Just a Little Something...

Hello!  So glad you've stopped by today!
I have a card to share with you...something a little different than the usual you often find posted here.

A few months ago, a lovely lady contacted me via my Etsy store and asked if I would be willing to make her a custom made 60th Anniversary Card.  She had a fabulous theme in mind...the 1950's retro style with a couple swing dancing.  I had a great time sourcing images and finally found what I thought would be perfect for this order!

Are you ready to see?

Now, this lovely customer requested a 3D image as well as some personalization on the outside as well as the inside.  I've added quite a bit of dimension to the card...first on the base itself, then the car and and lastly the couple have been paper pieced with multiple layers.  I love how it came out!

Here's a peek at the inside of the creation...

Don't you just love those vinyl records...you can almost hear the jukebox pumping out all those fantastic tunes!

Well, I'm happy to say that the card is on it's way to the customer and I hope she along with the recipients will be happy with this labor of love! 

Until next time...

Best Wishes Fuchsia Card

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday here on the blog!
I trust you've been enjoying the newest collection and all of the wonderful creations the design team have been creating for your pleasure & inspiration!

The card I designed this week is an any occasion card!  It could be used as a "Thinking of You", "Just Because" or even a wedding card with that beautiful oval die cut peeking through the floral cluster!

Let's take a peek...

I love the message on this card..."Beauty in the Simple Things"...really that is what life is all about and Heartfelt Creations captures that so perfectly in their papers and flowers!  Far too often we don't take time to enjoy the simpler things because our schedules are so jam packed full of things to do!  We take for granted those moments of peace and quiet, the love of friends and family...all those things that require nothing of us but to be still, listen and enjoy!

Before we take a closer look at the beautiful fuchsia flowers, I wanted to explain to you what I did a little differently this time.  The largest fuchsia bloom has been shaped using every fuchsia die cut in every size in this collection.  I've started with the largest flower to be the base of the bloom and have built the flower in halves.  I've gone down by size in the layering...the second largest shape has filled half of the base flower... the next size down fills the other half.  Then you continue shaping and filling until you have used all of the flower pieces. I've put in a double stamen as well...and it fits perfectly between the two halves of the flower centre so they really are centred!  I recently picked up a beautiful fuchsia hanging basket at the greenhouse and the blossoms were so full I decided to try to replicate them.  I then added the largest top to the flower...and the other two top pieces I've used to shape into a small bud!  Lastly I've added pearls to the top of the flower to give them the appearance of actually hanging from the vine.  

Let's take a look...

The flowers have all been heat embossed with Bridal Embossing powder.  I've then added some Diamond Stickles to the petal edges and some Pink Taffeta Stickles to the other areas of the flowers. 
(You can find full instructions for this creation at the end of this blog post.)

I do hope you've found some inspiration here today!
Be sure to check out the Heartfelt Creations blog for more fabulous designs and ideas!
I promise that the Cascading Fuchsia collection will be one that you will treasure having in your crafting supplies.

Until next time...

Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1-254  Cascading Fuchsia Paper Collection
HCPC-3673  Heartfelt Sentiments Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3669  Vining Fuchsia Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3668  Cascading Fuchsia Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3545  Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-763  Cascading Fuchsia Die
HCD1-762  Decorative Oval Die
HCD1-761  Everyday Heroes Die
HCD1-736  Classic Leaf Die
HCD2-751  Cut Mat Create 2A
TSMP707  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Bamboo Leaves
TSMP704  Memento Dye Ink Pad - New Sprout
TSMP400  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Rose Bud
RETN44  Embossing Powder - Bridal
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
SMP001  Rubber Stamp Pad
273900  Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Grey Flannel, Versafine Black ink, VersaColor Pine Cone ink, half pearls, whole pearls, lilac seam binding, ribbon, Stickles - Diamond & Pink Taffeta, Spellbinders Die - Standard Circles (LG),  Spectrum Noir blendable pencils - 032, 036, 041, 048 & 060, Spectrum Noir blending solution, Spectrum Noir blending stump, water, mist bottle, scissors, white card stock,  Zig 2 Way Glue Pen, scor tape, Stampin' Up Circle Punch, 3D pop dots, heat tool,

