Announcing Festive Holly Card Classes...

Hi Everyone!
I hope you've been having a wonderful start to your week!
Our daughter is at Bible Camp this week, so our son and I are hanging out and spending time together!  We have a trip to the waterslide park planned with friends as well as having a few youth group events scheduled for during the week as well.  There will be lots of swimming and then their youth is preparing meals for shut ins, new parents, etc. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this week for all our outdoor plans...and for our daughter at camp.
It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, however it's been so busy I wasn't on the ball enough to get a project completed for you this I thought this would be the perfect time to announce my upcoming Festive Holly Card Classes coming up in September at both locations of the Scrapbook Cottage in Steinbach and Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada!

We're starting with our holiday prep early this year and classes are going to be starting in September!
You can never start on those Christmas cards too early!
All of the class details can be found on the Scrapbook Cottage website here...and registrations have just begun!  Don't wait to long...these holiday classes sell out very quickly!

Here's a peek at the three cards we'll be creating during class...

This is such a beautiful holiday collection!
What could be more lovely than red feathered cardinals mixed with holly and berries!'s a closer look at each of the cards you'll be making...

Dates, times and locations are as follows...

Friday, September 22/17 - 12:30pm-3:30pm
Monday, September 25/17 - 12:30pm-3:30pm or 6:00pm-9:00pm

Thursday, September 28/17 - 12:30pm-3:30pm

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathy at the Winnipeg store, or Sharon at the Steinbach store and they will be able to help you! 

Well, that's all for me today!
I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen here...and for those of you who are are local...I hope to see you in class!

Until next time...

Cardinal Christmas...

Hello and Welcome once again!
I hope you are keeping well!
I can't believe that it's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!
They seem to come faster and faster all the time!

As you are probably well aware, it's Christmas in July with us over at Heartfelt Creations and we've been sharing projects created with the Festive Holly Collection!
It is divine!

For this week's share I decided to attempt something a little different with the collection!
I am a lover of blue Christmas cards, and with all the reds and greens going on in this collection, I chose to challenge myself to get some blue in there somehow!
The idea to create a softer hued, water colored card came to mind and I got busy!

I hope you like how I've incorporated my blue interpretation into this project...

I've stamped the cardinal image onto watercolor paper using a permanent ink.  I've used my distress markers scribbled on an acrylic block and slightly watered down to color my image.  I've done the same with the die cut images around the Christmas bauble.

In the close up above you can see that the images are really water colored and have that look to them.
Once the images were all dry, I've gone in and then added a bit more color where I wanted portions to be darker!  Due to photo editing the colors are appearing slightly darker here on the cardinals than they really do on the card.

Using a dries white glue I've added some glitter to create snow where needed, and I've used a dries clear glue on the card background on the snowflakes and then applied a transparent glittter!
You can never have to much sparkle and shine around the holidays!

The Christmas bauble is a Spellbinders die that I purchased last year and never got around to using!
So, when I thought about how to add an extra touch of the holidays to this well as some more blue and silver...these dies came to mind!
They are so delicate and pretty!
I've snipped apart and arranged the holly and berry die cuts around the ornament which has been popped up with pop dots to give the card some dimension.
I've created a multi loop bow as a finishing touch so the bauble didn't look like it was just there, but rather that it was hanging off the card.

I hope you've enjoyed my unique design for this newest holiday collection!
You now know that you can incorporate different colors by creating your own stamped background and bringing in different coloring mediums!
I also hope that you'll pop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see what the rest of the uber talented design team has created!

