Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - It's a Blue, blue Christmas!

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! I am working with the July Release Sparkling Poinsettia Collection. Once I have all the papers, stamps, and dies on my table, I just go to town making things. {grin}


I decided on a blue Christmas this week. Last week I gave you pink, but this week I wanted to give you something blue. Another technique that I have been wanting to try is to watercolor onto old book paper. There is nothing more vintage than an old book (to me, anyway), so I broke out my stash of old books and created some blue poinsettias!

You can find old books at yard sales, flea markets, and your local library. Most libraries have a store where you can buy old or damaged books for a few cents. I purchased a few books for 25 cents each and I used the pages for my projects. I buy old books due to the paper being more "weathered" than a newer book. As a book lover, I had to get over the upset I felt over tearing a book, but I made myself feel better by purchasing old books about boring topics. Then, when I rip them up, I don't feel so bad. 


To make this top-fold 5" x 6 3/4" card, start by trimming two pieces of blue calypso cardstock to 5" x 6 3/4". Score one piece of cardstock at 1/2" from the top edge. Attach the second piece of cardstock to the 1/2" tab. Trim black cardstock to 4/7" x 6 5/8" and attach to the card front. 

Emboss ivory cardstock with the Holly Ribbons embossing folder and trim cardstock to 4 3/4" x 6 1/2". Rub embossed surface lightly with Peacock Feathers and Old Paper distress ink. Sponge the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink. Attach the embossed panel to the card front. Glue a white doily to the upper left quadrant of the card front. Arrange a piece of cheese cloth in the center of the card, approximately 3" from the top edge and glue in place. Glue loops of sparkling twine to the top half of the card.


Stamp the flower and leaves from the Large Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set onto old book paper with black ink. Stamp the leaves a second time. Use distress inks to watercolor the flower and leaves with distress inks. Use the Large Sparkling Poinsettia Die to cut out the flower and the leaves. Stamp the Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set twice onto old book paper with black ink. Watercolor the flowers with distress inks. Use the Sparkling Poinsettia Die to cut out the flowers. Shape the flowers and leaves.



Create three layered poinsettias, small, medium, and large. Glue the flowers and leaves to the card front, making sure to arrange the cheese cloth and sparkling twine around the edges of the flowers. Glue sequins to the card front in a random pattern.


Decorate the inside of the card by trimming black cardstock to 4 7/8" x 6 1/4" and attaching it to the inside panel. Trim ivory cardstock to 4 3/4" x 6". Stamp the sentiment stamp from the Joy to the World Cling Stamp Set on the top of the panel with black ink. Stamp the holly swirl from the Joy to the World Cling Stamp Set in the bottom left corner of the cardstock with Peacock Feathers distress ink. Sponge the edges of the panel with Vintage Photo ink and attach the panel to the inside of the card.  

Thanks for stopping by! Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration!

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers (Black, Natural), Bazzill Blue Calypso
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black Instant Dry Pigment, Ranger Distress (Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed)
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug Holly Ribbons
Sequins: Craft Medley
Doily: Wilton
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Iridescent White Metallic String
Cheese cloth: fabric supply
Old book paper: found item
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot, glue gun
Adhesive: Scotch ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Aleene's Tacky Glue, hot glue

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Cards and Friends Event

My dear cyber friend, Manoli is having a workshop event this weekend in Lugones, Asturias, Spain! I wanted to share the event with all of you, as a way to encourage all paper crafters, no matter where you live or how long you've been crafting!



See, Manoli and I started out together in "design team world" back in 2009. I had been "in the biz" for about a year or more at that time, and we encouraged each other to keep going. All this time later, we are both still at it! Two ladies from so very different places and backgrounds...were able to bond over paper crafting! And we are both able to share what we know with others through teaching, project tutorials, blog posts, and...just plain old friendship! 

