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Heartfelt Creations December 2022 Alumni Blog Hop

 

 
Heartfelt Creations December 2022 Alumni Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations December 2022 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here and continues until 11:55 PM  EST on Monday, January 2nd.

Heartfelt Creations is giving away TWO $25 Gift Card prizes.  To be entered into the drawing, simply visit the blogs in the hop and leave a sweet comment.  One winner will be randomly selected from a mystery blog.  The other winner will be selected from comments on the Heartfelt Creations Blog.

Winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Facebook page and blog on Wednesday, January 4th.   If you are a lucky winner, please claim your prize by emailing socialmedia@heartfeltreations.us.  Please write “Winner of the December Alumni Blog Hop’ in the subject line of your message.

Friendship Rose Shaker Card

My inspiration piece for the hop is this 5 1/2″ square shaker card made with the Friendship Rose collection.  Here’s how to put the card base together:

  • First, score a 5 1/2″ x 11″ panel of heavy white cardstock in half at 5 1/2″.
  • Next, trim a 6×6 card front from the paper collection to 5 3/8″.
  • Then mat it on a 5 1/2″ square of black cardstock.
  • Now thread thin pink gingham ribbon through the openings of a piece of heart lace.  Place Scor-Tape along the base of the panel, leaving the ends of the lace and the Scor-Tape slightly longer than the width of the panel.
  • Next, wrap the ends of the lace and the tape behind the panel.  This leaves a neat clean edge on your card.  Finish by topping the lace border with little pink heart buttons.
The Shaker Element

This heart frame is soooo beautiful!  Here’s how I turned it into a shaker element.

  • First, die cut the Budding Rose Heart from heavy pink cardstock.
  • Next, stamp the matching cling stamp on white cardstock using Versamark ink.
  • Then sprinkle Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel over the stamped image and heat set.
  • Now, die cut the embossed frame using the Budding Rose Heart die.
  • Add more color to the heart by swiping it through a puddle of Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberries Distress Ink.  Heat dry again.
  • Now adhere clear cardstock to the back of the heart and trim around it.
  • Then add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the heart.
  • Next, trim patterned paper to back the heart.  Trace around the heart to get the general shape.
  • Place your shaker mix in the center of the heart and press the prepared frame over it.  Trim away any excess patterned paper from the back if necessary.

The Details

In a hurry?  Go through your stash of “leftover” flowers and find a trio that match your project!  These 3 flowers are actually made using the (now retired) Under the Sea flower stamps and dies.  But they were a perfect match for this project, so I used them! Tie a gingham bow and tuc it in behind the flowers to anchor them.

Stamp the Friendship Rose Sentiment on a die cut circle tag.  Heat emboss to really make it pop! Then attach it to the base of the shaker frame with more ribbon and a sweet little heart charm.

A Peek Inside

Add a pocket inside your card so you can tuck in a chocolate treat and a tag.  Everyone loves surprises!

Cut a trio of card fronts to serve as a folio on the top half of the card.  Accordion fold between the images and wrap it with ribbon before you adhere it to the base card.

Add small photos or little love notes to the card fronts to create a thoughtful and unique card that doubles as a gift.

On With the Hop!

Here’s the list of all the blogs participating in the hop this month.  Remember to leave a comment as you visit so you can be entered into the drawing for one of the $25 gift cards.

 KATHY (You are HERE) ♥ Vicki LisaAlissa  ♥ BozenaCandy  ♥ Amarilys  ♥ LynnHeartfelt Creations  ♥  

An Important Announcement

Heartfelt Creations has decided to retired the Alumni Team and the monthly blog hop in 2023.  So this will be the very last Alumni Team Blog Hop.  It has been such a joy to be part of a team that is filled with so many talented paper artists.  It’s always a little sad to say good-bye to something you’ve enjoyed, but life has a way of filling the void with something even better.

Thanks to all of you who have faithfully hopped and commented along with us for all these years.  Haven’t we had fun?  I’ve forged some lovely online friendships as a result, and I get to take those with me!

My blog will continue to publish as it always has, and I will continue to share inspiration, tutorials and ideas with my followers here.  I hope you will all stick around for the fun.

Now I wish each one of you a healthy, prosperous and creative New Year in 2023!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations November 2022 Alumni Blog Hop

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Heartfelt Creations November 2022 Alumni Blog Hop: Festive Poinsettia Shaker Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations November 2022 Alumni Blog Hop!  Our Alumni Team has prepared a cornucopia of beautiful projects, helpful tips, and instructional tutorials for you this month.  So get ready to be inspired!

The hop starts here and continues through 11:55PM EST on Monday, November 28th.  Everyone who hops and comments on the alumni team blogs posted below will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift card.

There will be an additional drawing for a second $25 gift card for comments left on the Heartfelt Creations blog.

Winners will be posted on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, November 30th.  If you are a happy winner, please contact socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us within 72 hours.  Please write “Winner of the November 2022 Blog Hop” in the subject line of your message.

Now let’s get this hop started!

Festive Poinsettia Shaker Tea Party in a Box

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There’s no place like  home for the holidays, so I’ve dressed up this cozy cottage image with a wreath of sparkling poinsettias and glistening Christmas greenery.  .Here’s how to make this shaker element:

  • First, create the shaker frame.  Layer the two largest Eyelet Circle & Basics Small dies over a sheet of heavy white cardstock.  Die cut according to your machine’s directions.
  • Now tap the scallop circle frame with embossing ink.  Then heat emboss with Shabby White Embossing Enamel.
  • Next,  cut a piece of clear cardstock with the Large Circle Basics Die. If you use the largest die in that set, it provides the perfect sized backer for the scalloped frame. Adhere this circle to the back of the scallop circle frame.
  • Then, place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips around the perimeter of the frame.  If you are not using buttons in your shaker element, you can probably just use a single row of the foam strips.
  • Now die cut the house image from a 6×6 card front. Adhere this in the center of another 6×6 card front from the paper collection.
  • Next, add your shaker mix to the center of the house image.  Carefully line up the prepared frame and press gently into place.
Festive Poinsettia Greenery with Poinsettia & Holly Clusters

Now comes the fun part!  Create the greenery and the flowers for your wreath.

  • First, stamp a large quantity of Poinsettia Cluster images on white paper with dark green ink.  (I used Archival Olive Green Ink).
  • Quickly sprinkle the inked flowers with clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
  • Now spray the flower layers with red mist.  I used Tattered Angels Lobster because I had it in my stash.  As an alternative, you could color the petals with ink.
  • Next, shape the petals in the 3D Poinsettia Shaping Mold.
  • Then layer the poinsettias together and fill the center with  Prills or Rock Candy Stamens.
  • Finally, brush the petals with Dries Clear Adhesive and sprinkle with Crystal Clear Glitter.

Die cut the greenery from the Festive Poinsettia Paper Pad. Brush with Dries Clear and sprinkle with Crystal Clear Glitter.  Arrange around the shaker frame to create a wreath effect.  Tuck in some beaded berry sprays, Christmas Plaid Bows and rusty jingle bells to complete the card front.

A Peek Inside

I love to create cards that double as gifts during the holidays.  So I added a little pull-out folio to the top of my card.  Then I created a box pocket and filled with with a Tea Party for one.

To create the folio:

  • First, cut one sheet of Festive Poinsettia paper into (2) 12″ x 5 3/4″ panels of paper.
  • Next, overlap the 5 3/4″ ends of the paper and adhere together.  This forms one long panel.
  • Now score the panel every 5 3/4″.
  • Then accordion fold, and wrap with ribbon.
  • Adhere the folio to the top of your card.
  • Decorate the pages as desired, then tie the ribbon closure to hold everything neatly in place.

Here’s a peek at the treats in the box pocket.  Use scraps of your designer paper to dress them up.

On With the Hop

Your next stop is Monica’s lovely blog.  Remember to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave some love behind to be entered in the drawing for the gift cards.

Here’s the complete list of blogs, in case you get lost:

Kathy (You are HERE) Monica  Bozena Alissa Lisa Candy Gloria Lynn

Amarilys  ♥   Vicki  Heartfelt Creations Blog

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations October 2022 Alumni Hop

Heartfelt Creations Candlelit Christmas Folio Holiday Star, Christmas Poinsettia, Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Heartfelt Creations October 2022 Alumni Hop: Candlelit Christmas Folio with Video Tour

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations October 2022 Alumni Hop!  The hop starts  here and continues until 11:55PM on Monday, October 31st.  You can find a complete list of all the blogs in the hop at the bottom of the post.

You have a chance to win one of TWO $25 gift cards to Heartfelt Creations just by visiting each blog in the hop and leaving a sweet comment on the post.  Winners will be randomly selected and announced on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook page and Blog on Wednesday, November 2nd.  If you are one of the happy winners, please email socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us within 72 hours to claim your prize.  Please write “Winner of the October Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line of your email.

Please remember to leave your first and last name in the comment so we can be sure to award the prize to the correct winner.  Now that we have all the information about the hop taken care of, let’s get our craft on!

Candlelit Christmas Folio with Holiday Star and Christmas Poinsettia

Do you have a favorite Heartfelt Creations Christmas collection?  I think that Candlelit Christmas is mine.  All the deep shades of blue mixed with the wintry trees and deer make me shiver with delight.  This month, I used up most of my remaining papers from the collection to make this 6 1/2″ x 8″ flip folio.   It’s always fun to mix old with new, so I added some of the new Holiday Star images and lots of beautiful Christmas poinsettias.  to my project.

Most of  you know that I am a huge fan of ribbon!  So I added a Red Plaid Ribbon closure and bows to my project.  My ribbon comes from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I’ll link to it in the supply list at the bottom of this post.

A Peek Inside

There is so much to see inside this interactive folio.  You’ll find pockets and pull out pages with lots of room for photos and journaling.

TIP: Score 1/2″ flaps on 6×6 images from the paper collection. Then adhere the flaps behind your patterned paper to create pretty tip in pages.

This gives you room for lots of great holiday photos!

A waterfall mechanism is one of the best ways to add lots of photos to a project.  Once again, I’ve used the 6×6 panels from the paper collection for this purpose.  The little pocket filled with tags is a great spot to add memories.  And there is room for photos here, too!

Hidden pockets are so much fun to add to a folio.  This lovely deer image is the front cover of a generously sized folio. The back side of the folio is tucked behind the base page in a hidden pocket.

Add a photo mat, a small pocket and journaling tags to the base page for even more fun.

 

The front slash pocket is filled with lots of little folios and photo mats.  You can see all the folio features in the video tour below.

Candlelit Christmas Folio Tour on YouTube

I share lots of tips and ideas in this short video tour.

 

On With the Hop!

Now hop on down the list to see what the other amazing Heartfelt Creations Alumni Designers have cooked up to inspire you.  Be sure to leave a comment on each blog so that you can enter the giveaway!

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Vicki  Gloria   BBart Cards Alissa  ♥ Lisa   ♥ Candy ♥ LynnHeartfelt Creations Blog 

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations September 2022 Alumni Hop

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Heartfelt Creations September 2022 Alumni Hop: Autumn Flowers Urn

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations September 2022 Alumni Hop!  The hop starts  here and continues until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday,  October 3rd.  At that time, we will select a randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog to receive a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card!  A winner for a second $25 gift card will be selected from comments left on the Heartfelt Creations blog.  So along with all kinds of crafty inspiration, you have the opportunity to win one of TWO $25 gift cards this weekend!

Please make sure you leave your first and last name in your comments.  The two winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and FACEBOOK page on Wednesday, October 5th.  If you are one of the lucky winners, please claim your prize within 72 hours by contacting socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us. Please write “Winner of the September Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Now, are you ready to hop?

Floral Shoppe Autumn Flowers Urn

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What do you do when you have an extra handmade flower or two left over from a project?  Do you ever think to use them in a mixed flower arrangement? The Floral Shoppe Urn is a wonderful way to display those floral “extras.”  I had a few die cut leaves, a few sunflowers, and a small collection of previously stamped Floral Fillers stashed away in plastic boxes.  So putting this lovely fall floral arrangement together was a snap!

TIP: Die cut your floral urn from the Floral Shoppe paper pad.  Then customize it by inking up the matching stamp with clear embossing ink.  Use the die as a template to help you line the stamp up with the die cut image.  Now heat emboss with some Frayed Burlap Distress Embossing Powder to make the details look 3-D.  Finish the urn by sponging on some Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  This gives the urn a wonderful aged appearance that pops off the card.

Die Cut Your Background

Create a lacy die cut background for your card with the Simply Elegant Centerpiece Die.  Here’s how to make the die fit on a 5″ x 7″ card base.

  • First, stitch 2 layers of patterned paper onto a 5″ x 7″ panel of copper metallic paper.
  • Next, die cut the Simply Elegant Centerpiece from white cardstock.
  • Now, cut the die cut carefully in half.  Adhere one half near the bottom of the card base and the other near the top.
  • You will have a 1″ gap between the two die cut halves.  Fill this space in with a strip of copper cardstock wrapped with a complementary shade of ribbon.
  • Now use foam tape to adhere the sides and bottom of your urn to the card base.  Fill it with flowers and your job is done!
A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside of your card with the center piece of the die cut.  Cut this carefully in half and adhere as seen in the photo.

Create a pocket on the bottom half of your card and tuck in a little notecard/gift card wallet.

Add a fall tea bag and a honey stick.  Now your card is a gift!  You can also tuck a gift card inside if you wish.

On With the Hop!

Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop and leave some sweet words behind.  This enters you into the drawing for the first $25 gift card.

Finish up the hop over on the Heartfelt Creations blog where you’ll find a wonderful tutorial waiting for you.  Leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for the SECOND $25 gift card.

Here’s the complete Alumni Blog Hop List:

Kathy (You are HERE)  ♥ Bozena  Alissa GloriaLynn  ♥ LisaVicki  ♥ Heartfelt Creations  ♥

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

To leave a comment, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post and add your comment.  Or, click on the “REPLY” link below the title of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations August 2022 Alumni Blog Hop

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Heartfelt Creations August 2022 Alumni Blog Hop: Autumn Seasonal Wreath Down on the Farm

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations August 2022 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here and continues until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, August 29th.  At that time, we will randomly select the winner of a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift card from the comments left on a mystery blog in the hop.  So be sure to leave some sweet words on each blog in the hop this month!

Heartfelt Creations is also offering a $25 gift card for a randomly selected comment left on their blog!  You can always find a wonderful tutorial over on the HC blog, so be sure to stop by and say hello.

Winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE on Wednesday, August 31st.  If you are one of the happy winners, you have 72 hours to claim your prize.  Simply email socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.us. Please write “Winner of the August 2022 Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line of your email.  

Now let’s get this blog hop started!

Down on the Farm Seasonal Wreath

Heartfelt Creations Down on the Farm Seasonal Wreath by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

My inspiration project this month is this warm and cozy greeting card folio.  I’ve combined the Autumn Wreath Accents Seasonal Wreath Dies with sunny patterns from the Down on the Farm Paper Pad.  This was such a fun and easy card to make, thanks to a few sneaky tricks!

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First, cut your flowers, owls, apples, pumpkins and foliage direct from the paper pad.  The Autumn Wreath Accent Dies line up perfectly with the images in the pad.  There’s no stamping and no coloring involved.  What a time saver!

Next, cut 2 layers of the seasonal wreath from green patterned paper on the reverse side of the Down on the Home paper pad.  Once again, no need to stamp or color.  Place 1/8″ foam strips between the two wreath layers to create plenty of depth and dimension.

Now swipe some Distress Ink (Barn Door, Carved Pumpkin and Tea Dye) on a non–stick craft sheet.  Spritz the ink with a mister bottle until small beads of color form.  Then swipe or tap the die cut flowers and foliage into the ink to add a little custom coloring.  It only takes a second, and it looks sooo good!

Finally, layer the flower petals together and fill the centers with Gourd-Jus Prills.  Then add dots of Dries Clear Adhesive to the wheat and sprinkle with I’m A-Maized Prills to add extra texture.

Now you can have fun building the layers on your prepared wreath.  It’s just like flower arranging, only with paper!

A Peek Inside

It’s easy to add a pocket to the bottom half of your card.  Simply cut your paper panel about 2 1/2″ longer than the size of your card base.  Then score the paper, fold at the score line and add gussets to the sides to form a pocket. The top half of the card becomes a mini folio.  We’ll talk about that in a minute.

Pockets provide a great spot to tuck in a little tea wallet, honey stick, mini folio and vintage demitasse spoon.  

Here’s how to create the mini folio on the top of the card.

First, cut a liner for the top of the card.  Since my card is 6×6, I cut my liner to measure 5 3/4″ square.

Next, score a 1/2″ flap on the left hand side of 2 more panels of Down on the Farm paper.  Fold the flaps behind the liner paper and glue onto the card base.  Dress up a paper clip with a banner flag cut from a scrap of pretty paper.  You can add a little pocket and tag behind one of the flap pages as I did here.  or, you can leave the page blank for a photo.

These quick and easy additions to a card turn it into a wonderful gift.

On With the Hop

The next stop in this hop is Vicki’s lovely blog. I’ve added the complete blog hop list below.

Kathy (You are HERE)  ♥ Vicki   ♥ Bozena Amarilys’ CreationsAlissa MonicaLynn GloriaCandyHeartfelt Creations

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your next Heartfelt adventure.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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