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Welcome to my blog! Here I'll be occasionally showcasing some of my work and letting you know when & where I'll be at craft fairs. I hope to see you there!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Calling all Facebook Fans!

Quickutz wants to be your friend! And in the process you (and I!) can win a 2x2 die....OR even an Epic 6! Wahoooooo!!!! The person who has the most referrals wins an Epic 6. If you have one (or more) referral, you get a 2x2 die! How cool is that? Here's what you do: "you can have one or more of your friends add us to become eligible for this too. Have them place YOUR name (my name is Heather Desmarais-for those of you that don't know) in the "Add a Personal Message" field so that you get the credit. Any individual who has one or more friends add us will receive a free 2x2 die!!" Find out more on Quickutz' blog post.

JustRite Stampers Preview Day 1

I'm so excited! One of my favorite companies is coming out with their summer release! They are previewing their new sets, one day at a time on their blog. Click here for today's post. They are also offering blog candy, so go check them out! JustRite Stampers rock!

And, if you're thinking about jumping in and purchasing some sets, but are confused, my good friend Diane (whom I introduced to this wonderful company :-) ) wrote a great blog post on where to start. You can find her blog post here. She also has a thread on Splitcoast Stampers for more information.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Rose Get Well Card

We found out yesterday that a friend of ours recently had a stroke. We're not sure how long she will be in recovery/therapy, but I went to work right away to make her a get well card. I took this opportunity to use one of my new gsd files from Mamaw's Legacy. Mary creates some beautiful designs! Here I cut the roses out using Mary's file and then I used my Scor-Pal to make the grid. When you purchase files from Mary, she gives you them in all sorts of cutting formats, so if you use something other than the Silhouette, you can still get these beautiful files! The rose card can be found here. And now is the time to get it! Mary's 40% off sale is going on right now! Please check out her store!

Tools used: Silhouette, Scor-Pal

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mamaw's Legacy SALE!

Hi All! If you use gsd, or any other cutting files, please check out Mamaw's Legacy. Mary's got some beautiful creations for sale....and she decided to start her 40% off sale early! Her sale is only 'til the 4th, so hurry over!

You can check out her blog here and her store is here.

Happy Shoppin'!

Friday, June 19, 2009

FREE Online Photo Editing Class!

Check this out! Jessica Sprague is offering an online two-week class starting July 6th. Registration (free, of course!) begins next week - June 22-28th. After the 28th you won't be able to register, so make sure you do it sooner than later!

Please check out her website here for more info. 'See' you at the class!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Bookmark for my little girl

My 5 yr old is getting into reading larger books now, so she wanted a new bookmark (her little brother sorta crinkled her other one - oops!) Her favorite colors are purple and pink - naturally! lol In any event... she wanted something with a pattern (she's all about patterns, repeats, and symmetry these days LOL), so this is what I came up with. The hardest part was trying to make a tassle from scratch - that seemed to take forever! Just ask my friend Di who was with me that night! ha ha In the end, my daughter LOVES her new bookmark, and is keeping it very safe and out of her little brother's reach. :-)

AMAZING Giveaway at QuicKutz!

You HAVE to check out this amazing giveaway that QuicKutz and Hero Arts is offering! Check it out here....and take a look below at what they are giving away! WOW!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Blog Candy

Venture over to In My Minds Eye for a chance at some very cool blog candy. Click here for the blog.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Happy Anniversary card

For my in-laws anniversary this week I created this card. It was quite easy, actually, thanks to Mary at Mamaw's Legacy! She has this wonderful cutting file to download! Not only does it cut out the pretty heart of hearts in the middle, but it cuts out the entire card as well. There are other options as well, but you'll have to get the file for yourself to see what they are!

But back to my card... All I did was put the red paper in the Silhouette and cut out the card. Then, I went back into the Silhouette software, removed the heart from the page and shrunk the outline of the card by 1/2 inch in each direction. Then I ran the pink cardstock through my machine and out came a perfect liner for my card! Tie a ribbon; stamp some sayings, and voila! a nice, simple card. Thanks again Mary! You create beautiful files!

(Inside view so you can see the 'liner' I put inside so that the heart on front would really pop, and also so that any stamping/writing I did on the inside didn't show through the heart cutouts on front.)

Tools used: Silhouette

Who loves the Silhouette? I do! I do!

To go along with the theme of my son's 3rd birthday, and his birthday card that I made (here), I made this thank you card. To save some time and paper, I created postcards, if you will, instead of full cards. This is the front and it was mounted on white cardstock - which is where I wrote the thank you notes on. So, instead of just two cards from a piece of cardstock, I got four postcards - yay! Where does the Silhouette come in? Well, for the original card I had found a Spiderman clipart that I saved and printed out on cardstock. I wanted to make a background for it on the thank you card, so I used the autotrace feature of the Silhouette software and basically imported the spiderman head. After tracing, I copied it and made it just a bit larger. I overlapped the two to make sure I had enough border (the head is not perfectly oval, so cutting just a bunch of ovals wouldn't have matched up correctly.) When I found the correct amount of background color to mat the Spiderman head, I then removed the original and copy and pasted the 'mat' one repeatedly on the screen. After that was done, I cut the blue cardstock and had a bunch of Spiderman head mats! Very cool indeed! And so much easier than having to hand cut 16+ ovals...or even running them one by one through my Cuttlebug...if I even had the oval nestabilities...which is still on my wish list ;-)

Tools used: Cuttlebug, Silhouette

Monday, June 1, 2009

Bowling Card

I created this card for my father-in-law because a) he likes to bowl and 2) his gift this year was a gift certificate to go out bowling with the family, so I thought it only fitting to make a bowling card! Plus, it gave me a great excuse to play with my Silhouette some more! And who can't use more excuses to play?! LOL

Tools used: Silhouette, SU stamps, embossing powder (you can't really tell from the pic, but Happy Birthday is embossed on the front)