Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Butterfly Medley Card

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! I wanted to share a blooms and butterflies card that I made using the February Release Collection, Butterfly Medley!

I love the large butterfly stamp and matching die from the Butterfly Medley Collection! It makes a spectacular butterfly! I had a Copic coloring day, and colored flowers, leaves, and butterflies for this card. 

Start by creating a 6" x 5" card from orange cardstock cut to 12" x 5" and scored at 6" on the long side, making a top-fold card. Trim orange print paper from the Majestic Morning Paper Collection to 5 7/8" x 4 7/8" and attach to the card front. Trim three pieces of orange cardstock to 4 7/8" x 1 3/8". Trim three orange prints (plaid, dots, chevron) from the Butterfly Medley Paper Collection to 5" x 1 1/4". Attach the three prints to the orange cardstock strips. Attach the three print panels to the card front, starting in the top left corner and staggering the placement of the strips to the lower right corner. 

Trim orange cardstock to 3" x 3". Trim orange text print paper from the Butterfly Medley Paper Collection to 2 7/8" x 2 7/8". Attach the text print paper to the orange square with foam tape. Attach the panel to the center of the card front with foam tape.

Stamp the large butterfly image from the Botanical Wings Cling Stamp set twice with black ink onto white cardstock. Color both butterflies with alcohol markers and cut out with the Botanical Wings Die. Spray the back of both butterflies with water and shape. Allow to dry. Using foam adhesive, attach one butterfly to the center square. Use foam tape to attach the second butterfly on top of the first, bending the wings upward. Create antennae from orange craft wire and glue to the butterfly. 

Stamp the flowers and leaves from the Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set twice onto white cardstock with black ink. Color the flowers and leaves with alcohol markers. Use the Botanical Wings Die to cut out the flowers and leaves. Mist the reverse of each element and shape them and set aside to dry. Stamp two sets of leaves from Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with black ink. Color the leaves with alcohol markers and cut out with the Classic Leaf Die. Mist the leaves with water, shape the leaves and set aside to dry. 

Create a flower and leaf clusters as shown, gluing one cluster to the lower right corner of the card and one cluster to the upper left corner. Glue tiny beads and glitter to the center of each flower. 

Trim ivory cardstock to 5 7/8" x 4 7/8" and attach to the inside of the card to allow for a stamped or handwritten message. 

Make sure you visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created! 

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
Other products used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Cardstock (Deep Orange Dream, Natural), Copic Xpress It Blender Cardstock (White)
Markers: Copic Alcohol Markers (G20, G21, G24, G43, Y0000, Y00, Y06, Y11, Y13, YR0000, YR00, YR01, YR02, YR07, YR16, YR68, E25, E27, E31, E33, E93, E95, colorless blender)
Beads: Queen and Company Beadfuls (You Go Girl)
Wire: Artistic Wire (Orange)
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot, hot glue gun
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever, hot glue sticks

Friday, February 20, 2015

2015 Crafting For Life Workshop Reveal

Hello! It is time for the Crafting For Life workshop reveal! This is my third year teaching a charity workshop to benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center of Vista, California!

This year I am teaching a card class! We will be making four cards during the class, and there will be two classes of approximately 25 seats each class. Both classes will make the same four cards.

We will focus on babies and little kids this year! And, once again, I will be featuring Graphic 45 papers for this class! All four cards contain a gift card holder on the inside, plus you will get four envelopes for mailing! If you want to attend, but don't have use for this style of cards, please come and make the card and donate them to PRC! 

I hope my local Readers are able to join me this year!

Crafting for LIFE 2015
QLN Conference Center and Meeting Facility
1938 Avenida Del Oro
Oceanside, CA 92056

Date and Time:
Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

5th Annual Crafting For Life BIRTHday Party!!!

Bring your favorite crafts and come join us for a day full of fun, food, classes and so much more! We have everyone from paper crafters to quilters to jewelry makers to painters to knitters! Come and go as you please or stay for the full 12 hours! Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Registration must be submitted by April 22, 2015. Please email Debbie at craftingforlife@yahoo.com with questions. Click HERE for REGISTRATION. Please select my table from the pull-down menu in order to sit with me!


~ Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
~ Giveaways
~ Make and Takes
~ Door Prizes and More
~ Exclusive instructor taught classes will be available for sign up the day of the event (included in the $55 fee!)
~ Silent Auction and Opportunity Baskets will be available
~ Have your picture taken with your BFF to remember the day! A photographer will be present for a photo shoot!

It's not just a day of crafts and play, its a Lifesaving Event!

Invest in Life! Since our 1st event in 2011, crafters like you have invested over $40,000 for the center. Our goal for the 2015 Crafting for Life event is to raise $20,000! YOU can help by making a commitment to raise donations for the Pregnancy Resource Center in addition to attending Crafting for Life. It’s easy, just ask your friends and family to make a donation of any amount in your name! An appreciation gift will be awarded to the top 3 participants raising the most donations! To contribute donations to my team, click HERE.

