Be Joyful

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

These are verses I memorized years ago and they are written on my heart. There are times when I still need to remember not to be anxious, but I eventually listen to my heart saying these verses. I didn't really understand what the "peace of God" was until I experienced it. It's having peace inside you, even when you're going through heartbreaking situations and trials. It does "surpass ALL understanding" and you know it comes from GOD alone. Praise the Lord for His wonderful promises!


I love, love, love what I do. I am passionate about the things I create and the talents God has placed in me. I SO appreciate the time you take to look at my things and the comments you all leave me!

Blessings to you!

Kathy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Eggplant Poinsettia - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

Time for a little Heartfelt Creations inspiration!  This week I have a Christmas card!




I used the Christmas Poinsettia and Holly Berry Sets from last year's Christmas collections.  The images are stamped with VersaMark Ink, heat embossed with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel and colored with chalk inks.  Here's a little close up of the flower.




Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week!

I'm submitting this to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #163 - Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Blessings!

Kathy


Eggplant Poinsettia

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3551 - Holly Berry PreCut Set
HCPC 3557 - Christmas Poinsettia PreCut Set
HCD 745 - Luggage and Tags Die
HCD 734 - Sun Kissed Fleur Die
HCD 738 - Ornamental Add On Die
368770 - Scor-Pal
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Other Products:

Paper: Neenah Natural White
Ink: VersaMagic Hint of Pesto, Eggplant, VersaMark Watermark
Accessories: Stampendous Pirates Gold Embossing Powder, Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel, heat tool, adhesive pearl, Bisque Ivory Liquid Pearls (Ranger), pop dots, makeup applicators, Cream Seam Binding (Really Reasonable Ribbon), mini mister with water, Grand Calibur.

Instructions: Make a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base with Natural White. Cut mat with Natural White measuring 4 1/16" x 5 5/16". Wrap 2 pieces of Cream Seam Binding around mat as shown and secure in back. Add mat to base using pop dots.

Stamp Christmas Poinsettia and Holly Berry Leaves (one of each) on Natural White with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel by applying heat from underneath. Cut all with matching dies. Select 3 different size flowers and apply Eggplant Chalk Ink to center of each petal using makeup applicators so that the color fades to the outside of the petal. Spritz the back of the flowers with water and shape with fingers. Once dry, glue together with Art Institute Glue offsetting petals. Color leaves and swirls with Hint of Pesto Chalk Ink and Eggplant on the berries. Spritz with water on back and shape with fingers and mat and tool kit as desired. Once dry, arrange as shown and glue down with Art Institute Glue. Add adhesive pearl to flower center.

Stamp sentiment on Natural White with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Pirates Gold Embossing Powder. Die cut with classic tag from Luggage and Tag Die and add as shown using pop dots. Add dots of Bisque Liquid Pearls as shown.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Heartthrob - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a little inspiration from Heartfelt Creations!  This week I have a sweet hummingbird and bleeding heart card for you!




This image is from the Heartthrob PreCut Set which I colored with pencils and mineral spirits and then die cut it with the Elegant Ovals Die.  I stamped the image again to color an extra hummingbird that I could then pop on top of the original image to make it stand out a little more.

Make sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #161 - Anything Goes.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Blessings!

Kathy


Heartthrob

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3641 - Heartthrob PreCut Set
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
Other Products:

Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Sunrise Orchid (Coredinations)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Accessories: Scrollwork Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Elegant Ovals (Spellbinders), adhesive pearls (Recollections), cotton fibers, Bow-Easy Tool, heart button, glue dots, foam mounting tape (Scotch), mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Pink Rose, Magenta, Mahogany Red, Black, Kelp Green, Marine Green.

Instructions: Make white card base measuring 4 1/2" x 5 5/8". Cut mat with Sunrise Orchid measuring 4 5/16" x 5 7/16" and white mat 4 1/8" x 5 1/4". Emboss white mat with folder and glue mats together. Add to card base with pop dots.

