Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop

Today is our last Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop for 2013.  There are 14 designers participating this month to give you a lot of inspiration using your Heartfelt Creations stamps, dies and design paper.

Would you like to win a $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations?  If you leave a comment on each designers blog hop post, before Friday, January 3 at midnight, you have a chance to win. A random drawing will be held from one of the blogs to determine a winner, which will be announced January 4th. Here are the links to the 14 blogs:

Glenda Brooks
Alissa Wells
Candy Slabaugh 
Vicki Dutcher 
Cibele Glazer 
Selma Stevenson (You are here)
Giovana Smith
Deneen Treble 
Caroline Duncan 
Lee Ann Barrett
Emilia van den Heuvel 
Linda Loew 
Mary Faus
Lisa Allen 

This has been a great year for so many beautiful Heartfelt Creations Collections.  The last release this year was the "Floral Key Collection".  This is a perfect set for lovely vintage cards/projects.   

I love how we can design so many beautiful cards by using a combination of stamps and design papers from different collections. Your design possibilities are endless!   I have used a variety of collections to design the above card. This is a 6x6" card. It was created layering two of the card panels from the "Floral Key" paper collection, for the background.  I used one of the stamps from the "Journey of Love Keys PreCut Set", colored it with Copic markers, and mounted it in the die cut heart from the  "Timeless Amour Die" set.  The sentiment and small key are part of  the "Burnished Key PreCut Set"  which were die cut with the "Burnished Key" die.  The flower was created using stamps from the "Sun Kissed Fleur" and "Open Vintage" PreCut sets.  They were die cut using the matching flower dies.  The leaves are from the "Delicate Asters PreCut Set".   The Butterfly is from the "Delicate Asters and Butterflies PreCut Set".  A piece of lace and some rhinestones were added to complete the card.

The next stop in the blog hop is to Giovana's blog Be sure to leave a comment  below and all the blogs for a chance to win the $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations.

Below are direct links to the Heartfelt Creations products used:

Floral Key Paper Collection, HCDP1 238
Burnished Key PreCut Set, HCPC3569 
Burnished Key Dies, HCD741
Sun Kissed Fleur PreCut Set, HCPC3533
Sun Kissed Fleur die, HCD734
Open Vintage Floret PreCut Set, HCPC 3500
Vintage Floret Die, HCD727
Journey of Love Keys PreCut Set, HCPC3574
Delicate Asters PreCut Set, HCPC3494
Delicate Asters and Butterflies PreCut Set, HCPC3499
Timeless Amour Die, HCD728

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Heartfelt Creations Floral Key Collection

 Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas.   This year we are excited to spend  a week with all our kids and grandkids.  This hasn't happened for a long time.  Our oldest son had a three day delay in getting in because of bad weather but did arrive safely.  We are all going to be in ski country, in Canada, to celebrate my birthday in a few days.  I'm really looking forward to that.  I am also looking forward to the new year and hoping it will be a very healthy year for my family.  I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms this year; first with my husband, then my daughter had surgery three times with a very long recovery time for each one, my friend Pat had foot surgery last month, then Christmas Eve my granddaughter had to have her appendix out.  What a bad time to be in the hospital! I have tried to keep up with all my design work but it has been a very busy year.  I am looking forward to spending a lot more time being in my craft studio this next year.

I love working with the Heartfelt Creations Floral Key Collection stamps and dies. I thought I would show you one of the stamps that has a matching die that you can do so many things with.   The Burnished Key PreCut Set" can be used as a background stamp, as I used on the above card, but you can also stamp it and use the "Burnished Key Die" to cut out all the keys and locks.  How fun is that!  I used gold embossing powder on the above card for the background.  It was layered on a shiny gold card stock and placed on a red card.  The key with the flowers is one of the stamps in the "Journey of Love Keys PreCut Set".  It was colored with Copic Markers and attached with dimensional tape.

 This is a picture of the Burnished Key stamp set and the matching die.

Look at all these keys and locks you get with this stamp and die. To die cut the individual keys and locks, you stamp the  background stamp first.  Then use the die to create a template so you can place it over the stamped images in order to die cut all the pieces.  Emma Lou has videos on the Heartfelt Creations Blog showing how to do this if you are not familiar with this technique.   All these pieces coordinate with the stamps and images in the design paper collection.

Be sure to go over to the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see many beautiful cards created with the Floral Key Collection.

You can see the entire Floral Key Collection at this link.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Blog Candy Winner

I  want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and thank all of you who have followed my work and left so many wonderful comments.  I love hearing from you.  I appreciate all the comments you left regarding the Speckled Poinsettia Tutorial I did for Ellen Hutson's "the CLASSroom".  You are all so kind.  We have a winner for the Blog Candy.

Congratulations to JAN CASTLE.  Jan, Ellen will contact you for your address so she can send you the blog candy.

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Blogger Jan Castle said...
Perfect Selma....your poinsettias are sooooo real! But then, all the flowers you create are life like -every detail! Thanks for sharing!



