Hello!

Hello! Here is a fun way to say hi to a friend! Send a pot of forever flowers! I used the Heartfelt Creations Dogwood stamp and die set along with their older discontinued flower pot set. Pair with a doily from Cheery Lynn Dies and you have a fabulous forever flowers card!

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Supplies:  Heartfelt Creations (HFC) Dogwood flowers stamp and coordinating dies, HFC birds and blooms bird die and stamp, HFC flower pot, tag, and vine leaf stamps and dies, a hello stamp, Marianne Creatables  swirl stamp, black embossing powder, versa mark watermark ink, Staz-On Brown, Distress Ink: picked raspberry, lemonade, peeled paint, mowed lawn, forest green, vintage photo, persimmon, Cheery Lynn doily die, terracotta paper (recollections) white cardstock, 140# cold press watercolor paper, ribbit prills, jute string.

Directions: Cut a flower pot twice, stamp front with the swirl stamp and watermark ink, heat emboss. Shade edges of the pot with vintage photo Distress Ink. Die cut a doily from white candlelight paper or plain white cardstock, cut the doily in half and put under the edge of the rim of the pot. Adhere sides and bottom but not top, this will give you a pocket.  Stamp, color, cut flowers, vines, bird, and tag. Glue ribbit colored prillls in the middle of each flower. Cut white cardstock insert to fit inside the pot with about 2.5″ sticking out the top. Assemble vines, flowers, bird as shown being careful to glue some flowers on the pot and some at the top of the insert (see picture) so that it all works together. Cut another doily from vellum this time, cut in half and glue to the back of the flowers. Tie a jute string on the stamped hello tag, glue in place so it hangs freely. Pull out the insert, write a message, and give to a friend! Happy crafting!

Have a beautiful day!

Eileen

“Morning has Broken” Petunia Canvas

Good morning! What a lovely spring we are having! I have a special mixed media canvas for you today! My husband and I are fond of the song: “Morning has Broken”. It is an old hymn written in 1931 by an English Eleanor Fargeon and was made popular in 1971 when it was recorded by singer Cat Stevens. Later this week I will have tutorial about how to make this project.

What I love about this canvas is the song is literally bursting forth from the inside the canvas. It features the music and lyrics of the hymn and is full of the new “Classic Petunia” from Heartfelt Creations, as well as some glass and pottery elements I made in my ceramic and fused glass studio. It has a fused glass blackbird and the eggs are made from speckled brown clay.

Do you have a favorite song? You could make it into a mixed media canvas! It’s a fun creative project! Imagine the possibilities! Below are the supplies and directions! The directions are a bit long, but most of the “how to” is easy to see. (A picture says a thousand words!) Enjoy!

 

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Full view of the canvas

 

“Morning has Broken” Petunia Garden Canvas

Products Used:  HFC Classic Petunia stamps and dies, Classic Petunia paper pad, Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, HCST1-401 Stamp Mat Pad, Designer Dries Clear Adhesive, Bright Ideas Prills- you had me at yellow  ANC852

Instructions:

Other Supplies: 12” x 12” gallery canvas, satin mod podge/brush,  acrylic paint- Lime Green and Thao’s Green, White Gesso, thick modeling paste, crackle medium, moss, bird’s nest, eggs, Morning has Broken sheet music, Morning has Broken lyrics laser printed on vellum, Dries Clear Adhesive, Staz-on: Timber Brown Ink, Distress ink: Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Vintage photo, Black Soot, a fused glass blackbird with 14 gauge copper legs (or craft bird), 140# cold press watercolor paper, Versa-mark watermark ink, charcoal embossing powder, bamboo skewer painted black, floral foam, glue gun, utility knife, heat tool, water brush, patience.

Instructions: Making the canvas takes a bit of time as it has to dry between layers. While it is drying, use your time in between to make your flowers, because there are lots of flowers in this project. Using a 12” x 12” gallery size canvas and using lime green and Thao’s green acrylic paint, paint the sides, back and inside wood by lightly spreading the two colors into each other. Set aside to dry. Choose a 12” x 12” paper from the classic petunia pad and adhere to the front of the canvas using satin mod podge both under and over the paper. Smooth out any air bubbles. You want it perfectly flat and adhered well. On the inside of the canvas glue a copy of the sheet music “Morning has Broken” that was laser printed on white copy paper. (If you use an ink jet printer, the ink will smear when you put glue on it.) When your canvas is dry, coat the outside sides and inside sides with crackle medium. Set aside to dry again.  After it is dry, put a thin coat of white gesso all over the front and a bit heavier coat of white on the sides—as the sides dry it should crack leaving an aged texture, with the green showing underneath. Let it completely dry, this takes couple of hours. With heavy modeling paste and a stencil of a branch and bird stencil on the upper right corner of the canvas. Using a brick stencil and modeling paste, stencil a brick pattern on the right hand side below the bird and all the way down the side to the bottom. Use a hexagon stencil for the upper left corner. Set the canvas aside to completely dry. Meanwhile, using watercolor paper stamp and die cut at least 10 sets of the classic petunias- all sizes, color with Distress Inks, spray with water and shape, set them aside to dry. Cut stamens, ink, and roll into shape, coat tips with glue and dip in Prills, set aside to dry. Stamp and die cut v-shaped hanging basket from the Classic Petunia onto watercolor paper using Versa-mark water mark ink and sprinkle with charcoal embossing powder, heat set, and color petunias with ink. Die cut the basket with black cardstock 4 more times and adhere all the layers to the back of the first one. Paint the bamboo skewer black with black acrylic, after it dries glue the basket to the skewer and set aside to dry. Your canvas should be dry by now. (It helps to let it dry overnight before cutting it.) Take a utility knife and carefully cut your canvas- like you are cutting a pie. Roll back the pieces so it looks like it burst open, once bent they will stay that way and the music you glued on the inside will show. In the inside bottom of the canvas secure the floral foam with hot glue and cover with moss. Insert bird, nest, eggs, and bamboo skewer. Prepare your background piece. Cut a 12” x 12“ paper from the Classic Petunia paper pad to 11” x 11”, adhere to a sturdy piece of 11” x 11” chipboard with mod podge, adhere vellum lyrics piece (Put a thin half inch wide line of mod podge along the top and bottom of the vellum and adhere it to the background paper. The vellum will want to wrinkle, don’t get it too wet with the glue. Hot glue the background piece to the back of canvas by putting the hot glue on the wood part of the canvas and lining up the top of the backdrop piece and slowly lay it on the back. Carefully do this, because once it is down with hot glue, it isn’t going to be able to be “adjusted”. Start to decorate the canvas! Arrange flowers as shown all around. I made my fused glass bird from black fusing glass and I made the eggs from speckled clay that left unglazed and I fired to cone 5. Feel free to substitute! You can use a paper bird or a craft bird & craft eggs from a craft store. After it’s all decorated, put on the back hanger. It might not go in the middle because of the weight of different objects. Hang your canvas or set on a shelf and enjoy, a vision of a spring morning bursting forth in song!

Enjoy!

Eileen

 

He lives!

It’s Good Friday! But Sunday is coming!

Here is a lovely Resurrection Sunday card! As always, supplies and directions are listed below! Heartfelt Creations Dogwood Collection makes this card so lovely, so full of spring, and so full of life! He is risen, indeed!

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5″ x 7″ Dogwood Wreath Card

Supplies: HFC Flowering Dogwood stamp and dies, Dogwood Chapel Stamps, Flowering Dogwood and Doves Stamps and Dies, Delicate Border Basics, Flowering Dogwood Paper Pad, Spellbinders Wreath Die, Spellbinders Vine Embossing Folder, Spellbinders Renaissance Tags 2, Spellbinders Circle die, dimensional foam adhesive, Walnut Stamp Paint, Ribbit Prills, Dries Clear Adhesive, hot glue, Cold Press 140# watercolor paper (I use Strathmore), 110# White cardstock, Memento Ink: Rhubarb Stalk, Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Victorian Velvet, Staz-On Ink: Timber Brown and Jet Black, white feather, faux pearls, paper trimmer, flower shaping tools, water brush, scissors, die cut machine

Directions: Using Staz-On Ink Timber Brown, stamp all your flowers and leaves on the watercolor paper, cut out with coordinating dies. Spray lightly with water and ink using Peeled Paint, Victoria Velvet, and highlight the edge of the dogwood petals with the Rhubarb Stalk. Shape the flowers while they are wet, set aside to dry. When dry add Ribbit Prills to the middles with Dries Clear Glue. Stamp your cross scene on watercolor paper, fussy cut around the crosses and around the hills, color with Distress Inks. Cut a “Delicate Border Die” from watercolor paper and adhere it to the back of the 3 crosses scene. Cut your wreath die 3 times, glue layers together and cover with Walnut Stamp Paint, set aside to dry. Cut one piece of 4.5” x 6.6” piece of water-color paper, cut a large circle one half-inch from the top. Lightly spray with water and emboss. Lightly wipe “Peeled Paint” Distress Ink over the paper with a sponge dauber, highlighting the vine/leaf design. With Staz-On Jet Black Ink stamp and cut a dove, add a white feather to the tail with hot glue and put a pop up dot under the body. Stamp “He lives!” sentiment on watercolor paper and cut with tag die. Cut a 5” x7” hinged card base from 110# white cardstock. To make a hinged from the top 5” x7” hinged card base cut 1 piece 5” x 7” and cut another piece 5” x 8”. Score one inch down from the top and bend and adhere to the other piece. Cut two Delicate Borders from 140# cold press watercolor paper, adhere to the sides of the front panel. Cut a light blue piece 5”x 7” from the Flowering Dogwood Paper Pad and adhere to the front of the card. Assemble the remaining pieces of your card: Glue the three crosses piece behind the circle cut out, put 3D pop up dots on backside of entire embossed piece and mount. Put 3D pop up dots put on the wreath and mount on the outside of the circle, stick in a small branch of dogwood flowers on the hill below the crosses. Cut a small dogwood flower from a branch and put it on the middle cross. Decorate the wreath with the flowers, leaves, and the dove. Decorate tag with flowers and leaves, use pop dots and mount the tag under the wreath as shown.

Have a beautiful Easter weekend!

Eileen

 

 

 

Heartfelt Creations Semifinalist!

I am so excited to announce I have been chosen as a Heartfelt Creations Design Team Semifinalist! This has been long term dream of mine!

Below are the three projects I submitted! Birch Bark and Roses, 2 Lovely Doves Wedding Card and He is Risen Dogwood Card. You can click on the pictures to enlarge them. If you keep scrolling, there are other blog posts with supplies and directions for two of these projects.

Please take a moment to vote for me! Here is the link to the Heartfelt Creations Blog Post about voting for the semifinalists! https://www.heartfeltcreations.us/blog/538/21-joyful-springtime-paper-crafting-ideas-sneak-peek-2017-design-team-semifinalists-announced

 

Have a lovely day and thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for voting!

Have a crafty day!

Eileen

2 Lovely Doves Wedding Card

Ah…. love! Pretty soon wedding season will be upon us! Get ready by having a gorgeous card available! Tulle, lace, feathers, roses, what’s not to love?!?! Here is one that I made recently as part of my application for the Heartfelt Creations Design Team! It’s an elegant, amazing easel card! Easel cards always surprise people! They aren’t hard to make, but the wow factor in giving them is priceless! This one features two Heartfelt Creations doves and a cascade of flowers from the new Flowering Dogwood Collection and my own special addition, a secret special message pocket on the back.

I wanted the look to be soft and romantic and I wanted the focal point to be the doves. Because of this, I made simple flowers and vines with no stamping details and no stamens in the flowers. I water colored them with Memento Ink and Distress Ink. The doves are stamped with jet black Staz-On ink and backed with real feathers. So without further delay: Supplies, directions and more photos are below!

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5” x 7” Wedding Easel Card

Supplies: HFC Classic Rose stamps and Dies, Classic Rose Vines Die, Regal Borders and Pocket dies, Flowering Dogwood and Doves stamp and dies, Snow Kissed Tag Die, Heart die (discontinued), dries clear adhesive, hot glue, Cold Press 140# watercolor paper (I use Strathmore), 110# White cardstock, Candlelight paper, Memento Ink: Angel Pink, Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo, Picked Raspberry, Staz-On Jet Black ink, a variety of lace, chalk white seam binding ribbon, white rose ribbon, feathers, white tulle, baroque stencil, modeling paste, super fine cool white glitter, scoreboard, paper trimmer, die cutting machine, flower shaping tool, water brush, one inch hole punch, distress tool

Directions:  Cut one 4.5″ x 6″ piece of watercolor paper and stencil baroque pattern on it with stencil, modeling paste and pallet knife. Carefully remove stencil from paper and sprinkle with super fine glitter. Set aside to dry. Assemble an easel card: Cut a 5”x 7” hinged at the top card base from heavy weight 110# white cardstock. Score top piece in half and bend forward. Cut one piece of 5” x 7” heavy weight 110# white cardstock, adhere to bottom half of folded piece- you now have your easel card base. Cut 3 pieces 5” x7” of candlelight paper. Adhere to top panel and bottom inside panel and underside of the folded panel. Cut classic rose shapes from watercolor paper to make 7 flowers (1 large, 2 medium, 4 small) Color middles with Angel Pink Memento Ink. Shape while wet and set aside to dry. Cut 3 classic rose vines from watercolor paper, color with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and a water brush. Shape and set aside to dry. Cut one Regal Border from Candlelight Paper and glue to front panel layer. Measure and cut ribbon and lace, adhere to front panel and front of bottom panel. Distress the stenciled piece by tearing off the bottom at an angle and distressing all sides and layer on card front with adhesive. (I use an electric “distress it all” tool) Using watercolor paper, stamp and cut out two doves using Staz-On jet black ink, adhere white feathers to the backside with hot glue. Cut the heart out three times and glue them together, the top layer should be candlelight paper, the under layers can be basic white cardstock. Cut cascading dogwood flower and color with water brush and distress ink. Assemble flowers, cut apart rose vines. Make a triple bow from white tulle, adhere with hot glue. Adhere everything else as shown.

Final optional step: Make a personal message pocket on the back space. Cut a piece of candlelight paper 3 ½” x 5” and using a one inch hole punch cut a half circle from the right side of the 3.5” length. Decorate with die cut of choice, flowers, vines and lace, then adhere to the back of the card (see picture). Cut a tag from Snow Kissed Tag Die, use seam binding ribbon through the hole on the tag to help put it in and out of the pocket. Write your personal message and put the tag back in. Now give it someone special for their special day!

Happy Crafting!

Eileen

PS: candlelight paper can be found at Michael’s craft stores.

 

Birch Bark and Roses

Here is a lovely card I made as part of my application to be a Heartfelt Creations Design Team member. Next week I will find out if I made it to the semi-final round. It’s been a busy new year! Here’s to hoping spring will be here soon! 🙂

A few years ago I was walking in the woods on the farm where my husband grew up in northern Minnesota. I found some amazing pieces of birch bark. I gathered some hoping one day I would be inspired to create something. I used some of it to cover the roof of a cedar birdhouse. The rest of it I saved until this week when I made this lovely woodsy card full of flowers and bark and dripping with hope of spring! This would be a beautiful piece to display in a shadow box frame!

Supplies and directions for how to make this lovely piece of art are below!

 

6” x 6” Birch Bark Rose Card:

Supplies:

HFC Classic Rose Stamps and Dies, Flowering Dogwood and Doves Stamp and Dies, Classic Rose Vines Stamps and Die, Raindrops on Roses Die, Delightful Daisies Die (leaf), dries clear adhesive, hot glue, Cold Press 140# watercolor paper (I use Strathmore), 110# White cardstock, Woodsy Wonderland Paper Collection, Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Vintage Photo, Concord Grape, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Staz-On Ink: Timber Brown, tree bark stencil, modeling paste, pallet knife, score board, paper trimmer, flower shaping tool, water brush, an interesting piece of real birch bark. Be sure to use 110 # heavy cardstock for the base, as this is a heavy card. (Some paper is labeled 110# index cardstock, this is not the same weight cardstock as 110# cardstock).

Directions:

Cut one 5.5” x 5.5” piece of watercolor paper. Stencil with bark stencil and modeling paste, set aside to dry. Cut a 6”x 6” hinged cardstock card base from 110# white cardstock. To make a hinged 6” x6” card, cut one piece 6” x 6”, cut another 6” x 7” and score one inch in, fold it, and adhere it to the other piece. Cut one Raindrops on Roses piece and cut it in half. Cut one 5.75” x 5.75” piece from the Woodsy Wonderland Paper Collection, I used the deep purple/grape color piece. Using Staz-On Timber Brown stamp all your roses, vines, dogwood cascade, and daisy leaves on a large piece of watercolor paper, cut with coordinating dies, color with Distress Ink, shape while wet with flower shaping tools, set aside to dry. Assemble all your flowers and glue together. Distress your bark stenciled piece. Do a dry run with your pieces and see how you like them and how you want to put them together. (Each birch bark piece is different, if you don’t have birch bark available, you can use birch bark paper or another alternative. Then, layer and adhere all the pieces. Enjoy!

 

Happy Crafting and have a beautiful weekend!

Eileen