Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday***9-28-11***

Wednesday already...This week, I bring to you a layout created not only with Heartfelt Creations gorgeous stamps and dies, but Swirlydoos has just shipped their September kit, and this is a sneak peak in to one of the layouts I did with it. It is just dripping with Prima and Bo Bunny goodness. The neutral colors of the papers give you free reign to add color. I used lots of masking and inking and a new found love,...Texture paste..I will do a tutorial on how I created the corners of this layout. Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies are so versatile. There are cards, layouts and lots ofLink altered items done by the designers. Even our very sweet and talented owners get into the groove of not only designing and creating the stamps, but working their magical talent with them. So head on over to the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see what the Design Team has created this week. The new Christmas Collection is a huge hit!!! My project for next week will feature parts of that gorgeous collection.

The photo is of my dear sweet kitty Willow and my daughter Gabbie, sharing a quiet moment.

The corner treatment was crated with texture paste. Easy and beautiful and so fun to do.
A little bit of corset lacing goes a long way in your designs. I used a few eyelets from my own stash and took apart the jute that was in the September Swirlydoos kit and just did a little lacing.
The flowers were stamped, die cut and the color I used on the flowers is just incredibly amazing!! It shows like a fine Dupioni Silk fabric.Dupioni silk is woven with two threads, which create a stunning shimmering effect to the fabric. Often the two threads are of different colors, so when the fabric angle changes, so does the color.( Dupioni silk is woven with two threads, which create a stunning shimmering effect to the fabric. Often the two threads are of different colors, so when the fabric angle changes, so does the color.) The colored sheen in the paper when you spray it with Moonshadow Mist is simply incredible. The spray mist I used is from Lindy's Stamp Gang and the color is Buccaneer Bay Blue. If you have never used Moonshadow Mist before, your missing out on the results from this unique spray. Magical...
I just love the Botanical Florals stamps that matcch the Spellbinders Donna Salazar Rose Creations dies. This time I used the Swirly Leaf Stamps for the leaves. Love to mix and match the stamps!! I lightly sprayed a Wilton Doily with the same Buccaneer Bay Blue, just lightly though so I got more of that antique tea color with a hint of the gorgeous blue.
I used a piece of Dusty Attic for my layout and just spread some texture paste on it, let it dry, then inked it up a bit. It looks like a stucco architectural piece. A very easy project with awesome results.
Heartfelt Creations has the most beautiful stamps and coordinating dies. A new collection is revealed every month. So head on over to the site and check out the stamps. You may want a few for your stamping pleasure!!

472182 Fleur De Lis Accents Die
HCPC 2254 Leafy Swirls PreCut Set
HCPC 3406 Botanical Floral 1 PreCut Set
HCPC 3407 Botanical Floral 2 PreCut Set
472186 Rose Creations Shapeabilities

Other Products: Moonshadow Mist Buccaneer Bay Blue ,Glimmer Mist Olive Green ,Colorbox Chalk Ink Chestnut Roan,Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass and Tea Dye ,Jute ,Wilton Doily ,Dusty Attic Chipboard ,Recollections jewel brads ,Golden Texture Paste ,Americana stencil, Making Memories brads ,EK success edge punch ,Tim Holtz distressing tool

Using a stencil, texture paste and a palette knife, position the stencil in each corner of the background paper and smooth the paste over the stencil in a 1/8 inch thickness, then lift the stencil carefully. Also apply some texture paste onto your chipboard piece. Let dry for a few hours. Cut out a square within the background paper and distress the edges. Place a coordinating paper behind the textured paper. Punch a lacy border punch in strips, ink the edges and tuck the strips under the textured paper all around your distressed square opening. Die cut the strip from the Spellbinders Fleur De lis Accent die and tuck it in the edge punched strip at the bottom of your opening. This creates some layers. Secure 2 rows of eyelets on one side of the page, and string some jute, corset style. Using a foam applicator, ink some Tumbled Glass over the edges of the page and onto to the stenciled texture paste corner treatments. Also rub some color onto your chipboard piece then hit the edges with a brown ink. Spray mist a small doily. Die cut, color and ink your flower layers and leaves. Layer your flowers (tutorial here up to step 8 ) and place a brad in the middle of each flower. Place doily to the left side of the square opening, the photo towards the right side and the chip board piece underneath. Arrange your leaves and flowers as desired and place some random butterflies around the page. Place your title anywhere.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday***9-21-11***

Is it Wednesday already??? Before I leave for work, I will leave you with another creation I did with some of Heartfelt Creations THE CHRISTMAS CHEER COLLECTION... I just adore the Layered Poinsettia in the set. So many sizes in one set is wonderful. And I love the ornament stamps...So so pretty and so mny possibilities. Go check out The Heartfelt Creations Blog and see what the fabulous Design Team has done with some of the collections. Cards, tags, altered art...They have it all. Until I have time to give you details on each picture, the bottom of the post will let you know how I created this layout..Until then..Happy Scrapping!!

