Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Easter hunt

Here's a fun easter card I made this week for Heartfelt Creations.

Products used:
HCPC 3368 Egg-Citing Day PreCut Set
HCD 710 Decorative Oval Window Die
Standard Oval Nestability

Card size is standard 5 1/2 by 4 1/4
Cut out frame using die cut.  Accent raised edges using white craft ink.  Allow to dry.  Stamp image of bears in black ink on white card stock and cut out using oval nestability die cut.  Colour in.  Layer the oval in to the frame pulling the swirls overtop.  Use a piece of tape on the back to adhere in place, then assemble card as shown in the photo.  Use rhinestones to embellish. (Copics used here--E43 and E44 were used for bear, B34 for the sky, B93 and B95 for the coveralls, G12, G24 and G94 used for the grass and foliage, and assorted other colours for flowers and easter eggs).  

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Photo inspiration

Today at Sentimental Sundays we have a photo inspiration for you.  Check out the site for the image--it is a fabulous photo of a lighthouse with waves crashing all around it.

For me, this made me think of the beach, and how amazing it is that the piers and the shore and the sea life and beach animals can survive the storms...don't we all wish we were that resilient?!

With that in mind, here is the card I made using this inspiration.

All stamps used are from Heartfelt Creations.

Products used:
Seagull Roost Product ID: 698E
Uplifting Scriptures PreCut Set Product ID: HCPC 3312
Labels 12 Product ID: 430808
Standard circle nestabilities

Card size is standard 5 1/5 by 4 1/4
Emboss background layers, distress and adhere to base as shown in photo.
Stamp image of seagulls on white card stock and colour (Copics used here).  Cut out using label die cut and adhere as shown using pop up dots.  Stamp sentiment, add colour in background using Copic Airgun or sponges.  Cut out with die cut and adhere to top.  Embellish with pearls.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Holiday pics

Hi all!

Thank you all for your patience the last few weeks with my short posts and my lack of commenting.  We had a fabulous vacation, despite (because of? LOL!) the intermittent internet access.  After three weeks away we are now home and settling in.  I've been sorting through my +1300 photo's and thought I'd share a few with you today :-)

The first morning we got there we got up early and took some beautiful shots of the beach:

We had great plans to get up early every day, but it only happened twice on our trip LOL!

This is the beach area where we spent most of our time.  They had a bar, grill and ice cream parlour all located right there on the beach.

Here's a pic of the bar area.  Everyone there was super friendly--we made a bunch of new friends chatting up the other guests.  The bartenders, Marcello and Oswaldo, were very patient with my complicated drink orders, and always quick to make sure we didn't go thirsty.

Our room for the first week of our stay was very close to the beach with a fabulous view.  

I spent a lot of time on that deck looking at the view, people watching, and reading.  Hubby got me a Kindle for Christmas, and I spent a lot of time reading it.  I think it paid for itself in weight allowance!

We moved to a Villa for the last two weeks since we had friends joining us.  We wound up staying in two different ones while we were there, since we had to move from one to the other after a couple of days, but luckily we have got the moving rooms thing down pat so it wasn't too interuptive.  Here's a pic of one of the Villas -- they really are over the top fabulous!!!

Once a week there was a beach party at night, with lots of Champagne flowing, and we made sure to enjoy each of them....even the one the week of the Super Bowl (yes, they did actually play the football game on the big screen on the beach!).  There was great music and dancing and it was a highlight for me since I love loud music and dancing :-)

We left the resort for a day trip to a little sandbar in the middle of the ocean,  

Now we are home, but I'm sure we'll spend many happy hours looking at our pics in the months to come.  For today though, I think I have some crafting to do!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wednesday is here again and I'm happy to share with you another card featuring the new collection from Heartfelt Creations.  Don't you love that new die cut frame?!

Products used:
HCPC 3365 Decorative Vintage Cross PreCut Set
HCD 710 Decorative Oval Window Die
HCPC 3370 Easter Lilies PreCut Set
HCPC 3367 Vintage Life Background PreCut Set

Card size is 5 1/2 by 6
Cut base and green layer adhere as shown in photo.  Stamp flower image in lower right hand corner of white cardstock using black ink.  After allowing to dry, use light brown ink to stamp background stamp in the centre of the card stock.  Then colour in the flowers (Copics used here).  Adhere to base.  Cut out the frame using the die cuts and rub metalic paste over top to accent the raised edges.  Adhere to card using pop up dots.  Stamp sentiment in black ink on white card stock and cut out using die cut or punch. Rub green ink or metalic paste along edge of the sentiment piece, then adhere lace on the back side so it is ruffled around the edges.  Adhere this to the centre of the frame using pop up dots.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentines day is almost here!

Tomorrow is Valentines day, and to celebrate that, we have a pink, red and white colour theme for you this week at Sentimental Sundays.  I hope you will play along with us!

I hope you and your lovey dovey partners take some time to celebrate each other on Valentines day!

Here is a sweet card I made using a teddy bear image from Heartfelt Creations:

Items used:
For You Mother Product ID: 662D
Inspire Me Sentiments PreCut Set Product ID: HCPC 3363
Fancy Tags Nestabilities Product ID: 415217
Labels 12 Product ID: 430808

Stamp image in brown ink on white card stock and cut out using die cut.  Colour image (Copics used here).  Emboss background card stock, rub white craft ink over the raised portions, and adhere to base.  Cut out next layer using die cut and adhere with pop up dots.  Add stamped and coloured image over top of this.  Stamp sentiment on white card stock using black ink, cut out with label die cut, and adhere over top using pop up dots.  Embellish with pearls.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Another sample of the New Life Collection

This week there have been some fabulous cards and projects showcased by the  Heartfelt Creations design team, showing off the New Life Collection.  Here is one super quick card I put together using one of the cute bear images.

