Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lilac Bouquet Happy Birthday Shaker Card - JustRite Papercraft New May Release

Hello everyone!  Today, is the first day of the May New Release from JustRite Papercraft.  The Design Team has been busy creating some beautiful projects to share with you!


Here is the card that I designed using the new CR-02181 Multi-Step Lilac Bouquet Clear Stamps from JustRite Papercraft.  If you love multi-step stamping then you are going to love this beautiful lilac stamp set!  Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers so I know this is going to be a stamp set that I will use over and over again.


I used the CR-02181 Multi-Step Lilac Bouquet Clear Stamps to create the pretty background for my shaker card.  For the sentiment I used a Happy Birthday stamp from the CR-03815 Large Fancy Sentiments Clear Stamps from  JustRite Papercraft.


I haven't made a shaker card in years but they are back on trend and hotter than ever so I thought this would be a fun and pretty stamp set to create a shaker card with.  I used the S4-489 Labels Forty Seven die template from Spellbinders to create the frame for the shaker.  I started with a piece of white fun foam and I covered the front and back with Ken Oliver Crafts Stick It Adhesive Sheets and then I used the label dies to die cut the frame shape out of the fun foam.  I also applied the adhesive sheets to the purple cardstock and die cut a frame using the same dies.  Lastly I die cut the label shape from a piece of acetate for the window of the shaker.


Once all the die cuts were made for the shaker part of the card all I had to do was assemble the pieces.  I placed the acetate on top of the fun foam and then the purple frame on top of the acetate.  Then I turned the piece over and filled it with some Cartwright's Sequins and Martha Stewart Micro Beads-Blue Topaz, Kunzite (pink).  To finish it off I added the stamped die cut to the back.  Making shaker cards with die cuts is easy peasy.  :)


To finish off the card I used the two largest die templates in the S5-230 Romantic Rose set and made a couple of die cuts for the background of the card.  I also added a few white pearls.

Please be sure to visit each of the Design Team Members in the link list to see their beautiful projects.













Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you have a beautiful day!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi

Supplies
Stamps:  JustRite Papercraft CR-02181 Multi-Step Lilac Bouquet Clear Stamps, CR-03815 Large Fancy Sentiments Clear Stamps
Paper:  White, Lavender, Purple
Ink:  Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento LuLu Lavender, Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Summer Sky, Teal Zeal, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, Tuxedo Black
Dies: Spellbinders S4-489 Labels Forty Seven, S5-230 Romantic Rose
Accessories:  Ken Oliver Crafts Stick It Adhesive Sheets, Fun Foam, Acetate, Cartwright's Sequins, Martha Stewart Micro Beads-Blue Topaz, Kunzite (pink), White Flat Back Pearls, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Monday, May 4, 2015

UPDATE --- Joann.com Online Haul - Disappointed - Frustrated!!!

Hello everyone!  Sorry for the delay in this post--life happens and other things came up but I am here today to give you an update on my Joann.com haul.  If you missed the original post yo can click HERE to check out the pictures and details of this lovely mess. 


This is what the box looked like when I opened it.  Almost all of the beads were glass or porcelain and there was not one little piece of packaging material or bubble wrap.


This is just part of the tangled mess.

So, I called a couple of different numbers for Joann.com--even the corporate office but they would NOT put me through to anyone in management--even though I asked 3 or 4 times to speak to someone else.  After explaining to the lady what had happened--the tangled mess and scratched, chipped and broken beads--she just said she was sorry for the inconvenience and they would refund me for the beads that were damaged.  I explained to her that the beads were on sale at the time of purchase and I thought they should either replace the beads or refund me the replacement price since I could no longer purchase the beads on sale.  She said they could replace the beads BUT first they would have to do a refund and once I received the refund then I would have to call back and reorder them.  Seriously?  

I said can't you just send me a replacement instead of the refund?  Nope--they have to do the refund first.  But here's the thing I had paid for the order using a gift card and PayPal.  So part of the refund is going to Pay Pal and the other part has to go on a gift card.  Then she says it will take 2-3 weeks to get the gift card!!!  Mind you during this time I asked again to speak to a manager and she wouldn't transfer me to one.  AND on top of waiting 2-3 weeks to get a gift card once I receive the gift card then I will have to call back and go through everything again to get a replacement on the beads!!  I had to read off all of the product item numbers and description to her the first time around because the papers with product numbers from their shipping center don't match the actual item numbers---SO I would have to go over ALL of this AGAIN when I call back because I was told there wasn't enough room in the NOTES section on the computer for her (Joann.com employee) to add all of the information.  

I told her NO THANKS!!!  I WILL NOT order from Joann.com again!!!  I would just take the refund and buy beads somewhere else.  Oh and I forgot to mention she said I could keep the damaged beads and didn't have to send them back--like she was doing me a big favor.  She was so chipper and happy about it like it was a gift or something.  I told her there was no way I was making a trip to the PO anyways.  The beads were going in the trash because I couldn't use them.  It was like she TOTALLY didn't get the fact that the beads were scratch, chipped and broken and I can't use them.  

She said that if I changed my mind at anytime and wanted to place an order I could call them as soon as my order was placed and they would flag the order to make sure that it received special attention and packaging!?!?!?  
I replied by saying--
Why should one person's order be special?  
Shouldn't each order get the same attention to detail and be packaged properly?  
Shouldn't that just be part of the job description???  
 SERIOUSLY WTH???  (didn't say this part BUT I sure was thinking it!!!)

She didn't answer any questions--she just replied by saying again I am sorry about your order and I hope you are happy with how I have helped you today.  
Then I did say SORRY BUT NO I AM NOT HAPPY!!!!!

I also told her that I was a professional blogger and a freelance designer in the craft industry and in a little over 8 yrs of blogging I have never posted anything negative about a company on my blog--but this was too much NOT to post it!!  And that I posted it on FB!!  I asked her if she wanted my blog information so someone higher up could maybe see the pictures and the package I received.  She said oh no that's ok I believe you.  I said to me it's not a matter of if you believe me or not I know I am telling you the truth and what I received in the mail--it is there--the pictures are the proof and someone should see how the packaging is being done.  Don't you think someone might WANT to see this and make some changes!?!?  Then she went on to say she didn't have room for my blog link in her notes!!  WOW!!!

I don't even know what to think or say other than I WISH someone of some importance with Joann.com would see this post!!!  After reading the comments on my original blog post and on FB it sounds like there are some real issues and changes need to be made within the company.  I know I won't be ordering from Joann.com again!!  :(  When I think about the amount of time spent on this whole mess and trying to get some type of refund I think there is a LOT more they could have done to make this right.

Thanks for all of your comments on the original post!  I also received several email from people suggesting other places to order beads from.  Thank you and yes I have ordered from those other places as well and will continue to order from them.  :)

Hugs,
Heidi

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Happy Mother's Day Card

Hello everyone! Today, is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and I have a beautiful Mother's Day card to share with you.


I used a couple of the pretty pattern papers from Simple Stories I AM 6 x 6 Paper Collection for the inspiration of this card.  As soon as I saw this paper and the floral pattern I knew I wanted to use the CR-02162 Romantic Wild Roses Clear Stamps form  JustRite Papercraft.  With a combination of the right inks I was able to get a very close match to the colors in the paper.


For the sentiment I used one of the stamps from the CR-02152 Best Wishes Clear Stamps from JustRite Papercraft .  Then to create the die cut I used SCD-007 Celebrations Die - Pierced Ovals dies from Spellbinders.  I layered the papers and then added the die cut with some 3D Foam Squares for a little added dimension.  I used May Arts Double Faced Satin Sampler Spring 2015 for the beautiful bow.  Then I added some flowers from Prima Bloom-Freshly Picked Flowers and Prima Laraine Black Tie Flowers.


To finish off the card I added a few black  Simple Stories I AM Enamel Dots in the bottom corner.


Thank you so much for stopping by!

Please be sure to check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of the fantastic paper crafting products and the Blog for inspiration from the Design Team.

Happy Friday and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Supplies
Stamps:  JustRite Papercraft CR-02152 Best Wishes Clear StampsCR-02162 Romantic Wild Roses Clear Stamps
Paper:  Simple Stories I AM 6 x 6 Paper Collection, Cardstock-White, Aqua
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink-Worn Lipstick, Memento Tuxedo Black, Teal Zeal, Dandelion, bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, SSS-Pale Blush Pink
Dies:  Spellbinders SCD-007 Celebrations Die - Pierced Ovals
Ribbon:  May Arts Double Faced Satin Sampler Spring 2015
Accessories:  Simple Stories I AM Enamel Dots, Prima Bloom-Freshly Picked Flowers, Prima Laraine Black Tie Flowers, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Runner Permanent Strips-Refillable Dispenser 49'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

ButterBeeScraps Pink and Bronze Filigree Flower Necklace

Hello everyone!  Today, I have a beautiful necklace and earring set to share with you.


I thought this would be a fun set for summer.  Bronze with just a touch of pink.  
Pretty but not over the top. 


