12.26.2010

Merry Christmas (a day late)!

Hello and Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday weekend! We definitely have. Our little girl is sick, but she has still been in a good mood pretty much all weekend. I tell you, Christmas can be so exhausting, but it was a lot of fun. Today I had to stay home from church with her so she doesn't get the other little kids sick, but we're enjoying our mommy daughter time together.

Yesterday I shared a card on 365 Cards that represents Peace, Comfort and Joy. I got to use this sweet little penguin image from Some Odd Girl. I took my turn at coloring and shading, etc, with my wonderful colored pencil set that was anonymously left at my door a couple of months ago. Of course, then I had to add some glitter :)  I LOVE this red woodgrain paper from Basic Grey.  Then everything else is PTI of course :)


I hope you get to spend some quiet time for yourself this weekend so you can spend some time reading, crafting, or whatever gives you peace!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

12.18.2010

SMILE!

I have many reasons to smile today.  One of my favorite reasons is my husband Luke... and the fact that he is finished with school for the semester!  So, yay!  Basically that means we get to wake up at the same time and leave for work together, etc, without him having to go to early morning classes first!  I'm really grateful that he's willing to go to school while he's working full time too.  It's been such a help to us.  Something (someone) else that made me smile today is of course my adorable 2 year-old daughter Adelle.  Tonight when I was getting her ready for bed, I saw that her shirt was pretty dirty from the day and she said, "I'm a mess!"  I responded, "you ARE a mess!" which began a back and forth round of us saying, "YOU are!"  "You are!"  etc.... so fun.  I am amazed by how fully she absorbs her surroundings (that also means Luke needs to stop saying "Oh, crap!" in front of her....oops).

ANYWAY, on to the main reason for the post, which is a fun Saturday challenge from 365 Cards!  I am really happy with how this card turned out and it's one of the quickest ones I've made in a long time from the idea to the finished product.  So fun.  We didn't have sponsor materials this week, so my challenge was to "Feel Scrappy!"  I was to use 7 papers from my scrap box to make a card!  I love scraps and save way too many of them... even some of the tiniest scraps of paper!


I was about to say that the card base wasn't a scrap, but actually it was!  It was just a bigger scrap, so I didn't actually take it from the scrap box :P  If you know how to make this type of flower embellishment, it's a FANTASTIC way to use up those little scraps.  Sometimes if I just have a little bit of a paper left, I'll pre-punch it so it can easily work as a flower layer later on or something like that.

The sentiment is from a wonderful stash of SRM Stickers, which I LOVE.  I love that she has started offering the sentiments in brown besides just black.  Most of everything else (besides the scraps and the glitter-MS) is Papertrey Ink.

Clean and simple, but with some elegance and interest :)  That's how I do!  .... or something like that.  And it's in my favorite color combination!  Again!

Enjoy!  And remember, you have until Monday night to link up your posts for the week!

12.11.2010

E.A.D. Designs at 365!

Well I figure it's time to update this little ol' neglected blog!  Today I have a fun card for you using E.A.D. Designs re-positionable stickers.



The challenge was to create 6 "TWINCHIES" (2-inch squares decorated each as their own entity).  I decided to keep the challenge part of it pretty simple, so I could showcase these adorable owl/branch stickers.  They are really high quality and I definitely got to take advantage of their repositioning feature a few times :)  Literally everything else on the card is PTI except for the teal/aqua ink, which is Martha Stewart (and almost completely dried out - I had to add a little water to stretch it out).

(You like the lights from our tree in the background?  :)

Now it's back to work.  I've been working on some digital design projects (designing a photographer's website and working on my Etsy shop), so now it's back to it!  Hope you're enjoying the holiday season and the peace it can bring!

11.27.2010

365 Cards Bloghop: for the love of vintage!

Hello and happy Saturday!  This should be the last stop for the Vintage Love Blog Hop week at 365 Cards!  Today I have a Card Recipe for you.  Each design team member included an ingredient this week and my job is to combine ALL of the ingredients to create a card!  Can you figure out the ingredients?  There are TEN!


Here's a close-up :) Have you figured it out yet?


If you need a little help remembering all 10 of the ingredients for the card recipe, here's where you should visit (the blogs of the design team!):

Amy 

BUT before you go........ one of the 3 prizes goes to someone who leaves a comment at every design team members blogs, so to be eligible, leave a comment and answer one of these questions (or both):  What do you love about the vintage style?  and/or  What intimidates you about the vintage style or keeps you from making vintage-style cards?



And in spirit of the hop, a bonus card.


Vintage doesn't have to be tons of layers and detail.  Make vintage suit your personal style!


I hope you've enjoyed the blog hop!  Don't forget to visit the 365 Cards blog and link up your Saturday Card Recipe card by Monday at 11:59 PM to have a chance at the other 2 prizes!

11.20.2010

365 Cards: Stretchy Saturday... AND MORE! :)

Happy Saturday (I need a new Saturday greeting...)!  Today I'm here to share another 365 Cards challenge!  This week was a fun one where I got to try out a new technique.  I was require to use something stretchy either on my card or while making my card.  So, I decided to use a rubberband (stretched it tight) that I ran through some gray ink, then I just rolled it up and down the card base a few times until I got this cool distressed looking background.  It was fun and a little messy :)



The telephone stamp comes from our sponsor, which is Wink Wink Ink!  With this, I got to use some new colored pencils that someone left for me at my house when I wasn't home (I don't know who left them, but if you did and you're reading this, THANK YOU!  How thoughtful and what an awesome surprise!  I have the best friends ever!).  I'll have to practice with them and work on my blending techniques :)

Anyway, TOMORROW is a big day in the 365 world: Our blog hop begins!  Now, because 365 is a daily challenge blog, there will be a different post each day.  That means if you want to participate, you will have to check back every day and visit the blogs of our Design Team members if you want one of the 3 AMAZING prizes that our awesomem DT member Gloria has provided from Graphic 45.  Saturday will be my day as usual, but this week is going to take me far out of my comfort zone!  :)

Have a great day!  I have a great (and busy) weekend ahead of me and I can't wait!

11.18.2010

COMING SOON: Vintage Love!

Good morning!  I wanted to do a quick post today and share some good stuff with you!  FIRST...


365 Cards is going to be hosting a Blog Hop devoted to the vintage style.  November 21st through the 27th and I'm going to have a super special (verging on crazy) post and card to share with you on the last day!

Here's how it works:

Each Design Team member will have one item listed for you on their blogs that you will use to create a card at the end of the week.  These 11 items will make up a card recipe.  There are some really cool Graphic 45 goodies to be won, courtesy of the EXTREMELY GENEROUS DT Member, Gloria Stengel (who is also on the Graphic 45 DT) - THREE HUGE PRIZES will be given away at the end of the week!  I'll mention this again on Saturday because it all starts on Sunday and there's a post each day!

Now I also wanted to post a card that I made on Saturday for 365 Cards. (This image looks a lot better if you click on it)  The challenge was to create a TONE-ON-TONE card, so I put a great green tree right on top of the green paper.  I used a great stamp from Prickley Pear Stamps.  It's a really subtle image and I can't wait to stamp it on navy paper in white or silver ink.  I think that would make a really pretty holiday card :)


I've been working full time while my husband is in school and also working full time... so life is a little crazy!  BUT it's good.  I'm really grateful for the response I've received on my ETSY Shop.  It's nothing insane, but it's great to be able to share some of my photo card designs and other projects... and just to know that people do like what I'm doing :)  Baby steps, but I'm going to be doing a little bit more gradually and I'm really excited about where I'm headed with that.  I also just finished singing in a group for a doctoral recital where we performed the medieval liturgical play "Ordo Virtutum" (Golden Virtues) by Hildegard von Bingen.  There was a really great dance that went along with the story and it looks like I may have the opportunity to perform it again, which is great!

Anyway, Adelle and I are going to playgroup (we're touring a bakery!  yum!) soon, so check back on Saturday for another card for 365 Cards :)

10.30.2010

365 Cards: 365 Cards Inspired!


Hello!  It's Saturday!  That means I get to share another challenge with you at 365 Cards.  This one was fun because I got to use a pretty Chrysanthemum image!  The official challenge is to let the redesign of the 365 Cards blog inspire your card... and it did!


