Friday, August 22, 2014

Red Red Roses

Happy Friday Everyone!

Here's a couple of cards that I made this week.  I was attempting to participate in a Challenge and got totally off the topic and ended up with these two cards instead!  But, I did have fun making them so I am going to post them any ways! 

Both of the cards feature roses I created using Spellbinder's "Rose Creations" die set. I die cut the pieces from some Recollections Value Pack red card stock.  This lighter weight paper is easier to use than 80# CS when shaping flowers, so whenever I can, I try to use this paper weight for my flowers. The swirly leaves are stamped and die cut using Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose die and the coordinating Bella Rose pre-cut stamp.

To create the flowers, I sprayed the all the die cut rose petals with a little water and used my flower shaping tools to roll the petals.  When they were dry, I glued the layers together to form them into roses.  I sponged Walnut Brown Viva Stamp Paint on the rose petals to highlight their dimension.

To finish the cards, I attached the roses and leaves onto background panels that I had prepared using  Tim Holtz EFs and some distress inks.  As a finishing touch to the roses, I edged the rose petals with "Mercury Glass" Stickles. 

Thanks for visiting everyone!  I'm so glad you stopped by!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

More Heartfelt Creations Flower Cards

Here's some of the the other cards I've been making with Heartfelt Creations dies... I'm so in love with these dies!!  Hope you enjoy!

This first card is made with the Majestic Blooms set. I stamped and die cut my flowers, shaped them and colored them using Gold and Red Viva Stamp paint. (OMG that paint is so shimmery!!)  I stamped the coordinating pre-cut stamp set image onto my vanilla cardstock and colored it in with Copics.  I then used the stamped image as a template to arrange my flowers.  I added a pull-ribbon bow to bulk up the arrangement.  Underneath the arrangement, just for added texture, I die cut an ornamental piece from the HC Timeless Amour die cut set.  I stamped my sentiment, rounded the corners and the card was done!

The next two cards are pretty simple and so quick and easy to make!  Both feature flowers I made with the Arianna Blooms and Arianna Lace dies sets. Definitely my favorite HC release so far!

When I made the flowers for the next two cards, I added color with more of the Viva Stamp Paints.

For card above, I stamped an image from HC Delicate Asters and Butterflies pre-cut stamp set onto a neutral patterned paper layer,  I used a brown marker to color in a little bit of the image and added some red rhinestones on either side.  I centered my Arianna Blooms flower over the image and stamped my sentiment.  I layered the panel onto a white cardstock base to finish the project.

This card is basically the same, except I "amped" up the sentiment more than the flower. I created the panel from a vintage news print patterned paper, then a brown cardstock layer and adhered them to a creme cardstock base. I rounded all the corners with 1/4" corner punch.

For the sentiment, I used a stamp set from Just Rite Stamps and stamped it twice.  I die cut one of them with a scalloped oval, then from the second image, I cut the word "Fabulous"  from the sentiment and popped it up over the scalloped oval.  I added a little Arianna Blooms Lace under the scallop and distressed all the edges on the card. 

TFL, I'm so glad you stopped by!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

When I Stand Before God

Hi Friends,

This really great poem came to me in the form of this gorgeous hand-made card created by my good friend Sandy.  I've blogged about her work before - here - when she sent me my "initials" beautifully altered and shabby-fied. She pretty much single handedly launched my interest in altered art and vintage style card making.

This card that she made came amazingly embellished with embellished embellishments!!  Seriously, just about every detail on this card was altered in some delicate and subtle way, making the overall piece a wonderful work of art!  The front, the back, the inside, the envelope - she touched every part.  It's just gorgeous and I love it!  Thank you so much my friend!

"When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and I could say "I used everything You gave me".
Author Unknown

TFL, I'm so glad you stopped by!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Filigree Bow Cards

Hi Friends,

These cards are made featuring a couple of Filigree dies I recently purchased from an Etsy Shop called PNW Crafts. I stumbled across them while searching for the bow die because it happens to be hard to find right now since it's not made in the US.  This shop had one left, along with quite a few other goodies, that I loved so much I ended up making a pretty large purchase.  (oops!)  The stuff came in 2 days!  I'm telling you, you can't get better service! "Shout Out" to PNW Crafts!!

The baby card is made with the small filigree bow designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.  The die set comes with dies to make two sizes of bows and accent ribbon.  Additional dies used were Marianne Creatables LR0269 lattice dome and 0218 baby carriage dies. I embossed texture on the bottom of the front panel with an EF and accented the bow with a decorative button.

 The birthday card is made using two of the large-sized bows in the set.  I made one complete bow and adhered it to the card, then I made a second bow and cut it in half and adhered one half to each side of the first bow to give the illusion of a double bow. I accented the bow with a small white flower. 

The circle doily is made using Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses set (which I also got from PNW Crafts).  The sentiment and frilly stamped frame in the center is Just Rite Designs "You Inspire Me" stamp set.  I finished off the embellishing with some rose-colored pearls scattered around the design. 

Here's photos of the dies I used.

TFL, I'm so glad you stopped by!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

So I Bought a Few Stencils

Hi Friends,

Slow on this bandwagon I think... but I bought a few stencils awhile back and hadn't used any yet.  So here's a card that was inspired by many seen on Pinterest.  (What did I do before Pinterest???).

The stencil on this card is Heidi Swapp.  I used a sponge dauber to sponge TH Peacock Feathers, TH Spiced Marmalade and SU Smokey Slate over the corner. Apparently not the best tool to use for stencils, will have to investigate other applicators for best results!

I added a flower from a stash of some I made using TH Sizzlits Tattered Flower Garden.

The sentiment is Hero Arts "Made With Love" set in Versafine Onyx Black.  I sprinkled it with gems, rounded the corners and mounted it to my card base.

Hope you have a great weekend!   TFL, I'm so glad you stopped by!