Saturday, November 28, 2015

Heartfelt Creations November Blog Hop Winner!

Good morning, Blogger Buddies! I am just here to announce the winner of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni November Blog Hop. The winner was randomly selected from MY BLOG this month! {YAY for my faithful Readers!) And the winner is:

Samra Leshinski

Congrats, Samra! You are the recipient of a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations! Please e-mail to claim your prize. Put the words “Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop Winner” in the subject line of your email. You have 72 hours to claim your prize, or another winner will be randomly chosen.

Thanks to everyone who hopped along and left such sweet comments on my project!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Gina's Designs - Christmas Card and Tags

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends! I made it back to California in time to spend the holiday with my husband and children. It was hard to say good-bye to my mom and to leave my siblings in North Carolina, but I am blessed that I was able to visit with mom while she was still aware and able to respond. She is resting with Jesus now, pain-free and at peace, for which I am thankful. I want to send a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who sent prayers and kind thoughts to me after the death of my mom and of my aunt (who passed away less than two days after my mom). I appreciate each of you so very much. Your love and friendship means so much to me, especially when I need the extra hugs!

I am back again with a project for Gina's Designs (Precision Laser Cuts for Crafters). I have been pressed for time, so this week I did not make a big, elaborate project. Instead, I made a card and two tags. (If you missed my Christmas composition box from last week, click HERE to see that.)

My favorite type of Christmas decor is vintage with traditional colors and a bit of rust and whitewash tossed in for good measure! I like to use chipboard elements on cards and tags because it adds a lot of detail and interest without a lot of bulk or weight.

The card is 6" x 5" and made with dark brown cardstock. I used just a bit of designer paper because I wanted the chipboard elements and the sentiment to be the stars of the show. {Stars...get it?!} I covered the oval element from the Stars and Flourishes Borders and Corners Set with gold pigment ink and then embossed with Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel. I made sure to allow the enamel to look pitted and aged, with a few bits of the original chipboard showing through. 

I decorated the star oval with snowflakes from the Winter Shape Set and the  Snowflake Shape Set. I sprayed the snowflakes with white shimmer mist, and then embossed them with sparkly white embossing powder. The buttons are tied with kraft twine and then glued to each snowflake.

I covered one of the keyholes from the Keys and Plates Shape Set with gold pigment ink. I added tiny gold brads to the keyhole. Each flower was dipped in gold ink before I glued them to the card.

I decorated the inside of the card with some leftover bits of paper and a stamped greeting.

I always need extra tags around the holidays, so I made two tags to match the card. Both tags are Graphic 45 Kraft tags, one is Regular size and the other is the ATC size.

I added a bit of paper to the front of the tag before adding the chipboard elements. I sprayed the star flourishes from the Stars and Flourishes Borders and Corners Set with white mist and then dabbed them with watermark ink. I then embossed the flourishes with embossing enamel. I mixed white embossing enamel with gold embossing powder to make a custom enamel! I love how "clumpy" and thick the enamel is, but the areas with the gold embossing powder are thinner, sort of like rust. It makes the chipboard look amazingly vintage!

I sprayed the word from the Words and Phrases 1 set with Fire Baseboard Mistable Paint and Pearl Glimmer Mist. I added some "gilded" flowers and some bits of paper the I curled around a stylus. I also tucked a few faux postage stamps into the flowers.

I decorated the small tag with one corner from the Art Deco Corners Set, which I sponged with gold pigment ink. I sponged the miniature bookplate from the Miniature Bookplates Shape set with silver pigment ink. I added tiny silver brads to the bookplate. I used a Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel for the stars.

I hope you use up some of your paper scraps and bits of chipboard to make a few cards and tags this holiday season! Come back next week to see with chipboard! Hop on over to the Gina's Designs Blog for more inspiration!

Gina's Designs Laser Cut Chipboard:
Stars and Flourishes Borders and Corners Set 
Snowflake Shape Set
Winter Shape Set
Keys and Plates Shape Set
Words and Phrases I Set 
Art Deco Corners Set
Miniature Bookplates Shape Set

Other Products:
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa and Rhubarb Stalk dye ink, Delicata Silvery Shimmer and Golden Glitz pigment ink, Top Boss Watermark ink 
Mist: Tattered Angels Fire Blackboard Mistable Paint and Pearl Glimmer Mist, Deco Art White Shimmer Mister
Embossing powder and enamel: Stampendous Shabby Blue and Aged Bronze EE, Hampton Art glitter white EP, custom mix white and gold EE
Paper: Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Paper Studio Old World Winter
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Cocoa and Natural
Stamps: Verve Stamps Holiday Treats, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Christmas Innies
Tags: Graphic 45
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Light Silver and Old Gold Diagonal Stripe Satin ribbon, Iridescent White Metallic String
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Brads: Creative Impressions
Buttons: craft supply
Tools: corner rounder, Spellbinders Framed Tags One die
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Scotch 3M ATG tape, hot glue

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 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 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