Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Big Internet Scream!!!!! ZVA!!!!

Well, I can finally shout out my wonderfully exciting news!!!
I made the 2011-2012 ZVA Creative Design Team!!!!
It is so wonderful that a few of my very good scrapping friends did as well!! Lisa Summerville, who I worked with designing for Heartfelt Creations, and Robin Shakoor who I designed with at Swirlydoos!! Congrats girlies. And Tara Orr whom I have befriended and love, will be returning for another term! I am ready to cruise the rest of the Design Team Blogs to get to know them better!! Bitter sweet for me to announce that I will not be returning to Heartfelt Creations for another term, but SWEET that ZVA's door opened and welcomed me to join their awesome team!!!
So without further ado...Here is your 2011-2012 Zva Creative Design Team!!!! Congrats to you all!!! It is going to be an awesome and Creative ride!!!!

Now if you want wonderful inspiration, go check out what each and every designer creates! Go visit their blogs for tons of creative ideas!! What a diverse group of artists!!

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday...The Last...

It is with a heavy heart, that I announce that I will be stepping down from the Heartfelt Creations Design Team. I have served 2 terms, and feel the need to move on. Emma Lou, Linda and the rest of the Design Team have been a wonderful source of encouragement to inspire creativity. Some of the DT is staying on, others are leaving to pursue other avenues, and I know of 3 girls, who are going to be so happy to hear the announcement of the new DT!! Lisa Novogrodski...(my swirly girlie!!!!) Amarilys Doria...and Lisa Blastick...3 of my favorite artists! They will make a gorgeous addition to the Team!! Congrats girls..My heart is with you !!I am pumped for you 3 and cant wait to see you Rock the stamps!!! The last year with Heartfelt Creations has been incredible. I will surely miss my Wednesday morning posts!!
BUT....when one door closes, sometimes, instead of 1, a few more open!!! Let me just say, I am excited!! And cant wait to share some news with you all. Very Soon.
So I give to you, my last Happy Heartfelt Creations post..."I Know A Girl"...I took the words from a John Mayer song.
I used Swirlydoos October kit "Midnight Waltz. I hope you got this kit and all of the add ons, because it is incredibly gorgeous!! The new papers from Glitz are beautiful!! As well as Kaisercraft papers. This LO is part of the October Reveal at Swirlydoos.
The photo is my sisters granddaughter. She really is a joy. Makes us laugh!! She turns gray skies blue!!!
I used one of my favorite Prima masks on the lighter side of the pattern paper. Inked a few spots here and there and used the wonderful transparency for the photo. I created the journaling in Photoshop. I used my Martha Stewart Laurel Leaf Punch Around The Page Set...this one just came together.
Although the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die doesn't match the Flora Grande Stamp I used, they went together so well. Gave the petals texture and dimension. I used 2 of my favorite leaf stamps for the flower clusters. Glimmer Misted and inked for color and dimension. I topped the flowers with some Prima E-Line pearls.

Just another close up of the flower and leaf clusters.

So Thank you Heartfelt Creations for a wonderful year!! It has been an honor and blessing to have been part of an incredible Company!! I will be cheering the new Design Team from the sidelines, and I will be sure to keep creating with the wonderful stamps and Dies I have received. and I look forward to the new creations.

HCPC 3374 Grande Flora PreCut Set
HCPC 3405 Leaf Medley PreCut Set
472123 Foliage Shapeabiliies Spellbinders
472117 Nested Leaves Nestabilities
HCPC 3376 Distressed Leaves PreCut Set
HCPC 3323 Large Elegant Word Background

Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page Punch Set "Laurel Leaf" Prima E_Line pearls Glitz paper and acetate embellishments Prima Mask Bazzill card stock Glitz Paper Tim Holtz Distress Ink Ranger Ink Glitz tiny alphbet stickers Glimmer Mist Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals die

Punch around a piece of 12x12 pattern paper using a Martha Stewart decorative punch around the page set of your choice. Using the word stamp, ink around the outsides of the paper. Adhere to a solid colored 12 x 12 cardstock. Using a mask and distress ink, load your ink onto the foam applicator and very lightly in a circular motion, rub the ink around the mask, lightening the pressure toward the outside of the mask. Mat your photo and adhere to the middle of the page. Using the tattered floral die, die cut a few of each of the sunflower shape and the 2 smaller flowers. using the Flora Grande stamp, stamp the flowers. The stamps do not match the die cut flowers, but leave a beautiful impression on all flowers as you can see. I used the middle sized stamp for the sunflower shapes and the smaller stamp for the 2 smaller flower shapes. Stack the layers to create the flowers, curling the petals back for dimension. Place a pearl in the center of each one. Die cut and stamp your leaves. Spray with Glimmer Mist and ink the edges. Place your paper embellies to the side of the photo as shown, then arrange your flowers and leaves in clusters as shown on the layout. The tiny stickers were placed on the paper frame to the side and the title journaling was created in Photoshop, printed out on a 3.5x5 piece of paper and cut out in strips. The strips were inked along the edges and arranged on the layout. A butterfly was then placed in a random spot on the layout.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Swirlydoos "Midnight Waltz" reveal...

