Christmas in July...

Hello and Welcome!
It sure has been awhile since we've visited, hasn't it!
School is out, my kids are enjoying the summer so far, and we've just returned from a week of holidays...and now it's time to start thinking Christmas!  LOL

It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday...and it's another release...we're doing Christmas in July with the new O Holy Night Collection!

Here's a little more about this adorable release...

Celebrate and create inspirational Christmas greetings that spread the true meaning of the holiday season with the O Holy Night Collection from Heartfelt Creations! Immerse yourself in the Christmas story right alongside the angels who announced the Savior’s birth, the shepherds who received the good news, as well as the loving family who welcomed the holy babe in Bethlehem so many years ago! Swaddled in a traditional color palette of reds and greens mingled with hues of midnight blues, golden starlight yellows and snowy whites, this festive paper collection has been beautifully wrapped with tender lace like details, charming plaids, flowing swirls, and elegant brocades all nestled among pretty poinsettias, delicate snowflakes, fanciful Christmas ornaments and gentle images depicting that holy night when Christ was born! Three exquisite cling stamp sets along with coordinating dies provide wonderful options for creating dimensional nativity scenes, holiday themed accents such as an old fashioned scroll, a pinecone with greenery, as well as an assortment of beautifully scripted Christmas sentiments in a variety of styles perfect for all of your holiday card making! The substantially sized and intricately detailed ornament die is magnificent for creating wonderful focal point images on card fronts, stunning accents on scrapbook layouts, or for creating ornament shaped cards ready to deliver your Christmas greetings to friends and loved ones! So pause, reflect and spread the message of God’s love given that holy night so many thousands of years ago as you create and send off holiday wishes with the O Holy Night Collection. 

For my first project with this release, I decided to do an ornament shaped card! 
I've used the ornament die to cut my card base and have then decorated it with the other ornament layering die cuts!

Here's how it turned out...

I decided to go with a bit of a country Christmas vibe by using the plaid paper as an underlay to the red die cut overlay. I opted to ink the edges of the white card base using Ranger Archival Ink - Red Geranium just so it wasn't so stark in contrast to the other colors. The die cut with the sentiment I have used a dries clear glue to add some Rajni Chawla's Crystal Clear Powder just on the decorative portion of the die cut to give the card some additional sparkle. I've raised each of the ornament layers using dimensional pop dots so the ornament has quite a bit of dimension.

I've stamped the pine cone images, poinsettia and holly cluster images onto white card stock using black ink and have then colored them using the Stack and Store Daubers. I've then die cut all of the embellishments and shaped my poinsettias using the coordinating 3D shaping mold. 

I've arranged my pinecone cluster and then adhered it to the ornament using a dries clear glue and have then created a small double poinsettia and backed it with one of the smaller holly leaf clusters. I've then added it to the center of the pinecone arrangement!

To give the floral cluster a bit of sparkle and the appearance of being snow covered, I've applied dries clear glue and then sprinkled those areas with Rajni Chawla's Frosting Powder, which I have then heat set using my heat tool! And, of course I've given the poinsettia a center with some prills!

This card came together so quickly and easily, and is one that I will surely be repeating for my own personal greeting cards this Christmas!

So, I hope I've encouraged you to get a jump on your holiday cards so that you're not stuck last minute in December trying to get them all completed! Be sure to pop on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog to see what the rest of the uber talented design team have come up with for your inspiration!

Until next time...

"Bee-autiful" Coneflower Canvas

Hello and Welcome!

It's our most favorite Wednesday of the's Heartfelt Creations new release day!
I'm sure you've seen the sneak peeks of the new Sweet as Honey's the
"bee's knees"!  LOL

Here's a little more about this "bee-autiful" collection!

Life is busy and can “bee” overwhelming at times…and it’s in the middle of that chaos that you need to get “busy as a bee” with your creative side and refresh your soul with some fun and lighthearted art from the heart! The “bee-autiful” thing about creating art from the heart is that
whether you’re needing to send “bee-lated” birthday greetings, remind someone to “bee-lieve” in themselves, or simply let someone know you’ll “bee” thinking about them, you’ve not only accomplished your act of kindness through remembering and touching the hearts of friends and loved ones with your creative projects, but you’ve refreshed your soul and refocused your heart as well! Join us in spreading joy and “bee-autiful” creations with the new Sweet as Honey Collection by Heartfelt Creations! “Swarming” with stunning illustrations of whimsical honey bees, charming hives and “bee-autious” garden scenes, this fun and lighthearted collection is ideal for creating projects for a multitude of occasions and is sure to capture the hearts of the young and the young at heart! A bright and happy hued paper collection will fill your soul with rays of warm sunshine yellows, bright sky blues and rich golden honey colors, while boasting captivating honeycomb patterns, happy hexagons, delightful polka dots, perfect plaids and dreamy florals! An assembling of three “bee-coming” cling stamp sets, along with coordinating dies provide endless inspirations with a “bee-autiful” colony of honey bee maidens, whimsical hives and sweet sentiments ideal for pairing with honeycomb die cuts! So, now that you know what all the “buzz” is about, join us in “bee-ing” Sweet as Honey and sharing “bee-autiful” art from the heart wherever you go!

