Monday, December 24, 2012

September Ninth blog guest designer!!

Holy Bajoley!

Merry Christmas to all my fav stalkers!

Ruthie from September Ninth designs (btw- how awesome is this?!  She and I share a birthday.  that rocks.)  came to me and aske me to do a desing, I squeeled, danced around the living room, had my own parade float moment and prepared a speech, then composed myself and replied something to the effect, yes, I can cut SVG files.

She shot me over one and I cut it out.  I REALLY don't recommend cutting smaller than 5".  too many little parts.  anyhoo, We all love hello kitty, and pair it with Christmas and it just becomes something special for my little girl.  I made her this card for Christmas to give to her friend Natalie.

I used:
SVG file and my SCAL
the Paper Studio- Holiday Wonder christmas papers
red, black, green, white, pink cardstock,
tacky glue
atg gun
gold metallic marker
glitter glue in red and clear/greenish

Cut out at 5", and assemble with tacky glue.
Red cardstock cut at standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
cut each subsequent paper 1/4" smaller and assemble with ATG gun.
glue Hello Kitty down.  (If I had it I would have put her on an action wobble)
after all is said and done, add glitter glue to the berries and the leaves of the holly "bow" on her ear.
Faux stitch with your gold pen around edge of red card and around stocking.
fill in lettering with gold pen also.

tada!  Super cute, instant card for the sweetheart on your list to give.

I think I'm going to be making a layout sometime in the new year.  I have quite a few plans coming up but an even tighter schedule than "normal"!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

and the winner is....

I know, I'm late about it.  Sorry!  I just got home.  You see, I start back to college tomorrow- I was going last year for photography and double pneumonia and pregnant with twins on bedrest forced my hand to put it off.  So, out shopping for essentials today, my husband bought me a kindle and a coffee pot!  How very supporting is he?  Lesson learned here:  with a good man by your side, it is NEVER too late to follow your dreams!

Anyhoo- I absolutely LOVED reading the comments.  I was bagging up at the worst Christmas gifts and smiling thinking about other memories that were brought up by your favorite Christmas memory and couldn't wait to read about your favorite Christmas breakfasts.  It really reiterated why I absolutely LOVE this time of year, and my eyes glaze over and I go all Norman Rockwell meets Clark Griswold with a little gremlins thrown in for good measure.  So, do you want to know what you'll be winning?

OH!  I'm so glad you asked!!!

I own a business called Homestead Soapery and Crafts.  Basically I get to make crafts and soap.  The winner has won 3 bars of soap!  1- Ocean Blue 1- Apple Orchard and 1- Homestead Clean.  They are 100% vegan and very good for your skin.  first two have coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter- all known for moisturizing, and the third is a 100% castile olive oil only bar.  all of which are amazing.  I use them all on my own skin (my personal bars- not the ones you'll be getting!) and my family, down to my 7 month old twins- that's how gentle it is!

Ocean Blue is a clean, water scent that reminds you of relaxing by your favorite watering hole!  (how's that for a southern term?!)

Apple Orchard is a faint scent reminiscent of biting into that first crisp fall apple.

Homestead Clean is a very clean scent that is like hanging your laundry in a breezy meadow.  (that sounds so frigging corny, but it's true!  it's really an awesome scent!)

I am so excited to announce that I drew it this way- I put all the names of everyone who commented on my blog in a baggie.  My 3 oldest each drew 1 name.  those 3 names were put back in an empty bag and the winner was drawn:


Email me at to give me your address (within 24 hours or I'll have the kids pick another winner) and I'll get them out by Saturday.  (a little crazy here this week.  Ok, a LOT crazy here this week, but it'll be out to you within a few days!)

Oh, and here's what the soaps look like:  

12 days of Christmas bloghop... my day 5

Well, today is the final day of the hop.  I am a little sad to see it go, but have to say- the mornings when I woke up early to get it done it was crazy.  BUT I was more productive.  hmmm... fair trade?  sure, we'll go with that!

So, I was going to insert a joke about a Christmas artichoke here because I made an ornament last night and the paper I used ended up looking like an artichoke.  I am not amused.  This is NOT my project however, so I'm seeing how many actually read my blog and see if they're just going to comment on this one picture.

I love that you're here. If you are here from Dena's blog, awesome- if not start from Lisa's blog here.  Because after this post, you're going to Ashley's Blog Here!

My project was really easy to do!  2 cricut cartridges, 3 minutes of my time.  Stocking stuffers totally taken care of.

What I used:
Cream colored card stock
Yuletide Joy by The Paper Studio
Cricut Cartridges:  Elegant Edges, Wedding
tacky glue
ATG gun

How I did it:
Today's bloghop video

And the final day's question:  What is your traditional Christmas morning breakfast?  (Bonus if you put the recipe!)  I make my homemade cinnamon rolls, and I do a HUGE country breakfast, all homemade- sausage gravy, biscuits, grits, eggs, ham/bacon, hash brown casserole- it's yum!

The winner will be picked tonight and I'll contact you on your blog or email.  If I don't hear back within 24 hours, it goes to someone else, so stalk my blog people! (kidding, I'll post it around 8:00 central tonight)

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a blessed day, and enjoyed all of the projects that I had here for you. :)  More to come, just not in this rapid secession!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

12 Days of Christmas blog hop... my day 4

Holy Bajoley!  It's been 4 days and I feel like I haven't done anything!  I can't believe I only have 1 day left.  I am having so much fun doing this hop, and I hope that you are too.  If you're here from Daisy, you're in the right spot.  If you're not, start at Lisa's Blog here.  After you spend a few minutes here watching my video and commenting on how fabulous the idea is, and how you wish you had done this, and how amazing I am, and phenomenal, and talented... too much?  ok, well at least check it out and comment. ;)  Anyhoo- after you're here, head on over to Suzy's Crafts Here.

One of my passions is the 1940's wartime.  I love the romance, the mystery, the intrigue, and relate pretty well.  Heck, I used to pinup model!  During the war, they would ration everything from sugar to fabric and just about everything in between.  For Christmas decorations, there were very few things that they had extra of to bring a little cheer.

I went old-school today.

TADA!  Paper chains.  what, you heard fanfare and got let down?  sorry.  this is something that can be done with the kiddos, and who knows!  You might make a few fond Christmas memories.  Speaking of memories, the question of today is what is your fondest Christmas memory?

there are SO many to choose from, but I'm going to relate this one:  last year, my kids and I started a tradition of a gingerbread decorating contest.  We didn't even have any gingerbread.  So, instead we used graham crackers.  I made some royal icing, and with dollar tree candy we decorated and had a blast!  yes, they looked like the Flintstones houses.  but we had fun and had a great Christmas memory.

So, What you need:
12x12 sheets cut at 6 x 1"
a "dry" adhesive.  I used my ATG gun.

here's how I did it!
Paper Chain Video
Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, December 3, 2012

12 days of Christmas bloghop... my day 3!

Welcome back and hello all you shining, happy people!  It's day 3 for me here on Lisa's bloghop and it's still early in the morning.  I have coffee in me, and have been trying to get my video tutorial done!  My camera chick was sleeping, so I didn't wake her up to help me.  mea culpa!

Anyway, how much fun are you having?  Come on- 12 days of Christmas designs?  TONS of flipping awesomeness from some REALLY talented people.  I hope that coming here hasn't been a disappointment to you. :)

So where you are in the hop-  If you didn't start at Lisa's Blog, go there, but if you did then you should be here from Laurie's.  From here, you will be going to Robin's Blog Here.

How magical is Christmas?  I love the sights, sounds, smells and even the obnoxious people that you just want to hug!  Yes, this is absolutely my favorite time of the year.  It almost drives my husband bonkers.  No really, he's not a huge Christmas guy (I'm working on him).  I think it'll be the ultimate victory if I can get him into an ugly Christmas sweater with reindeer antlers.  hahhaha, maybe not.  OOH, better yet, maybe a pink bunny suit like Raphie wore!

I think he'd be more apt to wear the bunny suit than the sweater.  To his credit he's willing to go all Clark Griswold on our house with lighting.  Since our budget doesn't include nuclear reactor, I decided to do some lighting a little more subtly.  I made.........


This was a large one I made before this blog hop to see how it would turn out.  I've since made them smaller and you can see on my video.  This was made 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"   with a 5" outside base and a 4 7/8" inside stabilizer.
This was the only picture I was able to get of them.  I mean, I could go hide in a dark closet and possibly get others, but I'm not THAT obsessive.  ok, yes I am.  But that's not the point.  The point is... I'm lazy here.

So what I used:
Cardstock:  4" square, 3 7/8" square, 4 pieces 4 1/2 x 5 1/2
Velum 2 3/4" x 4 1/4"
From my Kitchen cartridge (gingerbread cut at 2" RDS)
Elegant Edges
Tim Holtz Alterations on the edge die.
Cuttlebug and B plates
tacky glue
ATG gun
xyron sticker maker

Here's how I did it:
Christmas Luminaries Video

Don't forget- I'm not a sponsor to this bloghop, but I am doing a give-away for a subscriber who answers all the questions on my blog for the 5 days I'm in this hop. (hint:  if you didn't answer for day 1 and 2, go in, find the question and do it, so you're automatically entered!  Wouldn't want you to miss out because of it!!)  Day 3's question is:  What is the worst gift you ever received?  Mine:  I was 19 and engaged to my ex-husband and he gave me a fruit sized cutting board, various knives (not even a SET, just a few pairing knives) and some rock sea salt.  To this day I call it the Lorena Bobbit Starter Gift Set because I warned him if he ever got me anything like that again, I'd use them on him...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

12 days bloghop... my day 2!

