Special Birthday

A very special someone had a birthday last week, so I had to make her a special cake card.  :)  I pulled out the crooky cake and had a blast with this card.

I hope Monica enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it, and I hope it didn't get to her too late.  

Stamps: Bring on the Cake (SugarPea Designs)
Ink: All That Jazz, Bellini, Flirty Fuchsia, Midnight, Mint to Be, Sweet Sixteen, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti
Paper: Basic Black, Tasty Treats DSP (Stampin' Up) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Birthday Journal Card Dies (SugarPea Designs) Merry Label Dies (CASual Fridays Stamps)


Still Going

Bonus Days Are Here!!!

Stampin' Up is offering bonus days coupons for every $50 you spend in July you will earn a $5 coupon to spend in August.  Now is the time to stock up on essentials and grab another goodie from the new catalog.  Happy Shopping! 


CAS03 Hope Floats

Don't you love opening your mailbox to find an encouraging card from a friend or loved one?  That is the premise behind the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  We are helping you build your stash of card to send to encourage others one challenge at a time.  This month's challenge features a bright hot air balloon.

Isn't it fun?!  Here is how I interpreted the inspiration photo.

Direct link to youtube video:  CLICKY

Now head on over the Calling All Sistahs blog and check out what the design team has come up with, then be inspired to add your own creation for a chance to win a $25 gift code to the CAS-ual Fridays store.

Stamps: Floating
Ink: Grass Skirt, Tiara, Fiesta Blue, Tutti Frutti, Tiki Torch (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Accessories: White Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up)


Calling All Sistahs Reminder Post

It's the 17th of the month, and if you are a regular follower of my blog, you know what that means.  It is time to check yourselves.   Once again I join Michele from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and her Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Squad to remind you to do your monthly self-checks and schedule those yearly mammograms.   We like to do this with pretty cards.

Have you checked yourself? Please take a few minutes to do so now, if you haven't.

Direct link to youtube video in HD: Clicky

Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to see what the rest of the Encouragement Squad has created.  Come back tomorrow for our 3rd CAS Encouragement challenge. Don't forget to use the coupon code encourage17 when shopping to save 15%.

Stamps: Floating, Word Ribbon (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, Flirty Fuchsia, It's A Girl, Party Dress (Catherine Pooler Designs) Versamark
Paper: Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz) Vellum, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Clear and White Embossing Powder (SU) Sewing Machine


Surround Yourself With...

Catherine Pooler has a new release, and you know what that means?  I get to play with new stamps and dies and ink and stencils!!!!  So much good stuff to enjoy!

One of the stamp sets comes with this saying "Surround yourself with those who bring out the best in you."  This quote has special meaning because Catherine gave her design team members a bracelet with this inscription on the inside at our first dream team retreat.  You may have seen this silver bracelet on my wrist, Catherine's or one of the other dream team members.  It holds a special place in my heart and I wear it almost daily.

Clicky to view in HD on youtube.

Click on the picture below to see all the new products. 

Stamps: Best In You (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, Garden Green, Sweet Sixteen, Midnight (CPD) Versamark
Paper: Basic Black (SU) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Large Doily Die Perfect Vine Stencil (Catherine Pooler Designs) Twine (Doodlebug)


Perfect Pair

Second card for today.  Isn't this just a fun card?   Today Catherine Pooler is doing a SURPRISE release!  Say what?!  Yep, she is at it again with a fun new release filled with goodies every stamper will love.  I used the new I Pick You stamp set from Catherine Pooler Designs and paired it with her new Large Doily Die.  And then...drum roll please... one of the new INKS released is on this card too!

The background was created by stamping the pear in Melon Ice in the center of the card, and then stamping pears all around it, changing the direction of the stamp each time I stamped it.


Stamps: I Pick You (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Icing On the Cake, Melon Ice, Tiara (CPD)
Paper: Bright White (CPD) Vellum (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Mini Stapler (Stampin Up) I Pick You Dies, Large Doily Die (Catherine Pooler Designs)

You Are Worth It

My sweet fellow blogger, Carole, From My Carolina Home is starting a card drive for battered women.  She reached out to me and asked if I would help spread the word.  Of course I said yes.   Here's what she has to say:

First, I'd like to invite my stamping and card making readers to make some cards of encouragement and support for these ladies.  Something that says "you are worth it".  Cards that are uplifting and supportive.  Make several in the same design, or use different designs, it is up to you.  The only request is to keep them uplifting in tone, and to not use a religious theme as there are many different religions represented in the residents and we won't know who is getting what.  Inside the card you can hand write, stamp, or use your computer to make an uplifting message.  You could say something like this on the inside -

"As you go through this time of change,know that you are important and valued.You deserve to be happy and safe.
Good luck with your future plans."

Sign the card as you like - either "A friend who cares", or something similar, or your first name.  Mail your completed cards to me with an envelope for each one addressed only as "For You". 

Isn't this a wonderful thing Carole is putting together?  It goes right along with the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge I coordinate every month.  My Card of Encouragement for these ladies:

Direct link to YouTube video in HD CLICKY

Want to help us?  Head on over to Carole's blog for all the deets: CLICKY

Thank you, Carole, for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful endeavor.

Stamps: Picture Perfect(Stampin' Up)
Ink: Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist. Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum (SU)
Paper: Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Dotted Circle Dies (CPD) Pattern Party Decorative Masks, White Satin Ribbon (SU) Stampin' Mask Paper (Inkadinkadoo) 


Congrats and Yay Stripes

Recently I started selling Rodan + Fields.  I wanted to make some cards to send to my new Preferred Customers and Future Consultants, along with a little notecard to send out with the Free Mini Facials.  So, I drew inspiration from the R+F logo and product colors.  Each of their regimens comes with a strip of color.  I took those colors and pulled out Yay Stripes.

At first I was going to use the bar stripe stamp, but I couldn't help myself and grabbed the dotted chevron.  It's one of my favorites, because it one I asked for based on a piece of fabric I love.

Isn't that fun?!  I chose the sentiment "Congrats" because I could congratulate new customers on getting started on healthier, younger looking skin and/or lashes.   The card needed something else, so I add a thin strip of black cardstock and matted the entire piece.  So easy to make, yet packs a punch.

Guess what?  Catherine has started an affiliate program for her design team.  By clicking on links below to her store and making a purchase, I get a small percentage back.  Pretty cool, eh?!  Thanks for your continued support of my business.  It means the world to me.

If you are new to the shop and haven't yet signed up for the rewards program, you can do so here.

Stamps: Yay Stripes (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, Flirty Fuchsia, Garden Green, Tiki Torch (CPD)
Paper: Basic Black (Stampin' Up) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Spot On Sentiments (Catherine Pooler Designs)


Bonus Days Are Back


You can start earning Bonus Days coupons now to use in August.  There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn.  Here's the deal: for every $50 you spend July 1-31 (before shipping and tax), you'll get $5 Bonus Days coupon that can be used August 1-31.

Shop now and  enjoy savings later!  :) 


Get Your Flip Flops On

We are celebrating summer this weekend at StampNation.  Here's a sneak peek of my card made exclusively for members.  

Check out sneaks of the rest of this talented team!!!!

If you are not yet a member you can join us now here.


God Bless the USA

Happy 4th of July!  Today, we Americans, celebrate our Independence Day!  Hope you are enjoying yourself with friends and loved ones.

For any of you interested in Rodan + Fields I have a special 4th of July deal going on.  Clicky to join my Facebook group to learn more.


Faux Painting with Gelatos ~ Inspired by Masterclass

Have you had a chance to check out the Faber-Castell Masterclass over at StampNation?  I'm learning so much about mixed media and getting lots of inspiration.  Today's card uses a tutorial from the first day of class.   Members can check it out here.  I knew I wanted to dry out the blowing technique for this month's Calling All Sistahs encouragement challenge.  It fits PERFECTLY!

My card was inspired by two other bloggers, Kristie Goulet and Gwendolyn Goh.  Click on their names to check out their fabulous creations!

There is still time to play along with this challenge.  Clicky to check it out and add your pictures for a chance to win big!

One more thing before I go.  Zigs and Zags is retiring and on sale at a DEEP discount.  Grab it quick because once it is gone, it's gone forever!

Stamps: Breathe, Zig & Zags (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Accessories: Gesso, Gelatos (Faber-Castell)


StampNation Aurora Borealis Challenge

Have any of you seen the Aurora Borealis trend going on in the stamp world?  First you add color to your cardstock, then you blend over it in black.  Next you add water droplets and pull up some color, OR you can add white/black splatters OR spritz it with shimmer mist AND the result is a night sky with a touch of color. Pretty cool.  That's the challenge today over at StampNation.  Here's a sneak peek of my exclusive card for the challenge.

Check out the amazing sneak peek from the dream team.

StampNation members can find the challenge here.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member of StampNation.

I had some leftover pieces on my stamp table and came up with another card just for my blog followers.  This one doesn't have the technique piece.  Instead I added another "best" die cut in black.  I also tilted the sentiment strip on an angle to match the glitter tape.  Do any of you CASE yourself?

Stamps: Simply the Best (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: All that Jazz, Aquatini, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Printed Vellum (DCWV) White (Stampin' UP)
Accessories: Glitter Tape


Lane Swerve

Last week I was going to film another video using Gesso with Gelatos, but I got a bit distracted by this box on my doorstep.

It's not craft related.  It is my new business kit for Rodan + Fields.  For those of you not familiar with R+F, it is an anti-aging skincare company from the same doctors that created ProActiv.  Back in March I started using one of their regimens and the changes I saw in my appearance made me want to share this incredible company with others.  It's embarrassing for me to show my before and after pictures, but it might help someone else who isn't happy with their skin, so here goes.

Picture on the left is 10 weeks on Redefine + Multi-function eye cream
Picture on the right is my before in March 2017
From the time I hit puberty I've had to deal with acne.  As I hit my 30's wrinkles were added.  Just like my mom I had pimples and wrinkles.  Life isn't fair!  Over the past few years I've noticed my pores enlarging, a dullness to my skin and acne scars from years of cystic acne.  You may have noticed I don't show my face very often on this blog or in my videos.  I wasn't happy with my skin, and wore make-up to cover up my skin whenever I left the house.

In March I started using one of the regimens from Rodan + Fields.  My friend led me through the solution tool to find out which one I needed and then signed me up for PC Perks.  Fast forward 3 months and I'm beginning to like what I see in the mirror.  My skin looks and feels so much healthier.  My pores don't appear as large as they were and my skin feels healthier.  My goal is to not "need" to wear makeup, and only wear it when I want to.  I would love for you to experience this feeling too.  If you would like to learn more, or just see my progress, join my Heather North Rodan and Fields Facebook group.   Last week I shared did a Facebook live of me unboxing that big business kit.  It was so much fun and a bit terrifying!

Today I am back to working on cards and editing videos, so I should have some new cards up soon.  Last weekend I did some quilting before it got too hot.  Did you catch a peek of that on my Instagram account?  We topped out at 102 degrees here in Rochester, WA.    


CAS02 Encouragement Challenge

It's time for the second Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  This month I was inspired by the paint brushes and wanted to make a paint swatch card.  I also used the colors in the inspiration picture.

Here is how I interpreted the photo/colors.

Direct link to youtube video in HD: https://youtu.be/sc3oa1JZZJU

It was easy and fast to create this colorful card that screams Summer Beach to me.  :)  If you would like to join our challenge, the rules are simple.  Make a card to encourage someone using the photo, colors or both and link up with our challenge by the 13th.  Now, head on over and see what the amazing Encouragement Squad created using this inspiration photo.

Clicky to go there now.

Don't forget to use coupon code encourage17 at checkout for 15% off your purchase.  Thank you Michele, for letting me pass this on to my followers.

Stamps: Breathe (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Fiesta Blue, It's A Girl, Rockin' Red, Something Borrowed (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Blueprints 20 (My Favorite Things)


June Calling All Sistahs Reminder Post

It's the 17th of the month, and that means it is time to remind you ladies to do your breast self-exam and get those yearly mammograms scheduled.  Don't let the busy summertime get in the way of taking care of this important health check.

Direct link to youtube video in HD: https://youtu.be/0uYB3zjNaz8

Ready to see what the rest of the Encouragement Squad has come up with to remind us to "check ourselves"?  Clicky to go there now.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for our second Encouragement Challenge!

Stamps: Calling All Sistahs, Calm and Loving (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: It's a Girl, Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs) Soft Suede (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Sugarplum, Whisper White (Stampin' Up) Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Birthday Journal Card Die (Sugar Pea Designs) Linen Thread (SU) Pastel Gelatos: Guava, Aqua Dolce, Elderberrym Watermelon, Kiwi (Faber-Castell) Mini Misti


StampNation Throwback Challenge

Yesterday's challenge at StampNation is a throwback to a challenge I created last year.  Black, White and a POP of color.  It's still one of my go-to color combos when I want a high impact on my cards.  Here is a peek at my card made exclusively for StampNation.

Stamps: Dearest Mom (Altenew) Wild Garden (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Aquatini, Midnight (CPD)
Paper: Basic Black (SU) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Lattice Frame Die, Wild Garden Dies (CPD)

Here's a little sneaky peek at what the entire team created for this week's challenge.

StampNation members can find the challenge here.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member of StampNation.

I loved this combo so much I made a second card to share with you!  I used a die cut from the Lattice Frame die as a stencil for my Aquatini ink, then added die cuts in black for a silhouette look.

Stamps: Dearest Mom (Altenew) Butterfly Notes (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink: Aquatini, Midnight (CPD)
Paper: Basic Black (SU) Bright White (CPD)
Accessories: Lattice Frame Die (CPD)


Prize Stag for Father's Day Card

In case you hadn't heard, Father's Day is this Saturday!  (at least for those of us in the US)  We got my husband an EPIC gift this year.  He's been saying he wants one for years, and we finally found it.  I hope he likes it as much as I think he will.  What are you getting for the dad's in your life?  We like to send our Fathers a card for their special day.  Here's another card I made, but I can't share who it is for... he may be watching.  ;)

The burlap ribbon wasn't going well with this card so I decided to distress it.  It was easy to do, Just laid it on my ink pad and pressed down.  I also distressed the banner a little bit.  I guess dad cards should have a little "dirt" on them.  Both of us have hard working dads.  My boys do too.  I'm grateful for these men in our lives.

Stamps: Sweet Sentiments (The Craft's Meow)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla (SU) Cartographer 6x6 pad (Prima)
Accessories: Blueprints 24 (My Favorite Things) Burlap Ribbon (SU) Prize Stag (Ellen Hutson)

The stamp set I used has retired, so I thought I would include some great sets I found on Ellen Hutson for you below.  I seriously need to go shopping for some new masculine messages sets.