Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blessed Easter

Happy Easter my friends.  I hope your day is blessed with joy!  Easter is such a special time for so many of us as we reflect on the first Easter Sunday and the price that was paid for our ultimate freedom.

On this Easter Sunday, forgive someone, tell someone you love him and let your light shine.

There is such joy, peace and hope in the promise of salvation.  

On this Easter Sunday, forgive someone, tell someone you love him and let your light shine.

One more picture, just because it's pink.  

May your day be blessed with joy, family and perhaps a little crafty time.  ;)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sew Saturday

April is more than half over, and I am working on my metallic challenge.  Can you guess what this is going to become?  I do have a plan, but I think I will wait until next week for the "reveal".

In the meantime, great progress has been made on my baseball quilt.  Just in time too.  Michael had his first tournament today.  It got rained out, but not before the boys played in the POURING rain for 30 minutes.  I need to get that warm quilt finished fast!  Baseball season does not equal sunshine in the Pacific Northwest.

Sorry for the blurry pictures.  Here you can see the flannel back.  I just need to sew my 2 halves together.  :)

Then I can bind it and clip all those edges.   I'm debating on adding one more row to make it just a little bit wider.   The quilt is a very simple pattern on the back because I wasn't sure how many rows and columns I was going to need. (I'm still not.  lol)

While I had the quilt on the bed to decide just how wide I want it to be, I got the cat's seal of approval.

Believe it or not that is her "happy" face.  I think we have our very own grumpy kitty, but she sure does love my sewing projects.

I must have missed last weekend, because I have one more sewing picture to share.  Our boys requested to watch the TV Series "Lost".  This was the perfect chance to get the binding sewn on the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild charity quilt.  I volunteered to do the binding because I love having something to do with my hands while the boys watch TV/movies.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Stampin' UP! and Project Life

Just wanted to give a quick update.  Stampin' Up!'s retirement list comes out on Monday, April 21st.  All retiring items will only be available while supplies last, including the stamps.  To give you an incentive to order early, before your favorites are sold out, SU is offering free shipping!!! April 21-25, 2014 except on expedited orders.

April 21-25, 2014

Raspberry Ripple ink refill is already sold out.  If there is a favorite you don't want to miss out on, be sure to order early.  

As an old catalog goes out, a new one comes in.  Stampin' UP! has announced something exciting coming to us with the new catalog release in June...

Project life is coming to Stampin' UP!!!!!  Becky Higgins has created an exclusive line of Project Life products just for Stampin' UP! to coordinate with SU colors and stamps.  I've been a fan of Becky since I saw her first sketch and have followed her career since then.  I'm excited to see what this team will bring us.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014


The new challenge is up at StampNation and it is certainly "on trend".  Can you guess what this one is?

A week from today I will be at the StampNation retreat meeting Catherine Pooler and the rest of the Dream Team in person for the first time.  I'm so stinkin' excited and a little bit nervous too.  The swaps are made, but I still need to decide what I am going to bring to work on.  What do you take with you when you stamp away from home?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stampin' Celebration ~ Sketch

Time for the mid-month sketch at Stampin' Celebration.  It's another great one that can be used so many ways.

There are so many possibilities with this sketch!  What will you do with it?  Here is how I used it.

The flower was too plain on its own, but when I used patterned paper I didn't like it, so I decided to "gild the lily".  My friend, Shea, gave me the idea in one of her tutorials on StampNation.

First I punched out my flower, then dipped the edges into my Versamark ink pad.  Next, I sprinkled gold embossing powder over the flower and heat set it with my heat tool.  The center of the flower is another punched flower from the bitty punch pack that has been covered with Crystal Effects. While I had the CE out I added little drops of  "dew" or "raindrops" on the petals and leaves.

You can barely see it, but on the inside of the card I added a thin strip of the same pattern paper I used on the front.  There is also another flower that is hidden from view.  ;)

Need more tips and ideas for using patterned paper? Last week a new classroom opened up at StampNation for using patterned paper.  I added a tutorial to the Patterned Paper Classroom that gives you tips and ideas for using sketches with your pretty paper, and that is just one of the lessons available to all members.

Supplies Used
Paper: Lost & Found Blush (My Mind's Eye), Rose Red (SU), Whisper White (SU)
Stamps: Really Good Greetings (SU)
Misc: Gold Embossing Powder (SU), Labels 18 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Leafy Branch (Savvy Dies), Petite Petals Punch (SU), Punch Pack (SU),

Monday, April 14, 2014

Vacation Mojo

Last week the kids were on Spring Break.  The sun was shining all but one day, so we spent most of the week outdoors.  It was wonderful, but I did miss my craft room.  This morning after the kids went back to school and hubby to work I headed to the room to play with the new Mojo Monday sketch.

There's nothing like a good sketch to really get your mojo flowing.  :)   Here is what I came up with.

The paper pack I used made coordinating the patterned papers easy.  :)  

Tomorrow I will be back with a new sketch for the Stampin' Celebration mid-month sketch.

Need more tips and ideas for using patterned paper and sketches?  I have a lesson up in the StampNation forum right now in the Patterned Paper Classroom to help you out.  Not yet a member?  Clicky for more information.  

Paper: Classique Elegance 6x6 Bundle - (Authentique),  Basic Black, Smoky Slate (SU)
Stamps: Tea Shoppe (SU)
Misc: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Artisan Label Punch (SU), Stitched Scallop Borders (Lawn Fawn), Silver Embroidery Thread

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Break

This week my kids are on Spring break, and I am taking the next 4 days off to be with my family.   Hopefully I will get some crafty time in, but I probably won't be posting on the blog.

I'm popping in today to show you a picture that a friend of mine from high school posted on Facebook today.   (TBT or Throw Back Thursday)  That's me on the left, and my very photogenic friend on the right.  We could almost be sisters we look so much alike.

Then she posted another picture from our graduation with all 3 of us.   The one in the middle is the person who posted both of these.  It's funny to see this as my husband and I prepare for our son to graduate in a couple of months.   Seems like it's only been a couple of years ago.  The outfit I was wearing in the photo above was his favorite.  Now we are married and our son is the age I was when we started dating.   Time flies when you're having fun.

Thanks for taking this walk down memory lane with me.  Do you like discovering old pictures you didn't know existed?  Has anyone ever posted or sent a picture of you?  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Patterned Paper & Sketches

Hello, my name is Heather and I am a "pretty paper" hoarder.   (I can hear you echoing "hello, Heather".  :)

Actually, since switching from scrapbooking to cardmaking I have been much better about using my patterned paper.  It goes a lot further on cards than on a scrapbook page.   Getting over the first cut is the hardest part.  Once you cut that 12x12" piece into a 4 x 5.25" rectangle and see how much pretty paper you have left for other cards it becomes easier to just use it.

Have you ever tried to use up a paper pack making only cards?  You can make a ton!   Now that we are over the fear of cutting into that paper, let's talk about how to actually use it.   That is what today's lesson in the StampNation classroom is all about.

Patterned Paper & Sketches
...and I am the teacher.  Scary, I know, but at least your teacher speaks from experience.    

All week long different teachers will be showing us how to use patterned paper on our cards.  Yesterday Allison Cope had an awesome tutorial on paper piecing showing how to use both traditional and digital stamps to achieve this technique. I chose a lesson on sketches, because I LOVE SKETCHES.   They do the hard work for you.  

In this free class for StampNation members I will show you how to break down a sketch and make it work with your own supplies.  We will discuss layering patterns on top of each other, achieving contrast and balance.  

Not a StampNation member?  What are you waiting for girlfriend?  Members get access to all areas of the classroom, gallery, videos, tutorials, and so much more.  You can check it out and quit your membership at any time.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Masculine Monday ~ Stenciled

There is a new challenge on the block and everyone is playing in it.  Have you heard?  Last month was the debut of Virginia's View Challenge and she had 359 participants!!!  Wowzers, that is amazing!   She is back with her second challenge this month to use stencils.

VVC#2 Stencil
  Stencils are hot in paper crafting right now.  They are so easy to work with and they don't take up much space in your craft room to store them.  You can use them in so many ways.  I'll probably enter this challenge more than once this month, but for my first card I decided to use ink with my stencil.

At first I was going to make this a OLC (One Layer Card), but in the end I just couldn't do it.  ;)  I just had to layer is on a center panel and add some enamel dots.

Stamps: Key Moments Everyday Life (CTMH), Gorgeous Grunge (SU)
Ink/Colors: Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake
Misc: Diamond Stencil (Memory Box), Lost & Found Enamel Dots (MME)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Scrapbook Sunday

How long has it been since I posted a Scrapbook Sunday?   Probably almost as long as it has been since I have scrapbooked.  Life has been busy and something had to go.   Lately though I have been having the urge to work on my albums again.

To help me get a jumpstart I have signed up for the Inspired to Scrap Weekend Warrior Sketch class.  It's no secret that I love sketches.   Stacey Lokovic is an awesome sketch creator and her talented team always inspires me to reach higher.

The class is only $5 and it is designed with the busy scrapbooker in mind.  Hopefully I can at least pull out my pictures and create something.    Would you like to join me?  Clicky for more information.