Monday, January 30, 2012

Paper Playtime Challenge #66 ~ Anything Goes Blog Hop

***For TSQ Royal Digi Challenge Please click HERE..***

Good Morning!!!! Today is the fifth Monday of January and that means a bonus at Paper Playtime. For our challenge that lasts ONE week only our theme is "ANYTHING GOES" as long as it is a new project. The sponsor is CropStop with a $15 gift certificate. Our fabulous design team is doing a hop to showcase what we have done. So if you have come from Amy's blog you are in the right place. If not, hop back to Paper Playtime to start at the beginning.
I wanted to show you something different so for this hop I have made a trifold mini album.  For anyone who wants instructions and measurements, just do a YouTube search for this type of album and you will find them there.  If you have trouble, e-mail me or leave a comment here and I will try to find you a set of good instructions.  I watched lots of the videos and combined all the great tips.  A video camera of my own would have been great to show how this album was constructed but all these pics are gonna have to do. 

WARNING:  Picture heavy ~ lots and lots to show you!

The pictures for this album are of my beautiful niece and her family on their wedding day.  Orange and pink were her colours.


Card stock ~ Recollections
Patterned Paper ~ All My Memories, Anna Griffin
Cricut Wedding Solutions cartridge for hearts, bride & groom
Liquid Pearls - Bisque
Flowers, ribbon, quotes, brads ~ "Use it Up" inventory

Glad you could come by and visit today.  Your next stop on the hop is Maria's blog.

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

TSQ Digi Challenge #5

Happy Monday!!!  Welcome to the fifth challenge we have posted for TSQ Royal Digi Challenge.  We have many wonderful sponsors every month who offer great prizes.  Why don't you join us for this challenge?  Our theme is "Love and Valentine's Day".....just create a card using a digi stamp that applies to the theme to enter.  I would love to see one of my friends win!!!!  :-)

As a reminder because it is a one month challenge I will be posting a couple more cards along the way.  This is my first card:


Image - The Stamping Boutique coloured with my Copics
Card Stock - Recollections
Patterned Paper - K&Company
Punch -  Martha Stewart
Sentiment - My Pink Stamper "Simply Sweet Occasions"
Twine and button from my "use it up" stash

I am glad you could come by today.  Have fun with this challenge and enter your project at TSQ Royal Digi Challenge today.  Good luck!!!

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

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hey Dude....

Happy Saturday morning, my friends.  I don't usually post much on the weekends but I needed to make a card for my nephew's 13th birthday and I wanted to share.  Masculine/boy cards are one of the hardest to figure out because we can not reach for ribbon, flowers or bling.  So what's left?  I use a lot of  striped paper and metal on masculine cards.  This one is no exception:


Card stock - Recollections
Biker from "Hey Dude" Lite Cricut cartridge
cut at 3 1/2" (all layers)
Sentiment - The Greeting Farm "My Guy Ian" set
I-Rock stones
(Inside is stamped "Happy Birthday ~ forgot to photograph it)

I am entering this card into the Cardz TV Challenge #4 "It's a Guy Thing".  

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and getting some time for you to craft or do whatever you like.
See y'all soon.

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

Friday, January 27, 2012

Ribbit! Ribbit! "I {HEART} Kisses - JustWordz DT Day

Good Morning, my crafty friends and welcome to another JustWordz design team Friday.  What's it doing where you live today?  Here it is a mix of freezing rain and snow and just plain "crappy" out but I must go out in it this evening to work.  Hope it clears a bit!  Now onto the fun:

Do you remember on Monday and last week on my FB page where I posted that I needed some inspiration?  Thank you to all who gave me ideas.  One idea that a friend gave me was to try a card sketch to change things up a bit.  So this week I searched card sites and blogs for sketches and used one posted at Inspirational Card Sketches:

My take on this sketch:

This card is a 5" x 5" square card.


Sentiment - JustWordz "Christmas Season" set
Image - Meljen's Designs coloured with Copics
Card Stock - Recollections
Patterned Paper - K & Company
Cricut cut - Elegant Edges p. 65 "Flower3" cut at 3 3/4"
Embossing folder - Sizzix from last year's Valentine's pack
Red Stickles
Glossy Accents
I-Rock heart bling

I am entering this card into Challenge #148 at Inspirational Card Sketches.  I thought the name of the sight was so appropriate and just what I needed to get crafting again.  

Thanks for dropping by today.  Be sure to go to over to JustWordz and check out what my other talented design team members have also created.  

Happy Crafting and have a wonderful weekend!

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

52 Tags of 2012 Series ~ Tag #3

Hello everyone!  This is my weekly Wednesday post showcasing the tag I have made for my friend Janis' "52 Tags of 2012" series.  To see all of the details please visit her blog at Pause Dream Enjoy and come play along.

Week #3 ~ Create a tag with a warm and cozy theme.  Write what you think of when you hear the words "Warm and Cozy".

Just as a reminder, my tags are cut from Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge Heart1 oblong and oblong shadow at 4 1/2" with Recollections card stock and other paper is from my scrap pile.  To me when I hear warm and cozy I think of a fireplace, a blanket and a warm cup of hot cocoa on a cold Winter's night so that is what I depicted on the front and back of this tag.  The small hand knitted blanket was done with a scrap of yarn I had as well.  The mug is cut from the Christmas Cheer cartridge at 3" embellished with my I-rock tool. 

I am having a blast planning these tags with the themes and encourage you to play along with us.  And there are prizes as well so be sure to visit Pause Dream Enjoy for the details and other examples.

Until next time,

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

Monday, January 23, 2012


Good Morning!  I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I spent some time with family this weekend and that always makes me happy.  I showed my Mom how to use the baby bug Cricut that I gave her when I got my Expression and am hoping to see big things from her in her scrapbooking soon.  But what I did not do this weekend is spend any actual time card making or scrapbooking.  I spent a few hours in my scrap room trying to create and ended up with a big fat mess that I threw in the garbage quite honestly.  I posted this question on my Facebook page as well recently and did not receive any answers so I thought I would pose it here since I have nothing new that I have created to show you.  The exact quote from Thursday:

"Worked on some cards tonight for future design team posts but all my cards are starting to look the same. Any suggestions how I can change them up a bit?"

So, where do you turn to for inspiration?  I need some help desperately in this area.

I just want to finish this post by saying that I do appreciate each and every one of you who visit me on a regular basis and leave me comments.  That inspires me for sure! 

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

Friday, January 20, 2012

Just be Happy!!!

Good Friday morning!  Welcome to another day of JustWordz design team creations.  Please go over to Kim's blog and check out what she and the other amazing design team members have come up with this week. 

Here is my card:

This card uses one of Sheryl of Redonkulous Designs digi stamps called "Babies"  coloured with my Copics.  I cut it out with my large ovals Nestabilities and layered it onto a lacy oval Nestabilities.  Sentiment "Just be Happy!" is from the Christmas Season set by JustWordz.  Thank you to Kim for coming up with some great sayings that this set can be used for that have nothing to do with Christmas and make it an extremely versatile set.  Paper, ribbon, flowers and pearls were from my "use it up" stash....still doing well.....haven't bought much for a while now....

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have some wonderful plans for the weekend but I especially want to mention to hug your family and keep them close.  I have to go to a funeral Sunday and it makes me think of how special life is and how we need to treasure every moment we have been given.  To my friend Sharon, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your are one of my "oldest" friends (we joke about this but it is really that we have known each other for a LONG time, not that we are old....)and I am sending you BIG HUGS.

Until next time,


Monday, January 16, 2012

52 Tags of 2012 Series ~ Tags #1 and #2

Good Morning, my friends.  Glad you could come by today.  My friend and fellow crafter, Janis from Pause Dream Enjoy is starting a new fun series for 2012.


*New Question or Tag theme posted every Friday.
*Submit your Tag at any time during the year for any week.
*You do NOT have to reveal what you write on the back, but you can if you want to share.
*Please link back to Pause Dream Enjoy ( on your post inviting others to play along.

There is also candy up for grabs monthly.  One random tag each week will be entered into a draw.  January's prize is a set of CARDZ TV Stamps "Make a Wish". 

On to my tags (playing "catch up" already, posting two weeks at a time):


For the first week make a tag, decorate the front any way you want and on the back list your goals, dreams, hopes and resolutions for 2012.

For my tag I used Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge "Heart1" oblong and oblong shadow cut at 4 1/2".  All of my tags will be this basic shape and will be cut from Recollections card stock.  The tiara is from Birthday Cakes Cricut cartridge cut at 2 1/2".  The word goals is from Lyrical Letters Cricut cartridge Jumbo style font cut at 3/4".  I have also decided that all the things I use to decorate the tags will be from my scraps so I will not be able to tell you where they are from exactly.....but I hope the pile shrinks some :).  The back of the tag is also pink.


For the second week, make a tag and decorate any way you want.  On the back, write the title and author of the last book you read.  If there is room, you can also write a brief description and why you did or did not like the book.

Tag is same as above.  The book and heart are from Wedding Solutions Cricut cartridge cut at 3" and 3/4" respectively.  "I" and "books" are from Lyrical Letters Cricut cartridge Jumbo style font cut at 3/4".  And I added a picture of the back of the tag so you can see what it looks like.  If any one is interested the book I last read was "Starburst" by Robin Pilcher.  It was a random choice at the library and I enjoyed it....a little slow to start but a good read of how the lives of 6 people intertwine during the Edinburgh Festival. 

I posted these two tags on a Monday but I am hoping to make Wednesday my tag posting day since I have design team obligations both Monday and Friday.  Guess that will leave Tuesday and Thursday for anything else I want to post....LOL!!!

Make sure you visit Pause Dream Enjoy to see all of the other great tags and play along.  Take care.  Hope to see you soon.

{{{{HUGS}}}}, Heather

Friday, January 13, 2012

JustWordz Design Team Friday!

Welcome back for another JustWordz design team Friday.  Yep, this is my first post since last Friday.  For some reason I haven't quite got back into the swing of things to spend any time in my craft room yet.....shame on me......hopefully I will get a little "playtime" this weekend. 

As I am typing this post we have big white fluffy flakes of snow falling from the sky.....but not staying on the ground.   It is still too warm and is supposed to turn into rain later.  Sigh.....I just want me some snow.  So I made my own snow today with my card:

Close up of the image:

This card is made with the "Christmas Season" JustWordz stamp set showing not all cards need to be Christmas using it.  It is a 5" x 7" card.  All paper is from Recollections including the glitter snowflake background.  Image is from Your Next Stamp called "Winter Home" coloured with my Copics.  I used Crystal Snow on the roof, the trees and small places around the snow mounds.  The snowflakes were cut with my Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge at various sizes and brads from my inventory were added to the center.  Ribbon was in my scrap pile. 

Thanks for coming by to visit today.  I appreciate all of the comments and visits I get and hope that I can inspire you to be your creative self.  Please remember to drop by JustWordz to see what the rest of the team has made and leave us all some love on our blogs. 

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

Friday, January 6, 2012

Welcome Back to JUSTWORDZ Design Team Friday

Hi everyone and happy Friday!!!  Have you survived the first week of January so far?  It has been a true mixture of weather here this week: the first cold alert of the season on Tuesday (with LOTS of snow where my son and daughter-in-law live but none where I do) all the way through to the rain and mild temperatures we have today.  Truthfully, my old bones are kinda achy with all these extremes.  But I am hanging in there. 

Today is the first day back for our JustWordz design team so every Friday I will be using Kimberly's stamps on some kind of project.  I do want to do a shout out to my friend and fellow design team member Tara who got married on New Year's Eve.  Congrats and all the best!  Ok, so I have already wished all of you a Happy New Year in my first post of 2012 but now I am making it official with this card:

This card is an 8" x 8" square folded to make it 8" x 4".  The bottom corners have been rounded on both the card and the blue layer.  Card stock for this card is all Bazzill or Recollections.  Champagne glasses are cut from the Wedding solutions Cricut cartridge at 3 1/2".  The year is the shadow of the font on the Winter Woodland cartridge cut at 2".  Sentiment is from JustWordz "Christmas Season" stamp set.  Ribbon and stickles from my inventory.  The flower embellishment was made by my friend Tara who sent me a great little package as a pick me up a few months ago. 

I am entering this card into the challenge at CARDZ TV Challenge #99 which was to make a New Year's card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make it a great day and enjoy your weekend whatever your plans.

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

Monday, January 2, 2012

Paper Playtime Challenge #64 ~ Recycle!

Good Monday morning, my friends, and


Today is the first Monday of the month and that means a new Cricut Creations challenge over at Paper Playtime.  Our theme for the next two weeks is to use something recycled on your project along with your Cricut.  Our sponsor is my fellow design team member Maria from Joyful Stamper with a SEI 6 x 6 "Sunny Days" paper pad.  Here is what I made:

My recycled item is the gift bag.  It had been in my stash for a long time, I gave it to my Mom, who gave it back to me.   I know I would have used it again even plain but this time I gave it a little pizazz and will make a matching card for a gift for a special girlfriend.  All card stock for the gift bag was from Recollections.  Bling, flowers and stickles were from my inventory.  I used the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge to cut out the background shape at 5".  The silhouette image and "Chic" are from Forever Young Cricut cartridge cut at 6" and 1".  What a cute way to take a plain gift bag and make it sparkle.

Thank you for coming to visit me today.  Please visit Paper Playtime to see what the other designers have created for this challenge as well and come play along.  And, on a personal note, I have been with the Paper Playtime Design Team for a year now and have enjoyed every minute of it.  Thanks to Janis who runs it and gave me a chance for my first design team.

Until next time,

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