Saturday, November 29, 2014

Flowers and Hugs

Ah, a four day weekend! The perfect time to play in the studio and relax.  Usually, about this time of year, I start getting burned out on Christmas cards and need to jump ahead to spring and flowers. (I know I have a long time to wait!)

Anyhow, Tracy at Noor! Design-UK is having a design team call, and I would love the opportunity to design with these elegant dies.  Anyone who follows my blog, knows that I am a die-cut addict! 

I enjoy making my own flowers, and had fun with these Fantasy Flowers.  I cut and embossed the base, shaped it, inked the flowers and added glitter.  Then I cut the small flowers, inked and shaped them and added seed bead centers.  Cutting the dies is always just the beginning for me - I really like to finish them off as well.

I think I would be a great fit for this team, because I love their products and the line fits completely with my style ( which I consider Shabby Chic meets Dolly Parton!)  Any company that I have designed for, I realize it is my responsibility to share my enthusiasm with others, to inspire and educate people on how to use the lines, to be an ambassador for the company and to do all within my power to promote them.  I achieve this by posting my projects not only to my blog, but also to Facebook, TwitterPinterest.. In the past year, I have starting making video tutorials, so I am also growing a YouTube Channel. I  regularly submit to print magazines, and have been fortunate to have quite a few publications.

Thanks for letting me share this card with you today!

Winner of the Heartfelt Creations November Blog Hop

I am excited to say that the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations was chosen from my blog, and it was none other than my very sweet commenter, Donna Ellis!  Donna, you get to go shopping at HC (just in time for their beautiful new release - Romantique Garden Collection.

Just email Emma Lou and let her know that you were the winner, and have fun shopping!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Die Cutting Extreme

I always love pushing the boundaries for die cutting, and thought this card was one of those examples.    For the fancy cut on the side of the card, I used an Over the Edge die, and then used the matching silhouette to trim the aqua panel to match.   The lace border to the left side was matched and extended to make it longer.  Finally all of the flowers and greenery were cut, colored and shaped to make a stunning bouquet.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop for November

Welcome to the November Edition of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop!This is the first chance I have had to hop with the alumni, and I'm excited to be able to continue to share my love for Heartfelt Creations with you!  The hop runs now through Friday night - at midnight.  And one lucky commenter, chosen from one of the stops on the blog hop, will win a $25 gift certificate to HC.  How great is that?  You get to hop around and see some wonderful projects, plus have the chance to win some goodies of your own!  The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 29th.

  1. Cut a piece of water color paper 5 3/4" square.  Color using the mists.
  2. Distress the edges and dip the edges of the paper in the Moon Shadow Mist.
  3. Cut another square of water color paper 4 1/4".  Stamp with watermark ink and heat emboss using a mix of the embossing powders.
  4. Spray the paper with water, and lightly mist.  Use a paintbrush with the mists to achieve a water color effect.
  5.   Flick droplets of mist over the stamped background.
  6. Distress the edges, and dip in the Moon Shadow Mist.
  7. Add layers of cheesecloth, lace and die cut borders underneath the center panel.  Glue panel in place.
  8. Machine stitch around the two square panels.
  9. Layer two circle dies to cut a ring.  Emboss the ring and sand the raised areas.
  10. Stamp the sunflowers with Staz-On ink.  Die cut with the matching die.
  11. Color the flowers with the mists.
  12.   Use a VersaMark pen to add details on the flower petals and heat emboss using the Pumpkin Fiesta powder.
  13.  Shape the flowers.
  14. Use 3D Crystal Lacquer to glue microbeads to the flower centers.
  15. Stamp and cut the sentiment.
  16. Finish as shown, gluing the card front to a 5 x 6 card base.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Back to the Chalkboard - Thank You Cards

During the holiday season, it is easy to focus on getting those Christmas cards made and sent out, but this time of year, we also need a steady supply of thank you cards. This trendy chalkboard card fits the bill. Add an easy matching envelope, and you have a stunning set. 

Back to the Chalkboard Thank You Cards Supplies:
 Step 1. Score each side of the card front to create a border. Sand with the Sand-It Gadget to reveal the chalkboard effect. 
 Step 2. Die cut the label, then emboss with the folder. Sand the edges and the designs.  
Step 3. Die cut the decorative label. Mount on the card base with foam adhesives. Mount the snowflake label on top with more foam adhesives.
 Step 4. Add gems and ribbon to decorate.
 Step 5. Die cut snowflakes with Glitter Silk and layer on the card.
 Step 6. Die cut the sentiment and mount on another die cut label for the inside greeting. 

Envelope Directions: 
 Step 1. Emboss a piece of the colored chalkboard with the Snowflake folder.
 Step 2. Tear the edge of the embossed paper. Trim to fit the envelope and adhere.
 Step 3. Add glitter glue to the centers of the snowflakes.   

Get started crafting now! Then you can have your thank-you cards ready to go, and you can sit back and enjoy the holidays. ~Gini