Hi Fellow Crafters,
Well today is THE day for the final collection release with Heartfelt Creations. I know this is a sad day for everyone but we will we will always have our memories with this wonderful company. I will be honest with all of you, I struggled designing with this collection so you will see my cards are a lot more basic than usual. When I received this collection 3 months back I had just been notified about the upcoming closure of the company and my little heart was broken. So designing on a deadline was difficult for me. This week and next weeks cards are rather basic and I hope everyone understands, and bares with me.
After receiving the news I went through a world of emotions as if I was going through a type of real grief. I worried the most about all of the customers and how you all were going to deal with this news. I struggled with this for quite some time as I could not really talk to anyone about the situation. I knew how I was feeling being on the team and losing the team in yet some of you have been following the company for a lot longer than me. Well then I had to push those feelings aside so I could figure out how to cope and that is when I decided it was time to pick myself up and dust myself off and decide "What's Next for Melanie?"
I have been a designer in this business for over a decade, and Heartfelt Creations was my dream position. So deciding what to do next was a BIG step for me. I had already begun considering making more YouTube videos but with the schedule of the full time Heartfelt position, there just wasn't a lot of free time due to the extensive amount of time I put into each and every project, plus the team requirements as well. So I decided to begin reaching out to different companies, being PROACTIVE and POSITIVE. Seeing who might be interested in teaming up with me? Rather than waiting around to see what would happen next. A few companies made offers and Spellbinders seemed like a good fit. They had a wide variety of quality products, they have a flower making line, but they also have a more well balanced product line that will attract a wider base of followers for YouTube and will allow me to stay engaged and creative doing different things all the time. This appealed to me as I know a lot of people do not want to always make large 3D cards that are difficult to mail but would rather make classy cards or even quick and easy cards that are affordable to mail. So I felt like I was getting an opportunity to spread my wings, so to speak, and reach even more people with my card making journey.
So for any of you who may be reading this, I want you to know that I have just formed a Facebook Group for ALL OF THE ABOVE! It is called Heartfelt Card Making With Spellbinders and More and I would love for all of you to join me over on facebook as we move forward living life together one card at a time. I encourage all of you to continue using your Heartfelt Creations products and mix them with other products from your stash and design to your hearts content. This is a community where all is welcome. Love, Melanie
Cut a piece of white card stock measuring 7 3/8 x 10 3/4” and score at 5 3/8” for a side folding card base. Cut a piece a red mirror card stock to 7 3/8 x 5 3/8” and adhere to the front of the card base. Now from the HCDP1-2153 Holiday Ornament Paper Collection cut a piece measuring 5 1/4 x 7 1/4” from sheet 10B (dark green) and glue it to the card front. Now take the HCD2-7426 Oval Filigree Frame Die and using the largest die cut 2x, once from Luxe Gold Card Stock and once from white card stock. Adhere these together so that the white is slightly offset on top of the gold and the gold peaks out behind the white. Now cut the large oval die from the same die set, cutting it 2x from sheet 7B from the same paper pack. Attach the frame and one green oval to the front of the card and the other green oval to the inside of the card.
Using HCPC-31029 Large Holiday Ornament Cling Stamp Set Stamp put the large ornament with gold metallic ink onto white card stock and heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Do this once more but only stamping the center star. Using Copic markers carefully color the top and bottom of the ornament using reds and greens. Now using the coordinating dies cut out the large ornament with both the outer and the inlay piece. Also cut the individual star that was stamped and embossed. Using just the large outer die, cut 4x, once from Red Mirror Card Stock, and 3x from 110lb heavy weight card stock. (Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper was used in sample). Adhere all the ornament layers together with colored ornament layer on top followed by Mirror card and 3 white layers. Color the edges of card stock with matching red Copic marker. Glue the chipboard like Large Ornament to the card front and place the gold star in the center. Add gold gems to the Large Ornament and in the center of top star.
Stamp a sentiment from the HCPC-31028 Christmas Holly Accents Cling Stamp Set with Red Geranium Archival Ink and die cut with the coordinating ink. Attach to the inside of the card to complete your project.
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.