Begin with a 5"x7" card base.  Choose a soft patterned paper from the collection for your background, cut to fit card and ink all edges using a brown colored ink.   Next choose a patterned paper to go over the the first paper,  covering it fully to both side edges, but allowing a section of the initial paper to show through on the top and bottom. Ink all edges with brown ink. Adhere two pieces together.  Die cut the decorative oval using white card stock.  Adhere to centre of card as shown.  Locate the card panel with the circle image as shown on card.  Die cut using the Spellbinders circle die.  Ink edges with brown ink and adhere to side of card as shown.  Cut out sentiment strip from the paper collection, ink with brown color and adhere to card.  Adhere ribbon to both top of sentiment strip as well as bottom using scor tape.  Stamp sentiment circle using grey ink and die cut.  Using a punch or circle die, create a background piece for the sentiment circle using coordinating paper.  Pleat the seam binding ribbon around the back of the sentiment circle.  Apply to card using 3D pop dots.  Stamp the vining fuchsia image onto white card stock and color using blendable pencils and blending solution.  Fussy cut to use as background for foliage and flowers.  Stamp all three fuchsia sizes onto white card stock and heat emboss.  Apply pink color for top of flowers.  For the largest bloom, layer all of the flowers once shaped into one, working from your largest to your smallest.  (I've used the largest flower as the base and then used the next sizes down to fill it in.  I've actually put one flower on one half of the inside of the large flower and then filled in the other half with another shaped flower so later I will have a centre between them to add the double stamens.  I've continued this until I have used all of the flowers I have stamped and embossed.  I've then used the two larger stamens and adhered them to the centre.) Using the two star shaped portions of the flowers that you have left over, shape them into a ball to form a bud.  Stamp the mid sized fuchsia set and heat emboss.  Add color to the top of the flower, shape and put together.  Repeat with the small sized fuchsia set.  Stamp several of the leaf images using black ink and lightly color using blendable pencils.  Apply several shades of green colored inks to just the edges of the leaves.  Shape and set aside to dry.  Using the swirling leaf die from the Cut Mat Create 2A, die cut one die cut and snip into various pieces to use as fillers.  Arrange leaves, flowers and swirls and once happy with arrangement adhere to card.  Apply half pearls to decorative oval die cut and whole pearls to the tops of each of the flowers and bud.  Create bow and add to card.  Apply stickles to each petal of the flowers.  You now have a beautiful any occasion card ready to send to someone special to let them know you've been thinking of them!  Enjoy!

Vintage Fuschia Card

Wow!  Hello!
Can you believe that it's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday?
I'm back to once again feature the gorgeous new fuchsia collection.  

This collection just seems to lend itself so well to the romantic vintage style and water coloring!
At least to me it does!  LOL
I've created another card today with both of those themes!

Let's take a look...

I wanted to give this card a real vintage style look, so I've distressed all of the edges and used quite a few different colors of distress ink to get it to this antiqued look.  To add to the romantic feel, Ive added just a touch of glitter with several different shades of Stickles.  The flower images have once again been water colored with my distress markers and a paint brush.  The full instructions on how this has been created will follow at the end of this blog post.  

How about a few close up photographs of the gorgeous flower images I've used here...

I love love love the flower images included in this collection!

Here's a close up of the single flower stamp on the bottom corner...

With just a little bit of masking and by stamping your image slightly off the paper so it appears only partially, you have a creation that looks as though the image was actually on the page and you've just colored it.  The script background is also a Heartfelt Creations stamp which you can find here.  Once again a little bit of masking, and it looks like that script has been printed right onto the page. I choose to stamp the florals straight over the writing as I wanted it to appear that they were in the background and that someone had written over them.  For finishing touches I've added some gold cording and two groupings of black rhinestones.  A quick and easy card to create that can be used for any occasion!

Now, let me encourage you to go check out the Heartfelt Creations blog where all of my teammates have created outstanding and very creative projects! Sometimes I sit back and just gaze at that blog and really just soak in all of the talent there!  I am blessed to work with this company as well as with the amazing designers who create the most wonderful creations week after week!  We would love to see what you create with these projects as well!  Did you know that you can interact with Heartfelt Creations on Facebook...post your creations there, learn a little about the people behind the business...and they always have the most fun and interesting questions for you to answer!
If you've not already "liked" the Heartfelt Creations Facebook page...don't wait any longer!

Well, that's all for me today!
I hope wherever you are, whatever you are doing today you will find yourself blessed!

Until next time...

Project Supplies & Instructions
HCDP1-254 Cascading Fuchsia Paper Collection
HCPC-3672  Fuchsia Bouquet Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3671  Fuchsia Clusters Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3673  Heartfelt Sentiments Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3323  Large Elegant Word Background Cling Stamp Set

Other products used: 5"x7" card base, VersaFine Black Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet, Crushed Olive, Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss, Tim Holtz Watercolor Brush, Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Vintage Photo & Gathered Twigs, VersaColor Pine Cone Ink, Ranger Distress Tool, gold cord, Ranger ink tool, black adhesive rhinestones, Stickles - Diamond & Pink Taffeta, washi tape

Cut a piece of decorative purple paper from the paper collection to use as a background cover for your 5"x7" card base.  Next choose a coordinating paper that has some fuchsia  images printed on both sides and cut slightly smaller than the background piece. The last piece of paper you will need to locate is the pre printed card panel as shown...trim off green edging to make the panel slightly smaller. Next mask off the area around the centre white space on the premade card panel with washi tape. Using permanent black ink, stamp the script stamp in the centre area of the card panel.  Allow to dry.  Next stamp the Fuchsia Clusters image to the top corner of the card, slightly off to of the side so that only part of the image appears to be printed onto the background.  Repeat with the small fuchsia image from the Fuchsia Bouquet Cling Stamp Set.  Allow to dry and then watercolor both images using distress markers and watercolor brush. Once all coloring has dried, distress all pieces using an ink distress tool and the various colored inks listed above...starting with your lighter colored inks and building in the darker shades where you would like the card to appear more aged.  Using a distressing tool, rough up all the edges on each of the card pieces as much or as little as you like...even tear a few areas so the background papers have a chance to show through.  Apply a dark colored brown ink onto all of the roughed up edges. Build card starting with the purple background paper, then the printed smaller image paper and lastly the premade card panel you have stamped and colored. Fussy cut the small sentiment box from the paper collection and stamp with your choice of sentiment from the collection. Adhere to card as shown. Wind your gold cording around the card front several times and tie in a knot in the front. Adhere your card front to the base.   Apply stickles lightly to each of the stamped flower images and adhere rhinestones.  You now have an antiqued, vintage style any occasion card ready to send out to that friend who loves all things aged and beautiful!     

This card has been shared in the following challenges...
Dream Factory..."Secret Garden"
Emerald Faeries..."Flowers for Mum"
One Crazy Stamper..."Anything Goes"

Family Vintage Style List

Whew it feels like it's been really busy here lately!
Last week you were treated to more guest designing, the regular Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, a vintage pocket letter for Scrapbooks by Design and now a new challenge with Unstampabelles...

As I mentioned, I'm back wearing my Unstampabelles hat today!
We are mid way in our current challenge which is...

"Family History - Who is in Your Family Tree"

We are asking that you use a photo from your family tree in a card, layout or any other project you dream up.  There are several twists this go round...we are asking you to frame the photo as well as to make this project in a vintage style!
Right up my alley!

I recently stumbled onto a challenge running on instagram called #listersgottalist.
You are supplied with a list of questions for each day of the month and then you create yourself a pretty little book where you document your answers. (I've had a smash book or two sitting in my possession for such a long time already, I dug one out and thought this might be perfect for this type of journaling.)  I thought this would be a really cool way of getting things down on paper for my kids to go through years from now...and maybe find out a little bit they didn't know about me or had forgotten.  It's rare that I take the time to do anything for myself when it comes to crafting, however I felt this was going to be worth it and bring some fun memories to myself and my family in the future.  

Now, it was really hard for me to start this project because it was almost the middle of May already and being the crazy person I am, I really like to start things at the beginning...but I didn't wanna wait for June.  Besides I had a fabulous idea using the current challenge at Unstampabelles to go with the question on the day I was starting my book. 

Here's a look at the page I created with the question of the day which was...
"Best Things About Being A..."
I went with Grandchild as I had my grandparents wedding photo that I wanted to incorporate into the design!

This was so much fun to do!  It was a great walk down memory lane remembering Grandma's special way of spoiling us with food, the treats that were always specially made for us, and the sheer feeling of being doted on.  

I decided to add an interesting fact to the bottom of the page explaining who was in the photo as well as an interesting tid bit...I had my wedding head piece created to match the style of my Grandma's!
I was lucky to have my own children get to know their Great Grandma...so I know this will make them think of her again someday!

A little bit of embellishing with a doily, flower, a few chipboard pieces and some pearl swirls and the vintage look was coming together. 

Now it is your turn!
There is a wonderful prize being offered to one lucky winner of this challenge...

(adhesive not included)

And, you never know when you will be chosen to be one of our guest designers!
I do hope you'll pop by the Unstampabelles blog to see the other vintage creations the rest of the design team have created for your inspiration! 

Until next time...

This creation has been shared in the following challenges...

Home Sweet Home

So glad you're here!

I'm back today with a project for Scrapbooks by Design!
Did you know that they carry a bunch of all the latest and greatest paper collections?
If you've never stopped by their online website...what are you waiting for!

Now, if you've been a follower of my blog for awhile, you will already know that I am a huge fan of all things Graphic 45.  When I saw the "Home Sweet Home" collection I knew that I absolutely needed to do something with it!

So, I decided to do a pocket letter!
If you have not heard of this new trend of pen pal-ing and swapping you really must check it out!  There is a whole website dedicated to it when you can sign up and find people to swap with, and Facebook has pages as well!

Ok, so I'm going to give you a little hint as to why I like buying whole paper collections versus single sheets of random patterned paper....absolutely everything works together and I think that leads to less waste....and not to mention it makes creating a project quick and stress free because you're not sifting through everything to find items that go together.

Such is the case with the paper collection I've chosen to use today!
The "Home Sweet Home" collection has small image cards that can be cut down and used perfectly for a pocket letter. These along with the patterned paper make for some colorful and gorgeous pockets!

So, the first thing you will need is a baseball trading card page.  (I purchase mine at the dollar store)
Each of the nine pockets in the page measures 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".

So the first thing you will do is start trimming the image panels and decorative paper you wish to use!

Now I like to layer some of my pockets.  For instance, I've layered the above image onto some patterned paper as I had to trim it down smaller than the pocket.  I also like to use some scraps to embellish the pocket cards as well....pocket letters are such a great way to use up those little bits and pieces in a collection that would otherwise go to waste!

Here you can see I've chosen my images and patterned papers and have started inserting them into the pockets.  

The other thing I love about purchasing a paper collection is the fact that all of these papers are double sided and will look just as awesome on the back as they do on the front...take a peek!

...and don't worry about those scraps on the side...there is a plan for them yet!

Pocket letters often include small crafty gifts inside of them for the recipient and even tea, garden seeds, etc.   (Wouldn't garden seeds be just perfect to include in this country themed letter?)
I know you're going to get tired of my saying this....but with a coordinating paper collection you can even make your own!

Here's a few I created to enclose in this letter...

The tags pictured here have come from the coordinating chipboard journaling collection as well as the tags and pockets collection.  The vegetable images as well as the other image panels have been cut from one of the patterned papers in the collection and the recipient can use them in their smash book, planner, etc.  Lastly, I've used some of the chipboard pieces to create a topper for a paper clip.  I've also fussy cut two cute shapes from one of the patterned papers and used them to create a paper clip topper as well! 

Ready for a peek at the finished project?

As you can see I've also done a little more embellishing!
I've used some stickers from the coordinating sticker collection to add to the outside of the letter itself.  I've used the alphas on the top pocket, and several sentiments.  I've cut a decorative strip with the chicken images and adhered it to the quilt patterned pocket.  I've also added two decorative strips along the bottom of the top row as well as the top of the bottom row of pockets.  I've included some of the goodies I created in the front and some in the back so there is interest and a surprise on both sides.  All that's left to add is the letter for the recipient!

I promise that you will love making pocket letters and projects with coordinating collections!
Putting a project together quickly has become so easy since I have started purchasing this way!
Scrapbooks by Design has a great selection...whether you like the vintage feel of Graphic 45 or the more fun and bright collections of Doodlebug Designs and Simple Stories!
Be sure to check them out!

I'd love to know what you think about this creation...please don't be shy...feel free to leave me a comment!

Until next time...

Friendship Blooms

Welcome back to another Wednesday Heartfelt Creations post!
The sneak peeks will have given you a glimpse into the beautiful new collection released today!
I have to say that the fuschia is one of my favorite flowers to plant in patio pots for on my decks....then I get to see my hummingbirds close up as they love these delicate flowers!

Here's a little about the collection...