For the necklace I layered Bronze Filigree Embellishment (Item #022-B)-Lg Flower and Bronze Tibetan Style Charms (Item #J071-B)-Sm Flower.  I used a combination of Lumiere-Pearl Magenta and Vintaj Patina-Quartz paints to add just a touch of pink.  


For a little bling I added Clear AB SS12 Flat Back Crystal Rhinestones to the center of the flower.


I created a beaded dangle to hang from the smaller flower.  I used 4mm Pink Bicones, 8mm Pink Round Crystal Beads, Pink Flower Bead Caps, Clear Rhinestone Rondelle Spacer Beads - 6mm (Item #BD006-B/CL)Bronze Filigree Bead Caps (Item #CAP052-B), and Bronze Ball End Head Pins to create the dangle.


For the earrings I used the Bronze Tibetan Style Charms (Item #J071-B)-Sm Flower.  I used the same paints and creating the same beaded dangles like the one on the necklace.


I love how this set turned out.  Like I said pretty but not over the top and a lovely set that can either go with a casual outfit or dressed up.


If you love making jewelry or using metal filigrees, charms and bling in your art projects please be sure to check out ButterBeeScraps.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Supplies
ButterBeeScraps:  Bronze Filigree Embellishment (Item #022-B)-Lg Flower, Bronze Tibetan Style Charms (Item #J071-B)-Sm Flower, Clear AB SS12 Flat Back Crystal Rhinestones, Bronze Ball End Head PinsClear Rhinestone Rondelle Spacer Beads - 6mm (Item #BD006-B/CL)Bronze Filigree Bead Caps (Item #CAP052-B)
Other Supplies:  4mm Pink Bicones, 8mm Pink Round Crystal Beads, Pink Flower Bead Caps, French Hooks, Chain, Jump Rings, Lobster Clasp, Glossy Accents, E6000, Lumiere-Pearl Magenta, Vintaj Patina-Quartz, Steel Wool, Krylon Sealer

Monday, April 27, 2015

Welcome Baby Boy - JustRite Papercraft & ButterBeeScraps

Hello everyone!  Today, I have a baby card to share with you.  It seems like it has been awhile since I have had to make a baby card.  My husband's work supervisor and his wife just recently just welcomed a sweet baby boy into their family.


Here is the baby boy card that I designed.  I just love this stork image!  I used the CR-04815 Special Delivery Clear Stamps from JustRite Papercraft.  I stamped the image and sentiment on to white cardstock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko.  Then I colored the image using Spectrum Noir Markers.  After I had all of the coloring done then I die cut the image and a mat using Spellbinders SCD-012 Pierced Rectangles.  The base of the card is white with blue and white layers for mats.  I also used CL-02077 Shooting Stars Cling Stitched Background Stamp and Memento Sky Blue ink to stamp the background and then I inked the edges of the paper too.  I used Bronze Filigree Connector 004-B from  ButterBeeScraps to accent the corners around the focal image.  I added a few white pearls to cover the holes in the connectors.


Here is a close up of the Bronze Filigree Connector 004-B.


I wrapped some twine around the card and tied it into a bow.  I added a charm from the Be Inspired Charm Collection and a Silver Rattle Charm.  I attached the charms using Bronze Jump Rings.  All of the metal filigree and charms are from ButterBeeScraps.


Here is another close up of the stork.  I used 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L in between the paper layers for some dimension.

A Huge Congrats to Mommy, Daddy and Baby!!

On another note I will be posting an update about my recent Joann.com haul tomorrow (Tuesday).  I know a lot of you were wanting to know what kind of response I received.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Supplies
Stamps:  JustRite Papercraft CR-04815 Special Delivery Clear StampsCL-02077 Shooting Stars Cling Stitched Background Stamp
Paper:  White, Swiss Dot Blue
Ink:  Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Sky Blue; Spectrum Noir Markers
Dies:  Spellbinders SCD-012 Pierced Rectangles
Accessories:  ButterBeeScrapsBe Inspired Charm Collection, Bronze Jump Rings, Silver Rattle Charm, Bronze Filigree Connector 004-B, Twine, White Pearls, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Runner Permanent Strips-Refillable Dispenser 49'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Joann.com Online Haul - Disappointed - Frustrated!!!

First of all let me say YES, this is going to be a bit of a rant and I am sorry--I have never done a blog post like this before.  BUT right now I am feeling so DISAPPOINTED and FRUSTRATED with Joann.com!!!  I place an order with Joann.com and I was sent the biggest tangled mess you could imagine!!  I place a very large order online and it was mostly beads.  THIS is what the box looked like when I opened it up!!!  UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!


SERIOUSLY!?!?!  Almost all of the beads were glass or porcelain.  Have they ever heard of bubble wrap???  Or any kind of packaging material for that matter?  


Strands of beads busted and broken--lots of bits and pieces in the bottom of the box.  This is just a small corner of the box.


And then there is this tangled mess!!!  If you have ever had strands of beads tangled you know what kind of nightmare this can be!!


Here is just a small part of the tangled mess.


I spent over an hour and a half going through everything in the box and trying to untangle it.  This doesn't include the time it took to take all of the pictures.  Some of the strands of beads were in such a tangled mess I had to cut them apart.


Out of 35 strands of beads 9 were either chipped, scratched or busted!!  Now I know some of the chips and scratches are small and may not seem like that big of a deal BUT if you were to go and buy a finished jewelry piece it would be unexceptionable for it to have scratches and chips--right???  I make a lot of jewelry and I CAN'T use beads like this!!!



Isn't this lovely?  An empty string.  These beads were tiny and most of them are not even in the bottom of the box.  I am guessing they must have fallen out of the little holes in the box during shipping.  









Now for the real kicker!!!  Not ONE BUT...


TWO completely EMPTY BAGS!!!!!

FOR REAL!?!?!?!

Like I said I am SO DISAPPOINTED AND FRUSTRATED with Joann.com!!!!

This is just completely ridiculous and SO unprofessional!!!  I can't believe when they are shipping glass items they didn't use one little bit of packaging material.  What were they thinking???  Believe me I will be calling customer service first thing Monday morning!!  Yes, I know there is an 800 number that I could call over the weekend--but I want to speak to someone in management and I am sure they won't have anyone there during the weekend.  I expect them to make this right!!!!  If you have hung in here until the end I am sorry for the long rant but I think this needed to be said!!  I will keep you posted!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Heidi











Friday, April 24, 2015

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Spread Your Wings Card

Hello everyone! Today, is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and I have a beautiful CAS (Clean And Simple) card with golden highlights to share with you.  Anything gold is so on trend right now--embossing, sequins, foil, and papers just to name a few.


Here is the card that I designed and it had a wonderful mix of gold embossing, sequins and mirror cardstock.  To start I used a couple of stamps from the CR-02149 Whisper of Wings Clear Stamps from  JustRite Papercrafts.  I stamped the feather and sentiment using VersaMark Ink on to white cardstock.  Then I used a heat tool and Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder to heat emboss.  Next I used Spellbinders S4-489 Labels Forty-Seven  to create the die cuts.  To create another die cut layer I used Bazzill Gold Mirror Cardstock.


Here is a close up of the gold embossing and the die cuts.  For embellishments I added Crystal Iridescent - 10 mmCrystal Iridescent - 5 mmSequins - Gold - 5mm.  I think the sequins add jut the right amount of sparkle.


The card base is a light pink with a couple layers of rose and white cardstock.  I just love how this card turned out!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Please be sure to check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of the fantastic paper crafting products and the Blog for inspiration from the Design Team.

Happy Friday and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi




Supplies
Stamps:  JustRite Papercrafts  CR-02149 Whisper of Wings Clear Stamps
Paper:  Bazzill Gold Mirror Cardstock, Cardstock--White, Pink, Rose
Ink:  Ink:  VersaMark Ink
Dies:  Spellbinders S4-489 Labels Forty-Seven 
Accessories:  Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Glossy Accents, Sequins- Crystal Iridescent - 10 mmCrystal Iridescent - 5 mmSequins - Gold - 5mmScrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner Permanent Strips-Refillable Dispenser 49'

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Butterfly Birthday

Hello everyone! Today, is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and I have a CAS (Clean And Simple) card with lots of sparkle to share with you.


I stamped a border of butterflies down one side of the card.  I used the butterflies in each of these stamp sets--CL-02034 Butterflies Cling Stamps, CL-02136 Morning Glory Cling Stamps, CL-02137 Thank You Daffodil.  To stamp the butterflies I used three colors of ink,  Memento Nautical Blue, LuLu Lavender, New Sprout.  I stamped each butterfly one time with a different color of ink and then I inked the butterfly stamp a second time but I stamped on a piece of scratch paper to pull off some of the ink and then stamped on to the card base.  Doing this gives the appearance of a lighter shade of ink.  If you don't have many colors of ink this is a fun little trick to stretch your ink.


I applied the Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen to the butterflies to add some shimmer and sparkle.


For the Happy Birthday sentiment I used CR-02152 Best Wishes clear stamps from JustRite Papercrafts.  I used VersaMark Ink and Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and then used a heat tool to emboss the sentiment.  I added a strip of Bazzill Gold Mirror Cardstock along the side and then I also added a few Webster's Pages Party Time Sequins.  The card base is lavender.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Please be sure to check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of the fantastic paper crafting products and the Blog for inspiration from the Design Team.

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Supplies
Stamps:  JustRite Papercrafts CL-02034 Butterflies Cling Stamps, CL-02136 Morning Glory Cling Stamps, CL-02137 Thank You Daffodil, CR-02152 Best Wishes
Paper:  Bazzill Gold Mirror Cardstock, Cardstock-White, Lavender
Ink:  VersaMark Ink, Memento Nautical Blue, LuLu Lavender, New Sprout
Accessories:  Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen, Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Glossy Accents, Webster's Pages Party Time Sequins, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner Permanent Strips-Refillable Dispenser 49'

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

JustRite Papercraft - Tutorial Tuesday - Color Burst Tutorial Series 1

Hello everyone!  This is my week to post for  JustRite Papercraft  with a new Tutorial Tuesday.  For this week's tutorial I will be sharing with you the fun new Color Burst by Ken Oliver Crafts.  


You will be happy to hear that  JustRite Papercraft is now carrying Color Burst and Stick It Adhesive Sheets by  Ken Oliver Crafts!  I know so many people who are excited to try the new products!


I have both a video tutorial and a tutorial with step out pictures and instructions on the JustRite Inspiration Blog.  Over the next few weeks I will be doing a tutorial series using Color Burst and sharing with you all kinds of fun techniques, tricks and tips to create some beautiful projects.  In the first tutorial I will be sharing how to hand dye seam binding, create color mist spray, and quick and easy watercolor backgrounds.  You can click HERE to see the video and you can click HERE to check out the blog post.  There is also a Giveaway for a $20.00 Gift Certificate to the JustRite Papercraft Store--so be sure to check it out!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial with Color Burst!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Supplies
Stamps:  JustRite Papercraft CR-02172 Grand Handwritten Sentiments Clear StampsCR-02166 Stacking Sentiments Clear Stamps
Paper:  Strathmore Watercolor Paper, White Cardstock
Inks/Paints:  Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst-Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, Orange, Pthalo Green; Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Ranger Distress Ink-Mowed Lawn
Dies:  Spellbinders S2-139 Sentiments 3SCD-012 Pierced Rectangles Dies
Ribbon:  Hug Snug Seam Binding Winter White (Hand Dyed)
Accessories:  ButterBeeScraps-Butterfly Filigree 769-B, Gold Rub-N-Buff, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, Cartwright's Sequins-Saffron 5, 8, 10mm, Pink Potion 8mm, Tea Rose 5mm, Mermaid Green 5, 8, 10mm, Mixed Colors Iris 5, 6mm, Acrylic Flower, Acrylic Leaf, Stick It Adhesive Sheets, Water Bottle, Mini Mister

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Golden Thank You Card

Hello everyone! Today, is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and I have a beautiful card that is accented with gold.  Gold is so popular right now and if it has gold foil on it even better.


Here is the card I designed using some of the gorgeous Bazzill Kraft Foil 6x6 paper.  All of the paper has a kraft background and then it has different patterns with gold foil.  The paper is wonderful for making some elegant cards.


I used JustRite Papercraft CR-02172 Grand Handwritten Sentiments Clear Stamps for the sentiment.  I used VersaMark Ink and Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder for the sentiment.  Then I used Spellbinders S4-491 Diamondessence and S4-486 Labels Forty-Four die templates to create the die cut shapes.  To finish of the card I added some Petaloo Botanica Minis - Fuchsia and Botanica Sugared Blooms - Pine Green flowers.  I also used some  3D Foam Squares in between the die cut layers to add some dimension.


Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Please be sure to check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of the fantastic paper crafting products and the Blog for inspiration from the Design Team.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Stamps:  JustRite Papercraft CR-02172 Grand Handwritten Sentiments Clear Stamps
Paper:  Bazzill Kraft Foil 6x6Bazzill Mirror Cardstock - Gold, Cardstock-White, Kraft
Ink:  VersaMark Ink
Dies:  Spellbinders S4-491 DiamondessenceS4-486 Labels Forty-Four
Accessories:  Petaloo Botanica Minis - Fuchsia, Botanica Sugared Blooms - Pine GreenRanger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Runner Permanent Strips-Refillable Dispenser 49', Heat Tool

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