Handmade by Heather Ruwe http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com Welcome to Handmade by Heather Ruwe Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:30:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sending Good Vibes http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/sending-good-vibes.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/sending-good-vibes.html#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:18:09 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=8310   Hi there, crafty friends. I’m so excited that the new Good Vibes release is now available from Simon Says Stamp. You can view the entire release HERE. I’ve been busy making samples with the awesome products. For today’s card… I started with the background. I wanted to create a 60’s tie dye look to go along with the font of the word die. I cut colored tissue paper into squares, sprayed it with water...

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Hi there, crafty friends. I’m so excited that the new Good Vibes release is now available from Simon Says Stamp. You can view the entire release HERE. I’ve been busy making samples with the awesome products. For today’s card…

I started with the background. I wanted to create a 60’s tie dye look to go along with the font of the word die. I cut colored tissue paper into squares, sprayed it with water and let it dry. I made sure to pick colors that would blend well together. I peeled off the tissue paper and was left with a fun background. There is some reactive tissue paper on the market but I found some tissue paper I had for forever worked just fine. I would experiment with what you have on hand. Some work, some don’t.

THIS new word die comes with a shadow. Instead of just cutting out the shadow from the background, I embossed it using THIS mat in my die-cutting machine. I cut the main words out of white cardstock three times and for the final layer, I cut it from THIS glitter paper. It’s hard to photograph, but the shine in real life is so fun…

I white heat embossed some supporting sentiments from THIS stamp set on black card stock. I finished off the card by adding a black strip along the bottom to ground the design. I adhered the background to one of THESE cards. I really like using them as they save so much time.

Here’s a closer look at the card…

There are many more amazing products in this release. I’ve linked to the entire release below as well as supplies used on today’s card.

Thanks for joining me. I’m sending good vibes your way. ­čÖé

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Rainbow Heart Background http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/rainbow-heart-background.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/rainbow-heart-background.html#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:32:38 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=8142 Hi there, crafty friends. I thought THIS die from the Sending Sunshine Release by Simon Says Stamp was so cute so I used it to create a background for this card… I die-cut it several times out of a piece of THIS card stock. I also die-cut it from seven pieces of colored card stock. I applied adhesive all over the front of a white note card and laid the die-cut background down and then...

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Hi there, crafty friends. I thought THIS die from the Sending Sunshine Release by Simon Says Stamp was so cute so I used it to create a background for this card…

I die-cut it several times out of a piece of THIS card stock. I also die-cut it from seven pieces of colored card stock. I applied adhesive all over the front of a white note card and laid the die-cut background down and then popped the colored pieces into place like a puzzle. I die-cut the center using one of THESE hearts and stamped a sentiment from THIS stamp set in the center. I finished off the card by applying THIS to the colored pieces for some shine.

I hope this inspires you to create an entire background from a single die.

Thanks for joining me today. Happy Crafting!

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Decorated Envelopes http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/decorating-envelopes.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/decorating-envelopes.html#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 18:23:35 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=8218 Hi, crafty friends. I wanted to share a quick way to add a little something to your envelopes. I used THESE envelopes for my examples today… I love the look of coordinating envelopes but don’t always have time to add matching art to them. So I wanted to have a few on hand that were already decorated and ready to go. Since I don’t know which cards they will be paired with, I wanted to...

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Hi, crafty friends. I wanted to share a quick way to add a little something to your envelopes. I used THESE envelopes for my examples today…

I love the look of coordinating envelopes but don’t always have time to add matching art to them. So I wanted to have a few on hand that were already decorated and ready to go. Since I don’t know which cards they will be paired with, I wanted to create something simple that would work with any style card.

I decided to use the center cut backgrounds to decorate the front and the flap of the envelopes. These backgrounds are so unique because the center of the design pop out of the stamp and you can use that image separately or with the design. I love the option it gives. I removed the center from all of the backgrounds and stamped each design on the front of the envelope using a similar color of ink for a tone on tone look.

