Easter Beauty

IMG_1533.JPG

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!

Antoinette

Advertisements

Swirls and Pearls

IMG_1509

Happy Friday everyone!

A true girly card to start the weekend. I love mixing different die cuts and layering them together.(ok, I love all crafting:)) For this card I  dry embossed the light blue cardstock, layered it and then wrapped the ribbon before I attached it to the base. The die cuts were cut from solver mirror board, dark blue and light blue. I finished it off with the pearls.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Happy Crafting!

Antoinette

Supplies:

  • Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Eleanor Laces die
  • Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Grace Medallion die
  • Cuttlebug Decorative Tile embossing folder
  • Silver mirror board

Coffee Sunflowers

IMG_1508

It’s always fun to play with contrasts. I love embossing on dark colors! This card uses the Classic Sunflower stamp and dies from Heartfelt Creations. I used the stamp as my background and then embossed with yellow and orange embossing powders. I used a white gel pen to accent the background. The flowers I colored with alcohol markers and the centers are coffee grounds. I used gold foil on the edges of my card stock and layered onto my base.

Happy Crafting!

Antoinette

Supplies:

  • Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamps and dies
  • Heartfelt Creations Open Leaf die
  • Embossing powders: yellow and orange
  • White gel pen
  • Gold Foil
  • Spectrum Noir: CT2, CT4, CR10, GB5, GB8

Masculine Emboss Resist

IMG_1507

What kind of card do you make for a teenage boy? Keep it clean and simple.

For this card, I used a few different little stamps to create my background. I clear embossed them and then inked with distress inks. I used 2 of the same stamps for my sentiment circle except I stamped with the distress inks before applying my clear embossing powder.

Happy Crafting!

Antoinette

Thanks a Bunch

IMG_1504

“Thanks a bunch it’s Friday”. The theme for this card was kraft cardstock and embossing. I went into my collection of stamps from my Mom and pulled one out that I haven’t used yet. Since she was the “Stamp Queen”, I have not even come close to using all of her stamps once 🙂

I love embossing backgrounds, whether it’s dry embossing or heat embossing. The added dimension really brings a card to life. I tried to keep the design simple to accent the embossing.

I hope you all have a chance to stamp this weekend. Maybe pull out a stamp set that you haven’t used in a while and play.

Happy Crafting!

Antoinette

Purple Imperial Squares

 

Happy Wednesday to you all! I hope your week is going well.

With all of the great weather we have been having in California, I feel like Spring is in the air already. For this card, I wanted it to feel light and airy, like Spring. The Imperial Square die from Spellbinders definitely gives that light and airy feeling. I layered the Imperial Square die cut atop the Tattered Lace Handmade Paper embossed background. I love the Tattered Lace Handmade Paper Embossing Folder. It has so many different looks depending on how you use it. In this background, it almost looks like blades of embossed grass. I used the strip embossing folder from the Tattered Lace Floral Diamond Collection and wove it thru the Imperial Square. I layered my sentiment and finished the card with flowers, ribbon and pearls.

This card will be perfect for a wedding shower or a summer birthday. I hope you have the time this week to enjoy your craft.

IMG_1499

Purple Imperial Square Card

Happy Crafting!

Antoinette

Supplies:

  • Spellbinders Imperial Squares Die Cuts
  • Tattered Lace Handmade Paper Embossing Folder
  • Tattered Lace Floral Diamond Embossing Folder

Window Scene

IMG_1470.jpg

I love the window cards! So versatile…you can do looking out the window, looking in, different house facades, different window treatments, etc. With all of the window die cuts and stamps available, you can now add these to your “quick card” collection.

It’s also a fun way to use all of your embossing folders. You can use 1 folder for the entire background (see below) or split into 2 as above.

IMG_1464.jpg

Supplies used for card 1:

  • Darice Embossing folders
  • Tattered Lace small grass die
  • Spellbinders Shuttered Window die
  • Tattered Lace Bird

Supplies used for card 2:

  • “Window Garden” stamp set  by Rubber Cafe
  • “Friendship is the Best Accessory” stamp set by Rubber Cafe
  • Spellbinders Shuttered Window die
  • Darice embossing folder
  • Ranger distress inks: Forest Moss, Black Soot, Bundled Sage, Antique Linen, Squeezed Lemonade
  • Color Box silver ink

Happy Crafting!

