Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Designing for another term!

Hello! Happy Halloween!  I do not have anymore Halloween creations to share with you, but I do have some beautiful, Heartfelt Creations projects.  I had fun playing with my Gelatos on the card above! You can find a complete supply list and instructions for remaking this card below:

HCPC 3500-Open Vintage Floret PreCut Set
HCPC 3504-Bold Vintage Floret Background PreCut Set
HCD 727 Vintage Floret Die Set
HCDP1 227 Vintage Floret Paper Collection
HCD 725-Decorative Metal Fixtures die set
159723 – Art Institute Glue
Faber Castell Gelatos
other supplies:  kraft and black cardstock, watercolor paper, small tag, rhinestones, Staz-On black ink, Ranger distress ink in Walnut Stain, water pen
Fold kraft cardstock base so it measures 5.5" x 4.25".  Cut watercolor paper to measure 5.25" x 4".  Stamp background image onto lower left corner of watercolor paper in black ink.Use purple gelato crayon and color around border of water color panel. Use water pen or watercolor brush to lighten the color and pull it towards the center of the card.  Now use a green gelato to add color to the swirls behind the  flowers.  Let dry and then distress edges with ink and fingernail or scissors.  Stamp Vintage Floret flowers (one large and two small) that match the sizes on the background stamp onto pink patterned paper and use coordinating die to cut. Shape flowers and then adhere to background image. Add rhinestones to the centers.  I used my computer and printer to make a sentiment for the tag. After adding distress ink to the edges, I adhered it behind my flowers, letting the strings trail down.  Use the decorative metal fixture die to cut a corner piece out of black cardstock and adhere to upper right corner of white watercolor panel. Adhere finished watercolor panel to kraft cardstock base.
 I made a little mini altered canvas in the photo above.  I didn't have to do much altering, as the journal box from the Delicate Asters paper collection says it all!  The supply list and instructions for recreating this project are below:

HCPC 3303-Posy Patch Flowers PreCut Set
HCD 701-Posy Patch dies
HCDP1 226-Delicate Asters Paper Collection
159723 – Art Institute Glue
other supplies: 4x4 canvas, Wasabi Green acrylic paint by Americana; Martha Stewart decoupage glue and sealer; ivory seam binding, vintage lace, gold rhinestones (Michaels), Memento Tuxedo Black ink; white card stock
paint 4x4 canvas with green acrylic paint and let dry.  Apply journal box from Delicate Asters Paper collection to center. Use decoupage glue to seal to front of canvas.  When dry, apply strip of lace to bottom of canvas.  Stamp three of the smallest posy shapes onto white card stock and use matching dies to cut.  Color center with yellow marker and adhere rhinestone to center of each.  Adhere the finished flowers to the flower vines on the journal box.  Make a bow out of seam binding and adhere to lower left corner of canvas. Add a rhinestone to the center of the bow.

Make sure you stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog, to check out what the other designers have made!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Vintage Halloween: Take Three

Hello! Today, as promised, I have a CAS style vintage Halloween card.  When creating a vintage style card with newer items, it is all about pattern and color.  I love a lot of the newer label type stamps with matching dies.  This pattern is a classic, so stamped in a muted orange, and then paired with some scrolls made from pages in an old book-you have a vintage looking design!
The label was made using Fancy Labels #4 by Stephanie Barnard for Sizzix.  The stamp set used is labels4cutting by The Stamps Of Life, which matches the dies.
I created the swirls using dies from the Sizzix Framelits with stamp set found HERE.  The background is cut using black card stock, and the inner swirl is cut from old text from a book.  I added some black rhinestones to the swirl, and rounded the upper right corner for effect.

Linking this up for Make It Monday!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Vintage Halloween: Take Two

Hello!  Today I have another vintage Halloween creation to share.  I got this cute image from FREE ViNTaGE DiGiTaL STaMPS.  I thought this would be perfect to send to my two little nieces.  I used a lot of non-Halloween type items on this card.  The purple paper is from Heartfelt Creations Delicate Aster collection.  I also used new Vintage Floret dies and stamps from Heartfelt Creations for the purple flower.  I outlined the old photo image and the flower with PK Glitz micro glitter.  The leaves are a SU framelit by Sizzix.  The little pumpkin was laying on my work table, but I believe it is from MFT's Primitive Pumpkins set.  The orange strip of DP was in my scrap bin, and the "spooky" is a die cut from K&Company.  I used Antique Linen and Walnut Stain distress inks on the edges of my white card stock base. I also distressed the edges of the purple panel.

When making a vintage-style card, I love that I use a lot of little odds and ends that would otherwise end up hanging around forever in my studio.  That is the fun part of a vintage style project. Throwing bits and pieces of things together unexpectedly to create a little work of art!

This fits the spooky themed challenge over at Totally Paper Crafts.
For the Frosted Designs Challenge-use paints, inks or mists on your project.

Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I will have a more CAS style vintage project to share.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Vintage Halloween: Take One

Hi, there!  Over the course of the next few days, I will be sharing some vintage Halloween creations with you.  I just fell in love with this antique image (The Graphic Fairy).  She looked rather stern, so I decided to paint her face green, give her a witch's hat and make her into a Halloween card.  I will tell you, I felt a bit guilty doing this.  After all, this could be someone's dear, sweet, great grandmother (although I doubt if "sweet" is in her job description with that expression).  So...I am sorry to whomever this is, that I turned you into the wicked witch of the west.
Whoooo.....I feel better now.

I used Old Paper distress ink on all of papers and did some distressing of the paper edges.  I used Kiwi Kiss ink (SU) to paint her face.  The spider web, spider, and witch's hat are from The Stamps Of Life set, spooky2scare.  I added some PK Glitz micro glitter to her hat and the Candi studs.  I also added a strip of vintage lace behind the image and then tied it up with some orange, hand dyed seam binding.  The sentiment was computer generated.  I think this card MUST go to one of my sisters!  They know my love for the movie and book, "Wizard Of Oz".

I have been enjoying making vintage cards and creations lately.  I love piling on old things, and distressing newer items is super therapeutic.  There are so many places that you can find really cool vintage images (for FREE) on the net.  I will tell you, that I always go to The Graphic Fairy first when I am on the hunt for something special.

This is for the ATC's and Cards With Attitude challenge-Halloween/Anything goes.  The "witch" image is actually ATC sized.
Anything Goes Challenge Blog-make your own embellishment (I dipped my silver Candi in glitter to make faux, brads).
Make It Monday Challenge 
Paper Crafting Journey challenge-use ribbon or twine on your card

TSOL: Owl's It Going?

Hello! Today I am sharing a card made with the postage2stamp set from The Stamps Of Life.  I decided to create little "windows" with my postage stamp, and have the owls peeking out.  This was made for another HYYCT challenge on SCS.  I need to mail off some more cards tomorrow!  Please check out the link on SCS to learn how you can donate your cards to patients and families at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  Such a great cause!
I used a kraft card base and stamped my postage stamps in Stephanie's Guava ink.  The sentiment and owls are stamped in Chocolate ink.  I colored the owls with copic markers.

This is for the Casual Fridays Challenge 76-Use kraft!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: My Wish For You!

Hello!  Today I am sharing a card using stamps, dies, and patterned paper from Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret collection.  This is a quick and easy card to put together.  The sentiment is actually part of one of the journal boxes in the Vintage Floret paper collection.  You can find instructions and a product list below!

HCPC 3502-Mini Vintage Floret PreCut Set
HCDP1 227- Vintage Floret Paper Collections
HCD 727-Vintage Floret Die set
other supplies: Tuxedo Black Memento ink, chunky silver glitter, rhinestones, white cardstock
Fold white cardstock base to measure 4.25" x 5.5".  Cut vertical patterned paper to measure 1.25" x 5.5". Adhere to card base.  Cut a journal box from patterned paper and adhere to card base, overlapping the vertical panel.  Stamp flower from Mini Vintage Floret set onto patterned paper and use coordinating die to cut.  Mold flower petals and add chunky, silver glitter to center of flower. When dry adhere to upper right corner of journal box.  Add three rhinestones in lower right corner under the journal box.

Make sure you stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see what the other design team gals have been up to!


Monday, October 22, 2012

HOPE and LOVE...

Hi, there!  I have a shabby chic kind of card to share with you today.  I used some patterned paper from Prima called, London Market. LOVE!  The sentiment is from the Unity/ippity set All Things Are Possible.  I added some lace and burlap twine to the top and an old button in the middle.
This card will be going to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  SCS is having an entire month of challenges devoted to card donations for patients and their families.  Such a good cause!  Even if you can not participate in the challenges (prizes involved), if you have a bunch of beautiful, homemade cards laying around, why not package them up and send them to Texas? Just sayin'...

This card is for the Drunken Stamper's challenge- to use buttons!

We had a great time camping with our neighbors, this weekend.  Here is a photo of the kiddos! Will is in the red sweatshirt in the back. Luke and Max are in the front in the orange sweatshirts.  We took a haunted hayride, carved pumpkins and had lots of laughs with friends.  We managed to squeeze in a football playoff game on Saturday, too (and we won)!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

TSOL: Sealed With Love...

Hello! Today I have a card to share, using two sets from The Stamps Of Life.  I love how both of these sets can be used separately, or together.  The sets are postage2stamp and postmarks2stamp.  I used Stephanie's in in Licorice and Strawberry.  If you are looking for an ink that works wonderfully with clear stamps...this is it!  They are a very juicy ink pad, but you get a really great, vibrant color every time. No streaking or splotchiness at all!  They are made by Clearsnap, but are also availble in TSOL store.  Just had to gush over these inks, a bit.
You may want to check out TSOL blog on the 20th...just sayin'...there be something released that day that would work PERFECTLY with these two stamp sets!
On a side note, if you are looking for a good home for your cards, check out the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over on SCS.  There is a challenge every day the entire month of October for breast cancer awareness.  The card drive is for patients and families at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  The idea is that all of the cards made for the challenges, be sent to the address provided in the forum.  I am sure they would accept any cards you are willing to donate, too!  There are some simple rules about what kinds of cards are appropriate so make sure you go to the forum first and read about it. :)

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Beautiful Birthday...

Hello!  Today I have another card to share with you all, using the new Vintage Floret collection from Heartfelt Creations.  I love how versatile the flowers are in this set.  I can make them look like roses, or stacked a bit differently, I came up with the flower above for this card.  The instructions and product list for recreating this card are below!

HCPC 3501-Bold Vintage Floret PreCut Set
HCPC 3504-Bold Vintage Floret Background PreCut set
HCPC 3503-Vintage Floret Bouquet PreCut Set
HCD 727 Vintage Floret Die Set
HCDP1 227 Vintage Floret Paper Collection
Product ID: 159723  Art Institute Glue
Brown Gala Glitz
other supplies: Distress inks in Old Paper and Walnut Stain, So Saffron ink by SU, Chocolate ink by Clearsnap, white cardstock
Fold white card base so that it measures 4.25" x 5.5" when folded.  Ink edges with Old Paper and Walnut Stain ink.  Cut one of the journal boxes from Vintage Floret patterned paper and adhere to center of card base.  Stamp all four Bold Vintage Floret images in saffron ink onto white card stock.  Use coordinating dies to cut.  Ink edges of flower with distress ink and bend and mold flowers and layer together.  Add glue to center of flower and sprinkle brown gala glitz in center of flower.  Cut white cardstock panel to measure 4.25" x 1.5" and stamp sentiment in brown ink. Ink edges with distress ink and adhere over bottom of journal box.  Stamp leaf swirl images onto card base and over journal box and sentiment panel so that they will peek out behind your flower.  Adhere layered flower over the stamped swirl images.

Make sure you stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog, to see many other projects and inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 15, 2012

TSOL: Leaves4fall

Hello!  I have another fall themed card to share with you today.  This one uses The Stamps Of Life set, leaves4fall.   I stamped my tree in Chocolate ink by Stephanie Barnard.  I then added the leaves in Apricot Appeal and Dusty Durango by Stampin' Up.  I used a MS border punch along the bottom of the image panel and added some baker's twine from The Twinery.  I love the tree in this set!  You could decorate it for any season.  I posted this Halloween card below earlier in the week, using this set.
  I am the guest designer for The Outlawz CAS challenge this month.  The theme is "fall leaves".  It is easy to join this group if you are not already a member.  There are many fun challenges and lots of prizes that are given away monthly.  Come and check it out. :)

I hope you all had a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, October 12, 2012

FWF: Happy Fall!

