Friday, November 25, 2022

November 2022 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team November Blog Hop

Hello!!! Welcome to the November Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team Blog Hop! You have a chance to win 1 of 2 Heartfelt Creations $25 Gift Certificates. All you need to do is leave a comment on the designers blog posts, and a randomly chosen comment will be chosen to win. The winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, November 30th. So please  check there on the Wednesday following the hop. The winner has 72 hours to claim the prize by emailing Please write “Winner of the November 2022 Alumni Hop” in the subject line. 

For this months blog hop, I created a card using the gorgeous Festive poinsettias. I love pink poinsettias, and found the perfect colors for my flowers. The card measures 7 1/2 x 5 1/2. I die cut the Eyelet  Rectangle and Basic die using the Luxe Gold Cardstock, and layered it onto the base of the white card. I used the Gold Cardstock with the Elaborate Ovals Frame die. I layered the pieces until I was happy with the design. 

I used the sentiment from the Holiday Star Cling Stamp Set and set it into the gold frame once the card was assembled. 

For the poinsettias, I stamped them using a reddish brown ink from my stash,  die cut both large and small flowers, and colored them with Ranger Archival Ink Pad/Pink Peony and Ranger Archival Ink Pad/Vibrant Fuchsia. The leaves were colored with Ranger Archival Ink Pad/Leaf Green and Memento Dye Ink Pad/Bamboo Leaves. I used the flower shaping kit to shape the flowers and leaves.  Both the leaves and the flowers were dusted with Frosting Powder. I used stamen I have in my stash for the middles of the flowers. I layered and assembled the flowers in different sizes. I clustered them on the card. 

Blog Hop Order

                                                 Kathy Clement- Kathy by Design

Monica Edwards- Scraps2Treasure

Bozena- BBartCards

Alissa Wells- Will Run for Stamps

Lisa Gregory- What a Beautiful Mess

Candy Slabaugh- Candy’s Creations

Gloria Stengel- Scraps of Life

Lynn Stanborough-  What the Heart Wants

Amarilys Doria- Amarilys’s Creations

Vicki Dutcher- All I do Is Stamp

Heartfelt Creations Blog

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

49 and Market ARToptions Alena, 12x12 layout "Everything"

 Hello Lovelies. Today I bring to you a layout created with the beautiful ARToptions Alena. The floral patterns, and colors in this collection are absolutely glorious!! The watercolor effect happens to be one of my favorite designs. This collection does not disappoint in that department. I took one sheet from the collection which had florals on one side of the paper. I wanted a cascading effect, so I used the 12x12 Rub-ons to create it. 

I started with machine sewing around the edges of the paper using a coordinating colored  silk thread. I die cut one of my slimline dies using paper from the Alena 6x8 paper collection, and sewed around it as well. I placed a photo in the top frame, Alena Fabric tape in the middle and another photo on the bottom frame. I mounted it in the middle of the layout. Then the fun began! Embellishments!! ARToptions Alena has many embellishments in the collection. I tried to used a little of most of them for this layout. To start I used the 12x12 Rub-ons along the sides of the framed photos. I cut out 1 floral cluster, then cut it in half using the halves on either side of the framed photos. I used a few clusters this way until I reached the bottom of the page. Then I began tucking in the flowers and the leaves. I had some scraps left over from die cutting the frame,  so I created a few rolled rosettes to add to my floral clusters. 

I used the laser cut frames to frame both of my photos and layer them over both photos. I used the  sentiment strips for each of the photos. I also die cut some leaves from one of the 6x8 papers. I used a variety of colors and floral collections to cluster the flowers. I love the yellows and the reds together. 

I used one of the tags as a base, and layered a sentiment over it. The beautiful filagree heart, laser cut, looks just like metal! I poked a hole in the top of the heart and strung it through the tags string. I shortened it a bit then retied the knot. I love it hanging from the tag. It added a bit of charm to the layout. 

I love the laser-cut ties. I had to shorten this one a little to fit the frame. I bent the very edges back a bit to wrap under the frame, this way it really looks like the string is tied around the frame. I then continued to layer my leaves and flowers along the sides of the frames photos. I added a few laser cut and rub on butterflies around the layout. To finish off the layout,  I did a bit of splattering with watered down inks as well. I wanted a simple design, and ended up with an elaborate garden. And so I added photos of my 2 precious wild flowers. Savannah and Dominick. My 4 year old grandchildren. 

Thank you for joining me today. I hope that you are inspired to create your own garden featuring ARToptions Alena. It truly is a beautiful collection. xo

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

49 and Market Vintage Artistry Serenity Collection

 Hello Lovelies. I am here today to inspire you to try the new Vintage Artistry Serenity Collection. I am absolutely smitten with this collection. The soft colors of the blues and browns is simply lovely. There is so much to this collection, that you won't want to miss a thing. I was inspired to create this layout, by the Serenity laser cut house/window. It immediately sparked my imagination to create a layout using the photo of my granddaughter who had built herself a little wooden fort of tree branches in front of a tree, and lined the ground with palm fronds to sit on. She told me this was going to be her "quiet place". Serenity seemed perfect for the photo, and the Serenity house/window  laser cut represented her quiet place. Isn't it wonderful when a piece of paper, a photo, or an element can spark your imagination? 

