Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Scrappy layers

Hi all! I wanted to share another card with you that I made over my relaxing weekend. I am in that spring cleaning mood too! Getting organized, putting away things and scraps that I have acumulated on my cutting table. I mentioned in an earlier post that I am really committed to using up my older DSP's and in the process I am learning to rethink my scraps. Some are big and some are small, some left over from workshop cards, and so on and so on... Here is what I came up with for this scrappy card -

I used some retired Pawsitively Prints, some Good Neighbor, and Ice Cream Parlor. Isn't it awesome, that we can pull out so many different DSP papers, and they all coordinate! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. Details below -

Heather :)

Paper - Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Pawsitively prints, Good Neighbor, Ice Cream Parlor (sale-a-bration)
Stamps - A Good Egg
ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Scallop edge punch, Pink Satin Ribbon, Soft subtle button, string, dimensional dots

Monday, March 28, 2011

a Not so Shabby Birthday

Happy Monday all! If you have been keeping up with my posts lately, I have been having a relaxing couple of days doing what I like best...hunkering down and getting inky. It really has been nice just stamping for stamping sake, and getting some cards out of the way to replenish my stash as the fresh spring air and warmer days head our way.

 It was also nice to check out all the challenges that I have been missing, and doing some (well more than some) lurking on some of my favorite blogs. Awhile ago, I happened on the SUO challenge blog. I always frequent it, but rarely play along. I had a chance to play along in the last one, as a card that I had allready made fit the challenge. Happen stance really. This week I made it a point to play along.  How could I not, the challenge was to make a birthday card. The hostess even states that out of all the cards we make, birthday cards have to be on the top of our lists. Isn't that why we started stamping and taking up this hobby anyway..saying to ourselves look at all the money I am going to save making my own brithday cards. (hee-hee)

For my challenge card I used a sentiment from the Bring on the cake set found in the SU Occasions mini catalog, and Vintage Vogue. My papers are a mix of Love letters DSP, and News Print DSP, and both are current. Gasp! Yes, you read that right....I used current DSP!! :) I added some Crochet trim,  black Satin ribbon, faux stitching, and a vanilla button tied with some black thread to finish it off. Not to "shabby" if I do say so myself! :) Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Bring on the cake, Vintage Vogue
Paper - Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love letters DSP, Newsprint DSP
Ink - black, Crumb Cake, More Mustard
Accessories - Scallop edge punch, 3/4 circle, ity bity circle punch, Paper pircer, mat pack, black marker, Black Satin ribbon, Crochet trim, basic preals, black thread, dimensional dots, sponge

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A ruffled egg

HI! I bet you are wondering... A Sunday post? Really? Yup, I have been busy stamping that last two days, without too much interruption. ( Yikes!, when DOES that happen right?) Well it has for me this weekend, and I am taking FULL advantage! *wink*
The card that I have for you today, is actually an idea that I had floating around for awhile, and today was the day to put it to work. I can say that I REALLY like the concept, but I don't think I am really pleased with the outcome. You be the judge -

to me it seems a little messy, or maybe it is just the photo. It is really to bright out, and late in the day to actually get a good picture. I hope that it is all just my photographic skills....and I am not loosing my Mojo... EEK! Let me know what ya think...K? Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. Details below -

Heather :)

Stamps - A Good Egg, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Crumb Cake, Very vanilla
Ink - Close to Cocoa
Accessories - Pear Pizazz DSP, scallop edge punch, pear pizazz seam binding, baja breeze seam binding, pink taffeta ribbon, Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta ribbon, sewing machine, sponge, dimensional dots

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Sunny Hello

Hi All! I hope you all are having a terrific Saturday, and relaxing a little. Today I am relaxing, and stamping very leisurely. I LOVE when I can do that! No one in the house has to be anywhere, and my darling husband is handling dinner, and the boys are surprisingly quiet...excuse me while I pause for a second to knock on some wood...(hee-hee).
I checked out the challenges that I missed this week on Splitcoast this morning, and the Friday free for all challenge caught my attention. It was called Hello Sunshine. Our hostess asked us to be inspired by the Sun, and all it brings. I couldn't resist, ... hoping that all the positive thinking that this challenge would bring, just might bring us those warmer days a little sooner than later. :) 

My LO for this card is from the March Issue of Cards. I stamped my clouds using the frosting from Create a Cupcake found in the SU Occasions mini catty. I first stamped in versamark, and then in White craft offsetting it just a little to give the clouds some depth. I am also still very committed to using up my old DSP scraps. I used some retired Pawsitively Prints, another paper that I so dearly miss (sniff-sniff). But it's all good, the scraps I used made for one cute card! :) Thanks for stopping by. Details below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Chic Boutique (sentiment), Create a Cupcake, Fabulous Phrases, So Happy for you
Paper - Sahara Sand, So saffron, Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, Pear Pizazz DSP, Pawsitively prints DSP, Whisper White
Ink - Versamark, White Craft, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - 1 3/4 circle punch, scallop edge punch, paper piercer, sewing machine, ity bitty shapes punch pack, white signo gel pen, White EP, dimensional dots

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Use em' if ya got 'em

Hellooooo!!! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend, and you were able to get a little stamping time in there. I certainly did. My club girls were over, and we had a great time. During club we touched on some of our favorite retired stamp sets, and papers. That conversation lead me to pull out some of those sets, and papers, and bring them up to the front of my drawer, and begin to use 'em up. I have SO many papers! Some are full packs of DSP that I am scared to cut into. Well, I am committed to it! :) ( In my head I keep saying they are going to make a comeback like VHS tape...Really! ) So anyhoo, I played along in the Splitcoaststampers color challenge this morning, and used some retired DSP for my papers. The hostess chose to use Regal Rose, So Saffron, and Pear Pizazz.

I so miss soft sky.... and Sweet Always DSP. (insert long sigh here!) Thanks for taking a trip down my DSP memory lane, and for stopping by to take a peek. Details below -

Heather :)

Stamps - All Holidays
Paper - Whisper White, Soft Sky DSP, Sweet Always DSP, So Saffron
Ink - Black
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect polka dot EF, Floral Fusion Sizzlet, Latte Button, Pear Pizazz Seam binding, Linen thread, Scallop edge punch, scallop trim ribbon border punch, paper piercer, sewing pins, yellow sharpie ( to color pearls), basic pearls, dimensional dots

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Neutral Thinking

Hi All! Happy St. Patrick's day to those out celebrating today! I have a quick creation to share with you today. This card is actually a sample for my club girls this month. I wanted to showcase some backgrounds and the use of neutral papers. I also needed to make a sympathy card for my stash, as I noticed that I had none, and really like to have some on hand. As this card is not actually a Sympathy but a simple thinking of you card that can be used either way. Anyhoo -

I stamped my background with crumb cake, and the floral spray in the center (from the same  background stamp) with classic black. I then stamped my image (background) again in versamark on very vanilla paper, heat embossed with black EP, then cut out the flowers (from the same spray) I wanted and paper pieced them onto the stamped image, popping up some with dimensional dots for depth. I used some very vanilla ribbon, and Sincere Salutations for my sentiment. Simple and stated if I do say so myself, an I think the club girls will love it too. :) Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Bella Toile, Sincere Salutations
Paper - Crumb Cake, Very vanilla
Ink - Crumb Cake, Black, Versamarker
Accessories - black embossing powder, Heat tool, Very vanilla 1/4 inck grosgrain ribbon, paper snips, Dimensional Dots

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bring on the Color Challenge

Hellooooo!!! Tuesday already?? That means there is a color challenge to play along with on Splitcoaststampers. I used the challenge today as a starting point for a birthday card for my sister-in-law Patti. Her Birthday is on St. Pat's Day, and I always seem to send her the same card every year...a card that has an Irish blessing or a St. Pat's theme. I really wanted to change it up this year and give her something different. So that is where the color challenge comes in. The hostess on Splitcoast chose so wonderfully subdued relaxing colors today, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, and Crumb Cake. Some of my favorite colors, if you hadn't already noticed. Here is Patti's card -

 I made some little flowers by punching a scallop circle out of some baja breeze paper, cutting it into a spiral, and than wrapping it tight around the tip of a pencil. Easy peasy really! The sentiment is from the set Bring on the cake from the Occasion's mini as well as the Baja Breeze seam binding on the bottom of my card. This stuff is Delicious! Now a must have in my book! :) Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Bring on The Cake
Paper - Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizazz
Ink - Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories - scallop circle punch, scallop circle from ity bitty shapes punch pack, Designer label punch, oval punch (for leaves), Baja Breeze seam binding, two way glue, Dazzling diamonds, glue dots, dimensional dots, paper Piercer, sponge

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Shade late...

 We made it... I had a little doubt...but super glad we did...:)  Happy Friday!!! Whoop! Whoop!

 I was having one of those days yesterday..ya know busy doing your thing, and all the while you are thinking that there was something you were supposed to do. You wander, wonder, and rack your noodle, and then it hits ya..(insert audible forehead slap here)  to wish a certain special someone a happy birthday. D'OH! So..... I got a chance to pull out one of my oldest and favorite stamp sets Furnished with love. This is one of those sets that I will never part with... it is timeless. The sweet images are so fun to color, and paper piece, which is exactly what I did here -

I used my markers and versamarker to color the lamp bases, and paper pieced the shades with current SU papers to update the image a little. I added just a few details to balance it out. I am sure the person receiving the card will forget all about it being a little late. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. :) Details below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Furnished with Love (retired)
Paper - Very Vanilla, Black, Newsprint DSP, Ice Cream Parlor DSP
Ink - Basic Gray, Black
Accessories - Versamarker, Paper Piercer, mini library clip, dimensional dots

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hello my dear..

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing a card that I made with a new stamp set to me called Forest Friends. I was able to get this set with a Sale-a-bration order. There are sets from the SU main catalog that we are able to choose from too, not just the exclusive Sale-a-bration goodies that are for a limited time. So check them out...there might be a set in there that you just may have had your heart set on for awhile, and you can get for FREE!! OK, enough of the yada yada, and let's get to that sample.. :)

I stamped my woodgrain background with bleach onto Soft Suede card stock, let it dry, and then cut out my tree limbs. I used the large oval punch to make my tree leaves, and School Days DSP for my background papers. I think it turned out just as sweet as can be. I love it when that happens. I had overlooked this set in the catalog for so long, but glad I didn't again. It is so sweet, and even sweeter, it was FREE!! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. Details are below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Forest Friends, All Holidays, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Wood grain
Paper - Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Tempting turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, School Days DSP
Ink - Tempting turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso
Accessories - Bleach, Scallop edge border punch, ity bitty shapes punch pack, large oval punch, cropadile, dimensional dots

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dreaming of Spring?

Good morning all! I have a quick post for you this a.m. to remind you that it is almost time for the next edition of The Paper Crafters Sampler to arrive. 

It is full of stunning projects and ideas for us to help welcome the new season and all that it brings. Here is a sneaky peek at my project in this months issue. 

So head on over to the PCS website and help welcome this long awaited season... I'll meet you there! :) Remember to use code PCSHK when subscribing, or just mention my name.

Heather :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Owl be thinking of you

Good morning All! Hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend... I know I did.. and haven't had one of those in awhile. I actually got to sit at my desk for a couple of hours, and get busy with all these wonderful Sale-a-bration goodies that I have accumulated.

I used two of the Sale-a-bration sets for this card, Punch Bunch, and So Happy for you. The button flowers are also from the catalog. :)

 Just a little reminder to you out there...  the Sale-a-bration promotion is for a limited time.(thru March 31, 2011). With a $50 net order from me you can earn FREE merchandise from the Sale-a-bration catalog. There are stamp sets and paper that are exclusive to this promotion, so once Sale-a-bration is over these sets, papers and accessories will be retired. So don't delay place your order today. Shopping with me is easy too... Just click on the tab on my side bar. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek. :) Details are below -

Heather :)

Stamps - Punch Bunch, So Happy for you, Apple Blossom, Dot Dot Dot
Paper - Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise
Ink - melon mambo, Daffodil delight, Pear Pizazz, black, Pacific point markers, craft white
Access - Daffodil delight striped ribbon, ice cream parlor buttons, white floss, dimensional dots, paper piercer, ity bity shapes circle punch, lg. oval punch

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Some Teeny Tiny St. Patrick's Day Wishes

Good Afternoon everyone! After yesterday's post, and looking at all the wonderful St. Patrick's day cards in the Free for all challenge gallery on Splitcoast, I felt inspired to make a few more for my personal stash. I don't think that stash will last long though, considering my husbands family is Irish, and my Sister-in-law was born on that day. :)   Any hoo, I have two cards to share with you today. Lucky you right!  :) The first card is a case of another card that I had done for Valentine's Day. I just changed the colors, and instead of the heart, I stamped a shamrock. The shamrock is from the Sale-a-bration set So Happy for You.

I stamped the party hats from Party Hearty upside down to look like a banner, and replaced one of them with the shamrock. I added a little bling to it with the some SU Cosmo glitter. Super Cute! :)

The next card I used a LO that I had flagged in a book, and went from there. I used some retired DSP from the Sweetpea stack from last spring, and created my shamrock using the small heart punch, and the flourish from the SU Set Vintage Vogue.

I really like the way the second one turned out, but both are Sweet! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Details are below -

Heather :)

Banner card -
Stamps - So Happy for you , Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Old Olive, River rock, Whisper White
Ink - Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Black
Access - Big shot, Perfect polka dot EF, Two way glue, Cosmo glitter, brads, perforating tool, dimensional dots

Single Shamrock -
Stamps - Teeny Tiny wishes, Vintage Vogue
Paper - River Rock, Sweet pea DSP Stack (retired), Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Pear Pizazz
Ink - Always Artichoke
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Polka dot EF, Sm. Heart punch, Ice brad, scallop edge punch, Old olive satin Ribbon, Dimensional dots, always artichoke marker, Designer label punch, lg oval punch

Friday, March 4, 2011

Inspired St. Pat's card

Happy Friday everyone!  I have been busy getting some projects together for the SU Artisan award. I so desperately want to share them with you, but I can't just yet. Win or loose I will share when I can....OK? Wish me luck! :)
I feel like I have been neglecting my little ol' blog, so I decided to sit down and play this morning before things get crazy around here for the weekend. I checked out the Free for all Challenge on Splitcoast stampers, and felt inspired to play along. The challenge was to use a lucky charm of our choosing. I chose a shamrock from the SAB set So Happy for You. The sketch I used is directly from the Stampin' Up! publication Stampin' Success.

I think it turned out fantastic! Thanks for taking a peek, and stopping by. :) Have a great weekend everyone!

Heather :)

Stamps - So Happy for you, Create a Cupcake, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Wild Wasabi, Whisper white, Ice Cream parlor dsp
Ink - black, Daffodil delight, wild wasabi
Accessories - paper piercer, create a cupcake punch, dimensional dots, daffodil delight grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bring on the CC

Hi Everyone! I have been away for a few days takin' care of  Sale-a-bration business, and workshops. Lots of stamping and creating but none for me.. But it's all good. I am at home today with one of my sons who has been feeling under the weather, and my Husband who needed to work from home today. So we are taking it easy, and I decided to play along in the color challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Our hostess choose to use Certainly Celery, Marina Mist, and Rose Red for our colors this week.  Each week we are given a dessert option as well, and this week it was to use a banner. Ooh, now that caught my attention.I needed to make a quick card for a Niece whose Birthday is this week. I so love Banners! Fun, Festive, and lots of possibilities.... Here is what I came up with for the challenge today ......

I cut various sized triangles out of card stock and some Designers series papers. The stripe and the dsp with hearts is from a retired stack from last years SAB called Good Neighbor. The Sentiment is from the set Bring on the Cake from the current SU Occasion's mini catalog. Turned out super sweet! Off to the post office! Thanks for taking a peek, details below. --

Heather :)

Stamps - Bring on the Cake
Paper - Whisper White, Marina Mist, Good Neighbor DSP, Pear Pizazz
Ink -  Rose Red, basic black
Access. - Big shot, perfect polka dot EF, Designer label punch, dotted scallop border trim punch, paper piercer, marina mist 1/8" ribbon, rose red grosgrain ribbon (retired), corner rounder, cropadile, certainly celery satin ribbon, dimensional dots.