Stamp Heartthrob image on Solar White with Onyx Black Ink twice. Color one image completely and the bird only on the second with pencils and mineral spirits. Die cut the full image with Elegant Ovals and fussy cut the hummingbird. Lightly ink the bird edges with black ink and add to main image with pop dots. Add oval image to card with pop dots.

Make multi-loop bow with fibers and bow tool and add to image as pictured using glue dots. Thread fiber through button and add to bow center with glue dots. Add adhesive pearls to top right.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Romantique Garden Release


Happy Friday!

Lots going on today at Heartfelt Creations! First, today is the release of the new Romantique Garden Collection!

Love is in full bloom with the Romantique Garden collection from Heartfelt Creations.  A romantic symphony composed in subtle shades of pink, fuchsia, green, cream and charcoal harmonizes beautifully with picturesque images of dainty hummingbirds, devoted love birds, graceful swans and delicate bleeding heart bushes.  Ornate ironwork backgrounds are in perfect harmony with layered elements of vintage sheet music, lace, flowing handwriting, scrollwork, florals, stripes and flourishes.  Six hand drawn stamp sets capture the idyllic beauty of a peaceful garden where swans glide across the surface of a glassy lake, nesting lovebirds are wreathed in flowers, and hummingbirds sip nectar from blossom laden branches of exquisite beauty.  The coordinating die cuts feature elegant swirled stems, a graduated set of bleeding heart blossoms and a majestic pair of swimming swans.  Dreamy and idyllic, uplifting and inspiring, romantic and moving as a masterfully scored concerto, this enchanting collection is a celebration of love and life amidst the extraordinary beauty of nature.

Next, there are some fun Black Friday specials going on today only!  You can check them all out here on the HC Blog!

Here is my first card using this beautiful new collection!




Such a sweet image of birds and bleeding hearts!  I colored this and the flowers with pencils and mineral spirits.  The flowers are from an old Posy Patch stamp and die that go with this image perfectly.  I love that HC often designs their new products to go with older ones!  The leaves and corner flourish are from the Cut Mat Create Collection, I love both of these under the flowers.

Be sure to visit the HC Blog today to see the gorgeous collection of projects by the designers this week along with some fun Black Friday specials to indulge in if you choose!

I'm submitting this to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #160 - Anything Goes.

Blessings!

Kathy


Love Bird Hangout

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3639 - Love Bird Hangout PreCut Set
HCPC 3303 - Posy Patch Flowers PreCut Set
HCD 750 - Cut Mat Create 1B Die
HCD 751 - Cut Mat Create 2A Die
HCD 752 - Cut Mat Create 2B Die
HCD 701 - Posy Patch Die
HCDP1 - Romantique Garden Paper Collection
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
DDOTS - Double Dots
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Other Products:

Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Crushed Olive Distressed, Sunrise Orchid (Coredinations), Ballet Blue (SU)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Peeled Paint Distress (Ranger)
Accessories: Buttercup Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Bow-Easy Tool, ribbon, button, embroidery floss, pop dots, glue dots, mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Blue Violet Lake, Imperial Violet, Violet Blue, Cream, Jasmine, Kelp Green, Marine Green, Pink Rose, Magenta, Mahogany Red, Sandbar Brown, Espresso, Black.

Instructions: Make white card base measuring 5 1/2" square. Cut the following mats: Sunrise Orchid measuring 5 1/4" square, Ballet Blue 5" square and green designer paper 4 3/4" square. Cut center of green designer paper mat with Large Rounded Square from HCD 751 Cut Mat Create 2A Die to create a 'frame'. Ink edges with Peeled Paint Ink and set aside. Glue blue and pink mats together and add to card base with Double Dots.

Stamp Love Bird Hangout image on Solar White with Onyx Black Ink and color with pencils and mineral spirits. Trim to fit behind green designer paper mat 'frame' and add to mat using pop dots. Adhere to mats on card as pictured.

Die cut 2 Lacy Corner Flourishes from Cut Mat Create 2B Die and add to 'frame' corners as pictured. Using Crushed Olive card stock, die cut 1 Small Vine using Cut Mat Create 1B Die and 1 Small Leaf using Cut Mat Create 2A Die. Glue over corner flourishes as pictured. Stamp Posy Patch Flowers on Solar White with Onyx Black Ink using 2 smallest, 2 next size up and 1 next size up. Color with pencils and mineral spirits and cut with matching Posy Patch Die.  Spritz back of flowers lightly with water then shape with mat and tool kit. Add Lemon Chiffon Prills to flower centers using Art Institute Glue (AIG). Once dry, add to corners as shown using AIG. Add Buttercup Liquid Pearls to flower centers on image. Make 3-loop bow with ribbon and Bow-Easy Tool and add to card as pictured using glue dots. Thread yellow floss in button and add to bow center with glue dots.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Black Friday Preview


Happy Wednesday!

Just wanted to let everyone know that Heartfelt Creations will be releasing their new Romantique Garden Collection on Friday this week!  You can see a sneak peek of some of the projects using the collection on their blog today here.  Also, you can read all about some fun Black Friday specials going on starting Friday 12:01 am!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings!

Kathy

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sun Kissed Thank You


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a little inspiration from Heartfelt Creations!  This week I have a little thank you note using Sun Kissed flowers and a floral flourish from the Cut Mat Create Collection.




The card base is made using the large rounded rectangle die from the Cut Mat Create Collection.  The sentiment is from the Arianna Bird Haven Set. I cut the floral flourish with white card stock and glued it directly on the card base.  The Sun Kissed flowers are stamped with Victorian Velvet Ink, cut with the matching die and then inked with Razz-Berry Chalk Ink.  I love this Razz-Berry color!  After shaping the flowers I added Prills to the centers and then glued them to the card.  I then added some White Opal Liquid Pearls to the flourish to all a little dimension.  (If you would like a closer look, you can click on the picture for a better view.)

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week!  There's a beautiful variety of collections used and I love seeing all the new designers work!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #159 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings!

Kathy


Sun Kissed Thank You

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3611 - Arianna Bird Haven PreCut Set
HCPC 3533 - Sun Kissed Fleur PreCut Set
HCD2 752 - Cut Mat Create 2B Die
HCD 734 - Sun Kissed Fleur Die
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Other Products:

Paper: Neenah Solar White
Ink: VersaFine Black Onyx, Ranger Victorian Velvet Distress, Quick Quotes Razz-Berry
Accessories: Stampendous Detail Clear Embossing Powder, heat tool, make up applicators, Ranger Mini Mister with water, Ranger White Opal Liquid Pearls.

Instructions: Card measures 3 1/2" x 4 1/2". Cut white card stock 5" x 8", score at 4" and fold crease. Create card base from this using large rounded rectangle from the Cut Mat Create 2B Die set by placing die edge just above fold and die cutting it. Stamp sentiment from Arianna Bird Haven Set with Onyx Black on lower left of card. Die cut large floral flourish with white, pinch leaves with fingers and glue on top right of card as pictured using Art Institute Glue and Metal Glue Tip. Stamp Sun Kissed Fleur Set on white with Victorian Velvet and heat emboss with Detail Clear Embossing Powder. Die cut with matching Sun Kissed Fleur Die. Select 6 smallest flowers and ink outside edges with Razz-Berry Chalk Ink using make up applicators. Lightly spritz the back of the flowers with water, pat excess water with paper towel, then shape with mat and tool kit. Once dry, glue to Floral Flourish as pictured. Add Minnie Pearls Prills to flower centers using Art Institute Glue. Add dots of White Opal Liquid Pearls to Floral Flourish as desired.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pink Poinsettia Ornament - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a little inspiration from Heartfelt Creations!  This week I have a little Christmas ornament to show you!