Anyone who looks at my blog often may know that I love green (and brown and teal..), so I was excited to use the background of the blog as my card base.  Next, I was drawn to the brown scroll-y frame in the header and the contrast between the blog's green background and the white header.  So I stamped a vintage frame and a sentiment in brown and layered it over the green paper.  The image is from Sweet 'n  Sassy Stamps, who was our sponsor this week (I say 'was' because it's the last day!)  Now, you also may know that I don't own any fancy markers to color in images like this... so I've learned to be a little bit resourceful.  For this one, since it's a digital stamp, I actually opened it up in Photoshop and colored it there, then printed it on the green paper.  I don't really love the look of color ink printed on a card if I'm looking for a polished handmade look, so I just brushed a thin layer of clear glitter glue over the image with a paintbrush and called it good :)  It gives the color a little extra brightness and actually, it actually moved the color around a tiny bit, so it actually looks hand colored or hand painted.

Anyway that's about it for today, but I hope maybe you're inspired by the 365 blog too!  Have a great weekend (Adelle's going to be a giraffe for Halloween!!!)!  Thanks for reading!

Cardstock, ribbon, buttons, frame and sentiment stamps: ALL Papertrey Ink
Digital Stamp: November Chrysanthemum by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Ink: Memento (Rich Cocoa) and my Canon printed ink :)
Glitter Glue: Horizon Group USA

10.23.2010

Stampin' Saturday w/Stampin' Up!

Hello hello and Happy Saturday!  Today's card for 365 Cards requires not only a card, but an envelope as well!   The challenge is to stamp on the card and use the same stamp to decorate the envelope.  For me, it was my set of Woodgrain stamps from PTI. :)


Here's a close-up of the card!  I made it for a friend who is having a baby shower today, so hopefully she doesn't see it here before she sees it in person!  :)




...and the envelope!


This is a short post today, but here are the details!

Cardstock: Stampin' Up, Papertrey Ink (just the aqua mist)
Stickers: Vintage label sticker, chevron border sticker: Studio Calico, "hooray!" sentiment: SRM
Rub-on: (pocket watch) Michael's
Stamps: woodgrain: PTI, vintage label: PTI, letters: Martha Stewart
Ribbon: PTI
Ink: PTI, Memento, Martha Stewart
Leaf Cut-out (Quickutz for the Silhouette SD)

10.16.2010

365 Cards: Last, But Not Least

Hello, blog readers (if there are still any of you out there after not blogging so long)!  I'm here to share today's 365 Cards challenge with you!  I really enjoyed this one, so I just had to share!  This week's sponsor (ending today) is Prickley Pear and I got to use an awesome Retro Trees stamp.  I just love it!  The challenge today is to pull out a technique that you don't do very often or maybe even don't like to do much.  I have a few of those that I just don't have the patience to do all the time, so for this I chose masking.  Masking is basically where you shield one stamp or part of a stamp to add another stamp (or repeat the same stamp) to it without overlapping them.


Here's how the full card turned out. You can probably tell that I really enjoyed making this one!  To do masking for this card, I had to stamp the tree stamp on other paper, Xacto around it, then I placed that over the already stamped image on my card to protect it while I stamped the white polka dots, which is supposed to look like snow :)  I added a gem and a couple of green trees just to add some dimension.  I really love how the Studio Calico border sticker looks layered over the grosgrain ribbon.


This was one of those cards that didn't take very long to make at all because it already made perfect sense in my head :)  Yay for that!  I hope you'll pull out a neglected technique to post a card on 365 Cards by tomorrow night (so you can be eligible for the prize from Prickley Pear!).  Thanks for stopping by!

{DETAILS}
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Dark Chocolate
Stamps: Prickley Pear (Retro Trees), Papertrey Ink: Polka Dot Basics II, Fillable Frames #4, Signature Christmas
Ink: Versamark, PTI (Fresh Snow), Memento (Rich Cocoa)
Ribbon: PTI
Sticker: Studio Calico (Anthology)
Gems: Studio 18 (from Michaels)
Border Punch: Fiskars (Apron Lace)
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories

9.18.2010

365 Cards: Harvest Fest (and some of my favorite paper!)

Hello, happy Saturday!  I know it's been a little while and life has been crazy around here!  First, I want to show off something I've been working on for a little while, which is the website and blog design for Lori George Photography!  Take a look!

I've been pretty sick with a cold since Wednesday, so between that and the redesign for LGP, I've had my hands full (not to mention taking care of my daughter).

