Silver Swirls

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This elegant card was actually a prototype for my niece’s wedding. The Couture die is so beautiful, you can never go wrong. I will post her wedding card when the day gets closer. I don’t want to ruin the surprise!

Enjoy!

Antoinette

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Butterfly Easel Sympathy Card

I dedicate this card to all of those with genetic illnesses awaiting a medical break through to ease their daily struggles. This week we lost someone to Cystic Fibrosis. She was a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend and teacher. Words can never be enough to fill the void left by someone you love.

Hug those you love every day and be thankful you have the day with them!

Antoinette

Pink Poppy Bliss

This card has a lot of elements inspired by my die cut extras drawer. I enjoy a challenge to try and find coordinating pieces to make a beautiful card for someone.

My supplies included: Elizabeth Craft Stitched Circle dies, Heartfelt Creations (HC) Ornate Borders and Pockets, HC Cut Mat Create 2B, HC Blazing Poppy, HC Delicate Border Basics, HC Classic Border Basics, HC Arianna Lace, Aged Mahogany Distress Ink by Tim Holtz (TH), TH Spun Sugar, TH Bundled Sage, Frosted Lace Stickles

I would love to see what you create from your “extras drawer”. Please share.

As always, remember to share your sunshine with others.

Antoinette

Easter Beauty

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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

“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”.

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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

 

 

Floral Watering Can

I wanted to try something new for a mixed media project. I love the look of embossed foil but getting it to stick was a pain. I found some plumber’s tape at the store and decided to try it. Here’s my result.

Vintage Watering Can

Vintage Watering Can

Mixed Media Floral Watering Can

I really enjoyed the process of making the watering can. If you try this technique, please share it. I love to see how different people create the same project in their own style.

I love making flowers! I didn’t want to do all one flower for this project. I wanted it to look like a little girl had gone out for a walk and brought her mom home a bunch of flowers.

If you would like to recreate this project, see below.

Supplies:

  • Sunny Day Paper Collection
  • Heartfelt Creations Flower Stamps/Dies: Classic Sunflower, Delicate Aster, Posy             Patch, Blazing Poppy, Tattered Blossoms
  • Heartfelt Creations Open Leaf Stamps/Dies
  • Heartfelt Creations Decorative Blossom Corner- small
  • Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Tool Kit
  • Heartfelt Creations Assorted Flower Centers: Redland Elements, Lion’s Mane, White Prills
  • Alcohol Markers – DG2, DG3, GB8, GB10
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks – Terra Cotta, Slate, Mushroom, Caramel
  • Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution, Blending Tool
  • Paper Piercing Tool
  • Glossy Accents, Adhesives
  • Decorative Pearls, Gold Ribbon
  • Watering Can Stamp or Image
  • Chipboard Piece 5” x 5”
  • Foam Piece 3” x 3” (can also use foam tape)
  • Plumber’s Tape
  • Kitchen Sponge

 

Stamping:

  • Stamp watering can image onto the chipboard.
  • Stamp all flowers and leaves onto desired paper. For this project, I stamped the leaves on white card stock and the flowers on papers from the Sunny Day Paper Collection.

Flowers:

  • Die cut all flower pieces and leaves.
  • Color your flowers and leaves.
  • Use flower-shaping kit to shape petals and leaves.
  • Assemble your flowers and add your centers.
  • I cut out a butterfly from the paper and applied Glossy Accents. Set aside to dry.

Die Cutting:

  • Die cut 2 of the Heartfelt Creations small Decorative Blossom Corners.

Watering Can:

  • Cut out the image from the chipboard.
  • Cut pieces of plumber’s tape. I used ½” x 1” pieces.
  • Attach the plumber’s tape to the entire surface of the watering can in a random pattern. I overlap the pieces to get a more distressed, dimensional look.
  • Gently distress the surface of the tape with the scratchy side of a dry kitchen sponge.
  • Using your Ranger blending tool, apply the blending solution and alcohol ink colors to your felt. Dab the colors onto your watering can. I usually do 3-4 passes over the surface until I get the color I’m looking for.
  • Using your paper-piercing tool, gently pierce the outline of every single piece of plumber’s tape. Do the outside edge of the watering can also.
  • Apply foam piece or foam tape to the back and set aside.

Assembly:

  • My card base is white card stock and measures 5 ½” x 7 ½”.
  • I applied the dark paper from the paper pack to my card base.
  • I took a 5 ¼” x 7 ¼” piece of lighter paper from the pack and wrapped my gold ribbon around the edges near the bottom. (I only attached the ribbon on the back of the card stock so that I could tuck my die cuts underneath). Attach this to your card.
  • Attach your die cuts using 1/8” double-sided tape on the edges only. Center on the side of the card.
  • Attach your watering can.
  • Arrange your flowers and decide where you want them. Attach them to the card. Tuck your leaves in after you attach your flowers.
  • Add your decorative pearl swirls and butterfly.

 

Happy Crafting!

Antoinette

Paper Tea Pot

This tea pot is an advanced project but worth it. I made these for all of the women in my family as Valentines and filled them with chocolates. I used different papers for each person based on their style. I forgot to take pictures along the way because I was having so much fun. I will make another one and add the photos.

Arianna Blooms Tea Pot

Arianna Blooms Tea Pot

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Arianna Blooms Tea Pot

If you would like to recreate this project, see below.

 

Supplies:

  • Arianna Blooms Paper Collection
  • Arianna Blooms Stamps and Dies
  • Open Leaf Stamps and Dies
  • Flower Shaping Tool Kit
  • Score Board, Ruler
  • Thin Ribbon – 1/8” , Length ~15”
  • Envelope Punch Board, Crocodile or Small Hole-Punch
  • Adhesives, Scissors
  • Wink of Stella – Gold

Stamping:

  • Stamp all flowers and leaves onto desired paper. For this project, I stamped my flowers and leaves on the Arianna Blooms paper.

Flowers:

  • Die cut all flower pieces and leaves.
  • Color your flowers and leaves. Since I used patterned paper, I only accented the flower petals with Walnut distress ink and Wink of Stella Gold.
  • Use flower-shaping kit to shape petals and leaves.
  • Assemble your flowers and add your centers. I used Golden Sun ink to color my stamens.

Tea Pot Base:

  • Cut your card stock to measure 10 ¾” x 7”. I used a patterned paper, so make sure you cut your paper the direction you would like your pattern to be seen.
  • On the long side of the paper, score at 1 ¾”, 3 ½”, 5 ¼”, 7”, 8 ¾”, 10 ½”.
  • On the short side of your paper, score at 1 ¼” and 4 ½”.
  • Fold all score lines.
  • Using your Envelope Punch Board,  punch along the 1 ¼” score line at each of the long side score lines. Fold over the paper at each long score mark and then punch. Fold the next score line and punch again. Do this for all of the score lines.
  • Cut off top right and bottom right squares.
  • Apply double-sided tape to top edge of paper. Fold down along the 4 ½” score line and attach.
  • Apply double-sided tape to little flap on the right side. Bring the edges together into a circular shape, tuck the little flap in and attach.
  • To close the bottom of the cup, apply double-sided tape to the edge of a flap and then attach to the piece opposite the opening. Do this with other opposing pieces.

Tea Pot Spout:

  • Cut your card stock to 3” x 5 ¾”.
  • On the short side of your paper, score at 5/8”. Fold score line down.
  • With the folded end against the edge of your score board, notch at ½”, 1”, 1 ½”, 2”, 2 ½”, 3 ¼”, 4 ¼”, 4 ¾”, 5 ¼”.
  • Open up the fold.
  • On the long side of the paper opposite your notches, make another notch  at 2 7/8”.
  • Using your 2mm tip from your flower shaping kit and a ruler, score a line from the center notch to the 2 middle notches below. Move the top of the ruler slightly over and then score to the next notch. Do this to all the notches.
  • Fold all of the score lines gently.
  • Cut the far left and far right of the paper off at the edge of the last score line.
  • From the bottom, cut up to the score line at the point of each notch.
  • Apply double-sided tape to the right edge and fold over to create spout shape. Marry the sides together to give a clean edge.
  • Close the bottom of the spout the same way that you closed the bottom of the mug.
  • Snip the tip of the spout at an angle from the top down.
  • Set aside. We don’t want to attach the spout to the base until we know where our lid is going to rest.

Tea Pot Lid:

  • Cut your card stock to measure 11 ¾” x 2 7/8”.
  • On the long side, score at 1 7/8”, 3 ¾”, 5 5/8”, 7 ½”, 9 3/8”, 11 ¼”.
  • On the short side, score at ½” and 1”.
  • Fold all score lines.
  • Flip paper over so that short side is on the left.
  • Notch each square in the middle: 1 ½”, 3 3/8”, 5 ¼”, 7 1/8”, 9”, 10 7/8”. Turn paper back over.
  • Using your ruler and 2mm tip again, gently score from the center of each square to the corners creating a central triangle.
  • Fold your vertical score lines as valley folds. Fold your diagonal score lines as mountain folds.
  • Apply double-sided tape on the back side at the bottom edge (edge near the ½” score line). Fold over and attach.
  • Apply double-sided tape to the front right edge of your paper. Make a circle shape with your paper and marry the edges. You should be able now to bring all of the triangle points together toward the center and see the shape of the lid.
  • In the center of each triangle near the tip (leave a little room so your paper won’t tear), punch a small hole.
  • Taking your ribbon, come up through a hole from the bottom. Go down the hole opposite from where you came up. Even out your tails. They should be hanging from the inside of your lid.
  • With 1 tail, come up thru a hole that is on the opposite side from your original spot. Then, go down into the hole that is on the opposite side. Repeat this with the other tail.
  • Gently tighten your ribbon until all the tips of the triangles come together. Tie a knot in your ribbon on the inside of your lid.
  • Decorate your lid with your beautiful Arianna Blooms and foliage.

