Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Clean and Simple Card Set

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! I told you last week that I was indulging in a clean and simple phase. I think this may be the first time EVER for me to use only white cardstock with stamping! Don't faint!


I have to admit, it was extremely hard for me to stamp and color and step away! I had to do deep breathing exercises and hold an ice pack to my head! However, the stamps from the Peacock Paisley Collection as so pretty, that they deserve to shine!

Create two 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card bases by trimming two pieces of aqua cardstock to 11" x 4 1/4" and scoring at 5 1/2" on the long side.


For card one, trim white cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and stamp the flower image from the Feathered Daisy Cling Stamp Set onto the center of the cardstock with black ink. Color the image with alcohol markers. Stamp the sentiment from the Beautiful You Cling Stamp Set on the top left corner of the white cardstock using black ink. Using a paper piercing stencil and the piercing tool from the Deluxe Flower Shaping kit, pierce around the edge of the white cardstock. Attach the image to a card base with foam adhesive.


Stamp the daisies image from the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with black ink. Color the daisies with alcohol markers. Trim out the flowers with the Delightful Daisy Die. Shape the flowers and glue three flowers to the card front as shown. Set the other flowers aside to use for card #2. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach to the inside of the card. 


For card two, trim white cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and stamp the large image from the Daisy Flourish Cling Stamp Set onto the center of the cardstock with black ink. Color the image with alcohol markers. Stamp the sentiment from the Beautiful You Cling Stamp Set on the lower left corner of the white cardstock using black ink. Using a paper piercing stencil, and the piercing tool from the Deluxe Flower Shaping kit, pierce around the edge of the white cardstock. Attach the image to a card base with foam adhesive.


Glue two larger die cut flowers to the card front as shown. I used a "crumpling" technique to shape these flowers. While the flower is damp, simple "squish" each petal and allow to dry. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach to the inside of the card. 

For those who doubted that I could achieve a CAS card, pthththbbbtthth. {grin}

Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration! 

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCPC 3656 Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set
Other Products Used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Aqua, Copic White
Alcohol markers: Copic BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, YG03, YG11, YG13, Y22, Y28, YR 14, YR27, V01, V12, colorless blender
Tools: Sizzix Bigh Shot, paper piercing stencil, water mist bottle, hot glue gun
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue sticks

Friday, March 20, 2015

Canvas Corp Brands - Beach Themed Invitations

Welcome! Canvas Corp Brands issued a new challenge to the Crew - this time we were asked to make invitations! I decided to create a beach-themed invitation to a 30th wedding anniversary party! My husband and I will celebrate 30 years in 2017 and it's never too early to think about a party! {grin} 


This invitation set includes a 5" x 7" invitation card, a 4" x 6" RSVP post card, and a matching envelope. 


I collected all of the beach-themed items from my stash. I knew I wanted to use turquoise for the base color, and then add black, kraft, and ivory colors. For a full supply list, see the end of the post.



Trim the Sand and Sea Art paper to create six panels. The invitation front panels will contain one of the six unique images.



To create the invitation, trim turquoise cardstock to 7" x 10" and score at 5" to create a 5" x 7" left-fold card. Trim the turquoise print paper from the 7 Gypsies Maritime paper pad to 4 7/8" x 6 7/8" and attach it to the card front. Mat one of the Sand and Sea Art images with turquoise cardstock and attach the image to the front of the card with foam adhesive. 

Stamp the "You're Invited" sentiment onto the Scallop Chalkstock tag with white ink. Emboss with white embossing powder. Trim out the sentiment with a tag punch. Sponge the edges with white ink and attach to the upper right corner of the image with foam adhesive. Tie a slip knot into a piece of Turquoise Hemp Rope and glue to the tag. Attach a black mini clothespin to the tag.



To decorate the inside of the invitation, trim anchor paper to 4 7/8" x 6 7/8" and attach to the left panel. Trim kraft cardstock to 4 7/8" x 6 7/8" and attach to the right panel. Print invitation information onto white cardstock with black ink and attach to the right panel. Trim the decorative border from the Beach Sampler paper and attach to the bottom of the panel. (This paper is retired, however, the Beach Sampler on Ivory paper is available. 