Heartfelt Creations invites you to join us for a stroll through a quaint cottage garden where your cares will melt away and your creative energy will be refreshed and renewed.  The Cascading Fuchsia Collection of stamps, dies and papers is bursting with lush greenery and exquisite beauty.  Here, you'll find pendant shaped clusters of show-stopping pink, purple and magenta blossoms that are also called "Angel's Earrings."  Graceful vines, lacy patterns, flitting butterflies, shady bowers and delicate latticework come together and form this restful haven.  It's a celebration of the simple things that fill this moment in time with wonder and spontaneous joy.  Cascading Fuchsia: It's a flawless garden of peerless delight and a creative sanctuary for the artist in you

I was in the mood to sit and watercolor and when I saw the beautiful image in the Fucshia Bouquet Cling Stamp Set, I knew I wanted to make it the main focal point of the card.  So, I stamped the image and hauled out the distress markers and some paint brushes and set to work.  Once the image was done, I decided to watercolor the background in a vintage cream color as well to give it an aged look.  To add to the aged look of the creation, I also gave it a few drips from one of my vintage colored mists/sprays. 

Here is how it turned out...

I then set about to stamping and water coloring the flowers and leaves and proceeded to shape them.  
Such intricate beautiful 3D blooms the talented artistic designers have created for this collection.  Their creativity and artwork never cease to amaze me!

Here's a close up of the flowers and leaves...

Before I go, let me encourage you to stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see the jaw dropping creations that the rest of the design team have created!  You won't be disappointed...and maybe while you're there take a cruise through the online store for this collection...I have a sneaking suspicion that this one will sell out early!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1-254 Cascading Fuchsia Paper Collection
HCD1-763 Cascading Fuchsia Die
HCPC-3545  Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-736  Classic Leaf Die
HCPC-3672  Fuchsia Bouquet
TSMP706  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Pistachio
TSMP704  Memento Dye Ink Pad - New Sprout
TSMP701  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Cottage Ivy
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
SMP001  Rubber Stamp Mat Pad

Other Products Used:  cream card stock, white card stock, watercolor paper,  BigShot die cutting machine, Ranger distress ink tool, Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy Card Creator Die,  VersaColor Pine Cone Ink, VersaFine Black Ink,  Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Antique Linen & Vintage Photo, hair pin embellishment, Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet, Crushed Olive, Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss,& Black Soot, Mr. Huey's Stpray - Manila, Tim Holtz Watercolor Brush, 3D pop dots, scissors

Create a top fold card using cream colored card stock by cutting two pieces measuring 5"x7" and then making a fold at the top of one of them.  Adhere the fold to the top of the other piece of cardstock to form your card base.  Stamp image onto water color paper and color using watercolor brush and  distress markers.  (I prefer to scribble color onto my work mat and lift off of there with the brush). Once completely dry, using sponge distress ink tool,  add some Antique Linen ink to various areas around the image.  Then using the same technique apply Vintage Photo ink to various areas around the image.  Remove lid from Mr. Huey's spray and allow small drops of color to drop onto image.  Set aside.  Using a manual die cutting machine, cut the Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy piece from a fuschia colored patterned paper from the paper collection.  Using the same paper, cut a background for behind the image just slightly larger than the die cut.  Locate a purple pattened paper from the paper collection and cut it to just slightly larger than that of the piece you've just cut from the fushia paper.  Now trim your image so it can be sandwiched between the die cut and the background paper.  Adhere the fuschia colored background paper to the purple background paper, and then the watercolored image to the fuschia paper.  Apply 3D pop dots to the die cut to form a window for the image.  Stamp the large and mid sized flower images onto white card stock to create your shaped flowers.  Color using same technique as the main image.  Using coordinating die and manual die cutting machine, cut out flower pieces.  Using mists of water and flower shaping tools, shape and assemble with liquid adhesive.  Using the Classic Leaf Cling Stamp Set and black ink, stamp three bunches of leaves.  Color and then shape.  Assemble leaf and flower cluster in top corner, and once happy with design adhere using liquid adhesive. Place decorative hairpin in among leaves and blooms. Lastly, locate the sentiment you wish to use on the bottom of the card from the paper pack and cut to size.  Adhere using 3D pop dots.  You now have an "any occasion" card ready to bless someone with the next time you need one!

This card has been shared in the following challenges...
Crafting from the Heart..."Anything Goes"
Craft Your Passion..."Anything Goes"
Incy Wincy Designs..."The Great Outdoors"
Stamp and Create..."May Flowers"
Deep Ocean Challenges..."Flowers"
Fan-Tastic Tuesday..."Add Some Flowers"

"Spring Flowers"

Good Morning, Afternoon or Evening!
I'm so glad to visit with you today!
Today's post is an exciting one as I am guest designing for Crafting by Designs!
I'd like to thank them for having me!