I started by tracing a large circle on the Serenity Solids paper 2. I then used my sewing machine and some cream colored thread to go around and around a few times using a wide straight stitch. Then I machine sewed around the edge of the paper. I took 1 sheet of the Vintage Artistry Serenity 6x8 paper pad, and a couple of larger pieces from the Serenity Ephemera Bits and cut them into strips. Some of the strips, I used a couple of border punches to simulate torn out notebook paper. I stacked and adhered the strips in 2 groups. Then cut them both in half. I divided them vertically, and horizontally to create the base of my layout. I then layered the Serenity house/window laser cut onto an Ephemera Bit paper and placed it the middle of the layered strips. I topped the vertical strips with a laser-cut frame snipped in half

I used the 6x8 Serenity Rub-Ons  around the machine sewed circle. I love how the rub-on leaves have a slight curve, as they went with the circle design. There was no problem rubbing them over the raised thread. I also used the words Life and Happy on the layout. 

To create the matted photo, I placed the photo behind a Vintage Artistry Essentials Square File Frame. I did tuck in a laser cut frame and a Serenity tag to the side of the frame, but my floral cluster covered most of it. Using a mini stapler, I attached  the tiny Serenity laser-cut sentiment bookplate onto the file frame. 

I absolutely love the flowers in the Blue Jay color, mixed Blue Raspberry and  Ocean Jade colors. I found it a perfect blend. I tucked in a couple of Serenity Ephemera Bits leaves. Most of my layers are popped up by bits of corrugated cardboard. I love the dimensional look to my pages.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you are inspired to create a project using Vintage Artistry Serenity. 
49 and Market Products Used:

Friday, October 28, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team October Blog Hop

The hop begins at 8AM EDT on Friday, October 28, ,2022 and runs until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, 31, 2022. You have a chance to win 1 of 2 Gift Certificates to the Heartfelt Creations Store. All you have to do is leave comments on the the Alumni Designers Blogs. The more designers blogs you comment on, you increase your chances of winning. The winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, November 2ndThe winner has 72 hours to claim the prize by emailing Please write “Winner of the October 2022 Alumni Hop” in the subject line. 

Today I bring to you a card created using 2 different collections. The flowers and leaves are from the new Hollyhocks collection, and the paper I used for my slimline card is the Wild Rose Collection paper. I adore both collections. 

I created the card by cutting a piece of card stock 8 1/2 x 8, and scoring it in half and folding the card. You now have an 8 1/2 x4 inch card base. I cut a piece of Wild Rose paper 8 1/2 by 4 and adhered it to the front of the card. I cut down the next Wild rose paper to 3 1/4 x 8 inches and layered it on top.


I created all of the flowers and leaves by stamping and coloring them with inks, and I used the Stem with Leaves from the  Hollyhocks Stem and Blooms Cling Stamp Set , inked it and placed it on the front of the card. This was my base for the flowers and leaves. 

I layered the flowers and leaves over the Stem with Leaves. I created all different sizes Hollyhocks,  leaves, and tiny buds. I used stamen for the middle of the flowers. I fussy cut the sentiment and layered it on another piece of scrap paper. I then adhered it to the card. 

I hope you enjoy the hop this month! There is so much inspiration here. Good Luck!! 


Kathy Clement- Kathy by Design

Vicki Dutcher- All I Do Is Stamp

Gloria Stengel- Scraps of Life

Bozena- BBart Cards

Alissa Wells- Will Run for Stamps

Lisa Gregory- What a Beautiful Mess

Candy Slabaugh- Candy’s Creations

Lynn Stanborough- What the Heart Wants

Heartfelt Creations Blog

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Hollyhock Stem & Blooms Cling Stamp Set

Hollyhock Stem and Blooms Die

Sunday, October 16, 2022

49 and Market "The Spice Of Life" 12x12 layout featuring ARToptions Plum Grove

 Hello lovelies. I am coming to you today with another layout created with the brand new ARToptions Plum Grove. This beautiful collection has the glorious colors of a  full blown autumn day.  From the gorgeous falling leaves, to the purple tinged sunsets, it has it all! I had hexagons on my mind all month long. I wanted to use a nesting die set that I have, to create the hexagon design on my layout. I did some machine sewing around the layout, and then decided to machine sew around each individual hexagon. The sewing didn't have to be perfect. In fact, the little imperfections remind me that its OK to be a little messy. Autumn is all about the falling leaves. They leave what I call a beautiful mess in the yard, and on the streets!! I used Plum Grove Colored Foundations 3 for my background. I die cut the hexagons from Plum Grove Blossom paper, machine stitched them, and arranged them on the layout in a pleasing design. I played around with placement until I found one that I liked. I popped them out from the background by placing pieces of cardboard under each one. I wanted the feeling of falling leaves, so I cut apart the Plum Grove Rub Ons, and arranged the smaller leaves and florals around the outside of the hexagon design. I spattered some ink and acrylic paint around the design  as well. 