Create an RSVP post card by trimming out one post card from Black and Kraft Post Card paper (4" x 6"). Write in the return address with a black pen. Create an area on the left side of the post card for guests to indicate attendance. Add a postage stamp for guests' convenience. 

Decorate the reverse side of the post card by trimming a 4" x 6" piece of Black and Kraft Compass (retired) and attaching it to the post card. (Since this paper is retired, you may wish to use another paper from the Sand and Sea or Sails and Shells Collections.)



Stamp the "Happily ever after" sentiment in the top left corner of the post card with white ink. Emboss with white embossing powder. Tuck the RSVP card into the invitation.


Decorate an A7 (5 1/5" x 7 1/4") kraft envelope with a strip of the Maritime paper and an image punched from the Beach Sampler on Ivory paper. Place a strip and punched image on both sides of the envelope, at the bottom edge. Tuck the invitation and post card into the envelope. (If using the clothespin, you may need to add a bit of padding to prevent the envelope from tearing during delivery.)


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Making cards in bulk is never easy, but I hope that this inspires you to give it a try for your next party!
Canvas Corp Brands Products
Sand and Sea Art Pages on Kraft
White and Kraft Anchor
Black and Kraft Post Card
80# Kraft Cardstock
80# Smooth White Cardstock
Beach Sampler on Ivory
Black and Kraft Compass (retired)
Beach Sampler on Kraft (retired)
7 Gypsies Happily Ever After Wood Stamp
7 Gypsies Maritime 8x8 Paper Pad
Tags and Ties Scallop Chalkstock
Value Pack Kraft A7 Cards and Envelopes
Mini Clothespins - Black
Hemp Rope - Turquoise

Other Products
Cardstock: Turquoise (Bazzill)
Ink: Stampin' Up Whisper White
Stamps: "Invited" stamp (Papertrey Ink), No." stamp (unknown)
Black pen: PITT Artist pen
Embossing powder: Hampton Art White
Tag punch: EK Success
Adhesives: ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Clean and Layered Cards

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! The new Peacock Paisley Collection was released last week, and what a beautiful set of images! This collection contains oodles of stunning stamps! I decided to create  a few Clean and Layered cards to show of two of the stamps!



I have to admit, Clean and Simple and her cousin, Clean and Layered, are not styles with which I am comfortable! However, as my dad used to say, even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again! Or, as "they" say, sometimes, you can catch lightening in a bottle! All that jibber jabber to say that I think these two cards turned out GREAT! I think green and teal are my favorite "spring" colors! But, I needed a bit of grunge, too! {smile}

Create two 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card bases by trimming two pieces of blue calypso cardstock to 11" x 4 1/4" and scoring at 5 1/2" on the long side. Stamp the daisies image from the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with black ink. Color the two smallest daisies with alcohol markers. Trim out the flowers with the Delightful Daisy Die. Shape the flowers and set aside. (Save the remaining flowers for another project. Come back next week to see how I used the "leftovers"!)



For card one, trim white cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach it to one blue calypso card base. Trim All Geared Up striped paper to 5 1/4" x 4" and attach to card front. 

Stamp the flower image from the Peacock Swirls Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with black ink. Color the image with alcohol markers.


Stamp the "beautiful day" sentiment from the Beautiful You Cling Stamp Set at the bottom of the stamped image using black ink. Use the Spellbinders Classic Rectangle die to trim the image. Attach the image to the center of the card front with foam adhesive. Use the rectangles dies to trim a rectangle frame from pale green Peacock Paisley paper. Attach the frame to the top of the stamped image with foam adhesive. 

