Handmade by Heather Ruwe http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com Welcome to Handmade by Heather Ruwe Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:21:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Magic Color Slider Card http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/magic-color-slider-card.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/magic-color-slider-card.html#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:50:13 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=7735 Hi, crafty friends. I’m back today with a fun interactive card… I’ve had THIS die for awhile now and haven’t had the time to play with it, until now. This card was fun to make. Let me start by saying that if dies like this intimidate you, give them a try anyway. I found great resources like THIS and THIS video that walks you through every step and made the process simple. I started by

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Hi, crafty friends. I’m back today with a fun interactive card…

I’ve had THIS die for awhile now and haven’t had the time to play with it, until now. This card was fun to make. Let me start by saying that if dies like this intimidate you, give them a try anyway. I found great resources like THIS and THIS video that walks you through every step and made the process simple. I started by cutting the die pieces from white cardstock and stamping a portion of a sentiment from THIS stamp set on the top of the frame. I cut apart the stamp to make it fit the look I was going for. It’s okay to cut high quality acrylic stamps. You can always mount them back how they were originally intended.

I embossed the image from THIS stamp set using on to a sheet of THIS embossable window plastic for the window of the slider. For the slider part, I added some alcohol ink to THIS cardstock and die-cut it using the slider die. I embossed “pull here” from THIS stamp set so the recipient knows where to pull to reveal the colored image inside…

To create the colored piece, I stamped the same image on the window but using black copic friendly ink. It’s in the exact place as the window image since I used the MISTI. This makes it so easy to line up the images. After coloring with Copics, I masked off the image with THIS and stamped THIS background stamp on top using THIS ink. I added THIS on top of the umbrella and water for some shine. I also stamped the rest of the sentiment on the inside.

I adhered the slider piece to a 4 bar size note card using THIS strong adhesive. I added some red hearts cut with THIS die and added THIS on top. I finished off the card by rounding the bottom two corners of the card using THIS.

I hope this inspires you to create a magic slider card. I must warn you it’s addictive. I can’t wait to make more.

Thanks for joining me today. Have an awesome day.

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*The Sunburst Background Stamp can be found HERE

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Crayon Textured Backgrounds http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/crayon-textured-backgrounds.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/crayon-textured-backgrounds.html#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:08:08 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=7737 Hi, crafty friends. Recently, I went through a creative block and it was lasting longer than I’d like. Since this is my job, I don’t have time to wait for it to come back. Whenever this happens, I find I can get out of it by just playing. My son’s crayons were laying out on my craft desk next to THIS embossing plate. I started to think what would happen if I laid paper on

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Hi, crafty friends. Recently, I went through a creative block and it was lasting longer than I’d like. Since this is my job, I don’t have time to wait for it to come back. Whenever this happens, I find I can get out of it by just playing. My son’s crayons were laying out on my craft desk next to THIS embossing plate. I started to think what would happen if I laid paper on top and rubbed over the texture. One thing I’ve learned from Mr. Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) is as soon as you ask yourself a creative question like that, you should already be experimenting. So that’s exactly what I did…

I started with the a piece of regular white cardstock and found it to not work very well. I found some thinner cardstock but I still wasn’t happy with the results so I switched to the thinest vellum I had and I was happy with the results. I used THIS embossing plate and laid the velum on top, securing it to the plate with some removable tape. I used a dark pink and purple crayon and rubbed back and forth quickly over the vellum. It’s just like the leaf rubbings in school that I used to do. It was so fun and I loved the result. Since it’s on vellum, it gives a soft look but I like bright and bold, so I adhered it to a piece of white cardstock to make the colors pop…

I finished off the piece by adding a few of THESE frames cut with white cardstock on top with a white heat embossed sentiment from THIS stamp set. I adhered everything to a top folding note card and finished it off with a sprinkling of white hearts cut with THIS die…

For the second card…

I did the same technique but used a rainbow of crayons with THIS embossing plate. I added a white heat embossed sentiment from the same stamp set as the first card and added a few of THESE to the sentiment strip. I die-cut a white frame from THIS die set and adhered the piece to a black note card. Here’s a closer look…

I hope this inspires you to give this technique a try or just play to get out of a creative block. Try experimenting with other materials such as stencils or embossing folders for different texture options.

Thanks for joining me today. Have an awesome day.

