Friday, July 30, 2021

Heartfelt Creations Alumni July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heartfelt creations Alumni July blog Hop. At the end of this post you will find the info on how you can win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Heartfelt creations store. 

Did you know today is International Friends Day? It's also the first time that Heartfelt Creations is joining the Alumni Team for this blog hop. In honor of these two great events, , Heartfelt Creations is offering a second $25 giveaway for those that come to their blog hop post. (You can find the list at the bottom of this post.)
Everyone who leaves a comment on the Heartfelt Creations Blog will be entered into the drawing. You have until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, August 2nd to leave your comment.
The winners of both gift cards will be posted on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, August 4th. Be sure to check to see if you are one of the lucky winners!
You can claim your prize by emailing Please write Winner of the July Alumni Blog Hop in the subject line.

This month I have decided to create a 12x12 layout of my beautiful granddaughter. She is a happy child! I chose to use the Wild Rose paper collections as well as the Wild Rose stamps and dies for this layout. I did mix in some Leafy Accents as well as a few stamped Sweet Magnolia buds. They were perfect as fillers. I prepared the background paper with some texture paste and a stencil, then brushed it all with clear gesso. This prepared my "canvas" for inks and sprays. 

Here is a closeup of the flowers and leaves. I used watercolor paper, and water colors for the flowers and leaves. The thicker paper is perfect to hold the shape as well as blending the watercolors on the flowers and leaves. I used Prills for the middles. I dusted the flowers and leaves with Rajni Chawlas Dusting Powder. I love the shimmer and shine. 

For the frame, I used the Decorative Circle Frames Die. There are so many possibilities of layering the frames. I stacked 3 layers, using corrugated cardboard in-between each layer for dimension. For the lacey part of the frame, I kissed it with texture paste, and used a watered down watercolor to give it some color. I also added some of the same color around the frame and on the stenciled areas of the layout. When the layout was finished, I did some splattering of 3 different inks on the page. I also touched it with Nuvo Crystal Drops in white. 

Here is another closeup of the floral cluster. For the leaves, I inked them in green, colored them in a washed out green, and just used the same color from the flowers, onto the leaves to compliment the flowers. The 2 toned color gives the leaves some dimension. 

Here are the simple rules!!

The hop begins at 8AM EDT on Friday, July 30th, 2021 and runs until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, August 2nd, 2021. The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021.
All you have to do is leave some love on each of the designers blog to be eligible for a chance to win a $25 gift Certificate to the Heartfelt Creations Store.
The winner has 72 hours to claim the prize by emailing Please write “Winner of the July 2021 Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

49 and Market 12x12 Layout "Lets Get Lost" Vintage Artistry Hike More Collection

 Hello Beautifuls!! Today, we are going exploring!! Vintage Artistry Hike More is the beautiful new collection from 49 and Market. You are sure to love it for your vacation, travel, and just plain old exploring the backyard projects, as I did with this layout. Think, Fern, Mushrooms, Woodsy Wildlife, and touches of gorgeous warm colors. The full collection has endless possibilities for mini album lovers as well. On each page, you can display a new adventure, perfect for your vacation photos. I created a 12x12 layout with photos of my granddaughter exploring my backyard. She is a lover of all little creatures, and is always collecting something! But she wants to know where the lizards are!!! uh oh...I think we may need lizards in a future kit!! (sorry, we live in Florida, where there is an abundance of lizards!) You are going to thoroughly enjoy Hike More. I know I do!

I used the tabs in the File Frame set and attached them to the laser cut sentiments from the 12x12 paper collection. I used the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher stapler to adhere them together. I machine stitched around the file frames and used the tiny staples on them as well. The dragonflies are darling! So much detail in the laser cuts! I tucked in some green moss here and there. 

I simply love using the file frames as frames for my photos. Stack and stagger them for a layered effect. The large fern is simply beautiful!! The laser cut is so fine, that you can actually bend the stem to suit your needs. I gave it a slight twist here and there. Do you see the little inch worm on the mushroom? Yup, I put him there. I also clustered some flowers between the 2 photos. Royal posies and Majestic Bouquet in Mango!! What a gorgeous color! I tucked in the mushrooms in a few places on the layout. They grow wild in the woods behind my house. 

I love creating depth in my layouts. I use a lot of corrugated cardboard in between layers. Sometimes I like it to peek out for a rustic look. Once again you can see the beautiful flowers in Mango. They are prettiest shade of peach. I did a little spattering around the layout as well and some inking in a dark brown. I also did machine sewing on the edges, and used the white rub on stitching which I dulled a little bit with distress ink. 

Thank You for joining me today. I hope you are inspired to get out those woodsy rustic travel photos and start a project with Hike More. xo

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Katie Pertiet designs ARToptions15

 Do you love fussy cutting??? For me it is a stress reliever. So what better way to relieve stress, then to purchase your favorite Katie Pertiet Designs digital original, and try some out to create some hybrid scrapbooking. Haven't heard of Hybrid scrapbooking?? Well, it is taking the digital files to a new level! I create a file in Photoshop of the digital elements from the designs in the kit,  and print it out on cardstock. For me, #80 is a perfect weight. Then sit back and start fussy cutting! For this canvas, I purchased Katies ARToptions Mini Mix 15. This kit is gorgeous!! The colors are gorgeous, and oh my... The dragonflies!!! 

I printed out a portion of one of the 12x12 papers from the kit, and printed it on 8x11.5 cardstock for my background. I then mounted it on a canvas. Then the building of my fussy cut elements began, layer after layer. If you have a wide format printer, you could print out the full 12x12 paper for a full sized layout. There is a total of 8 different paper designs in the kit and over 40 elements!  It is packed for a mini mix! 

I absolutely love the stamps!! But instead of fussy cutting the edges, I have a stacked set of stamp dies, and the smallest one fit the stamps perfectly!. I mounted the beautiful stamps onto the die cuts. But if you have a pair of deckle scissors, you could easily just cut out the stamps. Oh the sweet dragonflies....Next time, I am going to doll them up with glitter and gold!! 

To create the flowers, I printed up a couple of the paper designs, and used one if my  floral dies. I die cut a few different sizes, and stacked them to create layers. I finished them by adding the pearl stamen through the middle. And from the greener parts of the papers, I die cut some of the finer the leaves to tuck under the flowers. I do adore the leaf cutouts in the kit though.  

There are 4 different stacked frames in the kit. And the beauty is they are already stacked, so you are only cutting out 1 piece! I love the buttons, and popped them onto the edge of the frame. I just placed the photo in the back of the frame. The tag on the top is also in the kit. I didn't fussy cut the tie, I cut that part off, added an eyelet and strung some string through the eyelet. Remember this is Hybrid scrapbooking!! Anything goes! The title Blooming Beautiful is one of 3 wonderful sentiment tapes in the kit. They look like the Dymo embossed label maker strips!! I love them!! 

Just finish your layout of canvas as you would like any other you create. I brushed the backgrounds with clear gesso, did some inking and added some art stones, and did a bit of spattering with Oxide Distress inks. To thing this all started on a piece of paper!!! 

This is the ARToptions15 kit that I used for my canvas. You can purchase the kit HERE. Happy Cutting!!! xo

Monday, July 5, 2021

49 and Market "Vintage Artistry Beached" Wild and Free Like the Sea 12x12 layout

Good morning beautiful world! I am fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful states in the US. Florida has an abundance of gorgeous beaches. Perfect places for the best photo ops. So when 49 and Market announced they were coming out with Vintage Artistry Beached, I was excited!! And it sure did not disappoint. It truly is a gorgeous collection! Layout, mini albums, tags, off the page projects. Take your pick, you can create it all with this gorgeous collection. 

I started off mounting the "Uncharted" paper from the Beached 12x12 Collection Pack onto a piece of corrugated cardboard using Mod Podge. I used a stencil and some texture paste onto the background and let it dry. I then mounted one of the papers from the 6x8 collection pack onto a piece of corrugated paper. I wet the edges, let it sit for a few minutes, then peeled back the paper around the edges and the top layer of the cardboard to reveal the corrugated part. I let it dry, and painted the exposed parts with white gesso. I mounted the 6x8 prepared paper  onto the 12x12 paper, Then I mounted the photo onto a piece of corrugated cardboard. In between each layer is a piece of smaller corrugated cardboard. This gives height and dimension. That completed the base for my layout. The rest is the icing on the cake!! The fun begins. 

I used the Garden Petals in Parchment because it reminded me of the color of sand. The color goes perfectly with the papers. The pink flowers tucked in here and there, are the laser cuts in the 12x12 Beached Collection. I shaped them a bit using a ball stylus and shaping mat. The frame on the photo is also a laser cut. I placed a pearl in each corner (my own stash) then used some Beached Wishing Bubbles and Trinkets on either side of the frame. The title under the photo is from the Beached Washi Tape set. The tie and bow under the title, is a laser cut from the 12x12 collection set. I tucked in some Lacey Trim in cream around the photo mat that I distressed with scissors. 

The smaller cluster was created with laser cuts and 1 Parchment flower from the Garden Petals set. I tucked under  a piece of cheese cloth that I distressed with ink before I created the layers. I watered down some distress ink and washed it over the stenciled areas. The texture paste takes on some of the ink color for a soft effect. 

The laser cuts are plentiful in the 12x12  pack. The 6x8 pack also has laser cuts. I added the seagull and the sail boat to this corner. I also tucked in a couple of butterflies from the Vintage Artistry Coral mini collection. I added some art stones and tucked in some cheese cloth around the layout. I also added tiny pearls to highlight the pattern of the stencil. to complete the layout. 

I hope you are inspired to create a beachy kind of project with this beautiful collection. I see mini albums, explosion boxes and cards with this collection in my future. xo

49 and Market Products Used:

Vintage Artistry Beached 12x12 Collection Pack

Vintage Artistry Beached 6x8 Collection Pack

Beached Wishing Bubbles and Trinkets 

Vintage Artistry Beached Washi Tape

Lacey Trim Cream