Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Beary Special Tea

Hi everyone, today it's Carol and I am here to show you my "Beary Special Tea".  Two themes in one card that I just adore-bears and tea.  What a winning combination.  Wouldn't this be cute to send a special little girl as an invite to tea.  You can buy very inexpensive chine teacups and teapots and throw a vintage tea party with just a few desserts and classic cucumber sandwiches.  With very little effort you can create memories to last a lifetime!

This was such a fun project.  I cut my bear from white card stock and then used Ranger Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress Inks to color this sweet bear.  I used a bit of pink chalk to color the bears cheeks and the inside of the ears.  I cut my cup and saucer with designer paper and the doily with white paper and distress inked all the edges.  The edges have been kissed with stardust stickles.

Just click on the picture above and it will take you right to the die.  As you can see I used the bow from the rabbit on the bear and also the heart and flower.  That's whats so fun about these dies-no rules!!!  Also, I carried the heart design element on my embellishments for matching interest on the card.

Thanks for taking a look at today's project.  Be inspired to create wonderful memories for those special girls in your life.  Until next time-have a great day!

Bear Hugs,

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Up Up and Away

What do we have here?  Well it happens to be a card I made for Heartfelt Creations with a Couture Creations Embossing folder from the World Fair Collection called Ascension.  I really would have liked to try my hand at steamp punk with this, but I will another time for sure.  This embossing folder really sparked my creative interest.

Here is what I used to create this:
Couture Reations World Fair Collection: Ascension Embossing Folder
HCPC 3363 Inspire Me Sentiments PreCut Set
HCD 716 Layered Elegant Swirl Die
HCD 713 Decorative Lace Border Die
HCD 703 Daisy Patch Die

Product ID: 472123 Spellbinders Foliage Shapeabilities
Product ID: 424413 Martha Stewart Garden Trellis Punch
Product ID: 354810 Spellbinders Classic Scallop Circle Large

Other: Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Recollection Pearls, Crochet thread,Stardust Stickles, Ribbon, White and Black Cardstock, Designer Paper.
As you can see in this picture, I cut away parts of the hot air balloon to show the card stock color underneath and give it an airy look.  The flowers were inspired by Andrea Ewen's beautiful creation from last week.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Be sure to stop by the Heartfelt Creations Blog for the complete instructions on how to create this card for yourself!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Star Gazer Candle Card

 Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  Today I have this card to show you.  I love this pretty image.  This particular collection called the Floral Cross Collection is perfect for those hard to make Sympathy cards.  The images and senitments make for an easy creation.

HCPC 3455 Butterfly and Lilies PreCut Set

HCPC 3450 Cross and Lilies PreCut Set
HCD 704 Perfect Petals Die
HCD 712 Bella Rose Die

Spellbinders Product ID 354806 Large Circle Nestabilities
Spellbinders S4-126 Square Nestabilities
Spellbinders S4-315 Beaded Squares
Spellbinders S7-014 Grand 12” Classic Lace Border

Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder of choice, Ribbon, Stickles, Gold, Green and Pink Designer Paper, White and Black Card Stock, Green Rhinestones and Rangers Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Bundled Sage.

 Here is a close up of the image.   Thanks for taking a look today.  I will be back tomorrow with another fun card from the Heartfelt Collection.  Have a great week!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Golden Cross

 Hello Friends.  Today I am here to show you another Heartfelt Creations Card and it isn't Wednesday yet!  This is a card made with the new Cross and Lillies set at Heartfelt Creations.
 Here is a list of the products I used.  Please be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see the full details on how I made this card.

HCPC 3450 Cross and Lillies PreCut Set
HCD 719 Cross and Lilies Die
HCD 702 Decorative Butterfly-Border Die

Product ID: 472168 Labels 20 Mega Nestabilities
Product ID: 426317 Martha Stewart Double Loops Punch Around the Page

Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder of choice, Ribbon, Stickles, Gold, Green, and White Cardstock, Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I do have a confession to make.  This is what I used for the gold portions of this card.  My husband was going to throw this in the trash and I rescued it.  How pretty it is-to lovely to throw away.  I even have enough left to probably to one more card with.

 Here is a close up of how I colored and layered my lillies.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I enjoyed having you here. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Scrapping Cottage- Happy Go Lucky Elephant

Greetings friends and bloggers.  Today I want to show you my first creations as a Design Team Member of The Scrapping Cottage.  This is purely a selfish reason that I chose this sweet elephant as my first creation.  Today is my son Wesley's 26th Birthday.  He loves elephants-always has.  He carried a stuff elephant around for as long as I can remember.  So Happy Birthday Wesley-this is in honor of YOU!

Isn't this fabulous.  You can find this elephant here or just click on the above picture and it will take you right to it.  If you adore paper piecing as much as I do you are going to love these dies.

