Seven of Hearts ~ Sneak Peek

This week at StampNation the challenge is inspired by the artwork of member Ozymundius (aka Kevin).  He shared an amazing picture of a Queen of Hearts hat sculpture that I just knew needed to be a challenge.  I asked him if we could use it and he said yes!

Here is a peek at the card I made, inspired by his artwork.  I used 7 of hearts instead of Queen of hearts because I was making a thank you card for my in-laws.  We recently taught them how to play a card game where books of 7s are worth more than any other book.  They sent us a card shuffler and I thought this would be an appropriate thank you card for the "happy mail" they sent us.

Be sure to head on over to the challenge forum at StampNation to see my full card along with the rest of the design team's cards and see the piece that inspired us all.


Love Ya Valentine ~ Video

There is a fun Facebook group called Stamp Junkies and they are running a challenge sponsored by CASual Fridays Stamps.  The theme is RED and I immediately thought of the bold Love Ya sentiment I have from Casual Fridays.  I wanted it to be on a soft pink background, and this is the card I came up with.

Here's my video showing you how I made this valentine card for my love.


In the close up you can see how some of the distress ink smeared when it came in contact with the wet glue.  It adds "character" to this piece.  (that's my story and I'm sticking to it)  You can also see some of the glossy texture added with the embossing paste and glossy accents.

Stamps: Girlfriend (CASual Fridays Stamps) Scenery: Holiday Trimmings (Winnie & Walter for SOA)
Ink: Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar (Distress Inks) Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Harleen Stencil (Winnie & Walter for Stamp of Approval - Young at Heart) Love Ya Fri-Die (CASual Fridays Stamps), Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendi Vechi) Glossy Accents


Design Team Call ~ Saying Goodbye ~Stampin Celebration ~ Video

For the past 2 years I have been a part of the Stampin' Celebration challenge. It has been a great team to work with and the challenges always motivate me and stretch my imagination.  Now it is time to pass on the torch to a new design team member and give her (or him) a chance to shine in the spotlight.  If you have been thinking about joining a design team this is a fabulous opportunity to work with a great leader and team.  Be sure to go to the Stampin' Celebration blog for all the details.


 This will be my last official challenge on the Stampin' Celebration Design Team.  I'm sad to say goodbye, but excited to see what is around the corner for me & my blog.   Thank you Stampin' Celebration for allowing me to be a part of incredible team and a HUGE thank you to Wendi Lau for taking up the reigns as our fearless leader.  I look forward to participating in your challenges as a guest in the future and I can hardly wait to see who will be the next new design team member!

Stamps: First Sight (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Spun Sugar (Distress) Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!) Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper: Whisper White, Perfectly Artistic DSP ~ Sale-A-Bration item (SU)
Accessories: Ink Blending Tool (Ranger) Blueprints 20 (My Favorite Things) Clear Embossing Powder (SU)

First Sight
Perfectly Artistic DSP (SAB)

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Sew Saturday ~ February Goals ~ OMG Challenge

February is my youngest son's birthday month, so I think it is high time I went back to work on his quilt.  My goal this month for the One Monthly Goal (OMG) challenge is to get the squares on my design wall sewn into blocks.  Hopefully I will exceed that goal and add more blocks, but for now I will happy with getting these blocks finished.  They have been on my wall since June!  I haven't wanted to take them down for fear of having to figure out how the pieces all go back together.  Each square has different, yet similar fabric.

It's really only 10 blocks total, and I already have 3 done.  7 more block.  This is such a silly goal, yet it has sat as a UFO for going on 9 months now.  That is too long, so it is my goal to FOCUS on it.  Sometimes I just have to make it my goal or it won't get done.

In addition to this goal, I also want to keep up with my QAL for the SSMQG.   Last month I got caught up through February, so it will only take make 2 blocks to be on track by the time of our next guild meeting in early March.

I'm also working on attaching binding for 2 charity quilts made by our guild. I'll have to share pictures with you once they are done.  It is so fun to see these quilts come together and know that it was made by women I admire and cherish, and then to know I had a small part in it too.

 Feb Goals

Please consider linking up your sewing goals with this new challenge. Heidi has a fabulous fabric giveaway and the challenge has a new sponsor this month.


Crookedy Cake Card

Who knew creating with a crookedy cake could be so much fun?  The challenge this week at StampNation is to create a birthday card.  The design team have all used products from the Stamp of Approval Young at Heart collection to give members even more ideas to use with this fun box of goodies.  Here's a sneak peek at my card.

The design team samples are going to blow you away!  Seriously!  I'm swooning over them, and so happy that I have the supplies to CASE them.

Stamps: Bring on the Cake (SugarPea Designs for SOA) Young at Heart (CASual Fridays Stamps for SOA)
Ink: Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up) 052, 050, 031, 036, 080, 081 (Zig CC RB Markers) Teal High Heal Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) Gold Shimmer Spritz (Tsukineko)
Paper: Bristol (Canson) Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Birthday Journal Card Dies (SugarPea Designs for SOA) 


SOA Young At Heart Blog Hop

How awesome is this collection?  It is my favorite one yet!!!  If you are following along the Stamp of Approval Young at Heart blog hop you should have come from the creatively talented, Kristie's, blog.  I'll include a list of all the participants at the bottom if you get lost or want to start over at the top.

The collection screamed bright and cheerful to me, so I had to make a rainbow card.  Check out the video below to see how it was made.


PRIZE ALERT!!!  Catherine Pooler will be giving away a box to a lucky commenter, so be sure to comment along the entire hop by Thursday at 9am EST for best odds of winning.   And, get your name on that wait list for the best chance of getting this collection before it sells out!

Kristie Goulet
Heather North  <<<you are here


Stamps: Ring In the Celebration (Winnie & Walter for SOA) Young At Heart (CAS*ual Fridays Stamps for SOA) Bring on the Cake (Sugar Pea Designs for SOA)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine) Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet (Distress) Versamark
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up!)


Stamp of Approval Sneak Peek Week

It's almost time for the next release of the new Stamp of Approval Young at Heart collection and this one is going to knock your socks off!  Promise!   All weekend long Catherine and her design team have been sneak peeking the awesomeness.  I'm honored to be among this uber talented group of designers!

Time to head on over to Catherine Pooler's blog to see more samples and sign up for the stamp of approval wait list to find out as soon as it is goes on sale.  Then visit the other amazing designers, Maureen Merritt, Joni Andaya, Laurel Beard, and Simon Hurley, being featured today.  

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the BIG blog hop and your chance to win a collection of your own.

Stamps: HB2U (Sugar Pea Designs for SOA) Ring In the Celebration (Winnie & Walter for SOA)
Ink: Cut Grass, Vibrant Turquoise (Dylusions Spray) Teal High Heel (Tattered Angels Chalkboard Spray) Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper: Bristol Watercolor Cardstock (Strathmore) Basic Black, Whisper White Cardstock (Stampin' UP)
Accessories: Birthday Journal Card Dies (Sugar Pea Designs for SOA) Harleen Stencil (Winnie & Walter for SOA) Clear Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up!)


Stenciled Birthday Wishes ~ SOA Young At Heart Sneak Peek

It's officially release week for the new Stamp of Approval Young at Heart Collection.   You know what that means?  Sneak peeks!!!  Catherine Pooler will be featuring her projects along with her entire creative design team each day on her blog.  Here is my card for today.

The background was created with a stencil that is included in the collection.  I didn't want to cover it up, so I had to come up with a design that would let the background shine.  I was completely inspired by an open frame in one of the old "Friends" episodes.  Isn't that a fun way to showcase your creative backgrounds?

All the die cuts you see are also included in this collection.  It is jam-packed with goodness!  Hop on over to Catherine's blog, clicky, to see more of this collection and what the other designers have to share today.

Ink: 302, 036, 042,  033 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers) Wilted Violet (Distress) Gold Shimmer Spritz
Paper: Basic Black, Vellum Cardstock (Stampin' Up) Marshmallow (Bazzill)
Accessories: Happy Birthday Wishes (CASual Fridays Stamps for SOA) Harleen Creative Screenings (Winnie & Walter for SOA) Birthday Journaling Card Die (SugarPea Designs)

Sew Saturday ~ OMG Finish

It's the end of the month and time to link up my finish with the OMG (One Monthly Goal) challenge.  Not only did I make my goal of getting caught up on our guilds QAL, but I exceeded it and got next month's finsihed too!  WOOT-WOOT!!!

Linking up my finish with One Monthly Goal, then I am off to see what you all have finished!  I'm so grateful that Heidi picked up the reigns and started a new goal setting/finish party for our sewing.  It helps me stay focused on completing something each month.  Did I mention that my word for 2016 is FOCUS?  I might need to write up a blog post on that, but I digress.

Jan Finish


Hooray It's Your Day ~ SOA Sneak Peek ~ Video

The new Stamp of Approval Young At Heart collection is being released next week and I just can't stop playing with my box of goodies!  When I saw the layered circles in the Ring in the Celebration stamp set by Winnie & Walter I knew I wanted to create a CAS card with the Rings as the star of the show.  

I have teenage boys and I'm in need of cards that they can give to friends. I ended up created 2 cards.  The one above is a more masculine version that my teenage boys could give to a friend.  The one below has a "slightly" more feminine look with the soft yellow glow and pink frosting.

I captured these cards on video so you could see how easy it is to pull off these looks, plus you'll get a peek at the soon-to-be-released SOA collection.  ;) 

CAS(E) this Sketch has another fabulous sketch this week.  It fits the design of my cards, so I am linking up with them and sharing it with you to play along too!  I love how using sketches helps me focus my design.   This is especially true when I am overwhelmed by all the possibilities a collection, or even a single stamp set, has.  

Stamps: Ring in the Celebration (Winnie& Walter for SOA)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up) Tuxedo Black (Memento) Squeezed Lemonade (Distress)
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Circle Punch, Dimensionals (SU)

Clicky to get on the waiting list for the new Stamp of Approval collection.