Friday, January 23, 2015

Sweet Perks Club!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is releasing another one of my stamp sets in February! Korin designed a set of dies to match! How cool is that! The bundle is on pre-order now as part of....

Read all about the full February club bundles HERE.

I designed this set because I always find myself in need of small sentiments for cards. I can never find the greeting I need, in the size I want! So, I just designed them myself. {grin} The bundle retails for $27.75, but is available as part of the Sweet Perks Club for $22.20 (plus free shipping and 10% off the rest of your order)! See details HERE.  It is a pretty good deal for 25 sentiments and five dies! 

As soon as I have the stamps in my hands, I will make some samples for you! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Gift Set

Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! I have created a little treat box with a matching card for you this week. 

The little treat box is 7" x 2 1/4" x 1" (including the handle) and the little card is 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square. I used the pink and green papers from the NEW Birds and Blooms Collection for this project.
To create the treat box, cut graphite cardstock to 7" x 6". Score at 1", 3 1/4", 4 1/4", and 6 1/2" on the 7" side. Rotate the cardstock and score at 1" on the 6" side. Fold on all score lines. Place your cardstock so that the 1" score lines are on the left and bottom of the cardstock. Cut all score lines up to the 1" score at the bottom of the cardstock. Remove the small 1" x 1/2" section on the bottom right corner. 
Decorate the panels by trimming Birds and Blooms paper as follows: trim two pieces of the pink print at 4 7/8" x 7/8", and trim two pieces of the green and pink floral print at 4 7/8" x 2 1/8. Attach the panels to the box. Trim another piece of the pink print at 7/8" x 2 1/8" and attach to the second small section below the 1" score line. 

To create little flaps at the top of the box, trim graphite cardstock to 1 5/8" x 1 5/8". Trim the piece in half to create two triangles. Round the bottom corner of each triangle and attach one to the top front of the box, and one to the top rear of the box. Trim the pink print to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". Trim the piece in half to create two triangles. Round the bottom corner of each triangle and attach to the two cardstock triangles. 
Place strong adhesive on the 1/2" right-hand tab and on one of the bottom tabs. 

Fold and assemble the box.

To create the handle, trim graphite cardstock to 6" x 1". Trim green and pink floral paper to 6" x 7/8". Attach the printed paper to the cardstock to make the handle. Glue the handle to the inside of the box, on the left and right sides. 

Decorate the box by stamping the three fluffy birds image from the Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with gray ink. Use the Birds and Blooms Die to trim out a right-facing bird. Color the bird with markers. 

Stamp the leaves from the Leafy Branch Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with gray ink. Color the leaves with markers and trim out with the Leafy Branch leaf dies

Stamp the small branch from the Leafy Branch Cling Stamp Set with brown ink onto white cardstock, trim the branch with the Leafy Branch die. Color the branch with markers. 

With gray ink, stamp the flower petals from the Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock. Color with markers and trim out with the Leafy Branch flower die.

Shape the flowers, bird, and leaves using the flower-shaping tools. Snip a section of the brown branch and glue it to the center of the box as shown. Cut the leaves apart as desired and layer them onto the branch. Use foam tape to attach the bird. Add the flowers as shown. Glue black pearls to each flower center. 

Add leaves and flowers to the top right corner of the box. Use the tag die from the Luggage and Tags die set to trim the Celebrate sentiment from the Birds and Blooms paper. Rub the edges of the sentiment with Spun Sugar ink and attach it to the top left of the box. Add a pink bow to the top of the handle. Place treats into a clear treat bag. Tie the top with ribbon and tuck the treats into the box.

Create a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" gift card by cutting graphite cardstock to 9" x 4 1/2" and scoring at 4 1/2" to make a square, top-fold card. Trim the 6" x 6" Birds and Blooms striped paper to 4 3/8" x 4 3/8". Wrap the top with pink ribbon and attach the panel to the card front. 

Using circle die templates, trim the bird image from the Birds and Blooms paper. Trim a larger circle from graphite cardstock. Attach the bird image to the cardstock circle with foam squares. Attach the image to the top left side of the card front with foam squares. 

Trim green and pink floral paper to 7/8" x 4 3/8" and mat with graphite cardstock cut to 1" x 4 3/8". Attach the green strip to the bottom of the card, approximately 1/4" from the bottom. Add a pink bow to the top right of the image as shown. 

Decorate the inside of the card by trimming pink swirl paper to 4 3/8" x 4 3/8". Rub the edges with Spun Sugar ink. Attach the paper to the inside of the card. Use the ticket die from the Luggage and Tags die set to trim out the "My Wish for You" sentiment from the Birds and Blooms paper. Rub the edges of the ticket with Spun Sugar ink and attach the sentiment to the inside of the card. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial. Make sure you visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created with this NEW collection! 

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Other products used: 
Other dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small
Cardstock: WorldWin Graphite
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Stampin' Up Dye Ink Going Gray, 
Markers: Copic Alcohol Markers C00, B91, B93, YG21, YG23, YG25, Y17, E33, E50, E50, R81, R83, R85, colorless blender
Adhesive pearls: Want2Scrap black pearls
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Light pink sheer organza with satin center
Clear treat bags: Micahels Crafts
Tools: Martha Stewart Score Board, Sizzix Big Shot, corner rounder, Zutter Bow-it-All, hot glue gun)
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrap Perfect Best Ever Glue, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue sticks

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Heartfelt Creations - January Release!

Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations January Release! Get ready for spring! Plus, look at the NEW Heartfelt Creations packaging!

The Birds and Blooms Collection comes with two sets of dies, which coordinate with papers and six stamp sets allowing you to add realistic blossoms, branches and birds to your artwork. Shades of cherry blossom pink, robin's egg blue, and soft leafy green fill sunny garden scenes featuring bluebirds, blooming branches, picket fences, bird baths, bird houses, butterflies and frilly hydrangeas.

I created a card that is FAR outside my comfort zone I am not good with "white space" and prefer to use loads of printed papers. Well, I decided to give a more "simple" card a try!

This "simple" card was so difficult! I ended up tossing several versions in the trash! In the end, I embraced the white paper and left well enough alone! I stamped and embossed the Birds and Blooms Collage with watermark ink and blue embossing powder. Simple and pretty!

For a full tutorial, see the Heartfelt Creations Blog.

I created a 3-D birdie cluster by stamping and coloring the elements from the Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set and the Leafy Branch Cling Stamp Set. I used the coordinating Birds and Blooms and Leafy Branch dies to trim out each element. I love the tiny blossoms and chubby birdies!

Since this collection does not have a matching butterfly die, I fussy cut the large butterfly and popped it off the card.

Of course I must decorate the inside a bit. I used paper from the Birds and Blooms Paper Collection. Make sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see what the rest of the team has made!

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Other Products Used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Graphite, White, Light Ocean Blue
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Ink (Ice Blue, Creamy Brown), Clearsnap Top Boss Watermark Ink, Stampin' Up Dye Ink (Going Gray), Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink (Rich Cocoa)
Markers: Copic Alcohol Markers (C00, B91, B93, YG21, YG23, YG25, Y17, E50, E50, R81, R83, R85, colorless blender
Pearls: Couture Creations
Embossing powder: Hampton Art pale blue
Tools: heat tool, Sizzix Big Shot
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrap Perfect Best Ever Glue, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Monday, January 12, 2015

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge - January 2015

Good morning! This project is for Craft Hoarders Anonymous January Challenge. Craft Hoarders has gone to a monthly challenge, rather than bi-monthly. Which gives you more time to create! 

Choose Your Challenge
Create any type or style of project you wish, as long as you pick ONE (1) item from each category in the chart below! Choose your cardstock, printed paper, or other base (box, canvas, tray, etc.). Next, choose your adhesive. Finally, from the chart below, choose your coloring medium, fiber, technique, texture, and embellishment for your project! The combinations are almost endless! (You may choose more than one item from each category, but you MUST have AT LEAST ONE from each!) Pull out those hoarded products, have fun, and welcome to a NEW YEAR at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Coloring Medium

Twine or Cord
Coloring/ Watercolor

Sandpaper or Distressing Tool

Ephemera or Found Items

Markers or Colored Pencils

Fabric or Lace


(heat, dry, paste, etc.)


Spray Mist

Ribbon or Seam Binding
Die Cutting or Punching




Burlap or Canvas
Folding and Scoring

Wood or Glass

Brads or Eyelets

Chalk or Pastels

Yarn, Thread, or Floss
Mixed Media
Metal or Wire
** Bling: Rhinestones, Glitter or Glitter Glue, Beads, Pearls, Sequins, etc.

I enjoy a challenge that makes me really dig into my hoard, so this was a fun one for me! Here are the items I used: Ink, Markers (to color the pearls), Ribbon, Coloring, Stamping, Die Cutting, Metal, Bling (pearls and sequins). 

If you love this paper, then keep an eye out for it to hit the stores soon! It is a BRAND NEW RELEASE from Graphic 45 called Artisan Style! It is filled with saturated colors, flowers, peacocks, and architectural details! 

This card is 6" x 4 1/2" - this is my new "go-to" size of card. I was sick of all those bits of paper that I cut off to make 5 1/2" cards, so I just cut out the middle man! I trim a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock to 4 1/2" inches wide, and then score at 6" to make a top-fold card that is 6" x 4 1/2". 

Here is a closer look at the Graphic 45 metal keyhole, and those pearls that I "colorized" with a Copic marker. They were white when I started out. And who doesn't love sequins topped with tiny pearls?!

Part of my hoard is a HUGE, GINORMOUS ribbon stash! I have so much ribbon, and yet, I buy more all the time. Bonnie at Really Reasonable Ribbon keeps me well supplied! I am the February Guest DT for the RRR monthly blog hop, so watch for that! Anyway, I found this beautiful, pale orange ribbon in my stash, and it is perfect for my card. The orange is exactly the same shade as the palest orange in the flowers on the printed paper! Unfortunately, I cannot find this same ribbon in the RRR store. It is a 1" width, and just a luscious satin!

Because I love to toot my own horn, I used one of the stamps I designed for my inside greeting. Thanks for stopping by!

Remember, LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray
Teresa Horner
Wendi Robinson

Designer paper: Graphic 45 Artisan Style
Cardstock: Worldwin Black, Ivory
Metal: Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key and Keyhole
Die templates: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Standard Circles Small, Classic Scalloped Circle Small; My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers 
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps/Gloria Stengel Designs Birthday Word Art
Ribbon: pale orange satin, 1" (from stash)
Pearls: Recollections
Markers: Copic
Sequins: Craft Medley
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Sweet Melon, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever; hot glue

Thursday, January 08, 2015


I have let Random Org pick the winner for the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! The winner of this prize...


Donna Nuce

Love your cards and creations! Thanks so much for a chance to win.

Congratulations, Donna! Please contact me so that I can get the prize in the mail.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Laugh Often

To see the Seasons Givings Blog Hop, click HERE. You have until midnight PT, January 7th to comment. I will draw the prize winner on January 8th.

Welcome to my first Heartfelt Creations post of the New Year! I know that you will love the new collections coming this year! Check HERE for your sneak peek of the January Collection, releasing on January 14th. The team will start to share the new collection next week, so watch for that! For now, I am giving some of the older collections a bit of love! 

My inspiration this week is a photograph I found online (I am not sure of the photographer of this vintage photo, unfortunately). Every time I see this photo, I start to laugh out loud. These ladies remind me of my aunts. In fact my daughter said, "Mom, they look like your people!" So, I created a layout for my "found relatives." 
I love to mix and match paper collections, mostly because it gives a whole new look to a collection when you combine it with other papers. I mixed Celebrate the Journey, Once Upon A TimeCountryside Evening, and a bit of All Geared Up Paper Collections! I love the vintage tans and creams combined with the teal. I also did a lot of "grunging" on this layout. I love to mix grungy elements with flowers.

For the step-by-step directions to this layout, click here to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog. Did you know that you can PRINT the tutorials from the Heartfelt Creations Blog? There is a option for each designer's tutorial to PRINT or PIN the tutorial!

I created some flower clusters with hand-made flowers, using the Tattered Blossoms stamps and dies. I tucked some "found items" into the blooms. I love the cream soda vintage bottle cap. 

I have been using paint on my flowers recently. It gives them a soft, grunge look that is perfect for vintage projects.

Here is a close-up of some of the crumpled paper edges, plus another look at the flowers.

Creating stacked flowers is so easy when you have the Heartfelt stamps and matching dies! The center of these flowers is made with the Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms template. 

I love all the layers and dimension! Make sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see what the rest of the team has made!

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Other products used: 
Other dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Bitty Blossoms
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Lakeshore, American Crafts Olive
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Black Soot
Paint: Decoart Americana Chalkboard, Ranger Distress Picket Fence
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon black hemp twine
Chipboard letters: Imaginarium Designs
Light bulb: Prima
Brads: Prima, Teresa Collins
Bottle cap: vintage
Wood buttons: Prima
Tools: Prima paper distressing tool, Fiskars border punch, Sizzix Big Shot
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Seasons Givings Blog Hop: Year 3

Dear Readers, this blog hop is for YOU! Some of you have been with me from the start of the blog in 2006, when I had four posts for the whole year! Some of you have been with me since I started design team work in 2007. Some of you only found the blog a few weeks ago. This post is for ALL of you! This is my THANK YOU to you for joining me every week, for reading my rambling, for looking at my projects and tutorials. This is for you, who have made blogging a worthwhile endeavor. 

I am giving away this prize to one lucky winner! All you need to do is leave a comment! That's it! I will post the winner on January 8th. That gives you a week to do the hop. Every blog on the hop is having a give-away! You don't want to miss out!
Graphic 45 Mother Goose Collection
12 x 12 paper pad
Alphabet sticker sheet
Cardstock sticker sheet
Tags and Pockets
2 Chipboard sets
1 stamp set
2 packages of coordinating ribbon (Stampin' Up)

All of these amazing companies and artists are giving away prizes! Go, hop, and have fun! Scroll down to see some of my creations from 2014!

Gloria Stengel YOU ARE HERE!

Do you want to see some projects? Well, here you go! These are some of my favorite tutorials from the 2nd half of 2014! Each project has a tutorial link!

If you want to keep track of my tutorials and other crafty work, look in the left sidebar under FOLLOW ME, to see the ways in which you can follow the blog or my Facebook Fan Page. Click the tabs at the top of the blog to follow my YouTube channel or to see older tutorials. To check out my challenge blog, Craft Hoarders Anonymous, click HERE.

To be entered into the PRIZE DRAWING, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post!