Monthly Update April 2019

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Hi Friends!

Just popping in for a recap of what’s been going on in my crafting world over the past month.

My First Craft Show!

As you can see from the picture above, this was my craft desk over the past month.  I was busy!  I participated in a small, local pop-up maker’s market last week which was the perfect size to try out the craft show circuit.  You can see more about this adventure plus some helpful tips over at THIS POST.

New Stamp Company Coming Soon…..

I have been keeping up with all the sneak peaks Betsy Veldman has been having for her new stamp company The Greetery, coming April 26.  I have been a fan of Betsy’s talent for color and design for many years when she was over at Papertrey Ink.  I can’t wait to see her new products!

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Happy News!

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I recently joined the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Team and couldn’t be happier!  I have been a fan of Hero Arts stamps since I first got started in the card making world.  Twice a month, I will be posting projects here on my blog and their Facebook page featuring stamps and supplies from Hero Arts.  This was my first project.  You can find the full post HERE.

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Be sure to join in on the monthly challenges over on the A Blog Named Hero website.  This month’s challenge is Clean and Simple.  There are great prizes to be won!

Favorite Projects from the Past Month:

Over at the ThinkCrafts by CreateForLess blog, I featured this card inspired by a sketch and fancy blue and white china.

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Details can be found at THIS post.

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I’ve been working a lot with products from a new to me company called DoCrafts.  Their Xcut dies are so fun and intricate.  I made this colorful cake recently on the ThinkCrafts blog.

Details can be found at THIS post.

In the Craft Room:

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New stamps and dies for spring!  I have a video HERE showing you a close-up of some crafty purchases I made.  You’ll be seeing a lot of these in my upcoming blog projects.

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Well, I think that covers it for this month.  Let me know if you have any questions by leaving me a comment or email and be sure to follow this blog, my Facebook Page or Instagram for all the latest updates and projects.  Have a great day!

–Heidi

My First Craft Show

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Hi Everyone!

Last week, I participated in a small, local pop-up maker’s market which was the perfect size to try out the craft show circuit.  A craft show has been on my list of “crafty things to try” for awhile, but I was a little nervous.  It ended up being so much fun and I even sold some cards!

 

 

I created a little bit of everything to kind of cover all the bases– Birthday cards, graduation, tags, Easter cards. I kept track of what sold best and what people were looking for so I could be sure to have those things stocked for future shows.

Helpful Hints:

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  • Here are some links to the stores where you can find the fold-up We R Memory Keepers bag I show in my video:
  • Below, are a few helpful websites I used for my craft show supplies.  I am not affiliated with any of these companies, I’m just a happy customer :).

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To transport my cards safely, I carried them in one of these Iris storage containers with the plastic boxes taken out.

I would definitely recommend trying a craft show.  Start small–some towns have these little pop up markets that just have 6 or 7 vendors so you can see if you like it.  It’s a great way to meet other makers and even learn about other types of crafts.  I’m ready to do more now that the weather is getting nicer.  Feel free to leave me a comment below or email me with questions you may have about my process.

Have a great day!

A Blog Named Hero Project: Easter Blessings

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Hi Everyone!

I’m back with another project for the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page.  This month’s new challenge is up over at the challenge blog and I’m playing along using the gorgeous Hero Arts Marianne’s Flowers stamp set.

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I was inspired by all the beautiful flower arrangements offered this time of year for the Easter Holiday.  To keep my design clean and simple, I kept the card one layer and opted to use my Zig Clean Color brush pens to add the vibrant color.  These are a great option because they do not show through the other side of the paper as Copics tend to do.  I like to use my Zig’s full strength, but you could also opt to add water for a lighter, watercolored effect.

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To give a fuller, floral look, I cut out a few of the stamped flowers and popped them up with foam tape overlapping each other.  I also added a little bit of shimmer to the bird using a Spectrum Noir shimmer pen.

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Be sure to head over to A Blog Named Hero for all the challenge details.  Thanks so much for joining me today!

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CutCardstock Design Team Project: Sparkle Gals

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I feel like fashion and glitter go hand in hand, so for my most recent CutCardstock design team project, I combined the cutest stamp set with some of CutCardstock’s gorgeous glitter card stock.

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To create the frame and highlight all that great sparkle, I the Fine Frames Cover die from Altenew that creates these really thin rectangle frames.  I cut three sets: one each from Mirrisparkle Glitter Silver card stock, Mirrisparkle Glitter Pink Sapphire, and Pow Black Glitter paper.  I then chose three that would fit together nicely around my sentiment and images on the front of my card.

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I then stamped my sentiment (from an older WPlus9 set–Sparkle & Shine) on to the front of a card I made using Cougar White Super Smooth 100# card stock.  I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with a holographic embossing powder.

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I heat embossed the adorable little ladies from Stampendous’ Sassy City stamp set all around the sentiment using Versafine Onyx ink and clear embossing powder.  I love that name–Sassy City!

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Here’s a peek at the inside…..I used an older set from Hero Arts called Many Birthday Messages.

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To finish, I added the glittered frames to highlight the scene.

I love how the hint of glitter pulls together an otherwise pretty clean and simple design.  The die cut frames are great too, because you can save the rest for many more projects.

 Thanks so much for joining me today!

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Teacher Appreciation

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I am so excited to be a part of the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Inspiration Team!  If you haven’t tried the challenges over at A Blog Named Hero and you love using Hero Arts products, definitely head over to join in the fun.  Twice a month, I will have projects here on my blog and over on the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page, so feel free to follow my blog and their Facebook page so you don’t miss a thing.

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For today’s card, I’m joining in the current challenge which is “embossing”  I am using the Bookcase wooden stamp along with the Stamp Your Own Fruit stamp set to create a teacher appreciation card.

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Using some Hero Arts Sea Mix and older teal layering papers, I created two A2 size notecards and stamped the bookcase onto the front of each using Versamark ink.  I then sprinkled white embossing powder and heat embossed the entire background.  You want to be sure to use a powder bag before stamping to ensure crisp embossing with the powder staying in the right places.

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The Stamp Your Own Fruit set has an apple that is such a perfect, basic shape.  I colored two with a few Copics and then trimmed them out with scissors.

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I popped the apple up with some foam tape in the middle of each of my cards and added a heat embossed sentiment using the Thanks Stamp & Cut set.

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This was a super easy card to make and you can do different colors for both masculine and feminine.  I love the combination of the apple with the bookcase for the teacher theme.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

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CutCardstock Design Team Project: Easter Wishes

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The pastel colors of the Easter season are so pretty.  I love all the mints, pinks and robin egg blues. For my CutCardstock design team project, I thought that Curious Metallic cardstock in Aloe/Pale Green would be such a nice choice to create a card inspired by this color palette.

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To start, I embossed a panel of Cougar White Super Smooth #100 cardstock with the Woven embossing folder from Sizzix.  I also created an A2 sized notecard using the Aloe/Pale Green Curious Metallic cardstock.

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I created a frame in the panel by die cutting a circle into the middle.  I stamped a sentiment with Versamark Ink using the cut panel as my guide and heat embossed it using a Lilac Pearl embossing powder from Ranger.

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I love the minty shimmer against the purple!

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I colored a few stamps from Sunny Studio’s Easter Wishes set with Copics and trimmed them out with scissors.

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After adhering the white frame to the front of my Curious Metallic note card using foam tape, I added the stamps using Glue Dots.  I used a little grass border I cut from more of the pale green card stock to give the stamps a place to sit.

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It’s hard to tell from the photo, but I added a little bit of Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer Pen to the sheep.

This card definitely makes me think of Spring :).

Thanks for joining me today!

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Monthly Update March 2019

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Hi Friends!

I thought I’d check in and give you a quick overview of what’s been happening over the past month.  I plan on doing these “monthly round-ups” the first Saturday of each month just to kind of update you on projects, things I’ve been liking on Instagram, fun supplies I’ve discovered and other crafty happenings.

Here are some things in the craft world I’ve been enjoying lately:

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I love listening to podcasts when I’m organizing my craft room or coloring in stamps and the Scrapbook Your Way podcast is a new one I’ve discovered.  Even if you just make cards, It’s still fun to hear about all that’s happening in the papercrafting world.  Jennifer Wilson from Simple Scrapper  interviews other scrapbookers and offers advice on making things as easy as possible when you are doing your memory keeping.

