Thanks a Hoot! {revisited}

This is my 2nd post today, so scroll down to see the other!!

I decided I wanted to repost this card, even though I already posted it a while back. I made this when I was on the DT for the Pile it On! Challenge Blog, but I wanted to submit it for the current challenge over at Moxie Fab World.

I hand cut several of the elements on this card and really love how it turned out.

The 'thanks' sentiment was actually handcut.  I was trying to give it kind of a sun in the sky kind of effect.  I just drew the letters with a pencil on Summer Sunrise cardstock, cut it out with scissors and an Xacto knife and covered it with a pretty heavy layer of orange glitter glue.

For the owl, I just sketched the body shape with a pencil and cut it out.  I freehanded everything else but the wings.  The wings are made out of a 1" circle punch that I cut with some scallop scissors {Fiskars}.  It's hard to tell in this picture, but the scalloped circle behind the owl is stamped with Text Style to coordinate with the owl's belly.

Thanks for taking time to stop by!  Enjoy and I hope the sun is shining wherever you are!


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink {Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, White}
Handmade Paper: [maker unknown]
Ribbon: PTI {Raspberry Fizz}
Glitter: Roseart glitter glue
Gems: The Paper Studio
Stamp: PTI {Background Basics: Text Style}
Ink: PTI {Vintage Ink Tea Dye Duo}, Memento {Rich Cocoa}

I'm Touched! - 365 Cards

Happy Saturday!  This one approached so slowly and I'm so glad it's here!  It's been a loooong week for me with my husband out of town for most of it and still working an 8-5 job myself (and we have a 16 month-old who needed to go to babysitters' houses, etc).

Anyway, it's Saturday (Day 27 of the 2nd year) at 365 Cards and my challenge was a tough one today.  It's called "I'm Touched," and the requirement is to have at least 8 elements (besides background elements) and they all have to be overlapping with at least 2 other elements.  I had to get some clarification from Pam, but basically it's the wreath effect where everything is touching something else.  I think I took the easiest approach possible and got to use one of my new favorite techniques for making flowers: circle punches!

This challenge is also being submitted for the Picking up the Pieces Challenge over at Moxie Fab World!  

For this flower I used the Lemonade line from Basic Grey.  I used a 1-3/4" circle punch (9 circles total) and just arranged them to make a big blossom!  I crinkled some edges and curled others to get some more dimension.  I also inked the edges of each circle a little bit.  Tie it off with a button (you can also use a brad if you like) and a little tag and you've got a great big flower that is super simple to recreate.  Here's a close-up of the blossom:

You don't have to make a wreath or circle punch flower to satisfy the challenge.  I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!!  Happy crafting and Happy Saturday!!

Enjoy, Heidi


Cardstock: PTI {Vintage Cream, Kraft, Dark Chocolate}
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey {Lemonade}
Stamps: PTI {Polka Dot Basics II, Background Basics: Text Style}
Ink: PTI {Vintage Tea Dye Duo - Chai}, Memento {Rich Cocoa}, Martha Stewart {Teal --I don't know the specific MS color name of this}
Button: Blumenthall Lansing
Twine: Fashion Cord {Hemp}


Poppy Seed Challenge #2

Hey there everyone!  I wanted to post this card before the deadline because I rarely finish challenges in time these days.  This is my first time participating in Lisa Johnson's Poppy Seed Challenge.  The challenge is to use Buttons, Polka Dots, and Light Moss.  I kept it pretty simple and wanted to make a vellum flower.  I love these colors together!  Here's a close-up shot!

I hope everyone's excited for the weekend!  Here in Kansas it looks like warm weather is finally approaching... we just have to wade through some rain first!  Thanks for taking time to stop by and have a wonderful day!

enjoy, heidi


Cardstock: PTI {Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Kraft, Vintage Cream, Spring Moss, Ocean Tides}
Vellum: Xerox
Button: PTI {Berry Sorbet}
Ribbon: PTI {Aqua Mist Grosgrain}
Stamps: PTI {Signature Greetings, Polka Dot Basics II, Background Basics: Text Style}
Ink: PTI {Fresh Snow}, Martha Stewart {Stem Green}, Memento {Rich Cocoa}
Glitter: Martha Stewart {Crystal Fine}
Hemp: Fashion Cord
Punch: Fiskars {Apron Lace}


Making Memories Guest Blogger!

Hello everyone!  Today I am so excited to tell you that I have the opportunity to be a guest designer for the Making Memories blog!  I was asked to create a few projects and I am excited to share them with you!

If you are here for the first time, welcome and I hope you'll take a minute to look around!

I decided to stick mainly with the Making Memories 5th Avenue line as well as the MM Wedding design papers.

For this first card, I added a little bit of clear glitter glue to give the border sticker a little shimmer.  The black polka dotted background is actually MM packaging from a sticker set.  I love repurposing packaging!  Everything here is MM except for the card base (PTI aqua mist) and the glitter glue.

For this next card,I added some bold color to pop against the black, white, and silver.  If you notice the flower, I will give a detailed how-to at the end of this post.

I enjoyed making this next card.  The background is made of 5th Avenue border stickers that I just put together for 1 look.  I added a rounded rectangle of white under the handmade flower to make it pop against the busy background. 

For this flower, I just used a flower punch, then used my fingers to curl the edges and layered it with another MM flower and a little brad (Target $1 bin).  Add a little glitter glue and we're good!

The last card is the most simple and my favorite.  It could be used for nearly any occasion.  The sentiment is part of the "happy holidays" from some Christmas rub-ons that I had.  The little background is a tag sticker (5th Avenue, Making Memories).  I actually put it on cardstock first and cut around it, then put it on the card that way.  MM stickers are a little bit thinner than I'm used to and that's a good way to address it.

Do you like this flower?  This is a very simple technique for a cute little circle punch flower that you can add to pretty much any project.  I started with a 1" circle punch for this one, though I imagine bigger punches would just create bigger flowers ..  Punch 7 circles, then use a small hole punch on each of the circles near the center, but not perfectly centered.  At that point, you can stack your circles and run the prongs of the brad through the center.  Tighten the brad, then arrange each petal (circle) until it looks the way you like.  That's it!  I also bent the edges on each circle to give it a little dimension.

I'm really glad I could share those with you!  As a little welcome to newcomers/thank you to followers, leave a comment by Thursday, March 25, at 11:59 PM (CST) with your email address and I'll choose a winner for a special little giveaway prize!  Thanks for stopping by today!


365 Cards - Let's Make Some Noise!

I have had never made a shaker card before, so for today's 365 Cards challenge, I felt like I needed to give it a try.  Over and over I kept thinking of these "I Spy" bean bag toys my sister made for all of the grandkids last Christmas.  Here's a link to some similar ones, but my sister made them in all sorts of cute shapes (my daughter Adelle got a duck shaped one).  That was my springboard.  My first attempt was a complete failure, so here's my second attempt!  I was also inspired by rice and its association with marriage

 I added some Martha Stewart crystal marble glitter to the rice to give it a nice shimmer.  I also used Martha Stewart's San Serif Alpha stamps for the "i spy..." and the "one heart" on the inside.  The "You & Me" is a rub-on from American Crafts.  The "forever" is hand-written, then the little heart stamp is from Papertrey Ink's Around and About Sentiments set.  I hope this will inspire you to think outside of the box and try your own shaker card!


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink {Kraft, Enchanted Evening, Vintage Cream}
Stamps: Martha Stewart {San Serif Alphabet}, Papertrey Ink {Polka Dot Basics II, Around & About Sentiments}
Ink: Papertrey Ink {Tea Dye Duo, Raspberry Fizz, Fresh Snow}, Martha Stewart {teal}
Buttons: Papertrey Ink {Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate}
Twine: Hemp by Fashion Cord
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink {Vintage Cream grosgrain}
Rub-On: American Crafts
Glitter: Martha Stewart


just because thank you bundle of joy HELLO.

Hello to everyone... I decided it was time for a new post!  I have been playing with a lot of different backgrounds and patterns and just having fun creating the past few weeks (aside from this week because I've been super sick).

This first card uses Damask Designs, Turning a New Leaf, Giga Guidelines, and Background Basics: Text Style from Papertrey Ink.  Probably some of my favorite stamp sets EVER and 3 of them I've only had for a couple of months.  I made a Kraft card base, then layered aqua mist cardstock (bordered by a Vintage Cream edge) on Dark Chocolate (all PTI).  The fleur de lis background (from Damas Designs) is in Spring Moss ink, the text background is in Smokey Shadow and the leaf image is in Smokey Shadow (all PTI).  The 'just because' is in Rich Cocoa ink (by Memento), which I stamped twice to make a little bit more prominent over the gray leaf image.  I rounded off the bottom edges and finished it off with some Vintage Cream grosgrain ribbon, an Aqua Mist button (both PTI) and some hemp (by Fashion Cord).  That border punch is Apron Lace by Fiskars.

This next card is bigger than the others because it looked blurry to me when it was smaller for some reason.  All the paper is PTI (Vintage Cream, Kraft, Dark Chocolate).  All of the stamps and the Dark Chocolate button are PTI as well.  The 2 different orange inks are Martha Stewart as well as the gold glitter.  The white (Fresh Snow) and greens (Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado) are PTI again - to make the white a little more subtle I went over it with PTI's vintage ink tea dye duo.  Then I finished it off with the same hemp by Fashion Cord.  I did a lot of inking and distressing, which I think goes well with the text background.  I really like this card.  I've been on such an orange kick!  - and this Martha Stewart ink, the darker orange... it goes really well with PTI's terracotta paper (if you don't have to corresponding ink like I don't).

This next card I made for my friend Alexis, who had a baby shower last weekend.  For the actual construction of it, it probably took me about 15 minutes.  I just used my cutter and punches to make the train cars...

This last card was just some fun time playing with text/print and glitter glue mainly.  I really like how it turned out and finally the picture is showing fairly close to the actual Ocean Tides (PTI) color.  I can never get that one to photograph quite right. I stamped the entire cardbase with Background Basics: Text Style in Smokey Shadow (PTI).  Then I went over some with the cursive stamp from the same set in Palette Noir ink.  I distressed it some with Smokey Shadow ink and some teal ink from Martha Stewart (I really need to learn the names of Martha Stewart's colors..).  Then I added with Ocean Tides cardstock (PTI) with Polka Dot Basics II (PTI) in the same MS ink.  Notice the Apron Lace punch on the outside edge again.  Next comes the large leaf stamp from Turning a New Leaf (PTI) that I stamped in Spring Moss (PTI), then covered in clear glitter glue.  Then I just topped it off with some Kraft cardstock (PTI), some chipboard letters (Cosmo Cricket) and a little flower and brad (Making Memories).  There you have it. :)

I think I need a break from blogging after this post!!  I hope someone at least appreciates it... I know it's a lengthy one!



Stretch N Bubbles week - 365 Cards!

Hello everyone, I hope you've had a great week and are enjoying your weekend!  It's been a little bit rainy here lately, but we definitely need it!  Anyway, it's a nice break from the vast amount of snow we've had this winter!  So, down to business!

This week is Stretch N Bubbles week over at 365 Cards.  For today's challenge I got to work with this cute little bee image and had so much fun with it!  The challenge is to paper piece an image and create dimension by popping up part of the image.  I've created dimension not only by popping up the body on glue dots, but I also curved up the edges of the wings.  I love the effect it creates!  This is a great technique that is pretty simple if you have the patience to cut.  I hope you'll try it and participate in the challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!!


Cardstock: PTI {white, smokey shadow, aqua mist}
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey {Lemonade}
Stamp: PTI {Polka Dot Basics II}
Ink: PTI {Spring Moss}, Martha Stewart {Forget-Me-Not Blue}
Glitter: Martha Stewart {Crystal, blue}


Stampin' Saturday - 365 Cards DT debut!

Well hello everyone! For some of you, this may be the first time you've ever visited my blog, so welcome!!

I am so excited to be sharing this card today because it is my first official card as a member of the 365 Cards Design Team! For the next year, I will be the Saturday Daily Designer and I look forward to being challenged and trying new techniques!

Today's challenge is to blend more than 1 color on 1 stamp. I also used this opportunity to kind of show you some of my personal style as well, so that you somewhat know what to expect in the weeks to come.

For my use of the technique, I decided to use ink pads directly on the stamp. I didn't do as much blending because I like the inconsistency it creates on the butterfly image, which I think complements the color palette well.  This picture doesn't illustrate the contrast of the yellow and green ink as well as it shows up in real life.

Leave a comment on the post or in the chat box with your blog/website link and I'd love to take a look at what you're creating/who's visiting!!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (kraft, lemon tart, dark chocolate, enchanted evening, vintage cream)
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo (butterfly), PTI (signature style, polka dot basics II)
Ink: Memento (Rich Cocoa), PTI (Enchanted Evening, Spring Moss, Lemon Tart)
Etc: PTI (Spring Moss Grosgrain Ribbon, Dark Chocolate Button); Martha Stewart (Glitter), Fashion Cord (Hemp)



Hi everyone, I don't have a card to share today, but I do have some news.

First, I have been added to a wonderful group of cardmakers as one of the new DT members for 365 Cards.  I will be the Saturday designer and I am so excited!!!  365 Cards is what really got me into cardmaking.  I had made cards here and there for birthdays, etc, but just a year ago now did I really start making cards as an actual creative outlet.  I'll be posting the cards here on my blog as well on Saturdays that will go into a little more detail about what I did, so I hope you'll check it out.

Next, my first card to ever be published is in this month's issue of CARDS Magazine (March 2010).  I haven't actually seen it yet, but am so excited to be in it!

Finally, some time this month I am going to be a Guest Designer for the Making Memories blog.  I will let you know more details when I know the exact time, but I also will have a more detailed post here at the blog.  I've already finished my project for it, which was so fun!

Anyway, I hope everyone's doing well and happy crafting!


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