For the matted photo, I used a larger hexagon die cut from Blossom paper, and nested it with a smaller die. Then I die cut the photo with an even smaller die. I love nesting dies! Once the matted photo was placed, I adorned it using floral clusters. I used 4 different flower packs, with colors I chose form the papers. 1 pack goes a long way when you choose multiple packs for your floral designs. I chose the colors that you would find while leave peeping at the peak of fall! Something I miss in Florida. 

For the title, I layered and stacked some of the Plum Grove Ephemera Bits. I cut down the spice of life word strip to fit inside of the purple strip, then layered it over the ticket strip, placing a thin strip of chipboard under each layer. I scattered some butterflies over the layout. 

With eth scraps of paper I had left, I die cut some tiny berry looking foliage and used it as filler in my floral clusters. I waste NO paper. This is also a closeup of the rub-ons. They actually look like they were part of the paper design. These are the finest quality rub-ons I ever used. They glide on like butter, and you cant even tell they have a birder. It blends right into he paper. If you haven't tried 49 and Market Rub-Ons, I suggest you do. It is quite addicting. And quite beautiful too. Once the layout was finished. I used a little gold mica powder mixed with water to kiss the edges of everything around the layout. It added a bit of rich shimmer. 

Thank you for joining me today. I hope that you are inspired by the gorgeous colors of Autumn. Grab some Plum Grove and create something glorious!! xo

49 and Market Products Used:

ARToptions Plum Grove Colored Foundations Pack

ARToptions  Plum Grove 12x12 Collection Pack

ARToptions Plum Grove Laser Cut Elements

ARToptions Plum Grove 6x8 Rub On Transfer Set

ARToptions Plum Grove Plum Grove Ephemera Bits

Garden Petals /Salmon

Royal Spray /Orchard

Royal Spray /Olive

Sugar Stems /Tutti Frutti

Wildflowers /Plum

Other Products Used:

Lindys Stamp Gang Jazzy Jivin Purple Starburst Spray

Lindys Stamp Gang Sea Mint Green Shimmer Spray

Lindys Stamp Gang Glory Of The Seas Shimmer Spray

Lindys Stamp Gang Glitzy Shimmer Only Magicals /Glitzy Gold

Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlets Garden Greens

Selric Cone Thread/Lilac

Saturday, October 1, 2022

49 and Market ARToptions Plum Grove. 12x12 layout

Hello Lovelies. Now that Autumn has come upon us in my part of the world, I wanted to create a layout using the glorious colors of fall. Although I live in a subtropical climate where the leaves do not turn colors, I can dream!!! We can all dream! For this layout I used the newest, most beautiful ARToptions Plum Grove. The whole collection just feels like a magical, colorful  Autumn day. Although you can change the theme of this collection to suit your creative needs, I wanted that fall feeling. The collection perfectly matched the colors in the photo of my granddaughter Charlotte. 

Some of the newest flowers to come out, are the Nature's Bounty Collection. Here I used the color Mango. The flowers are beautiful. In the package, there is a cluster, singles, and stems in the collection.  Placement is so easy. The other new floral collection is Florets. I used Soft Lilac to tuck in the Mango clusters. They go together beautifully. I also had some Royal Posies in Mango and Orchid that I used as well. 

The flowers and leaves in the Nature's Bounty floral collection are lush and beautiful! I kissed the edges of the flower petals using white acrylic paint using a dry brush. I added some art stones for a textured effect. I also used some gilding flakes and glue glitter for some sparkle. 

I love all of the sentiments in all of the collections. Here, I used sentiments from the Plum Grove Ephemera Bits, and backed them with the leftover paper I used to die cut the 2 big leaves. I created a triple bow using the Single Ply Jute. I did some paint spattering with a thick white acrylic paint. I did some machine sewing around the layout. 

The 2 big oak leaves were die cut from one of the Plum Grove Ephemera Bits papers. The color was perfect. The die has a matching embossing folder so I was able to emboss the leaves. You can still see the beautiful design that was on the paper. I did a lot of ink edging on the layout just to give it a little bit of a vintage rustic feel. I used the Plum Grove 6x8 Rub-Ons around the torn out piece in the middle of the layout. I scattered some of the laser cut butterflies around the page as well. I layered the Plum Grove Laser Cut frames, then mounted my matted photo in the middle. Although I mostly covered it, I hand cut a heart from the leftover paper, distressed and inked the edges, and layered it under the frames. 

I hope you are inspired to create a project using Plum Grove. It is my new favorite collection!! But I am partial to purple, and Autumn!! xo

49 and Market Product List:

ARToptions Plum Grove 12x12 Collection Pack

ARToptions Plum Grove Laser Cut Wildflowers

ARToptions Plum Grove Laser Cut Elements 

ARToptions Plum Grove Ephemera Bits

ARToptions Plum Grove 6x8 Rub-Ons

ARToptions Plum Grove / Blossom Paper
Jute Cording Single Ply
Royal Posies flowers /Mango
Florets Soft flowers/ Lilac