Manoli asked me to write a note for the Cards and Friend Blog to inspire the workshop students. I said yes! If you wish to see the post, click HERE. The blog is in Spanish, but my post is in English, because I am an American, and naturally only speak one language! {hangs head in shame} 

I also shared some of my work with the Cards and Friends Readers. Go check it out!

I am so proud of Manoli and her workshop success!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Graphic 45 - Botanicabella Deluxe Edition!


Who is excited that Graphic 45 has re-released the Botanicabella Collection?! I know that I am! I still have some of this paper in my hoard from when it was released the first time. Don't you judge me! {giggle} I love this timeless collection with its flora and fauna images!

I created a birthday card for a dear friend for her special day next week. (I hope she looks away!)


The card is 5" x 6" and uses the rust, orange, and yellow papers in the collection. I used black as my accent color to make the papers pop.


I found the flower in my hoard, but it was not a sunflower. I used fringe scissors to snip the petals of the flower. Then I crumpled the petals a bit, and now...I have a sunflower...sort of.


I used distress inks to watercolor the sunflower image. I "smooshed" the ink onto a craft mat, and then picked it up with a watercolor brush and color-ized the flowers. The Graphic 45 paper is fairly thick so it takes water fairly well, as long as you don't soak the paper too much. I fussy cut the image and then inked around the edges to make the paper look old and torn.


The die cut sentiment is a new purchase. I recently purchased a set of dies from Papertrey Ink that are the perfect size for cards. I don't have a Silhouette machine, but I love the look of die cut words, so...I have started a "collection" of metal dies...once again, don't judge! 

I added some twine and a few "berries" to my flower.


I love all the paper layers and dimension on this card. I fussy cut the butterfly and popped it up as a little surprise on the card.  


As always, I decorated the inside of the card. The stamped sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. I have a huge collection of stamps that I rarely use. True confession - some of my stamps have NEVER been used! I am on a mission to USE more of my stuff! 

Thanks for looking!


Graphic 45 papers: Botanicabella (Signature Sheet, Summer Sonata, Ode to a Butterfly, Love Letters, Antiquity)
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Natural
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Birthday Stylish Sentiments
Die cuts: Papertrey Ink Scripted
Ink: Ranger Distress (Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade), VersaFine Onyx Black
Flowers and leaves: Petaloo, Prima
Berries: floral supply
Burlap string: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Tools: Martha Stewart fringe scissors, Fiskars border punch
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, hot glue




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! I am working with the Sparkling Poinsettia Collection again today, with the added bonus of the newly released Peacock Paisley Die!



I love pink and green as alternative Christmas colors, and thought the poinsettias looked very classy colored with pink Copics! I added some sparkling peacock feathers, in pink, along with some green vellum leaves and ivory vellum flowers. Pretty in pink!


Create a top-fold 5" x 6" card by trimming dark brown cardstock to 5" x 12" and scoring at 6" on the long side. Cut pink cardstock to 4 7/8" x 5 7/8" and sponge edges with distress ink. Cut decorative paper from the Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection to 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" and sponge the edges with distress ink. Attach to the top of the pink panel. Trim striped paper from the Birds and Blooms Paper Collection to 4 3/4" x 3" and sponge edges with distress ink. Attach striped paper to the bottom of the pink panel. Wrap pink velvet trim around the decorative papers' seam. Attach the panel to the card front with foam tape.

Stamp the Sparkling Poinsettia Notes Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with brown ink. Color the image with markers. Add glitter to the flower centers and to the berries with a glitter pen. Trim the image to approximately 4 1/8" x 5" and sponge the edges with distress ink. Sponge the panel lightly with Cupid pigment ink. Mat image with pink cardstock cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/8" and attach panel to the center of the card front with foam adhesive. 


Stamp the feather from the Feathery Peacock Cling Stamp Set three times onto Opal White glitter cardstock with pigment ink. Cut out the feathers with the Peacock Paisley Die. Stamp the leaves from the Large Sparkling Poinsettia Cling Stamp Set twice onto green vellum with brown ink. Cut out the leaves with the Large Sparkling Poinsettia Die. Shape the leaves by lightly running a stylus on the back of each leaf. Stamp the flowers from the Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set onto ivory vellum with pink pigment ink. 


Color the flower centers with marker. Use the Leafy Branch Die to cut out the flowers. Shape the flowers with a stylus and add glitter to each flower center with a glitter pen. Assemble the feathers, leaves, and flowers at the left and right edges of the main image as shown in the sample.



Stamp the sentiment from the Sparkling Poinsettia Candle Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with brown ink. Use the label strip die from the Cut Mat Create 1B Die to cut out the sentiment. Sponge the edges with pink pigment ink and attach the sentiment to the upper right corner of the main image.


Decorate the inside of the card by cutting pink cardstock to 4 7/8" x 5 7/8" and attaching the panel to the inside of the card. Cut decorative paper from the Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection to 4 3/4" x 5 3/4" and sponge the edges with distress ink. Using Orchid pigment ink, stamp the swirl form the Sparkling Poinsettia Swirl Cling Stamp Set onto the lower left corner of the decorative paper. Attach the panel to the top of the pink cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by! Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration!

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers (Black, Pink), Copic White
Vellum: WorldWin Papers (Ivory, Green)
Glitter paper: Best Creation Opal White Glitter Cardstock
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink (Orchid, Cupid), Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Copic Markers: R56, R81, R83, R85, R89, YR21, YR24, Y32, T1, YG91, YG95, colorless blender
Glitter pen: Wink of Stella
Velvet trim: fabric supply
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot
Adhesive: Scotch ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Aleene's Tacky Glue

Monday, July 20, 2015

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Book Box

Welcome to sneak peek week! Graphic 45 is sharing the new Summer 2015 Releases and today I have a chance to share a project I made with the NEW Mon Amour Collection! As soon as I saw this beautiful collection, I fell in love with the red, pink, and ivory color combination. Take a peek at my project!



Artist Trading Cards have been around the craft world for decades, but the Graphic 45 ATC Book Box and tags take this medium to a new level. I created this adorable ATC box, suitable for a bride-to-be, from the Mon Amour Collection and the NEW Ivory Book Box. The ATC tags are blank on the back, enabling bridal shower guests to write a note to the bride. The box makes a fun centerpiece for any party table!



Use the Graphic 45 ivory ATC Book Box for the project base. Trim Mon Amour papers to cover all surfaces of the box. The sample uses: Signature Sheet reverse for the front, spine, and back of the box, and Heart's Desire for the edges of the box. (All papers are 12" x 12".)

To decorate the front of the box, trim out the image from the Signature Sheet and mat with black cardstock. Attach the image to the box with foam adhesive. Trim out the "Mon Amour" sentiment from the Signature Sheet and attach it to the lower left corner of the main image with foam adhesive.


Fussy cut a second butterfly from Precious One paper and lightly ink the edges. Glue the butterfly to the sentiment, bending the wings up. Glue a small pearl to the center of the butterfly. Glue paper flowers to the upper right corner of the box.


Decorate the spine of the box by cutting the image from My Beloved paper and attaching it to the box with foam adhesive. Glue two small Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys to the lower left corner of the image. Add a bow of ivory twine to the top of the keys. Fussy cut the sentiment from One and Only paper and attach it to the top of the spine with foam adhesive.


Add a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Hole to the right side of the box. Glue two pearls to the key hole.


The back of the box is plain, simply covered with paper.


Decorate the top of the box by gluing a Shabby Chic Door Pull to the lower center of the box top, creating a sconce. Fill the door pull with flowers. Add a curled strip of heart border cut from One and Only paper, as shown.


Cover the inside flaps of the box with True Love paper. Cover the inside box with Forever Mine and True Love paper. After adding paper to the inside of the box, decorate the left flap with the journaling block cut from My Beloved paper.


Decorate six ivory Artist Trading Tags (instructions to follow) and tuck the tag book into the box. The box comes with three tags. You can purchase extra tags in packages of 12.



Decorate the front of each tag and hook the tags together with the provided ivory ring. Use the reverse of the tags to add journaling or small photos.


Cover Tag 1 with Dearest Darling paper, using a 5/8" circle punch to punch out the hole for the grommet. Glue pre-made flowers to the center of the tag. Add a fussy cut butterfly, cut from My Beloved paper, to the flowers. Glue a pearl to the center of the butterfly. Trim the sentiment from One and Only paper and attach it to the upper right of the tag. Add a red mini clothespin.



For Tag 2, trim Signature Sheet reverse paper to 2 1/4" x 2 1/2" and attach to the center of the tag. Add border strips cut from One and Only paper to the top and bottom of the tag. Fussy cut a flower and leaves from Dearest Darling paper and attach to the tag with foam adhesive. Add three sequins to the left side of the tag.



Cover Tag 3 with True Love paper, using a 5/8" circle punch to punch out the hole for the grommet. Cut the image from My Beloved paper and attach to the tag with foam adhesive. Use a 1" circle punch to trim out the sentiment from One and Only paper and tuck behind the image. Glue two Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys to the right side of the tag and top them with a bow of black twine. Add a curled strip of heart border cut from One and Only paper, as shown.



Cover Tag 4 with Dearest Darling paper, using a 5/8" circle punch to punch out the hole for the grommet. Cut the sentiment block from Forever Mine paper and attach to the tag with foam adhesive. Glue a wire pin and two flowers to the lower left corner of the tag. Add a ivory twine bow and a pearl to the upper right corner of the of the sentiment block.



Cover Tag 5 with a journaling block cut from One and Only paper. Do not punch out the hole for the grommet, simply make a small hole for the binding ring to fit through. Use distress ink to color the rose. Fussy cut a butterfly from Precious One paper and attach it to the tag to create dimension. Glue a bingo number over the number "2" on the tag.



Cover Tag 6 with Precious One paper, using a 5/8" circle punch to punch out the hole for the grommet. Use foam adhesive to attach the image cut from Forever Mine paper. Add the journaling block and border sentiment cut from One and Only paper to the bottom of the tag. Attach a pink mini clothespin to the upper left of the tag. Glue a mini pie tin to the clothespin. Glue a pink rose to the pie tin.


Tuck your tag mini into the box.

Thanks for joining me!
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Mon Amour Paper Collection:
Mon Amour Signature Sheet
Dearest Darling
True Love
Heart's Desire
My Beloved
Forever More
One and Only
Precious One
Staples:
ATC Book Box - Ivory
Artistic Trading Tags - Ivory
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes
Shabby Chic Door Pull

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers black
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Fired Brick
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls: Want2Scrap
Mini clothespins: Canvas Corp
Sequins: Craft Medley
Wire pin: Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Bingo number: SkyBluePink
Mini pie tin: craft supply
Burlap string: May Arts
Circle punch: Punch Bunch 5/8", Stampin' Up 1"
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Scor-tape, Aleene's Tacky Glue, hot glue

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Peace on Earth

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! I am working with the Sparkling Poinsettia Collection again today. I wanted to try a new coloring technique (new for me, that is), and I felt that the Sparkling Poinsettia Candle Cling Stamp was the perfect choice.


I have been wanting to try coloring "white" images, using Copics. I have studied several artists to see how they managed this, and came up with my own color choices to try out this technique. I think it turned out rather well, making an elegant Christmas card without a lot of added bulk. 