Glue three aqua pearls to the bottom right edge of the frame. Tie two loopy bows, one from black burlap string and one from iridescent white metallic string and glue them to the lower left corner of the frame.  Stamp the "have a" sentiment from the Beautiful You Cling Stamp Set onto pale green Peacock Paisley paper. Trim out the sentiment with the rectangle die. Mat the sentiment with blue calypso cardstock. Attach the sentiment to the top of the loopy bows. Tuck one die cut daisy under the upper left corner of the sentiment block. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach to the inside of the card.


For card two, trim white cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach it to one blue calypso card base. Trim All Geared Up striped paper to 5 1/4" x 4" and attach to the card front. Use the rectangles dies to trim two rectangle frames from pale green Peacock Paisley paper. Glue one frame to the center of the card, at an angle. Trim the second frame in half, and arrange the pieces at the upper left and lower right of the card front as shown. 


Stamp flower with buds image from the Feathered Daisy Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with black ink. Color the image with alcohol markers. Stamp the "thanks" portion of the Antique Lantern Cling Stamp Set on the bottom left of the stamped image using black ink. 

Use the Spellbinders Classic Rectangle die to trim the image. Mat the image with blue calypso cardstock. Attach the image to the center of the card front with foam adhesive, overlapping the green frames. Glue three aqua pearls to the bottom right edge of the image. Tie two loopy bows, one from black burlap string and one from iridescent white metallic string and glue them to the upper left corner of the image.  Attach the second die cut daisy to the top of the string bows. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach to the inside of the card. 

Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration! 
Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCDP1-252 Peacock Paisley Paper Collection 
Other Products Used: 
Other dies: Spellbinders Classic Rectangle Large
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Blue Calypso, Copic White
Alcohol markers: Copic BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05, YG03, YG11, YG13, Y22, Y28, YR 14, colorless blender
String: Reasonable Ribbon black burlap string, iridescent white metallic string
Self-adhesive pearls
Tools: Spellbinders Grand Calibur, water mist bottle, hot glue gun
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue sticks

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - March Release!

I am so excited to be able to share the NEW March Collection from Heartfelt Creations - Peacock Paisley!

This collection has stunning colors of blue, green, and yellow! The colors and images are just beautiful. This new collection comes with: 6 stamp sets, 1 matching die, a 12x12 paper collection, and a card kit! 

I created a jewel of a card to share with you today.


The colors of this collection, not to mention the use of daisies, paisley, and peacocks make this one of my NEW favorite collections from Heartfelt Creations. I created this card and sent it in early, and it got a tiny screen credit in the video HERE....at 12:09 minutes in the video. {grin} 

I used a new technique (new for me). I colored with Prismacolor pencils onto dark paper! I have never done that before! In fact, I have rarely used my pencils. I purchased them a year ago, and they have barely seen the light of day!

To make this 6" x 5" top-fold card, trim dark blue cardstock to 12" x 5" and score at 6" on the long side. Trim Peacock Paisley paisley print paper to 5 7/8" x 4 7/8 and attach the paper to the card front. Trim dark green Peacock Paisley paper to 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" and mat with dark blue cardstock cut to 4 5/8" x 3 5/8". Attach the panel to the left side of the card, approximately 1/2" from the top. Trim pale green Peacock Paisley paper to 5 1/4" x 2" and mat with dark blue cardstock cut to 5 3/8" x 2 1/8". Attach the panel to the left side of the card, approximately 1" from the left and 1/4" from the top.


Stamp the peacock image from the Peacock Swirls Cling Stamp Set onto dark blue paper with clear embossing ink. Heat emboss the image with white embossing powder. Color the image with colored pencils. Use the Spellbinders Grand Ovals die template to trim out the image. Use the Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals One die template to cut a decorative oval from white cardstock. Attach the image to the decorative oval with foam adhesive. Using foam adhesive, attach the image to the right side of the card front, approximately 1/2" from the top.


Add gems to the centers of the flowers on the stamped image.


Stamp the flowers from the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set onto dark blue cardstock with clear embossing ink. Heat emboss the flowers with white embossing powder. Color the flowers with colored pencils. Use the Delightful Daisy Die to cut out the flowers. Shape them and set aside. 

