Monday, November 18, 2013

Hippo Birthday!

I acquired this stamp at Goodwill.  I have no idea why I liked it or who makes it, but maybe I thought it was funny.  I tried out the swing card on my Silhouette Cameo and added her on.

She'll make a funny birthday card. - Heidi

It's the little things

I bought this Sizzix thinlits flip-its die from Flowers to Flourishes.  I was trying to find something challenging to do with a one inch circle.  I pulled out my Walk in the Wild set from Stampin' Up and decided to give it a try.

I had a hard time finding a sentiment that was appropriate so I pulled out the retired set, You're a Gem.  I don't know, what do you think? - Heidi

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A tissue box card

I posted previously that inspiration is all around us.  I was inspired by a tissue box!

I was going to emboss the design, but instead ended up tracing the design with a Sakura jelly pen.  It could be better, but it's not too bad. - Heidi

Silhouette Bride

I had more fun on my Cameo cutting out this bride card.  This card is the Daniela Angelova bride card and I love it's simple elegance.  I love it so much I made it twice and possibly a few more times!

I made the above card using Perfect Plum and Pale Plum with some colored pearl embellishments.  I made the train out of vellum.

The below card uses Almost Amethyst cardstock.  The sentiment is from Inkadinkado.

A little sponging goes a long way.  This card is supposed to be open with no veil, but I just couldn't do it.  Hope you enjoy! - Heidi

Echo Park Santa

I have a Silhouette Cameo.  I have yet to use all (or most) of it's features.  Yesterday I tried out the print and cut feature.  Very cool!  I can feed Whisper White cardstock through my Dell printer and then cut the image on my Cameo.  I love This & That Christmas paper and embellishments from Echo Park and they have their designs on  I'm in heaven!

The base is a flip card which I also cut with my Cameo on Real Red.  I may never stamp again! Just Kidding! - Heidi

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Color Inspiration everywhere!

As I was cleaning my stamping area I walked by my EK Success big border punches and came across a punch that I haven't used yet.  Okay, there are a lot of punches I haven't used yet.  This one caught my eye and the sparks in my brain started to fly.

What can I do with the circles large edger punch though?  Then I found this paint idea card from Valspar that I picked up at Lowe's.  It contains a fabulous color combo - see it below.

How much fun are those colors?  I used Lovely Lilac, Gable Green, Real Red and Tempting Turquoise from Stampin' Up for my pallette.  I am sorry, but just because a color is retired doesn't mean that I won't use it.  I like to be able to use the color I want when I want it!

Then I made the card, but I had a heck of a time with the bow.  I hate tying bows - did I ever mention that?  I think I spent almost an hour working on getting this bow just right.  UGH!

Without further ado, here is the card.  The sentiment is Sweet Essentials from Stampin' Up.  I wasn't sure what sentiment to use, so I made it a non-traditional Christmas card.

My take home message is: color inspiration is all around you - you just have to be aware of it.  Oh yes, and you have to carry a camera or phone to take a picture of it so you can reproduce it later!

Have a great night - Heidi

Thursday, November 7, 2013

World Card Making Day!

First of all I would like to say thank you to Paper Crafts magazine for picking my card in the Hello/Thinking of You category for their World Card Making Contest.  It was announced here along with the other winners.  My card will be in the March 2014 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine!  I can not show you the card now, but I will in February when I am able to.

In the meantime after seeing the other winners blogs I have decided to step up my photography.  I made a white box and hopefully the pictures will be better quality in the future.  To celebrate my win I have a card to share with you.

This card was from a kit I got at Hannah Home Accents in Antioch, Illinois.  Now that Achiever's in Gurnee is closed I had to find an alternative spot to feed my cardmaking hunger.

This card uses papers and chipboard from FarmHouse Paper Company.  I love the retro vibe.  The card turned out nothing like the card in the kit because I changed it up and made it my own.  I almost bought more of this paper when my friend Karen and I went there because their products are that cool.

Never fear though I bought other retro papers that you will see in the future!

Have a great night - Heidi