Friday, August 28, 2015

Heartfelt Creations - Tutorial Friday!

Good Morning, Bloggers! I have another tutorial for you. Heartfelt Creations asked each member of the Team to create an extra, step-by-step tutorial for you during the current term. Well, today is my day! I was asked to work with the August Release, Farmers Market Collection and to showcase the stamps. This is what I came up with for you!

I created a 6" x 6" card, with lots of layers, but not big clunky layers! I layered the stamped images to create a pretty image for the card front. Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration.

Follow along to see how to make a card of your own!

Collect all your supplies (see the supply list at the end of the post). Stamp the apple image from the Apple Harvest Cling Stamp Set three times onto white cardstock using black ink.

Select your coloring medium, making sure to select colors that complement the papers in the Farmers Market Paper Collection. I chose to use Copic Markers to color my images (see the supply list below for which markers I used).

Color the images. By coloring sections on three separate images, we will create a layered image for our card front. Choose which sections of the image you wish for each layer and color those sections on your stamped images. To match the sample, color the images as shown.

Use sharp, pointed scissors to cut out your colored images. Do NOT cut the base image.

Position the fussy cut images over the base image. Use foam tape to assemble the layers.

Use slightly thicker foam adhesive for each subsequent layer. Trim the image to approximately 4 5/8" x 3 1/8". Sponge the edges of the white cardstock with Salty Ocean Distress ink. Matt the image with black cardstock cut to 4 3/4" x 3 1/4".

Stamp the vines from the Jars and Vines Cling Stamp Set with black ink onto white cardstock. Color the vines to match the apple image. Use the Jars and Vines Die to cut out the vines.

Stamp flowers from the Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set twice with black ink onto white cardstock. Color the flowers pale pink. Use the Leafy Branch Die to cut out the flowers. (You need 10 flowers to match the sample.)

Trim between each flower petal with sharp scissors. Place the flowers on a foam mat so that the reverse side is facing up. Use the stylus and one of the small tips from the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to press down gently on each flower petal.

Turn the flowers over so that the stamped image is facing up. Press the stylus firmly into the center of each flower.

Glue three of the die cut vines and 10 flowers to the image as shown.

Shaped flowers and vines give added dimension.

Use your layered image to create a 6" x 6" card. Trim black cardstock to 6" x 12" and score at 6" on the long side to make a 6" x 6" top-fold card. Cut wood plank paper from the Farmers Market Paper Collection to 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" and attach to a white mat cut to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8".

Use foam adhesive to attach the layered image to the center of the panel, approximately 1" from the bottom edge.  Wrap a length of green plaid ribbon around the top of the panel, approximately 1/2" from the top edge. Attach the panel to the card front.

Use the oval label from the Luggage and Tags Die to trim a sentiment from the Farmers Market paper. Attach the sentiment to the upper right corner of the card, overlapping the ribbon. Tie a bow from green plaid ribbon and attach to the top of the sentiment tag. Tie a bow from ivory twine and attach it to the top of the plaid bow.

Attach white cardstock, cut to 5 7/8" x 5 7/8, to the inside of the card to allow for stamping or writing your greeting. To mail this dimensional card, add a thin layer of bubble wrap or foam to the inside of the envelope to cushion the layers, or use a padded mailer.

Thanks for looking!

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Other Products Used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Copic White
Ink: Ranger Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Markers: Copic (E27, E29, E55, YR68, R24, R27, R37, R39, R46, RV0000, RV000, RV52, B0000, BV0000, G20, G21, G24, G28, YG01, YG21, YG23, YG25, YG61, YG63, YG67, colorless blender)
Pen: Mitsubishi Uniball Signo White pen
Trimg: Really Reasonable Ribbon moss/cream plaid ribbonivory burlap string
Tools: Spellbinders Grand Calibur, sharp scissors
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Graphic 45 - A Christmas Carol, Part 2

Each July I wait with bated breath to see the new Graphic 45 Christmas Collection. They did not disappoint this year with the A Christmas Carol Collection, inspired by Charles Dickens' story! The vintage images come alive in vivid color! This collection is such a joy that I could make Christmas cards all year...if I had enough paper!

I created a 6" x 6" card, using the postage stamp images to mimic little windows into the past! I have to admit, when I work with vintage images and vintage-style products, I am transported to my happiest place, creatively speaking! Something about these old-fashioned images makes me sing with joy!

I added a flower cluster, along with a bell and a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Hole. I also added a start wreath!