Stamp the small leaf from the Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set twice onto white cardstock with silk green pigment ink. Heat emboss the leaves with clear embossing powder. Color the leaves with colored pencils. Use the Delightful Daisy Die to cut out the leaves. 

Create a flower cluster at the lower left edge of the peacock image, as shown. Trim the leaves apart with scissors and tuck them behind the flowers. Add gems to the centers of the flowers. 

Use water and distress inks to dye 1 yard of natural seam binding. Allow to dry. Iron if desired. Tie a loopy bow with the dyed seam binding and attach it to the upper right corner of the card. Add a gem to the center of the bow.


To decorate the inside of the card, trim white cardstock to 5 7/8" x 4 7/8". Attach the white panel to the inside of the card. Trim a strip of pale green Peacock Paisley 1 1/2" x 4 7/8" and attach the strip to the bottom of the white panel. Trim the "Celebrate" sentiment from the Peacock Paisley paper and add it to the right edge of the pale green strip. Using black ink, stamp the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Tarnished Gears Cling Stamp Set onto the white panel. 

Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration! 
Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCDP1-252 Peacock Paisley Paper Collection 
Other Products Used: 
Other dies: Spellbinders Grand Ovals, Grand Decorative Ovals One
Cardstock: WorldWin Cardstock (Flag Blue, White)
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink (Silk Green), Colorbox Top Boss watermark ink, Ranger Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters)
Colored pencils: Prisma Colored Pencils (canary yellow, cream, eggshell, lemon yellow, orange, chartreuse, apple green, Caribbean sea, imperial violet, blue violet lake)
Embossing powder: Stampin' Up (white, clear)
Seam binding: Really Reasonable Ribbon trim (natural seam binding)
Pearls: Want2Scrap self-adhesive gems (turquoise), Recollections gems (jewel tones)
Tools: Spellbinders Grand Calibur, water mist bottle, hot glue gun, heat tool
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue sticks

Canvas Corp Brands - Designer Challenge - Tattered Tangles

For our Canvas Corp Brand Crew challenge this week, each designer was asked to create something using the Tattered Angels Tattered Tangled paper collection. I know that Zentangle Art is all the rage, but that is soooo NOT in my wheelhouse! After days of fussing around with the paper and trying to make something, this is what I created.



Since I am a Canvas Corp Brands Market Contributor for the Vintage Market, I found a way to use the Tangled Quotes paper to make a vintage card. WHEW! I used the NEW Gypsy Moments paper collection as well.


The Tangled cardstock is bright white and glossy. I used a Copic marker to color it a vintage hue. I "aged" the flowers with Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist (Bronze, Vanilla Breeze). I simply adore the mini clothes pins! I also used a bit of the black Flute Tiles (also known as corrugated cardboard).  


I used one strip of the tangled sentiment on the inside of the card.


Thanks for dropping by! Stop over to the Canvas Corp Blog and see what the rest of the team has made! 
Canvas Corp Brands Products:
7 Gypsies Gypsy Moments 12x12 Paper- Poses and Reflections, Take Our Breath Away
Tattered Angels Tattered Tangles - Quotes
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Bronze, Vanilla Breeze
Canvas Corp E-Flute Tiles - Black
Canvas Corp Mini Clothespins - Chocolate

Other Products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Paper Black, Ivory
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts
Marker: Copic E55
Tools: Prima paper distressing tool, hot glue gun
Adhesive: ATG tape runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Scor-tape, hot glue

Monday, March 09, 2015

Craft Hoarders Anonymous March Challenge

Good morning! This project is for Craft Hoarders Anonymous March Challenge. I also have some very sad news. I am so sorry to tell you that this will be the LAST Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge. After the March Challenge ends, I will NOT be posting more challenges to the Hoarders Blog. I will be concentrating on homeschooling my youngest son, on my family, and on my other design work. The challenge blog has been a fun ride and I hate to say good-bye to it, but all good things come to an end. Please play along and visit with us one last time! 


