Monday, July 31, 2017

July My Monthly Hero Card

Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero Club sets are Awesome!!  If you are like me and adore flowers, this one is for you.  I paired this set with the Avery Elle's Horizontal Stripes Die.  It just came Saturday and I couldn't wait to use it.

The Flowers and containers were stamped with Versafine Black ink  on Canson Multimedia paper.  Coloring with Tombow markers on this paper is fabulous!  It was very easy to blend.  Topped the flowers with Wink of Stella and added Glossy Accents on the butterfly.   The sentiment was stamped by curving the the stamp on a block and using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink then die cut with a Spellbinders banner die.

This card's sentiment was stamped and embossed, then cut with a punch.  Also both purple pieces were raised with pop dots.

Have a great day and keep on crafting.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sympathy Cards with New Technique

First of all, I love watching new technique videos on Youtube.  Jennifer McGuire is my favorite and today I'm showing you my take on her technique.  The link to her video is here.  I highly recommend visiting her site, you could spend days watching all her crafty goodness!

So, I love making cards, but it's very sad when the reason is loss.  A family member passed and a very good friend lost her husband, both were very unexpected.  Instead of struggling to design a card, I poured my love for these people into making the cards.

Here's my card, I made two of these...

The stamps and dies are a flower building set from Altenew called Camillia.  The prayer sentiment is from Hero Arts called Prayers Stamp and Cut.  I chose to use the new Distress Oxide Ink Wilted Violets for the flower and three different colors of green from my stash.

Keep on crafting and have a great day.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June Hero Arts Kit AND Yes, Color Of Pop Dots Matter

So the June My Monthly Hero Kit is Amazing!  Something I would never have picked out but absolutely love!  I have three daughters so everything I gravitate to is pink, flowery and glittery, so this challenged me.  

I stuck with Kraft card stock for four cards, but first used Bristol Smooth and three colors of Distress Ink - blended like butter on this card stock!  Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey was applied with a blending tool and I was able to continue moving it around for quite a bit.  Choosing which animals was hard because there were sooo many to choose from and in different sizes, but all were inked with Memento Tuxedo Black.  Here they are:
The kit came with some cork and I added a strip and buttons were from my stash.

The moon die cut is sprayed with Shimmer and Shine and raised with pop dots.

Loved that little Momma and Baby Elephant image!  The paper cord was from the kit and the little wooden heart was from my stash.  The tree is raised with pop dots. 

And finally, the brown shimmery paper was also included in the kit.

Now for those pop dots - I first found black pop dots at a Creative Keepsake Convention and it opened my eyes!  It really does make quite a difference when you are adhering black or dark color card stock as opposed to white or light color.  Here's a better look:

 Here is a photo of the black dots I used.
And there you have it.  Keep on crafting and have a great day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fathers Day Card with Hero Arts

My last cards were made with Hero Arts Monthly Kit (May) and featured mermaids and other underwater goodies.  I had all that sitting out still, (yes, I'm lazy and hadn't put it all away) when I reached for another new Hero Arts Stamp that I haven't used yet called Color Layering Octopus.  These two went together perfectly and I made three cards with them.  Bonus:  Got the Octopus Stamp on sale 40% off at Joanns.

Again, I used the monthly kit stencil and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist for the background.  One used the stencil and the next one I turned over the wet stencil onto fresh paper for the background.  The octopus was stamped with Prussian Blue Palette Ink for the base layer and then Versamark for the second layer and heat embossed with Zing Silver Embossing Powder.  Loved using my MISTI on the octopus as I was stamping over the misted background, four layers of ink was all it took to get really good coverage on the base layer.  Some coral was stamped and others were die cut along with seaweed.  The starfish was stamped with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide and really covered the background as well.

For the sentiment I used Justrite Stamps All In The Family and TAC (The Angel Company) All-American Blue ink.  But wasn't paying attention when I stamped the starfish and covered it partly with the sentiment strip.

Hope you have a great day and keep on crafting!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

3 Cards with May Hero Arts Monthly Kit

I've seen several talented artists create wonderful creations with this card kit!  Here is my try with these three cards.  

The backgrounds are some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists with the included stencil and the backing card that the stamps and dies are mounted on - it was too pretty to not use it!  Each card has images popped up and two of the sentiments are heat embossed.  I had quite a bit of fun coloring all the stamped images with my Tombow Markers.  I'm pretty sure I'll be getting lots of use out of this kit!

Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Multi-Purpose Card

I'm making more cards that can be used for many purposes, (not occasions per se) like today's card.  I sent it to my Aunt who suffered a severe fall, yes, I want her to get well, but what I really want her to know, is that I love her!  This could also be sent instead of a condolence card as well as just I love you.

The background was stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Picked up this stamp at a CKC convention called Branch Shadow from  The Flower is from Stampendous called Floral Bloom and the Love die cut and sending you stamp is from a Simon Says Stamp set called Kristina's Love.

The flower is colored on Bristol Smooth card stock with Tombow Markers.  A touch of sparkle and white dots with gel pens accent the image.  I hand cut the image and used pop dots to raise it up.  The Love is cut with both black card stock and vellum, and the sending you is stamped with versa mark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
 Here's to Aunt Linda, hope you heal quickly!

Have a wonderful day and keep crafting!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mothers Day Card (A Day Late)

Yes, this is the day after Mothers Day!  My Mom sees this blog so I couldn't post earlier.  I always make my Mom a card and don't repeat it for anyone else, kind of like her, she's one of a kind!

Jennifer McGuire Ink has oodles of tutorials and I love watching them and use the stuff I already have.  Don't get me wrong, I do find myself adding to my wishlist some of the items she uses!  This card uses a few of her techniques - I encourage you to follow her on her blog, youtube, Pinterest and Instagram.  Those are the only social media feeds I use, so I'm not sure about others.  

On to the card.... I used a stamp set from Hampton Art, it's flowers but doesn't have a name, just a number SC078.  Stamped and embossed the images and used distress ink to color with blender.  I used Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey, then sprayed with water, lots of water and added a final spritz of shimmer and shine spray.  After it thoroughly dried I hand cut all the pieces and added pop dots to the pieces I chose to use.  For my "Non shaking" Shaker box, I used Hero Arts Infinity Dies in hearts to cut windows.  Instead of placing foam tape between the layers of acetate, I just smooshed them on top of each other - aka "non shaking".  The sequins still move, just not a lot.   The sequins are from Neat and Tangled, a free goodie that arrived with my order.  The sentiment is from Justrite Stamps, All in The Family, Large Sentiments.  Stamped with Versafine black and embossed with Zing clear embossing powder.  Inside the card, to cover the flowers and adhesive I glued more flowers, turned face down, so the inside flap is all white.  Tucked inside the card....a JoAnn's Gift card...she's a quilter :)
Hope you all had a wonderful Mothers Day!