I confess that the ribbon matched better in my studio. When I took the photos it came out looking more teal than peacock! But, still...pretty-pretty! Each of the postage stamp images is popped up with foam squares. 

The inside is all decorated, too. The Graphic 45 designers usually get only the 12" x 12" paper in time for the CHA shows, so we have to make things spectacular without the added products, such as the stamps or chipboard. You all know, I'd have stamped something if I could have! 

I simply adore all the cut-apart images in the collection. I love tags, and this one is just so sweet! 

I can hear the jig playing in the background! (Or is it a reel?) 

Thanks for joining me in a summer-time Christmas party! I hope you are able to get your hands on this paper in time to make some Christmas cards!
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Christmas Carol Paper Collection:

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Colorbox Clearsnap Pigment Frost White
Flowers and Leaves: Wild Orchid Crafts, Petaloo
Berries and Bell: craft supply
Trinket pins: Maya Road
Gems: Recollections
Die cut: Memory Box Starry Wreath
Border punch: Fiskars
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Aleene's Tacky Glue, hot glue

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Berry Birthday Card

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! I am continuing to work with the new August Release, Farmers Market. And yes, I want to put an apostrophe in there somewhere and make it either Farmer's Market or Farmers' Market...but I digress. I used the berry images for today's card. Nothing says summer like fresh, ripe berries. Unless it is fresh sweet corn or fresh-picked watermelon...but I that re-digress? {grin}

I wanted to add glitter to the berries, but once the Stickles were dry, they changed the color of the berries, depending on how the light captures them. I now have psychedelic berries! I did not do any fancy stamping on this project because I wanted to showcase the papers. If you buy a 12x12 paper pad, you know how long it can last! You can get a ton of projects from one pad. It is always nice to see more ideas for using up that paper, right?! (Speaking of using it up, there are only 10 more days until the Craft Hoarders Anonymous September Blog Hop! Mark your calendars for September 5th!)

To create this 5" x 6" card, start by trimming black cardstock to 5" x 12". Score at 6" on the long side to make a 5" x 6" top-fold card. Cut purple text paper from the Butterfly Medley Paper Collection to 4 7/8" x 5 7/8" and attach to the card front. 

Trim berry print paper from the Farmers Market Paper Collection to 4 3/8" x 5 3/8" and mat with black cardstock cut to 4 1/2" x 5 1/2".

Wrap 7/8" purple ribbon and white lace around the bottom of the panel and attach at the back. Use foam adhesive to attach the panel to the card front. Glue a purple button to the left side of the ribbon. Tie a bow from purple and white twine and glue to the top of the button.

Use the large rounded square die from the Cut Mat Create 2A Die set to trim out the berries image from the Farmers Market Paper Collection. Cut black cardstock cut to 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" and round the corners. Mat the berries image with the black cardstock and attach the image to the center of the card front with foam adhesive. 

Here is a tip for you: To round the corners of the black cardstock, I used an old Creative Memories corner rounder, rather than the EK Success rounder that I normally use. I did this because the old model CM rounder has a more "shallow" corner, which matches the corners of the die. I have the old, original CM corner rounder, and by old, I mean I purchased it in 1997 or 1998! 

Use the ticket stub die from the Luggage and Tags Die set to cut the sentiment ticket from the Farmers Market Paper Collection. Attach the ticket to the lower right corner of the image using foam adhesive.

Apply Star Dust Stickles to each of the berries in the image. Allow to dry completely.  

Decorate the inside of the card by cutting white cardstock to 4 7/8" x 5 7/8". Attach a 1 3/4" x 4 7/8" strip of the berry print paper to the bottom edge of the white cardstock. Use pigment inks to color the small raspberry swirl stamp from the Berries and Peaches Cling Stamp Set. Tap the inks directly onto the stamp and then press the stamp to the paper. Stamp the sentiment onto the cardstock with black ink. Attach the white panel to the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by! Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration!

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Other Products Used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers (black, natural)
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black Instant Dry Pigment Ink, Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink (Violet, Iris, Turtle)
Trims: 7/8" purple grosgrain ribbon, white lace, purple and white baker's twine
Button: from stash
Glitter glue: Ranger Star Dust Stickles
Tools: Creative Memories corner rounder, glue gun
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue sticks

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Graphic 45 Summer Release - A Christmas Carol

Y'all know that I really dislike being "that designer" who shares Christmas cards in the summer...however, I always make an exception for Graphic 45! {Let's face it, I make an exception for ALL pretty Christmas paper that comes out in the summer release!}

A Christmas Carol is the NEW Christmas Release from G45! It is a stunning collection in deep red, jade, forest green, and cream, with a hint of pink! The colors are "one step off" from traditional red and green, making this collection so beautiful and interesting!

