June 15, 2012

Today's a Good Day!!!!

Howdy folks...today is Friday, June 15th and it's a good day for a few reasons..... 1) it's my birthday today and all you need to know is that I may be over the hill, I'm NOT over the thrill (I saw that on a stamp set - isn't that the greatest quote?!!??!)   2) I took the day off from work so I could sit back and enjoy this special day and (3) in today's post I get to link you guys to my first ever projects for the Let's Make Greeting Cards (LMGC) design team.  I'm so excited to be part of the first ever design team for this website. 

Before we get started I have to tell you something cute.....my 81 year old mother that lives with me can't remember things (darn dementia) so I have a white board calendar on her dresser for the month so she can see what month, day, events, etc. are coming up.  So. of course I wrote on the board that today is my birthday.  And since she can't remember too well, she's asked me about 8 times 'Heidi, is today your birthday?' and I say 'yes' and she tells me Happy Birthday.  Thank goodness for calendars!!!

Okay, so let's get started......my project themes for LMGC for June were Anniversary and Birthday. 

Here are pictures of my anniversary card.  To see the material list and instructional tutorial please click  Creative Strips Anniversary Card by Heidi  The focal point of this card is called a Herringbone pattern and it looks complicated but it is so easy to do....check out the instructions for yourself.

Now continuing on....here is the birthday card I created.  To see this card's material list and instuctional tutorial please click Cupcake Happy Birthday Card by Heidi  This card was made using some of the goodies I received for becoming a member of Rochelle's design team.  I love the blues and greens together!

Well, that's going to do it for me today.  I have to figure out where to go for dinner tonight.  It's time to Par-Tay......maybe I should take a nap first...LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!


June 9, 2012

HUGS for a Father

Howdy-do everyone!  It's amazing how fast time is flying by....I can't believe it's already June.  Seems just like yesterday we were ringing in the New Year.  When I was a little girl it took for-ev-er for time to go by....every day seemed like a month....now, every day flies by like a nano-second...which is pretty darn fast. 

June's a pretty busy month - at work I have a mid-year review (ick!), my birthday is next week and of course we have Father's Day.  Since my Father passed away in 2000 and both my Grandfather's are gone...now I make a card for my boyfiend's Father.  I have to tell you I saw a card in the store many years back that said "To my boyfriend on Father's Day" and when you opened it up the inside said "Scared you didn't I?'  LOL!

So the project I want to share with you today is the Father's Day card I'm sending....it's not a traditional Father's Day card but since he's not my Father I think it works just fine!

The papers are from the Everyday Moments 6x6 paper pad by Teresa Collins.  I LOVE the blues and yellows together - what a nice summery color combination.  The stamped image is from CC Designs Swiss Pixie collection and her name is Butterfly Lucy.  I have the digital image but I believe she comes in a red rubber stamp as well.  I colored her with COPICS (Samantha, this is for you....)

Skin: E000. E00, E11, R20                         Hair: E31, E33, E35, E37
Dress: Y13, Y15                                         Top: B34, B37
Shoes: E35, E37, 0                                     Butterfly: YR02, YR04
Sidewalk: C1, C3, C5                                 Grass: G21, G24, G28
Slight shadow outline: B000

The inside sentiment is a stamp by Stampendous called 'Father's Day' - imagine that?  The 'Hugs' is from a CC Designs stamp set by AmyR called "Be Happy Sentiments'.  I have to tell you that I am having a blast making the little epoxy embellishments at the bottom right.  They're made using the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio - it's so easy to do and it really ties the embellishments together with the paper.

Now something interesting I did for this image was I created the sidewalk.  The stamped image is only of the little girl.  I drew in and colored the sidewalk and the grass.  I really love how this looks.  You always want to ground your image so that they aren't just floating in air...and normally I just put a little shadow on the ground.  But I saw a video on youtube by Prairie Paper and Ink (AmyR) on how to create a sidewalk so I had to try it myself.  I love how it makes the image pop!

1. You decide how far up you want the sidewalk to be - using a ruler, mark the line with a pencil and then use a pen (compatible with COPICS - I used a COPIC Multipliner) to draw over the pencil mark without using the ruler
2. Mark the sidewalk cracks using the ruler at an angle (make sure all cracks in the sidewalk are at the same angle), erase pencil lines when done
3. Color and shade the sidewalk with COPIC markers
4. Then of course you have to add the grass as well or the sidewalk looks out of place.

I used to just stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card and be done with it....but again, watching youtube videos by Prairie Paper and Ink, Amy always finishes the insides of her cards....and since I like how it looks I finished the inside of mine.  It really does finish the card nicely.  Here's a picture of the inside of my card.

That's all I have for today...thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.