Remembering Noni

My maternal Grandmother, Noni, was a very special lady. Today we celebrate what would have been her 106th birthday. This card’s flowers, lace and floral papers are classic Noni.

For those inclined to celebrate today the Noni way, please have a piece of pumpkin pie, a piece of Sees candy or fruit salad in her honor.

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

Polka Dot Bunny

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This colorful card screams Spring! The best part of Spring is all of the beautiful colors and flowers.

I started my card with a 5 1/2 x 7 1/2″ turquoise base. My green layer measures 5 3/8 x 7 3/8″. My polka dot paper layer measures 5 1/4 x 7 1/4″ and is wrapped with a pink ribbon. I die cut a large oval in a darker turquoise card stock and embossed it with the Darice folder called Polka Dot. I die cut a smaller oval in white card stock using the Decorative Ovals by Spellbinders.

I stamped the bunny, sentiment and butterfly from the Happy Spring stamp set by Rubber Cafe and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers. I used GB8,GB10,PP1,DG3,DG4,OR1,LV1,PL2.

For my flowers, I stamped the Large Classic Petunia smaller flowers with black Staz On ink. I inked the edges of my Petunia petals Victorian Velvet and the centers with Dusty Concord and Barn Door by Ranger. I shaped the base of the petals with my bone folder and the tips of the petals with my Flowers Shaping Tool kit by Heartfelt Creations. I centered the flowers with white prills.

To assemble the card, I used craft foam to layer the focal image. I glued the flowers and leaves to the left of the oval. I accented the flowers with a white Stickles and the oval with pink pearls.

This card, or any of your creations, will surely brighten someone’s day. Share your sunshine and creativity with those who need a little “pick me up”.

Antoinette

Classic Petunia Wishing Well

 

As always, we have a great selection of beautiful images from Heartfelt Creations to chose from for our cards. The Classic Petunia Collection features wishing wells, garden benches, hanging floral baskets, flowers and butterflies. I chose the wishing well for todays card.

I started with a 6 x 12″ card stock lavender base. I cut out the 6 x 6 wishing well panel from the paper collection. I used the Cut Mat Create 2B die to create my window in the center of the card. To line up the die, I placed my tape on the front of the die and laid it down sticky side up on my image. I then placed my card base over it to attach the die exactly where I needed it. I decided to use my Exacto knife to cut out the center of the panel. The die would have cut on the inside of the border and I wanted to keep the border around the image.

I attached the panel to the outside of the base and the image to the inside of my card so that it showed through the window.

For my decorations, I stamped the spray of flowers from the Large Classic Petunia set in Dusty Concord Distress Ink by Ranger. I inked my flowers with Heliotrope chalk ink, the vines with Copper ink and the leaves with Limeade chalk ink. I misted them and shaped them with my Flower Shaping Tool Kit. I glued them to the left lower corner of the panel.

Next, stamp the smaller of the 2 flowers from the Large Classic Petunia set in Dusty Concord Ink. I used the Heliotrope ink to shade the centers of the flowers and the veins of each petal. I shaded the rest of the petals with Dry Sand chalk ink. The leaves I stamped with Forest Moss Distress Ink and shaded them with Copper and Limeade. I shaped them and attached them on top of the flower sprays in the corner.

I thought the right upper corner needed a little something so I stamped the flower spray from the Classic Petunia Bouquet in Brown Staz On. I inked the flowers with Heliotrope, vines with Copper and the leaves with Limeade.

For the stamens of the large Petunias, I took a piece of light taupe card stock scrap paper and applied DS tape to one side. I die cut the large and small stamens. When you remove the backing of the DS tape, apply purple glitter to the sticky surface. Create the stamens and glue the ends. (I use a quilling tool to shape my stamens. But you can roll them by hand also) Position and glue them to the center of your flowers. I finished off the card with some white glitter accents and lavender pearls.

As always, share your sunshine and creativity with others. A gift is meant to be shared!

Antoinette

Hanging Petunia Basket

This hanging basket is very whimsical and fun to make. Hang a birthday cake, an Easter Basket, a Jack-O-Lantern or a Christmas Tree for different holidays.

First, cut 4 panels that measure 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 from white card stock. Cut 4 more panels from patterned paper. I did 2 pink and 2 purple. I used the Cut Mat Create 1A rectangle die to cut out a central window on all of the panels. I centered the die 3/4″ from each side and 2″ from the top and bottom.

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Attach the patterned paper to the white card stock. Fold each panel in half with right sides together. Attach double sided tape to the left side of each panel on the back.

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Attach 3 panels together. Take your hanging image, place the center of your fishing line (9″ long) between the images and then glue them together. Attach one end of the line to the top of the card and the other end to the bottom. Make sure the line is tight.

Attach the fourth panel over the fishing line. Cut the extra line hanging outside the card.

The best part is now…DECORATING!

I stamped 4 baskets and 2 flower arrangements from the Classic Petunia Bouquet. The base baskets I colored with alcohol markers and did not die cut. The top baskets I stamped with Copper Staz On and then die cut them. I shaped the top baskets with the Flower Shaping Tool Kit to give them some depth. I glued the bottom part of the top basket to the base basket and left the top portion free. Color the flower arrangements, die cut them and glue to base basket.They are attached between the base basket and the die cut top basket. I attached some tiny purple gems to the outer baskets.

To give the flower arrangements a 3-D effect, I stamped the Small Classic Petunia in Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and colored them with LV2, LV3 alcohol markers and a white gel pen. I colored the leaves with CT2 and CG2.

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For the panels, I used the flourish from the Cut Mat Create 2B. I used the light green paper from the Classic Petunia Paper Collection.  I completed the top with a tag from the paper collection and the sentiment stamp from the Small Classic Petunia Stamp Set.

As always, make each project your own and share your creativity with others.

Antoinette

Up and Away!

My Mom was a huge hot air balloon fan. I decided to make a hot air balloon as my entry for the Heartfelt Creations Design Team Competition in honor of her. I had a great experience and I want to congratulate those that made the team. You are all amazing crafters.

This project features the Classic Petunia Collection. For the “basket”, cut a 12×12 paper down to 9×9. Score at 3″ & 6″. Rotate 90 degrees and score again at 3″ and 6″. Fold all score lines. Cut the 3″ score line on each side up to the edge of the central box. Apply double sided tape in an “L” pattern to the right of the cut.

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Cut 6 pieces of twine that are 5″ long. Attach to basket: 2 top,2 bottom, 1 on each side. Remove backing of tape and form box. Each panel to the left of the cut will go in front of the panel with the tape.

For the balloon itself, I cut 3 light colored 6×6 panels and 3 dark 6×6 panels. For my template, I traced half of a 6″ diameter circle and then drew the bottom.

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I cut out my template. I folded each 6×6 paper in half(right sides in), laid my template on the fold and traced it(should be the back of your paper). I cut out each one. I then attached my twine to 1 side of each balloon piece. Note: I did experiment with attaching the strings at various times during this project and there isn’t really as easier way.

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On the opposite side (not the twine side) of each balloon piece, attach double sided tape. On balloon piece 1 and 3, I attached an end of pink lace to act as a hook.

Remove the tape backings and assemble your balloon.

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Now the fun part! DECORATING!! I made all of the flower sizes in different colors. I used the Small Classic Petunia, Large Classic Petunia, Classic Petunia Bouquet, Delicate Border Basics and Fleur Border Basics.

For my flowers and leaves:

  • I did some with alcohol markers. I used PL2, BP4, DG2,DG3
  • I crinkled paper and then applied Distress Inks-Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord
  • I used Cracked Pistachio and Forest Moss on the small leaves
  • I used Squeezed Lemonade and Antique Linen on the medium leaves and stamens
  • I used glossy paper and alcohol inks-Butterscotch,Oregano,Meadow and Lettuce
  • I used my flower shaping tool kit to shape all of the flowers and leaves

I used the tags from the paper pack to finish off the top of the balloon. I accented the flowers and tags with a white glitter and small pearls.

I hope you try this project and enjoy it as much as I did. It would be a great gift to hold candies, gift cards, small stuffed animal for a baby shower or any other creative reason you can come up with.

Share your talents and creativity with others to make them smile.

Antoinette

Cinderella’s Carriage

This project was so much fun! I saw it at their booth(Scrapbook Expo) and immediately knew how I was going to decorate it. I incorporated all of my favorite things…flowers, embossing powder, ribbons, diamond gems and pearls!

The frame is from SaCrafters. It comes as MDF wood pieces that I embossed with silver before I assembled them. The decorations are various flowers, pearls, ribbons, lace and diamond gems.

I might keep this one for my craft room. I will have to order another one to give as a gift 🙂

I hope you have a great rest of the week and continue to share your sunshine with others.

Antoinette

Bicycle Cart

This week I thought I would do some mixed media.

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I found this adorable bicycle cart in the SaCrafters (www.SaCrafters.com)  booth at the Anaheim ScrapExpo. All of the pieces come in a package and a youtube reference is on the packing for assembly instructions.

For my cart, I stained the wood with a dark blue alcohol ink. To decorate it, I used patterned paper, pearls, diamond gems, lace, buttons, ribbon and flowers.

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This is the perfect size for a gift. The cart would hold a bag of treats, a bottle of lotion or gift cards. What a unique way to present a gift.

Stay tuned to see my Cinderella carriage by SaCreafters!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you were kind to someone today.

Antoinette

Lilies For A Special Day

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I met a wonderful lady today in line at the Heartfelt Creations Booth in Anaheim. She is a 4 time breast cancer survivor and she inspired me to create this card. I am always surprised how certain people I encounter spark a creative thought for me.

I started with a 5 1/2 x 7 1/2″ white card base. The pink layer is 5 3/8 x 7 3/8″. The next white layer measures 5 1/4 x 7 1/4″. I used the Italiana Grape Clusters die to cut each edge and then glued to the pink layer. The decorative border down the center is from The Fleur Border Basics collection and embellished with pearls.

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The flowers are from the Sunrise Lily Collection stamped in brown Staz On. I inked the lilies with Canary and Razberry chalk inks. The leaves are inked with Limeade chalk ink. The stamens are black card stock with pale pink prills glued to the tips.

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To finish the card, I glued the “Special Day” sentiment to the card and accented the vines with Frosted Lace Stickles.

I want to thank my new friend for inspiring me and making my day extra special. The best part of Craft Shows is meeting other people and hearing their stories.

As always, listen to others and share a smile with them!

Antoinette