TheSbkGuru Etsy Shop

Well I have finally set up my Etsy Shop! Here you will find handmade cards and creations made by me, using all top quality, acid and lignin free products. Not sure why that is important… I’ll explain. Most paper contains acid. This will damage photos over time and cause them to fade. Most papers also contain lignin, a natural component of wood. Lignin will break down and become acidic over time. Therefore, make sure your paper is acid-free and lignin-free for longest phot or shelf life.

Here’s a sneek peek of one of the items available in my Etsy shop.

 Fishermans Vest 

The Fisherman’s Vest is perfect for anyone in your life who loves to go fishing. The vest is adorned with dramatic, over sized ‘lure’ eye candy! Inside the card is blank for you to customize your message; Great for Birthdays, Special Holidays or even just to surprise your favorite fisherman/woman with this amazing detailed card, just to say “You’re a Great Catch!”. I have had a great response so far and looking forward to expanded my Vest card collection. Half of my cards are already sold, there is only 5 left. If you would like a custom vest card, do not hesitate to contact me and tell me what you would like. The possibilities for this card style are endless!

Thank you for stopping by today:) Heather

 

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Thank You Stamper’s Sampler!

Thank You Stamper’s Sampler for Publishing Me!

I am thrilled to share some happy news, I was recently published in Stampington &  CO.  Magazines ‘Stamper’s Sampler’ and ‘Take 10’. I entered a fun challenge designing a dress template. Here are my recent published projects.

My Project in Stamper’s Sampler Pgs. 87 & 116.

Stampers-Sampler-Winter-2015-600x600 Dress Template Challenge

Thank you for featuring me on the Closer Look Section too! I love how this dress turned out, I rubbed it with inks and smoothed with wax paper to give it the look of laced leather. I used Unity Stamps (Stamped with Clearsnap Ink), May Arts Ribbon Tombow adhesives and markers for all my projects, I just love these companies!.

christmas 2 2014 020a   Closer Look

My project in Take 10 Page 95.

1TAK-1501-Take-Ten-Winter-2015-600x600Take 10 Publication

If you love to make cards and like being inspired by what others create, Stampington & Co. have so many amazing magazines to inspire you. Check them out and be sure to get your copy of your favorite one!.

Thanks for stopping by today.:) Heather

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Gifts From The Heart

Gifts From The Heart

Every year at Christmas time we try to find that special gift for that special someone. Nothing says I love you better than a gift from the heart! This year I was honored to make a few projects that would be sure to melt anyone’s heart to receive. First was the gift for a sister who loves her grandchildren, they are her life… her loves’. Oh how I would have loved to seen the adorable faces that went with these special names. Hopefully I will get to see it completed with the pictures on Facebook in the future. I am so happy she loved it.

My Life, My Love, My Grandkids

 Grandkids Canvas Art

Using Tombow adhesives, Mono Multi Liquid Glue and Xtreme adhesive made this so easy to create. I used my Cricut cartridge Baby Steps for the font. For the name banners, I used the  Quickutz ‘Tattoo Art’ die.

Next I was honored to be a part of this very unique and special request. My friends daughter designed and created a paper gown for a school project and won first place. Cora’s dress was featured on the cover of a magazine and rightfully so, it’s gorgeous! Here is a model on the runway showcasing the gown.

On The Runway

Paper Gown Run Way

Next I had to do the unthinkable and dismantle this gown… talk about the pressure!! I was terrified I would ruin this dress and not be able to do it justice on canvas. Luckily with the help of my talented and creative daughter Madeline, we pulled it off (Thank you Maddie for all your help and creative input). Here is the gown finished on canvas.

A Moment In Time

Paper Gown Canvas

So much thought was put into this project, the title was very important. I contemplated a few days on many titles but went with ‘A Moment In Time’ for a few reasons… mainly because I felt the song by Kelly Clarkson was very fitting, some people really do wait a lifetime for a moment like this. To win first place for all your hard work and dedication is an honor! Secondly, life is complied of thousands of moments and in those moments we have memories that shape us for a lifetime.

“Congratulations Cora for this special moment in time, in your life!”

This Canvas was also created using Tombow Adhesives, Mono Multi Liquid Glue and Xtreme Adhesive. The font was created using my Cricut cartridge, Teresa Collins Sophisticated. Pink gems by Zva Creative. I painted the background with Pearl Paint in pink and white (paint by Craft Smart) from Michaels Craft Store.

I would like to thank Pat and Michelle for hiring me to help them give their loved ones gifts from the heart this season, it truly was an honor to be a part of this special time. Thank you for letting me know on Christmas day how much your loved ones loved their gifts, it warmed my heart to know how happy everyone was.:)

Thanks for stopping by today:) Heather

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Fun With Candy Cane Lane DCWV

Recently I have been swamped with finishing up some projects I was hired to do. Now that I am officially caught up… I can play with my new purchases! I picked up this awesome paper pad at Michaels. It’s by Die Cuts With a View, check out their blog…  DCWV Blog.

I saw the snowflake ornament they made and was inspired… needless to say once I got the chance to play with it, I opted for a traditional scrapbook page.

Here’s what the paper pad looks like; Candy Cane Lane by DCWV.

pj paper pada

Here’s what I made with it tonight! Super fast, love how quickly I could mix and match and create a great layout. I love all that glitters in this collection!! The only thing I added as far as techniques was the embossing of red swirls & Title; (stamp unknown) embossing glitters red & smooth white by Martha Stewart.

Adhesive; Tombow USA Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Peace and joy layouta

A few more images…

 p j close upa   pj close up 2a

I am excited to share a few projects I just finished for some customers, but have to wait until after Christmas to post… they are gifts for their loved ones.

Well it will be Christmas before we know it, I know I am excited!! Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings and Holiday Blessings to One and All!

Thanks for stopping by today:) Heather

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Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die – Card, Square Flip-its!

Recently, I bought a new Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die – Card, Square Flip-its! ; Movers & Shapers dies are creativity in motion. These Base Dies set the scene for some wonderful creations, working with the movable magnetic dies to create a truly customized shape-cutting experience. I love that I have finally added this die collection to my card making supplies and got it on a Black Friday sale at Michaels! I ran back out and picked up the circle set just because of the great value these die sets offer.

First here is my card and next a great video with Stephanie Barnard…

Sizzix Flip It Square Card Front

The stamp set I used was Hampton Art’s Snowflakes, Studio G glitter glue and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue Adhesive to assemble.

Sizzix Flip It Square Card Front Inside

Here is a video on how to make a card flip with Stephanie Barnard;

Thanks for stopping by today! Heather:)

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The Encrusted Jewel Technique

Encrusted Jewel Technique

This weekend I went on a 3 day blog hop with Tombow and Stampendous. I had a great time seeing new projects and learning new tips and tricks with products I already own. One technique that really excited me was the ‘Encrusted Jewel Technique’. Today on Day 3 of the Winter Wonderland Blog Hop, I found this cool technique on Marie Browning’s blog. Marie shared a fun video by Fran…

In this video Fran shares her happy accident of discovering the “encrusted jewel technique” when her glitters get mixed up with her embossing powders at July’s CHA! Check out the video and learn how to create a very textural, glittery montage of magic as Fran makes a magical Snowman Card in this video.

The 

I was so excited to whip up a encrusted jewel card of my own… I had no idea what I was going to make but knew I had to just go with the flow and put some of the tips I learned along the hop to good use!. Here’s my finished card;Encrusted Jewel Card

Here’s how I made it…

Hampton Art Stamps The Supplies Dye Ribbon With Spray

I used the Hampton Art Stamps (#SC0666), I love the die that comes with it! I chose some scrap papers from my paper bin (as this was my first attempt and only the testing phase). I distressed the edges of papers with 2 distressing inks; Ranger Peacock Feathers and Antique Linen. I then used the sentiment in Peacock Feathers to create a word background. After layering and gluing to together with Tombow Mono Multi glue, I dyed my white silk ribbon with Heidi Swapp’s  Cherry Color Shine spray. Then attached ribbon to side of the card, before adding the snowflakes. (I used my heat gun to dry ribbon and added a Christmas bell with white jute).

Using Versamark ink I stamped several snowflakes and sprinkled all at the same time several different embossing glitters, as it was melting under the heat gun, I used my other hand to sprinkle regular navy blue glitter and it stuck to the melted embossing powders! I then used the die and cut out the snowflakes and attached them to the card. Along the bottom of the card I used my Versa Marker and scribbled where more embossing powder was needed… before it dried, I sprinkled on chunky glitter and mini blue beads.

This was a fun hop and plan on using many of the tips I learned along the way on some of my future projects. Great blog hop Tombow and Stampendous! Thank You!

jewel card 3a

Thanks for stopping by today:) Heather

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Tombow USA DT Finalist Submission by Heather Miller

My Tombow USA DT Finalist Submission

Well I am excited to share my submission for the final round for Tombow USA’s design team call. I have worked very hard to master video tutorials. This is my first live attempt. I noticed after I converted/produced the video… it appears blurry for some reason. So I will add the original photos as well. I hope you enjoy the video. For round 2, I chose to work with Burlap! Burlap has always been something I have struggled with so I usually avoid it.

I chose to design and create Christmas Dinner Accents. I made a table runner from mesh and finished off the edges with red glitter ribbon, lace and glass bulbs with Tombow’s Xtreme adhesive. I also made a removable placemat border from burlap, lace and ribbon. You can just slide it off and reuse it next year. The pocket holds the silverware. A matching napkin ring was a must… and a small gift used as a place setting, an ornament the guests can take home and hang on their tree in memory of our gathering this year. Finally a centerpiece for the table or the buffet, again I used burlap, silk flowers, ribbon and faux berries. Xtreme adhesive is amazing! I love it!!

This really is a great ‘no sewing’ adhesive for fabrics!!

Complete Christmas Dinner Setting   supplies

Tombow’s Xtreme Adhesive is fast becoming my glue gun replacement adhesive and this makes me very happy! As it dries, it gets even stronger!

Now for the video

Here are few more pictures of the finished pieces.

Centerpiece

Mesh Runner

Ornament Name Place Setting Gift

I would like to say thank you to Tombow for naming me as one of the top 10 finalists. I appreciate this wonderful opportunity. It really is an honor to be a part of such a wonderful group of talented women in the industry. “Thank You”:) Heather

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Joy

Joy

Joy Final Close Up

This week I heard Christmas music playing everywhere I went. You either love it or you don’t… lucky for me, I do. I love Christmas music! My all time favorite is Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s version of The Little Drummer Boy. I believe music is a gift, it’s felt by the heart and the soul ~by Everyone, Everywhere!

Music is a gift I am grateful for in my life. My son Brandon and I had a long talk today about the importance music and the role it plays in people’s lives. I wanted to make my son a Christmas card reflective of our discussion today.

I felt like tonight was a good night to break open my Heidi Swapp Sprays and make Brandon’s Christmas card. When I make gifts for the men in my life, I like to create more rustic projects. Sprays are the perfect medium for this approach! I’ll admit, I have been nervous to use sprays… it can be very messy (permanently messy) But my friend Marta, makes it look easy! She told me recently to go for it…

Tonight I decided to take Marta’s advice and just go for it! When I met Marta Lapkowska, I was fascinated by her carefree, creative and unbound use of sprays, mediums and inks. Marta is not scared to make a mess… and by mess; I mean, a glorious work of art made from artistic reckless abandonment, I admire her talent! Checkout Marta’s blog here .

Marta… I have finally opened some of my new sprays.:)

Joy Supplies

The supplies I started with; Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sprays (mint and cherry) , Studio G (Black Glitter glue), Ranger Distressing Ink (Antique Linen), Stamp unknown & My Mind’s Eye Christmas Stamps.

Joy Step 1

Using Ranger Ink’s Antique Linen Distressing pad, I gently smooshed the ink over the entire surface of 8.5 X 11 cream coloured cardstock.

Joy Step 2

Using a large newsprint (to cover and protect my craftroom counters) behind my cardstock, I then sprayed Heidi Swapp’s Mint Color Shine  spray (mainly focusing on the left side).

Joy step 3

I repeated the last step again, this time focusing on the right side with Heidi Swapp’s  Cherry Color Shine spray. At this point the spray over shot my feeble attempt of catching all the over spray, lol. I ended up stopping and cleaning for 1/2 hour… must ask Marta how she contains the over spray??? On a happy note, my counters are once again glue free and my paper trimmers and scissors all got a much needed polishing.

Joy Step 4

Once I got back to business,.. I used the music note stamp and the StazOn Ink to cover only half of the cardstock. I then used Ranger’s Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to stamp ‘My Mind’s Eye star stamps randomly over the music notes.

Joy Step 5

I added just a bit more cherry spray to punch up the colour. I then cut 6 squares from paper, measuring 2 X 2 inches each.

Joy Step 6

I created a mat background, distressed the edges with Ranger’s Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I stamped the bottom left hand corner to add some background interest with unknown floral stem stamps with StazOn Ink.

Joy Step 7

I layered on the squares and mounted everything to a black card background with Tombow Xtreme adhesive. I created  the Joy sentiment from My Mind’s Eye Christmas stamps and wrapped it like a gift with silver scraps of ribbon. I added some red faux ruby gems sporadically for interest and attached them with Tombow Mono Multi glue.

Joy FinalJoy Final Close Up

The finished card. I think my son will love this card. Music plays a huge role in his life and brings him a lot of joy!

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With the other half of the cardstock (the scraps), I made another card. I like how it turned out. I love scrap paper and the endless possibilities!! Thank you Marta for inspiring me on a daily basis, I really do appreciate your talents!

Final Love card close up

Thanks for stopping by today:) Heather

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Thank You Tombow!

Design Team Finalist

Thank You Tombow for choosing me as 1 of the top 10 finalist, I am honored!!

As many of my personal friends and family know, Tombow has been choice for adhesive since 1993 when I was first introduced to scrapbooking. I never would have imagined taking the chance and applying for their design team 21 years later. To be named 1 of the top 10 finalist is an absolute honor and I am ecstatic beyond words. After viewing the other finalists, I am honored to be among such creative talent!

Congratulations to the other 9 Finalists: Check out the talent!

 Erin Reed

Tina McDonald

Jennifer Priest

Danielle Hayes

Latrice Murphy

Diana Larson

Carisa Zglobicki

Beth Watson

Michelle Liiamatainen

 I am off to get busy planning my project for round 2. Stay tuned!!:)

I am also working on the Altered Christmas Gift Challenge by Debbie Fisher. This week Debbie is the hostess for Tombow’s monthly challenge. Debbie’s challenge is for you to alter a dollar store item into a lovely gift to give for Christmas. – For more info look here.

It’s going to be a busy weekend:):):)

Thanks for stopping by! Heather

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Happy Halloween ~ Trick or Treat

Happy-HalloweenBanner

Today is Halloween and I want to wish everyone a safe and fun night tonight!

I would like to share with you a ‘BOO’ banner I made for Halloween, for my front door.

On the door

This was made with some of my favourite things ‘Scraps’!

spooky spider

Banner one is the Spooky Spider, I made the spider from a button and some wire. A homemade pocket and the scrap end of ribbon. Accents made from scrap papers using my Quickutz dies and some left over rub ons.

Black Cat

Banner 2 is the Black Cat (letter B). Using my George cartridge with my Cricut, I cut 2 circles, one larger than the other and in 2 colours; black, and patterned paper. I cut one scalloped circle to pop under paper medallion. Layered on a lowercase ‘b’ using Xtreme Adhesive by Tombow  and added some black embossing glitter. Decorated with left over ribbon, stickers, rub ons and a button medallion.

Trick or Treat

Banner 3, Trick or Treat (letter O). Same as above but switch up accents with Quickutz dies; Grass, treat bag and a Sizzix fence die cut.

Ghost to Ghost

Banner 4, Ghost to Ghost (letter O). Same as previous layers. Used Quickutz dies; Ghost, Square and tag. Embossed ‘Boo!’ onto tag with orange embossing powder and finished up with left over stickers and rub ons.

Witch to witch

Final banner 5, Witch to Witch. Used plastic ring spider (cut off ring, making spider flat), used Tombow Foam Tabs to attach. Used Quickutz dies; Ghost, Grass, and flowers. Used my Cricut to make spider web and heat embossing in black glitter.

Because I used the best adhesives on the market; Tombow’s Xtreme Adhesive, Mono-Multi and Foam Tabs, I have nothing to worry about! I can count on this project staying in tack!

Thanks for stopping by today! Heather:)

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