I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing

Mermaid Tag 02Crafty Secrets I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing Tag

Hello, Friends!  Seems like all I can think about lately is the beach.  My heart is longing for a wind swept beach: sand between my toes, long walks, searching for hidden treasures.  But, alas, the schedule is full, and the beach must wait.  So I’ve been satisfying my longing by creating beach themed art.  The other day, I pulled out my Crafty Secrets Creating With Vintage Illustrations CD  where I found this beautiful printed scene of children playing at the shore.  That inspired me to dig into my digital art stamps where I found these two lovely Mermaids just begging to be invited to the party!  So I created this jumbo tag, hand wrote a few lines from the T. S. Eliot poem and titled it, “I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing.”

Mermaid Tag 01This was fun to create.  I wanted to incorporate the mermaids into the scene, almost as though they were part of the original.  I sized them in PaintShop Pro, then printed them out on watercolor paper.  They were colored with Aquarelle Watercolor pencils and detail brush, then fussy cut.  I used my craft knife to cut along the outline of the rocks so that I could slip them behind , then adhered them with foam dots so that they would pop up from the scene.  I was pleased with how well this worked.  As you can see, in the original image, they are leaning or sitting on stairs:


I added some shells and fibers, vintage sheet music and embossed the rocks with Stampendous shabby white embossing powder.

Mermaid Tag 03Every mermaid needs a pearl tiara, don’t you agree?

Mermaid Tag 02Diamond Stickles were added to the tails and Frosted Lace Stickles to the hair.  The title was simply printed out on watercolor paper and inked with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I used Salty Ocean Distress Ink around the edges of the tag. I used my father’s vintage fountain pen to write the sentiment.

Mermaid Tag 04It’s not quite as good as a walk along the beach, but it will have to do until I can steal away and get lost in the wonders of the shore.

Thanks for stopping by….may you hear the mermaids singing today, wherever you are.



Vintage Christmas Ornaments

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 02Heartfelt Creations Wednesday: Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Hello, Friends!  Time for another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday project.  This week, I’m sharing some Vintage Christmas ornaments made with the Festive Christmas Collection.  Growing up, my grandmother had the most beautiful Christmas tree ornaments I’ve ever seen.  There were ornate glass balls, sparkling bubble lights, crystal beads and glittering garlands on her tree every year.  I’ve tried to capture the Vintage shimmer, shine and elegance of those trees in this card.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 01aThis is a side fold 5″ x 7″ card with lots of inking, embossing and hand made epoxy elements.  If you are not familiar with how to make these epoxy embellishments, you can watch Emma Lou’s wonderful video tutorial HERE.  I have a complete supply list and step by step instructions for making this card below.  Enjoy!

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 02The string of pearls reminds me of the glass beads on my Grandmother’s tree.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 04I used lots of distressing to add texture to the card panels.  The wonderful Raindrops on Roses die cut adds instant elegance and reminds me of snowflakes.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 05I love the way the gold embossed background of the Festive Ornaments Stamp shines through the inked, distressed background.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 03I had the privilege of writing the sentiments for this collection, and this is one of my original poems.  What an honor!

What were your favorite tree ornaments when you were growing up?  Did you string popcorn and berries?  Stitch felt ornaments?  I’d love it if you shared them with me in the comments section below.  Thanks for stopping by!



Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

Paper: HCDP1 246 Festive Christmas Collection
Stamps: HCPC 3620 Festive Ornaments PreCut Set
HCPC 3557 Christmas Poinsettia PreCut Set
Dies: HCD 734 Sun Kissed Fleur
HCD 743 Raindrops on Roses
Other: Tools: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit, 278859 Melt Art Melting Pot, SMP001 Stamp Mat Pad; Embossing Powder: 278039 Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) Bridal Embossing Tinsel

Other Products: Paper: White and kraft Cardstock, vellum, Tan Pearl Paper (Core’dinations); Coloring Medium: Spectrum Noir Markers (DR 5, 6; JG 4, 5) Gold Gelato, Vintage Photo Distress Stain; Ink: Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress Ink, Ranger Vermillion Archival Ink, Versamark; Other: Superfine Gold Embossing Powder, glass beads, ribbon, adhesive pearls, foam dots, glue

Directions: Using Versamark, stamp Festive Ornaments twice onto white Cardstock. Heat emboss with Superfine Gold Embossing Powder. Color only the ornaments on one stamped image, cut out, cover with Versamark and treat with UTEE in the melting pot. When completely cooled, gently bend to create a cracked finish.
Color the border of the other image, sponge all over with Vintage Photo and Tea Dye DI. Flick with water to create an aged look Tear the edges, distress the edges further and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. Use foam dots to pop up the UTEE ornaments. Add seed beads and pearls as shown.
Create a 5″ x 7″ side fold card base from kraft cardstock. Distress the edges and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.
Cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of red holly paper from the paper collection. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. Distress and roll the edges. Die cut and emboss 2 Raindrops on Roses toppers from pearl tan cardstock. Trim around the swirls so that they can be tucked behind your stamped panel. Glue the stamped panel onto prepared card base. Add ribbons, glass beads, adhesive pearls and small rose as shown.
Use Ranger Vermillion Archival Ink to stamp the Poinsettia onto vellum. Die cut, color the back side with markers and shape 2 of the smaller blossoms. Stack and add to the top of the larger round ornament. Fill center with glass beads.
For the interior: Cut the card greeting from the paper collection and glue into the card interior.

Craft Hoarders & Altered Pages Blog Hop

CHACB Button Challenge 08Craft Hoarders & Altered Pages Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  There’s a new challenge up on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.  This time around the fine folks at Altered Pages have sponsored the challenge, so we’ve paired up for a fun Craft Hoarders & Altered Pages Blog Hop.  The theme of the challenge is “Button it Up!”

Challenge #14 Button it Up!

Crafters of every stripe are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store…usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!
One talented participant will receive a $15 gift certificate, donated by Altered Pages!

altered pages prizeALTERING YOUR CREATIVITY, that’s what we believe in at AlteredPages.com. Our job is to supply you with inspiration and the tools to make it happen. We enjoy the creative process of all skill levels and mediums, so dive in and have fun with this challenge. Both Design Teams are creating inspiring works to spark you into creating too! Grab those bins and boxes, drag out your stash and let’s GO.

French Seamstress Altered Canvas with Buttons

CHACB Button Challenge 01Here’s the 8″ x 10″ canvas I altered with the goodies I received from Altered Pages.  I used texture paste to add a flourish stencil to my canvas, then spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist.  Once it was dry, I stamped over the background with Rose Madder Archival ink and a crackle background stamp to age everything.  I treated the Altered Pages French Seamstress with UTEE to make it look like an old photo, and then added a tissue paper flower made with burlap and a pattern piece sent to me in the DT package   I rummaged around in my Closet of Shame and found some old lace that I fussy cut and added, spools, feathers, mini scissors, some of my mom’s old sewing bobbins and lots of other sewing ephemera that I assembled into a collage.  I used one of the mini canvases that Canvas Corp sent me to make the little mini button canvas, which might be my favorite part of the collage.  I know you are all going to want to know where I found the scissors, so I will tell you here: the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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I used Tim’s Tattered Florals die to make the big fabric flower on the left, and Spellbinder’s rolled roses on the right.  The sewing machine is fussy cut from the Altered Pages Antique Sewing sheet and was also treated with UTEE to make it look like an epoxy embellishment.

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You can really see all the yummy texture up in the left hand corner.



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Ooh-la-la!  Buttons, feathers, fabric flower, lace scissors and vintage spools and bobbins, courtesy of Mom



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I love all these vintage buttons clustered together on this mini canvas.  I also stamped randomly with the Kept in Stitches stamp plate.

CHACB Button Challenge 09I had the pleated rose ribbon in my stash.  It’s discontinued Stampin’ Up ribbon.


CHACB Button Challenge 10The sweet button cards were made by my friend Birgit.  Thanks, Birgit!

Now it’s time for you to hop off and leave some love for the rest of the Craft Hoarders Anonymous designers:

Amber Milone ♥ Christy Butters ♥ Debbie SeyerDonna Idlet♥ Ginny NemchakGloria Stengel (blog owner) ♥ Jan Marie Ennenga ♥ Karen ZeugerPam Bray ♥ Tammi Bennett

Glenda Brooks is unable to join us this month.

Here are the links to the awesome designers at Altered Pages

Roni Johnson ♥ Trisha Too ♥ Daniela May ♥ Stephanie SiattaTonya Trantham                      Robin HorasanianDebbie TullierBarbara RankinLyneen Jesse

Go get inspired, then dig into your crafty hoard and create a new project featuring buttons.  Then link it up at Craft Hoarders Anonymous before midnight Pacific time on August 31st. I’ll be stopping by to take a peek!

Thanks for playing along!



Tour of Blogs: A Little Bit about Me & Paying it Forward

Tour of Blogs: A Little Bit about Me and Paying it Forward

Hello my friends!  I have no card or project to share with you today.  Instead, I have the honor of introducing you to 3 of my favorite blog buddies in an ongoing Tour of Blogs.  I was nominated by the amazing Michele Kovack.  I’ve been a fan of Michele’s blog Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker for many years.  Imagine my delight to find Michele on the Crafty Secrets Design team when I began designing for them.  Michele is an incredibly talented artist, and her eye for detail fills me with delight.  Michele asked me to answer some questions about myself, and then nominate 3 other bloggers that inspire me.

A Little Bit About Me

1. What am I working on?  At the moment, I am in the process of creating 120 custom souvenir menus for a BMW executive banquet that will be held in Hawaii next month.  I began working with the event planner for these banquets several years ago, and I do two events a year for them. My work has literally traveled around the globe for these lavish corporate events.  It’s a huge honor.  I’m also in the middle of creating samples for a new collection from Heartfelt Creations.  I just mailed that package off yesterday.  And I have a mini album in the works as well.  Yes, it is a juggling act….and yes, I love it!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? I think one thing that stands out is that I am comfortable working in many different styles.  The work I do for BMW is very clean and corporate.  The work I do for Crafty Secrets is more vintage and shabby chic.  The projects I create for Heartfelt Creations often incorporate a lot of distressing, mixed media and altered art.  I’m happy working in any of these styles.  My work generally contains two things: lots of layers and attention to detail.  You will probably never see a one layer project on my blog. I love the look when others do it, but I am totally incapable of doing it myself.  I love detail…little additions that take a project from good to great.  To me, details are to paper art what spices are to cooking.

3. Why do I create what I do?  I have always loved paper.  From my first doodle pad and pack of Crayolas til now, paper has held a fascination for me that I can’t quite explain.  I love the feel of paper, i love to tear it, cut it, distress it, glue it, fold it, look at it, shop for it, organize it….I think you get the picture.  I’ve always been drawn to color, pattern and design.  I also love the written word: hand written letters and cards, writing in journals and reading. I began making cards as a child, then began writing poetry as an adolescent. Creating paper art for me is the perfect fusion of color, pattern, design and beautiful words.  I love using my imagination.  I love the creative process of starting with nothing but an idea in my head, a phrase, or a color combination and turning it into a finished product that says something, means something…is personal.  I put “me” into everything I make.

4. How does your writing/creating process work? If you could look inside my brain you would see a party going on in there all the time.  No matter what I am doing…even when I am sleeping…my mind is filled with images, phrases, ideas, designs.  Sometimes, I imagine a color combination that excites me, and I go looking through my stash for papers and embellishments that would help me carry that out.  Sometimes a phrase “sings” in my mind and I go running for paper and pencil to jot down a quick line or poem.  Sometimes, i see papers or images and they sort of “speak” to me and I know exactly what to make.  So I guess you could say I am intuitive in my work.  I always have a vision, but not necessarily a plan.  I’m not the world’s most organized artist.  I’m spontaneous, in the moment.  I rarely work from a sketch…that would be a plan.  I work from an idea…a vision and let the project unfold as I go.  May I just say, this is also how I cook, so when my kids want a recipe, my standard answer is, “I don’t have a recipe, but I can tell you how I made it.”  And yes, this makes writing tutorials very challenging at times.  LOL

 Paying it Forward

I love blogs.  I have a ridiculous number of blogs that I follow in my Feedly reader.  I tend to follow writers, photographers and artists that both inspire my creativity and make the world a better place with their kind hearts, passion for life and excellent spirits.  It was hard to narrow it down to just 3 blogs, but in the end, I ended up choosing ladies who have really inspired, encouraged and supported me in my own artistic journey.  And, as luck would have it, all three of these ladies’ names begin with G. (Perhaps the 3 “G’s” stand for “great, grand and glorious…”.) How funny is that?  So without further ado, and in alphabetical order, here are my 3  “G’s” for this tour of blogs.

http://pollyspaper.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/img_7677-001.jpg?w=1358&h=1600 Ginny Nemchak of Polly’s Paper Studio and I became friends when I joined the Really Reasonable Ribbon design team in 2013.  I was instantly drawn to her vintage style and creative energy.  One day, we were chatting on the team Facebook page and I realized with delight that we share the same wacky sense of humor.   Her Etsy Shop contains gorgeous custom cards and mini albums along with her own digital designs that she has compiled into fabulous creative kits.  Ginny sets the bar high for herself, and just continues to leap over it.  We chat online nearly every day, and not only does she make me laugh, she spurs me on with her own keen desire to be the very best she can be.  Ginny is fearless.  I love that about her.  She sets a goal for herself and goes after it with every ounce of energy in her tiny little body.  That’s how she made the Graphic 45 design team this year.  She is one of the sweetest, smartest, funniest, kindest most supportive people I know, and I am so thankful to be part of “team Ginny.”

https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-1/c0.0.160.160/p160x160/1012904_746227738721171_821776582_n.jpg?oh=8a7c5ef92f8d3030cf1557fcca4801cf&oe=5462CF6E&__gda__=1416010751_9c1b7b647f66340e223590d6e04d49d6  I met Glenda Brooks when I was selected for the Heartfelt Creations Design Team.  I had only been blogging for a few months, and had never been on a team before.  Glenda immediately sensed that I was feeling totally overwhelmed by the experience and took me right under her wing.  She helped me learn the ropes, reminded me to be myself and enjoy the experience, and made me feel at home.  Over and over again, she told me to “Breathe.”  I honestly think Glenda believes in me more than I believe in myself.  We have become such good friends that she’s like my big sis.  She still reminds me to “breathe” in our regular e-mails to one another.   When you visit Glenda’s blog, MagPie’s Corner be ready to be amazed by her gorgeous handmade flowers.  I tell Glenda all the time that she has magic in her fingers.  She makes paper come alive, and her flowers are so real you can almost smell the perfume on the petals. Glenda has an elegant, classic style and a fabulous eye for color and design.  I’m so thankful for her friendship and encouragement to me.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-86wl8DjwVXs/UqzjZgxNnaI/AAAAAAAAZfs/aXYTnHttFYo/s1600/* This tour of blogs would not be complete without mentioning my dear friend Gloria Stengel.  I first “met” Gloria through her amazing work with Graphic 45.  There was a quality to Gloria’s work that just drew me in.  Her amazing ability to transform simple paper and images into works of art thrilled me.  Her clear tutorials and wonderful photography helped me develop my own skills.  And there was an intangible quality that kept me coming back to her blog, Scraps of Life, again and again for more.  It was JOY.  Gloria’s work is beautiful, there is no doubt, but it goes beyond that. Simply put, Gloria’s work is filled with Life, Light, and Joy.  I’m always refreshed after visiting her work.   She is also one of the most generous souls I’ve ever known.  She has been a real mentor to me, encouraging me to start my own blog, helping me with design team auditions, giving me wise advice along the way.  When she started her Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog this year, I jumped at the chance to be part of the team and work with her.  When an opening came up on the Crafty Secrets DT, I was thrilled when Gloria agreed to come on board there.  Her work ethic is legend, her artwork is amazing, and her friendship is cherished.  I feel so blessed to have her in my life.  She is more than a friend…she is a Sister, a prayer partner, and a whole lotta fun!

I’d like to thank Michele again for giving me this opportunity to share a little more about myself with all of you. And my heart is full of gratitude for the three fabulous women I’ve featured here today.  Visit their blogs, and prepare to be inspired.  They inspire me every single day and I just love them to bits and pieces.

Thanks for hanging with me.  I am so grateful for each one of you!




RRR Pets and Ribbon Challenge

RRR Pet Challenge 02RRR Pets and Ribbon Challenge

Hello, Really Reasonable Ribbon lovers!  Welcome to the RRR Pets and Ribbon Challenge!

When we were kids, we had the sweetest little beagle in the world.  Of course, we named him Snoopy.  He used to let us dress him up in our doll’s clothes and put him in the toy cradle without a hint of protest.  Pets are great that way…they’ll endure all kinds of indignities in the name of love.  Even though there’s not a beagle featured in this card, the devotion of these two puppies reminded me of those times.  I love how attentive they are!

RRR Pet Challenge 01I used black cardstock to mat all the colorful papers in this 7″ x 5″ top opening card. The 3/8″ black gingham ribbon is the perfect option because it helps to ground the images, and it also plays well with all those colors!

The vintage image is a digital stamp from the Crafty Secrets Big Dog stamp set.  I love the chalkboard element, don’t you? I traced over the letters with a white gel pen, and then smudged white pigment ink to give it a real chalkboard feel.

RRR Pet Challenge 04The banners and page title were cut from the DCWV Pet Stack. I matted the image on the Spellbinders Valiant Honor frame.

RRR Pet Challenge 05The inside uses a computer journaled sentiment, some fussy cut elements from the paper stack and another fishtail banner.

Now it’s your turn to create a card with a Pets and Ribbon theme.  Link it up on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG before August 31st. I’ll be stopping by to take a peek at your creative handiwork.  Thanks for stopping by today!



You’re Not Old….You’re Vintage

Retro RRR 04You’re Not Old…You’re Vintage

Hello, Friends! I’m featured on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog today where I’m sharing this fun  “You’re Not Old…You’re Vintage” birthday card.  I got the cute retro images, ephemera and papers from my favorite Etsy shop, Polly’s Paper.

Retro RRR 01This Turquoise Shimmer Satin Ribbon was the perfect accessory for my cheery retro card. I added some hand made Posy Patch flowers from Heartfelt Creations along with buttons, paper tape, and a perky yellow burlap string bow.  I also salvaged a label from a Clabber girl baking powder tin because I thought they were too cute to throw away.

Retro RRR 02The sentiments were computer journaled because I don’t have a stamp that says, “You’re Not Old, You’re Vintage.”

Retro RRR 06I have the perfect recipient in mind for this sassy card!  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time,



Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop


RRR Blog Hop BadgePlease note:  This is my second post for today.  If you are looking for the Heartfelt Creations Mini Album tutorial, please scroll down, or click HERE.

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop with August Ribbon Collection

Hello all you ribbon loving people!  Welcome to the August Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop! You should be coming here from Cheryl’s lovely  BLOG.

I have to tell you, the August Ribbon Club assortment is totally dreamy!  Take a peek:


These colors make my heart happy!  They are the colors of fall…my very favorite season!  I found that these ribbons worked perfectly with one of my favorite Graphic 45 paper collections: Botanicabella.  Here’s a look at the card I made to go with these luscious ribbons.

RRR August Blog Hop 01This is a 5″ x 7″ gatefold card with a decorative panel attached to the front.  The luxurious ribbon is a combination of the Rust and Ivory Plaid with Sherry Checkerboard Satin and Autumn Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon.  Of course, I had to add a touch of my favorite Natural Jute String.  The button, metal corners and key are from my stash.  I created the decorative panel using Spellbinder’s Labels 22. I frayed the ends of the ribbon to add to the vintage vibe.

Here are some more photos for you to enjoy.

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RRR August Blog Hop 05RRR August Blog Hop for RRR blogRRR August Blog Hop 07I’m the last stop before you go to the RRR BLOG and answer Bonnie’s question of the month so that you can have a chance to win your very own Autumn Ribbon Club assortment.  But just in case you missed a blog along the way, here’s the list!

RRR Blog – http://www.reasonableribbon.blogspot.com/

Ginny – http://pollyspaper.wordpress.com/

Carolyn – http://mspetuniascrafts.blogspot.com/

Bonnie – http://www.maketime2craft.com/

Teresa – http://victorianpaperqueen.blogspot.com/

Cherry – http://cherrysjubileehome.blogspot.com/

Jenn – http://www.jaxbeanstalks.blogspot.com/

Linsey – http://linseyrickett.blogspot.com/

Cheryl – http://sweeetdesignsbycheryl.blogspot.com/

Kathy – http://www.kathybydesign.com

RRR Blog – http://www.reasonableribbon.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have fun hopping!

Until next time,



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