Christmas Ornament Blessings

Hi all! Today I'm stopping in with a quick little number from the 2017 Hero Arts Winter catalog.
This Holiday Ornaments Stamp and Cut set is super neat, because the stamps can be easily be used for so many different designs and styles!

Today, I paired the ornaments with Hero Arts Purple and Pink Ombre inks.

After stamping the ornaments, I stamped the branch in Soft Olive, and my sentiment, from Blessings Stamp and Cut, in Black.

I adhered the stamped panel to a card base, along with a black strip of cardstock and a strip of cardstock I had colored with the Soft Olive.

If you have a Misti (or not!), this would be a super easy design to replicate to lots of Christmas cards. You don't need any fancy tools to crank this little bugger out. ;)

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels white, Bazzill Black
Stamps: Hero Arts Holiday Ornaments Stamp and Cut and Blessings Stamp and Cut
Ink: Hero Arts Purple and Pink Ombre, Soft Olive, and Black


Caroling Elves

Popping in today with a cheery little number, featuring a stamp I designed for Hero Arts that was part of their October MMH add-ons - Three Happy Elves.

I colored the little guys in various ZIG's - . I didn't have a minty color, so to achieve the color, I put down a layer of Cobalt Blue, and then went over it with Pale Green.

I've only recently starting recording my obsession with speech bubbles, and with these little guys, it was inevitable. I think I'm in love with the little bubble from Holiday Cheer - I want like, fifteen more of them in different sentiments! The little guy was stamped in Soft Granite, and the main sentiment, Joy to the World, was stamped in Orchid.
I'm not gonna lie, it was a rather sloppy stamping job there, but you know, I'm really all for that homemade look these days. ;)

The background, Garden Tile Pattern, was inked in Versamark, then Mint Julep, stamped on a mint layering paper, and heat embossed with clear Sparkle powder.

That finishes off today's card - thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Pool Layering papers, Michaels white cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Three Happy ElvesGarden Tile PatternHoliday CheerJoy to the World
Ink: Hero Arts BlackOrchid and Soft Granite; Versamark; ZIG Cobalt Blue and Pale Green.
Other: Hero Arts clear Sparkle powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Holiday Cheer frame cuts


Plaidtastic Foxes

I used to not be able to understand why people would post Christmas projects all the way back in September or October, but as I've grown older and wiser, I've discovered the key motivating factor behind this: procrastination. 
If it doesn't happen month's before Christmas, it's unlikely to happen close to Christmas, especially with all the business that surrounds it.

With this in mind, I'm going to start posting cards I made for the Hero Arts 2017 Winter Catalog.

We'll kick this off with a bright and colorful Christmas card, featuring the adorable Color Layering Cool Foxes.

The plaid background was made by stamping the Candy Stripes Bold Prints background twice in Indigo, each in opposite directions - an older video of this technique HERE.
The foxes were stamped with Soft Apricot, Orange Soda and Black.

I white heat embossed a sentiment from Holiday Ornaments Stamp and Cut, and die cut it using the Yes Stamp and Cut die. I'm officially documenting my obsession with speech bubbles, starting from THIS post. It's a thing.

I topped the card off with some Pool Mixed Accents gems.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Sea Layering Paper, Michaels white cardstock, Joann black cardstock
Ink: Hero Arts Soft ApricotOrange SodaIndigo and Black; Versamark
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder and Pool Mixed Accents gems

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Yes Stamp and Cut die


Scenic Village

HI all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts October 2017 My Monthly Hero Arts blog hop!

This kit is jam packed full of adorable images and versatile dies, and today's card uses both of those...

To start the card, I made a background by using the Star Confetti die as a stencil, and inking a kraft card base with Unicorn White ink. I stamped the flying santa in the upper corner, and then began building the little village.

The images were all stamped in Black, colored simply with a Carmine Red ZIG pen, and then some Stickles were added for a bit of sparkle. I tucked the buildings in between mountains and trees, die cut from the amazing kit dies.

To finish the card off, I die cut a speech bubble from Yes Stamp and Cut and then heat embossed a sentiment from Color Layering Wreath in White. Adhered the bubble to the base (I'm kind of obsessed with speech bubbles) and that finished the card!


This month's kit includes:
  • 6x8 Clear Set
  • 10 Frame Cuts
  • 3 Fancy Dies
  • 6 sheets 5x7 decorative paper: 3 assorted styles 2 of each
  • 1 Thick Lacquer Pen
  • 1 Silver Embossing Powder 0.5 oz 
  • 1 Unicorn white Ink Cube
The kit value is $70, an amazing deal at $34.99.
The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!


For inspiration and a chance to win this month's kit, hop along with us!

Clare Prezzia 


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero will reimburse the winner if they have already bought the kit).
Giveaway closes Sunday, 10/8 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.


Cardstock: Michaels white cardstock, Hero Arts Kraft layering paper


One Layer Village

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today, with a one-layer card using the newest My Monthly Kit.

Check out the blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in!


Cat and Mouse Chase

As I've detailed in previous posts (see HERE, HERE, and HERE), I'm a little in love with a particular background.

After making THIS card, I had the vellum piece leftover, and so this card came about, using the adorable Mewn and Back stamp set.

Because I've made this background several times, you can follow one of the aforementioned links at the top to find out how to make it. It uses the beautiful Star Confetti die, some pretty inks (Fresh Peach, Ultra Pink, Navy, and Grape Juice) and my fave embossing powder, Hero Arts Clear Sparkle embossing powder.

With my background done, I heat embossed a sentiment from Astronomical in Silver, and then die cut the cardstock using the Circle Infinity dies. The sentiment was adhered to the base with thin dimensional adhesive.

The cats and mice were stamped in Charcoal, and then colored with Pale Gray, Gray Brown and a touch of Pale Pink for the cheeks and ears. I die cut the cats, trimmed the mice out, and adhered them around the sentiment, filling in some space with black gems.

The Mewn & Back and Astronomical stamp sets are both part of the August My Monthly Hero add-on release.

If you haven't heard of this kit before, the website HERE does a great job explaining it. The actual kits are often sold-out, so subscribing guarantees you can get the main kit.

However, Hero Arts releases similarly themed stamps to the main kit (August was space themed), that can be purchased separately. If you order them along with the main kit, there is no additional shipping charge, but if that's not your thing, you can totally buy them later! Either way, it's great to check in every month, even if you're not a subscriber, and see what new add-ons there are.

If you have any questions about the kit, feel free to message me, but again, the website really does a good job explaining all the ins and outs - it's not too complicated, so no worries there. ;)

Thanks for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels, Bazzill black
Stamps: Hero Arts Mewn and Back and Astronomical
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts CharcoalFresh PeachUltra PinkNavy, and Grape Juice; ZIG Pale GrayGray Brown and Pale Pink
Other: Hero Arts Silver and Clear Sparkle embossing powder, black gems

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Star ConfettiCircle Infinity, and Mewn and Back dies


Snowy Background

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

I got to play with A Whisper on My Nose stamp set, and I made a quick little tag with it....

I blended Distress Oxide's Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet to get my background, and then die cut it using Hero Arts Tag Infinity dies
I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed in white, then splattered it with some water and Hero Arts Unicorn spray. 

It's hard to tell in the pics, but I also stamped the snowflakes in Versamark, and heat embossed with Hero Arts Clear Sparkle embossing powder for a little extra sparkle.
The tag was topped off with some luscious silk ribbon, and that finished it off!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!


Quietfire Design/Suzanne Cannon is hosting a giveaway of a $50 gift certificate to their online store.


For lots of inspiration, follow this hop!
Other: Hero Arts White and Clear Sparkle embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Tag Infinity dies

Birdy Background

Today's card has been almost a year-long in the works. 

When I got the Color Layering Birds and Blossoms prototype stamp set back in November, I knew right away I wanted to make a cute background with it. So I did just that, stamping my little birds on some pretty Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock, and then...I just tucked the background away, never to see the light of day again until almost a year later!

My background was made by stamping the solid part of the bird in Soft Granite, and then stamping the second layer in Black. I stamped some hearts in Versamark, and heat embossed in Gold.

The last bit is pretty easy – just stamp and heat emboss the sentiment (from Color Layering Happy Day Flowers) in White, then die cut using the Heart Infinity dies. Adhere the sentiment to the card.

I trimmed the panel down to fit an A4 card, and that finished off the card!

How often does that happen with you? You start making a project, but then set it aside to finish at another time, and then you just forget? I've got a whole little box full of backgrounds and images all ready to be made into cards!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels white, Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock
Ink: Hero Arts Black and Soft Granite, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White and Gold embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Heart Infinity dies, heat gun


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!


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!


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!


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


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!


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


For lots of inspiration, follow this hop:

Clare Prezzia < you are here!


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


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!


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