In real life this is actually really pretty!  It's one of those projects that is just plain difficult to photo!  If you click on the photo itself, you can get a better view of it if you like.

The base of the ornament is made using the Raindrops on Roses Die. The flower is the Christmas Poinsettia done with white card stock, heat embossed with white powder and colored with chalk ink.  The full instructions are at the bottom of my post if you would like to try it out for Christmas gifts this year!

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week!  There's also a sneak peek of the collection being released on Black Friday!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #158 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Blessings!

Kathy


Pink Poinsettia Ornament

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3557 - Christmas Poinsettia PreCut Set
HCD 734 - Sun Kissed Fleur Die
HCD 743 - Raindrops on Roses Die
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
159723 - Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
SMP001 - Stamp Mat Pad
Metal Glue Tip
359848 - Spellbinders Tool N' One

Other Products:

Paper: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: VersaMark Watermark, Perfect Plumeria (VersaMagic)
Accessories: make-up applicator, 1/8" Scor-tape, metal charm, bead, spacer, 1/8" pink ribbon (Offray), White Seam Binding, Pearlized String Beads, Bow-Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Diamond Stickles (Ranger), glue gun, Bazzills Splat Mat, White Embossing Powder (Stampin Up), orange stick, adhesive pearls (Recollections), heat tool.

Instructions:

Using white card stock and the Raindrops on Roses Die, die cut 6 Lattice Pieces. Score each piece down center point to point of longer side and crease. Glue half piece at a time with another half using the glue and metal glue tip leaving last 2 side open. (Follow the same technique Emma Lou used in making the dimensional tree card here.) Cut a 16" piece of 1/8" pink ribbon. Thread ribbon through charm and then the bead spacer. Add strip of Scor-Tape down center of ornament where all the scored pieces meet. Lay the ribbon inside onto Scor-Tape to secure in place. Glue last two side together to form ornament. Cut approximately 10" piece of Pearlized String Beads, make loop and glue to top of ornament with glue gun. Make 5 loop bow with White Seam Binding and bow tool. Glue over beads where they cross each other using glue gun.

Stamp Christmas Poinsettia image on Solar White with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with White Embossing Powder. Die cut with Sun Kissed Fluer Die. Select 3 flowers (I used the 2nd, 4th, and 6th largest blooms) and color with Perfect Plumeria Ink and make up applicator. I shaped the flowers using the mat and pressing the end of an orange stick down the center of each petal and then using the Paper Blossoms tools to press in the center. Glue flowers together, offsetting petals, using Art Institute Glue. Add adhesive pearl to flower center and outline pearl with Diamond Stickles. Add flower to bow center using glue gun. Tie knot on top of pink ribbon for hanging ornament. Thread ribbon through metal bead and glue over knot to cover it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thinking About You - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's that time of the week when I get to show you a little inspiration from Heartfelt Creations!  This week I have a pretty "thinking of you" card using some Majestic Morning flowers and Burst of Splendor leaves.




I love the look of these images embossed with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel and colored with chalk inks and make up applicators.  Such a soft pretty look that's easy to do!  Love the Mini Prills in the flower centers too!  Here's a little close up of the flowers for you.  (You can also click on the photos for a closer view.)




The pretty bow is made with fibers leftover from my days as a weaver.  I still have the loom and tons of fibers that I like to add to my projects sometimes.  I'm not sure if I'll ever get back into weaving as it's really hard on my back, but I don't want to part with my beautiful loom and my large stash of fibers!

For my card base, I used my new borders die that I've been wanting for ages, Spellbinder's A2 Bracket Borders One.  I love the look of it as a border, so pretty!

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week!  The new designers projects are just beautiful!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #157 - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers #126 - Cut It Out

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Blessings!

