Thursday, February 20, 2014

Heartfelt Creations DT Application Projects

Last fall, I applied for the Heartfelt Creations DT. I made it to the first level, but didn't make the design team. I am finally uploading the projects that I had to create and send in.


Products Used:
HCDP1 235 Burst of Splendor Paper Collection
HCPC 3533 Sun Kissed Fleur PreCut Set
HCD 734 Sun Kissed Fleur Die
HCPC 3334 Open Falling Leaves PreCut Set
452255 Grand Calibur

Project Instructions:
Other Products: Zutter Distrezz It All, Heidi Swapp Distress Tool, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 4, Tim Holtz Black Soot & Forest Moss Distress Ink, Olive Vine, Tuscan Sun & Crème De Rouge Glimmer Mist

My inspiration for this card came from a great friend, Alissa. You should visit her blog for lots of beautiful cards and layouts! 

Card base is 6” x 6”. Cut a piece of paper 5 ¾” x 5 ¾” and another 5 ½” x 5 ½”. Distress the edges, then sew the smaller piece onto the larger piece. Cut a strip 1 ½” x 4 ¾”, distress the edges, mat on black cardstock, then sew around the edges. Cut 2 - 2” x 2” squares, distress the edges, mat on black and sew around the edges. Cut the largest labels 4 die out of a darker piece of patterned paper. Cut the 2nd largest out of a lighter piece of patterned paper. Distress the edges on both with the Heidi Swapp tool, then ink the edges with black soot distress ink. Stamp the Thanksgiving quote from the Open Falling Leaves precut set. Adhere the smaller label to the larger with foam dots to give it dimension. Stamp and cut out 3 sets of the Sun Kissed Fleur. Spray all but the leaves with Tuscan Sun and Crème De Rouge glimmer mist. For the largest flower, use the 3 largest flowers and the 1 ¼ x 1 ¼ . Using an embossing tool and pad, shape the backside of each petal, then flip over and press down in the center to pull the petals up. The two smaller flowers, use the 4 middle flower shapes. Roll each petal backwards, press into the center of each to draw the petals up.  Add your centers for all the flowers. For the leaves, ink with Forest Moss Distress ink, then spray with Olive Vine glimmer mist. Shape the leaves by embossing some lines down each petal, then bending the edges. Make a bow out of green ribbon and adhere to card. Assemble everything as pictured.


Products Used:
HCDP1 235 Burst of Splendor Paper Collection
HCPC 3533 Sun Kissed Fleur PreCut Set
HCD 734 Sun Kissed Fleur Die
HCPC 3390 Bella Rose Leaves PreCut Set
HCD 712 Bella Rose Die
HCPC 3468 Tattered Blossoms PreCut Set
HCD 722 Tattered Blossoms Die
452255 Grand Calibur

Project Instructions:
Other Products: Zutter Distrezz It All, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Aged mahogany & Forest Moss, Black Archival Ink, English Ivy glimmer mist, Shimmerz Bling, Pearl Ex Interference violet, Gesso, Cuttlebug A2 Script Texture Embossing Folder, EK Success Upper Crest Border Punch, Zing glitter black embossing powder, Tim Holtz Rock Candy Stickles, Black puffy paint, Bling, Pearl sprigs, Black cardstock


Background 12” x 12”, distress edges. Emboss the two opposite corners with Zing glitter black embossing powder by just rubbing the glue pad on the edges and applying the powder. Cut one piece of paper 8” x 9” and another 8” x 7”, distress the edges and ink with Aged Mahogany & forest moss distress inks. Sew each of these to the background sheet. Stamp with forest moss & cut 2 of the Bella Rose leaves, then spray with English Ivy glimmer mist. Shape the leaves using an embossing stylus on the front side around the edges. Stamp several sets of the Sun Kissed Fleur with black archival ink on different pieces of patterned paper and cardstock, then cut out. Shape the leaves in different ways to add a variety of flowers. Using just the four smallest flowers, create some small buds. Some I shaped on the front side of the petals, drawing them up, adding some sprigs to the center and pearls. Others I shaped the underside, pinching each of the petals edges together and twisting the tip of the petal to one side. Mix the gesso with Shimmerz blings and Pearl Ex Interference Violet, paint a larger area in the upper left hand corner and a couple of smaller areas around the background. I hand drew a brick design in the upper left hand corner while it was wet. Cut a 4” strip of patterned paper, use a border punch on the bottom of the strip, then dry emboss with script text, then sand off gently.  Sew a piece of ribbon at the top of the border strip. Add some bling and a couple of the Tattered Blossoms flowers. I print the journaling using Photoshop Elements, fussy cut out, inked the edges with forest moss and adhere underneath the border strip. The bling I made myself using puffy paint and transparencies. Cut it apart and randomly adhere around the flower cluster. Stamp & cut out 12 of the smallest flower in the Tattered Blossoms set. Shape each of the petals on the underside and adhere two together off-setting the petals. Place a jewel in the center. Tear out a strip of the background piece at the top. I sprayed a piece of lace ribbon with English Ivy Glimmer mist, then adhered behind the torn out area. Add one of the Tattered Blossoms flowers to the bottom of it. I printed the butterflies, fussy cut them out, add black puffy paint to the centers and Rock Candy Stickles to the wings, then adhered to the flower cluster. Take some of the leaves from the Sun Kissed Fleur set that you cut out earlier, ink with forest moss and spray with English Ivy glimmer mist, shape them and add to your flower cluster. Adhere some pearl sprigs throughout the cluster.  Once finished, adhere the whole thing to a sheet of 12” x  12” black cardstock.


 Thanks for looking

Stephanie

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Heartfelt Creations Design Team Semi-Finalist

I was so excited today when a friend told me I had made the Heartfelt Creations Design Team Semi-Finalist stage!!  I've never been on a design team, so I'm really hopeful about getting this one! I love their products!!! Especially all of their flowers! If you would like to vote, please visit their blog here Heartfelt Creations.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Delicate Rose Tutorial - 1 1/2"

My 2nd most loved flower is an exact replica of the 1" Mini Delicate Rose, but in a larger size.  The finished flower is about 1 1/2" across and about 1" tall.  They are just as beautiful!!
Supplies needed:
EK Success Retro Punch Med (Whale of a punch) - 6 punched out layers
Deco Scissors
Embossing pad & stylus
glue
Ink (optional)


Using the deco scissors, cut off the tips of each petal. On one, you will cut about 1/3 the petal off. This will be your center bud. Optional: ink the edges

 
Starting with the bud (the one you cut more of the petal off), place it on your embossing pad. Using a stylus (or paintbrush), starting at the outer edges of each petal in a circular fashion, press down on the petals to curl them inward. Then press into the center of the flower in a circular fashion to draw all the petals into a bud.

 
Then, place glue on the inside of each petal. Roll the bud between your finger. Tip, make sure one side of the petal overlaps the next petal for a better bud look. Hold it in place for a minute to let the glue seal. Set aside


Grab your next layer. Using a skewer or small paintbrush, roll back each petal. Then, while holding the roll back in place with your right hand (if you're right-handed of course), use your thumb to press into the center of each petal and cup the petal around. You want each petal to have a fold in the middle while still having the roll backward. This helps to shape it tightly around your bud.

Then place that layer on your embossing pad, in a circular motion press in the center of the layer to draw the petals up and together.


Place glue on the inside of each petal and at the base, then put your bud inside and wrap the outer layer around it, making sure to overlap one edge of each petal like you did on the bud. Gently roll it with your fingers to help shape it around the bud and allow the glue to seal. Set this aside.


The last 4 layers: using a skewer or small paintbrush or something similar
 
two of the layers, you will roll each petal back at a slight angle. See bottom row.
 
two of the layers you will roll each petal back (no angle)


Using a larger ball stylus or paintbrush, press in a circular manner the center of all the layers. On the two bottom row ones that you rolled at an angle, you'll be more agressive in drawing up the petals, since these will be the middle layers. On the top row with the straight back roll, just slightly press the centers.



Taking the first angled layer, place glue on the inside of each petal and at the base. Place the already made bud in the center and wrap the angled petals around it. There will only be a slight overlap of petals on this layer, The "tall end" of the angle will kind-of tuck into the "short end" angle of the petal next to it. Hold in place a bit to allow the glue to seal.


Take your next angled layer, place glue on the inside of each petal and at the base. (do not be afraid to use the glue! I want my flower to stay like I make it, so I tend to use a generous amount of glue). Place your flower into the new layer, there will be no overlapping of petals, just try to alternate the petals to fill in the "bare spots". Hold this in place a bit to allow the glue to seal.
 

 
On your last two layers (straight back rolls), place glue onto each petal and the base. Alternating the petals, add them to the base of your flower. Hold each in place for a bit to allow the glue to seal.

Here is the finished Delicate Rose. So delicate looking. Making both sizes of roses makes for a wonderful grouping on a layout or card.


 
Here is one with a bit of diamond dust on it. Remember, if using diamond dust, it's always better to sprinkle some on with a spoon or something rather than dip the flower in it. I love sparkle and shine! Try some Glimmer Mist or Perfect Pearl Mist spray too!





I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you haven't already, be sure and check out the mini Delicate Rose Tutorial! Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

Stephanie

Delicate Rose Tutorial - 1" Mini

Finally...the long awaited tutorial for my most loved flower, the 1" mini delicate rose!  I love this rose and make it all the time!  Definitely a fave for me!
 
Supplies needed:
EK Success Retro Punch small - 6 punched out layers
Deco Scissors
Embossing pad & stylus
glue
Ink (optional)
 

Using the deco scissors, cut off the tips of each petal.  On one, you will cut about 1/3 the petal off.  This will be your center bud.  Optional: ink the edges
 

Starting with the bud (the one you cut more of the petal off), place it on your embossing pad.  Using a stylus (or paintbrush), starting at the outer edges of each petal in a circular fashion, press down on the petals to curl them inward.  Then press into the center of the flower in a circular fashion to draw all the petals into a bud.
 

Then, place glue on the inside of each petal. Roll the bud between your finger. Tip, make sure one side of the petal overlaps the next petal for a better bud look. Hold it in place for a minute to let the glue seal. Set aside
 

Grab your next layer. Using the finest end of the one of the stylus' or something similar (these petals are small and you want a small roll.  You may have to use a toothpick if you don't have anything else). Roll back each petal.  Then, while holding the roll back in place with your right hand (if you're right-handed of course), use your thumb to press into the center of each petal and cup the petal around.  You want each petal to have a fold in the middle while still having the roll backward.  This helps to shape it tightly around your bud.

Then place that layer on your embossing pad, in a circular motion press in the center of the layer to draw the petals up and together.


Place glue on the inside of each petal and at the base, then put your bud inside and wrap the outer layer around it, makign sure to overlap one edge of each petal like you did on the bud.  Gently roll it with your fingers to help shape it around the bud and allow the glue to seal.  Set this aside.


The last 4 layers: using your fine tip stylus or a toothpick or a quilling tool or something similar
 
two of the layers, you will roll each petal back at a slight angle. See bottom row.
 
two of the layers you will roll each petal back (no angle)
 

Using a larger ball stylus or paintbrush, press in a circular manner the center of all the layers.  On the two bottom row ones that you rolled at an angle, you'll be more agressive in drawing up the petals, since these will be the middle layers.  On thetop row with the straight back roll, just slightly press the centers.


Taking the first angled layer, place glue on the inside of each petal and at the base.  Place the already made bud in the center and wrap the angled petals around it.  There will only be a slight overlap of petals on this layer, The "tall end" of the angle will kind-of tuck into the "short end" angle of the petal next to it. Hold in place a bit to allow the glue to seal.


