Saturday, February 25, 2017

February Calendar Folios COMING SOON!!!!

I know some of you are disappointed that I have not yet posted the February Graphic 45 Calendar Folios. I am sorry about that. I am so rarely late on projects, but this past month or so, I have been most unreliable! In my defense, this horrible chest cold has been kicking my backside all over the place!

Trust me, the February Folios are in progress! 
It is a large job, not only designing the projects, but photographing them, editing the photos, writing the tutorials, and so forth. I hope you can be a bit patient with me as I get these finished and posted! 

I am already part-way finished with the March Folios, too! So those will POST ON TIME!!

I should have the February Folios finished and posted by mid-week, roughly March 1st or 2nd. Then, the March Folios will post on March 19th, as scheduled. 

If you are new to the blog or to this project series, check out the January Folios HERE and the storage box HERE. These project tutorials are FREE to use, so have fun crafting! 


Friday, February 24, 2017

Heartfelt Creations February Alumni Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Friday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! The February Hop starts 8am EST on Friday, February 24th and closes Monday, February 27th at midnight. 

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 the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday, March 1st The winner should contact HC at info@heartfeltcreations.us with "Winner of the February Alumni Hop" in the subject line.

You should be coming to my blog from Alissa Wells' Blog. After visiting me, head on over to Emilia van den Heuvel's Blog. For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post.

In my quest to create more Clean and Simple cards, I have created another card in that style. As always, this is the HARDEST style for me. It takes me AGES to design and plan for a more simple card. My "hatred" of white space (or in this case, polka dotted pink space) is difficult to overcome!  
This is a standard A2 sized card, created with black cardstock. I added a layer of white cardstock and then a layer of the pink dots paper from the Flowering Dogwood Paper Collection. The sentiment ticket is also from the paper collection. I popped it from the card with some foam squares.  
I took some time with the flowers. I stamped the images with the Flowering Dogwood Cling Stamp Set, using  Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Once I had all the images stamped, I colored them with Copic Markers. I wanted a mix of pinks, from darkest to palest. 

After I had everything colored, I die cut the flowers and leaves with the Flower Dogwood Die. Then, I shaped each flower using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. I misted each flower and leaf with water, and then shaped. Once the flowers were dry, I added some Stickles glitter glue to each center. 
I glued the flowers and leaves onto the card front. I added white cardstock to the inside of the card to make it easy to stamp or write a greeting.

Hop on over to Emilia van den Heuvel's Blog next. DON'T FORGET...POST A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD TO HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

February Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:

Vicki Dutcher
Kathy Clement
Alissa Wells
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Emilia van den Heuvel
Gini Cagle
Sarah Miller
Archana Joshi




Heartfelt Creations Products:

Flowering Dogwood Paper Collection
Flowering Dogwood Cling Stamp Set
Flower Dogwood Die
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
Memento Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Other Products:

Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis BlackEsse White Textured
Markers: Copic (colorless blender, RV0000, RV000, R81, R83, R85, YG0000, YG21, YG23)

Glitter glue: Stickles Diamond
Pigment ink: Colorbox OrchidAdhesive: ATG tape, foam adhesive squares, Ranger Multi Medium

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's the Little Things

Hello, Colorful People! I finally had some time to sit and color images a few weekends ago! I was "itching" to get out my pens and pencils and paints! I went on a crafty retreat with some friends in early February, and now I have a stack of things all colored and ready for cards! Here is one of the images I colored.
This sweet image is called "Emma and Ellie" and is from Conie Fong Art and DesignI am new to Conie's stamps, but you can be sure I will be buying more and coloring them! 

This is a digital image, which I printed from my printer onto Hammermill cardstock. I really had the urge to color some purple hair...so I did! What fun! I used Copics to color the image and for the hair I used BV02, 04, 08, 25, 28. (I did not write down the other colors I used, unfortunately.)
I pulled out some printed paper from my vast hoard of 6x6 pads and made a 6" x 5" card. I found the sparkly button in my stash and had to use it with some purple twine. I also added some sequins (because, I was taunted by friends to buy a boat load of sequins a few years ago, so I need to start using them). I lined the inside of the card with white cardstock, so now it's all ready for a special message. 
I just adore this image. Emma's sweet face is so unique. Many children's images that I find are...well...a bit creepy! I find Conie's work to be very refreshing and whimsical. Plus, I love that they are digital because I can size them to suit myself! Digital stamps are easy to store and inexpensive! Win-win!

If you love this image, and you love to color,  Conie is having a design team call just now. Read about that HERE


Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design Emma and Ellie
Clear Stamps: Stampin' Up Hello Life
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Copic
Paper: C.C. Designs Snowy Day, My Favorite Things Tiny Check
Cardstock: CutCardStock Flavours Gourmet Smoked Sea Salt, WorldWin Dark Pink, Hammermill Digital Copy
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon Yellow Grosgrain with Silver Edge, Violet Burlap String
Sequins: Craft Medley (pink), Pretty Pink Posh (pewter)
Button: unknown
Border punch: Stampin' Up
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers, Spellbinders Grand Rectangles
Adhesives: ATG tape, Scor-tape, foam squares, multi medium, hot glue

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pretty Pink Bikes Accordion Album

For those of you looking for the February Folio Series Tutorial, it is COMING on the 26th (at the latest). I am a bit behind due to a nasty cold. My apologies. 

Hello and welcome to the CutCardStock Blog! This is my last post as part of the CutCardStock 2016 Design Team! It has been a wonderful experience and I want to thank all of you for reading my posts this past year. I especially want to thank the CCS crew for their support and appreciation over the past 12 months!
For my post today I have created a 6 1/8" x 20 1/2" accordion fold mini album. I have decorated just one side of the album in order to turn it into a table-top decor piece. My little album contains photos of vintage bicycles...pink bicycles! I have a love for pretty pink bikes!
 (photos downloaded from Pinterest)

I printed my photos onto Natural White Classic Linen Cardstock. I was surprised at how well my printer printed these bright photos onto the linen. Plus, the photos have that soft, vintage look that I love!

After the photos were printed, I cut them each to approximately 6" x 4". I reserved one photo to use on the front of the album. 
To create the mini album, Cut two pieces of 130lb Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock to  6 1/8" x  11". Score on the 11" side at 4 1/8" and 8 1/4". Place one piece of the kraft cardstock onto the work surface and measure 1 3/8" from the second sore line. Draw a line to mark the measurement. Place scor-tape on the space to the right of the line.

Remove the liner from the scor-tape. With the short panel of the second piece of cardstock overlapping the scor-tape area of the first piece of cardstock, secure the pieces together. You will have one long piece of cardstock measuring 6 1/8" tall by 20 1/2" long. 
Fold the paper in a mountain-valley pattern. Burnish all score lines. You should have five (5) panels, each 6 1/8" x 4 1/8". 
Create an embellishment for the front of the mini album. Ink a chipboard bicycle with embossing ink. Sprinkle the bicycle with various shades of pink embossing powder. Heat to melt the powder.  Set the embellishment aside to cool.
Decorate the first panel of the album. Start by cutting a piece of Prima Tales of You and Me paper to 6" x 4". Attach the paper to the album panel. Cut a white paper doily in half and glue to the top, left edge of panel. Glue the chipboard bicycle to the bottom of the panel, as shown.

Glue various paper flowers to the bicycle embellishment. Use a stitched square die cut template to cut out a photo and attach it to the album, at an angle as shown. Add a tiny, pink clothes pin to the photo. Using the sticker letters from the Prima Tales of You and Me 6x6 paper pad, spell out the phrase "pretty pink bikes" on the top of the album page. Glue a few pink sequins to the page, as desired. 
Cut four (4) pieces of Prima Tales of You and Me paper to 6" x 4" and attach one piece to each of the remaining panels. Attach a photo to each panel as shown.  
Thanks for looking!  

CutCardStock:
Natural White Classic Linen Cardstock
130lb Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock
Prima Tales of You and Me 6x6 paper pad
Double-sided Adhesive

Other:
Chipboard bike: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Mini clothes pin: Canvas Corp Brands
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Sequins: Craft Medley
Doily: craft supply
Die cut template: Elizabeth Craft Designs stitched squares
Embossing powder: various pink shades
Ink: Top Boss clear embossing ink
Adhesive: hot glue

Thursday, February 16, 2017

TUTORIAL THURSDAY!

Blogger Peeps! The tutorial for this steampunk mini album is READY!
Click HERE to print this full-color, step-by-step, FREE tutorial.

For more details on this project, click HERE.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NEW Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Collection

Hello, G45 Fans! I am up on the G45 Blog today, a rare occurrence these days. I have stepped down from my Special Projects Designer position with G45, but they still ask me to create something for them now and again. I think it is hard for us to "part company" after so many years! {grin} I will ALWAYS be a G45 Girl. 

