Heartfelt Creations Layout

Good morning crafters and Happy Sunday.  I hope that everyone is having a good weekend and are staying WARM!!! Nova Scotia’s weather has turned frigid but lets hope it doesn’t last long.

I wanted to pop on here and post a layout that I created with the Classic Sunflower Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  For obvious reasons, this is my favorite line that they currently sell.  Sunflowers are bright and beautiful and their paper pad that coordinates is just fabulous!

Here is a peek at what I created:

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I created this layout and turned it into a canvas for Jim’s Mother for Mother’s Day.  I used my 12×12 MISTI to stamp in the corners of the layout.  I colored the flowers with my Distress Inks and a blender pen.  I added some spray inks to the background paper as well.  I added a sunflower from the line that I stamped, heat embossed with gold embossing powder ( I love them in gold once I ink and shape them).  I shaped the flower and assembled it how I learned from a workshop with Karan Gerber.  I added some gold embossing paste to the paper with some stencils from my stash.  I added some trim and sequins to the project to finish it off.  I added an picture of Jim and his sister that I double matted and called this project complete.  I think Jim’s Mother will love this project.  I makes me smile to think of Jim as a little boy.

Thanks for peeking in!!!!

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Let’s End MS!!

Good afternoon crafters and Happy Monday.  I wanted to pop on here and blog about our fundraiser that we hosted last weekend with my crafty group of friends.  This event has grown over the past three years from a tiny crop in the basement of a legion to an 81 person crop with a wait list.

Since my diagnosis of MS in 2007, my husband and I have been through the wringer so to speak ( along with my friends ).  This event began as Jim’s way of ‘DOING SOMETHING’ to make my illness better.  I truly believe that it is as hard as a care giver as it is for the person who is sick.  Most days they feel powerless.  Jim’s thought was if we did this, he was actively doing something to battle this disease.  The last two years I have had two fabulous ladies helping me to get and stay organized along with a HUGE group of volunteers(some not even crafters, Thank you Lisa, Ann,Judy, and Sam) that help to implement the vision of the event.

The past weekend we had our third crop and it was a FANTASTIC success.  Jim hoped for our total to surpass 10 000$ for the three years combined, which means a 5000$ total for Saturday and we did it!!!!!

The list of thank yous is so long, I don’t even know where to start.  From all the women who registered and paid to attend the event, the women who helped us with donations of snacks, drinks, prizes,and food.  Our day included lunch so preparing a meal for 81+++people is very daunting so the people who selflessly gave their time to help out with the meal/the clean up, and that brought food for the meal.  The women who brought family members to help set up and break down of the crop space itself was a god send!!!

I truly could go on for pages and pages about all the love and support we experienced through out the past year but I won’t.  The statement that still rings through my head and I have said several times, ‘It takes a village’ is so true.  We couldn’t do it ourselves and as a group we were a smashing success.

So I will end this blog post by saying, Thank you………

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Thanks for peeking in!!!

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It’s Friday!!!

Morning crafters and Happy Friday.  This day is a little more special then any normal Friday, today is prep day for our MS Fundraiser and I am super excited (if butterflies in there making me nausea makes it excitement..lol).

Before I get my day on the go I wanted to pop on here and post a group of projects that I created of my niece and her kids.  The kids are growing so fast, I wanted to scrapbook these for the last few years.  The week past, I finally got down to business!

Here is a peek at what I created:

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I have been collecting ‘denim’ and other textures for the last year in my travels because I knew I wanted these pictures to have a country denim feel.  I truly love these layouts, perhaps they need to be canvases…lol….

Well I am off to prep for tomorrow. Wish us luck and thanks for peeking in.

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Card Share

Good morning crafters and happy Sunday.  Before I start my day I thought that I would post a few cards that I created.  I created these cards with various collections from Heartfelt Creations.

 Here is a peek at what I created:

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I truly love their paper pads, the possibilities for card, layout, and altered objects are endless.  The first card shown I used a card die from Stephanie Bernard and The Stamps of Life.  It is a simple cut that makes a fun card in the end, especially if you like to layer up your creations.

I truly hope you have sun wonderful Sunday plans, here in Nova Scotia, tomorrow is our Heritage Day holiday so for those that are lucky to have Monday off, ENJOY!!!!

Thanks for peeking in!!!

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Up cycled Project !!!

Good evening crafters and happy hump day.  Also a shout out to my sister in law, Cindy as it is her birthday today.  I just wanted to pop on here and post a few cards that I created this am when I should have been doing house work and laundry…lol.  I used recycled material for these cards today.  The first part of January, Jim came home from work with a calendar that one of his co workers gave him (it was last years).  She often passes them on to him as he paints and he could use the images on the calendar as inspiration.

Well, I LOVED it!!! It was very colorful and vibrant, it reminded me of Mixed Media backgrounds.  I truly loved it.  So, I cut it up!!! and cut down the pages to a more manageable size for making cards.  I have created several different cards with the paper over the past several weeks but I thought that I would share a few that I created this am.

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I love to color so at any given moment I have a photo box full of colored images so I just need to create the card fronts to complete them.  I truly enjoyed putting these images to good use, I can’t even remember how long ago that colored them.  The paper was easy to use, given the images were so random (rulers and trees on the same image) and the colors so wonderful to play with.  I pulled out my Crazy Bird images that I water colored and they went perfect with this random paper.  It was fun to use things up that were in my stash (Images, paper, die cuts and embellies).

Well, I am off to bed.

Thanks for peeking in!!!!

~Melanie`

~Melanie~

Be Careful Out There

Morning crafters and Happy Monday, I think.  We are in the middle of the storm of the season.  Last night they were predicting it to be similar to White Juan in 2004, God help us.  For now, I am crafting and watching Netflix, pretending it isn’t storming like crazy outside.

 I did want to pop on here and post a few cards that I have created.  I truly love Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies but I really love their paper.  I love all the little tags and sentiments and boarders that are included to help complete any project you are creating.

Here are some cards that I have created:

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I am in LOVE with their flower and dies for sure, I enjoy making them, it is relaxing.

Well I think I will get back at it, thanks for peeking in and if you are in NS, be safe.

 

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~Melanie~

 

 

Survived the Storm

Good morning peeps and TGIF.  I hope that everyone in NS survived our storm last night.  It was a noisy one for sure.  It kept me up for hours, the high winds and ice pellets.  I just wanted to pop on here and post a few cards that I have created.

 I enjoy the process of creating with Heartfelt Creations.  I love their paper pads with all the pieces that can be fussy cut for your projects and if anyone knows me they know how much I LOVE to fussy cut.   I created a few cards with the Peacock Paisley Paper Collection in my stash.  Here is a peek at some of my cards:

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  I water colored the peacocks with my Prima water colors.  I am in love with their watercolors, they are so vibrant. Heartfelt Creations creates such fabulous paper collections with their rich colors and fabulous stamps.  I enjoy creating with them both.

Well, I am off to start my day, its a cold and icy one out there today, be careful.

 

Thanks for peeking in,

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Keeping Busy

Good evening folks, I hope that Monday was kind to you all.  I am a little  rusty at setting a time to write a blog post as I am out of practice but I will get my rhythm back.

I wanted to quickly post another selection of cards that I have created over the last several months.  I love playing with paper, stamps, and ink.  Whether it is for Scrapbooking or cards, it doesn’t really matter to me.  I truly love this craft.  I love learning new techniques, playing with new tools and I love NEW PAPER…lol. It never fails to make me smile.

So, without any other prompting, here are a few more projects that I have created:

 

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I am heading to Yarmouth tomorrow to get ready to list my Dad’s home.  It will be hard to do, to see my childhood home up for sale but its a lovely home and it deserves a new family to love it and take care of it.

I’m off to pack and watch some mindless tv.

Thanks for peeking in!!!

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It’s Been a While

Well good evening folks and happy Super Bowl Sunday, or for most of my friends, an evening of uninterrupted crafting (Thanks for this)!!!  Now that it has been a while, since August if I am right in saying that.  Last year was a tough one, hard to be upbeat and positive all the time.  My Dad was diagnosed with Cancer at the end of January and we lost him May 1st.  It turned my world upside down, losing him and coming to grips with what that means to me and to our family.  He was my rock and I really didn’t know how to set my world back on its axis.  Through all of this, I worried (and knew) that this would affect my MS and I was correct.  So once things at home settled down a bit, my MS went wonky.  So it meant bed rest and two rounds of steroids to settle a flare up and a quick round of Chemo to round out the year, BUT, I am here and determined to get myself back on track.

The entire year, through it all, my creative outlet and my crafty friends have been my saving Grace.  I really don’t know how I would have survived all that we waded through this year if it hadn’t been for that and them.  I truly feel it is such a therapy for me, lets me lose myself and my worries all at the same time I am creating some fun cards and layouts (and even some altered items too)!!!! I created scrapbooks for family members and even began planning a fundraiser to raise money for MS research!!! I also returned to Weight Watchers, something I did neglect last year but never again.

I don’t want this post to be about loss and sadness but moving forward and creating or recreating my life with health, happiness and creativity.  The biggest lesson of the past few years is that you can’t chase your happiness, you need to find it inside of you, your family, your friends.  It is true and so important to embrace that.  my motto this year is that, ‘I’ve got this’ and I really feel I do….I think….lol.

So….to wrap this long blog post, I want to leave you with a few projects that I have worked on the past several months:

 

I hope that everyone had a great weekend.

Thanks for peeking in!!!!

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