I am soo excited to announce that I have been selected for the Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team. This is a dream come true for me as I have been a massive fan of Becca Feeken and her beautiful and elegant dies for some time. I am so humbled to be in this team alongside the most talented paper crafters that I have followed and admired for so long.
To celebrate I have made a card mixing up some of my favourite Amazing Paper Grace dies – Candlewick Rectangles, Hemstitch Rectangles and Emmeline Treillage dies for a very simple yet elegant card. The sentiment is from the Sentiments One set.
This card was incredibly easy to make with these layering dies and great for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions.
I am looking forward to showcasing more Amazing Paper Grace projects in the upcoming months – watch this space…
Welcome back and I am excited to announce the new Sea Breeze Collection from Heartfelt Creations.
Warm balmy breezes, glistening sun baked sand, and the sound of frothy waves lapping at the shoreline are the perfect assembling of elements to create a tranquil and soothing haven where a tired soul can find rest. The sights, smells, and sounds of the ocean somehow know how speak to your inner most being and conjure up feelings of fresh hope, renewed dreams, and a sense of well-being, as troubles are cast aside, drifting off to the bottom of the sea. A large, towering lighthouse stands vigilant, ready to bring those at on the water safely home while at the same time beckoning you to come for a closer look as you stroll across the gritty ground, bending low to gather tiny, opalescent sea shells as your meander along the shoreline. Enjoy the peace and tranquility that sea breezes carry as you immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of the new Sea Breeze Collection from Heartfelt Creations! Roll up your pant legs and stroll through a captivating paper collection filled with hues of crisp ocean blues, light sandy browns, glistening corals, and stunning sunset oranges intertwined with faded yellows and fiery reds. Discover beautiful beach scenes displaying stately lighthouses, soaring seagulls, and elegant sailboats as you saunter through every page of this peaceful and calming assembling of artistically styled decorative papers. Stamp, color and die cut your very own seaside harbor retreats for all of your paper crafting creations with the wonderful assortment of cling stamp sets and coordinating dies, boasting detailed illustrations of sand engulfed fences, rocky lighthouse abodes, charming row boats, and pretty sea shells. So, shed your sandals, breathe deeply, and join us as we take in the soothing ambiance of the seaside with the breathtaking Sea Breeze Collection!
Cut a piece of white cardstock 12” x 6”, score at 6” and fold to make a 6” x 6” base card. Cut a 6” x 6” panel from the paper collection and adhere to the front of the card.
To create the shadow box cut a piece of sky patterned paper with the outdoor scene from the paper collection 4 15/16” x 4 15/16” and adhere to the back of the box. Cut a piece 6” x 6” of blue patterned paper from the paper collection and trim 1/2″ off each side to create a 5” x 5” piece of paper. Using the shadow box as template draw around the inner edge with a pencil and die cut with the square die from the Cut Mat Create 2A die set. Assemble the box and adhere the frame to the front of the box and the 1/2” strips to the sides. Adhere to the front of the card.
Stamp two lighthouse images from the HCPC-3890 Sea Breeze Harbour Stamp set in Jet Black in on watercolour paper. Colour the images with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and die cut one complete image and one rocks only with the coordinating dies. Add the rocks to the complete image and then add Diamond glitter to the sea and trees with Dries Clear glue. Adhere the image to the back of the shadow box.
Stamp two boat images from the HCPC-3891 Sand & Sunsets Stamp set in Jet Black ink on watercolour card. Colour with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and die cut one complete image and one boat only. Adhere the boat to the complete image and add Diamond glitter to the sea. Adhere to the right bottom inside of the shadow box with two layers of foam tape.
Stamp the fence image from the HCPC-3890 Sea Breeze Harbour Stamp set in Jet Black ink on watercolour card. Colour with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and die cut with the coordinating die. Add Diamond glitter to the grass and adhere to the bottom left of the frame.
Stamp the bird images from the HCPC-3890 Sea Breeze Harbour Stamp in Jet Black ink on watercolour card. Colour with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and die cut with the coordinating die. Add Diamond glitter to the birds with Dries Clear glue and trim one bird off and adhere the other two birds in front of the fence as shown.
Stamp the grass image from the HCPC-3892 A Day at Sea Stamp set in Jet Black ink on watercolour card. Colour with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and die cut with the coordinating die. Add Diamond glitter to the grass and adhere to the left side of the fence.
Stamp the seagull image on the marker from the HCPC-3890 Sea Breeze Harbour Stamp set in Jet Black ink on watercolour card. Colour with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and die cut with the coordinating die. Add Diamond glitter to the grass and seagull and adhere to the bottom left of the frame with foam tape.
Stamp two sea shell images from HCPC-3891 Sand & Sunsets Stamp set in Jet Black ink on watercolour card. Colour with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and die the shells only from one image and the entire image from the other stamped image. Adhere the shells to the entire image and then add Diamond glitter to the shells before adhering to the bottom of the oval frame under the birds.
Stamp the cloud images from the HCPC-3891 Sand & Sunsets Stamp set in Jet Black ink on watercolour card. Colour with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and die cut with the coordinating die. Add Diamond glitter to the clouds and trim the small cloud from the large cloud. Add the large cloud to the top right of the shadow box and the three small clouds to the inside of the shadow box as shown.
Stamp the seagull images from the HCPC-3891 Sand & Sunsets Stamp set in Jet Black ink on watercolour card. Colour with Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers and die cut with the coordinating die. Add Diamond glitter to the wings and adhere around the sky inside and outside of the shadow box as shown.
Stamp the Father’s Day image from the. HCPC-3846 Thank You Sentiments Stamp set in Paris Dusk ink on sky patterned paper. Die cut the tag out using the die from the HCD1-7203 Ornamental Tags Die set. Sponge the edges with French Ultramarine ink and add to the top right of the shadow box frame. Tie a bow using the twine and add to the tag as shown.
I am now feeling a lot better now after some heavy duty hospital treatment (thank you for your kind words) and I have now got my new toy – a Fiskars Creativity Fuse System that embossess and die cuts together. I am very happy with it as it is die cutting so much better than my little old cuttlebug. Plus it also embosses in the one roll which saves me turning the dies over and re doing them. I won’t retire the cuttelbug yet as it is still useful to have it for simple jobs. I noticed that when I emboss now with the new machine that there is minimal distortion compared to what I was getting.
Today I have a couple of cards that I have made using my new dies and machine. I love the effect of white on white cards using different textures and finishes.
First up is a wedding card made from CTMH White Daisy cardstock. I have used a variety of products here from Heartfelt Creations Ariana Blooms to Spellbinders Dies and CTMH embossing folders and stamps. It was amazing the difference it made when I put the embossing panel on the back of the card. I embossed the die for the frame and then cut the frame out to add more dimension to the card.
Cardstock – CTMH White Daisy
Stamps – CTMH The Happy Couple, Just a Note
Inks – Versamark
Ranger Silver Embossing Ink
CTMH Embossing folder – Damask
Dies – Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eighteen, Spellbinders Elegant Ovals, Heartfelt Creations Ariana Blooms stamp and die set
Ribbon from my stash
Here is another card that I have made with the Timeless Rectangle die. This time I have kept the card simple and used another beautiful die I have had for a while on the front. I couldn’t decide where to put the sentiment on the front and so I put it in the middle of the card instead. The photo does not really do the card justice unfortunately.
Cardstock – CTHM White Daisy
Stamp – CTMH Framed (NLA)
Ink – CTMH Black
CTMH embossing folder Dots
CTMH – clear sparkles
Dies – Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, Die-versions Butterfly Flourish
Glitter glue from my stash
As usual these cards will be available for sale at Gift Hutt.
I am very excited to be able to stock Heartfelt Creations products in Gift Hutt and will be looking forward to having classes there using their amazing papers, stamps and dies. So watch this space…
Today I am really excited to announce that I have won a challenge through diecutcrazymag.com. The challenge was for any papercraft project which included die cut flowers. I had a couple of cards that I had done and emailed them off thinking nothing more of it until I got an email from Stephanie Shock from diecutcrazymag.com to say that I had won. Imagine my surprise and it really didn’t sink in until today when I received my prize which was a Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit – thanks so much Die Cut Crazy. I am going to get a lot of use out of this set. It looks great.
I think this is the winning card that I sent in:
I have also been asked to contribute to a magalogue for Kalsbeek Crafts which I was really excited about. They are looking at putting my cream on cream and white on white cards in their magalogue (a cross between a catalogue and magazine) with instructions on how to complete the cards. Thank you Toni for asking me to contribute. You have been great to deal with and your service has been nothing short of fantastic.
This has all happened prior to my joining up to Close to My Heart (CTMH). Due to the terms and conditions of my contract with CTMH I will only be using CTMH products from now on. I will be using a Cricut machine and the wonderful cartridges from CTMH to make more cards, scrapbook layouts and great 3D items. I am really looking forward to these new products and what I can create from them.