Heart Sentiments

Hello, and welcome to Heart Sentiments.

Throughout the year, or your life, there are times when sending a card to mark an event or share your feelings are so appropriate. Here at Heart Sentiments I understand that it’s all about what, and how you want to, say something. And I hope that the cards, projects and ideas you find on my site will help to reflect your style, values and personality in the cards you create.

If you’re not the creative type, feel free to contact me and share your vision, so that I might create it for you.

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2020 Christmas Sampler

2020 Christmas Sampler

For the first time this year, I held workshops where we made Samplers. The 2020 Christmas Sampler this week was the most difficult one I did this year. Here’s the picture of the Christmas Sampler, using many of the Christmas stamp sets in this year’s catalogs.

Picture of 2020 Christmas Sampler

The various panels used embossing folders, gold heat embossing, dies, designer series paper, markers, water color pencils, and even a shaker snow globe. I planned two hours for the class, but the class did take longer than expected. It’s hard to get a handle on how long it will take to complete a sampler when you’re designing piecemeal, without sitting down and making another one after everything has been cut and prepared. And as most of us know, we never seem to have enough time to do such things. Although I must confess that finding organizing tips for a workshop such as this from my upline did a lot to help keep things running smoothly.

There were two gals in the workshop who preferred to make tags instead of a framed piece. This required me to alter half of the panels to make them more like tags than card fronts. Here are some of those that they made. Since these were just individual tags, it allowed me to go beyond the red, gold, and green color scheme we stuck to for the sampler. So while this gave me a little more freedom, it also created more work for me for the workshop. I particularly liked the tag with the jar full of snowflakes.

Here are the other samplers I designed for workshops this fall.

Faith Sampler
Craft Sampler
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Single Layer Cards

Single Layer Cards

Single layer cards with a little extra technique can give a simple card that extra ‘wow’, prompting people to ask ‘how did you do that?’. I usually use single layer cards at the class I teach at the North Brevard Senior Center. The classes are only an hour long and may include ladies not very familiar to stamping; so these easy-to-make- cards fit into the schedule nicely.

Here are two cards that anyone could make in just a little over half an hour, but look like you spent more time on them.

Timeless Tropical beach sceneThis first card uses the Timeless Tropical stamp set, with just a little bit of sponging and masking. A piece of scrap paper was placed across the panel to create a horizon by sponging ink below it. To create the sun, a small circle was die cut into a piece of clear acetate and So Saffron ink was sponged inside it. The scrap paper was then flipped across the card to cover the area above the horizon and a little more So Saffron was sponged in the water area to highlight it below the sun. The tree was stamped with Garden Green and Early Espresso, along with some “thumping” of Old Olive on the fronds. A little Sahara Sand ink was swiped across the base of the trees with some scribbled lines of Old Olive to look like grass. The sentiment was stamped in Pacific Point to match the water sponging. The panel was then attached to a coordinating card base.

Positive Thoughts cardThe second card uses the Positive Thoughts stamp set. The leaf image was stamped three times without re-inking. A piece of tissue paper, larger than the card panel was completely crumpled up and opened back out before placing over the entire panel which was covered with Kraft stick glue. Pressing well to adhere the tissue to the glue, the excess tissue was wrapped around the back of the panel and glued in place before attaching the panel to the Garden Green card base. The sentiment was stamped over the tissue covered panel, and a twine bow was added with a glue dot.

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It’s Forever Greenery Suite

It’s Forever Greenery Suite

Combo of Forever Greenery cardsHere’s an sneak peak at some cards made with the Forever Greenery Suite from Stampin’Up!’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. Several years ago I put a suggestion into the Sandbox at Stampin’Up! suggesting that they create a stamp set with different types of foliage. Eh voila, it appeared in this year’s catalog. In addition to the Forever Fern stamp and die bundle of ferns and different greenery, the suite includes Designer Series Paper, embossing folders, ribbon and other embellishments.

