March Birthdays

Back in February I did my very first one on one card class.   A friend of mine asked me if I could help her makes some cards and gift cards for some family members that had birthdays in March.  We set a date and got together.  It was so much fun working with her.  One set of cards had a "blue" theme. 

She used Island Indigo and pulled colors and papers from the Tea For Two DSP.  Louise made most of the decisions, I just kept giving her more options. 

Each of the notecards had a monogram with her sister's initial or a stamped image from Collage Curios.

The second set of cards was very similar to the first, but had more of the Calypso Coral color in it.  Just changing one color can really change the look of a card.

She also had a chance to play with my scoring board to add score lines.

I just love the little stamped rose.  It's easy to get two colors by using markers to ink up your stamps.  ;)

Louise, I hope your sisters liked their cards that you made them.  How could they not love them when you put so much heart into each one.   Thanks for being my guinea girl. 

Wouldn't these cards be lovely for Mother's Day?   The little notecards are so quick and easy to make that you could whip up several to give to friends or teachers or anyone who sends cards.

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes - by Stampin' Up!
Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes
Retiring (WSL)

Tea for Two Designer Series Paper
Tea For Two DSP

Collage Curios Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Collage Curios


Scrapbook Sunday ~ Cannon Beach

I was hoping to share more pages with you of our trip to Cannon Beach, but I have been struggling with these two digital pages for several days now.  At this point I figure I better share what I have.  :)  If I get more done later tonight I may update my blog post.  If not then I can always share them next week.

Once again the sketch I used was from the weekend warriors class I took last weekend at Inspired to Scrap.  It's a great sketch to work with.  My problems came from my laptop.  I think I will try this sketch again using "real" papers and photos and see what I can come up with.
Creative Blessings,
Heather North


Pink Wishes

Did you see anything you MUST HAVE on the retirement list yesterday?  I know I did.  Some of my favorite stamp sets are on the list.  In fact, half my stamps are on the list.   So are many accessories, including the jewelry tag punch, DSP and the Pretty in Pink color I used on today's card.

The sentiment was stamped in versamark and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I love the way white pops against every color cardstock I have used it on. 

My card was made for a sketch challenge at Inspired to Scrap.  The sketch had 4 boxes with a heart in the middle of each.  Mine has a circle, but the concept is the same.  Each box is popped up using dimensionals.   It was a bit tricky finding the center of my squares, so I came up with a clever trick and decided to film a video so I could share it with you.

***Note: If you are reading this post in an email, you may need to click on the post title above "Pink Wishes" to take you to my blog to watch the video below.

A unique twist I added to the original sketch was to add some crepe paper flowers to each box.

If you haven't seen the video on how to make these flowers I will include it for you below.  I didn't sponge these flowers, but I did use my own home-made Shimmer Mist to add a bit of sparkle to them.

Of course the inside had to be decorated too.  Sometimes I wait to add my sentiment to the inside until I am ready to send a card, but this time I knew what I wanted inside. 

One of the great things about this card is that you can remake it with whatever colors you want.  I like to customize birthday cards if I know the favorite color of the birthday girl/boy.  You could also change the sentiment and make this a Mother's Day card.  (or any other occasion)  That's what I love about learning the art of card making.  Once you learn "how" the creativity can freely flow!

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

To visit my online store and see the retiring products available WSL click HERE.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Tiny Tags (Retiring), Blooming With Kindness
Paper: Pretty In Pink, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Subtles DSP Patterns Stack(retiring)
Ink: Versamark, Pretty In Pink, Primrose Petals(inside)
Misc: Jewelry Tag Punch((retiring), Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Crepe Paper, WW Baker's Twine, Various Punches, Subtles Brads(retiring)

Tiny Tags - Clear Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Tiny Tags

Blooming with Kindness Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Blooming with Kindness

Jewelry Tag Punch - by Stampin' Up!
Jewelry Tag Punch

Creped Filter Paper
Creped Filter Paper


Retiring List & New Catalog

I had a video and card all ready to go for you today, but Stampin' UP! just released their retiring list and I thought you might want to check that out instead.  Don't worry, I'll post the pretty pink card and video tomorrow.  ;) 

If you would like to see what is still available on the retirement list, click HERE.  If you would like to see the PDF click here.  Remember all items are "while supplies last", so if there is something you want get it NOW before it is gone forever.  

Some of my favorites are on the chopping block.  The only thing making the list bearable is that I got to see a digital copy of the NEW CATALOG.  I LOVE being a demonstrator.  Not only do I get to see the new products a month early, but I get to order them early as well.  You can too if you want to be a demonstrator like me.

 If you have ordered from me in the past 6 months, then I already ordered a catalog for you.  If you don't have a demonstrator and would like a catalog, just let me know and I will send you one.  You can email me at cr8tvblessings@hotmail.com

Creative Blessings,
Heather North


Earth Day ~ Masking & A Video

To celebrate earth day I made a One Layer Card (OLC).  Shocking, I know.  It's okay though.  I made a second card with extra dimension just to even things out.  ;)   It was fun thinking about the earth, and making the most of our resources.  As paper crafters we often recycle, re-use, and upcycle.  Our stamps, inks and tools can be used over and over again.  We tend to save and use every little scrap of paper.  Today we can celebrate that!

To make this card even better, I filmed a video for you.  I kept the camera rolling after I made the first card and caught my second card on film too.  If you are reading this post in your email, be sure to click on the post title above, "Earth Day",  to visit my blog and watch the video.

It is so much fun to create your own background with just a little ink. 

Don't you just love the little details on the bottom of my stepped up card?  I know I do.

Give this technique a try with a new color combo and see what you can come up with.  If you want to use River Rock, you better hurry.  The color has just retired and is only available While Supplies Last. 

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Paper: River Rock (retiring-WSL), Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, River Rock (retiring-WSL)
Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Word Play
Misc.: Natural Trim, Neutral Buttons, Linen Thread, Sponge, Two Way Glue Pen

Lovely As A Tree Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Lovely As A Tree

2-Way Glue Pen - by Stampin' Up!
2 Way Glue Pen

Stamping Sponges - by Stampin' Up!
Stampin' Sponges

Color Refresh


Sunday Share ~ Manager's Reception

Almost every year my husband's company puts on a Manager's Meeting and Reception for it's management group and their spouses.  There are about 200 people at this event.  This year there was a theme "60's Glamour".  At first I was stumped.  When I think of the 60's I think of hippies, not glamour, but thanks to a few friends and Google I was able to find a look I could get on board with.  60's glamour is Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's or Jacqueline Kennedy as the first lady.  It's pearls and gloves and style.

I'm not 100% sure I pulled off the look, but I gave it a try. 

Both of these pages were inspired by a Weekend Warrior class I am taking this weekend over at Inspired to Scrap.  I think their sketches worked perfectly, don't you?

In case you were wondering what was in that little blue box, I made a page for it too.  :)

Next week I will show you a picture of me wearing this lovely necklace.   Hopefully I will be able to finish my weekend warrior class and have more layouts to show you.  :)  It's fun to be scrapbooking again, even if it is on the computer.   The best part of digital scrapbooking is that I was able to work on it and be in the same room as my family while they were watching Lord of the Rings. 

***Special thank you to all my friends who helped me pull my outfit together.   You sistah's rock!

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

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Thinking of You

Quick, clean and simple card today.   Simply select a few scraps of your favorite patterned paper and punch out your butterflies.  Layer them on a piece of whisper white cardstock, layer that on another piece of patterned paper and layer the entire thing to your notecard.

It doesn't have to be hard to make a card.  Even non-stampers could make this card.  Use a sticker in the place of the sentiment or even write the sentiment yourself. 

You know me.  I can't just leave the white space alone.  :)  So, I added a few score lines to the top of my card.

I also added a few pearls to each butterfly.  If you don't have a butterfly punch, consider using hearts, balloons, flowers, etc.  This is a great way to use up those scraps of your favorite papers.  A little goes a long way.

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

SU Paper Used: Twitterpated, World Spectacular, Festival of Prints (retired), Summer Smooches

You Are Loved Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
You Are Loved

Elegant Butterfly Punch
Elegant Butterfly

Bitty Butterfly Punch
Bitty Butterfly

Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes - by Stampin' Up!
Notecard & Envelopes


Bee Happy Happy Happy

If you read yesterday's post, you might be wondering why I chose today's card.  I make cards for the pure pleasure of making cards, but also for my real-life card needs.   After the funeral yesterday for my uncle, my dad came home to find the results from his recent blood test.    He's been battling cancer and his numbers dropped a full point and a half!   YAY!!!  He's almost out of the danger zone and for that I am sooooooooooooo grateful.

It has been an emotional roller coaster week.  Actually it's been a roller coaster year for my extended family.  At one time Uncle Rod and my dad were both being treated by different doctors at UC Davis Medical center.  (while my grandmother was in the hospital)  Unfortunately my uncle's form of cancer was much more severe and widespread.  Fortunately my Dad's is treatable and he's doing well with the treatment.

The Bible says to " Be happy with those who are happy and weep with those who weep." Romans 12:15  Yesterday I did both. 

Now on to the card.  :)  I've been wanting to make this card since the Honeycomb embossing folder came out in the Spring catalog.  I smushed the bottle cap by running it through my big shot.  The bee was stamped using the collage curios stamp set.  I really need to make a video on the "how", but I need a new bottle of Crystal Effects first.  Mine was almost dried out and I had "issues" with it.

Soda Pop Tops
Soda Pop Tops

The sentiment is a mish-mash of several stamp sets and liberal use of the stamp-a-majig.  The "Bee" comes from Snowflake Soiree.  I used a marker to ink up "Be" and stamped it, then cleaned it off and inked just the "e" for the second stamping.   Then we have the happys.  In order they come from:
happy- Fabulous Phrases
HAPPY- Curly Cute
HAPPY- From My Heart

Snowflake Soiree Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Snowflake Soiree

Thank you to everyone who has lifted my family in your prayers.  We have all felt them and they are greatly appreciated. 

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Collage Curios, Curly Cute, Fabulous Phrases, From My Heart, Snowflake Soiree
Ink: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade
Paper: Soft Suede, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP, Whisper White
Misc.: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Hexagon Punch (Creative Memories), Crystal Effects, Soda Pop Tops

Collage Curios Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Collage Curios

Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP