The Lush Lilac Collection...

Hello Friends!
I hope you are doing well!
As I sit here scheduling this post, we are once again experiencing very chilly weather...and I'm just so ready for the spring season!

So, it's the perfect time for the Lush Lilac Collection from Heartfelt Creations to be making it's debut!
It's a beautiful spring collection that makes me feel that perhaps the season of awakening is just around the corner!

Here's a little more about the collection...

The elegant, and well known lilac blossom takes center stage early in the spring season and is one of the first flowers to usher in the season of new beginnings! Enchanting clusters of tiny blossoms come together to create quaint floral displays with amazing color and a sweet-smelling fragrance that brings with it a feeling of gentility and old world charm! Join us in celebrating a perennial favorite…Introducing the Lush Lilac Collection by Heartfelt Creations! Venture out for a springtime stroll through a dreamy, garden themed paper collection filled with soft hues of luscious lavenders, deep purples, sky blues and pastel pinks accented with dreamy and romantic illustrations of cozy cottages, lilac filled parasols and lovely lilac filled garden settings! Softly scrolling swirls, vintage script and lace like details bring an old fashioned charm to this soft and innocent assembling of decorative papers, while three graceful cling stamp sets along with coordinating dies boast lush lilac sprays, a fetching lilac laden scroll, several endearing sentiments, as well as a winsome lilac filled parasol perfect for paper craft creations celebrating a multitude of occasions! A wonderful mix of lilac buds and blossom petal illustrations lend themselves beautifully to creating realistic and dimensional lilac blossoms when paired with the coordinating die and will bring a gentle touch of spring to all of your garden creations! So come along with us as we celebrate new beginnings and springtime beauty with the new Lush Lilac Collection!

Moving along, allow me to share with you my first creation with this breathtaking collection!


I opted to create this card with one of the Spellbinders dies that had been sitting in my stash for awhile but had not yet been used on a project!
I thought that it would lend such a pretty backdrop for that gorgeous cottage image!

I have to say that I can get lost in that cottage image!
It looks so tranquil and pretty...so I decided it would be the perfect serene scene to add the Praying for You sentiment from the collection of quotes/sentiments!
I also thought that it would be beautiful framed up with the window frame from the Winter's Eve Collection. I love how it turned out with the fancy top and bottom accents and I think it looks very regal paired up with the Spellbinders background die cut!

I stamped the largest lilac blossom from the Lush Lilac Cling Stamp Set, and several from the Sweet Lilac Scroll and Quotes Cling Stamp Set onto white card stock using a dark purple ink. I've colored the images using a mix of ColorBox Wisteria and Memento Lilac Posies ink. 

I've adhere the die cuts to the card base as shown, and then started adding the dimensional flowers. 
The Lush Lilac Shaping Mold makes creating these little gems so quick and easy!
I finished them off with some prills in the center and of course a bunch of glitter so the card just shimmers and shines!

I do hope you've enjoyed today's share...and be sure to pop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to take in the rest of the beautiful projects the rest of the design team have created for the Lush Lilac Collection debut!

Until next time...
 Project Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1-287 Lush Lilac Paper Collection
HCPC-3816 Lush Lilac Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3818 Sweet Lilac Scroll and Quotes Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-7172 Sweet Lilac Scroll and Cage Die
HCD1-7170 Lush Lilac Die
HCFB1-465 3D Lush Lilac Shaping Mold
HCD1-7150 Window Box Elements Die
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Tool Kit
71083 ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Concord
71005 ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Wisteria
71012 ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Olive Pastel
TSMP501 Memento Dye Ink Pad – Lilac Posies
159723 Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
352854 Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles
HCDA2-450 Stack and Store Daubers – Pack of 30
359848 Spellbinders Tool N’ One
282873 Tombow Dual Brush Marker N00 Blender
85-glitter Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter
ANC804 Heart of Gold Prills

Other Products: white card stock, Spellbinders Art Deco Astoria Decorative Die, Gemini Die Cutting Machine, BigShot Die Cutting Machine, tape runner, paper trimmer, scissors, pop dots

Begin with a 5” x 7” white card base. Trim down a piece of blue hued decorative paper from within the Lush Lilac Collection just slightly smaller than the card base. Locate premade card panel with cottage image as shown. Trim down the first outer frame of the image, and stamp sentiment onto panel. Ink both pieces of decorative paper with ColorBox Wisteria ink. Adhere large mat to card base and set aside cottage image.

