Wednesday, April 27, 2011

***Heartfelt Creations Wednesday***

Heartfelt Creations believes that April showers will bring tons of May flowers. Today, the Heartfelt Creations Blog brings you another set of amazing projects that showcase everything that comes with spring. Take a break from your busy schedule and enjoy all the creativity.
And lets pray for some Texas Rain...A few scrappy sisters are being affected by the horrible wild fires out there!!
Here is my project for Heartfelt creations this week. The photo is my daughter at 2 years old..My my, how the years fly by...Below you will find the instructions on the assembly of this LO. Be sure to visit the HC Blog for more inspiring projects. All of the papers and product used on this LO to create it came from my Swirlydoos kits. Yes, sometimes I have leftovers...Hard to because I order so much from the Swirlydoos Store!!! Krissy keeps it packed with the latest goodies, but WARNING....Those Swirly Savages will hip check the best of them going down the store isles...Even I lose out in the store sometimes...Man those Swirly Savages are fast. (love your girls and one dude!!!)Some things dont stay in the store long!!

Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies used in this LO.

HCPC 3303 Posy Patch Flowers PreCut Set
HCD 701 Posy Patch Die
HCPC 3334 Open Leaves PreCut Set
HCD 707 Falling Leaves Die
HCPC3315 Lily Petals PreCut Set
HCD 704 Perfect Petals Die

Classic Scallop Circle Small Product ID: 354811

Other: Martha Stewart punches, Glimmer Mist, Sizzix die, McGill sun punch ,sewing machine, Thickers letters, Zig Micro pen, black ink

I used the MS Wild Flowers punch around the page set, punched around a 12 x 12 piece of blue cardstock. Cut a 9 x 9 piece of patterned paper, centered and sewed it to the punched card stock. Punched a circle using MS corner punch to create decorative circle and offset it slightly to right. Matted the photo and adhered over circle. Created the large flowers by stamping the Lily petals on white cardstock, die cutting them out and spraying with glimmer mist. Wrinkle petals slightly, dry, and assemble in layers staggering petals, large on bottom 2 layers and smaller petals on top. Shape flowers after they are dry. The middles were created using the sun punch and you can find the photo tutorial of the assembly on my blog HERE. The leaves were also stamped, diecut and colored with Glimmer Mist. Bend and shape for dimension. Assemble your leaf and flower cluster to your liking. The small posy patch flowers were used as fillers. The Spellbinders scallop dies were diecut using leftover card stock in 2 different sizes, layered, inked and the number 2 was adhered to middle. The name and all around journaling was done with a brown Zig Pen. The small die cut flourishes were also used as a filler. The butterflies are files I created and printed up, cut out and inked. Files for all of my butterflies can be found HERE over at the wonderful SWIRLYDOOS!! Feel free to use them for your projects.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Swirlydoos Round Robin Challenge

Round Robin Challenge at Swirlydoos is headed to week 4!! Here is my lift for week 3. I had to follow the awesome Manda and Erin...Not easy to lift and I do love that every week is a new challenge, and with all the controversy on lifting in the scrapbook world going on right now, this a place where lifting is a MUST...And you dont feel guilty. You can lift directly down to the paper and title, or you could put your own twist on it and make it yours. We all tend to put our own style into it and that makes if fun. So here is my lift from our group "Leaders Of The Pack" and if you live in Swirlyville you know what that is in reference to...MANDA!!...And my own twist on a wonderful following.

The DA gate was cut in half (the other half used on another LO). If you were lucky to get the April Technique kit at Swirlydoos this month, you know how much fun it was to alter chip board. On the gate I used the Gloss Glue as the base, then brushed some Pearlex Powder on it, then covered it with Crackle Accents. I touched a few places with Liquid Pearls. I also covered the butterflies with a light coat of the Crackle Accents, as well as the flowers.
You can find the tutorial for the Purple Passion Flowers here on my blog. Make them any color you want. I used Glimmer Mist in the new color Puerto Rico...(My ancestral homeland!!). Reminds me of the color of the water and sky..sooooo blue!!.
I learned a new technique using a new product!! Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Mica!! And our very own DT member Camilla Ekman did a wonderful tutorial on using the tech kit and altering Dusty Attic Chip board. The magical Mica is MAGICAL!! It leaves these serious bits of black mica behind that gives the finish a stone look. And Camilla's Tutorial on The Mica Chipboard Hinge is awesome!! Thanks for the tip Camilla!! Krissy does Secial orders for Swirlydoos Subscribers, and she just closed out an order for Lindy's Stamp Gang Products...My word, cant wait to get mine. I think I need more Magical Mica!!.
Just another close up of the gate, flowers and butterfly!!
Head over to Swirlydoos for a world of inspiration and tutorials..And just around the corner is National Scrapbook day!! Swirlydoos has a day full of planned activities with prizes!! The Lovely Lisa Valentine (our schedule Coordinator Extrordinaire) is putting together the scheduled activities!! Details coming soon!!!! The day will include picture and Ustream Live classes, games, crops and much more!! It is gonna be a blast!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hearfelt Creations Wednesday..And a winner!!

Hi Everyone,
Today Heartfelt Creations is pleased to announce the winner of the Springtime Cardinal Collection. Everyone that posted a comment on the HC blog or the design team members blogs since last Wednesday's release was eligible to win the entire new release. The lucky winner is: Marilyn (newfiecrafter) Marilyn says: Beautiful card the cherries look good enough to eat . Like also how you stamped the cherries on the printed paper. She had posted a comment on Krisinta King's blog. She will be receiving the entire Springtime Cardinal Collection. Congratulations Marilyn!! You are going to love the collection.

And now on to my LO for this Wednesday's reveal. The photo is our daughter on the morning of her 16th Birthday. I plopped a tiara on her head as she will always be our princess. I love tLinkhe flowers and leaf stamps I used. I also used the script stamp on the background paper. see the instructions below to see how this LO was constructed and don't forget to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see what the designers have done!!

Products Used on This Project

HCD 703 Daisy Patch Diecut
HCPC 3318 Daisy Patch Flowers PreCut Set
HCPC 3367 Vintage Life Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3376 Distressed Leaves PreCut Set
452069 Labels 4 Grand Nestabilities
HCPC 2294 Aztec Gold Sunflowers 1 PreCut Set

Other:Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Invisibles Paper Martha Stewart punches seam binding ribbon McGill star punch Bazzill card Stock Art Institute adhesive Ranger Stickles Colorbox black ink Zig Pen ATG tape gun


Sprayed 2 different colors of Glimmer Mist on to the Invisibles paper. Randomly stamped the Vintage Life stamp on paper in opposite corners. Cut a circle of cardstock and using a MS corner punch,punched around the edge of the circle, then cut out part of the middle to form a ring. Adhered slightly offset to the middle of the page. Punched a strip using the MS Garden Gate punch. With a double slot punch, punched the strip then wovedyed seam bindingthrough the strip. Using a tiny scallop border punch, punched strips then adhered the strips to the back of the photo along the edges. Attach the ribbon strip piece to the matted photo and then center onto the circle. Die cut the daisy patch flowers using cream card stock and spray with Glimmer Mist (the color I used is Puerto Rico). After they dry, stamp with Daisy patch stamps using black ink. Stack each flower using 2 cuts and stagger petals. Curl edges under slightly. For each middle, I used 5 star punch pieces. You can see the assembly of the middles for the flowers on my blog HERE. Stamped, cut and colored the leaves, then touched them up a bit with brown ink. Arranged the leaves and flowers on the page. Die cut the Spellbinders labels in 3 sizes. Stamped the sentiment onto the smaller one, then using pop dots, layered the labels, then adhered to page. Punched a decorative strip for the top right corner and placed a flower and leaves on it. Printed up some butterflies, and placed them randomly around page. Did some journaling around the photo using a Zig pen in black.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Purple Passion Flower Tutorial

Card Stock in cream or white
Glimmer Mist or your favorite Color spray
Chalk ink (not shown in picture)
Adhesive (glue) Tim Holtz Tattered floral Die
McGill Sun Punch
Craft Dryer
Nonstick craft mat

Step 1.
Die cut 2 of the spindley flowers from the Tattered Florals die for each flower you make.

Step 2.
Working on a non stick craft mat, spray both sides of your flowers with your favorite color mist. I used Glimmer Mist for this tutorial.

Step 3.
Move the flowers around in the Glimmer Mist very gently as these die cuts are delicate when wet. Make sure the color is saturated throughout the card stock.

Step 4.
Using a craft dryer, dry them until they are 90% dry. Leave ever so damp, just enough to wrinkle the petals up a bit by pinching the individual petals until they are distressed. Then hit with the craft dryer one more time to completely dry. Or air dry.

Step 5.
Using your choice of craft adhesive, stack one flower onto the other staggering the petals.

Step 6.
Punch out 5 sun shapes. I used a patterned paper. You could use card stock and mist it whatever color you want.

Step 7.
Using the thin handle of a paint brush, cup 4 of the sun shapes around the end of the brush handle and form tight cup shapes. Leave one sun shape flat.

Step 8.
Stack the cupped shaped suns one into another to form a cluster. then place the cluster onto the flat piece.

Your finished flowers..They reminded me of the passion flowers in my mothers garden. The color is brilliant. For these flowers I used Glimmer Mist in Trunk Bay and Puerto Rico. I touched them up with Colorbox Chalk Ink in Wisteria.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday and debut of The Sprintime Cardinal Collection.

