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Heartfelt Creations Once Upon A Time Collage

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Today I want to show you a mixed media collage featuring Heartfelt Creation’s Once Upon A Time Collection.  It would make a great Fathers’ Day Gift.  The Once Upon A Time Collection features timepieces and is a very versatile collection.  There is quite a variety to choose from, and the collection is perfect for a mixed media project (featured today), card making or scrapbook layouts.

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Sometimes its difficult to begin a mixed media collage project.  I usually begin with a theme (here time/timepieces), and decide whether the project is for a guy or a girl (or both).  I look through the “treasures” I’ve collected and pull anything that might fit the theme and then I may go shopping to find a few more elements.  I always gather way more than I need — that’s okay, because you don’t know exactly what will fit until you do the project.

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For this project, I used a frame that my Sister found at a garage sale (25 cents, yay!).  It was a little beat up and needed some restoring using a tinted furniture wax and some Copic markers.  With just a little effort (mostly hers – yay for sisters!) it was perfect.

I knew that I wanted to use some of the timepiece elements from several of the Once Upon A Time Collection stamp sets.  I stamped them onto ivory cardstock using my Impression Obsession Mega Mount (works great with large stamps), and several colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I like to vary the colors a little to add some interest.  I also used the same basic ink colors to distress the edges of the timepiece elements to make them look a little more vintage.  I cut the timepiece elements using the Once Upon A Time die that is a part of the collection and my Sizzix Big Shot.

I began to assemble my collage by choosing a background paper.  I liked one in the collection — it already looked a little vintage, and was framed nicely.  I wasn’t sure if the edges of the frame, etc. were straight, so I fussy cut it out of the center of the 12×12 paper.  Then I made a diagonal cut into the frame (be sure to leave the corners intact), and fussy cut the center piece.  Both were just a little large for my frame, but I knew I could trim them to fit.    I had a vintage lace in the pile (I know, lace for a guy project??  But it worked!) that I used between the background paper and the frame.  I distressed all of these (including the lace) using my Tim Holtz Distress inks.

The Tim Holtz pocket watch comes empty, so I used one of the Recollections clock faces and a Tim Holtz game spinner to add a clock face and hands.  I thought it would be fun to add “tick tock” to the front glass using the Tim Holtz Label Letters.  The Label Letters are just so much fun to add a quick word or two to a project!  I distressed a piece of the Linen Ribbon and used it to suspend the watch just slightly off-center on the project.

With the major pieces in place, it was time to begin to arrange some of the smaller elements.  I missed having something floral in this project, but thought it would take away from the masculine nature.  I used a couple of feathers instead, and I thought they added the missing textures, etc. and a little interest.  I selected a few of the time pieces I stamped and placed those on the collage with a couple of timepieces (and parts) that I cut from the piece of cardstock I selected.  I added the metal timepiece to the lower right corner, and added traditional corner pieces to the other corners.  I used sticky wax to attach most of the elements, and Scor-Tape where I thought the sticky was might not hold.  My last element was the clock key — I initially thought I would suspend it from the glass side of the frame, but that didn’t work as well as I anticipated.  I found it better to just mount it with all of the other collage pieces.  Please see the short video for a look at the Heartfelt Creations Once Upon A Time Collection, and how I approached the project.

Here are some close-up pictures and the finished project.

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This is a fun collection, and there are lots of different projects that can be made with it.  It isn’t just a “guy” collection — several pieces incorporate flowers, etc. and would be nice for other projects.  I know that you will enjoy using it.

 

Supply List

Heartfelt Creations Once Upon A Time Collection — I used a sheet of cardstock from the paper collection; 3 stamp sets (Time Sentiments, Numeral Clocks and Timeless Clock) and the Once Upon A Time die

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Impression Obsession Mega Mount

Tim Holtz Distress Ink — I used Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Wild Honey

Ivory cardstock

Display Frame 5×7 (opening is approximately 4×6) — garage sale find

vintage lace

feathers

Tim Holtz Pocket Watch, Timepieces, Clock Keys, Game Spinners, Label Letters, and Linen Ribbon

Prima Engraver Brads

Darice Hemp Twine – brown

Sticky Wax (this is a product sold primarily to hold a candle upright in a candlestick — the packaging will indicate whether it is safe for scrapbooking projects, etc.)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Recollections decorative corners and mini embellishments (clock faces)

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

Using Darice Embossing Folders With Die Cuts

Monday, May 5th, 2014

I was so excited to get some of my Easter pictures developed, considering this is the first Easter with our Granddaughter! The pictures turned out so cute! I did a two page scrapbook layout using a Darice Embossing Folder and die cuts from my Silhouette.

First of all here is a list of the products that are available at Cut at Home that were used for my layout.
Darice Dot Background Embossing Folder – SKU: 1217-61
Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tags, Ivory – SKU: 4500846
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU: 657900
Silhouette America, Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T

I also used the following items from my stash, Echo Park Hippity Hoppity Mini Theme, this I got at Cut at Home but I don’t think it is available anymore. Echo Park Dots and Stripes Neapolitan collection, DCWV white core card stock, Washi tape, Tim Holtz Distress Marker, Worn Lipstick, a sanding block and some Doodle Bug Sprinkes in Lily White.

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I knew I wanted to use a lot of pictures in my layout, but I also like a attractive layout that uses a lot of design elements. For the main page I used three photos, I cut a background that is available on the Silhouette on line store, I also made three scalloped eggs that I cut on the Silhouette then I embossed them, I used white core card stock to cut them so that I could use a sanding block and get a nice effect.

I also cut an extra egg for my second page. After I embossed and sanded the eggs I was ready to put my layout together. On the first page some elements are in front of the background and other items are in back of it. I also cut a scalloped banner for my title. I always play around with my images and other elements before I tape anything down, that way I can move things around until I am happy with the layout. After I had everything in place I taped it down, I also used the Graphic 45 tags for Journaling. I trimmed them in washi tape and used a distress marker, worn lipstick to do the writing. I added the final touches of washi tape, sprinkles and some sticker elements from the Echo Park Hippity Hoppity collection.

Here is how the first page turned out:
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For the second page I wanted to use a lot of photos to include all of the family in the photos, I figure I am making these for my granddaughter to have when she is older so I want to include me and my husband as well as all of my daughter-in-laws family. I cut the borders and used them on the top and the bottom of the page, then I added some washi tape as a trim, after I did that I played around with the layout until I was happy with it. I also added a journaling card on this page, I have always been bad at journaling but I am trying to get better! I taped down all of my photos added my journaling tag then to finish it off I added the sprinkles on the page and a few sticker elements.

Here is how the second page turned out:
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I am very happy with the results, the pages look really nice together and the pictures are the focal point of the layout! Here is a look at both pages together, I tried to get a good picture.
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I had a lot of fun with this project! I hope that you enjoyed it :)

Till next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin,

Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Card Making: Spellbinders Embossed Window Cards

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Today I made a couple of window cards for Easter. both cards are embossed window cards. Below are a list of supplies that I used for the cards.

For the first card I used the following supplies that are available at Cut at Home.
Crafts Too Embossing Folder, Invitation – SKU: CTFD3052
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals – SKU: S4-425
Magnolia Rubber Stamps, Exclusive Easter Egg – SKU: 102005-1
Supplies used from my stash, Hazel and Ruby Scalloped Away Decorative tape, Ribbon, Gems, Bazzill card stock, Smooch paint and TPC Studio Sunny Bunny clear stamps.
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I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base that I made, then I did the cutting and embossing, I am sure there is more than one way to accomplish this, I shared mine in the video below.

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After I got my pieces cut and embossed I assembled my card, I stamped the center and embossed it with clear embossing powder and a heat gun, then I colored in highlights with smooch paint. Then I stamped the sentiment and fussy cut it. I finished with adding the decorative tape, ribbon and gems.
Here is the finished card:
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I was really happy with the finished result. I also decided to make a second card, this card is much simpler and took considerably less time. Here is a list of the Cut at Home products that I used:
Darice Embossing Folder, Easter Bunny – SKU: 1218-43
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals, Small – SKU: S4-113
Echo Park Mini Theme 12 x 12 paper, Hippity Hoppity – SKU: 1218-43
I also used a few things from my stash, I used the scalloped tape again, I also used Queen & Co Pearls and CoreDinations Box of Chocolates card stock.

For this card I embossed the CoreDinations card stock and sanded it with a sanding block, I also cut an additional piece of that card stock 1/4 inch larger and framed the embossed rabbit. For this card I cut out the scalloped window after I embossed the paper and sanded it, it came out fine. I cut a 5″ x 7″ piece of patterned paper from the Echo Park collection, I also cut out a smaller scallop in the patterned paper, I assembled the card, I use a sticker from the collection for inside the scallop and the Easter banner on the top of the card. I added the scalloped tape, ribbon and pearls.
Here is that finished card:
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This card was a quick and easy card to make, but it looks nice and has a lot of interest.
Now I have a start on my cards for Easter, I hope that you enjoyed my projects!
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Until next time, Thanks and Happy Scrapin!
Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Darice Easter Bunny Embossing Folder

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Today I want to share a card using the Darice Easter Bunny embossing folder.  I also want to give you some tips on using things that you already have in your stash in different ways so you can “stretch” both your supplies and your craft budget.

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A successful card always has a good focal point — here I’ve used the bunny face from the Easter Bunny embossing folder.   (The entire embossing folder is darling too, but it doesn’t leave much room for embellishment.  Click here to see the full embossing folder design.)  To isolate the part of the design that I wanted to use, I first cut an oval using my Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals (the largest die), and then carefully placed the oval in my embossing folder and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot.  I added light (or subtle) color to the embossed image using various colors of Memento ink, applied with small Darice craft marshmallows.  Very quick and easy!  Note that you could also emboss the entire image and then place the oval die on it and cut the appropriate section.  Here you risk losing some of the raised image because it may flatten somewhat as it goes back through the die cutting machine.  It can also be wasteful if you aren’t using other parts of the full embossed image.  I generally only use that method when I’ve embossed something that turns out not suitable for the card in its entirety (it is crooked or off-center, etc.).

Sometimes the hardest part of putting together a card is choosing the right cardstock for the accents and layers.  I try to pick the patterned paper first, and then find a coordinating solid.  Sometimes I have a solid color that I want to use, and then have to work backwards to find a coordinating patterned paper.  That was the case with the bunny card pictured above.  This season I just love the soft peach color, but it can be sooooo hard to find.  I had this A-2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) piece of cardstock left from another project, and so just needed to locate a coordinating patterned paper.  Done.  Yay!  The patterned paper was cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.

The scalloped oval behind the embossed bunny is also cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, “Big Scalloped Ovals” (small).  The largest size die fit nicely with the embossed bunny oval.  Rather than reaching for another sheet of my “precious” stash of soft peach paper, I cut the scalloped oval from the bottom card layer.  Yes, it is okay to do this — just stay in the center of the card so that your patterned paper will completely cover the hole.  No one will know that you did this — and it is a great way to “stretch” each sheet of paper for maximum use.  I also conserve colored papers and patterned papers by making card fronts, and then mounting them on plain white cardstock.  White cardstock is almost always sold at a lower price.

Now it is time to embellish.  Soft peach coordinating embellishments are almost impossible to find.  This is one of the many reasons why I am so grateful for my stash of Copic markers.  With so many colors to choose from, there is always something that will work.  Copics (or another alcohol ink marker) can be used to color lots of different kinds of embellishments — ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, ribbon roses, etc.  Try this with any white or clear embellishment.  Note that other alcohol ink markers will also work (Copic is my preference because of the beautiful, vibrant ink colors).  Some other examples are Spectrum Noir markers, Shin Han art markers, and Sharpie markers.  Yes, you read that right — Sharpie markers!  Sharpies will work, although I don’t like the result as well since the ink and the colors can be a little intense.  Please see the short video for information on how I added color to the various embellishments that I used on the card.

I repeated the bunny card in a number of different color combinations to show you just how easy it is to change the look and match the embellishments.  The embellishments all began as white or clear, and were colored with various Copic markers.

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It is very difficult to have a ready supply of all of the “right” colors of ribbons and other embellishments.  I always keep plenty of “colorable” supplies on hand, and then purchase additional colors that I use frequently or are difficult to reproduce, etc.  You can also use your Copics to “tone down” a color of ribbon  that is too bright, etc. or to change the shade to just the right color.  Just experiment on a small-scale first to find the look that you like.  (Toning down the ribbon often involves using one of the gray markers rather than a color coordinating one.)

Assembling the card is also very easy.  Attach the patterned cardstock to the background layer (the one with the hole in the middle) using Scor-Tape.  Attach the embossed bunny oval to the scalloped oval using low dimensional adhesive.  Be sure to use some of the dimensional adhesive in the center too — sometimes an object this large will sag over time if there isn’t a little dimensional adhesive to support it.  Use Scor-Tape to attach the ovals to the patterned paper.  Attach the ribbon, bow and ribbon rose with Scor-Tape.  Add the pearls or rhinestones to the ribbon (if you use the “cheap” ones like me, you may need to glue them in place).  Mount the card front to an A2-sized card, and stamp a sentiment inside.  Done.  Easy peasey.

Supply list:

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Oval dies — I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals and Small Big Scalloped Ovals

Darice “Easter Bunny” embossing folder

various cardstock

paper trimmer

white ribbon – I used May Arts 1/4″ sheer ribbon (white)

White ribbon roses

pearls – white or natural

rhinestones – clear (not the ones that are iridescent and shine in various colors — these don’t take the ink very well)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — I used both 1/4″ and 1/8″

low dimensional adhesive

Assorted Memento ink — I used Toffee Crunch, Lulu Lavender, New Sprout, Cantaloupe

Darice craft marshmallows – small

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare@wordpress.com

 

Die-Versions Easter Bunny Cards

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Today I’m using another really fun Die-Versions die – this time to make Easter Bunny Cards.  The bunnies are also perfect for other Spring or Easter decorations.  This is a single die that makes either a standing or sitting bunny along with accessories.  I love how they put a little scalloped edge around the bunny to make it look more fuzzy and cuddly.

brown bunny  white bunny

sitting bunny

The Die-Versions dies are thin metal dies, so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine.  I chose my Sizzix Big Kick because it is well-suited to this type of cutting.  Although it could cut at least two layers of the heaviest papers, this time I cut one layer at a time to make sure I retained all of the detail.  Since this die focuses on a single animal, you can pretty much cut all of the pieces that you need with just one pass (there are a couple of exceptions – for example, if you want the sitting version you’ll need to cut another foot with foot pads).   The animal parts are conveniently grouped together at the bottom of the die, so you can use a scrap that is approximately 4” x 4.25” to cut the body parts.  You’ll also need a scrap this size (or a group of smaller scraps) to cut the parts that are pink.

Once the pieces are cut, I find it helpful to lay them out on a sheet of contrasting paper to make sure I have everything I need.  Then I used a little Memento ink to “edge” each of the pieces to enhance that cute scalloped cut.  I used London Fog ink for the white bunny and Toffee Crunch ink for the tan bunny.  I added the ink with a Darice foam marshmallow, sponging ink around the edges of each piece (main color only – I did not sponge the pink pieces).   For the main body, I added a little sponged ink to the slit area in the center.  For the face, I used a little Angel Pink to enhance the cheeks, and used a Cool Gray Copic Multiliner to enhance the nose/mouth detail.  Please see this short video for more detail.

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My preference is to assemble the bunny as a stand-alone object – then it can be attached to a card or used elsewhere for a decoration.  The adhesive that I find works best for this is the Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue.  It bonds paper to paper very quickly, and that keeps parts from slipping out of place, etc.   I began by attaching the arms to the main body, and then adding the face.  Then I add the feet, the paws, the ears, nose, etc.  Note that the ears end up in two pieces, the main color outside and the pink inside.  If you’re assembling a stand-alone bunny, you’ll need something to hold the pink piece in the center of the main body color.  I just use a small strip of paper – making sure to glue it to the pink center as well as each side of the main color.  You can see this in the back view of the bunny below.  Also for the eyes, instead of wrangling the tiny little pupils (and cutting them from black, etc.), I find it easier to just cut a small strip of black paper and glue it to the back of the head.  Cheating?  Maybe. . . but why not?  I did the same thing for the feet on the sitting bunny.  It just seemed so much easier.

To assemble the card, I first selected a patterned paper to place the bunny on, and a coordinating base layer.  I cut the base layer 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 size), and the patterned paper 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the patterned layer to the base layer.   I also attached the completed bunny with Scor-Tape.  I stamped the sentiment on a small piece of white cardstock, and added it to the card with Scor-Tape.  The purple bow on the white bunny is one of the accessories on the die.  The carrots with the tan bunnies were also cut using the “Easter Bunny” die.  The accessory pieces were glued in place.

I thought the sitting bunny would also make a cute table decoration for Easter dinner – perhaps as a place holder or as a napkin ring.  It is really easy to add a triangle of paper to make the bunny sit up straight, or a circle to make a napkin ring, etc.  There are just so many options – especially when you add in all of the accessories.  Too much fun!  Here are a couple of pictures of the “support” for the sitting bunny.

back view  holder

Supply List:

Die-Versions die “Easter Bunny

Die cutting machine – I used my Big Kick by Sizzix

Assorted cardstock for the bunny – scraps will work fine

Assorted cardstock for the card layers

Adhesives – ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Sentiments – I used a set from Impression Obsession called “Easter Seals”

Ink – I used Memento London Fog, Angel Pink, Toffee Crunch, Bahama Blue, and Grape Jelly

Darice craft marshmallow

Copic multiliner pen – Cool Gray

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

Majestic Blooms Birthday Card

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Howdy! Today I am creating a Majestic Blooms birthday card utilizing the Heartfelt Creations Majestic Blooms stamp set and a minimum amount of products. Who doesn’t love simplicity and a fast project? To start I selected 4 sheets from the Blossom Song stack. For the background I am a using a plaid sheet, trimming it and placing in my Silhouette Cameo to write “Happy Birthday” with the Silhouette Sketch Pens in Glitter Green.

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Next, I embossed the same piece of card stock with Darice “Swirls” using my Cuttlebug. Now you have your “base layer ready”.

Now for the details, using the Silhouette Cameo I proceeded to cut leave vines that can be found in Silhouette Online Studio. The card stock is a green from the same paper stack.

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Moving on from cutting the vines, I proceeded to die cut the flowers using Heartfelt Creations Majestic Bloom Die Set.

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Curl the petals with your nails or pen, then glue them together. Finally place your pearl or embellishment.

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To create you 3rd flower, use one of the glittered card stock from the stack and cut it.

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Now that everything is cut, simply paste it on your card. First the leaf vine, then your flowers. I have a short step-by-step video at the end of this post.

Here is the finished product.

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Products used for this project:

Silhouette Cameo

Silhouette Glitter Sketch Markers

DCWV Blossom Song Stack 12×12

Darice Swirls Embossing Folder.

Heartfelt Creations Majestic Blooms Die Set

From my stash:

Pearls

Adhesive

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Crystal

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