Another Week Goes By....

Hello and Welcome Everyone!
I'm just popping in with a quick share today!
Life is moving along quickly these days and that means there's always more to add to my Time Line Project!

There hasn't been a whole lot of creative time in my life lately, so I've really enjoyed picking up this project as I really only put about 15 minutes a day into it!
It's just a quick jot down of the day's activities, no matter how mundane they are and perhaps slapping on a sticker or two or quickly stamping an image! Puts a new twist on keeping a diary, doesn't it! It's enough to feel like I've been creative when really I have not felt like being creative as my mojo has gone on vacation...(apparently my mojo doesn't like winter anymore than I do and I'm assuming it's probably vacationing in a warm spot somewhere! LOL)

Anyway, here's a look at how I arranged my Time Line for this week...


I've once again created a quick watercolor background which is really hard to see in this photo as I've had to brighten the image during photo editing.  I've done a little hand drawing and of course you can see I've stamped some whimsical snowflakes on the right hand side as we had a snow storm last night! (I'll get to start off the next week of memory keeping with a storm day as the kids got to stay home today!)

I hope you've enjoyed today's share!
Tell me, do you keep a personal journal, diary or perhaps you've decided to keep a Time Line record as well?  I'd love to hear all about it in the comments below!

Until next time...

Week 2 of the Time Line Project...

Hello Again!
So happy you're here for a little visit!
I have just a quick share for you today, continuing with my Time Line Project through Art Journal Emporium with Tangie Baxter & Co.

If these project is something you haven't heard about yet, I encourage you to go back to the previous post before this one and learn all about it!
I think this is an awesome way to document a little about your life as well as great creative therapy!

Moving onto my second page in my time line...


As you can see, I did continue along with my theme of sketching a few of my own die cuts! (I'm not even going to tell you how many times it took me to get that sneaker to look like a sneaker!  LOL)
Since I am a card maker with a ton of stamps in my possession, I also decided to ink up an Angie Girl by Unity Stamps that pretty much summed up how our weather was for the week...can you say cold!!!

I've used a few stickers by MAMBI as well as some project life journaling cards I'd had laying around for sometime!  I love that this project encourages me to use up what I already have cluttering up my craft room!  LOL

Well, I hope you've enjoyed today's share!
I'd love to know your thoughts on a project like this...would it help you to unwind and destress, would it cause you more stress, do you like the idea of having a non traditional type book put together for the generations that come after you...do you think they will like to have read about the more mundane moments in your life as they compare your life to theirs...
I invite you to leave your comments below!

Until next time...

Time Line Project...

Hello and Welcome!
Happy New Year!!!
I know it's been awhile again!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and your New Year is off to a wonderful start!

As you may have noticed, I haven't been around in awhile.
Our last few months have been super busy and I have just been happy to keep my little family afloat through it all!

I have been going through a "creative drought" as of late...there has just been a lot going on and stress levels have been quite high.  Over the last few weeks I decided that I needed to try something new creatively that was going to be just for me!  

I came across this extremely intriguing class by Tangie Baxter!
It flashed up as a sponsored ad on Facebook and I just had to check it out!
This caravan of classes revolves around creating the timeline of your own life in an artistic/mixed media way!  I thought this would be fun to give a try so I signed up!


I started with some page prep and decided to go with watercolor backgrounds!
I dug out my Prima watercolors which had seen very little use since being purchased. 

Here's a little photo showing you how I started with my prep...


Now I will admit that it felt good to just let loose and splash all those different colors around on the page.  I tend to be a tad on the perfectionist side...ok...a lot on the perfectionist side and usually have a very clear plan in mind when creating something.  So while this was fun, I really did have to tell myself that however the paint puddles landed was good enough!  LOL

Then came January 01...the release of the first lesson in the Time Line Project.  
Oh how I anticipated!  I watched the videos and it didn't take very long for some panic to set in!
We were to try to sketch some of our die cuts to use in our journaling!
Oh my!!!  There are two things that I really really suck at creatively...and that is drawing and painting!
What have I gotten myself into????

Well, I decided that I couldn't just write off the lesson...I had to jump off ledge and face my fears..so I started to doodle out a few little drawings!  I'm not even going to tell you how many times I had to redraw them before I was satisfied!  LOL

Are you ready for a peek?


That crazy looking fish, the pajamas and the little oven in the corner are all original sketches by me!
I will admit that I kinda had fun doing this and was glad that I jumped out of my comfort zone! 
I threw in a little hand lettering (I'm hoping to get some practice in on that as well yet), some motivational stickers and some Project Life embellishment bits I had lying around!
As you can see, my week is not totally completed here yet in this photo...that blank corner needs to be filled in and I'm waiting to add a small polaroid photo to the blank box (my batteries on my instax printer died and I need to get to town to pick some up).

I hope you've enjoyed my different kind of share here today!
If you're interest has been peaked, you can learn more about the classes here!

Until next time...

Heartfelt Creations Camelia Carnation...

Hello Everyone!
How are you?  It seems forever since we've been able to visit together!
I know it's been very quiet around here as of late...life has been super busy, and I have to admit that my creative side seems to have wandered off and I'm having a bit of trouble finding it!

Have you been enjoying the newest release by Heartfelt Creations...the Camelia Carnation Collection?  Isn't the carnation a staple in every floral arrangement...and yet such a subtle, down to earth flower that is so often completely overlooked?

I've created a Mother's Day card with this beautiful collection!

Here's how the project came together...


 The carnation layers work perfectly with the 3D Basics Floral Shaping Mold and make creating these little gems so quick and easy!

Here's a closer look at the carnation flowers...


I thought the window would be the perfect backdrop for the carnations and would make such a lovely feminine card perfect for Mother's Day....after all, carnations are traditionally associated with Mother's Day!

I've done some distressing around the edges of the patterned paper to give the card a bit of texture and interest.  I've glittered the carnations using a dries clear glue and transparent glitter, and have added Nuvo drops to the centers of the three small accent flowers...also carnations, just not shaped as such and left as singles. 

I do hope you've enjoyed today's quick share!
You'll notice that I didn't get this creation done in time to have it added to the Heartfelt Creations blog...but I do hope you take a wander on over there to take in the other marvelous creations the rest of the design team have come up with for your crafty inspiration!

Until next time...
Project Supplies & Instructions
 Other Products: white card stock, Ranger Distress Ink Tool, Gemini Die Cutting Machine, BigShot Die Cutting Machine, VersaMark Pine Cone Ink, pink card stock, scissors, paper trimmer, scor tape, pop dots, VersaFine Gray Ink

For more tips on creating with the Camelia Carnation collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/rhk76SAIgWQ.  

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Create a 5"x7" card base. Trim a matting piece from pink card stock just slightly smaller than the card base allowing a white border around the mat. Next trim a piece just slightly smaller than the pink mat from Camelia Carnation paper collection. Rough edges of patterned paper using a distress tool and ink edges with a light brown ink. Adhere patterned paper to pink mat and adhere to card base. Die cut the window frame die cut as shown. Die cut one of the oval shaped intricate die cuts from the Window Box Elements Die and using scissors, cut in half. Adhere one half of each die cut to window frame to mimic shutters. Cut a piece of patterned card stock from carnation paper collection just slightly larger than the window frame die cut as shown. Rough edges and ink all edges with a light brown ink. Cut a mat from pink card stock just slightly larger than the patterned paper piece. Marry patterned paper and pink mat together, shape window frame slightly and adhere pieces together. Using doubled up pop dots, adhere window frame portion of card to card base.  

Next stamp two inkings of small camelia carnation flowers onto white card stalk using a pink ink. Die cut using coordinating die and color one set using sponge daubers with same color ink, while leaving one set white with pink veining. Shape flowers using floral basics mold. (See video listed above). Assemble flowers as shown in video listed above, creating one larger white carnation, one smaller white carnation, one larger pink carnation and one smaller pink carnation. Keep three of the smallest flowers single to use as accent flowers. 

Stamp two inkings of the leaves from the Small Camelia Carnation cling stamp set using a darker green ink on white card stock. Using a sponge dauber, color using a light green ink in the centers and the same darker green ink used to stamp along the edges. Shape using your Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. 

Stamp one image of the smaller fanciful carnation image onto white card stock using a light grey ink. Color using sponge daubers. Adhere along side of card where flower cluster will be created. Now add assembled carnations, leaves and accent flowers as shown.

Trim out sentiments from paper collection, snip a ribbon tail into the end of each, ink each edge with a light brown ink and curl slightly over your fingers. Adhere to card base as shown. 

Lastly, using a dries clear glue, apply a light sprinkling of glitter to each flower. Add white Nuvo drop centers to the three small accent flowers.

Black Friday Fun with Heartfelt Creations...

Hello and Welcome!
Happy Black Friday!  Have you been busy shopping?
Have you been shopping for Christmas gifts, just great deals or perhaps a little treat for yourself?

Well, Heartfelt Creations has created a whole new line of products to join in on the fun for Black Friday!  Have you already seen all of them?  There are so many to choose from...ring bound journals with several different journal page options, new flower shaping molds, new cling stamp sets that can be utilized with the journal collection or on their own!  The options are endless to using all of these products!

Now, I know things have been a little slow here on the blog!
For several weeks I was out on the SnapOn truck with hubby as we were running our annual clothing promotion...it's a big job but something I always look forward to.  Life in general has been a little hectic but I knew that I wanted to take time out of my busy days to create something with one of the items in the Black Friday release no matter how simple it might be!

So, I headed down into my craft room and decided I would showcase one of the new stamps from the 
Words of Comfort Cling Stamp Set!  This set is just so wonderful for sending cards of comfort or encouragement! 

Here's how my project came together...

I also have used the new 3D Floral Basics Shaping Mold to create some lovely Flowering Dogwoods!
Those molds sure can assist you in creating a bunch of flowers quickly and without any strain on your hands.

If you look closely, you can also see that I've used the large swirling floral die cut from the Sweetheart Borders Die from the Heartfelt Love Collection!  I've layered it over top the large card creator background die to add a lacy and feminine look under the floral branch.

Here's a closer look at the floral cluster...


I've used some of the new string stamens!  They just add such a realistic look to the flower centers.
(Sorry...I know the photos for this post aren't the best as I couldn't get any decent sunlight!)

I've added some Crystal Clear to the petal tips on the shaped dogwoods and have added some glitter Nuvo drops in small clusters on various places the card!

I do hope you've enjoyed my quick and simple share here today!
I won't keep you from your Black Friday shopping any longer!  LOL
 Do be sure to stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to check out the other amazing projects the rest of the design team have come up with to showcase all of the fantastic products being released today!

Until next time...
Project Supplies and Instructions
  
Other Products: Gemini Die Cutting Machine, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, white cardstock, VersaFine Gray Ink, hot glue gun, paper trimmer, pencil, scor tape, water, spray bottle, Memento Dye Ink Pad – London Fog, Spellbinders Exquisite Labels Eleven Die, pop dots, MISTI, Nuvo Glitter Drops – White Blizzard

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

For more tips on creating with the Flowering Dogwood collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/gI8RqHAt3vE.

For more tips on creating with the foam paper & stamens, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/Oma6ctVmUD0.

Create a 5” x 7” tent card base. Locate a blue background paper within the Flowering Dogwood Paper Collection and cut to be just slightly smaller than card base – cut one for card front and one for inside of card. Ink all edges with Memento London Fog Ink and adhere to card base and inside of card.

Locate the grey and blue tinted small card panel with dogwood flowers within the paper collection, trace center of Spellbinders die onto decorative paper and cut using scissors. Ink all edges with Memento London Fog Ink.

Die cut large Spellbinders card front, midsized card inset and the large floral die from the Sweetheart Borders Die from white cardstock. Ink edges of both Spellbinder die cuts with Memento London Fog Ink. Adhere card front die cut to card base using a dries clear glue. Adhere Sweetheart Borders die cut to card base on the side where floral cluster will appear using pop dots matching edge of die cut to edge of Spellbinders die cut.
Stamp sentiment from Words of Comfort Cling Stamp Set onto white midsized Spellbinders die cut using VersaFine Gray Ink. Using pop dots layer sentiment onto dogwood printed die cut and then adhere to card base with pop dots.

Using VersaFine Gray Ink, stamp one inking of all flowers and foliage in the Flowering Dogwood Cling Stamp Set, and one inking of the dogwood branch from the Flowering Dogwood Branches Cling Stamp Set. Die cut using coordinating dies.

Color flowers using daubers and ColorBox Rouge and Lime Pastel inks, foliage using Lime Pastel and Olive Pastel inks, and the flowering branch using Rouge, Olive Pastel and Creamy Brown inks. Shape flowers using 3D Floral Basics Shaping Mold as per video link above. Shape foliage and flowering branch using a spritz of water and Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Create one large double dogwood blossom, one midsized double blossom and one small single blossom. Adhere flowering branch to side of sentiment. Adhere shaped dogwoods and foliage to floral branch as shown.

Using a dries clear adhesive, apply Crystal Clear to shaped flower petals. Lastly, add a touch of transparent glitter to preprinted images on decorative paper and single flowers on branch using a dries clear adhesive and finish with several clusters of White Blizzard Glitter Nuvo Drops as shown.

Young at Heart Mini Album...

Hello and Welcome!
Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to visit with me today!

It's Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, and I have a fun project to share with you...you might even
say it's "Young at Heart".

Just before the Young at Heart Collection was released I received a surprise email from Andrea Baker!  Many of you will have met her and Ben if you've attended any of the Heartfelt Creations craft shows.  Ben and Andrea are the busy bees behind setting up the show booth, creating those lovely displays you all like to gaze at...and of course as the awesome demonstrators who show you how easy it is to create all the various flowers!  I had the pleasure to meet this lovely couple in person last year at CHA...and they are every bit as kind, fun and wonderful as they appear!

Anyway, Andrea had just had the opportunity to check off one of her life's dreams from her bucket list and had gone on an amazing flight!  I had received some of the photos that she had taken in my design team delivery and had been wondering what I was to do with them...then the email came. 
Andrea asked me if I would create a project with those once in a lifetime photos for her and the Young at Heart Collection!
I was so surprised...but so happy to do so!

I knew right away that I wanted to create some type of mini album for her...something that wouldn't get to complicated...and something that would just scream fun!

I broke out the Silhouette Cameo and some fun cutting files and set to work!

Here's how the mini album came together...


Let me apologize right away as this is going to be a picture heavy post...but I do hope you'll enjoy!

I chose several of Lori Whitlock's mini albums to create one of my own by mixing and matching several of the different page styles together! I die cut all of the pieces for the album first from kraft card stock and then duplicated the cuts with the patterned paper from the Young at Heart Collection that I wanted to use for the pages!

I knew that I wanted to use the map patterned paper for the cover because Ben and Andrea put on so many miles and travel all over the United States. I chose the font for the title from the Silhouette Design Store and opted to go with "Luggage Life" as that is the title of Ben and Andrea's blog!
I wanted the front cover to kind of look like a piece of luggage or passport with all the different stamps and pictures like a retro suitcase would have had on it!

Here's a closer look at the front cover...


I've fussy cut the images from the paper collection, inked all of them with a brown colored ink to give them a vintage feel and then adhered them to the cover.

Assembling this was super quick and easy as it's just bound with single binder rings.  I've dressed them up with different patterns, colors and widths of ribbon. I've added colorful reinforcements to each of the pages and they certainly brought a fun feel to the album!

Now, I must confess that I have not finished embellishing the entire album yet...and perhaps that will be a future blog post once it's completed.  However, I will share with the you pages that I have completed with the flight photos Andrea sent to me!

Let's take a peek at the first completed page which happens to be in the center of the album...


As you can see, I've done a little more fussy cutting for this page. I've also used one of the sentiment strips to accent the photo!  The flowers are from the Wildwood Cottage collection and I've given them lots of sparkle with some dries clear glue and transparent glitter and some prill centers.
I've added various sizes of Nuvo Drops around the floral clusters for some added interest.

...moving along to the second page...


For this page I've stamped, colored and die cut the airplane image.  I've popped it up off of the page to give it some dimension....and have shaped it slightly before adhering it to the page.
I thought the polaroid die cut was perfect for the retro feeling of the mini album and the selfie hashtag brought a little modern feel.  Again I've used the Wildwood Florals and have created several clusters on the page.

Well, that's my share for today!  I hope you've been inspired and found something new or interesting to try here! I hope Andrea will fall in love with her mini album as well once I have it totally finished!

Be sure to hop on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog to take in the other groovy projects the rest of the design team have created for your inspiration!

Until next time...
Project Supplies and Instructions





HCPC-3795 Window Box Fillers Cling Stamp Set

HCD1-7149 Window Box Fillers Die

HCD1-7150 Window Box Elements Die

HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

TSMP707 Memento Dye Ink Pad – Bamboo Leaves

TSMP400 Memento Dye Ink Pad – Rose Bud

TSMP200 Memento Dye Ink Pad – Tangelo

TSMP602 Memento Dye Ink Pad – Teal Zeal

TSMP103 Memento Dye Ink Pad - Cantaloupe

HCDA2-450 Stack and Store Daubers – Pack of 30

ANC851 Rock N’ Roll Prills 12 Pack – Gourd-Jus

159723 Designer Dries Clear Adhesive

352854 Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles

359848 Spellbinders Tool N’ One

85-glitter Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter

Other Products: white card stock, kraft card stock, pop dots, Silhouette Cameo Electric Die Cutting Machine, Silhouette Design Store Files ID# 67744, #114916, #152506 and #65067 , scissors, paper trimmer, Gemini Die Cutting Machine, VersaFine Smokey Gray Ink, VersaColor Pine Cone Ink, Memento Dye Ink Pad – Dandelion and Flannel Gray, Nuvo Glitter Drops – Aquatic Mist, Simple Stories Carpe Diem Reinforcements, assorted color ribbons, loose binder rings, VersaFine Black Ink

For more tips on creating with the Young at Heart Collection watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/kmqAVM6ibfM

For more tips on shaping flowers watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/rdsIOVMXjIQ

Instructions: Mini Album: Cut mini album pages using SVG cutting files from kraft card stock using your electronic die cutting machine. Next cut same files from the Young at Heart Paper Collection that you wish to decorate your pages with. For album cover, use map patterned paper if following example exactly. Adhere patterned designer paper to kraft card stock to create sturdy mini album pages. Ink all edges of all pages using a light brown ink. Adhere multicolored reinforcements to pages. Assemble mini album using loose binder rings. Tie on various colors and widths of ribbons to binder rings. Completed mini album size measures approx. 8” x 6”.

Mini Album Cover: Next, once again using your electronic die cutting machine die cut the album title from red patterned paper within the paper collection. Choose the illustrations you wish to use on front cover from paper collection and fussy cut using scissors. Ink all edges of all pieces with a light brown colored ink and adhere to album front as shown.

Mini Album Page 1: Trim photo to size to fit mini album page and cut a mat from teal colored patterned paper in paper collection just slightly larger. Adhere photo to mat and ink edges with a light brown colored ink. Adhere to mini album page. Locate sentiment strip and round airplane image in paper collection, fussy cut, ink all edges with brown colored ink and adhere to mini album page as shown – airplane image adhered flat to page and sentiment adhered with pop dots. 
Stamp one inking of each of the Wildwood Florals petals along with each of the leafy foliage from the Window Box Filler Cling Stamp Set onto white card stock using a gray ink and die cut using coordinating die. Ink medium and small flowers using Teal Zeal and Dandelion inks and the large flower using Rose Bud, Tangelo and Dandelion ink. Ink foliage pieces using Bamboo ink and shape flowers and foliage using Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Assemble teal flower as a double blossom and leave orange blossom single. Adhere to mini album page with foliage behind larger flowers as shown. Moving along to the smaller flowers, ink two of the small flowers teal and yellow, and one the pink, orange and yellow combination. For the smallest flowers, ink as desired using the same color combinations. Shape using shaping kit and adhere to create floral clusters as shown.

Mini Album Page 2: Die cut polaroid picture frame from teal patterned paper found in paper collection using your electronic die cutting machine and SVG cutting file to measure 4.25” x 3.5”. Adhere photo behind frame and adhere to mini album page. Die cut selfie hashtag title using electronic die cutting machine and SVG cutting file. Ink all edges with a light brown colored ink and adhere to photo as shown. Trim out Forever Young sentiment strip from paper collection to fit polaroid frame. Ink all edges with a brown colored ink and adhere to bottom of selfie photo as shown.

Using white card stock and black permanent ink, stamp one image of the airplane and prop. Using ink daubers, color airplane with Cantaloupe and Flannel Gray inks. Die cut using coordinating die. Shape slightly using flower shaping kit and adhere to mini album page using pop dots.

Stamp one inking of each of the Wildwood Florals petals along with each of the leafy foliage from the Window Box Filler Cling Stamp Set onto white card stock using a gray ink and die cut using coordinating die. Ink medium and small flowers using Rose Bud, Tangelo and Dandelion inks and the large flower using Teal Zeal and Dandelion ink. Ink foliage pieces using Bamboo ink and shape flowers and foliage using Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Assemble orange flower as a double blossom and leave teal blossom single. Adhere to mini album page with foliage behind larger flowers as shown. Moving along to the smaller flowers, ink two of the small flowers teal and yellow, and one the pink, orange and yellow combination. For the smallest flowers, ink as desired using the same color combinations. Shape using shaping kit and adhere to create floral clusters as shown.

For finishing touches on both pages, add Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter to all flower petal tips using a dries clear glue and fine glue tip. On second page, add glitter to preprinted florals and swirls on patterned paper as well. For flower centers, add Gourd-Jus prills using a dries clear adhesive. Lastly, add various sizes of Nuvo Glitter Drops around flower clusters.



 

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