Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wedding Layout with Heartfelt Creations

Hello friends.  Yesterday I mentioned that I am auditioning for a Design Team.  I am not quite sure that I am talented enough to be part of the fabulous Heartfelt Creations Design Team, but I thought it could not hurt to try out.  I had to create three projects using HFC products and turn them in by last Friday.  You have already seen my first project, the sweet Baby Girl card I shared over the weekend.  Today I will share my second audition project - this peach and teal layout featuring Bethany and John at their wedding.

I enlarged the photo to 5 x 7 inches for this layout.  I used the following HFC products:  HCD 727 Vintage Floret Die, HCPC 3500 Open Vintage Floret PreCut Set, HCD 738 Ornamental Add On Die, Once Upon a Time Paper Collection, HCPC 3571 Key and Roses PreCut Set, and HCD 741 Burnish Key die.  I also used a number of products from my stash, including:  Art Glitter Glue,
Stylus and Mat set, Peach ink, Chinese Firecracker glitter. Art Glitter 237 Lichen, Glitter – gold, Copic markers: E00, YR61, YG63, YG67, and a Silhouette cut title - LOVE.

I purchased the Once Upon a Time card stock collection at the Creating Keepsakes Convention specifically for scrapping Bethany's wedding.  I liked the vintage look and feel of the collection.  I trimmed the 5 x 7 inch photo just a touch so that all of the pretty "matting" on this pre-made layout page would be visible.

I cut a tag from the tag sheet in the paper collection and glued the tag below the photo opening.  Using the Key and Roses precut set, I stamped on the background page outside the lower right corner of the photo area.  I used Copic markers to color in the stamped image.  Use the Grand Calibur and the Burnish Key die to cut the keys, then glued them over the stamped keys and add gold glitter.  I also added two additional keys to the left side of the tag. 

Using the Vintage Florets die set and the Ornamental add-ons, I cut four sets of flower petals, two large leaf sets, and two small leaf sets. I stamped the flower petals with the Open Vintage Floret PreCut set. I used a spray mister with water and the Stylus and Mat set shape the leaves and flower petals.  After the pieces dried, I applied glitter art glue and assemble the roses. I applied glue to the edges of the petals and sprinkle with Chinese Firecracker glitter.  I also applied glue to the leaves and vines and applied Art Glitter Lichen glitter.

Using the Art Glitter glue, I attached the photo to the page and glued the flowers and leaves to the page.  I cut the work LOVE using my Silhouette Cameo machine and glued the word love inside the tag. 

I like the way the flowers match the settee on which Bethany and John are sitting.  I also like that even with the flowers, leaves, text, and stamping, the photo is still the focal point of the layout.

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my HFC layout.  I do love HFC products and I will keep you posted on the audition results.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Hello everyone, happy Labor Day!  It is Monday so that means today is my weekly Bitten by the Bug 2 post.  Our challenge this week was selected by our wonderful Brenda.  Brenda challenged us to honor the 9/11 anniversary, or the respondents, our military.  I chose to make a Thank You card for our men and women serving in the military!

I started with a patriotic red, white, and blue color palette, and Cricut's Stand and Salute cartridge.  I cut the word HONOR twice, the flag and the phrase Thank You.  I then went back and cut my three military personnel and additional white starts to embellish the blue block on the card (I could not cut 50 stars small enough to represent all of the states).  I found the patriotic striped paper in my stash and cut a strip to use beside the flag.

I realize that a simple card can never offer enough thanks to those who have served our country.  We owe so much to our military.

I hope that you get time this week to join the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  Please check the rules on the sidebar at the BBTB2 blog and link your Cricut created project. 

I will be back tomorrow to share a new project I created last for a design team tryout.  Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Blessing Coming Our Way

 Hello friends! I have had a busy crafting week, which makes me so very happy.  Of the several projects I crafted, I thought you might enjoy this adorable "It's A Girl" card made using Heartfelt Creations Sweet Lullaby Collection.

This card is especially close to my heart today as it affords me the opportunity to share some wonderful news with you - Doug and I are going to be grandparents to a sweet baby girl sometime next year!!! Bethany and John are expecting our first grandchild and we are all thrilled!

To create this card you will need three Heartfelt Creations (HFC) products:
Sweet Lullaby Paper Collection
HCPC 3605 Sweet Lullaby Sentiment Stamp
HCD 746 Sweet Lullaby Die
Other products used:
Spellbinders lace die – retired, Pink seam binding ribbon, White card stock, Pink Card stock, Pearls, Pink Ink, 1 Inch circle punch, Grand Calibur, Stylus and foam mat set, Glitter Art Glue, and Pop dots.

Using white card stock and the Sweet Lullaby carriage and wheel dies, use your die cut machine and cut the baby carriage.  Assemble the carriage with Glitter Art Glue.  Using a tapestry needle thread the seam binding ribbon through the edges of the carriage top and middle sections.  Add a bow. 

Using pink card stock and the flower dies from the Sweet Lullaby die set, cut four flowers.  Use the stylus and foam mat to the shape the petals.

Use pink ink stamp “It’s a Girl” using the Sweet Lullaby Sentiment Stamp onto white card stock.  Cut out the sentiment with a one inch circle punch.

Cut the Spellbinder lace edge using white card stock. 

Find the bracket image card front in the Sweet Lullaby paper collection.  From the same paper collection, cut a piece of green and white print 6.75 inches x 4.5 inches.  Glue the Spellbinder lace behind the bracket card image, then glue both pieces centered on the green and white print.  Find a pink and white lace paper.  Cut a 4.25 x 4.25 square and glue behind the upper left corner of the green print, leaving 3/8th inch border. 

Using pop dots attach the carriage to the front middle of the card.  Attach the flowers and add pearl centers.  Place the entire card front onto a white card.

Thanks for dropping by today.  I will be back on Monday with the weekly Bitten By the Bug 2 Design Team challenge.  Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Leaping into a New School Year

Hello everyone.  I am so happy to tell you that I have managed to sneak a few more hours in my craft room this week (insert smiley face here).  I need to give the entire room a HUGE and thorough cleaning, but instead, I have been playing with vinyl.  I blame my neighbor, Courtney, for reminding me just how fun vinyl can be!

Courtney is a 4K teacher extraordinaire, with a darling frog theme classroom.  She found this metal lace punch frame at Hobby Lobby for $6.99, and paid $4.20 with her 40% off coupon.   She asked me if I could add her name and a frog to the frame.

I used white vinyl (sorry, I forgot to note the font) and added Courtney's name in 2 inch tall letters.  I then used Create a Critter and added the cute frog.

I used four colors of vinyl to create the frog:  black (as a background), lime green for the frog, blue for the eyes, and hunter green for the lily pad.  I used a white gel pen to highlight the frog's belly area.

I delivered the name plate to Courtney's classroom on Tuesday and she was very excited.  It was funny - as is always the case with fun crafting - her colleagues wanted to know where she found the frame, what colors were available, etc!!   Courtney's classroom is already for her 4K students to arrive on Tuesday!

After Courtney's door name sign, I went on to work on vinyl school projects for Bethany, Crissie, John.  I will share those with you soon as I give them to my teacher peoples (probably on Friday evening). 

Thanks for stopping by today - it is so good to be crafting again!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Beautiful Bride Dress Form Layout

 (click the photos to enlarge)

 Hello friends!  I know I have been missing for two weeks(!!) and though I do have an excuse/reason, I will not bore you with the details and just say that I AM BACK!!  I have missed crafting so much - especially scrapbooking. While Doug stayed with my mom, I spent several hours in my scraproom this weekend working on this layout.

My darling Design Team member, Maureen, is hosting this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 Cricut challenge.  Maureen challenged us to use either a Cricut cut DRESS FORM or a Cricut cut DRESS.  I chose to use the dress form cut from the French Manor cartridge - the first Cricut Circle cartridge.

I cut the dress form in two colors - medium brown and champagne.  I wanted the stand to be darker than the form itself.  I trimmed the dress form out with Heartfelt Creation flowers and leaves.

Using my Cricut Explore for the Cricut cuts on this layout, I also used Cricut Design space and a font on my computer to cut the page title, Beautiful Bride.  I love that like other bands of cutting machines, the Cricut Explore also cuts fonts and SVG files!  Yay!  I used the font "Lavenderia Study" for the title.

I used several Heartfelt Creation thin dies for cuts on these pages - the corners, a couple of the mats, and the flowers and leaves.  I used HFC's Vintage Blossoms dies and stamps to create the layered 3D flowers.  I cut the flowers in vintage white cardstock, stamped the blossoms with Close To My Heart Blush Pink pink ink, then I sponged 3D Stempel Farbe (Stamp Paint - in Rose Metallic) onto the petals.  I used a stylus and rubber mat to shape the flower petal layers.  I glued the layers together then applied a hint of cocoa brown ink to the edges of the petals to age them.

The base paper is also from Heartfelt Creations.  I purchased this vintage looking card stock at the Creating Keepsakes Convention specifically to scrap Bethany's vintage wedding.

In the photo above Bethany's maid of honor, Bailey, was finishing up Bethany's make up and hair, placing the vintage hair piece I purchased for her.

In the photos below Bethany is allowing her bridesmaids and I to dress her in her bridal gown.  We were very careful not to smudge her make up or muss her hair!  I had the honor of lacing her in her dress.  Sigh.....

Not having been in my scraproom for some time, I have to say that I LOVED making this layout.  I love all of the lacy cuts and vintage flowers.  I cannot wait to scrap more of the wedding photos.  And I thought that Maureen's challenge - the Dress Form, was perfect for this layout!!

We hope that you decide to join us this week at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Create a project using a Cricut cut Dress or Dress Form, tell us which cartridge you used, then link to the original post at BBTB2.  

Thank you for stopping by today!!!