And the Beat Goes On…

Alright, I think I have gotten over the frustration of my blog problems and moved forward with a solution.

Gradually, I need to go through my blog and update lost links. 2017 has been done, so if you notice anything not appearing correctly (big ‘ole nasty photobucket error message), please leave me a quick comment so that I can get it fixed.

And now I move on to 2016…only 8 more years to go.

~ Heather

Blog Frustration!!

Hey Everyone!

Yes, I know my blog looks terrible right now!!

I use Photobucket to host my images and they have just changed their Terms of Service to no longer allow any third party hosting – unless you pay their $600 per year fee.

Since this is a small, hobby blog, that just isn’t feasible to me. So, I have to find a new option to save my beloved blog.

I am working to figure out a solution and begin restoring everything. Hang tight and I hope to be back soon!

Heather – Currently Lost in the Land of Internet Horror

Sketch Saturday #471

Hello Everyone! Welcome to a new sketch challenge over at Sketch Saturday. Every Saturday a new sketch is posted and you have until Friday the following week to enter for a chance to win a prize from their terrific sponsors. We hope you’ll come play with us!

Here is sketch challenge #471:


The sponsor this week is Drawn with Character and this is Dino Birthday.

Great image to play with and this is a perfect image for those kid birthday parties I know will be in my horizon, with two kids just starting school.

I hope you come and play along with us! One lucky challenge entrant will win a prize from our sponsor (and then maybe you’ll own this adorable stamp too!). Head on over to the Sketch Saturday blog to link up your new creation using the sketch. Good luck!

Create with Riley & Company

Hello Everyone!! Welcome back to anther post with Riley & Company.

Normally I put my Riley post up on Tuesdays, the same day that my projects appear on the Riley & Company blog. But, this weekend I wanted to do a couple of challenges and it always seems like I forget to link up if I delay the post…so I’ve decided to put them here on my blog today.

Both my cards today are from challenges. The first one is from the CAS(E) this Sketch blog challenge (#228). Here is the sketch:

And, here is the card I came up with. The background has been watercoloured. After I was done, I stamped up the Inhale the Future sentiment in two colors and stamped it onto the background.

After doing so, I decided the background was just a touch too plain, so I spritzed it with a gold shimmer. Of course, the caused my sentiment to run ever so slightly. I’m still happy with it, but I’ll definitely keep that in mind for next time.

My other card today is from the Paper Craft Crew Challenge (#250) and they have a tic-tac-toe challenge this week.

Looks like I’m working with Summer Celebrations and then I wanted to pull out my embossing paste so….natural element it is!

I created the background first, so then had to figure out exactly what Riley sentiment I wanted to use with it – what said “summer”? I decided that this Frozen Margarita said summer to me, since this is probably my favorite summer patio drink!

I used the Basic Riley, plus the beer glass from the Valentine’s/St. Pattys Accessories and colored it up nice and fluffy strawberry margarita pink! My natural element was the hemp twine, plus the burlap flower. Once again, I must be in a “butter up that background” mood, because I couldn’t resist adding little groups of stickles to the background to give it a little extra.

I hope you enjoyed my projects this week! We’ll see you in a few weeks for another creation with Riley & Company. Thanks for stopping by.

Craft Your Stash! June

Hey everyone!

I’m back again with the Craft Your Stash post. This is a new group I joined for 2017 and we’ve got one challenge hostess per month that gives us our assignment.

Suzy chose our theme/challenge this month and she chose Favorite Beverage card. Hard to tell if that’s coffee for me, but it’s definitely my “morning at work” choice. And this sentiment is pretty close to how I feel about it!

We have a number of coffee shops near my building. One in the lobby when I need to be quick (or the weather’s bad) and a slightly longer one-block walk to Starbucks. I love their caramel macchiatos!

Thanks for the challenge, Suzy!

Celebrations with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!

Hey all, just a quick card today featuring stamps from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. Tuesdays are theme day over at the Prickley Pear blog and today’s theme is celebrations.

I tend to use alot of birthday cards and I wanted something quick and easy that I could whip up when I needed it. The other thing I have plenty of is scraps, which I fall in love with and can’t seem to part with. So this was the perfect way to feature some of those patterns and get myself a quick and easy card.

I cut out the squares in various sizes from four patterns. Then, I stamped my Butterfly Sentiments happy birthday sentiment onto coordinating cardstock and cut it out with the Butterfly die. Add a couple of pearls and a fun swirl and off I go to the post office with this pretty card.

This card was helped out by a sketch somewhere, so if you recognize it, thank you for the inspiration.

Check out these fabulous sets and much more in the Prickley Pear store. And, don’t forget to follow us over at the Facebook page for more great inspiration!

Vacation Mini Album with Riley & Company

Hello All!! The Riley & Company blog feature a regular Designer Highlight, rotating between the talented members of the Riley & Company Design Team.

Well, it’s my turn to share a Designer Highlight and I chose to make this adorable mini album.


I did a class in March at one of my local scrapbook stores for this album design. The pages flip out, creating extra vertical pop-up space. I thought the design was pretty cool, but I also loved the opportunity to pull out my favorite Rileys and decorate away! The front cover features Travel Trunk Riley.

When you open that front cover, you find this. The green pages are the left and right side of the “album”, while the orange and patterned pieces are the vertical pop-out. On this page, I also included a flip up, which features Balloons Riley.

The Riley stamp on the left page is Window Riley, while various stamps in the Travel Sticker Stamps set.

Page 2 features Hammock Riley (one of my very first purchases!) and more travel stickers.

The right side flips out this time and Floating Riley is hiding underneath.

To better envision how this album is put together, here it is expanded. You can see page 1 on the left and page 2 on the right…see that hinge hiding underneath? Turn the book around and you’ll find page 3.

Page 3 is the backside of the book and operates the same way. Here I’ve included BBQ Riley and Under the Tree Riley. No flip up or outs here, but I have left some un-adhered space under the images so that I can slide a card or insert underneath.

Hope you enjoyed my project today! Check out the Riley and Company blog for more fun and find all these adorable moose in the store.

Thanks for stopping by!