Mixed Media Cherry Blossoms


I wanted to keep the front of this journal simple. I found a great leaf paper in The Mixed Media Paper Collection by Recollections. I cut out some extra branches to add extra depth.

For the cherry blossoms, I used a pale pink card stock and my Mini Floret Dies from Heartfelt Creations. I crumpled the smallest Floret for the buds. For the open flowers, I used a 2mm Flower Shaper and only shaped the front edge of each petal. The stamens are done with white card stock and inked with a Bubblegum pink.

For the leaves, I used the Open Leaf Die by Heartfelt Creations on a darker pink paper. I used a quilling tool to shape the leaves.

To finish off the journal, I layered pink seed beads with pearls on pins and inserted them between the flowers.

This will make a great gift.

As always, share your creativity with others.


Every Day Heroes

Instead of giving up something in the Easter season, I try to do things for others. Our military provides us with our daily freedoms and I wanted to find a way to say “Thank You”. I have a friend and her brother is serving in Afghanistan. He is her only family and he is so far away.

This trifold card starts with a 6 x 12 base that is scored at 4″ and 9″. Fold the score lines. I chose panels to fit each side of the card. I chose a panel for the middle that has space to write a special message.

The right inside panel I made into a pocket to hold tags that can either have a special written message or a photo.

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As always, pay forward in life. Share your creativity to help someone else have a better day.


Adventure of a Lifetime


This card features the  Celebrate The Journey Collection by Heartfelt Creations. I made this card to inspire those going through a tough time in their life. If you think of everything as a new adventure, your positive outlook will get you through.

This card starts off with a blue base that is 5 1/2 x 7 1/2. I used a white panel that measures 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 embossed with “Clouds” by Embossalicious. I accented the panel with Broken China Distress Ink by Ranger.

The panel is from the Celebrate The Journey Paper Collection. I cut out the middle panel next to the balloon to allow the clouds to be seen. I used pop dots to lift the panel. To accent the balloon, I cut out a Fleur Border Basics from the turquoise paper in the pack and cut down the arches.


I used the tags and border papers to finish off the card.

If you know someone going through a rough period, do a little something to encourage them. It’s easier to stay positive in life when you feel supported. Sharing your cards will give them something positive to look at every day.


Happy Spring

This pastel “Happy Spring” card will brighten anyone’s day.IMG_2162

The base of this card is a 6″ x 12″ white card stock. Score long side at 4″ and 8″. Fold score lines. Chose a design for the panels. I chose the mini scallops and the perforation designs from the Classic Border Basics by Heartfelt Creations. I cut the panels at roughly 1/3 from the bottom and 2/3 from the bottom.


Cut the matching lilac panels using the left and right edges from the Classic Border Basics.  I ran the panels through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder by Cuttlebug. Attach the panels to the card.


My inside back panel is a piece of white card stock embossed with the Darice Rainbow Frame and layered on the lilac card stock.

For my flowers, I stamped the Flowering Dogwood by Heartfelt Creations using Dusty Concord Distress Ink by Ranger. I accented the flowers using a lilac colored pencil , shaped them and centered them with light green seed beads.

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For my leaves I took apiece of white card stock and used Bundled Sage Distress Ink and Frayed Burlap Distress ink by Ranger. I stamped the Flowering Dogwood leaves in Forest Moss Distress Ink and then die cut them.

My sentiments are from the Happy Spring Collection by the Rubber Cafe. I stamped both on white card stock with Dusty Concord Distress Ink and used my Label 56 by Spellbinders.  I left the die cut around the “Happy Spring” sentiment and lightly applied the Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.

I finished the card with some accent pearls and Say It With Pearls by Want to Scrap.

As always, thank you for visiting. I hope you make this card and share it with someone who needs a little Spring in their life.



Fun With Flowers

For me, making flowers is relaxing. It’s a great way to unwind at the end of the workday. I love to try and make different styles of flowers from the same petals. For this post, I am going to use the Blazing Poppy and the Flowering Dogwood by Heartfelt Creations. I did 3 different shapes of petals for the Blazing Poppy: Classic, Crinkle and Feathered.


For the classic Poppy, I colored the petals with Ranger’s Peacock Feathers Distress ink. I accented the petals with a white gel pen. I shaped the petals  using the 3mm, 5mm and 8mm tips from the Flower Shaping Tool Kit. The center is the Lion’s Mane Glitter by Heartfelt Creations.

For the crinkled Poppy, I colored the petals with Ranger’s Hickory Smoke Distress ink. I accordion folded each petal and used some pink prills for the center.


For the feathered Poppy, I colored the petals with Ranger’s Barn Door and Fired Brick Distress inks. I then cut each petal down the scallop to the edge of the center. I used a 5mm and 8mm tip to shape the petals and centered the flower with a button.


Here are a few things I do with my flowers:


I made a barrette and sealed it with some glossy accents. Decorate candles for gifts.

With the Flowering Dogwood Collection, I stamped the images onto white card stock and vellum in various colors.


I also made different flowers out of the Flowering Dogwood petals.


Thanks for visiting and remember to share your passion with others.






Heartfelt Creations Semi-Finalist!!!

What an honor. Thank you so much. All of the semi-finalists are amazing paper crafters. I am so honored to be among all of you. Good luck to everyone!


My creations:



Please vote for me as a finalist for this amazing adventure in paper crafting !

(The original post from the Heartfelt Creations website)

“Design Team Semifinalists: Today we are pleased to announce the Heartfelt Creations Design Team Semifinalists. Choosing from such great talent and diversified submissions is very difficult and we appreciate all the applicants that participated in the design team call. Without further ado, here are the semifinalists: Eileen Boomgaarden, Monica Edwards, Shalini Pahwa, Patricia Manhire, Sandra Carey, Ewelina Panka, Robin Clendenning, Carin Heathcote, Melanie Smith, Nancy Hill, Laurie Gibson, Lois De Valk, Inga Popovich, Pamela Korte, Kevin Devine, Janet Saieva, Antoinette Blogg, Els Schutte, Annu Pal, Piyanki Biswas”

“Vote for your favorite Semifinalists: We would love to have you participate and vote your 5 favorite semifinalists. Review each one of their blogs and then CLICK HERE to submit your vote. Voting ends on March 10th, 2017.””Have a wonderful and creative day, Emma Lou”

If you cant reach the voting by the above link, please go to http://www.heartfeltcreations.us. Click on the “blog” and look for the March 22nd post. There you will find the original link to the semi-finalist voting page.

Thank you for your love and support,


Picket Gate Birthday Card


This card is a fun way to use all of those left over scrap papers and flowers.

I used a white 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 card base. I layered a piece of chocolate brown card stock that was 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 on top of the front.

For my gate, I used a left over piece of Vintage Floret paper from Heartfelt Creations. I cut 8 strips that each measured 3/4″ x 7 1/2″. The back of the gate uses 7 strips. I attached the strips to the front of my card leaving a little space between each “board”. The chocolate card stock really gives some depth to this card from between the strips. The 8th strip is for the diagonal piece. I laid it down under the cross boards to eyeball the placement before adding my adhesive. I applied the top and bottom boards and then cut off the extra from the diagonal board. The top and bottom pieces for the gate measure 3/4″ x 5 1/2″. I inked all of the edges with a Walnut Stain distress ink by Tim Holtz.

The bicycle and sentiment sign are from the Celebrate the Journey Collection by Heartfelt Creations. I cut out the bicycle and attached it with foam squares. The flowers are made from the small Vintage Floret stamps and dies. I used scraps of the patterned paper to make these flowers. The rose color of the sentiment matches the flowers perfectly that way.

For the shrub at the bottom of the gate, I used the Enchanted Mum die by Heartfelt Creations. I used 1 large Mum and 1 medium Mum in a dark green and 1 of each in a lighter green. I cut the Mum in half and then cut each petal into smaller strips to give it a grass-like texture. I alternated the layers between dark and light with the large Mum in the back and the medium Mum in the front. I completed the shrub with a small Vintage Floret.