Kathy


Thinking About You

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3578 - Majestic Morning Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3545 - Open Leaf PreCut Set
HCPC 3474 - Heartfelt Expressions PreCut Set
HCD 742 - Majestic Blooms Die
HCD 736 - Classic Leaf Die
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
459222 - Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Other Products:

Paper: Natural White (Neenah), Baby Pink (Coredinations)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), VersaMark Watermark, Spanish Olive, Perfect Plumeria (VersaMagic)
Accessories: heat tool, Bow-Easy, Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel (Stampendous), fibers (my stash), adhesive pearls (Recollections), make up applicators, Aleene's Fast Grab Glue, Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One.

Instructions: Cut Baby Pink card stock 5 1/2" x 8 3/4". Die cut short side with A2 Bracket Borders One and then trim to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Score at 4 1/4" and fold to make a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. Cut Natural White card stock 4 1/4" x 5 3/8". Die cut long side with A2 Bracket Borders One using 2 dies together to create border as pictured. Trim down to 3 7/8" x 5 3/8". Stamp Heartfelt Expressions sentiment with Onyx Black Ink on mat as pictured. Add to card base with pop dots.

Stamp Majestic Morning Background on Natural White with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss from underneath with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel. Do the same with the Open Leaf Set using 2 of the 5-leaf and 1 of the 8-leaf images. Color the flowers with chalk inks (I used Perfect Plumeria and then Spanish Olive on one small flower) to create 3 separate flowers in varying sizes. Die cut with Majestic Blooms Die, spritz lightly on back with water and then shape with mat and tool kit. Die cut stems with Classic Leaf Die, color with Spanish Olive Ink and shape with fingers as desired. Arrange leaves and the 2 larger flowers as shown and glue down with Art Institute Glue. Make multi-loop bow with fibers and bow tool and glue over leaves using Aleene's Fast Grab Glue. Add third smaller flower to bow center using Aleene's Fast Grab Glue. Add Tu-Tu Pink Prills to pink flowers and Minnie Pearls to green flower using Art Institute Glue. Add 2 adhesive pearls to top right.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Majestic Morning Elegant Tag - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a little Heartfelt Creations inspiration!  This week I have a beautiful floral tag for you!




The base of the tag is made with Spellbinders 5x7 Elegant Labels 4.  The pretty designer paper mat is from the Raindrops on Rose Paper Collection which I used for the color scheme on the Majestic Morning flowers, Burst of Splendor leaves and Garden Romance butterflies. The white "hearts" tucked behind the flowers are from the Raindrops on Roses Die that I cut into pieces.

If this reminds you of my Majestic Blooms Box I posted last month here, that would be because I made these at the same time!  I really love how both projects turned out with these pretty colors and textures!

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see the beautiful creations by the designers this week!  Also, HC is announcing the new designers and ones that will be leaving the team.  Very sad to see the ladies leave, but I am looking forward to working with the new designers.

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #156 - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers #126 - Cut It Out (die cuts or punches)
Really Reasonable Ribbon #105 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings!

Kathy


Majestic Morning Elegant Tag

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3578 - Majestic Morning Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3545 - Open Leaf PreCut Set
HCPC 3480 - Brookside Manor PreCut Set
HCD 742 - Majestic Blooms Die
HCD 736 - Classic Leaf Die
HCD 743 - Raindrops on Roses Die
HCD 723 - Garden Romance Die
HCDP1 240 - Raindrops on Roses Paper Collection
452255 - Grand Calibur
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Other Products:

Paper: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Peeled Paint Distress (Ranger)
Accessories: Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Tsukineko), glue gun, splat mat (Darice), White 1/4" Silk Ribbon (May Arts), Bow-Easy Tool, 1.5” White Netting, String Beads Pearlized (Really Reasonable Ribbon), adhesive pearls, Diamond Stickles (Ranger), Spellbinders Labels 4 & 5x7 Elegant Labels 4 Dies, mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Clay Rose, Rosy Beige, Black Cherry.

