Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sew butterflies?

Once again things at Buckaroo's house inspire me to create. I saw a card on the end table at his house and knew I had to recreate the color scheme from it. I desperately need a light box because this picture does my card no justice! The butterflies are the embosslit from SU and a die from Quikutz. They are cut from Whisper White cardstock. The background and leaves are cut from Wild Wasabi cardstock. The flowers are stamped in Wild Wasabi and Marina Mist (markers) on So Saffron and cut out by hand. Ugh, that was a LOT of cutting. It really is very stunning IRL!

The above card uses the Sew Suite stamp set from Stampin' Up. It was inspired by this card. As always I changed things around a bit. I couldn't stamp straight on the seam binding so I gave up and stamped on Pear Pizzazz. What else is Smooch for besides making the metal end of a tape measure?! It looks authentically metal. - Heidi

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I bought the punch, now what?

I bought this EK Success punch because I thought it was cute, and it is. Then I struggled to figure out what to do with it when I actually went to use it. I am far too anal to NOT have the cupcakes be colored perfectly or accurately! I dug for some old SU DSP and found the old Sweet Pea (?) stack. Close to Cocoa for the cupcake papers and So Saffron and Pretty in Pink for the frosting and this paper matched perfectly. I punched pink and yellow circles for the frosting and tucked it behind the border. The cherry is from the Build a Cupcake punch from SU & the sentiment is from Create a Cupcake also from SU. I punched the cherry out of Real Red and then colored the stem with a Chocolate Chip marker. EASY! The scalloped border is also a punch from EK Success that I love to use. - Heidi

Summer catalog Stamp-a-stack

I recently participated in a Summer Mini Stamp-a-Stack. These are the three cards I came up with for the SAS. The above card uses the stamp set Touch of Kindness from Stampin' Up.

This card uses the set Recess from the Summer Mini. Oh, not a good picture - I really need a light box!

This card was the third card that I came up with and it uses the sets The Open Sea and Word Play stamped in shimmer paint. It is a close CASE with the card in the mini catalog.

The above card is icky! It was my first idea for the SAS, but it had to go. Too blah! We have this great DSP called Beyond the Garden and only Daffodil Delight ribbon to go with it! I have tons of retired stuff to go with it, but that doesn't count. I used white ribbon on this card, but yuck! The ship card was the most popular card of mine at the SAS. - Heidi

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bee Mine!

My four year old son, Isandro, brought home this bee-on-a-stick from his 4K class. I thought he was so cute (the bee and my son). I also thought, hey I can make that into punch art! So I did! I don't think he turned out half bad either. Of course Isandro had to tell me that the stinger was the wrong color. Xavier, the 7 year-old, also pointed out that my stripes were different from the original. It's the "essence" boys - I have captured the essence of the bee, that's what is important!

Cardstock colors: Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink; DSP: Real Red (actually this was the backside of a birthday card that Stampin' Up sent to me); basic black marker & googlie eyes; tadpole alphabet (CuttleKid); body - 1 1/2" circle punch; head - 1 3/8" circle punch; nose - 1/2" circle punch; hearts - heart to heart & heart, small punches; antennae & stinger - 2 step bird XL punch (cut the leaves off the branches); wings - 1 3/8" X 5/8" oval; houndstooth embossing folder (Cuttlebug). Good night to you - Heidi

Nature's Walk beauty

Oh how I wish I could say this was my design, but it's not. It belongs to this talented lady here. Of course I changed it around a bit and I did pop my cage up on stampin' dimensionals. I really love this card. Thanks for the inspiration LeeAnn! - Heidi

Sail Away in crumb cake

When taking care of Buckaroo I noticed a vintage beach chair in the corner. It was navy & craft and oh so cool. I borrowed the stamp (Sail Away) from Karen and tried to duplicate the beautiful design of the beach chair. I clear embossed on Crumb Cake cardstock and then sponged Night of Navy all around it. The compass is from The Open Sea & the sentiment is from Word Play. Not the best version, but I plan on trying many more things with the Sail Away stamp! Stay tuned! - Heidi

Paper Pal Arts 80

I love this sketch from Paper Pal Arts. I loved this card by Mike Funke. The card below is a near copy of his card. The card above is a version using newer Su stuff and the foliage dies from Spellbinders.

The card below is ALL SU and all current. I love all of these cards and the sketch is awesome. I need to start participating in their challenges! - Heidi

DCWV 4 X 6 mat stacks

I discovered the DCWV 4 X 6 paper stacks at Jo-Ann's starting with the Immortal Love stack here. They are the perfect size for 4 X 6 cards (A6). The above card uses a piece of paper from the Tattered Time stack. The sentiment is from SU's set - curvy verses.

The cowboy card uses two sheets of paper from the All About Boys stack. The embossed cowbot is punched out and mounted on the background sheet. The cardstock is So Saffron and Close to Cocoa. Love this for a boys card!

This card uses another sheet from the Tattered Time mat stack from DCWV. I printed the sentiment out on my computer and punched it out. The cardstock is Ocean Tides from Papertrey Ink. I couldn't find an SU color that matched! I love it! Have a fantastic day. - Heidi

Hey there, Mr. Potato Head

When you take your child to the doctor's office they give them stickers. When I was a kid I got candy - no wonder I had so many cavities! They had these make a Mr. Potato Head stickers and I nabbed one for myself to make a card, of course! The colors are Pacific Point and Yoyo Yellow to match MPH. The stamp is from an SU set called Word Play. The embossing folder is from Sizzix. Just a fun card for a dreary, rainy and cold day. - Heidi

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I've seen that before! - # 1

Maybe I'll start a new feature here on my little blog - I've seen that before. I seem to be into reusing things that I find anywhere. I make them into cards, of course. This was a coaster at Chili's. On the inside I wrote, "I'll drink to that." I used the tart & tangy set from stampin' Up for the lime slice around the kiwi kiss ribbon. - Heidi

MOJO 190

A quick Mojo today. This card uses retired DSP and stamps from Stampin' Up. The sets are The Open Sea, On Your Birthday and Nature's Nest for the seashell. I wanted the ship punch from Fiskars, but now I am not so sure. Anyway, enjoy! - Heidi

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Butterfly thoughts....

While doing my cardio at the gym today I had a thought about making a butterfly body. Funny how the mind wanders... Anyway, I have seen other people make butterfly bodies with ribbon, but I never liked the way it turned out for me. Enter in the 1/8" ribbon that I didn't like, but now I like it. I used my Big Bite and punched one hole below the butterfly and two above. Then I fed my ribbon through and folded it on the last pass and pushed it out to make the antennae. Oh, I like this much better.

Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist
Ink (markers): Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Not Quite Navy
Stamps: Four Frames & You're a Gem
Paper: Paisley Petals DSP
Die: Beautiful Butterflies
Embossing folder: Elegant Lines
Punches: Decorative Label (SU) & Real Estate Sign (EK SUCCESS)
Ribbon: 1/8" taffeta

I tried to get a closer picture of the butterfly for you, but it isn't as clear as I would've liked. Sorry! Have a great night! - Heidi

Monday, May 2, 2011

If at first you don't suceed....

Try again! I made the Pretty in Pink flower and ran it through my Cuttlebug and got an ugly line. I needed to run it through twice as this is a 5 X 7 card. The square lattice embossing folder isn't big enough for one pass. Then my friend Beth suggested I use my BigShot and it didn't make a big ugly line. I passed this through with a 5 X 7 Cuttlebug folder also to try and cover up the line. The folder is called polka dot. The leaves are my new fancy foliage dies from Spellbinders - love them! The Blossom Petals Punch and Build a Blossom stamps are from Stampin' Up. The blue flower is Baja Breeze and the leaves are Pear Pizzazz. The flower centers are So Saffron cardstock and ink. The sentiment is from All Holidays in the SU IB&C. The card base is Pear Pizzazz and the background is Concord Crush. Hope you like it! I have more to post, but it'll have to be another day. Good night, again. - Heidi

Mojo 189

Happy Monday everybody! I am in a superb mood because I studied my butt off and got a 49/50 on my Pathophysiology exam! Yipee! Now if I can just do that well on my final exam! Time will tell.

Anyway it was time to get some Mojo going. This card is a 5 1/2" X 5 1/2" square card.
The ship is from The Open Sea set (SU Summer Mini) & the happy birthday is from SU Occasions Mini hostess set Something to Celebrate - which is now retired.
Everything is stamped in Early Espresso. Cardstock colors are Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler. The dies are all from Spellbinders: circles, lacey circles and tags. The DSP is the Brights Pattern DSP Stack from the SU IB&C and the Cherry Cobbler DSP is from Botanical Gazette from the Occasions Mini (now retired).
I sponged over the ship with (top to bottom)Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler and then Night of Navy for the water. I sponged Tangerine Tango around the TT cardstock circle and tag also. I took my Night of Navy marker and filled in the water. Because I didn't mask off the ship when I sponged I colored in the sails with a white gel pen to make them more realistic. I used Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon (retired) because I don't have the current Early Espresso. I couldn't figure how to pop holes in my ribbon for brads without ruining it. Enter in faux brads. I punched out Tangerine Tango, Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler circles, glued them on and then used crystal effects to make them shine. I punched the border with SU's scallop trim border and finished it off with some Cherry Cobbler baker's twine from the new Summer Mini. Have a great night! - Heidi