Saturday, December 17, 2011

It's your Birthday

Hi Everyone! I have a Birthday card to share today! It is my baby boy Ian's 10th birthday... I can hear him saying... "MOM! I'm not a baby any more...", I know he's not, but he still my baby! :) I sat down and actually made him a card with some new goodies, and a little bit of contraband too! You know me... I live by the motto use it if ya got it. So here is my card for Ian - 


My card was actually inspired by a card made by Karen Thomas. Just changed up a few things. :)
I think it turned out Perfect!, and I am positive that I will be using this color scheme, and layout again..:) OK off to celebrate with Ian! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! :)
Details below -

Heather :)


Stamps - Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper - Concord Crush, Old Olive, Whisper white, Peach Parfait, Bring on the cake DSP, Crumb Cake
Ink - Concord Crush
Accessories - Big Shot, Label Collection Framelit die, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, Designer label punch, Sm star punch, timeless type junior alphabet, glitter brads, paper piercing tool, Seeing spots CB EF, mini clip, dimensional dots



Thursday, December 15, 2011

Always & Forever

Hi Everyone! We're almost there! No not Christmas.... the WEEKEND! (But I guess Christmas would be the logical guess!!) I have a quick post for you today... It is actually a sneak peek at some upcoming goodness from the New Occasions mini and Sale-a-bration! Yep! it's almost here! As a Demonstrator, we are able to pre-order some of the goodies, so we can play and get ready for our upcoming events. OK, enough blathering on... here is my sneak peek -


Do you see a new big shot item maybe?? Yep!! The large label is a Framelits die! I know!! There is a coordinating stamp set that goes with the framelits too! And this is not the only one...! WHOOP! Be sure to check back soon, as I will be playing with new goodies! OK... I need to go lay down... I feel weak in the knees after all that! :) Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -

Heather :)


Stamps - Fresh Vintage (SAB) available 1/24, Loving Thoughts (Occasions mini) available 1/4
Paper - Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Naturals White, Pool Party, Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB) available 1/24, Lucky Limeade
Ink - Soft Suede, Poppy Parade
Accessories - Paper Piercing tool, Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits die (avail. 1/4), Pool Party ruffled ribbon, Basic Pearls, sponge, 3/4" circle punch, word window punch (to make the leaves), dimensional dots

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dear Santa

Hi Everyone! Yep!...it's me... I have been a busy little bee like most of you out there these past couple of weeks, But I am finally done! That feeling of getting to the bottom of the list was an incredible one to say the least.! :) So today, is a ME day! I hope you all remember to take the time for yourselves too! So it being a "me" day, I decided to play along in my favorite Splitcoast challenge....Yep... the color challenge. Today's hostess gave us some really easy peasy colors to work with, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, and Always Artichoke. The dessert option was to use a button, and put it on top of a bow. These colors certainly lend themselves to Christmas or the holidays, so I did just that, made a holiday card. Here is my card -



So What do ya think? I used the sets Established Elegance from the main catalog, and Dear Santa from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I think they pair nicely! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! :)
Details Below -


Heather :)


Stamps - Established Elegance, Dear Santa
Paper - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Always Artichoke DSP (Regals patterns DSP stack)
Ink - Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Basic Gray
Accessories - Sponge, Paper Piercing tool, Regal Buttons, Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon, White bakers twine, Dimensional Dots

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Three Merry trees

Hi all! I have a quick card and post for you today. :) A little something to help you get in the holiday spirit....considering it is December 1st. Yup! took me by surprise too! :)


I hope your days ahead are Merry! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below-


Heather :)

Stamps - Polar Party, Pennant Parade
Paper - Lucy Limeade, Old Olive, Whisper White, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Glitter (red), Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
Ink - Black, versamarker, markers-  gable green, glorious green, real red, daffodil delight creamy Carmel, pool party, tempting turquoise
Accessories - Big Shot, Snow Burst EF, Crimper, Lg Corner rounder, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, Snowflake punch, 1 3/8, 1", 3/8" circle punches, paper Piercing tool, bitty buttons, cherry cobbler bakers twine, Lucky limeade ruffled ribbon, dimensional dots, two way glue, dazzling diamonds glitter 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Counting down the days

Hello! Are any of you still there?? I want to start out this post with a much needed apology from me to you regarding my extended absence from the blogosphere. My life has been a little hectic lately, and to shed even a little more light, I have not been myself physically for even longer. Things are getting better,  So.....please accept my sincere apology, and I will try my best to get to sharing some more stamping and crafty goodness with you real soon. :)

I DO have a project to share with you today. This month Stampin' Up! put a request in with all of this years Artisan Award winners, to come up with a Holiday project to showcase on the Stampin' Up! Face book page. Of course we all said YES! I decided to make a Countdown Calendar using the 25 & Counting set found in the Holiday mini catalog -




I used one of the Clear Stamp (DVD) storage cases. Here is a pic of the inside -




Using the Petal Card Punch I created little envelopes to store the little tags that I made to change out as the days count down. On the front I did the same. I created an envelope with some window sheet and the Petal card Punch. The Envelopes on the inside of the case are attached with a glue dot, and are stamped with the corresponding stamp so you can easily find the next day, and store nicely for years of use. I have mine propped up on an easel on my desk. I think it turned out Super cute! Don't you!! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. :)



