Saturday, October 4, 2014

Beautiful Butterflies

Here's another art journal page - my favorite so far.  I keep learning new things and it is so much fun.  For this page, I used gelatos in the background & napkin collage at the bottom. The picture makes the background look a bit choppier than it looks in real life - it's a it bit more blended and smooth than the pictue shows.  Guess I need to work on my picture taking skills.  LOL.  The collage has a bit of glitter dust added to make it sparkle.  I love doing napkin collage - it is always so beautiful. The butterflies are 2 stencils - the base stencil was done with embossing paste colored with ink, then the coordinating detail stencil was done with ink and a blending tool.  I love it.  Off to work on another page....

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A new favorite card

I love making cards with Heartfelt Creations products.  Here's one of my new favorites - with instructions.  The flash in the picture reflects the Glossy Accents on the sentiment kind of poorly, but it is really pretty in person.

Heartfelt Creations Supplies:
·         Arianna Blooms Collection Paper
·         Arianna Blooms Die
·         Arianna  Lace Die
·         Arianna Blooms Pre-cut Set
·         Arianna Hummingbird Pre-cut Set

Other Supplies / Tools
·         Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Cardstockand Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder
·         Niji Pearlescent Watercolors
·         McGill Paper Shaping Tools and Molding Mat
·         Adhesives:  3D Crystal Lacquer, X-pressIt Double Sided Tape High tack 1/8”, and Scotch ATG Adhesive
·         Scotch Pop-Up Foam Squares
·         Inks:  Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Prima Chalk Ink Edger – Branch Bark, Versamark Ink
·         Poly Flake Glitter – Clear
·         Ranger Glossy Accents
·         Sizzix Big Shot & Magnetic Platform
·         Scissors
·         Gemstones by Cloud9 Design

Stamp Arianna Blooms precut set onto white cardstock using Jet Blank ink and cut with Arianna Blooms Die.  Paint the flowers with Pearlescent watercolors.  Stamp Arianna Hummingbird precut set onto white cardstock using Versamark ink and heat emboss with black embossing powder.  Paint the hummingbird and flowers with pearlescent paints and fussy cut the design.  Cut Arianna Lace die from Arianna Blooms Collection paper.  Create easel card base using these instructions.  Trim Arianna Blooms Collection paper to fit panels, ink edges with Branch Bark and adhere to card front.  Cut card front from Arianna Blooms Collection paper and ink edges with Branch Bark; adhere to center of card base.  Adhere lace diecuts to card center with 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Adhere hummingbird design to front of card with 3D foam squares.  Shape flowers with Paper Shaping stylus and Molding Mat, layer, and adhere to hummingbird card front with 3D Crystal Lacquer, reserving 1 floral set for inside card.  Add gemstones to center of flowers.  Cut sentiment ticket from Arianna Blooms Collection paper and adhere to top of card front.  Cover hummingbird and sentiment ticket with Glossy Accents, add glitter to sentiment ticket.  Outline flowers on panels with 3D Crystal Lacquer and apply glitter.  Add double-sided tape to top of bottom easel panel & add glitter.

Inside Card:

Cut card panel from Arianna Blooms Collection paper and adhere to inside of card.  Attach reserved flower to floral patter on paper using 3D Crystal Lacquer and add gemstone to center of flower.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day

Wow.  I can't believe it is September already.  Time goes by faster every year.

About a month or so ago, I got bit by the HSN craft bug.  lol.  One of the things that I picked up was the 3-D Papier Tole collection by Hot Off The Press.  Although not quite as much fun as making all my own flowers with Heartfelt Creations products, I did have a lot of fun assembling and creating some really pretty cards with this kit.  Here are some snapshots from the cards I made using the Garden of Posies set. I added a couple of doilies (with a dash of glimmer mist added) and some gemstones & I think they turned out quite nice.  I also tried another one of my HSN purchases on one of the cards - Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Butterfly.  (I love butterflies, so you'll also see some Martha Stewart Crafts butterfly punches on these cards.)

Have a beautiful holiday!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Art Journaling 2

Here's another attempt at Art Journaling.  I have learned a few things:

  • Having never taken an art class since grade school, for me, art seems to be a bit of an experiment.  lol.  I am learning & enjoying the process.  I will keep trying to express myself in this way.
  • Some stencils are not meant to be used with embossing paste.  I love this Delicate Butterflies stencil from Memory Box  (, but it didn't really seem to be the best thing to use with embossing paste.  I will have to try this with another medium.
  • I really do need to use gesso on my pages before I add my inks to the background.
  • I love my Dylusions art journal (  But, as Shari Carroll noted in her class,  I probably need to paste the pages together / skip pages, because even with the gesso, sometimes my inks bleed through to the next page.  I know that is OK for some people, but it kind of bothered me a bit.  (I need to let go of my perfectionism.)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Art Journalling 1

Hi.  Long time no posting.  Trying to get this blog started again.....

I attended the first Simon Says Create event this spring.  It was wonderful.  One of the things I have started trying is art journaling.  Shari Carroll did a great class in art journaling, but we didn't get to finish everything, so I finished it at home.  Here's a link to the start of what she was teaching...

Here's my take on it, since I didn't have all the products used in class. This is a log of fun - I think I'll keep doing this.   Let me know what you think....