To create this card, first trim two pieces of black cardstock to 5 3/4" x 6 1/4". Score one piece of black cardstock at 1/2" from the top edge. Attach the second piece of cardstock to the 1/2" tab to create a top-fold card. Cut white decorative paper from the Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection to 5 5/8" x 6 1/8" and attach to the card front. Trim green holly paper from the Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection to 2 1/2 x 5 5/8" and mat with black cardstock cut to 2 5/8" x 5 3/4". Wrap ivory ribbon around the left edge of the green panel. Attach the panel to the left side of the card front, 5/8" from the left edge. Cut a 2" circle from text print Sparkling Poinsettia paper and mat with a black cardstock circle cut slightly larger. Attach the circle to the left side of the card, 1" from the top edge and 1/4" from the left.


Stamp the Sparkling Poinsettia Candle onto white cardstock with black ink. Color the image with Copic markers. I used YG0000, YG21, BV20, E0000, V0000, V91, and R0000 to create white for the flowers and the candle. The flower centers and the flame are YR04, YR07, YR18, YR21, YR24, YR32, YR68, and R29. The leaves are YG91, YG95. I used T1 for shadows and the colorless blender for highlights.


Add glitter to the candle flame using a Wink of Stella pen. Add clear dimensional adhesive (Glossy Accents) to the dripping candle wax and the flower centers.


Sponge the background with blue chalk ink. Trim the image to approximately 4" x 4 3/8" and mat with black cardstock cut to 4 1/8" x 4 1/2". Attach the image to the card front with foam adhesive 1 3/8" from the left edge and 3/4" from the top. Use the oval label die from the Luggage and Tags Die Set to trim the sentiment from Sparkling Poinsettia paper. Attach the sentiment to the top left side of the image with foam adhesive. Glue an ivory bow to the sentiment tag.

Decorate the inside of the card with white decorative paper from the Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection, cut to 5 5/8" x 5 5/8".  Stamp the sentiment from the Sparkling Poinsettia Swirl Cling Stamp Set onto the top of the inside panel with black ink.

Thanks for stopping by! Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration!

Products Used:

Other products used: 
Other dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large and Small
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Copic White
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black Instant Dry Pigment Ink, Clearsnap Colorbox Ice Blue Chalk Ink
Markers and pens: Copic Markers (YR04, YR07, YR18, YR21, YR24, YR32, YR68, T1, BV20, E0000, V0000, V91, R0000, R29, YG0000, YG21, YG91, YG95, colorless blender), Wink of Stella glitter pen
Ribbon: May Arts ivory ribbon
Tools: Spellbinders Grand Calibur, My Sweet Petunia MISTI)
Adhesive: Scotch ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Ranger Glossy Accents, Glue Dots

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Mixed Media Album

Last November, when Graphic 45 asked me to create a series of Time to Flourish card and tag project sheets, they also asked me to design a project sheet for one of their Mixed Media Albums. They gave me a few criteria to start with, in March the album I designed was shared with the retail stores as a potential class project for their customers! 


Patchwork is back in style right now, plus we wanted to show off the pretty patterns of the Time to Flourish 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad! The students can customize the color scheme and style of prints very easily.

I added some fussy cutting from the August Flourish paper. Fussy cutting is very popular as well and it is a fun way to use small bits of leftover papers. As always, it would not be a "Gloria Project" without a bit of metal and a loopy bow!


The Kraft Mixed Media Album comes with: 4 pocket dividers, 10 ivory sheets, 10 kraft sheets, 8 vellum sheets, and 102 photo corners. You can also purchase the album in Ivory or Black. Graphic 45 asked me to turn the album into a birthday keeper, as a companion to the Time to Flourish card and tag classes.

I created a monthly waterfall feature inside the front and back covers as a way for students to have a perpetual birthday calendar. Each page of the waterfall mini is made from one of the Time to Flourish Ephemera Cards. I stamped each card with the corresponding month, using the matching monthly stamps (which are out of stock, but you can ask to be notified when they become available HERE).


The last page of each of the waterfall attachments is a pocket page.


I created extra folders using the monthly Flourish papers. All details and measurements are printed on the project sheet.

Here is the March folder with one of the March cards tucked inside.

I hope you enjoy making this project, either as part of a store class or on your own, using the FREE PROJECT SHEET!