Heather :)



Supplies:
123794: 25 & Counting Set
119685: Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
119686: Early Espresso Card Stock
102584: Garden Green Card Stock
100730: Whisper White Card Stock
124002: Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper
124005: Silver Glimmer Paper
119669: Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Pad
119670: Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad
121030: Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad
109014: Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pad
120975: Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Marker
100076: More Mustard Stampin’ Write Marker
119681: Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker
119680: Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker
109025: Whisper White 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon
124105: Cherry Cobbler 3/8” Quilted Satin Ribbon
124104: Early Espresso 3/8” Quilted Satin Ribbon
119559: Early Espresso 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon
123125: Cherry Cobbler/White Baker’s Twine
124262: White Baker’s Twine
120992: Cherry Cobbler 1/2” Seam Binding
119744: Regals Designer Buttons
124116: Mini Jingle Bells
119246: Rhinestone Basic Jewels
114323: Window Sheets
104430: Stampin’ Dimensionals
103683: Mini Glue Dots
119105: Clear Mount Stamp Case
116631: Paper Piercing Tool
124094: 1” Square Punch
119273: Petal Card Double Punch
122361: Petite Pennants Builder Punch
122344: Postage Stamp Punch
118402: Scallop Trim Border Punch
113439: Big Shot
115951: Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits Die







Monday, November 7, 2011

The Mystery house

Hello Everyone..... Where have I been the last week?? Well I have a good explanation really... I and my youngest have been working very hard on a school book report project called the Mystery house. I absolutely LOVE when teachers send home projects for kids, that are really never going to be completed without some kind of Mom intervention. Let's just say he knew about the book report for a month, and then decided to let me know that there was a "project" that needed to go with the writing assignment last Tuesday. (what's the saying?... Now we know why Lions eat their young??... ) No worries I am kidding..Really! So without further adieu, here is our mystery house -





So do you think he'll get a good mark?? I know I will.. :) Here is a look at the back too -






All said and done, we had a great time together... he had so many great ideas, like the shutters and sponging everything. So know you know where I have been this past week. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. Details below -


Heather :)


Stamps - Wicked Cool, Dot Dot Dot, wood grain
Paper - Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray, So Saffron, Whisper White, Always Artichoke stock and DSP, Soft suede
Ink - Black, Always Artichoke, white craft
Accessories - Big Shot, Tasteful trim die, petal cone die, Lg. tag punch, Square lattice EF, Simply Scored, punch, Martha Stewart picket fence border punch, brads, 1", 3/4, 1/2" circle punches, sponge, Sm star punch, wire, wooden skewers, key trinket, itty bitty shapes punches, tombo multi glue, sticky strip

Monday, October 31, 2011

Just For you CC347

Hi Everyone! I have a super Quick post for you today. It it Tuesday, so I do have a Color challenge card to share. Our colors this week were Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, and More Mustard. The Dessert option was to use a bird on our project. Here is my card -


Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -

Heather :)



Stamps - Just Believe, French Foliage
Paper - More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Naturals ivory, Spice Cake DSP, Bravo Burgundy DSP
Ink - More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Always artichoke, Soft Suede
Accessories - XL bird punch, sponge, distressing tool, twigs (from my yard), sponge, wide twill tape, linen thread, dimensional dots




Friday, October 28, 2011

Spooky Spider

Hi Everyone! I have a Super Quick post for you today.... My list is WAY to long of stuff that needs to get done before the kiddos get back from school. :) Today I am sharing a card that was/is featured on the Stampin' Up! Facebook fan page. The Artisan winners for 2011 were asked if they could contribute a Halloween project to their Facebook Art wall. Of Course we all jumped at the chance...:) here is my inspired card -






Lots going on with that web eh? I thought so too! :) but it's all good... I used the new Simply Scored! If you have time you should check out all the other projects too! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!


Heather :)


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oh what fun!!!

Hi Everyone! I am really keeping to my promise to you all, and getting to share some cards that I have created recently. I mentioned yesterday that I had a little down time, while nursing a bad head cold, and tried to catch up on some blog surfing, and some publications that have been sitting on the end of my desk for awhile. I had earmarked some layouts, and some HAVE to make cards, and that is what I am sharing with you today. I  recently spied an ever so cute card by Debbie Olson in a Holiday cards publication, and wanted to recreate it with SU products. Here is my card -


So what do ya think?? I used the wreath image from the hostess set Warmest of Wishes found in the 2011-2012 Holiday mini catalog. I stamped my image in Lucky Limeade, and added some 1/8" circles of  red glitter paper found in the same catalog, to look like holly berries. I created the sentiment using my Big Shot, and 3 different alphabets, the Serif Essential, Simple, and Billboard. I really like the outcome, and plan on making some more. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below-


Heather :)

Stamps - Warmest of  Wishes
Paper - Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black, Red Glitter
Ink - Lucky Limeade
Accessories - Big Shot, Serif Essential, Simple, and Billboard alphabets, red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Dimensional dots

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lattice Thanks

Hi Everyone! I have a quick post for you.. I had some down time today, and am nursing a really bad head cold..so I took some time to catch up on some blog surfing. I am so glad I did too! I stopped by a friends blog, the one and only Penny Thomas, and she had an Amazing card posted on her site. So I did what all good friends do... Cased her card. :) I know she won't mind.... So here is the card -



I actually think she found a version of this card while she was blog Surfing. So If the original designer would like to claim fame to this Beauty, please do not hesitate to let me know. I for one will always give credit where credit is due! I just love this CAS design. Thanks for stopping by and taking peek! Details below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Grateful Greetings
Paper - Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin pie, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil delight
Ink - Early Espresso, Pumpkin pie
Accessories - Big Shot, Lattice Die, Square lattice EF, Lg. Oval punch, 1/2" circle punch, Boho Blossom punch, Dimensional dots, sponge




Monday, October 24, 2011

Easy to love CC346

Hi Everyone! Seems this has become a Tuesday blog. I certainly don't mean for it to be, so I will endeavor to fix that this week, OK. I promise...and I do not have my fingers crossed! :) Well, it is Tuesday, so that means that there is another Color Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. I have so enjoyed playing along in these challenges this month, and of course being a guest designer for the challenges too! What a great bunch of talented ladies to work along side each week. All of them are just amazing!
This week or hostess Mary, gave us some really wonderful colors to work with. Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, and Baja Breeze. I rarely use Rich Razzleberry, if at all, and I have never used Island Indigo..but now that I have, I will for sure be using it more. What a stunning blue. :) OK enough yada right... Here is my card for this weeks challenge -




Our Dessert option for this week was to use dry embossing. I used one of the new smaller embossing folders from the main catalog that comes in a set of 2 frames called Designer frames. I dry embossed a piece of Early Espresso, then cut out the frame. I then stamped my bird image from the set Easy events, colored it with Island Indigo, and Baja Breeze, then trimmed it so it would fit inside the embossed frame. I really like how it turned out... :) Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details are Below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Easy Events, Fabulous Phrases
Paper - Whisper White, Early Espresso, Island Indigo Patterns DSP, Rich Razzleberry Patterns DSP
Ink - Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi
Accessories - Big Shot, Designer frames EF, Perfect polka dots EF, Scallop edge punch, Dotted scallop ribbon border punch, Paper Piercing tool, Early Espresso marker ( to color mini clothespin), mini Clothes pin, Baja Breeze seam binding, razzleberry button, white bakers twine, Early Espresso 1/8 taffeta ribbon, dimensional dots, white gel pen


Monday, October 17, 2011

Lucky, Rosey Blushing Bride aka CC345

Hi Everyone! Sorry...it seems I have been away for a little while again. It has been one of those kind of weeks around here...Lots of little things started, but nothing done. :(   But it has worked itself out, and just in the nick of time to, considering there is a Splitcoaststampers Color challenge today. WHOOP! Today's hostess gave us some pretty challenging colors to work with...Well, challenging to me anyway.... The colors are Lucky Limeade, Regal Rose, and Blushing Bride. Sounds pretty easy right!? Oh, and the dessert option is to use gold embossing..OK, with some trial and error, here is my card -


I guess I took the bride "thing" a little to literally. :) I made my "dress" using the Top Note die for the big shot, and a piece of Vellum dry embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper EF. I really struggled with the gold embossing, so I added a little to the rose tips for the dessert option. I simply pressed the rose into my versamark pad, and then into my container of Gold EP to just guild the very ends. So what do ya think? Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! :) Details below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Fabulous Phrases
Paper - Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Regal Rose, Lucky Limeade, Blushing Bride, Blushing Bride DSP, Vellum
Ink - Soft Suede, Versamark
Accessories - Big Shot, Top Note die, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Sm oval punch, 1", 3/4", 1/2" circle punches, White satin ribbon, scallop trim border punch, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, mini library clip, paper piercing tool, Gold EP, dimensional dots, mini glue dots



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Spice cake Anyone?

Hi Everyone! I have a quick post for you today. I got some new YUMMY goodies in the post last week, and am finally getting to try a little bit of the delicious Spice Cake DSP from the Holiday mini. It isn't very often that I fall in love with EVERY single sheet of paper in a designer paper pack. But WOW! I am in heaven. These papers are GORGEOUS! Here let me show you -


This is just one! I know!! I used the set French Foliage found in the main catalog, and the sentiment is called Hand Penned Holidays, and can be found in the Holiday mini catalog. OK, that's it for me! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -

Heather :)


Stamps - French Foliage, Hand Penned Holidays
Paper - Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory, Spice Cake DSP
Ink - Soft  Suede, Pear Pizazz, More Mustard, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Pennants die, Paper piercing tool, Sponge, Pear Pizazz Seam binding, Regal buttons, Bitty Buttons, Sm oval punch, Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, Crochet trim. linen thread, dimensional dots, Scallop edge punch

