Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Heartfelt Creations April Alumni Blog Hop

If you are looking for my Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Tutorial, please click HERE

Welcome to the April 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, April 30th, at noon. The April Hop starts 8am EST on Tuesday, April 26th and closes Friday, April 29th at midnight. 

You should be coming to my blog from Regina M. Hamilton's Blog. After visiting me, head on over to Gini Williams Cagle's Blog. For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post. 

I decided to create a little notepad holder for you today. This sweet, little book is 6" x 4" x 1/2" and contains two pockets and a handmade notebook!
For my project this month, I dug through my Heartfelt Creations paper pads and came up with the Vintage Floret Collection, unopened, never used! {Gasp! How does THAT happen!??} I fell in love with the chocolate brown and dusty pink colors in this collection!

I created a darling notepad holder, that is also suitable for storing 6" x 4" photos!  
 I did not actually have a notepad that was 6" x 4"...so I made one to tuck into the right-hand pocket! I think this is the perfect notepad for jotting down prayer requests and such!
I started out by cutting brown cardstock to 6" x 12" and scoring at 3", 3 1/2", 7 1/2" and 8" to create the double-spine holder. I used the Swirling Die from the Border Essentials Die Set to create an pretty edge for the cover.

I covered the outside surfaces with the Vintage Floret paper, sponged with Walnut Stain ink. 

I made a flower with some of the paper scraps and the Arianna Blooms stamp and die. I use the Open Leaf stamp and Classic Leaf Die to make the leaf cluster. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Everyday Hero Newsprint set and cut it out with the arrow banner from the Everyday Heroes Die.

I have small magnets hidden inside the covers to keep them closed. The inside flap is blank, but you could add a photo or favorite scripture.

Inside, I created one center pocket for photos or journlaing blocks. I used the border die again to make a "fancy" pocket topper. I also created a large pocket on the right side. The right-hand pocket holds a notebook filled with blank paper for writing or sketching.
I created the notebook from cardstock, cut to 5 3/4" x 7 1/2" and scored at 3 3/4". I cut the paper slightly smaller for the inside pages. I stacked the cover and pages together and marked at 2" and 4" from the top edge. I used a paper piercing tool to create holes through all layers and attached everything to the cover with a bit of string. I also added a latch with magnets to keep the notebook closed. 

Slide the back cover of the notebook into the pocket on the right side of the holder.



December Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:
Regina M. Hamilton
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Ginny Williams Cagle
Amy Doria
Caroline Duncan
Emilia van den Heuvel
Loretta Lock
Sarah Miller

Heartfelt Creations Products:
HCDP1-227 Vintage Floret Paper Collection
HCPC-3665 Everyday Hero Newsprint Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3608 Arianna Blooms Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3545 Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-783 Border Essentials Die
HCD1-761 Everyday Heroes Die
HCD1-748 Arianna Blooms Die
HCD1-736 Classic Leaf Die
TSMP-800 Memento Dye Ink Pad (Rich Cocoa)
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

Other Products:
Cardstock: chocolate brown
Ink: Ranger Distress Walnut Stain, Spun Sugar
Tools: EK Success 1 3/4" circle punch
Magnets: Basic Grey
String: craft supply
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio matte multi-medium, foam adhesive squares

Tutorial Tuesday with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!

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

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts! We are making a door hanger today! I have used a baby theme, but you can use the basic tutorial to create a project in any theme you wish! 
I have a huge stash of Graphic 45 Mother Goose paper that really needs some love! I pulled it out and used some of it to create a Precious Little One door hanger! The hanger measures 9" x 4", not counting the ribbon hanger. I used a red, blue, and yellow theme, perfect for a boy or a girl. 

The door hanger has lots of layers and some fussy cut flowers. This is a great gift for a new baby's room!

Trim a piece of scrap chipboard to 9"x 4" and round the corners. (I save leftover bits of chipboard from other projects, in case they come in handy later. This piece of chipboard was left behind after I completed a mini album project.)
Trim plaid paper to 9" x 4" and round the corners. Attach the paper to the front of the chipboard. Sponge the edges with black ink. Trim a second piece of paper to cover the back of the chipboard. 
Open the Door Plate package and set the key and key holes aside. We will not be using them for this project. 
Cover the larger door plate chipboard piece with star paper and sponge the edges with black ink. Glue the door plate to the center of the chipboard rectangle. Cover the smaller door plate chipboard piece with flower paper and sponge the edges with black ink.

Please note: When I cover the chipboard pieces, I simply glue the chipboard piece to the decorative paper and trim around the chipboard with a craft knife and sharp scissors. I use sand paper to smooth out any rough edges before sponging with ink. You may wish to trace your piece onto the back of your paper and cut it out before gluing to the chipboard surface.
Glue the smaller door plate over the larger one, as shown.
Choose either the Baby Boy Clothesline Set or the Baby Girl Clothesline Set and remove the chipboard onesie from the package. (I chose to cover the baby boy onesie.) Cover the onesie with blue and white plaid paper and sponge the edges with black ink.  
Glue the onesie to the top portion of the door plate, at an angle. 
From the Baby Boy Clothesline Set or the Baby Girl Clothesline Set, select two socks and one rubber duckie button. Ink the rubber duckie button with embossing ink and heat emboss with yellow embossing powder. Tie a length of cream string through the holes. Cover the socks with decorative paper and sponge the edges with black ink.

Use the Crop-a-Dile (or similar tool) to punch holes and set grommets into the top corners of the door hanger. Thread black and white check ribbon through the holes. 

Glue the rubber duckie button to the center of the onesie. Use a black pen to draw detailing onto the onesie.

Fussy cut some flowers from the Mother Goose decorative paper and attach to the top of the the door plate. Add other decorative elements from the paper collection as desired.

From the Words & Phrases 2 Set, select the Precious Little One phrase. Spray the phrase with black spray mist. Once the mist has dried, cover the top of the chipboard phrase with Glossy Accents (or similar product). Allow the glue to dry and then attach the phrase to the lower portion of the door plate. 

Add pen work to the socks and attach them to the project with a tiny clothespin. Add decorative elements cut from the paper collection and fussy cut flowers, as shown.

Enjoy! Thanks for looking! Visit the Gypsy Soul Blog for more inspiration. Find all these wonderful chipboard items at the GSL Store!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Door Plate
Baby Boy Clothesline Set
Words & Phrases 2 Set

Paper: Graphic 45 Mother Goose 12x12 (plus Cardstock Banners)
Clothespin: Recollections
Ink: Top Boss Watermark, Ranger Black Soot
Embossing powder: Hampton Art (yellow)
Spray mist: Tattered Angels Almost Black
Grommets: We R Memory Keepers (baby blue)
Ribbon and string: Really Reasonable Ribbon black plaid ribbon, ivory jute string
Tools: Zutter Round-it-All, We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, foam squares, ATG tape, white glue

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friendship Gift Card Holder

If you are looking for the Canvas Corp Brands Vintage Junk Mini Album, please click HERE

Hello and welcome! I am up on the CutCardStock Blog today, sharing a friendship card with a hidden gift card holder!
I created a 6" x 6" card, suitable for celebrating a birthday, Mother's Day, a graduation, or just for saying, "Hello!" The Brown Bag Kraft papers and envelopes, paired with the colorful Basis Cardstock and the country prints of Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home, make this card fun for all the ladies in your life.
 The front of the card contains a hidden flap. Inside the flap are two pockets for gift cards!
The inside of the card contains panels for stamping or writing a message.

To create this card follow the steps below.

1. Cut Basis Black Cardstock to create a 6" x 6", top-fold card. Cut Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" and sponge the edges with white ink. Attach the kraft panel to the card front.

2. Cut Home Sweet Home 8x8 Granny's Quilt paper to 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" (or use a stitched square die cut template). Mat the panel with Basis Black Cardstock cut to 5 3/8" x 5 3/8". Attach the panel to the center of the card front.
3. Emboss a Brown Bag Kraft A6 Invitation with a chicken wire embossing folder. This one is actually called "honeycomb" but close enough!

4. Sponge the embossed area with white ink. Trim the panel to 4 7/8" x 2" and mat with Basis Black Cardstock cut to 5" x 2 1/8". Attach the panel to the left side of the card front.
5. Create the gift card pockets by cutting the flap from the top of a Brown Bag Kraft A6 Envelope. Score the envelope at 3 1/4" from the left edge.
 6. Fold and burnish the envelope on the score line, and rotate it so that the opening is on the right. Sponge the edges of the envelope with white ink.
7. Mat the bottom panel of the envelope with Basis Black Cardstock and attach it to the center of the card front.
8. Decorate the top panel with Red and Black Basis Cardstock and one of the G45 Home Sweet Home 8x8 journaling cards (My Sunshine). 

9. Die cut a sentiment from the Basis Black Cardstock and glue to the card as shown. 

10. Create a red houndstooth ribbon and twine bow. Glue a button to the center of the bow, and attach a bow to the upper left corner of the card.
11. Attach two small magnets to the inside panels, which will keep them closed. Use G45 Home Sweet Home papers and tags to decorate the pockets.
12. Add Basis Natural cardstock and G45 Home Sweet Home paper to the inside panels of the card, if desired.
Thanks for looking!

Brown Bag Kraft A6 Envelope
Brown Bag Kraft Cardstock 
Brown Bag Kraft A6 Invitation
Basis Black Cardstock 
Basis Red Cardstock
Basis Natural Cardstock
Scor-Tape Premium Double-sided Adhesive
Tombow Mono Multi-purpose Liquid Glue

Decorative paper: Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home (8x8, 6x6, Tags and Pockets)
Die cut templates: Papertrey Ink words, Elizabeth Craft Designs stitched squares
Embossing folder: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Honeycomb
Ink: My Favorite Things Sweet Tooth
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon red and white plaid houndstooth, natural burlap string
Punches: EK Success corner rounder
Magnets: Basic Grey
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, hot glue

Friday, April 15, 2016

Vintage Junk Mini Album for Canvas Corp Brands

Welcome to the Blog! I have a project using Canvas Corp Brands products for you today! I also have two videos to go with this one.

I have created a Vintage Junk Mini Album, suitable for use for travel photos or for heritage photos. 

This is a canvas covered mini which measures 6 1/2" x 7 1/2" with a 1 3/4" flexible spine. The printed canvas makes a wonderful book cover. The compass print canvas is a retired product, but you can find similar printed canvas HERE, or you can find the compass print cardstock HERE.

I added some splatters of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to the canvas before I used it to create the mini album covers.

I decorated the cover with some bits and pieces, including 7 Gypsies Industrial Gears.
The inside pages of the book are constructed of black cardstock and covered with 7 Gypsies papers. I used American Vintage, Ordre du Jour, Gypsy Moments, Maritime, and Wanderlust.

To see all of the inside pages of this mini album, watch the video above.

To create the covers of this album, first cut two pieces of canvas to 8 1/2" x 9 1/2". 
Spray canvas with glimmer mist and allow to dry.
Cut two pieces of heavy weight chipboard to 6 1/2" x 7 1/2". Use multi medium to attach the printed canvas to one side of a chipboard cover. Trim the corners as shown. Repeat with the plain canvas and the other chipboard cover.

Wrap the canvas around the edges of the chipboard covers. Use strong, double-sided tape to adhere the canvas edges to the chipboard. 

Create a tab-hinge spine by cutting black cardstock to 6" x 11 3/4". Score at 2", 2 1/4", 2 3/4", 3 1/4", 3 1/2" 4", 4 1/2", 4 3/4", 5 1/4", 5 3/4", 6", 6 1/2", 7", 7 1/4", 7 3/4", 8 1/4", 8 1/2", 9", 9 1/2", and 9 3/4". Place double-sided tape on the second, fourth, sixth, eighth, tenth,and twelfth 1/2" sections.
Fold on the score lines and adhere the 1/2" sections together to form six tab hinges. Place double-sided tape on both sides of each hinge as shown.
Trim a piece of black Kraft-tex (or black cardstock backed with tyvek) to 6 3/8"" x 4 1/2". Trim a piece of printed canvas to 7 3/8" x 2 1/2" and glue to the Kraft-tex. Wrap the canvas over at the top and the bottom edges and secure. This is the spine of the album.
I used a white pen to mark the 1/4" gutters on both sides of the tab hinge so you can see how to position the hinge onto the back of the spine. Make sure the hinge section is centered on the spine piece and secure with strong adhesive.
Flip the spine over so that the tab hinge is facing down. Attach strong adhesive from the 1/4" gutters to the edge of the spine. The visible canvas spine is approximately 1 3/4".

Trim two pieces of black cardstock to 6 3/8" x 7 3/8" and attach to the inside of both canvas covers.
Remove the adhesive from the spine section and attach to the covers, making sure that the 1/4" gutter of the spine lines up with the edges of the covers. Make sure your tab hing is facing up.
Trim decorative paper to 6 14" s 7 1/4" to cover the inside covers.

The spine and covers will look like this. 

Create 6 fold-out pages and attach each page to one of the 6 tab hinges. 

To see how to create this type of the page, see the video above.

Thanks for looking. Visit the CCB Blog for more inspiration! 

Canvas Corp Brads:
Canvas Corp Printed Canvas (the clock canvas is no longer available, but the cardstock is available HERE)
Canvas Corp Natural Canvas Sheet
Canvas Corp Denim Sample Pack
Canvas Corp Natural Burlap Sheet
Canvas Corp Mini clothes pins: blackred
Canvas Corp Canvas Fringe: Red Ticking
Canvas Corp Black and Ivory Postcards Cardstock
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Lobster
7 Gypsies American Vintage 12x12 paper: Wish You Were Here
7 Gypsies 8x8 paper pads: American VintageOrdre du JourGypsy MomentsMaritime, Wanderlust.
7 Gypsies Industrial Gears
7 Gypsies Metal Book Corners (retired)
7 Gypsies Mini Ephemera: Receipts, Correspondence
7 Gypsies Gypsy Moments Cards: Du Day
7 Gypsies Printed File Folders: Country Roads

Tags: Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tags (black, kraft), Regular Tags (black, kraft), Square Tags (black, kraft)
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon natural burlap string, black and ivory plaid (out of stock)
Lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon Melissa Natural Crochet Lace
Punches: Stampin' Up 1" circle, EK Success corner rounder
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Chipboard: Grafix (black)
Trinket pin: Maya Road
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Cardstock: 65# black
Kraft-tex: black
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scor-tape, Scrapbook, Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Liquitex gel medium, hot glue, white glue