Die cut the large decorative frame from within the Spellbinders Astoria Decorative Die from white card stock. Adhere to card base using pop dots. Next, die cut the window frame and two decorative topper elements from the Window Box Elements Die. Adhere topper to top and bottom of window using glue. Cut apart several pop dots and adhere to window frame. Adhere frame to cottage panel. Adhere cottage panel to card base using pop dots as well.

Stamp two of the lilac clusters from the Sweet Lilac Scroll and Quotes Cling Stamp Sets onto white card stock using ColorBox Concord ink. Stamp one inking of the large lilac cluster, and two inkings of the lilac petals found in the Lush Lilac Cling Stamp Set. Die cut using all pieces using coordinating dies and color using a combination of Memento Lilac Posies ink and ColorBox Wisteria for lilacs and ColorBox Olive Pastel ink for leaves. Use Tombow blender for smaller areas, and for lilac petals add a light base of Memento Lilac Posies with a hint of ColorBox Wisteria over top to create a multi colored lilac blossom.

Shape all stamped lilac clusters with Deluxe Shaping Kit and adhere large cluster to top corner of card as shown, and the two smaller clusters across the bottom and up the side of the card as shown.

Shape lilac petals using you die cutting machine and Lush Lilac Shaping Mold. For full instruction on how to shape the Lush Lilac, please see YouTube video here. Adhere shaped lilac blossoms to clusters as shown.

To finish add prills to flower centers, and transparent glitter to lilac clusters, shaped flowers and on cottage image using a dries clear glue.

Hello Spring....

Hello and Welcome!
I'm so glad you're here with my today!

It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, and I have a special card to share with you featuring the Singing in the Rain Collection!

How about we begin the post with a peek first off this time...


If you're anything like me, once February hits you're just tired of winter and waiting for spring to arrive! I have to admit that while working with this collection, my winter blahs subsided for awhile as I was creating! This is just such a great collection for so many different occasions!

I opted to create a fun box card that was spring themed!
I didn't have much time to work on the coloring for this creation, so I used many of the preprinted images from within the paper collection that coordinate with the dies. I used the Box Card die by Spellbinders to create my base and started dreaming of spring as I put the pieces together!

I did stamp, color and die cut the flowers on the project and put them together as a lovely bouquet for those adorable rain boots to hold!


Aren't they adorable!  The bright yellow Nuvo drops brought such a ray of sunshine to the card!
I've added hints of glitter to the florals, as well as the rain boots however, unfortunately it doesn't show up real well in the photos!


And, that gorgeous spring umbrella with those beautiful birds...be still my heart!!
I thought they were the perfect addition to the card along with the rainbow in the background!
As you can see, I've added some of the smallest blossoms from the Wildwood Cottage Collection to use as accents on the umbrella and have also tucked a few into the boot arrangement as well!

While this card may look complicated and time consuming, it really does come together quickly because there is really minimal stamping and die cutting!
I've finished off everything with a dusting of glitter and I love how this cheerful spring themed card came together!  Can you imagine how this would brighten your day if you were going through a rough patch, had been sick or simply were suffering from the winter blues? 
The sentiments on this creation were taken from the Singing in the Rain and Flowering Dogwood Collections, and can so easily be changed up with stamps you have on hand or preprinted sentiments from other collections!  How about creating it as a spring themed baby or wedding shower card...the possibilities are endless!!!

Well, I hope you enjoyed today's share!
Be sure to hop on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog to see the rest of the inspiring creations the rest of the design team have put together for your inspiration! 
Can't wait to see where your creative juices take you!

Until next time...
Project Supplies & Instructions
HCDP1-286 Singing in the Rain Paper Collection
HCPC-3811 Rain Boots and Blossoms Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-7169 Rain Boots and Blossoms Die
HCD1-7168 Songs of Springs Die
HCD1-7167 Singing in the Rain Die
HCPC-3769 Wildwood Florals Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-7125 Wildwood Florals Die
HCDP1-275 Flowering Dogwood Paper Collection
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
TSMP600 Memento Dye Ink Pad – Danube Blue
TSMP103 Memento Dye Ink Pad - Cantaloupe
71026 ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad – Lime Pastel
71005 ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad - Wisteria
71012 ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad – Olive Grove
71015 ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink - Rouge
NU673 Nuvo Crystal Drops – Dandelion Yellow
HCDA2-450 Stack and Store Daubers – Pack of 30
159723 Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
352854 Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles
85-glitter Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter

Other Products Used: white card stock, Ranger Distress Ink – Abandoned Coral, ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pad – Mint, Gemini Die Cutting Machine, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Heart and Home Scalloped Pop Up Box Die, Scor Tape, pop dots, paper trimmer, scissors

For more tips on creating with the Singing in the Rain Collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/_J85LChrXSs.

Using your die cutting machine, cut the pieces in the Spellbinders Heart and Home Scalloped Pop Up Box Die from white card stock and assemble using a strong adhesive.

Cut three decorative side panels from chevron patterned paper found in the Singing in the Rain paper Collection, just slightly smaller than the card base sides. Ink all edges on each of the panel pieces using Abandoned Coral Distress Ink and adhere to card sides.

Next, cut three decorative panels for the side flaps on the box card from the small preprinted umbrella and birds card panel, just slightly smaller than the card flaps themselves. Ink all edges of each panel using Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. Adhere to card base as shown. Adhere decorative edging from Spellbinders Heart and Home Scalloped Pop Up Box Die as shown.

Trim a piece of white card stock to support back of card and to include a written message. Ink using Abandoned Coral Distress Ink and Adhere to card base. Adhere decorative topper from Spellbinders Heart and Home Scalloped Pop Up Box Die as shown.

Locate preprinted images of rain boots, umbrella and rainbow within paper collection that are sized to match the coordinating dies within the Singing in the Rain Collection. Die cut using your die cutting machine. Using pop dots, attach both boots together to create a completed pair, cut slits into boots where flower bouquet will be assembled.

Stamp one inking of each of the flowers in the Rain Boots and Blossoms Cling Stamp Set onto white card stock using Memento Danube Blue Ink. Die cut using coordinating dies and color using Stack and Store Daubers using various color combinations of inks listed in supply list. Using your Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, shape each of the florals slightly. Insert into slits in boots, work to arrange your bouquet and once satisfied with the arrangement, use a dries clear glue to adhere into rain boots. Using pop dots, adhere rain boot arrangement to card front as shown.

Next, using left over bits of white card stock, trim narrow pieces to add to umbrella and rainbow die cuts to give them a bit of a lift off of the card base inserts. Adhere to card base inserts once you have determined the height you wish to have them appear.

Trim out spring sentiment from the Flowering Dogwood Paper Collection. Snip apart sentiment into two pieces, snip a banner end onto spring sentiment and then ink all edges of the pieces using Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. Shape sentiment pieces with your finger slightly and adhere to top of umbrella as shown. Trim out Thinking of You sentiment from the Singing in the Rain Collection, snip a banner end into the end of the sentiment and then ink all edges using Memento Danube Blue Ink. Shape slightly with your finger and adhere to rain boot arrangement as shown.

Stamp one inking of the smallest Wildwood Florals onto white card stock using Memento Danube Blue Ink. Color using Abandoned Coral Distress Ink and Colorbox Wisteria Ink. Shape using Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and adhere several blossoms to rain boot bouquet as well as on umbrella as shown.

Lastly, using a dries clear glue and transparent glitter, apply glitter to rain boot bouquet, rain boots, umbrella and all shaped florals. Create flower centers for shaped Wildwood Florals using Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Drops.

Let's Talk Valentine's Day....

Hello! Hello! Hello!
I'm so excited to see you again!

It's another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, and you may have noticed that I haven't posted anything for awhile now! I've been very busy writing all of the new collections coming your way in the next few months!

Can you believe that we are headed into February shortly?
I'm not sure where the time goes!
Well, February means Valentine's Day...and believe it or not I have not had the chance to work with the Heartfelt Love Collection yet, so I gathered it all together on my craft room table and started searching YouTube!

You see, I have a pen pal and wanted to send her something lovely for Valentine's Day!
She just sent me a wonderful flip booklet and I wanted to try to find something a little different instead of sending the same idea back...well, thank you YouTube...I discovered the "Stuffed Envelope"!

I decided that I was going to do a bit of a different twist on it and thought the Flip Fold Card Bases could make the perfect base for this little labour of love!

Before we go any further, allow me to share the finished project, and we'll take it all from there!
Because this creation won't be showcased on the Heartfelt Creation blog (I was too slow to get it finished and submitted in time!  LOL), I won't include the full instructions at the end as I usually do, but will rather walk you through step by step, giving you instructions and links as we go!!

Here's how the whole stuffed envelope came together...


Doesn't that look like so much fun to make, give and to receive!
I sure hope my pen pal will enjoy her special goodies!

Let's take a look at how it all starts out...the card base...transformed...


All of the beautiful patterned paper has been taken from the Heartfelt Love Collection...including the paper I've used to create that gorgeous rosette on the bottom of the card base. 

Believe it or not, this all begins with one of the white fold out card bases...it's the 5"x7" size and is the one that is in the tall standing position.  You can find those card bases here.
I've used the coordinating fold out card border dies to create the pieces that get affixed to the base, as well as the eyelet style accent borders.  You can find all of those dies here and here!

Once I added all of the decorative papers to the base, I added the lacy accents. I die cut them from white card stock and then used a sponge and dries clear glue to glitter them up with a transparent glitter. Once you have that all assembled, you can begin adhering your fold outs to make the pockets.  You just follow the natural fold outs in the cards and glue down the sides and bottoms where you want your pockets created. I first of all used just Scor Tape, but later on when stuffing the envelope I could see that it would not hold together permanently, so went back in with some strong glue as well.  So, my suggestion would be to use both right off the hop while assembling!

I finished off several areas using some heart themed and hello sentiment washi tape to give the creation an extra does of shimmer and color!

Then I set about to creating that large rosette for the front of the envelope.

Here's a closer peek at it...


Now, handmade rosettes are nothing new in the craft world...but can you believe that I had never taken the time to make one myself?  LOL
It's super easy...here's the link on YouTube I used follow along to get the job done!

I thought the doily would be the perfect backing for a Valentine's Day rosette, and I cut the heart shape using silver glitter paper and the Eyelet Hearts Die from the Heartfelt Love Collection!
The chipboard Hello is an embellishment that has been in my stash for quite some time and I thought it would be perfect to send greetings to a new pen pal! 

Next off, we have to fill the envelope, right?
That's the fun part!
I wanted to do a lot of the embellishing myself and dug into my stash to see what I had that I could work with!

First off I decided to make a tag!
Here's how it came out...


I will be the first one to admit that I don't make many tags....I actually find them really hard!
I don't know if it's the small surface area or what?!?!
But, I will say that I do like how this one turned out!