All proceeds for this event will go to directly support the Pregnancy Resource Center, Vista, CA. And we do mean ALL proceeds. This event is 100% donation driven - from the venue to the food to the set-up and tear down to the classes and workshops to the prizes and goodie bags! Saints from all over the area donate their time, talent, and treasure to this event each year! Come out and support our mission!

The mission of the Pregnancy Resource Center is to provide counseling, limited medical care, information and resources to young women and teens faced with an unplanned pregnancy. They offer LIFE-affirming alternatives to abortion. The following are the FREE services offered: Counseling, Pregnancy Tests, Ultrasounds, Prenatal and Baby Care education, Parenting and Life Skills classes, Abstinence Education, Post-Abortive Healing, Material Goods (including food, diapers, baby clothes, and baby furniture), and referrals for Adoption, Housing, Legal Assistance, and Social Services. Visit the Website: http://www.prcvista.com for more information.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well. ~ Psalm 139:13-14 ~

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Gift Card Holder

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! I am still working with the February Release - Butterfly Medley! This collection not only has pinks and purples, but also orange and yellow. I decided to pair the orange with the aqua blue since orange and blue are complementary colors.

I created a "crisscross" pocket card for you today!

This is a 6" x 6" card with lots of pizazz, especially if you add a colorful gift card! 

The pocket contains a pull-out, which also has a pocket! Pockets are my favorite!

Let's make this bad boy!

Trim two sheets of gray cardstock to 6" x 12". Score both pieces at 6" on the long side, creating four 6" x 6" panels. Trim one piece of the scored cardstock from the score line to the lower left corner, creating a diagonal flap from the left-most panel. Trim the second piece of scored cardstock from the score line to the lower right corner, creating a second diagonal flap from the right-most panel. 

Place adhesive on the back of the 6" x 6" section of cardstock with the right-hand diagonal flap. Attach the two pieces of gray cardstock together by the 6" x 6" panels, creating one 6" x 6" panel with two diagonal flaps, one on the left and one on the right.

Trim one piece of mini-print blue flowered Butterfly Medley paper to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8. Attach the flowered panel to the 6" x 6" gray cardstock center panel. Place a thin strip of adhesive on the bottom edge of the right-hand diagonal flap. Fold the flap on the score line, toward the center, and attach to the square panel. 

Trim orange plaid Butterfly Medley paper to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8". Trim plaid paper in half on the diagonal. Place one of the resulting plaid triangles on the right flap, which was just attached to the center square panel. Place a thin strip of adhesive on the bottom edge of the right-hand diagonal flap. Fold the left flap on the score line, toward the center, and attach to the square panel. 

Place the second orange plaid triangle on the left flap. You have created a "crisscross" pocket card, measuring 6" x 6". Trim a piece of the blue flowered Butterfly Medley paper to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" and attach it to the back of the pocket. 

Wrap a length of orange grosgrain ribbon around the pocket card, approximately 1 1/2" from the bottom edge. Secure the ribbon at the front with tape. Stamp the large rose image from the Botanical Rose Bouquet Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with black ink. 

Color the image with alcohol markers as shown. Trim the image using the Spellbinders Label Ten die template. Sponge the edges of the image with sweet melon pigment ink. Attach the image to the bottom front edge of the crisscross card with foam adhesive. Tie a double bow from orange grosgrain and teal sheer ribbons. Attach the bow to the left edge of the image. Using the ticket die from the Luggage and Tags Die Set, trim out the "Thinking of You" sentiment from the Butterfly Medley paper. Attach the sentiment to the lower right edge of the image with foam adhesive.

Create a pull-out gift card pocket by trimming gray cardstock to 5 1/2" x 5 3/4". (Make sure your cardstock will slide into the crisscross pocket. Adjust measurements as necessary.) Trim blue flowered Butterfly Medley paper to 5 3/8" x 5 5/8". Attach to the gray cardstock. Trim gray cardstock to 2 1/2" x 5 3/4". Use a 1 1/2" circle punch to cut a notch in the top center of the cardstock strip. Place adhesive on the bottom and sides of the strip and attach it to the bottom of the larger panel, creating a pocket. Trim orange plaid paper to 2 3/8" x 5 3/8". Use a 1 3/4" circle punch to cut a notch in the top center of the paper. Attach the plaid paper to the gray cardstock pocket trip. Stamp the birthday sentiment from the All Occasion Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with pumice stone distress ink. Trim the sentiment with the 1 3/4" circle punch. Sponge the edges of the circle with sweet melon pigment ink. Attach the sentiment to the lower right corner of the gift card pocket. 