ANYWAY.

Today's challenge at 365 Cards features products by DRS Designs!  I got this cute little scarecrow stamp that put me in a loop at first.  I don't typically know what to do with stamps that I have to color in because literally all I have to color anything is a box of crayons.  The challenge is to use 2 images and 3 colors that are typically associated with autumn.  I kind of cheated, considering the scarecrow and the pumpkin he's holding as 2 separate images, but it works for me!  I loooooove this plaid paper (Cosmo Cricket).  So, my colors were orange (several shades), brown and green.

I also want to share my card from last week.  The challenge was to make a card that could be used with more than 1 occasion.  We had a sponsor that week too, which was Wink Wink Ink.


The stamp I used actually had a little mouse in it who looked like it was stuck in jam, but I wanted to show the versatility of digital stamps.  It didn't take more than a minute or two to make some small edits... then you have a completely new and different stamp!  Thinking of different occasions, I was thinking of what we could "fill" the jar with.  Maybe it's filled with love or friendship... maybe it's filled with a hug.  Or you could use some of your other stamps/embellishments and literally put something else in there!  I know I'll be using this stamp again!

That's all for now.  I'm counting down the days to fall and love that the air is starting to get a little crisp here in Kansas.  Have a great weekend and I'll be back soon!

9.06.2010

CARDS Published!

Hello! Happy Labor Day!  I hope everyone is enjoying some beautiful weather and the last of a 3 day weekend!  I want to share a little something with you today.... it's a card I made that was published in the August 2010 issue of CARDS Magazine!  The photograph they took for the magazine is much better than this one, but I don't have the magazine yet, so this will have to do :)  It uses some fun summery colors before we head completely into fall!


Doesn't this just make you want to go fly a kite??  The clouds are cut out with my Silhouette and are from an image by Hero Arts.  I hand cut the kite and bow and added some braided twine and a button.  That's it!  You could make one too!  :)


Also, I want to direct you to the September 2010 issue of CARDS Magazine as well, which is currently on the stands!  I have THREE cards featured in this issue, which is a new record for me :)  I haven't seen it yet, but I'm gonna make my way over to Hobby Lobby to take a look soon!

That's all for today.  I hope everyone has a great week ahead of them and thanks for stopping by!

9.04.2010

365: Divide and Conquer!

Hello and Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone's enjoying their 3-day weekend!  I woke up in a panic this morning thinking the AC had been running full blast all night, but no, it's really that cool outside today!  I can't believe it!  Poor Adelle though, I think she has allergies.  We played outside for a long time last night at the soccer fields and Ithink she's paying for it today.  Still, here's a super cute picture of her and her daddy that I took with my phone:


Now, on to the reason for this post!  since it's Saturday, that means it's time for a card for 365 Cards!  I had fun with this challenge and enjoyed the break from a sponsor this week.  Pam asked me to make a card that was divided into 6 equal parts, but none of the sections could be touching each other.  So, I thought it was time to put some fun patterned paper scraps to good use:


I got these scraps at CHA.  We were doing a make-and-take at the very end of the last day where there was just a ton of paper and good stuff on the tables, so when they were cleaning up, I got to take some big scraps that they were just going to through away!  I can't remember who this paper is by, which is kind of embarrassing, so if anyone knows, please tell me!!!!

I used a square punch first, then rounded two of the corners on each one.  Add a button accent, a sentiment sticker, and you're done!  Oh, and I raised each section up with fun foam.  You might be noticing by now that this is my favorite color combination! :)

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon!

Oh, by the way.  Notice the top of my far right sidebar, there's a new banner for Minted.com.  I've been submitting some photo card designs for their contests, so if you like what I've done, vote for me (when it comes time to do that...)!  Thanks for all of your support!  I really enjoy blogging because I know that at least someone is enjoying reading it!

Now go play outside!

9.02.2010

Free Printable!

I want to share a little freebie with you that I found!  This is for printable sewing cards (for kids to learn how to stitch).  Very cute and easy easy!!


Enjoy!

Also, if you follow me on Twitter, sometimes I put stuff on there that I don't post on the blog (freebies especially).  Thanks!

8.30.2010

DIY Butterfly Decor! (tutorial)

I made a very grave decision recently to retire this photograph (that I took in a high school photography class) of my beloved soccer cleats.  While I still enjoy it, I just don't have a place for it.  So, re-purposing began!


I knew I wanted to do something with the frame, but couldn't decide what.  I started by spray painting it white, but that didn't work out (sometimes it won't).  Instead I decided to cover it in fabric!  It's not too hard to do and I just kind of learned as I went along.

I didn't want to lose the glass, in case I someday wanted to use the frame for a picture again, so I used it as the background of my art instead.  Super expensive materials here, people!


Yes, that's aluminum foil, which I used to cover the glass.  I didn't want to just cover it in white or something plain and most of the patterned paper I had didn't quite go with the color scheme I was going for.  So, I covered the glass in foil, then covered that in vellum paper.  I love the effect (picture coming soon!)!


I don't know if I've mentioned that my daughter's room is slowly being done in hot pink, navy, light aqua and grey/silver.  The elements are coming together slowly.  So, I decided to use my trusty Martha Stewart paper punch to cut out some cute butterflies in hot pink.  These are pretty small, maybe an inch across.  I wasn't sure how many I'd need so I just punched as much as I could out of the little scraps I had.


I also punched 1 navy blue butterfly, then stamped a text stamp in navy blue on the pink butteflies (on the navy I stamped white polka dots).


This photo shows you the stamping up close as well as the fabric I chose... AND the cool effect created by the vellum layered over the foil.  Now, the sheen of the foil made it difficult for me to get a decent picture in my daughter's ill-lit room, so this is the best I could do, but I think you'll get the idea!


I glue gunned some ribbon to the back of the frame to let it hang and voila!  This is a little small, so I still need to figure out what else I'll put on this wall but it's a start!

Everything I used to make this was either a scrap or something I already had.  Not too shabby for free wall decor! :)

8.28.2010

365 Cards: Opposite Day!

Good morning! I'm posting this a little late today, but I just have to share this fun challenge with you from 365 Cards!  You may see that my blog looks a little different today, but it's still me!  I'm slowly combining some things and from now on, I will be called Heidi Stock Design.  I'm still crafty in a haphazard style though :P

Anyway!  Today's challenge is Opposite Day!  I know we all went through that phase when we were younger where we'd designate the whole day to saying the opposite of what we meant... that's what today is kind of about!  Pam gave me the challenge to create a card that is opposite in some way... for example making a winter card in the summer!  That's what I did!  I also chose some colors that reminded me of summer to put on my Christmas card, so there's another opposite!  I used a fun sentiment image from KLM Designs that I combined with a cute snowflake to create the polka dots.  The tag for the sentiment was cut on my Silhouette and the sentiment stamp is Papertrey Ink (PTI) and is one of my favorite sets!  I just got it in Chicago, but it's all Christmas/Holiday sentiments with that cute handwritten look.  Take a look at it here!

That's all for today, but I hope you designate some crafting time to being opposite today! :)

{details}

Cardstock, ribbon, sentiment stamp, ink, button: Papertrey Ink
Twine: Fashion Cord (hemp)
Digital Elements: "Season's Greetings" from KLM Designs, snowflake from Photoshop stock images

8.26.2010

Thursday ... that i love.

Hello!  I've decided that Thursdays are going to be dedicated to things that I love... that I can link to or share in some way.  Maybe it's a story, maybe it's a picture, maybe it's a person, maybe it's ... an etsy shop AND a person that I love!

I have this friend who probably shouldn't even be my friend.  It's kind of crazy and random how we met.  The tie that brought us together no longer exists, but the unraveling came unnoticed because of ALL THE OTHER BONDS that were better and much stronger than the original.  And so.  We are friends.  We haven't physically seen each other in oh, 6 years maybe?  I don't even know, but she inspires me.  I haven't known many other people with such an individual point of view (I mean that in the best way), which is apparent in her work.  And so.  I present:

annilygreen, who I fondly know as aknee (the k is silent) and annie among others...


 I absolutely love that print.  So gorgeous.  As you can see, this isn't your everyday Target type of stuff.  It's completely unique and MUST BE OWNED.

Take a minute to browse.  She's an artist.

8.25.2010

Eric Carle, 2 free downloads!

Hello!  You can see I took the day off yesterday.  I was busy watching 4 kids for the majority of the day and forgot to schedule a post!  Well, today I'm back with something short and sweet!

For the last couple of days, I've found myself going back to Eric Carle's website a lot.  I came across this small image on his blog:

eric carle number pattern

I just love Eric Carle's illustration style.  He goes into detail about the technique on his website and even has instructions (this is a link to a .pdf, so just be aware of that before you click on it!) you can print to create your own project (one of the next items on my crafty to-do list!) using his technique.

Well, I have a little something special for you.  I just loved this image so much that I modified it a little bit and made it into a background!  It's not really anything I could ever use commercially, since it belongs to Mr. Carle, so I thought I'd share!

Free Eric Carle blog / website background number pattern

This is saved as a .PNG.  You can just right-click and save it as an image and edit it however you like, just considering that it does belong to Mr. Carle (that means personal use only!).

I used it for a couple of things already, like this Baby Shower sign that I modified from this one at iVillage (as mentioned here at HTWM).  Feel free to snag that as well (for personal use only).

free baby shower printable eric carle numbers red orange

Leave a comment and let me know what you might use these downloads for!

Enjoy and I'll see you back here tomorrow!

8.23.2010

Repurposed Sweater = New Winter Hat for Adelle

Hello everyone!  I had a great Sunday.  We got up on time and got to church early.  I got a new calling today, which I'm excited about, though I don't know completely what it will entail.  I get to work with the Young Women though, so yay!  So fun!

I've decided something I want to do here on this blog is try out tutorials I find online and let you know how it goes for someone like me, who really does not have an extensive craftiness skill set (For example, I really do not sew.  I have a sewing machine, but I am slowly teaching myself how to use it).  First on the list, I told you I'd come back to this tutorial over at A Hoot and a Holler, so that's exactly what I did!  I'll let you be the judge on how successful it was. :)  I used one of Adelle's hats as a guide, then started cutting!


I followed the step by step directions and here's my completed hat.  Honestly from start to finish creating the hat took me MAYBE 5 minutes, if that.  I'm thinking about making myself one too.  Is that super nerdy to have matching hats with my daughter?  I've gotta put the rest of this sweater to good use!


Now, for the flower, I went a different route. Who likes felt?  I do!  I also love my Silhouette SD.  I used that to find my flowers: 2 larger ones at about 2.5" across and the other 2 at about 2" across.  I cut them out with paper using the Silhouette, then adhered the paper to felt, where I then cut out each flower.  (The leaves are just hand cut, but about 2.75" in length).


After I cut out each flower, I layered them on top of each other and used embroidery floss to tie it all together.


Pretty!  I used the sewing machine at the base of the leaves to attach them directly to the hat, then hand stitched the upper part of the leaves so that it wouldn't show through to the front of the felt.  That way the leaves aren't flapping all over, but are still completely secure. 

Then I hand stitched the flower onto the hat, attaching each petal from the bottom flower.  To make sure the rest of the flower was secure, I used a glue gun to the underside of each petal on the next 2 layers.  That's it!    This will go great with Adelle's red winter coat!  Here she is pointing at the pretty flower.


I really love the color combination and I like that the sweater I used had a little bit of a broken-in look.


I had to bribe Adelle with a slice of cheese for her to keep the hat on long enough for me to take a picture and this is the best I could get.  Normally I would pull it down a little more, which looks really cute with the flower.  You'll just have to trust me on that one :)

So, I would call this a success!  I give this tutorial an A!  Have you tried any great DIY projects lately?  Leave a comment and tell me about it -- especially if you have a link to where you found it!!

8.21.2010

365 Cards: Sing-Along!

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking
Lovin' might be a mistake
But it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Reconsider
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a real and constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who)
I hope you dance
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
(Where those years have gone)

I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
Dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a real and constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who)
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
I hope you dance
(Where those years have gone)

(Tell me who)
I hope you dance
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
(Where those years have gone) 


Today's challenge at 365 Cards is a Sing-Along challenge!  Take the song "I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack, and let it inspire you to make a card.  After listening and reading all the lyrics, the one that really stuck out to me was this line, "Never settle for the path of least resistance."  to me it says, "good luck," "you can do it," or some kind of encouragement -- maybe even a graduation card or something like that. 

I got to use a great image from Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps.  I printed it once on vintage cream cardstock, then again on ripe avocado (PTI colors), then I cut them out and layered them.  I added some ink to the blossom and a button and voila! :)  The woodgrain background is something I had already stamped when I made another card earlier this week, so that was a quick addition and I love the way it looks with the other colors.  For the sentiment, I just printed it from the computer, then used PTI's vintage tea dye ink combo to give the paper some aging and added that frame around the sentiment.  I love how subtle it looks and it just ties everything together I think.

I hope this song will inspire you today!  It really has a great message and now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure a friend of mine used it in his graduation speech at our high school graduation!  Anyway, I hope you get lots accomplished today (or enjoy a lazy day if that's what the doctor ordered).  Happy Saturday!

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Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: PTI (Fillable Frames #4, Woodgrain), Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps (flower and leaves), digital sentiment designed by me
Ink: PTI (Vintage Tea Dye Ink) , Memento (Rich Cocoa), Martha Stewart (orange, red)
Button: PTI
Twine: Fashion Cord (hemp)

8.20.2010

Pretty in Print: Etsy Shop by hmschell


Woohoo, it's Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week and is excited for the weekend because I am! My husband finished his first week of school and my daughter has a runny nose. Not to mention, we are in dire need of a storage unit because we are spilling over with STUFF in this tiny 2BR apt.

Anyway! Today I want to share a couple of things with you! First is my new Etsy Shop. It is always going to be in progress with new things to share, so I'm sure I will be sharing a few things now and then on this blog.


On a fantastic trip to Chicago with my friends Chelsea and Rebecca, We got to go to CHA and IKEA as well as to some church sales and estate sales.  Honestly, even though we went specifically for CHA, I think my favorite part was driving around Chicago (and its many suburbs) searching for these great sales!   At a couple of them I found some fantastic vintage books that were just falling apart and now I have these great flowers to sell that I have handmade from those vintage pages!  Soon I'll be adding some flower sets with rice paper as well, which I found at a fantastic Japanese grocery store in Chicago.

These flowers are so great for crafting (to put on a card or gift wrapping, maybe some wall decor) or even for a great headband, brooch or hair clip, etc!  There are so many options!  I have tons of button options too and really, they even look great without buttons!

Okay, enough with the self-promotion!

Photo owned by A Hoot and a Holler
I also want to show you this great tutorial at A Hoot and a Holler that I came across recently.  I will be trying this one very soon.  I have a bunch of old sweaters that I just can't get rid of, but that I absolutely NEVER wear.  So, it's about time to do some surgery!  I'll be sure to share the results!  I love repurposing items I already have around the house (maybe that's why this place is overflowing with junk!!).  I hope it inspires you to do something new with something old!  Good luck!

I'll be back tomorrow with a card for 365 Cards!  This is a fun one!

8.19.2010

monogram wall decor - DIY by me!

First of all, when you look at this photo, please don't be super jealous of my completely retro kitchen. Yes, that is yellow tile straight out of the 70s and 'beautiful' countertops to match :) Our oven, sink and fridge are yellow too. Now I just need some dark grey walls and modern accents and it would actually be pretty much amazing. One thing at a time I guess!  I don't know if I'm willing to put that much work into a cheap rental TINY 2 bedroom apartment.  Anyway, that's not why we're here!


I want to share this small wall decor with you that I made yesterday.  I didn't have any small canvases, so I used the lid to an old decorative box that was ruined.  It's a 7.5" square.  I just used the glue gun to adhere the fabric to the lid.  I had to line it with white fabric (cut up one of Luke's ruined Sunday shirts)so the pattern on the lid wouldn't show through.  This fabric was a free find at a swap meet that my church organized last year.  What's better than free??  It's hard to tell in the photo, but it's a light powder blue with small navy dots.  I can't officially say it's vintage because I don't know the exact year it was made, but I'd be really surprised if it wasn't at least 30 years old.  For the 's' I used black felt.  I used my Silhouette SD to cut out an 'S' in paper (I wish it cut felt!  If anyone knows a secret, please share!) and then I glue gunned it to the underside of the felt to cut around it.  That way I have a perfect guide that doesn't show and can use whatever font I want, thanks to the Silhouette!  I just glue gunned a couple of buttons on and then again used the glue gun to place the 'S' on the bottom corner (it's actually covering a small imperfection in the fabric)!

Now I have wall art!

I have a large collage on the wall right now of black picture frames and a couple other things, so I'm looking for ways to incorporate more color and make it a little bigger.  Hopefully soon I'll be able to share some before and after photos of the collage.

Here are a couple of other items that have inspired me for my living room.  Our couch came with some hideous pillows that I'm going to slip cover, one of them hopefully with something like this, since I have so many buttons.  I also want to do some more wall art, probably unframed... I want to do something like this, but on fabric that is wrapped over canvas, similar to this monogram art!

Anyway, I hope this inspires your creativity!  Tomorrow I'll have something else to share!  Thanks for stopping by!

8.18.2010

coffee filters can be beautiful?

Hello!  I want to share this with you today (via DesignSponge).  I am always excited to find projects that can be used with inexpensive easy-to-find materials!  Check out this great tutorial for these cute flowers made of coffee filters!

8.14.2010

365 Cards: Blog Inspired!

Hello, hello!  Happy Saturday!  I'm back with another card for 365 Cards and I had lots of fun with this challenge!  First of all, I used a beautiful gladiola (the August flower) image from Sweet n' Sassy Stamps. which is this week's sponsor.  Today's challenge is Blog Inspired :)  I got to take my blog, whether it be color, design, etc etc... and let it inspire my card!  Since this is pretty much my favorite color combination ever (I'd be surprised if you haven't figured that out yet...hehe ), I decided to go primarily with the colors from my blog.  I designed my blog header myself as well as the design for my in progress "business" website: Heidi Stock Design.  Anyway, needless to say, I was definitely inspired!

Thank You

I also want to draw your attention to my sidebar under "Places I Go."  Recently I've made a lot of changes and added a lot of great sites that have tutorials and tons of great DIY projects to inspire you whether with paper or just crafting in general.  I'm branching out slowly with fabric and mixed media projects, so I've had a lot of fun browsing through a lot of different sites.  Check back again soon and I'm sure there will be an even longer list!  Who knows, maybe I'll add some tutorials of my own at some point.  Anyway, enjoy and again, Happy Saturday!!

Thank You details:
Cardstock, felt, ribbon, button, ink, text and sentiment stamps: Papertrey Ink
Glitter: Martha Stewart
Digital Stamp: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps
Twine: Fashion Cord

8.07.2010

365 Cards - Card Recipe 6

Hello everyone!  I'm excited to share a couple of cards with you from the Saturday 365 Cards challenges.  Last weekend I was in Chicago for CHA and forgot to schedule a post with my card, so sorry about that.  I'll show the card at the end of this post, but first, this week!  You may know that this week has been filled with card recipes that build off each other by the day.  This last one for the week included the following requirements:

5x5 Card
2 3x3 patterned papers
Sentiment
2 images (stamped, fussy cut, digi, etc.)
2 Buttons
4 Blossoms


At first the 2 patterned papers stumped me.  It's not a look I generally would go for, but I like how it worked out in this card.  To get the stamped image on all of the different papers, I had to stamp it several times.  It's nearly impossible to get a complete/clean image if you stamp on different overlapping layers of paper at the same time, so I stamped the bottom layer first, then the polka dot layer, then the ledger paper layer, etc.  I assembled it as I went along too, just to make sure it all lined up.  If this wasn't a recipe card, I probably would have added a strip of ribbon along the bottom edge of the card (under the sentiment, but running along the entire width of the card, if that makes sense).  I also don't use a lot of pre-made paper/crocheted blossoms, so the only ones I had just didn't go with the colors I wanted to use.  I decided to cut circles out of felt and then cut slits in them to look like petals.  I also had a hard time coming up with a second image, but I like the touch of the greenery underlapping the sentiment.

Anyway, enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Oh, and here's my card from last week's Saturday challenge.  Don't want to forget that!



This card is where I finally feel like I've gotten my creative juices flowing again.  It's been a while since I really loved a card I made.... that's what happens when you move twice and don't have all your supplies readily available or an adequate space to create.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the ivory wreath accent is coated in fine clear glitter.... and I really really love this Basic Grey patterned paper with the yellow and gray PTI cardstock.  Yay.

Goodnight!

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