Saturday, September 24, 2016

THANK YOU CARD WITH COTTAGECUTZ DIES

Hello dear friends !!!!

It's Anita here with new craft inspirations. As the days are progressing, the festive fever is catching up. Cardmaking is in full swing. Fall has made its entry and its time for Thanksgiving and fall cards.
Today, I have given a new colour to Fall .. light pastel blue.
It has a touch of Christmas with all that glitter and the yellow flowers give a hint of Autumn.
CottageCutz has released awesome Christmas and Autumn themed dies that you are going to love. Do have a look at them here.

My card for today.





Step by Step Instructions

Cut out a card panel 4 inches by 6 inches and using the circle die from CottageCutz Nested Ornaments-Ball cut a medium circle. Cut out two more circle frames using the same die and the CottageCutz Stitched Circle die.




Distress the card panel with Evergreen Bough Distress ink and score at 1/8 th inch interval on the scoreboard. .Distress the frame also. Apply some glitter on it.







At the back of the card panel, around the circle, put foam tape as shown. .
Turn back on the right side. Add a square piece of glitter paper to cover the back,

Add sequins inside. Cover with same sized acrylic circle and adhere the frame on top.



Cut out leaves and acorn from the CottageCutz Cornucopia die and colour them with distress inks.
Cut flowers from CottageCutz 3d  flower# 2 and colour them in pastel yellow. Shape between fingers and arrange with twine  and leaves. Add a sentiment at the bottom.

Here is the complete card




Do share your entries  in the current challenge# 6-holiday. Thanks for being with me.

Die used are here.

   








Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL...

Hello everyone...

Crafting can be so relaxing and so therapeutic. That is what it does to me. I feel happy when I am crafting. Heartfelt Creations has most beautiful papers and stamps with coordinating dies to create wonderful projects. I love making cards and albums with these papers and accessories.
Today , I decided to try something new with my products. I am addicted to decoupage  these days.
Those who do not know about this art, decoupage is an old art of adhering paper on any surface and then sealing it with varnish or a sealant. One can create a wide range of projects with the art of decoupage.
I have made a wall decor piece with a note pad holder. A versatile project that can be very user friendly and yet be used as a decorative piece.




Decoupage Note pad Holder

HEARTFELT CREATIONS PRODUCTS USED.

HCPC-3545—Open leaf cling stamp set
HCD1-736-classic Leaf die
Deluxe Flower Shaping kit
Designer dries clear glue
Ultrafine micro glitter.

OTHER PRODUCTS USED
Mod Podge glue-matte, Mod podge crackle medium, Folk art acrylic paint-brown, Folk art Acrylic paint-Green apple, White acrylic paint, Black texture paste
Archival inks-deep purple, Dandelion, Library green, olive. Artificial pollens, Wycinanka chip board, seam binding ribbon- Stencil brush, wide flat brush or sponge brush, Brick stencil, Post it note pad, pencil. 2 8”x8” blank MDF placemats

Instructions

Gather all the things needed to create the project. Apply two coats of white acrylic paint on the place mats. Place the pattern paper on the placemats and cut out the portion you need. Make an outline with pencil 4 mm inside the pattern paper on the placemats. Apply brown acrylic paint on the part that does not have paper. Dry it very well. Apply Mod Podge crackle medium in even coat in one direction with sponge brush and leave for one hour. Do not apply a second coat. Apply a layer of White Acrylic paint mixed with Green apple colour in the same direction. As the colour dries, the cracks begin to show. Apply in single layer. Add some green colour on the outlined pencil area with a stencil brush giving a stippled look. Apply a coat of mod podge on the back of the paper and also on the area where it will be stuck. Paste very well so that no creases are there. Add paint with sponge or stencil brush as shown. 
Apply another coat of mod podge and let it dry.
Add brick wall texture using brick stencil and texture paste. 
Make flowers using the Classic rose Cling stamp and die and shade them with purple colour. Shape on flower shaping kit. 
Make leaves using the leaf stamp and die. 
Adhere the leaves and flowers on the project as shown. Add the Chipboard frame with photo. Stick the post it notes and add a pencil on side.
Colour seam binding ribbon with green colour and tie the two placemats as shown.
Use it as a memo pad holder and also as a wall decor piece. This can be wiped with soft cloth to keep it clean.

Do leave your comments . Visit the Heartfelt creations blog and store .



Saturday, September 17, 2016

FALL IS HERE....WITH COTTAGECUTZ DIES

Hello everyone...

The colour of the day is turning in a new shade of warm orange.. the leaves are drying, changing colour and there is a warmth in the air with the nature basking in new shades of FALL.

CottageCutz has recently released some new fall themed dies and they are so beautiful. You must try them to create beautiful fall projects.

I have a quick simple card for you today keeping in mind that cardmaking is in full swing during this season and one needs a large number of cards. So here is a sample which can be made in 15-20 minutes and they look good.

So here it is.



To make this card, make a card base 5.5inches by 4.25inches with light yellow card stock.
Emboss a white piece of card stock measuring 4inches by 5.25 inches in a brick texture embossing folder. Adhere on the card front.
Distress the design with Pumice stone and Peeled Paint distress ink.
Cut out  2 shapes from the CottageCutz Tree frame die and few from  CottageCutz Autumn Foliage die
Paste the two frame dies together to get a thick die cut. 
Colour with Brushed Corduroy and Peeled Paint distress ink.
Add on a black matte layer.
Colour all the leaves with Distress inks-Rusty Hinge and Mowed Lawn.
Adhere the leaves and frame on the card front as shown.
Add a thank you sentiment.

CottageCutz dies used.





Challenge#6 with Holiday theme is live on the CottageCutz blog.Do share your entries.
Check out all the amazing new releases at the store.



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

CLASSIC ROSE SEPTEMBER RELEASE BY HEARTFELT CREATIONS


Hello Friends,
It's happy Wednesday today because It's a new release and the flower in focus is CLASSIC ROSE.
Beautiful in colour, exquisite in fragrance, and ever so dignified, the rose is one of the most coveted flowers found in chic bouquets, or carefully tended flower gardens.  Breathtaking in bud form, as a blossom gently opening, or in full bloom, it is a flower that calls attention to itself and beckons you to pause and quietly reflect upon its elegance.  Heartfelt Creations invites you to stop, fall quiet and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the new Classic Rose Collection! 

 Filled with delicate illustrations of roses ranging from buds, to full blossoms, rose wreaths and flower filled vines, the three cling stamp sets and coordinating dies included in this assembling will have you building gorgeous rose gardens filled with varying sizes of dimensional flowers as realistic as those found in nature themselves.  

The captivating decorative paper collection will whisk you away to perfectly manicured rose filled grounds, serene meadows where brooks babble and wild roses hold their heads high, and alluring views from charming old world buildings clad in weathered brick and vining florals.  The handsome colour palette of regal purples, deep brick like reds, rich corals and leafy greens filled with delicate swirls, stunning brickwork and floral patterns, along with tender handwritten script are among just a few of the magnificent elements found within this graceful paper assembling
So join us as we slow down, enjoy the view and take some time to linger and smell the roses.  
Hold on to your breadth to enjoy the fragrance of my roses card.





 Heartfelt creations products used

HCD1-7110  Classic Rose Die
HCPC-3752  Classic Rose Cling Stamp Set
HCDP1-270  Classic Rose Paper Collection 
HCD1-712  Bella Rose Die
Heartfelt Expressions Cling Stamp Set HCPC-3474
Designer Dries Clear Adhesive 159723
Memento Dye Ink Pad - Bamboo Leaves TSMP707
Memento Dye Ink Pad - Cottage Ivy TSMP701
Memento Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black TSMP900
ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad - Dark Peony 71032
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit HCST1-401

Other Products used

White card stock, Aged Mahogany Distress ink, 3d foam tape, silicon glue, Spellbinders die-Fleur de Elegance Etched die, Spellbinders Oval Nestibilities,  Wire pollens.

Instructions

The finished card measures 4 1/2 " by 8". 
Make a card base from white  card stock 9" b 8". Score at 4 1/2" on the longer side and fold. 
Cut a pattern paper in light pink shade, a little smaller than the card base from the paper pad, and distress with Aged Mahogany on the edges. Adhere on the card front using clear glue. Cut out two die cuts from Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance die and distress the edges of both while the die cut is still inside the die. 
Distress the centre of one die and make 1/8 inch score lines . Adhere the two die cuts aligning one on top of each other with the center coloured one a little below. Adhere the two die cuts on the card front. Cut out a coordinating oval and distress the edges. Stamp out the sentiment with Tuxedo Black ink. Adhere on to the die cut.
Stamp out the rose image in dark peony ink and cut out with coordinating die. Distress the edges of flowers, both front and back with the same ink. Mould and shape the roses on Flower shaping kit. One rose has three large layers and three medium layers. 
Cut out a few die cuts from the Classic Rose die and colour with light pink colour. Shape the roses in a similar way.
Similarly colour the leaves cut from the dies and colour with green inks. 
Cut out a few pieces from Bella Rose die and colour them green.
Colour the smallest flower on both sides with dark peony ink and emboss them . Add white pollens in the centre. These will the filler flowers.
Cut out the vase of rose image from a pattern paper. Emboss it a little and adhere on the left side of card front with 3D foam tape. Add some swirls from Bella Rose die cut at the back.
Arrange the roses and leaves as shown on the top of Spellbinders die cut as shown.
Add the Filler flowers to complete the card.

So do hop on to the Heartfelt Creations blog for all the lovely inspirations.








    

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DECOUPAGE WITH HOME DECOR CHALK PAINTS

Hello everyone.

This is Anita here and I have a something wonderful lined up for you in the entire month of September....new product, techniques and lot of information.
We are talking about DECOUPAGE----yes!!!!! I am sure you all must be very excited as much as I am because I am going share some super awesome products with you, which will give a new meaning to the art of Decoupage.

What exactly is decoupage??
In very simple term, it is the art of adhering paper on to various surfaces like, wood, glass, metal ,plastic etc. with glue and then applying coats of varnish and lacquer on top to seal the desin and make it water proof and dust proof.
Plaid Craft has brought a whole new revolution to the art of Decoupage with their chalk paints, acrylic paints, the most popular Mod Podge, crackle medium, varnish and also many tools and accessories to help us in this art.
I am so happy to tell you that Crafters Corner has all and  YES !!!!! ALL the products that you can use for decoupage right there for you.
And its my promise to you that once you use chalk colours you will not touch any other paint when it comes to Decoupage. WHY ??? You will soon know!!!!

What is Home Decor chalk paint???

It is a high pigment acrylic paint with ultra matte finish used for various surfaces like wood, metal, glass etc. if this paint is used, then the surface requires on  preparation of primaring or sanding. thus saving a lot of time and labour. You can directly use it. It is for indoor use and is not dishwasher safe. However the application of Home Decor wax or varnish can make it suitable for outside.




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How much coverage do we get from one bottle??

One bottle of chalk paint has 8 fl.oz that covers 20 feet of surface year and so it proves to be very economical.This however, depends upon the thickness of paint and its application.

Is it same as chalk board paint or diffferent?

Picture from Google.



 No both are different. Chalkboard paints will cover the surface to give a chalk board finish where one can write with a stick of chalk, Whereas, chalk paints are acrylic paints used for covering or restoring surfaces.

Are they different from Folkart Acrylic paints???


Yes , they are two different products. Although both are acrylic paint, Folk Art acrylic paint has a sheen to it ie it gives a glossy coat but chalk paint gives Ultra Smooth Matte finish. In my video, I show you the difference.

So now that we know so much about chalk paints, let us start using them. I am showing you how to make beautiful vintage placemat with decoupage through a video tutorial. I have explained  and talked about the products and techniques in detail but then also, if you do not understand any where or have any question, please feel free to ask me.


A video tutorial.

                                        



Vintage style place mat




Products used


OTHER PRODUCTS-FLAT BRUSH SPONGE, DRYER, RAG, CRAFT MAT, SMALL BRUSH

So do let us know if you liked this tutorial. You can view all the decoupage materials HERE
Please do leave your comments and feedback as they help us to grow towards our betterment. Thanks for your time. Hope to see you soon with another tutorial on the art of Decoupage.








Saturday, September 10, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS CARD WITH COTTAGECUTZ

Hello dear friends,

How are you all doing?? Can you feel the magic of Christmas in the air.? There has been loads of Christmas inspirations in the market and CottageCutz has released some wonderful dies for you and you can check them out here.

I have used the pretty poinsettia flowers to adorn the card. Poinsettias and Christmas go together. So I found them apt for my card.




Step-by-step Instructions

Cut out all the die cuts from white card stock. Colour them using Zig Markers

 

Apply Peeled paint distress ink on the craft mat. 
Spray some water and swish the card base to apply colour.





This is how it looks like.



Emboss Wide Oval stitched frame die on a card stock ans cut out the shape.






 Stamp Christmas sentiment and layer another oval frame die on top with foam tape. 




Start layering the flowers and leaves as shown with foam tape.




CottageCutz Dies used.





CottageCutz Holiday Greenery

CottageCutz Stitched Wide Oval Frame Set (Basics)

The CottageCutz challenge #6 is going on at the blog with Holiday theme. Please do take part to win amazing price.








Wednesday, September 7, 2016

POPPIES AND LILIES GALORE

HELLO FRIENDS !!!!

How is everyone doing?? I am really going crazy with my over busy crafty sessions and there is not a minute to breathe. But I am loving this craziness. All because I love what I am doing.

Heartfelt Creations is all set with another fabulous release in the coming week and It's Roses!!! Yayyyy !!!!! those are my favourite flowers. Want a sneak peek of this classic collection. Here it is --
  http://hcgo.co/ClassicRose

I have another set of flowers for you and that is Poppies and lilies. Do hop on to the store  to see these collections. Here is my card for you.




Heartfelt Creations Products Used

Blazing Poppy Die HCD1-764
Blazing Poppy Petals Cling Stamp Set HCPC-3674
Blazing Poppy Paper Collection HCDP1-255
Sunrise Lily Die HCD1-787
Sunrise Lily Cling Stamp Set HCPC-3720
Open Leaf Cling Stamp Set HCPC-3545
Classic Leaf Die HCD1-736
Delicate Asters Die HCD1-726
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit HCST1-401
Power Outage Prills ANC845
Go Man Go Prills ANC818
Lettuce Entertain You Prills ANC814
Designer Dries White Adhesive  159951
Krystallos Shard Glass 901

Other Products Used

White card stock, Black card stock, 3d foam tape, Spellbinders Label 28,  Spellbinders Victorian Arch. Archival inks-Jet black, Red Geranium, Rose Madder, Library green, Olive, pollens.


Instructions

The finished card measures 7 1/2" x 4 1/2". 
To make the card base, Cut a white card stock measuring 7 1/2" by 9". Score at 4 1/2" on the long side. Fold. To cut the mat layers , cut two pieces of  black card stock 7 1/4 " by 4 1/4". Cut two pieces from the Blazing Poppy Paper pad measuring 4" x 7". With a paper distresser, distress the edges of all the mat layers. Adhere the pattern papers on black card stock and then adhere on the front and inside of card stock. 
Cut out the One in a Million print from the paper pad, using the Spellbinder labels and mat it on a black die cut of the same die. Adhere to the card front with 3D foam tape. Cut a die cut from black card stock from the Spellbinder Victorian Arch die. Adhere it to the card front as shown. 

Stamp out the Poppy flower image with cling stamp in Archival Jet black. Colour with Red Geranium Archival ink. Mould and shape on Deluxe flower making tool kit. Add black and green prills in the center using the Art Institute glue. Apply Crackle paint on the petals and sprinkle glass shards. Let it dry.  Make lily flowers from the Sunrise lily cling stamp. Stamp out the images with Red Geranium Archival ink. Cut out using the coordinating die. Colour with Fired Brick Distress marker. Apply the Rose Madder Archival ink on edges. Mould and shape on the Deluxe flower making tool kit. Add yellow pollens with prills in the centre. Make leaves using the Open Leaf cling stamp and die. Colour with Archival Library Green and Olive colours. Add some leaves made from the Aster flower die and stamp collection. Arrange the flowers and leaves using Silicon gel glue.  Add the sentiment at the bottom from the Paper pad. Add tiny filler flowers from Vintage Floret Collection.

Do visit the Heartfelt Creations blog for more inspirations. I love reading your comments . Thanks for stopping by.