Antoinette

Clear Cardstock

IMG_1477

Happy Saturday to everyone! I hope you had some time to craft today. I was inspired today to work with clear cardstock. I really wanted to emboss my images and then color them with alcohol inks but that didn’t go so well. When I tried to heat set my embossing powder, the clear cardstock started melting. So sad. Never one to give up, I rerouted myself and stamped my images with StazOn. A note to those who have never stamped on clear cardstock or glossy cardstock, do not move your stamp while pressing down or your image will smear.

So, for this card, I used the Italiana Riviera Collection by Heartfelt Creations. I love this collection! Definitely one of my all-time favorites. For my base, I attached my clear cardstock to a piece of white cardstock. I decided what image I wanted for the inside of my card and placed it roughly where I wanted it to go. I then stamped and colored all of my images on the clear cardstock.

For the grapes, I used Spectrum Noir PL4 and PL5. The leaves are DG3 and the vines are EB8. Since the cardstock is clear, you might notice you need a darker color compared to when you color on white cardstock.

I used design papers from the paper pack to embellish the inside of my card. For the outside of the card, I stamped, colored and die cut the large grape cluster from the Italiana Grapevines stamp set. I used my crocodile to set a brad into the leaf and attached it on the side of my card with some wine colored ribbon.

I took a photo so you could hopefully see the different layers.

IMG_1479

I hope you are inspired to try and work with clear cardstock.

Happy Crafting!

Antoinette

Supplies:

  • Heartfelt Creations Italiana Riviera Paper Pack
  • Heartfelt Creations Clear Cardstock
  • Heartfelt Creations Italiana Grape Clusters Stamp Set
  • Heartfelt Creations Italiana Grapevines Stamp Set and Die Set
  • Spectrum Noir Pens: PL4, PL5, DG3, EB8
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Crocodile and silver brad
  • Ribbon

“Tattered Poppies”

3 dimensional box card featuring Blazing Poppies by Heartfelt Creations

3 dimensional box card featuring Blazing Poppies by Heartfelt Creations

Having fun with all of the different flower petals is one of my favorite parts of crafting. For this card, I used the Blazing Poppy stamps and dies by Heartfelt Creations. I stamped the petals on white card stock with brown StazOn and then die cut them. I colored the centers with Fired Brick Distress ink by Ranger and the petals with Victorian Velvet Distress ink.

To make my poppies look a little more vintage, I cut each petal down toward the center along each the dark lines. I layered 3 poppies together to make 1 flower. My version of “Tattered Poppies”.

IMG_1473 - Version 2

Supplies:

  • Celebrate The Journey Paper Collection by Heartfelt Creations
  • Blazing Poppy stamps and dies by Heartfelt Creations
  • Cut Mat Create 2B die by Heartfelt Creations
  • Raindrops on Roses die by Heartfelt Creations
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Victorian Velvet and Fired Brick
  • Small gold pearls
  • White Stickles
  • Clear centers

Happy Crafting!

Antoinette

 

 

Heartfelt Creations Mini Floret Flowers

IMG_1469

Today I was in the mood for something lacy and floral. For this card, I did a few different things that give your favorite die cuts a new look. I took my small Decorative Blossom Corner by Heartfelt Creations and die cut foam. I then stamped the image with Versamark onto paper from the Sunny Day Collection.  I used a fun embossing powder called Blue Shell. I used it on the Decorative Blossom Corner stamp, as well as, all of the Mini Floret flowers. You can see (hopefully) that the powder is an iridescent blue on the patterned small floral paper, a pearlescent blue on the white paper flowers and a vibrant blue on the black paper flowers. I shaped and put together the flowers with centers of white prills and pale blue glitter. I then die cut 2 Decorative Blossom Corners and 1 Raindrops on Roses oval and attached to my base. The leaves are done on gold paper and are the Open Leaf die cut by Heartfelt Creations. I accented with a few pearls and a “Love and Laughter” sentiment.

Same card with dark mahogany background

Same card with dark mahogany background

I like to sometimes photograph cards with different backgrounds. Your eye is drawn to different things compared to the white background. Just another creative expression 🙂

Happy Crafting!

Antoinette