Friday, December 30, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Alumni DT December Blog Hop. The last one ever....

Sad news to announce. This will be the last Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop. It has been a pleasure and so much fun to participate in the monthly hops! I will surely miss my teamies. Thank you, Heartfelt Creations for so many years of joy that I had, working on the Design Team and the Alumni Design team. I will be a Heartfelt Creations creator for life. Kathy Clement, your leadership, guidance and friendship is something I will treasure. Thank you!! 

The hop begins at 8AM EST on Friday, December 30, ,2022 and runs until 11:55PM EST on Monday, January 2nd, 2023.
At that time a randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card. Heartfelt Creations is also giving away a second $25 gift card for a randomly chosen comment from their blog.
The winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, January 4th
The winner has 72 hours to claim the prize by emailing Please write “Winner of the December 2022 Alumni Hop” in the subject line. (Please note, we will no longer be contacting the winner via email to let them know they have won.)

For my last blog Hop creation, I chose to do a holiday themed  slim line card. I chose the Slim Lattice Oval die for my background, and one of my favorite flower sets, the Festive Poinsettia for my floral cluster. 

I love using the Leafy Accents for fillers on my projects. They are such a gorgeous leafy design. I did tuck in a couple of the holly leaves. I will probably tuck in a few more to balance out the design. I really love the stamped design on the flower with all of the veins. It makes for a really beautiful flower. 

I used Rajni Chawlas Crystal Clear on the flowers and leaves. I simply love the sparkle it gives. Not to much, but just enough to make it twinkle. I only used a light sprinkle of the Crystal Clear.  The flowers were inked in a two toned manner using 2 colors. Ranger Archival Ink/Rose Madder and 
Ranger Archival Ink/Vermillion. I love the blend. The leaves were all colored with Ranger Archival Ink Pad/Fern Green and I added a touch of the Vermillion on the tips. 

 Thank you for joining us today for our last Hop. I hope you are inspired to create with Heartfelt Creations products. 

Heartfelt Creation Products Used:

Large Festive Poinsettia Die

Kathy Clement-  Kathy by Design

Vicki Dutcher-  All I Do Is Stamp

Lisa Gregory- What a Beautiful Mess

Alissa Wells-  Will Run for Stamps

Bozena-  BBartCards

Candy Slabaugh-  Candy’s Creations

Amarilys Doria- Amarilys’s Scrappy Corner

Lynn Stanborough-  What the Heart Wants

Heartfelt Creations-  Heartfelt Creations Blog

Friday, December 16, 2022

49 and Market/Vintage Artistry Countryside/A Girl and her Duck

Hello Lovelies. Can you believe we are at the end of December? It is also the last time I will be posting a project for 49 and Market this year. I cant wait to show you what 2023 will bring!! 
I will end my projects with this 12x12 layout created with the gorgeous Vintage Artistry Countryside. I am in love with this wonderful collection of farm fresh, sunflower laden, bee keeping, duck walking, rooster crowing goodness!!! And if you think I used 2 pieces of the same paper to get the front and the back designs?? Think again. I like to make the most of my papers. I took one sheet of Countryside gaggle and measured a 1 1/4 inch border all around. I then carefully cut around the border creating a square from the middle, and a frame. I adhered the frame part ( red and white gingham pattern  side up) to a 12x12 piece of corrugated cardboard  and distressed the edges on the outside, and placed pieces of chicken wire washi tape to the inner part of the cut out frame, overlapping it onto the patterned part of the paper so it shows when you place the square piece on top of it. Then I adhered the cut out square using the opposite side of the paper (geese and floral side up), to another piece of corrugated cardboard, and cut off the excess cardboard from the square and distressed the edges. Once the edges were distressed, I applied white acrylic paint to the edges. Once it dried, I hot glued the square piece over the 12x12 piece. There you have it. Your base to start decorating! 

