Sunday, January 31, 2010

Another button card & a stag

I recently purchased a pack of envelope templates. I love them! I can make bigger cards now. This deer is a 5" X 7" card. The envelope I made for it is tucked under the card. It is a woodgrain looking paper. I have about 15 of the DCWV Stacks of paper so that is equivalent to about ten million pieces of paper. I am using them to make envelopes. Goodness knows that I have something to match everything.

The card below has a cloud envelope and is an A6 (4 1/2" X 6 1/4"). Because of these button stamp sets I am now addicted to buttons. - Heidi

Button Cards

I saw these stamp sets in Just Cards magazine. The ribbon is divine and cute as can be. I love them both! Have a great day! - Heidi

Saturday, January 23, 2010

No stamping, just CASEing.

These photos are flat, but really the cards look much better IRL. I CASEd this card from Stamp It! Cards magazine. I changed the punch, colors and a few other things, but it still looks good. I printed the saying on the computer and cut it out. - Heidi

Missing you, Branch Out.

Okay, my pictures are really bad, sorry. Branch Out is one of my favorite sets from Stampin' Up. I can't believe they retired it and kept the set called Season of Friendship. The unrealistic tree in that set is awful and I don't like it. Oh, well I can't do anything to change it.

I purchased some envelope templates and now I can make bigger cards because I can make the envelopes for them. This is a 5" X 7" card. For some of the bigger stamps like this one and Inspired by Nature it's easier to work with them if your canvas (card front) is bigger. They are too cramped on a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" canvas. Perhaps I'll make a card with the IBN set soon! - Heidi

Monday, January 18, 2010

Just a Note

I have things to post, but I haven't pictured them yet. School starts tomorrow and Ernesto is having his rotator cuff surgery on Friday. I will try to get cards posted before then. Good night! - Heidi

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bunnies and invites - huh?

This first card is kind of a joke for my friend Karen. The Holiday Lounge paper from Stampin' Up is her favorite paper and she hates that Christmas is over and the paper will sit idle. I decided to make a card for every holiday with the Holiday Lounge paper for her. I skipped Valentine's Day and made an Easter card. I will do a Valentine's Day card later. Karen laughed when she saw the card because, of course, I couldn't wait to show her!

My son, Xavier, is going to be six on January 27th. He wanted a bowling party this year (thank goodness as Chuck E. Cheese was getting old!). These are the invites I made for his party. There was a red, orange, green and blue version. The stamp set is an oldie, but well loved set from Stampin' Up called Have A Ball. I used All-Purpose ink from Tsukineko in the color black and dabbed it on the stamp with a dauber. This worked well for the necks of the bowling pins as I just dabbed the edges of the stripes and stamped the pin. Then I went back to the image before I cut it out and colored the stripes in with a red marker.

The bowling ball image came out swirly because I dabbed the ink on the stamp so I decided to stamp the ball onto colored paper to look like a swirly-colored bowling ball. Xavier loved the invitations and I let him lay the ball and pins out before I glued them down.

The All-Purpose Ink is available from Stampin' Up even though it was in the Holiday mini catalog. I love API - it is quick drying and a tiny drop will stamp for a LONG time!

Have a great weekend & Martin Luther King day! - Heidi

Brides, Brides, Brides!

I loved this stamp the instant I saw it! I had to make several different versions of it, yes, because I am obsessed (or insert other word here). She is so simple and elegant. This card is actually based on this gorgeous creation here. Thanks for looking - Heidi

Whoo-hoo a ribbon rack finally!

Ernesto, my husband, told me he was bored yesterday so this is what we did. I had the idea in my head for a while, but never put it to paper. We live in an apartment and don't have easy access or space for a "workroom." If we made the rack I knew it'd be messy and I would end up having to clean it up! I needed my ribbons out of the closet and where I could see them! If you click on the picture you can see the rack better.

I purchased the over-the-door-wreath-hangers from Hobby Lobby when they had Christmas stuff on sale. I knew that if I wanted a ribbon rack in an apartment it'd have to be mobile. They worked perfectly and the total cost of materials for this rack was $22.00. Thanks to the guy in the lumberyard at Menards in Sturtevant, Wisconsin for cutting the 1" X 4" X 12' board into the sizes we needed! We just has to drill and cut dowels and in no time I had my ribbon rack. It took me longer to organize the ribbon than it took us to build it! I love it and we can take it with us when we leave here.

- Heidi

Valentine's boxes update

I posted these boxes previously, but they were missing something. I figured out what was missing - something on the front! Then I had to wait for it to come from Stampin' Up so I could finish my idea. I think they turned out well. If you visit the previous blog post you'll see they hold 4 Reese's miniature pieces peanut butter cups. There is a close-up below. The boxes use all Stampin' Up products and I will list them below.

Dies used: petal card die, Bitty Box & Envelope Stampin' Up! Bigz Xl Die, Serif Essentials Bigz Alphabet Die Set and Join In The Cheer Stampin' Up! Decorative Strip Die.

Have a great day! - Heidi

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mojo Monday 121

A nice and simple sketch this week on Mojo Monday. I used lots of new stuff from Stampin' Up. I am in a Valentines kinda mood, it would appear.

I turned in my Nursing School application today so I have that off my back. Time to kick back until two hours from now when I start working on my scholarship application!

What did I do with the little scrolly things left over from the border punch? Why I tucked it under the right corner near the E in love so you wouldn't see that I stamped the image crooked.

The border punch is new from EK Success and I got it this morning from JoAnns. - Heidi

Simple Sketch for Pals Paper Arts #24

Just a simple Valentine's Day card using the new bird punch from Stampin Up and the older Love You Much stamp set. I had all the flowers punched out on my craft table and a leftover stem from a previous card with the bird. They were laying together on the table when I got the idea. Next time I need an idea I'll just throw a bunch of different stuff on my craft table and that should give me ideas! - Heidi

Monday, January 4, 2010

More of what I have been up to....

The finished card for a Sizzix Occasions Valentine class. I showed just the envelope previously. It's heavy and busy, but I think it turned out OK.

Once again, how am I, an explorer of papercrafting, supposed to resist a cute punch like this. Obviously I couldn't. Bad Heidi!

I have wanted this Cuttlekids die since it came out, but no one carried it in the stores. I finally got it and it is as cute as I thought it would be. Great baby shower die!

Another card using swirly old DSP and the right stamp to make a simple card. This stamp is from Memory Box. Have a great night - Heidi.

What I've been up to...

I always wanted these Cuttlekids dies. They are cute. I just made a plain card with them. Didn't know what kind of greeting to use. Used old Soft Sky DSP.

It occurred to me that with the right stamp and some cool old DSP you could make some neat and simple cards. I hope I have achieved that!

I saw this set on Ebay and wanted it! It is an old set from Stampin' Up called Space. With two boys I thought it might come in handy. I mounted them all on Crushed Curry before I added the glitter otherwise I would've done a better job matching the colors to the card base.

How am I, a slave to papercrafting, supposed to resist a cute stamp like this? The answer is - I CAN'T. The bird and nest stamp is from Memory Box. Must resist, but I couldn't. - Heidi :)

Mojo 120

Sorry for the poor quality picture. I really need a white box to take my card pictures. I hurt my back at the gym and have been out of commission lately. I have made many cards because what else do you do when all you CAN do is sit in a chair? I just need to post them! This is for this week's Mojo sketch. I am in a retired DSP rut. All I want to do is use retired DSP. Enjoy your day. - Heidi