Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wintery Birthday Card

Happy after-Christmas to you all. I woman at Ernesto's job wants a birthday card for her daughter who's birthday is on January 4th. All I know is that she is 23, likes pink and winter sports. I am hoping that this vintage-type card will fit the bill. Colors are Whisper White, Bashful Blue and Pink Pirouette. Stamp sets used are well-scripted, winter post, lovely as a tree and northern hearts. I had to sketch the pond line in by hand with a Basic Grey marker. All letter and outline stamping is done in Basic Grey to give it a softer look. The skaters are fussy cut out and popped up on dimensionals. I see now that my nesties are crooked on the card, but I glued it so there is no going back. It is a hand-made card after all! Thanks for looking and have a wonderful night! -Heidi

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hot Wheels & geese

The above card was made using my Cricut Expression. That machine has me scrapbooking again and I was afraid it would kill my will to make cards. Well that's not true! These geese are on a Cricut Lite cartridge called Wildlife that is only available at Wal-Mart, I believe. I was going for a really cool card, but this one is so-so. If I had sponged it a bit then it would have been awesome! The color combo of Early Espresso with Marina Mist and Tangerine Tango is thanks to the Stampin' Up color coach. I do like that book A LOT! The geese are Sahara Sand and Early Espresso. The sun is So Saffron and the extra torn sky is Pumpkin Pie. The land is Close to Cocoa with a touch of Chocolate Chip marker along the water's edge. All-in all not a bad card.

My sons' friend has a birthday tomorrow. His invitation was this Hot Wheels car on the front. I love to recycle a card and see what I can do with it. I fussy cut around the car and cut "Happy Birthday" with my Stamping Solutions Cricut cartridge. The Tempting Turquoise background is embossed with the big 5 X 7 Cuttlebug embossing folder with gears on it called "clockworks." I hope he likes it - we shall see tomorrow. Have a lovely evening - Heidi

Saturday, December 11, 2010

It's still raining & it's late

My friend Mari came over and we stamped some ornaments. The adult/crafty conversation must have sparked my creative juices because here's another card. I am loving this chipboard from Archiver's, but I bought it so long ago I am betting that it is no longer available. The cardstock is Basic Grey. Pretty in Pink and Whisper White. Pretty in Pink Taffeta from Stampin' Up along with various punches finish off the card. The words are printed on the computer and punched out. The stamp is from artistic Etchings. - Heidi

Valentine's CASE

Good evening from beautiful and rainy Wisconsin! This card is a CASE from Papercrafts magazine, but of course I changed it up a bit. I didn't use any fancy ribbon, as a matter of fact I used an old scrap just to be rid of it! Next time I'll use Pretty in Pink from Stampin' Up. On the Papercrafts card they used a sheer ribbon of which I had none. The chipboard is from Making Memories and is called "jigsaw love." I picked it up at Archiver's a LONG time ago, so I don't know if you can still get it. Cardstock is Basic Grey from Stampin' Up and whisper white. The brad is a Blushing Bride shimmer brad, also from Stampin' Up. The "love you" is a die from Cuttlebug that comes with an embossing folder called Love Language combo pack. In Papercrafts they stamped I love you, but I didn't feel like doing that with an alphabet so I used the die instead. This is a 5 X 7 card - I just love making the BIG ONES! Now I need to make an envelope! Hmm...I believe I have just the right paper. Good night and have a safe tomorrow! - Heidi

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Another Cricut card and GASP a scrapbook page.

Whew it's been a long time since I did any scrapbooking! The page is of my son's 4K pictures this year. While talking to my friend Beth she said something about stars and it clicked that I could use stars on this page! I couldn't use flowers or anything girly (I have a ton of that stuff!) because it is a boy's page. The colors are Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla to go nicely with the pictures. Simple and clean.

The gingerbread man is another card from Beth's house that we did on her Cricut. He's cut out of the front so I put some paper behind him and then offset a frame around him in the now extinct Candy Cane DSP from Stampin' Up. Have a great night - Heidi

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Cricut Gingerbread card

I went to my friend Beth's house and tried her Cricut. This gingerbread man was cut on vanilla cardstock then brayered in Soft Suede. He didn't look right so I spritzed him with some Log Cabin Smooch. He's very shiny now! I used the Holly Jolly paper and some Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the card. His rickrack is a die from Papertrey Ink and cut out of Cherry Cobbler also. The sentiment is from Contempo Christmas and some circle punches to add some oomph! He has a matching envelope, but of course. - Heidi

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hunter Green & gold tree

Did you ever have an awesome idea in your head only to be disappointed once it was on paper? Well here is my latest! This is a whopping 7 3/4" X 5 1/2" card, but it is crooked and some of the gold texture is in different directions. I am far to anal for this card - too bad it is the ONLY one like it that I will make! Anyway, my friend Letty and I saw a card made with this die and loved it. Of course neither of us took a picture of that wedding card at our "local and now closed" scrapbook store. So there my Harlequin die from Provocraft sat until this idea popped into my head. The base and tree are American Crafts gold cardstock with some Handsome Hunter cardstock thrown in. Top it off with a gold glimmer brad from Stampin' Up. It's not awful, but it could be better. Okay for a first try. Have a fantastic evening! - Heidi

I know it's been done before....

....but I had to do it. These are so darn cute and perfect for Thanksgiving! Sorry the picture is crooked! If you go to Lynn's blog here she will tell you how to make it. Can I just say that the woman is a punch genius! Being familiar with a turkey's anatomy (I have a BS in Poultry Science from UW-Madison) I added some dots on the legs and body to represent where the feathers used to be. I know that turkeys have two legs, but after making six of these I was NOT going to make another 6 legs. Let's just pretend that the other leg is well hidden behind the leg you can see! Have a great day! - Heidi

Saturday, November 20, 2010

December's class

The above cards are what we will be making in my December class. Class is on Saturday December 4th at 1:00PM. We will make 5 complete cards - including the insides and an envelope. Please contact me if you need more info. Sorry for the poor picture quality. The cards really are much cuter in real life. Have a great night! - Heidi

Friday, November 19, 2010

More Christmas

Yesterday I was trying to come up with some cards for my next class on December 4th. The first card is yuck and I am not feeling it at all. The second card is a ribbon CASE from SCS. I think I will mount it on a Riding Hood Red card base though. Hopefully I'll have better luck creating something today. - Heidi

Monday, November 8, 2010

Chemo Card

This is for my neighbor Diane that told me last week she had cervical cancer and she isn't even 40 years old! I am going to try and give her a card a week. This is a CASE from a Hallmark card. Inside it says (But if it sucks the cancer right out of you, then "YAY, chemo!"). The colors are Real Red and Taken with Teal. It is a 5 X 7 card. Have a great day! - Heidi

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Holy Wedding cards Batman!

I shouldn't be left to wander aimlessly through Hobby Lobby. For some reason I strolled down the bridal aisle and found the groom and bride tiles. Right next to them were bling hearts and look at this - they were 50% off! And here I had just ordered the bride paper off of the Clearance rack from Stampin' Up. PERFECT. That spawned card number one using sentiments that I printed out on my computer. I believe Stampin' Up had a stamp set with the husband, wife, happy life saying previously so that is not an original idea. So I made 8 of those cards - don't ask me why.

Then I was in Hobby Lobby to buy some paper to make envelopes for these 7 3/4" X 5 1/2" large cards and stumbled upon the kraft colored background paper that is wedding themed. I also discovered an entire stack of pearl foil paper by S.E.I. - much like the bride paper from Stampin' Up. Alas the tiles are black, white and pink so that won't match a kraft colored card. Let's go back to the bridal area and lo-and-behold I find a pack of silver rings for a different trinket to put on a card. Instead of bling let's just punch a little heart and if it isn't shiny enough we can always apply Crystal Effects or some glitter/Stickles. And the gorgeous foil paper? Well that can be sponged/daubered to whatever color you want. For the last card I used Elegant Eggplant and Mellow Moss because my friend Karen has a wedding she is going to next weekend and those are the wedding colors. She doesn't know I made it, but I'll let you know if she likes it.

I am off to trick-or-treat instead of hiding in my basement and stamping - DARN! Darth Vader (Xavier) and Batman/singer/jedi guy (Isandro - don't ask) are waiting. Have a fantastic Halloween. - Heidi

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MOJO 162

Here is my submission for this week's MOJO MONDAY challenge. I tried a round card, but I don't think I like it. It's too small! I used the biggest Spellbinder Eyelet circle die and cut from peach parfait cardstock. The DSP is Sunny Garden from Stampin' Up. The bird is from a hostess set called Silhouette Sentiments. Poppy parade glitter brads and pear pizzazz cardstock behind the bird finish off the card. Have a non-windy day! - Heidi

CASE from the IBC - page 137

My friend Beth was over yesterday and we were brainstorming ideas for cards. A customer liked this card and had pointed it out as a way to use the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack. We changed the card around because I don't have any builder wheels. The DS paper is Sunny Garden. The cardstock is daffodil delight and peach parfait. The flowers & brad combos are as follows: poppy parade - real red, pretty in pink - pretty in pink, peach parfait - pumpkin pie, daffodil delight - so saffron, pear pizzazz - certainly celery. We discovered that they don't have regular brads in the new In Colors. The stamp set is Heard from the Heart. Hope you like it! - Heidi

Thursday, October 21, 2010

But seriously

I don't know what has set me into a tailspin now. Okay, I do. My friend Heather, whom I love dearly, has just been told that she can start the RN program in January. And here I sit and wait! I wait for people that don't know me to decide my fate. I can't help but feel down. I left my job to go back to school full-time and I put my family's welfare on the line with this risk. Then I didn't get into UW-Parkside for this Fall so here is sit.

I have also been considering canceling my SU demonstratorship as I am the one supporting it. I only have three people that come to my card classes. I know it takes time, but the economy is so bad right now how can I keep it up? Last weekend I went to a craft fair with about 300 cards and sold maybe ten of them. That's money sitting there doing nothing. I have just been considering chucking it all and giving up. Just sell it all (the Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Spellbinders) and be done with this hobby that is addicting and costs a lot of money. I am torn as to what I should do.

On the up side I have lost 43 pounds since the second week in august of 2010. I feel better physically and I am determined to make all the extra weight go away and STAY AWAY! Not the greatest picture of me, but you can see how the pants that once fit me tightly are loose and my shirt feels like a maternity shirt. I have a lot to think about and the kids are up early so I have to go. Have a great day! - Heidi

An old Mojo - 125

When I was at a craft fair last week someone asked me if I had a cardinal card that was non-Christmas. I did not. So I went to Mojo Monday and looked for a sketch that would fit my needs. Mojo 125 in February of 2010 fit my needs. Here is my non-Christmas cardinal. The card is a chocolate chip base and then crumbcake cardstock. I used the woodland walk DSP from Stampin' Up along with A Cardinal Christmas stamp set. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. Garden green and wild wasabi finish it off with cardstock and ribbon. Have a great day. - Heidi

Saturday, October 16, 2010

An idea becomes a card!

Do you ever get an idea that just won't go away until you put the idea onto paper? I get them ALL the time! I had to make this card as it was spinning through my little brain. I spent all day in Union Grove at a craft fair and didn't sell very many cards. I need to cut for my class in one week, but nope I had to eek out one more card to let my brain rest and stop spinning!

The base for this 5 X 7 card is basic black. Then I put a rectangle of very vanilla and stamped the sentiment in Staz-on black. My basic black always turns out purple for some reason. Then I added a rectangle of Newsprint DSP from Stampin' Up. Before I attached it to the card I spritzed it with Silver Foil Smooch. I punched a one inch strip of black cardstock with the bracket and musical symphony border punches from EK Success. Stamped the Eiffel and medallion from Artistic Etchings and smooched them also. Punched out the medallion and put a scalloped circle behind it. I left the notes and the saying alone because I didn't want to take the chance of them being too dark to read because of too much smooch. If I make this for a class I might not smooch the Eiffel tag either to pull the card together better. Black taffeta ribbon completes the tag. A matching envelope was in order and also made from the Newsprint DSP. The card is propped up on the envelope. Have a great night. - Heidi

