Sunday, August 31, 2008

Time to swap out the purses....

So I have many nice leather purses to use - but I have really been into the grab and go type of satchel lately. I especially like the really fun ones with cutesy appliques on them. Here are some photos of some of my super cute ones...


This is my summer bag that I have been dragging around since June - I only paid $7 at Walmart for it - but I get complement after complement on it everywhere I go... The ice-cream fabric mixed with the rainbow stripes really drew me to it - and I think I might use it for inspiration soon...




















So this bag is the one that I am switching to for the Fall tonight. It has the cutest owl applique on it that is made of different corduroy fabrics. I got this one at a resale shop where I buy my boy's clothes. It still had the original tags on it so I figured that at $8 - it was another great buy that I will carry around until Winter comes along... Owl's are really in style for papercrafting this season - there are many stamp sets and patterned papers that have come out that I would love to have soon! But this will have to do until then...



























I love it!!







Happy Fall to everyone! (I don't care if it is here yet or not - it raining with crispy air where I live so it's Fall to me :-) I am putting out the Fall decorations tomorrow all over the house. Pumpkins Pumpkins everywhere....










Friday, August 29, 2008

Fall Garland/ papercraft...

Okay - so my pictures of this one aren't really that great - but I don't have the ability to get them any better right now... Okay - this is a glitter garland by K and Co. that I picked up at Michael's. It is glitter chipboard letters that say "GIVE THANKS" when strung on the ribbon as a garland. I placed patterned papers behind the open chipboard letters and then made further embellishments with my family's pictures and misc. buttons and ribbons. It was easy with punches, glue dots and my Crop-O-Dile... It is hanging across a large mirror in my dining room - so the pictures after it is hung up aren't real swell... sorry about that...
Gotta give props to my gal Jessica H. for all the Basic Grey papers that she uses. I have many collections in my stash - but I have such a hard time actually breaking open the packs and using the papers. I covet them like jewelry :-) Jessica makes such beautiful projects with her BG papers - that she has gotten me to break out a piece or two now and then. Thanks Jess!

































































































I think since I have put the garland in front of my mirror - that I might have to go back and cut orange paper to cover the backs with?? I probably won't do that though even though I should - since I am always on to the next project :-) I am so happy to welcome Fall this year - I always end up doing like 10 times as many projects the second half of the year - and I like keeping busy.
Hugs to all! ~Heather

More scrapbooking...

This is a minibook that measures 5x6.5 that works great for scrapping 4x6 photos. Some are cropped, others left as 4x6. It is filled with my favorite summertime pictures from trips we have taken together as a family. I was going to do more to it - but I definitly don't have time right now - so I am putting it on the shelf as is...








































There is a little tag that pulls out with the story behind the photo... Stapling the photo enabled me to slide the tag right in...


































































































The twins were all cradled up in blankets watching DVD's during our camping trip - the only way they would wind down for bedtime since there was so much going on around us at the campground...




I had a lot more rubons and ribbon to add - but I am moving on to other projects right now - so maybe I'll add them later. I hope you get a chance to scrap your summertime memories soon - even if it is in a minibook style like this. You don't always have to break out the 12x12 pages...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

BTST #8....

Thanks Heather and Ivy for your cute entries last week! I was really impressed that Heather actually made two cards for this challenge - they turned out really great. Be sure to check out her blog - her link is on the right...

I waned to thank Ivy for her too cute entry - the cutest little chicks I have seen :-)





Ivy - I really love this card - the little bow and kissing beaks makes it even more sweet!










This weeks sketch is based on a workshop card I had for Halloween last year. It features a film strip style on front that is made with the SU! spiral punch. You can improvise if you don't have it - I would love to see how else you ladies can make this style come to life.

Here is the sketch -





















Here is my sample card. I added a binder clip - but for the sketch - I thought it would be cuter as a faux office folder...





This is the Booglie Eyes set from SU! that was retired this year (sniff sniff :-). It is the cutest!












Thanks for checking in and sorry this is late this week..... I am gearing up for my Fall projects - so I will get them posted as I make them this week. I will have an altered Fall Garland and a Summer memories mini-book to post soon... stay tuned....

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Some recent cards from a Demo stampalot...

Here are some cards that I was able to complete at a demonstrator stamping night out this week. They aren't really the color choices I would use myself - but a wonderful demo named Linda is gracious enough to have project boxes ready for us to use when we visit.

This is the Embrace life set (yes - you would want to space them evenly - but the punched pieces weren't even that I was working with. I know, excuses, excuses :-)















This is a Margarita glass card that was made by Cuttle Bugging the vellum glass and then I put Crystal Effects over the lime and the glass to create a waterline. There is cute little glitter across the top to simulate the salt - so cute! So glad this Tart 'n Tangy set was included in the new catalog!




















This is the Pick a Petal set (which I use quite frequently myself). The colors are really rust, chocolate chip, and very vanilla. Lots of piercing and embellishments were added....



















After my mini-book class this week, I will have lots of Holiday projects planned - so stay tuned for some super neat-o stuff!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Collage technique card example...


Just popping in to show a card I made this week using the collage stamping technique. I also used some resist embossing over the top of the collage with craft ink and embossing powder. The ink rubs right off after you sponge in between your images...




Colors are SU! Sage Shadow, chocolate chip, creamy caramel, and really rust. I slid my Prima flowers onto my Chocalte chip grosgrain ribbon instead of glue dotting them on top. TFL! :-) ~Heather

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Scrappin' the night away...

Here is a layout I finished tonight that is based on layout that I saw while thumbing through the latest issue of Memory Makers Magazine. It really made great use of the scalloped edge paper that I had in my stash - so I thought I could make something similar and infuse it with my own style. This layout really ended up calling for a cleaner look than I am used to - so I had to put the paint pen down and walk away from it. I was able to use my SU! ribbon with this Basic Grey Color Me Silly background paper - they matched up pretty well. I just love the colors in this one because they are not the typical beachy colors. Rather, they are are happy colors that really match the mood of the photo. TFL!!








































Hopefully the first of many pages that I get completed this week.... wish me luck :-)











Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A special thank you....

Our Stampin' Up! Monthly specials just keep getting better! Here is the special that is available through the end of September:


From August 11-September 30, enjoy a 15% discount on select brand-new, die-cut stamp sets from the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog—no additional purchase necessary!


Never before has Stampin’ Up!® offered a discount on brand-new stamp sets!


Here are the sets that qualify for this offer:



















Here are some beautiful cards that were made using some of these sets:








































A Special Thanks to Jessica H. and Chelsea Z. for their creative entries last week. You really stretched your imagination with the paint swatches - and I appreciate your participation! For your entries, you have both earned a 35% total discount (from the original listed price) on the selected stamp sets mentioned in this special. This offer is only available through me and is good until September 30th, 2008. Please contact me with any questions or orders...

BTST #7...

This week's Beyond the Sketch Tuesday challenge will focus on punches. I made the sketch extremely simple because I wanted to leave you all room to expand your ideas. I would like you to make a recognizable image from any punches that you have laying around. There are so many things that you can make with punches - here is a recent card from a Stampin' Up! demonstrator publication that shows how you can use the SU! punches to make an owl -





Sooooo cute!!










Here is the simple sketch to start with as your basis for your punched objects. You can flip it as necessary....





















***No Cricuts or die cuts allowed this time - just punched shapes.


Here is a teacher card that I made based on a punched card that I saw online a while back. I keep a list by punch type of what they each can be used for - so I was particularly drawn to this one with school starting soon. We will finally have Elementary School teachers to give gifts to, so I thought this card was perfect for this occasion. I used the SU! tab punch for the apple cores, the scallop punch for the colored sections of the cores, and the spiral punch for the notebook paper effect.

































As usual - there are no creative limitations with this sketch challenge (besides the no die cut rule for this one particularly this week). Let your imagination take you where it may - and punch away!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Altered window project...

I was excited to get my new SU! Decor Elements vinyl rub-ons in the mail. I knew that I wanted to have an altered vintage window in my crafty basement somewhere - so I got busy with this project as soon as my rub-ons arrived... I wanted something functional as well as decorative - so I decided to turn this decorative project into a display item for my recently completed 12x12 scrap pages...



Here is what I started with. It is a vintage single paned window that I purchased from my (favorite) downtown antique store.

















The rub-on that I was using was soooo big that I could not purchase the multi-paned windows that are more visually appealing than just a plain two paned window as this one is. But - you gotta do what you gotta do... I went with the big rub-on because it was originally intended to be placed on my basement walls. However, due to the uneveness and terrible topography - I had to come up with an alternative option of display...


I knew that I would not be able to fill the space with paper and make it look intentional unless I went with the quilt square technique. If you have smaller panes - then you would not have this problem. I began placing the squares onto larger 12x12 pieces of card stock, and then taped three of them together along the backside. I ran a small bead of SU! Crystal Effects along the inside of the frame to adhere the paper in place. It dries clear and is an excellent adhesive - however the "wetness" of the medium did show up in some spots where I got a little too much in place... Here is the backside view of the project...

























After my paper was in place, I got to the fun part. I rubbed on my sentiment from the new SU! Decor Elements which measured like 36" x 14". It was difficult at first to get it placed right. Also, I had to modify the adhering process a bit because it is only designed to adhere to the front of the window, not behind the glass. I embellished the front of the glass just a little bit (I know right?!). I want for my completed pages to be the focus once displayed, not be too busy with too many accents. I tapped picture hanging nails in every six inches and hung altered binder clips on them to hang my layouts from:










































Here is the completed project all hung up in my craft studio...































There are so many other ways that you could complete this project, so have fun and make something GREAT!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

BTST #6

It's challenge time! Beyond the Sketch Tuesday is going to focus on a particular embellishment this week - paint chip/ swatches... They were cool a while back - but I have a whole drawer of them - and I have been wanting to make a card around that theme forever... It's simple for a reason - you are welcome to elaborate as much as you want on the sketch - I love to see everyone's interpretations! If you don't have one - they are usually free at home improvement stores or paint sections. Or - you can be really super crafty and improvise one with your card stock...
Here is the sketch:




















Here is the sample I have come up with for the week: It is a little hard to see with all gray - but it will do....





















And away you go :-) Have a great week!!