Sunday, June 21, 2009

Flowers from my garden

Flowers from my garden

I Love Music

Hello to all!

I hope everyone had a great Father's Day! We had a nice one, relaxing & quiet. My husband says, just the way he likes them ! This is a sweet little card that I created in the vintage, collage style I love so much. it reminds me of spring, of the birds singing a symphony in my backyard in the early mornings; of the gentle breeze ruffling the leaves in the trees. In the buzz of the bees as they go about their work gathering nectar and pollen from the Hollyhocks and Lantana in my garden. There is music everywhere! you just have to listen! Have a wonderful day! Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there!

I Love Music

"I love music" card.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Song Bird Vintage Card

Song Bird vintage card

Happy Wedensday!

The sun is shining, popping in and out between the clouds. It sprinkled this morning, just a little. I like it when it rains for a little while, and then the sun comes out. Everything is so fresh after, cleansed by the rain. the birds come flying to the feeder. chirping and chattering away, hungry after their breakfast having been delayed by the inconsiderate cloudburst.

I love being out in my back yard in the early morning. everything is so peaceful and still. just the birds and my dogs to keep me company while I have my morning coffee.

I guess this may have been what inspired me to make this card. the colors are calming to me. black and white always make everything you put with it pop. I used the* Song Bird* set from TJ Designs (Tweety Jill) It has quickly become a favorite of mine I find that I turn to it again and again. I just love all the images in this set.

I started off with Ivory card stock, (Stampin' Up), used Rasberry Tart DSP (SU) for the background and scalloped trim at the bottom. The scallop is the new eyelet border punch from SU! I like it alot and find that I use it all the time. Then I cut a slightly smaller piece out of black cs, and a smaller piece yet ( just a tiny bit) of Pink Pirouette cs (SU!) I am going to miss this paper! I stamped the Pink Pirouette cs (SU!) with the sheet music stamp ( all night media/ Anna Giffin)

I cut out two "Top Note" die cuts using my *Big Shot* all from SU! I trimmed the toile top note around the edges, right at the perforated edge , to make it a teensy bit smaller than the black one. This gives it a nice border and really makes it pop. I glittered all around the edge of the Pink cs using my glass glitter from Goldbug Studio. The Song Bird banner and the little bird are from the above mentioned *Song Bird* set. I free handed the banner , and using my 1" 3/8 & 1" 1/4 circle punches (SU!) punched the little bird out after Istamped her on the paper. I distressed the edges with Vintage distress ink (Ranger) added a lttle more glitter around the circle and banner portion. the buttons and ribbon are from my stash. Oh, and I almost forgot, tiny little pink sparkles from Wal-Mart.

There you have it! " My Song Bird" vintage card. Be sure to check out my Etsy shop, Song Bird Vintage & Arts, and Junebug 658 . I'll have some of my cards for sale and some vintage and altered items too!

Thanks for stopping By!



Song Bird vintage card

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hollyhocks in my backyard.

These beauties are just some of the flowers in my yard. I have Lavender bushes, and climbing roses and an assortment of flowering bushes and vines. The bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are regular guests in my garden. I love just sitting out there and watching them as they go about their work. Hope your day is filled with beauty.

Early morning sunrise

Here is a little sample of those early morning sunrises I was talking about in my last post. Isn't just beautiful? so Serene.

Summer is almost here

Summer is almost here. Everything is in bloom, and the birds are singing. There are Butterflies in my garden. I love to sit outside in the early morning , soaking up the silence as the sleepy world wakes up. it is so peaceful. It is a great time for reflection, and to feel close to God.

This card reminds me of spring time. I love the little bird getting ready to break into song. The large music notes and little bird are from the TJ Designs set: "Song Birds." I really love this set. I have used it alot. It is very versatile. The small music notes are stamped using an Anna Griffin/All night media stamp. The ribbon and buttons are from my stash. The star is punched from some silver card stock that I have had forever, left over from another project. The star is punched using the small star punch from Stampin" Up!. I placed it on a little circle of newsprint and spritzed it with "Pearl" Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. It gives it just a little sparkle. I added some bits of paper doilie, you know the kind you get in the cake section at Michaels, or Walmart.
It adds a little vintage feel to the project. There is a little hint of tinsel peeking out at the top. and I covered the base of the card with some "Bella Rose" DSP from Stampin' Up!