Until next time...
Project Supplies and Instructions
Festive Holiday Cling Stamp Set, HCPC-3792
Holly Berry Jingle Cling Stamp Set, HCPC-3793
Festive Holly and Cardinals Cling Stamp Set, HCPC-3791
Holly Berry Jingle Die, HCD1-7147
Festive Holly and Cardinals Die, HCD1-7145
Snow Kissed Flakes and Tag Cling Stamp Set, HCD1-3751
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, HCST1-401
Memento Dye Ink Pad - Summer Sky, TSMP604
Designer Dries White Adhesive, 159951
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive, 159723
Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles, 352854

Other Products: 5"x 6.5" white card base, Gemini Die Cutting Machine, paper trimmer, water color paper, water color paint brush, water, Distress Markers - Barn Door Red, Fired Brick, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, and Mermaid Lagoon, Spellbinders Heirloom Reflections Ornament Die, silver card stock, silver twine, Glitter Ritz, blue card stock, VersaFine Black Ink, acrylic stamp block, pop dots

Instructions: Stamp the small snowflakes from the Snow Kissed Flakes and Tag Cling Stamp Set onto white card base using a light blue ink. Set aside to dry. Cut a piece of water color paper just slightly smaller than 4.25" x 5.5" and stamp the main cardinal image using a permanent black ink. Water color using distress markers. (Apply color from marker to acrylic stamp block and then spray a bit of water onto it to get a lighter color, then use a wet water color brush to apply color to image.) Once dry, stamp sentiment onto card front panel using a permanent black ink. Water color background with shades of blues. Once dry, adhere to a blue card stock panel just slightly larger than the card front. Adhere to card base using pop dots. Stamp one inking of the corner cardinal with holly and berries as shown in sample and one corner of plain holly and berries onto water color paper using a black permanent ink. Die cut using coordinating dies, water color and shape using flower shaping kit. Die cut ornament cuts from silver and blue card stock. Adhere together using a dries clear glue. Adhere to card front as shown using pop dots. Snip apart both holly and berry die cuts and position around Christmas bauble as shown. Create a looped bow and adhere to top of ornament. Using a dries clear glue, add transparent glitter to stamped snowflake background. Allow to dry. Using a dries white glue, add snow where desired on images and then sprinkle with glitter.

Something A Little Different....

...ok or perhaps very different than you're used to seeing here!  LOL

I'm so glad you are able to join me here today!

I wanted to share something a little different with you that I worked on!
I am currently taking a super awesome online course called God Glory Art by Jamie Dougherty!  She has brought together 10 awesome and talented artists that each have a gifting in a different area! 
This week was week two...and a week that really had me coming out of my comfort zone. 
It was an artistic type class with a bit of loose sketching involved. 
Well, anyone who knows me knows that I don't have an artistic bone in my body!
But, I was up for the challenge as the sketching really was to be not too perfect.
The lesson that Sue Kemnitz was so easy to follow.  She did a wonderful job with step by step instructions and was super encouraging to give it a try even if it was out of our comfort.  

Here's how my cards turned out using the techniques I learned form the God Glory Art Workshop this week...

...and here's the second set...

I've created backgrounds using acrylic paints, some stencils, baby wipes and black pen.  I've sketched out the you can see there's not that much talent there, but they were to be very loose sketches that were just to resemble figures...more of an abstract art type style!
I've added some sparkle by applying a dries clear glue with a make up sponge and then applied transparent glitter.  

These cards will be a gift to a "Soul Sister" that I have online!
I hope she will appreciate and enjoy them and will use them to encourage others in her life!

That's my quick share for today!
I have to say it was a lot of fun stepping out of the box and creating something a little different...expanding my horizons and trying something totally new!
I hope you've enjoyed!

Until next time...

Introducing the Festive Holly Collection...

Hello Everyone....and Merry Christmas in July!
That's's new release Wednesday with Heartfelt Creations and we are revealing projects created with the new Festive Holly Collection which becomes available today! 

Here's a little about the new release...

