Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June Heartfelt Creation Alumni Blog Hop

Happy June! If you are here from Kathy's blog you are on the right track and nearly done. woot!woot! Make sure you leave comments along the way by Friday, July 1st at midnight EST to be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Emma Lou and Heartfelt Creations. The final stop is Emily's blog, and I wish you all the best for your chance to win the HFC gift certificate!

This is a learning experiment. I am not completely happy with the watercoloring and will be giving it another go. I am happy with the idea, just not 100% happy with the execution. I have used one of my favourite HFC stamps from Vines and Blooms. I utterly adore this we bird on a blooming branch.

I have used 'Missing You' from Classic Message. Truth be told, this sentiment has the most ink on it from this set. Apparently my project today is full up of favourites since I also love water colouring. My vision for the background is much lovelier in my imagining than in the execution! *ugh*

Please do leave comments on all the alumni blogs for a chance to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate. Carry on to Emily's blog for your final stop on the hop, and we hope to see you again next month!

stamps; vines and blooms, classic message (heartfelt creations)
paper; lily white (bazzill)
ink; onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
accessories; inktense pencils (derwent), A2 curved matting basics a (spellbinders)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

One day...

This card is not my typical genre but I had the idea for it for ages. I love layering stamps in such a subtle way, but it doesn't show up as well as in real life. Creating this card was a wonderful adventure.

I randomly painted ink on watercolour paper; several layers worth. I dried the ink using heat between layers. The beauty of the technique is that distress ink reactivates with water. I laid a stencil (microbial by The Crafter's Workshop) over the dried ink and used a baby wipe to lift the exposed ink through the stencil. I have wanted to use this sentiment stamp for months, and I used a pigment ink so there was no chance of the ink smearing if I decided to remove more ink.

I love the new Seth Apter dies by spellbinders. I used both splatter proof and coffee rings dies sets to create this "sun".

I can't even remember all the different beads and stuff I used for these dangles. The hemp twine makes such a beautiful textural knot, and worked wonders with these gorgeous dangles. The pattern papers I've used are beyond old. Seriously, Basic Grey doesn't even sell papers anymore! However, if you are lucky enough to find it, these papers are from Hang 10. After I finished the watercolour panel, I dug through the stash and almost fell over when I saw how very perfectly these papers coordinated with it.

I'm really excited about some more experiments I have in the works. I hope you come back to see them!

stamps; ponderings, french marketplace (stampers anonymous), artist in you (unity stamps)
paper; hang 10 (basic grey), rootbeer, raven (bazzill)
ink; painted fence, rusty hinge, mustard seed, tea dye, forest moss, evergreen bough distress ink (ranger); onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
accessories; splatter proof, coffee rings dies (spellbinders); hemp twine, misc. beads (unknown); microbial stencil (crafter's companion)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop

I'm excited to be part of the Heartfelt Creations alumni blog hop for May. If you have arrived on my blog from Archana Joshi's blog, you are on the right track. Please carry on to see Therese Broman
and remember to leave comments along the way for a chance to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate on June 4th.

I have decided to make a soft and more simple card for today. The background was created using Swirl Bliss dies by Spellbinders. I cut and embossed the die 3 times to create this panel effect.

This sentiment is from Hope in the Lord. Good strong truth here, yes? Good luck with the blog hop, and thank you for stopping by today!

stamps; hope in the lord (heartfelt creations)
ink;grey flannel memento luxe (tsukineko)
paper; horizons, white (bazzill)
accessories; swirl bliss, sm & lg classic circles nestabilities (spellbinders), white ribbon (SU!), rhinestone button (bazzill)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dear Self

I really love this card. I've faced job insecurity for 4 years now. Not knowing where I will be teaching from one year to the next, because of the way our system and union partnership is in my area, has been a real drain on me emotionally. It has been a significant area of faith weakness and an area I am trying to submit and grow.

I haven't used this layout in quite some time, but I love the subtle tension it adds to a balanced appearing card. Using brown and blue is a favourite combination for me, and I am really enjoying dipping into some old favourites.

I dyed the ribbon. The effect is all sorts of wonderful and I love that it coordinates so beautifully with the pattern papers. I used tea dye, stormy sky, and vintage photo distress ink reinkers with wide white ribbon.

I cut the sentiment and sponged ink, as with the other papers for the uppermost layers. I combined a key and the word faith as a subtle reminder to myself of the direction I must move toward. To provide a little antiquing to the charms, I have applied a little distress alcohol ink to them. It is very helpful having all the inks I've used identical in colour so creating the individual elements was simple.

stamp; digital sentiment (tlc creations)
paper; blue awning (k&co), white, java (bazzill)
ink; antique linen, tea dye, vintage photo distress inks (ranger)
accessories; 5x7 reflective moment (spellbinders), charms (blue moon), white ribbon (offray)

Friday, May 20, 2016


Bit by bit, I am able to do more paper crafting. Today, I made a thank you card inspired by a husky foster dog we had last summer. I can cut an aluminium can using Spellbinders dies. This was such a delightful discovery and I love the matt finish of the aluminium flowers on my lovely little wreath.

As I cut the fox from white cardstock, I left the parts in the dies and carefully sponged grey ink using the dies as stencils.

The sentiment is cut from black cardstock and mounted it using dimensional foam. Come to think of it, the entire image was adhered using foam dimensionals.

The colours used for this project were inspired by a wintery landscape with an Arctic Fox posing for the camera. I am fascinated by the whole camouflage process that many animals in my area undergo every fall and allowed that to guide my artistic instincts.

paper; horizon, raven, white, ash cardstock (bazzill)
ink; london fog memento ink (tsukineko)
accessories; hydrangea, forest fox, wreath (spellbinders)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop Winner

Congratulations to Marsha J. Reed who is the winner of the April edition of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop. To claim your $25 gift certificate, email Emma Lou at EmmaLou@heartfeltcreations.us with "Winner of April Alumni Hop" in the subject line. You have 72 hours to claim the gift certificate or a new name will be drawn. 

Thank you so much for all your kind words to me and for participating in the April Hop!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to the April Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Emilia's blog, you are on the right track. Please carry on to Sarah's blog to finish off the hop. Leave comments all along the way to be entered for chances to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate. Winners will be announced here Saturday, April 30th at noon (EST) with instructions to claim the prize.

I wanted to create a masculine card since I have so few in my card stash. I was loosely inspired to use the general layout of a postcard because the students in my grade 8 English class are making postcards from a novel character, writing brief summaries of a critical scene to another character - so a vintage postcard came to my mind quite naturally.

I used a lighthouse image from High Seas as my main focal point and coloured it with warm grey copic markers. I have highlighted areas using an opaque white gel pen. The sentiment is from Moments with You which is a go to round sentiment stamp. I made this Moments with You card using this set, and it remains one of my favourite projects.

I trust you have been truly inspired by the wonderful art work featured on the hop, and many thinks for your kind comments.

stamps; moments with you, high seas (heartfelt creations)
paper; black, khaki cardstock (worldwin), pattern paper (heartfelt creations)
ink; tuxedo black memento, espresso truffle mementoluxe  (tsukineko)
accessories; copic markers (copic), white gel pen (sakura), black brads, hemp twine (unknown)
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