Garden Daydreaming...

Hello and Welcome once again!
It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday...and once again I was late to the party and didn't get my project added to the HC blog in time!  LOL
Hopefully you all find me here on my little blog and get to take a peek at my creation anyway!

As you will recall, we've been creating and sharing projects with the Backyard Blossoms Collection this month! While I was creating this card yesterday, the sun was shining...but the wind was blowing out of control and there was nothing but dust hanging in the air as it has been so dry here this spring.  Actually, pretty much all of our province is under a complete fire ban...it's that dry...and of course there are already wildfires going that need to be controlled!  

Well, I got to thinking about backyard blossoms and pretty flower beds and decided I would create a fun summer scene to forget about the one that is taking place outside my door.  

Here's what I came up with...


I stamped, die cut and shaped my paper flower garden and then decided I needed to have a little daydreamer enjoying the view! The little fairy from the Wildwood Cottage Collection was perfect!


She's so cute nestled there in those flowers! I love creating fairy gardens at our campsite and in my flower bed, and this just reminded me of those special little finds as you gaze among the flowers!
Her wings have been accented with the Nuvo Sparkle Pen...it really does shimmer, however on the photo it doesn't do it justice as the sparkle kinda presents as gold when it's more of a clear glitter.
I've added a bunch of glitter to give this card an extra magical feel!

The little flower garden has been created with the accent flowers found within the Backyard Blossoms Collection.  I've mixed and matched sizes and colors to give it some interest.  I've also matted a premade card panel in the window of the frame for the card.  All of the stamped and die cut pieces have been colored using my Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils and Gamasol Solution.  I love how quick and easy it is to color and then blend with these pencils. 


The sentiment I've used has come from the Heartfelt Love Collection...perfect for an any occasion card!  I love how those larger coneflowers bent over to frame out the sentiment! I've added some white Nuvo Drops around the sentiment and up into the empty corner of the card to give is kind a daydreaming feel....like the fairy's thoughts are just floating.  

Here's a closer peek at the large coneflower die cut that frames out the sentiment...


Well, that's my share today! 
I hope you've enjoyed the little garden tour of my card and my whimsical little daydreamer!
It's not my usual style to create a scene, but I'm not disappointed in how it turned out...it's just a little more busy than usual!

Be sure to pop on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog to take in the creativity from the rest of the design team members!  Be sure to leave them some love on their blogs and on FaceBook to let them know they've inspired you!

Until next time...

Introducing the Backyard Blossoms Collection...

Hello and Welcome!
It's wonderful to visit with you today!
Today is another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday...and we're announcing the release of the Backyard Blossoms Collection!

Here's a little more info about this beautiful summer collection...

Summer brings with it the excitement of a new gardening season, lounging in the open expanse of the backyard and enjoying the beauty of favorite perennial blossoms dancing gently in the warm summer breeze! Among those returning favorites are the attractive, butterfly loving coneflower! Bright and colorful, these pretty flowers come dressed in a wide variety of hues and quietly display their domed centers and soft delicate petals against the backdrops of ornamental grasses and other decorative backyard plantings! Come along with us as we welcome back the summer season with a walk through the Backyard Blossoms Collection by Heartfelt Creations! Brilliantly hued, and filled with a good dose of summer sunshine, the fabulous paper collection showcases happy shades of bright yellows, pretty pinks, luscious lavenders and glorious greens and showcases lovely lace like patterns, elegant swirls and bountiful coneflower blossoms! Included in this jubilant and cheerful assembling are three exquisitely illustrated cling stamps sets with coordinating dies ideal for all of your summer themed paper craft creations! From large coneflower images, ornamental grasses, to smaller backyard blossom accents, these dynamic illustrations are ideal for creating your very own dimensional flower gardens as focal points on card fronts or as accents on scrapbook layouts! So grab your lounge chair, slather on the sunscreen and join us as we kick back and relax in the backyard enjoying our favorite backyard blossoms!

It's been awhile since I've had a project to share with you it seems!
(I've been super busy writing up descriptions for upcoming releases!)
I love coneflowers, and I just knew I wanted to spend a little time in the craft room getting inky with this newest collection! While I didn't get it completed in time to post to the Heartfelt Creations blog, I do hope you don't mind popping in here to see the particulars! 

Well, enough chatter....here's how my card turned out...


As I mentioned earlier, coneflowers are among my favorite flowers to put into my flower bed and container gardens. I love browsing through all of the different varieties and color combinations in the greenhouse! In the paper collection I was drawn to the beautiful orange and yellow florals...perhaps because it was a cloudy and dreary day outside and I was needing a dose of sunshine! LOL

I opted to use the rectangle layering dies released with the Frame a Card Dies to create my layers quickly and with ease! They work so well for achieving perfect layers...and I'm a fan of not having to measure!  LOL

I chose a preprinted card image that I wanted to work with, die cut the oval out with the Oval Dies (I opted to die cut it with a larger oval die so I would have a yellow border around it...I then stamped my sentiment onto the oval), die cut an the mid sized eyelet rectangle so I could use it as a framing element behind the sentiment panel and used the remaining preprinted card panel that I cut the oval from as my first layering piece. I've cut a white card stock mat and the next layering mat from the decorative paper in the collection which coordinated with the outlining pattern on the preprinted card base. Both of these mats were cut quickly and easily using my Geminin die cutting machine and the Eyelet Rectangle and Basics Die. Following these cuts, I found the large scrapbook page in blue and green hues with the coneflower borders and cut that to create a mat for a 5" x 7" card base. I adhered the large mat to the card base and then using pop dots added the main focal assembling. 


I then got busy stamping and die cutting my coneflower images!
I opted to use the rounded corner image as well as the double stampings of each of the other single cone flower images within the collection.  I stamped all of the flower images using Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee and then proceeded to color them using Stamp and Store Daubers. The flowers have been inked with Ranger Archival Ink - Monarch Orange and Buttercup. The foliage have been inked with Ranger Archival Ink - Fern Green and Leaf Green. I've used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to add some dimension to the die cuts. I've added the spreading coneflowers around the sentiment oval. The single coneflowers I've snipped off the foliage, cut into the petals so that they will be able to be shaped individually and have then added them into the coneflower arrangement for added dimensional interest.


I've added some seed beads that I purchased years ago to the cone of the echinecea flowers, and have also added Lions Mane Transparent Glitter to accent each of the petals. 

I thought a butterfly from the Butterfly Dreams Collection would be the perfect finishing touch to this creation! I stamped the butterfly image in Ranger Archival Ink - Forget Me Not twice, and then colored the center of each of the insects with the same color, then some Leaf Green and the tips of the wings Ranger Archival Ink - French Ultramarine.

  
I've left one stamping of the butterfly in tact, and have snipped the tails off of the second image. I've then shaped and layered the butterfly bodies together. As you can see I've added a ton of glitter to the butterfly as well.  This was the first time I used the Blue Rain Ultrafine Transparent Glitter, and I cannot tell you how beautiful it is.  If you have not already added it to your glitter stash, I highly recommend it! It will fast become one of your favorites!

Well, that's all from me today!
I do hope you've enjoyed my share today!
Be sure to head on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog as well to take in the stunning inspiration the rest of the design team have come up with for your viewing pleasure!

Until next time...
Project Supplies
HCDP1-290 Backyard Blossoms Paper Collection
HCPC-3826 Blossoming Coneflower Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3828 Garden's Edge Coneflower Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-7180 Blossoming Coneflower Die
HCD1-7182 Garden's Edge Coneflower Die

Other Products: white card stock, Versafine Black Ink, paper trimmer, Gemini Die Cutting Machine

For more inspiration using the Backyard Blossoms Collection see this video

Announcing the new Frame a Card Dies from Heartfelt Creations...

Good Morning, Afternoon or Evening!
It's been awhile since we've spent some time together!
I'm so glad you're here!

It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, and today we're debuting the new Frame a Card Dies!
I promise you're going to fall in love with these!

The collection of Frame a Card Dies includes four wonderful and elegant options for cutting your card bases or adding a touch of elegance to card fronts, no matter how ornate or more simple your card design may be!  

To learn more about each of these Frame a Card dies, watch this YouTube Video and sit back and relax as Emma Lou takes you through what you can do with each of the designs!

As for me, I thought I'd create a little project to share with you featuring the Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Die, along with the Intricate Swirl Frames Die. Since wedding season is quickly approaching, I thought these dies would be perfect for creating a bridal shower/wedding card.  

...here's how the project turned out...


I've die cut the card base using the largest rectangle die to create a 5" x7" card base. You can find full instructions on how to cut a card base using the die in the video listed above!  

Then I've moved on to creating a beautiful background with the Intricate Swirl Frames Die!
Don't you just love the detailing in the Swirl Frame die? The gorgeous edging, and the perfect stitching...and of course the inlay is divine...I've added it into the center, flat onto the image and have popped up the frame itself with foam tape to give it all some beautiful dimension. I thought the heart die cut from the Heartfelt Love Collection would blend into the intricacy of the gorgeous frame and I do love how it turned out! It too has been popped up off of the card base using pop dots, and I have accented it with a Nuvo Glitter Brush to give it a subtle, but elegant shimmer.

...here's a closer peek at that heart accent - if you look really close you can see that there is a slight shimmer on it...


As you can see, I've also added glitter to the preprinted image of the wedding bells, as well as all of the flowers!

Of course we need to have a gorgeous floral arrangement to go with the beauty of the Frame Die, so I've created a floral cluster using a large Sweet Peony, a Hydrangea created from the Lush Lilac, and of course some small roses, buds and accent flowers perfect for the wedding season!

...here's a closer look at the flowers...


I've added prills for the center of the peony, I've glittered the rose with a Crystal Clear Ultrafine Transparent Glitter, and the lilac blossoms for the hydrangea have all been heat embossed with white embossing power and have then had a hint of New Sprout Memento Ink brushed over part of their petals slightly so that there is a touch of color to draw the eye to the cluster. Each of the lilac blossoms have had a wired stamen put through the center to give them some added extra sparkle. I've used a few of the smaller rose flowers to create single accent flowers and have wired them so they will stand up off the card. They too have white wired stamen centers to give them a touch of shine. 

For the greenery, I've used several stamped images from the Classic Rose Collection and have also added a few of the peony foliage pieces as well. They have been colored using two green inks and have been blended together with the Stack and Store Daubers. 

All in all, I am quite happy how this creation came together, and I think it would be a lovely wedding presentation card! 

I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared with you here today!
Be sure to pop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to check out the projects the rest of the design team have come up with for your viewing pleasure featuring the new Frame a Card Dies.

Until next time...
Project Supplies
HCD2-7189 Eyelet Rectangle & Basics Die
HCD2-7191 Intricate Swirl Frames Die
HCPC-3820 Large Sweet Peony Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3821 Peony Bud and Blossom Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-7174 Large Sweet Peony Die
HCD1-7175 Peony Bud and Blossom Die
HCPC-3816 Lush Lilac Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-7170 Lush Lilac Die
HCD1-7162 Eyelet Hearts Die
HCD1-7154 Eyelet Circle & Basics Small Die
HCFB1-466 3D Lush Lilac Shaping Mold
HCFB1-464 3D Floral Basics Shaping Mold
HCS1-460 Bridal Bouquet Stamens - Small
HCS1-457-3 Pastel Bead Stamens - Medium
101- Baby's Breath UltraFine Transparent Glitter
81-glitter Crystal Clear UltraFine Transparent Glitter
RACP436 Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Leaf Green
RACP663 Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Tea Rose
RACP649 Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Pink Peony
RACP638 Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Rose Madder
RACP482 Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Olive
TSMP201 - Memento Dye Ink Pad - Morocco
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
159723 Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
352854 Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles
HCDA2-450 Stack and Store Daubers - Pack of 30

Sweet Peony Card Classes...

Welcome! 
I have something exciting to share with you today!
It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday...and while I didn't have time to create a project this week, I'd love to share with you the cards that I have designed for my upcoming Sweet Peony card classes at the Scrapbook Cottage locations - both in Winnipeg and Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada!


In each of these classes we will be completing all three card designs shown here on the blog today!
We will be learning how to create these beautiful peonies using the 3D Flower Basics Shaping Mold from Heartfelt Creations. They make flower shaping super quick and easy on the hands!
We'll also explore the art of adding beautiful flower stamen centers to your flowers which gives them a super realistic look!


Seating is limited and spots fill very quickly, so I encourage you to give Kathy a call at the Winnipeg Store, or Sharon a call at the Steinbach store to register today!
I'll post all of the class info below as well as the store numbers for easy access.


Lastly, here's the dates and info for the Sweet Peony Card Classes!

Steinbach Location
Date: Wednesday, June 06/18
Time: 12:30pm 

Winnipeg Location
Date: Wednesday, May 23/18
Time: 12:30pm

Date: Monday, June 04/18
Time: 12:30pm & 6:00pm

I do hope to see you there!

Until next time...

Thinking of You Today...

Welcome!
How are you doing today?
Here in Manitoba, Canada we're getting ready for spring!
I can't wait for the birds to return, to hear their sweet songs of spring and to get puttering in my flower bed!
I suppose it's these feelings that led me to create a springtime scene with the beautiful Sweet Peony Collection!

Here's a peek at my creation for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday...


I just love the springtime vibes this card gives off!
Those beautiful birdies nesting in their home, the pretty white picket fence!
I couldn't resist adding the bird on the branch from the Singing in the Rain Collection to the top upper corner of the creation!

I wanted to give the card a feminine feeling so I opted to use two of the Delicate Border Basics dies...I nested them together to create two single embellishments and then trimmed them to fit the frame I created using the Cut Mat Create dies.

I chose to make a large peony flower, and I've placed the dimensional blossom on the larger peony flower die cut from the Peony Bud and Blossom Cling Stamp Set. I love the way it makes the flower look even larger and love how those background petals give a nice spread to the blossom!

Here's a closer peek at the peony flower...


I've added some dew drops to give the peony a fresh spring look, and all of the small white accent flowers have been created using the smaller peony petal pieces. They've been heat embossed with white embossing powder, and I've then heat embossed some embossing enamel onto them for some character! I've added white prills to their centers to finish them off.
A sprinkling of glitter to the peony petal tips and the preprinted image on the main focal point image, along with a few Nuvo drops around the sentiment and this card was complete!

I do hope you've been inspired and have enjoyed what you've seen here today!
Be sure to stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to take in the other beautiful projects the rest of the design team have created for your viewing pleasure!

Until next time...
Project Instructions and Supplies

Other Products: white card stock, VersaFine Black Ink, paper trimmer, scissors, Gemini Die Cutting Machine, BigShot Die Cutting Machine, Ranger Distress Ink Foam and Handle, pop dots, adhesive runner, water, mist bottle, MISTI stamp tool, ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Dahlia, Zing white embossing powder, heat tool, painters tape, hot glue gun, glue sticks, VersaMark Ink

To see how to shape the peony, watch the video at https://youtu.be/L9_MLkvpGPQ.

Create a 6” x 6” card base from white card stock. Locate decorative 6” x 6” card panel for background as shown. Trim down slightly smaller than card base, ink all edges using ColorBox Dahlia Ink, and adhere to card base. 

Locate and cut out small premade card base with bird house and birds as shown. Using the coordinating die in the Cut Mat Create 1A collection, die cut center image. Ink all edges of the frame and die cut image using ColorBox Dahlia Ink. Using MISTI tool, stamp sentiment from Raindrop Sentiments Cling Stamp Set onto image panel. Adhere image panel to card base using adhesive. 

Locate the two matching decorative die cuts in the Delicate Border Basics Dies. Position the two dies back to back onto white card stock so that they will cut together to create one embellishment. To do this easily, position them together and use painters tape to secure them to the card stock. Trim and add to frame from which you cut out the bird image. Adhere frame to card base over top bird image using pop dots. 

Stamp the bird on branch image from the Songs of Spring Cling Stamp Set onto white card stock using VersaFine Black In. Die cut using the coordinating die. Using Stack and Store Daubers, color the image using ColorBox Creamy Brown ink for branch, Ranger Archival Inks – Leaf Green and Olive for leaves and Memento Inks – Danube Blue and Potter’s Clay for bird. Shape slightly using Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and adhere to card front as shown. 

Stamp two inkings of the petals from the Large Sweet Peony Cling Stamp Set onto white card stock using ColorBox Dahlia Ink. Stamp one inking of the largest flower base from the Peony Bud and Blossom Cling Stamp Set. Using Stack and Store Daubers, color all pieces using ColorBox Berrylicious and Memento Peanut Brittle inks. Die cut using coordinating dies. Repeat coloring process on back of die cut images. Ink all petal tips with ColorBox Dahlia ink. Shape peony petals using 3D Floral Basics Shaping Mold. For full instructions on how to shape the peony flower using mold, please see video listed in link above. Finish shaping process using Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Layer two largest petal pieces together and then the smaller petal pieces in the center to form bud using hot glue gun to ensure a quick bond. Adhere peony flower to card as shown.

Stamp one inking of all leaves from Large and Small Peony Cling Stamp Sets onto white card stock using Ranger Archival Olive Ink. Using Stack and Store Daubers, color leaves with Ranger Archival Leaf Green ink and then die cut using coordinating dies. Ink all edges of all leaves using Ranger Archival Olive Ink. Adhere leaves around peony blossom on card front as shown.

Stamp one inking of each of the smallest petal pieces from the Small Sweet Peony Cling Stamp Set onto white card stock using VersaMark Ink. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set using heat tool.  With fingers, sprinkle Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel onto petal pieces and heat set from the underside of the card stock until embossing enamel has melted. Die cut using coordinating dies. Send petal pieces through flower shaping mold. Finish shaping using Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Create two double blossoms by nesting one smaller peony petal piece into larger peony petal piece. Adhere around large peony as shown. Adhere small single peony flowers to create cluster as shown.

For finishing touches add white Minnie Pearls Prills to white flower centers, and Heart of Gold Prills to large Peony Center. Apply Baby’s Breath Glitter to large peony petals as well as preprinted focal image using a dries clear glue and metal tip for adhesive bottles. Apply Ivory Seashell Nuvo Drops to card base as shown.

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