Trim a short length of orange grosgrain ribbon and glue to the top of the card. (Use the ribbon as a "handle" to remove the pocket from the crisscross card.) Place a gift card into the pocket. Trim white cardstock to 5 3/8" x 5 5/8" and attach to the back of the gift card pocket to allow for writing a personal message. Slip the gift card pocket into the crisscross pocket. 

Make sure you visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created! 

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Other products used: 
Other dies: Spellbinders Labels Ten die set
Cardstock: American Crafts (Concrete), WorldWin (White), Neenah (Solar White)
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink (Sweet Melon), Ranger Distress Ink (Pumice Stone)
Markers: Copic Alcohol Markers (G20, G21, G46, B0000, B000, B00, B02, Y35, Y38, YG03, YG13, YG25, colorless blender)
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon (Tangerine Orange Grosgrain), other (aqua sheer)
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot, EK Success Circle Punches, hot glue gun
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue sticks

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Canvas Corp Designer Challenge

Happy Valentine's Day Blogger Peepers! Here is a digital stamp freebie for you! I created this for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog Readers, but y'all can have it too! Just right click on the image, select COPY IMAGE or COPY, and then PASTE the image to Microsoft Word or a similar program. You may also use the SAVE IMAGE AS option, and save the image for use in  your favorite photo editing software. Enjoy!
Now, on to my project share for today! Canvas Corp Brands is announcing the Creative Crew today!

I am a Vintage Market Contributor for CCB, which means I make and share vintage-inspired projects using all of the Canvas Corp Brands products! 

For our Crew introduction, each designer was asked to create a 4" x 4" canvas using the Canvas Corp Natural Stretched Canvas. We were to create a project which represented our style. Here is my little art piece!

First, let me say, working with a 4" x 4" space was...interesting. It seems small, but you can pack a huge amount of stuff into that small space! While trying to think of what to do for my project, I decided to pick my colors and prepare the canvas. I sprayed the canvas with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Atlantic) and allowed it to dry. 

I used a gel adhesive to attach a piece of 7 Gypsies Maritime paper to the canvas. I fell in love with the map and compass print on this paper. I rolled the bottom right corner to allow the canvas to peek out. I settled on this gal from the 7 Gypsies Trousseau collection as my focal image. She looks like she's a woman who knows her own mind, just like me! {grin} 

I snipped some phrases and words from the 7 Gypsies Gypsy Moments paper collection (A Novel Thought and Express Yourself).

I tucked a few chipboard items under the edges of my image. I painted these with High Impact Mixed Media White Paint  and then rubbed them with distress ink. I also used a few 7 Gypsies Industrial Gears to accent my piece and give it that grunge look I love.

Any you know, I must use flowers with my industrial colors and embellishments! I misted some of the flowers with Atlantic Glimmer Mist. I also used a bit of High Impact Mixed Media White Paint to give the flowers more of a shabby look. Once the paint dried I lightly misted the flowers again.

I think this little canvas expresses my personality and my creative style perfectly! Thanks for joining me today. Stop over to the Canvas Corp Blog and see what the rest of the team has made! Please take the time to VOTE for your favorite canvas! 
Canvas Corp Brands Products:
4x4 Stretched Natural Canvas
7 Gypsies Gypsy Moments 12x12 Express Yourself Paper
7 Gypsies Gypsy Moments 12x12  A Novel Thought Paper
7 Gypsies Maritime 8x8 Paper Pad
7 Gypsies Trousseau Scalloped Tag Inserts
7 Gypsies Industrial Gears
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Atlantic
Tattered Angels High Impact Mixed Media Paint - White

Other Products:
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Chipboard: Imaginarium Designs
Light bulb: Skybluepink
Flowers: Kaisercraft, Prima
Adhesive: Liquitex gel medium, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Friday, February 13, 2015

Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! I am guest designing for Really Reasonable Ribbon again! It is time for the February Blog Hop, which starts at the RRR Blog! I have not had a chance to guest for RRR since November! I have a project for you today, plus a RIBBON STORAGE IDEA! Read on!

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 February Ribbon Club Assortment. This collection is right up my alley! I have been working with purple, lavender, and green for a few weeks now. I love this color combo! 

I have also been rooting in my stash of Graphic 45 papers and came across Secret Garden (which is retired but can sometimes be found on Ebay) and Sweet Sentiments (which I would guess is retiring this year). Both have purple and green themes. I decided to create a springtime card with the purple and green gingham ribbons in the club.

This card is 6" x 5.5", which is my new "go to" size. I went a bit shabby with the papers, just to keep that vintage feel.

