Sunday, 17 August 2014

Some more Christmas Inspiration - Believe

A very good evening to you! I hope you have all had a good weekend:)

Today I am sharing another Christmas card with you using the new Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas collection that was officially launched last Wednesday.  Just a reminder that I will Create & Craft on 26th August with this collection and as far as I am aware the times are 1pm and 5pm, but I will keep you posted on this.


  • I have used just the Festive Christmas paper pad this card.
  • I have chosen one of the 6" square panels and adhered this to a white  7" square card base.
  • I have die cut out the Spellbinder 2011 Heirloom Ornament die template in red card stock and adhered this with foam pads to the card.
  • Next I have die cut out the Dove image, again from the paper collection using the Spellbinder die template - Stately Circles and adhered it to the centre of the Christmas Ornament.
  • To create the Poinsettia I have used the Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Fleur die and the Christmas Poinsettia stamp. 
  • To create the Holly I have used the Heartfelt Creations Ornamental Add On Die set and the coordinating stamp - Holly Berry.
  •  Next I have die cut out the sentiment from the paper pad using the Tags and Luggage die set.
  • To finish off  the card I have used some Cosmic Shimmer Mica Flakes, pearls, gems and added a red bow with a Hobby House spacer and brad to the top of the Christmas Ornament.
I just love the warm traditional  feel that this Christmas Collection has and I hope I have inspired you  to maybe start your Christmas cards:)

Take care x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas Release

Happy Wednesday every....the sun is shining here today, not sure that it will last though.
So it is the 2nd Wednesday of the month which only means a new Heartfelt Creations launch. ....You  may have seen me launch this new collection on Create and Craft TV a few weeks ago, but it is now officially the world launch.....which also means if you head on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog HERE you will find lot's of inspiring Christmas creations from the Design Team and also a chance to win the full collection!!! Yes! the full collection including all 6  stamp sets and the gorgeous paper pad:)
Now I have already blogged a few of my cards that I have made using this collection which you can find HERE and HERE but here is today's Festive Christmas inspiration card (sorry it isn't over on the Heartfelt blog today ...I promise I will be back on there next week)
I have chosen this small gatefold card in cream and green...not normally a colour that I would choose for a Christmas card, but I think it is a beautiful combination.

  • I have created a gatefold card using a piece of cream card measuring 9" x 5 1/4".
  • I stamped each image onto a separate pieces of card and cut them to give about 4mm border. The ink that I have used is Ranger Archival  - Olive
  • So I stamped the poinsettia border 4 times. This stamp is from the Festive Candlelight stamp set HCPC 3623.
  • I adhered the 2 outer ones with foam pads,cut out the poinsettias, shaped them and adhered them to the outside borders on the card leaving the middle one from the left hand side as I added this after the sentiment.
  • I stamped the sentiment from the Dove of Peace stamp set - HCPC 3621 and cut it out and adhered this to the left hand side of the out side of the card. I have then added the poinsettia and also a small flourish in cream card which I have die cut out from the Arianna Blooms collection.
  • To finish off the card I have added some Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mica Flakes and some gems.
This card took about 1 hour to complete and to be honest I think the adding of the gems took longer than actually assembly the card:)

I will be back soon with some more festive inspiration:)
Take care x

Monday, 11 August 2014

Two Blog Candy Winners and an Inspirational Arianna Blooms Layout

A very good evening everyone:)   I hope you all had a good weekend and didn't experience too much rain.  We have had quite a bit of flooding here in East Anglia although I myself have been fortunate not to have been affected.  If you are one of those who has been affected by this awful weather then my prayers go out to you and your families....hopefully  our summer will return soon! Thankfully the rain held off on Saturday so I got to enjoy my time at Cadwell park with hubby.....ok it wasn't my thing I admit, but we had a nice picnic and my grandson was fascinated by the fast colourful cars!

Two Blog candy Winners

It is time for me to announce another blog candy winner:) Now as you may already know it was my birthday yesterday (I spent the morning with my youngest daughter whom accompanied me to Dunhelm for a little retail therapy and I spent the afternoon in my craft room topped off with a meal with the family) ... So anyway as I was saying as it was my birthday yesterday so I thought I would pick 2 lucky winners this time!!!!!
The first lucky winner is...................... Homebird  and the 2nd lucky winner is.................Samantha Wade!!!!! If you both email me with your chosen Heartfelt Creations stamp I will get your stamp and crafting goodies off to you:)

Arianna Blooms Layout

Now for todays inspiration! I have used the Arianna Paper collection, stamps and dies to create this layout featuring my very beautiful granddaughter Amelia who was 2 when this photo was taken.  She is now almost 3 and is growing up so fast!  

  •  As I said earlier, I have used the Arianna Blooms paper collection.....choosing one of the ready layouts from the paper pad.
  • I followed the basic layout adding the photo first.
  • I stamped and die cut a few sets of the Arianna Blooms flowers in pale pink and deep pink card stock. 
  • I have used the Arianna Lace die to create all the delicate lace elements on the layout.
  • The leaves are the Heartfelt Creations Classic leaf stamps and dies.
  • The sentiments are also from the Arianna paper collection.
  • I layered all the elements and flowers onto the layout making sure that I was happy with it before I finally adhered everything onto the paper.
  • To finish off the layout I have added some lace and pearls and of course a little Stickles glitter.
I love to use these pages to make quick layouts.  Of course if you are not into scrapbooking you could use your layout as a decorative wall hanger....even framing it if you wish:)

Finally a big thank you to you all for my Happy Birthday wishes..... You are all so very kind:)

Take care x

Friday, 8 August 2014

Heartfelt Creations - With Sympathy

Afternoon friends....well it is a very wet day here in Peterborough, so just a s well I am in the craft room and haven't any plans to go out in it:)  

Just a quickie post today just to let you know that I am still about and also to update you on the  latest show dates on Create and Craft. 
I will be back on screen on August the 26th 1pm and 5pm with the Festive Christmas collection and again on the 1st, 2nd,3rd, 4th September bringing you the September collection....can't believe I am saying September, this year has just gone by so quickly and I don't know about you, but so much has happen this year and if someone would have told me what I would be doing I would have had a good giggle and said 'in my dreams':)  It truly has been an amazing year for me although not without it's woes:(
I don't have the times yet for the September shows,but I will let you know as soon as I get confirmation.

So today I ave a Sympathy card to share with you. Sadly we are required to make these from time to time and it is with much sadness that we take on this task however knowing that they are so much appreciated by the recipient makes it so much better to be able to create.  I think this image is just so pretty and just adding a few die cuts and a small flower makes it a pretty, but not over the top card for this sad occasion.

  • The cute little bird image is from the  Birds and Blooms stamp set. I coloured it in using my Dove blender pen and distress inks. I have inked the edges with Tattered Rose Distress ink. I have die cut it out using the Cut Mat Create die sets.
  • I have used the lilac shades of paper from the Cut Mat Create paper collection.
  • I have used several of the beautiful lace like dies from the Cut Mat Create die sets just to add a little decoration without going over the top.
  • I stamped the 2 butterflies from the  same stamp set onto the patterned paper and fussy cut them out.
  • The Sympathy sentiment is again from the same stamp set.
  • The small flower is from the Sweet Lullaby Die set.
Don't forget you still have a few days to enter the blog candy to be in with a chance to win a Heartfelt Creations stamp of your choice and some crafting goodies just click on the link in the side bar.

I am off to Cadwell Park tomorrow to share my hubbies love of cars. I am sure it will be a fun day as I now know not to make the assumption that it isn't my kind of thing as I did with the Formula One at Silverstone however I am not so sure about this one, but as he has showed so much interest in my hobby(now job lol) and I still have quite a few jobs that I need finishing off in the craftroom I think I should just go and show him a little support too:) We are going with my sister and her family and taking my grandson Mason along so I think this will kind of make up for it if it really isn't my thing:)...,fingers crossed that it doesn't rain:)

Oh and before I go have you seen that Heartfelt Creations have a Design Team call out:)....I urge you all to give it a go!  The saying is you have to be in it to win yeh?  I wouldn't have  thought that I stood a chance and look at me now 18 months after joining this amazing company:) Click HERE for all the details.

