Blog Hops & Challenges

Make it Monday with DIY Foil Cardstock

For my submission to Papertrey Ink's Make-it-Monday challenge this week, I created an "assembly line" card using DIY foil cardstock I made and colored using alcohol ink. Although it's an easily duplicatable card and I made several of them, I couldn't resist trying different color and sentiment combinations. Papertrey's Wonderful Words Holiday die set was perfect for this task!



Once I got started, I couldn't resist switching from foiled cardstock and metallic embossing powder to glittered adhesive paper and glitter embossing powder. Any excuse to use glitter works for me - although my husband remarked that I looked like a disco ball when I was done and my daughter accused me of getting glitter on her dog. All's fair in love and paper crafting!




This was a really fun design to work with and can be done in literally any color combination. I'd been dying to use the dangling stars set and was super pleased with the way the cards turned out. They were deceptively quick and easy to make, but yet they look quite detailed and striking. I think I've finally found my Christmas card for the year... time to start crafting!


Much love & happy crafting!


November Challenge, Crafty Comments Contest & Blog Giveaway!

November Blog Giveaway

I am so humbled and grateful for all of my new Crafty Friends here at Heartstrings and I want to give something back to all of you to let you know how truly blessed I am to have found this outlet for my creativity. In the Spirit of Christmas and giving, I will be giving a brand spanking new Tinsel & Tags Make it Market prize package to one randomly chosen subscriber to my YouTube Channel on the 30th of November. If you've already subscribed then you're already entered in the giveaway! This prize includes the main kit, the accessories kit (yes... complete with the little house die!), and even the extra "cabin" stamp set for the T&T house. This is Besty Veldman's most famous and sought after Holiday kit and it's valued at... well, just like my followers: it's priceless! 



T&T Main Kit

T&T Accessory Kit

November Crafty Comments Contest

Comment anywhere on my blog during the month of November to win the sold out October 2016 Monthly Hero card kit from Hero Arts! Just in time for Christmas. :) One winner will be chosen at random on November 30th and announced here on this page. Don't miss out! Leave as many comments as you'd like.


November Heartstrings Ink Blog Project Challenge

Create a project using inspiration from any of my blog posts or tutorial videos and post it using the link below. While many of my contests are random, I believe in rewarding hard work and creativity... so be sure to vote for your favorite project. The project with the most votes on November 30th will win a $50 gift certificate to the craft supply company of their choice. 

Much love & happy crafting!

October 2016 PTI Blog Hop


It's been awhile since I made a "messy" project since most of my recent creations have been CAS (clean and simple.) For the Papertrey Ink October 2016 Blog Hop I decided to get my grunge on and I love the result! I thought the sequins made a nice contrast to the more rustic design. It's my first time using sequins, so I was a bit hesitant but decided to be brave! It was also my fist time using my PTI pumpkin shape die and the segment die that allows you to create a gorgeous layered look. 


This month's inspiration photo was rich with fall imagery: gourd pumpkins, music on parchment, twigs with berries and fall leaves in front of a weathered wood background. 


I love to do a little stamping around my sentiments so I threw a few of the leaves from the Turning a New Leaf set on the inside of the card for effect. I'm rather pleased at how well this card matches my vision and I believe I'll be making some more of these beauties! 



Here's the video I made showing you how to achieve the shading and blending on the pumpkin:



Much love & happy crafting,