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

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thinking of You cow card.

Well, I am proud to announce that my editing skills are getting better!  You didn't have to sit through 2 minutes of cricut noises while starting at my hands; so that kind of rocks!

This is my Thinking of You card I made with my gypsy and the Create A Critter cartridge.  It is the cutest little cartridge, and oldie but a goodie!  The images are very fitting for most kids and kids at heart.

Anyway, here's what I used:

green paper I bought years ago. 5 x 2
light blue card stock 5 x 2
A2 sized card
red cardstock cut at 5 1/4" x 4"
cow ribbon (I think it was 5/8" wide)
cow on create a critter (brown, black white and peachy-pink) cut at 3".

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mini Notebook

I've kind of fallen in love with this tutorial thing.  My problem:  my editing sucks.  I'm still learning.  My other problem:  my video camera is crap, and my still-frame camera takes better video.  live and learn, huh?

Well, here's another tutorial for how to make a mini notebook.

The materials used:
1 12x12 sheet of American Crafts paper
1 recycled box for chipboard- 2 pieces cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Zutter Bind-It-All
1/2" wire rings- 6 pegs
ATG gun
15 sheets of computer/ copy paper cut into 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces.

HERE IS THE VIDEO- IT WON'T LET ME UPLOAD IT DIRECTLY TO THE PAGE AS OF RIGHT NOW!  And for the life of me, I can't figure out why!  So, click on that, and it'll take you to my youtube channel with my newest tutorial!  Enjoy!