Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Heidi Swapp - A Birthday Message

It is almost Heidi Swapp's birthday and I wanted to create a fun way for us all to celebrate! So I created a video and placed the QR on a card and shipped it in a very special way! You can watch the video right here!

Create Well: Join us all week long in celebrating by using #heidisbirthdaysurprise! See you at the party! ;)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Say Thank You

Who knew that Heidi Swapp would inspire me to become a card maker and stamper? I am serious. I can't stop making cards. There is something so much more special about giving a handmade card to someone than a store bought one. Even if the person getting the card has no idea that this 3x4 card started out white, that you stenciled, and even stamped it, they still can appreciate the beauty and time that went into making it. 

There are times where I tend to go off on a tangent explaining that "this was all white" and I put a stencil on it and "painted this on".... lol... I can't help it. 

I hope your week is a blessed one. Mine will be visiting the dermatologist to remove stitches from two moles removed last week. Let me just tell you, make that appointment. Go in and let them do a skin check. Be safe. I am not exposed to sun, in fact people make fun that I don't wear shorts or expose my skin. I burn too easily to do that. I do have a lot of moles (or freckles as we called them growing up). One that was removed was under my jaw line on my neck. 

Some people had a hard time telling my twin and I apart growing up. If they didn't know us well, they would use the "look under the jaw at her neck" routine. It was pathetic to see people bending down to look. Even so, it was kind of hard to hear that it would need to be removed. When I told Becca, my twin, she encouragingly said, "Good! That will only make us more alike!" Such a kind and loving answer. 

Create Well: Take the time this week to encourage someone you know who needs it. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Happy Easter

Easter is fast approaching! Faster than usual at our house... Friday is my Mum's birthday and Sunday we celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday along with my husband's as he was born the day after hers! It is pretty special to have a birthday on Easter, I think!

Lately, I have been creating two of the same type of card at the same time. Especially if I am making it for someone else. I feel like then, if I mess up, or one stencil technique isn't as crisp as the other, it is ok! I have the other to give away instead! These are using Heidi Swapp's Favorite Things Collection!

Honestly, I just had to use the new Heidi Swapp Mini Stencils on these cards. Ever since I got them, they have been just sitting on my desk mocking me. It was torture. So, Saturday was the day I got them out and just started to play. 

This "Happy" one can be used for every holiday! I can't tell you how much I love it. I also sprayed the Color Magic background in Primrose (Pink) and Mustard Color Shine while blending from darkest to lightest to get that beautiful blend of color in the middle!

I hope you have time to make a quick card for the person hosting your Easter celebration. If you are the hostess, bless your heart. You are the one creating memories for your family this holiday and that is a beautiful thing.

Create Well: Take time out to make a card to say thank you to those who go out of the way to create beautiful family memories this Easter, whether it is a Sunday School teacher, Pastor, your mom, or even your husband.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Thank You Card

Being a mom keeps you humble. Well, maybe cleaning bathrooms keeps you humble. I am pretty sure that there isn't a person alive that can be prideful while cleaning a toilet.

You learn a lot while being a mom. You learn that love is heard more than a nag. You learn that spending time with your child is valued more than any toy they may own. You even learn that you may never get a full nights sleep until you retire (and even then, it is debatable).

My mother emailed me this week and asked, "If you got to be invisible for 24 hours what would you do?" I didn't hesitate my answer, "Sleep and go to the bathroom in peace."

Create Often: Be thankful for this time with your children. No matter what you may be going through, it is fleeting.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Heidi Swapp - It's Contagious!

The last few days this mama has been waking up after only being asleep an hour to rock a sick baby. It doesn't matter if I go to bed an hour earlier or not. It is the first time she has been sick and I am praying that it clears up quickly.

Through it all, I have to keep telling myself "choose happy" and "always wear a smile." Telling myself often doesn't always work. Sometimes I need someone else to tell me, like my husband. He came home with the largest cookie I have ever seen. Let me tell you - I am suppose to be off sugar but sometimes "choosing happy" is more important for me and my family. ;)

For this card, I blocked off the part I didn't want stamped with Heidi Swapp's 6x6 Wood Grain Stamp with a piece of scrap paper. It is quick and easy!

Create Well: Think good thoughts, it is contagious! (Hopefully not the sickness - just the happy.)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Heidi Swapp - Tag Book

So, our dear media team member and friend, Lindsay Bateman, had her baby almost two weeks ago. It was the team's idea to make her a tag book using the new Heidi Swapp Dreamy Kraft Tags! Then, the girls would send them all to me to add them to a ring and send the tags as a Tag Book to read and add her own little photos to.

My husband called me one day a few weeks ago, saying, "You got something in the mail from Heidi and from Manhattan!" Crack me up that he didn't notice it wasn't from New York, but from Illinois and dear Sarah! I was trying to talk him into not opening it until I got home, but he was so excited to see what Heidi sent. Of course my explaining that it was a tag, didn't make any sense and he finished with, "It looks fragile." lol... Yes, I felt pretty special getting mail from the girls to compile the entire book. I can't wait until Lindsay gets it in the mail!

You can see all the tags on Heidi's blog right here!

Create Well: If snail mail makes us that excited, we should send it more often!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Heidi Swapp - That Was My Boys

Heidi Swapp's Hello Today papers and embellishments are one of those rare collections that actually go with either boy or girl pages. Here are some photos from our trip to Cannon Beach last year that I had to get on to a 12x12 page! I love that the layout I shared yesterday was created with the same paper pad as this one! I feel like I can get more for my money when I am able to purchase one collection for both my kids!

I couldn't help but add the "this rocks" stickers. I don't care if it is corny, lol...

I just love this man. He truly is my "rock" and I am so thankful to have him in my life. Really. Thankful every day.

I took the opportunity to add a Color Magic Card to my layout. I really wanted that interactive flap where I could add extra journaling to the other side of the flap, while also having a little fun misting it with Navy to match my color scheme.

 Create Well: Have both boys and girls to scrapbook? No problem! Find products that work well both ways, like Heidi Swapp's Hello Today collection!
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