I hope your Summer Days are sunny! Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy Thursday! I hope your week is going great! I have been keeping busy all week, and realized I had'nt posted anything in a while. This is a card I made recently that I thought would work well for a wedding, it is the season for that you know! or even an anniversary. I used *Very Vanilla* CS (SU!) and embossed it using the *Floral Fantasy* embossing envelope and my Cuttlebug. I layered a silver metallic paper panel ( I had it in my stash- sorry I don't know who makes it) followed by another VV panel stamped with the *Bella Blossom* image from Stampin Up! I stamped the image in *Going Gray*. I added a narrow strip of the silver paper, and then glittered the side with Silver Hi Lo Glitter from Stampendous!. I finished the inside by stamping the smaller flower from the *Bella Blossom* set and used my *Big Shot* Top Note die . the sentiment I stamped in *Going Gray* using the *Bellal Blossom* set (SU!) I added the Ivory organza ribbon ( I got it at Michael's in the dollar bin) I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but the sides are trimmed in silver and it is a wired ribbon. Makes it easy to tie a nice bow! Well I'm off to finish some projects for my class next Wed. Thanks for looking!

wedding card- inside and greeting

This is a shot of the inside of the card. I think adding a little embellishment to the inside makes the card look finished and more polished.

Friday, April 24, 2009

FRANCE bookmarks for Girl Scouts-a better look

This hopefully shows the sparkles a little better. You can't really see it , but they really are *Sparkly*

FRANCE bookmarks for Girl Scouts

FRANCE bookmarks for Girl Scouts

Happy Friday everyone! Are you ready for the weekend? I am. This weekend we are going to an annual Polish Festival. It is held at a Church here in the Phoenix area that serves a mostly Polish congregation. They have Polish dancers in traditional costumes and live Polish music, crafts and Polish food. Let me just say that the food it FABULOUS!! My 94 year old (young) uncle is polish and I've invited He and my Aunt to come for the festivities. I know he will enjoy it since he grew up around all that stuff. I hope it brings back many happy memories for him. He is a very young 94 yr old. He is still sharp of mind, and a total crack up! He always has new jokes to tell, and is the king of one-liners. He is the life of the party where ever he goes. Perhaps that is why he stays so young! Well, anyhooo, I am posting today because I really wanted to share a little project I did for my niece Savannah's Brownie troop a couple of weeks ago. The Girl Scouts in our area hold an event annually where all the troops get together in a big hall, and celebrate cultural diversity. Each troop is assigned a country, and they must present info and products from that country. Savannah's troop chose France. they displayed the French Flag over their booth ( made on poster board by the girls) They had their facts table set up with interesting facts about France, i.e., arts, population, national product,etc. as each girl stopped by each "country's" table, their passports were stamped with a little flag sticker for the corresponding country, a craft was made, and food from that country was sampled. Savannah's booth served little cream puffs topped by tiny French flags. So cute! and for their craft, I made these bookmarks. The craft had to be fairly quick, under 5 min, as there were alot of girls and they had to make their rounds at each table. I made the body of the bookmark,( had it all stamped and the top hole punched out) , so when they arrived at our booth all they had to do was thread the tassel through the top hole, adhere the little oval *paris* plaque to the bottom and add the bling! Easy Peasy! They really got into the sparkly rhinestones! I had to limit some of them, as I think they would have covered their entire bookmark with rhinestones! LOL But, they're 8-12 yrs old, so that's to be expected! Little girls love their bling! and some of us *BIG* girls do too! I think they turned out quite well. all the girls seemed to like them and some of the leaders came by and made a bookmark too! Hopefull these will encourage them to do some reading over the summer, Well, .... it's a nice thought , anyway.

The Recipe: I cut some* very vanilla* card stock (SU!) into 2x8 strips, rounded the corners with my corner rounder (SU!) I stamped the images using Ranger Distress Ink in *vintage photo* the Eiffel tower was stamped in black( SU) as I wanted it to stand out as the main image, the stamp set is *Journey to France* from TJ designs (Tweety Jill) I also used the *Carte Postale* set from SU! (ret) for the Fluer de Lis and the Bonjour, and Mon Amie images. I really love that set, too bad they retired it so soon! I stamped the little Flourishes using Copper ink by Color Box. that just gives it a little dimension as it will pick up the light when held at different angles. I used *Stickles* in Bronze on the Eiffel Tower to jazz it up a little, ( remember what I said about the bling!) The little *Paris* oval was stamped on a different piece of vanilla card stock, and punched out using the small oval punch (SU!) I added two little rhinestones to each of the Fluer de Lis to give it some more interest. (on sample.) ( the girls could add more if they wished) The girls glued those on and added the rhinestones, threaded the tassel and Voila! a stylin' new bookmark souvenir of their trip to France! the Troops # is on the back of each bookmark. I made 100 of these little *souvenirs*! It was a fun night! Take care, enjoy the springtime weather, hopefully everybody is finally getting some relief from the cold and snow. It is getting just plain HOT here, But that's Phoenix!

Bye for now,


Friday, April 17, 2009

Stampin' Chicks downline meeting

Hi all, Just a quick post to share some of the Fabulous Creations made by the gals in our group, "Stampin' Chicks" I am so fortunate to be in a group with so many talented stampers! We recently decided to form a new group as our original downline group was getting rather large. I really do miss the other ladies in our original group as they are all so talented and so much fun to be with. having a smaller group is good though, because we can take the opportunity to share and discuss our ideas and techniques for projects more at length since there are fewer of us and with a larger group time just would not permit. I hope it will be inspirational and we can really get our creative juices flowing! Hope you enjoy all the Cards!

Hugs, Heidi

more cards from the 4/12/09 class

Chat's card "Branch out" (SU!) using the crayon resist method. I love the grommet she used for the tire swing!

Jean's card
NEW " Wagon full of fun" set from the OCCASIONS MINI. she also used the "scalloped envelope die" for the" Big Shot" such a cute idea!

Tammy's card " Celebrate everything"(SU!)
Tammy's card " Celebrate everything"(SU!)

Heidi's Card "Bella Blossom" (SU!)

Cards from 4/9/09

Michelle's card "Bloomin Beautiful" (SU!) I love the squares of coordinating paper she used!

Susan's card ( Fresh cuts SU!) The colors she used are fabulous! and the stickles add just the right touch! (" almost amethyst" card stock- SU!)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Alex ( above) and Jeffrey looking over their goodies. I also made each child a little treat bag using the same bunny stamps as the card (below) and filled them with a giant pencil, sidewalk chalk ,shaped in Easter themes. Lip gloss for the girls and chap stick for Jeffrey. Bubbles in fun shaped bottles (frogs) that had whistles on the top of the bubble blower. the parents all really loved me for that! They also got little note books on key chains, and more misc. stuff.

another view of the treat bags.

The girls hunting their eggs. Melody


A Late Easter Card

Late Easter Card

Hello! I hope this week is going great for everyone! I have a late Easter card that I wanted to share with all of you. I made this for my Daughter using a few stamps found in the $1.00 bin a Michaels. Sometimes you can find good stuff in there! I used various scraps of Stampin' Up DSP and card stock that I had in my stash. I just tried to put together some pleasing color combo's using what I had. I think it turned out rather nice, for a hodge podge card. I just wanted something light and fun to send to Nicole and her Hubby for Easter.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! My family and I sure did. We had a very nice dinner over at my Sister's place and the kids had their annual Egg Hunt. I started buying the large plastic eggs a couple years back, and filling them with little goodies from the $1.00 store. The kids get a kick out of finding a small prize in every egg. Sometimes it's a little toy, or some candy , or a quarter . Sometimes even a dollar bill! Last year I made a "Golden Ticket" and placed it in just one of the eggs. and whoever found that special egg got a special prize. Normally I make sure that everyone gets the same amount of goodies, so no one feels left out. This year I just made all the prizes the same for everyone. They have fun, and before I leave, they make sure I have all the empty eggs to be filled again for next year. The egg hunt is my favorite part. I start collecting prizes well before Easter. I am a "bigger kid" than all of them put together! Hopefully they will all have fond memories to take with them into adulthood. Here are a few pics to share of our Easter. Hope you enjoy them.

Now it's off to bed, to get some sleep before work tomarrow I have more projects to share, so I'll be posting again in the next day or so. Have a good one! Heidi

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Inside of Birthday Card

"Always Birthday card"
Nicole and Brad's New home in Omaha
Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I have been away for a while, I was out of town visiting my Daughter, Nicole and SIL Brad. They just bought a " new" house in Omaha, Nebraska and I was there for a week helping them paint, and get things unpacked and organized. I was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!! It was good to be able to see their new home and surroundings. I like, uhum.. (need) to see where they live and that they are well and happy in their new place. My SIL works for the Air force , so they move around a lot. I guess that "Mother's need to supervise" everything your child is doing never really leaves you! Poor Nicole! I don't give her enough credit , She has been in foreign countries and in the Iraq war and lived away from home for 7 yrs, but still I'm not comfortable until "I" see that she is okay. In reality, She is so much more capable than I ever was, or am still !! And, I absolutely know this, it's just the "Mom" thing, I guess.

My Daughter's Birthday was St. Patrick's Day, and I wanted to share the card I made for her with all of you. I got the idea from a card I saw on Jennifer Meyers blog , and I immediately knew I wanted to make it for Nicole's Birthday card. I used the "Always" set from SU! and the "Sweet Always" DSP, also from SU! The delicate branches the bird is nesting in were made from the Martha Stewart Branch punch. I added a Pink faux diamond for a little festive Birthday Bling! After all, every girl loves a little Bling! LOL I used my new Scalloped Eyelet Border punch from SU! and the Big Shot Top Note Die to frame the sweet little bird. Inside I used more Sweet Always DSP and placed the sentiment in a large scalloped Circle I punched out using the " Lrg Scalloped Circle punch by Mary Uchida" I inked the edges using a sponge daubber and some pink pirouette ink , also SU!, I placed " pretty in pink" grosgrain ribbon across the top of the inside flap and threaded a sweet little heart shaped paper clip on to the ribbon. I think it gives it a nice touch. I used just a tiny bit of stickles, in "Diamond" ( it may be hard to see in the photo) to add just the right bit of sparkle to the branches and on the details on the bird' s wing. All this was mounted on plain white cardstock. I gave it to her with her gift of Shamrock Polish Pottery . She had a few pieces of it already and I just brought her more mugs and some dessert plates in that pattern to complete her set. It's very pretty, tiny green shamrocks on a cream background. Now , she can have something very pretty to set the table with when her friends and new neighbors come over for Coffee. And, it is totally appropriate for her Irish heritage and St. Patrick's Day Birthday! Well, I'm off to finish yet another project for my niece, Savannah's Brownie scout troop. I'm making 100 bookmarks for her "around the world" night booth......More on that later. I will post some pics of those when I get them finished.

Have a wonderful DAY !! and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Here is the little" Brownie"

Girl Scouts/Brownie camp - out swap

Hello Everyone,This is a Pin I made for my 8 yr old niece to swap at her Brownie/Girl Scout Camp-out that she attended last weekend. The girls were to make pins to swap with each other. So of course, I had to help! This is the size of an ATC roughly 3" 1/2 X 2" 1/4. I used the retired "Merry & Bright" set as it had all the elements I needed ( pine trees, deer) in a tiny size. I just love this set, I use it alot for gift tags and giftables at Christmas time. The darling little snowman fits perfectly on a peppermint patty when placed on the scallop circle. so cute for a little something beside a dinner plate or in a little gift bag of goodies!

Well, back to the card/Pin , I used Close to cocoa for the base, pinked around the edges. Then I adhered a 2"X 3" piece of Baja Breeze to it. I stamped the blue piece with the pine bough stamp found in "Definately Decorative Pines " set ( also retired) I stamped the Pine Bough in a bronze using a Color Box stamp pad that I had on hand, next, I placed a 1" 1/4 X 2" piece of "Always Artichoke" ( with my stamped images on it) to the blue piece. I paper pieced the deer with some light brown paper I had that had a sort of leather look to it. I think it was from the "Once Upon A Time" stack by DCVW. I paper pieced the pine trees with some green paper I had from another stack I got from Michael's a long time ago. I added stickles to the trees, and lightly to the deer to give it just a little bling. (Little girls love bling! and so do Big Girls!) I darkened the antlers and legs and tree trunks with Close to cocoa markers so they would show up a little more. I Placed the sticks around the edges with "Zip DRY,"( it seeemed to hold the best.) I actually went around my backyard and picked up sticks! The things we do for love! The "friend" plaque I stamped using" close to cocoa" ( CTC) on that same mottled brown paper that I did the deers in. I added stitch marks around the edges with my CTC marker and added just a hint of stickles in a bronzey color,( like the deers.) the sentiment is from the retired "Noteworthy" set. I know, all retired sets, but I had to go with what would work for this tiny project. I glued the Friend plaque to the corner using "Zip Dry". And on the back, (not shown) I glued on a pin back (you get them in a bag at Michael's or JoAnn's) and Voila! an official Brownie camp-out Pin to swap!
I am happy to report that they were a big hit. The girls loved them, and quite a few of the leaders too, according to my sister. I should have put my Stamping Up! info on the back, but I didn't. It was just for my niece. Oh well..... ! Now I must get to my stamp room and finish my swaps for our downline meeting tonight!

Hugs, Have a great Day! and thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Good morning! Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is off to a Great Day. These are some folders I made for the Ladies in my women's Bible Study. We are currently studying the book of Daniel with the Beth Moore series. It is reallly good. It is all about Babylon and the over-indulgence of that culture. It really parallels our culture in alot of ways. I find it so interesting to see that times change, governments change, but people and human nature remain the same. Anyway , back to the project, I bought some regular school folders and covered them with some paper I had in my stash and some retired DSP from SU! I stamped a little saying on the front using SU! stamps "so very" and " Blessed". I added a few punched circle and a little bling to spice them up. inside the folders already had built in side pockets, so I just added a little of the same paper to each of those to give it a finished look. Inside I put some lined notebook paper so they could take notes. To go with the folders I made some bookmarks from those giant gold paper clips that you can buy from Staples, or Office Max. I added some circles using my scalloped punch and my lrg circle punch (SU!) and adhered them with double sided tape. Hope they like them. Well I am off to finish my swaps for our March downline meeting tomarrow. Have a good day and thanks for stopping by! p.s. see the pic below to see the Clips

bookmarks for Bible Study

These are the clips I embellished to go with the decorated folders. I used my SU scalloped circle punch and my 13/8 circle punch . I stamped the image on the 13/8 circle and added some bling or a ribbon.i think they will not only look pretty with the folders, but they will be useful too.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Ebony and Ivory

Hello, I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend. Here is something I worked on this weekend while I had some time to be creative. I have been wanting to do something black and white, but have been kind of hesitant to try. I have been following Kelly Lunceford's blog "Flutter by Atomic Butterfly" and I really love the vintage cards she creates. I decided to try my hand at one, in black and white. Here is the finished product! what do you think ? I used SU paper in Black, Very Vanilla, and River rock. I stamped the River Rock paper with SU's French Script (retired) . The sentiment "sweet" is also Stampin Up, but I can't remember the set off hand. For the border, I used the scalloped punch. The black and white paper is non-SU , from Creative Imaginations. The ribbon was taken from my stash, as were the buttons. I really love the little red Rose button I used for the middle of the bow. I thought it was so sweet and I wanted to use it somehow in my design. Hence, the red accents.

I hope to be able to post something at least every couple of days, but I'm just learning the ropes on the computer, and I need quite a bit of help. My DH is helping me , but since he does computer work all day , I try to find a time when he is not to tired to help me. I know I exasperate him by being so slow to learn stuff. It is second nature for him, so It must be torture trying to teach me! LOL! Well, tomarrow is the start of another work day, so I better get to bed. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 16, 2009

my stamp room

this is my stamp room . it's not big, but it is filled with all the things I love, and of course, all my stamping and craft supplies!

Branch out spring card

Hi I'm up late, my husband is already in bed, and I should probably join him.... it is late, but I'm having so much fun checking out everyone's blogs and posting on my own. Here is the card I made as a swap to share at our monthly downline meeting. I used the "Branch Out" set from stampin' up. I cased the card layout from Mercy ( Lord have Mercy) I changed the colors and tweaked the layout a little. we were supposed to make a card using one of the new stamp sets from the new catalog. I wanted to make it a spring card, so I used Kiwi Kiss and pink Pirouette and the brown polka dot pattern from the Bella Rose DSP. I think the color combo turned out rather nice. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day Box

Hi! This a Valentine's Day Box that my friend Pam designed for our Stamp Group this week. She designed the Box and cut all the paper for it and we put it together for our make and take. Isn't it sweet? we lined each box with a divider and in it we placed paper shred and candies on one side and a cute heart shaped brownie that Pam had made to go in the box on the other. What a great giftable to share with someone you love!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hi all!

I am back, re-starting my blog after I first got it set up a year ago. I am so excited to get involved with the blogging community. I 've been on such wonderful blogs lately and have been enjoying all the amazing and creative things I've been finding ! Soooo many talented people out there on the world wide web!! I hope to meet even more talented and creative people who love stamping and scrapping as much as I do as my blog progresses. I'll have something to share soon, ( as soon as I figure out how to post my images! ) I'm new to all this, so I hope you all will be patient. some of my most inspirational blogs and bloggers are: Chat of : Me MyStamps and I ; Jean of : Bear Hugs and InkyPaws; Lorrri of : confessions of a stampin addict; Nancy of : istamp. check back in the next few days to see what I have to share.

Thanks for stopping by