Take your next angled layer, place glue on the inside of each petal and at the base. (do not be afraid to use the glue! I want my flower to stay like I make it, so I tend to use a generous amount of glue). Place your flower into the new layer, there will be no overlapping of petals, just try to alternate the petals to fill in the "bare spots". Hold this in place a bit to allow the glue to seal.
 
On your last two layers (straight back rolls), place glue onto each petal and the base.  Alternating the petals, add them to the base of your flower. Hold each in place for a bit to allow the glue to seal.
 

Here is the finished mini rose.  So delicate looking...perfect to add a bunch or just fill in a bare spot!


Here is one with a bit of diamond dust on it.  Remember, if using diamond dust, it's always better to sprinkle some on with a spoon or something rather than dip the flower in it.  I love sparkle and shine!  Try some Glimmer Mist or Perfect Pearl Mist spray too! 
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!  Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

Stephanie

Friday, April 26, 2013

No Matter What layout

Here is my latest layout I've been working  on. I had a lot of fun with this trying some different techniques and ideas.
 
I titled it "No Matter What" which is a song by Kerrie Roberts.  This layout kind of represents where I am from where I came from 2 years ago.  I'll share the journaling at the end if you want to read.
 
I sewed around the edges using the zig zag stitch, but didn't bother changing my bobbin. I thought the effect of the black and white thread ended up looking pretty cool. 

I made the flowers myself. All the little roses are my 1" delicate rose.  For the 3 larger orange flowers, I used the Heartfelt Creations Tattered Blossoms Die and matching stamps.    The leaves are the Heartfelt Creations Leafy Swirl stamps.  I made the bling myself.  My friend, Kelly, picked me up a huge bag of the look-alike dew drops from Michael's, so I colored some with butterscotch alcohol ink and adhered them to the layout.


 
I printed out one verse and the chorus from the song. Distressed each individual word and inked it, then applied it!  I will be crazy if I EVER do that again! LOL  I wanted to pull my hair out!!! 
 
I did some random stamping and embossing on the layout.  
 


I took a strip of paper and punched the bottom with Martha Stewart Doily lace punch. I then dry embossed with the Darice crackle folder. Rubbed Versamark embossing pad on the raised parts and embossed with copper.  Those little title words were a pain too! LOL
The paper is Bo Bunny Olivia.

One of the scrolls is the words of the song.  The other is my journaling. I first saw these scrolls done by Kay at Kay's Kreative Korner, and I really liked them!  I should've looked more closely to how she adhered them to her page. I put wire around mine, poked through to the back and twisted!

So, here's my journaling if you are interested.


Going through my divorce was
the hardest thing I’ve ever had
to endure.  Betrayal, loss, grief, guilt,
remorse, shame, hurt, denial, sadness,
 and anger broke my heart  over and
over. I was devastated, I was heartbroken.
 I lost over 20 pounds in a month and
 cried more tears during that 6 month
separation than I have cried in my entire
lifetime.  I didn’t think I would make
it through the night, and when I did;
I didn’t think I’d make it through the
day.  My survival through that time
was only through the loving arms of
Jesus and the children God gave me.
I had to keep going for them, and
God gave me the strength to do so.  
This song, No Matter What, became
popular during that time, and I listened
to it over and over.  Drawing some
comfort from the fact that even
though I was heartbroken, God indeed
did have a plan and a purpose.  2 years
later, I’m in a better place.  I’m still single,
raising my children and working, and
sometimes watching myself coming as
I’m going.  God has provided amazingly
for me over the last couple of years in
So many ways. I haven’t seen the purpose or
plan for what I went through, but no matter
what, I’m gonna keep loving and needing
 God. I’m holding onto His promises for
my future, and I know I can trust Him.  I
don’t need to know what the future holds,
because I know Who holds the future!
I am safe in His arms!

Thanks for looking!
 
Stephanie

Fiesta Flower Tutorial

This is the tutorial for the fiesta flower.  I made it several years ago, but tweaked it last weekend.  I know when this flower was introduced by Prima, there were several tutorials made from different people to copy the style.  Please, if my tutorial and/or flower resembles someone elses, let me know.  If necessary, I will pull mine off the internet.
 
Supplies needed:
Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die - 3 large layers, 1 medium layer, 2 small layers
Punch Bunch sprig punch - 6 punch outs (or anything that'll resemble a sprig)
Embossing pads & stylus
Paint brush (or something round to curl petals)
Water spritzer
glue
 
Tip: If the backside is plain white, you may want to ink or spray the back with glimmer mist because it is going to show on the finished flower.
 

I like to "texture" all my petals before beginning. To do this, lay each one upside down on an embossing pad and "scratch" all over with a fine tip stylus.  Then, using a large tip stylus, rub all over the petal for a wrinkly look.

Or...another great way is following this technique by Charlotte Ravn. Spray generously with water.  Wrap the petal around something smooth (paintbrush), hold the petal in place and pinch the edges toward the center. Pull out the paintbrush and allow to dry.  This creates a great wrinkled look!  BUT...be careful when pinch the edges...inevitably, I always end up tearing them, so I don't use this often even though I love the look.

Once they are dry again (can speed this up with a heat gun), using the paintbrush or skew, roll each petal inward.  The bottom layer will just be rolled a little bit, the next layer up a little more, and so on.

Once I have rolled them, I like to gently pull it out, so it isn't rolled tightly. The outer petals should semi overlap the petals of the next layer.

On the smallest layer, rather than roll, I like to place it on the embossing pad and using the stylus, start at the outer edges and rub in a circular motion towards the base of each petal to get it to cup and curl in.
 

 
Assemble your flower, making sure to alternate the petals on each layer.  Once they are all together, glue the tips of your sprigs and place them in the center.  Finish by adding a jewel or pearl on top of the sprigs.
 

As usual, I love to add some sparkle to my flowers.  I place some glue along just the edges of the petals and sprinkled some diamond dust on them.  I prefer to sprinkle rather than dip, because when you dip a flower in diamond dust you get way too much!  That stuff is SHARP!!!  I have actually cut my finger when I got stuck with a piece of it trying to wipe off the excess when I dipped the flower.  I have learned! LOL

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tomorrow will be my tutorial for my 1" Mini Delicate Rose!!! It's finally here!!!

Have a great day!
Stephanie

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Flaire Blossom flower tutorial

 
Today, I'm going to share with you my tutorial for what my friends have helped me name as the "Flaire Blossom".
 
Supplies needed:
Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die - 2 large layers, 2 spindly layers, 2 medium layers
Mini rose & pearls
Glue, tweezers, stylus, skewers
Embossing pads


On each of the layers, flip upside down on your embossing pad.  Using a fine point stylus, "scratch" multiple lines on each petal. Then using your large tip stylus (I used the white one above), vigorously rub the petals to create the wrinkled look.  I do this on the thinner, firmer embossing pad as it seems to create better texture.


Take the two large layers and two spidly layers and roll back each petal.  Then place on your embossing pad and press in a circular fashion in the middle of the layer to pull up the petals.

Using your tweezers, take the two medium layers and "pinch and twist" each petal.  To do this, place your tweezers on the tip of the petal, then twist it.  Once twisted, pinch the twist with your fingers and pull out the tweezers. Then place these on your embossing pad and press in a circular fashion the middle of the layer to pull up the petals.
 Assemble your flower by gluing the layers together making sure to alternate the petals.

Place your mini rose in the center of the medium layers.  Then take small white pearls and glue around the mini rose. 

I used crystal stickles to lightly go around the edges of the petals on all layers.

 That's it...the Flaire Blossom.

As with all my tutorials, if you believe that I have copied you or someone you know with my design, please contact me.  If necessary, I will pull my tutorial.
 
 
Thanks for looking
Stephanie