Celebrate the “holly-day” season with the new Festive Holly Collection by Heartfelt Creations!  Charming and elegant, with a hint of a country feel, this festive collection is filled with heartwarming imagery of falling snow, towering pine trees, and beautiful wildlife all woven together with lavish illustrations of abundant holly and berry clusters!  Immerse yourself in a paper collection revealing a traditional holiday color palette of rich reds and fir greens accentuated with sky blues, antique golds and crisp whites all melting together creating perfect backdrops to graceful background imagery of hand stamped post marks, floating music notes, delicate snowflakes, ribbon like swirls and lace like accents.  A charming assembling of three delightful cling stamp sets boast enchanting illustrations of red feathered cardinals, abundant holly and berry clusters as well as an antique candle lit lantern and vintage wooden wheel all at the ready to be paired with the coordinating dies and transformed into exquisite dimensional Yuletide embellishments!  An elegant, lacy decorative arch shaped die lends itself perfectly to create a breathtaking accent or die cut within your card front itself adding a touch of delightful holiday magic, while ornamental sleigh bells ready themselves to ring in the merriest of seasons!  Join us as we prepare for the Christmas festivities with the new Festive Holly Collection!

 This collection is truly festive indeed with it's traditional reds and greens!
Those beautiful cardinals mixed with the holly and berries are exquisite!
I just couldn't resist using several of the stunning premade card panels of these beautiful creatures!

Here's how my first project reveal with this collection turned out...

I've used a 6"x6" card panel to create the mat on the base of the card.  I opted to mat the main focal card panel with kraft card stock as this collection just has such a country flair!  I've inked all of the edges of all of the papers with a gold ink to add to the holiday feel of the card.  I've added the main cardinal premade panel onto the card with pop dots.  I've used the Decorative Medallion die cut from the Classic Wedding Collection to use as an accent down the side of the card.  I've cut several holly and berry cluster die cuts and added them to frame the side of the card as well.  I've used small florals from the Birds and Blooms Collection to tie in the gold theme on the card.  They've been heat embossed with gold embossing powder and have had gold prills added to the center.  A Christmas card calls for lots of sparkle and shine so I've used Glitter Ritz on top of dries white glue!  The dries white glue gives the card the look of raised snow.  It's so pretty!'s a bit of a closer look at some of the details...

A super simple flag completes the look!
I've heat embossed it with gold embossing powder and have then inked all of the edges with a gold ink! The finishing touch was the three gold half pearls!
I've completed the inside of the card with a coordinating 6"x6" card panel...not necessary by any means, but it's always a nice finishing touch!

I hope you've enjoyed my share today!
I hope you're leaving inspired and encouraged to get a jump on your holiday card making!
Don't wait too long to snatch up this festive collection as it won't last long!
You can find the entire collection in the Heartfelt Creations Online Store!
While you're there, be sure to head on over to the blog to take in the other gorgeous projects the rest of the design team have come up with for your holiday inspiration!

Until next time...
Project Supplies & Instructions
Festive Holly Paper Collection, HCDP1-280
Festive Holly and Cardinals Cling Stamp Set, HCPC-3791
Festive Holly and Cardinals Die, HCD1-7145
Decorative Medallion Die, HCD1-7144
Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set, HCPC-3644
Birds and Blooms Die, HCD1-756
Designer Dries White Adhesive, 159951
Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles, 352854
ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink - Lipstick Red, 71037
Stack and Store Daubers - Pack of 30, HCDA2-450
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, HCST1-401

Other Products: white card stock, Gemini Die Cutting Machine, kraft card stock, gold half pearls, Glitter Ritz, Memento Dye Ink Pad - Galaxy Gold and Bamboo Leaves, Gold Prills, VersaFine Grey Ink, paper trimmer, scissors, pop dots, heat tool, gold embossing powder

Instructions: Create a 6"x6" card base using white card stock. Locate premade card panel shown on front of card, ink all edges with a gold ink and adhere to card front. Locate small premade card panel as shown on front of card, trim a mat slightly larger than the card panel from kraft card stock and ink all edges on both pieces with gold ink. Adhere mat and panel together and adhere to card base using pop dots. Cut medallion die cut from white card stock and adhere to card front as shown. Stamp one inking of small flowers from Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set, and heat emboss using gold embossing powder. Die cut using coordinating die and shape. Stamp two inkings of the corner holly and berries illustrations and add ink colors using sponge daubers. Shape slightly and adhere to card front as shown. Adhere flowers to card front. Stamp sentiment onto white card stock and heat emboss using a gold embossing powder. Trim and create flag, ink all egdes with gold ink and adhere to card as shown. Apply snow effect to card using a dries white glue and glitter. Adhere prills to flower centers and gold half pearls to card as shown.

Summer Plans...

Happy Sunday!

How has your summer been going...or winter, spring or autumn depending on where you live and are reading this blog post from!
We've been very busy putting in some camping time at our seasonal site, fishing, and doing some work around the yard at home.  The kids have finished swimming lessons, are preparing to go to Bible camp and before I know it the summer will be over and we'll be preparing to get back into routine!

This week at Mustard Seed Faith Challenges we have a new devotional and theme for you this week!
Our theme is "Summer"!
That leaves so much open for interpretation when it comes to creating!
I can't wait to see where your creative side leads you on this challenge!

Our dear Diane has written today's devotional which you can find on the Mustard Seed Faith Challenge blog.  

The verse she chose is...

"Ants are creature of little strength, 
yet they store up their food in the summer."
Proverbs 30:25

Sounds very much to me like how we as people like to do planning in the, sightseeing, lots of traveling, etc.  That got me thinking about another passage as I reflected on the way ants work.  Ants rely on one another because they are creatures of very little strength...they find food together and bring it back to the colony.  If an ant had to rely only on itself, I'm not sure the large task of storing up food would ever be completed!  That's like us...we can't do everything on our own...we need God's help!  

"I lift my eyes up to the mountains-
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth"
Psalm 121:1-2

This verse was also one of the verses in one of the FaceBook groups I belong to where we were paired up with a Soul Sister...we were to create a Bible Journaling Tip In with the verse and send it off to encourage our Soul Sister!  I thought that concept tied in perfectly with our devotional here at Mustard Seed Faith Challenges.

I decided because my Soul Sister does not journal in her Bible but rather in a journal, I would stray from the typical style tip in.  I decided to go with a large tag that she could use as a book mark in either her Bible or her scripture journal.

Here's how it came together...

I loved this stamp from Unity Stamp Company as it looks like this gal is looking up to the mountains. I thought it tied in with our summer theme as it also looks like she could be sight seeing!
The bright blue sky, the lush green grass with a beautiful sight in the distance...just how we picture a perfect summer day!
The scripture verse I printed out from my computer and cut randomly and adhered it to the tag.  
I've used distress oxide inks to do all of the coloring on this tag, and have then sealed it with a matte medium.  I've also adhered a second tag to the back of this one so my Soul Sister could journal on the back if she decided she did want to use the tag as a tip in.  This way she had a clear slate with no ink smudges on the back and the tag was also a little more stiff! 

It was a quick and simple project, but I like how it turned out!
I'm not usually a tag maker...but perhaps I'll try to do more in the future!

That's all for me today!
Be sure to pop by the challenge blog to read what God layed on Diane's heart to share with you, as well to see the other stunning projects created by the rest of the design team!

Until next time...

Two Hearts United in Love...

It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, and I'm so glad 
you are able to join me here for a little visit!

This is the last week of the Classic Wedding Collection projects I will be sharing for now!
It's such a classic and timeless assembling of papers, stamps and die combinations that is perfect for weddings and anniversaries!
Since I've mentioned that this will be my last project featuring this stunning collection, that means there must be another new release on the horizon...have you seen the sneak peek previews of the Festive Holly Collection?  If not, be sure to head on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog to catch the link to take you into a winter wonderful filled with red cardinals, gorgeous holly and berry clusters and so much more!
For my share this week I decided to use a Spellbinders frame style die cut that I thought looked perfect for a wedding card!  I decided to pair it with a gorgeous preprinted image from one of the scrapbook layout pages. 
Let's take a peek...

I opted to use a piece of that beautiful foiled designer paper that made it's debut in this pretty collection.  Keeping in line with the silver foil idea, I chose to heat emboss all of my elements with fine detail silver embossing powder.  

Here's a closer peek at how the main focal portion of the card turned out...

That sentiment is so beautiful...especially embossed in the silver.  And aren't those wedding rings just an awesome embellishment?

I've put just one dimensional flower on this creation.  It's a smaller rose from the Classic Rose Collection which ties into the Classic Wedding Collection perfectly!

Here's a close up of the flower...

I've used Rajni Chawla's Clear Powder on the rose...the shimmer is just incredible!

This was a relatively quick and simple card to pull together...and packaged in a cello box with a silver ribbon it would make the perfect wedding presentation card that would stand out from the rest of the cards received on the bride and groom's day of celebration!

Well that's all for me today...short and sweet!
Remember to pop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to find the sneak peek of the Festive Holly Collection as well as to take in all of the other stunning projects the rest of the design team have come up with for your inspiration and viewing pleasure!

Until next time...
Project Supplies and Instructions
 Classic Wedding Paper Collection, HCDP1-279
Classic Wedding Roses Cling Stamp Set, HCPC-3788
Classic Wedding Wishes Cling Stamp Set, HCPC-3790
Classic Wedding Roses Die, HCD1-7142
Classic Rose Cling Stamp Set, HCPC-3752
Classic Rose Die, HCD1-7110
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, HCST1-401
Stack and Store Daubers - Pack of 30, HCDA2-450
Memento Dye Ink Pad - Bamboo Leaves, TSMP707
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive, 159723
Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles, 352854
Rajni Chawla's Crystal Clear, PGM15015

Other Products: white card stock, silver embossing powder, heat tool, VersaFine Grey Ink, Spellbinders Die - Floral Affair, pop dots, Memento Dye Ink Pad - Angel Pink, Memento Brilliance Ink - Starlite Silver, Gemini die cutting machine, scissors, paper trimmer, sponge

Watch this tutorial to learn how to shape the Classic Rose.

Instructions: Create a 5"x6.5" card base using white card stock. Locate within paper collection and cut a piece of foiled decorative card stock just slightly smaller than card base as shown. Ink all edges with a silver ink. Adhere to card base. Die cut decorative frame from white card stock. Locate scrapbook page with main focal image shown and trim to fit slightly larger than decorative die cut. Adhere focal image behind frame and trim around frame edges to removed excess paper from image. Adhere to card base using pop dots as shown. Using a sponge and dries clear glue, apply glue to decorative frame and sprinkle with Crystal Clear glitter. Set aside to dry. Stamp sentiment onto light pink patterned paper from paper collection and sprinkle with silver embossing powder. Heat set and then fussy cut using scissors. Adhere to card base using pop dots. Stamp two of the large rose filled hearts with onto white card stock. Sprinkle with fine detail silver embossing powder and heat set. Using stack and store daubers add a hint of color to die cuts. Cut using coordinating die with center potion removed and then snip apart keeping large rose and two smaller roses on either side. Shape using deluxe flower shaping kit and adhere to card base as shown. Stamp one wedding ring image onto white card stock and heat emboss using fine detail silver embossing powder. Die cut using coordinating die and adhere to bottom rose cluster as shown.  Stamp one inking of the smaller roses from the Classic Rose Cling Stamp Set as well as one of the triple leaf images onto white card stock using silver ink. Die cut using coordinating die and then color using stack and store daubers. Create one midsized dimensional rose. Shape leaf die cut and adhere along with dimensional rose to upper corner. Using a dries clear glue, add some Crystal Clear glitter to leaves and rose petals.

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