HOORAY! It's Friday.  I am itching for a weekend of fun, fall kinds of things! Last weekend, I was taking care of poor little Max.  I think he is well enough that we can go to the pumpkin farm and squeeze in a showing of Hotel Transylvania!
Today, I have a card using an ippity set called, Fall For You.  This is one of my favorite sets! I kept it supper simple.  I recently purchased a set of Gelatos from Faber Castell. I colored the pumpkin with those, and love the look I achieved.  I have never been quite as into coloring, but lately I am intrigued. It is super therapeutic to sit down and try to get the shading just right.
This fits the Unity WCMD challenge-fall theme.  I wonder if I will get ALL of those challenges done in time? We shall see...

I hope you all have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Trick Or Treat!

Hi, there! Today I have a card for several different challenges. First, the HYCCT1211 on SCS.  To make a card based on the song, "Monster Mash".  Second, the Ways To Use it on SCS-to make a card with at least two circles. My sentiment is stamped on a white circle and I matted it with a black circle. Third, it is for the Unity WCMD challenge to use texture on your card. I used glitter on the witch hat and made horizontal stripes with some baker's twine behind my sentiment.
I used two different Unity sets for this card. The "tick or treat" is from the ippity set, That's Creepy. The cute little trick or treaters are from the set, A Little Trick Or Treat.
I have been using my Prisma pencils a lot more lately.  I colored these guys with some.  It takes more time to color with Prisma pencils, then with my copic markers, but I love the effect. A softer look, I think.

In other news...can you believe I finally am on Facebook?! SHOCKER! I can hardly believe it myself.  I am going to use it as a way to stay further connected in the papercrafts community. Probably will not see a lot of personal stuff over there, but I am there none the less. LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Vintage Floret Debut!!

Hello!  Today marks the release of Heartfelt Creations new Vintage Floret collection.  There are 5 new PreCut Stamp Sets, one 12x12 Paper Collection, and one beautiful, new exclusive Spellbinders die, designed for Heartfelt Creations.I just love the gorgeous flowers and papers in this collection.  I have been enjoying dabbling in vintage style as of late, so this collection was right up my alley!

Instructions and complete product list are below:

HCPC 3503-Vintage Floret Bouquet PreCut Set
HCD 727-Vintage Floret die set
HCDP1 227 Vintage Foret Paper Collection
HCD 725-Decorative Metal Fixtures die set
Product ID: 159723  Art Institute Glue
other supplies:Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Antique Linen Distress ink, Walnut Stain Distress ink, prisma pencils, pink half pearls from Want2scrap, snow glitter by Stampendous, white and brown card stock
Fold white card base to measure 5.5" x 5.5". Cut 5.5" x 5.5" piece of blue patterned paper from Vintage Floret collection and glue to front of card base.  Ink edges with Walnut Stain ink.  Cut 4.75" x 4.75" piece of pink patterned paper from Vintage Floret collection.  Stamp flower pot image onto 4.5" x 4.5" piece of white card stock. Color image with Prisma pencils. Ink edges with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain inks.  Mat with pink patterned paper pieced and attach to card base on top of blue.  Use Ornamental Light corner die to cut a corner from brown cardstock.  Adhere in left corner of image.  Stamp several small Vintage Floret flowers (6), color with Prisma pencils and then layer them onto flower in pot for a 3D effect.  Add glue and glitter to center of flowers.  Cut journal box from coordinating Vintage Floret paper and ink edges with Walnut Stain ink. Adhere in lower left corner of flower pot image.  Attach two half pearls to each side.

Make sure to stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see even more inspiration from the design team.  If you leave a comment on the company blog, you have a chance to win this entire collection!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Unity WCMD challenge-embossing

Hi, there! I decided to try my hand at another Unity WCMD challenge. This challenge calls for embossing.  I do not heat emboss very often and it shows! LOL!  I took a Versamark marker and colored over my berries and added some clear embossing powder with glitter in it.  This picture does not show it very well, but it is the perfect touch! I used two ippity sets on this card-Bit of Burlap and The Simple Things. I am also going to throw this in today's SCS CAS gallery-to use plaid on your card.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Thinking of You...

Hello! Today I have a card to share using some of my older ippity stamps.  This particular set is called Music Of My Heart.  I wanted to try to participate in some of the WCMD challenges, so this is my entry for the "coloring" challenge over at Unity!  I colored my sweet, little birdie with Prisma pencils.  I also made this card for Tenia's HYCCT challenge over on SCS.  She challenged us to use a music theme, and the color pink, so I immediately thought of this set.
One more challenge-The Drunken Stampers challenge 100-think pink!
I hope you have had a fun and fabulous weekend!  Max had to have a tonsillectomy, and a new set of ET tubes in his ears on Tuesday, so we have just been hanging out at home.  We have had some very yummy meals prepared for us this week from my mom, sister and friend.  He has been a trooper through it all, with a couple of "break mom's heart" moments mixed in.  Not fun to see your kid in pain, and a couple of mornings he woke up screaming and crying, just not sure what was going on!  He even said to me one morning, "Mommy! What is happening to me!"  He is such a sweet, quiet, docile kid, that I knew he had to be hurting really bad.
I hope to have him back to school on Tuesday, so we shall see.  I hate that he has missed an entire week of school.  Max has some speech and motor delays, along with learning disabilities.  He has done really well so far in kindergarten, and I am so thankful that I held him back an extra year in pre-school.
Those decisions are so hard to make at the time, and even though you know in your gut it is the right thing to do, there are always those lingering questions that grab at your heart. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Spooky Tree!

Hi, there!  I have been wanting to share this "spooky" tree card I made with some stamps from The Stamps Of Life.  I love making Halloween cards using the brayered sky technique for the background!  I can not resist making at least one each year!  For this sky, I used So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango. I always start with my lightest color first and then layer them on from there.  I just punch a circle out of a post it note and stick it on while I am brayering, to create the white moon.
The tree is from the leaves4fall set.  This set is fun, because you can leave the tree bare, or add leaves to it.  The sentiment and the bat are from the thanks2fall set.
I used the chevron die from TSOL, to cut my image panel.  I then just attached them to my black card base, leaving a space so the black showed through.  I love the way it turned out, and will be doing this again with more border dies!

This card is perfect for the Paper Playtime challenge this week!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Christmas and Butterflies...

Hello!  I have a couple of Heartfelt Creations projects to share with you today.  The first is an altered mini composition book.  I love having a little notebook to keep in my purse during the holidays.  It helps to keep me organized and productive when shopping.
I added some glitter accents for the snow and around the sentiment.  The poinsettia is cut from the Frosty Blanket designer paper. 
This next card is an easy CAS design.  I have been enjoying using grey as of late.  I thought it would be pretty paired with some cantaloupe on this butterfly.

For a product list and complete instructions, please visit the Heartfelt Creations blog.  You will find some more amazing projects by the rest of the design team.

I had the pleasure of working in the Heartfelt Creations booth at CKC in Cincinnati, this past weekend!  I enjoyed showing all of the wonderful HC customers how to make a beautiful card with HC products.  I met some amazing women.  I also got to meet Pam and Mitch, who work for Heartfelt Creations full time.  They were incredible!  They made me feel right at home, and were so much fun to work with.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, October 1, 2012

TSOL: If Friends Were Stamps...

It's the first of the month, so that means a new release from The Stamps Of Life! I love their new postage2stamp set.  So many cute images and sentiments.  I especially liked the sentiment in my card above.  It seemed perfect to create a collage of stamps stacked on top of one another.  I am sure I will get a lot of mileage out of this postage set.  So many possibilities!

I had a busy weekend working at CKC in Cincinnati this past weekend! I had a lot of fun and met so many wonderful people.  More on that later...

I entered this into the Make It Monday challenge. :)

Thanks for stopping by!