Recover Rapidly

Sorry I didn't get a post up yesterday.  My son was home sick and I focused on him instead of my blog.  I'm sure you understand.  (On a positive note I finally found out why/how Zach & Cody were in school on a boat without their mom.  Oh the things you learn while making soup when your son is watching re-runs in the same room.)  This morning while he was eating breakfast I made him a card.

It's not exactly "age appropriate", but I don't think he will mind.  He's been clingy and wanting hugs and comfort.  Something about being sick makes all of us want our mommies to take care of us and make us feel better.

I tried stamping the band-aid from Patterned Occasions onto Pink cardstock first, but it just didn't look right.  The image stamped much better on Whisper White cardstock.  I cut out the hearts from my failed "pink" attempt and popped one of them up on dimensionals on the front of the card, and the other one I glued onto the inside of the card.

With cold and flu season upon us I think I should probably make a couple more of these cards to have on hand.  It always helps to know somebody else cares about what we are going through.

Sketch inspiration found at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. My card is more square than rectangle, but I think it still works.

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Stamps: Patterned Occasions (SAB)
Paper: Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Soft Suede
Misc: Island Indigo Baker's Twine

Patterned Occasions Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Patterned Occasions
SAB item

Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP

Island Indigo Bakers Twine
Island Indigo Baker's Twine


Sending You Love

Do you need a quick and easy Valentine's card?  This is it!  Actually you could send an "I Love You" anytime to anyone special in your life.  We can all use a little love in our hands.
This card is a great example of why I love Stampin' UP! products.  The paper matches the stamps and the ink so perfectly. 
The large heart doily was one I snipped out of the More Amore Specialty DSP (Designer Series Paper). 
The smaller, white doily was one that I stamped using Hearts A Flutter stamp set, then cut out using the scalloped heart from Hearts A Flutter Framelits. 
The smallest heart was stamped in black onto another piece of DSP from the More Amore pack and again cut out with the same framelits.

As a finishing touch I pulled out my Bitty Banners set and matching framelits to add the love banner.  If you don't have these framelits though you could always cut them out by hand.
Creative Blessings,
Heather North
SN Sketch #65

More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper
More Amore Specialty DSP


Hearts a Flutter Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Hearts A Flutter Stamp Set

Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies
Hearts A Flutter Framelits

Itty Bitty Banners Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Itty Bitty Banners


Masculine Monday ~ Thinking of You

My uncle is in San Fransisco again getting his third round of the trial drug to treat his cancer.   Today this card goes out in the mail for him, so it will hopefully be in his mailbox when he gets home. 

One of the blessings of learning how to make cards has been my ability to send masculine "Get Well" and "Thinking of You" cards.  It's hard to find these in the store.  They are either feminine or meant for a husband. 

My friend, Debbie, helped me design this card.  We were both on Facebook one night and I sent her a few pictures of different designs/colors and she gave me valuable input.  When in doubt, ask a creative friend for help!   Thanks, Debbie.   Hope you like the final outcome.

Originally I was planning to put the thinking of you under the twine, but you couldn't see much of the banners. Debbie suggested I lower the banners, which I thought was the best idea.  Only problem was that I had already stuck the banners onto the cardstock.  My solution was to lower the sentiment and remove the Summer Starfruit Windows Framelit layer.  Instead I cut around the stamped piece and layered it with a Midnight Muse cardstock cut out using the Windows Framelits.

The staples add a fun touch without making it feminine.  As I was taking a picture it dawned on me that I had planned to use the new Natural Trim Ribbon instead of linen thread.  Oh, well, Uncle Rod will like it just the way it is and I can always make another card with longer banners and Natural Trim.  ;) 

Thank YOU to everyone who is lifting my Uncle Rod and Aunt Robin up in prayer.  God can perform miracles and He can use modern medicine to do it.  If you would like to pray for them please add a prayer of safe travels to and from SF and that the side affects won't be too harsh for Rod, along with prayer for healing.  Thank you so very much!
Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Just Thinking Wood-Mount Stamp
Just Thinking

Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack
Print Poetry DSP Stack

Silver Basics Designer Buttons
Silver Basic Buttons

Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies
Window Frames Framelit


Scrapbook Sunday ~ Matchy Matchy

This pages uses mostly Stampin' UP! supplies.  I used my Cricut to cut out the Old Olive cardstock letters.    That same Old Olive cardstock is used to mat a couple of the photos and for the leaves punched out using the bird punch.

Bird Punch - by Stampin' Up!
Bird Punch

Old Olive 8-1/2X11 Card Stock - by Stampin' Up!
Old Olive Cardstock

The paper I used is from a retired SU pack.  I want to say it was called Botanical Gazette, but I'm not sure.  It is a lovely paper pack to use because the colors are muted and the images don't compete with your pictures.  