I cut two tag bases using my Tim Holtz tag set.
For the first layer of the tag base, I actually cut two of them so I could layer them together to create a stronger tag! I'm thinking I will write a Bible Verse on the back of the tag for my pen pal so she can use this in her war binder and I wanted it to be able to withstand some wear!
I wanted to be able to layer one on top of the other, so I cut the next size tag in the set to do so.
I cut tails into the second one as you will see above. (Shhhh...they're not quite even! I think my head is on crooked!!! LOL)
I cut a decorative edge piece from red card stock using one of the decorative dies in the Window Box Elements Die from the Winter's Eve Collection and adhered it to the side of the second smaller tag. I then adhered the two tags together as shown!

I then set about to cutting hearts from the same die set used on the rosette. I cut a smaller one in red, a larger in white card stock and then layered with patterned paper and then a mid sized from the silver glitter card stock once again.  I adhered them to the tag as shown!

I stamped the Love sentiment onto white card stock using black VersaFine Ink.  I die cut using the coordinating die and then used a sponge to apply a dries clear glue to each letter.  I dipped each letter into the Crystal Clear glitter to give it a chunky but sparkly look.  I then adhered the word to the card as shown.  

Then I set about to the task of creating the flowers. I stamped the smaller set of flowers from the Wildwood Florals Cling Stamp Set onto white paper using a grey VersaFine Ink.  I then heat embossed them using a white embossing powder and my heat tool. I was hoping that the white embossing powder wouldn't take quite everywhere on the flowers so they had a bit of an aged look and matched the silver on the card...and it worked!

I then used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and shaped each of the flowers, created the double blossoms as shown and inserted a white stamen into each flower. 
You can find the stamen centers here!
I sealed the stamens into the flower centers from the back using hot glue and then adhered them to the tag using hot glue as well.  

For the finishing touches I added a sentiment from the Heartfelt Paper Collection, giving it banner ends on both sides and inking it with a light pink ink around all the edges.  A hint of washi tape and some silver pearls and the whole tag was complete!

Lastly, came the fun of creating some goodies to go into the pockets!

Here's what I came up with...


I made a smaller rosette and backed it by pleating up some ribbon in a circle!
So simple, but so pretty...this picture really doesn't do it justice!
I then used the Eyelet Hearts Die once again to layer the heart center.  I've used pop dots to attach the glittered heart to the gold scalloped edge heart. A simple wooden skewer is hot glued to the back of the rosette so it can be used in an arrangement.

I then rummaged a little further in my stash and found a brand new package of small blank chalkboard signs. The first thing I thought of were the sentiment stamps in the Heartfelt Love Collection...and the Happy Valentine's Day stamp fit perfectly!
I stamped the image onto the sign with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed it using white embossing powder and my heat tool!

I headed back into my stash one more time and found some tiny little treat bags that fit some pretty paper clips I had purchased online for a great deal several years ago.  I trimmed down one of the panels from the Heartfelt Love Paper Collection and adhered it to the front of the treat bag. I added some transparent glitter using a dries clear glue and voila...a little dressed up Valentine's treat bag!

I'll be taking a trip to the local dollar store to find a few more goodies to add to the envelope...I have some beautiful lace butterflies that I've already added into the package, as well as a lovely glittery pen, and am hoping to find some charming Valentine stickers and perhaps some cinnamon hearts or chocolate!

To finish off the package I'll create an envelope to adhere to the back of this stuffed envelope, and if time allows I'll create a card...or if not I'll just place my pen pal letter into the envelope on it's own!
I hope my new pen pal will love her stuffed envelope and all of the goodies!

And, I hope you've enjoyed today's share!
I wanted to show you that sometimes you have great foundations within your stash that you already own that you can alter with some gorgeous papers or even create your own embellishments for someone special to use!

I realize that since I don't have the full instructions for everything you may have a few questions should you try to replicate this project...please feel free to email me!  My email address is listed on the side of my blog!

Be sure to hop on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog as well to see what the rest of the design team have created for your viewing pleasure this week!

Until next time...

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