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. 
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