9.20.2017

Toile de Jouy

I'm over on the CardMaker blog today with a Toile de Jouy inspired card! Don't know what that means? Head on over to the blog to find out!


Thanks for stopping in today and God bless!

9.19.2017

Chatty Owls

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with some chatty owls...


Head on over to the blog for more details, and thanks so much for stopping in!

9.13.2017

The Reach of Kindness

I'm a creature of habit. When I find something I really like, I usually stick with it. Examples:
  • Chik-fil-a original sandwich. Nothing else on the menu is as good...(not that I've really explored)
  • McDonald's mocha frappe. Or just mocha frappe by any other name at any other coffee-selling vendor.
  • My mom's Italian meatballs (everything else is 😝)
Hm, well, upon reflection, it appears I'm mostly a food-based creature of habit...but it does extend a bit to my card making!

Case in point: this background.
When I was on a roll making it, I was on a ROLL.

So when I got my hands on the August My Monthly Hero add-on, Astronomical, I just knew the pair were a match made in heaven.


Because the background is so utterly gorgeous (if I do say so myself), I decided to keep it simple with the images. I colored them lightly with Light Gray and Gray Brown, and then die cut them with the coordinating die cuts.

I adhered them to the background using Scrappy Glue, my favorite kind of glue for smaller, delicate pieces and also slicker surfaces, such as this embossed background.


HERE'S a video showing how I made the background, but here's a quick overview:
  1. Blend Hero Arts Grape Juice, Ultra Pink, Soft Apricot, and Navy. You could play around with other pinks and oranges, but it's really the Grape Juice and the Navy that really ties everything together for me.
  2. Cover dried inks with Versamark, and heat emboss using Hero Arts clear Sparkle embossing powder (aka, the best stuff EVER invented!!). I feel like this is the most essential, as it seems to really blend the background together.
  3. Die cut using the Hero Arts Star Confetti die. (you could do this step last and get two cards - check the video for details!)
You can really get a lot out of this project - the video itself shows how to get two backgrounds from this process, and you could even get three projects, if you used the die cut stars as confetti.


I die cut a shimmery navy panel using the Rectangle Infinity dies, and then tucked a white heat embossed vellum sentiment behind it.

Thanks for much for stopping in today and God bless!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Hero Arts Astronomical
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts Grape JuiceUltra PinkSoft Apricot, and Navy, ZIG Light Gray and Gray Brown
Other: Hero Arts White and clear Sparkle embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Astronomical Frame CutsStar Confetti and Rectangle Infinity dies

9.12.2017

Subtle Die Cut Background

Hi all! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and Spellbinders.

The card today uses one of the dies from the September Spellbinder XL Die of the Month. Today is my parent's 35th wedding anniversary, so I wanted to make a clean and simple card for them using the dies.


I die cut one of the borders three times in white cardstock, then adhered the strips to a white card base. I topped off the die cuts with some blue gems from my stash.


The sentiment is from the Happy stamp set by Hero Arts, and was embossed in Copper powder on vellum. I cut one short edge of the strip into a banner edge, and adhered it to the card base. I used a little bit of vellum adhesive on the right short edge, and also used some Scrappy Glue directly behind the embossing (so it wouldn't show behind the vellum).

I really like using Scrappy Glue - it's a little less flimsy (funny word to describe adhesive, I know ;)) then Multi Matte Medium, and it also dries matte.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

PRIZE


Spellbinders is hosting a giveaway on their blog of a one-year kit subscription.

BLOG HOP


For lots of inspiration, follow this hop:

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SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut
Ink: Versamark
Other: Hero Arts Copper embossing powder, blue gems from stash

Tools: Cuttlebug, September Spellbinder XL Die of the Month, heat gun

9.07.2017

Enjoy the Last of Summer

Fall is always so bittersweet for me, as I am a huge fan of summer, but I guess if you have to leave the greenness and sunshine of summer, what better way to go out then the beautiful colors of fall?

Before my musings take me to winter (ugh! and I'm a winter baby, too!), let's have a nice summery card, shown in the Hero Arts 2017 Summer catalog.

This simple card features my first stamp set, Enjoy the Journey.


First, I heat embossed some of the waves in white on watercolor cardstock, and loosely colored around them with my ZIG Cobalt Blue pen.

I heat embossed the main ship in white on black, and trimmed that out (I didn't have the super handy-dandy die on hand at the time). With the boat adhered to the dried out waves, I topped the panel off with a cheeky sentiment stamped in Black and some Ocean Ombre sequins.


I adhered the panel to a card base, along with a strip of gray cardstock, and finished the card off with some string.

I love how this card can be used for anyone, for almost any occasion!

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy the fourteen (!!!!) days left of summer!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Canson watercolor, Bazzill Licorice Twist, gray cardstock from stash
Stamps: Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey
Ink: Versamark, ZIG Cobalt Blue, Hero Arts Black
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder and Ocean Ombre sequins, string

Tools: heat gun, water, paintbrush, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey die