You Make the World a Better Place

Please Note:  The flowers on this creation have been made using Ranger crafting metal sheets  as mentioned in the instructions.  This way they are still able to be shaped easily...only the leaves have been created using tin foil.  

It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday today!  Yay!
I hope you've been enjoying all of the creativity the design team members have been sharing with the Heartfelt Creations "Everyday Heroes" Collection.  
I'm back today to share a card with you that I've created with a bit of a different twist!

Let's take a look at the creation...and then I'll explain...

A thought came to my mind one night just as I was drifting off to sleep...this collection would look awesome with some metal sheet flowers!  

Here's a closer look at the flowers and the leaves... all crafters sometimes run a little low on certain supplies...well the day I created this was one of those unlucky days!  LOL
I wracked my brain and wondered what I could use to create the leaves for the creation, when it hit me....tinfoil!
So I headed into the kitchen, got myself some tin foil and headed back into the craft room to give it a try! worked perfectly!  Now, since the tin foil is a little thin, I embossed the stamped leaf images with black embossing powder and my heat tool to give it a little more stability. I die cut the images with the coordinating die being very careful when removing it from the metal die as the foil is so delicate.  I then snipped the leaves into the perfect sized pieces and adhered them to the creation.  I used just my finger to shape a few of the leaves slightly.  I decided to add a few more interesting elements to the creation including some Mr. Huey's spray, two metal vintage style flower embellishments, some wound crafting wire,  as well as a multicolored ribbon.  For complete instructions to recreate this card, please see the Supplies and Instructions section below. 

Well, I think that's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Be sure to check out the other wonderful creations on the Heartfelt Creations blog as well!
You will find lots of inspiration and maybe even learn a new thing or two!

Until next time...

Project Supplies & Instructions

HCDP1-253  Everyday Heroes Paper Collection
HCPC-3662  My Anchor Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-761  Everyday Heroes Die
HCPC-3608  Arianna Blooms Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-748  Arianna Blooms Die
HCPC-3545  Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-736  Classic Leaf Die
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
272481  Ebony Sparklets
273900  Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  Ranger metal crafting sheets, tin foil, Versafine Black Ink, black embossing powder, black wire, Spellbinders Pearl Effects Cardmaker die, VersaColor Pine Cone ink, Mr. Huey's Spray - Sky & Manila, two brads, 3D pop dots, multicolored ribbon, Ranger Distress Embossing Powder - Pumice Stone,  BigShot manual die cutting machine,  white card stock,  Sizzix Texture Fades Retro Circles embossing folder by Tim Holtz, scor tape, Zig 2  glue pen,  washi tape, Spellbinders Standard Circles (Lg) die, Misti stamp tool, heat tool, two vintage metal flowers from stash, Zazzle Bow It All

Create your card base using white card stock measuring 10" x 6 1/2". Locate the 6"x6" card panel in the paper collection with the blue floral pattern and cut to fit card blank...the bottom portion will have to be married together to the top portion at the bottom using scor tape to cover the entire card front.  Cut your craft metal sheet to 5 1/2" x 4" and emboss using a manual die cutting machine and the Retro Circles embossing folder.  Next, cut the largest die cut using the Spellbinders Pearl Effect die using a light teal patterned paper from the Everyday Heroes paper collection.  Ink the edges with a brown colored ink.  Locate the small card panel in the paper collection featuring a blank oval, and cut to size to fit the teal colored die cut.  Mask off the area around the oval and stamp the ship image onto the small card panel.  Moving along to die cutting the ornate shape from the Everyday Heroes die collection along with the circle cut.  Using washi tape to hold down the ornate die, centre the Spellbinders circle die in the centre of the ornate die and apply washi tape to hold it down as well.  Run through manual die cutting machine.  Apply a brad to the top of the ornate die and one to the bottom.  Locate the small globe image within the paper collection and die cut using the matching globe die in the die collection. Adhere ornate die cut over the stamped ship image.  Then apply the stamped image piece to the Spellbinders Pearl Effect die cut, and lastly then adhere the metal sheet to the back of the layers.  Now tie double bow and adhere to card.  Using several 3D pop dots, add the focal point of the card to the background.  Locate the globe image you die cut previously and adhere it to the card as shown using several 3D pop dots.  Next, to achieve the spotted look on the images, remove the spray nozzle and hold it above the card.  Gently tap the the nozzle in the air above the card until you have the look you wish to achieve.  Proceed to repeat with second color.  Set aside to dry.  Moving along to the flowers.  Using black ink stamp your Arianna blooms image onto the metal craft sheet and then emboss using black embossing powder and a heat tool. Die cut using the coordinating flower die. Create one large double bloom as well as one mid sized single bloom and two single small blooms.  Using the flower shaping tool, shape the flowers slightly. Glue centres into each of the flowers.  Adhere the largest bloom to the top corner, and the three smaller blooms in a cluster on the bottom corner near the globe.  Stamp several bunches of leaves from the Open Leaf cling stamp set onto household tin foil and once again emboss using the same technique as the flowers. Die cut using the coordinating leaf will need to be very careful when removing the die cuts from the die as the tin foil will tear easily.  Add leaves around each of the flowers and once happy with the arrangement adhere to card.  Shape the leaves lightly using your finger.  Apply the two metal vintage styled flowers behind the petals of the top on top and one below as shown.  For the finishing touch take some thin black crafters wire and spiral it around a pencil, slide off and cut into desired lengths. Adhere to card around the large bloom.  You now have a wonderful card that has incorporated some unique metals as well as a little household kitchen flair!  Enjoy!  

This card has been shared in the following challenges...
Addicted to Stamps..."Flowers"
Creatalicious Challenges..."Wet/Dry Embossing"
Crafting from the Heart..."Anything Goes"
Craft Your Passion..."Anything Goes"
Vintage Stamping Challenge..."Handmade Flowers"
Whoopsi Daisy Challenges..."Flowers"
Craft Dee Bowz..."Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow"
Love to Scrap..."Anything Goes"
Perfectly Rustic Challenges..."New Technique" (had never tried die cutting tin foil before)
Loves Rubberstamps Challenges..."Use at Least 2 Dies"

Pocket Letter Craze

Hi Everyone!
Thanks for stopping by today!
It's Wednesday, which means I'm here to share with you another Heartfelt Creations project!
I have a quick question for you...have you jumped on the band wagon with the pocket letter craze?
I just recently discovered this new addiction and thought this would be a great way to showcase the Heartfelt Creations "Everyday Heroes" collection!

I had a few scraps laying around from the collection that were the perfect size to use in a pocket letter.  Using the Cut Mat Create 1B die cut set, I was able to cut the pieces out quickly to the perfect size I was needing for the pockets. I set about to embellishing them and started adding small gifts to send in the letter.  The gifts make this so much fun...and the possibilities are really endless!  Great items to include are buttons, washi tape, ribbons, die cut...and how about a tea bag, or even flower seeds!

Here's a peek at how it turned out...

I think this collection makes a beautiful color palette for a pocket letter!

Here's a few more close up pics as well...

Now I suppose I should put a disclaimer on this blog post...if you decide to venture out into this pocket letter craze, be very aware that it is addictive!  They are so much fun to make!

Lastly, I decided to try making a YouTube video tour of this project!
Now be kind...this is my first video and I know it is not perfect...but ok for a first attempt I hope!
Feel free to come see!

And remember, the Heartfelt Creations blog holds so many more creative ideas for you to browse today!  Be sure to take some time to head over there and take a peek...and maybe leave some blog love for the designers.  I know we all appreciate it!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1-253  Everyday Heroes Paper Collection
HCD1-761  Everyday Heroes Die
HCD1-745  Luggage and Tags Die
HCD2-750  Cut Mat Create 1B Die
HCD1-758  Botanical Wings Die
HCPC-3667  You Inspire Me Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3663  My World Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3662  My Anchor Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3651  Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set

Other Products Used:  scor tape, Stampin Up Basic Black Ink, scissors, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Electronic Die Cutting Machine, Silhouette Design Store Design ID #50783, VersaColor Pine Cone ink, metal clip, paper clip, twine, sequins, buttons, washi tape, star brad, mini clothespin, charm, doily, ribbon, black gems, seam binding ribbon, Stampin Up small circle punch

Assemble all of your left over papers from the Everyday Heroes paper collection and using the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" die from the Cut Mat Create 1B die set, cut 8 assorted patterned papers to use as your base cards.  Embellish each card as you wish, keeping in mind that when the small gifts have been removed from the Pocket Letter the cards will remain visible and you want them to be visually appealing.  Die cut one of the large tags from the paperpack to use as a journaling card to include questions for your pen pal. Add ribbon to the tag. Ink all of the edges on the cards on both front and back using a brown colored ink. Once you have created and embellished all of your pocket cards,  begin arranging and including the small tokens.  You may add buttons, sequins, ribbon, charms, etc.  Use the circle die and sentiment stamp from the Everyday Heros collection to spool your ribbon in an interesting way.  Include stamped die cut images, die cut ticket sentiments from the paper collection, die cut tags, flowers, etc.  Create a cute paper clip by gluing on a stamped die cut globe image to the paper clip with a hot glue gun.  Add a small circle punch in matching paper on the back of the image covering the mechanics of the paper clip.   Using an electronic die cutting machine, cut the envelope pattern and assemble.  You are now ready to bless someone with a beautiful pocket letter anywhere in the world.

Let's Go Sailing...

Welcome!  So glad you're here!
Grab a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or cold beverage and sit with me awhile!
Today's post is gonna be a little longer and a bit picture heavy so you'll need to get comfortable!

Today's post once again features the "Everyday Hero" Collection that Heartfelt Creations released last week!  If you haven't checked out this collection, you must!
It is filled with gorgeous colors and patterns...and it's perfect for those male cards and projects we all find so hard to create at times!

I decided that I wanted to do something more masculine this week...along the line of a gift.
When thinking about what kind of gifts men like to receive, I thought about models.  None of the men in my life have ever had the patience or fascination with putting together a model...but I know that there are many men who do!  Then the idea of a ship popped into my head!  What if I could create a 3D sailing off to search the internet I went...and came up with a gorgeous cutting file!

Wanna see a peek at how it turned out?

...and how about a look from a bit of a different angle...

I have to say that when I first stumbled upon this SVG cutting file...I was a little worried about whether I would be able to pull this one off!  I knew I was wanting to try for sure because the papers in this Heartfelt Creations line were perfect for it!  Let me put your worries to rest if you're interested in using this was simple...I worked one step at a time and had so much fun!  You will just need a bit of time on your hands...or you work like me and put together parts in between laundry, cooking, chauffeuring kids, etc. Over a couple of days it was all finished!  LOL

Now, I have given this the Heartfelt Creations touch for sure!
Let's take a little photo tour on how I incorporated the stamps, dies, and papers into this project!

Let's begin with the sails in the centre of the ship...

The largest bottom sail has been stamped with the "My World" Cling Stamp.  I thought it looked fabulous and when you view the ship from the other side, you can see the globe image as well.  Moving along to the second sail, (it's kind of hard to see in this photo...sorry)...I've stamped the pocket watch image onto one of the corners using the "My Hero" Cling Stamp.  The smallest sail I left as it was cut out because I knew that I wanted to add the fancy Heartfelt Creations die cut over it!  I love the arrows and swirls on this die cut and I thought it would look fabulous as a fancy sail on its own!  I love how it turned out!
I've stamped the circular sentiment from the "Everyday Hero" Cling Stamp Set which reads "You make the World a Better Place". 

Let's move along to the flags on the top of the ship...

Each of the sentiments on these flags have been created with sentiment stamps that come in this fabulous collection.  But let us not stop there...each of the flags themselves have been created with the arrow die that is available with this collection as well.  I've simply cut off the tip of the arrow so I was able to apply it to the ship!  And, let's not forget the anchor die that comes along as cannot have a ship without an anchor can you?

I added a brownish color brad to the anchor very much the same color of the paper to give it the impression of actually being attached to the ship.  I'm not sure how many anchors a real ship has...but this one got an anchor on each side!  LOL  I have to say that I love it that the sail at the front of the vessel actually has sails on it from the paper collection.  I was a little hesitant about some of the image designs that would appear because the paper in the collection is double sided...but I must say that it all works!  It adds interest to the look of the creation and since all the colors and patterns blend together so well it's a win win!  All of the sails landed up having a dark teal color on the back, and the ship looks as great when you look at it from the back and other side as it does in the photos here.  

Lastly, I added a ticket sentiment to the back of the ship!
Here's a peek...(sorry the picture is not the greatest)...

I chose to go with that particular ticket sentiment because it matches the sentiment strip I used all the way around the ship.  Lots of sentiments on this creation I know...I have no doubt that a person receiving this would be sure that they were special and an everyday hero to the person that they received it from.  I think that this would make such a cool gift for a teenager who loves the water, all the way up to the senior who has a love of ships and or sailing.  Imagine throwing a few chocolate coins into the vessel...too much fun!

Well, I hope I've inspired you to do some creating of your own...and hopefully I have not bored you with yet another 3D paper project!  The collections from Heartfelt Creations are so versatile, don't ever be afraid to use them to create with your electronic die cutting machine!
For more creative inspiration, please be sure to check out the HC blog!

I'd love to know what you thought of today's creation...please feel free to leave me a comment!

Until next time...

Project Instructions and Supplies
HCDP1-253  Everyday Hero Paper Collection
HCPC-3666  Everyday Hero Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3667  You Inspire Me Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3665  Everyday Hero Newsprint Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3664  My Hero Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3663  My World Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-761   Everyday Heroes Die
273900 Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  ship SVG cutting file, Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine, BigShot manual die cutting machine, scor tape, black card stock, 4 brads, Versacolor Pine Cone ink, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Stampin Up White ink

Begin by cutting out base shape of ship in black card stock using your electronic die cutting machine. Assemble the base shape of the boat.  Choose the patterned paper from the Everyday Heroes Collection that you wish to use for each piece and cut those with your electronic die cutting machine as well.  Ink all edges of the designer paper pieces using a brown colored ink.  Stamp the large My World Cling Stamp image onto the largest sail, and stamp the pocket watch image from the My Hero Cling Stamp onto the corner of the mid sized sail.  Using the photo for the SVG file, assemble the ship as shown.  Adhere the sentiment strip to the entire ship around the centre as shown.  Die cut two anchors from the Everyday Heroes Collection using black card stock.  Place a brad through each anchor and then adhere one to each side of the ship near the nose.  Die cut the large ornamental shaped die from a coordinating piece of patterned paper and stamp with the circular Everyday Hero sentiment image. Place a brad in each hole of the die cut.  Adhere to the mid sized and small sized sails in the centre of the ship.  Choose a ticket sentiment from the paper collection and adhere to the very back of the boat.  Die cut three arrows with the arrow die in the collection.  Stamp three different sentiments from the cling stamp sets in the Everyday Heroes collection onto each of the flags (arrows).  Emboss each sentiment with clear embossing powder and set using heat tool.  Repeat for the other side of each flag.  Attach one flag to the top of  each mast.   You are now ready to gift an amazing piece of paper art to one of your everyday heroes, or keep for yourself and display on a shelf or mantle. 

Echo Park Bundle of Joy Baby Album

Happy Friday!
I'm popping by today to share a post for Scrapbooks by Design!

Our church recently had an auction sale to raise money for missions. 
It's always a lot of fun and there's always so many crafty items that turn up....from knitting projects to beautiful wood work items, sewn baby blankets, doll clothes, quilts, etc.  Well, this year I decided I would donate a baby album.  I had been drooling over the new baby lines by Echo Park and when I mentioned to a friend what I was thinking of doing, she suggested that I do an album for a baby girl.  

Well, I jumped on it and chose the "Bundle of Joy/A New Addition - Baby Girl Collection Kit".
I decided to create an album from a written tutorial I had purchased from Paper Phenomenon/Kathy Orta, so I actually needed two of these kits...I still have a few leftovers for some cute cards yet though!  The thing I love about the kits is that you have all the coordinating paper from the entire collection, and you have the matching stickers and alphas!
I've also used some of the chipboard elements as well as a decorative brad from the collection.

Well enough chit about some pics...sorry there's quite a few!

Let's begin with the front cover... you can see I've used a chipboard piece paired with a sticker to create a little medallion.  
The blue floral piece as well as the pink polka dotted piece are photo mats that pull out of the front cover.  

The first flap on the cover opens up to reveal those photo mats as well as a second flap.  
That adorable little sentiment card is one of several that are included in this fabulous paper line. 

This is what the cover looks like fully open.  I've added a mat for a 3.5"x5" photo along the side flap and a 5"x7" photo in the centre.

Now moving along to opening the album itself...

When you open the the album, the first thing you see is some fun paper and images from the paper collection and a place to mount two 4"x6" photos.  However it doesn't stop there...each of these pages open up to display more pretty goodness!

Remember those cute matted pieces with the barn and the alphabet...well they fold over to have more photos mounted on the back of them.  Once they are folded out, you find a pocket that will hold more photos or even a few special cards you'd like to keep from all those well wishes you receive when baby is born.  I've included five photo mats in the pocket...four 4"x6" and one 5"x7" mat...some of them have been created from left over scrap paper and some of them are journaling cards included in the paper collection. 

Moving along, let's flip open the other side of the album!

As you can see, the previously viewed side has been closed up and the other side of the album has been opened to show even more areas for photos.  The centre will fit a larger photo, and the half page will hold a 3.5"x5" in the upper pocket and a 4"x6" in the bottom pocket. 

When you flip the half page, you will see there is once again more photo mounting opportunities.
On the side adjacent to the half page, I've created just a fun page where parents or grandparents can record baby stats.  The little barn scene has been created using the stickers included in the collection.  

Flipping the pages once again, I've created a page ready for a 4"x6" photo and a decorative page featuring one of the small sentiment cards.  The "Baby" sentiment on the second page are once again stickers from the collection.  The bird above the sentiment card is from the chipboard accents.  

Another flip of the centre page reveals another pocket where I have once again added five photo mats of various sizes.   The flipped page has been prepared for another 4"x6" photo.  Once again I've used stickers here...the sentiment on the pocket as well as the adorable owl and sentiment on the other page.  

And lastly, the matching gift/storage box for the album.  I featured this several days ago, however thought I'd give you a quick peek once again with this posting.  

I hope you've enjoyed the tour of today's creation.

I also hope you will stop by Scrapbooks by Design's online store and treat yourself.  This collection boasts so much more...including washi tape as well as enamel dots!  There's even 6"x6" paper packs and add on paper packs that are perfect for card making!  And, let's not leave the baby boys out of this all...they have an adorable collection by Echo Park all of their own.  You can view the boys line here.

Well, that's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by!
I'd love to hear what you think about this gift set!
Please feel free to leave me a comment!

Heartfelt Creations "Everyday Heroes" Collection Release

Good Morning, Afternoon or Evening depending on where you might be!
Welcome to Today's Beautiful Moments, Tomorrows Beautiful Memories!
I just love that sentiment as it holds so much truth...especially for us crafty scrapbookers or cardmakers!  I loved it so much so, that I chose it for my blog name!  LOL

Today is the new release at Heartfelt Creations, and with this collection we are celebrating "Everyday Heros".  Isn't that what preserving beautiful moments and turning them into lasting memories on paper is all about?  

Let's begin by learning a little about this fantastic collection!

Do you have an unsung hero in your life?  Your champion may never have a medal pinned to his or her chest, but you can demonstrate your gratitude with the Everyday Heroes Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  These epic stamps, dies and papers salute the extraordinary "ordinary people" who inspire us as they live their daily lives with honor and integrity. Greys, teals, khakis, creams and browns have been blended with distressed newsprint, vintage maps, globes, sailing ships, timepieces, combat boots, stripes, dots and flourishes to create a rugged, paper collection that is timeless in its appeal.  Six deeply etched cling stamp sets featuring detailed collages, inspiring sentiments and unique circular elements mesh perfectly with the paper collection and matching set of dies.  Let's sing the praises of the unsung heroes in our lives with the Everyday Heroes Collection from Heartfelt Creations!

When I sat down and started thinking about everyday heros, I found that I caught myself thinking about friends, family and people that I cross paths with on a daily basis.  You can find a reason for all of them to be classified as an everyday hero.  We also have heros such as firefighters, military and police officers who are real life heros who put their lives on the line for others everyday.  
This collection can be used in so many different ways and is perfect for those masculine cards and layouts!

For the debut of this new release, I decided that I would do a scrapbook page featuring our son!
This little man is a hero to me!  He wears his heart on his sleeve, is kind to everyone and really lives life large.  He's happy go lucky and has a heart of gold.  I can't wait to see all of the plans God has for him!

Allow me to share my creation with you...

The colors in this collection are just breathtaking!  
When I saw the ship stamp and the anchor die cut, I knew that I wanted to do a fishing photo of our son!  This was taken on a local lake just as the sun was setting and the clouds in the background were just so stunning that evening.  
I had also come across a cut file in the Silhouette Design Store with the wonderful saying that I thought would be beautiful with the theme of the page.  

Let's take a closer look at some of the elements on the page...

...and how about a close up of how I distressed some of the letters in the saying as well as the sentiment pieces from the collection to make them look like metal covered with a touch of rust... about a peek at three of the die cuts cut with the dies included in the collection...
the arrow, anchor and gorgeous die which reminds me of a compass drawing on a map (I've also used this one under the sentiments in black patterned paper from the collection)...

