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!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection

The Heartfelt Creations Collection being launched this month ranks in my top 5 favourite paper collections from any manufacturer of all time. And I'm not just saying that. I love the muted tones in this collection and the greyed blues make me sigh with happiness. Ask my husband. He knows slate blues and grey are my favourite colours. I don't often go for vibrant colours unless it's for a juvenile card, so this collection is right up my creative alley.

I didn't use a pre-printed panel for this card. I like colouring on the Heartfelt Creations printed paper because it is very forgiving with copic markers. I don't get the perfect blend like on x-press it blending cardstock, but for sometimes grainy imperfection is right for the project.

I really like the corner sunflower stamp that was used here. I stamped it once on the square for the card, then twice more on the extra patten paper and coloured it all. I really like the printed pattern showing through the copic colour because it coordinated the whole image and gives it more character and texture. It was a lot of fussy cutting, but the effect is worth it!

What a terrific font for this sentiment!! Yes, I continue to gush over this collection. You will also see me using some of this paper for Christmas cards as well in upcoming posts. I love it that much!!

Join us on the Heartfelt Creations blog for the rest of the Classic Sunflower Collection release!

stamps; Sunflower Bouquet, Sunflower Stem (heartfelt creations)
ink; Slate, Pitch Black Adirondack ink (ranger)
paper; Classic Sunflower Collection Paper (heartfelt creations), coconut swirl, flintstone (bazzill)
accessories; Cut-Mat-Create 1B, Cut-Mat-Create 2A, antique linen stickles (Ranger), Flower Shaping Tools (McGill), Y23,26, E0000,31,33,35,37, YG93,95,99 copic markers

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wonderful Christmas

Today, I have a 30 minute Christmas Card for you from Heartfelt Creations. All I did was cut paper and stick it all together. Really. It's the pre-printed panels I keep mentioning. Super quick and easy. And the panels come sized to fit whatever project you dream up. Did I mention it was easy?

The sentiment was already there. The corner border was already there, coloured even. Done! I could have added rhinestones or stickles to bling it up a little, but if all you have is 30 minutes, this version fits the bill and looks like it was much harder. Sometimes, I just love it when this much gorgeous comes together so quickly.

As always, there's more inspiration on the Heartfelt Creations blog.

paper; Festive Christmas Collection Paper (heartfelt creations), coconut swirl, blackberry (bazzill)
accessories; black satin ribbon (offray)