from the design paper and embellished it with sunflowers created with the Classic Sunflower PreCut Set.  In the center of the sunflowers, I added micro beads then around the edges of the beads I added brown Flower Soft.  The flowers were attached over cut pieces of Wired Sisal Rope, used for stems.  Grass was added under the bow.  The sentiment was cut from the design paper.  To go along with the sunshine theme, I decided to add a die cut sun.  Three blue buttons were added to complete the card. 

Do you want to create some beautiful, quick, note cards?  You can do that using the card fronts from the Classic Sunflower Paper Collection.  This is a picture of six of the small note cards I created.  I just attached the panels to a 4.25" x 5.5" inch card and stamped a Heartfelt Creations sentiment in the open part of the frame.  So quick and easy!  I did not add any embellishments to these cards.

Here is the LINK to the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection

I was not sure where to start with posting all the new cards I have created with the new Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection. I created a box full of cards plus decorated a Fall wreath.   I began by creating a bunch of sunflowers with the Classic Sunflower PreCut Set and die cut them with the matching die; below I will show you.

 The Classic Sunshine Paper Collection is gorgeous. You can use just the card panels to create quick and easy cards, or you can use the stamps to add other elements to really dress them up.   All the design papers used on this card are from the Classic Sunshine Collection.  To add dimension, I added one sunflower created with the Classic Sunflower PreCut Set.  To brighten the sunflowers in the design paper, I used a bright yellow marker on the petals. Twine and floral embellishments were added under the sunflower. The leaves were die cut and colored in autumn colors and placed under the flower. The border down the left side is also from the design paper.   I added a corner, die cut from the Heartfelt Creations Perfect Petals Die Set. The tag was cut out and mounted to a larger, mustard colored, background.  A piece of twine was added.  Glitter was added to the die cut sunflower as well as the sunflowers in the design paper.

 I almost always make a lot of flowers at one time, so I can use them without stopping to create new flowers for more than one project.  The new Classic Sunflower Collection PreCut stamp is really fabulous.  It is one big stamp and has 6 different sizes of sunflowers, plus it has ladybugs and sunflower seeds or petals, in the design.  The matching die, die cuts all these pieces at one time.  I used brown and/or rust ink to stamp the sunflowers on white card stock.  I colored the flowers using Distress Inks.  The flowers were shaped, and two glued together to form the sunflower.  In the stamped flower is a pretty center, but you can also add different things to make the center dimensional, such as Flower Soft, beads or die cut pieces to create realistic centers.

For the completed sunflowers in this picture, I created centers with two sizes of die cut "suns".  I cut between each point of the sun to make it "frilly".  I glued together 7 to 9  "suns" for each center.  Some of the other sunflowers I created have small beads glued in the center.  I used a mixture of gold, rust and black beads.  After all the sunflowers were created, I sprayed them with a glossy finish to preserve them.  This is important especially for the flowers created for the wreath, which I will post later.

I hope you will come back to see the other items I created with this collection.

Be sure to go over to the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see Emma Lou's video all the beautiful cards created by the Design Team. 


Monday, September 8, 2014

Cute Snowman

 Snowmen always make me smile!   This cute snowman is an old stamp I have had for years, by Inkadinkado, but I think he might be my favorite.  I decided to frame him in the Marianne Design CR1261 frame.  For the embossed background, I used the new Marianne Design DF3405 embossing folder.  The embossing folder did not cover the entire portion of the top of the card, so down the left side, I used my Scor-Pal to draw three diagonal lines to fill the empty space.  Three pearls were placed at the top. 

The Marianne Design CR1261 frame is open in the center.  I stamped the snowman on a separate piece of card stock and cut around him to fit under the open frame.  The frame was attached over the stamped image with dimensional tape, then the entire frame attached to the card with  more dimensional tape.  Glitter was added to the edges of the frame and to the snowflakes in the stamped design.

The "Snow Buddies are the Best!" sentiment is from the Stampendous "Build A Snowman" stamp set.  The "Merry Christmas" sentiment is from a Hero Arts Poly Clear Christmas Sentiment stamp set.

 Here is a closeup so you can see the glitter and how the frame is elevated.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Christmas Poinsettia and Pine Cone Tutorial

Today I wanted to create a card using two beautiful Marianne Design products for a background for a pretty Susan's Garden poinsettia.  I used the Marianne Design, Anja's Decorative Rectangle (DF3406) embossing folder on the bottom of this 6x6" card.  At the top, I added the Marianne Design, Anja's Border, die cut.

To stay with traditional Christmas colors, I created a red poinsettia using Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies.  These poinsettias always look so realistic.  Under the poinsettia, I added some Tim Holtz  Tattered Pinecones.   The shiny gold "Noel" is part of the Memory Box Grand Joyeux Noel die. I did not have room for the entire die, so for this card I used only the "Noel" die cut letters.


 As I stated, I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Pine cone die to create a variety of pine cones. 

This die cut pine cone is similar to the rolled roses spiral die cuts.  You can click on this LINK to see Tim Holtz tutorial.  I picked up some good tips from his instructions, but had a different idea on how to shape the pine cones and will show you my way below.
 I die cut several different colors of card stock to see which color I would like best.  There are different ways you can create different looks by using different colors of card stock, the way you shape them, and different ways to add texture.  I tried several ways to shape each "petal" of the pine cone and found the most realistic look was to shape each petal with the loop tool on the tan shaping pad from Susan's Garden Tool Kit.  I shaped the petals from the backside, pulling the loop tool from the edge all the way to the bottom of the petal.  This gave the petal a nice bowed out shape.  In the picture above, you can see the spiral when all the petals have been shaped. 

 I liked Tim's idea of rolling the pine cone by hot gluing a tooth pick to the end petal, then rolling it.  You want to make sure you are holding the spiral with the petals bent out (not cupped in), when you start rolling.  It looks like you are working on the backside of the spiral, because the shaping has the petals bent back, but you are actually rolling from the top (front) side.

 When you get to the end, add some hot glue on the inside of the petal at the base to hold it all together.  There is a little notch before the last petal that will fit nicely over the toothpick, that will hold it in place.

 You can create different shapes of pine cones, depending on how tight you roll the spiral.  To make a larger pine cone, I glued two spirals together, alternating the petals, then rolled it.  It made a "fatter" pine cone.  You could also glue two spirals together at the ends to make a longer spiral, therefore getting a larger pine cone. 

I didn't use them on my card, but I wanted to see if I could add snow to some of the pine cones.  I used Ranger Texture Paste to dab some paste on the ends of the petals, then I dipped the pine cone into The Distress Clear Rock Candy dry Glitter.  It looks like real snow.  I also used the Adirondack Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber to add some white to the tips of petals. The point dabber has a sponge top and you just swipe it from the tip, inward, to create white tips.   Both took very good. 

 Last year I purchased different colored poinsettias so I could create realistic poinsettias using Susan's Garden dies.  In the past, I have been lucky to keep all the petals on a poinsettia through the end of the year.  Look what has happened this year!  All three of my poinsettias have taken off, and even still have the colored flowers on them with a ton of new growth.  It will be interesting to see if I get new flowers on these plants for Christmas!

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