I've done a ton of distressing here on this layout to give it a weathered and sea worthy look.  
I've also used some of the stamps included in the collection to stamp onto the background paper to give it an aged look as well.  This is a subtle technique, but does add to the interest of the piece when your eye slowly wanders from place to place taking in all the small details.  
Of course there's also lots of inking with brown ink to make everything look weathered and worn.  
I love how the anchor turned was die cut with black card stock and then I've added a layer of black metallic Ferro as well as the same medium in a rust color.  This product leaves a rough and textured feel to wherever it's applied.  

Lastly, here's a close up of the beautiful ship stamp...

I've stamped it in a very light black ink.  I just wanted it to be a subtle stamping so I didn't ink my stamp too perfectly.  I chose not to color the image because I felt it was stunning in this layout just as it appears!
I hope I've been able to inspire you to create a project of your own with this collection!
Be sure to check out the Heartfelt Creations blog to see what the other amazing designers have come up with to inspire you this week!

Until next time...

Project Supplies & Instructions
HCDP1-253  Everyday Hero Paper Collection
HCPC-3666  Everyday Hero Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3667  You Inspire Me Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3665  Everyday Hero Newsprint Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3662  My Anchor Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-761   Everyday Heros Die

Other Products Used:  scor tape, black card stock, VersaColor Pine Cone Ink, Stampin Up Basic Black ink, Stampin Up decorative metal hardware - 6 brads, 2 decorative clasps, 3D pop dots,  twine, Ranger distress tool, Big Shot manual die cutting machine, Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine, Silhouette Design Store sentiment cutting file, Ferro Metal Effect Texture Paint - Copper & Iron

Choose a 12"x12" brown colored patterned paper from the Everyday Heros Collection that you wish to use as the background to your project.  Distress all edges using a distress tool, and then ink all edges with brown colored ink.  Locate the 12"x12" designer paper with the turquoise map design and the boots in the bottom corner with the setiment "We Will Always Remember".  Cut down slightly smaller than the brown background sheet.  Distress this paper as well, and again ink all edges in brown.  Apply scor tape to the smaller layout page, not directly on the edges as you will want the page to stand off the other page slightly to add to the weathered and distressed effect.  Adhere the smaller distressed page to the background page, leaving one bottom corner not adhered so you are able to roll the corner as pictured.  Apply scrapbook layout to a black card stock for backing, allowing the black card stock to peek through the portions of the distressing where the page has torn slightly.   Choose 3 designer papers from within the paper pack to use to mat your 4"x6" photo.  Once you have cut one mat from each paper, ink all edges with brown and adhere photo and mats together with scor tape.  Set aside photo for now.  Using the Everyday Hero Newsprint Cling stamp and black ink, stamp lightly on the top left hand corner opposite of where the die cut sentimet will be applied.  Do a second stamping just above the bottom corner that has been rolled.   Using the arrow stamp as well as the "You Inspire Me" sentiment, stamp the arrow with the sentiment inside on the top corner where the die cut sentiment will be applied.   Moving back to the paper collection, locate the blank square card panel pictured,  prepare for stamping by masking and then stamp the ship image lightly in black.  Distress the card panel and roll the top left corner. Ink all edges with brown ink.  Adhere to layout.  Locate a small pre made card panel that has a blank centre and distress and ink all edges.  Apply in the top corner area where you have stamped the newsprint, allowing part of the newsprint to still be exposed.  Now adhere photo to layout as well, allowing only the "Remember" portion of the pre printed sentiment on the bottom of the paper to be seen.  Locate the anchor paper strip in the collection and cut to the size you wish to have peeking through on the layout. Ink all edges with brown in and adhere beside the ship card panel. Also adhere a piece of the anchor strip above the card panel with the stamped ship image.  Die cut the ornate die shape using the light teal printed paper in the collection.  Stamp the "You Make The World A Better Place" circular sentiment onto the die cut.  Die cut the round coordinating shape in a light cream colored card stock and stamp the "You Inspire Me" sentiment onto it.  Using small 3D pop dots, adhere the smaller circular image to the ornate die cut.  Place a brad through the holes on the top and the bottom of the ornate die cut.  Ink the pieces in a brown color.  Stamp and die cut two arrow shapes.  Ink with brown colored ink and then apply to top corner of layout where you have stamped the newspaper print and have adhered the small pre made card panel, using  3D pop dots on arrows being sure to stagger them slightly.  Then adhere the ornate die cut shape over top of the arrows.  Die cut the anchor and adhere to layout beside the ornate die cut as shown.    Die cut a second ornate die cut using a piece of the black printed designer paper in the collection.  Add brads to the top and bottom holes as previously done on the first die cut.  Adhere to layout beside the photo and just under the ship image.  Fussy cut a tag from the paper collection , ink all edges and tie a piece of cream twine through the hole.  Adhere to layout as shown.  Locate the small postal stamp images featuring the ship and anchor, fussy cut and ink.  Adhere in a staggered manner on top of tag.  Fussy cut a ticket stub sentiment and place in the small area of the bottom corner where the page has been rolled up.   Cut out three of the rectangular sentiments in the paper collection, ink and then add to layout as shown.  Die cut the large sentiment file using your electronic die cutting machine using black card stock.  Adhere to layout.  Now adhere metal buckle hardware to top corner, and a metal pin to bottom as shown.  For the final step, using your finger, apply Ferro Metallic paints to the anchor, some of the letters in the large sentiment, on the rectangle sentiment strips and on areas of the layout edges itself to give it a metal, rusty and weathered feel.  You are now ready to display your layout in a beautiful frame and enjoy!

