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Monday, May 15

Celebrating Mother's Day with Ruby Rock-It |Alicia Barry|

It's almost Mother's Day, so I have been busy creating some pretty cards to celebrate. Both of these were made using the Faded Empire range. I really love the colours and patterns in these papers. 

I love to use layers on my cards, but I find these papers are quite similar in colour, so the layers can sometimes blend together more than I would like. To combat this, I use foam tape between the layers, and distress the edges to help them stand out from the next layer. I also like to use bit of white such as in my die cuts, and corrugated board to help break up the colour. 

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Thursday, April 13

Tropical Paradise with Heartfelt Creations

It's time for another new collection from Heartfelt Creations. This one is called Tropical Paradise, and it is full of tropical birds and foliage and plumeria flowers. Anyone from home knows them as frangipani flowers, which are one of my favourite flowers. I love the way they smell.

Escape to an exotic paradise where the air is warm, lush rainforests are filled with the calls of outlandish birds of paradise, and the day begins and ends with the most spectacular array of colors!  Heartfelt Creations invites you to slip away to utopia with the new Tropical Paradise Collection!  Filled with bright and vibrant colors, the exquisitely designed paper collection will transport you to a tropical island with its fiery sunset reds, dazzling sunny yellows, deep ocean blues and rich leafy greens!  Discover the unique and breathtaking birds that call this exotic place home, from toucans to parrots, flamingos and cockatoos which have all been beautifully illustrated and assembled into three dynamic cling stamp sets and coordinating dies!  Further your equatorial escape with realistically shaped plumeria flowers most commonly known for their inclusion in traditional Hawaiian leis boasting blossoms in pinks, whites, reds and yellows amid their large, leafy foliage.  Join us as we walk the warm, sandy beaches and the glistening ocean laps at the shoreline and help us bid a warm Aloha to the new Tropical Paradise Collection!

If you haven't been already, I highly suggest you watch Emma Lou's video on the blog today. Not only does it give you a far better look at some of the projects from the blog, but she will show you step by step how to shape the flowers. I for one had some trouble with them at first, and that's with 3 years of Heartfelt flower making behind me. They are not difficult once you know how, but they are not as obvious to make if you haven't been shown. Emma Lou also recommends you use a hot glue gun for these flowers, and I really want to back her up on that, it makes them so much easier, especially with the smallest size. I've just made 200 of them, and couldn't have done it with regular glue. 

Here's my first project with this collection:

 This was made with a combination of hand cut pre-printed elements and stamped images. I wish you could see how dimensional it is in real life. 

See loads more on the blog, plus get the written instructions for anything you want to try your hand at. 

Tuesday, April 11

Celebrating Easter with Ruby Rock-It |Alicia Barry|

With Valentine's Day now past, it is time to start looking to Easter. I have been wanting to do a hot air balloon for ages, (well another one, this is my second, but in a different style). I was inspired by Teresa Horner's recent post where she created an Easter banner for her mantle. She used the pastel colours of the Hearts and Stripes range, which made me think of all things fresh and new which of course is the epitome of Easter.  

So, moving on, I created this gift basket style of hot hair balloon using a paper lantern for the top. I used the pastels from the Hearts and Stripes range to cover the basket, and to create a co-ordinating mini banner for the balloon as well as the basket. This was then adorned with bling.

I used Happy Days paper to fussy cut floral pieces to create the base for the floral cluster, then topped with Bella! florals. Some more bling accentuates the main floral cluster.

The letters are mini wood veneers coloured with a Copic marker. 

Notice the mini bows from the Fundamentals embellishments on the posts holding up the balloon.

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Friday, April 7

Easter time with Heartfelt Creations

It is almost time for a new product release over at Heartfelt Creations, but I really wanted to take a week out to go back and work some more with the Flowering Dogwood collection. I think this is one of my favourite ranges. The colours are soft and pretty and the flowers are very sweet. 

This range even gave me an opportunity to go back and do some fussy cutting, which I haven't done in ages. 

If you look over on the blog you will see that many of the designers have done the same thing, and gone back to re-visit old collections. This wasn't planned, it just happens that way sometime and is a good opportunity to go back and give those collections a second look. 

At the same time as looking back, I'm sure you are looking forward to the new collection, so lucky for you, you will also catch a glimpse of that over on the blog.

Sunday, March 26

Vintage oversized tags with Ruby Rock -It |Alicia Barry|

This week I thought I would try something a little different. I decided to make some tags instead of cards. The more I thought about what I wanted to include on them, the more I realised that it was time to go big. These are not your everyday gift tags. They are each 9 inches tall and 4 inches wide. 

I included lots of layers, and textured and details, and tried to showcase the Bella florals as central to my theme. 

I used Faded Empire, picking out the papers with blue tonings. I fussy cut butterfies from a second sheet of the paper and used the journaling tags paper for my bottom layers. 

 I used corrugated card stock in white along with white card stock, white doilies and white flowers to distinguish between my many layers. 

I added twine and bling for contrasting texture. 

I accentuated the florals with die cut leaves made from the same paper collection. 

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Thursday, March 23

Monkey Art

Today I have another Heartfelt Creations project to share using the Monkeying Around collection. For this card, I made use of the pre printed images that come as part of the paper collection. This is a great option if you are short of time, or maybe for beginners who are not so confident with their colouring yet. 

I did add in some stamped images to bulk out my design. The lighter leaves are stamped and inked, and the thin leaves are actually from the top of the palm tree stamp.  This was combined with hand cut pre- printed leaves to create foliage with depth and dimension. 

There is lots more to see on the blog of course, including a new video on how to create stamped backgrounds. Check it out here

Friday, March 10

A new Heartfelt collection release.

It's time for a brand new collection release at Heartfelt Creations. This new collection is super cute, with lots of little monkeys hanging around.  Here's a little more about the range:

Are you ready for an adventure?  Grab your water bottle, sunscreen, and safari hat and join us as we explore exotic jungles taking in the lively and entertaining antics of the new Monkeying Around Collection by Heartfelt Creations!  Filled with amusing illustrations of ever so charming monkeys, this newest collection is sure to have you “going bananas” with excitement!  Four entertaining cling stamp sets supply you with an assortment of fun filled, mix and match monkey images to create just the right amount of monkey mayhem for any of your paper crafting project needs, while various sized palm tree fronds, floral accents, bananas, coconuts along with lush palm tree die cuts add a dimensional tropical feeling to your projects with ease!  Trek through a paper collection filled with deep jungle greens, sunlit yellows and ocean like blues, accented with balmy breeze teals, pretty floral pinks and a hint of sunset reds creating just the right tropical color palette to showcase these adorable apes on cards, scrapbook layouts or altered art pieces.  So, come along with us as we join in with the monkey chatter, swing from vine to vine and take part in the shenanigans of the new Monkeying Around Collection!

I see these papers being perfect for little boy cards and layouts. Lucky I happen to have two little boys ;)  Here's my first project with this range. 

There are some really cute off the page projects on the blog this week. Be sure to check them out.  You can also view a quick tutorial on using this collection to make pop up cards.