Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Valentine's Day projects

I had an idea for a Specialty class - a Sizzix Valentine Occasion Class. Each project uses two sizzix dies available through Stampin' Up. I got the heart idea from another blog, but changed it around. It uses the petal card and Bitty Box and Envelope die. There is still something missing despite the fact that it holds chocolate.

The second project uses the scalloped envelope and the blossom party dies. It's a simple little note card in the scalloped envelope made from vellum. - Heidi

Trio Flower punch and new specialty paper

I made this envelope with the Stampin' Up Bitty Box & Envelope die. Then I added the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware to the front. Here's the kicker - the new Sending Love Specialty Paper from Stampin' Up (available January 5th) fits the trio flower punch perfectly! If you look at the pictures there are so many ways to use the punch with the new paper. Even a scrap of the glittery part will make a cute flower (bottom left of above picture). That's a great UPSELL idea. This envelope will be part of a card that I am going to make once I borrow the scalloped heart embosslit from my friend Karen. - Heidi

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mojo 119

I was already working on this bird when I decided to check out MOJO this week. Perfect! I was already half way there. I love the new bird punch that will be available from Stampin' Up on January 5th. Have a great day! - Heidi

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Joy Christmas Cards

What do you do when it is raining outside in Wisconsin on Christmas Eve? Why make Christmas cards and pray the rain doesn't freeze!

I saw a version of this on Stamper's Showcase on Stampin' Up's demo website. I made many versions with different SU DSP. I have a ton of it and this is great for using up scraps. My favorite is at the top using Holiday Lounge paper. It is simple and a great way to maximize the use of the ornament punch and the Serif Essentials Bigz Alphabet Die Set by Sizzix - both available from Stampin' Up. I don't do simple most of the time. I had to hold myself back to keep from adding a brad or ribbon or something!!!! Have a great day! - Heidi

Monday, December 21, 2009

MOJO 118

I have been stuck in a rut lately and this was just the thing to get me going. I am into using my retired DSP from Stampin' Up because I have a LOT of it. This uses the new Fox & Friends and Vintage Labels from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration. Have a great day! - Heidi

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Card Case #1

This is the first group of cards I designed. Each group got one of the triangle Christmas Tree cards. They are so simple, yet awesome that I put one in each group. - Heidi

Christmas Card Case #2

Here is the secong set of cards using Holiday Lounge paper. - Heidi

Christmas Card Set # 3

I have been busy with things other than school! I designed this set of cards for my fellow sideline, Karen. She did a specialty class where you pay $25.00 and go home with three cards with matching insides and envelopes, a plastic case with matching sleeve and a full pack of the paper you chose to make the cards with. That's a great deal. Here is the Christmas Cocoa paper.

Kaden's Ben 10 card

My son's friend is into Ben 10 - I think Xavier is responsible for that. For Kaden's birthday I made him a Ben 10 card. He knew exactly what it was when he opened the card so I must have done a good job! - Heidi

Birthday cards at Maren's house

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Finals are upon me and I have been buried under my Anatomy and Physiology. I did come out victorious though with an A, I believe.

My upline, Maren, had a birthday stamp-a-stack and these are the cards we made. Enjoy -Heidi

Monday, December 14, 2009

Something old, something new, something retired & something blue!

I am addicted to this Chocolate Bunny image coming in January from Stampin' Up! Have a great day - I need to go to my Psych class. - Heidi

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Mojo Sketch # 115

I have been busy with exams. This is for Mojo Monday sketch #115. I am ready to get past Christmas, I guess. I can't wait for my new stuff from the mini and Sale-a-bration to come next week. - Heidi

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Absolutely Delightful Ornaments

I love this (Designer Series Paper)DSP! I also love the all-purpose ink (API) from Stampin' Up. Just a quick leftover card from a project I have been working on. - Heidi

Triangle Down-Upside Down?

In my post entitled Triangle Down Card I shared this card design. Then I thought to myself - why can't I tip this upside down and make it into a really cool Christmas tree? It looks awesome and is so easy to do. Here are the directions:

1. Cut outermost color cardstock (here I used Old Olive) into 4 1/4" by 11" piece.
2. Score this cardstock at 5 1/2" and fold.
3. Mark the cardstock on the 4 1/4" side at the half way point.
4. Use your trimmer to cut the cardstock from the halfway point of the edge to the end of the cardstock at the fold. This will make your pointed tree front side of the card.
5. Place triangle part of cardstock into embossing folder. I used Petals-A-Plenty from Stampin' Up.
6. Run through your die-cutting machine. If it goes over the fold line - that is okay.
7. Cut a piece of DSP (here I used old SU DSP) into a 4" X 5 1/4" piece and set aside.
8. Cut your inside color cardstock (here I used Real Red) 5 1/4" X 8.
9. Score the longer side at 4" so it folds in half perfectly.
10. Lay your folded cardstock (here Real Red) under the triangle of the outer cardstock. Mark with a pencil about 1" on both side of the triangle to the point.
11. Use the slit punch from Stampin' Up to make the half moon slice in your cardstock (Real Red). Line up the punch with the "V" you drew with the pencil. Not too close to the end.
12. Swirl Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (TMPA) in the half moon shape and put your tape runner adhesive everywhere else on the front of the inside cardstock to adhere your DSP on.
13. The TMPA will hold that half moon together well! I love TMPA - available from SU!
14. Line up the slit punch with the previous hole so you can now punch through the DSP.
15. Stamp your image onto the liner of your card that is cut 3 3/4" X 5.
16. Adhere inside your folded card (Real Red).
17. Adhere the folded card (Real Red) inside the triangle cut (Old Olive)card.
18. Cut the tip off of the embossed triangle - about 1/4". This allows it to tuck into the slit much nicer.
19. Punch a 3/4" circle and adhere over the slit area on the DSP with TMPA.
20. Rub VersaMark over your cardstock for the star.
21. Emboss with Iridescent Ice from Stampin' Up.
22. Punch out with star punch from Stampin' Up.
23. Adhere to circle with Stampin' Dimensionals.
24. Fold the triangle up and tuck it under the slit punch. It should fit snuggly.
25. Admire your handiwork!

Happy Thanksgiving - Heidi

Friday, November 20, 2009

Patterned Pines in Navy

Ah, here it is. The sketch that I came up with during my A & P class. Originally I had the idea to put a white ribbon where the cardstock should touch down the middle, but I thought the empty space might look better. This card uses Night of Navy cardstock and DSP from Stampin' Up. The trees are stamped with Frost White All-Purpose Ink. I love that stuff! - Heidi

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ligaments, tendons and muscles, oh my!

Sorry that I haven't posted in a while. I have a killer anatomy and physiology exam on Thursday. That didn't stop me from doing a card layout sketch during A & P lecture though. I will probably make it for you on Thursday after the exam. Until that time bear with me. Thanks - Heidi

Friday, November 13, 2009

Triangle Down Card

Triangle down is the only thing I could think of to call this card. To my knowledge it doesn't have a name. I saw this design on a blog and had to try it out! I love the design. It's easy to do and looks classy when done. I used the slit punch so I would have somewhere to tuck the triangle in to. On my first try I punched too high. I was going to chuck the paper into my scrap bin when I had a DUH moment. All I had to do was turn it around and put the punched part under my inside card lining.

The inside of the card uses the leftover ink from the weathered background stamp. You know when you ink up the background stamp and stamp on a smaller piece of paper there is some ink left on the edges - that was perfect for a little accent on the top and bottom of the inside liner.

For the background/horse I stamped in Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip. Then I used Tim Holtz's distress crackle paint (clear rock candy) and distress ink. It gives the horse a "weathered" look.

STAMPS: Wanted, Nature Silhouettes, Big Birthday Candle, Weathered and Classic Stripes.
INK: Chocolate Chip, VersaMark, Always Artichoke.

The idea for this card was from here. Have a great weekend - Heidi

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wanted: Nature's Silhouettes

I made this card for my husband's birthday. I thought, why can't I put the horse from Wanted on that grass in Nature Silhouettes? I had to color the horse in to make him look solid. The paper is from Stampin' Up and I believe it is Manchester DSP. This is my second attempt, and I think it needs further revisions. My first card was a disaster and that is actually the one I gave to my husband for his birthday. That's what family is for. - Heidi

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rudolph Treat Bags

My friend Karen had treat bags made into owls at the last craft fair we went to. I thought that we needed something for Christmas. I came up with this idea while at that craft fair. My husband thinks they look like a deer/owl hybrid. Thanks Honey!


Cardstock: basic black, close to cocoa, creamy caramel, white and real red(textured).
Ink: none
Accessories: large tag punch & 1" square punch for hooves, cello bags, candy, 1" circle and 3/4" circle punch, Top Note Die, hole punch for antler insertion, double sided tape, swirls scribbles sizzlit, close to cocoa marker and white gel pen.

Have a great day! - Heidi

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mojo Monday # 112

I am going to try and keep my Mojo going by participating in the Mojo Monday challenges. I love the all-purpose ink from Tsukineko. Stampin' Up carries it in the Mini Catalog. I hope they carry it on a permanent basis! I hope they get other colors as well.

This card uses white all-purpose ink from Tsukineko. The couple is stamped on Night of Navy with the API. I also stamped the Peace on Earth on NoN Designer Series Paper. The API lets you stamp light on dark in a whole new way. The ink dries fast! View all the other wonderful entries for this week's challenge here - Mojo Monday

Have a great night - Heidi

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Background fun at Maren's House

Sorry for the layout mess. I am still trying to figure out how to do this. I made these cards at my upline's house. It was a backgrounds class. That shiny background for the ornaments was made by adding all purpose ink (shimmer paint) and alcohol into a spray bottle. It is very shiny.
Enjoy. - Heidi