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This is my favorite place to go for inspiration.  I not only follow card makers and stamp companies, but I also follow scrapbookers, planners, home design, food and anything else that catches my eye….I love to see people being creative in different ways and I’m always finding something new that inspires me.

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To celebrate March being National Craft Month, Jen over @crafticland is having a 31-day photo challenge focusing on craft supplies and projects.  You can find the prompts over in her feed.  The first prompt was favorite material.  I chose burlap!

If you love hand lettering, you will love @allanvisses.  He has short calligraphy videos on his feed just using a BIC ballpoint pen!  How does he do that?!  It’s so fun to watch.  Sometimes he writes just a word or sometimes an inspirational phrase.  His writing is beautiful.

Happy News!

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I’m so excited to be staying on the CutCardstock design team for another term.  I had such a great time working with their huge variety of cardstock this past year.

If you haven’t taken a look at all of their cardstock options, definitely take some time to do so.  I love their Cougar White Super Smooth 100# cardstock.   I use for this for my white card bases.  It’s super bright white and works well with Copics.  Each month, the design team will be featuring a specific type of cardstock from the CutCardstockshop in their projects.

Favorite Projects from the Past Month:

Over at the ThinkCrafts by CreateForLess blog I had lots of Valentine’s Day cards.  These were a couple of my favorites:

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Details can be found at THIS post.

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Details can be found at THIS post.

I loved using all of my Fluorescent Copics for this Valentine’s card over at the CutCardstock blog.

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In the Craft Room:

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One of my goals this year is to improve the styling of my photos a little bit.  I’m still working on it and have made a few trips to Hobby Lobby and Michaels to try and find the perfect little accents for the cards in my photos.  I also purchased THIS light box from Amazon to allow me to take pictures anytime of day.  I love that it reduces shadows in my photos too.

In Case You Missed It…..

I updated my “favorite tools” page to include my new phone stand for taking videos along with a short list of the basics I can’t live without.

I have a post and video on how I plan my crafty week with design team and blog projects.  You can find that HERE.

Well, I think that covers it for this month.  Let me know if you have any questions by leaving me a comment or email and be sure to follow this blog or my Instagram for all the latest updates and projects.  Have a great day!

–Heidi

 

 

Helpful Tools for Cardmaking

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These are a few of those tried and true favorite tools of mine that have made my cardmaking so much more easier.  Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions about the products I have listed.  You can see a tour of my  craft space, where I go over more of how I keep my supplies organized HERE.  If you are new to cardmaking and need ideas on how to get started, you can see my post HERE.

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On My Desk:

2019 Blog Planning:

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I combine my Miss Maker Happy Planner with the Blog Management set from the Etsy shop, Printable Possibility.  I have a blog post on how I plan my crafty week HERE.

The list below contains tools that just make life easier for me when I’m card making.

  • The phone holder is what I use to film my YouTube videos as well as those great LED lights.  They’re small and fit nicely on a desk to add more light for filming.  The light box is great for when I have multiple projects to photograph all at once and don’t want shadows.  It’s also great for filming at night when I don’t have natural light.  It folds up flat and is easy to store.
  • A must have for wrangling all those metal dies.  My magnet from Spellbinders looks great on the desk and serves a purpose.
  • The Quick Stik tool is perfect for picking up little embellishments with its sticky side.  The pointy tip is great for moving sequins and other small things right where you want them on your card.
  • I love my precision tweezers for keeping hold of clear gems as I’m arranging them on a card.  It’s also great for buttons and die cuts.
  • The scissors are my favorite for fussy cutting.  They are non-stick and super sharp.
  • I’ve used the Fiskars paper trimmer for years.  It’s big enough for large paper and it has a precision wire to make sure you line up your paper perfectly.
  • I love my grid mat because of the minty color (it comes in pink too) and its size.  It protects my craft desk and the lines come in handy for spacing things on my cards.


