Thursday, May 15, 2014

A catch-up on cards post

I have three more cards to share with you tonight.  I seem to accumulate the pictures and post them all at once.  I should do one-a-day like most bloggers to keep you interested, but I can't seem to post every day.  Oh well, here they are!

The above card uses a Martha Stewart sticker that I purchased at Goodwill.  Why was it at Goodwill, you may ask?  Some of the pearls were missing from the cake so perhaps that was why.  If you look closely you will see that the pearls are a little different.  I "replaced" the missing pearls with some pearl-like glue.  If I hadn't pointed it out, you probably never would've noticed, right?  The banner is from Bountiful Banners by Papertrey Ink.

I love this card.  It uses the Chevron Cutting Plate from Taylored Expressions. I sponged an ombre assortment of colors on a shiny piece of photo paper and put it behind the cut out.  Then I fussed for about 20 minutes making that bow.  I hate fussing - I am very impatient.  I will probably never, ever make this bow again, but damn if doesn't look awesome!  I can never mail it so I have no idea what I am going to do with it!  For now it is sitting on my work table as a reminder of my awesomeness! :)

My last card uses the Swallowtail stamp from Stampin' Up. A while back I stamped this image on Tangerine Tango and embossed it in black.  I then took a paint brush dipped in bleach and water and "painted" on the cardstock to make lighter areas.  Sometimes you just have to paint with bleach to get the look you desire.  It came out beautifully, but I had no idea what to do with it.  Then I saw a card in a magazine that placed this butterfly in a square, with a stamped saying (not the one I used).  The light bulb went on and this swallowtail had a new home.  The saying is from Butterfly Dreams by Papertrey Ink. The other colors are Island Indigo and Black.  I actually used my diagonal scoring plate from Stampin' Up for the first time.  Needless to say there is a bit of a learning curve and this was NOT my first attempt at a criss-cross background.  A few pearls added where the diamonds intersect to give it a quilted look and here's what I made.  Hope you like - Heidi

Summer Silhouettes

I borrowed the set Summer Silhouettes from my friend Karen.  I was really wanting it bad, but after borrowing it now I am over it.  It is not a bad set. I have so many other stamp sets similar to it, and a LOT of other sets on my wish list, that this one is off my mind for now.

The above card uses Summer Silhouettes and Bountiful Banners (from Papertrey Ink).  It is a semi-CASE of this card from Pintrest.

The above card uses Summer Silhouettes and Thoughts and Prayers, both from Stampin' Up. This is also a semi-CASE from here. Have a great night. - Heidi

Work of Art: Sneak Peek

By now you have seen many examples of the new set Work of Art from Stampin' Up that will be in the new catalog come June 1, 2014. Here is my humble addition to all those sneak peek samples.

Not overly impressive, but certainly simple. - Heidi

Friday, May 2, 2014

Pink Fish, Yellow Fish, Green Fish

I wrote previously that I stumbled across some old Stampin' Up stamp sets at a local thrift store.  The other set that I bought at Value Village was a retired set called Fly Fishing.  I found very few examples on SplitCoast that I liked so I "borrowed" a concept from one of the cards.  That card is here.  After looking at it again I'd say my card is VERY different from hers. It's birthday and not graduation also.  Either way take a look at what I made.

I think that, for once, my idea turned out awesome! - Heidi

Up In the Air

While at my local thrift store I spotted two older Stampin' Up stamp sets.  The set I am showing you today is called Up In the Air.  There are two sets with this name on SplitCoast, but this one is the older set.  It features planes and a hot air balloon.  I paired it with a Papertrey set called Butterfly Dreams and you have the following cards.

This is a bad picture as the airplane is actually popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.  It does look more impressive in real life.  Thanks for looking! - Heidi

Grands Spellbinders storage

I store my Nestabilities, Framelits and other metal dies on magnetic sheets in the Stampin' Up stamp/DVD cases.  I can not, however, fit my Grand Nestabilities dies into those cases. For the longest time I kept the dies in their packages, but then they were hidden and I couldn't see what I had.  I thought about hanging them, in their packages, on the wall.  This would take up a lot of wall space.  Then I saw that someone put magnetic sheets on her closet doors to store all of her MFT dies.  While I was at Goodwill I came across a new, but scratched dry erase board for $7.00.  This is significantly cheaper than the brand new one I bought previously.  I bought the dry erase board and added strips of magnetic sheet with sticky back that I purchased here. These sheets are heavier than normal and I love them as they cut nicely on my paper trimmer.  They are also what I use in the Stampin' Up DVD cases.  From what I have experienced they are also fairly cheap too.  I put the dry erase board and the magnetic sheets together and here is how I store my larger dies.

Sorry about the flash, but you get the idea.  I also store my Sizzix Flip-its dies on this board.  It hangs to the left of where I store my Big Shot so I can just reach up and grab what I need.  I also use it to put dies out of the way when I am using them.  This way they won't get lost in my paper mess.  There is a pipe in the way, but I can use the storage just fine. - Heidi

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sporty Lego Girls

I found these Lego patches at Goodwill and thought that I might be able to use them for a card or two.  I used my scalloped tag topper punch and glued the girls to their own tag.  Then I lined the bottom of each tag with a row of Legos.  This idea was a mimic of the card that the patches came on and I thought it was a clever copy.  Just a fun quick group of cards for Lego/sport loving kids.

The sentiment is from a set by A Muse.  Hope you enjoy! - Heidi