Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop


It is time for more inspiration from the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team.  As in the past, you will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations by leaving a comment on each of the posts in this blog hop.  A winner will be randomly selected from comments left on one the blogs.  The hop will close Friday, August 29th at midnight and a winner announced at noon on Saturday August 30th.  Be sure to leave comments along the way so you have a chance to win.

If you are going in order, your next stop will be to Amarilys Doria.

Here is a complete list of designers participating:

Selma Stevenson   (you are here)

The autumn season will soon be upon us.   For my card, I used a variety of Heartfelt Creations design papers; Floral Key Collection, Classic Editions Collection, and Majestic Morning Collection.  The flowers were created with the Delicate Asters PreCut Set and die cut using the matching dies; they were white embossed on peach card stock and sponged with Rusty Hinge Distress ink.  The pumpkins were fussy cut from a sheet of design paper from the Classic Editions Collection (which is retired) and layered over one of the design panels in this paper collection.  The sentiment is from the Majestic Morning Collection

You can purchase your Heartfelt Creation products a this LINK.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Silent Night Card and Branch Tutorial

 This morning I was going through some of my old Christmas design paper and found this beautiful sheet.  It was not in a pad so I'm not sure, but I think it is a Graphic 45 design paper.

The first thing that came to mind was to create a pretty red poinsettia with my Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies.  The petals were die cut using red card stock then applied  Susan's Garden Orange Pan Pastel to give the petals some highlights.  On the end of the stamens, I used the Light Moss Green Viva Decor Paper Pen. I really love how realistic Susan's Poinsettia looks.

Many times when you go to the florist shop at Christmas time, you will see beautiful poinsettia arrangements that include snow covered branches.  I wanted to add this dimension  to my poinsettia so I die cut some of the Susan's Garden Branches using dark brown card stock.

 To give the branches some shape, rather than being "flat", I sprayed them with a fine mist of water to soften the card stock.  After letting them sit for a few minutes, I rolled each branch between my fingers to shape them.  This is an easy step to take and it makes the branches look so realistic.

Once the branches were dry (you can use your heat gun to speed this up) I glued Impression Obsession pine branches and the Susan's Garden branches in the center of the card.  The completed poinsettia was attached with dimensional glue dots.  

I decided to add a bit of snow to the branches.  I used the Viva Decor Opal Pen and dabbed it around then sprinkled it with Distress Clear Rock Candy glitter.  A few red pearls were added in the top corners to complete the card.

You can purchase the following products from Ellen Hutson, LLC:


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Enjoy the Sweet Moments of the Season

Last year I enjoyed working with Goosebumps Texture Spray on poinsettias I created with the Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies and wanted  to create some more cards using that technique.  I die cut the Susan's Garden poinsettia petals using a light yellow card stock, shaped the petals using the tools in the Susan's Garden Tool Kit, then sprayed the petals with Goosebumps.  Once the goosebumps was dry, I sponged on cranberry ink.  The color is much prettier in real life.

The background piece was embossed with the Susan's Garden Bird embossing folder.  There are two embossing folders in this set - the other one is a wreath.  I love that cute embossed bird.  I hope you can see it in the lower right corner.  Around the edge of the white panel, I used the Tim Holtz Ruler to punch nice even holes.  The  Tim Holtz Ruler is my favorite ruler because it is a clear acrylic ruler that has a grid background for perfect placement, a center measuring guide, a straight edge for drawing lines, a metal edge for cutting, plus spaced holes for paper piercing

The poinsettia is attached with dimensional glue dots, above four Impression Obsession Pine Branches.  I die cut the pine branches in white to match the embossed design.  Under the poinsettia, I added some pearl embellishment I purchased from a floral shop.

The sentiment is from the Heartfelt Creations Sweet Memories PreCut Set. 

Have you tried working with Goosebumps Texture Spray on your poinsettias?

Links to products I used:


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Stair Step Card

Today I have a stair step card created with peach/pink flowers. Last year I created roses with the Spellbinders "Spiral Blossom One" die and the smaller roses and rose buds with the My Favorite Things "Mini Royal Rolled Rose" dies.  I liked the rose arrangement so much I created two panels and never used the second one, so decided I would use it on a card for a friend who sends me beautiful cards.

 The large moss green doily, behind the roses, was die cut from the Marianne Design "Petras Large Ovals" die set. Right behind the roses is the Memory Box "Calypso Flourish", or you could use the similar Memory Box "Quinn Flourish".  The butterflies were cut out from one of the Webster's Pages design papers. 

Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you are having a great weekend.



Friday, August 22, 2014

Susan's Garden Crepe Paper Poinsettias


 Aren't these poinsettias beautiful.  They were created with the Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies.  Can you guess what they are made out of?  I used crepe paper I purchased from Paper Mart.  The petals were die cut and glued to the calyx, then two rows glued together.  I did not shape the crepe paper petals until the petals dried.  You just have to give the crepe paper a little twist between your fingers, to shape each petal.  In the center of each flower, I glued in gold beads.  The poinsettia leaves, from this poinsettia set, were sponged with several shades of Distress Ink.  Under the flowers are the Impression Obsession die cut Pine Branch.. I added texture to the pine branch by adding Ranger Distress "Pine Needles" Embossing Powder. 

 I posted information at this LINK if you are interested in how I added texture to the pine branch.

 Last year I posted quite a few tutorials on how to use Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies for a variety of colored poinsettias.  You can check them out at this LINK.  If you want even more inspiration, you can go to this LINK to see Christmas cards I posted last year.

I hope I am getting you in the spirit of starting your Christmas cards so they will all be done before the holidays.

You can purchase the dies for this project from Ellen Hutson, LLC at the links below:


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Merry Christmas Lantern

Have you started working on your Christmas Cards?  It seems a bit early, but I am looking forward to having all my cards ready to go before the busy holiday season.  I love the stamp used on this card.  It is from the Festive Candlelight PreCut Set by Heartfelt Creations.  It was stamped on water color paper.  I wanted to see if Copic markers would work on water color paper and was very pleased with the results.  I just lightly pressed on the marker so a lot of ink did not absorb into the paper.  I sponged on Scattered Straw Distress Ink over the image, sponged yellow ink around the flame, then added gold Stickles to the flame.   The stamped lantern was die cut using a scallop oval Nestability.  The background design paper is from the Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas Paper Collection.  The stamped image was added to the Spellbinder Filigree Delight frame with dimensional glue dots.  

To add dimension to the design, I added a poinsettia created with the Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set.  It was placed over the poinsettia in the stamped design.  The sentiment (tag) was cut from the Festive Christmas Design Paper.  Along the outside edge, I added some large gold, flat backed beads with glue dots.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside of this card but I used the sentiment from the Festive Candlelight PreCut Set, and stamped the pretty poinsettia border below it.  

Today Heartfelt Creations has a lot of new cards/projects on their blog that I am sure you will want to check out.  Here is the LINK.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another Christmas Card

Good Morning.  Before I am off for a busy day, I wanted to post another Christmas card designed with the new Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas Collection.  I used one of the 6x6 inch card frames from the Festive Christmas Design Paper Collection for the background on this 6x6 card.  For the center of the empty frame, I added the stamped dove image from the Dove of Peace PreCut Set.  The image was stamped on water color paper, water colored, then cut out with scissors so it could be attached at the bottom of the frame with dimensional glue dots.    The flowers were stamped with the Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set, colored and small yellow beads glued to the center.  They were attached with glue dots.

 To complete the inside of the card, I used one of the sentiment panels from the Festive Christmas Design Paper Collection and added a narrow strip of design paper along the bottom edge.  I love creating beautiful, quick and easy cards, using this new Heartfelt Creations Christmas Collection.

Be sure to check out the beautiful cards created by the Heartfelt Creations Design Team at this LINK for a lot of great ideas for your Christmas cards.


Monday, August 18, 2014


I can't believe how fast this year is going by.  Christmas will be here before we know!  I have been busy creating my Christmas cards.  The new Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas Collection is making it so easy to create beautiful cards.  For my card today,  I used one of the stamps from the "O Little Town PreCut Set".  The image was colored using water colors then die cut using the Spellbinders Captivating Squares dies.  For the background I used one of the card panels from the Festive Christmas Paper Collection and layered it on another piece of design paper from the same collection.  The sentiment is also from this design paper.  Heartfelt Creations has two Poinsettia stamp sets with matching dies.  For the flowers on this card, I used the Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set.  The flowers were water colored, die cut, shaped then attached with dimensional glue dots. 