It has been awhile since I created an altered art piece, and I have a bunch of canvases stashed in my craft room and decided it might be fun to do just a quick and easy canvas using this newest collection along with one of the pages from the Words to Live By journaling pages!

The journaling pages have such wonderful sentiments already illustrated on them, so creating a canvas with a "bee-autiful" message is quick and easy! I loved the message on this page because as  the "queen bee" in the home surrounded by all of my worker bees, it a wonderful reminder to clothe myself in love, mercy, kindness, patience, peace and self control!

Let's take a peek...

I've used some yellow patterned paper from the Sweet as Honey Collection to do the background matting for the pretty journal page I chose to use on this canvas. I inked all of the edges with a brown colored ink and then used some strong scor tape adhesive to adhere the pages to the canvas.

To keep things super quick and simple, I opted to just go with one of the small preprinted panels from the Sweet as Honey Collection instead of stamping and coloring everything, but you could easily do a more complicated version of this canvas in a more mixed media style with more layering, stamping, some texture paste and stenciling, etc. 

I die cut a honey comb piece and then cut it in half to use as a simple piece to add interest to the canvas. I've kept some of those itty bitty hexagon die cuts pieces and opted to ink the edges and then use a few of them as accent pieces after I had added the rest of the focal pieces.  I had a center piece from the Intricate Swirl Frames Die sitting on my desk and decided it would be the perfect little frame to add some detail behind where I would create the floral bouquet. The frame a card dies make wonderful accent pieces in hidden places!

I then stamped one of the Honey Bee Maidens...aren't they just the well as a crown for her to wear and a few worker bees to buzz around her. I colored them up with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils and Gamasol solution and then set them aside as I worked on stamping and die cutting the coneflowers from the Backyard Blossoms Collection!

I've created the dimensional coneflowers by stamping two images and then cutting off the foliage of the second image and then using my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to give them some shape. You can find the full instructions on how I snipped into the flowers to give then extra dimension in the set of instructions that follow this blog post.'s a closer peek at that cute little Honey Bee Maiden and the dimensional coneflowers...

I built up my coneflower arrangement and then added the queen bee to the cluster with dimensional pop dots. I shaped her worker bees slightly and then adhered them in and around the arrangement as well. 

The icing on the cake for me is always the glittering and the adding of the prills on these stunning coneflowers. I've also added some glitter to the bees wings as well as the preprinted image on the journal page. (For full instructions and colors, etc. please see my instructions below).

Well, that's my share for today!
Thank you so much for stopping by my little home in blogland!
I do hope you've enjoyed what I've shared with you today!
Also, remember to "buzz" on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog as it's "buzzing with activity" and "bee-autiful" projects the rest of the design team have created for your viewing pleasure and inspiration!

Until next time...
Project Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1-291 Sweet as Honey Paper Collection
HCPC-3831 Sweet as Honey Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3829 Honey Bee Maidens Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-7185 Sweet as Honey Die
HCD1-7183 Honey Bee Maidens Die

9” x 7” white canvas, white card stock, paper trimmer, scissors, pop dots, VersaFine Black Ink, Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils, Gamasol Solution, blending stumps, Gemini Die Cutting Machine, scor tape

For more tips on creating with the Backyard Blossoms collection, watch the tutorial at

For more tips on creating with the Sweet as Honey collection, watch the tutorial at

From the Sweet as Honey paper collection, trim a 8 ¾” x 6 ½” mat from a yellow patterned paper. From the Words to Live By Journal Pages, locate the page with the yellow daisy as shown. Trim off side where punched holes appear. Ink all edges of each of the pages using Ranger Archival Ink – Coffee. Using a strong adhesive, attach matting panels to canvas as shown.

Locate honey comb with buzzing bees and coneflowers rectangle shaped image panel in Sweet as Honey Paper Collection – it will be located on page with smaller image panels, as well as small polka dotted square card panel. Ink all edges of the rectangle panel again with Ranger Archival Ink – Coffee and set aside. Die cut a rectangle honey comb panel from the polka dotted decorative paper, trim around all edges, ink all edges using Ranger Archival Ink – Monarch Orange, and then cut in half. Adhere one half to top corner of rectangle card panel and one to opposite bottom corner as shown.  Die cut the inner portion of the Intricate Swirls Frame Die from white card stock using your die cutting machine. Adhere decorative frame over card panel. Attach panel to canvas as shown using dimensional foam tape.

Stamp two inkings of each of the largest coneflowers in the Blossoming Coneflowers, Backyard Blossoms and Garden’s Edge Coneflowers Cling Stamp Sets (three flowers in total) onto white card stock using Ranger Archival Ink – Coffee. Color each of the coneflower images using Ranger Archival Inks – Buttercup, Coffee and Monarch Orange. For full instructions on how to color the coneflowers, please see video link above.
Die cut all stamped images using coordinating dies. To shape the coneflower, snip into the petals following the stamped lines and then shape using Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Shape all coneflowers. Snip off the blossom on the second set of coneflowers. Adhere full image coneflowers to canvas as shown, creating a floral bouquet. Now adhere the snipped coneflower heads overtop the coordinating full image so that you have super dimensional double blossoms.

Stamp Honey Bee Maiden, crown, and worker bee images using VersaFine Black Ink onto white card stock. Color using blendable pencils and gamasol solution. Die cut using coordinating dies. Adhere bee maiden to canvas using dimensional pop dots. Adhere crown to bee maiden using a pop dot as well. Shape worker bees slightly and adhere to canvas as shown.

Ink a few small octagon die cut bits from your honey comb panel die cut using Ranger Archival Ink – Leaf Green and then adhere in random patterns around honey bee maiden and along top and bottom of raised image panel.

Using a dries clear adhesive, glitter wings on bees with Blue Rain Transparent Glitter, coneflowers using Lion’s Mane Transparent Glitter and large preprinted daisy image on side of canvas with Crystal Transparent Glitter. Again using a dries clear adhesive, adhere Prills to tops of coneflowers as shown.

Garden Daydreaming...

Hello and Welcome once again!
It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday...and once again I was late to the party and didn't get my project added to the HC blog in time!  LOL
Hopefully you all find me here on my little blog and get to take a peek at my creation anyway!

As you will recall, we've been creating and sharing projects with the Backyard Blossoms Collection this month! While I was creating this card yesterday, the sun was shining...but the wind was blowing out of control and there was nothing but dust hanging in the air as it has been so dry here this spring.  Actually, pretty much all of our province is under a complete fire's that dry...and of course there are already wildfires going that need to be controlled!  

Well, I got to thinking about backyard blossoms and pretty flower beds and decided I would create a fun summer scene to forget about the one that is taking place outside my door.  

Here's what I came up with...

I stamped, die cut and shaped my paper flower garden and then decided I needed to have a little daydreamer enjoying the view! The little fairy from the Wildwood Cottage Collection was perfect!

She's so cute nestled there in those flowers! I love creating fairy gardens at our campsite and in my flower bed, and this just reminded me of those special little finds as you gaze among the flowers!
Her wings have been accented with the Nuvo Sparkle really does shimmer, however on the photo it doesn't do it justice as the sparkle kinda presents as gold when it's more of a clear glitter.
I've added a bunch of glitter to give this card an extra magical feel!

The little flower garden has been created with the accent flowers found within the Backyard Blossoms Collection.  I've mixed and matched sizes and colors to give it some interest.  I've also matted a premade card panel in the window of the frame for the card.  All of the stamped and die cut pieces have been colored using my Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils and Gamasol Solution.  I love how quick and easy it is to color and then blend with these pencils. 

The sentiment I've used has come from the Heartfelt Love Collection...perfect for an any occasion card!  I love how those larger coneflowers bent over to frame out the sentiment! I've added some white Nuvo Drops around the sentiment and up into the empty corner of the card to give is kind a daydreaming the fairy's thoughts are just floating.  

Here's a closer peek at the large coneflower die cut that frames out the sentiment...

Well, that's my share today! 
I hope you've enjoyed the little garden tour of my card and my whimsical little daydreamer!
It's not my usual style to create a scene, but I'm not disappointed in how it turned's just a little more busy than usual!

Be sure to pop on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog to take in the creativity from the rest of the design team members!  Be sure to leave them some love on their blogs and on FaceBook to let them know they've inspired you!

Until next time...

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