Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Heartfelt Creations July Alumni Blog Hop

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Welcome to the July Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Tuesday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations 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, July 30th, at noon. (Check the Heartfelt Creations Facebook Page for winners!) The July Hop starts 8am EST on Tuesday, July 26th  and closes Friday, July 29th at midnight. 

You should be coming to my blog from Sarah Miller's Blog. After visiting me, head on over to Ujjwal Gupta's Blog. For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post.

I decided to pull out the Under the Sea Collection again and give it some more love! This collection was released in May, but I just got my hands on it recently. I don't get every collection now that I have to pay retail for them, but every 4 months or so, I am able to treat myself so something new. 

I am not normally attracted to this color palette, but something about those sea creations just spoke to me! I love the bright colors and the amazing coloring of the images!
I cut out the fish and sea horse from the paper collection. Then, I dug into my stash and used some flowers from older collections to make my under the sea scene! 
Thanks for looking! 
To see this second card, also made with the Under the Sea collection, click HERE


July Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:
Kathy Clement
Vicki Dutcher
Loretta Lock
Mary Faus
Sarah Miller
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Ujjwal Gupta
Regina M. Hamilton
Archana Joshi

Heartfelt Creations Products:

HCDP1-266 Under the Sea Paper Collection
HCD1-799 Under the Sea Die
HPCP-3674 Blazing Poppy Petals Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-764 Blazing Poppy Die
HCPC 3668 Cascading Fuchsia Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-763 Cascading Fuchsia Die
HCD2-750 Cut Mat Create 1B Die
HCD2-751 Cut Mat Create 2A Die
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

Other Products:

Cardstock: gray, ivory
Ink: Ranger Distress Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick; Close to My Heart Grey Wool
Gems: Recollections
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam adhesive squares, white glue, hot glue

Safari Adventure Mini Album Display Case

If you are looking for the Heartfelt Creations July Alumni Blog Hop, please click HERE

I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today with Part 1 of a two-part project! The tutorial for today explains how to build a Mini Album Display Case, including adding feet and a handle. Come back on August 9th for Part 2 - Creating Four Mini Albums!
The Mini Album Display Case kit comes with the display box (5 1/2" x 4 3/4" x 4 3/4"), the drawer (1 1/2" x 4 3/8" x 4 3/8"), and chipboard to make up to four mini albums (3 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 1").

I used Graphic 45 Safari Adventures and Tropical Travelogue (retired) papers to decorate my display case. 
I added a very cool lion-head drawer pull (Graphic 45) to the drawer. I think that single, metal piece makes the whole project!
Because the drawer pull was a bit "dangle-y" I needed to add feet to my display case. The metal feet in my stash could not allow for the drawer to be on the bottom of the case and still open, so, I got creative and made feet from some wooden spools! 
The box decor is very simple. I added the giraffe and the rhino from the Safari Shape Set to to the sides of the box. I also added some G45 printed chipboard to the top and front of the box.
 Here is a view of the back of the box. You can see those cute, matching feet!

To see the Snapguide Tutorial for making this project, please click on the Guide below.

Check out How to Make a Mini Album Display Case by Gloria Stengel on Snapguide.

Come back on August 9th and I will share a tutorial on making the four mini albums for this box project. I have started one already, using some amazing zebra-print paper! 

Thanks for looking! Find all these wonderful chipboard items at the GSLCuts Store!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: 
Mini Album Display Case (coming soon in an updated format)
Safari Shape Set (coming soon)

Partner Products:
Graphic 45 Safari Adventure and Tropical Travelogue (retired) Collections
Graphic 45 Lion Head Door Knocker
Graphic 45 Washi Tape Set

Ink: Ranger Distress Gathered Twigs, Copic Marker Dark Bark (E49), Close to My Heart Grey Wool, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Amber Clay
Tissue Tape: Tim Holtz
Wood spools: craft supply
Adhesive: Liquitex gel medium, Ranger Glossy Accents, 3M foam tape
Tools: bone folder, sponge dauber, foam brush

Monday, July 18, 2016

CAS Flamingo Invitation Card

I am up on the CutCardStock Blog today with another Clean and Simple Card (CAS)! I have created a simple birthday invitation card for a child's birthday party.

This card is simple to make, but so pretty and fun! You can easily personalize the invitation by using computer-generated text.
Begin by cutting Basis Black Cardstock to 11" x 4 1/4" and scoring at 5 1/2" on the long side to make a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" top-fold card. Cut Stardream Metallic Fine Gold Cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach the panel to the front of the card.
Cut Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock to 5 1/4" x 4". Cut a diagonal section from the center of the white panel. Stamp the top panel with the sentiment, using black ink. (Or, print your sentiment first, and then cut the cardstock to size.) Use foam adhesive to attach the two white panels to the card front as shown.
Stamp the flamingo legs onto the bottom white panel with grey ink.
Using watermark ink, stamp the flamingo body onto Cotton Candy Pop Tones Cardstock. Stamp the flamingo eye and beak with black ink. Using a matching die, cut out the flamingo and attach it to the legs using foam adhesive. Stamp the wing with watermark ink onto Razzleberry Pop Tones Cardstock and attach it to the body with foam adhesive.
Computer generate the "tickled pink" message and print it onto Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. Cut the sentiment into a flag shape and mat with Razzleberry Pop Tones Cardstock. Attach the flag message under the main sentiment with foam adhesive.

Use a tiny star punch and punch stars from Stardream Metallic Fine Gold Cardstock and Silver Glitter Cardstock. Glue the stars randomly to the card front.
The card has some dimension, but will fit easily into a standard, note-card sized envelope.
Cut Stardream Metallic Fine Gold Cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" and attach the panel to the inside of the card. Print computer-generated invitation text onto Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and trim to size. Attach the white panel to the inside of the card. 

(Note, there is no Pink Flamingo Park in San Diego, to my knowledge. I made that up!)
Have fun making your own party invitations this summer!

I am entering my card into these challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers: #168 Bling it Up (glitter and metallic paper)
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes with a color twist (black, pink, gold)
Glitter and Sparkle: #197 Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspirations: #367 Tropical

Stardream Metallic Fine Gold Cardstock
Silver Glitter Cardstock
Basis Black Cardstock
Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock
Cotton Candy Pop Tones Cardstock
Razzleberry Pop Tones Cardstock
Double-sided Foam Adhesive Squares
Tombo Mono Liquid Muli-purpose Glue

Ink: Versamark Watermark, Versafine Onyx Black, Close to My Heart Grey Wool
Punch: Carl mini star
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags Stax and Layers, Spellbinders Grand Rectangles, Reverse Confetti Flamingo
Stamps: Reverse Confetti Fabulous Flamingo, My Favorite Things Birthday Sentiments

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop

It is ribbon time again! I am here with the Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog HopYou 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 the spectacular Ginny's Blog next!

Here is a peeky at the RRR July Ribbon Club Assortment. This assortment is called Pink and Purple. I am in love with that lattice print satin in pink and purple!
I embraced the purple, along with teal and pink! This is outside my "normal" color palette, which made this project super fun to do! I just received this fabby paper (Under the Sea) from Heartfelt Creations and really wanted to use it. I created at 6 1/4" x 4 3/4" card, with an extra mat that sits about 1" above the top of the card. (The card will fit into a 7" x 5" envelope.)
I purchased the matching gold fish dies, and was super happy to find out that there are two sheets of paper in the collection that are printed with PRE-COLORED images which fit the dies exactly! You just cut and use! No coloring or fussy cutting required! 

I layered the 5/8" Hyacinth Lattice Print Satin with the Geranium Pink and Hyacinth Diamond Print Grosgrain ribbon. I tied a triple bow with the 3/8" Hyacinth Diamond Satin ribbon and glued it to the center of the layered ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by today! Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon July Ribbon Club (5/8" Hyacinth Lattice Print SatinGeranium Pink and Hyacinth Diamond Print Grosgrain, 3/8" Hyacinth Diamond Satin)
Cardstock: Gray, Natural
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Sweet Little Sentiments
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox Pigment Lavender
Designer paper: Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Collection
Die cuts: Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea, My Favorite Things Sentiment Strips
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Scotch 3M ATG tape runner, 3M foam tape, white glue, hot glue

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Time Flies Card

Hello, Blogger Buddies! It is my turn on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog again. I have a steampunk card to share with you this week!

I created a fun birthday card, with the theme "time flies." I really like orange, purple, and green color combinations, so using the Graphic 45 Rare Oddities paper, along with some matching flowers, hit the perfect note for me! We have some amazing partners who have supplied the DT with product so I tried to highlight those as well (see the supply list below).

The centerpiece of the card is this pocket watch that I created from several GSLCuts shapes and the Altered Pages stamp set Muse Time. Around the face of the clock are words, such as Marriage, 1st Day of School, 1st Kiss, etc. I thought it was a fun way to show the passage of time for a birthday card!

I added lots of little details to the card with lots of Steampunk shapes.

Thanks for looking! Find all these wonderful chipboard items at the GSLCuts Store! Find amazing Graphic 45 papers HERE.

For the step-by-step tutorial, visit my Snapguide below.

Check out How to Create a Steampunk Card by Gloria Stengel on Snapguide.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: 

Partner Products:
Altered Pages: Mailbox Muse Stamps (Muse Time)
ColourArte Radiant Rain Daubers: NutmegCopper
Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Collection

Ink: Ranger Distress (Gathered Twigs, Old Paper), Colorbox Pigment (Black, Bronze, Copper, Burnt Copper, Gold, Silver, Gold Brocade, Verdigris, Pheasant Gold), Versafine Onyx Black
Mini brads: craft supply
Gesso: Liquitex
Twine and Flowers: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Cardstock: black, ivory
Tools: Circle punches, Crop-a-Dile, bone folder, sponge dauber
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, white glue

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Guest Designing for Emerald Creek!

Emerald Creek Dares

I am so excited to be a guest at Emerald Creek again this month. Emerald Creek is an online store specializing in custom embossing powders, art stamps, and a wide range of Ranger products. I don't often have a chance to play with my messy stuff, so this was time to try out some techniques from my mixed media files! 
I decided to create a 4th of July card for the Nations Celebrated Dare! For me, summer does not really begin until we have our 4th of July barbecue! I created a vintage, mixed media card, which is a whopping 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". I love how it turned out! It was fun to experiment with the Emerald Creek custom embossing powders and some Distress inks!
The dimension is amazing, plus it's all vintage and grungy! I think I am having so much fun doing mixed media mess stuff that I may switch my style! {giggle}

If you want to make your own background paper, follow these steps:

Cut a piece of heavy weight ivory cardstock to 6" x 6". Use a sponge dauber to add Candied Apple and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks to the paper spray with water to create an interesting pattern. Allow some water drops to fall in a few areas. 

Use black archival ink to stamp the Eagle image onto the lower right corner of the paper. Create a mask from a bit of sticky note paper. Place the mask over the eagle image. Choose the Bubble Stencil and Picket Fence Distress Paint to create a background.

Allow the paint to dry completely. With the mask still in place over the stamped image, sponge watermark ink over the Traveler Stencil. Remove the stencil and heat emboss the paper with Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder.

Allow the powder to cool. Remove the mask from the eagle image and over stamp with waermark ink. Heat emboss with 4th of July Mix Embossing Powder.

Sponge the edges of the paper with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Using black archival ink to stamp a word onto the lower right corner of the panel (America) and also a postage cancellation image onto the left center of the panel. 

Create a 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" card from kraft cardstock. Add a layer of Tim Holtz Destinations paper, cut to 6 3/8" x 6 3/8". Using strong adhesive, attach the mixed media panel to the card front. Staple some images cut from the Destinations paper to the bottom left corner of the card.
Create a focal image with a bit of honeycomb chipboard, colored with metallic daubers. Add images with a patriotic theme and red, white, and blue flowers. I tucked a bit of cheese cloth and string under my chipboard for added texture. 

Glue metal gears onto the project for more dimension.
Once you have all of the embellishments glued down, use a dry brush to add some gesso to the flowers. Use a sticky note to cover the focal images, and then spatter the project with more gesso. Allow the project to dry.

Decorate the inside if desired.

Thanks for joining me today! Make sure you check out the Emerald Creek Store and the Dare Challenges! Happy Canada Day (a bit late) to my Canadian Readers! A blessed Independence Day to my fellow Americans! 

Emerald Creek:
Stencils by Tim HoltzTraveler, Bubble, Eyechart
Distress Paint - Picket Fence

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Top Boss Watermark, ColorArte Radiant Rain Daubers (Nutmeg, Copper)
Stamps: Graphic 45 Cityscapes, Tim Holtz Blueprints, Stamper's Best My Country
Gesso: Liquitex
Cardstock: Kraft, Ivory
Paper: Tim Holtz Destinations 
Stickers: Authentique
Gears: Tim Holtz
Cheese cloth: fabric supply
Flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts
Photos: Tim Holtz Photobooth
Die: Papertrey Ink Honeycomb
Tools: Tim Holtz Splatter Brush, Tiny Attatcher; Sizzix Big Shot; Martha Stewart score board, heat tool
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, white glue, hot glue

Friday, July 01, 2016

4th of July Banner

It is my turn again on the CutCardStock Blog! I have a quick and easy 4th of July Banner tutorial to share.
I used Silver Glitter Cardstock, Curious Metallic Cardstock, and Core'dinations Patterned Kraft Cardstock to create this little patriotic banner. The pennants are so simple to make that you can spell out a longer word quickly and easily. Or, mix up the colors and prints to create a banner for a different celebration.
Each layer is just one, simple item, but together, the layers pack a big punch!
The shimmer from the glitter cardstock star and the metallic papers, make this a perfect 4th of July decoration.
Tiny clothes pins and some twine finish off the banner.
The banner stretches out to approximately 24" wide and is 4 1/2" tall.

For the step-by-step tutorial, please see the Snapguide below.

Check out How to Make a Patriotic Banner by Gloria Stengel on Snapguide.

Thanks for looking! Happy 4th of July! (And happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends!)

Silver Glitter Cardstock
Curious Metallic Cardstock (red lacquer, ink)
Core'dinations Patterned Kraft Cardstock
Double-sided Foam Adhesive Squares
Tombow Mono Mulit-purpose Liquid Glue

Designer paper: Reminisce Let Freedom Ring, Daisy D's (patriotic)
Die cuts: Spellbinders (Stars Five, Lacy Pennants, Nested Pennants), Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosettes, Ellison Go Slim Alphabet
Punches: Stampin' Up 3/4" and 1/2" circles
Clothes pins: Canvas Corp Brands
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Burlap String, Air Mail Baker's Twine
Chipboard: scraps