Friday, January 28, 2011

The Love Boat

Love, exciting and new, come aboard, we're expecting you...(I can hear you now... singing along.) I will admit I sang the whole time I put this cutie together. :)

I ran across a larger version of this "Love Boat" while sitting at the Dr. office flipping through the Valentine edition of Family Fun magazine. Their version used an Orange Juice carton, so I said to myself, why not try it out on our own Big Shot Milk Carton die. Yes, .... underneath  those layers of paper is the SU little ol' Milk Carton diecut box. Isn't it the Bees Knees?!! Here is a picture of the underside -

Here are the deets. Cut your milk carton out of cardstock, I used Whisper White. I assembled it,  and just left the bottom open so I could fill it.  I traced around the assembled milk carton, on whisper white, cut out leaving about 1/4 inch around the outside. This is the top of my boat.  I cut little slits up to the traced lines and folded these down, then added adhesive to the tabs and fit around the assembled milk carton. (You can repeat this step for the bottom of the carton if you choose). I cut a strip of whisper white 1 5/8 x 7 3/8, applied sticky strip to the top and bottom edge of the long sides, and wrapped around the milk carton.  I cut  pieces of Real Red, Pretty in pink, and Marina Mist the same length as my whisper white piece, 7 3/8" long. (I used my 1/2 circle punch to make the waves on my Marina mist layer).  To make the port holes, I punched circles in black using the circle from the ity bity shapes punch pack. I used a standard hole punch and basic gray stock for the outer layer, and then punched around those holes with the ity bity circle punch. To make the smoke stacks, I rolled black stock around a pencil, and secured with sticky strip. I hand cut the cloud and punched the hearts out of a scrap that I had previously ran through the bigshot using the square lattice embossing folder. I attached them to OLD SU wire that I still have in my stash, to make them appear as if they were coming from the stacks. I made the flag from a scrap of whisper white and a real red punched heart, and wrapped it around a toothpick. 

...Viola! A love boat!

Heather :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bright WT307

Hello All! Finally done with what needed to be done today, and got a chance to play. I took a quick peek at the ways to use it challenge over at Splitcoaststampers, and the challenge was to use a rainbow, or four colors on our project. I don't have anything traditional rainbow, so I chose to use four colors. I still have quite a bit of the Good Neighbor 6x6 paper from last Sale-a-bration, so I decided to use some of the cute papers for my card today. The stack has quite a few papers that have little hearts on them, so I made a valentine today. I really {heart} these papers and even with as much as I have, I find it very hard, painful almost, to use them. I know, I know, pathetic right? I AM a sap for the pretty pinks, and girly things considering I am the only female in my household. Anyhoo, enough of my yammering, details are below. Thanks for taking a peek!

Heather :)

Stamps - Grateful Greetings
Paper - Pretty in pink, Whisper white, Melon Mambo, Good Neighbor DSP
Ink - Bermuda Bay
Acess - Big shot, Perfect polka dot EF, Scallop rectangle clearlit, Scallop trim border, pink gingham ribbon, ity bity shapes punch, basic pearls, dimensional dots

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Whale of a wish

Good morning all! What another crazy weekend in my little corner of the world! Football games, Birthdays, and Stamping with friends, and to top it all off Today SALE-A-BRATION kicks off! WhoooHoo!!!!!!!!!!!

I had the pleasure of celebrating my 40th birthday with my family this weekend, and was sad to see that my sweet brother-in-law could not make the gathering. We have not seen him since Thanksgiving, and has been sick this entire time. He is fighting a virus that is really kickin' his butt! Needless to say, my sister-in-law has assured us all that he has NEVER lost a fight that he didn't think he could win! I do miss him dearly, and wanted to let him know that he is in our thoughts, and wish him well! So I pulled out a set that I thought would bring a smile to his face, Pun Fun! I seldom use this set, not quite sure why....( maybe because Stampin' Up! keeps coming out with all this new yummy stuff! *wink* ) I used some scraps from the Sweet Pea DSP pack from last Spring, and a piece of non SU craft card stock for the base, as I wait for more from my favorite UPS man. Turned out Uber cute in my book, am I right? Off to the post office....Thanks for taking a peek! Details below -

