Saturday, June 28, 2014

Double Take-Masculine and Feminine Cards (and another Giveaway!)

Hello. Today I have what I call a "Double Take" for ya. Two cards, same design, different color scheme. I love to make more than one card of the same design. It makes sense to since you have the supplies out already and who doesn't need more birthday cards!? ;) 

So I wanted to show you two different looks with THESE exclusive supplies I recently purchased from Simon Says Stamp...

I used the balloon dies and some sentiments from the stamp set. Here is the card with more masculine colors...
To create this card, I stamped the sentiment repeatedly in Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough, and Stormy Sky Distress Inks onto some white cardstock. After that, I die-cut the largest balloon die out of the center of the panel and also cut four more from some white cardstock to layer behind the top balloon. This makes it raised from the panel but to give the balloon even more definition, I applied Tumbled Glass to the edges of the balloon. I also outlined the balloon with a navy marker to make it pop more. I added some white string that hangs off the card to give it a playful feel. Lastly, I heat embossed another sentiment in the set in white on THIS banner die.
I did the exact same process for the next card but used a different color scheme for a more feminine look....
I stamped the same sentiment on this card but used Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks. Distress Inks do not stamp as well as other inks but I love the look they give. A tip I found that works when stamping with Distress Inks is to hold the stamp down for a little longer before releasing. It gives the ink a chance to pool together and seems to give a crisper image...
(I used Worn Lipstick on the edges of the balloon to give definition to the shape) 

Speaking of pink ink, that is today's Giveaway! I have a Hero Arts Bubble Gum ink up for grabs...

Just leave a comment to this post telling me which card was your favorite (the feminine or masculine version) before midnight on Monday, June 30th for a chance to win. 

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're having a great weekend! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Craft Retreat Gifts (and Giveaway!)

Twice a year I go on a craft retreat with a bunch of friends. Here is a picture from our last retreat back in April...
I can't say enough good things about these women. They all have the biggest hearts and are so kind. No drama. No fuss. Just a bunch of crafty girls who genuinely care for one another. We may not get a lot of crafting done, but all that laughter is good for the soul. I am truly blessed by their friendships.

I wanted to create a little gift for each of them when they arrived at the hotel. So I wrapped up some ribbon and created a little tag for the package...
To create the tag, I die cut THIS tag out of white cardstock several times. I think it was close to 40 times if I remember. LOL Then I stamped a ribbon image and sentiments from THIS stamp set in black....
Once the tag was stamped, I picked out some ribbon for each friend...
...and addressed the back of each tag...
I wanted to add a little color to each tag, but wanted something a little easier than coloring each one. So I "smooshed" some Distress Ink in different colors on my craft mat, sprayed it with pearlized water and flicked it on the front of every tag with a paintbrush...
I used different color Distress Inks to coordinate with the ribbon spools...


...and wrapped the ribbon in a clear bag and tied the tag on with some matching twine...
It was a super easy gift to create and my friends really seemed to like it.

So today's giveaway ties in with my gift giving share. Just leave a comment to this post by midnight on Monday, June 30th to enter for a chance to win these ribbon spools...
 Thanks so much for visiting. Be back tomorrow...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Inspired by Jen (and a Giveaway!)

Hello. Welcome back. Today I have not one, not two, but FIVE cards to share. I'm sure many of you know Jennifer McGuire. Besides being the sweetest person on the planet, she is SO talented. Recently she shared a technique combining Distress Ink and Embossing folders. You can find it HERE. It got me out of my creative rut and inspired today's card shares...

(I will not go into detail on the process because Jen has a fabulous tutorial video on how to create this look HERE, but I will share my color combo choices and other supplies and tips)
This card is actually my favorite from the group. I've had that flower embossing folder from Stampin' Up forever and never quite knew what to do with it until now. I used Picked Raspberrries and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks. I think the key to this technique is practice to see how much water works best. I love the puddle look on the leaves the water gave. Such great texture....

Oh, that sentiment is the same one I used in yesterday's post. I also added THESE sequins to finish the card.

The remaining four cards are all birthday themed because I am super low on my birthday inventory right now. LOL I wanted to create a color combo that was a little less feminine so I went with Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks and THIS embossing folder...
For the greeting, I used a Paper Smooches Birthday Die and cut it from the decorative panel and also from black cardstock. I did this so I could inlay the black die-cut word and have a one layer look. I finished it off with a few enamel dots and aqua thread...
The next card uses the same die set as the last card but I cut several celebrate words out of black cardstock and layered them, creating an embellishment as opposed to the inlaid technique. I used THIS embossing folder with Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberries Distress Inks...
On the top layer of the celebrate word, I used some Wink of Stella and added Glossy accents on top. I also used some of THESE sequins and added gems to the center of them to complete the card...
Instead of inking the flat side of the embossing folder, I did the raised side. It worked well because of the woodgrain, thin lines. I used Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks. In the center, I die-cut a decorative panel from THIS die and several more out of blue cardstock. I adhered all of them together to make it raised.
I stamped the greeting and stars from THIS stamp set. It is a must have for birthday cards! I added some glossy accents on top of the stars for a little shine...
Okay now for the last card. I used  Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks along with THIS embossing folder...
I used that same stamp set as the previous card and heat embossed it in Hero Arts Silver. I also did the same to a strip of white cardstock to run along the decorative panel of the card and to tie in with the greeting...
So that's it. These cards did not take to long to make. Gotta love that!

Time for the giveaway! Today's loot up for grabs is....
A pair of embossing folders so you can try out this fun technique! Just a leave a comment to this post telling me which was your favorite card by midnight of Monday, June 30th for a chance to win.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back with another project and giveaway tomorrow!...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Welcome to my NEW Blog! (and Giveaway!)

Hello and welcome to my new blog, Handmade by Heather Ruwe! I've been wanting to create a new blog for some time and was thrilled when my sweet friend, Kristina Proffitt said she would help me. She did a great job on the design, didn't she!? 

So for my first blog post, I wanted to create a Thank You card for all of my readers/subscribers who have been so amazing over the last seven years. I hope you will continue this journey with me at my new home here. 


The technique for this card came about by pure accident. I was trying to unclog my glossy accents and squeezed some out on a scrap piece of paper. When it dried, it looked kinda cool. So I did the same thing on a larger piece of cardstock and let it dry.
I then rubbed Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink over the glossy accents pattern. The glossy accents resisted the ink and after spraying some water on top, gave it a cool watercolor look. 

I finished off the card by stamping a sentiment from THIS favorite greeting set in black ink. I also added a few black enamel dots after adhering the panel at a slight angle on some black cardstock. 


Okay, now for the giveaway. To celebrate my new blog, I will have a giveaway every day this week. All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment. You have until midnight on June 30th to enter. 


Today's loot that is up for grabs...




Three Distress Ink Pads! 

Thanks for stopping by. Be back tomorrow with more cards and another giveaway...