Are you ready for snow?

We had a small teaser of snow recently. Just flurries. We actually went up to NW Indiana for Thanksgiving and it snowed all day, but didn't accumulate. I don't know if I'm ready for it, yet. I just don't want to have to clear the drive-way. However, I do like stamping snowflakes. I just love the snowflakes in The Snowflake Spot. This is one of the cards I made on when I was on my one-layer card blitz. I love it. It's so easy and so striking, don't you think?

Stamps: The Snowflake Spot
Ink: Night of Navy
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Double Circle Punch, Black gingham ribbon


Surf's Up 4-ever

I had a little time to scrapbook today. I should've been cleaning. I'm waiting for a big SU! order to arrive on Thursday which holds a bunch of stuff for my San Diego scrapbook, so I wasn't sure if I could get a page done. I was looking through my pictures from the trip and found these two. I knew I could complete this page without all my fun new toys as this page is about the pictures. This page is dedicated to my late brother-in-law, Josh. I wanted it to be simple and to focus on the moment.

I mounted the pictures on a piece of Night of Navy, slightly off-center. I added a piece of So Saffron that had been stamped with Sanded in So Saffron underneath. I added a piece of HPH and tied some hemp twine to it and wrapped it under the side of the page. I then stamped my title using Short Order Alphabet and Numbers with Night of Navy on my Really Rust base. I also stamped Josh under the hemp twine with Versamark as well as RIP in the bottom corner of the Night of Navy piece using Rough Edges Alphabet. I love how simple the page is and I really love how the colors of the cardstock pick up the colors in the photos from the sunset and the water.

Now, I'm back in scrapbooking mode, which is a good thing, since I'm having a PMS night on Friday. Check out my calendar for the details.

New Things Happening

I'm working on updating my blog to include new and exciting features. I don't know how long it will take to implement, but in the meantime I will continue to post. Today, I do have some news, though. I want to introduce Stampin' Heather's Store. Right now there are a few retired stamp sets available for purchase. I will be adding more items for sale, such as more retired stamp sets and accessories as well as altered items and projects. Head on over to the store and take a look.


Wrapping Up The Holidays

November 23-December 15, 2007

We're wrapping up the year with great holiday wrapping projects! These projects are the perfect way to give your gifts a one-of-a kind look and style. The spirit of the season isn't just about the gift¬-it's also the care that goes into the wrapping of it!

Contact me today to learn more about these holiday projects, or to place your orders*, because it's not just about the present-it's about the presentation!

*while supplies last



Happy Thanksgiving

I'm heading out of town. I'll be back Sunday. In the meantime I want to share with you my Black Friday specials. Check 'em out!

Black Friday Specials

Who doesn’t love a great Black Friday deal? That’s what I thought! Well I’ve got a few deals for you. Email me your order at stampin.heather@yahoo.com between 5 am and 10 pm on Friday, November 23rd to take advantage of these great offers. Please include the item number, description, quantity and price of the items in your email. I will email you back with your total by Sunday and payment is due by Tuesday, November 27th.

Spend $25 – get a free pack of Anywhere Glue Sticks

Spend $50 – get a free Classic Stampin’ Pad in your choice of color

Spend $75 – get a free $6.95 punch

Spend $100 – get a free pack of Blender Pens

Spend $125 – get a free $12.95 stamp set of your choice

Spend $150 – get a free Level 1 Hostess set and $15 in free product as well as Customer Direct shipping.

Heather Hawkins – Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator – stampin.heather@yahoo.com


Thank You

OK, I've been so busy that I haven't had time to post. I hate to blame it on the holidays, but I have to get half of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving so that I can take it back home with me since I only go there for one holiday. So, I've been working on that. Oh, and I love wrapping presents, so I take my sweet time prettying up those presents.

But now I want to share another one of the projects I created while I was without a computer. This is another one of those cards that I made with supplies I don't use very often. When Tagger's Dozen was in the mini catalog I had to have it. I think it was the only set I bought out of that mini. Since then I haven't used it much. I don't know why, but I just never reach for it. So when I got it out I wanted to do something different with it, so I didn't use the tag punches (hmmm....I haven't used those punches in a while either). I stamped the flower in Pixie Pink all over the top portion of the card base. I found two scraps of Very Vanilla that I thought would be cute across the lower half. I like the way the pink peaks out between the two strips. I then stamped the image in Pixie Pink on Very Vanilla and punched it out with my 1" circle punch. I then punched my layers. Barely Banana with 1 1/4" circle, Pixie Pink with 1 3/8" circle punch, and Barely Banana with Scallop circle. I then mounted my circles on my card and called it a day. Sweet and simple.


I love getting the details

One of the best parts of being a Stampin' Up! demo is finding out about upcoming promotions and seeing new products before everyone else. SU! has posted the preview brochure on the website on the demo side and I've already looked at it about a dozen (or more) times. There is some great new DSP, Bali Breeze (bright and cheery) and Ginger Blossom (soft and elegant). There's a great set called Celebrate Everything that is along the same line as Happy Everything, but a different style. Oh, and a cute little set called A Little Birdie Told Me. And with this preview brochure comes the reveal of Rub-Ons. Oh, and a January special. I'm planning my new catty party (in my head) already.

I'm also going to share with you another quick card I made with the new Level 3 Hostess Set, Time Well Spent.
Stamps: Time Well Spent
Ink: Rose Red, So Saffron, More Mustard, Old Olive
Paper: Rose Red, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Rose Red Prints DSP
Accessories: Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Blender Pens
Technique: Watercoloring


Time Well Spent

SU! is so great. They are sending all active demonstrators a free set called Time Well Spent. It will be a Level 3 Hostess Set in the upcoming catalog. Well I got my set yesterday and I had a little time this afternoon to play with it. So here is a sneak peak. I used this weeks Sketch Challenge from SCS.
Stamps: Time Well Spent
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Pale Plum, Barely Banana, Sage Shadow
Paper: Whisper White, Pale Plum, Barely Banana, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Double Circle Punch, 1/4"Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon


I'm Back!!!!!

After 6 long days I now have an AC adapter for my computer and I immediately plugged it in. I realized just how much I use (need) my computer. I have documents on my computer that I needed this week and I couldn't get to them. It was so frustrating. I couldn't download any photos. It was Mini VSN (Virtual Stamping Night) on SCS and I couldn't upload. And the worst is that I DVR all my TV shows on my computer so I wasn't able to watch Days of Our Lives all week. Ahhh!!! Well I just wanted to check in and let you know that I was back and that I'll get back to my regular posting. I'll leave you with this.
I spent some time in my stampin' studio this week trying to use stamp sets or colors that I don't normally use. I did this mostly because I ran out of Chocolate Chip cardstock and I realized just how much I rely on that color. So I decided to work outside of my comfort zone. I started with Yo-Yo Yellow. I have had an entire pack of Yo-Yo Yellow for a year without using a piece of it. I thought black polka dots would look great on yellow (remember how I knew it would look great on pink, too?). So I stamped Polka Dot BG in Basic Black on Yo-Yo Yellow and adhered it to my Very Vanilla card base. I stamped my birthday sentiment from Hugs & Wishes in Basic Black on Very Vanilla and adhered that to my Yo-Yo Yellow layer. I stamped my flower from Polka Dots & Petals in Yo-Yo Yellow on Very Vanilla and punched it with my 1 1/4" circle punch. I layered that on a 1 3/8" circle which was layered on a piece of Basic Black that was punch with the Scallop Circle Punch. I added that to my card using dimensionals to pop it up. I then took some silver Stickles and added it to some random polka dots as well as to the center of my flower and on all my scallops. Isn't it pretty for being Yo-Yo Yellow?


Bear with me

My laptop's AC adapter has a short. Therefore my computer will not stay charged. None of the local stores sell the type of adapter I need (of course I have a super-special expensive cord for mine) so I had to order it online. So, until I get my new power cord, you likely will not see any new blog posts. I'm sorry. Hopefully I can make some really cute stuff since I won't be surfing SCS all the time and I'll have plenty to post when I can use my laptop again.


I'm so happy

This card is so appropriate for today. Today I am happy as my sister had a baby today!! I'm an aunt again!!! Mom and baby are doing great!!! I just wish I lived a little closer so I could visit.

Back to the card. I started this card knowing that I really wanted to see what the Polka Dot BG would look like on Pretty in Pink. I love polka dots and I love black and pink, so I thought they'd be a great combination.

I stamped the Pretty in Pink with Basic Black and the Polka Dot BG. I wrapped a piece of Basic Black grosgrain ribbon around the back of that piece (using the ribbon saving technique) and mounted it to the Very Vanilla Base. I stamped the flower from Polka Dots and Paisley on Very Vanilla in Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery. I added a black brad to the base of the flower. I mounted that on a piece of Certainly Celery that had been punched with the slit punch. To finish off the card I stamped "happy" from Polka Dots and Paisley in Basic Black on the Certainly Celery layer. I'm "happy" with how this turned out and it fits my mood right now.


Stamped Candle Tutorial

Stamped candles are as hard to make as one might think. It's important to realize that you aren't actually stamping on the candle. Here are a few items you will need to stamp a candle. A candle (duh), tissue paper, wax paper, stamps, ink, and markers. I prefer StazOn and Sharpies when stamping candles as they don't bleed like dye ink can.

So once you've picked your candle and your image, stamp onto a piece of tissue paper with the StazOn.

Next color your image. Here I'm using Sharpies. I'm sure we all stamp on scratch paper , but just a reminder that the ink from the StazOn and Sharpies will go all the way through your tissue paper, so please, no stamping on a permanent surface. I will not be held responsible for ruined tables ;o)
Cut out your image. You don't have to get really close to your image as you will not see the edges of the tissue paper. I usually don't like to leave too much excess, though, as it makes the next two steps easier.

Line up your image on your candle. Make sure it's straight. Then snuggly wrap a piece of wax paper around your calendar. It is best to cut your wax paper a lot larger than the candle so that you can hold the back of it. Because your next step is to heat it and you don't want to burn yourself.

Continue holding the wax paper taught and gently heat your image. You will see the image melt into the candle. Don't heat too long or you will melt your candle. I find it is best to wait a few seconds for your candle to cool before peeling the wax paper off to prevent wrinkling (you can also roll your candle on your table with the wax paper still on and while the candle is still hot to ensure a smooth candle). And there you have it, a stamped candle.

And, the blog candy winner is.........Brenda H. Congrats!!!
Brenda, I don't have your email, so please get in touch and I will send the Magic Mesh and Stampin' Spots your way!


Quick Check In

Just a reminder that I'll be drawing for blog candy tomorrow. If you haven't already done so check out my Oct. 31 post to enter.

I also wanted to let you know that I will be posting a candle tutorial tomorrow, so be on the look out for that.

Right now, I'm going to bed. I had a busy day with a workshop with 20 guests!!!!



I've got a holiday bazaar coming up so I've been working on a few items to sell. The ladies loved the fall candle I did and requested some Christmas candles for the bazaar, so I used the set Season of Joy from the current mini catalog to stamp on some candles. For the first candle I stamped the large image with Jet Black StazOn and added Bravo Burgundy poinsettias all around. For the second candle I stamped the Tree with Green StazOn and added the star with So Saffron. I also added some So Saffron swirls around the rest of the candle (hard to see in the photo). I picked these two candles up pretty cheap at the dollar store. They're vanilla scented. Hopefully the ladies will like them.


Paper Party!!

November 1 - while supplies last

Stock up for all your upcoming projects with Stampin' Up!'s exclusive double-sided Designer Series Paper. We've got so many pretty papers to choose from; you'll be sure to find the perfect pattern to help you show off your unique crafting style. Best of all, you'll get a FREE pack of double-sided Designer Series paper ($9.95 value) for every three packs you buy - no limits, no restrictions! Visit pages 170-173 of the Fall/Winter Collection 2007 to view our beautiful double-sided Designer Series paper.

Contact me with any questions or to place your order.