Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to the March Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop. The beginning of the Hop is on Amarylis's Blog if you want to start from the beginning. If you have arrived here from Caroline's Blog, you are on the right track. Be sure to leave comments all along the way for an opportunity to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate. The contest closes on Friday, March 28th, and the winner will be announced by noon on Saturday, March 29th.

Today, I've used Scenic Combo, Uplifting Scriptures and Vintage Word Background. Because I'm working full time as a teacher and my graduate studies continue, I am trying to figure out how to create cards I am happy with that take less time. I don't feel I'm there quite yet for the time it takes me, but it's getting better. I'm pleased that I am able to find the supplies I want to use, although finding this cord took forever!!!

I coloured this image by sponging ink and then using markers to add a little definition. It isn't quite what I had in mind initially, but I'm happy with the outcome. I used to colour with sponges and get some amazing colour and drama to images, and I'll need to polish that technique again since it's a favourite of mine!

I started by making this knot out of hemp twine, and it was really tiny. Then I found my burlap twine and tied it again, and it didn't seem to be much thicker. I kept thinking I must have something thicker, but I couldn't remember what or where it was. It took me 2 days to remember, but I'm so glad I did because this is the look I was after the whole time. A big knot with lots of definition. *sigh of contentment*

To carry on with the hop, I invite you to go to Glenda's blog for some more amazing inspiration. Ta for now peeps!

stamps; scenic combo, uplifting scriptures, vintage work background (heartfelt reations)
ink; tuxedo black memento (tsukineko), pumice stone, black soot, worn lipstick, shabby shutters, peeled paint, stormy sky, tumbled glass, gathered twigs distress ink (ranger)
paper; fiddlesticks (mme), flintstone, lagoon, white canvas, kraft (bazzill)
accessories; distress ink markers (ranger), screw head brads (unknown), linen cord (canvas home basics)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Inspired by Courage

Spring Break started in our school system, so I have a week off! I decided to not do any work or research this weekend. Instead, I grabbed a few card making supplies that I had laying around. It's a simple card, which is just what I needed today.

The digital sentiment is from tlc creations. I went and checked out today's inspiration challenge at splitcoast stampers. Today's challenge is a flickr album by a woman that makes some amazing hand made books. I was enthralled by the remarkable hand stitching on her books, so I decided to do some simple cross stitches to embellish my card.

Thanks for popping by!

stamps; sentiment (tlc creations)
paper; black & white timeless (kaiser), raven, white canvas, amsterdam (bazzill)
accessories; white satin ribbon (offray), white embroidery floss (dmc), adhesive rhinestones (zva)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to the February edition of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni blog hop. If you popped by my blog today because it was a lovely way to treat and inspire yourself, thank-you and welcome! I would invite you to join the hop by going to Giovanna's blog to start. If you have arrived here from Amarilys' blog, you are on the right track for the hop today. As you hop along, leave comments on each blog to be entered in a draw for a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate. The lucky winner will be chosen and posted on the hop blogs on Saturday, March 1st.

It was only after I had finished my card and was working on my post that I discovered I used a discontinued stamp for my main image. My sincerest apologies!! In place of this lovely floral cluster(Autumn Corsage), I would recommend using Majestic Morning Blooms, Tattered Blossom Swirls, or several stamps from the Posy Patch Collection.

I stamped my image on kraft paper. Then, I stamped the image an additional 2 times on another piece of kraft paper. I coloured all 3 images and cut out the 2 additional images as shown. I used a stylus from the Paper Blossom Tool kit to work the paper into a dimensional blossom shape. When I adhered the layers back on, I wanted to further the illusion of dimension, so I turned the layers so the were staggered from the layers below rather than matching it like with paper tole.

Before I coloured the base image, I over stamped it using the Large Elegant Word Background stamp. The effect gives a little more life to the image, and it is one of my favourite techniques. I coloured the floral image using prismacolor pencils which hides most of the over stamped font image. I sponged the edges to soften the overall appearance.

To carry on with the hop, please go to Linda's blog, and enjoy her beautiful creation.

stamps; autumn corsage, large elegant word background (heartfelt creations)
ink; espresso adirondack, tea dye, vintage photo, walnut stain distress stain (ranger)
paper; white canvas, ruby, kraft (bazzill), pink damask (life stories by MME)
accessories; half pearls (unknown), prismacolor pencils

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Be True

I bought this sweet Stampendous Ballerina Kiddo image from Kate at i{heart}papers way back when I was on her design team. I still think it is darling! I stamped it in Memento ink so my copics wouldn't smear it.

I dug deep for this one!! I used some dew drops from The Robin's Nest. Couldn't even tell you what colour, since I can't read the sun bleached label! This beautiful digital sentiment is from tlc creations. The narrow white ribbon I used was from a sweater that I cut the hanging loops out of, and it fit perfectly in the button holes. Frugal is fantastic!!

I was inspired by the mixed media challenge on SCS and used prismacolor pencils layered over the copic base on her little pink outfit. I sponged ink to create the background, and I'm not fond of the sponging results on the sentiment. Maybe it's the colours I chose - I'm not quite sure yet.

Ta for now!

stamps; ballerina kiddo (stampendous), sentiment (tlc creations)
ink; tuxedo black memento ink (tsukineko), tumbled glass distress ink (ranger)
paper; urban prairie (basic grey), green cardstock (core'dinations), daisy, coconut swirl (bazzill), blending cardstock (copic)
accessories; copic markers, prismacolor pencils, yellow stickles (ranger), edge punch (ek success), square, scallop square, petite oval nesties (spellbinders)

brown sugar - dies or punches
a creative romance - get sentimental
crafty hazelnuts - pattern paper
challenges 4 everybody - anything goes

Saturday, February 1, 2014

We Have a Winner!

Hi everyone.  I am so happy to announce that the winner of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni January Blog Hop was chosen from my blog!! Congratulations to Pati Peterson.  You have won a $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations.  Please email EmmaLou@heartfeltcreations.us with subject line "Winner of January Alumni Hop".  Again, Congratulations Pati and thanks to everyone that hopped.  Be sure to join us for the last hop of the year at the end of February!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop

I am thrilled to be participating in today's Heartfelt Creations Alumni blog hop. It has been a very long time since I have been able to do this and I am so excited for the hop today. If you are here from Candy's blog, you are on the right track. If you are here as a faithful reader, the blog hop starts at Giovana's blog, and it might be fun to hop along and maybe even find a little inspiration along the way.

For my card, I wanted to make sure that the focus was on the scripture verse and the little blossoms, so I decided to use a lot of monochromatic texture. I used a sizzix embossing folder that I long ago have forgotten the name of. The verse is framed using fleur de lis rectangles that I added a lovely bunch of rhinestones to. This card really sparkles in the light on my desk. Initially, the cream side panels were bare, and just looked bare, so I cut and embossed 2 strips of matching paper with me parisian accents die.

These darling little blossoms were created using Posy Patch Cluster and Posy Patch Flowers by Heartfelt Creations. I cut out multiples of each blossom and worked them a bit with a paper shaping tool to give this cluster dimension.

This sentiment is from Hope in the Lord. This is a promise I am leaning on day by day as my job situation is uncertain right now and I am continuing with graduate studies.

The hop will be open from January 28th to January 31. By leaving comments along the way and on the Heartfelt Creations blog, you will be entered for a $25 gift certificate to shop with at heartfelt Creations. To continue on with the blog hop, I would invite you to hop over to Deneen's blog.

Have a lovely week, peeps!!

stamps; posy patch cluster, posy patch flowers, hope in the lord (heartfelt creations)
ink; tuxedo black memento ink (tsukineko)
paper; romance, walnut creme (bazzill)
accessories; fleur de lis rectangles, parisian accents, rectangles nestabilities (spellbinders), pink adhesive rhinestones (heidi swapp)

Friday, January 10, 2014


I know I have more of this die cut paper, but I can't find it. While cleaning during Christmas break I found the 2 pieces I used this week, but I just can't locate the rest of them. We'll see if I can locate them as I work through my considerable stash.

I love the artistic architectural feel of this image. It's another stamp I bought because I love it, but I ran out of time to use it. I rescued these buttons off a ruined card front, and I liked the assortment of greens here. They are much less blue irl. I have got to figure out the colour thing on my editing software again!!

I love layering ribbons. When I decided to use the buttons, I realized I needed to incorporate black in a few different places to bring the whole card together, to I used cardstock layers and this ribbon. Initially using just the black ribbon was too strong, so I layered this flocked sheer ivory ribbon over it to soften the whole look, and now, it's a showstopper!

Enjoy the weekend!!

stamps; sentiment (stamp oasis)
ink; tuxedo black memento (tsukineko)
paper; francesca collection (anna griffin), ivory die cut (unknown), walnut creme, kraft, raven (bazzill)
accessories; classic rectangles (spellbinders), black ribbon (offray), sheer flocked ribbon (making memories), buttons (basic grey)