Take Time to Relax...

Hello and a Big Warm Welcome!
Most of the craziness of the Christmas season has passed and now it's time to take a little time to relax!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!
We landed up not having to dream of a white Christmas...we received a beautiful dumping just before and it really did help with the holiday spirit!  I hope Santa was good to you and you received a little crafty stash among other things!  I also hope you took some time to think about the real reason that we celebrate Christmas...to remember the best gift mankind has ever been given!

It's hard to believe that this year is coming to a close so quickly!  This is probably my last blog post for 2015!  Wow!  Where does the time go?

For this week's Heartfelt Creations project, I decided to create an interactive gift card holder using one of the flip fold album pieces as well as a pocket from the album collection.  

Here's a look at how the card looks when it's closed and bundled with a stretchy ribbon belly band...

...and here's a peek at the card completely open...

I decided to use one of the pockets in the flip fold album collection to create the gift card holder part of this creation.  I've added a magnetic closure with a faux button closure on the front.  (If you're wondering how to add the magnet, please see the instructions below for a video tutorial.)

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

I've added the steaming "Enjoy" die cut sentiment to the coffee cup setting on the card image and then added some Stickles to give it a shine.  I've also added a stamped image of the smaller coffee cup to the page on the right, along with the small spoon.  I've used Stickles on the spoon as well.
On the left hand page, I've used one of the essential borders dies to frame the paper.

Moving along to the other fold out portions of the card...

I've stamped the medium sized coffee cup image along with the large whipped topping image.  I've colored it, and then added the whipped topping to create a small note card to accompany the gift card.  I've used another one of the essential borders die to hold the card in place.  

And, there you have my project for this week!
I hope you've been inspired and have been encouraged to use the flip fold album inserts for interesting and one of a kind cards as well.
Be sure to stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog as well to see the other amazing creations the team have "brewed" up for you!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1-261  Coffee Talk Paper Collection
HCPC-3709  Coffee Talk Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3711  Latte Art Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-782  Coffee Talk Die
HCPC-3651  Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-758  Botanical Wings Die
HCD1-783  Border Essentials Die
HCD1-779  Regal Borders and Pockets Die
HCFP1-433-3  Pocket and Flip Fold Inserts A - Kraft
HCFP1-434-3  Pocket and flip Fold Inserts B - Kraft
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
SMP001  Stamp Mat Pad
TSMP805  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Toffee Crunch
TSMP704  Memento Dye Ink Pad - New Sprout
TSMP604  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Summer Sky
TSMP607  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Nautical Blue
159723  Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
352854  Metal Glue Tip - Art Institute

Other Products Used:  VersaColor Pine Cone Ink, VersaFine Black Ink, scor tape, scissors, paper trimmer, ruffled  elastic ribbon, Distress Ink - Antique Linen & Vintage Photo, Distress Markers - Scattered Straw, Iced Spruce & Vintage Photo,  Stickles - Diamond,  distress ink tool, BigShot die cutting machine, white card stock, water, spritz bottle

For a full tutorial on how to add a magnet to your creation please see video here

For a full tutorial on how to shape the Botanical Rose, please see video here

Open the long flip fold insert and begin by die cutting both ends of the flip fold insert using one of the long die edges in the Regal Borders and Pockets Die set, making sure that the ends are cut so they will match up when closed.  Choose the patterned papers that you wish to use in the project from the paper collection, or as shown.  Measure and cut the papers for the panels that need to have the edges die cut to match the die cut edges on the card.  Measure the remaining panels and cut papers chosen to correct size.  Ink all edges on each of the pieces using a brown colored ink.  Adhere all pieces to card base.   Next add magnet to small gift card holder pocket.  Measure, cut and adhere papers to pocket. Adhere pocket to card base.   Using white card stock and black ink, stamp one inking of the spoon, coffee cup, small coffee cup, Enjoy sentiment and large whipped topping image. Using distress markers color details on cups and topping image.  Add base color using a distress tool or finger dauber to all images.  Die cut using coordinating dies.  Using a scissor, or sharp craft knife, cut a slit in the medium sized coffee cup and insert whipped topping to create a little note card.  Adhere sentiment, spoon, and small coffee cup as shown.   Lastly apply Stickles to whipped topping, sentiment, spoon and spoon and tie together using a ruffled elastic ribbon. Stamp one inking of the Botanical Rose stamp and one inking of the leaves using a dark blue ink.  Using sponge daubers, ink the centers of the flowers using a light beige ink, and the outer portions of the petals using a light blue ink.  Cut using the coordinating die, shape flowers using the flower shaping kit along with a spritz of water. Create one rose blossom using all of the flower die cuts.  Ink leaves with a light green ink and cut using coordinating die.  Shape using deluxe flower shaping kit and a spritz of water.  Adhere rose and leaves to ribbon as shown. Remove the ribbon belly band from the card and allow to dry separately so it will not stick to the background paper. Add gift card. 

This card has been entered in the following challenges...
Allsorts Challenge Blog..."Anything But Christmas"

Tidings of Comfort & Joy...

I'm so glad you've had a chance to pop by my blog today, just before Christmas!
We're just a few days away...are you ready?
I have to admit that I'm looking forward to slowing down a bit over the holiday season and having a bit of a less hectic schedule. 

Seeing it's Wednesday...you know what that means!
It's a Heartfelt Creations posting day!

I decided to post a Christmas card that I created for classes that I taught in November.  
You may have caught a glimpse of it in the class advertisement.
I decided that I would share it on the Heartfelt Creations blog and share the instructions with everyone as well...you never know if you all of a sudden have a last minute card to create because someone was accidentally forgotten.  

Here's a peek at the card...

This is a super fast card to make, and the addition of the glitter just brings it up a notch!
I've done some layering with pop dots to give it a touch of dimension as well.  

I've also completed the inside of this card.
Here's a peek on how it has been finished...

I've done some more layering with pop dots on the inside as well as some more glittering.  
I've added just a simple candle stamp impression to tie off the front and inside of the creation, and have still left some room for a handwritten holiday message.  

Well, that's all for me today!
I do hope you stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see some more wonderful creations made just for your viewing pleasure.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and are filled with God's peace and joy as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour...and all the best in the coming year!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1-256  Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection
HCPC-3681  Sparkling Poinsettia Candle Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3679  Large Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-765  Large Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
SMP001  Stamp Mat Pad
159723  Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
352854  Metal Glue Tip - Art Institute
TSMP301  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Rhubarb Stalk
TSMP707  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Bamboo Leaves

Other Products Used:  BigShot die cutting machine, Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, white card stock, scissors, paper trimmer, VersaFine Black ink, VersaColor Pine Cone ink, 3D pop dots, sponge daubers, Spellbinders Die - Wonderful Locket, water, mist bottle, Glitter Ritz - Transparent Copper Kettle, Zig 2 Way Glue Pen, Glossy Accents, Stickles - Xmas Red, washi tape

For full instructions on how to shape the Sparkling Poinsettia flower, please see video here.

Create a white card stock base measuring 6" x 6".  Cut out the square premade card panel from the paper collection featuring the candle image as shown.  Using a black ink, stamp the sentiment from the Sparkling Poinsettia Candle Cling Stamp Set in the upper corner and set aside to dry.  Locate the red and white decorative strips in the paper collection and cut to fit across the top of the card as well as another piece for the bottom.  Fussy cut a straight strip of poinsettias and leaves from the paper collection.  Ink all edges of all pieces including the card front panel using a brown colored ink. Adhere strips to card panel. Die cut the Spellbinders Wonderful Locket die using white card stock, and adhere to bottom corner where poinsettia will be placed.    Adhere the fussy cut poinsettia images using 3D pop dots slightly off to the side of the candle image.  Adhere to card front.

Stamp one inking of the Large Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set onto white card stock using black ink.  Color using sponge daubers or distress ink tool using the Memento Rhubarb Stalk and Vintage Photo Distress inks until you have reached the desired color intensity.  Color the leaves in the same manner using  Memento Bamboo Leaves.  Die cut flower and leaves using the coordinating die.  Shape using a light spritz of water and your flower shaping tools.  Adhere flower and leaves over top the popped up poinsettia images and locket die cut . Using the Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear and the fine metal glue tip, run along the veins of the flower petals.  Sprinkle with Transparent Copper Kettle Glitter Ritz.  Using a Zig 2 Way Glue Pen, add a touch of adhesive onto the petals of the poinsettias printed onto the paper surrounding the candle. Sprinkle with Glitter Ritz.  Apply Glossy Accents to the dripping wax on the candle, and Xmas Red Stickles to the berries printed on the patterned paper and set aside to dry.

