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Celebrate the Journey Hot Air Balloon Mini

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Paul and I love going to Hot Air Balloon festivals and feel fortunate to have gone to five of them.  I have lots of photos from each event just sitting on my hard drive waiting to be scrapped.  Most of you that watch my videos and read my blog posts know I rarely make anything for my own use.  This time was a perfect exception!

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When I saw Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Collection I knew I had to make something for my Hot Air Balloon photos.  The bonus was as I was surfing Sa Crafters Zibbet store I found the clincher!  She had just released a Hot Air Balloon chipboard mini which was going to work perfect with the papers.  I have to tell you this was so fun, doing a shaped mini this way!  I was a little stumped how I was going to open and close it, I punched the four holes across the bottom basket on each page with my Cinch and tried the coils but I pulled those out instantly, it just wasn’t the right look.  I had already used the jute cording on the basket and decided I’d lace the holes through each page and knot them below leaving them hang.  This was perfect.

I stP1130406ill needed some way to keep the mini closed when not looking at it.  and since it opens downward that meant something had to attach to the top.  The solution ended up simpler than I had thought.  I had some Tim Holtz Grungeboard, I guess you’d call them latches.  I painted them with Distress inks and then sprayed them with Mission Bells Brown and Time Travel Teal Starburst Sprays from Lindy’s Stamp Gang, perfect colors, in fact I used this duo several other places in the book to tie the colors into the papers. Adding the brads on the back was fine but hindsight is always better.  I should have done this before any papers were laid so now I had the ends showing inside but I just trimmed a saying from the paper and glued it with Beacon’s Fabri Tac and Scor-Tape, I don’t think it’s moving any time soon.  I punched a hole in the front flap, adhered a Tim Holtz hitch fastener and now I can simply slip it on and off when opening and closing the mini!

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The balloon is pretty good size measuring 7 1/4″ at the widest point and 11″ from top to bottom.  Since I had 5 events to house photos for I had to devise ways to incorporate more than one or two photos on each of the 5 pages (10 sides).  This is accomplished the easiest by making flipouts, flipups, waterfalls and tuck in booklets, each of which hold 6 to 12 photos.

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There is nothing better than working on a project that makes you happy the whole time you’re doing it and that’s how I felt as I made this mini.  I wish time had permitted me getting the photos printed and in the book for you, perhaps I’ll do a later video and share that with you as well. Each page just seemed to take on a life of its own and I moved through the pages. Of course, using Heartfelt Creations, Celebrate the Journey, certainly made my job much easier. The papers lent themselves to this type of project and the pictures, sayings and cut aparts were perfect for what I had stirring around in my brain.  I used the die that accompanies this set, the Heartfelt Creations Luggage and Tags, they cut the printed pieces out in a snap.

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As I said earlier there were five pages of chipboard giving me ten sides to work with, so to try to show you each page and everything that’s on it would take up so much blog space I’m going to content myself with just sharing a taste of the fronts above and the backs below.  I hope you’ll join me on the video which will give you a total walk through of each page and scads of photos for inspiring you to create a shaped mini of your own.

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Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Visit my on my blog or Facebook at A Soul’s Heartbeat

Supplies:

HCDP1 242 – Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey 12×12 paper pad

HCD 745 – Heartfelt Creations Luggage & Tag dies

TIM32823 – Tim Holtz Distress ink Gathered Twigs

90910 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Evergreen Bough

95910 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers

Supplies from my stash: SaCrafters Chipboard Hot Air Balloon mini, arrow words, mini hot air balloons, wood sayings; Lindy’s Mission Bells Brown and Tim Travel Teal Starburst Sprays, jute twine, extra cardstock for matting, Scotch Quick Dry, Beacon’s Fabri Tac, stickles, glitter, Aleene’s Paper Glaze

Scrapbook pages with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Dies

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Hi everyone, I am so excited to share some new dies that make is easy to create fantastic scrapbook pages, so today I will show you how easy it is to make scrapbook pages with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Dies! These dies are so versatile and will make it a breeze to create layout and cards. There are two sets of dies but you will want to get all four. There are also stamps and paper for this collection.

Here is a list of the supplies that I used for this project:

Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 A – SKU: HCD 749
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 B – SKU: HCD 750
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 A – SKU: HCD 751
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 B – SKU: HCD 752
Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
Sizzix Big Shot Machine – SKU: 657900

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I also used the following items from my stash, black and red patterned paper, red card stock and white card stock, Epiphany Crafts Shape Maker – Star.

For my layout I decided to use 5 pictures, I selected my paper and decided what dies that I wanted to use. I cut my mats using the A sets then my pictures using the B sets. You will need to get the corresponding A & B sets to use the dies the way they are intended to be used, but you will definitely want to get all four sets once you have had a chance to play around with them!

Once I had my pictures mounted I laid them out the way I wanted them and adhered them, all that was left to do was to add some finishing touches. I cut two of the arrows from the 1B set and did some journaling on them. I used my Silhouette Cameo for the title and used an tool shaper from Epiphany Crafts for the stars.

These dies make is so easy to get a scrapbook layout completed as you can see in the video above. To create a layout all you have to do is decide what dies you want to use based on how many pictures you want on the page. I am planning on doing a scrapbook layout of my granddaughter featuring a picture from each month for the first 12 months of her life.

Here is a look at my finished layout:
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Here is a close up of the matting:
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I cannot wait to make my next project using these dies. I just love that I can make a quick layout using lots of pictures seamlessly. I also wanted to mention that the stamps and the paper that go along with this collection are beautiful. I hope you like my project this week, stop back next Monday for another layout idea with these very versatile die sets. Till next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Collection!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Introducing the Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Collection which is designed for those that have stacks of photos somewhere that need to get into a book or at least onto a page so that they can see them (like me). NEWSFLASH!! No one’s ever going to ever look at photos you have tucked away in storage!!!

These sets are designed to make it so that you can pick up a book and relive those memories of outrageous adventure, indescribable joy and delicate beauty from memorable events and everyday life with the ones that love you.

You get a die cut for every size photo you have in storage. You don’t need to measure anything at all- simply cut out your photos whichever way you prefer and the format will fit perfectly on a 12×12 layout. You get complete total peace of mind from having total creative control: you can arrange the photos upright or sideways and cut them out large or small.

With this new concept, you get to relive the amazing moments in 5 easy steps:

Step 1: Pull out your photos
Step 2: Choose which ones go together
Step 3: Choose your favorite sketch
Step 4: Cut out your photos and mats
Step 5: Glue them down

Heartfelt Creations own Emma Lou Beechy demonstrates how to use this collection with both scrapbooking layouts and cards in this tutorial. Such an easy concept!

Simple as can be! Now is your chance (and mine) to get caught up on your scrapbooks or if scrapbooking is not your thing and  card making is your passion, then check out the card examples below from the Heartfelt Creations designers. WOW! This collection is stunning!

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The collection consists of a 12 x 12 paper pad, four die sets and 6 cling stamp sets. and are sold separately. To view the whole collection, please click on the following link: https://www.ucutathome.com/store/subcat/Heartfelt-Creations-Cut-Mat-Create/id/1017

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Get a close-up look at the individual products of this collection in the following video.

I don’t know about you, but this collection is a definite must have on my list! There IS a light at the end of the photo boxes! To view more gorgeous examples from the Heartfelt Creations design team, please click this link: http://www.heartfeltcreations.us/blog/

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

 

Pirate Ship Card featuring Nautical Dies by Docrafts

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Ahoy Matey!  Today I have a fun pirate ship card featuring the Nautical Build-A-Scene dies by Docrafts.  These dies are just so much fun and so versatile.  To give my card even more dimension and movement, I added an Action Wobble Spring.  You’ve got to love a pirate ship that really sails the ocean!

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I love the Docrafts Build-A-Scene Nautical dies.  There are a lot of different pieces that you can use to build numerous nautical scenes.  The packaging for the dies suggests at least four ideas –

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The dies are versatile enough for card making as well as scrapbooking.  I love the choices, and the ease in creating a fun scene.

I wanted to have quite a bit of dimension and movement for my card.  I began with a light blue base, cut 5″ x 7″.  I also selected four other colors of blue paper to form the waves — varying from dark to light.  I cut 2″ x 5″ strips of each color, and then used the classic wave die (the upside down scallop die) to cut two pieces of waves from the cardstock.  I began attaching these to my card base using Scor-Tape, until I reached the medium blue (the next to the lightest color) — this is where I wanted my ship to ride the waves, and I needed to do something a little different.  I attached the bottom layer of medium blue using Scor-Tape, and then the next layer was tucked underneath and I used a pop dot cut in half and placed half at each end of the wave.  This is to pop it up a little and allow for movement of the ship.

To give the ship additional dimension and movement, I decided to mount it on a wobble spring.  If you haven’t used them, the Action Wobble Springs are easy to use and add a lot of “fun” to a card.  This is a picture of one –

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They are very easy to use — each one is marked so that you can easily determine the top from the bottom, etc. so it will work properly.  Any time that you are using a wobble spring, you’ll need to build the image that will wobble separately from the card itself.  (Normally I would build the ship onto the front of the card.)  I cut out the ship image and a variety of sails.  The ship’s masts are fairly thin, so I wondered if they would handle the wobble spring.  In order to determine that, I needed to continue assembling it by attaching the sails to each of the masts.  I was sure to keep each sail and each mast separate in order to give the appearance of more dimension, and to allow the ship to move about freely.  There was a gap in the middle where I wanted to put the wobble spring (I didn’t want it to show), and I thought that the mast could use a little support so I cut a piece of cardstock the size of the wobble spring as a reinforcement for that area (I used the same color as I did for the sails).  I attached it to the back of the middle mast with some Scor-Tape.  That is also where I attached the wobble spring to the completed ship.  The wobble spring incorporates a strong adhesive on both sides, so no need for anything further.  I cut the words “ahoy there” using one of the dies in the Docrafts set, and attached them using Sticky Dots.   I finished the project by adding a sun and a few clouds in the sky.  Please see the short video for  a further description of how I assembled the card, and to see how much fun and movement the wobble spring adds.

I’m looking forward to using the Nautical Build-A-Scene dies by Docrafts for other projects.   I think the octopus is calling to me . . .

You can also view my tutorial on the Cut@Home YouTube Channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tts6Qt7WhpU&list=UU_J_Rav4J9_6V2ULdAgbMpw

 

Supply List:

Docrafts Nautical Build-A-Scene dies

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Assorted cardstock

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Sticky Dots by Therm-o-Web

Action Wobble Spring

Sun and cloud dies — I used the small sun and the rainbow and clouds sets by Lil’ Inkers

Pop dot or other dimensional adhesive

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

Kaisercraft Teeny Tiny Mini Album in a Designer Box

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I’m not a hoarder, really I’m not, but when I see some cute packaging, like unique envelopes that come in the mail, I just have to keep them for inspiration.  Or how about those nice thick round coasters they put under your drinks, or the nifty box that your gift came in.  All these ‘throw away’ items can make wonderful patterns for your projects.  A while back a crafty friend was going to Estate sales and ran across these old Cigarollo boxes that had metal tins inside, She sent me some thinking I’d want to alter the tins, which I do, but the box, oh how I loved the box.  It had the neatest flap that folded over the top and tucked into the inside.

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For more on this post please see the page at: https://ucutathome.com/blog/kaisercraft-teeny-tiny-mini-album-designer-box/

Scrapbook Layout Using Spellbinders Circle Dies

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers