Bible Journaling with Heartfelt Creations

Hello and Welcome!

It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, and I've decided to do something a little different with the gorgeous "Sparkling Poinsettia" collection this week!  I'm super excited, and I hope you will be by the end of this post as well!  While you visit, I want you to keep people in mind who would enjoy this idea...because what I'm about to share with you coupled with a beautiful card will make one special gift for someone on your holiday list this year!

Have you heard of Bible Journaling?  I don't just mean writing notes in your Bible or a separate journal...I mean adding artwork...whether it be your own hand drawn art or by using rubber stamps, scrapbooking papers, etc.  

I recently purchased an ESV Journaling Bible and decided to give this a try.  The one benefit that I have found with studying the Bible this way is that while you are creating, you really have the time to meditate on what you've read and what the Word has spoken to you.  I also find that I recall what I have read much better!

Now, it dawned on me one day that there were images in the "Sparkling Poinsettia" collection that would be perfect for Bible Journaling!  I decided to use several stamps, and to fussy cut some images from within the paper pack to show you just how well both of these methods would work!

Let's take a look...

As you can see, I've stamped the babe in the manger image and also used one of the sentiment strips from the paper collection.  I've added a sequin to the centre of the star and added some Stickles to the star as well as the word "gift".  

Here's a closer peek...

Now how about a look at the second page...

I once again used a stamp from the collection and decided to fussy cut some of the smaller images from the paper collection.  I've once again added sequins and Stickles to the sentiment image.  

Here's a close up...

I have to admit a little secret...I cannot draw, and when I first saw Bible Journaling, I was a tad disappointed thinking it would not be for me!  Then I started seeing that a few people were using stamps...and I thought I could certainly handle that...and why not use some paper from paper collections that would fit into the devotionals I was doing.  After all, there is not a wrong way of doing this as far as I can tell.  It's time spent with God while using your creative side!

Now, at the beginning of this blog post I mentioned pairing this with a beautiful holiday card.  Imagine presenting someone with a Journaling Bible this holiday season in which you have already added a few embellishments and images as a personal touch and gift from you along with a card from the same paper collection.  Wouldn't that make a great gift idea for a granddaughter, grandson, prayer sister, etc.  The reason I say to you to add in a few images already completed is because you cannot imagine how many of us have sat and stared at our journaling Bibles for weeks before daring to make that first entry!  LOL  

Here's the Christmas card I created for this set!
I loved the sentiment which was on a premade card panel!
It totally went with the idea that I was wanting to portray in the journaling in the Word.  

 Here it is...

I decided to cut the sentiment into strips so I could arrange it the way I wanted to around the fussy cut image I added to the square premade card panel.  I fashioned two poinsettias and some leaves.
I did make a tiny boo boo with my flowers this go round.  I had wanted to add glitter to them before adhering them to the card...and I forgot.  As I sat in my craft room, I spied some glitter hairspray from my daughters old dance know can try anything once!  LOL
And, I sprayed those flowers with that glitter hairspray!  Ha, ha, ha!
Well, it wasn't enough glitter for me as it was soooo  very I spotted a small container of gold glitter way back in the back of my shelving....wellll.....yup, I dumped some on there while the hairspray was still wet!  Now we have sparkle!  Now the hairspray I was using was Walmart Halloween discount was good enough for those dance recitals where you needed to use one spray can a recital.  However, I wasn't sure it would hold that gold glitter to the bathroom I went to give those flowers a good spritz of my salon hairspray!  
I now you think I've lost it and I'm certifiable!

Here's a close up of those glitzy and sparkling poinsettias...

I added the card front to a 6"x6" card base and decided to place a matching panel inside this time as well, complete with a sentiment cut apart from another premade card panel.

Here's a peek...

And there you have it!
I hope I've inspired you today!
Maybe I've even given you a Christmas gift idea...or maybe you want to put this on your Christmas wish list!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing Christmas in July with me!
Hope you pop in again soon!
And, don't forget to stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to take in the beautiful Christmas in July projects the rest of the incredible and talented design team have created!

Until next time...

Project Supplies & Instructions

Bible Journaling Pages
 HCDP1-256  Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Pack
HCPC-3683  Joy To The World Cling Stamp Set

Other Products Used:  VersaFine Black Ink, VersaColor Pine Cone Ink, Xyron Sticker Maker, Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils 024, 097, 103, 007, 085, 086, 065, 047 & 050, Spectum Noir blending stumps & blending solution, Stickles - Crystal & Gold, Illustrated Faith Alpha Stickers & Bible mat, sequins, paper trimmer, scissors, Journaling Bible, small glue dots

The passage that has been journaled here is the birth of Christ in Luke chapter 2.  First Page Instructions:  Begin by stamping the babe in a manger image onto the corner of your journaling Bible page. (Note:  you must use a permanent ink for this application and it will show through slightly on the other side of the page.)  Color using blendable pencils and blending solution.  Locate the sentiment strip pictured in photo and cut to size to accent the side of the margin as shown.  Ink all edges with a brown colored ink.  Adhere to Bible margin.  Choose the color, size and font of alpha stickers you wish to use and stick within the white space of the Bible margin as shown.  Fussy cut a small section of poinsettias from within the paper collection and add to bottom of sentiment strip joining the stamped image and the sentiment strip together.  Using a small glue dot, adhere sequin to the centre of the star.  Apply gold Stickles to the star image and crystal Stickles to the word "gift" and allow to dry.  (Your pages may wrinkle slightly where you have applied the glitter, however once dry and after having the Bible closed several days your pages will actually lay quite flat once again.)
Second Page Instructions:  Once again begin by stamping the Sentiment stamp as shown.  Color around the lettering using the pencil colors of your choice.  Locate the small images shown from within the paper collection and fussy cut, along with the same sentiment strip you used on the first page.  Ink all edges of the fussy cut pieces with brown ink.  Adhere all fussy cut pieces, slightly overlapping as shown to the margin of your journaling Bible.  Using small glue dots, adhere three sequins to the top of the stamped sentiment.  Outline the top decoration of the sentiment with gold Stickles.  Apply crystal Stickles to the letters of the sentiment.  Allow to dry.  You have now completed the decorating portion of your journaling Bible for Luke 2 - take time to reflect on the story and the gift that was given as you complete this project.  You may now also add any personal notes you wish journal about in and around the embellishments.  Coupled with a beautiful card, this would make a wonderful Christmas gift for a loved one, friend or prayer partner.

Coordinating Christmas Card
 HCDP1-256  Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection
HCPC-3680  Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-766  Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Tool Kit
TSMP707  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Bamboo Leaves
TSMP708  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Olive Grove
TSMP301  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Rhubarb Stalk
TSMP103  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Cantaloupe
TSMP808  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Espresso Truffle
SMP001  Stamp Mat Pad
273900  Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  VersaFine Black Ink, VersaColor Pine Cone Ink, Memento Dye Ink Pad - Angel Pink & Lady Bug, Aged Ochre Embossing Enamel, BigShot manual die cutting machine, gold edged pearls, glitter hairspray, regular hairspray, heat tool, Martha Stewart fine gold glitter, scissors, paper trimmer, gold seed beads, Viva Decor InkaGold metallic paint, white card stock, Xyron Sticker Maker, sponge finger daubers, water, mist bottle

Locate the premade card panel shown within the Sparkling Poinsettia paper collection, as well as the image located on the left side of the card and the sentiment strips as shown on the top and bottom of the card. Fussy cut the shepherd image and trim sentiment strips to the correct size.  Ink the edges of all the pieces including the premade card panel with a brown colored ink.  Adhere sentiment strips and fussy cut image to card panel as shown. Using a heat tool, melt your embossing enamel to the upper corner above the image as well as the opposite lower corner.  Next locate the small greeting card panel that has the verse as shown.  Cut the verse into strips and ink all edges with a brown colored ink.  Adhere to card front.  Next ink one stamping of the Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set in Memento Expresso Truffle.  Using a finger dauber, start building your pink and red tone inks onto the stamped images.  Die cut using the coordinating die.  Using a small spritz of water and the deluxe flower shaping tool kit, shape two double poinsettias.  Using your finger tip, apply just a small amount of the Viva Decor Gold Metallic paint to various areas on the flowers.  Add gold colored seed beads to the centre of each bloom. Adhere to card front.  Stamp one inking of the holly leaves again using the Espresso Truffle ink.  Once again using finger daubers, build your green ink colors onto the images working from lightest to darkest tones.  Shape using a spritz of water as well as the deluxe flower shaping tool kit.  Melt a small amount of embossing enamel onto each leaf using a heat tool.  Adhere among the flowers as shown.  Apply a few sprays of glitter hairspray to each flower.  While the hairspray is still wet, sprinkle a tiny amount of fine loose glitter to each bloom.  Then set with a strong hairspray.  To finish add three large gold trimmed pearls as shown. Adhere card front to a 6"x6" card base.  
To complete the inside of the card, locate the matching premade card panel that you've used on the front of the card and trim down slightly so you will have a white border around the panel when mounted. Ink all edges using a brown colored ink.  Locate the "Christmas Blessings" sentiment strip and cut to size to add to the top and bottom of the inside card panel, mimicking the way the front sentiment strips have been applied.  Locate the small premade greeting panel with the verse pictured.  Cut into strips as you did previously with the front verse.  Ink all edges with a brown colored ink.  Adhere to card as shown.  Using a heat tool, melt embossing enamel onto the card panel as you did with the card front.  Adhere card panel to the inside of the card. 
This card has been created to complement the Bible Journaling pages showcased on todays post.  Coupled with a personalized Journaling Bible this would make an excellent holiday gift set for that special loved one, friend or prayer partner on your holiday list.

A Heartfelt Creations Surprise...

Did you see the little write up that Emma Lou from Heartfelt Creations left on the HC blog last week about having a little secret surprise for today's post?
If you read it, did you catch the hint and come up with any idea of what it might be?

Here's a quick's something that the Heartfelt Creations customers were asking for and ties in with the Peacock Paisley Collection.  
That's right, there have been three new dies added to the collection that have been released today!
There are two dies that coordinate with the peacock images in the collection, and a coordinating die for the peacock feather as well!
Woo didn't Heartfelt Creations come through!

So, to celebrate the new release, I've created a card using one of the new dies!

Here's a peek...

I've created my own background paper using just white card stock, the Peacock Paisley stamp, my Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils and some blending solution.  A designer paper strip from the paper collection along with a sentiment strip make quick additional interest elements to the card.  I've used a dark blue ink to stamp the image on the centre of the pre made card panel.  I've stamped the peacock image in black ink and colored with my blendable pencils as well.  I decided to make this peacock extra regal by actually using the flowers on his tail, with the largest bloom acting as plume feathers along with the shaped leaves in the background.  The colors of the flowers on this card had me working wwwaaayyy out of my comfort zone.  I am one of those people that likes my flowers to look like those in nature...daisies are white, yellow, mauve, etc.  It used to drive me crazy when I worked at the florist shop when we would spray paint real flowers all sorts of odd, out of the ordinary colors.  I think in the case of this card, the odd and out of the ordinary flowers seem to work and I'm ok with how they came out!  LOL  

Here's a closer look...

Of course such a regal bird deserves some shimmer and sparkle.  I've used several different colors of Stickles on the flowers and added some sequins around the bird image itself.  The centres of the flowers are simply gold colored seed beads purchased at the local Dollar Tree. 
(For full detailed instructions, please see end of blog post)

Well, I hope you've enjoyed the surprise that we at Heartfelt Creations have had for you today!
These new dies were highly requested ideas from HC customers, and I have no doubt that they will be well don't wait too long before you snatch yours up! 
The Heartfelt Creations blog is chalked full of fantastic creations again this week, so be sure to stop by there on your way to the online store!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
 HCDP1-252  Peacock Paisley Paper Collection
HCPC-3660  Peacock Swirls Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3658  Daisy Flourish Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3656  Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3659  Peacock Paisley Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-760  Delightful Daisy Die
HCD1-771 Peacock Paisley Die
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
TSMP607  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Nautical Blue
TSMP602  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Teal Zeal
TSMP701  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Cottage Ivy
SMP001  Stamp Mat Pad
273900  Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  5" x 7" premade card base, white card stock, VersaFine Black Ink, Memento Dye Ink Pad - Dandelion, Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils 011, 046, 053, 059, 062 & 072, Spectrum Noir Blending Stumps & Blending Solution, Stickles - Ice Blue & Diamond, gold seed beads, Big Shot manual die cutting machine, sequins, acrylic stamp block, washi tape for masking, 3D pop dots, sponge daubers, water, mist water bottle, scor tape

