Thursday, August 21, 2014

Spellbinders/Gilded Life Contest

I've been a big fan of the Gilded Life for quite some time - so when I saw their Spellbinder's collection, it made my heart swoon. My mind has been filled with ideas of vintage lace, German glass glitter, beads and baubles ever since this fantastic contest was announced.  Somehow, there just aren't enough hours in the day to create all of the ideas that I have. But, I have been working, (and will continue to do so until the midnight hour!).

So for now, I have a card to share with you, using this fabulous line.  If you missed my Mixed Media piece that I'm entering in the contest, you can check it out here (it's the last project in the post).





My background was created using one of the Vintage Brocade die, using a letterpress technique to embed the color in the debossed areas. The Basioica Border and Belgian Lace were used to embellish.  

 
 The chipboard frame was embossed using the Wrought Iron Texture plate - and was backed with vintage embroidered fabric. The Crowned Angel was altered bit using Smooch Ink.

The roses were created using Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms.

Thanks for stopping by! I've still got a few more projects up my sleeve, so come back and check out what I come up with!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration





Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 246 Festive Christmas Paper Collection

HCD 734 Sun Kissed Fleur Die Set
HCPC 3622 O little Town PreCut Set
HCPC 3625 Festive Notes PreCut Set
HCPC 3623 Festive Candlelight PreCut Set
HCPC 3557 Christmas Poinsettia PreCut Set
1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)
Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Paper Blossoms Tool Kit 
Other Products Used 


May Arts Ribbon SN14
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black; Versamark Watermark ink
Smooch - Gold
Gold Embossing Powder
Martha Stewart Micro Beads
Copic Markers: G28,G24,G20;
Zva Creative Pearls: PEW-03CB-122; CR-07CA-125
Xyron 9" Creative Station, Teresa Collins Foam Adhesives, Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit Box
WorldWin Cardstock

Take a 5 x7" card base and adhere the printed panel. Cut the patterned paper panel for the center, and cut away the center label.  Stamp the background on light colored patterned paper and adhere to the back of the panel. Add to the card base. Cut the long, narrow panel and stamp the sentiment in gold. Adhere to the center of the card.  Stamp the lantern and color.  Fussy cut and add to the card with foam adhesives. Stamp the poinsettia with watermark ink and heat emboss with gold powder.  Cut with the matching die.  Color and add micro beads for the flower center. Adhere to the card with foam adhesives.  Finish with pearls and ribbons as shown.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Core’dinations Design Team Call

Are you ready for a fun (although long) post?  Well grab your cup of tea and let's go!  Core'dinations Cardstock is having a design team call - and I love this company. Because their paper is either a matching or contrasting core (never white cores) - there are so many great techniques that are possible- where as other products just won't work. This paper is very versatile- I enjoy using it for cards and layouts, but it's also my favorite for mixed media projects.   I can only  give you a little taste of what can be created today, but if you haven't tried this paper - go get some now, and join the fun.


Project 1 - Card in a Box
Fancy Fold cards are always fun, and I thought this Card in a Box would be  a great way to show a potpourri of techniques and papers. While none of these techniques are hard, you put them all together, and you've got the wow factor. On this project I constructed the base, dry embossed, sanded, stamped, heat embossed, paper pieced the stamped flower, stencilled, fringed, punched, inked and die cut.

This amazing little box will fold flat and fit in an envelope.

The flowers and leaves were stamped on multiple colors of Core'dinations and paper pieced.



Supplies Project 1
Core'Dinations Vintage Collection
Core'Dinations Black Magic
Core'Dinations Whitewash
Core'Dinations Core Couture
Core'Dinations Super Assortments
Fun Journey Stampers: Greet and Shout, Enjoy the Journey, Summer Garden, Butterflies Die Set, Pennants die set, Color Fusion Ink
May Arts Ribbon


Project 2 - Shabby Floral Card

Project 2 - Shabby Floral Card
1. Cut a 4 x 6" card base from the Graphic 45 collection.
2.  Cut a 3.75" x 5.75" cream panel. Distress the edges and glue to the front.
3.   Cut a 3.5" x 5.5" piece of Whitewash collection, with the light green core. Emboss with the folder, then use the Core'dinations Sanding buddy to sand the raised areas, exposing the green areas of the paper.  Glue to the card.
4.  Tear two sections of the same paper for center panels, and glue to the center of the card.
5.  Use the same color paper as the card base to die cut the Decorative Lace Border.  Cut into two sections.  Glue the large scallops to the card and the smaller border to the edge of the card as shown.
6.  Die cut Carnations using the Whitewash collection - this time choose a peach colored core.  Sand over the petals to create a shabby look and to expose the peach.

7.   Add a bit of Blue Lagoon ink to the centers of the flowers.  The cardstock accepts the ink like a dream.
 8.  Sprint the flowers with Gold mist, and fold each flower in half, half again, and again - and then roll each between your fingers to curve them.  Let dry.
 9.  Unfold the flowers.
 10.  Turn the flowers over and shape with a stylus tool. Assemble the flowers as shown.  Add micro beads and an adhesive gem to each of the flower centers.  Add ribbon and gem flourishes to finish the card as shown.
Supplies for Project 2
Core'dinations Whitewash Collection Cardstock
 Core'dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series Cardstock 
Zva Creative Gems: CRW-03CB-143; CRW-07CA-151 
Spellbinders - Carnation Creations Die
Heartfelt Creations- Decorative Lace Border Die 
Sizzix Embossing Folder - Damask
 May Arts Tulle 
 True Color Fusion Ink - Kiwi 
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Gold 
Xyron - Adhesive 
Martha Stewart Micro Beads

Project 3 - Poppies Mixed Media Panel

My final  project is a mixed media wall hanging.  The panel is 12 x 12" and it's in a 16" square frame - to give you an idea of the dimensions. While this piece was very involved, there are tons of techniques that anyone could apply.  I was inspired by the gorgeous antique book - that I used as part of my focal point, and wanted to add handmade poppies to mimic the original graphics.


My background began as off white Core'dinations paper.  Small sections were embossed using Spellbinders/Gilded Life Vintage Brocade die.  The raised areas were inked, the whole piece misted, and then the raised areas were sanded.  Gold leaf was applied using a glue stick to some of the raised areas.  I also added some vintage lace and Art Anthology paints over the fabric.
 I embellished the front of the book with May Arts rhinestone chain, and used the Core Couture to die cut the Petite Monarch die.


I removed the pages of the book, and made a shadowbox to replace them.  I used the Gilded Life Vintage Damask and French Script Texture plates to emboss the Chocolate Box papers, and then I sanded the raised areas to expose the blue core. The Crowned Medallion pendant was used as the treasure in my box.  I used embossing powder over parts of it, to make it look like a time worn relic - and added a handmade poppy to the center.
From the bottom of the book, I hung a vintage mother of pearl chain with the Large Chandelier Bezel on it.  I cut the paper using the matching Chandelier die and used poppy paper from Graphic 45.  There are some tiny gold beads inside the bezel, and a vintage glass flower and rhinestone dangle were added to complete the transformation.


I used a combination of Spellbinders dies to create the poppies including the Create a Rose and the Create a Gerber Daisy, as well as leaves and centers from Heartfelt Creations/Spellbinders. I love the antique look of the sanded leaves - perfect for vintage projects.  I added a mix of black buttons and pearls to help tie in to the black matting in the frame.
  
Pearl buttons were added to the May Arts Ribbon .
 
 
(I'm also entering this canvas into the Gilded Life/Spellbinders Contest).



 Thanks for letting me share a little bit of my obsession with this paper today! I hope I've given you some ideas for you to try in your studio.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Thinking of You with Hampton Art


I really enjoy creating cards with lots of layered texture - and today's card really fits the bill.  I combined stamps and paper from the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection, added some embossing and chipboard and finished everything of with a handmade rose.



 The stamped butterfly really comes to life by adding some crystal flourishes.




Supplies
Hampton Art/ Graphic 45 Botanical Tea -1,2,3 ( ICO296, ICO297, ICO298)
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Patterned Paper
Zva Creative Flourish - CRW-07CA-120
Creative Embellishments Chipboard
Spellbinders - Embossing folder and dies
WorldWin Cardstock
DCWV Burlap


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hearfelt Creations New Release Festive Christmas Collection



Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 246 Festive Christmas Paper Collection
HCD 752 Cut Mat Create Die Set
HCD 734 Sun Kissed Fleur Die Set
HCPC 3621 Dove of Peace PreCut Set
HCPC 3623 Festive Candlelight PreCut Set
HCPC 3557 Christmas Poinsettia PreCut Set

1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)
Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Paper Blossoms Tool Kit 

Other Products Used 



May Arts Ribbon SN14

Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers: G28,G24,G20; E31,E33, E34, E35; R43. R46
Art Anthology Paints: Big Dip O' Ruby Velvet; Dimensional Crystal
Xyron 9" Creative Station, Teresa Collins Foam Adhesives, Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit Box
WorldWin Cardstock, Gold Foil Paper

Take a 6 x 6" card base and adhere a 5.75 x 5.75 piece of patterned paper. Cut the printed panel, and add Stickles to the berries in the background. Die cut the fancy corners from gold foil paper using the HCD and adhere to the back of the panel, so that the corners stick out as shown. Stamp the birds, color with Copic markers, and fussy cut.  Adhere the image to the card with foam adhesives. Stamp the flower border, color and fussy cut.  Stamp, cut  and shape the poinsettias to match. Paint the flowers and add Dimensional Crystal for the centers.   Adhere to the border and place on card.. Finish with ribbons.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Sew Beautiful Journal Page with Art Anthology


I usually like to have some sort of a plan for a project before I start.....so, sometimes I struggle with art journal pages.  I'm trying to work on being a little more free when I create, so these pages are great exercises for that.  As I worked on this one, it became more and more quilt/fabric like - so I added some embroidery image stencils over the top to finish the theme.

 I began by using plastic canvas waste as a stencil and misting with Colorations ( Waimea Bay and Heart).



 Then I used  houndstooth stencil and spread Baby Blue Eyes Sorbet over it.


 I made marks using Vegas Gold Sorbet with a comb and Red Velvet Sorbet with a cardboard tube.

 I misted the page with Colorations - Hottie. 

 I painted over part of the page with Art Anthology gesso.

I stencilled the base of the flowers with Mi Bella Sorbet and the centers with Persimmon Velvet.


 I used Modeling Paste to stencil the embroidery hoop and thread spools.

Then I used the Dimensional Crystal to color in the images.
 
I finished off the page with some  sequin hearts from May Arts and a "beautiful" sticker from Ki Memories.


Art Anthology Gesso
Art Anthology Sorbet: Mi Bella, Vegas Gold, Red Velvet, Blue Eyes
Art Anthology Velvet: Persimmon
Art Anthology Colorations: Hottie, Waimea Bay, Heart
Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal: Guava, Peony, Bluebird, Fairy, Sunbeam

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration





Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 245 Cut Mat Create Paper Collection
HCD 749 Cut Mat Create Die 1A
HCD 750 Cut Mat Create Die 1B
HCD 751 Cut Mat Create Die 2A
HCD 743 Raindrops on Roses Die

HCPC 3617 Birds and Blooms PreCut Set
HCPC 3616 Vines and Blooms PreCut Set

1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)

Other Products Used 
Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Seven
Spellbinders Decorative Labels Twenty-Seven

Copic Markers
Fun Stampers Journey  - Black Licorice Ink
Martha Stewart Mini Beads

WorldWin Papers -cardstock
Pearls

Cut the patterned paper panel for the background of the card and glue to a 6 x 6" card base.  Stamp 2 images of the flower clusters from Vines and Blooms set, fussy cut the images and color with markers.  Shape the leaves and flowers.  Add mini beads to the center, and finish with an adhesive pearl.  Die cut the flower foliage twice in green and twice in purple.  Cut the purple flowers and glue over the green flowers.  Add pearls and glue to the bottom corner of the card.  Die cut the large Decorative Labels 28 and glue to the card.  Die cut the next size down Labels 28 and glue to the back of the Raindrops on Roses diecut.  Add to the card with dimensional foam.  Stamp the sentiment and cut.  Glue vines across the sentiment and add to the card with dimensional adhesives.  Finish the card by gluing the flower corners as shown.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Birthday with Hampton Art


It's easier than ever before to put a cute spin on your cards using Hampton Art's Stamp and Stencil sets.  I was able to quickly add my stenciled banner to the top of the card, and stamped the sentiment.  The cake was stamped, colored and fussy cut - and then added to the card with foam dimensionals.  It's fun and festive, and everything comes together quickly.

Supplies
Hampton Art Vintologie Stamp and Stencil SC0646
Jillibean Soup Irish Farm House Soup ( bite size bits jb0007, sliced turnip jb0004)
May Arts Ribbon - KBB-46
WorldWin Cardstock

Remember...


I had to laugh when I saw some of the funny sentiments on Hampton Art's LOL line of stamps - and after having a family reunion a couple of weeks ago- I thought this one was perfect.

The sentiment was stamped with watermark ink and then heat embossed with red powder.  I love how the patterned paper and the ribbon coordinated so well.

Supplies
Hampton Art - LOL Laugh Out Loud Stamps SC0618
Jillibean Patterned Paper - Irish Farm House Soup (Beef Stock) jb0002
May Arts Ribbon - 382-34-14
Wow Embossing Powder - Cable Car Red
VersaMark Watermark Ink

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration





Today I've got another card to share with you using the Cut, Mat, Create collection from Heartfelt Creations.

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 245 Cut Mat Create Paper Collection
HCD 749 Cut Mat Create Die 1A
HCD 750 Cut Mat Create Die 1B
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCPC 3617 Birds and Blooms PreCut Set
HCPC 3615 Summer Song PreCut Set
1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)

Other Products Used 
May Arts Ribbon 
Copic Markers
Tsukineko Ink: VersaMagic ;. Versafine - Black

WorldWin Papers -cardstock
Pearls

Begin with a 4.5" x 5.5" card base. Cut the patterned paper layer from the paper collection and ink the edges.  Add ribbon around the center band and adhere to the base. Die cut a green designer paper mat using the 1A dies.  Stamp the image, color with Copic markers and cut using the 1B dies.  Die cut the ticket to use as a sentiment.  Stamp the flower image again and color the two largest flowers, Cut, color and shape and apply to the card for added dimension.  Stamp the butterfly, color and cut and add to the card to finish.