Heron Habitat

Stampin Up Heron Habitat

Last Friday was Grandparents Day at Madelyn’s school. She goes to an amazing public school that has so many activities for the kids and the families to attend during school and after hours.  It was such a nice day.  Rob and I first went to her classroom to meet her teacher and see some of her work. Then we went to an auditorium where the kids came out and sang some songs.  Madelyn was chosen to play the ukulele.  It is so nice of the school to include grandparents.  I posted some photos at the end of this post.

I actually made this card when we were at our cottage on Lake Ontario but forgot to post it.  I found it in my photos of the cards I made but could not find the card itself.   I must have sent it to someone as a birthday card.  I hope I remember all the colors and products I used.  If I forget any, I apologize ahead of time.

When we are at the cottage we see a lot of birds flying around.  There are seagulls, eagles (which are amazing to watch), ducks, swans, geese (not my favorite!), and herons.  The geese are fun to watch right after their goslings are born but once they get bigger, they like to come onto our lawn and make the worst mess ever.  I start off the season running out there and chasing them away.  As time went on, I just had to go outside stand on my deck and they would leave.  They knew not to mess with me!  They are definitely not as cute as when they are first born. Anyway, I knew I had to purchase the Heron Habitat stamp set with the coordinating dies called Heron as soon as I saw it.  By the way, you can save 10% if you purchase them in a bundle.

I made the background of this card first using the stamp set called Oceanfront.  I stamped the water in Starry Sky and the trees in Mossy Meadow ink.  I stamped the clouds in Balmy Blue and the seagulls and cattails in Soft Suede ink.  Next, I stamped the heron in Smoky Slate ink. Then, I took a Basic Gray Stampin Write Marker and ran it along the edge of the stamp to make it a little darker.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it out using a die from the Hydrangea die set.  Lastly, I cut the panel out using the Deckled Rectangles Die Set and layered it on a piece of Mossy Meadow and Orchid Oasis card stock.  The card base is Basic White.

I have to say I love the sentiments in the Heron Habitat stamp set.  It is a nice font and size and they cover just about every occasion.

Here are some photos from Grandparents Day.

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Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper

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We made the long trip back to Nashville on Saturday.  I have to say that 14 hours in a car in one day is a lot of car time!  Thank goodness for music, audiobooks and podcasts to keep our minds on something else besides counting the lines in the road.  I haven’t unpacked my stamping supplies yet but I will be working on it this week.  This is one of the cards I made before I left New York.

I made this card using the Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper.  This paper is black and white and just begs to be colored.  I am not a great colorer but Stampin’ Up!® makes it a lot easier to do when you are not good at it.  First of all, they have this gorgeous DSP which is perfect.  Secondly, they give you amazing tools to use such as Blends, Stampin Write Marker and Watercolor Pencils.  To make this card, I first took a piece of the Perfectly Penciled DSP and colored it using my Old Olive, Polished Pink, Daffodil Delight, Tahitian Tide and Highland Heather Blends.  I didn’t try to add shades or anything fancy to my coloring because I felt like the black sections on the flowers and leaves pretty much did that for me.

Next, I cut the image out by hand.  Yes, I fussy cut.  Yes, it took me forever, Yes, I know it is not the best job but it looked good enough to me.  You can tell there are parts where I could not cut because there were no open lines to it but I still think it looks ok.  After this, I took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and cut out the bottom half using the Split Card Textures die set.  I love this die set.  There are two dies included in it.  One cut out the pattern on my card and the other cuts out flowers.  I think it adds a lot of interest to a simple card.  I layered this on top of a Polished Pink card base and then adhered the flower bouquet that I had cut.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat.  It is a great stamp set that has wonderful sentiments in a very nice font.

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