Friday, February 23, 2018

Heartfelt Creations February Alumni Blog Hop


Welcome to the February Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Friday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! The February Hop starts 8am EST on Friday, February 23th and closes Monday, February 26th at midnight. 

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 the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday, February 28th. The winner should contact Heartfelt Creations at socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with "Winner of the February Alumni Hop" in the subject line.

You should be coming to my blog from Amarilys Doria's Blog. After visiting me, head on over to Vicki Dutcher's Blog. For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post.

I know that I used the Young at Heart Collection last month, but...how stinkin' cute is this pink scooter?! 
Plus, I found out that Heartfelt Creations released a Limited Edition stamp and die combo called Carefree Journey! The stamp and die combo has a stamp and matching die of the scooter! I cut the scooter for this card from the paper collection, but you could stamp the image and color it any color you wish before cutting it out!
The card is 4 1/2" tall and 6 1/2" wide. I know this is a bit of a strange size, but I thought that 5" x 7" was too big.

I cut a dark pink shade of cardstock to 4 3/8" x 6 3/8" and added it to the white card base. I then cut a lighter shade of pink cardstock to 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" and attached it to the card front. The next layer is another panel of white cardstock cut to 4 1/8" x 6 1/8".
I then cut the Young at Heart paper that has the scooter sitting in front of the fence to 4" tall by 6" wide, making sure to get the lower left corner of the sheet of paper. I attached this piece to the card front.

I used the banner die from the Young at Heart die set to cut out the "best wishes" banner from a second sheet of the same paper.
I used the scooter die from the Carefree Journey set to die cut the scooter two times from the "B side" of this paper (the side with all the vehicles printed on it). I then fussy cut just the basket of flowers from one of the images.
Here is how the project should look so far. (Only yours will not be all blurry! Sorry about that!) If you do not have the matching dies, you can fussy cut the images with sharp scissors. I am not a fan of fussy cutting, so I like having the dies!

EDITED TO ADD: Please, folks, if you want this scooter stamp and die set, get it NOW. It is a Limited Edition, and once it's gone...it's gone! However it is on SALE for $19.99, which is $10 off the regular price! Get it HERE.
I used various thicknesses of foam adhesive to attach the scooter, basket of flowers, and banner to the main image. 
I added some tiny (3mm) flat-back pears to the centers of the flowers. I also added a few enamel dots to the background. 
But, my favorite thing by far is the flower soft that I added to all the flowers at the base of the fence! I must confess that this is a product that was given to me YEARS ago as part of a design team or something. I have no memory of ever using it! But, I never toss anything out, so...there it was in a bin, living with the glitter! And it is PERFECT for this project! I used three colors: Spring, Autumn, and Peony Pink. I used a toothpick to add some really tacky glue to the areas where I wanted to put the flower soft, and then just sprinkled it on! Presto change-o! 
Thanks for hopping by! Hop on over to  Vicki Dutcher's Blog next. DON'T FORGET...POST A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD TO HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

February Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:

Kathy Clement
Martine Smith
Amarilys Doria
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Vicki Dutcher
Archana Joshi
Sarah Miller
Deneen Treble




Heartfelt Creations Products:

Young at Heart Paper Collection
Young at Heart Die
Carefree Journey Stamp and Die Combo

Other Products:

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers ColorMates Textured Cascata White, ColorMates Smooth Pink; American Crafts Weave Cotton Candy
Flower Soft: Autumn, Spring, Peony Pink
Enamel Dots: Eyelet Outlet White, Pink; Echo Park Celebrate Easter
3mm Flat-back pearls: Sorrento Crafts
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam tape, tacky glue

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CRAFT FOR A DAY


The event is in 17 days!! I am making kits for my add-on workshops and getting some prizes ready for my students! 

If you have not yet signed up for the all-day event, please do so, by clicking HERE. I have seen all the great goodies and pampering you will receive at the full-day event!!   

If you want to sign up for ONLY my workshops or if you want to reserve a kit, click HERE

My class alone has some amazing sponsors: Graphic 45, CutCardStock, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, and Xyron. The kits are packed with products, and well worth the additional $50 workshop fee!! The full workshop fee will go directly to the charity! I am not taking a penny of the fee as I want all of your contributions to benefit the charity. 

There are spots open! Come and join the fun and help someone in need! (Registrations close on March 2nd.)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lucky Shamrock Mini Album

Good morning, Crafters! I am up on the Authentique Blog this morning. I have created a fun, multi-fold, folio-style mini album, using the NEW Shamrock Collection (the older Emerald Collection is also available via the link, which coordinates! I did not have any of Emerald, except for the sticker sheet).
I love all the green prints and vintage images in this collection. There are several shades of green, along with white and some pops of pink in the collection, making it so fun to work with for spring projects.  
This mini is 6" x 6" when folded. There is plenty of space for photos and journaling, or you can add small, flat gifts, such as chocolates, coffee packets, and the like. There is space for adding gift cards and little notes. 
I have used magnets for a closure. One magnet is hidden on the cover flap, and the other under the diamond print paper. 
The middle section unfolds to reveal yet another section. Each section is 6" x 6", and each page is connected using 1/2" hinges cut from black cardstock. It is easy to add more or fewer sections using this method. (Unfortunately, there is no tutorial for this project. I had a few craft mishaps and ended up with no usable photos!)
Then the last section unfolds, for three sections, each 6" x 6". The top two gutters (spines) are 1/2" and the bottom gutter is 1/4". The size of the gutters will depend on how thick your embellishments are.
Each of the sections then fold out horizontally to reveal pockets and then more panels. The pockets are 6" x 2" and hold a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" photo mat. 
The pages fold back for more space to add photos or fun cut-apart elements. The pages are an accordion fold style, attached with the 1/2" hidden hinges.  
Here is a close-up of the first pocket section. I have kept the decor to a minimum so that the mini does not get too bulky. 
The pockets are roomy enough to accommodate more than one photo mat or a packet of coffee or another flat gift.    
I used a lot of the sticker embellishments from the Emerald Details Sticker Sheet. I also found some cute St. Patrick's Day charms to cut out with the Silhouette machine. 

To see a video of each page, click the link below.



Thank  you so much for looking!




Authentique Supplies Used:

Shamrock Collection papers
Emerald Details Sticker Sheet
Artisan Cardstock - Cream Linen
Spectrum Series Cardstock - Black Jack Two, Antique Lace OneGreen Thumb Two

Additional Supplies: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth and Silky Midnight
Magnets: Basic Grey
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon Bud Green Taffeta, Apple Green Satin with Grosgrain Edge, Green Baker's Twine
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Love Earth Gumdrops, Eyelet Outlet White
Button: glitter flower button from my stash
Die cuts: Snapdragon Snippets Lucky Irish Charms (cut file), Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily
Tools: Creative Memories corner rounder, Stampin' Up 1 1/4" circle punch
Adhesives: hot glue, ATG tape, Scor-tape, foam tape, Ranger Multi Medium

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop


Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon February 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!

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win the February Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)
This month the collection is called Purple and Green Mix. This is one of my favorite color combinations! It is the green of spring and the purple of my birthstone (Amethyst) together in one pretty package! 

Before we get to my project for today, I wanted to explain how I ended up where I did. Two things happened to create the perfect project storm for this month's project. 

The first thing that happened is, that while I was digging into some bins of old projects, trying to decide what to do with them, I found a few that I thought would make great NEW projects. By recreating some of these older projects with updated techniques and papers, I can have some new projects to share. In essence, I decided to copy off myself!

The second thing that happened is...well...Pinterest. I had been looking at some ribbon embroidery, for no reason whatsoever. I had also been looking at some weaving projects, because a friend was pinning some weaving projects and...well, you know how you can see stuff that your friends pin....and long story long, you get sucked in. 

The next day, Pinterest felt that I would - maybe, possibly, perhaps - enjoy seeing some pins about...you guessed it, ribbon weaving! A few of the projects that I saw were of hard-bound books with ribbon weaving on the front cover. I decided...hey let's try that! 
I ended up making a 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" little folio/mini book project with a woven ribbon cover! This book is a "remake" of a few little gift card folios that I made YEARS ago. I decided to update the book technique and try a fun new cover style!
As you can see from the cover, this is a St. Patrick's Day themed mini. I kept the cover simple so that the beautiful ribbon would be the star of the show...or shamrock of the show. 
The ribbon panel is an extra layer that I added to the front of the book. 
This book is fairly flat, with just six pages, suitable for 6" x 4" photos.  
This is a fun style that you can make with any theme you wish, using any ribbons you wish.

Let's get started! We will work on the outside covers last.  
For the base of your book, cut two cover pieces of heavy weight (1/16") chipboard to 6 1/4" x 4 1/4". Cut the spine piece to 6 1/4" x 1/2". 

Attach the chipboard pieces to the center of 8 1/2" x 11" black cardstock. Make sure to have a 1/8" gap between the spine piece and the cover pieces. Angle the corners of the cardstock and apply strong, double-sided adhesive to the tabs.
Wrap the cardstock around the chipboard, as shown. 
For the decorative papers, I used Authentique Shamrock and Graphic 45 Secret Garden, Children's  Hour, and Place in Time. All the collections are currently available.

Cut purple print paper to 6 1/8" x 2" and attach to the spine area. Carefully bend the book covers while gently scoring the spine gutters. Do not press too hard or the paper may tear.
Trim two pieces of the green shamrock paper to 6 1/8" x 4 1/8" and attach them to the inside front and back covers, as shown.  
To create the inside pages, cut one piece of black cardstock to 6" x 8". Score on the long side at 4". Fold on the score line and burnish. You will have a folded piece that is 6" x 4".
Cut four pieces of black cardstock to 6" x 6". Score on one edge at 4" from the edge. Fold on the score line, creating 6" x 4" pages, with 2" tabs. You can add gutters if you wish, by scoring again, but I decided to not add them, so I only scored once.
Using one of the 6" x 6" pieces, add adhesive to the 2" tab, with the fold facing to the right. Place your 6" x 8" folded piece of cardstock onto the desktop with the fold to the left. 
Attach the pieces together. Fold the 6" x 4" piece over, like a book. Add the next 6" x 6" piece to the top of the "booklet". Continue to add the 6" x 6" pieces until you have a folded booklet that is 6" tall by 4" wide, containing six (6) pages.
Attach the last page of your booklet to the back cover with strong, double-sided adhesive.
Fold and crease all score lines to make sure your pages open and close nicely.
You have a "free" spine, such that nothing is actually attached to the spine. It is just there to accommodate the thickness of your booklet.
Create a pocket for the inside front cover. Cut black cardstock to 6" x 4". Measure in from the top left corner 2" and make a mark. Measure 2" up from the bottom right corner and make a mark. Draw a diagonal line connecting the marks. Cut along the line.

Flip the pocket over and add 1/2" tabs to the three edges of the pocket. This will allow for slipping thicker items into the pocket.
Attach the pocket to the inside front cover.
Decorate the pocket and then add a few tags. I love how the Authentique and Graphic 45 papers coordinate! One of my favorite things to do as a paper craft artist is to put different collections from different manufacturers together!  

Decorate your pages as desired. Each page holds a 6" x 4" photo, but I decorated my pages with pretty paper.
I used some paper and a large tag to create a pocket on this page spread. Two ATC-sized tags tuck in nicely.
I love all the vintage images. Most of these images were originally printed onto postcards to be mailed to your friends and family for the various holidays. Both Authentique and Graphic 45 have tons of these sweet images in their various collections.
The green and purple are perfect together! 
Here I used Authentique Shamrock papers with Graphic 45 Children's Hour images. 
And the last two pages. The last page is also the inside of the back cover.

Now, let's work on that fantastic ribbon cover!
Your mini measures 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" and is wrapped in black cardstock. I wanted to keep a tiny black border, so for the cover attachment, cut 1/16" chipboard to 6 1/8" x 4 1/8". 

Wrap the chipboard in a coordinating color paper or cardstock. I used a green dot in the same shade of green as the ribbons in the February Ribbon Club Assortment. I did this just in case there are gaps in the ribbon, you will not see the naked chipboard through the gaps.

In addition to using all the ribbons in the February Assortment, I also added Grape Plaid Ribbon and a piece of White Lace.
I used a mix of satin, grosgrain, and polyester ribbon styles. The widths vary from 5/8" to 3/8". I did not bother to measure anything or plan it out. I had a bit of an issue at the end, but I fixed it, as you will see.

I started the weaving by attaching the top horizontal ribbon first. Then I added all the vertical ribbons, just attaching them at the top and bottom, wrapping each to the back. I wove the top horizontal ribbon as I went along, making sure that particular piece was securely attached as I went along.
I used double-sided adhesive, but you can use hot glue or some sort of fabric glue. 
Once all the vertical ribbons were attached, I continued to add the horizontal ribbons, weaving them in a standard basket weave pattern. 

I used only 3/8" ribbon widths for the vertical ribbons, however, once I was near the end, there was not enough space for two 3/8" pieces, but it was too wide for just one 3/8" ribbon! I ended up adding the grape plaid, but the 5/8" piece looks odd (on the right edge). All because I did not measure in advance! 

I varied the widths for the horizontal ribbons and it seemed to come out perfectly, by sheer luck! 
I solved the issued of the offending plaid by rotating the piece and placing white lace over that area. I like how it looks much better now!

Add foam tape to the back of the ribbon piece and attach it to the front of the mini album.
Trim paper for the spine and back cover and attach.


To decorate the cover, I cut the word "lucky" and a shamrock charm with the Silhouette out of black cardstock. I used a spray adhesive to attach them to the front cover. The spray adhesive seemed to adhere well to the ribbon.

Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you! Ginny is the QUEEN of all things layered and ribbon-y, so I am sure she has a beauty for you to see!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings (REMEMBER, LEAVE A COMMENT ON THE RRR BLOG FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!)

Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.


Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon February Ribbon Club AssortmentGrape Plaid RibbonWhite Lace
Cardstock: WorldWind CutMates Licorice, Smooth and Silky Midnight
Printed paper: Authentique Shamrock (full collection); Emerald Details Stickers; MicoBasics Light Lavender dots and checks; Spectrum Green Thumb One and Two, Graphic 45 Secret Garden Beautiful Blooms, Meadow Lane, Sunkissed; Children's Hour March Calendar (8x8), March Collecitve (12x12 and 8x8); Place in Time March Cut-Aparts
Chipboard: Grafix
Tags: Graphic 45 ATC - ivory
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Love Earth Gumdrops
Shamrock charm: Snapdragon Snippets Lucky Irish Charms (cut file)
Lucky word die cut: English font, cut with Silhouette machine
Tools: Creative Memories corner rounder, Martha Stewart score board, Stampin' Up 1/2" circle punch, Provo Craft deco scissors, Silhouette machine
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, 3M foam tape, Arleene's Tacky Spray, Ranger Multi Medium, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares