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)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Festive Christmas

Believe it or not, this Christmas card took less than 45 minutes to create. Really. The pre-printed panels that are in the Heartfelt Creations paper collections are starting to grow on me, and I'm finding that when I need to put together a card quickly, these panels are my go-to. These gorgeous pre-printed panels are, well, gorgeous and I don't always have time to create gorgeous from scratch.

This sentiment is from the Festive Christmas Background stamp. This stamp, as one big background is absolutely stunning, but I really wanted the versatility of being able to use the sentiments individually without fussing with masking, so I cut the stamp up into the individual sentiments. Love it! I added some dimension on the ribbon banner using copic markers.

As I have said, the pre-printed panels are gorgeous, and all I had to do was choose one and cut it out. The colouring on the panels is fantastic, and I feel like I couldn't do better myself, so use it! The panels are done so well, that they do look like they were hand coloured. So squeal worthy!!

There is much more squeal worthy on the Heartfelt Creations blog, so grab a beverage and go be inspired! This just might be the year I have my Christmas cards done ahead of time for all the people I would really like to give a card to...

stamps; Festive Christmas Background (heartfelt creations)
paper; Festive Christmas Collection Paper, Daphne Collection Paper (heartfelt creations), coconut swirl, kraft, java (bazzill)
ink; rich cocoa memento ink, versamark ink (tsukineko)
accessories; captivating squares (spellbinders), aged gold embossing enamel (stampendous), E70,74,77 copic markers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

For Unto You is Born

This week my project for Heartfelt Creations is all stamped. I have a real soft spot for long, vertical sentiments, so I was drawn to this stamp right away, from the O Little Town of Bethlehem set. Even better, I discovered that it coordinates with the Cut-Mat-Create dies, which makes it quick and easy to get a perfectly matted sentiment.

This poinsettia border stamp is one of my favourite images in the Festive Christmas Collection. I was excited to colour it from the moment I set eyes on it! I forgot to keep track of the copics I used - really sorry about that because it was quick and easy to colour and I would like to colour it again and make the border more dimensional by cutting out some of the flowers and building it up. Really, I just love this image...

I invite you to check out the Heartfelt Creations Blog  for more inspiration from the Heartfelt Creations Design Team. Have a lovely week!!

stamps; O little Town, Festive Candlelight (heartfelt creations)
ink; black soot distress ink (ranger)
paper; Festive Christmas Paper Collection (heartfelt creations), coconut swirl (bazzill)
accessories; white satin ribbon (offray), copic markers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spellbinders 12 Days of Christmas

Happy Tuesday, friends. For the Spellbinders 12 Days of Christmas in August, I have the joy of showing you how I used the S5-223 Heirloom Reflections die set. It is really very beautiful, and I created a set of cards combining some older dies with this beautiful new release set.

I was inspired by beautiful Wedgewood China with the blue base and ivory overlay of textured images. I've seen Wedgewood Christmas ornaments with a nativity creche on it, and I found it to be very beautiful. The display had the ornament nestled in satin, and looked like a precious, treasured family heirloom. 

For these corner embellishments, I used the Kismet filagree die from the Heirloom Reflections set. I think they are so lovely.

I wanted to focus on the appearance of an heirloom ornament by creating a great deal of depth and texture on this card. The bow has the illusion of an ornament ready to hang on the tree.

The instructions for creating this card are on my post on the Spellbinders 12 Days of Christmas in August Post on their website. For the following cards, there are slight modifications, and I will indicate size differences throughout this post.

Occasionally,Wedgewood Ornaments produces colourway variations for their chinaware. That was my thinking behind the following cards. Slight differences which change the whole feel of the project. As with the first card, this gold card is 6"x6". I used the Kismet shape Heirloom Reflections dies combined with 2011 Heirloom Ornaments Die set

The corner embellishment is from the Corner Flourish die set. I think it fills the corner space beautifully.

I love the richness and old world feel the burnished gold gives the card. It has an almost tsars of Russia feel, doesn't it?

This card version is 5"x7". To create the frame for the Heirloom Ornament die, I used the Labels Ten die set. It gives the ornament a soft, complimentary contrast.

The corners on this project are embellished using the Corner Flourish die set as well. I used the smaller accent die because the space in the corner was smaller. However, the larger corner die had an astounding effect as well.

This is the baby card in the set as it is only 5"x5". I used vibrant red for this card because of its diminutive stature. In this view, it's also much easier to see the foam squares I used to create so much depth to each project. I happily used a great number of 3D foam squares.

I had to get very creative to create the ornament frame on this card. I used Standard Circles and Classic Squares to create a similar shape to accommodate the Heirloom Reflections die.

As with the 5"x7" card, I used the accent die from Corner Flourish to give some texture to balance the beautiful ornament filagree.

Tomorrow Marielle will have another 12 Days of Christmas in August reveal for you. Please leave a comment on the Spellbinders Blog 12 Days of Christmas EVERYDAY for your chance to win prizes from Spellbinders.

paper; sage sparkle paper - linen closet (DCWV), pearl, emerald, red, burnished gold (paper accents)
spellbinders dies; heirloom reflections, 2010 heirloom ornaments, 2011 heirloom ornaments, labels 10, standard circles, classic squares, corner flourish
accessories; ivory satin ribbon (offray)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Spellbinders Design Team 2014-2015

Today, Spellbinders announced the final member of their new design team.

I am thrilled to share with you that I was invited to be a member of the Spellbinders Design Team for 2014-2015. I am excited and humbled to be working with such a talented group of women. What an adventure! I pulled back from paper crafting for a couple of years because I had other goals that required my undivided attention. Last December I thought it might be a hoot to make a few Christmas cards for my colleagues, and that was a lovely experience, so I participated in a few challenges, blog hops, and here we are!

As I look back at a few of my favourite projects, I have often used Spellbinders dies and they are one of my go-to, comfort zone products. Here is a brief walk down memory lane;

I look forward to working with Spellbinders and this amazing group of extraordinarily talented designers over the next year.

Thank-you for stopping by today! I always appreciate when you leave a comment to let me know you have been by, and I am truly thankful for your support.