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More Simon Says Stamp March 2018 Card Kit Inspiration http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/simon-says-stamp-march-2018-card-kit-inspiration.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/simon-says-stamp-march-2018-card-kit-inspiration.html#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:49:30 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=7707 Hi, crafty friends. I’m back today with more inspiration using THIS new card kit from Simon Says Stamp. If you missed my previous post with more kit inspiration, click HERE. I die-cut THIS die from white cardstock and stamped the image and coordinating from THIS cute set (included in the kit) using THIS ink. I clear heat embossed it so that it would create barriers keep the watercolors from spreading to areas I didn’t want.

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Hi, crafty friends. I’m back today with more inspiration using THIS new card kit from Simon Says Stamp. If you missed my previous post with more kit inspiration, click HERE.

I die-cut THIS die from white cardstock and stamped the image and coordinating from THIS cute set (included in the kit) using THIS ink. I clear heat embossed it so that it would create barriers keep the watercolors from spreading to areas I didn’t want. I used THESE shimmer watercolors to color the image and stamped a few hearts from the same stamp set. I adhered the piece to a yellow note card stamped with a pattern from THIS stamp set. I used THIS stamp press to help me achieve good placement. I finished off the card with some of THESE.

Thanks so much for joining me today. You make the rainy days brighter!

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Hero Arts 2018 Catalog Release Blog Hop http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/hero-arts-2018-catalog-release-blog-hop.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/hero-arts-2018-catalog-release-blog-hop.html#comments Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:02:18 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=7697 Hi, crafty friends. I’m honored to be joining a talented group of artists to showcase new products from Hero Arts. I created three cards today featuring mini ink cube backgrounds… I love Hero Arts mini ink cubes. They come in fun colors, perfect for travel, and cost effective. I used them on all three cards in different ways to make some simple backgrounds. I also used THIS new adorable stamp set on all the cards

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Hi, crafty friends. I’m honored to be joining a talented group of artists to showcase new products from Hero Arts. I created three cards today featuring mini ink cube backgrounds…

I love Hero Arts mini ink cubes. They come in fun colors, perfect for travel, and cost effective. I used them on all three cards in different ways to make some simple backgrounds. I also used THIS new adorable stamp set on all the cards today.

The first background is super simple and I used the mini ink cubes to swipe colors across a background…

I die-cut the center of the panel using one of THESE heart dies and adhered the mice to the heart. I stamped a coordinating sentiment and added foam adhesive behind the panel but not the heart piece to add some fun dimension.

The second background uses the mini ink cubes as a stamp…

I pressed down the ink cubes three or four times each to create a quilt pattern. I stamped the mouse and sentiment on a circle cut with THIS die. I colored in the image with Copics and added some of THIS on top of the teacup for some shine. I added a larger circle behind the stamped circle using the same circle die set. I finished off the card by adhering three rectangle frames created with THESE dies. I used the largest rectangle along with the second to larges rectangle to create a die-cut frame.

For the last card, I used the mini ink cubes to create a design…

I stamped the edge of the ink pads randomly all over the mini tea cup card created with THIS die. Since the ink pad is small it creates small lines that add a lot of texture. I added a mouse to the center and a few hearts cut with THIS die. I added some of THIS on top for some shine.

I stamped the inside to tie everything together…

I hope this inspires you to create some backgrounds using your mini ink cubes.

KEEP HOPPING
There’s much more inspiration to see. Click HERE for the next stop on the hop and visit my sweet friend, Laurie Willison. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop.

Here’s the complete blog hop list…
Jennifer McGuire

Kristina Werner

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Yana Smakula

Cathy Zielske

May Sukyong Park

Nichol Spohr

Michelle Short

Wanda Guess

Amy Tsuruta

Lydia Fiedler

Heather Ruwe

Laurie Willison

Clare Prezzia

Iliana Myska

Emily Midgett

Janette Kausen

Jenn Shurkus

Sean Fetterman

Simon Hurley

Joan Bardee

Megan Hoeppner

Lisa Stein

Ilina Crouse

Amy Kolling

Rubeena Ianigro

Kelly Latevola

Libby Hickson

Lucy Abrams

GIVEAWAY
Hero Arts is giving away three $50 gift certificates (drawn from all of the comments along the hop) so be sure to comment below for your chance to win. Please comment by Thursday, February 22nd at 11:59pm PT and Hero Arts announce the winner the following week. Good Luck!

You can view the 2018 Catatlog products HERE. I’ve linked to the supplies used below to multiple sources. (Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you.)

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Simon Says Stamp March 2018 Card Kit http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/simon-says-stamp-march-2018-card-kit.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/simon-says-stamp-march-2018-card-kit.html#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:49:26 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=7675 Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing some inspiration using THIS Simon Says Stamp’s March card kit. It’s packed full of great spring themed products. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring! I fell in love with the bunny image in THIS stamp set from the kit. I stamped, colored, and cut him out and added a pom pom for his tail. For the background, I used the two mini ink cubes from the

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Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing some inspiration using THIS Simon Says Stamp’s March card kit. It’s packed full of great spring themed products. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring!

I fell in love with the bunny image in THIS stamp set from the kit. I stamped, colored, and cut him out and added a pom pom for his tail. For the background, I used the two mini ink cubes from the kit and masked off half of the background for one color and half for the other color. I die-cut the background with THESE scallop die. After the ink was dry, I white heat embossed a coordinating sentiment and die-cut one of THESE dies to create a slider card. I adhered the bunny to a penny with one of THESE, placing the penny behind the opening first. I adhered the blended background with foam tape to a white note card, doubling up the layers so the bunny moves easily. I finished off the card with a sprinkling of die-cut hearts topped with THIS and THIS for some added shine.

You can see the card in action over on my Instagram HERE. The bunny moves back and forth to look like he’s hopping…

Here’s a closer look…

I hope this inspires you to create a card with movement. I will be back very soon with more inspiration using the March Card Kit.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Mini Pizza Box Valentines http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/mini-pizza-box-valentines.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/mini-pizza-box-valentines.html#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 03:36:24 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=7671 Hi, crafty friends. I’m back today to share how I created these mini pizza box valentines… I’m always looking for unique ways to present a little gift. To create these 4×4 mini pizza boxes, I started with a 12×12 piece of paper and cut it down to 8.25 x 11.5. Then I made lots of score lines. I put my paper in my scoring tool horizontally and scored at 1 inch, 5.25 inches, 6.25 inches,

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Hi, crafty friends. I’m back today to share how I created these mini pizza box valentines…

I’m always looking for unique ways to present a little gift. To create these 4×4 mini pizza boxes, I started with a 12×12 piece of paper and cut it down to 8.25 x 11.5. Then I made lots of score lines.

I put my paper in my scoring tool horizontally and scored at 1 inch, 5.25 inches, 6.25 inches, and 10.5 inches. After placing my paper in vertically, I scored at 1 inch, 2 inches, 6.25 inches, and 7.25 inches.

Once all the scoring was done, I cut slits running along some of the score lines as well as cutting out some sections. I have a photo to better explain what that process looks like…

Key:
Black-Score Lines
X- Cut/Remove pieces
Blue Dash Lines-Cut on Score Line
Square-Apply Adhesive

Here’s what the box will look like before folding…

I creased all the score lines well and adhered the box together. I used a circle punch to punch a half circle on the front flap of the box to create a place for the recipient to open. I added a bit of THIS ink along the edges and cut out a few patterned papers with THIS die. I stamped, cut and colored a pizza from THIS set and adhered it to the top of the box along with THIS heart and a patterned paper square. I stamped a coordinating sentiment from the same stamp set to finish it off.

For a couple of the boxes, I added a gift card inside to a pizza place….

For the other boxes, I added some fun pizza erasers…

I’m going to write my message on the lid of the box on the inside.

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope this has inspired you to create a mini pizza box.

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Lip Balm Valentine Tags http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/lip-balm-valentine-tags.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/lip-balm-valentine-tags.html#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:55:35 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=7660 Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing a few tags that feature a fun way to present a gift… THESE lip balm pouches are so fun. I thought they would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for the workers at my son’s preschool. I started by applying several shades of yellow ink through THIS stencil on some white tags. I die-cut THIS coordinating lip balm pouch die in the center of the tag. I also did some

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Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing a few tags that feature a fun way to present a gift…

THESE lip balm pouches are so fun. I thought they would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for the workers at my son’s preschool. I started by applying several shades of yellow ink through THIS stencil on some white tags. I die-cut THIS coordinating lip balm pouch die in the center of the tag.

I also did some die-cutting to the tag that goes on the back. I used THIS zipper die and die-cut it along the center. I did some partial die-cutting towards the bottom so that the zipper part wouldn’t open before the recipient pulled it. I stamped an instructional greeting using THIS clever set along the strip so it’s clear where to pull. I really wanted a place where they could get to the lip balm without ripping the tag apart.

