Saturday, August 31, 2013

Playing with Pattern

Good Morning!
I hope you are having a wonderful start to your Labor Day weekend!  It is hard to believe we have been back to school for 2 weeks already; fall is quickly approaching.
This morning I played along in a special challenge at SCS.  Stef has been hosting the Inspiration Challenge for several years now, and today is her last challenge, as she will be passing the torch on to another SCS challenge player, Audrie. She has inspired so many over the years. 
Today's inspiration site is chock full of wonderful products to inspire the creative mind.  I was actually inspired by the entire site- I love the symmetry and mirror imaging used in so many of their patterns.  I think this piece best represents the inspiration I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed weekend!

Lee Ann  :)

Products Used-
Paper-Flourishes white cs, Stampin' Up Naturals Ivory and Soft Sky, Basic Gray dp
Ink- Memento black
Other- Spellbinders dies and embossing folder, Stampin' Up seam binding, pearl flourish

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Heartfelt Holly

Hello and Welcome to another Heartfelt Inspiration Wednesday!

Today it is all about the holly, and Heartfelt Creations' new holly images are gorgeous!

 I colored my holly swirls with Copics and die cut them with the coordinating dies. The sentiment is embossed in black.  See complete instructions below.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  For more amazing inspiration from the Design Team, please check out the Heartfelt Creations blog.  

Have a blessed week! 

Lee Ann  :)

Heartfelt Creations Products used-
Holly Berry Precut Set- HCPC 3551
Bright Christmas Precut Set- HCPC 3552
Ornamental Add On Die- HCD 738
Spellbinders Circle nesties, Classic Scalloped Circle nesties, Classic Petal Edgeablilities

Other Products used- Sizzix woodgrain ef and foliage ef, Stampin' Up Whisper White and Real Red cs, Flourishes white cs, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Stampin' Up black craft ink, black ep, dimensionals, Stampendous Crystal Snow glitter, Copic markers R20, R24, R29, G20, G24, G28, YG67

Stamp 1 large holly sprig, 1 medium holly sprig and 2 small holly sprigs on white cs with Tuxedo black ink, color with Copics, and die cut out with matching Ornamental Add On dies. Set aside. Fold 11” x 4.25” red cs in half for card base. Cut white cs for background mat and emboss. Adhere to card base. Cut 1 3/4” strip of white cs and emboss with woodgrain ef. Cut to width of white mat. Add red mat to top of strip of white cs. Cut red strip of cs with Petal Edgeabilites die and use as mat to bottom edge of white strip. Ahere white strip with red trim to card base. Stamp sentiment in black craft ink and emboss with black ep. Cut with circle nestie. Die cut scalloped circle in red; mat sentiment with red scalloped circle. Adhere to card with dimensionals. Lower edge of scalloped circle should be about even with petal edge of white/red strip.
Adhere medium holly sprig to left lower corner of circle. Cut 2 petals at base of large holly sprig off. Add one of them to right of medium holly sprig, tucking cut edge under petal edge. Adhere large holly sprig to right upper corner. Adhere 2 small holly sprigs, one on each side of large sprig. Pop up berries and leaves with dimensionals. Add small amount of glitter to each holly berry.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Elegant Sympathy

Hello!  I have a quick post for you today; I have had a busy weekend getting ready for a visit from my parents.  I worked in a card for the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoaststamper.
I used an Our Daily Bread Designs image and a Heartfelt Creations sentiment for my card-

 I used reinkers and a waterbrush to color the poppy. I spot colored the poppy center with a Versamark marker and then heat embossed it with black embossing powder.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Have a blessed Sunday!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Mother's Day- Our Daily Bread Designs; Classic Message Precut Set- Heartfelt Creations
Paper- Stampin' Up Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley dsp; Flourishes white cs
Ink-Old Olive, Poppy Parade (reinkers), Memento black
Other- Versamark marker, black ep, Spellbinders M-bossability folder-Ornamental Iron, Spellbinders Label One Dies

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Deck the Halls

Hello and Welcome to another Wednesday of Heartfelt Inspiration!
Today I have a fun Christmas project to share with you using the newest Heartfelt Creation dies.
I have quite a few pictures to show you what I have done, so as not to confuse you with verbage!

My Christmas Tree Topper is made with Spellbinder Dies, Heartfelt Creations Ornamental Add On dies, and a toilet paper tube!
So, here we go!
Cut an empty toilet paper roll from top to bottom; curl cardboard to desired size, making a funnel of sorts, with the top opening being narrower than the bottom opening. Adhere cut sides together with Scor Pal adhesive. Next, make a loop in the middle of a piece of floral wire by wrapping the wire around your finger so that the ends meet. Twist the wire so that you have a loop that will be sandwiched between 2 cardstock circles measuring about 2 inches in diameter. Twist the wire for about a distance of 2 inches.
Using a small punch (I used a 1/16th inch hole punch). Punch a hole on both sides of your cardboard cone. Consider your seam to be the back of the cone.

 Holes should be about 1 3/4” from the top edge of the cone. Put a slight bend in the 2 ends of your wire and feed the looped wire up through the cone. Insert the ends of the wire into the holes and lay them flat against the outside of the cone. If your wire is long enough that it extends beyond the bottom of the cone, curl the wires back up into the cone from the bottom edge.
Die cut these shapes from silver glitter paper (you could also use chip board and heat emboss it or cover it in glitter)-
2 approx 2 inch circles
1 Picot Edge circle, approx 1 1/2” in diameter
14 of the flourished petals from the Heartfelt Creations Die set

Make a template from plain cs to wrap your cone. Use template to cut out paper from Christmas Card Collection. Using Mod Podge, glue plain cs to cone. Once dry, glue designer paper to cone. Cover with a layer of Mod Podge and let dry.

With 10 of your die cut petals, glue 2 together (wrong sides together) creating 5 2-sided petals. Apply Scor Pal tape to entire back surface of one of your 2 inch circles. Lay looped wire on taped surface of circle die cut and push it into adhesive. Apply Scor Pal tape over wire loop and press it into circle die cut. Adhere 5 petals around edge of circle (this is why you need tape over entire surface of circle die cut). With your remaining 2 inch circle, cover entire back surface with Scor Pal tape and adhere directly over first circle so that petals and wire will be sandwiched inbetween 2 circles. 

With remaining 4 petals, I trimmed off the lowest, longest flourished segments, as I wanted a more open and airy look. I used these trimmed off pieces to decorate the top of my cone; I adhered the pieces with Mod Podge. These remaining trimmed petals were placed inbetween the original petals and adhered to the circle with glue dots. The Picot Edge Circle was then adhered over these ends and in the center of the 2 inch circle. I used a pop up glue dot for dimension.

 A decorative brad was added; I used a wire cutter to trim off some of the prongs and adhered it with a large glue dot. Lastly, tinsel twine was wrapped twice around the top of the cone.

I hope that made some sense to you!  Feel free to ask any questions that you may have.  
Thanks so much for stopping by! Check out all of the amazing inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on the Heartfelt Creations blog

Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Heartfelt Creations Products used-
Ornamental Add On Dies-HCD 738
Christmas Card Collection paper

Spellbinders Picot Edge Circles Nestabilities
Spellbinders Circle Dies

Other Products used-Stampin' Up silver glitter cs, toilet paper roll, floral stem wire 20g, Tim Holtz Tinsel Twine, Paper Studio gemstone flower brads, Mod Podge, glue dots, Scor Pal adhesive

Summer Fun and Sweet 'n Sassy

RCC84 - Week 2

Hello everyone!  This is week 3 of the monthly challenge and this month we are looking for some
 Summertime Fun!

So what  prize is up for grabs? How about a Ribbon Carousel?!
 Each month we are giving away a Ribbon Carousel to one of our randomly chosen challenge participants! 

Just a reminder that our Ribbon Carousel Crewmates have divided up into FOUR teams.  Each week you will see fresh projects for this month's challenge!

There are three rules to be eligible for the prize:
1.  You MUST use ribbon or twine on your creation.
2. Your project must be based on the theme of the month.
 3. You must add  a NEW project  to the inlinkz below and link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery.

Check out some crafty eye candy from our talented Crewmates here for a little inspiration before you link up your project to THIS POST HERE!

 I can remember as a child, playing for hours outside during the summer, be it Hide and Seek, Mother May I, jumping rope, or riding bikes.  This sentimental silhouette image from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps reminds me of those summers.  

 I sponged my paper using Soft Sky, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue, Island Indigo and Pool Party.  Then I spritzed my background with water to get a slightly pebbled effect.  You can see this Sponge and Spritz tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed day!
Lee Ann  :)
Supplies used-
Stamps-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps  His Child and Across the Miles
Paper- Stampin' Up Bashful Blue, Cetainly Celery, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper
Ink-Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Basic Black, Versafine Black
Other-SU Honeycomb ef, SU white ribbon, SU Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Cheery Lynn Designs Flourish die, MFT Circle STax Die-Namics, Sweet .n Sassy Stamps Cloud and Raindrop dies, Verve Mini Vintage Oval Die

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Christmas Release with Heartfelt Creations

Hello and Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Inspiration Wednesday!
We are pleased to present the Christmas Card Collection. The Christmas Card paper pad has 76 card fronts that will enable you to create quick and easy Christmas cards that are embellished or simple- you pick! This paper pack is a fantastic solution for getting the most beautiful cards for the least amount of time. If you don’t need one side, flip it over and use the other side! The coloring is done for you. There are many panels for utmost variety and the best  selection. The stamps and dies released with this collection are absolutely festive and ornamental. The gorgeous type and frames will help you create the most beautiful Christmas project your friends have ever seen!
Leave a comment on the Heartfelt Creations blog by August 20th to be eligible to win the entire collection.

This sweet winter bird was colored with Copics and fussy cut out. The small snow flakes were embossed in silver on the wintry blue dp and the large, central snow flake was made using the new Ornamental Die Add Ons.  You can find detailed instructions below. 
Visit the Heartfelt Creations blog for more gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team!

Thanks so much form visiting and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Heartfelt Creations Supplies used-
Christmas Song Precut Set- HCPC 3556
Winter Season Precut Set-H CPC 3543
Ornamental Add On Dies- HCD 738
Christmas Card Collection Papers-HCDP1 236

Other Products used-
White cs, vellum cs, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic markers, silver ep, dimensionals, bling, Recollections pearl flourish

Fold 12 x 6 piece of white CS in half to create card base. Cut background mat from blue designer paper and stamp several times with snowflake stamp and Versamark ink. Emboss with silver ep and adhere to card base.
Die cut 5 decorative die pieces from white cs. Die cut/punch a circle from white cs. Arrange decorative die pieces around circle piece and adhere to create large snowflake. Stamp bird image in black and color with Copics. Fussy cut out image. Stamp sentiment in Versamark on vellum and heat emboss with silver ep. Die cut/punch out circle shape. Adhere on top of circle center of snowflake. Arrange snowflake and bird image on card and adhere. Bird is adhered with dimensionals. Add bling to snowflake. Add pearl flourish to card base.

Monday, August 12, 2013


Well, it is the beginning of the school year here in St Louis. It was sad to let go of the summer but sometimes getting back into a routine is a good thing.  Tonight I got back into my school year routine and  worked in a little stamp time, playing along in the CAS challenge at SCS.  Today's challenge has us case-ing one of the real cas artists there, Harriet Skelly.

I stamped my background stamp in Versamark and clear embossed it.  Then I masked off sections of the stamped image and sponged blocks of color on in a rainbow spectrum.  I added the sentiment from a very old Stampin' Up set- the only reason it is popped up on dimensionals is because I had to restamp it as I smeared the first one.  I had planned on it being a one layer card- oh well, best laid plans...!

Hope everyone has a great start to the school year (if that is the life stage you are in!)!  Happy crafting!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lee Ann  :)

Products used-
Stamps- Deep Red- Circles Background, Stampin' Up- Wonderful Words
Paper- Stampin' Up Whisper White and Summer Starfruit
Ink-Memento Black, Versamark, Stampin' Up Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant
Other- clear ep, dimensionals, post it notes, Copics (to color rhinestones)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Subtle Shells

Hello there!
I am sharing a quick and easy card today that would be great for mass producing.  I plan on using this design for sympathy cards, which, sadly, I never have enough of. 

This card is all about the background.  I inked up the inside of my Spellbinders M-Bossability folder- Shell Beauty- with craft gold ink and then ran the folder with Bashful Blue cs in it, through the embossing machine.  The ink transfers to the debossed surfaces of the paper.  Once dried, I sponged on craft white ink over the raised areas of the shell design, to help bring out the contrast of the embossed and debossed surfaces.  The sentiment is stamped in black and mounted on brushed gold cs and popped up on dimensionals.  Talk about simple!  I think this design gives you a lot of bang for your buck, or for your time, anyway! 
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann :)

Supplies used-
Stamps- Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 3
Paper- Stampin' Up Bashful Blue cs and Brushed Gold cs, Flourishes white cs
Ink-Archival Black, Craft white, Craft Gold
Other-Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder, dimensionals, organza ribbon

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Heartfelt Winter

Hello, and welcome to another Wednesday of inspiration from Heartfelt Creations!
Today I have a quick card to share with you.  I was short on time this past week as I was out of town.

This card is really all about layers.  For all the details, see the instructions below. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Heartfelt Creations Products used-

Winter Season Precut Set- HCPC 3543
Spellbinder Labels One and Decorative Labels One dies

Other Products Used-
Flourishes white cs, Stampin' Up Pool Party cs, Versamark, silver ep, pearl flourish (Recollections) and snowflake brad (Spare Parts), ribbon

Fold 4.25 x 8.5 piece of white cs in half for card base. With the largest of the Labels One Die, instead of using it as a die, emboss the shape into the front of the card base. Die cut the largest 3 Decorative Labels One dies from light blue cs. Stamp sentiment in Versamark on white cs and emboss with silver ep. Die cut sentiment, using smallest of the Decorative Label Dies that you have already used. Fussy cut the lacey edge of the die cut sentiment panel off. Adhere to the same sized blue mat. Die cut 2 white Label One pieces that correspond with the two remaining blue Decorative Labels One mats. Stamp the snowflake image in Versamark on the middle sized white panel and emboss with silver ep. Adhere all the mats together. Add snowflake brad to left lower corner of card. Adhere panels to card base. Adhere pearl flourish to card. Add bow.
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