Stamping:

  • I love my stamp positioners and my MISTI, but sometimes I just need to stamp a sentiment really quick with a regular acrylic block.  The pink foam mat below has a little “give” to it to help get a crisp impression.  I also like that it has gridlines you can line up your block to in order to stamp straight.  Acrylic stamp blocks with grids also help.
  • I use a black marker to fill in areas my black ink may have missed on a stamp.  It’s super handy.
  • A sanding eraser is great secret weapon for getting rid of small ink smears on your cards.
  • I find the sponge daubers easier to use when I do ink blending and stenciling.  You get smooth blending with no harsh lines.
  • My wooden stamps are finally getting used now that I have my Stamp-a-ma-jig tool.  No more crooked stamping!  I have a video on how I use it HERE.
  • I have a variety of options for cleaning my stamps below.  I like the shammy for quick cleaning of dye ink and the scrubber for Versamark and other pigment inks.  The spray cleaner I like is mild and smells like bubblegum.
  • Finally, for coloring my stamps, I love Copics, but they do bleed through the cardstock if you’re doing a one layer card.  I like to use my Zig brush pens instead because you can blend them like Copics and they don’t go through the paper.  They can also work for water coloring if you add little water to your image before coloring.


Adhesive:

  • I use glue pens for quick adhering when I just need a small line of adhesive on a thin die cut.
  • For intricate die cuts, Stick It is a really good adhesive.  You just stick a sheet to the bottom of a piece of cardstock, place your die over the top, and run it through your die cutting machine.  Peel off the backing and your die cut has the perfect amount of adhesive on the back.
  • My favorite tape runner has a really strong adhesive, but is easy to manage.  To change the cartridges, it’s as easy as pulling the old one out, and popping a new one in.  No threading is involved.
  • I use my Creative Station when I want to have an even amount of adhesive on the back of something.  Usually a card panel or die cut.  I use this all the time.
  • I use many different sizes of glue dots but the micro sized are my most used.  These glue dots are the tiniest and work really well to adhere sequins and small gems.  I keep a roll right on my desk at all times.
  • I like the 3L Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares because they are not too thick or thin and they come in 2 sizes.

Time Management: Planning My Creative Week

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Making time for creative projects during the week is very important to me.  As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I feel so blessed to have a fun hobby that brings me joy and allows me to share that with others.  As a blogger and member of design teams, I like to  stay organized.  I wanted to share my process for staying on track during the week with all those crafty things I want to accomplish.

I have a video HERE where I go into a little more detail of my planner set up and workflow, or you can scroll below for the condensed version.

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This year, I have been using the Miss Maker standard-sized Happy Planner along with the Blog Management Set–Personal Blog from Printable Possibility.  I love the weekly “to do” page and actually replaced the weekly pages in my planner with this one–I just print it out at 80% trim it to 7″ x 9 1/4″ and punch the side with my Happy Planner punch.

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I wanted to streamline my focus a little bit with my blog and create a weekly workflow that would work for my life.

My 2019 focus as a whole includes:  Creating more Instagram stories and posting more “behind the scenes” photos, learning something new via a class, and improving my Clean and Simple card making technique.

My weekly workflow includes:  4 hrs. per week allotted to design team work and creative days fit in for other blog projects.  I like to keep the weekends free for scrapbooking or just taking a break from crafting all together.  It’s amazing what little breaks can do for your “creative mojo”!

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In my planner, I use one of the weekly pages from the Happy Planner on the left to create a “monthly to do list” at the beginning of each month.  I covered the dates on the top with some patterned paper and a “to do” sticker.  This little strip has repositionable adhesive on the back so I can use it again for the next month.  My To Do section includes design team projects and other blog projects I need to accomplish for the month.  The Plan on It section includes other things I want to do creatively for the month such as improved photo styling or taking a class.

On the right, to plan my week, I use the “blogging to do” page from the Printable Possibility Blog Management Set.  I usually plan on Sundays taking note of other obligations I have going on in my “non-crafting” life.  I add a few of my “to do’s” from the monthly side over to my weekly side.  This will usually include design team projects that I have deadlines for.  I plan for each day of the week, but I don’t include specific time frames.  I’ll try to fit in some goals from the Plan on It section if I have room.  As I finish, I cross off what I’ve done and do it all again the following week.  My goal is to have everything crossed off on my monthly list.  If it isn’t though, I just move it over to the next month and start fresh.  The only things I make sure get crossed off are the projects with deadlines.

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So far, this weekly planning process has been working well for me.  I plan revisit this at the end of the year and make changes if I need to.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my process or any of the products I use.   Thanks so much for joining me today!

 

 

 

 

 

You Are Lovely

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I’m over at the CreateForLess blog today with a fun ink blending technique using a dry embossing folder.  Head over to the post to see all the details……

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