Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stripped Gears

Today I've used a delightful sentiment from Heartfelt Creations Tarnished Gears stamp set. Sometimes I think there are just not enough masculine oriented paper craft products. But then I know in my head that it is just how I use my supplies that determine the audience/recipient of my card.

I thought there was a perfect theme match between this sentiment and the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder, Creative Cogs. I do love happy coincidences and partnerships like this one! I am thrilled that this folder creates such incredibly deep texture. The tiny screw embossing looks identical in depth to the tiny screw brads I used around the sentiment. Love it!

stamps: tarnished gears (heartfelt creations)
ink: Tuxedo Black Memento ink (tsukineko)
paper: White, Kraft, Cinder (bazzill)
accessories: Woven burlap ribbon (really reasonable ribbon), Creative Cogs Embossing Folder, Classic Rectangles Small (spellbinders), screw head brads (unknown).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Heartfelt Creations

First of all, apologies that I've been silent. I've been very busy behind the scenes, which truthfully is a very good thing. And report card marks were due and tomorrow is Parent/Teacher/Student interviews. And Ripley, our foster dog had his second orthopedic surgery today. And some other things I'm not able to share. It's been quite a challenging few weeks!! My desk is in a frightening state which is a good thing too since it means I've been able to create recently more than I have in a very long time.

Today, I want to share this birthday card that I created for Heartfelt Creations. I was pleased to discover that Spellbinders Large Classic Ovals die template #6 fit this pre-printed panel perfectly. This delightful discovery allowed me to create a window in which the lovely printed panel fit. I just love happy accidents like this! I really like the way the A2 Tranquil Moments frame accents the pre-printed panel.

I created the flower in the center of the bow by cutting 3 of the small flower die template and then I hand trimmed the flower layers to created graded layers. I think the change that is created by trimming the flower layers is quite lovely, and it turned out much better than I thought it would.

There is a great deal more inspiration on the Heartfelt Creations blog, and I invite you to visit.

stamps: shifting gears, tarnished gears (heartfelt creations)
ink: Tuxedo Black Memento ink (tsukineko), Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone, Stormy Sky distress inks (ranger)
paper: all geared up collection (heartfelt creations), Hershey, Raven (bazzill)
accessories: all geared up die set (heartfelt creations), Rust Organza Ribbon (really reasonable ribbon), A2 Tranquil Moments, Classic Ovals Large (spellbinders)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - You Inspire Me

"Shift your creativity into high gear with the All Geared Up collection from Heartfelt Creations! This imaginative mix of gears, cogs, and mechanical flowers uses deep shades of rust, brown, teal, red and cream to create a fabulous industrial vibe. Clever vanity license plates, chains, wire, rugged stripes and distressed graphics mesh perfectly with Steampunk or masculine projects, and will keep your wheels turning with ideas for "girly grunge" creations, too. The versatile All Geared Up dies feature fanciful sprockets, gears, cogs, chains and license plates that can be shaped into innovative 3-D embellishments or die cut from white cardstock to create beautiful doily accents. Six hand drawn stamp sets continue the mechanical theme with a large Cogs and Gears background stamp, themed accent stamps, mechanical bouquets and playful sentiments that are "geared" to carry your project across the finish line with a smile. The All Geared Up Collection has been designed to inspire the bold in let's gear up!"

For my Heartfelt Creations card today I have opted for girly grunge. The colours in this new release are wonderful, and this teal /grey combo is a favourite go-to combination.

Adding the vellum completely softens the collection, really emphasizing the lacey quality in it.

Check out what the rest of the design team did with this new release on the Heartfelt Creations blog. It's amazing!

stamps: Plates & Gears (Heartfelt Expressions)
ink: versamark (tsukineko)
paper: All Geared Up Die Collection (heartfelt creations), canvas white, cinder, lagoon (bazzill), med. vellum (paper accents)
accessories: All Geared Up Die Collection (heartfelt creations), Heirloom Legacy, Fleur De Elegance, Oval Bliss, Classic Ovals Small & Large (spellbinders), silver embossing powder (ranger), brad (bo bunny)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thinking About You

Fall is upon us. Soon, snow will fly and this brief, transient season will be a memory. For my Heartfelt Creations card this week, I wanted to echo the beauty, resounding joy and melancholy of the changing season.

As I was perusing my Spellbinders dies, I noticed this diamond pattern in both the new Labels 41 Decorative Elements set and Corners and Accents. I love the repeating motif because it just brings it all together in an effortless way. I love the colour and pattern of the Classic Sunflower Collection paper, as I've already mentioned many times. It's still a fave!

This sentiment set, Heartfelt Expressions, is one of my favourite sets. It's a lovely, open font with perfect words to encourage and uplift the recipient.

For instructions to reproduce this card and many other beautiful projects, visit the Heartfelt Creations blog.

stamps; Heartfelt Expressions (heartfelt creations)
ink: black soot distress ink (ranger)
paper; Classic Sunflower Collection Paper (heartfelt creations), canvas white, fern (bazzill)
accessories; walnut self-adhesive jewels (bazzill), Labels 41, Labels 41 Decorative Elements dies, Long Classics Rectangles Small, 5x7 Reflective Moments, Corners and Accents 2 (spellbinders)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Spellbinders Blog Sneak a Peek

So many times a simple gesture and words that offer support and encouragement can make all the difference to someone who is in a tough place. This card, with its elegantly embossed layers will make the recipient feel particularly cared for. While this card looks complicated, it is simple to cut and assemble all the various elements.

Today, I have a tutorial on the Spellbinders blog. There are instructions, photos and measurements to help you reproduce this card and pass on the blessing. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Autumn Butterflies

Happy Wednesday!! It's time for more Heartfelt Creations inspiration.

 I have a real 'thing' for butterflies, so today I have used the butterflies from both the Summer's Day and Sunflower Stems sets. Really, they are stunning butterflies.

I stamped both butterflies onto the Classic Sunflower Collection Paper and heat embossed it using Antique Gold Embossing powder. Really, I used this embossing powder everywhere I reasonably could because I love the look. It's so rich and warm - perfect for Fall.

I coloured both butterflies using Distress Ink Markers. They blended fairly nicely on the pattern paper. I really like the imperfect, texturized look colouring on this pattern paper gives an image. It's something I don't think I could achieve using a texture image stamp because the pattern and colour effect is just so incredibly subtle when using pattern paper.

The Heartfelt Creations design team was asked to use chipboard shapes from Creative Embellishments. Here, I've used the sentiment 'Autumn' that is included in the Autumn Leaves set. I used versamark and the same embossing powder as on the rest of the card. It is quite rich looking.

I need to do more 9"x4" cards. I'm always happy with the results, and it's a nice change from the 6" square cards I normally do.

Do check out the projects on the Heartfelt Creations blog for some additional gorgeous inspiration on this lovely fall day!

stamps; Sunflower Stem, Summer’s Day (heartfelt creations)
ink; versamark ink (tsukineko)
paper; Classic Sunflower Collection Paper (heartfelt creations), cajun, maltball (bazzill)
accessories; Labels 40, Labels 40 Decorative Elements dies (spellbinders), Antique Gold Embossing powder, distress markers (ranger), brown satin ribbon (offray), fabri-tac (beacon adhesives), bow it all (scor-pal).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Sunflower Bouquet

Wow! Time is going very quickly. It wasn't until I was falling asleep last night that I realized I hadn't done my post for this project yet. My Foods classes are almost done their first modules, I need to write a education grant proposal for my school, and one of the fosters became incredibly ill over the weekend and needed hospitalization (he's home now and recovering beautifully!). I am counting on your grace towards me that I'm late today.

For me, this is going to be a hard card to give up. I love it. It's the image that I absolutely adore. I will be using this image again in very short order.

I can't tell you enough how much I love this paper collection. If you could see my wardrobe and the vast array of greys and muddied colours, you would not be at all surprised. I really love the superimposed image that Heartfelt Creations uses on their pattern paper, and much of it is neutrally patterned to be used for any occasion, from Christmas, to wedding - all from the same collection! The pale green I used for this background would be a perfect example of a paper that would fit for any occasion. Divine!

I adore the way this image turned out. I just don't even know what else to say. It's one of those projects that you look at a few days after it is finished and say, 'I can't believe I did that!!' - but in the very best way! Yup, love this image!

Do head over to the Heartfelt Creations blog for some more inspired work from the rest of the team. And enjoy.

stamps; Sunflower Bouquet (heartfelt creations)
ink; weathered wood, pumice stone distress inks (Ranger), tuxedo black memento ink (tsukineko)
paper; Classic Sunflower Collection Paper (heartfelt creations), coconut swirl, ash, white canvas (bazzill)
accessories; classic squares nest abilities dies (spellbinders), (sunflowers)Y21,23,26,E13,15, (pail) E0, 09, 97, N1, 3, 5, 7, (flowers) BV20, 23, 25, 29,YR12, 14, YG61, 63, 67 (copic markers), grey satin ribbon (stamping’ up!)