Friday, August 31, 2012

Cupcake Time!

Hello my friends.  It's Friday....whoo hoo....and a long weekend to boot for Canada and the US I believe.  Any fun plans?  We are spending time with friends and family just hanging out with a little packing thrown in.  Moving day is fast approaching.  Most of my craft room is still intact as I use it as my sanity between packing but I guess I will have to pack most of it up soon too :(

I have an adorable little birthday card to show you today.  It would be perfect for a young (or young at heart girl in your life.  And since one of my latest projects  is cupcakes add a few in a gift box and viola, instant gift with matching card.

Inside of card:

and a close up of the image:


Card stock ~ Recollections
Patterned Paper ~ Dovecraft 6 x 6 Princess Fairytale
Image and Outside Sentiment ~ Kraftin' Kimmie Birthday Lulu
Inside Sentiment ~ Rubber Stampede
Copic markers
Punch ~ EK Success
Washi Tape ~ Freckled Fawn
Stickles ~ Cotton Candy
Liquid Pearls ~ Bisque
~ Teal
Twine ~ Queen & Company
Sakura Glaze Pen

Thank you for dropping in today.  Have a wonderful weekend and make some time for yourself to do something you enjoy.

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

You Warm My Heart

Good Morning, my friends.  Again this weekend I was able to spend some time in my craft room and I have a couple of things to show for it this week.  Other than that I have spent my time split between working and packing.  For such a small apartment it feels like we have way too much stuff.  My parents came and helped me yesterday and that was a great help.

It has got hot again here and as many of my regulars know I do not like heat very well.  I needed to make something to make me feel cool :)  I think this fits that, don't you?

Close up of the image:

and the inside:


Card stock ~ Recollections
Patterned Paper ~ BoBunny 6 x 6 Blitzen
Image ~ Sassy Studio Designs Winter Wendy (retired digi)
Copic Markers
Sentiments ~ CARDZ TV stamps"Good Friends" (outside)
~ "Encouraging Thoughts" (inside)
Spellbinders ~ Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large
~ Scalloped Ovals
Punches ~Fiskars Threading Water
~ Creative Memories heart
~ Martha Stewart snowflake
Stickles ~ Light Green
Snowflakes Skittles ~ Your Next Stamp
Dew Drops ~ The Robin's Nest

I am entering this card into the Dare to be Sassy Thursday Challenge #139 "All About What's on the Inside" (decorate the inside of your card or project).

Thanks again for stopping by today.  I appreciate each and every one of you and all the amazing comments you leave.  Have a wonderful Tuesday.

{{{{{HUUGS}}}}}, Heather

Saturday, August 25, 2012

"4 Months til Christmas" Blog Hop

Good morning and Happy Saturday.  I hope you all have amazing plans for this weekend no matter where you are.  It is exactly 4 months today until Christmas and like every month since February it is the day we showcase 2 Christmas cards on our short blog hop.  Premise of our hop ~ so that none of us will be rushed to get our cards made during the busy months, a group of very talented ladies headed by my best friend, Shari, make 2 Christmas cards (one using a coloured medium and one using some kind of die cut) and have a short blog hop on the 25th of each month.  Cool, huh?  I know I am already feeling like I have a great head start on Christmas cards and will be able to enjoy crafting in November/December if I get time. 

So, if you are arriving from Tara P's blog you are in the correct spot.  If not, you will want to go to my friend Kerry's blog to start at the beginning of our hop.  Two of our regular ladies needed to take this month off and we have a wonderful guest designer joining us.  Welcome to Lora, owner of One Crazy Stamper, who is joining us today.  I will have the order of all 8 of us on this hop at the end of the post in case you happen to get lost along the way.  Alright, enough are my cards:


Close Up:



Card stock ~ Recollections
Patterned Paper ~ ATD Momenta Christmas
~ Fancy Pants 6 x 6 Winterland
Image ~ Bugaboo Stamps Ava & Deacon Christmas "HoHo"
Spellbinders ~ Nestabilities Petite Scalloped Ovals Small
~ Petite Ovals Large
Inside Sentiment ~ Kraftin' Kimmie Inside Christmas Sentiments 
Punch ~ Martha Stewart snowflake
Chalk ~ Memento Turquoise Gem
~ Studio G  Pink
Liquid Pearls ~ Opal
Silver Stickles
Clear Dew Drops
Button & floss ~ "Use it Up" Inventory




Card stock ~ Recollections
Patterned Paper ~ Recollections
Cricut ~ Mini Monograms Scalloped Circle
Circle Punch ~ Marvy
Border Punch ~ EK Success
Cuttlebug ~ Snowflakes embossing folder
Image ~ Michaels $1.50 bin
Sentiment ~ JustWordz Christmas Season
Inside Sentiment ~ Kraftin' Kimmie Inside Christmas Sentiments
Ribbon ~ American Crafts
Bling ~ Recollections
Colorbox Chalk ~ Creamy Brown
Sakura Glaze Pen

Well, thanks for dropping by today.  You are now off to Mary's blog.  Have a great day and a fun weekend. 

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather

Our Hop Order:

3.) Sara:
4.) Shari:
5.) Tara:
6.) Heather:   (YOU ARE HERE!)
7.) Mary:
8.) Lora: (Special Guest)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Summer Sunshine

Hello again and welcome to the middle of the week.  It has been a nice week here and not extremely hot ~ just how I like Summer to be.  The card today is another one that I finished during my time in the pink castle on the weekend.  I am just pleased that she has no pink in sight on her ~ trying hard to branch out once in a while from pinks and blues :)  I used an older sketch from July 2012 from Mojo Monday

The card:

Close up of the image:


Card stock ~ Recollections
Patterned Paper ~ First Edition 6 x 6 Hideaway
Image ~ Sassy Studio Designs "Lounging Around"
(a retired Friday Freebie image)
Circles ~ Creative Memories
Cuttlebug ~ Seeing Spots Embossing folder
Sentiment ~ Studio G clear stamps
Versamark stamp pad
Heat gun
Embossing Powder ~ Harmonie Green Fluo
Glossy Accents
Button, flowers, floss ~ "Use It Up" inventory (those new to my blog this is basically
my stash, had it for so long no idea where I got it)

I wish I looked like that on a beach or at a backyard pool party.  I have not been swimming or to a beach at all this year and Summer is almost over.  This card is being entered into the DTBST Challenge # 138 "Pop it Up".

Thanks for coming by again.  Only a few more days until our monthly Christmas blog hop ~ you won't want to miss this one ~ we have a surprise guest designer.

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Keep Calm and ........ On

Happy Tuesday.  The weeks just seem to be going faster and faster.  I spent a good part of Saturday evening and Sunday playing in my pink castle.  Basically I was avoiding what I really needed to do like housework and packing and even cooking supper.  Finally about 7:30pm Saturday evening my hubby asked if we were having supper that night ~ yes, of course, what time is it ~ when he told me I was shocked I had lost track of time and we ended up with frozen pizza ~ LOL!!! And, before you ask, yes, I do have a clock in that room. 

I usually buy my scrap supplies with a purpose in mind.  Most of the things on the card I am sharing today were bought "just because I liked them."  And what's cool about it ~ they go great together.  The card is 6 x 6 and Little Ellie is paper pieced.  The word "knit" can be interchanged with "draw, sew, paint, craft" or the traditional "carry" making it a fun and versatile stamp.

Close up of Ellie:

and the inside:


Card Stock ~ Bazzill, Recollections
Patterned Paper ~ We R Memory Keepers 6 x 6 "
"Love to Craft"
Image ~ Your Next Stamp "Ellie Loves to Knit"
Copic markers
Inside Sentiment ~ We R Memory Keepers "Keep Calm"
Cuttlebug ~ Babys' Breath Embossing folder
Twine ~ We R Memory Keepers
Chalk ~ Colorbox Charcoal
Sakura Glaze pen
Buttons ~ "Use it Up" inventory

I would like to enter this card into the YNS Challenge #11 which is "Anything Goes." Also entered into Make it Monday #103 and Craft Your Passion "Power of 3".

Thanks for dropping in today.  I have one more card to show you that I completed during my time crafting tomorrow.  And don't forget that Saturday is our monthly Christmas blog hop :)

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather

Monday, August 13, 2012

My Olympic Gold

Good morning, crafty peeps.  I hope you are doing well and enjoying the last remaining weeks of Summer.  Now that the Olympics are behind us, I am having withdrawals because there is absolutely nothing worth watching on TV ~ and I don't watch a lot of TV anyhow.  But I had a goal while the Olympics were on and it was to finish an afghan I started almost 2 1/2 years ago ~ yep, you read that correctly ~ 2 1/2 years.  I started to knit this afghan which was done all in one piece (239 stitches total) on December 27, 2009.  The reason I remember the exact date was because we got the yarn on my anniversary :)   I have done a few projects in between but have always gone back to the afghan and it was almost done at the start of the Olympics.  And, I can proudly say that it is finished, ends all tied in and gracing the chair in my living room.  It was finished last Thursday evening.

A close up of the pattern:

And my hubby cuddled under it:

He was happy with the size because it covered him all and was extremely cozy.  Don't think he really needed it in this weather but he loves his blankets. The pattern was called "Basket Weave Afghan", a freebie from the yarn section at Michaels. The yarn I used for this was Loops & Threads Impeccable worsted weight available only at Michaels.  The colours were Summerset Ombre and Rouge, although to me it is more of an orange than a red.

Thanks for dropping in today.  Just a couple of things before you go:
1)  Thanks to Sassy Studio Designs for featuring my altered notebook on Saturday.  I am very honoured by that.
2) Don't forget about our "4 Months 'til Christmas" Blog Hop on the 25th of August.  Come see what myself and the other talented ladies on this hop have made.

Until next time,

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Styling 21st Birthday

Happy Thursday.  Headed toward the weekend....time sure flies.  The card I am going to share today is special for two reasons: 1) it is made for a very special girl who is turning 21 and 2) it was ordered by one of my dearest friend's son for her.  For the most part, I have seen Mike grow into a wonderful man and it was a privilege and honour when he got in touch with me to order a card for his girlfriend.  I enjoy custom orders and made this with Jessica's hair and eye colouring and her favourite colours ~ purple and green.


Close up of image:


Card Stock ~ Recollections, Bazzill
Patterned Paper ~ Martha Stewart
Glitter Paper ~ DCWV Glitter Matstack
Image ~ Sassy Studio Designs "Ashley's Prom"
Copic Markers
Sentiments (Outside and Inside) ~ Michaels $1.50 bin
Spellbinders ~ Nestabilities Wonky Rectangles
Colorbox Chalk ~ Olive Pastel
Flowers ~ Creative Memories, "Use it Up" inventory
Liquid Pearls ~ Bisque
Glossy Accents

I hope you enjoyed seeing this card today as much as I enjoyed making it.  And I sure hope it made a young girl smile.

Thanks for dropping in.  See you again soon.

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather

Monday, August 6, 2012

Paper Playtime Challenge #81 ~ Hot and/or Spicy

Good Morning, my friends, and welcome again to Monday :)  Since today is the first Monday of the month of August it is time for a new challenge at Paper Playtime.  For the next two weeks our theme is "Hot and/or Spicy".  I must admit this one had me stumped for so long it was at the last minute that I finished my project and although it is okay, I am sure you can come up with much better things for this challenge and I am looking forward to seeing all the fun entries. 

How many of you have recipes written on scrap pieces of paper and find they are impossible to find when you need them?  My project today is a recipe card that you can use to write all those recipes on and organize them in a few ways: an 8" x 8" scrapbook album, punch holes and use rings to make a mini cookbook or just tuck them in your favorite recipe holder ~ so much better than a scrap of paper.


Card stock ~ Recollections
Patterned Paper ~ Recollections and Basic Grey
Lined Paper ~ Creative Memories
Cricut ~ From My Kitchen (for "hot" and grill)
 ~ Don Juan (for "from the")
Jewels ~ The Robin's Nest Dew Drops

Thanks so much for taking some time out of your day and visiting my little corner of this big crafty world.  I appreciate it.  Remember to go check out Paper Playtime to see what the rest of my sisters did for this challenge and join in on the fun.  You could win a $15.00 gift certificate from our sponsor The Robin's Nest.

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Grand Baby Shower Part 2

Welcome back for day 2 of the things I made for the baby shower.  If you missed Part 1 just scroll down and you will see it.  Today I have the card and another baking project that I made.  If you see a theme from yesterday and today, it was baby feet.  The evite that Emma's Mom used also had baby feet on it so I just went with that. :)


Close up of image:


Card Stock ~ Recollections (same colours as the favours)
Patterned Paper ~ Recollections (same as I used on the favours)
Image and rattle ~ Kraftin' Kimmie stamps "Diana"
Copic markers
Outside Sentiment ~ Kraftin' Kimmie "Diana"
Inside Sentiment ~ CARDZ TV stamps "Encouraging Thoughts"
Colorbox Chalk Ink ~ Lavender
Flowers and Gems ~ "Use it Up " inventory

And, what would a party be without cupcakes.....I seem to make them for every occasion now.  Although not visible from the pics, I used Wilton "Baby Feet" cupcake papers to go along with the theme too.  And the feet on top of the cupcakes are the same as I put in the favours.  These were easy, white icing and swirls, decorate and voila......

So I hope you enjoyed seeing all the fun things I made for my son, daughter-in-law and our new grandbaby.  I am pretty excited since this will be our first grandchild. 

Thanks for dropping in and have a great day.

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Grand Baby Shower Part 1

Good Morning, and happy Wednesday to you.  Half way through the week already. Time really does fly.  Last month (because it is August already as well), we had an incredible baby shower for my grand baby who will be arriving in this world some time in September.  We do not know if they are having a boy or girl so everything I made for the shower needed to be neutral.  I made some paper crafting items and baking items and over today and tomorrow will have all of them up here. 

First off I made the shower favours.  These are sour cream containers and are easy to make once you practice.  All you need is some card stock, some glue and a paper crimper.  HERE is a link to some instructions. I used glue instead of the sticky strip as I found that easier for me but it is a little messier as it sometimes oozes out and gets on your crimper...a wet paper towel takes care of that.  Inside are treats of Wilton baby feet candy and I made sure that there were 10 in each, 2 of all 5 colours. 

All 40 of the favours in the basket:

Close ups of the two papers and the tags:


Card stock and Patterned Paper ~ Recollections
Cricut ~ Elegant Edges (scalloped circle)
Circle Punch ~ EK Success
Sentiment ~ Computer generated
Stamp ~ Baby Feet borrowed from a friend
Ink ~ Studio G (yellow, purple. green)
Ribbon ~ Michaels
Crimper ~ Dollar Store

I tried something new in my baking.  In one of our day trips this Spring I had found an adorable baby bottle cookie cutter and I knew I wanted to make them for the shower but I wasn't sure how to decorate them.  I talked to our Wilton cake decorating instructor at work and she said to use royal icing and ice them that way.  I made the royal icing and my original plan was to outline and "flood" in the colour but since I ran out of time and never had a trial run the "flooding" just was not working so outlines it was.  I think they turned out cute!!  Definitely not perfect, but they all went pretty fast.

As always, thanks for coming by to visit today.  Come back tomorrow for part 2 of baby shower things.

Have a great day and happy crafting.

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather