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Thursday, January 29

A Heartfelt Creations mini canvas.

So, some of you know that while I was at CHA recently, I participating in a mixed media canvas class. Well I went against my creative instincts in an effort to be a good co-operative student, and decided not to change something that I really knew would not work. As expected, the outcome was hideous,...so much so, that I did not bring it home with me.  Here it is. Yuck right. Now let me be clear, it is not the fault of the teacher or company who ran the class, it's because I didn't change out that awful black tissue paper.

I did make a promise though to try again...and I have. Well sort of. The scale is a little different, but I trusted my instincts this time, and I am so much happier with the outcome. Now I decided to go a little (OK, a lot) smaller this time, in case I might embarrass myself again. This little tiny restoration in anyone's faith in my artistic ability is only around 5 inches square. I will be sure to go a little bigger next time.

So, here is what I have come up with. Of course using Heartfelt Creations for this one, pretty much guaranteed that I would not suck at this a second time. How could I possibly go wrong with this collection. So here it is....my Birds and Blooms mini canvas, complete with gesso, glitter paste, stenciling, painting, drywall tape, stamping, die cutting, and glitter. Wow, that's a lot of technique for one little project.

Now, I hope you will agree that this is far better. Not quite the same techniques, but a mixed media canvas none the less, just this time I stuck to my instincts and my own style.

Meanwhile, check out the rest of the designers on the blog post this week over at Heartfelt Creations, plus the full instructions for this little piece. I really love the banner that Kathy Clement has created this week. 

Monday, January 26

Ruby Rock-It Beyond the page-Wedding Style |Alicia Barry|

Ruby Rock -It/ Bella!  have four new wedding themed releases at the moment. Today I am playing with this pretty yellow based collection called Get Hitched.

The papers are all shimmery and come with a whole line of  embellishments including stamps. 

I have created a wedding table setting using the border strips, and a new Spellbinder die.  I even used some pretty paper as a placemat. 

Ruby Rock-It supplies:
Bella! Get Hitched papers
Spellbinder die
Bella! Glitter alphabet cardstock sticker

Wednesday, January 21

Heartfelt Creations- February release

So, I am now back home after an exhausting, but great week at CHA where this new collection was released. It was so amazing to meet the Heartfelt Creations family and some of the incredible designers that I am so lucky to with with and for.

The booth looked so great. I'd seen all the samples before online, but seeing them in real life really is even better, and of course it is so exciting to see many of my samples up on display amongst such great company.

So, this is one of the samples that I had on display. The little birds and the tiny flowers are so cute.

Check out the Heartfelt Creations blog and take an extra look at a great milk carton project by Debbie Seyer

Sunday, January 11

Heartfelt Creations- Hi from California

This week I am very lucky to be posting this from California, where I am visiting to attend CHA and I get to meet lots of people from the Heartfelt Creations team. I'll hsbe lots of photos of the team and the booth to share soon. 

There are two new lines being released here at CHA, and today on the Heartfelt Creations blog, we get to start showing some of our work using one of these beautiful new lines. This one is called Birds and Blooms and is complete with birds and butterflies and pretty little flowers. 

Saturday, January 3

Happy New Year with Ruby Rock-It | Alicia Barry|

Another year gone already! Today I am sharing with a you a quick little project made for a New Year's party. I have used glitter cardstock as a base for a little party hat, with left over tinsel from the Christmas tree for fast and easy sparkle. I have used a tag shape cut from wedding paper. For the large clock, I used an imprint card sprayed with paint mist, then trimmed. The smaller clock is a sticker from the Year in Review was very simple and quick to make, which is perfect if you need to make a whole bunch of them.

Ruby Rock-It supplies used:

Friday, January 2

Happy New Year!!!

I hope everyone had a good New Year.

This week on the Heartfelt Creations blog, I have another card to show using Romantique Garden. Not long now though until I can start sharing the new Birds and Blooms collection. You can see a sneak peek of it on the  blog this week, then it will be released at CHA NEXT week. Less than a week now until I leave. I'm really looking forward to meeting Linda, Emma Lou, Harlan and the rest of the Heartfelt Creations team in real life.

Meanwhile, back to my card. I really love the bleeding hearts blossoms with this collection. I used watercolour pencils with a teeny tiny paintbrush to colour the image. This was a really quick way to do it, and I really like the finished effect.

I really like Maureen's work this week, it's a really nice pale colour scheme. 

Monday, December 29

Ruby Rock-It Countdown to Christmas | Alicia Barry |

Only a couple of sleeps left til the man in red visits. This year Christmas is at our house, so I have been looking for a little something I could make to adorn the table. 

I found this really cute template on Pinterest, for a stand up gift box that can hold some chocolates inside, and set about decorating it with Ruby Rock-It 25 Days of Christmas papers and embellishments. I've added a name so it can double as a place card for the table. This was very simple and quick to make which is perfect when there is a whole table of them to create. 

Ruby Rock It supplies:

Have a wonderful and safe Christmas.

Friday, December 26

Merry Christmas to all.

What a busy week it has been. It has been our year to host Christmas so I have been busy planning and cooking and shopping. In amongst all that, I didn't even get a chance to turn on my computer yet along do a blog post, so here I am on boxing day. I have been to snap up all the Christmas lights on clearance I could find for next year, I've had a great nap, and eaten left over food. Now it is time to get back to it.

This week for the Heartfelt Creations blog, I have made a simple little gift box. It is a great size for some lollies or perhaps some cookies. I have used Romantique Garden again.

As always you can find the full instructions for this project on the blog, along with  link to the template that I used.

Only 12 more days now til I head off to CHA in LA. Please let me know if you are also going.

Thursday, December 18

A fairy door with Memory Maze.

It's my turn for the first of my monthly projects to go up on the Memory Maze blog today, and this time I have decided to do something a little but different and create a little fairy door for the garden that Amelie and I have been building together in the front yard. 

I've used a bunch of different techniques on this pieces, not just for decoration, but also for weather proofing. Check out the Memory Maze blog for all the details. 

Wednesday, December 17

A new card with Heartfelt Creations

This week on the Heartfelt Creations blog I have a new card being shared. I have once again used Romantique Garden for this card. I have used a large background stamp inside a window frame and then layered bleeding heart blossoms over the top of the stamped petals. 

The stamp is quite large and detailed, so I chose to keep this the focus and left the rest of the card quite simple...not an easy task for me, but it really didn't need anything else. 

As always, the team have so many beautiful and really different projects on show this week, so it is always worth taking a look at this week's blog post here.here. I think that Anne's card is a stand out for me this week. The white inked flowers really stand out.