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WAVING A BIG HELLO to VIEWERS of Create and Craft in the UK today!! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to “Create and Craft”!!



i am SO excited because for this big BIRTHDAY BASH… we are offering my NEW “Dreamy” Collection during the 20:00hr.  I will be calling in LIVE during the hour to chat on air !!   The colors are so soft and pretty… i have gathered up a bunch of images so you can see what they look like!


CLICK HERE and you can go and see the kits that are available and also some of the other HEIDI SWAPP product that is available on the CreateandCraft.tv website!

I also thought that i would share a few bits of inspiration so you can see the amazingly lovely things you can create using this collection!










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Don’t miss out on today’s special offer! time and quantities are SUPER limited! so DON’T wait! (you can even order NOW!)

hey, Create and Craft… hope you have a great birthday!!

homemade holiday – dreamy easter card

our ‘Easter’ inspiration continues today with such a beautiful, soft card made by Jamie Pate… today she breaks this lovely thing down into easy-to-follow steps that may be something NEW and fun for you to try!  i LOVE the effect!  HOPEFULLY you can steal away a few minutes of creative time… this may give you some extra motivation!

f it were not for the Memory File Planner, it would be even harder to believe it is almost Easter on our calendars. It’s a wonderful time of year around here even though there may still be snow on the ground, or a little storm to come. But for the most part, the sun is making meaningful appearances, and here in the U.S. children are realizing the school calendar is soon to end. Which in itself is cause to celebrate. But Easter is a special time for our family, and sending greetings shares that celebration with my friends afar.

Dreamy Easter Card | Heidi Swapp

Today I am so happy to share this Easter card created with the Dreamy Collection. What a most perfect mix of colors and hues, patterns and images, for a most lovely spring card. I felt no matter what I was to create with this line, it was just going to be beautiful. I actually used a technique new to me. Yep. Me. The non-techy girl got techy. And on a card. So here we go.

You will need a few things to get started, so…

1. Gather some supplies:

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For card stock I used American Craft Heavy Card Stock in white. You will also need Coral, Blush and Pink Color Shine. Gesso. and a paint brush. Also the Clear Stamp Script.

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2. Mix Color Magic with gesso. We are going to create an ombre effect with those mediums. The card stock has three applications of Color Shine and gesso. The first is with Coral. The middle is Blush. The last color is Pink. A little tiny bit of water added in helps to glide the mixture across the page.  Allow this to dry.

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3. Now cover the canvas with just an application of gesso. It’s good to go a bit thick with this application.

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4. Using the Script Clear Stamp, stamp image in the wet gesso. Depending on how thick the gesso layer is will determine how subtle the image is.

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I like it fairly subtle and do not use a whole lot of gesso. But the effect still works. Allow canvas to dry completely. A heat gun can be used to speed this process up.  (I am fairly quick to clean out my stamp so that paint does not dry in images.)

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5. Trim sides of the ‘canvas’ if desired to clean it up a bit. Here I used a ruler to tear mine as I like the edges sort of distressed. Then using a piece of the 6×6 Dreamy pattern paper, sew the canvas to the square piece as shown. Sew around 3 edges to create a pocket.

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6. Now the card is becoming it’s own gift, and needs some embellishments. Pictured here are the pieces I used to finish this card.

a trimmed and notched piece of Dreamy 6×6 pattern paper
the word ‘hope’  and ‘remember’ from the Dreamy collection with edges painted with gesso and Coral Color Shine
a Vintage Chic definition tag painted with a bit of gesso and sprayed with Blush Color Shine
a Vintage Chic paper tag folded over plus an oval tag from that same package
a Sugar Chic Buzzword “beautiful’ plus a butterfly and starburst from the Dreamy Collection


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7. And this is how it looks when they are all layered and glued in their places. Dreamy is another quintessential collection of Heidi’s that works well with previous sets of embellishments. The paper banners and definition stickers from Vintage Chic paired beautifully with this card as did a buzzword from Sugar Chic. I loved putting the classic past pieces with the new.

Now the card is ready for a note to be tucked into the pocket. Maybe even a family photo to give to a friend or family member. Perhaps a gift card for the hostess of your Easter feast. Whatever you choose, it will definitely make for a pretty Dreamy card.

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I love how Jamie combines the different elements of the ‘Dreamy’ line to make this card not only BEAUTIFUL, but very meaningful! Simple words like HOPE and REMEMBER become wonderful reminders of the essence of this  wonderful holiday… the celebration of HIS atoning sacrifice and  miracle of our Savior’s resurrection. My heart is full as I have had this kinda early jump on the upcoming holiday that sometimes seems to creep up without me really being ready. I have appreciated this week how these lovely projects and ideas have turned my thoughts to the deeper meaning of Easter. How grateful I am for this beautiful time of year, and all that it represents….  may you find some time to ‘make pretty stuff’!  (thank you jamie… i love this)


Supplies: white cardstock. Color Shine: Coral, Blush, Pink. Clear Stamp Script. Dreamy 6×6 Paper Pad. Vintage Chic Paper Banners. Vintage Chic Definition Stickers. Dreamy Word Jumble Stickers. Dreamy Ephemera. Sugar Chic Buzz Words. paint brush. gesso.


homemade holiday – dreamy memory banner

Welcome to yet another day of FABULOUS Easter inspiration!  I’d like to welcome Sarah today… and serioulsy, i am just LOVING this fantastic project !! This Easter project has it ALL!!  banners, flowers, butterflies, pretty pastels and so many delightful details!! here you go, ENJOY THIS!

Ahhh yes, Spring has arrived! Hallelujah lol! I just love this time of year! Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays! I just love the time with family eating Easter dinner & hunting down eggs! Also all of the soft pretty pastel colors, my heart bursting with happiness, joy, and hope at church on blessed Easter Sunday, during Spring there is new life everywhere you turn! If you have seen Heidi’s new “Dreamy” collection, you will know that it fits perfectly with this! Just beautiful delicious colors, butterflies all throughout, just gorgeous. This time around the task at hand was to create a home décor project, and I was like cool because I don’t have a lot of cute Easter decorations! I knew I wanted something to hang on my wall, and I found this big ole’ darling shabby white bird cage thing at Homegoods that you hang pictures on with clothespins,  hence the “memory banner” was born!

Now don’t let these pictures fool you, this thing is BIG! It’s a very dramatic & pretty piece when you walk into the room!


I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to have a sort of interactive scrapbook hanging on the wall, where if people come over for Easter dinner they can just mosy on by and  take a gander, enjoy it, maybe read a little tag or two?! I just used clothes pins to hang the banner pieces, so if I want to change them around or in & out I totally can!


Flags are great for making things festive!


To create a memory banner, all you have to do is hand cut some banner pieces out of chipboard, and make mini scrapbook pages on them!


*TIP*- Cover clothespins with washi tape to hang your banner in style! Fast and fabulous.


This was really a lot of fun to make! I took pictures from Easter past and mixed them with more recent Easter pics, and it turned out really neat to look at because you can compare and see how the boys have changed over the years. It’s especially nice to see how well behaved and cooperative they are for photo shoots, they are total gentlemen and have just the prettiest smiles……errr…


Gee I don’t know where they get it…

The Dreamy tags are ah-mazing.


When you are working with a small space and want to include more pictures and journaling, you can slide a glassine pocket behind your main picture and insert cute tags and things!


I used the American Crafts Banner Punch to add a banner to my banner lol


Apparently when you spray the Mint Green, Blush, Teal, and White Color Shine’s together, you get this delicious cotton candy effect which I am OBSESSING over…


Seriously, this Dreamy Ephemera Pack? To. Die. For.


Here is some of the new flair that just came out! I paired it with a rosette die, and I kinda love it!


The Dreamy glitter frames are gorgeous! They add just the right amount of sparkle ;)


To get the beautiful large butterflies, I traced the negative in the butterfly stencil pack, then just cut them out, and layered a couple on top of each other for a more 3d effect!


To add some fancy springiness (technical term) I made these big beautiful blooms with Color Shine, coffee filters, and a stapler. That’s it. There is a little tutorial up on my blog for these, they are super fun and easy! I have them everywhere now. I couldn’t stop making them! When you are done spraying them with the Color Shine of your choice, give them a shot of the Gold Lame for some extra shine! Wowza!


The pictures really don’t do this thing justice, it’s really big and sparkly and pretty! Definitely has the “POW” effect! I hope I have inspired you to create some festive photo décor of your own, it really adds a special touch to your home! I feel bad for this birdcage….I have this funny feeling that it may or may not be attacked for every holiday. Can you imagine a Fourth of July one with silver glittery stars and stripes everywhere?! EEK!!  Happy Easter! xo

This project is TRULY the definition of DREAMY!!  amazing! :) i LOVED seeing those older photos of you! love the spiritual tie in, and all the pretty sparkles! i am totally AMAZED by this! you are a ROCK STAR!! and i love this !! thank you SO much for sharing this here today!

Supplies: Dreamy Ticket To Ride PaperDreamy Life Is Beautiful, Dreamy Dreams Come True, Dreamy Dreamy Dots, Dreamy Pink Dream, Dreamy 6×6 Paper Pad, Dreamy Ephemera, Dreamy Glitter Paper Frames, Dreamy Kraft Tags, Dreamy Layered Paper Bows, Chipboard Alphas With Resist, White Color Shine, Blush Color Shine, Mustard Color Shine, Mint Green Color Shine, Tropicana Teal Color Shine, Gold Lame Color Shine, Mixed Company Lovely List Paper


homemade holiday – the egg caper

WELCOME BACK today! thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and visit!! today we are continuing the “theme” of #heidihomemadeholiday … as EASTER is almost here! Hope that you had a peek at my post yesterday all about creating home decor and cards using Color Magic and Color Shine… all perfect for letting your kiddos join in to create!  Kim has another project today with the little hands in mind!  I know that Kim’s boys just LOVE crafting and being artsy with their mom, so i am sure they loved this so much!!

With Easter just around the corner I got my boys in on the act for making some Easter décor.

I started with these items below. A circle cut from the Dreamy Choose Happy pattern paper. A scalloped strip punched from the Dreamy Dreams Come True pattern paper, Dreamy layered Paper Bows, pearls, my tiny attatcher, a sharpie , scissors, a boiled egg and an egg cup.


We started by cutting the circle in half.


Then trimmed the scallop strip to fit around the egg cup rim.


My oldest began by drawing a face with the Sharpie onto the boiled egg.


He then formed the half circle into a cone, I helped him staple it together and then added a pearl at the top of the cone.


Next we attached the scallop to the rim of the egg cup and he chose one of the layered bows to complete his egg head.


Next my youngest who is 5 had his turn.


He too chose his favorite bow to finish off his egg head.


They loved how they turned out, and so do I!


I had to decorate a different egg cup with a strip of Dreamy Pink Dream pattern paper to cover the illustration underneath.


You can see I created a name place by printing off the free planner printable that Heidi shared here last week. I simply trimmed the 3×4 card out, back it with some white cardstock. To complete I stapled some banners to the side with their names printed out.


I found these calico drawstring bags in my stash and I wanted to create some bags to hold their eggs.

I grabbed the new Happy stencil from the mini frames set and laid it onto the calico bags.


I then misted over the stencil with Colorshine and allowed them to dry. I used Navy  on one and Seafoam on the other.


To hold the Easter Tag in place ( which I typed on my vintage typewriter)  I used Heidi’s Striping Ribbon technique on some seam binding that she shared here on My Craft Channel. Once the mist was dry I tied it around the string to attach it to the bag.


Watching my boys create always makes me happy.

Happy Easter to you all.

Oh Kim… the concentration on their faces!? just adorable! they are the cutest! love all the touches! great job… and Happy Easter to you!


