Blog Tour Stop Number Four!

6/30/2009 08:49:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (7)

Congrats on making it to your fourth stop on the Remarkables Stampers Blog Tour!

This super cute sample features some of my favorite brand new products now available from Stampin' Up!:


Asian Artistry (Level 2 Hostess Set)


Rich Razzleberry Cardstock (NEW IN COLOR)

Crushed Curry (NEW IN COLOR)
Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper


Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon
1. Download the Blog Tour Report for your chance to win $50 Stampin’ UP! Gift certificate

2. Download the 2009/2010 Catalog Scavenger Hunt for chances to Win Stampin’ UP! product
Details for submitting the form are on it - Check Back July 8th to see if your name is posted as a WINNER!!!

3. Consider Joining the Gotham City Stampers Demonstrator Team by clicking HERE! My special password is newyorkcity.

4. Check back each day of the tour – we will be posting new samples to tempt, tease, teach and take you on a tour of the new catalog!

5. Makes sure you own a copy of the 2009/2010 catalog – if you don’t have one – ask me for one today by emailing me at

PACK YOUR BAGS, GRAB YOUR CATALOG, GRAB A PENCIL and YOUR POST-It’s notes – let’s start the tour!!

After leaving a comment, please check out Kathy Hamrick's Blog and her fabulous creations!

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Summer Break Excitement!

6/30/2009 08:22:00 AM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (1)

Summer break has started for me! I am so excited for all that I have in store--fun with Marty and my wonderful friends! Stampin' Up! Convention is only five short weeks away. I am heading to PA to Jan Wakeland's with Corris and Laurel in about two weeks. Who could forget one of my favorite things, Broadway in Bryant Park?

Tomorrow, is thrilling as well! The NEW Stampin' Up! Catalog goes LIVE! Stay tuned to see some amazing samples through the Blog Tour which I am honored to be a part of.

My blog is going to be full of excitement! I have another GUEST BLOGGER who will be featured here in the next few days. I also spent time (last night) crafting in PA at Mom's and teaching the wonderful game piece pendants. I have so many pictures of their gorgeous creations to share with you! Also, stay tuned for SUMMER CHALLENGES! LOTS of creative posts up my sleeve...check back often! Happy SUMMER!

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A Charmed Life Guest Blogger Eileen Bellomo

6/21/2009 06:54:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (7)

I am honored and proud to present my very first Guest Blogger for Heidi's Crafting Mecca, Eileen Bellomo. Eileen is a dear friend and member of the Gotham City Stampers Demonstrator Team. She is also a well respected artist who is growing more and more popular in the papercrafting circuit. Eileen does amazing work and loves to make jewelry from paper products. Check out her post on charms and please feel free to leave a comment. Need more of Eileen and her creative art? Check out her blog!

A Charmed Life
I wouldn’t exactly say I’ve led a charmed life; I’ve had my ups and downs. But I do like having some charms in my life….the kind I can make myself, that is.

This is one of the easiest charms to make. Flatten a bottle cap (use a hammer if you must, but running one through your Big Shot or Cuttlebug works like a charm (oh, so sorry about that!) Attach a piece of clipart (a 1” circle punch works perfectly for this), cover with a layer of a glossy medium and add some easy bead dangles if you like. The Crop-O-Dile punches holes easily, but a large nail and a hammer will work if you’re not a tool collector like I am.

Tim Holtz has a line of embellishments called Fragment Charms, little acrylic shapes with pre-drilled holes. You can color them with alcohol inks, stamp and emboss them. In this one I stamped flowers with Stazon, sprinkled with glitter and heat set.

Another easy way to make a charm is to use some sort of charm blank. This one is called a Memory Frame. You simply insert your art between two pieces of glass (cut to fit the size of the frame), put it all in, snap the frame closed and voila! Instant jewelry. You can’t see them in these pictures, but there are bead dangles hanging from the bottom loops.

This is another example of using a charm blank. In this one, I had a tiny mah jongg tile that fit exactly into the blank (dumb luck!). I just glued it on and then added the bead dangles.

These last two are about as low-tech as you can get. I applied the images (BTW, all the images featured on this post are from my favorite company, Paper Imagery Designs) to 1” squares of chipboard, then covered them with Versamark and clear embossing powder and heat set. I pressed the edges into more Versamark and then gold embossing powder. Again, my Crop-O-Dile punched through the chipboard in a snap. I added a tiny charm to the jump ring on this one instead of adding a dangle to the bottom.
So, now that you see how easy it is to have a charmed life, why don’t you go make some charms!

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Don't You LOVE Surprises?

6/20/2009 10:28:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (1)

Today, I held an event to celebrate a very special milestone in my life! It has been almost 30 years since I had my Open Heart Surgery. All of the money collected for today's class will be donated to the American Heart Association in honor of this special occasion.

One of the cards that we made today was a pop up card using many Stampin' Up! items that will soon be available in the brand new catalog. It's so much fun to have this surprise pop out at you when you open this card. This is perfect to hold a gift card inside for another special surprise!

Don't forget...tomorrow we have our very first GUEST BLOGGER!

Guest Bloggers...

6/19/2009 04:24:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (1)

I have a brand new lineup of goodies to share with you on my blog! All summer long there will be new featured projects, challenges and artists! Stay tuned and bookmark my blog for my very first GUEST BLOGGER who will appear here on SUNDAY!

Background Burst

6/18/2009 09:25:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (1)

WOW! Funky, edgy, a lil' psychodelic. This card was made using the Background Burst Technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter. This is one of my favorite background stamps-Gratuitous Graffiti.

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Double Bugging Technique

6/16/2009 06:15:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (2)

This was a fun and very masculine card. I love this stamp set, Friends 24-7, from Stampin' Up! and have been eyeing it up for quite some time now. I finally decided to get it! The background is done by using the Double Bugging Technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter. Check out her website to find out how to do this cool technique using your Texture Plates!

My New Stamping Adventure

6/15/2009 09:49:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (0)

A few months ago I was invited to stamp with the staff at my dear colleague, Candida's school. Today I had the opportunity to stamp with about 45 brand new stampers at the Blythedale School in Valhalla, NY. It was really a fun time! Everyone was new to stamping and cardmaking and I loved seeing their excitement as they created their own handmade cards!

Marty (my favorite assistant) was there helping out! He is amazing!

This is the part of Stampin' Up! that I really love. I had the chance to share crafting with new people and enjoy making their days just a little bit brighter!

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Back to Basics-Cardmaking

6/14/2009 10:06:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (1)

Tomorrow, I have the BIGGEST stamping event thus far. I was invited to teach cardmaking 101 to the faculty of a school right outside of New York City. Most of the people have never stamped. I will be working with approximately 60 people! My largest group ever.

We have had MANY people at our Stampin' Up! Open Houses but there many of my team would be there to help. This time, I am on my own! (Well, Mart offered to help, too.) I am SO excited to have this chance to meet so many new stampers!

Preparing for this event was a bit of a challenge for me. After stamping for so many years, I have developed many techniques and designs. I usually create cards that are a bit challenging. For tomorrow's event, it is important to keep the designs/techniques very simple. I want these new stampers to see that THEY TOO can make cards!

The cards pictured are the designs that we are making tomorrow! Wish me luck!

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Stampin' Up! NEW IN COLORS!

6/06/2009 10:45:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (0)

Drooling? And, YES...I have all of the items in The Mecca! Cardstock, textured cardstock, ribbon, markers...drool, drool....
Sign up for stamping and scrapbooking classes now!

Do I need the new IN COLORS?

6/06/2009 04:17:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (1)

Do you NEED all of the Stampin' Up! Colors?
The answer is YES!

Check out every new clothing and home catalog and you will see a TON of our new colors! Want to place an order? Click here!

SNEAK PEEK at Brand New Stampin' Up! Items

6/04/2009 06:51:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (1)

I am so excited! As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I get the opportunity to order some of the BRAND NEW items that will be available for purchase with the new catalog in July! I am in LOVE with the new In Colors and the papers...did I mention the gorgeous new stamp sets? My order AND my brand new catalog came today. Live near NYC? Come to my classes in June to get your hands on the fabulous new goodies!


6/02/2009 06:00:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (2)

You won't want to miss this!
Bookmark this Blog, Mark Your calendar and be ready to enjoy great New Catalog samples and a chance to win Gift Certificates for Stampin' UP! Merchandise.

The RemARKable Stampin' Up! Blog tour will begin July 1 at midnight and end July 5th at midnight. It will include 21 stops of RemARKably Great Samples, fun and surprises.

Bookmark this Blog, Mark Your calendar and be ready to enjoy great New Catalog samples and a chance to win Gift Certificates for Stampin' UP! Merchandise.
July 1st I will have an ENTRY FORM to download for your chance to WIN HOT, HOT, HOT, New Stampin' UP! merchandise.

See you soon

PS - you don't have to wait for July 1st - though - come back often to see me before then and don't forget to reserve your new 2009/2010 catalog so you can see where all the fun is coming from.

21 Stops will include blogs by some of the TOP Stampin' Up! Demonstrators:
Jackie Bottomley
Dawn Bullock
Lisa Chatterjee
Regina Cornelius
Heidi Davenport
Kathy Hamrick
Jill Hillard
Barbara Holicky
Laurie Krauss
Tammy Martin
Patty May
Deann Oliver
Debbie Osakovsky
Maria Pane
Michele Reynolds
Jeanett Swain
Denise Thomas
Janet Wakeland
Kim Warne
Brenda Witt
Deanna Wolfe

HOT HOT HOT! Get 'em while they last!

6/01/2009 07:44:00 PM / Posted by Heidi Bound / comments (0)

Stampin' Up! released their LAST CHANCE stamp sets and accessories! Some are 50% off! These items are flying off of the SU! shelves so grab they will they last! CLICK HERE FOR MY ONLINE BOUTIQUE where you will find all of the sale items. Once you click on my site, click SHOP NOW in the upper right hand corner to place your order. Don't wait!