Final Assembly:

  • Place your lid onto the base.
  • Using adhesive, attach your spout to the front of the base.
  • For your handle, use a 1 ¼” x 6” piece of card stock. Score at ¾”, fold in half and adhere together.
  • With your fingers or a bone folder, gently give a curve to the handle.
  • Score the handle edges at ½” on each side and fold.
  • Apply adhesive to each scored area.
  • Attach the handle to the side of the base and to the bottom of the base.
  • Manipulate curve of the handle into desired shape.

Here are some other colors.

Turquoise Tea Pot

Turquoise Tea Pot

Cafe au Lait Tea Pot

Cafe au Lait Tea Pot

 

Happy Crafting!

Antoinette

 

Valentine Basket

I always have some one in mind when I create something. This Valentine basket was inspired by my niece. She loves purses and all things girly.

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Supplies:

2 – 12″ x 12″ card stock.  I used a double sided paper that is pretty thick but not quite 110#. (If you don’t use double sided paper, use the second piece of paper or a coordinating paper to line the inside of the basket). Leave 1 sheet as a 12″ x 12″. The second sheet, cut 12 strips measuring 1″ x 4 1/4″ (side of box) and 2 strips measuring 1″ x 12″ (handle).

1 – white 12″ x 12″ card stock. Cut 12 strips measuring 1 1/4″ x 4 3/8″ (side of box) and 1 strip measuring 1 1/4″ x 12″ (handle).

Score pal, adhesives (wet & dry), ink for edges, lace, ribbon, flowers, brads, crocodile or pokey tool, I used silver jewel border Dazzles for the handle, beads.

Assembly:

Take your 12″ x 12″ paper and score at 4″ and 8″on the back side of the paper. Rotate your paper 90 degrees and score again at 4″ and 8″. Fold all score lines.  Next, cut the bottom left score line on each side 4″(cut up to the score line then stop, rotate and repeat). Please see photo before cutting so you know what I mean. This is the inside of my box.DSCN1623

Next, take your decorative strips and your white strips and ink the edges. I used a pink ink to match my card stock. Then mount the decorative strips onto the white strips. For an extra sassy look, you can use a thin border punch to detail the edges of the white strips. I find it easier to mount the strips onto the box frame now compared to when the box is put together.DSCN1626

On the back side of each of your strips, attach 1/4″ double sided tape across the top and bottom.DSCN1627

Flip your 12″ x 12″ paper over. I used my fingers to gently curve the decorative strips. You can use the edge of a ruler or your bone folder. You want to give a little arc to these strips so they curl away from the main box. When you attach the strips, attach the middle strip first in the middle of the panel, just below the score line. Attach the other two strips evenly on either side. Do this on all sides.

To assemble the box, attach adhesive as seen in the fourth image above. I used double sided tape so I didn’t have to wait for my glue to dry. If you have a plain paper for the base of your card, you can decorate the exposed corners.

For my handle, I attached a decorative strip on both sides of my white strip. I used the small punch side of my crocodile to punch holes in each end of my handle and the sides of the box. I then used brads to attach my handle to the box. I covered the inside part of the brad with a small white flower.DSCN1636.JPG

Now that everything is assembled, you can decorate your box. I attached a thin lace to the top and bottom of my box. I placed a satin ribbon over the top of the lace. At the base of each handle, I used Ariana Blooms by Heartfelt Creations and Ariana Lace. I accented the flowers with a little bit of clear Stickles on each petal. I used the silver jewel edge Dazzle for the handle. If you didn’t use a double sided paper, attach decorative 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ panels inside your box. For the finishing touch, I hot glued 4 large clear beads to the bottom of the box as “feet”.

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Try this in different colors for different occasions. Great for Birthday gifts, Easter baskets, Christmas cookies, etc. Here’s an example using Heartfelt Creations Paper, dies and stamps.

Italiana Riviera Basket

Italiana Riviera Basket

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Happy crafting!

Antoinette