Thursday, March 31, 2011
For this card I have used Hero Arts stamps H2141, S5507 and K5314 and a flower, ribbon, and brad from my extensive stash.
Speaking of videos, Shari is on-camera again sharing her talents - check it out on the Hero Arts blog, here. You will also see that I am the lucky Wednesday Winner of the random blog drawing for some wonderful Hero Arts products! Yeah! Hero Arts is so generous with prizes, inspiration and all kinds of fun. Thanks, Hero Arts!
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I love these colors, so I decided to make a coordinated envelope. Hero Arts stamps used are CL231, CL148, CG245, CL284. Thanks for looking! Have a great day.
Monday, March 28, 2011
A simple card for a complex guy who we love very much!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
This card uses Hero Arts stamps S5502, CL139, S5507 and CL481.
Thanks for looking and Happy Birthday, Buck. Have a great week!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I always feel like a traitor when I use a stamp other than Hero Arts! But, I am a mermaid gal and I don't believe that Hero has mermaid stamps. I wanted to make a special mermaid stamp for a friend who gave me the most amazing mermaid book - she is a genius at book-hunting and was kind enough to think of me. Thanks, Kathleen!
This stamp is by American Crafts; colored with Copics, glitter pens and Stickles. The sentiment is Hero Arts CG132 - I love that big, bold set. I added some big rick-rack from my stash to represent some waves.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We have a dear friend (80+ yrs. old) who still types us letters. This birthday card is for her. This card features a new Hero Arts set called "My Type" (CG280). Don't you just love this vintage typewriter? I need to ink it up more often.
I cut a slit in the typewriter and slipped the paper into it to add some realistic dimension. Fun!
I added dots with a glaze pen for the keys and some red bling on the ribbon holders. Some black tulle was attached with a circular black paper clip. The great vintage-looking paper is by Graphic 45 - lots of layers.
Have a great day!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I saw a video over at Splitcoast Stampers on doing a Delft Tile design and I knew I had to try it with Hero Arts' Classic Fabric Design stamp.
Here is the link for the tutorial. Check it out and give it a try. I'd love to see what you do, so leave me a comment with a link to your card.
For this card I used Ranger Distress inks in Broken China and Faded Jeans. All stamps are Hero Arts (CL158, CL448, CG245) and I added some Stickles to the cupcake.
I am submitted this card to the ABC Design Team Challenge, which is for birthday cards. Check out the details here and give it a shot. Fun!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Check it out and try it for your self.
The butterfly (colored with Copic pens) and sentiment are Hero Arts.
Have a great week!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
This is one of the cards I did using Hero Arts "Layering Technique". Shari makes it look so easy on her video, but I have struggled with it.
By the way, one of my pals didn't understand that when a word in my blog is dark (like the "her video" in the above paragraph), it means that it links you directly to the site that I am referencing. The link is embedded in the sentence, rather than written out as a http address. So, just click on it and you will get there. Easy (for you, not so much for me)! Got it, Jill?
The first layer is Hero Arts birthday definition from the Dictionary Greet set (CL479), which is heat embossed on water color paper. There is a layer done with just an acrylic block and distress inks. Then a layer stamped with the Italian Poetry background stamp (S1832) and finally finished with the fern (K5314).
I must say that as good as the Hero Arts video is, I had some trouble with this technique - I had lots of rejects. But, I am getting the hang of it and will share some other samples with you. In the meantime, watch the video and give it a shot.
Enjoy today - stay out of trouble and don't drink too much green beer! Thanks for looking!
For those who have asked me, here is a link.
My favorite wise guy with googly eyes! have a great day!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The butterflies have a top layer of vellum and are colored with Copic pens. This dear friend shared some of these great stamps with me several years ago - I've been saving them for very special cards! Thanks, Antoinette. The tea-dyed twill, buttons, twine are from my stash.
I love the vintage look of this card. The Hero Arts Stamps used are CG245, S5507, CL479, CL140
Monday, March 14, 2011
Just a little chuckle to start our week. Hero Arts stamps used are CL155 and CL350.
Have a great week!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
This type of card requires some pre-planning because you usually want the peeking hole to be in the middle of the card front and you need the main image to be in the correct location to peek through without giving away the "surprise".