I will be back soon take care x

Sunday, 3 August 2014

New Blog Candy

A very good morning to you all.  I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend.
So sorry I have been a bad blogger just recently....I just wish we all had more hours in the day, don't you? I am busy working on something very exciting and I hope to be able to share this with you all very soon, I have had to let my blog slip a little, but I hope to resume my more regular posts soon:) 

New Blog Candy

Now I think it is time for me to launch another blog candy....this candy will run for 7 days so that you all have a chance to take part.
Just leave a comment on this blog post and you will be put in the random org draw to win a Heartfelt Creations stamp of your choice plus some other crafting goodies:)

Today's Card

  • To create this card I have used the Cut Mat Create collection.  The stamp is the beautiful  Classic Rose stamp. I have die cut it out with the die set 1B and 1A to create the easy mat and layer.
  • I have coloured the rose image in using a Dove Blender pen, Distress inks and also some Memento inks....this is a very easy way to colour in an image. I have added some Tea die ink to the outer edges of the image and also to the outside of the main card.
  • I have Used one of the decorative panels from the Cut Mat Create paper collection and adhered this to my card and then adhered the mat and layer image to the centre.
  • The decorative borders that I have used are from the 2A die set.
  • Next I stamped the 'Thank You' sentiment which is from the Summer Glory stamp set, cut it out and adhered this to the bottom right of the card.
  • I have added a couple of the die cut vines from die set 1B and a small Arianna Bloom flower to the sentiment.
  • Finally I have added a small pink bow and a little Stickles Glitter.
 I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend:)

Take Care x

Monday, 28 July 2014

My visit to Wales and Some Scrapbook Layout Inspiration

Afternoon fellow blogging friends!  I hope you are all well and you have had a good start to the beginning of the week.
I had an amazing time at Dandie Crafts and met some wonderful crafters:) I was assisted by my crafting friend Vicky who did an amazing job die cutting extra flowers and flourishes for my afternoon demos:) Thank you everyone who made my trip to Wales a very memorable one and a big thank you to Mandy for your hospitality during my visit.....I hope to meet Debbie on my next visit:) (ummm assuming that I will be invited back)

So that was my weekend and I am now back in the craft room covered in glitter as I am prepping for 2 possible Christmas shows this Wednesday......this will not be confirmed until late Tuesday possibly even Wednesday morning! Don't you just love it when all your plans go out of the window ......I was planning on making a start on Septembers shows:) But hey as long as it is crafting I don't care:)
Now for todays project....I thought I would share a few of the Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create scrapbook layouts. If you watched the shows and have been over onto the Heartfelt Creations blog you will know that the concept of this collection is that you can easily and quickly create a scrapbook layout using the dies. You can use all 4 sets which will allow you to fill your page with photos or as I have done on these layouts use just a few of the mat and layer dies. You also get decorative flourishes in with the die sets.
The 1st set is set 2B, 2nd set is 2A, 3rd set is 1B and the 4th set is 1A
Cut Mat Create 2B Die Cut Mat Create 2A DieCut Mat Create 1B DieCut Mat Create 1A Die
For more details on the concept please visit the Heartfelt Creations blog HERE
On this first layout I have also used a selection of the stamps that also are part of the Cut Mat Create collection:

  • I have chosen the beautiful dusky pink floral paper  for my layout which is from the cut Mat Create paper collection.
  • I have used 1B and 1A die sets to create the mats and layers for the photos and I have used the 2B and 2A sets also for the decorative vines/borders and flourishes.
  • The stamp sets that I have used are Birds and Blooms and Vines and Blooms. I fussy cut one of the butterflies out and added this to the corner of the stamped sentiment.
  • To high light the birds on the border I have added a little stickles glitter.
  • The flowers are from the Sweet Lullaby die set.
  • To finish off the layout I have added some flower pearls on a string from The Hobby House.
  • The 2 beautiful girls in the photos are my daughter Sophie being hugged by her friend Kelly:)
I have used a photo of my son Jordan and his girlfriend Lydia at there school leaving prom:)

  •  The dies I have used both the 2 and 1 sets to create the mat and layers for the photos and also for the decorative flourishes/vines and border.
  • I have used the border from the Vines and Blooms stamp set to create a frame around the main can just see it. I stamped it black just to bring the black from Jordan's suit into the layout.
  • I have used the flowers from the Sweet Lullaby Die set again in this layout.
  • I have also cut out a couple of the sentiments from the papers and added these to my layout as well as adding a little journaling.
  • The lilac floral paper is from the Cut Mat Create paper collection.
  • To finish off the layout I have added some deep purple and lilac pearls, a little stickles glitter and some cream lace.

On this final layout is my friend Vicky's daughter Abbie who was more than willing to do a little photo shoot in my garden a few weeks ago:)

  •  I have distressed the edges of the papers on the layout using a Tim Holtz distress tool.
  • The papers are from the Cut Mat Create paper collection.
  • So again using both the set 1 and set 2 die sets I have created the photo mats.
  • I have again also used the decorative die elements from the die sets.
  • The flowers are from the Sweet Lullaby die set.
  • I have cut out the 'cherish' sentiment from the paper collection and also added some lace and pearls.
  • I have decorated the layout with some cream lace and some flower pearls on string from The Hobby House.
  • To finish off I have of course added a little Stickles Glitter:)
Woohooo! finished:)..... I hope I have inspired those of you that are not into scrapbooking to maybe create a layout. Using these dies it is super quick and  I think that matting your photos onto co-ordinating card really does make your layouts look professional. Also don't just think of layouts being in a scrapbook tucked away....I make mine and use them as home d├ęcor: They make great presents too:)
I will be back tomorrow with a card that I plan to demo on Wednesday.....well that's if the shows go ahead:) I will keep you informed!
Take Care x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Thinking of You Today - Heartfelt Creations Easel Card

A very good evening to you all!  It has been a few days since I last blogged so apologies if you were wondering where I had gone:) I have just had a few family days and basically just chilling with the hubby in the evenings. Today I have been busy finishing prepping for Saturdays demonstration  at Dandie Crafts in Wales....still a little more to do as the sunshine kept calling me out of my log cabin lol.
However I thought I had better come and say hello:) and share another Cut Mat Create card as it is of course Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  So if you haven't already been over and checked out the extremely inspiring blog which is full of new projects that the Design Team have created you will find it HERE 

Now to my card for I know that the Cut Mat Create dies were specifically designed for scrapbooking as myself and Emma Lou showed you on the shows ....they are so much more and although I do have some scrapbook layouts to share still I thought I would choose this butterfly easel creation.

  • I have made a simple easel card with a 5 3/4" square base card in white and distressed the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
  • I cut a square piece of deep blue script patterned paper from the paper collection and adhered this to the main part of the card. 
  • Next I chose the circle panel, cut it out, distress it with Tea Dye ink and adhered this to the card with 3D foam pads.
  • I stamped the butterfly stamp from the Summer Glory precut stamp set using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and coloured it in using a blender pen and Distress inks. I also added the Tea Dye ink to the edges.
  • I fussy cut the image out and adhered it to the card at an angle just off centre. I only adhered a little in the centre of the image so that the it is just coming off the page slightly to add a little interest.
  • Next I stamped the sentiment which is from the same stamp set and cut it out and adhered to the bottom of the circle with 3D foam pads.
  • I next cut another panel of the dark blue script paper which measures 5 1/4" square and adhered it to the bottom part of the card.
  • I have then cut a strip of the blue flower patterned paper measuring 5 1/4" x 1" and adhered this to the card to create the stopper so that the easel card stays upright. 
  • Next I have added a strip of decorative pearls from the Hobby House to the strip.
  • I have die cut 2 of the decorative lacy borders from the Cut Mat Create 2A die set and adhered one to the top of the circle panel and one just underneath the strip on the bottom part of the card. I cut them out in white card and distressed them a little with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
  • Next I die cut 2 of the small vine leaves again from the Cut Mat Create 2 A die set and again also in white distressing with the Tea Dye ink. I have adhered these opposite each other on the centre of the strip.
  • I next die cut the flowers from the Sweet Lullaby collection in white and also added some Tea Dye too.
  • To finish the card I have added a little Stickles glitter and pale blue pearls.
Ummm that was a rather long tutorial for what was actually one of my quicker cards to make.....which took about an hour to create. The longest part being the colouring. However since using the blender pens I really am finding it much quicker to colour an image.

If any of you are going to be coming to Dandie Crafts on Saturday this is one of my planned demos, but I will being creating it with a purple theme rather than the blue:) Talking of which...I must get cracking and finish those demos:)

I hope you all enjoy the rest of this beautiful sunny day:)