Inside of Card: Locate and cut out the square premade card panel featuring the triple poinsettia grouping running along the bottom. Ink all edges with a brown colored ink.  Mask off the area you do not wish to have your stamped image appear on with washi tape.  Using black ink, stamp the candle image off to the side in the white open space.  Set aside to dry.  Locate the decorative green and white strip as well as the Merry Christmas sentiment strip.  Trim to fit the inside card panel and ink all edges with brown colored ink. Adhere to card as shown.  Fussy cut one of the corner poinsettia images from the paper collection and ink all edges with the brown colored ink.  Adhere to top corner of card opposite candle image using 3D pop dots.  Adhere to card base.  Using the Zip 2 Way Glue Pen, apply some glue to various parts on the poinsettias on the card and sprinkle with Glitter Ritz.  Apply the Xmas Red Stickles to the berries printed on the designer paper.  Allow to dry.

The Perfect Blend, is Coffee With a Friend...

...and that includes you!
So, grab yourself a cuppa and join me in another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday post!

Have you fallen in love with the Coffee Talk Collection that was released last week?
Do you have some coffee lovers on your list that you will be creating projects for?

This week I tried to keep things a little more simple in my creating...
I'm not sure that it really worked out that way when you see how everything has been layered and die cut, but with a little patience and some good measuring I know you can recreate this easily!

Here's a peek at the front of my card for this week...

You can't see it in this photo, but this card has three layers on the front of it to give it a bunch of dimension.  The cup itself has been popped up off of the inside of the card, so I knew I needed a little extra layering on the front of the card to give it the appearance I wanted.  

Here's a look at the inside of the card...

I thought the coffee beans and the spoon on the inside were the perfect finishing touches.

Now, this is one of those cards that I would include a tiny note inside as I wouldn't want to write my message on the bottom of the cup to have it show through to the front.  I actually do this with a lot of my cards, simply because then the recipient can regift the card if they want to.  (I'd rather have someone regift than throw away!  LOL)

I do hope you'll hop on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog as well to see the other wonderful and imaginative creations the rest of the team have come out with this week.

Until next time...

Project Supplies & Instructions
HCDP1-261  Coffee Talk Paper Collection
HCPC-3712  The Perfect Blend Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3709  Coffee Talk Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-782  Coffee Talk Die
HCD1-781  Coffee Mug Die
SMP001  Stamp Mat Pad
159723  Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
352854  Metal Glue Tip - Art Institute
85-glitter  Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter

Other Products Used:  white card stock, 3D pop dots, pearl embellishments, VersaFine Black ink,  VersaColor Pine Cone Ink, scissors, paper trimmer, pencil

For more ideas on how to use the Coffee Talk Collection, along with the Coffee Talk Cling Stamp Set and Die, please see video here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlwXTnWu9q8

Begin with a white 5"x7" card base.  For the card front background, locate the coffee bean paper within the paper collection and cut  just slightly smaller than the card base. Ink all edges using a brown ink. Locate the decorative paper as shown on the inside of card, and cut two pieces just slightly smaller than the card base as well. Ink all edges using a brown ink.  Adhere one of the pieces to the inside of the card base on right side where coffee mug image will be placed.    Find  the large image of the coffee mug in the paper collection.  Cut using coordinating die. Using your manual die cutting machine and the coffee mug die, cut the mug die cut into the front of the card base.  Closing card front, mark off where the die cut coffee mug image that you've cut from the paper collection will appear on the inside of the card.  Adhere die cut coffee mug image to the center of the card on the inside using pop dots.  Using white card stock, cut a piece the same size as the card front.  Using the coffee mug die and a manual die cutting machine, cut out a cup shaped centre after marking where you want the cut to appear using the already cut card front as a guide.   Using 3D pop dots, adhere cut white card stock panel to the card front.  Repeat the same process once more using the coffee bean decorative paper background you cut earlier.  Adhere to card front using pop dots.  Stamp several inkings onto light colored patterned paper from the collection of the coffee beans image, one of the coffee ring sentiment, as well as one of the spoon using black ink.  Die cut spoon using coordinating die and adhere to inside of card using pop dots as shown.  Fussy cut sentiment image as well as all coffee beans.  Adhere sentiment to front of card.  Arrange some of the coffee beans on the front of the card around the sentiment area, as well as on the top opposite corner, layering them slightly overlapping to create a flat base and then adding a few using the pop dots to create a dimensional effect.  Adhere a few layered coffee beans at bottom of coffee mug base on inside of card.  Locate sentiment strip pictured and cut to fit inside of card as shown.   Adhere pearl embellishments to mug.  Lastly, using the Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear trace all decorative swirls on mug and then glitter using a transparent glitter.  Allow to dry. 

Confessions of a Busy Crafter...

Hi Everyone!
I'm just quickly popping in to share with you the Christmas cards that I've quickly put together to hand out this year!
Life has been super busy in the last little while, and I decided to try something new this year!
I have a confession to make...I went digital!
I almost feel like a failure as I usually hand create them.  However, this year has been so busy that I was actually considering purchasing my cards (*gasp* - I know!), until the beautiful "All is Calm" collection by Nitwit Collections came across my Facebook feed.  

I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo to print and cut all of the pieces in the design and I would just be left doing the laying and 3D decoupage.  

Here's how the first set of cards I designed turned out...

...and here's a closer look at each of the cards individually...

...and here's the second set of cards I quickly designed using the same Nitwit collection...

...and a close up of each individually...

I've added some glitter and some Stickles to give them a holiday sparkle, and now all that's left is to do some addressing and get those into the mail that need to be sent off!

I do have to admit that I did enjoy designing these in the Silhouette studio and then assembling them.  They went together quick and easy, and the layering for dimension really brought them to life.  
Shhhh....I think I'll design a few more like this for various other occasions just to have on hand for those moments when you need a card at the last minute!

Until next time...

December Release with Heartfelt Creations...

How are your Christmas preparations coming along?
I have finally started some holiday baking and there are a few wrapped gifts under the tree...and only a few more to purchase!  The lack of snow and unseasonably high temperatures have made it a little hard to get into the Christmas frame of mind this year.  I never thought I'd say it, but I'd take a little sprinkling of snow right about now!  LOL

For those of you who have already seen the sneak peek up on the Heartfelt Creations blog, you know that the new collection is none other than the "Coffee Talk" Collection.  The color palette and illustrations are amazing.

Here's a little about the collection...

It's the beverage that starts our mornings, chases our mid day slumps away, and in the evenings has us gather around the table to enjoy and partake in laughter and light hearted banter, to share treasured memories and deepest dreams and to encourage one another in meaningful friendships...and now we invite you to our table to warm your hands, hearts and souls with the fresh brewed designs of the Coffee Talk Collection by Heartfelt Creations!  Capture and relive those precious moments spent around the kitchen table, or favorite cafe with family and friends shared over the simple pleasure of a cup of  coffee, latte, or cappuccino.  The charming and delightful illustrations of coffee mugs, barista style chalkboard  sentiments and gorgeous patterns in variations of blues, creams and mochas are the perfect blend to get your creative senses percolating, and will allow you to espresso your style perfectly!  The delectable card fronts and dreamy patterned scrapbook pages are splendid for sending well wishes or for displaying those fun and silly selfies taken in the back corner of your favorite coffee shop with your inner circle of friends!  Whether you enjoy your cuppa java black, with cream, milk or sugar, instant or made from freshly ground coffee beans, the Coffee Talk Collection will provide you with the perfect fusion of flavors for all of your paper crafting concoctions.       

I decided that I wanted to create a coffee themed gift box and came across the perfect SVG cutting file at SVG Cuts.  It holds one package of coffee beautifully!

Here's how the project turned out...

I created a folded gift tag in the shape of a coffee cup using one of the stamps and dies from the collection. (A video tutorial is available on how to create a shaped card or tag, and I've put that link into the instructions below.)  I've colored it using distress markers and then hung the tag from the handle using gold cord which I've looped around the box lid several times.  The stacked tea cup image I have fussy cut from the paper collection and added it to the front of the gift box.  Not a hard project at all...but it sure does make a nice presentation!

The design team has really outdone themselves this week again, so be sure to stop by the HC blog for more of a caffeine fix.  The ideas they've brewed up are amazing!
Also, I suspect that this collection is going to be very popular already having seen the comments and delight from the sneak peek last week....so be sure to stop by the HC online store and pick up your "I Want It All Kit" before they disappear!  

Until next time...

Project Supplies & Instructions
Coffee Talk Designer Paper Collection
HCPC-3709  Coffee Talk Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-782  Coffee Talk Craft Dies
SMP001  Stamp Mat Pad
TSMP808  Memento Dye Ink - Espresso Truffle
159723  Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
352854  Metal Glue Tip - Art Institute

Other Products Used:  BigShot manual die cutting machine, Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine, SVG Cuts File - Santa's Surprises, gold cord, brown ribbon, acetate sheet, Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen, sponge daubers, Zutter Bow It All, Distress Markers - Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain & Vintage Photo, hot glue gun, scissors, paper trimmer, white card stock

For full instructions on how to create a shaped coffee cup shaped card/tag, please see video.