Next, I adhered the two tags together after tucking the lip balm inside the pouch. I stamped several bees from THIS stamp set, colored them with Copics, and cut them out. I adhered them with dimensional adhesive and added THIS to the wings for some shine. I also added black dots to create a trail behind each one using THIS black glaze pen. I heat embossed a sentiment that I created from THIS and THIS stamp set on to a tag cut with THIS tag. I finished off the tag with some ribbon.

I hope this has inspired you to add a handmade touch to your valentines. Thanks for visiting today. Have a great weekend!

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Spotlight Coloring http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/spotlight-coloring.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/spotlight-coloring.html#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:12:53 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=7656 Hi, crafty friends. Today’s card features spotlight coloring… I stamped THIS background die using THIS white pigment ink using my MISTI. After the ink was dry, I colored in a portion of the background to draw the eye in and focus on the sentiment. I placed the piece back into my MISTI and stamped again with the white pigment ink. This really makes the image pop. I die-cut the center portion of the background using

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Hi, crafty friends. Today’s card features spotlight coloring…

I stamped THIS background die using THIS white pigment ink using my MISTI. After the ink was dry, I colored in a portion of the background to draw the eye in and focus on the sentiment. I placed the piece back into my MISTI and stamped again with the white pigment ink. This really makes the image pop. I die-cut the center portion of the background using one of THESE hearts and added THIS die-cut sentiment. I white heat embossed a greeting from THIS set on a piece of green cardstock and trimmed it into a strip. I created the note card from a piece of THIS cardstock.

I hope you give the spotlight coloring technique a try. It’s great for busy backgrounds.

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Rainbow Cards http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/rainbow-cards.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/02/rainbow-cards.html#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:51:29 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=7636 Hello, crafty friends. I have a soft spot for anything rainbow. Rainbows make me happy. I’m sharing two cards today that features rainbow and THIS new cloud die. For the first card… I die-cut THIS die from THIS patterned paper to create a rainbow. I die-cut the clouds using THIS die from THIS glitter paper. I backed the opening of the eyes with black cardstock and adhered them to the bottom of each side of

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Hello, crafty friends. I have a soft spot for anything rainbow. Rainbows make me happy. I’m sharing two cards today that features rainbow and THIS new cloud die.

For the first card…

I die-cut THIS die from THIS patterned paper to create a rainbow. I die-cut the clouds using THIS die from THIS glitter paper. I backed the opening of the eyes with black cardstock and adhered them to the bottom of each side of the rainbow. I die-cut THIS die using black fun foam. I like to use fun foam when I’m too lazy to die-cut several layers of the word, because it gives similar dimension.  I finished off the card with a sprinkling of THESE and THESE.

I decided to pull it all together with the inside of the card by adding more rainbow…

For the second card…

I masked off the sides of a piece of white card stock cut with THESE die with THIS tape. I stamped THIS background stamp with a rainbow of inks. I cut the same cloud images as the first card, but this time I used THIS white fun foam to add some dimension and texture. I added THIS sentiment the same way as the first card and a sprinkling of THESE and THESE embellishments.

I also added some finishing touches to the inside of the card…

I hope this has inspired you to create a rainbow card.

Thanks for joining me today. Have a great day!

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Ice Cream Gift Basket http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/01/ice-cream-gift-basket.html http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/2018/01/ice-cream-gift-basket.html#comments Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:38:21 +0000 http://www.handmadebyheatherruwe.com/?p=7627 Hello, crafty friends. Recently, I created an ice cream gift basket for a family as a gift and wanted to create something to add a handmade element to it. I thought THIS die would be perfect. I cut the die from a few pieces of felt and started stitching. I love how it turned out… I kept the cone part flat, just doubling up the layers. For the ice cream part, I stuffed it with

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Hello, crafty friends. Recently, I created an ice cream gift basket for a family as a gift and wanted to create something to add a handmade element to it.

I thought THIS die would be perfect. I cut the die from a few pieces of felt and started stitching. I love how it turned out…

I kept the cone part flat, just doubling up the layers. For the ice cream part, I stuffed it with cotton balls to give it a bit more dimension. To attach it, I clipped it on the ribbon with a small clothespin.

Here’s a list of items that I included in the ice cream gift basket, in case you want to create one…

-4 ice cream glass dishes
-4 dessert spoons
-gift card to an ice cream store
-container of rainbow sprinkles
-jar of hot fudge sauce
-jar of caramel sauce
-gummy bears
-m&m candies

I hope this has inspires you to add a handmade element to your next gift packaging.

Thanks so much for visiting. Have a great day.

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