It's that time again Time for the new Heartfelt Creations stamp release. This one is The Springtime Cardinal Collection. And it is beautiful, Birds, flowers, leaves and Cherries!! All perfect for Mothers day!! It also has a sentiments set in the collection.
The Springtime Cardinal Collection features 8 new PreCut Sets. These new sets coordinate with existing exclusive Heartfelt Creations dies manufactured by Spellbinders.The images in this collection are very classic and elegant, perfect for your copic markers, and you will love the fact that they coordinate with some of the existing Heartfelt Creation dies, so this is an added value for some of the dies you might already own. Leave a comment on mine or the Heartfelt Creations blog by April 19 and one lucky person will win the entire release valued at $119.92. The winner will be announced on the HC blog on April 20. Please go see the entire collection, see what the Design Team has created and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the entire collection!!
This is a card I created using one of the sets in the collection. And I also incorporated the Posy Patch stamp collection to "pop" the flowers. I love that these stamps sets intermingle so beautifully!! Your old sets become new again!! Visit the blog for instructions on how it was constructed.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday and a Special Announcement!!

Today at Heartfelt Creations, we are wishing a fond farewell to 9 of the current design team members: Clare Curcio, Debbie Seyer, Peggy Cain, Selma Stevenson, Gini Cagle, Linda Payne, Dee Jackson, Rosemary Dennis, and Anita Hovey. We wish you a double blessing on all of your future creative endeavors. Visit their blogs and please thank each one of them for all the creative projects they have shared featuring Heartfelt Creations projects.

Ten of the current Heartfelt Creations design team members will continue for another 6 month term: Lisa Gregory, thats me!!, Angelica Turner, Kristina King, Olga Jewell, Lisa Somerville, Cheryl Walker, Giovana Smith, Loretta Lock, Olena Levchenko, and Kerry Urbatch. I am very excited for another creative term with these ladies.

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to 10 new design team finalists that will be joining the Heartfelt Creations design team for the next 6 months: Glenda Brooks, Therese Broman, Carla Suto, Lori Leng,(yay Lori!!!) Jan Hennings, Heidi Erickson, Lisa Lynne Wright, Marsha Sanderlin, Sue Walsh, and Joelle Hancox Yay Joelle!! Another Swirly Sister!!!. Congrats Ladies! I look forward to working with you and taking the paper-crafting industry to new heights of inspiration.It's going to be a beautiful ride!!!

And here is my submission for todays reveal...

12x12 LO


Products used

HCPC 3303 Posy Patch Flowers PreCut Set

HCD 701 Posy Patch Diecut

HCPC 3315 Lily Petals PreCut SetLink

HCD 704 Perfect Petals Die

Please visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see what my Design Teammates have done with the beautiful stamps and dies!! You will be inspired and amazed!!

The photo is of my scrapping buddy Irene Tan's (Scrapperlicious) fur baby Hiro. He is just so beautiful!! This LO also part of a Design Team Challenge over at Swirlydoos. Designers swapped photo's, scrapped them and subscribers had to guess who did what LO...I know some of us have a distinct style, but a few LO.s stumped even ME!!! It was a lot of fun. Go check it out HERE.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Swirlydoos Bella Volo...Beautiful Flight

It is reveal day over at Swirlydoos. Krissy has outdone her self wit the kit and all of the add ons. The designers have out done them selves with their creativity and Bo bunny has outdone themselves with the Gabrielle Collection and the subscribers are Happy Campers!!! Swirlydoos gets the chance to work with these gorgeous papers this month. There are a bunch of tutorials on altering chip board as Swirlydoos has partnered with Dusty Attic in a big Contest. CHIP BOARD PALOOZA!! The prizes are awesome!! Check it out here!!
On a personal note, my dear Mother in law who passed away just 2 weeks ago, would have loved this collection. She loved butterflies, So in her honor, I have created a few of the LO's with some of her beautiful pictures. She left me the family albums. Hundreds of pictures all for my scrapping pleasure. I dedicate this post to her. May she have a Bella Volo with the Angels above...

This month at Swirlydoos we are pairing with Dusty Attic in a Chipboard Palooza Contest. Krissy has also created 3 video tutorials on how to finish raw chipboard. On the DA gate, I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Micas that was included in awesome Chipboard techniques kit. It gave the gate a gorgeous sheen and sparkle . And check out Camilla's tutorial on using these wonderful Mica powders to alter chipboard!!

Gorgeous Prima Flowers always dress up your layouts. Blue was one of my MIL favorite colors.
Closer view of the gate.
Prima and Petaloo flowers always pair nicely.

The phot is my Mother In Law and her best friend Marie on Marie's wedding day 1952. They remained best friends since childhood and it broke my MLI's heart when Marie passed away last year. Hope they are wooping it up with the angles right now!!
Love the gorgeous flowers in the main kit. They were shaped and bent and flattened the way I wanted them
The journaling cards in the kit came on a sheet. They are so beautiful.

I used Tim Holtz Crackle distress paint on the chipboard and rubbed some chalk ink over it with my finger when it dried. It settles into the cracks easily this way.

This is another pic of my Mother In Law in her younger days. She was a beautiful full figured beauty. Curves that use to drive my Father In Law crazy!! Shhhhh...On a another personal note, after the service in my home, I had a my sofa table set on the foyer of my home with all of her pictures from youth till present. He picked up her highschool graduation photo in the frame and said, 'You know, she was damn good lookin broad!" OMG...I bet she would have smacked him for that comment!!! But it really is a term of endearment. He loves her so...still...
Close up of my Swirly Hibiscus Flowers. I used Glimmer Mist in Rum Raisin to color the cream card stock and lightly inked it in Olive. The flourishes are a Sizzix die. The leaves a Martha Stewart punch. I also misted the little roses in the kit to match the larger flower.

Love love, my new Martha Stewart Deep Edge Garden Gate punch. I also did some machine sewing around the page.
The title letters are Thickers from the kit. The smaller letters I printed up in Microsoft Word.
Another close up of the flowers.

LinkThis is one of my favorite pictures of my daughter. She just looks so serene and reflective in this picture. She has always been a pretty happy kid. She always shines an it comes through. Learn how I transformed the ordinary picture to extraordinary with Photoshop in my Smoothing Skin tutorial over at Swirlydoos. Make the eyes sparkle.
I used my Paper Corner Punch Decorative Circles video tutorial on this one. It is a Martha Stewart corner punch. French Scroll. The white Prima flower was Glimmer Misted in Rum Raisin and Coral Reef to match the little Petaloo flowers.
I created a file of the Gabrielle Butterflies in different sizes. All you do is down load the file, print, cut and alter as you please. I just used Rock Candy Stickles all over and touched them with a bit of Icicle for sparkle. For these sizes, I printed them on 5x7 cardstock and used the file that has all peach colored butterflies.

I altered this DA piece as I have in the past using TH Crackle distress paint and rubbed in some chalk ink in Chestnut Roan.

I removed the small beige flower from the Prima Crystals flourish and replaced it with a Petaloo flower.

This has been a very difficult last few weeks for me. The whole family is looking to me for support after my mother in laws death. Just because I am the Executor of her Will and because I am following all of her wishes, and taking in my father in law doesnt make me the strongest one. But I play the part. Deep down inside my heart is aching terribly. I am still numb, burdened with the aftermath of an unexpected death. I take every day one day at a time. Helping everyone to grieve, and making sure my father in law knows that he is not alone. So the title of this LO is Frail Blue Wings. Because that describes me at the moment. The title comes from one of my favorite Joyce Kilmer Quotes..."The air is like a butterfly, With frail blue wings, The happy earth looks at the sky, And sings.

Another Butterfly from files I have created. this image came from one of my Websters Pages papers. Click here for the file.
The photo was created in Photoshop using Holly McCaig digital frames. I printed it on 5x7 paper, then cut out the frame.
Same Title treatment as explained earlier.
Close up of one of the beautiful journaling cards. It has the Joyce Kilmer quote I love. The Prima swirl was broken apart and used in 2 different LO's.

My last LO has a bunch of different elements for the do it yourself scrapper.
I used my Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die to create this flower. I misted it in GM Trunk Bay, another new fave color for me. I inked it lightly in olive chalk ink.
The title is my name created with the Faux Scrabble Letters Tutorial I did. To get the smaller letters I printed up the files on 5x7 cardstock.
Close up of cluster. The leaves are a stamp from Heartfelt Creations. misted with 2 different Glimmer Mist colors.
LinkAnother beautiful journaling card that I wrapped using my Vintage Seam Binding Ribbon tutorial.
I used Glimmer Mist in Rum Raisin to dye it...

I know this was a long post as I managed to get 6 LO's done. I dont know how...But I did. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I had fun creating them. Swirlydoos has by far the newest most beautiful and innovative products in their monthly kits. Krissy really knows how to take care of the scrappers who want the very best. And for those who always want more, she creates the add ons that compliment the kit, and offers special orders to her subscribers. Spot light kits Dusty Attic, Lindy's Stamp Gang Products, Smooch. I could go on and on..We love her and we love Swirlydoos!!

This month we have the talented, incomparable Anna Dąbrowska - Pękockaaka (Finnabair) as our Swirlydoos April Guest Designer. Stop by and see how she works her magic with our April kit, and get to know her a little!!
You have to come and see the details of the April Kit Bella Volo and all of the beautiful Add ons!!

Stay tuned tomorrow when Heartfelt Creations has their reveal and the announcement of the New Design Team!!!