Go Green
Use this color board as inspiration for your green challenge. Make a challenge which has green as the predominate color. Use the other colors in this color board as your accent colors. You may make any type or theme of project that you wish. You do NOT have to use all of the colors represented here, but green must be the star of your project! There must be some green in your vast hoard...dig it out!

Green is a difficult color for me! It is not one of my "go to" colors, however, when I was thinking about what papers to use, I knew I had lots of green prints in my stash! But the main inspiration for this project is that HUGE, green flower!


I created a garden-themed mini album, using a lot of green! I had fun fussy cutting decorations for the cover. I have loved the Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime paper since it was first introduced. This winter CHA they re-introduced it in a Deluxe Collector's Edition! Notice that they did not call it "Deluxe Hoarder's Edition"! I fussy cut the three fairies from the paper and hot glued those gals to that big ol' flower!


The green flower is 4 1/2" in diameter! That is one honkin' flower! I have no idea where the flower came from. It has been sitting in a pencil cup on my desk for YEARS! I decided to use it as the focal point on the cover of the mini album. 



The chipboard mini album has been in my stash for nearly a decade! I purchased it at one of the first Expos I attended when I moved to California. And that was 10 years ago! I think the company that made it was called Piggy Tales. I have no idea if they are still around or not. This is a waterfall mini, with each successive page approximately 1/4" wider than the preceding page. The book is overall 5 3/4" x 6". 



I created pockets for some of the pages. I cut out some of the postcard images and other journaling spots from various Graphic 45 papers to tuck into each pocket. I used some Secret Garden (retired) papers, as well as Botanical Tea, Sweet Sentiments, Place in Time (retired), Time to Flourish


I also used a few Project Life journaling blocks from my vast hoard. 


I added a few photo mats as well. The right-hand page is an accordion album for 5" x 3 1/2" photos. I tied the little accordion mini closed with some ribbon.


There is space for 4 photos.


I sure love mixing and match prints and collections. But, wow, is my work space a mess! {grin}


I love all the botanical images, as well as the birds and fairies! 


The last two pages! 

I fussy cut the flowers and scrolls from the paper. Not an easy job when you are my advanced age. I hope you had fun with this Go Green challenge! Please play along. Thanks to everyone who supported the challenge the past 14 months! I appreciate you very much!

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
Glenda Brooks
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE
Kathy Clement
Nancy Dynes (unable to participate)
Pam Bray
Teresa Horner
Wendi Robinson


Designer paper: Graphic 45 Once Upon A SpringtimeSecret Garden (retired), Botanical TeaSweet Sentiments, Place in Time (retired), Time to Flourish
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Chipboard album: Piggy Tales
Chipboard embellishments: Graphic 45 Secret Garden
Journal spots: Project Life
Large flower: unknown
Adhesive: Scor-tape, ATG tape runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish - February

I am able to share the Graphic 45 Time to Flourish February class project sheet with you today. (Graphic 45 shared on their blog HERE.)


Each class in this series contains two cards and two tags using the matching monthly papers form Time to Flourish! Click HERE to print your step-by-step directions for these four projects! For the February class, we are using the February Flourish and Cut Apart sheets from Time to Flourish, as well as the Flowers pack. Our Staples item this month is Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads


This card may look a bit familiar to my long-time readers. This is card layout that I have used a few times over the years. I love the alternating triangles of patterned paper!

This card layout is from another old sketch that I designed several years ago. I stumbled across some of my old sketches, and have given them new life! My favorite part of this card is the postage stamp border...or maybe it's the flower! 


This tag is designed after a set of tags I designed for Winter 2014 CHA make-n-takes. I used a Large tag, but folded up the bottom to create a pocket.


Here is a view with the tags removed.


The last tag shows how amazing the Large tags can look when you have them fully decorated! 

I would love your feedback if you have attended one of the Time to Flourish classes, or if you have used the printable directions to make the projects. I have gotten a few emails from folks who found errors in the directions! Those errors get corrected right away, so if you find one, let me know! 

To print the step-by-step project sheet for the January class, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!