If you haven't already, I recommend hopping  by the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see what the rest of the design team has made.

Products used:
HCPC 3368 Egg-Citing Day PreCut Set
HCPC 3366 Wrought Iron Cross PreCut Set
Labels 9 Product ID: 415222  

Card size is 4 1/4 by 4 1/4
Emboss mauve purple card stock using embossing folder then swipe white craft ink pad over the raised areas and edges for dimension, then adhere to base.  Stamp sentiment using black ink on to right hand edge of patterned paper and then attach that on to the card.  Stamp image of bears in brown ink on white card stock, cut out with die cut and colour in.  Adhere to card using pop up dots.  Stamp eggs on to white card stock using brown ink, colour in, and hand cut, then attach to card using pop up dots.
Copics used:  E00, E21, E33, E35, E25, E43, T2, BV000, BV00, Y06, YG41, G12, B34, B32, B23, RV13, V06

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Welcome to the New Life Collection!

Today there is a fabulous new collection being released by Heartfelt Creations, just in time for us to start work on our Easter projects.  Here are a couple of my creations, I hope you'll check out the Heartfelt Creations Blog and see what the rest of the design team has made.

Here is the candle.  For both this and the Spring Up card below I used tutorials found in the resources section at Splitcoast Stampers.

Instruction for Candle:
Stamp 3 images of cross on tissue paper using black StazOn ink.  Allow to dry, then use gold coloured glitter pen to accent.  Cut around each one and lightly adhere the tissue paper to the candle.  Wrap ribbon around bottom.  Wrap wax paper all around the outside of the candle on top of the items adhered to it, then use heat gun all around until the tissue paper has been soaked in.  Remove wax paper.

Instructions for card:
Prepare Spring Up Card base using tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers.   Stamp image of cross on white cardstock that has been precut to fit on to face of Spring Up Card.  Use VersaMark ink and gold embossing powder and heat set.  Distress edges and add light amounts of ink using sponge around the edges.  Adhere to base card.
Stamp small coordinating posy stamp on velum cardstock several times using VersaMark ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  Cut out using coordinating die.  Add one in the centre of the cross overtop of the flower there, using a pop up dot, and add a pearl over top.  Stamp sentiment on white card stock using black ink and cut out, then adhere with pop up dots on base as shown in photo.  Use the extra die cut velum flowers to decorate as shown in photo.

I think this pair would make a great Easter gift!

Products used:
HCPC3303 Posy Patch Flowers PreCut Set
HCD701 Posy Patch Diecuts
HCPC3366 Wrought Iron Cross PreCut Set

Monday, February 7, 2011

Masculine card

I have another masculine card to share with you this week, also made at my hubby's request.

This one features a stag/male deer image from Heartfelt Creations.

Products used:
Watchful Whitetail Product ID: 976E
Open Falling Leaves PreCut Set Product ID: HCPC 3334
Falling Leaves Die Product ID: HCD 707
Labels 2 Product ID: 376183

Card size is standard 5 1/2 by 4 1/4.
Use letterpress technique to emboss background sheet.  Adhere to card base which is 5 1/2 by 3 1/2.  Stamp image of Stag on white card stock and cut out with die cut.  Colour (Copics used here) and adhere to the base sticking up over the top.  I used the Copic airgun to add dark brown along the edges of the image though sponges could be used.  Stamp leaves on green card stock using green ink, and cut out with coordinating die cut.  Adhere to edge of card as shown in photo using pop up dots.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Summer lighthouse

My hubby always complains about how many girly cards I made so I made up a bunch of masculine cards recently, and this one here is my favorite.  It features a beautiful image from Heartfelt Creations.

Products used:
Lighthouse Shore Product ID: 542G

Card is standard 4 1/4 by 5 1/2.  All colouring is done with Copics.
Stamp image on white card stock using black ink.  Colour image and add ink to edges for depth.  Cut blue background card stock, emboss and sand.  Layer using other card stock as shown in photo, adding ribbon beneath main image.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air....or so I wish LOL!

Today I've got a happy card to share with you using an image from the Heartfelt Creations Springtime Medley Collection.

Products Used:
Butterfly Joys Product ID: 1136D
Semper Augustus Tulips PreCut Set Product ID: HCPC 3361
Pumpkin/Autumn Vines PreCut Set Product ID: HCPC 3329
Springtime Medley Die Product ID: HCD 709
Nestabilities Oval

Card size is standard 4 1/4 by 5 1/2
Stamp image of girl on white card stock using black ink.  Colour (Copics used here).  Cut patterned paper to fit as background, then cut oval out of centre using die cut.  Stamp tulip image on to the patterned paper overlapping the cut out circle.  Stamp swirly leave foliage images around base as well, as per photo.  Colour in (Copics used here).  Adhere the image of the girl behind the window of the patterned paper, and adhere to base.  Stamp tulip image on to purple coloured card stock and cut out using coordinating die cut.  Add sparkles to edges (Stickles used here).  Layer over top of the tulip on the card using pop up dots.  Add a photo corner and rhinestones as additional embellishments.