This creation has been shared in the following challenges...
Fan-Tastic Tuesday..."Use a Die or Punch"
Through the Craft Room Door..."Anything Goes"
Craftin Desert Diva's..."Anything Goes"
Creative Cutting Challenge..."Anything Goes"
Get Creative Challenges..."Include a Tag"
Not Just Cards Challenges..."Anything Goes"
PR Design Challenge..."Remember" - word is on bottom corner under photograph
Scrapbook Stamp Society..."Anything Goes"
Pile it On..."Punches/Die Cuts
Polkadoodles Challenges..."Use a Die"
Crafting Musketeers..."It's a Mans World"
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - April Challenge
Dies R Us Challenges..."One for the Boys"

Oh Baby!

Hi There!
Nice to visit with you today!

I'm back to share with you that we have a new challenge starting over at Unstampabelles Challenge blog today!
It's a super cute and fun theme...

"Oh Baby" can make something for a baby, you can incorporate baby animals, or simply interpret the theme the way you see fit...just explain to us in your blog post how it fits our theme.
As you know, we always include a twist in our challenge, and for this month we are welcoming you to create something in a more non traditional style.
And a quick reminder that your project cannot have any stamping on it...we want you to think outside the box and come up with a creation that has not been touched by a stamp!

Now I have to admit that I had a hard time trying to think of something non traditional.
The best my creative mind would come up with was a gift box for a baby mini album I've been working on.  (Mini album will preview here on April 10 should you want to see what's going into the box!)  Oh, I suppose as a stretch, I could say that my non traditional style for this project would be that I've actually used cutesy baby paper...instead of my usual vintage styled paper lines.  I never use cutesy paper packs so this was interesting and fun!  LOL

Here's a look at how the gift box came out...

I really enjoyed working with this paper line!
It really did lend itself well to create a cute gift box!

But, before I go....let me remind you that you can get all the deets about the prize and sponsorship happening for this challenge on the Unstampabelles blog!

One lucky winner will be awarded this adorable baby onesie die...(adhesive just pictured to show size of die and is not included)


Remember that you have the entire month of April to complete this task should you choose to participate!  I hope I've encouraged you to give it a go!

Until next time...

This project has been shared in the following challenges...
 Come and Get It..."and Baby Makes 3 or More" 
Crafts 4 Eternity..."Baby Baby"

Easter Wishes

Can you believe it's the first day of April today?
That means that Easter is just around the corner!

I wanted to do something special for Easter for today's Heartfelt Creations post.
While bunnies and Easter eggs are all fun and cute, I wanted to take some time out to acknowledge what the Easter season really means to me.  Easter is the time of year that we celebrate the cruxifiction and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He paid the price for our sins upon the cross many years ago that we might have a relationship with him and become His children.  The cross is such a powerful image for me, and when you really take the time to think about that first Good Friday and really allow yourself to think about Jesus' death you just cannot help but be moved and have your heart stirred with thankfullness.  

So, I decided to create a cross related is a cross shaped box...perfect for treats or as a piece of home decor!

Here's a peek...

...and a bit of a closer peek at the floral cluster...

I have to say that I really enjoyed creating all of the flowers on this creation...I always do have fun creating flowers...but this time I had time to reflect on the reason I was creating this piece and kind of turn it into an act of worship.  I found the colors soothing and I loved the sentiment that I used from the Posy Patch Paper Collection.  Sometimes projects don't always come out the way we want and it's a struggle.  I have to say that I was very happy with how this one turned out! I hope you have enjoyed the creation as well and have found some inspiration while you were here visiting!

That's all for me today!  I hope you have a wonderful Easter season celebrating with family and friends...and I hope you take a bit of time to reflect on the price that was paid for us so many years ago.   Also, be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations blog for more wonderful inspiration!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1-231  Posy Patch Paper Collection
HCPC-3656  Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-760  Delightful Daisy Die
HPCC-3533  Sun Kissed Fleur Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-734  Sun Kissed Fleur Die
HCPC - 3608  Arianna Blooms Cling Stamp Set
 HCD1-748  Arianna Blooms Die
HCPC-3651  Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-758  Botanical Wings Die
HCPC-3650  Butterfly Medley Cling Stamp Set
 HCD1-759  Butterfly Medley Die
HCPC-3545  Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-736  Classic Leaf Die
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
TSMP708  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Olive Green
TSMP706  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Pistachio
TSMP400  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Rose Bud
TSMP103  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Cantaloupe
TSMP602  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Teal Zeal
TSMP704  Memento Dye Ink Pad - New Sprout
ANC852 Bright Ideas Prills - I Cannot Tell a Lilac
273900  Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  Silhouette Design Store Design ID #39084, Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine,  Star Dust Stickles, Memento Dye Ink Pads - Angel Pink, Dandelion, Gray Flannel, and Sweet Plum,  Big Shot manual die cutting machine, piece of lace, gold seed beads, water and mist bottle, scissors

Cut the cross box cutting file and assemble.  Locate the sentiment panel in the Posy Patch Paper Collection, and fussy cut around the design portion of the sentiment as shown.  Attach to the box only adhering the first half with glue and leaving the second half to be shaped.  Bend the sentiment panel slightly and tuck the corner into the box giving it a bit of dimension.  Begin creating and shaping your flowers.  For the blue flower use the Arianna Blooms Cling Stamp set and Die.  Stamp the image using Gray Flannel ink once onto a piece of blue patterned paper from the Posy Patch Collection. Ink the centre and edge of each blossom using Zeal Teal ink.   Use all of the flower pieces to create one blossom with a tight centre.  Moving along to the yellow blooms.  Use the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set and die to create these blooms.  Stamp the images once onto a yellow patterned paper from the paper collection using Pistachio ink.  Ink the centres of each bloom with the Cantaloupe color, and the tips of the petals ink with Dandelion colored ink.  Shape the largest flower pictured using the largest stamped image as well as the one a size smaller.  Create a second yellow flower using the mid sized image and the one the next size down.  Adhere gold seed beads to the centre of each of the yellow flowers.  For the purple flower, use the Sun Kissed Fleur Cling Stamp Set and coordinating die.  Ink and stamp the images once using Gray Flannel ink and a purple patterned paper from the paper collection.  Ink the centres and edges of the three mid sized flowers with purple ink.  Shape and adhere prills to the centre.  Lastly, for the roses  stamp three sets of the Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set onto a patterned pink paper in the collection  and ink the centres with Memento Rose Bud ink, and the petal edges with Angel Pink.  Use two of each sized flower to create a large full rose with a tight centre. Begin with the smaller flowers to create a tight bud, and work your way out using the larger flowers.   Next, for the second rose, use the same technique until you have a small sized rose perfect to add to the bottom of the cluster.  For the leaves use one stamping of the Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set stamped in Olive Grove ink onto a green patterned paper in the paper collection.  Cut using the coordinating die and then ink the edges with the New Sprout colored ink.   Shape using shaping tools and water.  Lastly, stamp one stamping of the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set leaves using New Sprout ink and a lighter green patterned paper from the Posy Patch paper collection.  Ink edges slightly with the same color, and proceed to shape.  You are now ready to create your flower cluster.  Once you are happy with the flower and leaf arrangement, adhere to box.  While drying, stamp and die cut several butterflies in Gray Flannel ink onto a pale yellow patterned paper from the same paper collection.  Using your finger, apply stickles to each butterfly.  Once dry, shape and apply to the flower cluster.  For the finishing step, drape a piece of lace around the cross, tucking it behind a few of the leaves and having it drape down through and behind the sentiment panel.  You are now ready to display as a piece of Easter decor, or use as a treat box to fill and surprise someone special!

This project has been shared in the following challenges...
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog..."Easter"
Crafting by Designs..."April Anything Goes Challenge"
Creative Moments Challenges..."Anything But a Card"
Decorate to Celebrate..."Anything Goes"
Word Art Wednesday..."Anything Goes"

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