I first cut the hole (with Nestibilities die in the Cuttlebug) and lightly outline the hole with pencil onto the inside of the card to help with the image placement. The pencil can be erased after stamping.
Sometimes it takes some adjustment of the images, so you may want to stamp on scrap paper first. I did some masking to get the Bee in the correct location on the big cupcake, which is a perfect "stage" for this technique.
All stamps except for the Queenie (Stampendous) are Hero Arts. I used individual letter samps to create the unique wording for this card.
The label is cut in the Cuttlebug with Spellbinders Shapeabilities and the images are colored with Copic pens. The cupcake paper is paper pieced (from yesterday's blog) and I added some Stickles and gems to the Bee; after all, she is the Queen!
Hope this brought a smile, not a sting! Have a Bee-utiful weekend!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
For this card, after stamping the background pattern (Hero Arts CG267), I stamped the cake (Hero Arts K5315). Then I stamped portions of the cake onto four different patterns, cut out each piece and applied it to the original image. I (of course!) added some sparkle, a button and some twine.
I was inspired by Cath over at Moxie Fab World who has created a paper piecing challenge for her "Stamp It! Techniques". Check it out and play along!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Today's card is a simple birthday card with a unique design that my friend Carina taught me. The stamps are all Hero Arts (CL493, CG269, CL494). The background is the birthday definition stamp, the sentiment is heat embossed in white and the cake is colored with Copic pens. Of course, some bling has been added.
What is unique is the way the card opens. The white panel for the personal message is under the cake panel. Cute, eh?
Well, my bloggin' buddies, laissez les bon temps rouler!
Monday, March 7, 2011
I colored it with Copic pens using the "scribble" technique. It is easy and fun. Just take three shades of one color - light, darker and darkest. Actually scribble the image with the lightest color. Then add highlights with the darker and darkest colors, thinking about where shading would be. Don't worry about being too careful - it will look great, I promise! Finally, scribble over the entire image again with the lightest shade of color and cut out the image. Amazing, eh?
I placed the flower onto some perfect designer paper, added a Hero Arts sentiment and a little bling and ended up with an eye-popping card that looks like it took hours to complete. Our little secret.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
My nominations are:
Britta Swiderski - She has made some of the most informative videos; in fact, she recently completed her 25th. I am shocked at her ability to balance so much in her life and that she can produce such amazing paper crafts and videos.
Ashley Newell - Another gal who makes amazing instructional videos. Check her site on Wednesdays - that is when new ones are usually posted. Most inspirational!
Mishelle Wooderson - Mish is a wonderful gal with lots of great crafty ideas. I love to check in at her blog for some country/vintage style tips. She is so generous with her great ideas and she has a fun Etsy shop where I have found lots of crafting goodies.
Julia Stainton - Julia has a glorious blog, full of great inspiration. She often uses Hero Arts stamps and wins all kinds of challenges and is often published. This gal has style!
Jana Millen - Talk about a glimpse of sunshine, this blog provides it. Lots of joy and color here - and a great Etsy shop full of great buys.
Thanks to all of you and so many others for all the effort and work you put into your blog just because you want to share your love of crafting!
Now, as required, here are 5 things about myself - no laughing, please!
- About 30 years ago I had an opportunity to go to the Big Island of Hawaii and swim with wild dolphins. They really spoke to me - it was an amazing, spiritual, life-changing experience!
- For the life of me, I could never memorize my multiplication tables but I can solve about any math problem.
- I wanted to study art in college, but my Dad told me "No; art can be your hobby, you need to prepare for a career". While I was angry at the time, it was good advice. I love my career and it has allowed me to do my art.
- I love all things French!
- My Mom is my hero.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I love this new Hero Arts clear stamp set called "Just Saying Hi" (CL502). So, I inked it up and grabbed some cute vintage-looking tape by heidi swapp. Great combo, eh? I not only used it to accent the card, but I rolled some up to create a 3-D cord for the vintage phone.
I added a torn phone book page and some vintage buttons from my stash.
Thanks, Cath, for the call!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
This time I coupled the card with a a cute Hawaiian stamp of a ukulele (I am taking ukulele lessons, you know) girl. I colored her with Copic pens and added some sparkle.
The woven element is a napkin ring that I got at a garage sale. I just cut it open and used red craft tape to adhere it. The button and twine are from my stash.
Mahalo for looking! Have a great day.