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Friday, July 22

Heartfelt Christmas

Today I have another card to share, created with the new Celebrate the Season collection from Heartfelt Creations.  The sleigh is a large stamp with matching die. The presents are all individual stamps and dies also, giving you lots of possibilities. 



Maureen Russell has made a really beautiful banner this week using this collection. Check it out on the blog here, along with lots of inspiration from the whole design team. 

Wednesday, July 13

Heartfelt Christmas in July - Celebrate the Season


It is so strange to have been working on Christmas projects for the last month already, although at least I am doing it in the Summer weather which feels far more normal to me, even if I am working with snowy images. 

The Christmas collection for Heartfelt Creations this year is a really pretty combination of blues and purples and quite a change from  the traditional colour scheme which is always nice once in a while. 

Here is a little more about the collection:

The time has come to once again “Celebrate the Season” with Heartfelt Creations!  Non-traditional in color, this new holiday themed collection showcases an assortment of exceptional winter hues…shades of teals, pinks, greens and violets resembling the northern lights, whites as crisp as freshly fallen snow and ice blues mimicking frozen ponds beneath the blades of gently gliding ice skates.  Four fanciful cling stamp sets filled with old fashioned themed illustrations of ornate sleighs, wooden gates, gifts, skates, mittens, and simple wreaths filled with poinsettias and greenery, along with an assortment of charming sentiments will bring feelings of nostalgia from Christmas past to all of your crafty creations while being paired with the contemporary color palette of Christmas present.  Three coordinating sets of dies will have you creating your very own dimensional embellishments perfect for holiday cards, layouts and altered art pieces.  Join us as we “Celebrate the Season” and get an early start to all of our holiday themed creating.




Here is my first project for the month, using the pretty new poinsettia flowers. These are smaller than previous ones we have had and come in two different sizes for perfect layering. 




Check out the blog for lots more including some projects with the new sleigh stamp and die cut. It's really pretty. I'll have projects to share with it over the coming weeks. 

Thursday, July 7

One last Orchid

Today I am sharing my last Botanic Orchid project for Heartfelt Creations before a brand new collection release next week. I noticed that a few of the other designers has been playing with using the orchid petals in different ways, so i thought that I would have a try myself. I also had a bit of a play using my new Distress crayons to add the colours to the petals. I really like how I could blend the colours with my fingers right on the petal itself.


I layered all the petals of the same shape instead of mixing the two, then used the other shape all crinkled up as buds. Adding stamens to the flower centres also gave the flower a very different loo to the orchids. 


Some classic foliage behind the flowers really added to the clusters, while some glass glitter made the petals all shiny.

Over on the blog, Dorota Kopec, who is one of our new design team members, has been using the Heartfelt products in quite a different way. Her blog is well worth a look. 

Thursday, June 30

Heartfelt Wednesday

Apologies for being late to post this today, but to be perfectly honest, I was spending the day swimming off Waikiki Beach in Hawaii with my family. I'm looking forward to making use of my Under the sea collection and hibiscus dies for all my photos when I get back. I see a Heartfelt Creations mini album on my future. 

Meanwhile, back to my Heaetfelt Creations project for this week. This is a relatively simple double fold offset card. I think for the message of the card, that simple is best. 



A short and sweet post for this week, but check out the blog for lots more as always, and check back in next week for the first of my Christmas projects.....no, that is not a typo, we really have been working on Christmas already.

Thursday, June 23

Heartfelt Wednesday- Botanic Orchid

Today I have a Z fold card to share using the Botanic Orchid collection from Heartfelt Creations. A great feature of the paper pad is that often the same image, in this case the border frame is repeated in different sizes throughout the collection. This allowed me to layer up the frame for the front of my card, showing off the beautiful border through the layers. This then becomes the main focus of the project. 


It's always nice to decorate the inside of the card as well, although I try to keep it simple. 



As always, see the blog today for many more samples from the design team.

Friday, June 17

Father's Day with Ruby Rock-It |Alicia Barry|


It is almost Father's Day here in the States, so the Ruby Rock-It team have some ideas to help you celebrate this special day.  I have created this layout using some of the new iwood papers, along with some die cuts, and wood veneers from other collections. 


I started off by adding texture and dimension to the iwood background using 3D stamp paint through a stencil, some crackle paint and black glass glitter. I added some tiny chipboard pieces also. I used mesh tape along with more iwood paper for the embellishments. 


I used a little bit of scrap paper from the Bolt collection, along with corrugated cardboard. I also used a combination of wood and die cut foil fleur-di-lis, plus some wood cogs. 

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Wednesday, June 15

Warmest Wishes from Heartfelt Creations.

Today I have another project using the new Botanic Orchid collection from Heartfelt Creations.  This card is a match box style. The top flap slips into the flap along the bottom. 




There are so many really beautiful designs on the blog today. I really like how some of the designers have gone with a totally different colour palette for their flowers than what the papers suggest.  Some clever designers have also been experimenting with creating different shaped flowers with the same dies. 

If you haven't seen it yet, you can catch a complete overview of the whole collection here. This is also where you can see Emma Lou's video with some more detailed instructions on various ways to create these orchid flowers. 

Thursday, June 9

Botanic Orchid- A new Heartfelt Creations release

Today is new release day from Heartfelt Creations. This collection is called Botanic Orchid, and features not only a beautiful stamp and die set to make amazing orchid flowers, but also includes super cute little hummingbird images. I'm not sure if we actually have hummingbirds in Australia ( I think not), but I had never seen one until recently here in California, and they are the cutest little birds. 

Here are a few more words from the designers:

Showy, elegant and graceful, the divine orchid flower is one that is most certainly recognizable for its unique shape and known for taking center stage all on its own!  Heartfelt Creations presents to you their newest collection…The Botanic Orchid.  Overflowing with stunning floral images enveloped in soothing moss like greens, soft sky blues, creamy whites and flowery pinks, alongside rich burgundies and vibrant teals this collection is sure to appeal to any flower enthusiast.  Intricate illustrations and die cuts of orchid blossoms and bouquets, accompanied by delightful hummingbirds and scripted sentiments will have you creating your very own botanical experience with hand shaped orchid flowers bringing a realistic touch to all of your paper creations!  Preprinted sentiments along with those in the stamp collection are ideal for covering a wide range of occasions including weddings, friendship, sickness, encouragement and sympathies.  As one of the oldest flower species in the world, this unusual blossom native to rainforests and jungles has also taken on beautiful meanings relating to each specific orchid color including innocence, grace, joy, respect, admiration, health, happiness and passion, making this the perfect flower to convey a silent but special message for friends and loved ones on any paper creation! 


Here is my first project with this collection:



The blog today includes a video on how to construct the orchids you see here, along with many stunning examples from the DT. The new members especially have really done an exceptional job with the collection. 

Thursday, June 2

By the Sea with Heartfelt Creations.

It's almost time for a new collection release from Heartfelt Creations, but before we do, we have some more aquatic themed projects to share on the blog. Today I am sharing this layout that I created with lots of pre-printed and hand made flowers. 


I combined glitter paste with glossy accent bubbles for the background embellishments. 


As always you can get the step by step instructions over on the blog, and see all the amazing projects from the design team.

Thursday, May 26

Make a splash with Heartfelt Creations.

It's Heartfelt Wednesday and time for a new project share using the Under the Sea collection from Heartfelt Creations. I am really enjoying working with the bright colours and fun images from this range.

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For this project, I have used a combinations of fussy cutting, and die cutting. I have used both pre-printed images and hand colouring.  If you look closely, you can see that the images are lightly coated in fine glitter, and I have used dots of glossy accents to create bubbles from the fish mouths. 


The port hole is hinged, and can be opened to the right, for a bit of fun. 

Check out the blog this week for a fun shaker card idea via video from Emma Lou, as well as a look at the new collection Botanic Orchid, which is literally ALL over my desk as we speak.