We are getting ready to reveal Swirlydoos October Kit "Midnight Waltz".. But with my work schedule this last month,(flu season) and the typhoon holding our product hostage, I got a late start on my DT layouts. But I think with November, we will be back on track and so will I...So, here is my first layout...I have a 2nd that will reveal on Wednesday as I used this beautiful kit for my Heartfelt Creations reveal. And I will upload a 3rd one today as soon as the sun comes out for a visit. Number 4 is sitting on my desk almost done. Thank you everyone for being soooo patient during Swirlydoos crazy schedule during the last 2 months. It has been a wild ride...

And OH.....I am sitting on a butterflies lair (is there such a thing??) Well they are fluttering in my tummy with excitement...(no I am not pregnant)... But I have some very exciting news to share with you soon!!!

Midnight Waltz has the beautiful papers from Glitz and Kaisercraft. They go so well together.
I chose to use the lighter side of all of the papers except for 1 layout.

I created the flowers from the beautiful bkue card stock in the cardstock add on kit. I used my McGill punch for the petals, layered them, then added the roses in the kit to the middles. The leaves is a Spellbinders die that I used Glimmer mist on the buttery yellow card stock to color, then inked them up a bit. The butterflies are from the file I created for the kit.

I did a little machine sewing along the scalloped edge of the paper. A small cluster of flowers from the kit adorn the corner.

I used the Prima brick stamp randomly on the page. It was bright warm sunny day the day we took these pictures. The song just stuck in my head.

This is my kitty Willow..he is actually 12 years old. He is an indoor cat, but once in a while when I go out to the lanai, he loves to go out with me. He quickly finds a patch of grass on the wood porch to lie near and chew on. Then he eats it till there is nothing but a nub...My Willow...

I fell in love with Tania Martyns layout in the color room. I love how she did the journaling, so I lifted the idea.
I used my Tattered florals die for the base of the big flower and the smaller flowers were done with my McGill flower punch. I just layered the petals to form the flower. You know how much I love this Heartfelt Creations leaf die. Sprayed with Glimmer Mist and inked with chalk ink for dimension.

I have a gazillion eyelets. I use them once in a while. But Natasha Naranjo uses them all of the time and I love it!! So I was inspired. More eyelets on my layouts...

I did a little sewing on the page. And punched out a few sweet Martha Stewart butterflies.

Here is a file for the butterflies. Just right click on them to make the file bigger, save to your computer and print them out. My favorite size to print is 5 x 7 . I generally print on 110 lb cardstock, cut them out and use rock candy paint or stickles on them. But you can print them out on transparency and double layer them over a card stock printed one. I will do a tutorial on this method.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday..In some parts of the country Autumn is in full swing..Leaf peeping is going on in the most beautiful and remote places..And I am GREEN with envy!! (It's always green in Florida). There is no Autumn in Florida. I miss the northern seasons. So until I build that cabin in the woods in North Carolina, I will create LO's in fall colors to remind me of what I have been missing.
Heartfelt Creations has the most beautiful collection called Autumn Splendor. I revisited this collection this month to create a few LO's. I also added the flowers from the Botanical Garden Collection.
I found an older LO that I just wasn't satisfied with. I never did like it, so I picked it apart and this is the revised version. I like it much better. Go visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration. The girls really do beautiful work on cards, LO's, and projects.
The semifinalists are working on their projects for the final round!! I am very excited!! The the new Design Team will be revealed on October 26th. That's next Wednesday...I have seen their work and it is Uh-Mae-Zing!!!

I love my Martha Stewart Maple leaf punch around the page set. It was perfect for this LO.

Just a closeup of the flower and leaf cluster. I gave the leaves a little sparkle with some Stickles. I edges the flower layers with Gold Lumiere Paint. It looks so much like gold leaf. The Lumiere paint is so rich in color.

Just another closeup of the flower.

Products Used on This Project

HCPC 3334 Open Falling Leaves PreCut Set
HCD 707 Autumn Splendor Diecut
HCPC 3406 Botanical Floral 1 PreCut Set
472186 Rose Creations Shapeabilities
Link 426312 Eyelet Lace Martha Stewart

Wilton Doilies, Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Maple Leaf ,Darice rhinestones, Making Memories tiny letter stickers, Prima E-line pearls, K and Company paper, Bazzill card stock, Lumiere paint, Glimmer Mist.

Start with a 12 x 12 piece of pattern paper and punch around the page using Martha Stewart punches. Cut a 9x9 solid card stock using a template. Using a 6x6 cards tuck, punch around the page in autumn leaves design for a photo mat. Adhere photo to 6x6 piece adhering more to the right side. Center matted photo onto the 9x9 template cut piece and adhere that to the background piece. Tuck a glimmer misted piece of doilies under the 9x9 piece as shown . Die cut and stamp them color your flower layers. Once they are colored, touch the edges with gold paint, layer the flowers using 2 and 3 layers staggering petals and place a jewel in the middle of each. Die cit and color the leaves. Edge the leaves with a sparkling Stickles paint. Arrange the flowers and leaves in clusters as shown. Place your title and add butterfly to finish the layout. Place some rhinestones on either side of the photo for a finishing touch of bling!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Porcelain Petals Flower Tutorial

First of all. thank you Joyce for the suggestion for the wonderful name for the flowers. Porcelain Petals it is..Thank you LisaN, Regina, LisaV, Kathy, Jackie, Patricia (PG), and Lynda for the other name suggestions..I have them in the flower memory bank...I will need them you know...

Card stock
soft chalk ink
McGill Paper Blossoms Paper Tool Kit
McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
McGill Medium Pear Punch
McGill Sun Punch
Punch Bunch Small Hydra Cluster punch
Ranger ink foam applicator
adhesive of your choice

Punch out 8 pear shapes, 6 stars and 8 tiny flowers.

Lightly ink the narrow end of the pear petals.

Using 8mm stylus press down on the petal (non inked side) and move around in a circular motion to soften the card stock making it easier to manipulate. The petal will curl.

Pinch the ends of the narrow side of the petal together(ink sides together) . Bend back the edges of the wider part of the petal slightly.

Your 8 petals should look like this. Set aside.

Using the same size stylus press down and using a circular motion until the sun shapes cups up.

Do this to 5 of the sun shapes and start pinching them into a tight bunch . Save one for the base.

Stack the sun shapes and fluff the stack when dry.

Start gluing the petals to the sun base. Glue 4 to the base as shown.

Then the other 4 petals in between for the second row.

Place your sun shaped middle to the center of your flower.

Using a small stylus, cup your tiny flowers.

Start gluing your tiny flowers to the outer edges of the sun flower middle.

Your flower is now complete.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Swirlydoos September Reveal***RENDEZVOUS***

Well, it is FINALLY here!!! The Swirlydoos September Reveal Day!! That darn Typhoon had our Swirly Products stuck at sea and then at customs forever!!! Oh the price we pay for the latest and greatest right out of CHA!!! But here we are, getting back on track. And so without any more delays, here are my Design Team Creations for Rendezvous.

Swirlydoos Camp in Colorado every year is a blast. I have forged wonderful friendships with 2 of the alumni...Robin and Shelly join me in this photo. Last year we all sat together with Jan...This year they broke us up...2 Designers at one table is just way to much, couple that with the Queen of layouts (Jan) and the one with the way cool stories and introduced us to way cool music (love Bossa n Roses) (Shelly)..Well, The principal broke us OK...We were all cozy enough and traveled around the room!!

I used my Swirly Sweetheart Daisy Tutorial for the flowers.

LinkI created a butterfly file for the kit. Grab your copy below this post.

I used my Decorative circle tutorial and I created the tiny letters using Microsoft Word.

I have been getting a lot of use from my masks and stencils lately. It's a great way to add design and color. I did a little machine sewing around the page.

This photo is my daughter when she had her "Marilyn Piercing". I kind of liked that one. It was very pretty (and I hate facial piercings!!) I enhanced the emphasis on the piercing by placing a tiny Prima rhinestone over it.

Love my Prima Stencils!! And love my MS deep edge punches as well. The frame from Dusty Attic was left raw with just a brushing of ink and Rock Candy Stickles.

The flowers were hand made and I will post a tutorial for them tonight.

The title says it all. For those who do not know, the Marilyn Piercing is a facial piercing done exactly where Marilyn Monroe had her mole. Gabbie always had a tiny diamond in hers. She out grew it...I thought it was cute...

I just realized this one doesn't have a title...Hmmm..Do we need one?? I think not. There is actually hidden journaling on the tags tucked in the top of the photo.

More Prima Masking. I love my Tim Holtz Distress ink using the foam applicator. You get a soft edge depending on how much pressure you use.

I used my Passion Daisy Tutorial for the pink flower. The others are Prima from the Flower add on kit.

I also love my Timmy dies. I dont think I ever used the bird with the cage. I did on this one. Used crackle paint and light inking on the edges. I added some Dusty Attic flourishes.
Just a closeup of the flowers and birdcage.

And a closeup of the hidden tags tucked up on top of the photo. I cut the little decorative shapes from one of the papers, folded them in half and placed them over a tag I created and cut from the back of the paper. I tucked some decorative edge punching in the back of the LO.

This LO is my take on the beautiful sketch that Beggahuna created for us. Gosh she is just the best sketch artist out there! Go see how each Designer interpreted the sketch.

For the title, I used a rub on that I have had in my stash for a very long time... And more Dusty Attic as well.

I love the flowers in the kit. The little blue flowers look like porcelain with a touch of gold.

The last 2 were already revealed in previous posts but were done with this kit.

The butterflies..Click on the picture to enlarge, then save them to your computer and print them on 5x7 paper for a perfect size.
I hope you enjoyed this round...Stay tuned for the October Reveal, then in November, we have a special treat with a wonderfully talented Guest Artist and our Blog Hop!! Make sure you join us for Octobers SwirlyHues Challenge hosted by Robin.. Click on the palette below to take you to the details!!