To be completely honest, I didn’t order the DSP  because I found that the colors in some of the papers clashed too much for my taste. As a retired florist, color was a very important design principle in creating floral arrangements. This included the hue of the foliage, to make sure it complimented and didn’t clash with the colors of the flowers. That being said, I can say that it’s very easy to create your own patterned paper with the various size stamps in this set along with the number of pretty inks, to create one that you will find pleasing. One such card is shown here.

Forever Fern pastel card

The colors used in these samples are Blushing Bride, Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Shaded Spruce, and Rich Razzleberry. Each of the cards also used several pieces from the Gold Specialty Laser-cut paper. The various elements and panels in this paper come punch-out ready; no need to use your trimmer to cut these up like previously sold laser cut papers.

 

I was able to pull apart all the die cuts and panels in minutes and store them in a stamp case for easy retrieval when ready to use them.

 

Razzleberry greenery cardYou’ll also notice some embossed vellum using one of the embossing folders, and some scraps of rice paper. I could also have used some of the tissue paper that comes packaged with the laser-cut papers. And I may actually use this in an upcoming class or workshop, as I think it’s the perfect texture to use with this stamp set.

Petal Pink Fern card

One of the first things I did after receiving this bundle was to stamp and die cut all of the greenery images with different colors of ink and card stock. This not only helped to get my mojo going, but also made it very easy to put different images and colors together to design these cards.

Along with all of my floral stamp sets, I know this one is a keeper. If you’re anything like me, you are going to love just how versatile this bundle is.

You can find all of these products at my online store through Stampin’Up!

 

Forever Fern card with olive embossed panel

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Lovely Lily Pad Cards

Lovely Lily Pad Cards

It’s too bad that this cute Sale-a-bration stamp set, Lovely Lily Pad, isn’t carrying over to the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. I know that’s the point of these sale items – for a limited time only. But the technique I’m going to share can be applied using any stamp set. The technique, that others are calling a “Faux Pearl technique”, also worked really well with another retired item, the Share What You Love specialty designer series paper from the previous year because many of those papers have this shimmer frost look.

First I took the Frost White Shimmer paint and some scrunched-up plastic wrap and, using just a large drop on my silicone mat, I dabbed it all over a sheet of whisper white. (well, actually, a couple of sheets of whisper white, because I made a lot of cards.) But one drop is pretty much all you need to cover a single sheet. It dries pretty quickly if you don’t glob it on.Shimmer frost and sponge white card stock

Then, I sponged on patches of different ink colors for the cards I planned to make. Once that is all dry, I stamped my images with Black craft ink, instead of my regular Memento black ink. Be a bit careful when stamping because the paint you applied makes the card stock more slick. So it’s almost like stamping on vellum or acetate. (Guess I didn’t get a photo of the stamped Lovely Lily Pad images). Since I don’t have the dies for these images, some were cut with my Brothers Scan ‘n Cut and others were fussy cut.

Lovely Lily Pad cards

These are some of the cards I made. Others are already in the mail. Hopefully, you can see the shimmer in at least some of the cards.

I went back after shooting the lily cards and added some translucent jewels drops on the lily pads to look like water droplets. You can see that I also used the shimmer paint on the Balmy Blue card stock for this card.

 

Lovely Lily Pad card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On these last cards, I reached back into my collection of SU sets to find images that matched the DSP, and found them in What I Love stamp set and Garden in Bloom stamp set, along with Love What You Do stamp set.

Share What You Love cards

Share What Your Love cards with shimmer frost die cuts

 

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Stamping and Coloring on Acetate

If you’ve never done any stamping and coloring on acetate, you should definitely try it. While I’m sheltering in place this month, I’ve been watching old videos from some of my favorite card makers and finding techniques that are new to me. This card is CASEd from a video that Jennifer McGuire posted over two years ago called 4 Ways: Clear Card Elements.

Love What You Do Acetate

After stamping, coloring and attaching the acetate to the back of the card front frame, I liked that she popped it up from the card base with a card backing. This way you don’t see the card base through it, especially since my card base is red. For my card, I wanted to add a little interest on the backing for the acetate panel. While testing the idea out on copy paper, it came out perfect, so I decided just to use the paper I’d stamped instead of trying to get it perfect again on card stock. Also, the stamping is not perfect either, so I’ll chalk this card up to it being my prototype.  I even like how the crackle stamped background shows through the colored flower petals.  The coloring was done with alcohol makers.  You can’t blend on acetate the way you can on card stock. But if you give it a couple of minutes to dry, you can go back and add more coloring.  As Jennifer explained in her video, if you pounce your marker onto the acetate, it works pretty well. I wish I would have used thicker dimensions to pop up the front frame/acetate as there is not enough space between the acetate and backing for my liking. It took me a while to complete this card, so I decided not to tackle a more perfect version right away. And I have this prototype to copy from when I’m ready.

A tip for success when stamping on acetate is to use a stamp positioning tool, like the Stamparatus. Acetate is such a slick surface to stamp on, that once the ink hits it, your stamp will slide if both the acetate and stamp are not set in place. I hope you’ll give stamping and coloring on acetate a try.

The stamp sets used here are the Love What You Do set and Amazing You bundle with the Celebrate die, which I die-cut twice and stacked them, red on orange.

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How I spend my time sheltering in place

How best to spend my time sheltering in place, that is the question. Being retired, I already spend a lot of time at home. But sheltering in place added a new feature to my days, in that I couldn’t just jump up and run out to the store to pick up an item or so. I now had to plan my outdoor trips more carefully. It also meant that I had lots of extra time to devote to other things. One thought that crossed my mind, was how could I use my time sheltering in place to do something helpful during this horrible situation we find ourselves in with this pandemic.

Then this thought occurred to me. A member of our church is currently residing in a local nursing home, who no one can visit since all of these residents are in lock-down. So the only thing I can do is send her a card to let her know that we are thinking about her. It only followed that I could send a card to each of the other residents as well, since I spend most of my days now making cards. Addington Place was happy to hear about my offer to drop off cards for the residents, and today I delivered 65 cards for all the residents as well as one for the staff. I hope that it makes them feel as good as it made me feel to do it.

These are some of the cards I particularly liked.Nursing home cards

For the most part they were one of a kind “thinking of you” cards, that allowed me to use up current and retired designer series paper and pre-cut card bases, along with ribbon and other embellishments. Depending on how long this lock-down goes on, I may start working on another set of cards for them soon.

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February 2020 cards

As February 2020 ends today, I thought it was time to finally get pictures of the February 2020 cards from this month’s workshop and class. So I am putting them into a blog here to share with you.

The cards we made at the Titusville Senior Center were a Valentine card (since it was still 4 days out) and a Daisy Gingham Birthday card. The Daisy card uses some retired Gingham Gala paper and Lemon Lime cardstock, while the Valentine card uses paper from the new From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper. Adding this paper to the flap of the envelope really dresses up the package. Using the Heart Punch Pack, that has both a plain and scallop punch, made this an easy and fun card to make.

 

Birthday Daisy card using Gingham Gala paper

Valentine card using From My Heart designer series paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the workshop, we made cards that use products from both the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and the 2020 Mini Catalog. These products can be found through my online store at the link below.


Get well card using Pressed Petals DSPGet well card using Special Someone stamp set

The Washi tape that is part of this Suite of products is actual washi tape petals.  These are put together to create these beautiful pressed petal-like flowers. The vibrancy of this Pressed Petals designer series paper is unmatched. Many of the designer papers appear on a linen-like background making them look so realistic.

 

This card was fun to make from the Special Someone stamp set, especially with the sentiments. On the outside, “this balloon is special”, and on the inside, “it’s filled with heal-ium”. I used a branch die from the Colorful Seasons dies to catch the heart balloon. Those attending used the Stamparatus to successfully stamp the two step critters. So cute!

I hope you enjoyed seeing our February 2020 workshop cards and that you consider joining us in a future workshop. The products used here can be found at my online store using this link.

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2019 Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack

2019 Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack
Christmas card designs from 2019 Stamp a Stack workshop
Stamp-a-Stack Christmas cards

This year I planned my 2019 Christmas Card  Stamp-a-Stack in October, because November felt too late last year. Participants made twelve A2 cards, two each of six designs. Most designs were CASEd from cards I found on Pinterest, that were then tweaked to make them my own. While coming up with six unique designs can be challenging, the more challenging element is creating a mix of styles that provide a good variety in the finished cards. That is to say, a mix of Christmas cards that includes traditional, whimsy, glimmer, magical, peaceful, and the family aspects of the Christmas season. Let me know how I did in the comments below, and I hope you enjoy the cards we made.

Woodland Christmas card

This first card uses the Woodlands embossing folder that was inked with Pool Party ink and stamped in Old Olive with the Lovely as a Tree stamp.

 

Feels Like Frost Christmas Card

The next card was made using the Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, new in the 2019 Holiday Catalog. The silver foiling on this paper is beautiful and makes really nice glimmery, foil cards.

 

 

Brightly Gleaming Ornament Card

This copper foil accent card uses the Brightly Gleaming bundle, stamp set, punches and more Specialty Designer Series Paper to create this pretty Ornament Card. All of these items can be found in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.

 

Dashing Reindeer cardThis Dashing Deer card uses a stamp set and die bundle that can be found in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog. A circle die was cut out of the embossed panel and a silver foil dashing reindeer was die cut and added as the focus of this card.

 

Swirly bird wreath Christmas cardMost importantly, a “from our house to yours” card is an important one in any Christmas card mix, and this is the card I designed. It uses retired Stampin’Up! products but I think they never go out of style. The wreath was made using the Swirly Scribbles die and adding punches from the Sprig punch and retired bird punch. The front and inside sentiments are from a many years retired sets The only current products in this card are the card stock, inks, sprig punch and Merry Christmas ribbon.


Let it Snow card

This final card is not a card I would typically make or purchase, but it adds a lot to the variety and provides a whimsical option to the mix. I actually won this stamp set and punch bundle, Snowman Season bundle, at a September Stampin Bingo and decided I had to use it. So glad to have it.

So there you have my 2019 Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I truly appreciate your comments.

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Mosaic Mood

Mosaic Mood

I was asked to create a board of card samples using the Memorable Mosaic stamp set and coordinating Specialty Designer Series Paper for my upline’s Creative Retreat in June. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to photographing them, here is the board and some of the samples. Some were actually cased from samples I found on Pinterest and others are my designs.

Mosaic Mood Display Board
Mosaic Mood Card with rosess
Flourish Mosaic Mood card

First let me say that seeing the paper in the catalog does not do it justice. The paper is beautiful with glossy, embossing on one side of all the papers. All of the samples you see on this post were made using one half of the pack of paper. I admit that I was meticulous in my cutting it up, always choosing to get the most out of the specific designs.

So, that includes a scrapbook page, 10 cards, two 2″ samples of the papers, 12 note cards and a note card box. The cutie in the scrapbook page is my first grandson who turned 14 today. Where did the time go?

Mosaic Mood Scrapbook Page

Finally, these are the note card samples and box, which includes my first ever shaker card. I never made one because I wasn’t sure I even liked them, but after making one, I found them really fun to make.

Mosaic Mood Notecards and box
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Tea Together

Here is a card we made at our June workshop. Not sure what to call it, maybe a type of easel card. The reason I’m posting is because I love how Stampin’Up! cut out the centers of the teapot and teacup stamps, allowing you to insert the floral images inside the space, so that they could be stamped all at once. I put the large floral inside the teapot stamp, and the rosebud stamp inside the teacup stamp. You’ll notice when you look closely at the marker coloring that it’s not perfect, and I did that purposely, so that it might appear like actual porcelain where the color modulates somewhat. Hopefully, the gold embossing shows up in the image, as I thought this was a perfect use for gold heat embossing.

Tea Together Easel Card

The front of the card bears an embossed floral panel, flanked by floral washi tape, and the “Lovely Day” strip is washi tape on a vanilla strip of card stock popped up at the bottom of the inside of the card, so the front of the card can stand up. I hope you like it.

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