One of the great things about this DSP is that it has lines.  Any time there are lines or grids on your paper you can use it as a guide for journaling.  It seems like I use the brush end more often in my stamping, but it sure is nice to have the fine tip on the Stampin' Write Marker for journaling on scrapbook pages and writing a note inside a card.

Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker - by Stampin' Up!
Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker


One of the things I've always loved about Stampin' UP! is how well there products co-ordinate with each other.  The DSP had Old Olive in it, so I used Old Olive cardstock and marker and could have stamped something with OO ink too.   If I had any Old Olive ribbon I could have used it as well, but admittedly Old Olive is not my favorite color. 

Now for some fun trivia... how many times did I use Old Olive (OO) in this post?  :D   Just bringing some humor to your day. 

Creative Blessings,
Heather North


Ellie the Elephant

For today's Sale-A-Bration (SAB) card I used the felt tip of my Stampin' Write Markers to color the elephant stamp before stamping. 

Who knew elephants could be so cute?   My plan was to use the cupcake in this set, but I couldn't resist Ellie.

Patterned Occasions Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Patterned Occasions

I added a small basic rhinestone to Ellie's flower.   The patterned DSP you see behind Ellie is another SAB item.  Don't you just love FREE?  Remember for every $50 you spend you can CHOOSE one Free item from the SAB catalog.  I love this time of year!

Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
Sycamore Street DSP

I wrapped the banner around to the back, then attached my name to it.  I had the brilliant idea to attach a sticky note to the back with the list of supplies used the card.  When I took it off to photograph the back for you it pulled off the cardstock.  Oops.  Just keeping it real.  I stamped another "Hand Stamped By Heather North" and stuck it in place of the messed up scallop circle.  If only all my mistakes were so easy to fix.

 Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Patterned Occasions (SAB)
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral
Paper: Sycamore Street DSP (SAB), Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
Misc: Various Punches, Basic Rhinestones


Music to my Heart

Sorry for the late post today.  I was really hoping I would get to film a video for you today, but time got away from me.  When I finally got a moment to film I realized I needed to do some cleaning first because my video corner is... well... ummm....  you can see for yourself.

My friend, Louise, came over and said it's a sign that I have been having fun creating.  :)  I'll go with that!    I HAVE been having fun.  So many ideas, and not enough time. 

Today's card "was" my favorite card of mine from the Winter Wonderland Challenge at StampNation.  I say "was" because when I got to my day 7 card I created one I like even better!  (I'll save that for another day though, because I promised Sale-A-Bration cards all week.)

The satin Island Indigo ribbon in the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack (SAB) adds the perfect finishing touch to this card.  I like the size of it, the silky smooth center and almost matte edges.   It's also easy to tie in a knot, which is a plus.

My favorite part of this card though are the musical collage blocks.  That is what I was going to show you in the video, but it will have to wait for another time.   Sorry.

I liked the blocks so much that I made another card with them.  I had a small strip of paper left over so I used the smallest circle punch to punch it out.  Then I adhered it to my new brads and put one of the bubbles on top.  

It's hard to see in the picture, but it is so pretty in person. 

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Word Play - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Word Play

Music Notes Standard Wheel - by Stampin' Up!
Music Notes Builder Wheel

Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack
Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack (SAB)

Designer Builder Brads
Designer Builder Brad

Snowflake Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die - by Stampin' Up!
Northern Flurries Textured Embossing Folder


Sunshine Sale-A-Bration

Do you associate colors with people?  Whenever I think of the color Orange I think of my dear friend Tracy and her obsession with everything orange.  Even her bridesmaid dresses.  When I think of yellow two people come to mind.  First is Joanie, my mother-in-law.  She once told me her favorite flower is the yellow rose.  Not sure if it still is, but since then I always try to include a little yellow in the gifts I make her. 

The second person is Angi. She too loves everything yellow. She said it reminds her of sunshine, and in this rainy state of WA that is a good thing to be reminded of.  I often saw her at church with a purse that is a perfect match to Summer Starfruit. (before Summer Starfruit was a SU color)  This card is going to her.  (Though I may make a similar one for my mother in law.)

The paper is from the SAB pack, Sycamore Street.  You can get your own pack of this Designer Series Paper for FREE when you place a $50 order on my Stampin' UP! site.  You can also choose from several other freebies.  Isn't Sale-A-Bration fun?!!!   Even though this isn't my favorite color I can make a card for someone else who loves it.  :)

Isn't the sentiment from Feel Goods perfect for someone who love yellow because it reminds them of sunshine?  How could I not send this to Angi?

Creative Blessings,
Heather North

Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
Sycamore Street DSP (SAB)

Feel Goods Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Feel Goods

Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
Summer Startfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon

Labels Collection Framelits Dies
Labels Framelit