July RemARKable Blog Tour

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Welcome to the RemARKably Creative Blog Tour for July! We have some new hoppers, so welcome to them!!🙂

This month, we’re featuring new stuff, and you’re probably seeing a lot of the Thoughtful Branches bundle, a bundle that will be available exclusively August 2-31 (while supplies last)! I also opted to feature this bundle🙂 I will be showing you these in the opposite order I created them LOL

First up is a traditional tree card. I was inspired by last year’s holiday catalog’s Winter Wonderland suite of products, but I of course used new, current stuff🙂 I layered a piece of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate over Very Vanilla cardstock. The tree is stamped in Always Artichoke and Early Espresso and cut out with the Layering Ovals Framelits.

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The next card was inspired by an ad I saw on Facebook LOL It was for a Bellabeat health monitoring bracelet.

leafbraceletI cut out a leaf, covered it in Versamark, then embossed it with Copper Embossing Powder. I then cut out 3 more in Early Espresso and glued them together with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

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The last card is my favorite!🙂 I cut out the big tree leaves in vellum, and a Pear Pizzazz stem (with the leaves cut off). I layered it on some Serene Scenery DSP with other dandelions. I bent the vellum a little bit so that it puffed out and used 2 glue dots to adhere it. I cut out 3 “wish”es in Soft Sky and 1 in Gold Foil, and layered them with the Fine Tip Glue Pen!🙂 Doesn’t it just look like you can pick it and blow the dandelion?!

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Hope you enjoyed it! Hop on over to see what Audra has for us!🙂

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Heather Mathieson <– YOU ARE HERE

June RemARKables Blog Tour — It’s Here!!

Welcome to the June Remarkable Blog Tour where we are featuring the BRAND NEW catalog!! Isn’t it just the bee’s knees?!

You probably got here from Anne‘s, but if you get lost, all the links are at the bottom!🙂

My brown box with the smallest possible order ever (new In Color Ink Pads, sample pack of In Color cardstock, and the Bunch of Blossoms bundle featured here) arrived AFTER 5:30 today!! PLUS, I haven’t seen ANY samples made with this, so I had to draw on my own artistic wit🙂 But, I’m happy with how they turned out. I made a series of 4″ x 4″ cards.

First up, is a traditional use of the set. Flowers! Also featured are Sweet Sugarplum and Emerald Envy. I also used the Timeless Textures set to add a little more depth.

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Next up, is a card featuring the second thing I “saw” when I saw this set– little bitty starfish!🙂 I used Peekaboo Peach and Dapper Denim. The “water” is the chevron stamp from Work of Art.

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My last card I’m sharing is actually the first card I made, drawing from the first non-flower thing I “saw” when I looked at this set! Maybe it’s because it’s how the stamps are printed on the front cover, but I saw the upside down petal as a little ballerina tutu!! I used Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and Flirty Flamingo to make her little dress–covered in Wink of Stella, of course! I love that it kind of adds an organza-like overlay look to it. I bowed the petal around so that it’s poofed out :)  I thought this would be cute to give a girl for her ballet recital. The sentiment is from Suite Sayings. And again, I used Timeless Textures to give it some more dimension (think the swirly pattern a ballerina makes as she dances🙂 ). The Classy Designer button is the back of her head!

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Hope you’ve enjoyed these!🙂 Hop on over to Audra to see what she has for us!🙂

Here’s the rest of the lineup:

Nancy Amato
Melissa Bolinger

Tamra Davis

Connie Deibler

Tracie Evans Langley
Anne Matasci
Heather Mathieson <– YOU ARE HERE
Audra Monk
Maria Pane
Michele Reynolds
Janet Wakeland

 

May RemARKables Blog Tour–Goodbyes Are Hard

Welcome to the RemARKables May Blog Tour. This month we’re focusing on retiring products that we don’t want to say goodbye to😥

You probably hopped here from Tracie, but if you get lost, all the links are at the bottom!🙂

My first project uses a lot of retiring products: Beautiful Bunch stamp set, Pretty Petals DSP stack, 1″ square punch, Fun Flower punch, Pacific Point Striped Satin ribbon, and Botanical Garden Jewels.

I have to admit that I wasn’t crazy about the color combination in this DSP stack when it first came out, but it definitely grew on me! :)  My Calypso Coral squares are 1-1/8″. I also used my Blender Pen to smoosh out the lines a little bit.

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My next project uses a retiring set that I will not be letting go of!😉 Zoo Babies! How could they?😥 I also used another favorite, Dotty Angles as well as the Ornate Tag Topper punch and A Dozen Thoughts stamp set. First, I cut my scrap color cardstock to 2″ wide and punched it out. Then, I cut my white to 1-7/8″ wide. I did my stamping first THEN I cropped the bottom, adhered it to the color cardstock, then cut that… was easier than trying to figure out measurements beforehand🙂 I also used 2 retiring ribbons that are DISCOUNTED (while supplies last!), Pink Pirouette Seam Binding and Pear Pizzazz Cotton.

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I was going to do another project, but I’ve been a bit under the weather this week😦 Rain, rain, go away!! (today marks 16 straight days… my ark’s almost finished…)

Hop along to see what Audra has for you!

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Heather Mathieson – YOU ARE HERE

RemARKables April Blog Tour

Welcome to the RemARKables April Blog Tour! You probably hopped here from Anne‘s blog, but if you get lost, all the links are at the bottom.

Happy Spring! Sort of…. I think we always forget that spring isn’t supposed to be warm all the time, but man! Mother Nature doesn’t know what’s up and what’s down these days! Oh well… on to some things that make it feel like spring inside🙂

Are you loving the Botanical Blooms and matching framelits?!?! I think everyone is in agreement that they hope it carries over to the new catalog (some of the demonstrators are getting to see it this weekend, and everyone else gets to see it next week! Just one of the many perks😉 )

I just wanted to share a couple of cute projects with you today. Our fearless leader, Janet Wakeland (one of the demonstrators out in Salt Lake at OnStage getting to see the new catty!) hosts a semi-annual retreat, which was this past weekend, and I was able to go. I always try to make little treats for my roommates/tablemates because we don’t live nearby, and I only get to see them at the retreat (or on Facebook LOL). And I just want to show them I love them🙂

I was roaming around Pier 1 Imports a few weeks ago and found some little goodies and some cute organza bags and I knew those would be just perfect! So I made some little tags to go on them, and of course,  each tag had to match the colors of the tissues that were packaged inside🙂

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Here’s the package contents:

 

I don’t normally like to blog thing that I’ve CASEd (copied and selectively edited), but here’s a quick card using the Botanical Builder Framelits I found on Pinterest somewhere (I changed up the colors to suit the recipient).

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And another card I CASEd for a friend’s bridal shower a couple of weeks ago:

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I hope you’re enjoying your hopping tonight and that you find some inspiration!!🙂  Off to Audra‘s blog!

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Nancy Amato
Melissa Bolinger
Tamra Davis
Tracie Langley
Anne Matasci
Heather Mathieson <– You are here!
Audra Monk
Maria Pane
Michele Reynolds

RemARKables March Blog Tour

Welcome to the March RemARKables Blog Tour!!

You probably hopped here from Anne‘s blog, but in case you get lost, all the links are at the bottom!

What a difference a month makes, huh?! Freezing cold to absolutely gorgeous outside🙂 That was my inspiration for today’s cards!

I suppose it depends on what you pair it with, but Mint Macaron reminds me of a cool spring breeze… I love this piece of paper from the Birthday Bouquet DSP with the balloons on it! So I just made a 3-D version of the paper to “float” on the card using a Honeycomb Embellishment, a bow from the Balloon Celebration Framelits in Blushing Bride Glimmer paper, White Baker’s twine, and set off by the beautiful Watermelon Wonder satin ribbon!

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The next card uses one of the FREE Sale-a-Bration sets!! Super cute, and the first time I’ve played with it (I’d intended to play with it with the card above, but then it just wound up being a no-stamp card HAHA). I pulled out 2 colors I don’t use that often (was hard pressed to find some scraps to cut out the “happy” with!), Wild Wasabi and So Saffron. I stamped the little chick with my Memento black ink pad on some watercolor paper, and used my Blender Pen to color him in with So Saffron ink. The paper didn’t hold up as well as I thought, but that’s okay–chicks are supposed to be fuzzy!! LOL) I then used the Crazy About You bundle to top it off with a Happy Spring… I could’ve gone Easter, I know, but it was just so dang nice when I was coming home today that I was feeling springy!🙂

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Here is a close-up of the layered 2 happys (very easy with the Fine Tip Glue Pen!!).

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Hope you’ve enjoyed what I had for you today! Enjoy the rest of the blog tour and the rest of your Sale-A-Bration!!

Hop on over to Ann‘s blog (and again, if you’re hopping around or lost, all the links are below).

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Nancy Amato

A Dino-riffic Birthday!

This week is my first-born nephew’s 4th birthday! I just can’t believe that this little guy (about 12 hours old):

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Is now THIS little man (Christmastime, a little more than 2 months before his birthday)!🙂

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I do love spoiling “my” kiddos🙂 (if you haven’t seen it, check this post out)

I got the No Bones About It set just to use for my nephews, so I put it to good use. So, his birthday card had to be just as special as he is!  So I made one that he can play with. It’s a “View Master” card. I got the idea here, and some instructions here. Here’s a few tips that neither of those ladies had: the 4″ in. circle is the largest of the Circles Collection Framelits (no scallops); and after you get the circle in place (as Dawn shows in her video), use that window to draw circles with a pencil to put your images in. (I tried doing it the other way around, and it didn’t work LOL thankfully before I stamped!!). I used the Large Numbers Framelits and the Little Numbers Thinlits to create the rest of the card. I am so pleased! He’s going to love it!🙂

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Here are the rest of the images:

I hope you enjoyed seeing this card as much as I enjoyed making it!

Inside:

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I wrote a little note telling him I wished I could be there to celebrate but that I was sending lots of love and hugs (with a reminder to share some of those with Little Miss, my nickname for his little sister)🙂

Auntie loves you, J!!!

~Heather

It’s Wild!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!🙂

Today, I have a series of cards I made for my Stampin’ Up! team (the RemARKables; the ladies I blog hop with every month). Our leader, Janet Wakeland, asked for sample makers to make projects using an animal stamp set for our “Furry Friends”-themed monthly training. I volunteered to use the “It’s Wild” background stamp because I’d never played with it before! I had to wait until they were shared with the group before I could share them here🙂

As you know, I like to mix things up a bit and try to find untraditional ways to use stamps and punches🙂 So, here is my lineup of It’s Wild cards:

1. Traditional: I used the It’s Wild to create zebra stripes for the background of a bouquet of balloons using the Balloon Celebration bundle with the matching punch! I used some of the Go Wild DSP, the Brights Backgrounds DSP, and a scrap of Melon Mambo cardstock (with a Wink of Stella!) for my balloons.

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2. Wild for Baby: I used the background stamp to create a jungle for the monkeys to play in! The monkeys are from the Zoo Babies stamp set.

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3. Eye of the Tiger: This card was made using the Circle Card Thinlits! I had a lot of fun making this card. I thought it was perfect for someone who was working on a goal or who had just achieved a goal! They had the eye of the tiger🙂

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–use a mask when stamping the sides
–stamp the It’s Wild on the #6 circle framelits (counting in)
— for the eye: 3/4″ Delightful Dijon (carefully sponged a Tip Top Taupe circle in middle), a black circle from the Owl Builder punch, black large petal from Festive Flower Builder, and I used a Basic Rhinestone in the center to catch the “gleam”🙂

4. Shimmery Pool Party: I really started to branch out with the next few cards. This card stamped tone-on-tone Pool Party and stamped the starfish using the Picture Perfect stamp set. I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to make the ripples in the water all nice and sparkly!

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5. Camouflage: This next care uses the background stamp to create camouflage! Believe it or not, I got this one take🙂 I first stamped with Crumb Cake, then inked up with Soft Suede and just made sure I didn’t lay my stamp down in the same place. I used Mossy Meadow and the For Your Country stamp set to create the bottom piece.5_itswild_camoflauge

6. Wild About You: This card turned out as my favorite!🙂 I turned the background stamp on its side and voila! It becomes seaweed or coral, depending on what color🙂 The little fishies I made using the Friends & Flowers stamp set. These cuties met and their kiss created little heart bubbles (Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper)!🙂

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I hope you enjoyed these and maybe got some inspiration!🙂

Have a great week!
~Heather

P.S. Notice I have a new lightbox!!🙂

Botanical Blooms Blues

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!🙂 I just wanted to drop in and share the card I made for my team’s monthly “Project Sheet” group!

I don’t know about you, but I find inspiration everywhere, sometimes odd places (one time, I drew inspiration from seeing 2 bags sitting next to each other and I saw “Bermuda Bay” and “Melon Mambo” and i needed to make a card with those LOL I finally got around to it, and you can see it here.)

Earlier this week, I was standing in front of my dresser mirror, and I could see my comforter behind me, and I was like, “ooooh! I can recreate that on a card!”

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You could use the “What I Love” stamp set (one of the free Sale-a-Bration offerings this year!), but I don’t have that one, so I went with the Botanical Builder Framelits for my re-creation🙂

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A full list of the supplies and some instructions are in this PDF. FEB_HM_Botanical Blooms Blues

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone is feeling extra loved today, and maybe get a bit of chocolate🙂

I just wanted to drop in and share this banner I made during the blizzard the last weekend in January (and because I made it for my Project Sheets group, there’s even some instructions!🙂 and of course a supplies list) Aren’t I lucky my walls match?? LOL

There’s also a link to an article explaining the design principle behind “odds” (for example, why I chose to use “amour” instead of “love”) Here’s the link for you without having to download the PDF.

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Instructions and Supply List: HM-Jan16-Amour Banner

Hope you enjoy!!