Saturday, July 28, 2007

Dirty girl!

Okay! Yay for me! So far I have done 7 of the Dirty Dare challenges over at Splitcoast. Granted there are 20 and I'm not quite 'caught up' but I'm proud of myself! I am seriously loving these challenges!!! For the first one I did Texasjodylynn's brad challenge. Just cover the card with lots 'o' brads. Here is my try.

  • DCWV Pocket full of Posies glitter stack and white CS
  • Hampton Arts clear stamp
  • The Paper Studio flower brads (12 of them to be exact)
  • stickles
  • rhinestone

Onto my next feat, I did the Toile Inspiration from StamperSharon. I used the long time loney Toile Blossoms set that I can't ever part with (it was my dad's) but never pull out (although I really do love it!) on this one. I outlined all of the flowers as well as the four sisters stamp with the gray Copic marker; it really makes it pop!

  • Four Sisters (smARTworks), Toile Blossoms (SU), Karen Foster 1/8 inch snap stamp sets
  • black and white CS
  • black ink
  • Copic gray marker
  • Heidi Swapp edge distresser
  • black sheer ribbon

The next challenge I took on was the Clear Stamps Only one from genie1314. For this one I CASEd a card from the bottom of page 13 in the new SU catty. I changed all of the colors and stamps and such but kept the same layout. I also am counting this card for Beate's Cheerful Color Combos card challenge.

  • KI Memories DP
  • Pink Passion CS
  • Studio G clear stamps
  • orange Souffle pen
  • rhinestones, push pin, pop dots, ribbon

I do have to say the acetate one was my favorite to do. CWilliams was the one who came up with this challenge and I knew I could go 'simple' on this one! The acetate I used was just the back of one of those Studio G sets from JoAnns. I stampted the bathing suit on the front with Stazon and colored on the back with the orange Souffle pen. Before I put it on the card though I cut a window with my Coluzzle circle template, then punched a Mega scalloped circle in my patterned paper, and used my circle template to cut the center out of my scallop so I could just mount it on the front. After that I glued rhinestones in every scallop (there are 25 total, just in case you wanted to know) and added my acetate to the back. I stamped off 'girl' with Only Orange (I NEVER use that ink pad) and then 'friend' in black on top of that, adding yet another rhinestone to the 'i' on girl. I was really in a rhinestone mood today!

  • DCWV Pocket full of Posies glitter stack
  • Scraptrends 'Summer Party', girl (StudioG), and Karen Foster snap stamp sets
  • Marvy Mega scallop circle punch
  • Only Orange (stamped off) classic, Stazon jet black inks
  • orange Souffle pen
  • rhinestones
  • acetate

This one doesn't look so much like it probably should, which is dry embossed vellum. Labullard is the one who thought this challenge up. I started with a sheet of vellum that I put inside my Cuttlebug folder and punched out with the mega scalloped oval punch. But, I didn't know how to attach it to my card, so I out a white scalloped oval behind it. Then I decided it needed some color so I took my Versamagic dew drops and added a bit. Now it looks like I ran a piece of white through my Sizzix. Oh well! I know it's vellum!

  • Sandylion Floral Crochet-Cream DP
  • In my thoughts (Studio G) stamp set
  • Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers embossing folder
  • Marvy Mega scalloped oval punch
  • Versamagic Aloe Vera and Pixie Dust chalk ink
  • sheer ribbon
  • pop dots

Last but not least is something I really hope I get to use once the holidays roll around! AtomicButterfly challenged us to do Boxes, Bags, or Containers. I guess you would call mine a......hmmm........let's Arby's popcorn chicken box. {grin} Yes, the first time I got their small order of popcorn chicken it came in this cute little fry looking box that I has to take apart so I could use it as a template! So, if any of you need this template, please don't hesitate to go to your nearest Arby's and get one yourself! {wink} I used my Stardust glaze pen to go over the letters, a few stars, and highlight a few parts on the ornaments. Man I love that pen!

  • BasicGrey Fruitcake (Vintage Ornaments/Pine) DP
  • Arby's 5 piece popcorn chicken box (for template)
  • stylus
  • Stardust glaze pen
  • BasicGrey letter stickers
  • ribbon


On another note, Joe and I have been watching the first season of Veronica Mars. I love that show and I am pretty peeved that they canceled it. I only started to watch it season 3 because I am a dedicated House watcher and they are on at the same time. When House started running repeats though I watched VM and they also have the most recent 5 episodes on the WB website. Anyway, we just got done watching season 1 and it was awesome! When I first started to watch Joe said, why do you waste your time watching that? By the second episode he was sitting beside me! Men! So, I am anxiously awaiting season 2 via Blockbuster online (love that I can get ANYTHING from there, even stuff I've never heard of!). That's what I have been doing with my free time.

Oh, by the way Drew Carrey will be the new host of Price is Right just in case some of you haven't heard. I think he will be a really good replacement. However, I could see beer becoming a runner-up prize! {wink}

Well, I am off to spend some time with hubby and son. MIL is going to take the girls out to a movie today. I wish someone would take me to a movie! Ah, guess I'll just have to wait till later in life for that luxury! Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Go ahead, stone me!

I know! I deserve a good old fashioned stoning for being away so long! But to me, my stupid computer was a blessing in disguise. My regular computer has been on the fritz lately and it apparently still is. Every time I turn it on, the tower beeps telling me that my computer is getting too hot and I need to shut it down. The only way I can upload photos anywhere is on that computer. Right now I am typing all of the info on Joe's laptop so all I need to do on the other 'wacky' computer is crop and paste the photos. But even though I was making cards the whole time I was 'gone', I got extra time with my family that was much needed. I've been pretty busy lately and the girls were feeling a little deprived of attention. So, with my sincerest appologies and a promise to never leave you hanging like that again, could you ever forgive me? Please?! Oh, I know you have to love me! {wink}

That being said, I'll share my favorite one first. I think this is the second time I have used this set and have had it over 2 years. Hey, before I get a lecture it was a hostess set! I really like the set, just never seem to pull it out. I also used the polka dotted center from the Paper Tray set. I love that little stamp!!

  • The Earth Laughs (TAC), Paper Tray(PaperTreyInk), Happy Everything (SU), Enjoy ( Studio G)
  • kraft CS
  • ColorBox Olive Pastel chalk ink, Stazon jet black ink
  • push pins

This one uses the Blossoms Abound set from SU that I fell in love with but have no idea how to use it! So, I made a smaller card so it would look like it fit better. I also added a few spots of the Stardust glaze pen and then rubbed it around with my finger before it dried so it sparkled up the whole flower.

  • Bossoms Abound (SU), In my Thoughts (Studio G) stamp sets
  • kraft CS
  • ColorBox Olive Pastel and Rouge chalk ink, Stazon jet black ink
  • Startdust glaze pen
  • ribbon

I wanted to do a quick and simple card with this one. Mission accomplished, I just don't know if I like it that much. I used the Paper Tray set but instead of using the flower I used the Cuttlebug flower die.

  • Paper Tray (PaperTreyInk), Thank You (Studio G) stamp sets
  • Cuttlebug flowers dies
  • Versamagic Aloe Vera chalk ink, ColorBox Yellow Citrus and Lavender chalk ink
  • ribbon

This one is an anniversary card. I am just loving that paper by . I used my Marvy super jumbo to punch out the couple sitting at the table. I also stamped the hearts twice onto the BasicGrey paper and cut them out and popped up one of them.

  • Hearts (Studio G) stamp set
  • Hot off the Press polkda dot DP, Colorbok 'Little People' DP, BasicGrey Lilly Kate DP
  • Stazon jet black ink
  • Marvy super jumbo and mega scalloped punches
  • stickles
  • push pin, ribbon, pop dots

This is a card using a stamp from smART works, which is the design team I am trying out for. This is one of the ones I made but decided not to send. I got this ribbon at Walmart and I love it!

  • Friends Trio (smARTworks) stamp set
  • Versamagic Sea Breeze chalk ink
  • Close to Cocoa, Positively Pink CS
  • SU Slit punch
  • Cropadile
  • corner rounder
  • ribbon

My sister is turning 42 this week and she has a great sense of humor so I made her a card from a unmounted rubber stamp swap I was in. The stamp says 'Born in the USA, a looong time ago." But, I already had that to send out and forgot to take a picture. I also made her another card that was normal and flowery but forgot to get a picture of that one too. Go figure. However, I did get a picture of this one. This one is made with a stamp that I got in the swap too. I don't know who makes it though. I used the Karen Foster snap stamps for the outside sentiment that says "You're only as young as you feel" and the inside reads "Happy 16th birthday" She really is so young at heart! I love her!

  • Marilyn Monroe frog (unknown) stamp
  • Karen Foster 1/8 inch snap stamps
  • Stazon jet black ink
  • Copic markers
  • Stardust glaze pen
  • blue Souffle pen

Okay, now that I am all caught up here I am going to go do some of the Dirty Dozen challenges on Splitcoast and catch up on all of the blogs I have missed for the past 2 weeks!

By the way! I have a new niece Chloe! Momma and baby are healthy and happy! Gives me baby fever!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

She's ALIVE!

Picture me saying that in the best Frankenstein's maker voice. What was his name? Hmmm...... Anyway, just wanted to check in with you all. I have been making cards for a Design Team that I am trying out for and I don't think I am allowed to share them with you all. I know, I know, wipe the tears away before anyone sees you crying. {cheesy grin} So, I do not have a card today but wanted to give you a link to a few funny clips.

This first one has quite a bit STRONG LANGUAGE in it so if it will offend, don't watch. Made me laugh out loud though!!
Fanny Pack

Now, I love Bruce Willis and I love Die Hard but this was too funny to pass up!
Die Hard

Have fun!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

True Talent Tuesday

Good morning all! Hope everyone is having a good day so far!! If not then my next True Talent should turn your day around! This week our True Talent is....

with her blog Inkypinky Inks

Okay, I respect and admire Jen so much because not only is she a great paper crafter but she does so many challenges on SCS! I swear I don't know how she keeps up!!! She can combine colors like nobodies business and I haven't seen one failed card attempt! I love everything in her gallery!!

So, let's find out a little more about her!

Where you live: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
A little about yourself: I have been happily married for 7 years this August to the love of my life. We have a 4 year old daughter together.

When and how you started stamping: I have been scrapbooking for almost 6 years but only seriously started stamping about a year and a half ago. A good friend invited me to a workshop in her home, I bought my first 2 sets of stamps and was pretty much hooked from then on.

Your favorite item to use on a card: I would probably have to say ribbon...I seem to use it on almost every card. I love embellishments though, and love to use a variety of different things on my cards.

Other hobbies you might have: besides scrapbooking, any outdoor activity...camping, snowboarding.

Who is your biggest crafting inspiration: How can I only pick I love Debbie Olson, Heather Nichols, Taylor VanBruggen, Nicole Heady...there is just so much incredible talent out there.

Here are a few of her personal favorite cards:

And although those three are my top faves too here are a few of my personal favorites!

So, if you aren't familiar with Jen yet, you need to be! Put her on your blog list. You won't be disappointed! Just follow the links on the top of the post! Enjoy! And thanks Jen for letting me feature you!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!! Don't forget Big Brother 8 at 9pm on CBS tonight!!!!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Many Happy Hello's

Just pretty much have a card today. The kids and I are trying to finish reading our batch of books today for the summer reading program so we can go in and get some more.

Card size is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4. I got this daisies stencil from HL. I just loved the flowers on it but didn't know how good it would look on paper. It looks like a stamp! I use this stencil all the time on envelopes and am lovin' it on this card! It was less than $2 and there are 5 different flowers on it. Can't beat that deal!

  • MME Wild Asparagus patterned paper
  • red, white CS
  • Just Smile (TAC) stamp set
  • Delta 'Daises' stencil
  • Colorbox Warm Red chalk ink
  • Marvy Mega scalloped circle, SU Word window punches
  • Icicle stickles
  • pop dots, push pin, sponge
I called yesterday about the photography displays at our county fair. The fair isn't until mid August but I am going to enter some of my pictures so I need to start thinking now about which ones I want to put in. It is going to be so hard to choose! There are 8 categories and I am only allowed 1 picture per category. The categories are:
3-Humor (have the perfect one for this!!!!)
5-Flowers (I think I know the one I'm putting here)
6-Miami County (something from around our area)
7-Black and White
I got a funny picture a few weeks ago while I was leaving town. It was a big 'ole John Deere tractor parked in the parking lot of a Home Depot! It didn't turn out 'fair worthy' but I'd love to get another one just like that only better quality.

Anyway, I think I am going to raid my MIL's pool today to cool off. High of 89 here today. Hope everyone else stays cool!!! See ya!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Christmas already?

No, I don't mean I fell into lots of money and I get to spend it like it's Christmas. {sigh} I mean I have a few Christmas cards!

I know I have been MIA for about a week but things have been super busy (in a good way) around here. On Saturday I went to my cousin Tiffany's house and made Christmas cards with her and Amy. I also met to super cool friends of Tiff's, Jenny and Heather (Hi Heather!!). We had such a great time! I got a lot of inspiration but in true Heidi style I only got 2 cards done in 5 1/2 hours! Well, a girls gotta talk right? So, here are the two cards that I did make!

On this first one I used the Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad with ultrafine iridescent glitter and I found it hard to use at first because you can't see where you stamped. I was stamping snowflakes across the paper but I had to do one at a time because I couldn't see the imaged I had just done with the glue pad. I also wanted to say that by the time I got it home and pulled it out to show hubby, 90% of the glitter was off of it. I didn't have it seriously rubbing up against anything, just another card sitting on top. I dunno, maybe it was just me but it convinced me NOT to purchase this product. Might want to try someone else's before you take that plunge.

  • white CS
  • Happy Everything (SU), Snowflakes (TAC) stamp sets
  • Versamagic Sea Breeze, ColorBox Chalk Warm Red inks
  • snowflake punch
  • edge distresser
  • rhinestone, stickles, pop dot
This one is done with one of my favorite Christmas/winter sets! These snowmen are just the cutest! Card is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4.

  • Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, white CS
  • Snowman Smiles (TAC), Snowflakes (TAC), Karen Foster 1/8" snap stamps
  • Stazon Jet Black
  • Marvy Giga and Mega scalloped squares
  • Word Window punch
  • Prismacolors and Odorless Mineral spirits
  • ribbon, pop dots, push pin
This next one I did a little here and a little there all weekend. I stamped the Javabellas onto watercolor paper while I was at Tiffany's (thanks Tiff!) so I could bring it home to use!
  • Javabellas (Stamping Bella), Friend (Studio G $1 set)
  • KI Memories patterned paper
  • Pumpkin Pie CS
  • Re-inkers (several) and aquapainter
  • Stazon Jet Black ink
  • Cropadile and eyelets
  • scalloped edge scissors
  • McGill tag punch, SU slit punch
  • ribbon, jump ring, pop dots
And last but not least this is one I did quickly this afternoon for hubby. I love him lots and sometimes I just like to make him a card to remind him how much I do.

  • white CS
  • Barbeque (Scraptrends 'Summer Party'), Karen Foster 1/8" snap stamps
  • Stazon Jet Black ink
  • Prismacolors (scarlet lake) and OMS
Hope he likes it! {wink}

I had a cookout with my family on Sunday and while we were there I brought back two of my nieces to stay so they could play with all of my stamping stuff. They were here until yesterday till around 4pm so I have been pretty busy doing fun things with them. I HAVE to share a few photos of my nieces that I took while they were here though. Wow, they are such good subjects and so photogenic! Thanks Hannah and Ivy!

This is Ivy (13). I took her pic by our front tree with the sun going down. The pic was pretty good but I added a vingette and did an Urban Acid action on it in Photoshop. I think the look is so 'teen'!

This is Hannah (12). I also did an action in Photoshop with hers. This action is called Midnight Sepia. Love it!

So, sorry for the long post! I will be back tomorrow. And by the way, consider my tip on the glue pad our 'Product Talk'! I know, I know, I'm such a wienie!

Bad Blogger!

Okay, someone find a newspaper to smack me on the nose with! It's been almost a week since my last post! I have been busy busy busy though with running here there and everywhere! Hope you all had a wonderful relaxing holiday! I'll be back a little later to post my creations! Promise!!!!!!!!!