Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Heartfelt Creations August 2013 Alumni Hop

Hello stamping friends!

Today I'm joining my fellow Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team members for our monthly hop of inspiration.  It's always such a fun time just hopping through all their blogs and oohing and aaahing over new and creative ways stamps and products are used.  I get so many ideas as I'm hopping along, and I hope you do too.

You may have arrived here from Cibele Glaser's blog post or you may have started somewhere else. Either way, just hop along to each blog and post a little comment to let us know you were here.   If you do, you'll be in the drawing to win a $25.00 gift certificate from the Heartfelt Creations store.  You can choose to use it to buy their amazing stamps, cutting dies, delish papers, sparkly embellishments, glues, glitters, tools or whatever your heart desires.  Comments will be accepted until Friday, August. 30, so you have plenty of time to visit each blog.

Now on to the show...
This week marks the first week back to school for me.  As a teacher, I've got meetings and the dreaded unpacking to do.  When the classroom is all fresh and ready for new learners, I place "treats" on their desks to welcome them to third grade.  This year, I wanted to create a simple card that could be mass produced in only one evening.  I also wanted a little treat I could give my teaching teammates.   I used my school colors and some hand written text to make it more personalized.
Do you notice the image used in this project?  It's the book in Book Frame 2 Precut Set!  It's the perfect little book to background stamp on a school-related project!!!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project.  Please head on over to Sarah's blog to continue the hop.  Remember, in order to be placed in the drawing for a $25 gift card to the Heartfelt Creations store, please comment on each blog.

Here's this month's blog hop order:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

heartfelt creations alumni hop...UPDATE! WINNER WINNER

Hello stampers!
Today I'm joining fellow Heartfelt Creations Design Team Alum in the monthly hop, hop, hop of inspiration and fun. I was disappointed that I wasn't able to visit the booth (or the show for that matter) at CHA in Vegas this past week, so I locked myself in my stamping room and got busy pretending I was there.

For today's creation, I dreamed of cooler weather and adding to my Christmas Cards basket...Yes, like many other stampers, I try to be a bit prepared and make cards for Christmas throughout the year. I guess, Christmas is in your heart all year, so I'm thinking it's appropriate to make them any time I want.
This card was created by first stamping the image onto white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Next, I created a mask using a cut out of the skyline image. Then I used Memento Bahama Blue, Danube Blue and a bit of Tuxedo black to create the sky. After that, I added additional color to the scene using a variety of Copic Markers. Finally, I applied a bit of white pen to the star and some of the images to give it the added reflection. Adding the shiny bling dot was an obvious choice on the North Star. The image was cut out using Spellbinders Ovals die and was distressed using Ranger Vintage Photo ink before being popped up using pop-dots.

The card base was originally stamped and clear embossed with the sentiment repeatedly along 3/4 of the bottom but I didn't care for that combination so I searched for the perfect patterned paper that would compliment the image. I think the crown paper from MME Lost and Found Two (Breeze) was just the perfect match, don't you think??? I attached this paper onto the kraft card base (A2) and corner rounded the bottom edges. Distressing again with vintage photo ink blended the papers together. Finally, I tied some brown ribbon around the card and adhered the beautiful image.
Thanks for stopping by my little stampie place. If you're interested in winning a $25.00 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations Store, make sure to comment on each Alum's post. Emma Lou and the fam at Heartfelt Creations will be selecting a winner from all comments on all blogs so you'll have until Friday Aug. 2 at MIDNIGHT to comment! I'll come back on Saturday to announce the winner!!! Now, head on over to Lisa's blog for some more inspiration!

Blog Hop Roll:

Kerry Urbatch: That's ME!
Lisa Allen

Thanks for stopping by! See you inkin' around.

Products used to create this card:

Kraft card base
White cardstock for image
Memento Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue
Ranger Distress ink Vintage Photo
Reminisce white pen
Copic Markers: C3, C5; BV31, 23, 17; B45, 63, 66; FB2; E43, 51, 33; BG93; G82; W1; YR00
HCPC 3430 Shepherd Scene Precut Set
Spellbinders Classic Ovals


Here are her winning comments:

Lisa's Blog:
From Caroline's Blog:
From Vicki's Blog:
From Alissa's Blog:
From My Blog:
From Nataliya's Blog:
From Mary's Blog:

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!!! To all those who joined the hop, we appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave comments!!! Please come back again next month and YOU just might win the prize!!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gelli Gelli Gelli in the house...

Woo Hoo...

I got an 8x10 Gelli Plate a few days ago and pulled it out of the package to play today.  I hunted everywhere for my brayer but I couldn't seem to find it so I just fiddled anyway.  Experimenting with the use of my paint stash, assorted stamps, Stickles sparkles, Copic markers and everyday objects was the task...The challenge was to create a nice background paper that I could then incorporate into a card project or two.
YEEE HAW...It was so fun.  Not as messy as I thought it would be.  I used my paint brushes to spread the paint then figured out that using a simple piece of paper would do a better job at making sure the paint layers were just the right consistency.  I can tell that this Gelli plate is going to be well loved in my craft room.

After about an hour of playing, I ended up with a pretty painted piece of paper (Try saying that three times real fast!) I could use in a few projects... So I decided to do the "Use Your Stash" challenge at SSS.  I pulled some stamps (Sweet Stamp Shop Simple Sentiments and Color Wheel) and some ribbons and got to work...

Challenge Part 1:  Take a photo of your STASH:
Yummy 'eh?  As you can see from the bottom stack of paints...They have NOT been used in a LONG while, so I figured getting a Gelli plate will at least diminish this stash right??? HEE HEE

Anyway...After taking photos of said stash, I picked a few colors to work with:
Not in Picture:  Americana Primary Yellow
Top Section, second row:  Deco Art Crystal Craft Twinkles Glitter Paint
Top Section, bottom row: Delta Ceramcoat Caribbean Blue; Craft Smart Lime Green, Light Orange
I also grabbed some Orange Peel Stickles (just to test it out on the Gelli plate)

OH MY GOODNESS!  HEAVEN.  I'm in heaven...paint, stamps, stickles...WEEEOOOO!

I fiddled and fiddled with paints, glitters and stamps (and a cap from a squirt bottle) and ended up with a yummy piece of patterned paper that I used to create these cards (and a few more to come) that will be mailed to some special friends and family...

Card 1:  Notice the Color Wheel???
Deelish 'eh???
Card 2:  HELLO YOU!  A little goes a long way!  (Cut mosaic squares too!)
A perfect little cheerful hello.  
 MMMM there's that sparkle again!!!
So, there you have it.  My first few pieces from the first piece of Gelli fabulousness coming outta my craft room!!!  Using up my paints, one bottle at a time!  WOO!