For the first envelope, I used THIS stamp with THIS ink…

I used the center images of the backgrounds to stamp on the flap of the envelope to tie it all together…

The next envelope uses THIS stamp with THIS ink…

This envelope uses THIS stamp with THIS ink…

This envelope uses THIS stamp with THIS ink…

The last envelope uses THIS stamp with THIS ink…

The opening in the background is the perfect spot to address the envelope…

I hope this inspires you to create a few decorated envelopes. If you don’t have any center cut backgrounds, you could always use masking paper to mask off the center section of any background stamp.

I share more details of my favorite envelope must-haves HERE.

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Thanks for joining me today.

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Simon Says Stamp July 2018 Card Kit http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/simon-says-stamp-july-2018-card-kit.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/simon-says-stamp-july-2018-card-kit.html#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:51:42 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=8279 Hello. Today’s cards feature a fun floating sentiment technique using products from THIS new card kit. For the first card… I stamped the watermelon image from THIS stamp set (included in the card kit) multiple times, filling a background. I quickly colored in the images with THESE and added THIS to the black seeds for some shine. I die-cut a circle using THIS die from the background and a card front. I sandwiched a piece...

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Hello. Today’s cards feature a fun floating sentiment technique using products from THIS new card kit.

For the first card…

I stamped the watermelon image from THIS stamp set (included in the card kit) multiple times, filling a background. I quickly colored in the images with THESE and added THIS to the black seeds for some shine. I die-cut a circle using THIS die from the background and a card front. I sandwiched a piece of acetate in between the layers that I stamped a coordinating sentiment on using THIS ink. I finished off the card by adding a black strip of card stock along the bottom.

Here’s a closer look…

I love how the acetate creates the illusion of a floating sentiment…

For the second card…

I stamped the sun image from the same stamp set multiple times using THIS and THIS ink to create a background. I cut a portion out of the background and note card and sandwiched a piece of acetate in between that I stamped a coordinating sentiment on, just like I did in the first card. I added two strips of yellow card stock to the top and bottom of the window and added a sprinkling of the kit’s sequins. I also rounded the bottom two corners with THIS.

Here’s a closer look..

I also decorated the inside…

…by adding a piece of orange card stock that I die-cut with one of THESE circle dies. I stamped the same sun image inside the circle but stamped some sunglasses on top.

That’s all for today. I hope this inspires you to create some floating sentiments with acetate. Happy Crafting!

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Sentiment Background http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/sentiment-background.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/sentiment-background.html#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:27:51 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=8144 Howdy, crafty friends. Today’s card features THIS new stamp set. I stamped all of the sentiments in the set using a rainbow color of inks to create a text background. I die-cut a white panel using THIS die white heat embossed a sentiment on a black strip of card stock. I stamped the monkey and can phone image from the set twice and colored them in with my Copic markers. I fussy cut them out...

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Howdy, crafty friends. Today’s card features THIS new stamp set.

I stamped all of the sentiments in the set using a rainbow color of inks to create a text background. I die-cut a white panel using THIS die white heat embossed a sentiment on a black strip of card stock. I stamped the monkey and can phone image from the set twice and colored them in with my Copic markers. I fussy cut them out and adhered them to the panel. I finished off the card by adding black string between the tin cans and adding a black mat behind the panel.

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by.

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Distress Resist Spray and Specialty Stamping Paper http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/distress-resist-spray-and-specialty-stamping-paper.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/distress-resist-spray-and-specialty-stamping-paper.html#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:46:19 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=8224 Howdy, crafty friends. Today’s card features some fun backgrounds using THIS resist spray and THIS specialty stamping paper… I sprayed the resist spray through a stencil and applied ink. You could use the spray on any card stock, but I wanted to experiment with THIS stamping specialty paper. It has a slight glossy finish and worked well with this technique. One thing to note…Spray this into a deep box and wash the stencils immediately. This...

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Howdy, crafty friends. Today’s card features some fun backgrounds using THIS resist spray and THIS specialty stamping paper…

I sprayed the resist spray through a stencil and applied ink. You could use the spray on any card stock, but I wanted to experiment with THIS stamping specialty paper. It has a slight glossy finish and worked well with this technique. One thing to note…Spray this into a deep box and wash the stencils immediately. This stuff sticks to everything and dries quick. I had a bowl of warm water next to me as I worked so I could just drop the stencils in after I was done spraying.

For the first card, I sprayed through THIS stencil and applied a rainbow of Distress Ink colors over the top of the resisted areas…

I die-cut THIS die from white card stock and vellum and heat embossed a sentiment from THIS stamp set on a strip of black card stock. I also added a sprinkling of THESE embellishments to finish off the card.

For the next card, I sprayed through THIS stencil and applied Distress Ink on top…

I die-cut THIS word from white card stock three times and adhered them together and cut the shadow from vellum. I white heat embossed a sentiment from THIS stamp set to adhere above the word and finished off the design with a few of THESE. I added THIS to die-cut word as well as the tiny hearts for some shine.

For the last card, I sprayed through THIS stencil and applied Distress ink on top…

I die-cut THIS shape from the background to create a focal point for THIS butterfly to sit on. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set on a strip of black card stock and decorated the butterfly with a few pearls.

I adhered all of the backgrounds to THESE note cards.

Using the specialty stamping paper gives it shine as well as allowing me to use THIS Micro Glaze on top. If you add a thin layer on top of the glossy paper, it makes the colors so vivid and pop off the background. If you did this technique with embossing powder instead of the resist spray, the Micro Glaze would just eat through the embossing powder. The resist sprayed backgrounds stayed in tact.

I hope this inspires you to create some resist sprayed backgrounds. These were so fun to create!

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Ice Cream Gift Card Holders http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/ice-cream-gift-card-holders.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/ice-cream-gift-card-holders.html#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:50:14 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=8115 Hello, crafty friends. Happy Friday! I’d thought I’d share what I’m gave to the staff at my son’s school for the end of the year gifts… I planned something different for his main teachers, but I still wanted to say thank you to all the wonderful staff at his school. (secretary, nurse, traffic helpers, past teachers, OT, speech, etc.) I was looking for something inexpensive because I had so many to purchase. I thought ice...

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Hello, crafty friends. Happy Friday! I’d thought I’d share what I’m gave to the staff at my son’s school for the end of the year gifts…

I planned something different for his main teachers, but I still wanted to say thank you to all the wonderful staff at his school. (secretary, nurse, traffic helpers, past teachers, OT, speech, etc.) I was looking for something inexpensive because I had so many to purchase. I thought ice cream gift cards would be fun. Who doesn’t enjoy a cool treat in the hot summer!? I kept the design the same on all of the cards but I changed up some of the backgrounds and colors.

I started by stamping the backgrounds directly on the note card itself. Usually I stamp a background and layer it on a note card but since I had so many to create, I wanted to save a bit of time. For these cards, I used an older background stamp from Hero Arts. You could use any ray background to achieve a similar look. I stamped THIS ice cream truck image along with THIS sentiment using THIS ink and clear heat embossed it. I clear heat embossed it to create a barrier for the watercolor so the colors wouldn’t bleed into each other. I used THESE watercolors to color all the images. I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out as soon as they were dry.

To create a holder for the gift card, I simply adhered THESE foam strips on the back around the edges, leaving the top open. This way the gift card can slide in and out freely. I stamped the “pull” sentiment from THIS stamp set on the ice cream cone images that I attached to the gift cards. Adhering the ice cream images directly to the gift cards with foam tape makes them easier to grab and slide out…

Don’t have any background stamps? No worries. You can always stamp single images multiple times to create a background. That’s what I did for these cards…

I stamped images from THIS┬ástamp set using THIS ink…

I used THIS background stamp for the next set of cards…

These cards are a bit narrow than a standard card. They measure 4 x 5.5 inches.

For the final cards…

I stamped THIS background with THIS ink. I just love those big stripes. It reminds me of a summer beach towel.

I hope this inspires you to create a fun gift card holder on your next project and spoil someone special in your life.

That’s all for now. Have a great day!

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More Simon Says Stamp June 2018 Card Kit Inspiration http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/more-simon-says-stamp-june-2018-card-kit-inspiration.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/06/more-simon-says-stamp-june-2018-card-kit-inspiration.html#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:49:15 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=8193 Hi there, crafty friends. I’m sharing another card using THIS card kit. (Click HERE to see another project using the same kit.) THIS stamp set included in the kit is gorgeous. I stamped the bold flower pattern on the left side of a white panel. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set on a black oval cut with THIS die. I applied THIS stain to an acrylic block and flicked it...

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Hi there, crafty friends. I’m sharing another card using THIS card kit. (Click HERE to see another project using the same kit.)

THIS stamp set included in the kit is gorgeous. I stamped the bold flower pattern on the left side of a white panel. I white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set on a black oval cut with THIS die. I applied THIS stain to an acrylic block and flicked it on the background using a paintbrush. I adhered the panel on to a card base that was created using the metallic card stock in the kit. I finished off the card with a sprinkling of colored pearls…

You can find out more information about the kit HERE.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome day. ETA: The kit is now sold out, but you can purchase the stamp set separately HERE.

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NOTE: The kit is now sold out, but you can purchase the stamp set separately HERE.


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Graduation Shaker Card http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/05/graduation-shaker-card.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/05/graduation-shaker-card.html#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 18:02:13 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=8221 Hello there, crafty friends. I thought I’d share a fun graduation card today… I love the part in a graduation ceremony where all the graduates toss their caps in the air. I thought a shaker card would be fun to create that look. I started by creating the background with THIS stencil and THIS ink. I stamped several hats from THIS stamp set as well as the sentiment and used the coordinating dies to cut...

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Hello there, crafty friends. I thought I’d share a fun graduation card today…

I love the part in a graduation ceremony where all the graduates toss their caps in the air. I thought a shaker card would be fun to create that look. I started by creating the background with THIS stencil and THIS ink. I stamped several hats from THIS stamp set as well as the sentiment and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I also die-cut the hat image directly from the background three times. using the coordinating die. I did this so a few of the hat images would always stay in the background and not fall to the bottom. I could have just adhered them to the background but I didn’t want the other hats to stick to the glue and wanted a smooth surface.

I die-cut the stars using THIS die with a few metallic papers. I also cut the frame for the shaker window from metallic paper using two of THESE dies taped together. After the shaker was assembled with THIS acetate, I adhered the sentiment on top. When you shake the cards, the loose hats go flying. It’s so fun.

But wait, there’s more…

I wanted to add a little something to the inside to hold the gift. I die-cut THIS petal envelope die from the same metallic papers as well as THIS star. I stamped the star with “OPEN HERE” from THIS stamp set and only adhered one of the points of the star to the envelope so the recipient can easily open it…

Thanks so much for joining me today. Happy Crafting!

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Last Minute Teacher Gift Idea http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/05/last-minute-teacher-gift-idea.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/05/last-minute-teacher-gift-idea.html#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 15:09:22 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=8210 Hello, crafty friends. As the school year is coming to an end, I thought I’d share a last minute teacher gift idea that I did for my son’s teachers… I like to add handmade touches to my gifts, especially when I’m giving a gift card. I think it makes it feel a bit more personal. I stitched a small sun to attach to the package. I added THESE eyes with THIS adhesive as well as...

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Hello, crafty friends. As the school year is coming to an end, I thought I’d share a last minute teacher gift idea that I did for my son’s teachers…

I like to add handmade touches to my gifts, especially when I’m giving a gift card. I think it makes it feel a bit more personal. I stitched a small sun to attach to the package. I added THESE eyes with THIS adhesive as well as some rosy cheeks and a smile. This plush die is no longer available but THIS plush die could definitely work as a sun too.

Now for what’s inside…

I purchased a large insulated tumbler and placed some lemonade mix packets as well as an ice cream gift card inside…

I hope this has inspired you to spoil the teacher(s) in your life and gift some treats for summer.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

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