Today is the end of a season in my life, one which has helped me process the death of my mother. When I tried out for Heartfelt Creations Design Team, I was dealing with my moms Estate and hadn't quite processed what had happened over the past few years with her Alzheimer's diagnosis and later her death. When your dealing with a loved one in such a state, and caring for them daily, you do what you have to do to care for them and THAT is your number one priority especially when that person is your best friend. Thankfully I had the support of my husband and daughter who helped me through that period of my life. They will never fully realize how grateful I am for them.
So when I decided to try out for the next design team call, I devoted myself to that decision 100% as I do anything I put my mind to. I
studied, I practiced, and I developed my skills for almost a year before
leading up to the try tryouts. Then it happened, my 3rd time trying out for the team, and I earned my way onto the Heartfelt Creations Creative team. I know mama had something to do with that. She would of been so excited to follow the journey. So with each flower I felt like I was healing a little bit more and now as I say goodbye to the team as well as the company I can fully say I feel like a completely different person thanks to this amazing company. So thank you Heartfelt for having me as part of your family and for giving me this amazing opportunity to grow and thrive as a individual and as a designer in this business. This card is a THANK YOU to you to commemorate my time with all of you! I wish you the very best in this next season of your life. Much Love, Melanie
For anyone interested in following my card making journey I have started my own group on facebook titled "Heartfelt Card Making with Spellbinders & More" All of you are welcome to join! Thank you friends for your ongoing support for my love of papercrafting.
Cut a piece of white card stock measuring 11 x 7 1/2” and score at 5 1/2” for a top folding landscape card base. Cut a piece of purple card stock to 5 1/2 x 71/2 ” and ink the edges using the HCDA1-449 Stack and Store Daubers along with Deep Purple Archival Ink. Adhere to the front of the card base. Now Cut a piece of Luxe Silver Card Stock to 5 1/4 x 7 1/4” and attach; followed by a piece from Sheet 6A from the HCDP1-2138 Decorative Dragonfly Paper Collection. Before attaching the Dragonfly paper, ink the edges with Night Sky Archival Ink. Next using the HCD2-7424 Rectangle Filigree Frame Dies Using the largest die cut it 3x, first from white card stock, second from Luxe Silver Card Stock, and lastly from Sheet 5A. (From sheet 5A only the inner die cut piece will be used) With the second smallest frame set cut 2x from both white and silver, and from the inside frame outline die cut from sheet 3A. Ink edges of the Dragonfly papers with link colors. (Deep Purple, Night Sky, Leaf Green) Layer as shown in the photos making sure to offset the silver layers behind the white layers and using foam tape behind the inside frame. For the sentiment layer use the HCD2-7351 Iron Work Sentiment Dies and cut 3x, Once from Luxe Silver, once from white card stock, and once from sheet 5A. Ink the 5A layer a little with Deep Purple ink to darken it a little. Layer the sentiments so that the purple and white layers are exactly on top of each other and the silver is slightly on top. (Designers Note: The dates added below the Thank You sentiment are the years the designer has actually been on the Heartfelt Creations Design Team, and this card is to commemorate that. “Thank You Heartfelt for a beautiful journey”)
Stamp out 8 medium and 2 large Climbing Clematis Flowers onto HCPP1-475 Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper using the HCPC-3954 Climbing Clematis Cling Stamp Set using Distress Oxide Wilted Violet Ink. Color using a blending brush and Majestic Violet Archival Ink. Die cut with coordinating dies and run through the coordinating 3D mold. Using the HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit press the centers of the flowers and pierce the centers to add HCS1-459-4 Rock Candy Stamen. Secure with a glue gun. Now stamp the HCPC-3816 Lush Lilacs Cling Stamp Set 1x onto Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper with Night Sky Archival Ink. Color using French Ultramarine Archival Ink and ice cut using the coordinating die. Ink the tips of the flowers with Night sky before running the flowers through the coordinating 3D flower mold. Now using the Flower Shaping Kit press the centers with the smaller ball tools. Using a small golf tool pierce a tiny hole into the center of each flower and thread thru 1/2 of a pastel pearl stamen small and secure to the back with a drop of glue. To finish the flowers simply add Nida Tanner’s Magic Glitter Powder by adhering it with Dries Clear Glue and a Hydra Sponge. Lastly for the leaves create these by stamping the HCPC-3835 Leafy Accents in Olive Archival Ink and coloring it in with Leaf Green. Die cut with the coordinating dies. Before running the leaves through the 3D mold ink the edges of the leaves with Olive ink. Once the leaves are shaped all there is left to do is to arrange the beautiful corner arrangements. Cut a piece of coordinating paper from the Decorative Dragonfly Collection to complete the inside of the card.
I hope you enjoyed that as much as I enjoyed creating it for each of you! Check out 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.