I love the story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and enjoy reading about Victorian England. Thus the images from this collection speak right to my heart! This is another 5" x 6" card, my new "go-to" style. 

My preferred card style is mixing the patterns within a collection. (or better yet, mixing collections). The prints in A Christmas Carol make stunning hand-made flowers, especially accented with a rusty bell! The stick pins add that extra bit of sparkle.

I enhanced the flowers on this card with vintage embellishments and an elegant ribbon bow.

I recently discovered a bag of bingo numbers in my stash...and HOORAY there was a "25" left in the bag! I tend to use the holiday numbers first (February 14, December 25, October 31, and so on).

You know I have to decorate the inside of the card. This card went off to be displayed at all the summer craft shows, so I did a little extra. 

I love the postage strip! So cute! I added a punched border to the top of the card. I don't have the matching stamps for this collection (yet), but when I have them, I can stamp a message in the blank space...or add a gift card pocket, or a handwritten message.

The bottom panel is all decorated with one of the cut-apart images. Isn't this collection just spectacular?!! I am thinking of designing a card class....who's in?! {wink}

Do you feel all Christmas-y now?! Are sleigh bells jingling?! Check back on Thursday for MORE Christmas in the summer!

Graphic 45 Supplies:
Christmas Carol Paper Collection:

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Berries, Bingo tile, and Rusty bell: craft supply
Trinket pins: Maya Road
Die cuts: Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings, Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms, My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers
Doily: Wilton
Border punch: Fiskars
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Aleene's Tacky Glue, hot glue

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Graphic 45 Summer Collections - Mon Amour

Welcome to Graphic 45 Summer 2015 Release Projects! Today I am sharing a card I made with the NEW Mon Amour Collection!

One of the first collections I worked with on the 2010 design team was Le Romantique. If you liked that collection, you will LOVE Mon Amour! The colors are rich, vibrate, and so very vintage! The images are stunning and romantic. For those of you who missed out on the older collection, you will be pleased to know that this new edition of "love themed" paper is gorgeous and a pleasure to work with!

I created this 5" x 6" card using the 12" x 12" papers and lots of flowers! I tucked a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key and Key Hole in with the flowers. Plus, I added a bingo number. The 28 stands for how many years of marriage my husband and I will celebrate on September 5th!

I created a ribbon and twine bow, topped with a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brad. My ribbon passion is GINGHAM and PLAID. Even when it is not so popular, I just love gingham! I think it is always proper to use gingham ribbon in vintage projects. {wink} Here I have used Light Pink Gingham ribbon topped with ivory twine. {I confess that I purchase the twine by the 400 yard spool.}

This card has a lot of dimension and will require a box or padded mailer in order to send it to anyone. I love nothing more than to glue tons of flowers and metal to my cards. They always weigh too much, but...I love how they look and cannot stop myself from adding "just one more" bloom!

As always, I decorated the inside as well. The rose print on the Dearest Darling paper is just lovely. It reminds me of vintage aprons and wall paper and curtains - so soft and feminine. 

Thanks for looking. Come back next week for a peeky at A Christmas Carol!
Graphic 45 Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Doily: Wilton
Bingo number: SkyBluePink
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon light pink gingham, ivory burlap string
Die cuts: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Aleene's Tacky Glue, hot glue

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ribbons and Bows, Oh My!

If you are looking for the Heartfelt Creations Wednesday Post, please click HERE.

Graphic 45 is sharing this project over on their blog today, for their bows and cards showcase.

Time to Flourish was released in November 2014 as a pre-release collection. I have been creating projects with that collection for the Retail Market, but I was also asked to create a Snapguide project for our Fans! I used the March Time to Flourish papers and a bit of left-over Secret Garden (retired).

One of my favorite color combinations is purple and green, so you know I love the March Time to Flourish papers. 

The Snapguide I created containes instructions for hand-dying seam binding!

Check out these cards using the March Time to Flourish papers!

And for more bows, here is a tag using the July Time to Flourish papers!

To see more Time to Flourish projects, click HERE.

If you need to see some fun bow making tutorials,click HERE.