WOW! I love Cards and Stamping!

3/27/2008 09:29:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (1)

WOW! WOW! WOW! It was so much fun to stamp these cards with a bit of WOW with "both" Melissas, Paola and Laurel on Wednesday night. WOW! Cards are those that literally have a wow factor and make us say "oohhhh" and "aaahhh"....

Ballet Melissa makes her version of the sparkly butterfly card. These great Carousel Notecards are from Stampin' Up! Paola said "Hey, you could make those on the Cricut!" She is so right but SU! sends along enough of those delicious chocolate chip square envelopes for each card.

Laurel is quite the stamping and cardmaking expert now. Don't let her tell you otherwise. She is working on a WOW card with some interesting folding. I loved the pop of aqua velvet ribbon that she added to her card. Laurel always has a way of making her cards extra special.

Melissa is lovin' making that shaker card using the new Essence of Life Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! I designed it using a clean and very classy color scheme which everyone really enjoyed!

Melissa's Shaker the special touch of the beautiful butterfly. Very simple and classy!

Paola WAS here tonight even though she isn't in any pictures. This is her gorgeous version of the glitter card. I love how Paola used the rub-ons in such an interesting and beautiful way on the left side of the card.

This is MY card! I designed it with "Ballet" Melissa in mind. She loves color schemes that are beautiful and very tastefully put together. This card was simple yet it was a "TOY"...Melissa's words as she SHOOK the card! ha ha!

This card involved some simple yet really effective folding. I love brown and pink together. Nothing beats a nice combo of velvet AND satin ribbons!

My card! I am so thankful that Michael Trent taught us how to color in images with glitter. It takes a little time but it is so worth it!

A Night of Stamping Techniques!

3/15/2008 12:54:00 AM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (5)

Tonight, I made three very fun cards for my technique class tomorrow. I hope you enjoy them. I would love to read your comments! :)

This card is in honor of St. Patrick's Day which isn't just an excuse to go our partying in New York City. For me, it made me think about luck and just how lucky I am in my life. This card is a reflection of that. It uses flock from Stampendous! The front is done with Distress Crackle Paint by Ranger. This card was not only fun to make but it made me think of my friends, Paola, Melissa and Claudia. Claudia introduced us to the world of Fun Flock. We left her apartment with Flock in EVERY color. I look for an excuse to use it. My dear pal, Paola, FLOCKS everything that doesn't run from her!
I did discover tonight that Fun Flock works best for me with Stampin' Up! 3 Way Glue. I stamped the shamrocks on the while paper using green ink. I went over each one with glue and then dumped the Fun Flock on the glue. I then used my finger to push the Flock down. I waited until the glue dried to tap off the excess.
The paint is just a super cool little bottle that I got with a scrapbooking kit recently. I was really psyched to use it. Initially, it just looked wet and gooey. Then, right before my eyes, it starting cracking. VERY cool!
The ribbon is from Michael's. I picked that up in a recent adventure with Eileen and Paola!

This card uses all Stampin' Up! supplies except for the stamp and the buttons. Here I used the Faux Tile technique. I scored the Groovy Guava to make the grid pattern. I then sponged over the cardstock to bring out the scored lines. Then, I stamped that amazing flourish from Inkadinkado using the Groovy Guava ink. I colored the flower from the SU! Pretties Kit and then stamped the same image onto it. This card was easy and has a HUGE impact! I thought it would be great for a wedding or bridal shower. I guess I have my sister, Ashley, on my mind. She is getting married in about two short months!! My baby sister!

This card is done using the chalkboard technique that can be found at
I guess this struck a chord with the teacher in me! I stamped the butterflies all over Night of Navy cardstock using white craft ink. I then chalked them! It was an easy but really fun card. I wanted to do something that forced me to pull those chalks out of my craft closet. Fun way to have the effects of a chalkboard without all the chalk dust and sneezing!

With Spring peeking out and St. Patrick's Day around the corner, I am getting excited about warm weather and another Spring in New York City! I am also looking forward to my niece, Delayne's baptism, Easter, Ashley's Bridal Shower, Ashley's Wedding, Dad's Birthday, Marty's Birthday...WOW...look at all of the cards I will need!!! Making cards for important events/dates is so important. BUT, don't forget to stamp cards to keep around just in case. My mom recently had surgery and hasn't been doing well. I wrote her a sweet message in a card and mailed it to her as a little surprise in her mailbox. She let me know today that she received it and it made her smile. That was my goal. Send out a card today...just because you can! :) Better yet, send out a few... you will make someone's day just by letting them know you are thinking about them!

Unique Effects and Fun Folds!

3/04/2008 10:48:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (0)

I had an amazing time tonight creating cards for my meetup event tomorrow night. I was inspired by ideas and cards in both the March PaperCrafts Magazine as well as a book titled Creative Cardmaking A Complete Guide. I used some Stampin' Up! Products as well as other materials from popular companies such as Martha Stewart Crafts, KandCompany and Prima Flowers. I hope you enjoy my Special Effects Cards and cards with Cool Folding!

Can you hang with the DIVAS?

3/02/2008 06:52:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (4)

Friday night was a great night! I spent it with four of my dearest friends...Paola, Corris, Eileen and Melissa. After getting Paola on the train for the first time in years, we headed down to 8th Street. We started out getting our feets pampered at Dashing Diva. Did I mention they served drinks while they took care of us?

Following our pampering, we headed across the street to a great Thai Restaurant named Cafetasia. YUMMY! We had a great time laughing, talking and eating. We were excited to get Paola to try new food. She loved it! :)

This night looks like a scrapbook page (or MANY) in the making! I can't wait to scrap these pics with the lil' martini embellishments that I bought. Thanks gals for an amazing night! You are all truly divas in my mind. I am so thrilled and lucky to have you in my life.

It's Been TOO Long!

3/02/2008 06:36:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (0)

Life has been busy with Marty, the pups, FRIENDS, work, crafting, just life in New York City! I wanted to share some of the crafts I have made since last time.

I made this coaster at my friend, Claudia's Meetup! It is of the George Washington Bridge. I took this photo on the day that Marty proposed.

Another coaster made at Claudia's. I have to varnish this one and then it's all done.

Just want to add more color to this and I need to varnish it. I loved making coasters and had an amazing time that night with Claudia, Paola, and Melissa! FLOCK!!!
This is the shower invitation for Ashley's (my youngest sister) bridal shower. It is a spin-off of the wedding invitations. Thanks to Rosie for helping me design them. BIG SHOUT OUTS to Paola and Eileen for offering to help me to make them. I am so lucky to have such amazing friends!

Two page spread of some of our Big Apple Stampers Team Meetings. Look...there's Corris! (hee hee) I love my team and am so blessed to have met such caring and real people.