Dreams Come true pattern paper, Dreamy Choose Happy pattern paper, Dreamy Pink Dream pattern paper, Dreamy Layered Paper Bows, 3×4 Stencil mini kit Frames, Seafoam ColorShine, Navy ColorShine,

HAPPY EASTER on Studio 5

**this episode of Studio 5 will air TUESDAY April 8th at 1pm*** SPOILER ALERT!!

Easter is in a short 2 WEEKS! I can hardly believe that! I love Easter – I have wonderful Easter memories growing up, and I think that makes it continue to be a very special holiday celebration for our family! Not only that, but at this time of the year… BRING ON THE BRIGHT COLOR! It’s amazing how those bright happy colors just bring happiness!   I was contacted by Studio 5 and invited to be a guest on Tuesday, April 8th.  Studio 5 is a local TV show hosted by Brooke Walker on KSL.  After a little thought, I wanted to do a holiday décor project that would be fun to get kids involved with.  My kids LOVE to play with Color Magic and Color Shine, so I knew this would be perfect.

HS_studio1Kids LOVE to get involved in anything crafty really!  I think that it really adds to the excitement of any season!  Easter is already associated with DYEING eggs, but have you ever thought about DYEING the paper?!


I figured it would be fun to bring my own kids with me to the studio and have them demonstrate how easy it is!  They were SUPER excited to come!

HS_studio2The first project that we talked about was an EASTER EGG GARLAND!HS_studio4

Have you ever used white crayon as a resist? Works like a charm… I cut lots of ovals out of regular white cardstock.  I had the kids draw some patterns onto the paper using the white crayon: horizontal and diagonal stripes, polk a dots, waves, etc . ANYTHING GOES! It’s a little tricky to see what you have drawn because of the white on white.  The next step is to choose the color of Color Shine you want, and spray over the top!  The patterns just pop out like Color Magic! So fuN!

Once I had a bunch of ‘color shine-d eggs’, I simply sewed them all together to create a garland with the eggs just slightly overlapping and staggered.  Turned out so great! And my kids had fun creating all kinds of different designs.


For my 2nd project, I pulled out the Color Magic 12×12 paper, (happens to be on clearance at Michaels right now for only $3.99)… I wanted to create a ‘bunny banner’.  I actually used my Silhouette to cut my cute bunny shape out of the Color Magic paper.  I chose 4 colors: Teal, Pink, Citron and Coral  and sprayed 4 different patterns in 4 different colors.  THEY LOOKED SO CUTE!  But, I didn’t stop there! I tied Color Shined ribbon bows around some of their necks, and put little paper bow ties on the rest! I punched 2 holes in each bunny and used white string to thread them all together into SUCH a fun and happy-hoppy garland!

HS_easter3Once I had the shape in my Silhouette, I created a set of larger bunnies to adhere onto some little tin buckets to fill with candy.   I also thought it would be fun to create some little CARDS (inspired by the Color Magic Cards in Michaels).

HS_studio5I think these are my favorite part:  added color to the Color Magic side of the paper, and then folded the bunny shape over – you can either add pattern paper to the inside of the card, or Color Shine the inside as well!


Again, I added the Ribbons and bow ties… OH< and the ‘cotton bottoms’… Cotton balls!

i couldn’t wait to come home and hang up my banners! (note: i like to use the command strips/hooks! to hang the banners!)


HS_eastercupsI love how it all turned out!  And it was fun to share it with the kids! They were so excited to see the lights and cameras!  This is us with Brooke Walker – she is an absolute class act!

HS_easter2AS PROMISED: I have created TWO FREE TEMPLATES so you can GO and grab a pack of Color Magic paper and use your favorite colors of Color Shine to MAKE PRETTY EASTER STUFF!

Here is the first one:  here is the bunny as well as a handwritten ‘Happy Easter’ sentiment.  (The sentiment would make cute little flags on banners, or even be perfect for the inside of the cards).

HS_easterbannertemplate2Here is Template #2… it’s the outline for the Bunny Card as well as a little paper bow template.

HS_eastercardtemplateI recommend that you print the template onto white cardstock and cut it out. Then use that to trace to the BACK of the Color Magic paper so that it can then be cut out as well!  YAY!  So easy!

ENJOY THIS! and happy easter!

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