Thursday, 30 June 2016

Canada Day Project for Emerald Creek

What a wonderful time of celebration this is for Canada and our American neighbours! I love anything patriotic, so this project was a lot of fun to create for the Emerald Creek Challenge Blog. I decided to alter a tiny glass jar and then add the maple leaf bouquet to go inside of it. I hope that you enjoy the process video below and also consider participating in the "Nations Celebrated" challenge because there is a store credit to be won!

Emerald Creek Products Used:
Champagne Classic Embossing Powder
Metal Key Charm
Other products used and available from the EC Shop:
Distress Crayons Set #2
Distress Stain: Tarnished Brass

Don't forget to check out the challenge and link up your project for your chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Emerald Creek Shop! Kim is always adding new products, so you should definitely check it out! Also be sure to visit these ladies to see their stunning projects too: Pam, Deb, and Cassandra!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you all have a great weekend! Andrew and I are going camping with some family, so I am really looking forward to that!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Project Life Update: Still Working on April!

Hello all! Today I'm sharing a little update about my Project Life album. As you will see in the video, I haven't exactly been "keeping up" with it, but I'm allowing myself some flexibility. I want the process to be fun and bring back good memories, not stress me out. I will be sharing a Project Life tips video soon because I feel that I have learned a lot in the first couple of months doing this. I will be sharing some ideas to help you stay motivated and have fun with it! Anyway, I hope that you enjoy today's PL spread and the share video.

Check out my Photo Printing Process for details on how I edit and print my photos specifically for Project Life.

I hope that you have enjoyed this short and sweet share of where I'm at. I'm sure many of you Project Lifers have experienced a similar "falling behind" problem, so just know that you are not alone! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Incoming Pocket Letters and Happy Mail: from Sabrina, Katie, and Jordan

Hello all! Today I am sharing a couple of pocket letters and a wonderful postcard that I received. I am behind on my sharing, so these actually arrived mid-May. Life has been very busy lately and the summer is only going to get busier, but I am hoping to work on my Project Life album soon!

This first candy themed letter is from Sabrina in Australia and she is also on YouTube, so you can check her out there! This was such a great theme for a swap with an international partner because I hadn't seen or tasted any of this candy before!
It was such a nice surprise that Sabrina sent this beautiful soft tassel and the cute purple pen. I'm loving her colour theme too!

The next pocket letter is from Katie in the United States. She included so many beautiful embellishments and trinkets in her letter and all of the pieces are reusable!
This die cut chipboard tag is so detailed and pretty!

This is the postcard that my best friend Jordan coloured for me as a birthday surprise! Unexpected mail is such fun to receive.
Thank you to my swap partners, Sabrina and Katie, for going above and beyond! I love all of the beautiful things you ladies included and I truly appreciate you taking the time to do that. I hope you all enjoyed seeing these lovely creations and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Planner Share: April & May 2016 Weekly Spreads

Hello all! I meant to get this video up on Friday, but my internet at home was down and we were rushing off for the weekend! Andrew and I enjoyed spending time with both of our families for Father's Day. We had a nice supper with my family (steak and lobster!) and spent time outside. Then on Sunday Andrew went golfing with his dad and brothers and that was followed with a wonderful supper cooked by his grandma. Anyways, sorry about the delay and thank you for being patient! Today I am sharing a flip through of my planner spreads that I created for April & May. I hope you enjoy seeing how I organize my life!

Check out my DIY Sticker Video here!
I have also included a few close up images of my planner spreads. I hope that this gives you a few ideas to try in your own planner!

I really enjoy decorating my planner each week and I hope that you will give it a try too. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Michaels Recollections Planner Haul and Setup

Hello all! I have just a quick share today about my new Recollections Planner that I purchased at my Canadian Michaels store! I am using it as a fitness planner and I will give you a walk-through of my setup and how I'm using it! I hope that you enjoy the video below.

As I mentioned at the end of the video, I love getting feedback on what you, my viewers/readers, want to see more of. What is your favourite type of project that I do?

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Scrap Your Scraps June Blog/Video Hop!

Hello and welcome to my post for the Scrap Your Scraps June Blog/Video Hop! The challenge from Tori Bissell, a passionate scrap user-upper and host of this challenge, is to use up your branding strips. A branding strip is typically about a 1/2" wide and 12" long and is located at the bottom of your pattern paper sheets. Some companies just have their information there with a bar code, but many have started decorating the backside of these with fun patterns that coordinate with the collection. I have been saving the strips from my Pink Paislee Fancy Free paper pad and I had such a fun time creating this 9-point star with them! There are also a few strips mixed in from the Maggie Holmes Bloom Collection. I hope that you enjoy my process video of creating this colourful layout and be sure to check out the next stop on the hop - back to the Facebook Group.

If you get lost come back here to get on track.

Tori Bissell
Tyla Perry
Darrel Rob
Jennifer Gagne
(Me) Heather Ulmer


Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you are new here and found me via the blog hop, I hope that you are able to check out some of my other work too. Please feel free to participate in this branding strip challenge and share your work over at the Scrap Your Scraps Facebook page!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker Unboxing and Demo

I am excited to share a bit about a prize that I won a couple of months ago and, if you read the title of this post, you already know what it is - a Silhouette Mint! I was one of two very lucky winners on Silhouette's Instagram page and they sent me this machine with no questions asked! I am overjoyed and so grateful! If you would like to know more about what this tool does, I hope that you check out my unboxing and demo video below, or visit the Silhouette Store.

Basically the Mint is a tool that can easily convert any design you can create and print it out into a stamp! This technology is so cool and I can't believe that I have it at my fingertips right in my very own home!

As you can probably tell in the video, this was my first time using the machine and I am certainly no expert! If you do have any unanswered questions though, please feel free to ask and I will do my best to help!
I created this stamp for the back of my handmade cards. I always date them too, so I will either hand write the year in, or use my roller date stamp. I love how this project turned out and I can't wait to use it!

If you are curious, the Mint machine is listed as $129 on the Silhouette site (and I believe that is USD), but I have also seen it at Michaels here in Canada for $129 CAN. The stamp sheets vary in price depending on the size and they are available in kit or set form (1 stamp and a block OR two stamps with no block).

Though I did receive this product for free in a giveaway, it was not with the expectation that I would create this video or blog post, so this is therefore NOT sponsored and all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope that you enjoyed this product demonstration!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Masculine Tag for Emerald Creek Design Team

Hello all! I am so excited to be sharing my first project for Emerald Creek! I had a lot of fun playing with my new supplies and getting messy while creating this masculine tag. I hope you enjoy the process video and also check out Emerald Creek's shop and challenge blog!

With Father's Day coming up this month, it is a great time to join in on this masculine challenge! Try using darker colours, a grunge look, or metallics to make something for a special guy in your life and don't forget to share it on the challenge blog for a chance to win a fun prize! This look came quite naturally to me because I don't have a very feminine style, but for some it may be quite a challenge!

Emerald Creek Supplies:
Embossing Powder: Burnt Copper Leaves
Charm: Vintage Feather Charm
Stencils: Treads and Splatters layering stencils by Tim Holtz
Other: Distress Crayons Set #2, Palette Knife by Dina Wakley
I am very happy with how this charm turned out! It may not have been clear in the process video, but these feather charms come curved (as if to fit on a bracelet). It was not too difficult to bend this one into a straighter shape, but it could be left curved too. I added EC Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder onto the feather and the bolts (as seen in later images) to create this interesting metallic look.
I attached my bobbles (is this what you would call them?!) using some black cord. I wanted them at slightly different heights and I achieved this by separating them using knots.
In the photos below and above you can see what the bolts look like with the embossing powder on them. They have a slightly more rounded look and I love the colour!
Below is a good view of what the embossed feather charm looks like. Even though it has a this layer of the powder, you can still see the details of the original metal charm.
I hope that you have enjoyed this project for Emerald Creek. I cannot say enough how wonderful their products are and I know you will love them too. As I said in my last post, it is a great time to buy Canadian! Our dollar is low, so there are good deals for Americans and, as a Canadian, it is a great idea to support our local economy and save on shipping costs! Thank you so much for stopping by today!