I attached the sentiment sign to the gate with craft foam and twine. I embellished with chocolate brown gems and glitter. The gate hardware is from Dazzles-Hardware.

I hope you make this and share it with someone who needs a little sunshine!



Tri-level Wine Picnic Card



It’s been a while since I have posted. The past year has been a little crazy. You don’t appreciate your crafting supplies/tools/therapy (you all know what I am talking about) until they are being stored in a pod for a year!

This fun tri-level card can fold flat for mailing and can be altered for any different fun shapes and holidays.

You will need paper(I like to use double sided 12 x 12 paper ), a scoreboard, adhesive, stamps, dies, alcohol markers, glitter, flower shaping kit and your amazing creative talent.

Cut your large strip to measure 11 x 4 1/2″: lay horizontally(long side) on your scoreboard and score at 5 5/8 and 8 3/8. Cut the right end at the 8 3/8 score line to the center of the right edge at 11″ mark. The right end should now look like an envelope flap. Fold score lines.


Cut your medium strip to measure 7 x 3 3/8″: score on long side at 3 1/2 and 5 1/4. Cut the right end at the 5 1/4 score line to the center of the right edge at 7″ mark. The right end should now look like an envelope flap. Fold score lines.


Cut your small strip to measure 4 1/2 x 2 1/4″: score long side at 2 1/4 and 3 3/8. Cut right side to make envelope flap.



Cut 3 sizes of the same shape. Large shape should roughly be 4 1/2 x 4 1/2″.  Medium roughly 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″. Small roughly 2 3/4 x 2 3/4. I used the rectangles from Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1A. I love to use hearts for Valentine’s Day too.

I decorated my 3 shapes first so they could dry while I constructed the base of the card. For the largest panel, I layered images and panels from the Italiana Riviera Paper Collection from Heartfelt Creations. For the medium and small rectangles, I used the stamps and dies from the Italiana Grapevines and the Italiana Grape Clusters sets. I colored them using my alcohol markers and embellished with a little glitter. I added a pink Blazing Poppy to the medium rectangle. These stamps and dies are a great staple to any paper crafter’s collection.

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To assemble the base of the card, we are going to layer the three strips one on top of the other. Lay the large strip down first with the largest section(measure 5 5/8) flat on the table and the envelope flap end pointing up. Next, take the medium strip and center the base over the large strips base. Attach adhesive to the back of the medium strip (only on the end that measures 3 1/2 “) and attach to the middle of the lower edge of the large strip. Do the same with the small strip.

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I used white paper in the demo pictures so it is easier to see the score lines and the placement of the papers.

Fold down the envelope flap ends and apply adhesive.


Attach decorative pieces to the envelope flap ends. Make sure all of the envelope flap is covered with your shape. The smallest shape stands up behind a banner. I used a 3 x 3/4″ banner popped up with foam squares. The sentiment is part of the paper collection.


All of your layers can lay flat to be mailed. If you don’t have too many pop up embellishments, 1 stamp will be fine.

I hope you enjoyed this project. Please make one and share your sunshine with others!


Spring Time Flowers


I think watercolors and Spring are great partners. With all of this great weather lately, who can’t get excited about Spring.

For the background, I dry embossed watercolor paper with a Darice floral embossing folder. I then randomly colored the flowers with watercolor pencils and then spritzed with water. For my focal image, I stamped my flower, leaves and sentiment on white card stock and then layered them on blue and pink papers.

Happy Crafting!


Easter Beauty


Oval Aperture Floral Card

Getting ready for Easter. For those who send out Easter or Spring cards, this is a fun shape without doing the same “egg” year after year.

This beautiful oval window card can be used for Easter, a birthday or any special occasion. The flowers are Delicate Asters by Heartfelt Creations. I used the oval cut from the aperture to make a glittered background behind the grate effect. Gold accents really make this card shine.

Hope you all have a great and sunny weekend!

Happy Crafting!