Monday, October 4, 2010


Happy Monday everybody! I need to get back to doing some challenges in order to keep my Mojo going. Here is my card for this week's sketch. As soon as I saw the sketch I knew what stamp I would use. I bought the set Perfect Punches from Stampin' Up, but I hadn't used it yet. The paper is Candy Cane Christmas also from Stampin' Up. I cut it out with the Top Note die from Stampin' Up. I embossed the bottom Real Red layer with a distressed stripes folder from Cuttlebug. The background was embossed with the snowflakes embossing folder. The DSP coordinates with Garden Green and Baja Breeze, but neither of these colors is prominent on this side of the paper. I matched it up with Ocean Tides cardstock and twill ribbon from Papertrey Ink. I think it looks mojo-tastic. - Heidi

Friday, October 1, 2010

Holiday Stamp-A-Stack

This year I am participating in a Stamp-A-Stack. Above are the four cards that I have designed for the event. The date for this SAS is:

Saturday November 13th

9:00 am-3:00 pm


Emmaus Lutheran Church

1925 Summit Ave. in Racine

Make as many cards as you want for just $1 each!

That's right you can make as many of whichever cards you want for $1.00 each!

Please contact me if you are interested in finding out more or attending this event.

262.989.3525 or

I can't wait - Heidi

Upcoming October card calss

Here are the cards we will be making for this month's card class. You haven't missed it yet! The class is going to be on Saturday, October 23rd at 1:00 PM. Please call me or email me if you are interested in attending. I haven't designed the 5th card yet, but I am thinking I might do a Thanksgiving card. Time will tell. - Heidi

September card class

Here are the cards from my class in September. I am using all kinds of products and not restricting myself to Stampin' Up only. This makes for a wider variety of cards and attendees can use different products at my classes. - Heidi

August card class

I am a little behind on my posts. These are the cards we made for my August class. I wanted a wide variety of themes so there would be something for everyone. - Heidi

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Wedding Bluebirds

Happy Saturday! I have had this little bird from We R Memory Keepers for some time now. It is called vintage robin and is a two-step clear stamp. The bird on the left is stamped with Bashful Blue and then Pacific Point for the outlines. The bird on the right is stamped in Marina Mist and outline stamped with Night Of Navy. These colors coordinate with the blueberry crisp paper from Stampin' Up. The base card is 5.5" X 5.5" and cut from Pacific Point. The sentiment is from the Occasional Quotes set by Stampin' Up and is stamped in Pacific Point. The branches use the bird punch by SU and are from Sahara Sand cardstock. Add on some dew drops, stickles and use Labels 11 nestabilities from Spellbinders and there you have it. The ribbon is Bashful Blue satin from SU that I believe is retired. I colored their beaks and feet with a Sahara Sand marker. Oh and a little pearly Ranger goo on the O in DO for the diamond on the ring. I think it is faboo and I am going to put this card in my next class. We'll make an envelope to match also. -Heidi

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gingerbread men

I bought this punch for a friend of mine for an early Christmas present. I had to be sure the punch was working before I gave it to her. This is Riding Hood Red paper embossed with the vintage wallpaper folder and then I rubbed it with metallic rub. You can also use gold stamping ink on your finger and smear it around. The men are punched out and assembled - you NEED a quickie glue pen for this! The lines on the wrists and ankles are drawn with a white gel pen. I might need to go get this punch for myself! - Heidi

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Teeny Tiny Wishes

Did I ever mention that I was a punch freak? It doesn't help that new punches from CHA are out! The above spider was punched in black and then highlighted with a white gel pen. After his eyes dried I used an orange marker to color his eyes. The embossing folder is from Stampin' Up and it is in the new Holiday Mini due out September 1st! Rub a little white craft ink on the web with your finger and it highlights the web.

This gal in my Microbiology class was wearing a scrub top in these colors so I had to make a card like it! It didn't turn out quite like I had wanted, but oh well. The colors are marina mist, barely banana, gable green and chocolate chip. Yes, I am holding on to my retired SU colors. Another new EK sucess punch.

My little owl has a home! He is from this post. I didn't figure out the tassel part, but he has a card to live on now! All stamps used are from teeny tiny wishes set from Stampin' Up. - Heidi