Can you feel the excitement in the air???  I am SUPER jazzed about this project- I absolutely love it!

I used Winter Woodlands and cut 9 pages worth of holly leaves.  186.  No kidding.  Yes, I actually have a lot left over, so that'll be used for a candle base or something.  IDK, but they won't go to waste.  that's a guarantee.

Anyhoo, Are you guys enjoying Lisa's hop so far?  We're on day 9 for her, and my 2nd appearance here.  I am so honored that she asked me to be in it, and I'm so thankful for that. :D  I love all of my hoppers, and if you're just passing, I'd LOVE for you to stick around for a little bit- become a stalker (subscriber) and leave a comment.  there's good stuff when you do.

So, today's official blog hop started with Lisa  and after you're done here, you'll be going to the very talented Diana.

So, you see the wreath and here's what I used:
9 sheets of Bazzil cardstock in Rainforest.
1- 12" foam wreath
Winter Woodlands cartridge
10 feet of wired ribbon (or less, I made a bow and will show you in another video)
glimmer mist, or homemade shimmer spray
hot glue/ glue gun
hanging wire
Christmas berry spray pick
bone folder and mouse pad

 And here's how I did it:
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so don't forget- the question of the day is What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

Merry Christmas day 2!!!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

12 days of Christmas bloghop!

What's that- 2 bloghops in 1 week?  I know, crazy right?

I'm loving this- so here you are smack-dab in the middle of the blog hop.  Are you feeling the Christmasy goodness yet?  I sure am!  Lisa over at Honey Bearz Designs is so sweet and generous to be doing this, and there are some mega sponsors going on with the hop, so if you started with me, go over and check out Lisa in that link I just put above.  If you're here from DeDe's blog  then you're in the right spot.

So, Christmas will be here in 24 days!  Has anyone else gotten an uber SQUEE or is it just me?  I LOVE Christmas!  I love the sights, the scents, the sounds- all of it.

One tradition I'm starting this year is to make an advent calender for each of my children.  Here's how I did it:

You'll need:
24- 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 pieces of Christmas paper.
ATG gun or sticky strip- just STRONG adhesive.
paper crimper
cricut cartridges:  Lyrical Letters "Jumbo" numbers 1-24 and Mini Monograms- scalloped circle 1 1/4", RDS on.
tacky glue
1" circle punch

Here's how to assemble it:

Hope y'all enjoyed and now you're on to Robin's Blog and don't forget to comment!  I am having a blog candy give-away on December 5, for a subscriber to my blog who comments in my comments section with an answer to the daily question. (must answer all 5 questions and be a subscriber) Today's question is:  What is your favorite Christmas traditions that you do?  Mine:  each year we do a gingerbread decorating contest, and we go light-seeing and I make my homemade hot chocolate for it!    And I just started making an advent calender for each child for each year (I have 5 but the youngest two are 7 months at the writing of this, so I'm not doing it for them this year)

Merry Christmas count down day 1!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Thursday Design Team Bloghop!

Hello Junkies!

Welcome back to Paper Junkie Designs and the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!  Today is all about your favorite recipe!  For those of us in the US, we just celebrated Turkey Day and boy am I stuffed!  (get it?  yeah yeah, it's corny.  deal.)

So I would normally post my world-famous-slap-your-mama-amazing, homemade pumpkin pie recipe here, BUUUUUUUT I have something MUCH more flavorful and interesting and oh-so-yummy that you KNOW you are going to want to try.   Yes, I made it up.  Yes, it's delicious and yes, you know you are going to gain about 45 lbs when you eat it, but you also know that you're going to be running to the store and getting the ingredients next time you grocery shop.  The recipe will be at the very end of the blog.  I know, I know- what's better than pumpkin pie?  You'll see...

Anyhoo- Jenny has "cooked up" (ha!  I made another funny!!)  another great blog hop for us and it's about our favorite recipes-  I, naturally, have made a recipe holder.  I have never had one!  (do you believe that?)  I usually work out of cook books until I memorize a recipe.

So, If you've come over from Jenny's blog, AWESOME!  you're in the right place.  If you're here independently, I'm thrilled to have you but you'll have more fun if you start at Jenny's HERE.  From my blog, you're going on to the very talented Sandra Here

Oh, and as always, Jenny has candy!  She's giving away 25 free Jaded Blossom clear bags that are 6 1/2 x 3 x 2 and they look cool as crap for either gift bags, or even doing a mini "paper" bag album!  it just looks like the possibilities are endless with this.

Ok, so on to my project:
Yup!  it's a recipe holder.  I've gotten REALLY into freezer cooking lately.  Between that and my crockpot, I've gained about 4 hours a week all to myself.  hmmm- more crafting time perhaps?    This is my project.  Sorry- no video lately.  I'm working on some things on the 1st through the 5th and it'll be awesome and on video then!

What you need:
4 pieces of chip board or cardboard (I recycled my large oatmeal boxes) at 3.5 x 5.5
4 12 x 12 paper- I used the Paper Studio's "classics" pad.
index cards- amount up to you.
tacky glue
cricut cartridge From My Kitchen
cream cardboard
2- 1" binder rings

cover the chipboard with the paper and tacky glue.
from the top corners 1/2" down by 3/4" in, mark and punch a hole with the crop-a-dile.  Repeat for all inserts and index cards.  Thread together with the binder rings.

Now, are you ready for the most amazing recipe ever?  (I'm making it AGAIN today!)
Red Velvet Cheesecake!  (oh, yeah!)
1 boxed cake mix Red Velvet. (and the fixin's for it)
2- 8oz bricks of cream cheese- room temp.
12 oz. white chocolate meltable candies (Wilton ones are good)
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 t. vanilla.

In spring form pan, bake red velvet cake according to box directions until done.  Use parchment paper to line  the pan sides.

Once baked and cooled, put in freezer.

Once frozen, make the cheesecake- whip the cream with sugar and vanilla until whipped cream.
In separate bowl, melt the candies.  add the cream cheese (* MUST be room-temperature or warmer because the candies will seize if not!  Learned that lesson the hard way.) and thoroughly combine.

Fold in the whipped cream and top the frozen red velvet cake with the cheesecake mixture.  place  in refrigerator until chilled.

Try not to eat it all at least in one sitting.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

so much a-happenin' and I'm thankful thanksgiving is over!

Hi Everyone!  I have not forgotten my love- papercrafting!  I am working on about 13 projects right now, and now that Thanksgiving is over, I am THRILLED that I'm back into the swing of things.  I have been working on quite a few Christmas projects and a few other things!

I have a TON of projects coming up:

This thursday (the 29th,) there is the Thankful Thursday Design Team blog hop, featuring our favorite food!

THe 1st -the 5th, I'm in the tail end of Lisa's
from  (that's going on now, btw!)

and I have some REALLY great projects for you to check out then!  I can't wait for that!

Then later, (December 24th), I have Ruthie's blog over at September Ninth designs  plus there will be, I'm almost 100% positive of it, another TTDT project, featuring something Christmasy.  I am UBER excited!

Can you tell, it's my favorite time of the year?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thankful Thursday Design Team Bloghop

Little Monsters!  (The cute little purple monster picture won't download to my hubby's computer -long story why I can't use mine.  For some reason his computer isn't compatible for a lot of the things I like to do!)

We all have 'em.  Kids, dogs, husbands, etc.  The ones that drive us nuts that we wouldn't give up for a bazillion bucks.

I made this adorable little mini to keep in my purse for the times that I'm NOT there with my kids.  Nursing the youngest two, that kinda makes us buddies so on the rare occasions I get a break, I actually DO miss my kids.

Well, because of them and the wonderful theme that Jenny came up with, here we are!

This is your typical 3x3 mini wandering album made by 1 sheet of 12x12 paper.  All the paper used in this, I had from my stack so long ago.  I couldn't tell you the paper if I wanted to- it's been over 6 years.  (I hoard paper, what's it to you??)

So, if you're here from Sandra's Blog then you're DEFINITELY in the right place.  If not, start over at Jenny's Blog Here  And just in case you get lost along the way, here's the line up.  I'm last, but hopefully NOT least!!

Don't forget- you could win My Memories Suite Software!  Just comment on everyone's project and Jenny will add you to the drawing!  Now, without further ado, here's what I did:

This is what I used.  (Sorry, no tutorial this time.  NO time this week to get it done!)
12x12 sheet of paper,
recycled box for lid.
halloween paper.
Recollections stamps that were on clearance
googly eyes
tacky glue
ATG gun
stamp pads (that I used with a marker to blend and "color" in the monsters)
1 action wobble that is on the front and you can't tell because it's a stationary picture.  Sorry!

score the paper at 3,6, and 9 inches.  flip 90 degrees and repeat.  On the top and bottom score lines, cut to the 9" mark.  on the middle score line, cut from the opposite side of the page to the 3" score mark.  Accordion fold and atg it in place leaving "pockets" for you to put tags in.

I stamped in the pages the various little monsters and will be adding pictures to it later.  I think it came out really cute!

Thanks for hopping with us!  I appreciate it!!  Leave me some love people.  I have a HUGE announcement coming in a few days!  

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thankful Thursday Bloghop

Hello Junkies!

It's halloween time again.  Well, not so much, but it IS blog hop time again and here's a FUN project for you- and great if you want to use twine but it's a different "twist" (get it!) on what to do with it, aside from wrapping it around a card or threading a button with it!

I'm SO thrilled to show you this, but first thing's first- if you didn't come from Sandra you're not in the right spot!  So, go back to Jenny and start there!  Then come back and see me, I've got a great video for you.  I edited it and everything!  It's got this creepy vibe to it in the beginning.

(Here's the order in case you get lost)
Heather - <------ you are here

Oh, and before I forget- Jenny is giving away 2 prizes!  She's giving away twine (awesome theme there) and she's giving away Action Wobbles.  I love Action Wobbles! they're just so nifty.  You need to comment on ALL of our blog hop projects to be entered to win, so leave the love, people!

For this project,  you will need:
11x5 cardstock
atg gun or stronger adhesive
3x4 piece of cream cardstock.
assorted stamps (halloween; your choice)
cricut cartridge- Happy Hauntings (I group all of mine on my gypsy to save paper)
Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink and black ink (or whatever you like)
Timeless Twine in purple
orange tulle
pop dots or foam squares

Follow the directions in the video here:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Soldiers Angels- are you one?

Hello Lovely Junkies!

I have been in touch with Soldiers' Angels and I've decided to team up with them (one of SO MANY) to help bring some comfort to our soldiers.  You know that I'm an Army wife.  Charlie has been in for 16 years, and when he was deployed, he very much appreciated what the Soldiers' Angel's organization did for him and his friends.

I've decided that since he got such great care, and I had been on the letter writing team for 8 years (on and off) I am going to offer my card making services for soldiers.  My goal is to make like 30 cards a month to send.  Now, some months it'll be less, some it'll be more- obviously life happens, but I figure the least I can do is give back to those who have ensured my freedom!  I will ship them all at once, btw.  I'm not sending each card individually, that would be way too much

So, if you would like to join me in honoring our soldiers deployed and wounded warriors, I would encourage you to go to  and send a card to a soldier who needs the encouragement. :)  If you can do more, great because they need that too.

Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Back To School Bloghop

Hello all Junkies!  

Today is the awesome Thankful Thursday Design Team bloghop and you should have come over from the amazing Jenny from! If you didn't start there and come back because she's got some goodies for you!   She is giving away some really awesome bags from Jaded Blossom (for some stupid reason my computer won't let me upload that!  It'll let me upload a billion and one other pictures but the ones from Jenny won't.  I think it has to do with my settings, but I digress...) but you have to comment on everyone's blog to be entered. :)  

We homeschool so this year we're working on these subjects for my 3rd grader- Zoe.  Judah has a few notebooks too, but I did the tutorial with this.

This is obviously not the only thing you can do to trick out your composition notebooks but I needed them functional, not OCD awesome!  Now you watched that, you're headed over to Leah to see what super yummy back to school project she has! :)

And just in case you get lost, here's the lineup:

Jenny -
Heather - <------------------ you are here!  Thanks for coming!
Leah -

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fairies Galore!

Zoe.  My sweet wonderful Zoe.  She acted so bad 2 days ago that her dad warned her and warned her about her attitude.  It got to the point that we said if she kept it up, we'd cancel her party.

Long story short, we cancelled her party.

Anyhoo, I'm not about to put all of my pom pom decorations to waste.  This idea I had for her room for a long time coming.  Fairies and bright colors!  I mean, every fairy needs a good place for her creativity and bright colors for her stimulation, right?  And when the twins move into her room it'll be decorated and I won't have to do a thing!

Where are the actual fairies, you ask?  Good question!  as you read this, I'm finishing them up on my gypsy and will be cutting the vinyl today and applying them from the Disney- Tinkerbell and friends cartridge.  the leaves were from Gypsy Wanderings and the hibiscus flowers were from Life's A Beach.

Catch ya on the flipside!


Monday, August 20, 2012

One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

A crafter from a site that I'm on on Facebook did some vinyl on her door, inspiring me (and several others) to do the same!  We take such care in decorating the inside of our homes, why not the outside?  Well, I live on military post housing so I have to be careful not only what I put where, but what language it's in.

I threw caution to the wind and decided to do it.  If you remember from the St. Patty's Day blog hop I did a box that says Cead Mile Failte which means 100,000 welcomes in Gaelic (old Irish).  Well, I threw caution to the wind and decided to put it on my door.  No, not the little box, I cut it out of vinyl!

I'm so jazzed about this.  I cut it out with my SCAL.  I used my super powers of SVG creation and even made the celtic knot.  I know.  Fabulousness.  And yes, I realized after I put it on that it's slightly askew.  oh well.  I call it "character"!

Wanna see it?  Here it is:

I LOVE it!  Actually I got a random guy on post walking his dog said "Wow!  That looks really good!"

So, Heather tested, neighbor approved! :)  now, if only the kids were...

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Zoe.

Zoe is turning 8.  My baby girl is turning 8!  While some people will tell me "just wait until..."  this is the season of life that I'm in right now.  Getting pregnant with Zoe is a long story that I'm not going to go into here, just know that a very hard-sought baby came in the wonderful world of my sweet little bundle of blue-eyed bouncing energetic and very helpful joy that is my stb 8 year old daughter. :)

When I asked Zoe what type of birthday party she wanted this year, I was told.. "ugh, I don't know." in that uber-dramatic preteen way.  yay.  hormones starting already.  this is going to be fuuuuuuun.  I, in hopes that she would hold on to her youth just a little while longer, suggested a fairy themed party.  At first I got the eye roll, but then she started thinking about it when I worded the invitations.  She fell in love with the idea!  I'm so excited, because I love the idea of fairies.  Secretly I always have, not to the point of collecting them, but I've always liked that fairy (ha!) tale part of our heritage.

So, we're starting with the invitations.   No, they're not messed up, I have blocked out my address and phone number.

I printed them on a parchment type paper and I inked around the edge with Stampin' Up's river rock (I became a consultant for the discount.  Shameless plug- if you want anything, let me know) and sprayed them with my champagne shimmer spray.  I repeated both steps on both sides.

Then, I rolled it up, wrapped it with a ribbon and sprayed down a butterfly from Michaels (pack of 12 in the floral section)  with a purple shimmer spray I made (as long as there is metallic paint, you can make this!) and tucked in the butterfly.

We're hand-delivering them on Saturday during our walk with our new puppy.

I have more party stuff coming! and check it- I didn't use my cricut!  (yet).

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Thankful Thursday DT Blog Hop

Is Jenny not the most talented woman ever?  I love her stuff!  So, this is the Whatcha been doing this summer blog hop and you're here on my page!   We have some great stuff lined up for you and it's sponsored by Square 1.  (Jenny supplied a picture that for some reason won't load for me!)

What did YOU do this summer?  Starting in April (my summer started) I had my twins, moved to Alabama, and finally set up house, and celebrated my son's birthday.  Zoe's 8th birthday is coming up so we're working on decorations for her party.  (I know, where did the time go?!)  Cool thing is they're also doubling as decorations around the house.

So, what we did this summer- get the house set up and make up a bazillion paper flowers, and pom poms.  Here's the blog for the roses.  They literally look so real I just want to smell them!

I am going to make them in tons of different colors:  a scarlet color, and a cream color to match my home decor and different pinks to match her room which we're overhauling in fairies and butterflies.  I love that my 8 year old isn't into pop stars; much better decorating ideas.

Ok, so my favorite roses (in real life) are Veteran's Honor (a GORGEOUS red rose) and Pope John Paul (brilliant white) and the Nancy Reagan (a beautiful creamy light peach).

Here's what I made:
It looks so real, I keep trying to smell it!

So here's what you'll need:
flat coffee filters,
22 gauge wire (that I doubled over)
floral tape.
water and acrylic paint.  I used an old one called "berry red".  and when I mean old, I mean it was about 15 years old and had no tag, just marker written "berry red".

I cut out the template from here-Martha Stewart Roses from

Now, this is a fun summer bloghop, so enjoy Leah's page!  If you get lost here's the lineup, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Jenny -
Heather - <-------- you are here!
Leah -

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I miss this.

It feels like it's been forever since I've posted anything.  Probably because it has been forever.  Well, I've had the twins, and I've moved to Alabama from Kentucky.  (yay military moves.)  I now have an entire room for my craftiness.  And for teaching school, but that's another story.  Yay, a craft room that's mine, all mine!!!

I have so many things planned.  I'll let you guys see them as they come up.

But, Just wanted to check in and let y'all know, I'm not dead.  I AM however, melting from this heat in South Alabam'!

Be blessed! :D

Thursday, May 10, 2012

just stopping in to say hi!

Hi all my lovely fellow junkies!  I just wanted to let you know that I am still alive and well, and I've had my twins!  Eliana Sabella (in purple) and Abigail Elizabeth (in pink) were born on April 16th at 5:52 and 6:00 in the morning respectively.

We're moving to Alabama in 20 days, and I'm going to be obnoxiously crazy busy.  (I will hopefully get a few posts up.  If not, just know I'm working on it.)

So, just a quick recap, before the girls decide they want a diaper change and another feeding!

Be blessed!  (I know I am!)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Been SUPER sick.

Hello crazy crafters!

How many of you are under the weather this past month?  Hot, cold, hot, cold, hot, cold- no I'm not talking about menopause, I'm talking about this weather!  Well, add to that my 1 year old decided it was a wise decision to lick the walmart cart and then a few days after getting a cough- hack right in my face.  You guessed it, the asthmatic who has 2 babies shoved up in her lungs now has a respiratory infection.  This is why no videos in a while.

That's ok.  I'm working on my twins birth announcements though.  I fell in L-O-V-E with Jeannie Phillips Noah's Ark card HERE and I'm using her dimensions for most of it.  I don't have the giraffes from New Arrival, so I've used create a critter.

I'm also tweaking other stuff on the card to make it my own, BUT without her inspiration this wouldn't be done.  I am also using a SUPER fantastical mega-ultra-kick-your-booty stamp set by Miss Mary over at CardzTV.  The stamp set I'm using is called "Twice the Love" and seriously if you don't have her stamps, they are blow-your-mind amazing!  they are seriously high quality photopolymer, and last and last and last.  I don't have a mousepad (just a lap top and don't need one) so I use a foam sheet to do my stamping on to get a cleaner clearer impression.  I'm using the "Two by Two" stamp from it because my animals are coming 2 x 2! LOL.

I always said the only way I'd do a Noah's Ark theme is if I had twins.  the only way it would be "better" is if it were 1 boy and 1 girl.  now THAT would be funny!  (at least to me and my twisted sense of humor)  But anyhow, that's what I'm working on now that my two older kids are with their biofather for the next 9 days.  I will post a list of everything used and label it too so you can quickly find it!

much love and hugs,
Paper Junkie Designs!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thankful Thursday Design Team Bloghop: 100,000 welcomes!

Hello Everyone!!  Welcome to the Thankful Thursday Design Team Blog Hop!

I'm SUPER excited that you're here! If you have started by my blog on "accident" welcome, but check it out- start at the beginning at Jenny's blog here, here's the lineup in case you get lost:
Feb. 23 = St. Patrick's Day (Must have green or 4 leaf clover)

Heather~ <<<<<YOU ARE HERE!

So, our project this time honors my 2nd favorite holiday- St. Patty's day! Without going into the history of the day, my Aunt and I did all sorts of stuff for St. Patty's. We were always the ones in green, listening to Irish music, and all that happy jazz. :) I just LOVE it- after all, it's a HUGE part of my heritage!
We had to do something green or 4 leaf clover. This is what I did:

Cead Mile Failte means 100,000 welcomes in Gaelic. What I used:

Twinkle, twinkle, little boy paper pack by My Mind's Eye (got at hobby lobby)
random scrap piece of grayish tan (using my extras up)
SCAL and a machine to cut from
free font from CelticMD
8 1/2" x 11" kraft card stock.
dark brown card stock
5/8" ribbon
atg gun
Studio G glitter glue (or stickles) in dark green and iridescent clear/green
brown pen
white gel pen
Studio G dark brown chalk ink. 
Zig 2 way glue pen

I scored all around the edge of the kraft card stock at 3/4". With the paper laying long-ways on my Martha Stewart Score Board, score at 5" and 6". fold on all the score lines.

on the long sides, cut on the score lines, up to the other score lines. on one end, place ATG tape and seal to make 1" to match other side. Fold up all sides like a box and seal the same way. Cut out Cead Mile Failte (1 1/2") and 12 shamrocks out of paper from the paper pack and the green cardstock at 1". ink around all edges including front of box.

background paper cut at: 6 1/2" x 3 3/4"
inside paper cut 1/2" smaller than that. Ink around both.

attach both to paper, leaving more space down bottom for shamrocks.
ink around shamrocks, and glue individually to bottom like a garden, alternating paper.

embellish with pens.

ink around letters. use 2 way glue to adhere letters. Put iridescent glitter glue on letters. Attach ribbon around box and tie a bow to hang. Tada- fairly easy, took about an hour (after I figured out how to score and fold the box!) to do.  

Hope you try it to invite your guests with A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


We ALL have scrap paper sitting around, right?  Well, I'm going to challenge everyone to make a card in 3 categories- you pick what you want to do, but the rule is you "HAVE" to use scraps.  (of course, I won't be there to double check that)

I literally have a USPS priority mail box FULL of scrap paper.  I'm going to be doing some tutorials in a little bit, but wanted to start to clear out my scrap box to do it.

Ok, the categories for cards with scraps are (insert cheesy drumroll like at the grammys or emmys or tonys or wherever they have that)
*Get Well
*thinking of you
*just because
*with Sympathy
*Thank You
*Holiday (your choice)

I will be showing some cards I make in the future, but The next 10 cards I made will be with nothing but scraps!

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jesus' Love bloghop

Hello Friends!

You've hit the end of the hop, and how awesome were everyone's projects? TONS of talented ladies in this hop, and I can only hope that my project does it justice. If you're here from Kimberly's blog at, then you're definitely in the right place. If you're here just to bask in the awesomeness that is my blog (ha, yeah right!) then check out Kari at the beginning at . She inspired and coordinated this bloghop! She is really an awesome lady with loads of talent!
Today we are sharing Jesus' Love for us to remind you all who loved us first in the world and gave his life for us to show how much.  Thanks for coming and have fun enjoying our stories and creations as we do our own interpretation of his love for us. John 3:16 states that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son... Praise our Lord for loving us that he shed his blood for us to live a holy and blessed life...

There is a prize for commenting on each blog with the prize to be announced; so don't forget to give bloggy love and be inspired and have fun along the way. Definitely leave us love- we thrive on it! :D Now on to my project:

I made a gatefold card today reminding me that God is always bigger than my problems. No greater way can I think of God's love than by knowing that no matter how hard my problem or prayer is, his answer is ALWAYS what is best for me. So I had a video tutorial for this, but with the camera angle I had, all you could see is my mat and hear me talk for 10 minutes. Who wants that?! So, I figure that I'll just take pictures and explain it. Call me old-fashioned. Call me I don't want to sit for another 10 minutes making another video hoping I have the right angle this time, and I keep everything in frame. What you will need for this card: 

  • Cricut and Freshly Picked. (Gazebo on p. 47 cut at 4")
  • Cardstock in: Dark yellow, goldenrod, green, red, and tan(ish) and cream for the base.
  • 2 sheets coordinating color paper. I used The Paper Studio's Faith Stack from Hobby Lobby.
  • 4 mini brads
  • TPC studio "Faith Greetings" stamp set
  • Studio G dark brown chalk ink
  • Dew Drop ink in Sahara Sand (or creamy brown chalk ink)
  • foam tape White gel pen
  • EK success ticket punch.

  • Zig 2 way glue pen  
Cut all pieces out for the gazebo at 4" and ink around edges using the Sahara Sand ink. Add foam tape to the underside of the top layer and each of the green stems with flowers on them. put flowers on and put 4 dots in the center of the flowers. Attach everything the way it's supposed to go according to the book. (good visual reference, albeit tiny!) Cut your 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock in half long-ways on the 5 1/2" line. this will give you an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" card. Score at 2 1/8" from both ends. (the Martha Stewart score board is very helpful in this, as the lines are drawn out for you, but you can use your paper trimmer) Ink around all the edges in the Sahara Sand Cut your front background pieces at 1 7/8 x 5 1/4" and next piece at 1 5/8 x 5". Layer them together and adhere with favorite adhesive. I use my ATG gun. Stamp on an extra piece of card stock the same color as your card (if you're going to make two, otherwise, just use the extra piece) the stamp from TPC Studio. Cut out with EK Success ticket punch. Layer on piece of extra background paper and put mini brads in the 4 corners. I used Tim Holtz's in gold. I stamped it with the dark brown ink to bring out the color better. I inked around the ticket punched edge in the Sahara Sand though. Attach that to the background sheets cut and layered 1/4" smaller on all sides than the inside of the card. Attach the gazebo using pop dots or foam squares to one half of the gazebo only! line it up in the center of the front of the card so you can still open it (for the record, yes I made that stupid mistake and face-palmed.)

Here is the line-up in case you got lost: (And don't forget to comment on everyone's blog to be eligible to win!)

  1. Kari -
  2. Rachelle -
  3. Shawnee -
  4. Carolyn -
  5. Carol -
  6. Kimberly ~
  7. Heather- 

Thanks again for stopping by and please don't forget to comment on everyone's blog!

Be blessed in God's love and enjoy the rest of your day! :D