Plant Joy!

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday: Plant Joy!

Hello, Friends!  I am so excited about today’s post! I’ve created a sweet little vignette using the beautiful Butterfly Medley Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  Take a peeky:

Plant Joy HC Butterfly Medley 04aI used 4″ coasters and loads of handmade flowers, a sweet little rusted wagon that I found in my stash, Spanish Moss and a darling little bird nest to create this tiny tableau. The coasters are joined together with a unique fastener called Flip Flop Fasteners.  They look sort of like butterfly first aid strips, and they allow you to create a sort of adhesive “hinge.”  They work perfectly for this project. I shared the link, because  knew you would want to know about them.

Plant Joy HC Butterfly Medley 11aThe beautiful Botanical Rose Cling Stamps allow you to stamp 6 gorgeous flowers all at the same time, and then you can die cut them all at once using the Botanical Wings Die.

Plant Joy HC Butterfly Medley 09Here’s a top view of all those pretty posies, and the sweet little birds in their nest, too.

Plant Joy HC Butterfly Medley 07This project looks complicated, but I actually had it completed in just a few hours.  You definitely need a hot glue gun for this one, though!

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I accented this piece with ribbon, of course.  The Grape Satin Ribbon was a great color match for the papers and flowers.  I topped it with some sweet purple/green confetti dot ribbon on the bottom panel.  For the top panel, I topped it with beautiful Light Orchid Butterfly Grosgrain Ribbon.  A match made in heaven!

Plant Joy HC Butterfly Medley 05To hold the back panel up, I cut one of the coasters into a sort of easel shape.  You can read how I did this in the tutorial below, or you can find loads of tutorials online.  Mine is fairly primitive, but it works!

Plant Joy HC Butterfly Medley 03aIt was a frigid, snowy day when I made this project, but I forgot all about it….these flowers and birds and butterflies gave me my own private Springtime!

Plant Joy HC Butterfly Medley 02a

 

I hope this Plant Joy! vignette brings a little Springtime cheer your way as well!  You’ll find a complete supply list and step by step directions below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

TUTORIAL

Butterfly Medley Plant Joy Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:
HCDP1 251 Butterfly Medley Paper Collection
HCPC 3651 Botanical Rose Cling Stamps
HCPC 3650 Butterfly Medley Cling Stamps
HCD 759 Butterfly Medley Die
HCD 760 Botanical Wings Die
HCST1 401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
Art Glitter Glue with metal tip

Other Products: Cardstock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum; Archival Ink: Black, Rose Madder, Magenta Hue; Distress Ink: Forest Moss; Distress Stain: Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender: Tattered Angels Mountain Mist Spray; Antique Bronze Distress Paint; Spanish Moss, ribbons, seed beads, hot glue gun; rusted wagon, four 4″ square coasters. Flip Flop Fastener tapes, small bird nest.

Directions:

Stamp two sets of Botanical Roses onto white cardstock, using Rose Madder for one and Magenta Hue for the other. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Die cut. Color with Distress Stains. Shape and stack. Spray with TA Mist. Use Art Glitter Glue to add seed beads to the centers. Set aside to dry. Stamp the leaves onto green patterned paper from the collection using Forest Moss Distress Ink. Heat Emboss, die cut and shape. Stamp the butterflies onto white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Heat emboss. Die cut. Color with Distress Stains. Shape wings. Set aside to dry.

Use the flip flop fastener tape to join the two coasters. Cover the base coaster with the green paper and the top coaster with the 6″ card front that features the seed packets. Cut the paper so that you keep the words “Plant Joy.” Trim the striped section from the card front paper and mat onto purple cardstock so that the words “Life is Good” are in the top right hand corner. Wrap with ribbons, tying the butterfly ribbon into a square knot. Glue this panel onto the coaster, as shown. Glue the two butterflies onto this coaster, as shown.

Randomly brush Antique Bronze Distress Paint onto the body of the wagon and onto the wagon wheels. On the bottom coaster, use hot glue to secure the wagon to the base paper. Add Spanish Moss around the base of the wheels to resemble grass. Fill the wagon with Spanish moss and glue the small bird nest into place. Place the shaped, colored flowers and leaves as desired, using hot glue gun to secure. Wrap ribbon around the base as shown. Use foam adhesive to secure the stamp to the left hand corner. Fill the wagon with the prepared flowers and leaves.

Glue the 3rd coaster onto the back of the top coaster. Create an easel back with the 4th coaster so that the top coaster will stand up at an angle. I did this by cutting a 1/5″ slit about 3/4″ from the right hand side of the coaster base. Next, cut another 1.5″ slit toward the center of the coaster. Then cut a small triangle from the top of the first cut to the center of the coaster base. Fold toward the left. This will form your easel. Glue the easel back onto the back of the top coaster, being careful not to glue down the easel leg.

St. Patrick’s Day Banner

St. Patrick’s Day Banner

The top o’the morning to ye, my friends!  Today I have a super fun St. Patrick’s Day banner to share with you made with Really Reasonable Ribbon and the St. Patrick’s Day Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Etsy.  I had to take down my beautiful Valentine banner…and my mantle looked so barren, that I decided to dress it up with the wearin’ o the green!

St. Patricks Day Banner 01Of course, my master plan was to have my mantle all beautifully decorated…but on the very day that I completed this banner, the drywall crew showed up to begin the repairs on our home from the water damage we incurred from broken pipe.  So my living room is hermetically sealed right now, and I have no access to my mantle.  So I had to improvise. Sigh…..

This is a massive banner, measuring more than 4 feet in length.  All the papers and images come from the kit, and I just added a few paper rosettes, buttons and fabulous ribbons and flowers.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

St. Patricks Day Banner 05This is the first panel on the banner.  I stitched the pre-cut papers onto this gorgeous 1.5″ Cream Mesh Ribbon.  This is the most gorgeous stuff!  It has a slight sheen to it, and is soooo soft and pretty.  It was the perfect match for the lively Celery Green Plaid Ribbon I used to tie bows on either end of the banner.  I topped the bow with a pretty Off White Chrysanthemum and then added white cosmos and green sweetheart blossoms from the green and white variety pack.  Aren’t they perfect for St. Pat’s Day?

St. Patricks Day Banner 06Here are more of those sweet blossoms on the next panel where they adorn the LUCK greeting and the lucky horseshoe.

St. Patricks Day Banner 07You can see how great these greens work with these blossoms and the cream mesh ribbon.  It’s a match made in heaven!

St. Patricks Day Banner 08I tucked a whole cluster of them into the lid of this cute green teapot. You know how I love my tea!

St. Patricks Day Banner 09And they add so much texture, color and dimension to this panel.  I hope Bonnie has lots of these in stock, because they are so perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patricks Day Banner 10Here you can see how I stitched along the cream mesh ribbon…and you can say hello to the Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day parade and his lovely wife!

St. Patricks Day Banner 11The banner is finished off with another bodacious bow tied with my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool and topped with another off white chrysanthemum.  I wish you could see this banner in person…it’s so festive and fun.  The perfect pick me up for the end of winter.  It will look great on my mantle…once I can hang it there.

So, what do you do for St. Patrick’s Day?  We generally go out for fish and chips…and of course we wear green, so we don’t get pinched!  And, I always make a loaf of Irish Soda Bread which is almost as yummy as this banner!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Make Your Own Memo Pad

Make Your Own Memo Pad with Crafty Secrets Vintage Typography CD

Hello Friends!

As promised, I’m back today to share a quick tutorial that will show you how to make your own memo pad with Crafty Secrets Vintage Typography CD and a couple simple supplies.  This is a quick make, so it’s the perfect item to make up and have on hand for last minute gifts…and if you are like me, you will want to keep one of these in your purse, on your desk and beside the phone at all times!  Here’s a peeky:

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I began by printing out an 8″ square of the butterfly collage paper found in the Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Typography CD. I used canvas paper to print on for a couple of reasons.  One, I love the texture…it looks like a canvas, which is very cool!  Secondly, I love the durability of this paper…it is tough stuff…but easy to work with.  And three, it prints out beautifully! You can find this in a pad at most craft stores in the fine arts section.  It’s great for mixed media, too.

Butterfly memo tutorial 01Once I had printed my paper, I rounded the corners with a 1/2″ corner chomper.  Then I spritzed and spattered the papers with Tattered Angels Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist to increase the distressed look.  Next, I scored the paper at 4″ and creased it. to form my cover.  Then, I stitched around the cover on my sewing machine…just a simple straight stitch.

After this, I took 12 sheets of plain printer paper and trimmed them to 7 3/4″ square.  I found the center by folding in half, and then scored each sheet and rounded the corners.

Butterfly memo tutorial 02

Once this was done, I stacked all the papers on top of one another, making sure the crease was lined up perfectly.  Then I centered them inside the printed cover, and used alligator clips to hold them in place.  I stitched straight up the center crease…slooooowly, so my needle wouldn’t break…..from top to bottom.  I used my guillotine to trim off any overhang…and the hard part of the job was finished!

CS Memo book 02I lined the inside covers with more papers from the Vintage Typography CD.  If you look closely here, you can see the stitching.  That’s why you want to use canvas paper for the cover…it holds up to the sewing, but is a little bit porous, too, so it lets the needle through.

CS Memo book 01a

To decorate the cover, I ran three strips of 1/2″ Scor-Tape from the front edge all the way around to the edge of the back cover.  I cut a 14″ length of Brown Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon through the center, to act as a closure for the book.  Then I just added a strip of Birds on a Vine Natural Cotton/Linen ribbon above and below this.  A big wooden button was sewed on top to keep with the natural, botanical feel.  Then I cut the tag from our Adventure and Travel Cuts sheet, distressed and inked the edges .  I topped this with a pretty butterfly print from our Birds and Botanical Booklet.  I treated this with UTEE wrapped it with jute string and added a little charm.  Easy peasy!

Honestly, it took me longer to write this post than it took to make this little notebook!  I hope you’ll make your own memo pad with Crafty Secrets Vintage Typography!  It’s loads of fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Burlap Butterfly Canvas

Burlap Butterfly Canvas with Craft Secrets Vintage Typography CD

Hello Friends!  I’m just popping in very quickly today to share a super fun Burlap Butterfly Canvas that I made with the Crafty Secrets Vintage Typography CD.

Burlap Butterfly Canvas/Kathy by Design

Burlap Butterfly Canvas/Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets

This is a large 10″ x 10″  Stretched burlap canvas from Canvas Corp.  I bought this because I wanted to add some botanical art to my living room, and I love the look of natural burlap with a botanical image. While I was trolling through the Vintage Typography CD (my favorite!) I found this wonderful butterfly collage, and lightning struck my brain!  I’d create my wall art with this gorgeous collage, some sticky back canvas, and some of my mom’s vintage lace.

Crafty Secrets Butterfly Canvas 02If you’ve never worked with sticky back canvas, it’s a really great product.  It’s basically just a canvas sheet that is backed with a peel-off adhesive layer.  it runs through your printer with ease, and creates a printed project with fabulous texture.  I printed my butterfly collage to 8″ square, stitched around the edges, peeled off the back, pressed my mom’s lace around back side and then added a layer of 1/2″ Scor-Tape to the edges and sides to ensure that it would stay stuck.  I added large copper brads to the corners and a bit of vintage measuring tape to the bottom, to anchor the piece.

Crafty Secrets Butterfly Canvas 07The texture of the printed canvas is wonderful when combined with the burlap frame.  I misted with Tattered Angels Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist and tapped the canvas with a little Crushed Pistachio Distress Paint.  I wanted to bring out the pretty blue green in the canvas, as that is the color that goes with my living room.

Crafty Secrets Butterfly Canvas 04Here is closer look at the base of the canvas.  I painted the letters in the metal tag with Crushed Pistachio ink and then secured it to the canvas using some Mint Jute String.  The canvas looked great, but it needed a focal…some larger image that would catch the eye and give it a place to rest.  The solution was simple.  I used my photo editing program to crop out the butterfly in the center of the collage, enlarged it, and printed it out on canvas PAPER.  Then I fussy cut it, treated it with UTEE, backed it with a tea stained doily that I found in a local thrift store and voila!  Instant focal.

Crafty Secrets Butterfly Canvas 06I added a painted pen nib to the center…and I love the way this looks.  In fact, I loved the texture of the canvas paper so much, that I printed a second 8″ square and turned it into a handy  memo book….and I’ll come back later to share that with you.  It’s pretty cool, and a really fun gift idea.

This is a super quick, super fun project!  The gorgeous butterfly collage is perfect for the botanical trend in home decor, and you could print it out as large as your printer can handle.  It would make super cute pillows, too.  It only took me about an hour from concept to completion…which is faster than I could go to the store and back!  If you don’t have this wonderful Vintage Typography CD from Crafty Secrets….you should!  It is a treasure trove of inspirational artwork, vintage ephemera, vintage papers and incredible collages.  It is easily my favorite Crafty Secrets “secret weapon” and if I could only have ONE item in my crafty stash (God forbid!) this would probably be it!I

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I’ll be back  tomorrow to show you the cute memo book I made with this same butterfly collage.  I hope seeing this Burlap Butterfly Canvas has inspired you today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Vintage Baby Girl Card

Hello Friends!  It’s time for another fun challenge over at  Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This one will have you digging into your February Ribbon Club Assortment because it is a color challenge: use purple and green with ribbon on your project!  I had this great collage photo, and decided to work it up into a vintage baby girl card.

Purple and Green Challenge RRR 02Although I wouldn’t normally reach for purple and green for a baby card, I have been working to empty out my bulging scrap drawer.  When I found these pretty papers in there along with this vintage collage image…well the card began to take shape!

Purple and Green Challenge RRR03I added lots of stitching, chipboard that had been languishing in the drawer,  and some painted metal embellies to give this vintage baby girl card a real antique feel.  I even tinted her dress with a lavender Spectrum Noir marker. The gorgeous Grape Plaid Ribbon and delicate Sandra Crochet Lace were the perfect complements for this card.  I tied that sweet little birdie charm onto the ribbon using a bit of my favorite White Iridescent Metallic String.

Purple and Green Challenge RRR 01I made this card for my best friend’s daughter, who just gave birth to a beautiful little girl.  Danielle is an artist, so I knew she would appreciate all the work that went into making this card.

Now it’s your turn!  Get out your purple and green ribbons, papers and pretties and make something fabby for this challenge.  Link it up at the RRR blog..and I’ll be popping by to take a look and leave you some love.

Thanks for stopping by….now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Butterfly Medley: Love Seeds

 Butterfly Medley : Love Seeds Card Tutorial for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Hello, Friends!  Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday from wintry North Carolina!  It is soooo cold this morning…single digit temps and some lingering ice from the storm that blew through on Monday night.  All I can say is “Brrrrrrr”  Bring on Springtime!  Are you with me?  So to help us “think Spring” I have a lovely Butterfly Medley Love Seeds card to share with you this morning.

Love Seeds Butterfly Medley 04aThis 6″ square easel card features the beautiful Botanical Rose STAMP and matching Botanical Wings Die.  If you love making flowers, these botanical roses will really capture your heart!  You stamp all 6 layers at one time, and then die cut them with just one pass through your cutting machine.  And, you can shape them in so many different ways that once you get started, it’s hard to stop!

Love Seeds Butterfly Medley 02aThe papers in this collection are dreamy and  delicious!  And my favorite  element is these beautiful little seed packets that can be cut into tags.  There are packets called Seeds of Hope, Happiness Seeds, and Love Seeds. I designed this card so that the tag can be removed and used as home decor. Stamp some of the flirty butterflies and die cut to create a botanical garden that will melt your heart.  I’ve added a bodacious bow made from Rose Silky Crush Ribbon to tie everything together.

Love Seeds Butterfly Medley 03aBecause this is an easel card, the inside is as important as the outside.  Here, I’ve added one of the beautiful die cut tickets from the collection along with a glorious Swallowtail butterfly that I stamped, colored and die cut.

Love Seeds Butterfly Medley 01aYou’ll find a complete supply list and detailed tutorial below, so that you can make your own Love Seeds card if you’re of a mind to.  It’s the best remedy I know for winter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

TUTORIAL

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCDP1 251 Butterfly Medley Paper Collection
HCPC 3650 Butterfly Medley Stamp Set
HCPC 3651 Botanical Rose Stamp Set
HCPC 3652 Botanical Wings Stamp Set
HCD 758 Botanical Wings Die
HCD 759 Butterfly Medley Die
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die
459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat

Other Product: Cream, Green Pearlized, Pink Glitter Cardstock (DCWV);Jet Black, Rose Madder, Library Green Archival Ink; Tea Dye, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick Distress Ink; watercolor pencils, water brush; Glass Beads, buttons, stick pins, Silky Crush Pink ribbon, 1/2″ Scor-Tape, Gold Perfect Pearls, Crystal Stickles, straightedge, craft knife, small metal clip, clear embossing powder.

Note: all cut paper edges are inked with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

Create a 6″ square easel card base from cream cardstock. Cut the 6″ card front from the paper collection and trim to 5 1/2″ square.

Cut the Love Seeds tag from the collection, trimming out the banner ends and around the flowers and leaves. Mat with a pink glitter cardstock tag that you cut out with HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die. Mat with a slightly larger piece of Pearlized Green cardstock. Place on the card as shown, and use your straightedge and craft knife to cut a slit on an angle just above the sentiment so that you can tuck the tag into the slit, as shown. Use 1/2″ Scor-Tape to wrap the card front with Silky Crushed Pink ribbon and mat with Pink Glitter Cardstock, being sure to leave the area around the slit clear so that you can slip the tag in between the card layers. Mat the Pink Glitter Cardstock with a 6″ square of Pearlized Green Cardstock. Glue onto the prepared easel card base. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and add ribbon, bow and button. Tuck into the slit on the card front. Use a small metal clip or paper clip to secure the tag to one of the pieces of ribbon on the tag topper. It will not show, but it will keep the tag from slipping out of the pocket you created.

Stamp Botanical Rose onto cream cardstock using Rose Madder Archival ink. Heat emboss with clear powder and die cut with HCD 758 Botanical Wings die. Color with Worn Lipstick DI, shape and stack. Add glass beads. Brush very lightly with a tiny bit of water and add Perfect Pearls to the petals. Glue onto the card and tag, being careful not to glue the tag onto the card base. Add leaves and stick pins.

Stamp HCPC 3640 Butterfly Medley on to cream cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Die cut, color with watercolor pencils and water brush and shape the wings. Glue onto card and tag, being careful not to glue the tag onto the card base.

Cut a 6″ square from the paper collection to line the inside of the card. Add trim and buttons. Use HCD 745 to cut the sentiment ticket and 2 pink glitter tickets from the paper collection and add to border. Stamp, die cut, color and shape the large butterfly from HCPC 3652 Botanical Wings. Glue onto the border next to the tickets. Use Crystal Stickles to add glitter effects to all the butterfly wings and the flower centers on the designer paper.

Beautiful Butterflies and Blooms Cards

Beautiful Butterflies and Blooms Cards for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  If you like butterflies and beautiful blooms, you are going to love today’s post.  I’ve created a set of beautiful butterflies and blooms cards for Really Reasonable Ribbon using supplies from Polly’s Paper, my favorite Etsy Shop!

Butterflies and Blooms RRR 01Each card combines vintage images, papers and beautiful ribbons from RRR.  This anniversary card is all dressed up with a die cut vintage clock, a glittery butterfly and a posh red bow made with Sherry Satin Ribbon with a gold metallic edge.  This ribbon is a dream to work with, and ties the most luxurious bows I’ve ever seen!

Butterflies and Blooms RRR 02This elegant magnolia has such a great botanical style that I wanted to use earthy, natural fibers to enhance it.  I lined the base of the card with Antique Gold Faux Burlap Ribbon and then layered this wonderful new Birds on a Vine Natural Cotton/Linen Ribbon over it.  I also used it to make a simple button topped bow.  To draw attention to my card focal, I created a little wreath with Hemp Cording.  To do this, I just wrapped the hemp around the four fingers of my left hand and then slipped it off.  I twisted it just a little, tied a knot with another piece of hemp and hot glued it to the card.  I lightly  brushed the hemp and the birds on a vine ribbon with a little Vintage Photo Distress ink. Easy, right?

Butterflies and Blooms RRR 04This thank you card has a great vintage feel, and I enhanced that by adding a vintage button from my stash along with two sweet bows made with shabby pink double faced satin ribbon.

Butterflies and Blooms RRR 06This happy birthday card is bright and cheery and ready to party with a big poofy bow made from Geranium PInk Circus Dots Grosgrain Ribbon.

Butterflies and Blooms RRR 07This last card is my favorite.  i love the blue grey color palette and the peaceful feel that this card has.  I added a Light Silver Bow to the top of the tag and then used up the very last of my Sheer Satin Striped Ribbon to make that triple bow.  I’ve got to get more of this, as it is such a handy ribbon to have around.  It ties like a dream, too.  Of course, I tied all these bows with my Bow it All Tool, which really does make it sooo easy to create a pretty bow.

I love the way ribbon adds the perfect finishing touch to any card, and really pulls all the various elements together.  How about you?  I’d love to hear which of these beautiful butterflies and blooms cards is your favorite in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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