I used Sunflower and Florets paper flowers in Amber. They match the papers in Countryside beautifully. I placed some laser cut bees over the flowers and leaves. The bees are so dang sweet!! I tucked some laser cut floral clusters under the flowers. I think the red makes the yellow pop. The colors blend so well together. Surround the floral clusters with some laser cut greenery and you just cant go wrong. I also added a bit more of the wonderful Chicken Wire Washi tape around the layout. I just tore strips freehand, to get that uneven edge. 

There is cute little laser cut floral filled basket that I popped off of the page using pop dots. I only added the cute little laser cut button hearts to the front of the basket using pop dots as well. There is a bit if laser cut picket fence underneath, and I wove in the tall red vine flower. I cut a big sunflower in half, and tucked each piece to opposite sides of layout. It looks like half of a flower is peeking out. And it really is a half! I added a sentiment under the basket. 

I matted my black and white photo onto a piece of yellow cardstock. I added the sweet yellow gingham laser cut bow to the top of my granddaughters head in the photo. Little country girls need big big bows!! And every little country girl needs a duck!! This is Charlotte with her duck Lucky.  I adore the picket sign with all of the country names. All of the things you would find on a farm. I popped it up with thin pieces of chipboard. I love dimension on my pages, and the easiest way to do it, is to pop everything off of the page. 

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you are inspired to create something with Vintage Artistry Countryside. Gather those photos from days gone by. Countryside will help you preserve those memories of the country. Or the farm!! 

49 and Market Products Used:

Thursday, December 1, 2022

49 and Market Vintage Artistry Countryside/ 12x12 layout

Hello there today!! I bring you a layout created with the gorgeous Vintage Artistry Countryside. The collection is perfect for those photos taken on the farm, out in the countryside, or just those beautiful garden photos that you've been wanting to scrap. Between the 12x12 and 6x8 papers, you could build folios, mini albums and journals besides your layouts and off the page projects. There are so many accessories to adorns your projects. Washi Tape in multiple sizes, chip board, ephemera, laser cuts, tags, and don't forget those gorgeous Rub-Ons that we all love to use. 
For my layout, I had a particular photo in mind that I wanted to use. A photo of my son almost 30 years ago, on a trip to Old McMickeys farm in Odessa, Florida. He held a chicken for the first time. I always adored this photo. To prepare my layout, I used the Countryside Farm Life paper. I machine sewed around the page using a coordinating red thread. I used a reverse chicken wire stencil with texture paste, sprinkled with embossing powder, and heat embossed the design. I cut a large circle of the Countryside Grange paper, edge punched it using a decorative corner punch to create a doily, (tutorial here) and adhered  it to the middle of the page. Then the layering began. 

I used apiece of the 6x8 paper and created a mat for the photo. I placed it in the middle of the circle and tucked in tags, and ephemera. I topped the tags using jute, but they do come prestrung with white string. I created my floral clusters with the beautiful Sunflowers in Amber, and used laser cut leaves and flowers to tuck underneath. With the leftover paper I used to create the photo mat, I die cut some lacy leaves and tucked those in as well. 

I absolutely love the well worn white picket fence laser cut. I placed some strips of corrugated cardboard under the planks, and adhered it to the layout, I then tuck behind it one of the sweet  laser cut geese. I placed the laser cut watering can to the side of the fence, and topped it with the little yellow heart. An Ephemera Bits  sentiment was layered with a plate, and used for the title of the page. 

I love creating floral clusters, and of course the sweet butterflies can usually be seen fluttering  near them. Just adhere the body only, and when dry, lift up the wings to create dimension. I love the sunny color of the sunflowers. They add a beautiful touch to top off your projects. I know I have some sunflower photos somewhere!! How fun would a mini album be created with the Countryside collection. OK, now I am inspired to create one!! 

Thank you for joining  me today. I hope you are inspired to create a Farm Life or Sunflower themed project using this beautiful collection! Did I mention there are also bees in  this collection!!! Check it out!! 

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: