Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thanks a latte!!



Here is my entry for Jen Del Muro's sketch challenge this week. She also challenged us to use old supplies and stamps that we haven't used in a long time. Here is mine - used Marvy Uchida dimensional paint and heat gun to make foamy bubbles...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Weekly spotlight - 101 ways to use buttons on your layouts or cards....

Okay - so not really 101 - but tons of great ideas....

Buttons are a great way to add dimension, texture, color, whimsy, - you name it - to your projects. Remember that wherever you would place a button, you could also place an eyelet, brad, or bling as well. I try hard not to copy a card from start to finish (although I have for SU! stamp demo class cards on occasion :-). However, I do keep an idea file by medium on hand of images that I have found on fellow crafters sites over the years that I am happy to share below... Please feel free to post your own ideas and experiences with buttons in the comments section below!!!



Use buttons with your stamped stems to be the flower....












A great addition to your stamped accents....







String twine, hemp thread, or embroidery thread through centers for a light alternative to ribbon centers...








Place alone over die cut or punched flowers....












Jen used a white button on her flocked chipboard flower, so cute....







Place randomly on your project for added texture...









A whimsical effect shown here....

















Add emphasis to the leftover negative space of your chipboard...







Layer your objects for a great effect....


Place a row of buttons over patterned paper edges for a dimensional transition between the layers...





Hand sew through button holes for a creative way to hold your ribbon in place...




Don't have the perfect stamp for the job? Group together multiple buttons and use as your main embellishment for your project...









Group together using the rule of odds - placing objects in odd numbers gives an asymetrical effect that is pleasing to the eye....











Fold flowers in half, place oversized button atop and finish with a ribbon for a fabulous effect!!








Use solely in the center of your stamped image - or place directly onto the center of an existing flower on your patterned paper....





Don't have the right button for the project? Create your own with punches.






Fabric flower center with ribbon added for texture...










Fabric flower centers - here the flowers are reversed for more dimension.










Experiment with different shapes and contrasts...











Emphasize your polka dots with a monochromatic effect.








Create an oversized effect out of a small button by placing it atop a small accent - makes a nice addition to dress up your chipboard accents...







They make a great nose for your animals - pigs, bunny's , whatever you can think of!






Cut - yes cut your buttons in half for a fun effect! (Very talented lady here!)








Use a button as an accent to your bow centers.









Add doodles or rubons to your buttons.


- add accents to your stamped or rubon sentiments.
And don't forget clear buttons can take on the look of whatever you place under them - patterned paper or stamped images...
I hope you find these techniques helpful and have a great day!!


Thursday, March 20, 2008

The squirrel and the nut.........

Every time I think my life stinks and start to take things for granted, a higher power always has a way of putting things back into prospective for me....

So on this particular day, I am late taking the boys to preschool (again!). Getting twin boys out of the house ontime is no easy task you see. And of course I am cursing the car in front of me under my breath for not even going the speed limit. "Don't they see the sign - it says 30mph - jeesh!"..... Getting closer to the school now - but still not there..... All of a sudden I see a squirrel attempting to dash across the street. It darts towards the car in front of me and gets caught in the tire. Spinning around once and then just dropped onto the pavement - still as a statue. He is dead. Just lying there where 2 seconds before he had been so full of life and determined to get his little furry body across the street. "How sad", I say to myself. Then out of the corner of my eye, I catch a glimpse of what can only be described as something even sadder than the lifeless squirl lying on the pavement. I see a round brown object rolling accross the street in the same direction that the squirrel was traveling, and come to a stop after hitting the curb. "Oh my goodness, it is his nut.", I exclaim sadly. The nut that he had treasured and held so snuggly in his mouth just kept rolling on without its owner to carry it any longer.

And then it hits me - and my mind is taken back to the time when my Grandmother passed away and one minute she is alive, and the next she is gone. And the world and everything in it just kept on going - just like the nut. I wonder how my life would go on without me in it. How sad I would be to be gone and missing everything and everyone. And then this song comes on the radio ( I am listening to a country station which I hardly ever do...). It is a song that talks about an older man whose children are grown and he goes around telling all the frustrated mommies ,"You're gonna miss this". How they will miss all the messes, all the driving around, all the silly jokes and dirty sticky hands.

And then all I can do is give thanks to above for giving me all of these messages, signs, what have you. For this moment of grattitude, which will soon be replaced with me wrangling my boys through the halls of school and trying to get them to class with 2 backpacks, 2 coats, and all their limbs intact. And I think to myself, "Will I miss this?". And I then I think I just might....

You see these boys are very challenging, but they are my last children. And everyone puts so much emphasis on all of the firsts in children's lives. But no one really tells you to remember all the "lasts". It is hard to recognize the "lasts" in our children's lives. But when I realize that this is the last time my child might do something - the last time they wear their favorite army pants, or their stinky rubber boots for the 1000th time - and I get a little sad. Sad knowing that I will never again feel the squirmyness of a child in my belly, or enjoy the rhythmic dance of my babies chest on my chest, their breath totally in sync with mine. And then I hear the words of my mother playing over and over in my head, "they grow so fast"... And I am sad, really sad.

But then I peek into the classroom window, and see my boys so full of joy and enjoying thier day. And I remember that I still have so many firsts and lasts to share with them. And for that, I am truly grateful.

Please give an extra hug to the ones you love, and try to have a happy day no matter what you are facing at this very moment. Because whatever it is, you are better off than the squirrel and his nut.

Challenge cards....

Here are some cards I entered in online challenges this week -














for sketch this - here is the sketch.....




















My attempt at monochromatic. SU! Priceless set used with Whipser white craft ink and some white EP...



Here is a closup of my stamped and punched embies on dimensionals....











Another challenge card for online entry. CB "Thanks" folder for the bg and various chalking and brads added to help the embossing pop. I added Crystal Effects to the big "thanks" at the bottom - not sure if you can see it from the pic. Not a super fancy card - but it was fun to make.






Bye Bye for now...

Monday, March 17, 2008

Some layouts I made this week.....















I made several layouts at a crop on Friday night - but I am still perfecting them. These two still need some tweeking I think - but I'm posting them anyway...





I finally learned not to hoard my paper, and tore into this American Crafts paper. All the girls are wearing this pinky/ red lipstick for their competition performance, and I think it matches nicely. I also cut out some of the blossoms on the paper and mounted them on dimensionals, finishing them off with clear glaze. Since the photos are glossy, they match nicely... I have this thing with my daughter (the girl on the right), she is always making this silly face whenever I take her pic - so my journaling on the right reads, "What's with that face?!"....






Here is a closeup of some of the embellishments...












Still scrapping photos from last summer.... I know, I know.... I want to put a half of a journaling tag somewhere, but I am still deciding and I haven't found one that I like yet... AC thickers for the title of {Summer Fun}, AC papers and SU! photo corners punch...

















I'll have a couple more to post by the end of the week, Happy Saint Patty's Day everyone!!













Hey Jessica.....

Thanks for all the nice comments on my cards! You seem to be my only fan for now :-) Shoot me an email at heatherhussey@msn.com if you wanna chat sometime or send me your blogspot address.
Have a good Monday!! ~Heather

Sketch challenge






Here is my submission for my online mother's group sketch challenge this week:



I used the Pick a Petal set from SU! and the background is embossed white paper painted and then sanded to make the polka-dots pop. The color combo is red and turquoise, but it looks a little bit pinker than it really is :-) It is a birthday card for my M-I-L and I think it looks like a happy card...



Don't forget your green tomorrow!!! And get your pinching fingers warmed up for the only day of the year where our wardrobe is dictated by a color.....



Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sketch challenge CPS #55



Here is my version of the CPS sketch #55 from Saturday.

I had fun clear embossing the flowers from the Baroque Motifs set in Really Rust craft ink. I used the paper from the Wanted line from Cosmo Cricket (I didn't get around to buying the SU! Wanted paper before it retired :-( I always seem to revert back to warmer colors, but I think it turned out okay....

Here is the sketch this card was based on:


Thanks and have a happy Monday!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Jen DelMuro's sketch challenge...






Entered this card for Jen DelMuro's sketch challenge this week. There really were some beautiful cards made - everyone should win :-)



Here are some closeups on the details. This was fun!


Family sidenote - It was so cute this week - my son Jake really has a big heart. He overheard me saying something to my husband about how I wanted to do something different because that is how I felt about it or something like that. Anyway - Jake takes his hand and places it on my heart and says, "Mom, you have to be who you are inside, okay?". So dang sweet! I hope he always remembers that as he grows....

Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Card challenges....




Here are a couple of cards that I entered in some online challenges this month so far.


Gonna have to add brads to this one - the challenge was for only one embellishment so I chose ribbon for the entry.... Marcella K patterned paper from Target, Fun and Fast notes stamp on dimensionals, and real red wide grossgrain ribbon.











This card uses Crafty Secrets cotton images that I bought at the CK convention. SU! pretties kit, misc ribbons, and my grandma's vintage buttons, and faux stitching finished it off nicely. I really love the Groovy Guava, Sage Shadow, and brown combo together. I will miss the G.G. when it retires in June!!! I love this card so much, I don't want to give it away!!!!

Family milestone - Sammy lost his first tooth today - we are all so excited. He was really dissapointed by losing it though - he said, "I just wanted a little more time with my loof toof". He toiled over whether he really wanted to leave it for the tooth fairy tonight, or to hold onto it for a while. He chose to leave it so I gotta go play tooth fairy now and head off to bed. Have a great week everyone!!!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Some older work that I sold on Ebay...















Here are some pics of some tags and page accents that I made and sold on Ebay last year for your own inspiration...