Friday, June 24, 2022

Heartfelt Creations June 2022 Alumni Blog Hop

Hello, and good-morning my friends! Welcome to the June 2022 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 June Hop starts at 8am EDT on Friday, June 24th.  Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because a randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog will receive a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations! The hop closes Monday June 27th at 11:55pm EDT. 

To double the fun, Heartfelt Creations will offer a second $25 gift card for a randomly selected comment on their blog post!  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, June 29th.  If you are the happy winner, you can claim your prize by emailing Please write “Winner of the June 2022 Alumni Hop in the subject line.  You will have 72 hours to claim your prize.

Now, let's get started with the fun! You should be coming to my blog from Alissa Wells's Blog. After visiting me, head on to Lynn Stanborough's BlogIf you are lost, see the blog link list at the end of this post. 
My card base is 5" x 6" and is made from fuchsia cardstock. I often do not have all the matching products for a collection, so I sometimes have to mix and match! This month I matched the Sweet Peony Paper Collection with the Wild Poppy Stamps and Dies.
I love to make pink flowers, and since I recently purchased some new pink ink, why not! I love all the pink shades in the Sweet Peony paper, too! I used the Eyelet Circle and Basics Small die to cut out one of the pre-printed images from the paper.  
I shaped the poppy petals and tried to make them look like they could be one of several styles of flower, including a big, fluffy peony! I added Small Bright Pearl Stamens to the centers. After I created the flowers, I sprayed them with sparkle mist and allowed them to dry. The camera really doesn't pick up the sparkle very well, but it's there

I use the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to shape all my flowers. If you are new to flower creation, view the FREE videos on the Heartfelt Creations Blog for help.
I inked up white cardstock with distress ink using a direct-to-paper technique, then I stamped the poppy images with archival ink. I cut out the flowers with the matching dies. I also spray the paper with a little water before shaping the flowers.  
Thanks for hopping by! Hop on over to Lynn Stanborough's Blog next. DON'T FORGET...POST A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD TO HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

June Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:

Kathy Clement Amarilys Doria Alissa Wells Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE Lynn Stanborough Bozena Bodynek Candy Slabaugh Monica Edwards Lisa Gregory Oksana Clegg Vicki Dutcher Heartfelt Creations

Heartfelt Creations Products:

HCPC-3986 Wild Poppy Stamps
HCD1-7404 Wild Poppy Die
HCDP1-288 Sweet Peony paper collection
HCD1-7154 Eyelet Circle and Basics Small die
Bright Pearl Stamens - Small (yellow)
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive (Art Glitter Glue)
Adhesive Foam Strips
Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Vibrant Fuchsia
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
Scor-Pal Measuring and Scoring Board

Other Products:

Cardstock: Fuchsia cardstock (unknown), Hammermill White
Ink: Ranger Distress Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Saltwater Taffy
Enamel dots: Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Cupcake Glitter, Echo Park Let's be Mermaids Glitter
Sparkle spray: Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer
Tools: Blender brushes, Big Shot Plus, paper trimmer, spray bottle 
Adhesive: ATG tape

Monday, June 20, 2022

Inspire Me Monday - The Blossom Challenge - June

Hello and welcome to the Blog! The Power Poppy Bloom Brigade is bringing you a monthly challenge the third Monday of every month! The lovely and super talented Christine Okken is your hostess each month! The challenge is called The Blossom Challenge and will be a different theme or type of challenge each month! 

This month the theme is: Glassy Eyed. So grab a Power Poppy image and create a project featuring glass containers, something under glass, or containing glass elements! To top it off, the BEST Power Poppy glass images are on discount at 25% OFF too! 

Note: You do NOT have to make a card! If you like to color at 8 1/2 x 11, you may print your image at that size and share your finished coloring page! Or, you may create another type of paper craft project featuring Power Poppy images.

Our challenge WINNER will receive a $20 gift card to use at the Power Poppy Store!! The challenge is open until July 18th! Link up your project to the Power Poppy Blog for a chance to win! Winners will be posted next month on the Power Poppy Blog. 

The May winner is posted today on the Power Poppy Blog...hop over to see if it is you!

Now here is a look at my inspiration project for the challenge, Glassy Eyed! 

I chose the My Favorite Pear digital stamp set for my project. The pears and flowers are sitting in a bowl, that can be colored as glass or pottery or metal. I chose to color mine like thick, leaded glass.

Often leaded glass items have intricate patters that make them almost opaque. I colored the bowl with just a suggestion of the ribbon and pears, and the water showing through the glass. 
To create my project I first printed My Perfect Pear onto white cardstock using the no-line version and sizing the image to approximate 6" x 8". I decided to use the sentiment from the Peonies digital stamp set.   

I positioned the sentiment onto the blank message card using some Photoshop magic. Here's how! 

1. First, I created a blank, transparent page onto which I placed the main image, which I then sized to 6" x 8". 

2. I used the Magic Wand tool (told you...magic!) to select and delete the white background from the little card element. 

3. I then placed the sentiment onto the message card, adjusted it and sized it to fit. 

4. I then selected the main image and chose the Bring to Front option, to make sure the sentiment was behind the bits of ribbon. 

I will confess that I started this project three or four times, using different papers and coloring mediums! I finally decided to use Copic markers to color the image, but then add Arteza colored pencils (with the addition of one Prismacolor and one Irojiten pencil) for shadows and highlights. 

I wanted to have green pears and strawberry plants with white flowers and just a few fruits starting to develop. 
The glass was complicated and I used Copics, colored pencil, a white chalk pencil, and a white pigment gel pen to get the look I was going for. It looks much better in real life than it does in the photos. My other confession is that my new studio has terrible lighting! I am having such a difficult time taking good photos! I need to invest in something....but not sure what will help! 
I am pleased with the finished coloring. It makes me think of vintage images from old greeting cards or postcards.
I ended up turning the coloring project into at 5" x 6.5" card, which fits into an envelope made for 5" x 7" cards with no problems.

hope you have fun with the challenge this month, and please tell your friends! It will be great to have a lot of participants in our monthly Blossom Challenge at Power Poppy!

Make sure you visit the Shop, because there are a few NEW things to grab! Plus there is a 25% off sale on the "contains glass" offerings!

To see all the inspiration, and to read the challenge details, visit the Power Poppy Blog HERE

Inspiration List

Power Poppy Blog
Barbara C.

Power Poppy Digital Stamps: 
My Perfect Pear, Peonies
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Smooth and Silky Brown, Hammermill White
Printed paper: My Favorite Things Celebration 6x6 pad
Sentiment strip: Simon Says Stamp
Alcohol markers: Various Copics
Colored pencils: Arteza Expert 120 set, Prismacolor Premiere White, Tombow Irojiten Horizon Blue
Charcoal pencil: Brusarth White
Gel pens: Pentel Pigment Gel Ink White
Enamel dots: Doodlebug Sprinkles Cupcake Glitter
Die template: My Favorite Things Die-namics Skinny Strips, Spellbinders Grand Rectangles
Adhesives: Scor-tape, ATG, Art Glitter Glue

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Happy Father's Day

Hello, again Ribbon Friends! I am up on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog again today. This time I have two simple, masculine cards to share!

I do not like to add bows or flowers to masculine cards because I don't have any men in my life that appreciate the "frou-frou frilly" type cards! {smile} So, adding ribbon and trims to masculine cards is really difficult for me!