Stamps - Pun Fun, Dot, Dot, Dot
Paper - Non SU craft, Whisper white, Soft Sky, Sweet Pea DSP, Always Artichoke, Taken with teal
Ink - Versamarker, Versamark, going gray, black, pink pirouette
Access- 2 1/2, 1 3/4 circle punches, sm oval punch, paper piercer, coluzzle, two way glue, dazzling diamonds, soft suede ribbon, dimensional dots

Heather :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hello Baby

Happy Wednesday! I have a quick one for you today... I have been playing with some new Sale-a-bration goodies this week. YEP! it's that time of year again! SU's SALE-A-BRATION! Starting January 25th you can place a $50 net order with me and earn your choice of a free product from the Sale-a-bration catalog. The stamp I used for this cute card is from a set called Punch Bunch. There are so many fabulous sets and other goodies this Sale-a-bration! So don't miss out! Thanks for taking a peek! :) Details below -

Stamps - Punch bunch, (Avail. 1/25)  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Whisper white, white textured, Pear Pizazz, Pear Pizazz DSP
Ink - Marina Mist, Daffodil delight, Pear Pizazz
Access - open scallop border punch, Certainly Celery satin ribbon, Paper Piercer, corner rounder

Heather :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Bold Valentine

Happy Monday! What a weekend right?! I am still spinning... Today I am sharing a Bright and Cheery card with you. I had these colors in scraps on my table, and REALLY liked them together. Not your typical valentine colors, but what the hay! Super Cute right?! Well I think so. :) Thanks for stopping by. Details below -

Stamps - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Melon Mambo textured, Old Olive, Whisper white, Concord crush DSP, Pink Pirouette
Ink - Concord Crush
Acess - Heart to Heart punch, open scallop border punch, petal card punch, dimensional dots, big shot, perfect polka dot EF, stapler, two way glue, Dazzling diamonds

Heather :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

One by one

Afternoon all! I have a quick post for you today, really busy today. I want to share a birthday card with you for my Niece Lorelei. She is turning 5. She is such a spitfire! Wise beyond her years really, and I {heart} her to bits! The birthday sentiments and layout for this card are from the SU Occasions mini catalog. The set is called Bring on the Cake. Super Fun! Gotta run! Thanks for taking a peek. Details below -

Paper - Peach Parfait, Whisper white, Chocolate chip, Sweet always DSP (retired), Pretty in pink
Stamps - Bring on the Cake
ink - Chocolate chip, pumpkin pie, pink pirouette, creamy Carmel, regal rose, pretty in pink
Access - scallop edge border punch, punch pack, med oval punch, paper piercer, rick rack, dimensional dots, mini glue dots, 1/4 and 1/16 circle punches, versamarker

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy Thoughts

Hi! Today is a happy day! The kiddo's are back in school!!!!! Now don't get me wrong, I was perfectly happy spending the holiday break with them, it's my couch that is super relieved they are back to the grind!

I am at home today... the snow is getting deep, and I decided that this is where I need to be. YEP..Playing!!
I checked the color challenge over on Splitcoaststampers today, and the colors were inspiring. ALL reds and pinks. I rarely sit down and pull out these colors. I used a new goodie too! The tulip frame embossing folder from the occasions mini catty. It is so dainty and feminine!..... Ahhh, Happy Day! Details below -

Stamps - Apple Blossom, Fabulous Phrases, Party hearty
Paper - Pink Pirouette, whisper white, pretty in pink
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo, pretty in pink, versamark
Access - big shot, Framed Tulip EF, Punch pack flower, essential pearls, white EP, dimensional dot, mini glue dots

Thanks for taking a peek! :)


Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Sweet Surprise

A Few days ago I received an email from one of my biggest heros Penny Thomas. I met her a few years ago at an SU Convention. My first Convention to be exact. My upline had talked about her on the plane while traveling to SLC, and said she is a real sweetheart. Well Penny is that and more! She surprised me with my first blog award:

I think I blushed a little. I said to myself, "An award? Little ol' me? What do I do now? Who do I thank? (Well Penny Of COURSE!) What shall I wear?" Penny dear, Thank you for this wonderful award, and finding my blog inspiring. As the receiver of this award I am supposed to share 8 things about myself with you, and list 8 blogs that inspire me everyday. OK, are you ready?? Here it goes :

1.) My Mom is one of my best friends. She IS all that and a bag of chips! She makes me laugh, shares my love of crafting with me, and is always there when I need her. (HI MOM!!!!!)

2.) I OBSESS over a clean house, almost to a fault. I need horizontal surfaces, and books on shelves. A clean palette for my kids to mess up again.

3.) I CAN NOT and WILL NOT make it one day with out coffee or chocolate. Resistance is futile in my eyes! And to put the record straight, if the coffee and the chocolate are together there is nothing holding me back! *wink*

4.) I love to cook and bake. A long time ago I had wanted to be a pastry chef, but life took me in other directions. Now I just bake because it goes so well with my coffee!

5.) After 11 years, I am still madly in love with my husband, Tim. My heart still skips a beat when he is near me.(Especially when he is holding a delivery from Stampin' Up! HA! )

6. Thanks to my husband I am a Locksmith. (We have a locksmith business)

7. I  really like to do the laundry.  No problem! But putting it away when it's done is a completely different job in my book.

8. I do all my own stunts. (Do you know how hard that really is?)

Whew.... Are ya still with me?? Thanks for hanging in there!  Finally, the good stuff, the blogs that I find inspiring and visit on a regular basis are : in no particular order - Penny Thomas  - as a demonstrator that has made Founder's circle 3 times, she inspires me to give it my best! I wish I didn't live so far away from this truly sweet and incredible woman! (It must be something in that family because her sister Pam D'Urso is just as sweet as can be too!) Brandi Wiggins-Cote' -Her card making and scrapping style is SO funky and fresh! She inspires me with all the awesome pictures she takes of her boys, and reminds me to write those little moments down. Amy Sheffer - Gosh where do I start, her work is out of this world! She really inspires me to think outside the box. Kelly Lunceford - When I first started stamping, and lurking around Splitcoaststampers, her art work jumped out at me, and I fell in love with her incredible style, and I still feel the same way today, Krystie Lee - She has such a clean and free style. She inspires me to get back to the basics, paper and ink. Splitcoaststampers - Well, it's not a blog really. I have to admit, that is where all the inspiration started for me. There has not been a day for as long as I can remember, that I have not gone through the gallery and not find someones/everyones work AWE inspiring. I feel the same way about Stampin' Connection (demo only site) - Just AWE inspiring everyday! I honestly and truly do not need to go anywhere else for inspiration than there! You can google search any of the above mentioned names, and see for yourself why I find these ladies, and places full of inspiration. :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pucker UP!

Hi Again! I wanted to share a project with you that my club girls and I will be making at our gathering this month. When I got the preview SAB catalog, I looked over the stamp sets from the main catalog in the back that can be earned with a $50 purchase. Low and behold Tart and Tangy was on the list! What a perfect set to showcase. I found these little paint cans at my LSS, decorated them with Daffodil Delight and Real Red accents, used the citrus slice from the set and of course Lemon Drops and Viola! A Sweet & Cute Valentine treat! (I hand wrote the sentiment to go with my candy choice. ) Thanks for taking a peek! Details are below

Stamps - Tart & Tangy
Paper - Whisper White, Real red, Daffodil Delight
Ink - Daffodil delight, black marker
Access - full heart punch, heart to heart punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, 1 1/4 circle punch,  pinking heart border punch, daffodil delight stripe ribbon, real red grosgrain ribbon,  two way glue, dazzling diamonds, dimensional dots, glue dots, sticky strip

*ETA - I found the cans at my local Michael's Store.

**ETA - I have had quite a few people contact me regarding where to find these little paint cans. These were quite new to my local store, so I would suggest keeping a look out for them as they update their stock regularly with the changing holidays. I have suggested to some to contact Michael's Corporate office, to have them check the quantity at your local store. The skew number for the can is - 400100778159. They are part of their "Wrap it Up" line of products. Good Luck. 

Heather :)

A gift from a dear friend

Hi! Today I have a non- SU card for you. Like most of you out there, we have friends that LOVE to stamp. I have a dear friend who loves ALL things paper and stamping related. She is a really good stamper and friend. For Christmas this year, she gifted me this EVER so cute MFT pure innocence stamp called Start your day with  WHEE!  She is SO super sweet! I needed to make her a thank you card, so why not use the  image she gave me. I used some non SU papers from my stash, paper pieced her dress,  and colored her with my copic markers. ( I am really breaking the rules today! *wink*) I just love the outcome, and I am sure that she will too! Thanks for taking a peek! Details below -

Stamps - MFT Pure Innocence
Paper - Crumb cake, Whisper white, Cosmo Cricket Material Girl
Ink - Memento tuxedo black, early espresso. copics to color
Access- Big shot, lg scallop oval frame die, square lattice Embossing Folder, dimensional dots

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A banner day

Hello! In an earlier post I said I was going to share what I was up to while the kids were playing with their new goodies from Santa. I am starting to get my samples together for my club girls this month, and this is one of them. My inspiration came from a recent issue of Paper Crafts magazine. I used some new goodies, and some oldies but goodies for this one. For the banner I cut out X's & O's with my Timeless Type Jr. alphabet to create my pennants, and used my perforating tool to create the string for then added brads to the ends.  I replaced one "O" for a punched heart, and added a little bling with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  I Just love the simplicity, and the clean lines. I am sure the girls are going to love it! Thanks for stopping by, and taking a peek! Details are below -

Stamps - All Holidays
Ink - black, Poppy Parade
Paper - Poppy Parade, Blushing bride, Black, Whisper White, Poppy Parade DSP
Access - Big Shot, Timeless type Jr. Alpha. Perfect polka dot EF, Perforating tool, brads, Sm heart punch, two way glue, Dazzling diamonds, Dimensional dots.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Don't fix it if it's not broken

Good Morning All! I was contacted by a lovely lady named Linda, a fellow Demo, who let me know that my recent changes to my blog were making it very hard to read. Sorry about that. I was in the mood for some change, and some bright and cheery colors considering we are in the throws of winter. But as the saying goes, "don't fix it if it isn't broken", I will revert back to something that you are able to read. ( Duh? isn't that why I started this whole thing in the first place?) Thank you Linda from the bottom of my toes for letting me know! :)

Some news to share

Happy New Year Everyone!! I am super excited to announce that I have been asked to be a part of Ms. Melanie Schulenberg's Paper Crafters Sampler Design team! It is a monthly online publication of projects made exclusively with Stampin' Up! products! What a GREAT resource of ideas to use your SU! supplies! You can subscribe to receive each month's editions, which includes 8 projects created with a monthly theme in mind and all the templates and instructions to all of these wonderful projects! I have seen some of the wonderful and inventive creations from past editions, and it is definitely worth the while. You can check out a trial sampler on the PCS (Paper Crafter Sampler) website to see what I mean! I promise you will not be disappointed.... Here is a sneak peek at my project in this January's issue, available starting Jan. 11, 2011
Just click on the PCS link on my sidebar to check out the Early Bird Special that is going on right now too!
Hurry the special ends
Jan. 9, 2011
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