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wicked Colors CC344

Hi Everyone! I took some time off this past week, to do some stuff around the house, and go camping with my boys this past weekend to Indiana Dunes State Park. It was a Boy Scout camping trip, and I really had a great time. I didn't have to do ANYTHING. No cooking, no clean up, just me and the awesome weather, and a good book... AHHH! So that is where I have been, I hope you didn't miss me to much. :)
In my last post, I mentioned that I had been asked to be a guest designer for the color challenges over on Splitcoaststampers. Well it is Tuesday, so that means I have another challenge card to share. :) This weeks hostess gave us some really fun colors to work with...Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, and Pumpkin Pie. The dessert option was to make a Halloween card. Sounds fun right? OK here is my card for the challenge -


So didn't I say they were FUN?!
 I made the witches feet using the Top Note Die for the Big shot. I used the smaller end, cut off to where I wanted, then scored down the center to the point on the "heel". I used a 1/2" circle punch for the holes where her legs are, and a 1" punch to form the top of her shoe. I punched half of a circle starting at the point of her shoe. Then I saved the punched portion and used that as a guide to punch the other side/shoe. The scallop on the bottom of her dress was made with a large corner rounder punch. I just removed the guard to and lined the edge of the paper up with the metal on the under side of the punch. Her Broom is made from a rolled scrap of black paper, held together with sticky strip, and a strip of Elegant Eggplant DSP cut in strips on both sides, and tied with some Elegant eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon. OK That's it for me... Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! :)

Heather :)

Stamps - Wicked Cool
Paper - Tempting Turquoise, Black, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant stock and DSP, Pumpkin Pie DSP, brushed silver
Ink - Black
Accessories - Big Shot, Top Note Die, Scoring tool, 1/2" & 1" circle punches, itty bitty shapes punches, black brads, white organdy ribbon, Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, white butchers twine, paper snips, dimensional dots

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thank Whoo

Hi Everyone! I have a quick post for you and a little secret to share. I have been asked to be a guest designer for the color challenges over on Splitcoaststampers for the month of October. So every Tuesday I will be playing along in the Challenge! It is my most favorite challenge on Splitcoast! Coming in a close second would be the Sketch challenge. They are both so much fun! I love when there is a color combo that really makes me think a little...and this week's colors were no exception. Our hostess for this week gave us Tangerine Tango, More Mustard, and Soft Suede to work with, and letting us add a neutral of either White or Vanilla. Every week there is also a desert option, and this week was to make a Thanksgiving card, or a thank you card. I chose a thank you sample...



To make my Owl I used my XL Oval punch. I punched out the oval to form his body, and then re-inserted the end back into the punch, to form the top of his head. The feathers on his chest are actually the positive pieces left over from using the scallop trim border punch. His wings were made the same as his body, by just re-inserting a  punched XL oval of Soft Suede back into the punch, on the long sides. I clear embossed a scrap of soft suede and then punched his eyes (centers) using the cropadile. The sentiment is from the set Just Believe, and I created the "whoo" using the Billboard alphabet for the Bigshot. Super Cute! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -

Heather :)



Stamps - Just Believe
Paper - Tangerine Tango, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Soft Suede DSP
Ink - Soft Suede, Pool Party, Versamark
Accessories - Coluzzle, XL Oval Punch, Scallop Trim border punch, XL bird punch, Sm oval punch, 1/2", 3/8" circle punches, Big Shot, Billboard Alphabet die, Perfect polka dot EF, Clear EP, Dimensional dots

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Falling Leaves

Hi Everyone! As promised I am back today with a quick post, and a little SU goodness. :) I am getting a head start on my October workshop cards, and I think the sample I have to share today, is going to be one of them. I used a set from the main catalog that I have had for many years, but rarely use. I tend to forget these sets, but this year I am determined to show them a lot more love. :) OK, so on to the card -


The Sketch I used is from the PaperCrafts magazine Go to Sketches. I stamped my leaves in More Mustard, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso. Then punched them out with my 1" circle punch. I arranged them to look as if the leaves were falling, and then attached the punched circles onto a panel of Soft Suede stock stamped with Woodgrain. I added a scrap of Cajun Craze punched with the scallop border punch for detail, then finished it off with the Scrumptious Early Espresso Quilted ribbon from the Holiday Mini Catalog, and a sentiment. Easy Peasy! Have a great day everyone, and thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! :) Details below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Falling Leaves, Woodgrain, Just Believe ( sentiment )
Paper - Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Soft Suede
Ink - Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Early Espresso
Accessories - 1" circle punch, scallop border punch, Early Espresso quilted ribbon, dimensional dots

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

For the Bride and Groom

Hi Everyone! I want to let all of you know right off the bat that the sample I am sharing with you today, does not, I repeat, does not contain all SU images. I am a die hard SU fan, but sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do, and I felt inspired by an old stamp (circa 2007) that found it's way into my stash by happenstance. REALLY!! :)
My husband and I are invited to a 50th Anniversary luncheon this upcoming weekend, and I need to make an Anniversary card, and I wanted to keep it simple, but stated. So here is my card made with contraband -


All I can say is that you can find this image at your LSS. I stamped the image in black Stazon on Naturals White, and water colored the image with reinkers ad an Aqua painter. Once I was done coloring the image, I went over the brides dress, veil, and the grooms shirt with a some Encore Gold ink. I think you can see a little of the sparkle. Here is another picture to get a better look -




While the paper was still wet from coloring, I traced the inside of the outline of the brides dress using a stylus, then flipped the image over, and burnished the inside of the traced lines to stretch the paper a little, and give the dress a little form. This technique is also known as Pergamano. I added a little gold framing to the embossed panel, by dragging the edges of the paper over the Gold Encore ink pad. I like the way it turned out, and I am sure the happy couple will like it too. Thank you for hanging in there with me all the way to the end of this post using contraband. I promise I WILL be back with some SU goodness Soon. Have a great day, and thanks for taking a peek! Details below -



Heather :)

Stamps - Stampendous, All Holidays
Paper - Black, Naturals White
Ink - Black Stazon, Black, So Saffron, Encore Gold, Soft Suede, blush Blossom
Accessories - Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Aqua painter, Dimensional dots, Stylus

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stitched stockings & Pool Party

Hi Everyone! I have a quick card to show you today. I played along in the color challenge today on Split coast, and was really inspired by the colors for this week. The colors for this weeks challenge are Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Pool Party. I said the same thing....Pool Party? Such a "cool" color with such deep tones?? Well guess what? They are AWESOME together! Here is my card - 


See I told you!!! I used the set Stitched Stockings, and the new Frostwood Lodge DSP that is from the Holiday mini! LOVE IT!! I hope you find these colors as inspiring as I did! OK, that's it for me, thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -


Heather :)


Stamps - Stitched Stockings, Family Re-union
Paper - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Pool Party, FrostWood Lodge DSP, Early Espresso
Ink - Pool Party, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Polka dot EF, Scallop trim border punch, Stocking punch, Linen Thread, Mini Clothes pin, Dimensional dots, Sponge

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Live in Sunshine

Hello Everyone! According to the calendar, today is the first official day of Fall. WHOOP! My absolute favorite season! I love the colors, smells, and most of all those wonderfully sunny, crisp days that beg you to take a long walk, and absorb it all with each step. Turning your face upward to the sunshine, and feeling all the worries, and little things just melt away....Happy Times in the Sunshine! My card sample for you today is my way of welcoming in the Season -



I used the set called Pursuit of Happiness. Very fitting if I do say so myself. This card also fits the Ways to Use it challenge on SplitCoaststampers. We were to use a brown paper bag on our project. I punched some circles out of a lunch bag, and made my little flowers. For my flower centers, I used basic pearls, and colored them with an orange sharpie. Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! :) Details below -

Heather :)



Stamps - Pursuit of happiness, En Francais'
Paper - Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Naturals White, Brown Lunch bag, Dollie, Beyond the Garden DSP
Ink - Crumb Cake
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Pennants die, Coluzzle, Paper Piercing tool, Sponge, glue dots, Dimensional dots, Daffodil Delight 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls, orange sharpie

Monday, September 19, 2011

A New Favorite

Hello Everyone! What a weekend....Did yours fly by in a blink of an eye too?? I had grand plans of getting to some VERY needed yard work, but the weather was not in my favor, so I got busy inside with a toy room that also needed ALOT of attention. All the Lego's are in their proper places instead of in the laundry baskets, and under beds. :) I swear they multiply when the lights go out at night. ( Maybe I need to invest in some of those night vision goggles, and surprise them yelling "Yup the jig is up!!" )
So when all the work was left to two little boys, I took a break, and got a little stamping time! YEA!! I had yet to clean up my desk from the last 2 cards I made, so there were scraps on my desk, and I put them to use. Here is my card, using what I think might become a new favorite color of mine -



Can you believe I even said that!? Calypso Coral a Favorite? Well......I 'll give it a few more chances, and then I will give you a definite answer. :) For my border on the side I used the decorative label punch combined with a stamp from the coordinating stamp set called Four Frames. I punched out the Frame and attached it to a label punched from Soft Suede. I just offset it a little to create a frame. The flower was made with the Fancy flower punch, and the floral fusion sizzix die. I distressed the flowers with Soft Suede ink and water, then crumpled them to distress them a little more. I formed the flower center using basic pearls. I think the flower and frame I used paired nicely with the leaves from the set French Foliage, and the sentiment from Falling Leaves. That is all for me today, off to get the rest of the day complete....Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -


Heather :)

Stamps - French Foliage, Four Frames, Falling Leaves
Paper - Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory, Calypso Coral, Newsprint DSP
Ink - Versamark, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade
Accessories - Big Shot, Floral Fusion die, Fancy Flower punch, Sponge, Crochet trim, Decorative label punch, basic Pearls, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, Dimensional dots

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Something Sweet

Hi Everyone! I have another quick post for you today, I am off to my Mom's to help her start to get ready for a big move from her home in Chicago. She has lived in this house for close to 40 years, and has a lot of stuff/boxes to sort thru before she moves her stuff and such closer to me and my Sister! Yay!! So that is my plan for today. This week is also my Beautiful Step-daughter's 16th birthday. Boy time sure has flew by... With that said I needed a Sweet 16 card. I looked at my stamps, and found that I had never once used the set Birthday Bakery from the last catalog. (how I managed not to ever ink it up, is still a little baffling to me!). I checked out Split coast for a little inspiration, and found an adorable card made by leighastamps which is actually a CASE from Di Gibbs. So Anyhoo, here is my version -

I just changed up the papers, and the colors slightly.(her card was perfect, so why mess with it!") I used my billboard alphabet for the "Sweet", and went over them with some crystal Effects for a little bit of depth. I used my SU markers to color the images, and added a little bit of crystal effects to the cherries on top. I think it turned out super CUTE! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -

Heather :)


Stamps - Birthday Bakery
Paper - Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride DSP
Ink - Black Stazon, Blushing Bride, Blush Blossom, Pretty in pink, Creamy Carmel, Melon Mambo, Going Gray, Versamarker, Early Espresso
Accessories - Scallop edge punch, Big Shot, Billboard Alphabet, Blushing Bride Poly twill ribbon, Crystal Effects

Sunday, September 11, 2011

An Elegant Thank you

Hello Everyone! I have a quick post for you today. I had a chance to play yesterday for a little while, and really wanted to ink up a new set from the main catalog, called Established Elegance. I have spied SO many amazing cards made with this set, I really wanted to join in the fun. Here is my card -



I also used the new color Calypso Coral. I would lying to you, if I said that I REALLY liked this color when I first received it back in July. It was one of those colors that I shielded my eyes from, but pairing it with the neutrals, it really isn't Glaring to me anymore. :) I made my own DSP using the set Friends Never Fade. I think it turned out really nice, don't you? OK, that's all for me today, gotta' run! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -



Heather :)


Stamps - Established Elegance, Friends Never Fade, Just Believe
Paper - Neutrals Ivory, Newsprint DSP, Calypso Coral DSP, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
Ink - Calypso Coral, Island indigo, Lucky Limeade, Chocolate chip, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Big Shot, Oval Frame EF, Pinking heart border punch, Paper Piercing tool, sponge, Scallop circle punch, perfect pennants Die, Dimensional dots, Crochet trim, Essential Pearls, Coluzzle, Distressing tool

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thankful Thoughts

Hello Everyone! Doesn't it always seem that when you really want to get to some creating, that the powers that be have something else in mind for you? That has certainly been the case for me lately, and I can't thank you all enough for sticking with me as my my posts have been getting a little scarce. So with that said, let me share a card with you that I made with all of you in mind -


I really like the outcome. I used the set French Foliage, and a sentiment from the set called Grateful Greetings. Both sets can be found in the Main Catalog. I am really looking forward to the fall, and the cooler weather, so I can hunker down and get to creating, and sharing with all of you. Thanks for stopping and taking a peek! :) Details below -


Heather :)


Stamps - French Foliage, Grateful Greetings, Woodgrain
Paper - Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Pennants die, 1 3/4 circle punch, Cherry cobbler quilted ribbon, hemp twine, sponge, cherry cobbler button, dimensional dots, distressing tool

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sublime

Hi Everyone! I have a quick post for you today... As you know from yesterdays post, I have been on the look out for my Mojo.. I did catch a glimpse of it yesterday, and I thought it wise to continue on my search, and get a little creative, to help the juices flow a little more. When I am in a rut, I usually like to page through publications, and get inspired that way. Well Yesterday was no exception. I found this Uber fantastic card in a publication, and HAD to recreate it, but with adding my little touches here and there. This card also happens to fit the Free for All Friday challenge over on Split Coast, and I LOVE when that happens! :) Here is my card -


Isn't it "Sub-lime?!" (he-he) For the Body of the sub, I used the center of the Scallop Oval Frame for the Bigshot. I paper pierced around the oval to make it look like little rivets, and constructed my periscope using a 1/2" circle punch cut in half, and scraps left on my cutting table. The sentiment is from that old and trusty Loads of love Accessories. I just stamped it and cut it up to break up all the white. I think it turned out "sea"riffic! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -


Heather :)

Stamps - Loads of Love Accessories
Paper - Daffodil delight, Basic Gray Textured, Whisper White, Poppy Parade
Ink - Black, More Mustard
Accessories - Big Shot, Scallop Oval frame Die, sm. oval punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, Heart to heart punch, Paper Piercing tool, Sponge, Dimensional dots

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Badlands, a Sketch and a big wish

Hi Everyone! I have had some trouble getting going, and down here lately. My Mojo is missing, and I have looked everywhere! REALLY! Under all the beds, behind doors, even in the garage..(otherwise known as the Badlands) to find that elusive thing that chooses to take flight when IT wants to! But I think I saw it peek out from behind a box to let me catch a glimpse of it this morning! :) I checked out the sketch challenge on Split coast this morning, and felt inspired. Here is the card -



I used a new set to me called Established Elegance. I fell in love with this image in particular when I spied it in the new Catalog back in July. I also used a stamp from Bring on the Cake for my sentiment, and Just add cake DSP. I punched the "h" and "b" from the DSP and added some crystal effects to them to make them look like typewriter keys. So Do you think I found it? I hope so! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -



Heather :)


Stamps - Established Elegance, Bring on the Cake, A to Z
Paper - Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, So Saffron, Poppy Parade DSP, Just add Cake DSP
Ink - Poppy Parade, Black
Accessories - 1/2" circle punch, Spiral edge punch, Cherry Cobbler bakers twine, Crystal effects, Dimensional dots

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Enjoying the adventure

Hi Everyone! I want to sincerely apologize for my extended absence from the blogging world. I have had a REALLY busy couple of weeks...You know wrapping up the Summer before the kiddos headed back to school, and taking care of some other things that really needed to get done around the ol' homestead, including going thru and thoroughly cleaning my stamping space. Maybe I'll take a few pics of my "dungeon" and share. :)
OK, onto some fun stuff! It has come down to the last few days to order from the Summer mini catalog. Yeah...remember that one! Well here is a card that might help you remember -



It uses the set Travel Log, found in the Summer mini. I really like this set, I guess that's the reason I waited until the very last to use it. I found inspiration for this card in a publication, and just recreated it using SU products, and added a few more fun details. This is the last week to purchase this set, so you had better hurry before it is gone for good. :) Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! :) Details below -



Heather :)

Stamps - Travel Log, Fabulous Phrases
Paper - Whisper White, Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Domestic Goddess DSP, Poppy Parade
Ink - Going Gray, Marina mist, Lucky Limeade, Poppy parade, white craft
Accessories - White EP, Word window punch, 3/8", 1/2" 1 3/8" circle punches, corner rounder punch, Poppy Parade twill ribbon, dimensional dots, mini paper clip


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Olivia's Rocker

Hello! We are on the last day of the


 If this is your first time visiting, be sure to go back and look at all my posts from the past 10 days or so to take a peek at my projects, and be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the posts to all the other Artisan awards winners projects.

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I will be sharing some of Olivia's favorite things here at home. One of her favorite things to do, is join me in my stamp room, and keep me company. She even has her own little rocker to sit in -


I spied this little rocker at a thrift store, and knew it would be perfect for my Bear. I spray painted it white, and made a cushion for the seat using the Sweet stitches Designer Fabric, and added Tangerine Tango Pom-Pom trim finish the look. I am going to have to keep my eyes open for another to replace the one I submitted. I know I will!

Sometimes Olivia like any other girl, feels like she needs to change things up a little for the sake of fashion. So she changes her dress and her ribbon in her hair -


The second dress is also made with the Springtime Designer Fabric. I added a little bit of crochet trim down the center of the jumper, and added a few Razzleberry buttons for detail. Here is the outside of the Suitcase that I keep her change of clothes in -


I didn't think to take a picture of it closed before I sent it off to SU. But it's all good! I got the idea for her to have a Suitcase, considering she would be traveling to SLC. :) The Suitcase was made without a template. I basically folded her outfit and measured it, then created the box around it.  The Suitcase is really just a gussied up pizza box. I cut a piece of Crumb cake card stock, ran it thru my Big Shot using the Square Lattice EF, distressing it a little with Soft Suede ink, and applied it to the front of the Case. I made some straps out of Textured Soft Suede card stock, applied those with sticky strip, and added some brads for detail. The handle is a medium sized oval punched from Crumb Cake, with slits made at the ends to slide another strip of Soft Suede stock  through to create a handle.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of my entries, and visiting all the other Award winners projects too. I konw I did! :)
We are once again off to check out Cheryl Lefore and her lovely project she is showcasing today.

Here is the list of the other AA winners blogs in case you missed out

Heather Klump (you are here)


Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Heather :)
Accessories - Build a Bear, Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric, Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric, Sweet Stitches Fabric Brads,
Tangerine Tango Pompom Trim, Brights Buttons Collection,
Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Sewing Machine, Small Chair, Crumb Cake Card Stock, Brads, Sticky Strip, Circle punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Sponge, Med Oval punch, Scoring blade







Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Meet Olivia

Hi Again! We are coming up on our final days of the -



I hope you decide to stay with us! There really is alot more to share!

So if you are here from Heidi Kings blog, you are in the right place.

As if you didn't notice, I held off showing you my 3D projects until now. There is a logical reason for it, really cause', they all go together. :)  Please meet Olivia -


She is my Build a Bear, dressed to go on a play date in her new Springtime Vintage Jumper that her Mom made for her. Isn't she the Cutest!! Let me show you another picture of her workin' the camera -


I need to share a little story as to how I picked her name. As you may know I live with all boys. 4 to be exact. Olivia is my little girl. She is precious, and soft and has a giving heart. A perfect teddy bear.  You also know that my last name is Klump. That would mean that her initials are O.K. If something happens and someone needs a hug, she makes it all "OK".

As I mentioned above her Jumper is made using the Springtime Vintage Designer Fabic.  I found a doll clothes pattern for a jumper and made some adjustments to fit a bear. The pockets of the jumper are made with the Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric. I added some of the Tangerine Tango Pom-pom trim to the edge of the pockets for a fun detail, and used the Fabric Brads of the same design on the jumper shoulders. She also has a little seam binding bow pinned to one ear.
That is my 3D for today, and tomorrow I will show you all of the things that Olivia uses here at home.

