Wednesday, October 14, 2015

..."Italiana Riviera collection" now here!

A short intro for this get you into the mood.....

We invite you to imagine yourself strolling down the Italian  open markets, and amazing architecture while allowing yourself to relax and get lost in an easy going way of life.  
Breathe in the aromas, and see all the  mouthwatering eats as you pass by delightful cafes, quaint little shops calling out for you to take the time to pause for a visit. 
We endear you to venture a few steps through the towering stone gates, meander through perfectly manicured vineyards of boasting rows of coiling vines, filled with dense foliage and plump clusters of sun ripened grapes. Perfect, exquisite hues of purple and green.  
Picture yourself, relaxed, bathing in the Italian summer sun, being cooled by a soft playful breeze.
Perhaps taking the time to savour a glass, aged to perfection, rich and full bodied fine wine. 
An old abandoned stone arched window frame catches your eye, when peering through,  reveals the most surreal view of lush gardens, stately mountains, beautiful flowers and that perfectly manicured vineyard.
Back down to Heartfelt Creations we dismiss the misconceived notion that you are required to leave your craft room to experience the finer things in life, so come along with us as we invite you to explore the charm and elegance of the Italiana Riviera Collection!

My post this week hopefully has caught all of the above. A card using this charming, elegant and romantic always...a must have for the collectors of all things fine and yum.
..enjoy and savour the moments of life...

"Thank you so much for being my friend"

Heartfelt Creations Product list: 
How to shape roses.

Other Products used:
Ranger: Dusty Concord, Forest Moss distress inks, Heat gun, Gold embossing powder, water color brush, Inking foam tool, Paper distressing tool, Diamond stickles. Paper: Photocopy paper for the masking. Cardstock:  SUP A4 natural ivory for the card base, White for the embellishments, Lilac for the flowers, Green for the leaves. Other: Pencil, Versa-mark, Double-sided tape, Fussy cut scissors

The finished gatefold card measures 16.5 cm x 14.4 cm. Note- all the stamping is done with embossing powder unless stated. The stamp and cutting list for this card: 4 x large vine leaves (a few extra for the vine swirls) 1x small vine leaves, 6 x small grapes, 1x grape and vine leaf boarder, 1x wine bottle and wine glass. The roses. Stamp and die cut enough to make 2 large and 2 small, rose leaves cut x 4. A good tip: Always try to make more than you need so you have a good stash, this will ensure you won't run short when you are finishing the card. 
If you have any leftovers, save them for another card.

To prepare the card base: 
Taking the Ivory cardstock cut this to 16.5 cm x 29.6 cm. Mark with a pencil both the 16.5 cm widths, the centers. This will be your placement for the background fancy boarder die. Die cut to form the fancy boarders for the gate fronts. Next, divide this cardstock so when scored, you will have a gatefold card base. Score and fold. Using the Dusty Concord, ink all the edges of the card fronts. Taking another sheet of Ivory card stock, cut the fancy cut top boarder x 2. Trim to fit the gate fronts, taking into account you want the inked cardstock to show as matting. Adhere to the fronts with glue.

For the card inside:  
From the Ivory card stock, cut 14 cm x 16.1 cm. Make a mask for the window image from the Italiana Riviera Clusters stamp set. Using the mask to mask and the script background stamp, stamp with the Dusty Concord ink. 

Use the same ink and the inking foam tool to bring color to the edges. Stamp the window image. 

Water color the grapes and leaves on the left side of the window frame. 

To make all the embellishments from the cutting list: Use the Dusty Concord to bring color to the flower centers and the Forest Moss for the leaves. 

Shape the flowers using the flower shaping kit. Look to the video in the product list for tips on how to make the flowers.

Use the flower shaping kit to shape the vines, grapes and swirls. When putting it all together, first arrange and trim, before adhering to the card. 

For the gatefold fronts in order of adhering: 
The large vines, the roses, the rose leaves, the small grapes and a few extra vine swirls.

For the inside, adhere the wineglass and wine bottle, the vine boarder below. 

 Add the small grapes and vine leaves to the top of the window frame.

 When all is dry, for the finishing touch, add a little stickles to the rose petal tips.

Don't you agree...this is one of the most...must haves collection. Love those leaves! I shall let you get back to Heartfelt Creations for more goodies and eye candy for the in quick because this is going to be a best seller! See if you can tell which card is mine on the banner....
Inky hugs and scrappy thoughts,


  1. I'm swooning! This is one of the most exquisite cards I've ever seen! The colors, the embossing, the flowers, the amazing's just incredible! I love, love, love the grape leaves. This card has a wonderful old world feel that completely matches the collection. What a work of art!

  2. This is absolutely stunning! It would make a wonderful wedding card I think, elegant and perfect for an outdoor event in the middle of a vineyard. Fabulous work as usual Ms. SussiP!!

  3. LOVE your gorgeous flowers! Beautiful shaping.

  4. Wow Susan, your cards are gorgeous!! Love everything about them. Stunning flowers too.

  5. I did not think it possible to use every stamp from a collection on one card and then add those gorgeous flowers to top it off, this is stunning Susan.

  6. Your work is so beautiful...I've loved this card since you first posted it and yesterday I made one close to yours for my niece's birthday. I think it is my favorite card ever. Thank you for the inspiration!