I am introducing the Portrait of a Lady collection, which is such a lovely, soft, feminine collection! I have not been this giddy about one of the pastel collections since Le Romantique was released years ago! I am super excited to see what I can make with this paper during the coming months!
This card was on display at Creativation in January!

I created a standard A2 card from ivory cardstock and loaded it up with beautiful papers. Rather than add pre-made flowers, I used seam binding to make a fluffy bow, and then I fussy cut some of the flowers from the paper for decoration.
A few sequins scattered around give the card just a bit of sparkle. I found a faux vintage button in my stash that suited this card perfectly. This is going to be my go-to collection for wedding cards, Mother's Day cards, and birthday cards this year!
I added a few bits of paper to decorate the inside.


Graphic 45:
Portrait of a Lady: Grace, Isabelle, Victoria, Blanche, Elizabeth, Maria

Other:
Cardstock: Ivory
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon dark peach seam binding, ivory burlap string
Button: craft supply
Sequins: Craft Medley
Adhesive: Foam tape, tape runner, multi-medium, hot glue

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Steampunk Spells Mini Album

Hello steampunk fans! I have a remarkable mini album to share! I am cross-posting this to the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog, as it is my day to post over there. Make sure you hop on over to see all the creative work by the rest of the Design Team. As you can see by my watermark below, I am going to be on the GSLCuts team for one more year! Woot woot! 
This project is a joint project with Graphic 45 and GSLCuts. G45 had asked me to make some things for the Creativation show, but this project was so big that I did not finish it in time. However, goth GSLCuts and G45 graciously allowed me to share it as one of my GSLCuts DT posts!

I have created a 6" x 6" x 2" mini containing 18 pages (36 sides). This little gem is chock full of pretty papers and awesome chipboard embellishments! This is the perfect project for photos and journaling. Display this beauty on a shelf or easel for maximum enjoyment!
 Each page contains pockets or tags or ephemera. It is a steampunk-ers dream.
The spine sports a metal door plate and knob, plus two wonderful metal keys.
You need the following Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts embellishments for this project:

Mini Bird Cages

For a full supply list, scroll down to the bottom of the post. To purchase G45 papers from various on-line stores, click the links in the supply list below. (I am not affiliated with any of these stores, nor do I recommend them or vouch for them. I am simply passing on some links to where you may find G45 papers.)
The front of this album is packed with metal charms, grungy steampunk chipboard shapes, and flowers. To create the large, butterfly embellishment, ink one Butterfly of Gears with black pigment ink. Cover the shape with Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder and heat set. 

For all the other chipboard shapes in the album, either keep them "raw" or color them with a black marker or black ink. I sprayed a few shapes with black glimmer mist. See the printable tutorial for specific directions. (COMING SOON!)

The inside front cover contains an envelope for hidden journaling or photos. I have used two of the corners from the Wrought Iron Set to decorate the envelope.
The inside back cover also has a pocket for a square tag. This pocket is decorated with a spectacular Steampunk Gentleman. I sprayed this shape with glimmer mist and weighted it down with some heavy books so that he could dry flat.
This is just a sneaky peaky of all the wonderful chipboard shapes contained in this book!


To see all the pages of this wonderful, little album, check out the video! 
You can also print a step-by-step project sheet for this project. Click HERE to print this full-color, step-by-step FREE tutorial. 

Thanks for looking!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:

Partner products:
Graphic 45:
DCE - Old Curiosity Shoppe (with stickers and decorative chipboard)
DCE - Steampunk Debutante (with stickers and decorative chipboard)
DCE - Botanicabella (with stickers and decorative chipboard)
Rare Oddities (retired)
Artisan Style (retired)
Steampunk Spells (retired)
Eerie Tale (retired)
Square Tags - blackkraft
Artist Trading Tags Tags - black, kraft
Ornate Metal Keys

Other: 

Cardstock: black, kraft
Markers: Zig black, Stampin' Up black
Ink: black pigment
Embossing powder: Ranger Distress Black Soot
Embellishments: decorative brads, metal gears, paper and fabric flowers, filmstrip, bingo tile, lightbulb, metal frame, metal spigots, charms, pen nib, wishbone
Punches: Stampin' Up 1" and 1/2" circles, Creative Memories corner rounder, EK Success bumpy road border
Dies: Spellbinders standard circles large, small; Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Doily
Magnets: Basic Grey
Adhesive: ATG double-sided tape, Scor-tape, Scrapbooking Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares, 3M foam tape, Ranger Multi Medium, hot glue
Tools: Paper trimmer, scissors, craft knife and cutting mat, bone folder