Products Used on This Project

HCPC 3416 Poinsettia Ornament 1 PreCut Set
HCPC 3415 Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set
12156 Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities
472177 Fancy Tags 3 Shapeabilities
HCPC 3421 Dove of Peace PreCut Set

Other Products: Wilton white doily Martha Stewart Punch around the page punch set kaiser kraft pearls Tim Holtz Paper Martha Stewart leaf punch Joanns white embossing powder Offray ribbon Liquid Pearls

Use plain card stock as the base of the layout. Cut 2 other coordinating patterned background papers 1inch smaller than the last. Use the punch around the page set all around on smaller page and only the corners on the other. Adhere layers together. Adhere doily to middle of page. Mat photo and off set slightly to the side of the doily. Punch and heat emboss multiple layers of flowers and the ornament using white embossing powder. Layer the flowers 3 or 4 layers with largest on bottom and smallest on top. Top with a pearl. Using liquid pearls, place a dot at each intersecting line of the stamped and embossed ornament. Let dry. Adhere a layered flower over the flower image on the ornament. Place a few punched leaves to both sides of the flower. Place a bow on top of the ornament and adhere the ornament to the side of the photo. Die cut the Fancy Tag. On a white and inked piece of card stock, stamp the sentiment. Adhere the sentiment to tag and place on the layout. Create a flower cluster in upper right hand corner and place the punched leaves around the flowers. Place a few butterflies randomly around the page.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Swirlyhues Color Challenge***Lovely***

Swirlydoos kits went out a bit late this month. The Typhoon in China delayed the latest and greatest Summer CHA products that Krissy was putting in the fabulous kit. But good things come to those who wait. And the wait is almost over as kits are now being shipped out. This new kit is just fabulous!! So we skipped a DT reveal this month , and instead introduced you to Swirlydoos new Challenge ...SwirlyHues.

This layout was done with the new kit and I used the wonderful colors from our very first Swirlyhues challenge.

The flowers were diecut from the blue card stock in card stock add on kit and enhanced with Glimmer Mist in Mallard (bought in the Swirlydoos store) and a spritz of Suede. Then after the flowers were assembled (tutorial follows this post) I rubbed some Colorbox Chestnut Roan over them.
I finally got the hang of using the flocking. The trick is to get it a little warm by rubbing it with your finger to warm the plastic and making sure you rub it really well into the paper using a Bone folder or a tool similar. a Popsicle stick works just as well. I saved a rubber one from a previous rub on set.

I love the Petaloo Vines in the add on flower kit, but they seemed a bit plain, so I quilled some leaves and added them to the stems.
The blue butterflies were 1 of 2 sets I created specifically for this kit. You can get them HERE. Feel free to download, print, and cut, for you butterfly pleasure!! All I do is free cut the antennae when I am cutting out the butterflies, color them with a black Sharpie and then rub some Rock Candy Stickles over the whole thing. But you can use glitter, Liquid Pearls, dimensional paint, twinkling H2O's, Pearlex powder and whatever else glitters to enhance the butterflies.
It's all up to you...

Passion Daisy Tutorial.

This flower was totally inspired by Lisa Valentine (my Swirly Design Team Sister!!) . I had the dies in my stash for so long and never used them. Lisa makes a flower, and the ideas keep coming. Thanks Ms.Valentine. You got my flower mojo going!! Please go see the gorgeous Layout that Lisa did using the flowers that I found such an inspiration. It really is beautiful....And look for her tutorial on the flower.

Glimmer Mist
card stock white or cream
McGill stylus kit, or a ball stylus
Mcgill mat. or you could use a mouse pad
ink for distressing
Daisy flower die, I used Spellbinders
McGill Sun Punch

Die cut 2 large flowers, 2 smaller flowers and punch out 4 suns. I used Glimmer Mist in Mallard to enhance the blue card stock. I also sprayed one spritz of green color and Suede and swirled it around the craft mat to tone down and muddy the blue color a little. (not shown in the tutorial, but in the top photo). I also sprayed the light yellow sun shapes with a vibrant yellow Glimmer Mist and one spritz of Suede once again to tone down and antique the color.

Using a ball stylus in a circular motion, curl up the petals slightly on each petal of the large flowers.

Using the same motion on the 2 smaller flowers, after using a circular motion on a petal, do not lift your stylus, but drag the stylus towards the middle of the flower and this will force the petal to curl upwards and inward.

Both of your flowers should look like this. 2 small cupped flowers.

Using the stylus, using a circular motion, cup your sun shapes.

Your 4 sun shapes should be tightly cupped. This will make the next few steps easier.

Pinch the first cupped shape sun and glue it into another cupped shape.

Scrunch up the sun shape onto the next one and repeat this step until all of your sun shapes are used.

Using your 2 smaller flowers adhere one into the other staggering the petals and then adhere your sun middle into the middle of your layered flowers.

Glue around the inner rim of one of the larger daisy and stack the other layer on top staggering the petals.

Glue around the inner ring of the stacked petals.

Now place your smaller daisy cluster on top of the larger flower cluster. This is your finished flower. Ink the flower if desired and ruffle it up a bit for a shabby look as in the top photo.

The smaller flowers were made the same as the top part of the flower, but instead of using the 2 larger layers, another smaller layer was used underneath curled the opposite way.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday***9-14-11***

Happy HC Wednesday.
Heartfelt Creations is pleased to introduce the Christmas Cheer Collection.The collection features 14 new precut stamp sets that coordinate with one new exclusive Heartfelt Creations die manufactured by Spellbinders and existing Spellbinder dies. The possibilities with the classic images in this collection are absolutely endless. I can see how much I am going to make poinsettias..More Flowers!!!! The stamp images are beautiful. Very elegant.
I chose to start out with a simple but very cute project...Mini Note Cards. I am on a Kraft kick lately, and wanted to do some white embossing on Kraft paper, and this is what I came up with.

I pulled out my Cricut Wild Cards Cartidge and picked this cute card and envelope set. I cut 6 sets at 3.5 inches.
The front of the card was stamped with the Snowy Winter background stamp using a white pigment ink, then each card was folded in half. Some seam binding was added and a bow was tied it the top of the card.
The Poinsettia were stamped using embossing ink, and Fine White embossing powder was heat set with a craft heat tool. The flowers were cut and layered, then a pearl was added to the middle and the finished flower was adhered to the middle of the card.

3 petals from a one layer flower was adhered to the top front of the flap on the envelope and the last 2 petals were folded over the flap and adhered to the back of the envelope. Each note card slips into the mini envelopes ready to use.

Chance to win: Leave a comment on the Heartfelt Creations blog by September 20 for a chance to win the entire release valued at $240.00. Go check it out as it is AWESOME!!!

Thank you Krissy and Swirlydoos for introducing me to Kraft paper...I really didnt know what the fuss was all about..I'm hooked...

Products used on this project:

HCPC 3415 Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set
HCPC 3426 Snowy Winter Background PreCut Set
Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities

Other Products used:

Cricut Expression
Joanns white fine embossing powder
Colorbox Chestnut Roan chalk ink
Heat gun
Prima E-Line pearls
Seam Binding Kraft Cardstock

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Heartfelt Creations Guest Designing for Catered Crop!!

This week as a Heartfelt Creations Designer, I played along with the current Catered Crop ~~Follow the Recipe!~~ I used most of the ingredients in the sample project, added some of my own spice and cooked it up in Heartfelt Creations style!! It gave me a chance to go Shabby Chic, my favorite style, and use purple, my favorite color. Linda McClain invites you to share your recipe creations at the Catered Crop for the current Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe Linking Party (here, FTR20) ... So show everyone what you can cook up and link it!! You have the chance to win

The thought of using Kraft paper was always non inspiring to me..Please, brown paper sack paper?..But oh my word, we received Tim Holtz Resist Kraft in my Swirlydoos Resist It Technique kit and I was hooked!! All you need to do is add a little color and BAM!! Brown Paper bag transforms into something beautiful!!Who would have thought!!?? Well here is my creation for The Catered Crop using Swirlydoos and Heartfelt Creations wonderful products. Can I say, I LOVE Kraft paper!! The pic is my Aunt Maggie and Uncle Ray on a trip they made to Hawaii. They both recently celebrated their 60th birthday together and this LO is a gift to them.

I cut about 2 inch strips from opposite ends of my Kraft Resist paper. Then I took my new Martha Stewart Corner Punch and punched along the edge of each strip. I then used the wrong side of the strips and adhered them to the pattern side of the paper and stamped the design using Archival ink in Sepia. Then I adhered that piece to a 12 x 12 piece of card stock from a Swirlydoos kit.

I used Tim Holtz Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Paper Rosette for my purple flowers. For the leaves I used Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3390 Bella Rose Leaves PreCut Set and the matching die HCD 712 Bella Rose Die
Just another view of the flower cluster.

The smaller cream flowers were made using The Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch die (HCD 701 Posy Patch Diecut). The Faux Scrabble Letters can be found in my side bar here. To make them smaller, print them up on 5 x 7 paper, then follow the instructions. The doily came in a Swirlydoos kit a long time ago. I glimmer Misted it in Cranberry Zing. The Tim Holtz tattered clock die that my wonderful Swirly sister Peggy lent me at Camp, was painted with Distress paint in picket Fence, misted with Glimmer Mist and the edges were inked with Colorbox Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan.

The butterfly came from one of the files I create for Swirlydoos, Click here for the hundreds you can upload print and cut. ) I used Rock Candy Stickles on the butterfly and free cut the Antennae then color them with a black sharpie. The borders of the background paper was stamped with HCPC 3324 Daisy Patch Swirls PreCut Set.

Saturday, September 10, 2011