Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Heartfelt Creations New Release - Celebrate the Journey

Heartfelt Creations invites you to “Celebrate the Journey” with this classic travel-themed collection.  Whether you are traveling around the world or around the block, you will find papers, stamps and dies to document your life’s adventures.  The coordinating stamps and papers feature maps, compass roses, bicycles, hot air balloons, vintage suitcases, boarding passes and postcards. The clever Luggage and Tag die even creates a delightful 3-D suitcase! Soft hues of light green, deep teal, pink and rose merge with subtle, neutral backgrounds that are richly layered with beautiful fonts, flourishes and focal images.  “Celebrate the Journey” is just the ticket for both masculine and feminine projects, the perfect traveling companion for all of life’s journeys great and small.

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 242 Celebrate the Journey Paper Collection
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die Set
HCD 743 Raindrops on Roses Die Set
HCD 701 Posy Patch Die Set
HCPC 3599 Balloon and Bicycle PreCut Set
HCPC 3597 Luggage and Sentiments PreCut Set
HCPC 3303 Posy Patch Flowers PreCut Set
1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)
Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Paper Blossoms Tool Kit 

Other Products Used 

May Arts Ribbon 5/8" Faux Suede Ruffled Edge Ribbon NV 18
Tsukineko Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Brilliance - Crimson Copper;
Xyron Mega Runner, Teresa Collins Foam Adhesives
Copic Markers - RV95, W5
WorldWin Cardstock

Start with a 4" x 6" Card base.  Die cut the decorative topper from the Raindrops on Roses die set.  Adhere to the top of the card.  Layer a printed card front over the edge of the die cut, so the edge is hidden. Stamp the sentiment in the lower right corner.  Add ribbon to the top of the card, and die cut the printed tag using the Luggage and Tags die set. Stamp the bicycle and fussy cut.  Color with Copic markers.  Adhere to the base with foam adhesives.  Stamp and cut 3 Posy Patch flowers and glue in the basket.  Finish with pearls.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

May Arts and Lawn Fawn Hop Week

Welcome to day 2 of the May Arts and Lawn Fawn blog hop!  It's always fun to play with these stamps and to combine them with the gorgeous May Arts Ribbons!
Be sure to check out the new projects every day this week - and we will be giving away three prize packages each consisting of...
   1 spool of May Arts Ribbon – winners choice!
 A stamp set from Lawn Fawn!
 What do you have to do to enter to win?  Simple!  Post a comment on both the May Arts and Lawn Fawn Blog! 

I thought this Ferris wheel stamp was just the cutest and decided to give this card a carnival feel.  I fringed the edges of the Faux Canvas ribbon to give the appearance of crepe paper streamers and added the fun pom-poms.

May Arts Ribbons
Lawn Fawn
Partners in Craft Supplies
Other Supplies
WorldWin Papers Cardstock
Martha Stewart Punch

Blog Hop Order





Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mixed Media Layout with Art Anthology

Today's layout is going to show you how to add stamped/painted canvas elements to your project.  It's a fun technique that adds a different dimension to your piece.

 First, I decided where my photo would go on the layout, and drew it off in pencil.  Then I added Art Anthology Gesso around the borders and misted it with Cinnamon Toast Colorations. With my finger, I added Velvet Dimensional paint in Reef, Fiji and Portobello.  Then I stamped various background stamps (using StazOn ink).


To make the canvas flowers, I painted Desire (Velvet) over the canvas, leaving some areas uncoverd.  Next I sprayed Paprika over the rest of the canvas to fill in.  At this point, I stamped one flower on the canvas and cut it out.  The paint will help to keep the canvas from fraying.

 For my other flowers, I painted Gesso over the painted canvas, and while the gesso was wet, I stamped the Worn Stars stamp into it (without any ink on it). This was allowed to dry completely, then the flowers were stamped and cut.

You can see the faint stars on the pink flowers.

 I also used the gesso to stamp the drink ring stamp on the layout.


For the final detail, I made a heart from twine and used it to frame my photo.

Crafter's Workshop - Punchinella TCW219
Unity Stamps
Adore Words
Donna Peony
Angie Girl: Dream With Your Heart
Donna Poppies
So Blessed Itty Bitty
Wishes and Kisses
Stars of Worn
Worn Music
Cooped Up Notes
True Story (SMAK 3/12)
Graphic 45
Typography, French Country Patterned Papers

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

May Arts Autism Awareness Day Blog Hop

 Welcome to May Arts' Autism Awareness Day Blog Hop! The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.

Did you know ...
  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

Thank you for joining us in this very special hop!  Of course, there will be a prize - because it is a May Arts hop! Leave comments on any of the stops for entries to win
  3 spools from our "blue" ribbons - winner's choice. 

I was inspired by the words on this plaque found on Pinterest  
for my mini album and incorporated them into my pages. 

May Arts Ribbons 
Partners In Craft Supplies 
Other Supplies
Sizzix Tags Die 
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder
Art Anthology Colorations
Resin Flower

Blog Hop Order

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 241 Once Upon a Time Paper Collection

HCD 742 Majestic Blooms Die
HCD 736 Classic Leaf Die 
HCPC 3590 Embrace Time Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3578 Majestic Morning Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3545 Open Leaf PreCut Set 
HCPC 3546 Classic Leaf PreCut Set
1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)
Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Paper Blossoms Tool Kit 

Other Products Used 
Art Anthology: Colorations - Peacock Feathers, Gesso
Faber Castell Gelatos

Tsukineko Ink: Brilliance - Pearlescent Ivy; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Brilliance - Crimson Copper; Versamark Watermark Ink: Versmagic- Perfect Plumeria
Gold Embossing Powder
Xyron Mega Runner, Teresa Collins Foam Adhesives
WorldWin Cardstock

Cut a printed panel from the paper collection at 5 3/4" x 5 3/4".  Distress the edges. Mount on a 6 x 6" card base.  Stamp the Embrace Time Background with watermark ink and heat emboss with a gold powder.  Lightly brush gesso over the stamped area, and wipe away excess.  Use gelatos to add color around some of the embossed areas and rub in with your finger.  Spritz some Colorations mist over the card front.  Cut an "O" from the patterned paper and glue to the word "love". Stamp and cut the leaves with the corresponding dies, and shape them.  Adhere to the card.  Stamp the flowers with the watermark ink, and heat emboss with the gold powder.  Use the Plumeria ink to color the flowers.  Shape and add to card to finish.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Zva Creative March DT Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our March blog hop!  We are very excited to have you join us today and hope you are inspired all of the beautiful work that we are about to share!
The hop begins at Zva Creative’s Facebook page! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 
As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

Since Easter is getting close, I thought I would share a sweet card for the occasion, that would be perfect to add to your Easter basket.

My image ( La Blanche's Bunny Flower) was stamped in VersaMagic Niagara Mist and then cut with Spellbinders ( Opulent Ovals). I thought that the Zva Creative pearl flourish ( CRW-07CA-157), added dimension to the tall flowers. I also added one of Zva's pretty silk flowers (FL-04CA-130) to the card.

Zva Creative Flourish: CRW-07CA-157
Zva Creative Flower: FL-04CA-130
La Blanche Stamp - Bunny flower
Spellbinders: Opulent Ovals
Authentique paper: 6 x 6 Flourish

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, March 31st  and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, April 1st
Hidden on FIVE of the blogs along the way is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on one post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win. 
The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 2nd on Zva Creative’s Facebook page. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva’s page on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!
We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!  To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.
*Hop over to Zva’s Facebook page and “like” our page or leave a comment there to tell us that you stopped by if you already like us there!
The blog hop begins here at  Zva Creative’s Facebook page. Your next stop is Gine Silveira Enjoy!
Thank you for joining us!
P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on April 28th for next month’s hop.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration

Welcome back for another Heartfelt Creations Inspiration Wednesday! Today's layout is pretty technique heavy, so I have a lot of pictures for you.  I also have to tell you - out of all of the pictures I took last fall of my nephew at Disney World - this is one of my favorites!  He had on his Peter Pan hat - and the sun was perfect to "catch his shadow".  I also borrowed some of my favorite Peter Pan quotes to journal onto the page-
  •  To live would be an awfully great adventure. 
  •  Second star to the right and straight on til morning.  
  • The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.)
 The title letters were stenciled with Modeling Paste onto burlap paper, and then heat embossed with powder.  More journaling was added to the tag behind the photo.

Small details are all over this layout!  I doodled around the title, heat embossed the edges of the paper, machine stitched , spritzed, stamped...allright, you get the idea!

 The flower was heat embossed with gold and then colored with inks.

 I assembled pieces from Heartfelt Creations dies to create a clock tower - perfect for the Once Upon a Time stamp in the center.

 The alarm clock was fussy cut from the patterned paper, and layered onto a matching piece of paper using foam adhesives.  The face of the clock was covered with Crystal Lacquer and sprinkled with Lindy's Stamp Gang Mica Powder (Jolly Swagman Olive Green).
 There are two different star streamers here - The dark blue panel has small stars cut from HC Gift Ensemble Die and stitched to the paper.  The larger stars were cut from a retired Spellbinders, and then dry embossed and heat embossed with LSG Oakleaf Olive Embossing Powder.  Gala Glitz Glitter was glued under the Zva Creative Flourish to give a truly explosive feel.

I used the March Color Challenge for Lindy's Stamp Gang for this palette. 

I used the Once Upon a Sketch for March for my sketch. 

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 241 Once Upon a Time Paper Collection
HCPC1  239 Majestic Morning Paper Collection
HCPC1 229 Countryside Evening Paper Collection
HCD Once Upon a Time Die
HCD 742 Majestic Blooms Die
HCD 736 Classic Leaf Die 
HCD 737 Ornate Gateway Die
HCD 735 Gift Ensemble Die
HCD 732 Decorative Flower Pot Die
HCPC 3592 Timeless Clock PreCut Set
HCPC 3515 Burlap Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3320 Vintage Word Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3578 Majestic Morning Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3545 Open Leaf PreCut Set
Gala Glitz - Blue Waltz
Crystal Lacquer
1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)
Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Paper Blossoms Tool Kit 

Other Products Used 

Zva Creative Gem Flourish CRW-07CA-153; CR-07CA-110

May Arts: Paper Cord 420-33; Pom-Poms 419-16; Sheer Daisy Edge QK4-45; 1 1/2" Natural Silky With Woven Checkered Edge 475-15-33
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder: Hydrangea Blue Mauve; Oakleaf Olive
Lindy's Stamp Gang Mica Powder: Jolly Swagman Olive Green
Teresa Collins Alphabet Stencil
Stencil Girl - Damask Stencil
Spellbinders - Stars (discontinued)
Tsukineko Ink: VersaMagic: Night Sky, Gingerbread, Moss Green; Versamark Watermark Ink; StazOn Ink - Jet Black
Gold Embossing Powder
Faber- Castell Gelatos
DCWV Burlap Paper
Liquitex Modeling Paste, Gloss Gel Medium
Xyron Mega Runner, Teresa Collins Foam Adhesives

12" x 12" Layout -Water distress the edges of the backing page.  Trim the working base page to 11.5".  Distress the edges and heat emboss with a mix of Hydrangea Glue Mauve and Oakleaf Olive.  Machine stitch the edges.  Randomly stamp the Burlap background and Vintage Word Background stamps using StazOn ink - close to the focal area of the layout.  Lay the damask stencil on the page and use a palette knife to apply Modeling Paste to the design. Let dry completely and color with an olive gelato.  Assemble a "clock tower" by using die cuts from the Decorative Flower Pot and the Ornate Gateway die sets.  Stamp the clock face using the Timeless Clock PreCut set.  Add metal hands to the clock.  Add to the layout as shown. Tear two strips of navy paper from the Countryside Evening Paper collection and ink the edges and glue the strips together.  Die cut small stars from the Gift Ensemble die set and stitch down the center of these strips. Layer ribbon and corrugate paper under the strips and adhere to the layout with foam adhesives.  Mix Gloss Gel Medium and Mica Powder together and paint onto cardstock.  Allow to dry then cut and emboss large stars using a Spellbinders die. Leave in the die, and apply watermark ink, and heat emboss the raised areas using the Oakleaf Olive embossing powder.  Machine stitch the stars to form a streamer and add to the layout.  Glue Gala Glitz Glitter to the areas beneath the gem flourishes.  Cut a printed panel from the Majestic Morning Paper collection , distress the edges and add the photo. Stamp the Majestic Morning flowers using watermark ink and heat emboss with gold. Cut with the corresponding die and shape.  Stamp and cut greenery using the Open Leaf stamp and corresponding die.  Nestle the leaves behind the flower. Cut a tag from the patterned paper.  Add journaling if desired, and tuck under the photo. Add twine to the tag to make it easier to remove. Fussy cut the alarm clock from a second piece of the base paper.  Fill in the face using Crystal Lacquer and tap Mica powder around the edges.  Use Modeling Paste and an alphabet stencil on burlap paper to create the title.  After the paste is dry, cut out the letters, rub watermark ink over, and heat emboss with Hydrangea Blue Mauve Powder.