Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team October 2014 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team October 2014 Blog hop!! If you just came from the very talented Sarah Miller's Blog, then you're on the right track.
With Autumn making it's appearance in parts of the country, I can only live vicariously through pictures. Here in Florida, we have 4 seasons. Summer, summer, summer and ....summer.... I miss Autumn on Long Island where I grew up. The leaves, the colors, the crisp cool mornings...
I am fortunate to have met so many talented friends in this industry. Shannon James is one. Shannon and her mom, are a dynamic duo who own and operate Portraits by S & S, in Henryville, PA. 
They are one talented team. I remember seeing Shannon's scrapbook layouts, but specifically the photos she used. Shannon has graciously allowed me to use her photographs for my layouts. This is the first one I am using. It is a photo of her gorgeous daughter Delilah from her woodland fairy photo session. I am very excited to use this gorgeous photo coupled with BoBunny's Autumn Song paper collection, Lindys Stamp Gang sprays and of course Heartfelt Creations stamps. Oh my.... Autumn is here...

Lately I have been using lots of corrugated cardboard with my layouts. This time I wanted  a woodsy feel to compliment the photo. My cardboard technique was perfect.

I love using dimensional layers in my layouts. I place a few pieces of corrugated cardboard inbetween my layers to give them depth.

I used the Tattered Blossoms PreCut set to create my flowers.The matching Tattered Blossoms die is the perfect companion , making the flowers easy to create.

The leaves I created is a retired Heartfelt Creations  stamp that coordinates with the  Spellbinders Foliage die.  I used  some Kraft paper and rolled some spiral roses. Very easy for  fill in flower! This kept with my woody themed layout.

For the colors, I used all Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays... I will be revealing the 2014 Novembers Color challenge on November 1st!! Stay tuned!!!

Sweet Delilah is to gorgeous for words!!! Check out Portraits by S and S in Henryville Pennsylvania.
Thank you Shannon allowing me to showcase your work!! 

I hope you are inspired by what the team has created showcasing Heartfelt Creations products.
Don't forget to check back on Sat. November 1st when a winner will be announced to receive a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations.
  If you win, send an email to Emma Lou and write "winner of the October Alumni Blog Hop" in the subject line.

Now go on over to the ever so talented Lisa Allens Blog to complete the hop... Enjoy the journey!!!

 Here is the order of the Blog Hop
                     *****Lisa Gregory***** You are here

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dance....Lindys Stamp Gang

 Sometimes the designers are inspired by other designers. In this case, I was blown away by Elena Lishchenko's layout in our color challenge this month. I was actually blown away by all of the submissions! The talent out there is unbelievable!! But how easy it is to create beauty with Lindys Stamp Gang products!! I know with every pump of the spray, or every stroke of my brush loaded with color shots or magicals, is purely magic.
The background was created with cardboard, the patterned paper I used for the base of my layout is from the 7 Dots Studio Cold Country Collection, Lonely Evenings This is for the September Color Challenge at 7 Dots Studio , masks, texture paste and the sprays in the  October 2014 Color Challenge Spray Set.

I used Tim Holtz alterations Dragonfly die. I die cut  piece of corrugated cardboard with a piece of white card stock together and adhered them to one another, then just began to spray using the sprays in the October 2014 Limited Edition Spray Set.

  The Prima and Kaisercraft Flowers were placed on the finished layout and sprayed with Royal Peacock Fire.

  I matted the photo of ballerina Elena Glurdjidze with corrugated cardboard, tattered, wrinkled, ripped  and sprayed with the sprays. The cornice on top is a Tim Holt alterations die as well.

 Here is  closeup of the flowers. I tucked some Spanish moss and black thread under the flowers for texture.

 The title was die cut using QuicKutz Storybook letters from black card stock, then sprayed with Royal Peacock Fire.

 Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. Don't forget to check out the October Color Challenge!! The colors are simply divine!!!

I have submitted my Layout to the 7 Dots Studio September Challenge. Lindys colors this month were perfect to use!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blue Fern Studios October Blog Post

In some parts of the country, Autumn is in full swing..Here in Florida I can only dream of Autumn...
For my first project I createdan  autumn themed card that is shaped like a tag. It was easy to create the folded shape. I folded a rectangular piece of white 100lb card stock  and ran it through my Sizzix alterations die placing the fold of the card on the  inside of the die blade as not to cut 1 side, leaving the fold intact. Then I die cut 2 pieces of patterned paper Ombre Dreams Paper in Leslies Dream, and adhered it to the front and back of the card. I left the inside plain white for some handwriting. 

I used the fabulous  Fall acorns and  Bits Of Honey on my card. I painted the acorns with Lindys Mgicls  then spread some crackle paint over it to enhance the colors. I just sprayed the bits of honey with Lindys Stamp gang Starburst spray after priming them with white gesso.

Here is view of the back of the card when it is open. I strung some seam binding through the front hole in the card,. I spayed the seam binging with Lindys Starburst spray in My Mojito Green to match the die cut leaves on the front of the card.

For my next project I created another mini album in a different style. I used  the Montage Paper Collection using the Wisdom and Fairyland papers..

On the cover I used the smaller piece from the Roman Clock Set Large. The butterfly is from the Royal Monarchs collection. I inked both pieces with Ranger distress ink in Vintage Photo.

 I used the Roman Clock Set small on the right hand page, On the left hand page, I used a left over piece from one of the original Blue Fern Studios designs. I save everything! It makes a great frame. 

I created a tag with the flower on top and a small key from the Vintage Keys set.
I created  small pocket in some of the pages to slide in small tags and cards. The edges were punched using a Martha Stewart border punch.

This is just a closeup of the cover. The jeweled piece is a Recollection flower piece and I used burlap and some flower buds tucked underneath.

This is the album closed with twine that I adorned with some beads. I punched  holes in the front and back covers with my Cropadile and set some wide eyelets into the holes.

 For the binding, I used a Tim Holtz Ruler Binding set. You can add many pages as the screws to put it together are pretty long.

This is the view of the inside of the back cover. I love the pattern on the paper and did not want to cover it up.

My next project is a trifold pocket album. I followed a pattern from a Kathy Orton book on mini albums. I used the  Montage Paper Collection, using the Wisdom and Fairyland papers.Sometimes mixing and matching  chipboard pieces from different collections can match perfectly. That is what I did here. I used  Manor Hinges  and  Damask Flourish to create the design on my cover. I painted them with black gesso.

I added a jeweled brad  to complete the look.

When you open the album, you can see there is plenty of room for pictures and journaling. The waterfall feature can hold many photo's.

This is a view of the back of the trifold. I used black cardstock for the base. I love the black and pink color combination together.

This is the  Damask Flourish  shown on its own.

Here are the little folders and tag cards shown, pulled out of their pockets. Each one opens up to add more photos or journaling.

Thank You for joining me this week. I look forward to creating with more of the gorgeous Blue Fern Studios papers and chip board. Until next time...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BoBunny Mini album featuring The Madeleine Collection

I am sharing a cute little mini that I created for BoBunny using their gorgeous Madeleine collection. I know that a lot of card makers love the 6x6 paper pads on the market today, but so do mini album makers!! I created this 6x6 mini album challenged to use just the 6x6 paper. I did use 1 sheet of 12x12 to created my cover, back, and binding, but the rest of the pages are  just from the 6x6 papers mounted on corrugated cardboard. The cover frame was die cut using a Sizzix die and the pearl pens were used to embellish it.

The BoBunny Blossoms in these neutral tones were perfect for these papers. I used some smaller pieces from the Noteworthy pack to tuck in and round the flowers.

 I used some seam binding to tie onto the spine of the mini. It was strung through an eyelet at the top.

This is a view of the mini enclosed, with a closure I created using seam binding, 2 clips and some of my jewelry findings.

This is  a closeup of the jewely findings used to finish the ends of the closure.

Here is the book opened. I did 9 pages that include the front and back covers. Plenty of Rel Estate for photos and journaling. 

Here are some of the stickers that were mounted onto corrugated cardboard to create little plaques for my pages.

Here is one of the pages.The frame was created using a Sizzix die.  On the opposite page are stickers mounted on corrugated cardboard.

Here is  another page. The photo reel is a Sizzix die cut which will be used as a frame for a small circular photo mounted to the middle.

This is another page with yet another Sizzix die cut that  can be used for journling.

This next page also has a Sizzix die cut that can be used as a frame or space for journling.

BoBunny Supplies used:
Blossoms:Natural Earth Zinnia
Patterned Paper: Madeleine Charm/Madeleine
6x6 paper pad: Madeleine
Noteworthy: Madeleine
Combo Stickers: Madeleine
Pearl Pen:Pearlescents Coral Pearl pen
Jewels: Double Dot Mocha Jewels

Heartfelt Creations Alumni September Blog Hop 2014

Welcome to to the September 2014 Heartfelt Creations alumni Blog Hop. I have had the pleasure of being on the Design Team for 2 terms, and just as happy now to stay on as an alumni!! Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies are among my very favorite in my stamp collection. So with that said, if you have arrived to my blog from the very talented Alissa Wells Blog, then you're on the right track.

 To color the background and the flowers I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Caribbean Cruise Flat Fabio Magicals  Set.  I washed the background in Luscious Lime and Pineapple Passion. The colors were  a perfect match for my  Bo Bunny Country Garden Paper - Morning Sunrise. I did some light masking with embossing paste and The Crafters Workshop 6x6 Template - Mini Chickenwire Reversed.

 For my flowers I used the Classic Sunflower PreCut Set HCPC 3626. I love sunflowers. Heartfelt Creations does a gorgeous job on  their floral stamps. Those of you who know me know how I love my handmade flowers!! I painted my flowers with Flat Fabios in Pineapple Passion and added a bit of Flower Soft to the middles. I did use a touch of Martha Stewart Iridescent Glitter in Lemon Drop on the flowers, as it had  bit of  a green iridescence to it. 
My stamped background was done with the HCPC 3367  Vintage Life Background PreCut Set.  
 The frame was die cut from corrugated cardboard, primed with white gesso, , and painted  using the Flat Fabios and stamped using the same stamp as in the background.  I found the photo of the nest on Pinterest.

 Some times you can adapt your stamps to die that you my have in your stash. My Spellbinders Grand 12" On The Vine Border die had leaves that were almost  perfect a match for the HC 3405 Leaf Medley Precut Set which I believe is retired. So that just goes to show, that you should grab the stamps that you LOVE before they are gone...

There is  little trick that I use when stamping to get a different look to my stamp designs. I take the stamps and do an allover design on a letter sized sheet of white card stock, scan  it to my computer, upload to Photoshop, then use a photo editing program to change the look. In this case I used Topaz adjust Stylize action to achieve the results I wanted. It gave the lines on my stamped image a swirly look. I can use 1 stamp and achieve a few different results. Like have multiple designs in one!

 So please join us in our blog hop. Leave the Designers some love!! Heartfelt Creations will pick  winner who will receive a $25 gift certificate to shop at the  Heartfelt Creations Online Store. 
We will be choosing a winner on October 4th by noon.

 Thank you so much for joining us on this very inspirational journey. I know I was in inspired by all of the Heartfelt Creations goodness on this hop!! 

 Your next stop on this blog hop journey will take you to the very talented Debbie Seyer's Blog...


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn***Lindys Stamp Gang***


Lindys September 2014 Color Challenge is here. The rustic colors in the Limited Edition Set are simply fabulous!! With autumn in the air here in Florida, (74 degrees this morning!!! lol)  I just had to create something earthy.


Here is a layout that is a little rustic with metallic overtones. I wanted a woodsy
fairytale like feeling, and the colors this month allowed me to achieve that image. I chose a  wood grained patterned  paper from FabScraps that compliment the colors well. I cut some vertical slits in the paper and placed  it upon  a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard that has been stripped away from its top layer. I marked the spots where the slits were and removed the patterned paper for the moment. I sprayed over those areas on the corrugated cardboard using Cowabunga Copper Starburst Spray and then adhered  the patterned paper over the cardboard. I pulled back the paper in those spots, adhered the paper then touched the edges with the same spray. I did some tear outs on the outside edges of the entire layout, and did some more spraying with Cowabunga Copper and Ocean Breeze Blue Flat Fabios Spray.

I chose flowers that were light peach, white  and beige in color. I used  Fuzzy Navel Peach Starburst Spray for an all over color on the flowers, then touched the edges with Cowabunga Copper while the flowers were still wet. The color  bled into the flowers and gave it a gorgeous fade. The white flowers I sprayed with Ocean Breeze Blue and Danny Zukos Denim Flat Fabios.

 I created the tiny birds nest using Spanish Moss and green moss. The eggs were shaped from Fimo Clay and baked according to directions. When cooled I painted them with white gesso,  then rolled them in  a small puddle of Ocean Breeze Blue a couple of times for good coverage.To finish them, I speckled them with a bit of black gesso watered down a bit.

Here is  closer view of the nest. 

For the die cut frame, I inked it with a dark color then heat embossed it with Desert  Moon Copper Teal Embossing powder. Then I went over it in spots with Silver Moon Mistletoe Embossing powder. The bottom layer of the frame was primed with white gesso and sprayed with Ocean Breeze Blue and toned down with  bit of Gag Me With  Spoon.   The die cut Sizzix leaves were also heat embossed with Cowabunga Copper then spayed  with Gag Me With  Spoon Gray.

The butterflies  are a file I have. I printed them on card stock, cut them out and enhanced them with the sprays. Then I covered them in Rock Candy Stickles. I only adhere the bodies of the butterflies to the paper and lift the wings a bit for dimension.

Thank you for stopping by to see what I have created. Lindys Sprays and embossing powders kick up your projects to another level!! Grab the 2014 September Challenge Mega Set and you wont be disappointed.