So let's talk about this card a little and I will give you the deets.  The banner was made with the Spellbinders Scalloped Banner die, I free hand cut the straight edge banners that back the pretty pearl ones up.   I also used the banner die cut set for the Birthday sentiment.  The letters were done with the Cuttlebug Baby Face typeset dies.  The scalloped square is Spellbinders and the punched floral border is Matha Stewart.
Now about the image.  In this picture you can see that I have created some dimension.  I don't know about you but I love dimension in a card and look for ways to create it.  It brings the whole project alive.  And I bet you are wondering how I got the image to look exactly like the above picture of the die cut packaging.
It was easy!  Let me share that with you.  I cut out the image with gray card stock.  Then I carefully separated all the cut through areas the die produces when you cut with the die.  To color the image I used chalk-yes chalk!!!  I haven't taken my chalk out in ages.  This was so fun.  I ran the chalk along the edges following the die cut picture that the die came in.  I used my fingers to rub the blackgray (I dipped a cotton swab in both to mix) chalk in sort of creating a smudge effect.  I used pink chalk to touch upon the knees, cheeks, and ears and rubbed that with my finger too.  Before you stamp the eyes on the elephant you can use aerosol hairspray to set the chalk.  I cut the pink toe nails with the die and glued them on the hooves.  Then I ran a little black/gray chalk over the top to tone down my pink card stock a bit.
Here is a close up of the dimension created.  I used a 1/8" foam dot placed behind the elephants cheeks and the eyebrows.  I also placed one betweene the first two creases of his nose.  I then applied the image to the die cut base and actually glued his ears to the card stock.  I used 1/16" dots on the body and legs.
As you can see this is the natural way the trunk lays on the image.  You can also curl it a bit if you want it coming ou more.
So that's this project for today.  I hope you check out The Scrapping Cottage for more cute images and designs for your crafting needs.  This sure was fun to create!
Challenges Entered
Allstorts - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - A is for Animal Antics
Card Crafters Circle  -  Die Cuts
Card Making Momma's  - Birthday
Crafty Catz- Favorite Things (Mine is Banners)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Chateau Gate Cross

Welcome friends and fellow bloggers.  I trust you had a Happy Valentines Day.  I am here today with a card that I made for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  I used a plethera of Heartfelt Creations dies.  It was so fun to put this together.
Here is a list of products that I used:
Chateau Gate Cross Card
HCPC 3451 Going to the Chapel PreCut Set
HCD 719 Cross and Lilies Die
HCD 718 Chateau Gate Die
HCD 702 Decorative Butterfly Border Die

Other: Cuttlebug Vintage Corner Dies, Recollection Pearls, Sheer Ribbon, Crystal Stickles, Stick Pins, Black, Red, and White Cardstock, Designer Paper, and Vintage Linen Distress Ink.

Be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations blog to catch all the fabulous creations the design team has cooked up this week.  There's lots of inspiration and beautiful work to view.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Heartfelt Creations-Chapel

Heartfelt Creations is pleased to release the Floral Cross Collection. This collection is as fresh as a blooming yellow lily on a sunny spring day: intricate flowers compliment the typographical, linear, and wooden crosses. There are 6 new PreCut Stamp Sets and one beautiful new exclusive Spellbinders die designed for Heartfelt Creations.
Leave a comment on the HC blog by February 14 to be eligible to win the entire release valued at $125.93. The winner will be announced on February 15 on the HC Blog.
Welcome to Heartfelt creations Wednesday.  I am so pleased you stop by today to take a look at my card that I created.  I just love this new set.  It is always difficult to make sympathy cards, but this release has everything you need to make an appropriate card with meaningful sentiments and comforting images.
Have I told you how much I love making my own flowers.  Well if I have before, I will tell you again.  I adore this Spellbinders Rose Creations die.  I love making the roses come alive.  I also love making these sweet Easel cards too with the Spellbinders nestabilities.  They are just to cute!  If you haven't tried making one, you need to get those die cuts out and start creating!  Here are the product I used:
HCPC3451 Going to the Chapel PreCut Set
HCPc 3450 Cross an Lilies PreCut Set
HCD 719 Cross and Lilies Die
HCD 712 Bella Rose Die
Product ID: 452063 Scalloped Circle Grand Nestabilities
Product ID: 452062 Circle Grand Nestabilities
Product ID: 472186  Rose Creations Shapeabilities
Product ID: 452065 Scalloped Oval Grand Nestabilities

Spellbinders S4-318 Fleur De Lis Squares

Other:  Recollection Pearl Flourish, ribbon, Rangers Crackle Paint (Picket Fence) Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Art Glitter (Crystal), White heavy Cardstock (120-lb), Designer Paper, and choice of image coloring medium. 


 Be sure to check out the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see the other beautiful creations by the Design Team.  Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win the release.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Chateau Gateway

 Welcome to my blog.  Today is Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  For my card today I used the Chateau Gateway.  If you are anything like me, you have an imagination that just makes you wonder what lies behind that pretty door.  Let's make this fun........Leave me a comment and tell me what you think lies beyond the door?????
When I was a little girl and my parents we go for rides, I used to love to look at houses and yards and picture the images of families inside the houses and what the inside looked like from what I could see behind the window in the back seat of the card.  My imagination takes to to a place where if you opened the doors it would open to a beautiful garden with walkways that lead to a big brick house that would match the brick in the gateway in the scene on my card. 

 For this card I wanted a little dimension so I cut out the door and mounted it on 1/16" foam squares and I cut out the archway and mounted it on 1/4" foam squares so it was a little higher than the door.  It looks pretty IRL.  I tried to photograph it here.  These are the products I used:

HCPC3441 – Chateau Gateway PreCut Set
HCPC 3449 Door To My Heart PreCut Set
HCD 718 Decorative Chateau Gate
HCD 717 Layered Scalloped Posy Die


Other:  Martha Stewart Small Hydrangea Punch, Martha Stewart Deep Edge Iron Fence Punch,Twine, and Pearls, designer paper of choice, black and green cardstock.

Thank you for popping in to see me today.  I can't wait to hear what you think lies beyond the door.  Have a great day!