Cut a 5" x 7" piece of white card stock.  Create your own background paper on the white card stock using black ink and the Peacock Paisley stamp.  Color using blendable pencils and blending solution.  Locate the small pre made card panel in the paper collection as shown, as well as the small blue floral piece of designer paper. Using a dark blue ink, stamp the floral image in the white  centre area of the pre made card panel after masking off the areas that you do not wish to have the image overlap.  Mat the card panel using the blue floral paper as the background.  Now, locate the decorative strip as shown on the side of the card along with the sentiment strip.  Trim each to fit card as shown.  Adhere decorative strip to side of the card, following with the matted premade card panel.  Next adhere the sentiment strip as shown.  Using black ink and white card stock, stamp one peacock image.  Color and blend using pencils and blending solution.  Cut using a manual die cutting machine and the coordinating peacock die.  Adhere to card front as shown using 3D pop dots.  Using dark blue ink and white card stock stamp one inking of the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set.  Using finger sponge daubers, first apply yellow ink to the centres, teal to the mid section of each bloom and then a dark green to the edges of each flower gently blending the colors as you go.  Cut using the coordinating die and manual die cutting machine.  Shape using a mist of water and the deluxe flower shaping kit.  Build each double bloom and adhere to peacock image as shown. Apply gold seed beads to the centres of each flower.  Using a piece of bluish green patterned paper from the paper collection, stamp two images of the small leaf in the Delightful Daisies set using a dark blue ink.  Shape using a mist of water and the deluxe flower shaping tool kit.  Adhere both leaves behind the large flower on the peacock image.  Add sequins around the peacock as desired.  Using your fingertip, apply Ice Blue Stickles to the centres of each of the petals on all of the flowers.  After the initial stickles have dried, apply Diamond Stickles to each of the tips of the flower petals using the tip of the bottle.  Also apply some Diamond Stickles to the body of the peacock as well. Lastly adhere your card front to a 5" x 7" white card base. You now have an any occasion card ready to bless someone special.

This card has been shared in the following challenges...
Crafting from the Heart..."Anything Goes"
Craft Your Passion..."Anything Goes"
Incy Wincy Designs..."Things With Wings"
Love to Scrap..."Anything Goes"
Whoopsi Daisy..."Bling it On"
Through the Craft Room Door..."Anything Goes"

He has Called My Name & I Am His...

Good Morning, Afternoon or Evening depending on where you call home!
I'm glad you're here!

It seems like such a long time since I've done a post about something I do just for me, so 
I thought I would show you what I worked on last night!

I recently purchased a Journaling Bible along with the Illustrated Faith "Genesis" collection from Bella Boulevard.  They have been sitting in my home for almost two weeks and I have been eager to get started however also trembling in fear to begin!  LOL
My perfectionist tendencies definitely have kicked in on this one and I really need to move's ok if it won't be perfect!

So, I started to read the first section of the "Genesis" Bible may think that it's the study of the first book in the Bible...but actually it's not.  
The first verse that was listed to focus on was in Isaiah 43.  I decided to go with the entire chapter, and it was actually verse one that my attention was drawn to...especially the last statement or promise...

"I have called you by name and you are Mine"

Here's how my very first journaling page turned out in my Journaling Bible...

I've used some of the stickers to journal out the verse that were included in the kit.  Now since I cannot draw at all...LOL...I've used a Prima Doll Stamp for the image.  I thought she looked like she was really owning the promise...something I need to do more often.  I've colored her with my Spectrum Noir blending pencils and blending solution.  The image does show through on the other side of the page, as I feared it would...see here is where I have to let go of the perfection...however I really was not wanting to use clear Gesso to prep the I guess I cannot expect perfection then.

The funny thing about perfection is that it also works it's way into your relationship with God.  I tend to feel that I am not worthy and fail in so many ways in my walk with Christ...which often leads me to setting aside my Bible reading and prayer...after all if I can't do it perfectly, why do it at all.  Now, I know that's not the right and I know that God is not asking for perfection.  It is just simply a tool that Satan uses to try to separate us from our Saviour...and I fall for it all too often.
The verse that spoke to me clearly says that I belong to does not have any clauses attached to it...there is no perfection expected!

Here's a bit of a closer look at the page...

Well that's all for me today!
I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared with you!

Until next time...

This journaling page has been shared in the following challenges...
Word Art Wednesday..."Anything Goes"
All Crafts Challenge..."Anything Goes"

Candle in the Window...

As I sit here scheduling this blog post, I've just finished creating and have been listening to Christmas music as I worked.  Seems too funny as the weather outside is frightful...but in a very hot sort of way!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by to visit with me today!
I'm so glad you're here!
Did you catch the new release last week of the "Sparkling Poinsettia" Collection by Heartfelt Creations?  It is certain to make all of you holiday card creating or memory preserving a simple task this year!

I'm showcasing the collection with another card this week.  
I love the tradition that some people have of putting up candles in their windows during the holiday season.  It's not something I do as we live in a rural area, and no one would take notice...but I love driving around in the local towns and villages in the evening and seeing those pretty candles all a glow.  This tradition is what has inspired my project this week.

Shall we take a peek...

I wanted to give the card the appearance of snow softly falling across the window panes and used white embossing enamel, and Diamond Stickles to achieve that effect.  I've also used some of the Aleene's Glitter Snow where the "window sill" would be.  (And yes, it discolored on me again as it wicked up the color from the Distress Stain I used on the window frame...I had to get a little creative and throw in some Diamond and Gold colored Stickles!  I really need to find a different snow product...but you know you gotta use up what you have first, right?)

I've stamped the image on a premade card panel that you find in the paper collection.  It was perfect as the white space was off to the side where I wanted the candle to peek through the window.  
For the poinsettias I've used several different colors of Memento Inks and love how the color combination came out!

 A close up of the flowers shows a better view of the color scheme and the shimmer on the tips of the petals. 

 Of course, since I wanted the appearance of the weather to be "snowing" I just had to incorporate the Arianna Lace die cuts!  They are just so very beautiful and just make the card seem extra delicate.  Top of the card with a ribbon and a few berry clusters and I was good to go...and add sparkle of course!  I just cannot create a Christmas card that does not have some element of sparkle to it...and maybe I've gone a tad overboard on this one!  Ha, ha, ha.

Well, now it's your turn!
Set your air conditioner to frosty, get the holiday carols playing and cook up a mug of hot chocolate! Get a jump start on creating those Christmas wishes you want to send out early December.  
And of course, if you're looking for more wonderful inspiration, be sure to check out the Heartfelt Creations blog as well!  The amazing team of designers work so hard to give you fresh and new ideas each week!

Until next time...

Project Supplies & Instructions
 HCDP1-256 Sparkling Poinsettia Designer Paper Collection
HCD1-765  Large Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCPC 3679  Large Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-766  Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCPC 3680  Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3681  Sparkling Poinsettia Candle Cling Stamp
HCD1-747  Arianna Lace Die
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
272486  Cameo Sparklets
TSMP801  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Potter's Clay
TSMP708  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Olive Grove
TSMP707  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Bamboo Leaves
TSMP301  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Rhubarb Stalk
TSMP103  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Cantaloupe
SMP001  Rubber Stamp Mat Pad
273900  Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  white card stock, Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine, BigShot manual die cutting machine, Memento Dye Ink Pad - Love Letter, Silhouette Design Store Design ID #12956, Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Walnut, ribbon, Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils - 025, 026, 093, 094, 058, 108, 084, & 107,  Spectrum Noir Blending Solution, Spectrum Noir Blending Stumps,  Stickles - Patina, Champagne, Diamond, Cranberry & Gold, Aleenes Glitter Snow, VersaFine Black Ink, scissors, sponge daubers, Stampendous White Embossing Enamel, 3D pop dots, heat tool, scor tape, mist bottle, water, washi tape for masking

Using your Silhouette Cameo and design program, size your card base and window frame to a 5" x 7" card base.  Cut both base and frame from white card stock using your electronic die cutting machine.  Apply a thin coat of Tim Holtz Distress Stain to the window frame and set aside to dry.  Locate one of the 5"x7" pre made card panels within the paper collection that has white space off to one side.  Decide where you would like to stamp candle image and mask off any area you do not wish to have the image appear.  Before stamping, be sure to double check that placement of the candle image will appear as you want it to in the window.  Stamp image and color using blendable pencils and blending solution. Next, drop small amounts of white embossing enamel onto the pre made image panel and stamped image.  Set with heat tool.  Continue this process until you have achieved the "falling snow" look you desire.  Add several areas of white embossing enamel to the brown window frame itself and heat set as well.  Next build up several layers of Aleene's Glitter Snow to the bottom of the window ledge, allowing each layer to dry slightly in between.  Adhere window frame to image panel.  Next, moving along to the handshaped flowers, stamp as many poinsettia images as you wish to incorporate. (In this example, the largest poinsettia has been created using the large poinsettia image and coordinating die, as well as the largest image and die from the multiple image set.  Then a complete set of the multiple images have been used to create the other two smaller poinsettias.) Using sponge finger daubers and your Memento inks, begin building your colors on top of one another. Spritz with a tiny bit of water and shape using flower shaping kit.  Assemble flowers and set aside to dry.  Cut one of each of the snowflake shapes in the Arianna Lace Die set.  Place the largest one on the bottom corner where you will place your largest poinsetta, and the second one at the top of the card as shown.  Adhere your flowers to your card base over your lace die cuts as pictured. Adhere ribbon to card base.  Stamp two sets of the holly leaves and once again die cut and color using your Memento inks and sponge daubers.  Arrange and adhere around floral arrangements and bow once happy with placement.  Once again using the Arianna Lace Die, cut four of the swirls in the collection using white card stock.  Adhere over and around leaves as shown.  Locate your die cut berry clusters and color using Memento ink.  Shape and adhere to card base around several poinsettias and to centre of bow. Locate small square panel with the pictured sentiment image on the tags and embellishments page in the paper collection.  Fussy cut and apply using 3D pop dots.  Now it's time to bring on the sparkle...apply Champagne Stickles to the edges of the Poinsettia leaves, and a Cameo Sparklet to the centre of each flower.  Apply Diamond Stickles to the Arianna Lace snowflake die cuts, and Patina Stickles to the Arianna Lace swirl die cuts. Also apply some Diamond Stickles to the Aleene's Glitter Snow for some added shimmer.  For the berry clusters, add just a touch of red and gold stickles to the tops.  Lastly, apply some Gold Stickles around the outside of the window frame, and also a touch to the snow on the window sill as well...and just a touch of a few spots of Diamond Stickles among the white embossed enamel snow to give it a hit of shine.  You are now ready to dazzle someone this Christmas with a poinsettia card that brings out the sparkle of the holiday season!

Wishing You a Blessed Christmas...

Hello and Welcome Back!

It's new release day with Heartfelt Creations and I'm sure you've guessed by the title of my blog post that we're debuting the Christmas Collection today!  
The new release is entitled "Sparkling Poinsettias"...and here's a little about it...

Rediscover the majesty, serenity and pageantry of Christmas with Heartfelt Creations' Sparkling Poinsettia Collection.  This glorious ensemble of stamps, dies and papers captures the stately splendor of Christmas with a regal color palette of burgundy, evergreen, taupe and cream.  Radiant poinsettias take center stage amidst a host of traditional Nativity scenes, twinkling candles, drifting snowflakes, lacy flourishes, exuberant banners and Heartfelt  greetings that are worthy of the King of Kings.  Six detailed stamp sets echo the glorious images found in the paper collection and two coordinating die sets can be used to create sparkling poinsettias that will never wilt or fade.  Chronicle sweet memories of the season, share holiday joy with family and friends, hail the holy babe born in the manger and deck the halls with Sparkling Poinsettia!

This collection is simply always!  LOL

I love love love poinsettias...I think I own more poinsettia dies than any other flower dies in my ever growing collection!

The card I created for today is rather simple...
I've used one of the pre printed card panels which makes creating super quick!
Add a beautiful frame die cut to the card front using 3D pop up dots and you're almost there!

Let's take a look...

...and how about a close up of those "Sparkling Poinsettias"...

I've used both of the poinsettia stamp sets and dies included in the collection to create the 3D flowers.  As you can see I've used a snow texture paste on them...Aleene's Glitter Snow to be exact.  I had not worked with this product much before and I was slightly disappointed.  The red color under the snow did start to weep through so I had to use quite a lot of the snow....allowing it to dry in between building up the layers.  (If you have used a better product than this to achieve your snow covered look, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!)  Before the last layer of snow dried, I sprinkled some Glitter Ritz onto it to give those poinsettias a real sparkle.  I've used Gold Stickles to create the sparkle in the centres of the flowers.

The top poinsettia has been stamped, colored with distress markers, fussy cut and then had a dimensional flower added over top.  The other two blossoms have been created just using the stamp and die combination.  A few white pearls complete the look...and have a Christmas card ready to add to your ready made stash...and it's only July!  Woohoo!
I've always found that the key to making a fantastic Christmas card is to make it early!  LOL
The holiday season has so much going on, and it's such a relief if you have all of your card creating finished!  Heartfelt Creations Online Store can help you with that...but don't delay as I know that the "I Want it All" set will most likely sell out rather quickly!

Well, that's all for me today!
Do stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog as there are the most amazing creations there again this week!
The team just never runs out of fresh and inspiring designs!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1 256   Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection
HCPC3679  Large Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCD1 - 765  Large Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCD1 - 766  Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCPC3680  Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCPC3682  Sparkling Poinsettia Swirl Cling Stamp Set
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
SMP001  Stamp Mat Pad
273900  Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  5"x7" premade card base, white card stock, VersaFine Black ink, VersaColor Pine Cone ink, Ranger Distress Markers - Aged Mahogany, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutter, Pine Needles & Mustard Seed,  Spellbinders  Card Creator Heirloom Legace Die, BigShot manual die cutting machine, pearls, Aleene's Glitter Snow, Glitter Ritz, Gold Stickles, scissors, Spellbinders Classic Ovals (Lg) Dies, water bottle mister, water, small paint brush to apply snow medium

Begin with a 5"x7" premade card base.  Locate the 5"x7" pre printed background panel as shown.  Die cut the centre oval out of the background panel using the correct size Spellbinders oval die.  Locate the small sentiment pre printed card panel as shown.  Once again using an oval die and your manual die cutting machine, cut the sentiment to the correct size to be placed in the oval die cut area in the background panel. Using a brown colored ink, ink all edges on the background panel as well as the die cut oval sentiment.  Adhere background panel to card base.  Using white card stock and the Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy die, create the frame for the card front.  Using 3D pop dots, adhere frame to the pre printed background.  Using the 3D pop dots once again, adhere the oval sentiment to the centre of the card base.  Using black ink and  white card stock, stamp the two buildable poinsettia floral stamp images,  as well as the poinsettia swirl image.  Color using distress markers.  Fussy cut the poinsettia swirl image using sharp scissors.  Cut the flower images using the coordinating dies and your manual die cutting machine.  Using a mist of water and deluxe flower shaping tools, shape flowers and leaves and assemble.  Adhere flowers and  leaves to card. Apply several layers of snow medium to each flower, allowing drying time between each layer.  After applying the last layer, sprinkle with Glitter Ritz before the texture medium dries to create a gorgeous shimmer.  Add gold Stickles to the centres of each flower.  For the finishing touch, add two groupings of pearls as shown.  You are now one card closer to completing your Christmas greetings for those special people in your world!

