Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Heartfelt Creations November Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to my first post as part of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team! Each month, on the last Tuesday of the month, the Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because one fortunate Blogger will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations! The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 28th, at noon. The November Hop starts 8am EST on Tues. November 24th and closes Fri. November 27th at midnight. (For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post.

You should be coming to my blog from Amy Doria's Blog

I created a 6" x 5" Christmas card from Sparkling Poinsettia and Festive Christmas papers. This card has all the gold and silver gilding and sparkle you need for Christmas! 

I created two flowers one using the Botanical Rose Stamps and Botanical Wings Dies, and one using Arianna Blooms Stamps and Dies.  I stamped the flowers onto ivory cardstock with black ink and then colored them with gold and silver ink. Once the ink was dry, I dabbed the edges of the flowers with more ink and sprinkled them with gold and silver embossing powder. 

I added bells and "snowballs," plus a white Christmas tree. Sparkling twine and a gold doily add to the rustic elegance.

I stamped the Classic Leaf onto ivory cardstock and cut it out with the matching Classic Leaf Die. I colored the leaves with green metallic inks and then "gilded" the edges with gold and silver embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment from the Sparkling Poinsettia Candle Cling Stamp Set onto antique gold cardstock with silver ink. I embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder and cut it out with the arrow banner from the Everyday Heroes Die. A piece of gold and silver satin ribbon wraps the bottom of the card.

As always, I added some simple decoration to the inside of the card.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my rustic-elegant card! Hop on over to Alissa Wells' Blog next. DON'T FORGET...LEAVE A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD TO HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

November Heartfelt Creations Alunni Blog Hop List:
Gininy Cagle
Emilia van den Heuvel
Glenda Brooks
Kathy Clement
Vicki Dutcher
Mary Faus
Regina M. Hamilton
Amy Doria
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Alissa Wells
Sarah Miller
Lisa Allen

Heartfelt Creations Products:
HCDP1-256 Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection
HCPC-3681 Sparkling Poinsettia Candle Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-761 Everyday Heroes Die
HCPC-3651 Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-758 Botanical Wings Die
HCPC-3608 Arianna Blooms Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-748 Arianna Blooms Die
HCPC-3546 Classic Leaf Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-736 Classic Leaf Die
HCDP1-246 Festive Christmas Paper Collection (retired)
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

Other Products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Natural, Antique Gold
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Top Boss Watermark, Delicata Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer, Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment (Pheasant Gold, Verdigris, Gold Brocade, Turtle)
Embossing powder: Stampin' Up Sterling Silver, Gold Glory
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Light Silver and Old Gold Diagonal Stripe Satin Ribbon, Iridescent White Metallic String
Tree, bells, snowballs, doily: craft supply

Friday, November 20, 2015

Canvas Corp - Burlap Christmas Sack

If you are looking for my Gina's Designs Christmas Composition Box, 
please click HERE.

It is that time of year again...time to make Christmas gifts and cards! I love the idea of handmade or decorated gift bags...so how about this burlap sack from Canvas Corp?!

I used the Large Burlap Shoulder Bag for my project. This bag measures 11 1/4" x 15" and has a nice, long strap! It is the perfect size for a large or odd-shaped gift! Just stuff with some gold or silver tissue paper, and you have the perfect gift wrap!

The burlap sack comes ready to decorate, no sewing needed! I used double-sided tape to attach the lace from the Lace Trimmings Assorted Pack(If you are handy with a sewing machine or with fusible webbing, those are a better option than the tape. But, I am NOT handy with sewing and could not find the fusible web!)

I sprayed the Petaloo burlap flowers with a selection of glimmer mist and mistable paint. For the red flowers, I first sprayed them with Fire Baseboard Mistable Paint to give them good coverage. Once the paint had dried, I sprayed the flowers with Pearl Glimmer Mist to give them some shimmer. I sprayed a few flowers with just the pearl mist, and others with Gold Glimmer Mist. The flowers dried naturally and not a bit stiff! 

Once I had the lace attached, I used double-sided tape to attach the red ribbon and the snowflake paper border to the front of the bag.

Using hot glue, I glued the burlap flowers to the bag. I also added some Petaloo velvet flowers and leaves

Every bag needs a gift tag! I used a Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tag as my tag base. I trimmed a piece of Silver and Kraft Diamond paper to fit the front of the tag. I trimmed the image from Farmhouse Christmas Tags on Ivory paper and matted it with red cardstock before placing it on the tag.
I used one of the burlap flowers, which I sprayed with pearl Glimmer Mist before painting the edges of the petals with Fire Baseboard paint. A bit of ribbon and a sugared berry complete the tag!

Thanks for looking. Visit the Canvas Corp Blog for more Christmas and vintage inspiration!

Canvas Corp Brands Products:
CCB Large Burlap Shoulder Bag
CCB Farmhouse Christmas Stripe on Ivory paper
CCB Farmhouse Christmas Tags on Ivory paper
CCB Silver and Kraft Diamond paper
TA Fire Baseboard Mistable Paint
TA Pearl Glimmer Mist
TA Gold Glimmer Mist
7G Lace Trimmings - assorted pack

Petaloo Products:
DIY Burlap Wild Sunflowers
DIY Burlap Blossoms
DIY Burlap Flowers
Rose Velvet Hydrangeas and leaves

Other Products:
Graphic 45 Kraft Tag
Really Reasonable red satin ribbon
Sugared berry
Hot glue

Hot glue gun
Corner rounder

Gina's Designs - Christmas Composition Box

To see my Canvas Corp Christmas Bag, click HERE.

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I am back again with a project for Gina's Designs (Precision Laser Cuts for Crafters). I missed posting last week because I was traveling for a family emergency. I managed to get last week's project finished for this week, so here we go!

This is my FIRST EVER configuration/composition box! I have created trays and shadow boxes before, but this is my first compo box!

I used the Composition Box - 25, which is 9 1/4" x 6 3/4". The kit comes with three smaller boxes which fit inside the main box, plus a key and the number "25." I created a Christmas scene with lots of bits and bobs from my stash!

As you can see, the box pieces are all notched for easy assembly! I started out by wiping each piece with a baby wipe to remove any dust. I then painted the edges with white acrylic paint.

I painted the "25" and the key with Ranger Gold ink to give the pieces an aged appearance. I painted the metal feet with white paint and then dabbed them with the gold ink. (Please forgive my messy craft mat! I was in a hurry and forgot to use a white background!)

I labeled each box piece with the size of paper I needed, just to save time with measuring. I sponged all the paper edges with Frayed Burlap Distress  Ink.

All the paper is attached to the box with a multi medium. I simply "painted" the paper with the medium and attached it to the box pieces BEFORE assembly.

I used Ranger Glossy Accents to assemble the boxes, and to attach the small boxes, the metal feet, and the tree to the large box. The boxes are very sturdy and fit together beautifully. Those of you who know me, understand that I do not care for 3-D projects because they are often a pain to put together. I am here to tell you, that THIS project went together so quickly and easily! I was stunned! 

I made sure to cover the back of the box as well. I had thought to use washi tape to cover the edges, but decided I liked the white box showing through, almost as if it was an old crate! 

I covered the sides of the box with contrasting paper. Each small box is covered with coordinating paper as well.

Once I had the boxes assembled, it was time to decorate! I used some snowflakes from the Snowflake Shape Set to add accents to the top corners of the large box. I sprayed the large snowflakes with gold mist and the smaller snowflakes with silver. I added a gem for extra sparkle!

I went through my holiday hoard, looking for fun embellishments to use for my project. This was a great way to use leftover bits of this and that! Each item is glued to the box with either Glossy Accents or hot glue. I filled some glass bottles with glitter and tiny bells to give some Christmas glitz to the box!

I sprayed the tree with mist and then added some splatters of white paint prior to adding the gems. I sprayed "Joy" from the Words and Phrases I Set with mist and glued it to the tree.

I created lots of little vignettes to give the boxes interest and texture. I tried to make everything gold, silver, or white, along with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green.

I hope that you enjoyed my project today! I cannot wait to display this on a table in my living room! 

Come back next week to see more...fun with chipboard! Hop on over to the Gina's Designs Blog for more inspiration!

ETA: The reason for my travel last week was to visit my mom who has been very ill. Since I typed this post, I am so sorry to tell you that my mom passed away on November 19th. She became ill in August with what turned out to be pancreatic cancer, which had spread to her stomach. She left this world quietly, at a Hospice Home in North Carolina. She was much loved and will be missed. I want to thank everyone who has already written notes to me on FaceBook. Your thoughts and prayers mean the world to me during this time. 

Gina's Designs Laser Cut Chipboard:
Composition Box - 25
Snowflake Shape Set
Words and Phrases I Set 

Other Products:
Paint:Plaid Folk Art Wicker White, Ranger Adirondack Mixatives Gold 
Ink: Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap
Multi medium: Liquitex
Mist: Tattered Angels Gold, Tattered Angels Chalk Chalkboard Mist Paint, Deco Art Shimmer White, Lindy's Stamp Gang Cape Cod Coral, Twinkling Tinsel, Frozen Jack Frost
Paper: Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol, Twelve Days of Christmas, Nutcracker Sweet, Christmas Past
Metal feet, charm, star, large tree, glass bottles, flash card: Tim Holtz
Small tree: hobby shop
Metal hook, mini clothes pin: Canvas Corp
Floral: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts, misc. floral sprays
Gems, bells, ornaments, clips, dove: stash
Glitter: German Glass Glitter
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, hot glue

Friday, November 13, 2015

Really Reasonable Ribbon November Blog Hop

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I am "guesting" for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop every month, and right now, it is time for the November Blog Hop

You should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to Ginny's Blog next! 

Here is a peeky at the RRR November Ribbon Club Assortment. This one is called Silver and Gold Mix. It is stunning!

This collection is perfect for elegant Christmas or New Year's projects!

I created a 6" x 5" Christmas card using lots of gold, glitter, and teal! So vintage and sparkly!

The image on my card is from a set of "doilies" that were strung together on a gold ribbon. The back of each piece is marked "Merrimack Publishing Company 1979." These were in a box of goodies that my brother sent me when he cleaned out my late sister-in-law's craft room. His wife was an excellent floral designer, but she also dabbled in all sorts of crafts and home decor. I was happy to get some of her "treasures" after she had passed away. It makes me happy to give a small piece of her to someone in the form of a card! She was a wonderful prayer warrior and sister in Christ! Whoever receives this card gets a true treasure!

I tried to match the blue in the lady's dress and the gold on the doily. I used the Shimmer Satin Old Gold and Christmas Ornaments Satin ribbon from the Ribbon Club. I stacked the shimmer satin and the printed satin together, and then I used just the printed ornament satin to make a tiny bow for the top of the image. 

I added a lot of glittery floral elements. I also used some mists to spray ivory flowers to match the image. The paper is Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas. I have oodles of that collection in my stash. I love the gold music paper from the collection! (Twelve Days of Christmas is retired, but you can find the 8x8 pad HERE and some of the 12x12 HERE.) 

As always, the leftover paper strips are great for the inside of the card.

I stamped a greeting with gold ink. The vintage-look stamp is Crafty Secrets Seasons Greetings. (The stamp set is retired, but you find a similar digital stamp set HERE.)

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog next!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon November Ribbon Club
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Natural, Elan Metallics Antique Gold
Designer paper: Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas
Stamps: Crafty Secrets Seasons Greetings
Ink: Delicata Golden Glitz
Foil doily: Merrimack Publishing Corp. (1979)
Flowers: Hobby Lobby, Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl garland: Hobby Lobby
Ink mist: Tattered Angels Moonlight, Ranger Color Wash Stream, Dylusions Ink Spray Vibrant Turquoise
Tools: Zutter Bow-It-All, hot glue gun
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares, hot glue, Scor-tape

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Graphic 45 - October Time to Flourish Project Sheet

I am sharing the Graphic 45 Time to Flourish October class project sheet with you today. Graphic 45 shared on their blog HE RE. Please visit their blog and let them know what you think of this project series!

Each class in this series contains usually two cards and two tags using the matching monthly papers from the Time to Flourish Collection! This month, we are making THREE ATC-sized tags! Click HERE to print your step-by-step directions for these projects! For the October class, we are using the October Flourish and Cut Apart sheets from Time to Flourish, as well as the Banners. Our Staples item this month are the Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys, which come 8 to a package. We are using the Artist Trading Tags in black.

To order project kits online, click HERE for the October kit, or HERE for the "I Really Want it All Bundle."

The first card in the set is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" and incorporates fussy-cut layers as well as banners and more! 

The inside is also decorated.

The second card is 5" x 5" and contains a paper rosette! 

The inside has a few elements with space to add a greeting of your own.

The October project set includes THREE small tag, which can be used alone or can be used to create a banner!

Tag 2 has space for some journaling!

Tag 3 also contains a paper rosette.

To print the step-by-step project sheets for all the available months, click each link below.

Remember, these project sheets are released to the Retail Stores first. The Consumers get to see these on the blog once the stores have time to teach the classes locally. For the seasonal projects that are coming to you "late," just think of it as making your cards and tags for next year! It never hurts to get ahead!

The November projects are at your local stores NOW, and the December set will be arriving to them soon! Please stay tuned for the NEW program for 2016! We are going bigger and better than ever in 2016!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Gina's Designs - Happy Fall

If you are looking for my Craft Hoarders November Blog Hop post, please click HERE.

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I have some fun news for you today! I will be guest designing for Gina's Designs (Precision Laser Cuts for Crafters) during November and December! Every Friday, for the next eight weeks, I will be posting a project using Gina's amazing laser cut chipboard!

I created a home decor piece as my first project.

This piece is 12" x 12" and fits into a standard glass-less frame or shadow box. I love to decorate for fall and Thanksgiving, and this piece is going directly onto my front entry table! I love the contrast of colors with the "grungy" white of this piece. 

Here is a little tutorial on how I made the canvas.

I chose items from the Fall Shape Set and painted them with a few layers of white gesso. Gesso acts like a primer for the chipboard. I do NOT recommend using gesso if you plan to spray your pieces with mists or inks because gesso can act like a resist! Also, make sure to allow each layer to dry before adding the next layer.

I pained the shapes with various acrylic paints, allowing each layer to dry. I used a foam brush and was able to achieve some texture on each shape. For the white banners, I simply added ink to the edges. To add some shimmer to a few of the pieces, I mixed a bit of glimmer mist or metallic paint with the acrylic paints.

I added a few coats of gesso to the Birds and Ivy Collage Frame. This frame is approximately 8" x 8". I decided I did not want the birds, so I used a craft knife to cut them off. {I know, poor birds!}

I rotated the frame and distressed it with brown ink.

To crate the "canvas" I covered a thick piece of 12" x 12" chipboard with paper and sponged the edges with ink. I glued Thanksgiving and fall-themed images and paper to the openings of the frame. (You could change this up by adding photos instead.) Once I was happy with the placement of the images and the orientation of the frame, I glued it to the base piece.

The next step is the fun part! I chose the painted chipboard elements that I wanted to use and searched for other items in my craft stash to go with my theme. I chose to use Graphic 45 French Country, Place in Time, and Time to Flourish papers and accents.

I mounted the November border onto a piece of scrap chipboard before gluing it to the top of the canvas. I then added the flowers and leaves cluster to the left side of the border. The postage images were perfect for my theme!

The painted leaves give extra dimension to the frame, plus they make great holders for bits of decorative paper!

My favorite part of this frame is the decorated rake! It has been over a decade since we had any leaves to rake! Living in southern California sure puts a cramp on your fall leaf piles, that's for sure!

To give interest to the FALL banner, I added decorative paper behind each letter before adhering the letters to the scalloped banners. When I work with other chipboard, it can tend to get "soggy" when too much paint or ink is added. The Gina's Designs chipboard does not! Instead, each element took on the consistency of a thin, wood veneer! 

The little pumpkins turned out adorable, if I say so myself! I love the vignette that I created. 

It is hard to see in the photo, but the yellow wheat (cattails?) have a lot of shimmer to them from the metallic paint that I added. 

I hope that you enjoyed my project today! Come back next week to see more...fun with chipboard! Hop on over to the Gina's Designs Blog for more inspiration!

Gina's Designs Laser Cut Chipboard:
Fall Shape Set (Layout Size)
Collage Frame - Birds and Ivy

Other Products:
Paint: Making Memories Evergreen, Plaid Folk Art Nutmeg, Ranger Distress (Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Antique Linen, Antique Bronze, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw), Jenni Bowlin Chili Powder, Tattered Angels High Impact Light Gold 
Glimmer mist: Tattered Angels Gold
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Gesso: Liquitex white
Paper and other elements: Graphic 45 French Country, Place in Time, Time to Flourish
Floral: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Craft, Prima, general craft floral
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon ivory burlap string