Project Instructions:   Begin by choosing the papers from the paper collection that you would like to use for the various pieces of the cutting files.  Cut using your electronic die cutting machine.  Assemble gift box as per instructions that accompany cutting file.  Ink all edges of the gift box using a dark brown ink.  Locate the large stacked coffee cup image in the paper collection, and fussy cut.  Ink all edges with a dark brown ink, and adhere to gift box as shown.  Using a hot glue gun, adhere ribbon and bow to box lid as shown.  Using a piece of folded white card stock and a manual die cutting machine, create a coffee cup shaped tag.  (For full instructions on how to create a shaped card/tag please see video link above.)  Color coffee cup details using distress markers and then lightly sponge a cream colored ink over several areas on the cup itself.  Loop gold cording around gift box lid several times and then through coffee cup tag handle.  Tie cording so tag is visible on front of gift box. 

Let's Celebrate Beautiful...

It's Wednesday again...and you know what that means...it's a Heartfelt Creations post!
I hope you had the chance to take in the Black Friday release and special pricing!
I think Heartfelt Creations has really outdone themselves this time with the mini album and flip fold/pocket inserts!  I know I at least will probably never create another album from scratch because now I know how easy this is!  LOL

This week I'm back with another creation featuring the "All Glammed Up" Collection.  

Let's take a peek...

I used the gorgeous gown stamp included in this collection, along with the delicate and pretty rose swirls which I've paired together to create a corner piece just behind the handshaped daisies.  
I've finished it off with a sentiment that can be used for any occasion!

Here's a close look at the floral cluster...

I love those gold edged pearls that I've used for the flower centers.  They were purchased at the local Dollar Tree and were really brads...I've snipped off the backs to allow them to be glued into the centers of the flowers.  A touch a glitter, and this card has a great sparkle!

All of the images that have been stamped have been colored with Spectrum Noir blendable pencils, and then blended using a gamasol solution and blending stump.  I love the soft look it gives the card, even when paired with the black die cut background.  

That's all for me today!
I do hope you'll stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see the rest of the amazing creations by the design team!  We all really put our hearts and souls into these pieces that we bring you every week, so while you're there, be sure to leave some blog love for the designers!

Until next time...

Project Supplies & Instructions
HCDP1-260  All Glammed Up Paper Collection
HCPC-3704  All Dressed Up Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-775  All Dressed Up Die
HCPC-3656  Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-760  Delightful Daisy Die
HCST1-401  Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
SMP001  Stamp Mat Pad
TSMP808  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Espresso Truffle
TSMP802  Memento Dye Ink Pad - Peanut Brittle
159723  Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
352854  Metal Glue Tip - Art Institute
741  Shell White Glitter

Other Products Used:  black card stock, Grand Calibur manual die cutting machine, Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy Die, VersaFine black ink, VersaColor Pine Cone ink, Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils - 087, 104, 059, 104, 097, & 033, Spectrum Noir Gamasol Solution & Blending Stumps,  gold edged pearls, 3D pop dots, paper trimmer, water, mist bottle

Create a 5"x7" card base using black card stock.  Locate the background paper as shown in the paper collection and trim just slightly smaller than the card base.  Ink all edges of the background mat and adhere to card base.  Using black card stock, die cut the Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy Die using the frame and oval from the set.  Adhere card panel shown to back of Heirloom die cut.  Using pop dots, adhere to card base.  Using black ink, stamp the gown and straight rose decorative stamp onto white card stock.  Color using Spectrum Noir pencils and blending solution, and then die cut using coordinating dies.  Using 3D pop dots, adhere gown to corner of card as shown, as well as the rose borders on the opposite side framing the corner.  Stamp one inking of the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set using a dark brown ink.  Once again color using blendable pencils and blending solution.  Die cut using coordinating die.  Lightly ink petal edges with just a touch of Memento Peanut Brittle ink.  Using just a spritz of water and your deluxe flower shaping tools, shape flowers.  Create one large double blossom, and one mid size double blossom, leaving the rest of the flowers as single blooms.  Arrange flower cluster as shown and adhere to card base. Adhere flower centers.  Cut the sentiment strip from the paper collection, ink all edges using a brown colored ink and adhere to bottom of card.  Using your fine metal glue tip and Art Institute - Dries Clear, appy glitter to flowers on gown, flowers on card panel, roses on border die cuts and centre of petals on each handshaped flower.  Allow to dry.

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