Heartfelt Creations Design Paper Collection makes it so easy to complete even the inside of your cards. This is the perfect sentiment to go with the design on the front of the card.   I used the Cut Mat Create 2A die to die cut the matting for this sentiment and embossed it using the Crafter's Companion Dots embossing folder.

I will be posting other cards this week that I have designed with this beautiful collection.

For a lot more inspiration, be sure to go over to the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see all the cards prepared by the design team, and be sure to watch the video prepared by Emma Lou. I hope we can get you inspired to start working early on your Christmas cards!

Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas Collection 
Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas Paper Collection
Heartfelt Creations O Little Town PreCut Set
Heartfelt Creations Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create dies
 Spellbinders Captivating Squares


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thinking of you

Today I have another pretty card created with the new Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Paper Collection It is so nice to be able to create a lot of quick and easy cards for future use.  Don't you love the layering in the design of the card panels in the Heartfelt Creations  paper collection!.  I cut the card front out of the 12x12 inch design paper, mounted it on a piece of Navy Blue card stock and attached it to a white card.  The beautiful scripted sentiment is from the Summer Glory PreCut set.  To complete the card I  added Diamond Stickles to the center of each flower and a Navy Blue bow

Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas


I love this Christmas card!  It is always fun to start creating Christmas cards when you have new gorgeous stamps and design paper from Heartfelt Creations to work with. I love to get a head start on these cards before the busy holidays. 

Heartfelt Creations is ushering in the wonder, warmth and joy of the holiday season with the release of the Festive Christmas Collection. These stylish stamps and papers celebrate the jubilant spirit of Christmas with time-honored symbols of peace, hope and majesty.  A luxurious color palette of radiant red, traditional evergreen, and glimmering gold is layered with soft neutral backgrounds. A bounty of deluxe card fronts, artwork, pre-designed layouts and original sentiment panels allows you to create exquisite handcrafted projects in a jiffy, freeing up precious time during this busy season.  Hand drawn images are combined with heartwarming Christmas greetings and versatile backgrounds in six coordinating stamp sets.  Put the “merry” back in your Christmas crafting with this festive collection celebrating the most wonderful time of the year!  

This week, Emma Lou posted a video to demonstrate how to perfectly place a stamped image on an open card front using the Stamp Positioner, and reveals a clever method for creating two die cut layers at the same time

Christmas time is perfect for creating cards with beautiful jewel tones. I am so disappointed I could not get a good photo of this beautiful card.  No matter where I placed the card, the beautiful shinny gold just would not come out clear in the photo.  The Festive Ornaments PreCut Set, which is a beautiful background stamp, was perfect for me to use some "Gilding Gold Leaf" flakes.  I brushed the "Flake and Glitter" glue to the background stamp, stamped it on black card stock,  then applied Gilding Gold Flakes over the glue.  I watched a video at this LINK to see how to do this technique.  I love the shinny metallic finish.  The gilded piece was layered onto a piece of shinny gold card stock then onto a piece of the Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas Paper.  The bottom layer is also a piece of gold card stock.  

To create the poinsettias, I stamped the Heartfelt Creations Christmas Poinsettias, using VersaMark onto a piece of shinny gold card stock; they were gold embossed. You use the Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Fleur Die to die cut the poinsettias.  I used two different size die cuts for each of the three flowers.  Since the gilded flakes have a variety of colors, I used a mixture of colored beads for the center of the flowers.  Gold cording was placed behind each flower.  Down the right side of the card, I attached flat backed  gold beads. 

I love the elegance of this Christmas card.   I am looking forward to using this beautiful background stamp to create a variety of different cards.  

To get a lot more inspiration using the Festive Christmas Collection, go over to the Heartfelt Creations Blog.  

All the products in the Festive Christmas Collection at be seen at this LINK.  Be sure to check out the I Want It All Festive Christmas Collection for a great savings.  This special is only available until Sept 5.

Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas Collection
Heartfelt Creations "I Want It All"
Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas Paper Collection
Heartfelt Creations Festive Ornaments PreCut Set
Heartfelt Creations Christmas Poinsettias PreCut Set
Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Fleur Die
Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Gildling Flakes
Cosmic Shimmer Flake & Glitter Glue


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