Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Small Shadow Box using Heartfelt Creations new Frame

This is another card created using the new Heartfelt Creations Window Scene Collection.  I love working with the new Window Die. To start with, I created a small window (shadow) box to fit the image (3x3 inches). To create dimension, the image was stamped twice on white card stock. The mailbox was cut out, with scissors, from one of them. Copic markers were used to color, and glitter added for snow. The cut out mailbox was attached with dimensional tape. The Fancy Window was cut out and attached over the small shadow box with adhesive. A piece of Anna Griffin “Calisto Christmas” design paper was used in the background. A lacy ribbon was attached down the middle using ScorTape. The greeting was stamped and cut around the image with scissors. I laid it down on a VersaMark pad to add ink then embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  Can you see the greeting below the shadow box -- it is kind of hard to see in the photo. 

Heartfelt Creations Products used:  HCPC 3357 Snowy Window Scene PreCut Set; HCD 708 Fancy Window/Frame Die; HCPC 3344 Single Snowflakes PreCut set

Second JustRite Guest Designer Post

This easel box is my second project created for my guest designer post for JustRite using some of the new JustRite cling stamps. There are lots of new cling sets, but as you know, I love snowmen so I can't resist working with these little guys.   You can see this project and the directions on the JustRite blog.  I made two of these boxes and Sharon has included both of them on the JustRite blog.  They are slightly different.  The first one posted on their blog did not photograph well.  Have you checked out all the beautiful projects in the JustRite Gallery.  You will find lots of inspiration for using your JustRite stamps, so be sure and check out the JustRite Gallery when you visit the JustRite blog.

Thanks for stopping by.  My husband and I braved the weather and went into Spokane yesterday to get some shopping done at Costco, and other stores, because we have a big winter storm warning for later today.  We already have over a foot of snow on the ground.   I am working on getting my house back in order from decorating, then I hope to get to stamp this afternoon and will post another project.   Also, Joan and I will be working on finishing touches for posting the BIG challenge coming up Thursday.  Hope you have your Heartfelt Creations stamps so you can enter this exciting challenge.  You aren't going to want to miss out on a chance to win one of the four big prizes.  

Monday, November 29, 2010

JustRite Guest Designer

It is an  honor to be asked to be a Guest Designer for JustRite today through Wednesday.  This is the fun project I created  for today's post.  You can read all about it on the JustRite Blog here.

Hope you enjoy seeing my fun idea.  Check back tomorrow for another project.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Today I worked on my project for Joan's Gardens  25th Thursday Challenge and didn't have time to do other stamping, so I am posting another card I created for Heartfelt Creations.

Isn't this new Heartfelt Creations window die beautiful.  One of my favorite things to do in the winter is not to go skiing but to go for a sleigh ride, so I love this stamp.  This stamp is not part of the new Window Scene Collection but is a beautiful scene stamp available from Heartfelt Creations.

The Winter Wonderland scene was stamped and colored with Copic markers. The Fancy Window/Frame was die cut using brown card stock then placed over a piece of black card stock and trimmed with scissors around the edges. The winter scene was trimmed with scissors to fit under the center portion of the window. VersaMark was added over it then it was embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder to give it a frosty look. It was then attached to the center of the black background and the brown die cut frame was attached over it. The branch spray was stamped and colored with colored pencils and cut out with scissors. The cardinal was stamped, colored and cut out with matching die. The pine branch was attached to the upper corner and then the red cardinal placed on top. The pretty pine tree ended up being cut off when I trimmed the main image to go under the window, so I trimmed around it and placed it on the lower right side of the scene. The background paper is from the K&Company Yuletide paper pack.

