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Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box

 

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box for the Heartfelt Creations May 2018 Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations May 2018 Alumni Hop!  The hop starts here. You’ll find a complete blog hop list at the end of this post.  Since May is the month when we celebrate Memorial Day in the US, I thought a Blazing Poppy themed project would be fun to make.  After a search through the Closet of Shame, I found a lovely round box that some dear soul passed on to me and I decided to upcycle it into this Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 01

This box is about 6″ in diameter and about 3″ high.  Since the base color was already a lovely shade of poppy, I simply needed to add my designer papers, flowers, foliage and embellishments.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box: Tips and Tricks

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 02

Round boxes are fairly easy to alter.  While I didn’t have time to do a complete tutorial this month, here are some tips and tricks that I used:

  • First, measure the height of the inside walls of your box.  Then cut your designer paper about 1/4″ less than that measurement.
  • Next, trace the bottom of the box onto your chosen designer paper.  If you cut inside the traced circle, you should have a liner piece for the box interior that’s just about perfect in size.
  • Then, repeat that process to create the liner piece for the interior cover.
  • I inked all my paper edges with a combination of Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
  • Use border strips to line outside edges of the box.  First, brush the back side of your paper with Distress Collage Medium.  After applying your cut strips to the box sides, it is helpful to burnish lightly with a slightly damp paper towel to push out any air bubbles.
  • Add a second coat of Distress Collage Medium to seal and protect the paper.
Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box:  What’s Inside

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 03

 

Since I already had all my “mess” out on the desk, I decided to create a little 4″ square gift card holder to go inside the box.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 04

The round focal is cut from one of the pre-designed card fronts in the Blazing Poppy Paper Collection.  To add extra dimension, I popped my fussy cut denim pocket full of poppies up with foam dots.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 05

Next I tucked this die cut tag behind the pocket and added a vintage style metal key.

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Blazing Poppy by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 06

The interior of the card has a gift card pocket.  Fill it with a tiny tag and miniature chocolate treat for extra fun..

On with the Hop!

This blog hop begins on Friday, May 25th at 8AM EDT and runs until 11:59PM EDT on Monday, May 28th.

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave a lovely comment as one lucky comment will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog to win a $25 gift card at Heartfelt Creations!  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, May 30th.  I ‘ll also post the winning name at the top of this post at that time.

The winner needs to contact Heartfelt Creations by email at socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us. Please write “Winner of the May Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail. 

Now let’s get hopping!

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Vicki  ♥  Amarilys  ♥ Alissa  ♥  Pam  ♥ Archana  ♥ Piyanki ♥   ♥

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Blazing Poppy Altered Keepsake Box Supply List

 

Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card

Really Reasonable Ribbon May 2018 Blog Hop: Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  And Happy Mother’s Day! Welcome to the May 2018 Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  With the summer holidays fast approaching, it’s perfect timing to share this Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card with you.  It’s adorned with ribbons from the Red White and Blue Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

 

 

Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card

I decided to go bold, bright and festive on this red white and blue patriotic greeting card.  Handmade rosettes, red white and blue buttons and fussy cut letters make this card ready to party!  (The papers are from Authentique’s United Collection.)

Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card United by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 01I’ve complemented the papers with this bold and beautiful double layer bow tied with Red Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon and Royal Blue Crosshatch Satin.

The bow cluster is topped with WOC Red Cottage Roses.  I’ve also tucked in some White with Red Center Sweetheart Blossoms .  There are a couple of blue Sweetheart Blossoms peeping out, too.

Red White and Blue Patriotic Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

There’s a party going on inside this card!

I topped this digital tag image with Crosshatch on Red Satin Ribbon. Then I added a simple square knot bow tied with Patriotic Candy Hearts Grosgrain Ribbon to finish it off.

I’m really thankful for all the family members, friends and strangers who have served in the military so that we can all live free.  This is me, saying a heartfelt thank you to each of you, wherever you are.  I appreciate you!

On With the Hop

From here, you will hop on over to see what fabulous idea the amazing Linsey has cooked up for you this month.  Then hop on over to the RRR BLOG, answer Bonnie’s question of the month and you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive your very own Red White and Blue Ribbon Club Assortment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony All Occasion Card

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen winner is Martie Rollin from Marie Gamber’s Blog.  Thanks for hopping!
Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony All Occasion Card for the April 2018 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations April 2018 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here.  You’ll find the complete hop list at the end of this post.  My grandmother had the most beautiful flower garden I have ever seen.  My favorite blooms were always the peonies. I can remember tip toeing through the garden with my mother, gently lifting those fragrant, heavy blossoms to inhale the scent.  So I just had to add the Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony Collection to my crafty stash!    This Spring Garden All Occasion Greeting card is perfect for Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Weddings, or anniversaries.  I just loved making these bodacious blossoms!

Springtime in the Garden with Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony

The papers in this collection are especially lovely with beautiful soft pastels and pops of pink, rose and yellow.  Here are the steps I followed to create the card.

  • Begin by cutting a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel from the floral cluster page in the  Sweet Peony paper collection.
  • Next, use a distressing tool to lightly rough up the edges.  You can also use the side of your scissor blade to to this; just be careful not to cut yourself!
  • Once you have distressed the edges, stitch around the perimeter of this panel, using ivory thread.
  • Now lightly sponge the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  • Use 1.5″ wide pink gingham ribbon to create a belly band.  Wrap this around the panel, securing with Scor-Tape or your favorite adhesive.
  • Next, cut a 4″ x 6″ rectangle from the soft pink background paper. Repeat the above steps, omitting the stitching.
  • To add dimension, back this panel with foam tape, waste chipboard or old cardboard packaging.  Then center and adhere to the first panel.
Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony All Occasion Card: Creating the Card Focal

 

Heartfelt Creation Dies make quick work of creating this card focal.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, cut the peony image from the paper collection using the Eyelet Oval Die. I used just the 3.25″ x 5″ oval die for this. Ink the edges very lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Next, from white cardstock, die cut the doily frame using the 4.5″ x 6″  Eyelet Oval Die frame.
  • To add dimension, back the Eyelet Oval Frame Die cut with foam tape, etc.  I sponged a very light layer of Worn Lipstick Distress Ink to the center of the die cut.  Don’t add ink to the scalloped frame portion.
  • Center and adhere to the card.
  • Adhere the die cut card focal.
  • Fussy cut the pink label from the cut apart page. Back with dimensionals.
  • Die cut the sentiment ticket with the Luggage and Tags Die.  Adhere to the pink label and then to the card.
Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony All Occasion Card: the fun part!  Making the Flowers

There is something so relaxing and rewarding about making flowers!  I tried some new techniques when making these gorgeous Sweet Peony blooms.  Here’s how I did it:

  • Remove the soft pink background page from the Sweet Peony Paper Collection.  Cut it into two 6″ x 12″ panels.
  • Using the Colorbox Berrylicious Ink Pad,  stamp the Small Sweet Peony Cling Stamps all over both panels.  Then heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Before die cutting with the Small Sweet Peony Die, use sponge daubers to apply Colorbox Guacamole Chalk Ink in the center of each flower layer.
  • Stamp the leaves onto white cardstock, also using Guacamole Ink and heat embossing.

 

  • Once all the different sizes of Sweet Peony flower layers  have been die cut, place them in the appropriate sections of the 3-D Floral Basics Flower Shaping Mold and emboss the flowers following the product directions.
  • Assemble the flower layers, then add stamens.
  • Turn the flowers upside down and spray liberally with Alpine Ice RoseBougainvillea Spray Mists.  Spray some in between the petal layers as well, to cover over the back side of the patterned paper.  Set aside to dry naturally, or gently heat dry.
  • If you would rather not use mist, then sponge the back side of the petals with Berrylicious Ink before assembly.
  • As a final step, apply Antique Linen Distress Ink to the petal edges, and to the edges of the card layers.
  • When everything is dry, arrange the flowers on the card as seen in the photos.
Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony All Occasion Card: A Peek Inside

Line the card interior with more designer papers.  Create a pocket and a gift card pocket, if desired.

This is an old, retired gift card die that I have in my stash.  You could create a substitute for this by cutting down a small envelope and covering with designer paper.

To create this elegant Tea Bag Wallet insert, I die cut the Sweet Lilac Scroll and Cage from White Cardstock.  Then I backed it with one of the images from the cut apart page and fussy cut around the top edges.

This makes such a fun card, gift and home decor combo!    Giving a unique gift like this is such a lovely way to shower the people you love with love!

On With the Hop!

The April Alumni Team Hop starts at 8AM EDT on Friday, April 27th and closes on Monday, April 30th at 11:59PM EDT.

One lucky comment will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog from those participating in the hop, so be sure to visit and comment at each stop along the way.  The randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations.  To claim this prize, the winner will e-mail socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the April Alumni Hop” in the subject line.

The winner will be announced here, on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and Facebook page on
Wednesday, May 2nd.  Good luck and have fun hopping!
Kathy (You are HERE) ♥   Amarilys   ♥  Vicki     ♥  Martine ♥ Marie  ♥ Pam    ♥ Alissa   ♥ Deneen Archana 
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If
so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop: Wandering Ivy Family Love Trifold Folio

Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop: Kaisercraft Wandering Ivy Family Love Trifold Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog. I decided to show off the gorgeous April Ribbon Club Assortment with this Family Love Trifold Folio.  It’s adorned with gorgeous ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon April Ribbon Club Assortment and loads of pretty spring flowers.

The blue and ivory ribbons from the Ribbon Club Assortment were the perfect accent for this 5″ x 7″ folio made with Kaisercraft’s “Wandering Ivy” paper collection.

This poufy ribbon cluster uses both the 5/8″ Ivory Checkerboard Satin and Royal Blue Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbons.  These are both great ribbon selections if you are just learning how to tie a bow.  Both are soft, pliable and tie beautifully! I also used the Royal Blue Delicate Stitched Satin to create the ribbon closure for this folio.

Family Love Folio: Ribbons on the inside!

Ribbon plays a role inside this folio, too!  Here, I’ve used the crocheted lace from the Ribbon Club Assortment along with Ivory Burlap String to create sweet little tag toppers. This adds wonderful texture and vintage charm to the design.

These sweet little tags are part of the Wandering Ivy Collectables ephemera kit.

Flips, flaps pockets and interactive elements galore are tucked inside the cover.

This is a peek at the album fully opened.

I love this triple pocket page.  Crocheted lace is just the perfect accent for all these little tags and folios.

Add vintage buttons to the mix, and I’m in love!

Family Love Trifold Folio Video Tour

Because there is so much to see in this Family Love Trifold Folio, I’ve prepared a short project share video for you.  I hope you enjoy!

On With the Hop!

Now hop right on over to and pay my sweet friend Linsey a visit on her lovely blog to see what she has prepared to amaze and delight you.  And don’t forget to comment on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG so your name will be entered into the drawing for your very own Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’d like to sign up for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club, you can find all the information HERE.

I hope I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Denise Bryant, chosen from Martine’s blog.  Thanks for hopping!
Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card for the Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations March 2018 Alumni Hop! Dogwoods have always been my favorite spring blossom. When we lived in Atlanta, there was a street in a small town called Clarkston that was lined on both sides with snowy white dogwood trees.   When those delicate trees blossomed at Easter, it was like going to a wedding.  I think of that street every year around this time. This Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card is inspired by that memory.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 01a

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/2″ spine.  To make it, you will need the following:

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card; Creating Layers

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 02

I decided I wanted a distressed, shabby chic feel for this card.  Once I had built my card base, I went about creating the layers.  First, I cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ panel from the Flowering Dogwood Paper Collection.   Use an ink blending tool to add Distress inks along the edges of your paper.  Then spritz with water.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 03

Next, I distressed all the edges with my Tonic Distressing Tool.  If you don’t have a distressing tool, you can run the blade of your scissors lightly along the edge of your paper, and get a similar result. Stitch this panel onto a double mat of white pearl cardstock and light grey cardstock.  I build my card front on this panel, and then once the card is finished, I glue it to the base.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card: Flowers and Sweetheart Border

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 04

Die cut the Sweetheart Border from Pearl White Cardstock.  I also used a Large Spellbinder Circle Die to cut out the focal from one of the 6×6 card panels in the collection.  Layer these elements up on your card.

Now it’s time to create those gorgeous dogwood blossoms!  First, I stamped 2 sets of the large blossoms and one set of the other blossoms onto pearly white cardstock using Sap Green Archival Ink.  Then I heat embossed the stamped images with WOW embossing powder.

Before you cut out the blossoms, go ahead and ink the centers and leaves with more of the Sap Green Ink using a sponge dauber.  Then sponge the edges with a combination of the pink Distress inks.  Spatter with a little water and some diluted brown ink to create the spatter effect.

Now you are ready to shape and assemble your blossoms.  Fill the centers with Tutu Pink Prills. Hot glue them to your card front as seen in the photo.  Die cut the ticket with Luggage and Tags Die.  Finally, add the bow and button to finish the card front.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card: A Peek Inside

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 05I had fun adding pockets and treats to the inside of this shabby chic card.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 06The top pocket is made with a card front from the collection.  I filled this with a sweet little folio that is held shut with a decorative belly band.  Die cut the tag and add a small 3″ x 4″ cut apart image here.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 07

Inside, you can add photos, journaling or small keepsakes.

Heartfelt Easter Dogwoods Greeting Card Flowering Dogwood by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 08

The larger pocket on the bottom holds this pretty tag.  I created a soft, airy layer with the Decorative Oval Die.  Tuck a tea bag and honey stick here as a special treat!

On With the Hop!

Be sure to visit each blog on the hop and leave a lovely comment because one comment from a mystery blog will be randomly selected to win a $25 shopping spree at the Heartfelt Creations online store!

The hop runs from 8AM DST Friday, March 30th until 11:59PM DST Monday, April 2nd, 2018.  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook page and blog on Wednesday, April 4th.  The winner will need to e-mail  need to email Heartfelt Creations at socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the April Alumni Hop” in the subject line to claim his/her prize.

Here’s the blog list for this month’s hop:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Amarilys  ♥ Gloria ♥ Sarah ♥ Vicki AlissaMartineArchana ♥  Deneen

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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