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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Heartfelt Creations ~ Heavenly Hyacinth

Hi Friends,

Welcome back to Inspiration Wednesday with Heartfelt Creations. This week I am showcasing the stunning Fragrant Hyacinth flowers. These beauties were a joy to design with and allowed me to really play with a mix of colors. I just loved adding the Prills to the centers and of course the buzzing bee's to drink up that yummy nectar. Let's take a look.....



Instructions:

Cut a piece of white cardstock at 12 x 6” and score at 6” to form a card base. From the HCDP1-2127 Floral Butterfly Paper Pad choose a blue, purple, and green piece of patterned paper. From the HCD1-7283 Courtyard Elegance Die use the largest die and cut the blue piece 1, and glue to the card front. Cut the purple piece using the second largest die 1, and using that same die along with the decorative square die that fits just inside it cut 1 from white cardstock, making sure to tape all edges of the two dies to secure them together before running through a die cut machine. Now using the white die cut as a guide, draw pencil lines onto the green paper so that the inner green pieces can be cut with scissors and glue to the back of the white die cut with Dries Clear Glue. Next glue this white die cut onto the purple square and finally onto your blue card front. From the blue paper cut a scalloped circle from the HCD1-7154 Eyelet Circle Basics Small Die set and attach to the center of the card front using dimensional adhesive. Lastly stamp your sentiment from the HCPC-3844 For My Friend Cling Stamp Set onto a scrap of the green paper with Majestic Violet and set aside.

Stamp the small flowers 4x in Cactus Flower and 3x in Vibrant Fuchsia from HCPC-3947 Fragrant Hyacinth Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock. Also from the same stamp set stamp 1 small and 1 large of the full Hyacinth stamp in both Emerald Green along with 1 small in Vibrant Fuchsia and 1 large in Cactus Flower. Stamp the floral branch from HCPC-3952 Floral Butterfly Accents Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock using Jet Black ink and color in with Zig markers. Stamp 3x bees from the HCPC-3965 Summer Wreath Accents Cling Stamp Set onto Copic paper and color with copic markers. Die cut all stamped items with their coordinating dies.

Using the Stack and Store Daubers color the tips of the purple flowers with Majestic Violet and Night Sky. Lightly color the entire pink flowers with Pink Peony and then just the tips with Vibrant Fuchsia. For the green stamped floral images color just the leaves with Vivid Chartreuse in the center and Emerald Green around the edges and set aside. For the purple large flower fussy cut off just the floral segment from the top and discard the leaves. Do the same with the smaller pink one. Ink around the edges of each of these with the darker color (ie Majestic violet and Vibrant Fuchsia) and glue on top of the floral section of the green stamped images with Dries Clear Glue set aside. This gives a pink/purple colored top where the flowers will be added and green leaves at the bottom.

Shape each of the hyacinth petals using the Grooved Golf Tools and the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Using Dries Clear Glue add Prills to the center of each flower and allow to dry. Arrange flowers onto the floral base created in the previous step and adhere with hot glue. Dab some Dries Clear Glue onto a sponge and apply to flowers and sprinkle with Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear and tap off. Apply Dries Clear glue directly to the bee’s wings and dip into the same glitter. Lastly apply Dries Clear glue directly to the leaves and the floral branches and sprinkle with Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter. Allow everything to dry before assembling as pictured. Dimensional adhesive was used behind the pink hyacinth as well as some of the leaves to give depth and dimension.

For the sentiment use set HCD1-7201 Ticket and Tags Die to create a small banner and trim down the sentiment stamped earlier onto the green patterned paper. Attach banner to the project using a double layer of dimensional adhesive so it will stand a little higher than your leaves. Decorate the inside of your card if desired.

 

Please visit my personal project in the Heartfelt Creations Gallery to find out what products I used for this project. 

Also, please be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see all of the gorgeous projects created by the other amazing design team members.

Crafty Hugs, Melanie

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Heartfelt Creations ~ Mushroom Palace

 Hi There,

Welcome back to inspiration Wednesday with Heartfelt Creations. Today I have a fun card created using the new Mushroom Cottage Collection along with the Palace Gateway Die. Lets take a look at which this sweet fairy is up to today...

Awe look how precious this sweet barefoot fairy looks as she sits amongst the vines staring up at the lightning bug flying just above her. I remember as a child chasing and catching lightning bugs at dusk. They were such interesting creatures. 


For the fairies coloring I used Copic Markers. I also added some white gel pen to her cheeks. If you look closely just inside the gate is a mushroom cottage also colored with Copic Markers.


Wrapped around the entire scene is vines and amongst the vines are pink blooms created with the newly released Wild Poppy collection. Don't they make precious little flowers?

Check out the full step by step instructions of this card along with the supply list HERE at the direct link to the Heartfelt Creations Gallery Page. As always if you enjoy my work I would love for you to follow me on social media @melaniesmithstamps on instagram and YouTube or on Facebook in my Fairy Stamp Land Group. 

Happy Crafting Friends!

Melanie

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Heartfelt Creations New Release ~ Lighting The Way

Hi Friends,

Welcome back to another inspiration Wednesday with Heartfelt Creations. This week we are excited to announce the NEW RELEASE of the Mushroom Cottage Collection. This is where all your fairy fantasies can come true. For my release card I have created a fun card titled "Lighting the Way" Lets take a look...


Oh My Goodness this collection is AMAZING!!! If you like creating whimsical scenes with little cottages and vines this collection is for you. There are amazing accents that just make scene building a little girls dream come true. Come in and settle in as I welcome you to my Fairy Stamp Land....


Added to this collection I decided to use these beautiful Lush Lilac blooms to add a touch of floral whimsy to the lovely vines in this collection. They are the perfect size and I just love intertwining these vines up the side of my scene here.


As we get to the tops of the vines the glittery fairy is softly colored and of course covered in glitter as she is looking for lightning bugs in the twilight sky.


But watch out little lightning bugs as little frog is here to snatch you if you're not careful. He is hiding amongst the mushrooms.


So you see not only can you create a scene but you can create and entire story with your cards as you design your own fairy stamp land with the new Mushroom Cottage Collection. To check out my Step By Step instructions for this card along with a FULL supply list simply click on this direct link to the Heartfelt Creations Gallery. Also if you enjoy my work I would love for you to follow me on social media. @melaniesmithstamps on Instagram or YouTube or in my personal group Fairy Stamp Land on Facebook. I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Melanie

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Heartfelt Creations ~ Missing You Poppies

 Hi Friends,

Today I begin my adventure as an official Design Team Member for Heartfelt Creations with my very first blog post representing their amazing company. This international company is one I am very proud to be a part of and I am looking forward lots of flower making and designing with them in the future!

My first card is featuring the beautiful Wild Poppy Collection. Lets take a look...


I had such fun designing this card and HERE is a direct link for the full instructions and linked supply list over on the Heartfelt Creations Blog, but in the meantime lets take a look at a few more photos.


For my design I opted to hand shape the flowers using the wonderful Deluxe Flower Shaping kit from Heartfelt Creations rather than using the shaping mold this time around. I wanted to try what I call "The Crinkle Technique" It is where you wet the paper and pleat the paper petals and Crinkle them up and let them dry. It is quite fun and gives a nice full look to your flowers. 


For the flowers behind the gate I used the new EZ Stems which released last month with the Wild Poppy Collection. They allow you to really give a nice 3D look to your flowers. For the vines I choose to mix in leaves from the Cascading Wisteria Stamp and Die set. These do not come with a mold but they are easily shaped with your stylus tool in your shaping kit. 


I know it has been a long while since I have posted on my blog and I have missed you which is why I used these sentiments in this card. I knew that if I was chosen for the team I would be very busy learning the ropes and working behind the scenes gearing up for these beginning days on the team. It has been a fun and exciting time and I want to thank ALL OF YOU, my supporters and friends, for following my journey. So much is yet to come, so make sure to follow me @melaniesmithstamps on YouTube and Instagram and of course in my facebook group Fairy Stamp Land on Facebook as well. I look forward to sharing my work with you even more moving forward!!!!

Melanie

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Heartfelt Creations 2022-2023 Design Team

Hi Friends,

I want to announce and recognize all of the 2022-2023 Heartfelt Creations Design Team Members. 

A huge congratulations to: Angelica Turner, Anita Kerjiwal, Carole Wright, Cheryl Morgan, Darla Rants, Ewelina Panka, Glenda Brooks, Ines Peksinska, Janet Saieva, Jeny Johnson, Maida Kamran, Monika Jakubowska, Nida Tanweer, Nupur Priya, Olga Jewell, Patricia Manhire, Rajni Chawla, Robin Clendenning, Shalini Pahwa, Tracey Fehr, Tracy McLennon, Uma Didwania, Veronique Levasseur

Starting today I have been accepted into this amazing family of elite designers and am extremely proud to work along side each of them as I continue my journey as an artist. I am proud to be working with Heartfelt Creations, which is a family run, christian based company with such positive standards, superb educational staff, and excellent customer service. 

Thank you Heartfelt Creations for having faith in me to represent your brand and to all of my followers for voting for me in the semi finals and letting HFC know that you wanted to see more of my work in the months to come. 

Let the Adventures Begin!!!!

Love, Melanie

Friday, April 1, 2022

Heartfelt Creations ~ A Classic Rose Easel Card

Hi Friends,

Today I have a special treat for all of you. I have created a beautiful card that I am so proud of. A friend of mine shared a written tutorial of hers on how she shapes her Classic Roses using just the Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose Die along with the Groove Golf Tools. I gave it a try and I am in love with the way they turned out. You can see Cynthia's tutorial HERE. Thank you for sharing my friend!


As you can see I have created an easel style card designed around the color scheme from the Heartfelt Creations Climbing Clematis Paper Collection. These rich purples and greens just make me swoon. I added touches of silver to add an extra hint of elegance and class and it really all came together nicely.


Shaping the flowers with the Grooved Golf tools was a bit challenging but the end result was so life like that it was well worth the effort. If you have hand issues though I would advise using the 3D Flower Shaping Mold that coordinated with this set and Emma Lou's online 2 hour class called "How to Create Elegant Roses & All Occasion Gift Baskets" which will give you a very similar look.

Heartfelt Creations Supply List:

Classic Rose Die

Rectangle Floral Frame Stamp & Die Set (Small Green Flowers)

Leafy Accents Cling Stamp Set , Die, & 3D Mold 

Royal Elegance Frame Die 

Decorative Pocket Accents Die

Special Birthday Cling Sentiment Stamps

Climbing Clematis Paper Pad

Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper

Stack and Store Daubers 

Pastel Pearl Stamens Small

Luxe Silver Cardstock

Grooved Golf Tools 

Dries Clear Glue & Tip

Crystal Ultra Fine Transparent Glitter

Archival Inks in the following colors: Sea Glass, Leaf Green, Olive, Library Green, Buttercup, Blue Violet, Violet, and Lighthouse.

 


Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired your creativity and that you have enjoyed your time here. Happy crafting! Melanie

 



Thursday, March 24, 2022

Sweet Companion By Ching-Chou Kuik

 Hi Friends,

I have a fun design for you today. I really enjoyed coloring this digital stamp by Ching-Chou Kuik titled "Sweet Companion".

I have used Copic alcohol markers for my coloring of this stunning digital image. If you would like to view this and other images by Illustrator Ching-Chou Kuik make sure to check the designs in her Etsy Store. I have used one of my favorite Sara Signature Collections, the Vintage Lace Collection by Crafter's Companion for both the papers and the dies.

For the glittered details I had quite a fun reaction that occurred so I thought I would share. With my Stack and Store Daubers  inked both the edge of the purple paper as well as the edge of the detailed die with different colors of Ranger's Archival Ink pads and then added glue using a hydra sponge then sprinkle with Ultrafine Transparent Art Glitter. I loved how each of the areas looked like I had used different colors of glitter all because of the Dries Clear Glue used and the transparency of the glitter.

I hope this has inspired you today and that have a crafty day!!! Melanie

 


Thursday, March 17, 2022

For those in the Ukraine! ~ Forget Me Not ~ By Ching-Chou Kuik

Hi Friends,

My heart goes out to those suffering in the Ukraine and for those refugees who have fled their homes and their husbands. So I am dedicating this project to all of those fleeing or stuck in their homeland and of course to the soldiers trying to protect it. I pray for everyone involved worldwide that are in support of Ukraine. You will never be forgotten and may God bless you all.

Now for my card. I choose the blue and yellow Forget Me Not flower to represent the Ukrainian flag. The supplies used are from the newly released Crafters Companion Sara Signature Vintage Butterfly Collection.


My image is from the amazing Illustrator Ching-Chou Kuik and you can purchase this digital stamp in the Ching-Chou Kuik Etsy Store. You can also participate in fun monthly challenges on either CCK Challenge Blog or the CCK Digital Stamp Facebook group. Hope to see you there!


Melanie Smith

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Aromatic Summer by Ching-Chou Kuik

Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing with you my first project as design team member for one of my favorite artists of fantasy images, Ching-Chou Kuik. Her illustrations are amazing and when I was invited to join their facebook design team I thought coloring her images would be something I would truly enjoy. So lets take a look at my first project.


This digital image is titled Aromatic Summer and I have colored her using my favorite Copic markers. All dies and papers are from Heartfelt Creations and the sentiment is from Crafters Companion. I have glittered the fairy wings along with the detailed frame die for a beautiful finishing touch. 


Here is a close up of the coloring of this digital image. Check out all of Ching-Chou Kuik instant digital downloads and coloring pages over at her Etsy Shop. Also visit us online for a monthly challenge over on Facebook where you can win FREE digital stamps in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamp Facebook group.. 

Until next time, happy coloring! Melanie

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Exciting Announcement!!!!!

Hi Friends,

I am over excited to announce that Heartfelt Creations has chosen me to move forward to the 2022 Design Team Semifinals. Now you may ask what is the next step? That involves  

YOU!!! 

From now until midnight on February 23rd 2022 the public gets to vote for their 3 favorite designers from the 8 chosen semifinalists. Who do you want on the Design Team? You can visit Heartfelt Creations website for all the details HERE or go directly to   

VOTE HERE

Thank you everyone for your out pouring of support during this exciting journey. I am beyond ready for this adventure and look forward to bringing you all lots of inspiration!

My Favorite Close Up! 

Would you like to follow my work? I would love to have you follow me here on my blog as well as instagram @melaniesmithstamps as well as on YouTube under melaniesmithstamps

Lots of hugs, Melanie

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Design Team Call Part 3 ~ Butterfly In Flight

Hi Friends,

Today's card features the beautiful Floral Butterfly Collection by Heartfelt Creations. I went out on my own and chose the color scheme of blues and yellows with the hint of green. I paired this collection with the Climbing Clematis flowers for a beautiful springtime vibe.

This card measures 5x7" and is so full of vibrant splendor!

Isn't the added butterflies body adorable? I just love how that added touch makes him come to life.


Directions:

Cut card base from Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper 7x10" and score in half.

From the Floral Butterfly Paper cut a piece of 5x7" green paper and lightly ink around the edges with Archival ink in Leaf Green. Attach to card front.

From both Deluxe Flower Making Paper and Luxe Silver Card Stock cut 1 each from the Fancy Flourish Border Die using all 3 dies taped together. Cut a piece of yellow card stock measuring 1/2"x61/2" from the Floral Butterfly Collection paper pad and glue to the back side of the lattice strip section of the white die cut. Glue the Luxe Silver die onto the back making sure to offset it a little so that the silver shows just a little on both the left and right sides. This allows for the center to fit together nicely. Attach to card front using glue dots for added dimension.

Using your Large Floral Butterfly stamp and die set. Cut the base from a light blue piece of paper from the Floral Butterfly paper pack. Stamp the Floral Butterfly stamp in Cobalt Blue Archival ink onto Deluxe Flower Shaping paper and die cut using the coordinating die. Ink around the edge using Night Sky Archival Ink. Die cut both a Luxe Silver and a white detailed butterfly layer from the Large Floral Die set. Lastly stamp just the body of the butterfly onto a scrap piece of the Deluxe Flower Shaping paper and fussy cut out and ink around the edges using Night Sky Archival Ink. Next layer in the following order; Blue base with stamped image fully glued on; White and Silver layers glued together with silver offset behind, glued just in the center. Lastly the body of the butterfly affixed on top. Glue this fully layered butterfly at an angle onto your card front.

Using the Floral Butterfly Accents Stamp and Die set stamp out the floral spray in Olive Archival Ink onto Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper and die cut. Color with light and dark blue Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Using the Large and Medium Climbing Clematis Stamps and dies, stamp in Night Sky and Color in Sky Blue Archival Inks, die cut, and shape using the 3D Shaping Mold. For the large clematis use two layers of petals and for the medium just use one. Add Rock Candy Stamens to the centers and finish with Rajni's Chawla's Crystal Clear glitter. Stamp small Climbing Clematis in Sunflower and color using Chrome Yellow Archival inks. Die cut and shape with the 3D shaping Mold. Add Go Mango Prills to the center. Finish them off with a little Art Glitter in Crystal. Lastly the leaves are stamped and colored in Leaf Green Archival ink and also come from the Climbing Clematis Collection.

 To finish your card simply arrange your floral arrangement to the top of your butterfly.

Heartfelt Creations Supply List:

Floral Butterfly Creative Essential Set

Floral Butterfly Accents Cling Stamp Set 

Floral Butterfly Accents Die 

Climbing Clematis Cling Stamp Set

Climbing Clematis Die 

3D Clematis Shaping Mold 

Fancy Flourish Border Die

Deluxe Flower Shaping paper

Luxe Silver Card Stock

Rock Candy Stamens

Go Mango Prills

Art Glitter Crystal

Rajni Chawla's Crystal Clear

Dries Clear Glue

Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottle 

Zig Clean Color  Real Brush Markers

Archival Inks in Sky Blue, Night Sky, Cobalt, Leaf Green, Olive, Chrome Yellow, and Sunflower 

This is the last of my 3 submission projects for the 2022 Heartfelt Creations Design Team application process. I hope you have enjoyed my week of posts as I share my 3 projects. I appreciate you following my journey. I have really enjoyed designing these projects for each of you and I hope they bring you joy and peace. God bless and happy crafting! Melanie


Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Design Team Call Part 2 ~ Ruffled Roses

Okay Everyone.....

Who loves PINK???? Heartfelt Creations does of course :-) So I had to make a PINK card!!!!  I am quite partial to the flowers here because they were more challenging for me but they were so worth the time and energy and I loved learning and expanding my creativity because learning and growing is what crafting is all about. Lets take a look...



 
 The hand made extra large stamens were made by taking a single wire stamen and adding hot glue then rolling it into prills then hand shaping as the glue dried. I felt like the project needed a little extra PINK POWER so I made them to add an extra punch to the project. 
 
 
This delicate butterfly is simply heat embossed in silver onto Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper then die cut. Then the top die is die cut from Lux Silver Card Stock. I added a few pearls from my stash for some extra glitz. 

Directions:
 
To create your shaped card base you will start with a piece of Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper measuring 11" x 7 1/2" folding it in half to form a 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" card. Use the outer die of the Fancy Classic Rectangle Die set to die cut through both layers, hanging top of die over top fold by about 1/4" to retain fold. Use the same die and cut out the full front from the white card stock. Then another from patterned paper from the Sweet Peony Paper Pad. Glue the white layer and patterned layer onto the card base. 

From the Fancy Classic Rectangle Die set cut a Luxe Silver and white layer from all dies except for the smallest die in the set. After cutting, layer each set, offsetting the silver behind the white as seen in the sample. Glue the largest two layers down with dries clear glue and pop up the center layer using foam dots. From the Intricate Swirl Frames Die set cut a Luxe Silver die and a white die for the sentiment. Stamp a sentiment from the Sweet Lilac Scroll & Notes Stamp Set using Rose Madder Archival Ink and glue both with dries clear glue to the popped up center section of the card front.

The Butterfly is stamped from the Delightful Daffodil & Butterfly Cling Stamp Set using Versa Mark Ink then heat embossed in silver embossing powder. The intricate die is cut from Luxe Silver card stock and is glued atop with added pearls to the center. 

For the leaves the Classic Rose Stamps, and dies, along with the Leafy Accents Stamps and dies and both 3D shaping molds were used. The leaves are stamped and lightly colored in Leaf Green Archival ink. For the flowers the small white flowers were simply made from the smallest Classic Rose Stamp, Die, and 3D Mold stamped in Leaf Green. The pink flowers are from the Small Wild Rose Stamp & Die were used along with Rose Madder Archival Ink and the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Rajni Chawla's Dry Clear Glitter was added using a sponge and dries clear glue and Bridal Bouquet Stamens were used to finish the flowers off. The large pink stamens were handmade using a single wire stamen covered in hot glue and dipped in Coral See Prills then hand shaped. Simply arrange your flowers and leaves to your liking and attach your butterfly to complete your card. 


 

Heartfelt Creations Supply List:
 

Thank you so much for following along with me this week as I share my three projects I have created for the 2022 Heartfelt Creations Design Team Contest. I will be back on Thursday to share the last in the series. Until then, happy creating! Melanie

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Design Team Call Part 1 ~ A Vellum Garden

Hello Friend,

Today's project is like walking into a one stop flower shop. It displays one of my all time favorite color combinations, purple and green. I also love purple and yellow so decided to mix all three for an extra wow factor.  I absolutely love making vellum flowers and Rajni Chawla's Vellum is by far the best on the market for making these lovelies so lets dive in and look at this Vellum Garden I've created for you today. 

 
I have combined the Regal Lattice Gateway dies and the Teardrop Lattice Gateway dies to create the perfect place for the Climbing Clematis Flowers to roam...wouldn't you agree?
 

 
 Both stamens and prills are used for flower centers here in my design for a lovely contrast. 



Directions:
 
Cut card base from Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper 10 1/2" x 7 1/2"" and score in half.

From the Floral Butterfly Paper cut a piece of purple patterned paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" and glue to your card base. Cut a second piece of lighter purple paper from the same paper pack at 5 1/4" x 7 1/4" and lightly ink edges using Majestic Violet Archival Ink. Then glue to card base. 
 
From the Regal Lattice Gateway Die cut the largest die twice. Once from Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper and Once from Luxe Silver Card Stock and layer as shown, slightly offset. From the Teardrop Lattice Gateway Die cut the center section 3 times from Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper and once with just the center outline die from Luxe Silver Card Stock and layer as shown with the solid silver card in the background. Glue all layers to the card front. 
 
For the leaves using the Leafy Accents Cling Stamp set stamp in Leaf Green Archival ink, color in Sea Grass Archival Ink, and ink edges after die cutting with Leaf Green Archival ink. Lastly shape with the 3D shaping mold. Dries clear glue was added along with Art Glitter in clear got extra shine. The Vellum Leaves are stamped with from the Summer Wreath Accents Stamp Set on Rajni Chawla's Vellum in Versa Color White ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then colored on the back with Leaf Green Archival ink before die cutting and shaped using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. 

For the Flowers using the Climbing Clematis cling stamp set stamp on Rajni Chawla's Vellum with Versa Color White ink and heat emboss in white embossing powder. Color on the back using Majestic Violet Archival Ink before die cutting and shaping using the coordinating 3D mold. Using a sponge add dries clear glue to each petal and sprinkle with Rajni Chawla's Crystal Clear Glitter. For the centers simply add some hot glue to the center of the flower and sprinkle with Prills. Shake off excess. Lastly the little yellow flowers are made using the Lush Lilacs Cling Stamps and are stamped in Sunflower Archival ink and colored in Chrome Yellow. The center of each flower is then colored before die cutting with a yellow Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker. After die cutting shape with the 3D shaping mold and add a single stamen to each flower. Arrange the flowers and leaves climbing up your gateway as desired.

For the sentiment a stamp was used from the Sweet Lilacs Scroll & Notes Stamp set and die cut out using the Ticket and Tags die set. 


 

Heartfelt Creations Supply List: 

Clematis Cling Stamp Set 

Clematis Die Set

3D Clematis Shaping Mold 

Lush Lilac Cling Stamp Set 

Lush Lilac Die 

3D Lush Lilac Shaping Mold 

Sweet Lilac Scroll & Note Cling Stamp Set

Summer Wreath Accents Cling Stamp Set 

Summer Wreath Accents Die

Regal Lattice Gateway Die 

Teardrop Lattice Gateway Die 

Ticket and Tags Die

Floral Butterfly Paper Collection 

Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper 

Rajni Chawla's Vellum 

Versa Color Pigment White Ink Pad

Opaque White Embossing Powder

Archival Inks in Sea Grass, Leaf Green, Chrome Yellow, Sunflower, and Majestic Violet

I'm A-maized Prills

Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter

Rajni Chawla's Crystal Clear Glitter

Dries Clear Glue

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

This is the first of three submission cards for the 2022 Heartfelt Creations Design Team application process. The submission date was February 4th and the semifinalists will be chosen on February16th 2022. This week I will be showcasing all 3 cards that I have submitted to Heartfelt Creations. No matter how far I get in this journey I have had a glorious time designing these pieces to share with all of you and I hope you will follow my journey into the future to see where it takes me. Happy creating my friends! Much love, Melanie

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Heartfelt Creations ~ Countryside Cottage Scene

Hi Friends!

Today I am bringing you my first ever full water colored scene using Zig Clean Real Color Brush Markers. I am usually a Copic Colorist but I decided to give water coloring a real try and wow is it a learning experience. 

This scene begins with stamping the Heartfelt Creations retired stamp called "Haven of Daydreams" from the Cherry Blossoms Collection onto watercolor paper and die cutting it with the Simple Center Piece hexagon shaped dies. Then I stamped Country Cottage Stamp onto a separate piece of water color paper and colored both of these images with the Zig Watercolor markers.

 

While these were drying I created my card base also from the Simple Center Piece Hexagon dies and once dry I die cut the house using the coordinating Country Cottage die set from Heartfelt Creations. 

For the bushes and grass I stamped and colored these using archival ink along with my daubers and die cut them with my coordinating dies. These were accessory stamps and dies from the Countryside Cottage Collection. The bushes were attached with foam to add dimension and the grass was attached with dries clear glue as I knew the flowers would give a nice dimension there. 

Lastly I made two styles of flowers. The orange flowers were made from the Heartfelt Creation's Lush Lilacs Stamp, Die, and Mold and I am not 100% sure which flower I used for the small yellow flower but I did add Prills to the center of them rather than stamens like in the lilacs.

IF I am going to be 100% honest with all of you, I wasn't sure I should share this card with you when I made it last fall.  This was my very first attempt at a full colored scene with water colors and I do not feel confident with my efforts. But we all have to take a leap of faith and have a starting point right? Crafting is a learning journey and learning and growing as an artist is what makes this more than just paper. It makes it ART! 

Love, Melanie


Sunday, January 30, 2022

Heartfelt Creations ~ Easel Card For a Friend

Welcome Back Friends,

Sometimes people come into your life and you just know instantly that "These are good people" That happened to me earlier last year. I won't go into details but out of the blue I went out on a limb and reached out to someone and we got together in a strange location and met for the very first time and it was like we had great conversation, nothing awkward or strange....you know how that can be with strangers...lol

Well today I am kicking off this week with a fun easel card I designed for that someone special who surprised me with a special gift last fall.  I wanted to make her something special to let her know I appreciated her generosity. So I sent her this card a few months back and I thought I would share it with all of you today.


This card was so fun to make as I was making it for someone specific and not just to learn my craft. I am not even sure which flowers I used but I think it was Wild Roses and Magnolias if my memory serves me right. I know the leaves were from the Leafy Accents Stamp. Die, and 3D Mold. And of course the die creating the beautiful easel shape is the Lattice Flourish Gateway die. For the stopper I combined two dies from the Ornamental Tags Die set.

 

Here is a close up of the flowers they are glittered up with Crystal Clear Glitter and are rockin numerous Heartfelt Creation Stamens. This was one of the first cards that I was super proud of and it couldn't of gone to a better person. Thank you once again my friend.  Love, Melanie



 


Thursday, January 20, 2022

A2 Sized Heartfelt Creation Cards

Welcome Back,

There has been some talk in the Heartfelt Creations Facebook group about mailing the beautiful floral cards that we all make and the cost of mailing them so I thought I would make a post sharing a couple A2 cards I have made and mailed to friends in regular A2 envelopes with little to no extra shipping cost.

This first card was made using the Cherry Blossom florals and Prills for the centers of the flowers. I just choose to use the smaller blossoms for my card. 


In this second example I made this card using the beautiful Lush Lilac Collection along with the Leafy Accents Stamp, Die, & Mold to create a vine effect. 