Their challenge for this go round is "Spring Flowers"!
 Don't you just love spring flowers?  The roses, the daffodils, tulips and daisies!
Well I decided to go with a rose theme!

Now if you're a follower of my blog, you know that I have been busy creating some pocket letters lately!  I find these are a wonderful way to use up paper collections and scraps that I haven't touched in awhile!

I made several of these using the Graphic 45 Collection "Botanical Tea".  While they have all been created from the same paper pack, each of the letters itself is different and has taken on a personality of it's own and each has been packed with different gifts.  This one will be/has been sent to New Mexico to a pen pal who loves pink!

Now the rest is up to you!
It's your turn to get yourself immersed in spring flowers and join the challenge over at Crafting by Designs!  You can find all the challenge details and prizes being offered on their blog!

Until next time...

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to you today!

As I sit here and schedule this post to go live Sunday morning, I just can't help but wonder to myself what my kids have in store for me!  They are old enough now that my hubby thought they could handle planning all on their own this year!  Should be interesting and lots of fun!
I'll have to pop by and share with you what they came up with!

Now I have to admit that I do not always make my mom a Mother's Day card....which is kinda strange from someone who makes so many cards!  LOL
But this year...I have been surrounded by such beautiful Heartfelt Creations papers that I just couldn't help myself!  (Guess I better stash some of the "Everyday Heroes" collection away to make a Fathers Day card!)

My mom is an amazing woman!  She is my biggest cheerleader...especially when it comes to my crafting!  She is such an encourager!  
She is always ready to keep my kids...(she has never babysat them...they "hang out"), always ready for me to drop in when I need a place to hang my hat for a few hours (living rural does have it's drawbacks when you have appointments several hours apart...you don't just run home) and all in all is just always ready to lend a helping hand or listening ear!
I know that I am blessed to still have my mom around while so many of you may not!

Well enough rambling!  

Here is the special card I created for my mom...

Now, don't be upset with me...I have no project supplies or instructions for you today!
I decided that this was going to be a one of a kind creation just for my mom!
(You're all such keeners anyway...I know you can figure it out!  LOL)

Well, that's all for me today!
A quick note just to share with you a special card for a special lady in my life!

Love you Mom!

Love Stood the Test of Time

Welcome back!
I'm guessing you're here looking for my current Heartfelt Creations project!
Before we move onto that....I want to know...have you seen the sneak peeks for the new upcoming release next week?  If not, I'm not going to spoil it for you...but you really must go to the Heartfelt Creations blog and check it out!  I promise you won't be disappointed!

Ok...moving along to my last creation for now with the "Everyday Heroes" Collection.  
This week I decided to do an anniversary card!

For this creation I've used the Vintage Morning Background Floral cling stamp along with the Majestic Blooms die.  I've created the blooms to be tighter on this card and then glittered them up with some stickles to make them shimmer...after all a little glitz and glam is needed for a significant anniversary!  I found the "love" sentiment and the couple silhouette in the Silhouette Design Store and knew I wanted to use them in this design. 

Here's a closer look at the flowers...

...and on this card I've done something that I never usually do...I've finished the inside as well.  I don't know why I never finish the inside of a card...I guess I just always feel it looks nice all white and clean when you open it up.  I usually will never stamp a sentiment on the inside of a card either...I guess I'm old fashioned and feel that a handmade card deserves a handwritten message!  LOL

Here's a look at the very simple way I've finished the inside of the card...a simple matching panel to the front and a few strips of washi tape...

I love the softness of the butterflies and the beautiful lace washi tape...I think they give the inside of the card a romantic feel.
 For full instructions for this project, please see the end of this blog post.

Well, that sums it up for me today!  Remember to pop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see the amazing creations the rest of the design team have dreamed up for your inspiration....and to check out the stunning new collection that will be available next week!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
 HCDP1-253  Everyday Heroes Paper Collection
HCD1-761  Everyday Heroes Die
HCPC-3664  My Hero Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3577  Vintage Morning Background Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-742  Majestic Blooms Die
HCD2-751  Cut Mat Create 2A Die
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
TSMP800  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Rich Cocoa
TSMP708  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Olive Grove
SMP001  Stamp Mat Pad
273900  Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  white card stock, black card stock, scissors, Big Shot die cutting machine, Patina Stickles, VersaFine Black ink, washi tape, scor tape, 3D pop dots,  Stampendous Frantage embossing enamel - Aged Ochre & Aged Hunter, Ferro Metal Effect Texture Paint - Iron, brown ribbon, Mr. Huey's spray - Manila, white flower staman accents, heat tool, MISTI, water & mist bottle, Silhouette Cameo electonic die cutting machine, Silhouette design store cutting files #29121 & #37699

Begin by cutting a piece of white card stock measuring 12" x 6" and fold in half to create card base.  Locate the 6"x6" premade background card panel in the paper collection with the clock images.  Cut the panel down to be slightly smaller than the card base to expose a small white border. Ink all edges of the background panel with brown ink.   Cut ribbon to length and adhere to background panel.  Adhere background panel to card base.  Next locate the small card panel with oval as pictured. Cut and ink all edges with brown ink.  Using washi tape mask off the portion of the "My Hero" cling stamp you will not be using as well as around the oval image.  Ink the image, remove washi tape that may have ink on it and stamp.  Set aside to dry.  Locate the large scrapbook page in the paper collection that matches the background paper you've already used.  Fussy cut both the alarm clock and the pocket watch, ink edges with brown ink and set aside.  Cut the ornate die from the Everyday Heroes collection from light brown patterned paper.  Cut the die cut in half and ink edges with brown ink.  Adhere half of the die cut to the back of the small stamped card panel.  Adhere the card panel to the card base at a slight angle.  Die cut the fancy flourish from the Cut Mate Create 2A set using black card stock and adhere to the top of the small card panel.  Using 3D pop dots, apply the alarm vintage alarm clock to the top leaving a portion of the ornate die showing, and the pocket watch to the opposite corner on the bottom. Add two styles of coordinating washi tape strips to the top corner of the card near the ribbon, as well as to the bottom corner on the opposite side. Moving along to the flowers...locate a dark brown patterned paper in the collection and stamp one stamping of the Vintage Morning background cling stamp in black ink.  Die cut using the Majestic Morning coordinating die.  Using the flower shaping kit and some water mist, shape flowers...one large bloom, one mid sized bloom and one small bloom.  Adhere to card as shown.  Using the small leaf die and the swirling branches die from the Cut Mat Create 2A set die cut several of each.  Snip apart sections to apply to the flower cluster and ink edges with a dark green ink.  Add to flower cluster and once happy with placement adhere to card.  Apply white staman embellishments to the flower cluster.  Sprinkle enamel embossing powder onto several places on the card and heat with heat tool to set.  Apply ferro metallic paint to a few areas on each of the clock images to give then an aged and metal look and feel.  Next cut, ink, shape and adhere the "Best Wishes" ticket sentiment to the side of the flower cluster.  Die cut the couple silhouette and the love sentiment using an electronic die cutting machine and cutting files.  Trim the couple silhouette to the right size to sit just above the ticket sentiment (approx. 2 inches).  Adhere cut sentiment to card over portion of the stamped pocket watch image.  Moving along to the inside of the card, locate the paper you fussy cut the clock images from.  Cut a section from the paper measuring just slightly smaller than the 6"x6" card base as you did for the front.  Adhere to inside of card.  Apply several strips of the same washi tape used on the card front to one top corner and one bottom corner of the inside panel.  For the finishing touch, apply Patina Stickles to the tips of each flower and allow to dry.  You have now created a unique Anniversary card for a couple celebrating a significant time together!

This card has been shared in the following challenges...
Perfectly Rustic Challenges..."Use 3 of Something" (3 flowers/3 sentiments)
Crafting When We Can Challenges..."For a Couple"
Dies R Us Challenges..."Anniversary"


Hello again!
It seems this is the week of posts for guest designing!

Recently I was acknowledged for one of my creations at Through the Craft Room Door...it was actually my Peacock treat box that was highlighted as a favorite.  Well, along with that came a chance to guest design for them....so here I am!

I was lucky enough to be given the chance to pick my digi stamp from the very talented Oak Pond Creations.  Since I had been just working with the more masculine line of paper at Heartfelt Creations I decided to keep going and create a masculine card to showcase.  
I chose the Lighthouse digital stamp!

I wanted to keep it more clean and simple this time....

I've colored the image with my new Chameleon markers!  They are super fun...although I will have to spend a little more time with them to learn how to use them to their fullest potential!  Here's a small tip for you though...always use a scrap paper under the image when coloring...my kitchen table has a new mark and thin layer of paper adhered to it.  I'm really hoping it will fade out after a bit more cleaning!  LOL

I've then inked the edges of all of the papers with Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  Using a distress ink tool, I've added in some distress ink in Vintage Photo and Antiqued Linen to the image.  I've also sprinkled some stone colored distressed embossing powder over the image and set it with my heat too.  I've die cut the ornate die and anchor from my Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes dies.  The image has been matted on black card stock and then adhered to the ornate die, which has then been popped off the card with 3D pop dots.  I've added a few pieces of washi tape to the area where the anchor has been applied and the sentiment stamp comes from one of the stamps in my Stampin Up collection. 
A touch of baby blue stickles on the waves to give a little shimmer and the card was completed.  

Now you have a chance to link up a creation with Through the Craft Room Door.  Their challenges are always "Anything Goes" so its super easy to play along!  
You never know...you may just be their next guest designer!

Until next time...

Project Supply List and Instructions
Oak Pond image - Lighthouse
Chameleon Markers
Heartfelt Creations "Everyday Heroes" paper collection
Heartfelt Creations "Everyday Heroes" die
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Antique Linen & Vintage Photo
Ranger Distress Ink Tool
Ranger Distress Embossing Powder - Pumice Stone
Memento Ink - Rich Cocoa
Stickles - Baby Blue
Stampin' Up Sentiment stamp
washi tape
3D pop dots
Big Shot die cutting machine
scor tape
heat tool

Finished card size is 4.25"x5.5".  Cut a piece of teal patterned paper just slightly smaller than that of the card base itself.  Cut a black patterned paper just slightly smaller than that of the teal colored background paper. Cut a small strip of teal patterned paper (the same as you used for the background) to place vertically on the side of the card on the patterned black card stock behind where the image will be place.  Print off and color digi image.  Using a distress ink tool, work some of each the distress inks onto various parts of the image giving it an aged and weathered look. Ink all edges of the image panel using brown ink. Sprinkle some Pumice Stone distress embossing powder to various parts of the card and set using a heat tool.  Mat the image onto a plain black cardstock.  Die cut the ornate die using a brown patterned paper and a manual die cutting machine.  Ink the edges of the die cut using a brown ink.   Adhere the ornate die cut to the back of the matted image.   Apply washi tape horizontally on the side of the card opposite of where you have applied the strip of teal patterned paper.  Adhere image to card using 3D pop dots to create dimension.  Die cut the anchor in solid black card stock and adhere over washi tape.  Stamp sentiment and ink all edges in brown colored ink.  Adhere to card using 3D pop dots on one end and some scor tape on the end that will lay flat against the image.    For the finishing touch add some baby blue Stickles to the waves around the lighthouse.  You now have a masculine card ready to use for the next occasion you are needing one!

This card has been shared in the following challenges...
Cards in Envy..."When Nature Calls"

Guest Designing for Crafty Boots

  I'm so excited to say that Crafty Boots Challenge blog invited me to guest design for them in their current challenge "Things with Wings".

Now if you've been following me for the last little while, you know that I have jumped onto the Pocket Letter bandwagon....so I decided to do a pocket letter page showcasing some things with wings!

Here is how it turned out...

We've got several birds and some butterflies as well!
I love this page from the Graphic 45 Collection "Botanical Tea".
I decided to just add some pearl corners, some Glitter Ritz to the rose and then let the picture be the beauty that it is.  My little RAK gifts will slip in behind the image on this one...because I just cannot bear to distract from this image!  (Or maybe I'll just keep this one for myself and make it the cover page for my binder!  LOL)

I do hope you'll head on over to the Crafty Boots Challenge blog for a peek at what the other guest designers have created for the mid posting of the current challenge.  Maybe you'll even be inspired to create something to enter as well...there's still a little time left!  You may be their next guest designer!

Until next time...

This creation has been shared in the following challenges...
All Crafts Challenge..."Anything But a Card"
Crafting from the Heart..."Anything Goes"
Not Just Cards Challenges..."Anything Goes"
Whoopsi Daisy Challenges..."Things with Wings"
613 Avenue Create..."Anything Goes with optional twist of Feminine"

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