Sunday, 29 April 2012

Featuring Heartfelt Creations, Part 2

Always Thinking of You Instructions


HCP 718 Decorative Chateau Gate
HCPC 3444 Scenic Vista Precut Set
HCPC 3371 Dutch Iris Oval Precut Set
Stampin Up Cardstock, So Saffron
X-Press It Blending Card
2 coordinating Patterned Papers
Memento Ink, Rich Cocoa
Spellbinders, Labels 1, Grand Labels 1, and fancy small label
Heat Embossing Powder
Copics E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E39, YG 63, YG 67, YG11, YG67, YG91, RV32, RV34, RV95, B000, B0, Y21, Y23


  1. From yellow cardstock, cut 6 x 11 1/2  inch rectangle, and score to create 6 x 5 3/4 inch card;
  2. Tape Spellbinder die to folded card, ensuring label cutting blade extends over the folded edge of card, and cut to create 5 1/4 inch shaped square card;
  3. Cut both patterned papers with progressively smaller labels and adhere to card;
  4. Cut large curved window from darker patterned paper and score along outer door edges to allow doors to open easily;
  5. Stamp patio sent scene onto blending card and color with Copics;
  6. Lay window over scene and trace around square inner frame with pencil. Trim scene just inside the pencil marks, adhere to back of frame, and adhere frame to card front;
  7. Cut and emboss small fancy label onto darker patterned paper;
  8. Stamp sentiment on lighter paper, heat emboss, trim to fit label, adhere to label and adhere label to front of card;
  9. Finish by adding crystals to door panels.

Christmas in the City Instructions


HCPC 3444 Scenic Vista Precut Set
Stardream Metallic Cardstock, Sapphire and Jupiter
Stampin Up Cardstock, Whisper White
Distress Ink, Sapphire
Copics Y32
Spellbinders, Classic Rectangles and fancy label
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Snowflakes
Satin Ribbon, 5/8 inch
Scor-Tape, 1 inch and 5 inch
Glitter Ritz Microfine Glitter, Cool Highlights
Computer and Printer/Scanner


  1. From navy cardstock, cut 5 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches, and score to create 5 3/4 inch square card;
  2. Cut another piece at 5 1/2 inches and emboss with folder;
  3. Centre a piece of ribbon over embossed square, and adhere edges to back;
  4. Adhere embossed square to card base;
  5. Stamp skyscraper scene onto SU cardstock;
  6. With printer/scanner, enlarge 150% and print in color;
  7. Color in windows with Copics;
  8. Trim scene to 5 inches square;
  9. Apply 5 inch Scor-Tape to front of scene, remove backing and sprinkle on Glitter Ritz. Rub glitter into adhesive with your fingers, tap off excess and return to bottle. Continue to rub glitter with your fingers to ensure maximum sparkle;
  10. Cut navy cardstock to 5 1/8 x 4 inches. Centre Spellbinder rectangle, cut and emboss to create 4 3/4 x 3 3/8 inch cutout;
  11. Cut red cardstock to 5 1/8 x 4 inches. Centre smaller Spellbinder rectangle, cut and emboss to create 3 3/4 x 2 7/8 inch cutout;
  12. Trim scene to 5 x 3 7/8 inches, adhere frame layers over scene and adhere all to card front;
  13. Cut and emboss small fancy label from navy cardstock;
  14. Create sentiment with computer using Sego Script font at 16 points, and print in navy;
  15. Trim sentiment, layer with Scor-Tape and Glitter Ritz, attach to label, and attach to card;
  16. Create ribbon bow and adhere.

Missing You Instructions

HCPC 3448 Dainty Blooms and Birdies Precut Set
HCP 718 Decorative Chateau Gate
HCPC 2242 Innoscents Flowers 2 Precut Set
HCPC 3354 Classic Message Precut Set
Stardream Metallic Cardstock, Serpentine
Stampin Up Cardstock, Grey
Patterned Paper, K&Company
X-Press It Blending Card
Memento Ink, London Fog
Copics, G20, G21, G24, G28, G40, B91, B93, B95, B97, B32, B34, C3, C7, C9, E40, E42, E43, YR24 and Colorless Blending Refill
Scraps of lace and corduroy fabric
Spellbinders, Fleur de Lis Squares
Clear Heat Embossing Powder
Swarovski Crystal
Satin Ribbon, 5/8 inch
Stickles, Stardust
Tombow Glue
Imaginisce Petal Roller tool.


  1. From green cardstock, cut 11 1/2 x 7 1/4 inch rectangle, score to create 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 card and set aside;
  2. Cut grey cardstock to 5 1/8 x 7 1/8;
  3. Cut patterned paper to 5 x 7 inches and adhere to grey cardstock;
  4. Stamp 3 of the second-smallest Innoscents flowers on green cardstock and set aside to dry;
  5. When flowers are dry, cut out. Leave one flower whole, but cut bottom/partial petals from the two other flowers;
  6. Because they are made of heavy cardstock, gently shape those two flowers by placing them on foam (like a chair seat) and running the ball end of a petal roller down the centre of each petal and the centre of the flower;
  7. Adhere flower layers, starting with whole flower, alternating petal directions, and top with crystal;
  8. Stamp Birdies scene onto blending card and color with Copics. To create texture in the sky and hills, color those areas first. Then saturate small areas of fabric scraps with colorless blender fluid and dab onto dry colored areas;
  9. Add small amounts of Stickles to birds;
  10. From green cardstock, cut square 3 1/8 inches;

Featuring Heartfelt Creations

While I didn't make the final cut to gain a spot on the Heartfelt Creations Design Team, I'm very proud of the projects I submitted for consideration. Here are directions for how you can create the gift box. Photos of the cards inside follow. My next blog will feature the remainder of the DT projects.

Wildflower Gift Box Set Instructions

Supplies (for both box and cards inside):

HCD 718 Decorative Chateau Gate
HCD 716 Layered Elegant Swirl Die
HCD 711 Decorative Dutch Iris Die
HCPC 3444 Scenic Vista PreCut Set
HCPC 3448 Dainty Blooms and Birdies PreCut Set
HCPC 2271 & 2272 Vintage Wildflower 1 & 2 PCS
HCPC 3371 Dutch Iris Oval PreCut Set
HCPC 3354 Classic Message PreCut Set
Stardream Metallic Cardstock, Onyx and Antique Gold
Petallics Cardstock, Autumn Hay
DCWV La Crème patterned paper, Flocked
X-Press It Blending Card
Stampin Up Cardstock, Very Vanilla
Canson Watercolor Paper
VersaFine Ink, Black
VersaMark Ink
Distress Ink, Scattered Straw
Dewdrop Brilliance Ink, Galaxy Gold
Spellbinders, Classic Circles, Classic Ovals, Classic Rectangles, Labels 4, Parisian Motifs, Fancy Tags 3
Scor-Tape 1” and 5”
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Madison and Birds & Swirls
Copics C5, C7, C9, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, Y35, E30, E33, E40, E42, E50

Gift Box Instructions:

  1. From black cardstock, cut 11 inch square;
  2. Score at 1/2, 2  1/2, 8 1/2 and 10 1/2 inches;
  3. Turn paper 90 degrees, and score at 4 and 6 inches;
  4. Flip paper so other side is showing and fold in on all score lines;
  5. Trim 1/2 sides from front and sides of box. Cut between bottom of Front/Back and side panels;
  6. Stamp Wildflowers randomly on back, front and side panels with VersaMark and heat emboss;
  7. From hay cardstock, cut small square window. Score on outside edges of doors to enable easy opening. Adhere small Parisian Motifs cutouts from black cardstock for door handles;
  8. Stamp sentiment on vanilla cardstock with VersaFine and heat emboss;
  9. Lay window over scene. Trace outside of square window frame onto blending card with pencil. Trim scene just inside pencil marks and adhere to back of frame;
  10. Adhere window to font of box.
  11. Apply adhesive to bottom side panels;
  12. Stand up back of box, folding in 1/2 inch panels. Stand up Bottom Side panels and hold firmly to adhere;
  13. Apply adhesive to Front Side Panels. Stand up front of box, fold side panels to back, and hold firmly to adhere;
  14. Decorate lower edge of front and sides by dotting Liquid Pearls every half inch, and dotting centre of flowers;
  15. Add dots of glue and glitter to window scrolls.

  1. From flocked paper, cut rectangle 10 1/8 x 6 1/8 inch;
  2. Lay paper face-down on Scor-Pal with long edge horizontal. Score at 2” from either end, leaving 6 1/8 inches for the middle panel (which will be the Top of the Lid);
  3. Flip paper 90 degrees, and again score 2” from either end, leaving 2 1/8 inch for middle panel;
  4. Ensure good side of paper is on the bottom and fold in on all score lines;
  5. Cut between Front/Back and Top side panels;
  6. Apply adhesive to one Top side panel. Stand up back of lid and fold its side flap in. Bring up side panel of Top and hold to adhere. Repeat on other side;
  7. To add to the strength of the bottom of the lid, adhere a 1/4 ribbon around the box, joining the ribbon on the front about 2 inches in from the left side. Dot every half inch with Liquid Pearls;
  8. Stamp the three smallest wildflowers with VersaFine on vanilla cardstock. Allow to dry completely. Cut out and emboss with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots. Shape flowers, layer and attach with small brad. Finish with random hits of glue and glitter;
  9. Apply a small strip of Scor-Tape to back of flower. Wind gold thread around closed stamp pad a few times, gently slide off, twist once in the middle and press onto back of flower;
  10. Apply a small strip of Scor-Tape to the box front, just over where the ribbon joined. Fold additional ribbon into bow shape and press into adhesive. Top with flower.
Inside Card Photos:

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Flowers are for Any Occasion

It seems to me that softly colored flowers fit any occasion. I recently used this design as a thank you card, but I think it could easily be a Birthday, Mother's Day or even Sympathy card.