Instructions:

For tag base, die cut 2 Elegant Labels 4 with white card stock and glue wrong sides together using Metal Glue Tip and Art Institute Dries Clear Glue. Using floral designer paper (Raindrops on Roses) and Labels 4, die cut piece and glue to tag.

Stamp flowers (Majestic Morning Background), leaves (Open Leaf) and butterflies (Brookside Manor) on Solar White with Onyx Black. Color flowers and butterflies with pencils and mineral spirits and leaves with Peeled Paint Ink. Die cut all with matching dies and shape with mat and tool kit as desired. I used 9 of the flowers to create 3 different size flowers and 1 bud.

Die cut the Decorative Heart Topper (Raindrops on Roses Die) using white card stock and trim into 3 hearts. Trim piece of white netting and tie center into a fake bow. Trim thank you tag from designer paper. Make multi-loop bow with silk ribbon and Bow-Easy Tool. Trim piece of string beads (approximately 4"). Assemble all as shown arranging flowers and leaves over hearts using glue gun. Tuck netting, string beads and tag under flowers and leaves on bottom and glue in place. Add adhesive pearls and add butterflies as pictured. Add Stickles around pearl in flower center. Spray with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz and let dry. Add ribbon to top of tag tying to each side.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #18 - Layer It!


Happy Monday!

This is my second creation as a guest designer for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog this month!  This time the challenge is to Layer It!

Challenge #18 Layer It!
One good way to use your hoard is to use lots of it all at once! So, let's see those layers! We need to see at least THREE layers on your project! (Ink, paint, embossing, and mixed media products do count as layers!) Drag out all of that hoarded paper or those embossing folders that are in the back of the drawer. Use those stamps, dies, and punches! Show us the layers!

Here is my take on the challenge this week which includes lots of layers!




For the image, I used an old Stampin' Up set called Because I Care. This was stamped on Solar White card stock with Onyx Black Ink, then colored with pencils and mineral spirits.  I stamped the image a second time to color a few extra flowers that I then fussy cut to add add an extra layer to some of the flowers.  Before added the extra flowers, I cut it with Labels 18 Spellbinders Die.  I added this to a Night of Navy mat cut with Labels 18 die next size up.  The image was added to the mat with pop dots.

I made an a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base with Night of Navy.  I cut a white mat measuring 4 1/16" x 5 5/8" and embossed it with Framed Tulips Embossing Folder.  A piece of Olive Wrinkled Ribbon was wrapped around the mat, secured in the back and then the mat was glued to the base.

I added to image to the base with pop dots, then added Nestabling for Labels 18 by Want-2-Scrap to both the image and mat.  The flower centers were dotted with White Opal Liquid Pearls.  For the remaining embellishments, I added a 3 loop bow, a blue pre-made flower from Recollections and a little angel charm.  That's a lot of layers for sure!

Hope you can join in the challenge this week at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

I'm also submitting this to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #155 - Anything Goes.

Card recipe:

Stamp: Because I Care (SU)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Night of Navy (SU)
Accessories: Spellbinders Labels 18, Olive Wrinkled Ribbon, Bow-Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon), flower (Recollections), Nestabling Labels 18 (Want2Scrap), White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (SU), mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Blue Violet Lake, Imperial Violet, Violet Blue, Olive Green, Sage Green.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings!

Kathy






Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blue Sunflowers Card & Note Holder - Heartfelt Creations


Good morning!

It's Wednesday again and time for some Heartfelt Creations inspiration!  This week I have a card and Post-It note & pen holder set to show you using the Classic Sunflower Collection.  I just LOVE this collection!!!




To color these I used a technique I found here called Highlight Emboss Resist by Kelly Acheson.  It's similar to a technique I already do with chalk inks on my flowers, but with this technique you highlight the image for a background.  Pairing the technique together with the sponged flowers is a beautiful combination!

Here is the card by itself.




And a little closeup of the flower and the technique used.  I used VersaMark Watermark Ink and detail clear embossing powder for the images and then colored with Nautical Blue Ink using a sponge.  I love the monotone color and this beautiful shade of blue with the white.  I added extra sponging where shadows might appear to give it a little depth.




Here's the post-it note holder and pen set.




And a side view for you.




These are so simple to make and make really cute gifts when packaged up!  I made a bunch of these for craft shows and gifts in the past.  I think I may make some of these for Christmas gifts this year!  Using this coloring technique will make them quick and easy to color too!

Be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #155 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings!

Kathy


Sunflowers In Blue Card

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3626 - Classic Sunflower PreCut Set
HCPC 3627 - Sunflower Stem PreCut Set
HCPC 3628 - Sunflower Bouquet PreCut Set
HCPC 3545 - Open Leaf PreCut Set
HCD 753 - Classic Sunflower Die
HCD2 750 - Cut Mat Create 1B Die
HCD2 751 - Cut Mat Create 2A Die
HCD 736 - Class Leaf Die
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Other Products: Paper: Solar White (Neenah), blue (Recollections); Ink: Nautical Blue (Memento), VersaMark Watermark; Accessories: Heat Tool, sponge, blue fibers, orange stick, Detail Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous), pop dots, Fast Grab Tacky Glue (Aleene's).

Instructions: Make top folded card base with blue card stock measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Cut blue mat measuring 4 1/16" x 5 5/16". Cut Solar White 3 7/8" x 5 1/8". With VersaMark Ink, stamp corner treatment (Sunflower Stem Set) on bottom left and partial sunflower (Sunflower Stem) on top right, then heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Stamp sentiment as pictured with Nautical Blue Ink. Using a sponge and Nautical Blue Ink, add color image images using the Highlighted Emboss Resist Technique found here. Glue image to blue mat, wrap fibers across as shown 3 times securing in back, then add to card base with pop dots. With blue card stock, die cut 2 small vines from Cut Mat Create 1B Die and 1 small leaf from Cut Mat Create 2A Die.

Stamp Classic Sunflower and Open Leaf (8-leaf stem) images on Solar White with VersaMark and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Die cut with Classic Sunflower Die. Select 2 medium flowers and sponge with Nautical Blue Ink. Ink leaf stem and pinch leaves. Shape flowers with orange stick and mat and tool kit as desired and glue together. Pinch leaves on blue vines with fingers. Arrange all as pictured cutting the leaves in pieces and glue down using Art Institute Glue.



Sunflowers In Blue Post-It Note & Pen Holder

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3626 - Classic Sunflower PreCut Set
HCPC 3628 - Sunflower Bouquet PreCut Set
HCPC 3554 - Love At Christmas PreCut Set
HCD 753 - Classic Sunflower Die
HCD2 750 - Cut Mat Create 1B Die
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat

Other Products: Paper: Solar White (Neenah), blue (Recollections); Ink: Nautical Blue (Memento), VersaMark Watermark; Accessories: Heat Tool, sponge, orange stick, Detail Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Post-It Note Pad, Scor-Tape, Gel Mini Pen (office supply store).

Instructions: With blue card stock, make Post-It note and pen holder base using technique found here.

To decorate, cut white card stock measuring 2 7/8" x 3". Stamp sentiment on top right with Nautical Blue Ink. Stamp corner treatment from Sunflower Bouquet Set on lower left with VersaMark and heat emboss with Detail Clear Embossing Powder. Use Highlighted Emboss Resist Technique found here to color the image using Nautical Blue Ink and sponge. Stamp Classic Sunflower image in same manner, select 3 small flowers and sponge with Nautical Blue. Shape flower with orange stick (or pen) and mat and tool kit. Pinch leaves on blue vines with fingers. Arrange all as pictured and glue down with Art Institute Glue.