Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration

Today I've got another card to share with you using the Cut, Mat, Create collection from Heartfelt Creations.

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 245 Cut Mat Create Paper Collection
HCD 749 Cut Mat Create Die 1A
HCD 750 Cut Mat Create Die 1B
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCPC 3617 Birds and Blooms PreCut Set
HCPC 3615 Summer Song PreCut Set
1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)

Other Products Used 
May Arts Ribbon 
Copic Markers
Tsukineko Ink: VersaMagic ;. Versafine - Black

WorldWin Papers -cardstock

Begin with a 4.5" x 5.5" card base. Cut the patterned paper layer from the paper collection and ink the edges.  Add ribbon around the center band and adhere to the base. Die cut a green designer paper mat using the 1A dies.  Stamp the image, color with Copic markers and cut using the 1B dies.  Die cut the ticket to use as a sentiment.  Stamp the flower image again and color the two largest flowers, Cut, color and shape and apply to the card for added dimension.  Stamp the butterfly, color and cut and add to the card to finish.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Zva Creative July DT Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our July blog hop!  We are very excited to kick off another blog hop and to have you join us today. We hope you are inspired all of the beautiful work that we are about to share!
The hop begins at Zva Creative’s blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 
As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.
 Today, I've got a tag to share with you.

It was really fun to layer the Zva Creative flourish (CR-05CA-105) over the blue embossed flourish.  I just made sure the swirls were going in the same general direction, and it looked great.

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, July 28th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, July 29th.
Hidden on FIVE of the blogs along the way is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on one post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win. 
The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 30th on Zva Creative’s Facebook page. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva’s page on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!
The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative’s blog. Your next stop is Gine's blog. Enjoy!
Thank you for joining us!
P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on August 25th for our next Zva blog hop!
 Blog Hop Order
Zva links to Nicole Martel

Nicole links to Tina McDonald
Tina links to Jolanda Meurs
Camila links to Gini Williams Cagle
Gini links to Gine Silveira
Gine links to Yuliya Khudyakova
Yulia links to Windy  Robinson

Windy links to Irene Tan

Creative Embellishments July Photo Inspiration  (I was inspired by the contrast of the tropical orange drink and the crystal blue ocean/skies.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Seeing Stars

I have a beautiful art journal - well, the outside is gorgeous.  But I realized, I had only completed a couple of pages on the inside - so I decided it was time to do something about that.  And today, I'll share my first efforts with you.

I primed my page with gesso.  After it was dry, I lightly sprayed it with water, and used an old credit card to spread out some Art Anthology Velvet paint in Reef.
I painted Baby Blue Eyes Sorbet paint on  Hampton Art's Fancy Facade (PS0817) and stamped it to add texture.
I cut stars from dictionary pages and glued them to the page and then traced around them with a charcoal pencil.
 Next, I used the Hampton Art chevron mask from Mod Greetings (SC0641) and the Honolulu Blue Sorbet.  I love this glossy, sparkly layer.

I stamped the sentiment, but cut the words apart and inked them and glued to the page. Finally, I misted over the page with the Colorations - Waimea Bay.  For a bit of contrast, I added dots of the Dimensional Crystal in Red Corvette.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Hampton Art Stamps:
Mod Greetings: SC0641
Fancy Facade: PS0817
I Am Not Afraid: PS0761

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today is the 24 Hour Craft Day on HSN!

The 24 Hour Craft Days on HSN are always fun. I always get to see my buddy Beth Kingston - and sometimes I get to see some of my projects on air.  Well, just to whet your appetite for what is coming up today, I have a card  and layout to share with you using Xyron adhesives and 3Birds (Both companies will be on air today!)

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration

Today I've got another card to share with you using the Cut, Mat, Create collection from Heartfelt Creations.

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 245 Cut Mat Create Paper Collection
HCD 751 Cut Mat Create Die 2A
HCD 752 Cut Mat Create Die 2B
HCD 729 Decorative Blossom Corner Die

HCPC 3614 Summer Glory PreCut Set
HCPC 3618 Everyday Blooms PreCut Set
1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)
Art Institute Glitter
Other Products Used 
May Arts Ribbon 1.25" Silk Ribbon SK05
Copic Markers
 Tsukineko Ink: VersaMagic ;. Versafine - Black

WorldWin Papers -cardstock

Mount decorative paper on a 6 x 6" card base.  Ink edges of all patterned paper. Cut a smaller pattern paper panel and mount to the base.  Die cut a Decorative Blossom Corner and glue as shown. Stamp the postcard image on white cardstock and color with Copic Markers. Diecut with the 2B rectangle and then die cut a mat using the 2A. (I remember the A sets are the larger ones for mats - A is for apple, big and fat; and the B dies are for the images. B is for banana; long and skinny). Stamp the sentiment on the image.  Trace over the vines with the Art Institute Adhesive and sprinkle with ultrafine glitter.  Mount on the card and finish with ribbon. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Xyron and Maya Road Week

 Welcome to the second day of the Xyron Dt playing with some fun  Maya Road products..  This is a bittersweet day for me because it's my last project as a member of the Xyron team.  I've thoroughly enjoyed the past year and a half that I've designed for them - but this term ends on the 31st of this month (So you might want to keep your eyes open for a DT call!)  Anyhow, be sure to stop by the blog this week for more inspiration.

Dies: Spellbinders, Prima
3 Birds Design - Stickers
Tim Holtz Tissue Paper


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dare to Be Remarkable

I've always loved any type of architectural detail, so I was thrilled to see the new photo-based stamps from Hampton Art/ Art Etc.  So many of these images capture these great designs, and are just waiting to be used on your stamping projects. I wanted this stamp to be the star of the show, so I kept this pretty simple.

1.  Start with a 5 x7" card base.  Cut the patterned papers as shown and adhere to base.
2.  Stamp the image with watermark ink onto ivory cardstock.  Heat emboss with black powder.
3.  Ink over the image with distress inks, spritz with water, wait a couple of seconds and use a paper towel to dab up the excess water.  Ink the edges with black.
4.  Stamp the sentiment and die cut.  Ink around the image while still in the die.
5.  Add ribbon where the two patterned papers meet.
6.  Use foam adhesives to add the stamped panels to the card.
7.  Finish the card with pearls and flourish.
Hampton Art/ Art Etc. Fancy Facade PS0817
Hampton Art/ 7gypsies Dare to Be Remarkable PS0809
Ki Memories - Vintage Charm (Musical Folders KI10075)
Zva Creative Pearls: CRW-07CA-113; PEW-03CB-148
May Arts Ribbon - Crochet with Velvet Center
Ranger Distressing Ink: Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose
Black embossing powder
Xyron Mega Runner, Double Sided Adhesive Tape
WorldWin Cardstock

Thursday, July 17, 2014

May Arts, Simple Stories and Xyron - Blog Hop Day Four

Welcome to fourth day of the May Arts Ribbon, Xyron and Simple Stories Blog Week. So far, the design teams from these three companies have had some incredible projects!  This is my second post of the hop for May Arts, but if you missed my Xyron post, you can see it here.. Be sure to check all of the blogs to see the daily line-ups and for more details on yummy prize packages.

I took an inexpensive craft frame and used the Story of Us paper line from Simple Stories to give it a makeover.  I ran the frame through my Xyron Creatopia, and covered it with the patterned paper.

The doily was printed on the paper, but I added the May Arts metallic trim and glued it down using the Xyron/Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive.

May Arts Ribbon
Simple Stories

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspriration

Today is the second glimpse of the Cut, Create and Mat collection from Heartfelt Creations - and today, I'm sharing a card - that shows these versatile dies aren't just for scrapbooking!  They also create a lovely matted panel to use on cards or other small projects.

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC 
HCDP1 245 Cut Mat Create Paper Collection

HCD 749 Cut Mat Create Die 1A
HCD 750 Cut Mat Create Die 1B
HCD 748 Arianna Blooms Die
HCPC 3614 Summer Glory PreCut Set
HCPC 3619 Classic Rose PreCut Set
HCPC 3608 Arianna Blooms PreCut Set
HCPC 3611 Arianna Bird Haven PreCut Set
Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
1259723 Art Institute Glue (Dries Clear)

Other Products Used 
May Arts Ribbon 1.5" Faux Linen Ribbon 368-15-17
Zva Creative Pearl Flourishes CRW-05CB-143

Creative Embellishments Chipboard
Tsukineko Ink: VersaMagic - Wheat, Pink Petunia, Aloe Vera, Sahara Sand. Versafine - Black
Golden Fluid Acrylics
Anna Griffin Embossing Folder

Xyron 9" Creative Station, Teresa Collins Foam Adhesives, Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit Box

WorldWin Papers -cardstock

Ink the edges of a 5 x 7 card base.  Emboss cream cardstock with a folder, and ink over the surface with Wheat ink. Distress the edges and glue to base. Die cut the rounded rectangle patterned paper and the coordinating mat from green cardstock. Machine stitch a border around the layers. Lay the chipboard circle down to get an idea of placement, then stamp the background stamp as shown.  Paint the chipboard with acrylic paints. Stamp and cut the flower using the coordinating die - shape with the paper blossoms tools. Cut greenery from the Cut Mat Create dies, Glue fibers/netting in the area where the flower will be placed. Stamp a flower border on the ribbon and tuck behind the flower. Stamp the sentiment and die cut. Place on the left side of the chipboard circle.  Finish with pearl flourishes and a few scattered sequins.

Monday, July 14, 2014

May Arts, Xyron and Simple Stories - Day One Blog Hop

Welcome to day one of the May Arts Ribbon, Xyron and Simple Stories Blog Week. The next few days promise to inspire you with fantastic ideas from all three design teams.  This is my first post of the hop for Xyron, but I will be back on Thursday with another project for May Arts. Be sure to check the blogs to see the daily line-ups and for more details on yummy prize packages.

Today's project is a faux canvas - and I'm going to show you how I created it.  I've found that sometimes if you add much media to a scrapbook layout, the page warps or curls - so this simple trick not only gives you more of a canvas look, it also solves this pesky problem.

1.  Begin with a textured cardstock (WorldWin ColorMates Textured Denim - Aqua Denim).  Use a household sponge to brush on a thin layer of gesso.

2.  Run a piece of 12 x 12 chipboard (WorldWin Heavy Chipboard) through the Xyron Creatopia to apply an edge to edge layer of adhesive.

3.  Carefully line up the edges, and  lay the cardstock  down on the chipboard.

4.  Stamp background images (Creative Embellishments) using watermark ink, and heat emboss with white powder.

5.  Arrange the elements of the layout as desired, using the Xyron/Teresa Collins foam adhesives when dimension is needed.

6. Use the Xyron Double Sided Tape to adhere the ribbon elements.

7.  Cut 3 chevrons from the printed paper ( Simple Stories - Hello Baby) Score the center of each.

8.  Use a scrap piece of plastic cross stitch canvas as a guide to pierce evenly spaced holes for stitching.
9.  Use twine to handstitch the chevrons.  Cut a plain cardstock chevron, and apply adhesive using the Xyron 5" Creative Station.  Place this on the backside of the chevrons, for a place for hidden journaling.
10.  Use double sided tape, down the spine of the chevrons to add to the layout.

11.  Fussy cut the title from the patterned paper, ink the edges and use foam adhesives to apply.

12.  Paint over the May Arts Sequin Heart with gesso to tone down the color and add to the center border.
I hope you have enjoyed my project - and remember to check out the rest of the inspiration this week!

May Arts Ribbon
Simple Stories
Zva Creative
WorldWin Papers
Creative Embellishments

Once Upon A Sketch - July- (Journaling theme - numbers - Mine is behind the chevrons)

Scrap Around the World - July Mood Board ( Colors, Pom-pom trim on the lampshade)
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #2 - Around the House (sponge, plastic canvas)