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Guest Designer for the CLASSroom plus Blog Candy

Ellen Hutson asked if I would like to be a guest designer for the CLASSroom posting a tutorial on how to use the product "GooseBumps" to create beautiful "speckled" poinsettias.  I am thrilled to do this.  Above is a picture of three different colors of  "speckled" poinsettias I created using the Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies and GooseBumps Clear Texture Spray.   

You will find a detailed tutorial on how I created these poinsettias, in Ellen Hutson's  the CLASSroom.  Please go over to see detailed instructions on how I used the GooseBumps and how I assemble the poinsettias.  I know you will have fun creating these beautiful poinsettias.

 Would you like to win the blog candy pictured below?  Be sure to leave a comment here on my blog for a chance to win the Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies, a bottle of GooseBumps, and the Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit. Please be sure your comment has a way to contact you (email address) so we can contact you if you are the winner. Comments for this blog candy will be available for the drawing through Thursday, December 19th.  The winner will be announced on Friday, December 20th.   Ellen Hutson will mail these products out to the winner.

All the products I used to create these beautiful poinsettias can be purchased from Ellen Hutson, LLC.  Just click on the links below:

GooseBumps Texture Spray
 Color Catcher 
Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies
Susan's Garden Pan Pastels
PanPastel Sofft Tools
Sizzix, Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit
The Ultimate Glue
Vintage Photo, Distress Stickles
Tea Dye, Distress Ink
Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool 


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Red Poinsettia

I have been so busy getting ready for Christmas. The tree and all the decorations are up, but I still have lots of baking I want to get done.   My whole family will be coming for a family reunion this year and I am trying to get lots of things ready before they start arriving next week.  I have also been working on other projects that will be posted later.  I will have a special post next Sunday I don't think you will want to miss. 

This card was inspired by a "leftover" from another project I am working on.  The colored frame behind the poinsettia is the die cut left after die cutting the Susan's Garden 1 7/8" Grid Works squares that will be used on another project I think the frame left from around the squares makes a perfect window that I could not waste.  Behind the Grid Works Frame, I added the Poppy Stamps, "Diamond Background" die cut.

The beautiful poinsettia was die cut using the Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies.  The flower was die cut using red card stock.  The petals were shaped using the Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit.  On the tips of the stamens, I used both the green and yellow, Susan's Garden Viva Decor Paper Pens.    Behind the poinsettia I placed some Poppy Stamps Delicate Fern, Poppy Stamps Meadow Leaf, and Impression Obsession Pine Branches, for filler.  I love to add birds to my creations. Isn't that fat little bird, behind the poinsettia, cute!  It is an Impression Obsession Bird.  It was stamped on white card stock and colored with Distress Ink. It is an easy stamped image to cut out and mount with a Pop Up Glue Dot.  The poinsettia was also attached with a Pop Up Glue Dot.

You can purchase all the products I used from Ellen Hutson, LLC, by clicking on the links below:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

More White Poinsettias

When I use my Susan's Garden flower dies, I always die cut a lot at one time.  I use a 80# card stock and usually can layer three pieces of card stock on top of the dies so it doesn't take long to die cut a lot of pieces.  Another thing I like to do is use white card stock then color the flowers with Susan's Garden Pan Pastels.  When I have already die cut a lot of flower pieces in white, it makes it easy to color them any color I want.   I like to use the Pan Pastel Sofft Tools for a nice even Pan Pastel color coverage.   

I had a couple more white flowers, left from yesterdays post, that I created with the Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies, so I decided to design a card with them today.  I added a lot of Distress glitter to the flowers, leaves and stamen, to give them a Christmas sparkle.  The added glitter really dresses up the poinsettias.  When you create poinsettias with the Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies, they are always the  focal point and you don't really need to add much more to create a gorgeous card.  This is a 6x6" inch card and was very quick and easy to assemble. 

I posted this card November 22 using the Memory Box "Grand Merry Christmas" die.  I love this die for a Christmas card sentiment.  When you use this die, you don't use the die cut letters that spell "Christmas" . I didn't want the letters go to waste, so I used them on the card I designed today.  I laid the letters out on the top of the card for spacing, then added a little glue to the back of each one.   I really like the unused letters added as a sentiment on my new card.

The products I used can be purchased from Ellen Hutson, LLC:


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Window

 Today I have a Christmas card designed with another new die from the Susan's Garden Collection called "Conservatory Window".  It is a perfect background for the beautiful poinsettias you can create with the Susan's Garden "Poinsettia" dies.

The Window was die cut and backed with a piece of glittery pale yellow card stock.  In front of the window I added the pretty Memory Box "Glowing Candles" die.  The poinsettia was created using the three smallest petals in the Susan's Garden "Poinsettia" die set.  I love that you can create a variety of sizes of poinsettias with this set.   Behind the flower I placed four of the Poppy Stamps "Berry Sprig" die cuts.  This is a die cut that looks great on your Christmas cards but will also be used a lot with your spring and summer flower die cuts.  On the berries I added "Chipped Sapphire" Distress Stickles, to match the design in the paper.  Also behind the poinsettia are a few Impression Obsession "Pine Branches".   "Clear Rock Candy" Distress Stickles was added to the candles, poinsettia and greenery.  

Here is a closeup so you can see the glitter.

You can purchase the products I used below from Ellen Hutson, LLC.



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