I sorted through my paper stash and my ribbon stash, and came up with this card, which measures 6" x 5". I love the gray tones of the Authentique Mister paper. I have a lot of the Gray Plaid ribbon, so I used some of that for this card. 
I wrapped the brick panel with a strip of the ribbon, then I added a little "tab" of ribbon to the right side of the sentiment panel. I tied a bit of  Natural Burlap String to a metal button and glued the button to the ribbon tab. 
I even decorated the inside with some stamps and various gray inks! I grunged up the white cardstock with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Nice and manly and grubby! 
Not a frou-frou or frill in sight! 
The second card is a standard A2 size (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") using the same paper collection (Authentique Mister). The collection has some rust colors in it, which I also love! 
This time I wrapped a length of  Copper and Cream Plaid around the paper to hide the seam between the two different papers. (I used the 5/8" ribbon, which is out of stock, but the 3/8" is still available.) I added a skinny sentiment and a large, metal button to the top of the ribbon. I tied Natural Burlap String to the button. 
I once again used some stamps and ink to grunge up the inside of the card. 
My stash of masculine cards is at an all time low, so I am super happy to have two more to add to the stash! Well, at least one of these will be for my husband for Father's Day! But, the design is so easy to replicate, I might make a few more! 
I hope you are inspired to use a little ribbon and whip up a few Father's Day cards for the dads in your life! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Smooth Black, CutCardStock Flavours Gourmet Squid Ink, Hammermill white
Printed paper: Authentique Mister Collection
Stamps: Sweet and Sassy Stamps Timeless Classic, Stampin' Up various retired stams
Ink: Memento London Fog, Ranger Distress Pumice Stone, Gink K Designs Amalgam Obsidian
Skinny sentiment strips: Simon Says Stamp
Buttons: from my stash
Dies: My Favorite Things Skinny Strips
Adhesives: ATG, Art Glitter glue, hot glue

Monday, June 13, 2022

Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog Hop! Summer is well and truly here in my neck of the woods! We have been here in the new location for about 8 1/2 months and are coming into our second hot season! So far it has been very nice to have summer weather, which gives a chance to have a dip in the pool! 

You should be coming to my blog from Ginny's Blog After visiting me hop on to Kathy's Blog next! (The full blog list is at the end of the post.)

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win the June Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. The Design Team appreciates your comments, too! 
The June Ribbon Club is called Jungle Fun Assortment. Check it out! It is really interesting and unique!
I have another BRAND NEW home decor panel for you today! I am getting closer and closer to finishing up the long last! (See below for the full list of panels already created.) I have deviated from using Authentique papers to using Graphic 45 this time! 
This 6" x 6" chipboard-wrapped home decor panel is a celebration of summer and tropical vacations. However...when I used the "This is my happy place" means my craft room! Since I plan to display this panel on my craft table in August, it makes perfect sense to me!  
I used the Graphic 45 Lost in Paradise paper collection and ephemera cards. Well, I used only leftovers and scraps! I had a lot of scraps of this collection left from a mini album project and a fancy card project I had made when the paper first was released (see HERE and HERE), and I wanted to try to use up all the extra bits!

Pro Tip: When working with paper that has a text print background, make sure your chipboard is placed precisely to avoid the background looking as if it is running downhill. I use a T-square to measure carefully before placing my chipboard onto my paper.
I created a big, loopy bow with the Toucan on White Satin ribbon, and glued it to the top of the project. I used some hot glue to shape the bow the way I wanted it. I then added another bow using the Watermelon Delicate Stitched Satin ribbon and glued it below the toucan satin. (I know the color says "watermelon" but it is a lovely dark coral color to my eye.) I then created a smaller bow from the Yellow Gold Plaid ribbon and glued it on top of the large bows.
I wanted a small flower to top off the bows, but I didn't have one the right size or color, so I pulled apart a Lotus flower that was the correct shade. I just gently pulled off the bottom two layers of petals and used the smaller, top flower. I also used a Peach Rose Bud and a partial Rose Leaf. (I am not sure where the tiny yellow flower and the stamen are from. They were just floating around the bottom of the container!) 

Now, hop over to Kathy's Blog to see what she has for you!

Thanks for joining me for the monthly ribbon hop. Make sure to visit the other team members. And b
e sure to answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month to be entered into a drawing for a FREE Ribbon Club Assortment. If you’re not a member of the Monthly Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join. 

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

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings 

If you want to make some pretty decor for your desk, here is a list of all the panels in the series so far. As you can see, there are more panels to come!

: If you would like to see more information, and see a tutorial for making a panel for yourself, check out the original tutorial 
HERE. The basic concept is the same for every panel, but by changing the size of paper panels and adding different images, sentiments, and embellishments, you get a NEW panel every time!

Winter - Authentique Frosted Collection
Valentine's Day - Authentique Love Notes Collection
Spring - Authentique Dreamy Collection
St. Patrick's Day - Authentique Dublin Collection
Easter - Authentique Cottontail Collection
Mother's Day - Authentique Flawless Collection
Summer 1 - Authentique Meadow, Seafarer, and Calendar Collections
Summer 2 - Graphic 45 Lost in Paradise Collection
Father's Day
4th of July - Authentique Liberty and Glory Collections; Bo Bunny Anthem Collection
Back to School
Halloween - Authentique Twilight Collection
Thanksgiving - Authentique Gracious Collection (original tutorial)
Christmas - Authentique Nostalgia Collection

Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies Used:
Bow making tools: Zutter Bow-it-All

Other Supplies Used:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth Black
Printed paper: Graphic 45 Lost in Paradise 12x12 Collection Pack, Graphic 45 Lost in Paradise Patterns and Solids
Ephemera card: Graphic 45 Lost in Paradise
Chipboard: from my stash
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Scor-Tape, Art Glitter Dries Clear Glue
Tools: paper trimmer, craft knife, hot glue gun, WRMK Layer Guide, corner rounder, scissors, bone folder

Monday, June 06, 2022

Inspire Me Monday: The Perfect Paper

Good morning, friends! It is my turn on the Power Poppy Blog again. I hope you are enjoying the return of Inspire Me Monday posts! If you have yet to play in the Power Poppy monthly Blossom Challenge, there is still time to join the May challenge, "April Showers Bring May Flowers"! The challenge closes at NOON on June 17th. See all the details HERE.  

For this week's inspiration, I wanted to inspire you think think outside the box...the paper box that is! If you are part of any coloring or card making groups on social media, then you know that one of the most asked questions is, "What is the PERFECT paper to use for my coloring?" That is not an easy question to answer because the true answer is, it depends. It depends on what you wish to accomplish, what your coloring medium is, what stamps you are using, what your skill level is, and more. The truth is, there is NO perfect paper that fits every artist or every need. 

I decided to try a few experiments to see what I could do with alcohol markers, colored pencils, and digital stamps from Power Poppy...on non standard paper! Namely...on scrapbooking paper. Because, let's face it, I have a huge boatload of scrapbooking paper!
I decided to print some Power Poppy stamps onto SCRAPBOOKING PAPER. And not only scrapbooking paper, but TEXTURED scrapbooking paper. (I used various papers from Authentique, but any heavy-weight, slightly textured paper should work.) I printed each image to to fit onto paper that was cut to 8" x 10". 

Note: To make sure the paper would run through my printer without jamming, I taped the scrapbook paper to an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of printer paper. I had no issues with my printer accepting the thicker scrapbook paper by doing that simple trick. 

Now, we are always told that you cannot use Copics on paper other than marker paper because you will not get good results, the ink will bleed, and all sorts of other dire things will happen. And all those things can happen, but it is only paper and ink! Why not have a play to see what happens?! If it doesn't work out, it only costs you a few dollars in paper and ink, and a little time.
I printed the Hydrangea Hype Digital Stamp Set image at approximately 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" onto a piece of Authentique Glamour One (double-sided) textured, decorative paper. I love how the text pattern seems to overlay the printed image.

I used a very light gray line which was really difficult to see on this paper. I do wish I had printed the "black line" rather than the "no line" version, but in the end....wait and see...
I began to color with Copic markers, and the paper did feel like it pulled the marker a bit, and it felt like the paper soaked up a little more ink than regular marker paper. But, happily there was almost no bleeding of the color outside the lines! What magic is this?! Any bleeding that happened was masked by the busy print and texture of the paper! Plus, the no-line printing of the stamped image also helped to disguise any bleeding that did happen.
I kept adding color and blending. The ink did not blend exactly the way it does on marker paper, but it was looking very much like water color! The no-line printing with the gray lines makes the lines disappear, especially on this text background!

I roughly scribbled in color, then went back over to shade and blend. I did not do as much shading or fine detail work as I normally do because I wanted to keep the water color look. Plus, I did not want to risk the paper getting too soaked with ink.

I used the following Copic colors: BV31, BV04, BV02, BV000, BG70, B34, B21, B000, G28, G24, G21, G20, RV52, RV34, RV19, C9, Colorless blender. I also drew in the leaf veins with a Prismacolor Goldenrod colored pencil.

Using this technique was very fast compared to my normal way of coloring with Copics on marker paper! I am not at all skilled with water coloring, which made me super happy to achieve a water color substitute with a medium with which I am much more skilled and familiar! 

I ended up double-matting the piece as a picture suitable for framing rather than turning it into a card. I could have added a sentiment and created a card out of it just as easily. 

Since Copic markers are a more transparent medium they allow the background to show through the coloring. I think the text background makes the finished piece look a lot like a vintage postcard or a vintage botanical water color print!

Next, I turned my attention to my Prismacolor pencils. I have mentioned before that I am not a huge fan of Prismacolor colored pencils because they are so soft and waxy. However...
I printed the flower wreath from Peony Love Digital Stamp Set at approximately 7" x 7" onto Authentique Party One textured, decorative paper. (Make sure you have the textured version of this paper as Authentique made both a textured and a smooth version of some of their paper collections.)

This time I printed the "black line" version of the image to make it easier to see the lines. This is a really intricate image, printed onto paper with a background print...and my eyes are kind of old! {smile}
The sentiment in the center of the wreath is from the Geraniums Digital Stamp Set. Once again, I love the "built in" background of the scrapbooking paper! Printing directly onto the printed paper was so interesting! Because the colored pencils are a much more opaque medium, the background gets colored over and only shows on the actual project background! 
The Prismacolor Premier colored pencils are a dream to work with on this textured paper! I normally prefer an oil-based, harder lead colored pencil so that I can layer the color. However, this paper is very "toothy" which would mean layering for dog's years! With the Prismacolor pencils, I could lay down a thicker layer of wax and then blend it, easily filling in the tooth of the paper (tooth = texture).
I am overjoyed at how bright and vibrant the colors look on this slightly ivory paper! I have used the following Prismacolor Premier pencils, from the 150 set: 

Dark pink flowers: Scarlet Lake, Blush Pink, Carmine  Red,  Pink, Deco Pink, Hot Pink, Process Red, Magenta, White
Light pink flowers: Blush Pink, Pink, Hot Pink, Deco Pink, White
Red flowers: Scarlet Lake, Crimson Lake, Tuscan Red, Mahogany Red, Deco Pink, White, Black
Peach flowers: Sunburst Yellow, Salmon Pink, Light Peach, Peach, Nectar, Mineral Orange, White, Sepia
Yellow flowers: Goldenrod, Yellowed Orange, Canary Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Deco Yellow, Cream, Light Umber
Flower centers: Spanish Orange, Light Umber, Yellowed Orange, Goldenrod, Canary Yellow, White
Leaves: Limepeel, Chartreuse, Apple Green, Prussian Green, Olive Green
Shadows and highlights: Indanthrone Blue, Black, Sepia, Cream, White
I am still working on this piece, so it will remain a Work In Progress (WIP) until the next time! But it is turning out pretty well, don't you think?!

Thanks for joining us for Inspire Me Monday! Make sure to come back every Monday to see new inspiration!

Other Products Used: Copic markers, Prismacolor colored pencils, Authentiuqe printed paper, cardstock