Order Your Unique Framed Custom Paper-Piecing Today!

Over the years I have done many custom projects for many people. I am currently accepting orders now. Send me a private message by email and let me know if you are interested in having something unique and special made just for you.

My specialty is paper-piecing but I also do custom scrapbook albums for people who want a scrapbook but do not want to spend the money on all the tools and/or don’t have the time to actually create the pages.


The above picture shows the customers original photo and the side photos show the paper piecing made from it. The reason the paper doll is standing on a stack of books, is because she was a student at the time and this captured her current experiences, learning during crunch time and partying with friends during her downtime. As we all now, life is about balance… thus, balancing her on a stack of books.

I’m excited to be able to get involved with these custom projects, they bring me a lot of joy when creating them, but more importantly,..when I compete them and hear how happy my customers and friends are when seeing them. This is a unique gift to be cherished for years and years to come. Let me know if you are interested in this special gift for someone you love…or maybe you’d like one of yourself 🙂

Visit my Etsy Shop to place your order: TheSbkGuru

Thanks for stopping by, Heather

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Put me in coach, I’m ready to play!

It happens to so many artists, and in all likelihood it’s happened to you too. You start an amazing and creative hobby. You buy your supplies, you invest in your tools… you have big ideas of completing amazing projects. Then Bam, life gets in the way. Something stops you right in your tracks. You get hurt. You get busy. You get tired or burned out. Suddenly the momentum is lost. Then the thought of adding it back into the mix, trying to find a way too juggle it back in seems unbearable. Then  confidence disappears as quickly as it materialized. Time is sometimes not our friend…

As quickly as life can pull you in one direction, it can easily pull you back… With a hobby, it is easy to get pulled back. The original passion that lead you down that creative and colourful path is still there like a smoldering ember…waiting to re-ignite.

Suddenly, you see possibilities that you’ve only had the courage to dream about.


Although I have maintained to dabble here and there, this time feels different. I’ve recently had the opportunity to get back on track with my hobby. Believing this time, I won’t let it take a back seat to life’s mundane everyday struggles. No matter what I will take the time to enjoy something about my hobby everyday… after all it is my life’s passion and where I find my solitude.

Follow me on my journey, who knows where it will take me… and that’s what excites my soul! A World of possibilities awaits me, I don’t want to sit on the sidelines anymore. “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play!”.

Cheers! Heather


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DIY Crown Planner Clip

There’s something about a planner that helps me keep my life in order, but the accessories for my planner is what motivates me and makes me happy! Today I am going to share with you how I made my gorgeous Crown Planner Clip. I love it so much, I have decided to sell the extra one I made in My Etsy Shop.

Perfect to mark your book pages, hold cards, photos and so much more!

Check out my gorgeous planner clip! 

Crown Planner Clip2

Here’s how I made it… first I gathered my supplies.

to make crown final

I started with one of my favorite Cricut Cartridges ‘Sophistacated‘ by Teresa Collins. I love, love, love, this cartridge! So many beautiful things can be created with it. If you don’t have it, now is the time to add it to your Cricut collection!. I then gathered up some soft pink velvet paper , scraps of white card stock, some assorted faux pearls and gems, gold foil cardstock and jumbo paper clips. Then grabbed my Tombow Xtreme Adhesive!. I cut my individual Crowns & the Badge Crowns at 2″ and the backgrounds in pink velvet and white card stock at 2 1/4″.  I layered the loose crown behind the crown badge slightly offset to give it a full crown dimension. I then glued the crown badge to the pink velvet paper. I added my gems with Tombow Mono Glue and used my Tombow Extreme adhesive to adhere the paper clip to my crown badge. Finally I added the white card stock to the back of the pink velvet paper to add a nice sturdy backing to my planner clip.

The Finished Crown Planner Clip

crowm planner clip1

 Embellishment Size: 2.25″ Diameter
Clip Size: 3.5″
Total Height: 4.75″ Tall
Design: Fit for a Queen

I hope you enjoyed my post today, thank you for stopping by! Heather 🙂

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Sketch-y Friday with Team B

Recently my friend Danie from ScrappyDoo by Danie, shared Laura Whitaker’s last Sketch-y Friday challenge for ScrapMuch. This was a sweet sketch and I was excited to get started! I have a fun pad of paper by American Crafts by Amy Tangerine, this was a great opportunity to play with brights.

Here is Laura’s Sketch


Here’s my take on Laura’s Sketch


I enjoyed working on this layout of my daughter Maddie. Maddie was 4, turning 5 and becoming very independent. She loved dressing herself in mixed colors and prints… as parents we learn to choose our battles and focus on the more important things, like; How our children are spontaneous and full of wonder. Her sense of humor really blossomed during this time. She was known for always demonstrating what she saw her older brother doing. It was this year (in 2004), she loved pretending to be a Power Ranger, always running around the house with sound effects she also learned from her talented brother!

Thank you Danie, for sharing this sketch with me. Thank you Laura, for coming up with great sketches to inspire us and challenge us!

Thank you for stopping by today 🙂 Heather

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Pion Designs with a Dusty Attic Touch

Hello and Welcome to my Blog…
Today I would like to share a card I made inspired by two leading
Scrapbooking companies with wonderful quality products.
Pion Designs presents a monthly challenge and May’s Photo challenge was so appealing to me, I just had to support and play along with the team.
This Photo truly brings the memories of spring to the for front of ones mind.
As I was visiting all of my favorite sites, the Dusty Attic Chipboard Blog
caught my eye with their Mood Board Challenge.
I found the combination of these two May challenges so pleasurable,
I just had to make a spring card.
Hope you will join me and fellow designers by participating and
supporting these two fine companies.
Dusty Atttic Mini Picket Fence  DA0698
Pion Designs Paper Collections
 Still Mor, For Mother, Klippark PD2314
Minnenas Atelje, Studio of Memories, Bird song PD1503
May Arts Ribbon
Clearsnap Inks
Tombow Adhesive
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Celebrating National Scrapbook Day

I Love National SCRAPBOOKING DAY! To celebrate, Creative Scrapbooker Magazine is having a GIVEAWAY! Read below how you can enter for your chance to win win win!


To enter to win do ONE of the following

  1. Visit them on Facebook – SHARE our National Scrapbooking Day contest post
  2. Visit them on Instagram – Tag a friend under our National Scrapbooking Day contest post
  3. Visit them on Twitter – Re-Tweet our National Scrapbooking Day contest post

After you have done ONE of the above things – comment below on their blog, DONE to be entered to win a 150$ surprise scrapbooking package!  Contest closes Tuesday May 10th at midnight!

Good luck everyone!

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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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