Be sure to check out Cheryl Lefore's blog for the next project on the hop!

Or you can visit any one of the AA winners blogs by clicking on their name below


Heather Klump (you are here)



Heather :)

Details -





Accessories
- Build a Bear, Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric,
Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric, Sweet Stitches Fabric Brads,
Tangerine Tango Pompom Trim, Brights Buttons Collection,
Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Sewing Machine






Pink Stitched Stockings

Hi Everyone! I have had some time to myself, so I thought what not a better time than to play with some new goodies from my favorite man in brown! Nothing like some new goodies and tools to make me stamp happy! I got my preorder of products from the upcoming Holiday mini catalog. There are SO many CUTE and must have's in this upcoming catalog! I haven't been this excited about a mini catalog in a LONG time! Ok. Let me give you a little sneaky peek at some of the fun stuff available starting Sept. 1st -



Aren't those little stockings CUTE! I made them using a punch that is in the new mini!  I ran a piece of Vanilla card stock thru the big shot using my Square lattice embossing folder. Added the stocking details with a new coordinating stamp set called Stitched Stockings, Oh and those mini Jingle Bells! . HEAVEN!!! My sentiment is from a set called Grateful greetings, and can be found in the main catalog! I actually think this card could be used for a holiday card, or even a new baby, when made in these colors. What do you think? Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! :) Details below -


Heather :)



Stamps - Stiched Stockings (avail. 9/1), Greatful Greetings, Pennant Parade
Paper - Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzaz DSP
Ink - Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede
Accessories -Stocking Builder Punch (avail. 9/1) Mini Jingle Bells (avail. 9/1), Pretty in Pink 1/8 tafeta ribbon, Big Shot, square lattice EF, 3/8", 1/2", and 3/4" circle punches, bitty buttons, Paper Piercing tool, Rhinestone, Crochet trim, Linen Thread, Sponge, Glue dots, Dimensional Dots

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Apples of my eye

Hi all! I have a quick post for you today on the -


We are still going full steam! You should be dropping in from Heidi Kings blog. I have to say that she truly is a tough act to follow! :)

Today I have my last scrap page to share with you. I really enjoyed making this page. It brought back the memories of that early fall day in September. Everyone was in good mood, and the weather was great! It really couldn't have gotten any better.


 I think this page is a pretty good representation of that day. :)

Next stop on the hop is Cheryl Lefore.  

If want to hop around a bit, here is the list of the AA recipients -


Heather Klump (you are here)

See you tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Heather :)
Details -
Stamps - Wood Grain, Create a Cupcake

Paper
- Soft Suede, Old Olive, Whisper White, Real Red, Crumb Cake, School Days DSP,
Ink
- Real Red, Crumb cake
Accessories
- Big Shot, Timeless Type junior Alphabet, Billboard Alphabet Sizzlet, Bleach,
Sponge, ¾ circle punch, ½ circle punch, 1 ¼ Circle Punch, 2 3/8 scallop circle punch. Scallop
Circle punch, create a cupcake punch, Square lattice embossing folder, Dimensional Dots, paper
Piercing tool, metallic brad, Brights Button Collection, Linen Thread, Mini Glue dots, scoring blade





Monday, August 8, 2011

Just My type (Day 7)

Hi Again! We are officially on day 7 of the -


Can you believe it? So many projects have been shared, and still a few days to go. Whoop! Who needs sleep! (pshaw!!) :)

I am just on my way back here from Heidi King's blog. I love her style. I really think that is something that stands out about all the AA winners this year. We all have a different style. So as I mentioned before, for those that are going to enter this next year,  GO FOR IT! I don't think that there is a certain formula or style of cards that Stampin' Up! is looking for. So give it your best!

I have a card entry to share with you today. This card was actually one that I created to share with my club girls. I really didn't use this set much while it was active, and I can't really figure out why? It was one of those must haves for me. Probably because it was about Puns. Totally up my Alley! OK.. onto the card -


I stamped my image and sentiment separate from each other. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the sentiment vertically on a scrap, then cut a slit in the top of my typewriter image and inserted the sentiment to make it look like to was coming from in between the rollers. I cut out my cork sheet out using the scallop rectangle clearlit. I punched a few hearts out, used a scrap of Newsprint DSP, added 1 3/4" dry embossed black circle then tied it all together with some Poppy parade poly twill ribbon.
A really quick and straight forward card.

Next stop is Cheryl Lefore.

And a list of all the 2011 AA winners


Heather Klump (you are here)
Heather Summers

See you all tomorrow when I begin to share my 3D projects with you! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!


Heather :)

Details -
Stamps


- Puns From the Past
Paper
- Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade,
Newsprint DSP
Ink
- Basic Black
Accessories
- Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing folder,
Cork Sheet, Scallop rectangle clearlit, Heart to Heart XL punch,
Poppy Parade Poly Ribbon, white string, mini glue dots,
Dimensional Dots