Liliacs and Birds

Kia Ora and Welcome Back

This week sees the launch of the gorgeous Lush Lilac collection.  I think this collection is going to be my all time favourite as it is just so beautiful!

The elegant, and well known lilac blossom takes center stage early in the spring season and is one of the first flowers to usher in the season of new beginnings! Enchanting clusters of tiny blossoms come together to create quaint floral displays with amazing color and a sweet-smelling fragrance that brings with it a feeling of gentility and old world charm! Join us in celebrating a perennial favorite…Introducing the Lush Lilac Collection by Heartfelt Creations! Venture out for a springtime stroll through a dreamy, garden themed paper collection filled with soft hues of luscious lavenders, deep purples, sky blues and pastel pinks accented with dreamy and romantic illustrations of cozy cottages, lilac filled parasols and lovely lilac filled garden settings! Softly scrolling swirls, vintage script and lace like details bring an old fashioned charm to this soft and innocent assembling of decorative papers, while three graceful cling stamp sets along with coordinating dies boast lush lilac sprays, a fetching lilac laden scroll, several endearing sentiments, as well as a winsome lilac filled parasol perfect for paper craft creations celebrating a multitude of occasions! A wonderful mix of lilac buds and blossom petal illustrations lend themselves beautifully to creating realistic and dimensional lilac blossoms when paired with the coordinating die and will bring a gentle touch of spring to all of your garden creations! So come along with us as we celebrate new beginnings and springtime beauty with the new Lush Lilac Collection!

Materials Used:

HCD1-7170 Lush Lilac Die

HCD1-7171 Lush Lilac & Umbrella Die

HCD1-7172 Lush Lilac Scroll & Cage Die

HCPC-3816 Lush Lilac Cling Stamp

HCPC-3817 Lush Lilac & Umbrella Cling Stamp Set

HCPC-3818 Lush Lilac Scroll & Notes Cling Stamp Set

HCDP1-Lush Lilac Paper Collection

HCFB1-466 Lush Lilac Paper Collection

HCD2-751 Cut Mat Create 2A Die

HCPC-3644 Birds and Blooms Stamp Set

HCD1-756 Birds and Blooms Die

HCD1-7161 Sweetheart Borders die

85-glitter Ultrafine Crystal Glitter

ANC814 Lettuce Entertain You Prills

GBKK811B1 Clear cardstock

HCPP3-452 White cardstock

TSMP900 Tuxedo Black ink

TSMP103 Memento Canteloupe

TSMP 604 Memento Summer Sky

TSMP707 Memento Bamboo Leaves

HCDA2-45 Stack and Store Daubers

159723 Art Glitter Dries Clear

PGM15015 Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear

TSSZ31 Stazon Jet Black

HCST1-401 Deluxe Shaping Kit

Foam tape, Brilliance Pearlescent Purple, Versamagic Sweet Petunia, Glue Gloss, Creative Expressions Iris cardstock, Zig Colour Brush Markers

Instructions:

Cut a piece of white cardstock at 6” x 12”, score at 6” along the long side and fold to make a base card of 6” x 6”.  Cut a piece of Iris cardstock at 6” x 7” and die cut the lace edge from the HCD1-7161 Sweetheart Borders die on both sides of the card.  Die cut 3 cages from Iris cardstock and adhere to the top of the card on the back, with the centre cage slightly higher.

Take the 6” x 6” patterned panel and die cut the inner square using the Cut Mat Create 2A die.  Using the frame as a template adhere the centre to the front of the Iris card.  Die cut a cage from white cardstock and adhere to the front of the panel.  Stamp the small lilac spray image from the HCPC-3816 Lush Lilac Cling Stamp in Jet Black ink on Bristol Smooth paper and die cut with the corresponding die.  Colour the image in with Zig brush markers and adhere to the bottom of the cage.  Stamp the lilacs from the HCPC-3816 Lush Lilac Cling Stamp in Pearlescent Purple ink, sponge with the Purple ink, and die cut with the corresponding die.  Shape the lilacs with the Deluxe Flower Shaping kit and adhere the lilac to the lilac spray.  Add Crystal Clear glitter to the lilac with Glue Gloss and Lettuce Entertain You prills to the centre.  Stamp the bird images from the HCPC-3644 Birds and Blooms Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock and cut out with the corresponding die.  Colour with Canteloupe, Summer Sky and Sweet Petunia inks and add Ultrafine Crystal glitter with glue gloss.  Add a bird to the top of the lilac spray.

Cut a piece of clear cardstock 3 ¾” x 5 ½” and score ½” in from each end on the long side. Bend slightly and adhere on the sides of the frame.  Adhere the frame to the card base with foam tape.  Die cut another cage out of white cardstock and adhere over the clear cardstock over the previous cage image.  Cut 3 cages out of the Iris cardstock and adhere to the back of this panel with the centre one being slightly higher.  Adhere the card front to the card base.  Cut the sentiment from the patterned paper and adhere to the top of the card as shown.

Stamp the umbrella image from the HCPC-3817 Lush Lilac & Umbrella Cling Stamp Set in Jet Black ink on Bristol Smooth cardstock and die cut with the corresponding die. Colour in with Zig brush markers and shape lightly and adhere to the bottom left of the card.

Stamp the long lilac spray image from the HCPC-3818 Lush Lilac Scroll & Notes Cling Stamp Set in Jet Black ink on Bristol Smooth cardstock and die cut with the corresponding die.  Colour in with Zig markers and shape lightly and adhere to the top right of the bird cage coming down the right side of the cage.

Stamp the lilacs and buds from the HCPC-3816 Lush Lilac Cling Stamp in Pearlescent Purple ink, sponge with the Purple ink, and Bamboo Leaves ink on the stems of the buds and die cut with the corresponding die.  Shape the lilacs with the Deluxe Flower Shaping kit and adhere the lilacs to the umbrella and over the long lilac spray and around the sentiment as shown. Add Crystal Clear glitter to the lilac with Glue Gloss and Lettuce Entertain You prills to the centre.

Stamp the bird images from the HCPC-3644 Birds and Blooms Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock and cut out with the corresponding die.  Colour with Canteloupe, Summer Sky and Sweet Petunia inks and add Ultrafine Crystal glitter with glue gloss.  Shape lightly and adhere above the umbrella and on the right as shown.

This is such a beautiful collection and the rest of the Design Team have created some gorgeous products here:

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Ka Kite Anu

Patricia

Elegant Pink Dogwoods

Kia Ora and Welcome Back

It is time for Wednesday Inspiration for Heartfelt Creations, and today I am sharing a card that I have made featuring the Flowering Dogwood flowers on a pink and white embossed card.  This card would be suitable for many occasions with just a change of sentiment.

Instructions:

HCPC-3773 Flowering Dogwood Stamps

HCD1-7129 Flowering Dogwood Dies

HCPC-3785 Small Classic Petunia Stamp

HCD1-761 Everyday Heroes Die

ANC814 Prills – Lettuce Entertain You

PGM15015 Rajni Chawla’s Frosting Powder

PGM15016 Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear

TSBL32 Brilliance Pearlescent Coral

TSMP704 Memento New Sprout

TSMP707 Memento Bamboo Leaves

159723 Art Glitter Dries Clear

HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

Other Products- die cutting machine, Crafter’s Companion 3D Embossing Folder – Ornate Lace, Glue Gloss, Brayer, White Cardstock, Green Cardstock

Instructions – Cut a piece of white cardstock at 10” x 7”, score and crease at 5” along the long side to create a base card 5” x 7”.

Cut a piece of white cardstock 4 ¾” x 6 ¾”.  Using the brayer ink the smooth side of the Ornate Lace embossing folder, add the card and emboss for a letterpress effect.  Adhere to the base card.

To make the flowers stamp the dogwood flowers from the HCPC-3773 Flowering Dogwood Stamps with Pearlescent Coral ink on white cardstock.  Sponge the centres with New Sprout before die cutting with the coordinating die.  Ink the edges of the flowers with Pearlescent Coral and shape using the Deluxe Flower Shaping kit.  Layer the larger flowers and keep the smaller flowers single.  Die cut the stamens using green cardstock, roll using the quilling tip from the Deluxe Flower Shaping kit and adhere to the centre of the larger flowers using Dries Clear glue.  Add Lettuce Entertain You prills to the centres of the flowers and stamens using Dries Clear Glue.  Add Frosting Powder to the petals using Glue Gloss and heat for a frosted look.  Adhere to the bottom left and top right of the card as shown.

To make the leaves stamp the images from the HCPC-3773 Flowering Dogwood Stamps using Bamboo Leaves ink on white cardstock.  Sponge the flowers with New Sprout and then die cut using the coordinating dies.  Sponge the edges with Bamboo Leaves and shape using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.  Using Glue Gloss add Crystal Clear to the leaves and adhere around the flowers as shown.

To make the sentiment stamp the Happy Birthday from the HCPC-3785 Small Classic Petunia Stamp using Pearlescent Coral on white cardstock.  Die cut using the die from the Everyday Hero die set.  Adhere to the card as shown.

And the second card today features more foamiran flowers

HCDP1-281 Winter’s Eve Paper Collection

HCD1-7144 Decorative Medallion die

HCPC-3680 Sparkling Poinsettia Stamp

HCD1-766 Sparkling Poinsettia Die

HCD1-755 Circle Basics Large dies

HCD1754 Eyelet Circle and Basics Small dies

TSMP704 Memento New Sprout

TSBL32 Brilliance Pearlescent Coral

159723 Art Glitter Dries Clear glue

Other – Die cutting machine, silk foamiran, satin ribbon, Gala Glitz – Gold, Hot Glue Gun

Instructions – Cut a piece of cardstock at 12” x 6”, score and crease at 6” along the long side to create a base card of 6” x 6”.  Cut a panel of 6” x 6” paper from the paper collection and adhere to the front of the card.  Cut a circle using the outer die from the HCD1-7144 Decorative Medallion die set from white cardstock.  Cut two patterned medallion dies from the HCD1-7144 Decorative Medallion die out of white cardstock and adhere to the top and bottom of the circle.  Cover the centre with the ribbon.  Adhere the oval to the card base as shown.  Cut the sentiment out from the patterned paper and adhere to the left over the ribbon.

Cut another larger circle using the large circle die from the HCD1-755 Circle Basics Large dies out of the pink paper.  Die cut the centre of a panel featuring pink poinsettias and holly using the small circle die from HCD1754 Eyelet Circle and Basics Small dies and adhere to the top of the pink paper.  Adhere to the card base as shown.

Stamp the images from the HCPC-3680 Sparkling Poinsettia Stamp using Pearlescent Coral ink on the silk foamiran.  Sponge the centres with the New Sprout ink and die cut.  Sponge the edges lightly with the Pearlescent Coral ink.  Shape and assemble together as shown with a hot glue gun.  Add Gala Glitz to the centres with Dries Clear glue.  Add to the card as shown.

Please visit the Heartfelt Creations blog for more inspiration and to preview the Beary Fun Retreat collection here: https://www.heartfeltcreations.us/blog/615/elegant-new-inspiration-a-beary-fun-retreat-preview

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Ka Kite Anu

Patricia

Sympathy Cards

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This week I am featuring some sympathy cards that I have made with a white on white theme.  I struggle to put sentiments on some of my cards as I find the sentiments detract from the artwork and these cards were no exception.  I do think sometimes no words are needed though.

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I have used a combination of Spellbinders dies embellished with Heartfelt Classic Roses to make these cards.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Timbrels White Cardstock, Bazzill Smooth White Cardstock

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, New Sprout

Stamps – Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose, CTMH Just Sayin’

Dies – Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose, Spellbinders Sue Wilson Pine Leaf,

Embossing Folder

White ribbon and pearls from my stash

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

Welcome back

This week I am featuring a couple of cards I made yesterday with a combination of Sue Wilson Dies, Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret stamps and dies and a die from Tattered Lace.  I love the look of the stitched frames and the lattice work on this card.

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I have never used this combination of cream and white before but it does work well and makes a very elegant card.

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Materials used:

Dies – Sue Wilson Lattice Frames, Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret and Mini Vintage Floret, Tattered Lace Butterfly, Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles – not seen but is inside the card.

Inks – Memento Lulu Lavender, Sweet Plum

Cardstock – Sullivans Pearlised Card – Purple, Cream, CTMH White Daisy and Colonial White

I have left these cards without sentiments and eventually I want to be able to add a personalised service for my cards.  These cards are available for sale at Gift Hutt.

I am looking to have a wider range of paper crafting supplies at Gift Hutt so please watch this space…

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.

Patricia

Time for Christmas

Welcome back

This week I have finally got into the Christmas mode getting products ready for Gift Hutt.  I have got the Cricut chirping and I am happy with the results with these cards and tags.  I have used both the Artistry and Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge to make these very cute little Santas and Teddy Santas to place on the cards and tags.

I have cut the tags from Glacier cardstock using the Art Philosophy cartridge at 3″ a and the To and From stamp is from the Scandinavian Wishes Stamp set (a retired SOTM).  I finished off with some Ruby washi tape.  I am not a big user of washi tape but I do like to use it to fill in gaps like what I have done here.

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This cute little Santa is from the Artistry cartridge was very easy to do.  He has been done at 2.5″ and I have coloured the base card (Colonial White) with a very pale pink copic pen which helped to have the white beard stand out more.

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Then I made some cards with the Santas and the White Pines papers.

 

#CTMH White Pines and Artistry

I wasn’t really sure about this brown paper but it does make a nice background to help pop the embellishments.  The paper pack comes with Chocolate cardstock, but I used Desert Sand instead as it coordinated better with the Santa bear.

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Materials used for the tags:

Cardstock – Glacier, White Daisy, Colonial White, Desert Sand, Black, Slate, Ruby

Cricut cartridges – Artristry, Create A Critter 2, Art Philosophy

Ink – Black

Washi Tape – Ruby

Stamp set – Scandinavian Wishes (NLA)

Bakers Twine – Outdoor Denim

Copic pen – R81 Rose Pink

Cards:

Cadstock – Desert Sand, Colonial White, White Daisy, Ruby, Slate, Black

Paper – White Pines

Stamps – Framed (NLA), Holiday Cheer

Ink – Ruby

Cricut Cartridges – Artistry, Create A Critter 2

Embossing Folder – Confetti Wishes

Spellbinders die- Lacy Squares Nestabilities 5

I have had a couple of difficult weeks and have had to make the decision to resign as a Close to My Heart consultant.  I love the products but life has thrown me a curve ball and I have had to go with it.  I will still use CTMH products (I have quite a stash now!) and will continue with this blog as I enjoy the design process.  I will try and participate in another couple of blog hops and will still be part of a Facebook group showcasing my artwork.  I have been very humbled with the lovely comments and support from the other CTMH consultants across Australasia, Canada the the United States – so a huge thank you to everyone.

I will now focus on my shop Gift Hutt and make products for sale there.

I hope you all have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

 

 

CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop – Twinkle

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Hello and welcome about out Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from Anne’s blog Mummy You Made This then you are in the right place.  If you landed by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Today I would like to share with you some cards I have made which features the October SOTM Twinkle which is available exclusively throughout October, for $33 or for just $10 when you spend $75′

f9ffbb7a-4509-4d97-8467-1044db812aa9I really haven’t had much time to do more but this stamp is so cute for Christmas.  I have made three cards using the new White Pines reflections paper which goes really well with this stamp set.

#CTMH SOTM Twinkle

For this 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 card I have cut out the pine cones and leaves from the Artistry cartridge and the bow is from the Artiste cartridge.  The bauble and the label has been embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder.

#CTMH SOTM Twinkle

This was a very quick and easy card to put together.  The greeting is stamped in cranberry and flaxen inks.

#CTMH SOTM Twinkle

This card can be either a Christmas card or a general card for someone special.  I have cut all the leaves and flowers out of the Artistry cartridge for this card.  The flowers have been cut from Pomegranate cardstock.  I have embossed the Glacier cardstock with the diamond embossing folder and used the ‘back side’ for a ‘quilted look’.

Twinkle is only available until the 31st of October from your CTMH consultant here.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Georgia’s blog – Georgia Creates CTMH.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Pomegranate, Cranberry, Ruby, New England Ivy, Fern, Colonial White, Glacier

Paper – White Pines

Stamps – Twinkle

Inks – Pomegranate, Cranberry, Flaxen

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Artistry

Ranger Embossing Powder – Gold

Gold Sequins

Fern extra thick twine

Embossing folder – diamond

Gold Gems

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Photographers

There are some great tips here for anyone with a camera.

Make It from Your Heart

So you want to learn how to take good photos, do you? You’re not alone. With technology these days, it seems like it would be pretty much impossible to take a bad picture, yet we all end up with our fair share of photos that make us cringe. The red eyes, the shadowy faces, the artwork shots that look like they were taken in a cave—we’ve all been there. But the good news is there’s hope! With a little knowledge, you can take your photos from blah to brilliant and upgrade your layouts and blog posts from meh to marvelous. Let’s get started.Learn the power behind the buttons.
All of the bells and whistles on your camera may seem overwhelming at first, but if you take a few moments to sit down, read the guidebook, and master a few key features, your pictures will reap the benefits. It won’t…

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