Friday, December 31, 2010

Webster's Pages Butterfly card



I love Webster's Pages - and I've always admired Tim Holtz - but this Christmas, with Tim's 12 days of tags - I really got hooked! If I try to make something that looks like Tim's style - it just does not work for me. But I love taking some of his techniques and using them in a uniquely "Gini" way. I made this butterfly charm by cutting the image out of Webster's Pages and gluing it with stickles to the back of one of Tim's facets. I then mounted on a TH book plate. Honestly, I had been going to make a necklace out of this, but it just wasn't working for me. The stamp behind my charm is one of the new Webster's Pages/Unity stamps. So far, the stamps are all Christmas themed, but this just goes to show that it does not have to be used that way. Oh, there's also some Dusty Attic chipboard thrown in for good measure!

I cut the flower out of WP DP using the Tattered Florals die, and beaded around a "Whimsie" from WP for the center. I used lots of Glimmer Mist (which I always love!)

This Boy


This is a picture of my nephew Cole, from a couple of years ago. I can't believe how quickly he is growing up! He is sitting on a small concrete bear, that's in my parent's front yard. Everytime I walk past it, I remember how little he was on it!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Flower Soft Blog Hop - Winter Chill



This week’s Flower Soft Sprinkle Challenge & Hop (FSC18) – Winter Chill!

We have a special hop today! We are sponsoring The Daily Dare’s 12 Days of Christmas today. So after you are finished hopping please go check it out for another chance to win a fabulous Flower Soft prize!!! She has 12 days of challenges lined up with some wonderful sponsors.

We’ll be picking two winners this week (plus Deb will pick a third for The Daily Dare) One random winner from someone who comments on one of the hop blogs and a SCS winner.

All winners will receive:

SCS entries must be uploaded to the SCS gallery and use at least one Flower Soft product (Flower Soft, toppers, stamps) to be eligible to win. Please use the keyword FSC18 and flowersoft (one word) when uploading to the gallery so we can find your project. Entries will be accepted for the challenge until 6:00am CT on January 7th. The SCS winner’s card will be featured on the Flower Soft blog on January 7th!

Want even more inspiration? There is a new episode of Flower Soft TV every Friday. To register for announcements, contests and specials at Flower Soft TV go to http://www.flower-soft.tv/#information.html and then click green "REGISTER" button.

For my card, I used one of the adorable Charlie's Ark Sepia Snowman toppers. I added a little color, very lightly coloring with my copics. I framed my image using Gold Peel Off stickers. These are so great for adding a very professional finish to any project. I also used Polar White Flower Soft for the snow.


We hope you will join us for some wintery fun! Now hop over to Vicki's blog and see what she has cooked up for you!


Hop starts at the Flower Soft Blog - http://flower-softinc.blogspot.com/


Jeanne - http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Debbie - http://www.debbieseyer.com/
Gini - http://ginicagle.blogspot.com
Vicki - http://summerthymestudio.blogspot.com/

Deb - http://withastampandasong.blogspot.com/

Cibele - http://flowerfoot.blogspot.com/

Dina – http://mamadinis.blogspot.com/


Challenges:

CPS - #164 sketch

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday


It's Wednesday and time to share a card using my Heartfelt Creations.


Here are the details:

HCPC 3355 Scenic Combo Precut Set

Spellbinders Labels 1

Copics: W1,W3, W5, E71,E74, E77, B0000, B000, B00

G82, G94, G29, G21, Y18, BV13

Flower Soft : Meadow, Christmas Green, Pale Green

Glossy Accents

I stamped my image onto Cryogen White paper using black Momento ink. I colored my scene with Copic pens. Next, I cut the image using Labels 1, and left it in the die to use the Copic airbrush system to color the sky. I coated the pond with Glossy Accents to make it look like water. After that was very dry, I added Flower Soft accents for my greenery. I assembled the 6 x 6 card as shown, using DP from My Mind's Eye Penny Lane collection.


Challenges:
Sketch and Stash: sketch 10

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Beary Scrap Year in Review

It has been such a fun year, here at the Beary Scrap! We have really loved sharing our creations with you and seeing your cards and layouts as well! I think we have all "grown" in our styles, and that has been inspiring to see the evolution of artists.

We decided to share our favorite project of the year - and our favorites from the other team members (such hard choices!)

When I began this DT, I was really a die-hard card maker. In the past several months, I have been having so much fun with layouts (Maybe because it's just a bigger canvas to work on!) I was really having a hard time deciding between two layouts - this one, and the one that Susan chose as her favorite yesterday - So I thought I would share this one with you today!




Now, the really tough part - narrowing down just one project from my DT Sisters! They are all so talented - I should just link to their blogs and say I love it all!

For Jamie, I chose this layout that she did for a color challenge.



Jamie always brings a sense of whimsy to her creations - They are always fun. I love seeing the pictures of her beautiful family on her layouts - and don't you think that Owen the Owl was just made for this paper? Jamie is so sweet and thoughtful and I have been so blessed to be on this team with her!

I was really torn on which project to pick for Patricia, but in the end I chose one of her Tear Bear Creations - because, let's just face it - she rocks those! Girl, some of your projects must take days and days to complete, but they are always well worth it - and I really enjoy seeing what you do with them!



And now Susan - I don't think you have ever made a project that I have'nt loved. Your vintage style, your attention to detail - it always makes for such stunning cards. You do such amazing things with Magnolia's - so I knew I would pick one of those.


To me, this best represents your vintage style. Your layering is superb and your coloring just makes me say, ahhhhh! The hidden tag on this one was one of those little surprises that you through in to see if we are paying attention (and yes, we are!).

Elise is no longer on TBS DT, but we all still love her and are always inspired by her work. There is always such an attention to detail and little extra surprises along the way!

Kimm, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful, little family! You are always so sweet and generous with us - and I am really blessed.

We are looking forward to what 2011 holds in store for us and look forward to you being a part of it with us.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday


This is my very sparkly card that I am sharing on the Heartfelt Creations Blog today. Since we've just got a few days till Christmas, I thought I had better sneak this one in.

Here are the details for the card:

HCPC 3348 Cardinal Pine Cone Border

Clear Cardstock

Staz-on Ink (black)

Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear

Art Institute Metal glue tip

I stamped the cardinal border using Staz-on ink onto a piece of Clear Cardstock. Then, I chose my first color of glitter (red) and filled in the areas on my image that I wanted to be red. I sprinkled heavily with glitter and let dry (It took quite a while for this to dry completely - You can tell by looking under the clear cardstock, when the glue is completely clear). I continued this process until I had added each layer of glitter. I colored in details of the stamp using Smooch inks (the branch - Molasses, the beak -Carrot, filler on pine needles - Luscious Lime)

For my DP, I used all papers from My Mind's Eye, I Believe Collection. On the bottom layer, I inked the edges using Distress Ink in Fired Brick. My other mats were layers with red cardstock, stitched with gold thread and distressed. I attached the glittered image (glitter side down) to another layer of cardstock, using dimensional adhesives stuck on the cardinals (so it wouldn't show through to the front side).

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HCPC 3348 Cardinal Pine Cone Border

Clear Cardstock

Staz-on Ink (black)

Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear

Art Institute Metal glue tip

I stamped the cardinal border using Staz-on ink onto a piece of Clear Cardstock. Then, I chose my first color of glitter (red) and filled in the areas on my image that I wanted to be red. I sprinkled heavily with glitter and let dry (It took quite a while for this to dry completely - You can tell by looking under the clear cardstock, when the glue is completely clear). I continued this process until I had added each layer of glitter. I colored in details of the stamp using Smooch inks (the branch - Molasses, the beak -Carrot, filler on pine needles - Luscious Lime)

For my DP, I used all papers from My Mind's Eye, I Believe Collection. On the bottom layer, I inked the edges using Distress Ink in Fired Brick. My other mats were layers with red cardstock, stitched with gold thread and distressed. I attached the glittered image (glitter side down) to another layer of cardstock, using dimensional adhesives stuck on the cardinals (so it wouldn't show through to the front side).

Challenges:

Friday Sketchers: Sketch

Bunny Zoe: sparkle and shine

Oh Alice: Winter Wonderland

Stampin for the Weekend: Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Last Minute Gifts


I am realizing that I only have a few days left until Christmas - eeek! I'm not ready. So tonight, I combined my Beary Scrap Pearls/Gems project with some little presents for the ladies in my office. I made some "Reindeer Tea Mix" and made tags for each one using a reindeer stamp from Tim Holtz. My papers are from Echo Park's Merry Christmas line. I embossed the stamp with gold powder. I think it is really fun to use a little bling for the holly berries.

How about you? Are you ready for the big day?

Challenges:
Creative Inspirations: Anything Goes Christmas
ABC - J jewels
Passionately Artistic - Linking Party

Monday, December 20, 2010

Belles n Whistles - Happy New Year


It's time for the last challenge of the year at Belles n Whistles - and it will get you ready for the 2011 - We would love to see a card celebrating the New Year. I used Snowball Snowbaby. Doesn't it almost look like she is looking into a crystal ball wondering what the next year will bring? Of course, no one can predict the future, but I pray that you have a very blessed year in 2011!


Challenges:
Sketch Saturday- sketch
Bo Bunny - Use a Christmas ornament on your card
Creative Card Crew - anything goes
Delightful Challenges: Happy New Year
Simon Says Stamp: Silver, white, blue
Charisma Cardz: New Year Celebration
Crafty Catz: Your choice (Happy New Year challenge)
Cute Card Thursday: One of the Kids
Dutch Dare: Winter
Fussy and Fancy: Snow
Oh Alice: Winter Wonderland
Sweet Stampin: Celebrations
Copic Creations: sparkle

Woo Hoo!

I just found out I am the guest designer today at Echo Park Paper's Blog!!!! Woo hoo! I would love for you to drop by and check it out!

Now, I am going to try to go to sleep - the mega large cup of diet coke this afternoon at the movies is not going to help!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Snowflake on my Basket!



It's Wednesday and the clock is ticking to get those last minute gifts together. Today is also my Heartfelt Creations and Flower Soft days, so I combined products from both of these great companies on this project!

If you want a really quick little basket to make, I've got just the idea for you! Last week on Flower Soft TV, Noreen showed how to make this simple basket from a sheet of cardstock. I just scored my lines using my Scor-pal and I had a basket in less than 2 minutes! (Now mind you, I spent longer decorating it!)

Here are the details for you:

HCPC 3344 Single Snowflakes

HCPC 3345 Snowflake Medley Swirl

Snowflake Wonders Shapeabilities

Silver Flower Soft

Polar White Flower Soft

This little gift basket is really simple and quick to make, so if you have a bunch of Christmas favors that you need to put together, this would be a great way! I found the directions for making the basket on the December 10th program of Flower Soft TV (Festive Decorations). So after the basic basket was finished, I decorated it. I cut four squares 2.25" out of some kind of holographic white type paper. To stamp on this, I used the Snowflake Medley Swirl and VersaCraft ink (and heat set it). This ink worked well on my coated paper, and didn't smear my design at all. I glued the panels on using Scor-tape and then glued a border of silver Flower Soft around the edge of each square. I stamped snowflakes from the Single Snowflakes with Versamark ink, and embossed with silver. I cut the snowflakes out using the Snowflake wonder dies, and added Polar White Flower Soft along the edges. I used dimensional adhesives to glue my snowflakes on.

To see lots of fantastic inspiration from the DT of Heartfelt Creations - jump over to the blog!


To play along with this week's Flower Soft Challenge (Think Snow) - head over to our forum at Splitcoast Stampers.

Challenges:
Paper Sundaes: Anything but Square
Stamptacular Sunday: Winter Wishes
Alota: Snowflakes
Charisma Cardz: Christmas Gift
Fussy and Fancy: Anything but a card
Totally Gorjuss: Snow
All Sorts: Last minute Christmas

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Last Day for The Beary Scrap Sketch!


Today is the last day to enter your sketch for the Beary Scrap Challenge. I've made another card using this sketch and it looks so different than my last one! I used Reindeer Tilda and lots of fun papers from MME - Fine and Dandy - Tickled Pink collection. I thought Tilda would like sitting in the window, watching all of the snow fall (which is what it is doing here in NC!). The window was cut with Heartfelt Creations Decorative Window Scene Spellbinder's die. I found some clear acrylic snowflakes among some inexpensive Christmas decorations, and colored them using alcohol inks, as inspired by all of the fabulous techniques of Tim Holtz.

Challenges:

Stamptacular Sunday: Winter Wishes/Winter Scene
Alota: Snowflakes
Incy Wincy: Non-traditional Christmas colors
Stamp With Fun: Christmas
Wild Orchid: Pink, white, silver
Stamp and Show: Tim Technique
Joan's Garden: Recipe challenge
7 kids - Winter Wonderland
Simon Says: Christmas with no red or green
ABC DT Challenge: Non traditional Holiday colors
Crafty Pad: Embossing
Delightful Challenges: Embossing
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Non traditional Christmas
Just Magnolia- Christmas
Totally Gorjuss - Snow

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Flower Soft and those last minute Christmas cards!

Are you feeling the pressure of the holidays? Don't loose the true meaning of the season! If you are stressed because you still have Christmas cards to make, we want to show you really quick cards this week at Flower Soft. I used this pre-printed topper from the Moments in Time Christmas Spirit pack. This card was finished in 5 minutes! I just added a little Polar White Flower Soft for my snow, punched a border and added a little sparkly ribbon and Prima holly - and it was done! If you needed to make a bunch, you could do this assembly line in no time flat! Please be sure to take a look at the other members of the DT to get some last minute ideas.

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Holiday Greetings
Wild Orchid: Old Fashioned Christmas
Spoon Full of Sugar: Christmas Card
Mark's Finest Papers: red and green

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Have Wednesday's become your favorite day? You know, the day that the designer's at Heartfelt Creations show all of the fabulous projects that they've been working on? I love it! I am always so inspired by all of the incredible projects that are shared. If you have missed it, every Wednesday, we not only give you a ton of eye candy, but also directions, so if you would like to CASE our cards, you can!

I love how elegant this card turned out - and I think it would be a great card for anyone!

Here are the details:

HCPC 3320 Vintage Word Background
HCPC 3301 Hydrangea/Posy Branch
HCD 708 Decorative Window Scene Die
HCD 701Posy Patch Die
HCPC 3303Posy Patch Flowers
Gold Gala Glitz

I made my background paper using the Vintage Words stamp - and stamping on Kraft cardstock using Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap, and then flicking it with some droplets of water to age it. I also distressed the edges of the paper . I stamped part of the Posy branch using Versamark ink and embossed in gold. Then I glued my Fancy Window Scene frame around the image. I stamped and cut Posy Patch flowers to match up with the background stamp, and pop-dotted some of them to create different heights on the flowers. I used gold lame Smooch around one of my background papers to highlight the edge, and also around some of the Dusty Attic Chipboard scallop.


Thanks for looking!

Challenges:
CardPatterns: Sketch
PaperPlay: monochromatic
Sweet Stampin - Make your own background paper
Joan's Garden: Heartfelt Creations Stamps
Sketchy Colors: brown and cream

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Heartfelt Creations WOW card

I will admit it - I am the world's worst about putting sentiments on or in my cards - I really just forget. So, when I saw the sketch at Charisma Cardz this week, and the extra challenge to use only a sentiment, I thought it was time to step up. I have to say, I am really pleased with the results. I love this verse that is from Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3321 - Believe. I used a vine embossing folder behind the verse, and love how that relates.

Be sure to drop by in the morning for another card featuring Heartfelt Creations.

Challenges:
Charisma Cardz: sketch/ sentiment only
Joan's Garden: Heartfelt Creations
Flourishes: Winter White Challenge
Stampin Sisters in Christ: White with a splash of red

The Beary Scrap's December Sketch Challenge



We have started another sketch challenge over at the Beary Scrap - and this is my first go at it. It is such a versatile sketch, I'm sure I will be using it again. I got to play with some of the new goodies in the store for this card - Bo Bunny's Midnight Frost and Magnolia "MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS" Tilda with Fir Tree.

I cut my snowflakes out using Spellbinders and embellished them with a little bling. For my Tilda, I colored her with copics, added stickles to her coat, puff paint for her fur, and ultra fine Flower Soft in Pine over the tree. I love how this created lots of dimension.

I hope you will get a chance to play along with us!

Challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday: Blue Christmas
Wild Orchid: Old Fashioned Christmas
Alota: Snowflakes
7 Kids: Non traditional Christmas Colors
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Holiday Greeting

Monday, December 6, 2010

Belles n Whistles - Sparkly Christmas


It's time for a new challenge at the Belles n Whistles Challenge Blog and the lovely Lynda has chosen a sparkly, glittery, blingy Christmas - Yay! How much fun! My card really sparkles much more in person - the paper is glittery, the Prima flowers are glittery and of course, I added stickles to my sweet Star of Bethlehem image. This was my favorite Christmas stamp last year, and I waited too long to order it - and it sold out! I had to wait until this year to add her to my collection. So, don't make my mistake, grab yours today.

Have you been playing along with our Advent Blog event? We have so many cool things planned this month - and we are giving goodies away everyday! We are also holding a Christmas Ornament contest and would love for you to play along! There will be 3 prizes awarded - the first prize is a $25 gift certificate! So don't forget to make a BnW ornament!

Challenges:
Simon Says: sketch

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My Shabby Christmas Wreath

A couple of years ago, I found this wonderful and shabby pink Christmas wreath, that I thought really had some potential. It has sat in my garage since then, up until this week. I finally had my inspiration for it! I striped the wreath down and cleaned it up - then I used a spray adhesive and covered it with Martha Stewart glitter. I made 3-dimensional flowers for it, using Webster's Pages papers and buttons. I hot-glued vintage Christmas ornaments all over - and then added broken rhinestone jewelery. Finally, a big pink bow, and it was ready to go.

Challenges:
Creative Inspirations: Christmas Gifts
Shabby Tea Room: Get in Shape
Wild Orchid: Old-fashioned/ Victorian Christmas
Wed. Creative Inspirations: Christmas Decorations
Fussy and Fancy: anything but a card
Oh Alice: DIY flowers
Bunny Zoe's: Christmas, but not a card
Stamp and Create: Tis the Season
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Anything but a card/winter/ribbon

Christmas Tags - Reason for the Season

This is just a quick tag I wanted to share with you. The "Joy to the World" is a stamp from Heartfelt Creations HCPC 346 Joyous Noel. The tree and other papers are from Echo Park.

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show: tag
Stamp and Create: Tis the Season
Bunny Zoe's: Christmas, but not a card
Mark's Finest Papers: Red and Green
Stamp Something: Christmas Colors
Dutch Dare: Christmas tag
Wild Orchid: Old Fashioned Christmas
Stamp with fun : advent
Wee Memories: Holiday song

Friday, December 3, 2010

Heartfelt Creations is hoping along with Scrap-Mart





Welcome to the First Annual Scrap-Mart.com Blog Hop! You should have arrived from the Boss Kut Blog, if not, please go to the Scrap-Mart blog to start from the beginning. There are 31 blogs participating in the hop and you will find some great prizes along the way. You must comment on THAT blog post to be eligible to win that prize. There are also some Grand Prizes posted on the Scrap-Mart blog. You must comment on EVERY blog throughout the hop to be eligible for the Grand Prizes. Comments will remain open until midnight CST on Sunday, December 5th. Winners will be chosen at random for each individual prize and will be announced on the Scrap-Mart blog on Friday, December 10th. You may only win once. We'd like to thank our sponsors for generously donating all the prizes for this hop: Making Memories, Spellbinders, JustRite Stampers, Sizzix, Heartfelt Creations, Lifestyle Crafts, The Stamps of Life, Boss Kut, Unity Stamps, October Afternoon, Copic, Silhouette America.

I have a Christmas layout to share with you today. My husband proposed two years ago on Christmas Eve, so that was the perfect occasion to scrap. I made my 3 largest flowers on this layout using Heartfelt Creations stamps and their exclusive Spellbinder dies. The large polka-dotted flower uses the HC Open Petals stamp set and the HC Perfect Petals Die cut. The red and white flowers were created using the Daisy Patch Die and the Daisy Patch flowers. I stamped holly leaves using the HC Holly Leaves Precut set and cut them out using the Holly/Ornament Die Cut set. I had so much fun building up this flower arrangement on my page using the Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies, and some Prima flowers. Now it's time to hop along to the next stop, which is my very talented DT sister, Debbie Seyer.

I am really excited that one lucky commenter on this post is going to win from Heartfelt Creations the HCPC 3335 Snowflake Medallions and the HCD - Holly Ornament Die set! You will have so much fun with these! Do you have any idea of the gorgeous snowflakes you will be able to make? Good luck!



Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter Wonderland Blog Hop with Flower Soft



Ready to Celebrate?

This week’s Flower Soft Sprinkle Challenge (FSC14) – Winter Wonderland!

The Flower Soft designers will be featuring cards today using the Charlie’s Ark Creative Kits.

This week we’ll be giving away TWO prize packages! One prize package will be given away on the blog hop and another will be chosen among people who make a card using Flower Soft and post it in the Splitcoast Gallery using the keyword FSC14. Both prize winners will be chosen and announced on the Flower Soft blog on December 10. The winner of the Splitcoast Gallery challenge will have their card featured on the Flower Soft Blog on December 10th!!!

If you didn’t start at the beginning of the hop please go to the beginning at the Flower Soft Blog.

As you make your way through the hop make sure you comment on each and every post. There will be a prize winner chosen randomly among the blogs. The prizes (one set for Splitcoast players and one set for the blog hop!)

I used the Charlie's Ark, Christmas With Friends, Creative kit for my card. Talk about easy! Everything you need to make adorable cards comes in the package. Extra layering pieces are already cut - so you don't even need to get out your scissors! I just added a piece of ribbon, a few Dew Drops for my holly berries, and punched a border. I added some Ultra-Fine Flower Soft in Earth for my pudding crumbs, and Strawberry red for the berries in my border. If you have a bunch of Christmas cards to make - this is the way to go!



Want even more inspiration? Do you like video tutorials? Make sure and visit Flower Soft TV!


Here is the hop order


Deb Felts

Cibele Glazer

Jeanne Streiff

Linda Beeson

Vicki Garrett

Debbie Seyer

Gini Cagle ( you are here)

Dina Kowal

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's time to start wrapping presents!


Ok, I'll admit it - I don't have my Christmas shopping done - but at least I've gotten started! And I had a little present for my sister just waiting to be wrapped, so it gave me the perfect opportunity to make this adorable gift box. I just got this oh so cute Merry Christmas by Echo Park from the Beary Scrap yesterday, and I couldn't wait to play with it! I made my medallion using stamps from Heartfelt Creations: Agape Love, Cameo Daisy 1 and 2 (these flowers are limited edition stamps and only available through 12/31!). I added gold Flower Soft to the center of my flower.





Isn't it fun to post a picture of a present online, where nobody can get to them to shake them?

The Beary Scrap - Last day for anything goes!


Today is the final day for the Beary Scrap's Anything Goes challenge. If you haven't gotten an entry in, you better do it!

I tried something different today. I made a blackboard/clipboard using Pink Paislee's Queen Bee paper. I spray painted my clipboard using chalkboard paint from the hardware store. I stamped a bee from the Queen Bee clear impressions stamp set using white ink onto the board. I love having matching stamp sets to go with a paper line! The flower is made from felt punched from a scalloped circle punch, and then just sewn together. The leaves beneath the flower were cut with my Cricut using the Botanicals cartridge. I still wanted a little more pizzaz to my project, so I added lace (colored with Apple Glimmer mist), velvet ribbon and a Pink Paislee brad with the back snipped off to the blackboard.

Hope you enjoyed looking!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thank You with Flower Soft


Why not get a head start on your thank-you cards that you are going to need after the holidays, and join in the challenge at Flower Soft? Our theme is Give Thanks/Thanksgiving and the winner gets their choice of 5 jars of Flower Soft! Winner will be announced on Wednesday.

I used Ultrafine Flower Soft on the flowers of my designer paper. The ultra fine is great for adding just a little dimension without being too much.

I hope you will get a chance to play along!

Challenges:
2 Sketches 4 You: sketch
Mark's Finest Papers: Bow
Sweet Stampin: Buttons and Bows
Stamp Something: Thankful
Spoon Full of Sugar: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Cut it Out
Pollycraft: Feelin Blue

28 Days til Christmas!


I really should be putting up my Christmas decorations, but before I do that, I thought that I would share a Christmas card that I made using Teresa Collin's Christmas papers. I loved building up all of these layers and distressing them as I went.

Are you getting ready for Christmas? Do you have your tree up yet?

Challenges:
One Stitch at a Time: Choose an event (Christmas)
Pile it On: Winter Means....
Sketchy Colors: Red and White
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Distress Inks
Alota: Christmas
Papertake Weekly: Cut it Out
Spoon Full of Sugar: Anything goes
Delightful Challenges: Flower Power
Crafty Creations: Christmas is Coming
Crafty Catz: Christmas
Craft Your Days Away: texture
Mark's Finest Papers: Bow
Crazy 4 Challenges: script paper

Friday, November 26, 2010

Heartfelt Creations Release Day and Black Friday Special!




It's finally here! The moment I know you have been waiting for - the new Window Scene Collection at Heartfelt Creations! These are the cards that I made for the release. I love the exclusive die in this set, and know you will too. It has so many possibilities. You will want to go to the Heartfelt Creations blog to see all of the products in this release as well as see the gorgeous inspiration and how-to's from the DT. After you've drooled a bit, be sure to head to the store, because Emma Lou has a fantastic Black Friday special for you ...

Black Friday Promotions:
As a special thank you to our customers we will be offering an amazing Black Friday Savings of $20 on this must-have collection and a FREE PreCut Stamp Set of your choice (valued at $14.99) with every order over $50.To qualify for the free stamp set, you will need to list the free stamp set of your choice in the "comments box" when checking out. If you do not list the free stamp set, you will be disqualified for this offer, offer expires Nov. 26 at 12 Midnight EST.

Challenges:
Creatalicious: sketch (for the 3rd card)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Belle's Carols


Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving? Are you still stuffed? I managed to make a card after our big family feast and just wanted to share it with you today. I used Belle's Carols (or at least part of the stamp) - I just wanted sweet Belle to fit in my circle, so I left her stuffed animals off of this one.

Are you getting excited about our Advent Calendar Celebration - you should be! We have so many fun things planned for you - and great giveaways! You won't want to miss it! Remember, it starts December 1st on the Belles n Whistles Inspiration blog.

Challenges:
Card Patterns: sketch
Mark's Finest Papers: Circle
Crazy 4 Challenges: Circle
Stamp and Create: Tis the Season
Simon Says: Let it Snow

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stamped Satin Flowers Tutorial



I have been having so much fun making this hand crafted flowers, I just had to share with you how I do it! For these flowers I used Heartfelt Creations Innoscents Flowers 1 and 2, and Spellbinders Blossom 2 Nestbilities. I just bought some cheap white satin at Walmart for $1/yard.


You will want to stamp a couple of each flower size onto the satin using Staz-on inks.


After you have all of your flowers stamped out, cut them with your nestabilities. I have found if you are trying to cut fabric, it works much better if you put a layer of cardstock underneath it. It gives the die a little more to grab onto.




You may still have to trim just a little, if it doesn't cut all the way through.



You can choose any color to make your flower just by spraying them with Glimmer Mist. I used Fully Purple and Dewberry.




To speed the drying, I use my heat gun. I love laying out my flowers on my magnetic precision mat and holding them in place with magnets to dry. This keeps me from burning my fingers.



Next, you are going to melt the edges of all the flowers over a candle flame. You don't have to get it too near, or you will have some little fires to tend to!


Sometimes I will curl the petal as I melt it to help shape it.



For some of the top layers, I cut away the bottom flower layer - or sometimes cut into the petal to make it deeper. You can play around with it for different effects.


Here are all of the flowers shaped by the flame. I also cut some plain bronze organza and melted the edges of that for a different layer.



You are going to sew the layers together, but cut a little square of felt to put between the layers to space them.


Add beads or a button to the center of the flower.



After my flower was assembled, I painted a thin layer of Platinum Stickles over the top.


Here is another variation of my flower, using real fresh water pearls for the center.

I hope you will try these out - I'd love to see what you come up with!