To make this ribbon, I used the older model of the Zutter Bow-it-All and achieved the bow by setting the back pegs at 5" and 9", and the front two pegs at 5" and 8". I created the purple bow on the back two pegs and the green bow on the front pegs - at the same time. Then, I tied the knot using both ribbons, which creates one bow out of two! It takes a bit of "fast hands" to get them all looped and tied, but the result is pretty cool. 

Here is a peeky at the inside. 

The real STAR of this post is my new ribbon storage. This is a long story, so grab a cup of something and put your feet up. About 5 or so years ago, I was using one of those ribbon bags - you know, with the holes that you pull the ribbon through - to store my ribbon. I ended up with this:

It was a mess. I knew that I needed to do something. I had seen some folks winding ribbons around cards, so I did this:

Which was fine as I did not have a ton of ribbon....yet... However, securing the ribbon with bits of masking tape did NOT work and the ribbon kept coming unwound! 

I stored each color family in a large ziplock bag and...

Placed the bags in a drawer cart. Well...

Soon my bags were bursting and one bag per color was soon multiple bags! (Thanks mostly to Bonnie at Really Reasonable Ribbon!) I had lots of ribbon not wound and could never find what I needed. Ribbon Nightmare on Deer Creek Way! I had seen Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace wind her ribbon on the chipboard squares and place them in some drawers. Her method seemed like it would work, but I have so much ribbon!

My friend Sandy came to visit last week and we discussed the problem. What we came up with was to use TWO of the 6-drawer carts (wheels are not attached) to store the ribbon. Each Drawer is 13 x 10 x 3 Inches, roughly (a tad smaller).

I measured each drawer and cut pieces of lightweight chipboard to make sections within each drawer. I ended up with 9 sections, with the three in the middle a tad wider to accommodate any spools I may have. The chipboard is 15" x 3", notched at 5" and 10". The cross pieces are 10" x 3" and notched at 2 3/4" x 7 1/4". My bestie, Sandy, assembled all the inserts, which was such a wonderful help to me!

The next step was to sort all the ribbon (AGAIN) and wind it onto new chipboard cards. My friend Sandy and my daughter Laura helped get me started, which was also a big help!

The chipboard cards are 4 1/2" x 2 1/2". I secured each ribbon tail with a pin. The gal at Joann Fabrics was confused as to why I need 6 huge packages of pins! I made sure to keep like prints and styles of ribbon together, sorted by color family.

I stacked the two 6-drawer carts, one on top of the other. Now I have 12 drawers of ribbon. (Yes, I do have some overflow of bulk ribbon spools and some types of yarn, and so forth which live in another cart....but don't ask about that!)

I labeled each drawer.

Here is what it looks like now. So EASY to see what I have!

You can see that I need to buy more red ribbon....... {just kidding!}

The pink drawer is full and I must stop buying pink!

The white, ivory, and cream is together, with the lace in another drawer.

One drawer contains seam binding and baker's twine. I keep some extra cards and a box of pins on the top of the cart so I can add new ribbons to the cart, because, let's face it, I WILL buy more!. 

This project represents almost a week of work! I do hope I that this is my LAST visit to ribbon storage!!!

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

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Natural, Bazzill Basics Heather
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Secret Garden (May Flowers, Beautiful Blooms, Seed Fairy, 6x6 pad), Sweet Sentiments (Easter Greetings)
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Sentiments Collection 2
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Dark Moss
Flowers: unknown
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares, hot glue

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Graphic 45 Time To Flourish - January

Many of you are probably still in Old Man Winter's grip, so I wanted to share with you what I have been up to for Graphic 45 while it is still winter-y! {Is now a bad time to say it is 80 degrees here in southern California as I type this?!}

Each month, since November, I have been creating a class project sheet using the Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Collection. On the second Thursday of each month, Graphic 45 sends the project sheets to their retail customers. (So, today, the retailers are getting their hands on the March class!) The retailers can then teach classes at their stores using these sheets. What is fun for my readers is, once the stores have had the class for two months, I am able to share the class sheets with you! 

That means, today you get to see the January Class. (I actually had this to share last week, but I got so busy, I forgot!) Graphic 45 shared on their Blog HERE. To print your own, full color, step-by-step project sheet for the January class, click HERE.

Each class in this series contains two cards and two tags using the matching monthly papers form Time to Flourish!

I focused on layering and fussing cutting for this card. The special "extra" this month is the Banners from the collection.

Each project in the set also uses a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key. The keys come 8 to a pack, so you could split a pack with a friend and both of you can make the projects!

The tags for this set are the Regular Ivory tags. These come 6 in a pack.

I also used the Decorative Stickers. Since we only use a few, you can be sure that the stickers will pop up in future months!

I would love your feedback if you have attended one of the classes. I had a chance to meet the instructor at one of my local stores (The Making Place in Escondido, CA). She was really enjoying teaching the projects. I hope that all of you have a chance to create some cards and tag!

Thanks for stopping by!