Heartfelt Creations Wednesday: Dream

Heartfelt CCM 04Heartfelt Creations Wednesday: Dream

Hello, Friends!  It’s the last Wednesday in July.  Can you believe it?  I have an elegant little wall hanging to share on this Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  I’ve titled it “Dream.”

Heartfelt CCM 01aI began with a piece of heavy Ivory Chipboard that I painted and altered with papers from the Cut, Mat, Create Paper Collection. I did some stamping and added the beautiful Decorative Leafy Frame Die and a flower made with a Sweet Lullaby die and some Classic Leaves. I kept this piece fairly simple as I wanted that beautiful purple cameo to hold center stage.

Heartfelt CCM 02aI custom dyed my shabby bow using Cream Seam Binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon. You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed instructions in the tutorial below.

I think this would be a lovely wall hanging in a young girl’s room and I just love these purple papers from Heartfelt Creations.  Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

TUTORIAL
Heartfelt Creations Products and Product Carried by HC:

Paper: HCDP1 245 Cut, Mat, Create Paper Collection
Stamps: HCPC 3616 Vines and Blooms PreCut Set, HCPC 3545 Classic Open Leaf, HCPC 3522 Vintage Floret Frame, HCPC 3323 Large Elegant Word Background
Dies: HCD 749 Cut, Mat Create Set 1-A, HCD 746 Sweet Lullaby Die, HCD 736 Classic Leaf Die, HCD 731 Decorative Leafy Frame
Other: 452255 Grand Calibur
Other Products: Distress Ink: Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, ColorBox Frost White, Versamark, Ancient Gold Embossing Powder, WOW Ultra Neutral Shimmer Embossing Powder; Paper: White Cardstock, Purple Cardstock; Embellishments: Ivory Seam Binding, lace, chipboard word, pearls, cameo, ribbon, white Sharpie Pen, large chipboard shape
Directions: Use Distress Inks and applicator to sponge ink colors around the edge of the chipboard shape. (I purchased my chipboard shape at Crafty Secrets.) Trace the chipboard shape onto paper from the paper collection and cut so that it is 1/4″ smaller on all sides. Ink the edges with Chipped Sapphire DI, and sponge with a variety of purple distress inks. Distress the edges. Use the daisy border stamp from Vines and Blooms to stamp randomly around the edges of the cut paper shape. Sprinkle with WOW embossing powder and heat set. Glue onto the chipboard, centering the points. Use HCD 749 to cut a large rectangle from purple cardstock. Use Frost White Ink to stamp the Elegant Script stamp on this panel. Ink the edges with Chipped Sapphire DI. Stamp the leafy floral frame with Shaded Lilac DI. Die cut. Glue onto purple cardstock panel. Add a cameo that has been strung with purple ribbon. Attach ribbon to the back with tape. Set aside.
      Tap the chipboard word with Versamark and heat emboss with Antique Gold Embossing Powder.
Die cut the largest Sweet Lullaby flower from white chipboard. Sponge with Dusty Concord DI. Stamp and die cut small leaves from Classic Leaf and color with Peeled Paint DI.
      Color lace and seam binding with Distress Inks by smooshing the inks onto a craft mat, spritzing with water and dragging ribbons through. Set lace aside to air dry. Scrunch the seam binding and dry with your heat gun. Set aside.
To assemble: Use double sided adhesive to secure lace to the base of the chipboard. Glue down the panel with the cameo so that it rests slightly over the lace. Glue the chipboard word to the base of the cameo panel. Glue down the Sweet Lullaby flower on the left hand side of the chipboard word. Clip the leaves and tuck above and below the flower. Tie a 4″ piece of the dyed ribbon through the top of the chipboard shape to use as a hanger for the piece. Tie the rest of the ribbon into a shabby bow and glue down with glue gun. Add pearls. Use white sharpie pen to draw in lines and dots.

Birds on a Wire

Gossiping Birds CS 03Crafty Secrets Birds on a Wire

Hello, Friends!  I’ve got a super cute card to share with you today.   This Birds on a Wire card features Crafty Secrets Digital Summer Printables mixed with papers and ephemera from my favorite Vintage Typography CD.  Some of you have asked me how to work with the digital printables, and I will share a little bit of that in this post.  Sandy is currently offering these beautiful vintage printables FREE with any order from the Crafty Secrets online store.  Here’s a peek:

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Here’s the card I made with the cute little birds on a wire image.

Gossiping Birds CS 01I don’t have Photoshop.  I work with Paintshop Pro because it is what came with my new computer.  But I think the process for working with these images is similar.  If you don’t have a program, you can download paint.net for FREE and use it to crop and resize your images.  If you look on our Crafty Secrets TUTORIAL page on Pinterest, there are dozens of great tutorials there as well.

To begin with, I open my downloaded image in Paintshop Pro.  On the left hand side you’ll find a menu of tools you can use.  I choose the crop tool, draw a box around the image I want to use, in this case the birds on a wire.  I then go up to the Edit button, choose to copy the image and paste into a new page.  Then, from the Image button, I select “resize” and type in the dimensions I want my finished image to be.  Then, I simply print my image onto the paper of my choice.  I know it is intimidating at first, but once you’ve done a few of these, you’ll be a pro and will have such a good time creating with these digital images.  I know I do.

I used the Typography CD to print off a whole page of ephemera, then cut it out and added it as banners, tickets and embellishments on  my card.  The background paper is also from the Typography CD, and I love that I can choose to print this in a 5″ x 7″ size so that the pattern is the right proportion for my card, which is 5″ x 7″.  I used Vintage Photo Distress ink to age my papers, punched my teal paper to give it a decorative edge and added that darling blue banner beneath my birds.  That comes on the Typography CD, and I just sized it to be small enough to use here.  But if I wanted to make a room sized banner, I could size it to be big enough to do that, too.  I am totally falling in love with the versatility of working with digital papers!

Gossiping Birds CS 02I added texture with  turquoise Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon and Iridescent White Metallic String then added some turquoise Sweetheart Blossoms from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The little blue button was in my stash, and I used a Stampin’ Up punch to create the little bird and branch from scraps of Blue Paisley and Striped Digital papers.  To finish, a little Diamond Stickles was strategically added to the birds’ bonnets.

I hope I shared some ideas you can use in your own artistic pursuits.  If you ever have any questions about the projects and techniques I share here, please be sure to ask me.  I respond personally to almost every comment that is left on my blog, and I love to help my followers learn how to use their tools and materials.  Blogging is all about sharing…and I love to share!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Your visits make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

Crafty Secrets Gift Pocket Card

Crafty Secrets Pocket card 03Crafty Secrets Gift Pocket Card

Hello, friends!  And happy Friday to you!  We made it through another week.  Hooray for us! I’m popping in today to share a cute Crafty Secrets gift pocket card idea with you.  I love making cards that can double as gifts, so I devised a cute little pocket and tag duo with just enough room to tuck in an individually wrapped chocolate, a gift card or a foil wrapped tea bag.  Any small, flat item would fit in here and then the card becomes the gift!

Crafty Secrets Pocket card 01I created my pocket and tag from kraft cardstock and then began to layer on images from Crafty Secrets Girlfriend Creative Scraps.  Sandy has all the Creative Scraps on sale right now, as she is trying to empty out the U.S. warehouse so she can work from home in Canada.  Creative Scraps are double sided and loaded with tons of fun images.

Crafty Secrets Pocket card 02I lined my pocket and tag with digital Classic Pink Damask papers to stay with the soft, girly feel of this project.  The cute bingo card is printed from my favorite Typography CD.  There are hundreds of gorgeous bits of ephemera tucked into this CD and I find myself using it nearly every time I create.  A little Diamond Stickles, some Pink Cottage Roses , Iridescent Metallic String, and a touch of bright pink striped grosgrain ribbon and this gift pocket card is all dressed up and ready to go! The die cut label at the top of the tag has been embossed with copper embossing powder.  I added the sentiment from Thinking of You to a piece of scrap cardstock and mounted it behind the label opening.   The little white clip holds the tag up high enough so that you can see our Victorian beauty right away.  I’m going to send this to my dearest girlfriend and birthday buddy in Atlanta.

That’s it for me today, folks!  Be sure to check out the sales in the online store and the inspirational samples on the BLOG.  We also have another Linky party coming up in about a week, so you can be busy getting your projects ready to link up there.  Can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by….your visits make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

ABC Primer with RRR Ribbon and Twine

Storybook mom ABC Primer 02ABC Primer with RRR Ribbon and Twine

Hello, Friends!  It’s my day to share some tips for using Really Reasonable Ribbon in your crafty projects.  Recently, I was asked to custom design a series of thank you cards for some folks who had participated in a book drive for a local public school .  This team collected over 25,000 books for children who might other wise spend an entire summer without exposure to the printed page. The lovely lady who headed up this book drive wanted me to design some special thank you cards themed around books and reading.  I combined ABC Primer with RRR ribbon and twine to add just the right finishing touch to each card.  Here’s a look at the fun book themed cards I created:

Storybook mom ABC Primer 01This card combines Poppy Red Satin ribbon with a grosgrain edge with 1 1/2″ wide black circus dots ribbon.  I also added a touch of natural burlap string beneath the flower.

Mother Goose ABC Primer 01This sweet little card needed just a touch of Natural Burlap String in the form of a button topped bow to finish it off.

Jolly Alphabets ABC Primer 01This colorful card combines black and yellow burlap string with black and white circus dots.  This wide ribbon makes a perfect belly band on the card, and a cute banner, too!

ABC Primer Frog card 01I wrapped red and natural burlap string around the base of the red polka dot background on this fun card.

Tea Girl ABC Primer 01And I tied a triple loop bow with more of the Poppy Red Satin and my Zutter Bow-it-All.  This shade of red matches the red in ABC Primer perfectly!

You know that old saying, “Clothes make the man,”?  Well, I think ribbon and twine make the card!  Combining ABC Primer papers with RRR Ribbon and Twine makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!

Cheerio,

kathy

Celebrating Friendship on Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

HC Blue Card 01aCelebrating Friendship on Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Hello, Friends! Today, I’m celebrating friendship on Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  I have a handful of “true friends” that mean the world to me.  These are the girls I can call in the midst of a crisis, and I know they’ll be by my side in no time.  They’re the people I can share my joys and triumphs with, and they’ll celebrate along with me.  And when I’m facing an obstacle in my life, these women are the ones who will cheer me on to victory. We may not talk for weeks on end, but when we do get together, we pick right up where we left off.  I don’t have to explain myself, because these ladies know everything about me and love me anyway!  Nothing in this world is more precious than a true friend!  And that’s what I had in mind when I made this card using the Cut, Mat, Create Collection from Heartfelt Creations.

HC Blue Card 01aAs a card maker, I so appreciate how easy it is to create perfectly matted layers with Cut, Mat, Create.  This card took only 30 minutes to make, and that includes hatching the idea, gathering the materials and tying that gorgeous Delicate Stitched Satin bow from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Here’s a peeky at the inside:

HC Blue Card 02aYou’ll find a complete list of supplies and detailed tutorial below the signature portion of this blog.

I’m so glad you stopped by today.  Take a minute to be thankful for the true friends in your life, and join me in celebrating friendship on Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.

Until next time…

Cheerio,

kathy

TUTORIAL

HC True Friend Card

Heartfelt Creations Products and Product Carried by HC:
Stamps: HCPC 3616 Vines and Blooms PreCut Set
Paper: HCDP1 245 Cut, Mat, Create Paper Collection
Dies: HCD 749, HCD 750, HCD 745
Other: 452255 Grand Calibur

Other Products: Paper: white, navy cardstock; Ink: Faded Jeans Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Ranger Archival Cobalt, ColorBox Frost White Pigment Ink; Embossing Powder: Wow Neutral Ultra Shimmer, White Superfine; Other: Diamond Stickles, White Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon, Bling on a Roll, button

Directions:
Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from white cardstock. Select the card front from the paper collection and use the coordinating die from HCD 750 to cut out the center art portion. Stamp the bird on a branch from Vines and Blooms with Ranger Cobalt Archival Ink and quickly heat emboss with Wow Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Powder. Sponge the white areas lightly with Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans. Cut the navy mat with the matching die from HCD 749 and glue the stamped panel down. Cut the art work from the cut apart page, stamp with the sentiment and mat with navy cardstock.
Glue the card frame to the card base and add bling on a roll to either side. Use foam dots to adhere the stamped panel. Cut out a ticket from scrap paper using HCD 745. Cut in half and tuck under the sentiment panel. Glue the sentiment panel in the lower right corner as shown. Add double bow tied with Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon. Thread the button and secure the bow and button with a hot glue gun. Add Diamond Stickles to the flower centers.
For the interior, cut a 6 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ panel of blue paper from the collection. Hand write the sentiment on white paper. Die cut with HCD 749. Cut another piece from navy cardstock and mat. Stamp the bird on a branch with white pigment ink. Heat emboss with superfine white embossing powder. Cut out the tiny stamp from the paper collection, mat with navy cardstock and glue down.

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge # 12

Challenge 11 CHACB 01Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge 12: Who’s the Boss?

Hello, Friends!  It’s the third Monday in July….and you know what that means, right?  Yep!  There’s a new challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous: Challenge 12: Who’s the Boss? So…were you the bossy one in your family?  Still bossy?  Well, this challenge is taking the boss to a whole new level.  Here’s the deets:

Show some embossing on your project. You can use dry embossing, or heat embossing. You can use an embossing folder or a stencil. You can emboss with embossing paste or embossing powder. You can even create something with ultra thick embossing enamel. (UTEE)  You probably have some sort of embossing apparatus in your hoard. Pull these embossing tools out and put them to use!

Our sponsors for this challenge are the good folks at Crafter’s Companion and Spectrum Noir.  Here’s a little info about them:

Crafter’s Companion US brings you the products to make crafting a little bit easier, including the Spectrum Noir coloring system, the Ultimate Pro, and more! Crafter’s Companion produces a full range of tools to create cards and other paper craft projects. Their mission is to make their innovative, award-winning tools accessible to crafters around the world at fantastic prices.

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Spectrum Noir is the revolutionary coloring system brought to you by Crafter’s Companion. The range combines affordability with versatility across a vast color spectrum, deigned specifically for the crafting market. Spectrum Noir wishes to make both alcohol marker and pencil coloring achievable for colorists at all levels of confidence and ability.

I received a really cute little Angelica and Friends stamp along with a lovely 6″ x 6″ embossing folder.  Here’s what I made with those goodies and my Spectrum Noir Pens:

Challenge 11 CHACB 03I stamped and embossed the image on Ultra Smooth Cardstock, then layered it onto embossed circles.  I embossed some raspberry cardstock with the embossing folder, sanded it, then fussy cut the swirls and added them to the card.  I added a fancy bow made with Lavender Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The flower is handmade with some old flower dies that I pulled out from my stash.  The papers are ancient….I don’t even know how long I’ve had them or who made them.  I also decorated my envelope.

Challenge 11 CHACB 02Challenge 11 CHACB 01Wanna see the inside?  I thought so!

Challenge 11 CHACB 04More of the dry embossed swirl, to keep in the spirit of the challenge.

OK…Now it’s your turn!  Go visit the rest of the design team, then get busy with your own hoard of embossing tools and supplies.  Link a photo of your card up on the Craft Hoarder’s Anonymous Blog, and you could win this prize:

Craft Hoarders 12That’s a stamp set, specialty stamping paper, an embossing folder and two sets of Spectrum Noir Pens. Woot!

Here’s are the links to the rest of the design team blogs:

AmberChristyDebbieDonnaGinnyGlendaGloriaJan-MarieKarenPamTammiCraft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Thanks for stopping by!  I can’t wait to see “Who’s the Boss!”

Cheerio,

kathy

Crafty Secrets Summertime Printables

Crafty Secrets Summertime Printables

Hello, my friends!  Wow, has this been a busy week!  I always look forward to summertime, and then when it gets here, it seems the days just vanish into thin air.  It’s hard to find the time to do everything that needs to be done, let alone make cards.  But our family is filled with summertime birthdays and special events, so card making is a must around here.  When I am short on time, I love to use printed images.  And right now, my favorite printed images are on the Crafty Secrets Summer Printable Sheet.  I have them in digital form, so I can size them however large or small I want them to be, and they are so pretty, I find I am really inspired while working with them.  Here’s a pretty vintage phlox card I made using them.

CS Vintage Phlox card 01This 7″ x 5″ top fold card has a kraft base, and uses digital papers  and ephemera from the Creating with Vintage Typography CD. I stitched around the base layer, then added a strip of 2.5″ wide Vintage Travel Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I topped this with Tim’s die cut weathered clock, a scrap of vintage lace, Iridescent White Metallic String and a pretty red rose. The phlox image was inked and coated with Rock Candy Distress Paint to give it a wonderful aged look.

CS Vintage Phlox card 02This quote is also on the Summer Printables page.  I sized it to fit my kraft label, which was heat embossed with Aged Gold.  This whole card has a wonderful aged, vintage vibe that I just love!

CS Vintage Phlox card 03I decorated the interior with some Crafty Secrets paper that was in my scrap drawer.  It matched the color palette, so I figured, why not?

The Digital Summer Printables are available this month as a FREE download with your purchase in the online store.  Sandy has some great sales going on right now, so you might want to take a peek!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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