Products used:  1010H Winter Wonderland; 1431D Branch Spray; HCD 708 Fancy Window/Frame Die; HCPC 3353 Cardinal Family PreCut Set; HCD 706 Cardinal Family Diecuts

Hope you have your Heartfelt Creations stamps and plan to participate in the Joan's Garden's 25th Challenge.  There is a huge grand prize worth $284.86 plus three other prize packages I'm sure  you would love to win.  You can check out the announcement and requirements for this challenge here

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Another Bear-y Winter Scene

Since we have lots of snow, I decided to stay in today and have started my Christmas decorating.  I have my tree all decorated and tomorrow hope to get the house decorated.  This is all so much work, but I love Christmas time. 
Tonight I am posting another one of the cards I created for the new Heartfelt Creations "Window Scene Collection"  release.  I love to combine stamp sets to create a scene. I used one stamp from the "Bear-y Winter" set and one stamps from the "Cozy Winter Days" set to create this card. The house was stamped onto a 5x7” inch piece of white card stock. The bear and large pine tree were each stamped on separate pieces of card stock. All were colored with Copic markers. The bear and tree were both cut out with scissors so I could create the scene. Layers of white card stock were cut to create depth in the snow around the bottom of the scene. The top of the tree, bear, and bird house were attached with a piece of dimensional tape only under the top of each one.  The pine tree was added to give additional dimension.   Glitter was added to complete the wintery scene. 

Heartfelt Creations stamps used:  HCPC 3358 Bear-y Winter PreCut Set; HCPC 3356 Cozy Winter Days PreCut Set; 209A Pine Tree

Our first big snow

I couldn't resist taking some pictures of our November snow.  I couldn't brave going out in the front yard, so I just stepped out on the deck and took pictures of the view out our family room windows.  Aren't the trees beautiful!  I love it when it snows because it is so beautiful,  but just don't like to get out and drive in it.    We live in a new neighborhood so do not have really tall trees in our yard yet, but the trees behind us are gorgeous.  We live pretty close to the mountains.   I did take a picture of the birdbath/fountain in our backyard and you can see how much snow we have.  Can you see the large snowflakes coming down in the pictures?   My DH has been out with the snow blower for over an hour.  I think we got at least a foot of new snow overnight.   Needless to say, he doesn't like the snow -- he would much rather be out on the golf course!  We have winter storm warnings, so I think we will be staying in today.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Beautiful Heartfelt Creations Window Die

Tonight I am posting another card using the new Heartfelt Creations Window Scene Collection released today. When I first saw the preview of this stamp set and the pretty window die, I had a vision of the card I would make. This beautiful Window die is perfect for a Shadow Box card. When folded flat, this card measures 5x6”. The side panels are ½ inch to form the box.

The scene was stamped on a piece of card stock 4x6” and was colored with Copic Markers. Polar White Flower Soft was added for snow. The largest Spellbinder Classic Rectangle Sm die was used to cut an opening in the top of the box. The area around the opening was embossed with the Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss embossing folder. The beautiful Fancy Window was cut out and attached over this opening with adhesive. The verse, also from this collection,  was stamped in black below the window. Isn't that a pretty font.  A 5x6 inch piece of card stock was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch along the long edges and attached to the back of the box with ScorTape.

You can see all the beautiful cards created by the design team on the Heartfelt Creations Blog here.

Heartfelt Creations stamps used:  HCPC 3357 Snow Window Scene PreCut set; HCD 708 Fancy Window/Frame Die; HCPC 3354 Classic Message PreCut set

Heartfelt Creations New Window Scene Collection

Good Morning  everyone.  Today, Heartfelt Creations is introducing the Window Scene Collection. This collection includes 5 new PreCut stamp sets that feature the classic images Heartfelt Creations is famous for, plus an amazingly versatile Decorative Window Scene Die created for Heartfelt Creations by Spellbinders.  The designers have created a lot of beautiful cards with this new release.  Be sure to check it out. Here is one of the cards I created for this release. 
For this card I combined two of the new Heartfelt Creations release sets. This is a 5..5" square card.   The Snowy Window Scene (HCPC 3357)  was stamped and colored with Copic markers. A square Nestability die was used to embossed around the scene then light blue ink sponged around edges. The Bear-y Winter scene (HCPC 3358) was stamped, colored with Copics and cut out.  Wouldn't this be a cute postman delivering your presents.   He was placed in front of the Snowy Window Scene with dimensional tape. Another piece of white card stock was cut out to resemble a layer of snow and was attached at the bottom of the Bear-y scene. Glitter and a red bow were added to complete the card.
I will be posting another card later today to show you the beautiful die cut window that is in this new release.  Be sure to check back later.
Enjoy your Black Friday! 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you are enjoying this Thanksgiving Day.  I have been busy preparing a big meal for my family and we will be eating in a few hours.  The house smells wonderful.  Bet you are wondering why I am posting a snowman on Thanksgiving.  Well, it has been snowing all day long so decided to use the other cute snowman in the Heartfelt Creations "Snowmen Melt Your Heart" precut set.  This was a quick and easy card.  The background was embossed with the Cuttlebug "Season's Greetings" embossing folder.  A small strip of dp was added to the left side and pretty trim placed over the seam.  The snowman was attached to the Nestie frame with dimensional dots.  Glitter was added to complete the card.

This cute stamp set can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.

I am grateful to all of you who visit my blog and leave such sweet comments.  It is wonderful to have so many blogging friends who encourage and support me.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Snowman Tin

I think you all know how much I love snowmen.  Since we have lots of snow today, I decided to use a snowman stamp.  This is a Heartfelt Creations stamp I received  from Joan's Gardens.  The name of it is "Snowmen Melt your Heart Precut Set"  (HCPC 3342).  There are two really cute snowmen and two greetings in this set.

I used a small tin for this project.  The outside of it was covered with design paper from the My Mind's Eye "Festive & Frost" Signature Christmas pad.  The snowman was stamped, colored with Copic markers and cut out.  Three different Nestability circles were cut and layered to the lid.  The snowman was attached with dimensional dots.  A piece of trim from the Webster's Pages Designer Trim was added around the bottom of the lid.  Glitter was added to the face of the snowman.  I plan to put chocolates in this tin and give it to a friend. 

There are lots of exciting things happening over at Joan's Gardens.  Hope you are checking all the fantastic sales she has been posting every day.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Joyous Noel

I did not have time to stamp today so I am posting another card I created for Heartfelt Creations. 

A piece of “polished stone” card stock was used for the ornament and left side of the card. I made the "polished stone" card stock using reinkers and a gold metalic pen.   The ornament was gold embossed and cut out with the matching die. A piece of vanilla card stock was partially embossed with the Cuttlebug “Snow Dots” embossing folder then the greeting was gold embossed on the top. This piece was attached to the right side of the ivory card. A strip of the “polished stone” card stock was attached to the left side. To hide the seam, a piece of gold trim was attached with ScorTape. A hole punch was used to create the hole in the top of the ornament then gold cording attached with a glue dot. Rhinestones were added to complete the card.

We are having blizzard warnings this evening.  We only have about three inches of snow right now but sounds like we might get a lot more.  Patti, sounds like your weather might be worse over there in Idaho. Hope you don't get snowed in.   We are hoping our power doesn't go out.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pretty Camellia

I am just amazed what beautiful flowers you can make using punches.  This is a camellia.  Using the instructions from the flower book available from Joan Garden's,  I created this pretty flower.   The border across the middle was made using a Martha Stewart border punch with a piece of pink ribbon layered on top.  I don't like to double trim around to the back on my borders, so I attached a strip of ScorTape  across the middle of my card, pressed down the ribbon, then trimmed it on each edge to fit perfectly.  It creates unwanted bulk by doing it this way.  I don't know what I would do without my ScorTape; I use it for so many things.

For the frame for this flower, I cut a Nestabilities Beaded Oval -- this is the largest one in the set.  The verse is from the JustRite "Loving Thoughts" set.  The oval was attached over the border using dimensional tape.  Pearls were added around the frame and in each corner.  A double bow was added to complete the card.

Have you been to Joan Garden's blog today?   She has just started holiday sales.  Today the sale includes Spellbinder products.  I'm sure you won't want to miss out on the great sales she will be posting this week.  You can check it out here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Blog Candy Winner

Today it is time to announce the winner of my Blog Candy.  I appreciate all my Followers and  I want to thank all of you for your wonderful comments. I loved reading all of them.  Now for the announcement you are waiting for . . .  The winning number drawn is  #69.  Congratulations goes out to "Dianna".  As I stated in that blog post, the winner must contact me within three days or a new winner will be drawn.  Please contact me Dianna and I will get your package sent out to you right away.  Thanks again everyone for all your support.

Today I am posting another card I created for Heartfelt Creations.  The stamp set used is "552D Petunias and Hummer".  Isn't it a beautiful stamp.    A purple plaid piece of design paper was attached to a 5.5 inch square card. The image was stamped with Memento black ink and colored with colored pencils and oms. It was cut out with a Nestability Label 6 die and sponged with aqua chalk prior to taking it out of the die. The largest die in this set was used to cut a larger purple background. A punch was used to create small openings on each side to slide ribbon through and attach it to back of design paper. Each layer was attached with dimensionals. A double white sheer bow was made and attached below the design. Four purple Cuttlebug die corners were placed on each corner to complete the card.

Be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see all the beautiful projects created by the Design Team and get lots of inspiration using their beautiful stamps and dies.

Friday, November 19, 2010


I had so much fun playing with this snowman.  This is one of the new Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix dies called Winter Wonder and one of the Movers & Shapers Repositionable Magnetic Dies. Check out Joan's Gardens to see all the fun Tim Holtz products.  These Movers & Shapers dies are neat because you can place them anywhere to cut out the words. 

Mr. Snowman is sending you lots of LOVE.  He was die cut using white card stock then I dressed him up.  I wanted a little dimension to his body so cut him out twice so I could layer the middle section over the bottom of the body. The bottom section of the body was cut off and I layered the top part on.  Can you see where I did that? Using small scraps of card stock, I place brown over the twig arms and cut them out, then placed a piece of black over the hat so I wouldn't have to color these parts.  I think it turned out great.  I placed the movers and shapers die on the lower part of the body and cut out the word love then chalked around the letters and the outside of the snowman with blue ink.  I cut out a band for the hat out of plaid design paper then cut out pieces for a scarf using scissors.  I fringed the ends of the scarf by making small cuts along the edges.  I cut a small circle to resemble a knot.  I wasn't sure I could make it look like a scarf but think it turned out pretty good. I could have just tied a ribbon but wanted the challenge of making it out of stripped design paper.   

A small black brad was added for his eye.  I used a white pen to put a white dot in it.  Two flat backed beads were added for the buttons.  A small Heartfelt Creations stamp was used to create the flower for his hat.  I wanted some very small snowflakes but didn't really have a punch small enough so I used one of my Martha Stewart border punches that punches out very small flowers and used the flowers for the snowflakes.  Hope you think they look like a snowflake.  A silver rhinestone was added to the center of each one. 

The trees were created using the Tim Holtz Alterations Tall Pines embossing folder.  I cut them out with scissors and colored them lightly with Distress Ink.  To ground the snowman and the trees, I cut two rows of snow from white card stock.  Joan has this really cool stuff called Twinklets Diamond Dust and that is what I used for snow.  I just added DG3 Art Gel where I wanted the Diamond Dust then sprinkled it on.  What a pretty glittery effect it gave my card.  It took a little time to dress up this cute snowman, but it was definitely lots of fun working on this card. 

Well they are predicting a big snow storm here in a few days.  Maybe we will have a chance to go out and build a real snowman!   I'm not really looking forward to that though. LOL

Let me know what you think about my snowman.  If you want to create one you can order all these products from Joan's Gardens.  Did you see the post Joan put up this morning showing you the new Heartfelt Creations  stamps and beautiful die that will be released soon.  You can pre-order these stamps  from her now. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Joan's Garden Challenge #24

It's time for another Joan's Garden Challenge.  This week  the challenge is to make a card or project with the following: 
  • Create a Thanksgiving card
  • Use something Fallish such as Leaves, Pumpkins or Indian Corn (if you don't have a stamp use a leaf from your tree
  • Add something  Green
  • Add some kind of swirl or vine
I used the pretty Heartfelt Creations "Rustic Autumn Wheel "PreCut Set.  I think this is such a pretty design.  In case you don't know, this stamp is on sale at Joan's Gardens for 30% off this week. 

I stamped the design on white card stock and colored it with a combination of Copic markers and colored pencils.  I stamped the bottom of the design a second time and cut out the two smaller pumpkins so I could add them with dimensional tape.  For the something green  and the "some kind of vine" I used a new Martha Stewart border punch called Vine.  I love it because it completely cuts out a vine that you can place any where on your card -- not just along the border.  This is also a new punch Joan has in her store.   I wanted to dress up the vine, so punched out some orange vellum flowers with the Martha Stewart punch I use to make my vellum flowers,  and added a small brown bead in the center of each.  Three brown pearls were added  to complete the card.

I hope you will join in on the fun again this week.  There will not be a challenge next week (on Thanksgiving) but the big 25th challenge will be December 2 with that fabulous grand prize Joan has told all of you about.  Go to Joan's blog to get all the information about this challenge and the celebration challenge on Dec 2. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy Fall

Did you see the big sale posted on Joan's Gardens today.  She wants to make sure you get your stamps ordered so you can participate in the 25th Challenge which will be Dec 2nd.  The grand prize in this challenge is 14 Heartfelt Creations stamps and 3 matching dies.  Wouldn't you love to win that!!!!! In order to enter that challenge, you will need to create a card using Heartfelt Creations stamps, so  today Joan announced a  30% off special sale on all the Fall HFC stamps she has in stock.  I know they are going fast, so if you haven't been over to her blog to read more about the 25th Challenge and this special sale, here is the Joan's Gardens link.

I have created another Autumn card using the Heartfelt Creations Open Falling Leaves and matching dies.  On a 5.5 inch square card, I stamped the  HFC Oak Leaf Background with Tim Holtz Distress ink. A piece of striped designer paper was attached over a solid design paper and both sides punched using a Martha Stewart border punch. Two leaves from the Open Falling Leaves stamp set were stamped with brown ink and colored using Twinkling H20’s. They were cut out with the matching dies. The greeting is from the All Seasons Tree stamp set. It was stamped and cut out with a deckle edge Nestie then sponged with Distress Ink. The two leaves were layered over the striped design paper and some Martha Stewart punched ferns were arranged around the top of the leaves. The greeting was placed over them using dimensional tape. A gold silk bow and autumn colored dew drops were added to complete the card.

Heartfelt Creations products used: HCPC 3332 Oak Leaf Background PreCut Set; HCPC 3334 Open Falling Leaves PreCut Set; HCD 707 Falling Leaves Diecuts; HCPC 3331 All Seasons Tree PreCut Set

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Snowman Tag Plus a BIG Announcement

I love snowmen - do you?     This  little snowman from Heartfelt Creations  is just the right size to place on a tag. I think this tag will be perfect for  my youngest grandson's Christmas gift.   I started off with a tan shipping tag. A piece of plaid design paper was added to the front then using Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink sponged the ink on the top portion and around the edges. A small piece of “snowflake” ribbon was added at the top. The tag was backed with dark green card stock then I used a gold leafing pen to go around the edges.

The snowman was stamped using Vivid brown ink and was colored using Copic markers. The snowflakes and greeting were stamped with VersaMark ink and white embossed. I used scissors to cut around them. The snowman, snowflakes and greeting were attached with dimensional tape. Gold/Brown fuzzy yarn was cut, pulled through the hole in the tag and tied at the top.

Heartfelt Creations Products used:  HCPC 3342 Snowman Melt Your Heart PreCut set;
HCPC 3343 Let It Snow Flurries PreCut set,

You can see this tag plus many more beautiful projects using Heartfelt Creations stamp on the Heartfelt Creations Blog.  I am sure you will find lots of inspiration.

HAVE YOU HEARD THE EXCITING NEWS!   Christmas is coming early for someone and it could be you! On December 2nd Joan's Gardens will be announcing a very exciting challenge with an AMAZING PRIZE PACKAGE you won't want to miss out on. The value of this prize package is $284.86. Plus, there will be 3 additional chances to win other prizes.

I know you will want to qualify to participate in this fun challenge for a chance to win this fabulous grand prize, so go over to Joan's Gardens to check out her announcement and get all the details.  Believe me . . . you are not going to want to miss out on this one!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tutorial for using Heartfelt Creations Stamps and Dies

Joan Fricker (Joan's Gardens) and I love working with Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies and I want to share some information about them with you.   Heartfelt Creations stamps are produced in the USA and are made with high quality red rubber to ensure great stamped impressions every time. Their PreCut stamp sets are mounted on a cling foam, ready to be used on acrylic blocks.  The exciting part I love,  is that  the stamp sets also have matching dies that enable you to  create a 3-D stamped dimension without using scissors. These quality dies are manufactured by Spellbinders. I know you will enjoy being able to quickly create dimensional embellishments for all your stamping projects.  Below is a tutorial to show you how easy it is to create dimension to this  pretty  Heartfelt Creations flower branch.  This card was created to demonstrate a technique and does not contain a lot of embellishment.

 When I receive my Heartfelt Creations dies, I like to start out by cutting templates for each one.  You tape the die down to a small piece of card stock.  If you have a larger die than what I am using in this picture, you want to press the portion of the tape that will be on the inside of your die to your clothes a couple of times to remove some of the sticky off it. That will help it release from your stamped image easily.

Create your templates by running them through your die cutting machine.  You can actually cut several different size templates at once.  Space them around on the cutting plate so they don't overlap.

 This picture shows how you lift the die (with the tape still attached, and remove the cut out portion from the die.  You will be using this template to cut out all the stamped images this size.

 This is a picture of the Heartfelt Creations Posie Patch PreCut set and the matching dies.  You can see there are seven different posie stamps and a matching die for each.

Once I have all my templates cut, I leave the die attached to the template and store them in a CD case.  Here you can see the two dies I will be using, taken out of the storage case, and the images stamped that I will be using.  The stamp set I used is "Hydrangea/Posy Branch Precut Set, and is also pictured.

 In this photo, I have colored my stamped images.  In order to cut out the individual flowers in this sample,  I cut apart the main image from the individual flowers so it will fit through my die cutting machine. 

 This picture shows why it important to have the template.  You can move the template around until you have it placed perfectly over your stamped image.  You then press the die down into the template.  The tape helps to hold it in place.  A quick and perfect cut out image every time. 

 Run this through your Cuttlebug.

 This is a picture of the branch I want to create dimension on and the individual flowers I have cut out with the dies.

 I purchased  this great little flower tool kit from Joan's Gardens to help  shape die cut or punched flowers.  These tools make it quick and easy to really give each flower a pretty dimensional shape.

 The stamped branch was cut out with the largest Nestabilities Label Four die.  Before taking it out of the die, I used a sponge dauber to add color around the edge of the frame.

A dot of glue was added to the back of each die cut flower and added to my main image.  I used a stylus to press down in the center to make sure the image is securely attached.  Using the stylus helps maintain the dimension/shape you have created with each flower because you can easily press down just above the dot of glue.  A decorative center was added to each flower.  The pretty white embossed flourish is from the Heartfelt Creations "Flourish Backgrounds" PreCut set.

I have had a lot of comments about how time consuming the Lilac card I posted a few days ago must have been.  Can you see now how quick and easy it was to create that beautiful flower!  I believe the lilac card is one of my favorite cards because of all the dimension I was able to create using the matching dies. 

Now you know how I make all those dimensional cards.  I hope this tutorial inspires you to start creating beautiful 3-D stamped projects. There are many beautiful Heartfelt Creations stamp sets and dies to help you make fabulous dimensional Christmas cards too.  Here is the link at Joan's Gardens for these fabulous stamps and dies.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

There is something exciting about to happen you will definitely want to know about.  Be sure to subscribe to Joan's Gardens blog so you don't miss out on this exciting news. 


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