This card has been shared in the following challenges...
Clear it Out Challenge Blog..."Anything Goes" - stash item is Aleene's Glitter Snow
Creative Card Crew..."Die Cuts"
Digi Choosday..."Christmas in July"
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges..."Winter Wonderland"
Through the Craft Room Door..."Anything Goes"
Craft Your Passion..."Anything Goes"
Get Creative Challenges..."Must Include Flowers"
Ohhh La La Creations..."All that Glitters"
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long..."Snow or Glitter"
Winter Wonderland..."All that Glitters"
Crafty Hazelnut's Chrismtas Challenge..."Include a Sentiment"
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra..."July Challenge"

Simple Elegance...

Hello and Welcome!

I'm back today with a Heartfelt Creations post...but before we move along to today's project, I just have to ask...have you seen the sneak peek of the new release?
It's the "Sparkling Poinsettia" collection....and oh my oh's splendid! can expect Christmas in July here on the blog!
How fun!

Well, moving along to the business at hand...I've created a simple card set to share with you today!
Nothing over the top this week...just a quick peek at how to create a simple but elegant note card with the fabulous stamps in the "Blazing Poppy" collection.

Now, we all know that "foiling" is the new rage in the crafting world.  
A few months ago while attending a scrapbook crop, I asked one of the retailers there about the new foiling machine.  She mentioned that she didn't carry the machine as she had found a way to use her laminator to create the same effect.  Well...I'm all for that as I had a cheap Walmart laminator at home and was certainly willing to give her technique a try!
(Instructions are included at the end on how to achieve this technique!)

Here's the result...

I'm sorry the photos are not the was really hard to get a good picture with the shimmer of the foil!  LOL

I've used the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil in "Holographic" for this project...and as you can see in the photo, some images have a more blue tone and some a more pink on the foil.  This foil really really shimmers in all sorts of colors but is super elegant at the same time.  

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

...and a look at the second set...

Sometimes it's just nice to create a more quick and simple card, but you still want it to be covered in elegance.  Foiling is a quick and easy way to do that!  Add a few sequins and you have pretty little note cards that are perfect for any occasion.  
(For full instructions and project supplies please see the bottom of blog post.)

Lastly, have you checked out the Heartfelt Creations blog today?
I promise you that there is an abundance of inspiration, new techniques to try, educational videos and all around just gorgeous projects!  Don't delay!

Thanks again for stopping by today!
I'd love to hear what you think of this foiled don't be shy...feel free to leave a comment!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1-255  Blazing Poppy Paper Collection
HCPC-3677  Blazing Poppy Stems Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3676  Blazing Poppy Vase Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3675  Blazing Poppy Corner and Border Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3674  Blazing Poppy Petals Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-764  Blazing Poppy Die
HCPC-3673  Heartfelt Sentiments Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3666  Everyday Hero Cling Stamp Set
SMP001  Rubber Stamp Mat Pad
273900  Zip Dry Glue

Other Products Used:  white card stock, black card stock, white copier paper,  holographic foil, laser photocopier, laminator, VersaFine black ink, black and silver sequins, black embossing powder, 3D pop dots, heat tool

Cut four pieces of white card stock measuring 6 3/4 " x 4 3/4" and fold in half to create four small note sized cards.  Using black ink, stamp the images onto regular white copier paper and allow to dry.  Once dry, using a laser photocopier (an ink jet printer will not work for this technique), copy the stamped image sheet onto white card stock.   Cut pieces of foil just large enough to cover each of the images.  Warm up laminator and cut the stamped image sheet in half so you can send two images through the laminator at the same time.  Follow foil instruction as to how to place on image.  Using a clean piece of copier paper, fold it over the images and foil you are about to laminate.  Send the images through the warm laminator.  The ink on the images will be warmed just enough to adhere the foil to the stamped images.  Allow card stock to cool slightly and then remove foil...your images should now be foiled.  Repeat for second batch of images. Trim each image to fit onto the small note sized card.  Mat each image onto a slightly larger piece of black card stock.  Adhere matted images to card.  Choose  sentiments, stamp in black ink and sprinkle with black embossing powder.  Heat embossing powder with heat tool.  Adhere sentiments using 3D pop dots to desired location on card. Add sequins as desired.  You now have simple, but elegant note cards ready for several occasions or to present to someone as a gift or small token of appreciation!   

Thanks for visiting!

Thanks for visiting!