In both of these examples the card measures the standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"  and was able to be mailed in a standard A2 envelope. 

This just goes to show that beauty doesn't always have to be big and bold!!! For those of you that do wonder about how I mail the large a lush floral cards. Heartfelt Creations does sell clear gift boxes and those can be mailed in bubble envelopes and mailed for about $3.50-$4 pretty safely. When you put in the time to create a masterpiece the recipient is well worth the postage :-)

Until next time, Hugs, Melanie



Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Floral Frame Collection

Hi Friends,

This month over at Heartfelt Creation's They have released this amazing brand new collection called "The Floral Frames Collection. It has a selection of 3 beautifully designed frames and multiple floral choices for your designing splendor. Along with a beautiful colorful paper collection. Lets take a closer look by looking at my first card from this collection.

 

With this card I decided to use the Floral Frames paper pad to determine my color scheme. I have always thought that mint greens and pinks went well together so I chose a couple pieces of coordinating papers and began designing. 

Instructions:

For the base of this card I have cut 3 base layers using the Heartfelt Creation's Fancy Classic Frame Die. One from Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper (white) and 2 from patterned paper. One piece of patterned paper (a more solid piece of light green) was glued to the white and this double layered piece was scored across the top at about the 1/2" mark. This will be your card back/inside of your card. To finish the inside of the card you can cut a piece of white card stock using the second smallest die from the same frame die set and glue to the green side of this back/inside piece and set aside. 

The other remaining base piece cut from the Fancy Classic Frame Die will be your card front. I have chosen the patterned side of the paper to face forward. Next cut 2 of the second largest die from this same frame set, one in Luxe Silver Card stock and one in white. Glue these together using your dries clear glue and off set them just slightly so the silver peeks out behind the white top layer. Then attach this layer to your card top. 

Next stamp your Curvy Floral Frame using Archival ink in Library Green. Die cut using the coordinating die. Find this same frame in the paper collection where it frames the thatched cottage and carefully die cut that image from the paper out as well making sure to save all the little pieces. Also cut the frame again using Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper to use as a base. Now you will layer these all together using dries clear glue to strengthen the layers together. White as base, frame, then inset the die cut pieces from the paper pack. Use foam pads to attach the frame to the front of your card.


 

Stamp Flowers from the Floral Frames Collection in Archival Magenta Hue for main flower and softly sponge in same color before die cutting. Once die cut ink just one side of each petal with the Archival Magenta Hue ink with your sponge dauber to darken the tip of one side for added interest. Shape using your stylus and molding mat and add stamens from the Bridal Bouquet and then add Crystal Clear Glitter. For smaller flowers are from the Classic Rose stamp and die and shaped using the 3D Mold. These were stamped in Archival Vivid Chartreuse and not colored. 

Leaves with the curly ends came from the Floral Frames Collection and were colored using the Archival Ink in Vivid Chartreuse and Garden Patina. These were hand shaped. The other leaves are from the Leafy Accents Stamps and Dies and were shaped using the Leafy Accents 3D Mold. They are colored with Archival inks in Library Green and Leaf Green.

For the sentiment the "For My Friend" Stamp and Die from the Floral Frame Collection was stamped in Archival Magenta Hue ink and die cut. It was then added onto a banner cut from the Arrows ans Banner die set which was inked with Library Green Archival ink. Front panel was then glued onto the back panel along the top 1/2" section that was previously scored. 

Heartfelt Creation's Supply List:

Floral Frames Collection

Fancy Classic Rectangle Frame Die

Classic Rose Stamp Set

Classic Rose Die Set

Classic Rose 3D Mold

Leafy Accent Stamp Set

Leafy Accent Die Set

Leafy Accent 3D Mold

Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper

Luxe Silver Cardstock

Bridal Bouquet Stamens

Rajni Chawla's Crystal Clear 

Archival Inks in Magenta Hue, Leaf Green, Vivid Chartreuse, Library Green, and Garden Patina

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you in some way. If you are new to Heartfelt Creations and would like to get started with your first order I have a gift for you. $20 OFF your first $40 online order. Simply click HERE and place a first time order of at least $40 and you will automatically get $20 OFF!!!! Happy Crafting! Melanie

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