This card was stunningly easy to make. I started with a 5 x 7 inch piece of Strathmore watercolor paper. I stamped Heartfelt Creation's Graceful Pansy stamps in three sizes with VersaMark and heat embossed with white powder. Then I sponged Distress Ink as follows. Note that the colors go with a particular flower, but I didn't stay in the lines - I purposely sent the color into the surrounding area.
  • Centre of each flower - Scattered Straw
  • Large Flower - Victorian Velvet with a touch of Worn Lipstick
  • Medium Flower - Tattered Rose with a touch of Dried Marigold
  • Small Flowers - Milled Lavender with a touch of Dusty Concord
  • Space Inbetween - Shabby Shutters
Mist generously with water and watch the magic happen!

I adhered the watercolor paper to a dark purple panel of SU cardstock. Iwrapped a piece of ribbon diagonally across and added a bow of sheer purple ribbon. This piece was adhered to a lighter purple card cut to 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches. Finish by adding dots of Liquid Pearls to ribbon and flower centres.

Birthday Boys

These two cards were made for birthday boys. Got Cupcakes is for a twenty-something man. I was quite happy with how it turned out. I especially liked the plate which is done with oval Spellbinders and the cherry which is covered in Diamond Glaze. T is for a five year old and it had to extra-special because it will be framed and hung in his room. Both cards are created on 5 3/4 inch square bases.

Got Cupcakes' image is from My Favorite Things and, of course, colored with copics. The striped paper was cut with square Spellbinders at 2". The fork is from the Cricut cartridge "From My Kitchen" cut at 3" default. The trick with that is the the image also cuts with a knife and spoon, so I stopped the machine after the fork was completed. The saucer was cut with an oval Spellbinder and, before embossing, I centred a smaller oval and then embossed the whole.

T's image is Sugar Plum's Balloon Trevor, colored with Copics. Sponging was done with Distress Inks. The T is cut with Cricut's "Plantin" at 4" default and then embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots. The finishing touch was the Maya Road button tied with a piece of cotton cord from my jewelry creation stash.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Rich Colored Birthday

This card was created for a friend's birthday. She's not a pastel kind of girl - she's strong and vibrant and I wanted her card to reflect her personality. She loved it, so I guess I hit the mark.

I have to thank Reddyisco, a friend from Splitcoaststampers, for the inspiration for this card. You can find her original card here: Here

Here's how I made my version:

Cut a piece of Strathmore watercolor paper 3 x 6 inches. Swipe with Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany, and Frayed Burlap. I applied the ink pads directly to this very textured paper. Spray with water to encourage colors to make magic. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Stamp with VersaMark and use gold heat embossing. Stampin Up's Fifth Avenue Floral used here, along with a small SU leaf for which I don't have the name. Color the insides of the flower with Copic R37 & R39. Adhere panel to a strip of Stardream Metallics cut at 3 1/4 x 6 inches. Tie a piece of gold ribbon around the panel, and make a double looped bow.

Create a 6" square card with a color that you can pull out of your distressed panel. SU cardstock is used here. Using a second color, cut a piece 5 x 6 inches and edge with Spellbinders. Trim to 4 inches wide. Adhere to base of card, and then adhere distressed panel.

Cut butterfly with Cricut Home Acents cartridge at 2.5 inches default from the two accent colors.

Finish with crystals.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Easter Parade

Easter weekend is almost here, so it's time to wrap up any last minute greeting cards we paper crafters want to give to our friends and families. Here's a few of the cards I've been creating to celebrate this special time of year.

Easter Delivery

I just love the kids in this scene cause I remember the excitement of an Easter egg hunt. This image is from Art Impressions. It's stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on X-Press It. Once the image was colored with Copics, I topped off each egg with a circle of Judikens Diamond Glaze. The bunny suits were dotted with Stickles Stardust.

One Big Delivery

Strips of glitter paper left-over from another project were perfect for the card on the left. The card on the right was designed for a girl, so it had to have flowers! The colors on both cards just say "Easter" to me. Truly, any of the Penny Black hedgehogs images make me smile. After coloring with Copics, the large egg was dotted with Stickles Stardust.

Easter Basket

This card features a wrinkle-free distress background done with Distress Inks. I love the soft colors in the background and I love how the Copic colors look on watercolor paper. I stock up on double-sided satin ribbon when my local fabric store has a sale, so I usually have a good matching color in my stash. The basket, greeting and edging are done in gold heat embossing. The image is from Penny Black.

Easter Iris

This Heartfelt Creations image is one of my absolute favorites, and it's so much fun to color with Copics. Stardream metallics Serpentine is such a lovely green and it's my go-to background whenever I'm doing florals. Of course, Spellbinders dresses up any card design.

Happy Easter!