Thursday, April 17, 2014

Check Me Out, I'm a Solo Artist

It's My First Solo Post over at A Blog Named Hero today. And I love the card I made. It was a birthday card for my Mom.

Anyway, head on over there, check it out. Here's a sneak peek to entice you. :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Building a Background Challenge

I was thrilled to be able to use this "new to me" starburst stamp in today's challenge. I'd been wanting to try an acetate card, and decided this stamp would make it happen.

To start off, I cut two pieces of card stock to fit the front of a card. I then took my stamp and inks, and stamped a background. This stamp makes it so easy. Stamps perfectly, every time, and makes a great statement.

Then I took the ticket die from Hero Arts and cut out the center of the two card fronts. Now I had pieces for the inside. 

I also partially die cut the ticket shape from a piece of plain paper, so I could attach it to one of the stamped pieces, and have a place to write a message on the inside, without it showing from the outside.

Just another shot of the card, so you can get the full effect.

These two pictures show the back of the card. I was careful to use the proper pieces of card stock, so that the pattern appears continuos. 

Then I used this lovely die from Hero Arts, cut it four times from white card stock and glued them on top of each other to make a thicker embellishment. Then I cut it again from a piece of card stock I'd colored with the Green Hills inkpad, so it would match the card. Glued that on top of the other four and topped it off with some Wink of Stella glitter pen. My first time using the pen, and I'm a convert. You can see a hint of it in the above picture. Subtle, but I love it.

Now, this is a tip/trick that helped me so much.

  1. Don't use your stickiest adhesive here. I love my ATG gun, LOVE it. It's such a strong adhesive though that if the card stock even touches the acetate, it's DOWN. And if you don't have it in the proper position, you're not going to be happy. (ask me how I know...) So I switched to a regular tape runner. Worked perfectly.
  2. Use your stampamajig! Oh my gosh, when I figured this out, I monkey clapped like Julie Ebersole! Just place your acetate card in the corner of the 'jig, then place that corner of the card stock down first. The rest falls into place perfectly. (Read the following in a sing-songy voice.) It is awesome!!!

Thanks go out, as always, to Simon Says Stamp. They're a fantastic sponsor of A Blog Named Hero, and we love them. 

Why not join our current challenge. You could win a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp. Fun!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Birthday Blog Hop for A Blog Named Hero + Prizes!!!

Hello and welcome to my stop on A Blog Named Hero's celebration blog hop. You probably came from Shari Carroll's blog. I just love every single thing that woman produces. She's awesome.

I have made a simple card that really just showcases this wonderful stamp from Hero Arts. I love the Birthday Balloon. It just makes me smile, and is really spectacular as a focal image on a card. Some white embossing powder, a wee bit of watercoloring, and it practically puts itself together. Well, as long as you use a lot of foam adhesive underneath the watercolor paper. It does warp a bit. :)

I am so thankful for A Blog Named Hero. I am an avid fan of Hero Arts, and was thrilled when Linda and Mary Dawn put together the fan blog. And now I get to be a part of it. Thrilling!

I'd love it if you took around my blog, maybe something will inspire you. Leave a comment, it's always nice to hear from readers. 

Please go visit the next stop on the hop. The always elegant Maya Isaksson. You'll love what she's made!

Don't forget to leave a comment on all of the blog posts. There is a prize package to be won from either Hero Arts or Simon Says Stamp. A big thanks to our sponsors!

Please visit Simon Says Stamp for all of your crafting needs. I can't say enough good things about them. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Exciting Announcement

I am excited to say that I am a part of A Blog Named Hero's latest design team. It is a very talented group of ladies, and I am honored to have been selected. 

This is the "Hello" card I made for our welcome post. 

I love the Hero Arts envelope background stamp so very much. And I am always happy when I get to use it on a card. 

This card uses about 80% Hero Arts goodies, and for the card base, I used a Pool note card, turned inside out. I love the pop of color you see in this picture.

I wanted to use some of the Hero Arts twine and I did a simple crochet stitch to make a more substantial embellishment. I really like the way this turned out.

I want to thank Simon Says Stamp for being an amazing sponsor of A Blog Named Hero. They have a great selection of crafting products and the best customer service. If you haven't shopped there, you should!

I can't wait to work on my next project for A Blog Named Hero. Stay tuned!

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