Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni blog hop

What an exciting day! I'm back with the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! If you came here from Sarah Miller's blog, you are on the right track. If you are here on a whim, I invite you to start the hop from Giovana Smith's blog, and enjoy!

As you hop along, leave comments for the designers to be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations. The hop closes on Friday, November 28th at midnight est. Winners will be announced on the designers blogs on Saturday, November 29th, so come back here on that date to see if you are the lucky winner.

This Christmas ornament stamp is one of my favourites, because I love the shape and the netting look on the ornament. It looks very old world, and I like the heritage feel of it. Please note; this stamp is being discontinued and there is a very short time left to purchase it through Heartfelt Creations for a deeply discounted price!

I stamped the ornament on Heartfelt Creations pattern paper, Posy Patch Collection using versamark ink and heat embossed it in gold. Then, I sponged the edges using distress inks. Heartfelt Creations papers are very versatile - this is an elegant summer paper I've used for this Christmas card.

I cut and embossed Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die templates to create this lovely dimensional embellishment. I dug through my old buttons and found this darling little ball button to act as my flower center. Divine!

As you continue on your way, you will head over to Gini Cagle's blog and I hope you enjoy the hop!

stamps: poinsettia ornament 2 (heartfelt creations)
ink: versamark (tsukineko), antique linen, tea dye distress ink (ranger)
paper; posy patch collection (heartfelt creations), fern, lanut creme (bazzill)
accessories; 2011 heirloom ornaments, layered poinsettias (spellbinders), gold embossing powder (ranger), button (unknown), ivory ribbon (offray)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Spellbinders Happy Holidays

I am so thrilled to be able to create with this amazing product and these amazing die templates. I love Spellbinders dies, and I really love making cards for special people like this card. A tutorial and materials for this card along with more pictures are on the Spellbinders Blog, and I invite you to visit my post there for additional details.

I've created a lot of dimension by first sponging and then shaping the poinsettias and foliage.

My son came into my studio, and thought initially I had used real poinsettias on this card. He's a sweet boy.

I like the traditional heirloom look and feel of this this card. And not to sound gushy, but Spellbinders die templates make it easy to achieve these results.

I have been trying to find the right place to use the new Create-a-Flower Ivy die templates, because they are really wonderful I think, and this card just yelled out loud and clear for them!

I hope you are inspired to create floral clusters for all seasons, and I wish you Season's Greeting for the upcoming holidays.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Courage, My Friend!

There has been so much going on behind the scenes. Teaching. Grad studies. Friends. Family. Paper Crafting. Foster dogs. Forgive me when I get behind in blogging.

 I have a close friend who is having such immense health struggles that it shakes me to the core. I want her to fight for life. I want a miraculous healing for her so she can leave the hospital for the first time since before Easter. I want my friend to be healthy and whole. I want to hear her magical voice ringing pure and true beside me during worship services and we sing praise to The Only One worthy of our praise. I want to have her whole and complete family over for our coveted family nights, laughing and playing games and talking until late.

I miss my friend. I had the incredible privilege to visit with her in ICU 2 weeks ago. She's tired of fighting. I want to fight for her - physically give her my strength and will to fight on, but it's not possible. I'm fighting for her the only way I can, and I believe the only way that will have the most effect - by lifting her constantly to the Throne of Grace. To the Father who loves her so much more than I ever could.

And as I write this, I know my motives are flawed. Selfishly motivated. I want things to be the way they were. I list my wants, but am completely ignorant of the larger, more loving will of Our Heavenly Father. And through all of this, I am uncomfortably growing way beyond my comfort zone. Again, I selfishly list my minimal discomforts in contrast to the significant pain my friend cannot escape from. God, give me the grace to grow!

Jody is never far from my thoughts. I am in constant prayer for her and her wonderful family. I am thankful for all the people globally God is bringing together to lift Jody to the throne of grace. I am thankful for her husband's willingness to share his journey - it's been incredibly difficult, but he has learned lessons he might not have learned otherwise and he is being purified in the fire of adversity. Oh! that I would come through as well as he has.

I humbly thank-you for dropping by today and I apologize for the weight of this blog post. It's just where I'm at.

sentiment: digital image (tlc creations)
ink: antique linen, tea dye, vintage photo, walnut stain, fired brick distress inks (ranger)
paper: timepiece (bo bunny), amsterdam, canvas white, cinder (bazzill), black (world win)
accessories: Celebra'tions Silk Luster Black, Feathers, Sm deckle Mega Rectangles (spellbinders), black twine (may arts) 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thinking of You

With the change of seasons, I wanted to create a card that reflected the beauty of the landscape in watercolour. I used this terrific stamp from the High Seas stamp set by Heartfelt Creations.

To frame this scene and sentiment, I have used a new Spellbinders die set, 5x7 Modern Stationary. I am really enjoying the thick frame trend that I am seeing in paper crafting and the nesting sizes in Spellbinders's die templates make this look easy to achieve with minimal effort.

I love colouring. It doesn't matter what medium - copics, prisma colour pencils, acrylic paint, oil paint, water colouring using water colour pencils or reinkers, or water colour paint. The medium doesn't matter to me if I am able to colour. I choose the medium based on what I want the final product to look like.

For this image, I used Derwent Inktense Water Color Pencils and a water reservoir brush. I loaded the colour on my brush by rubbing the wet bristles on the pencil lead. A little goes a long way and the pencils didn't even leave the case! I'm uber clumsy, so this technique also prevents me from dropping the pencils and shattering the lead. Sometimes I just drive myself crazy!!

I invite you to go to the Heartfelt Creations blog to see what the rest of the team created this week.

stamps: high seas, heartfelt expressions (heartfelt creations)
ink: onyx black versafine (tsukineko)
paper: canvas white, kraft (bazzill)
accessories: inktense water color pencils (derwent), 5x7 modern stationary die templates (spellbinders)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Victorian Inspiration

I'm thrilled to have this card on the Spellbinders Blog today. There are full instructions with a tutorial to recreate this card, and I invite you to head over and check it out. While you are there, enter for your chance to win these Die Template Sets (Regal Frame and Victorian Tags) from the newly released Victorian Collection.

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)