Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hop, Hop, Hop...

Surprise!  Yes, I'm alive...and well.  I can't believe it's been so long posting to my blog.  I've been busy with other things, I guess.  I've enjoyed a new venture into cookie decorating and have also jumped back into quilting.  As many of my friends know, I can't seem to do all things at once- and tend to focus completely on one "project" or adventure at a time.  Anyway, I decided to head into my stamping room to give it some much needed love- and start working on some cards for friends, family and...my students.  Then, it came to me!  The VISION...

Thanks for stopping by!  Please join me and my fellow Heartfelt Creations DT Alumni for this monthly hop.  We hope you enjoy our creations and find they inspire you to get stamping and creating! Please make sure to make a comment on each blog post so you can qualify for the gift certificate drawing.  The winner will be announced on Saturday-after the hop closes on Friday, August 29, midnight EST.  Good Luck!

Now on to my project!

I decided to combine my love of stamping and my love of fiber arts in creating my project this month.  It's been a time consuming project as it is being freehand quilted and hand beaded.  It's not completely done either because I can't seem to make up my mind how I want to finish it.  I'm thinking either a framed piece OR a little pillow...We'll see.  So today, I'm going to show you my process of working on this piece.  It was totally unplanned and just came from a vision...That's how I prefer to work.

For the first step, I selected some white cotton fabric (prewashed) and cut it approximately 12x12. I then pulled out my most favorite posies stamps.  LOVE THEM!  I inked up the stamps using India Ink and began to color the images with Memento inks and a wet paint brush.
Spraying some Glimmer Mist on the fabric helped to create a more vintage look as well as added some shine.  Drying only took a minute or two in front of the fan.

After painting the flowers, I added a bit of blue to create some shading as well as give the fabric more depth and texture.

After that, I added some Stickles because I LOVE sparkle.  Quite interestingly enough, the Stickles added two effects, sparkle, and in some areas- it acted as a bleach and lifted the Glimmer Mist color to create a marble-like effect.
Next it was on to the first stage of embellishing...adding seed beads and sequins.  A LOT of them. Yes, a tedious and time consuming process, but well worth it in the end.
Next, I was on to hand stitching designs with some colored thread and DMC floss.  I also added seed beads and sequins here and there.  After that, I added some batting to the back of the fabric, sewed one edge of the block to the batting (to decrease the likelihood of puckering fabric when stitching) and began the long process of hand quilting the square with some iridescent/silvery variegated thread.
Lotsa beads, lotsa stitches...My eyes are crossed and my fingers ar feeling stiff!  HA HA
I decided that I also needed to stitch the sentiment since I already had stitched the flowers so I used the same black thread.
Swirls and loops help keep this piece organic and freeform...so there was no need to worry about stitching crooked lines!  Love that!
So there you have it!  The process thus far.  I believe it'll take at least another day to complete the quilting and then I hope to have decided how to finish it off.  Please stop back in a few days to see the finished piece!

HC items Used:  
HCPC 3303 Posy Patch Flowers
HCD 701 Posy Patch Dies
HCPC 3377 Sympathy Sentiment PreCut Set 

Other items used:
White cotton fabric
Memento Ink:  Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Ladybug Red, Grape Jelly, Rhubarb Stalk
India Ink: Black (Stewart Superior)
Dreamsicle Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
Black, Orange thread
Metallic iridescent variegated thread
DMC floss (Pink, blue)

Embellished with:
Crystal Stickles
Iridescent sequins
Iridescent and black seed beads

Here's the blog order:  

I will be back around noon on Sat. August 30th to announce the winner of this hop.  The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations -Good luck to all!!! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Heartfelt Creations August 2013 Alumni Hop

Hello stamping friends!

Today I'm joining my fellow Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team members for our monthly hop of inspiration.  It's always such a fun time just hopping through all their blogs and oohing and aaahing over new and creative ways stamps and products are used.  I get so many ideas as I'm hopping along, and I hope you do too.

You may have arrived here from Cibele Glaser's blog post or you may have started somewhere else. Either way, just hop along to each blog and post a little comment to let us know you were here.   If you do, you'll be in the drawing to win a $25.00 gift certificate from the Heartfelt Creations store.  You can choose to use it to buy their amazing stamps, cutting dies, delish papers, sparkly embellishments, glues, glitters, tools or whatever your heart desires.  Comments will be accepted until Friday, August. 30, so you have plenty of time to visit each blog.

Now on to the show...
This week marks the first week back to school for me.  As a teacher, I've got meetings and the dreaded unpacking to do.  When the classroom is all fresh and ready for new learners, I place "treats" on their desks to welcome them to third grade.  This year, I wanted to create a simple card that could be mass produced in only one evening.  I also wanted a little treat I could give my teaching teammates.   I used my school colors and some hand written text to make it more personalized.
Do you notice the image used in this project?  It's the book in Book Frame 2 Precut Set!  It's the perfect little book to background stamp on a school-related project!!!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project.  Please head on over to Sarah's blog to continue the hop.  Remember, in order to be placed in the drawing for a $25 gift card to the Heartfelt Creations store, please comment on each blog.

Here's this month's blog hop order:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

heartfelt creations alumni hop...UPDATE! WINNER WINNER

Hello stampers!
Today I'm joining fellow Heartfelt Creations Design Team Alum in the monthly hop, hop, hop of inspiration and fun. I was disappointed that I wasn't able to visit the booth (or the show for that matter) at CHA in Vegas this past week, so I locked myself in my stamping room and got busy pretending I was there.

For today's creation, I dreamed of cooler weather and adding to my Christmas Cards basket...Yes, like many other stampers, I try to be a bit prepared and make cards for Christmas throughout the year. I guess, Christmas is in your heart all year, so I'm thinking it's appropriate to make them any time I want.
This card was created by first stamping the image onto white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Next, I created a mask using a cut out of the skyline image. Then I used Memento Bahama Blue, Danube Blue and a bit of Tuxedo black to create the sky. After that, I added additional color to the scene using a variety of Copic Markers. Finally, I applied a bit of white pen to the star and some of the images to give it the added reflection. Adding the shiny bling dot was an obvious choice on the North Star. The image was cut out using Spellbinders Ovals die and was distressed using Ranger Vintage Photo ink before being popped up using pop-dots.

The card base was originally stamped and clear embossed with the sentiment repeatedly along 3/4 of the bottom but I didn't care for that combination so I searched for the perfect patterned paper that would compliment the image. I think the crown paper from MME Lost and Found Two (Breeze) was just the perfect match, don't you think??? I attached this paper onto the kraft card base (A2) and corner rounded the bottom edges. Distressing again with vintage photo ink blended the papers together. Finally, I tied some brown ribbon around the card and adhered the beautiful image.
Thanks for stopping by my little stampie place. If you're interested in winning a $25.00 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations Store, make sure to comment on each Alum's post. Emma Lou and the fam at Heartfelt Creations will be selecting a winner from all comments on all blogs so you'll have until Friday Aug. 2 at MIDNIGHT to comment! I'll come back on Saturday to announce the winner!!! Now, head on over to Lisa's blog for some more inspiration!

Blog Hop Roll:

Kerry Urbatch: That's ME!
Lisa Allen

Thanks for stopping by! See you inkin' around.

Products used to create this card:

Kraft card base
White cardstock for image
Memento Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue
Ranger Distress ink Vintage Photo
Reminisce white pen
Copic Markers: C3, C5; BV31, 23, 17; B45, 63, 66; FB2; E43, 51, 33; BG93; G82; W1; YR00
HCPC 3430 Shepherd Scene Precut Set
Spellbinders Classic Ovals


Here are her winning comments:

Lisa's Blog:
From Caroline's Blog:
From Vicki's Blog:
From Alissa's Blog:
From My Blog:
From Nataliya's Blog:
From Mary's Blog:

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!!! To all those who joined the hop, we appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave comments!!! Please come back again next month and YOU just might win the prize!!!