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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sneak Peek from A Blog Named Hero

I've got a little card over at A Blog Named Hero today. Go take a look. Simple, yet I love it!

A little sneak peek:




Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Congrats!




This month we are fortunate to be collaborating with Paper Smooches over at A Blog Named Hero. I chose this stamp set to work with, knowing I would get tons of use out of it, and I happen to love the font. For the focal image I used a new stamp set from Hero Arts, and stamped the main image twice. Then a few filler images to make it less empty. Used the Hero Arts unicorn white ink, which is the best I've used. Seriously, go buy it. Now. I'll wait. :)


I used some Faber Castell Design Memory Craft colored pencils for the coloring, and honestly, they blended so smoothly, it was wonderful. Part of what made it so easy, I believe, is that I used a smooth paper for the stamped image. Just look at the way the colors move seamlessly into each other. And I'm certain I could have done a better job, but I wanted it to be a bit "rustic", since it was on a kraft card stock. I mounted it onto a white card base which I had adhered some glitter paper to; just on the sides, can't be too generous with glitter paper! 


My favorite part of the card is the sentiment strip. I took a piece of the same paper that the image was on, and just scribbled the pencils back and forth across it, until it was very well blended. Then I embossed the sentiment on it, cut it into a large flag shape, and popped it up on some foam dots. 


Please use the links below for some shopping. We love Simon Says Stamp and we love to support them by spending our craft dollars there. Some of us, a little too much. Ahem. 




Sunday, June 1, 2014

Trinket Box!





Hello there! This month at A Blog Named Hero we are collaborating with two awesome companies: Finding Nana and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. I love them both and was excited to get to play with their products. 

Here's what I made, a little box for trinkets. 


Just an inexpensive box from the craft store. About four inches square. I used the washi tape to cover the lid. Tucked the excess under the edge, and trimmed off the corners. So easy, and adorable!


Added this great flair to the top, just makes me smile. I plan to give this to a friend, and I know it will make her happy to see it.


Then I took the amazing Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush and used it to swipe color on this fantastic Hero Arts stamp that I had to have. Excited that I finally used it. Stamped the sides of the box, and voila! A simple, easy, yet adorable, trinket box.



Make sure to play along with us for your chance to win a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp. We love them, I love them, and I think they need their own line on my household budget. Ahem. 








Thursday, May 1, 2014

A New Design Team in Town...

I'm thrilled to have joined a new design team. For the awesome a2zscrapbooking shop. Here's a little sneak peak of what I've made as a little welcome card. Please go to their great blog and check us out. I think you'll be very happy with what you see.



This is one of two blog posts today. Please make sure to check out both. You'll like them. 


Mama Elephant Collaboration and a new Challenge




The newest challenge at A Blog Named Hero is #43, Inspired By... meaning inspired by a Hero Arts designer. Since we are also collaborating with Mama Elephant, I combined both into one card. So much fun!


I often make my husband little cards. It started when he was traveling for work, and I would slip them into his suitcase, shaving kit, etc. Now I just make them for fun little expressions of love. And when I saw this set from Mama Elephant, I knew exactly what I would do with it. 


Julie Ebersole showed a technique last year that I have been wanting to try ever since I saw her post. I didn't have the supplies with me to make it work exactly the same way, so I got creative. Instead of embossing with a detailed die, I actually stamped the images and embossed them with embossing powder. This made it very easy for me to color the little birdies. I watercolored them with Distress Markers. And gave the little girl bird a Wink of Stella bath. Which you can see in the picture below, if you look closely. 


I then covered the stamped pieces with versamark and clear embossing powder, and then heat embossed. Did this three times per bird. Absolutely love the finished look on this. It's a small little work of art. Makes me happy.


Here's another shot of the card. To finish it off, I stamped the envelope pattern stamp from Hero Arts onto the layering paper. A little embossing of the sentiment and then glued together five of the punched hearts to make a thicker embellishment. Colored those with some markers, adhered them to the card, and applied some Wink of Stella and glossy accents.

I am very happy with this cute little card. It's just three inches square, but absolutely perfect for me to leave somewhere for my husband to find. 

I hope you'll join us on this challenge. The awesome Mama Elephant is offering a prize pack for this challenge. Two stamp sets of the winner's choice. That's a great prize. 

Also up for grabs is a $25 voucher to Simon Says Stamp. Have you seen their new website? It's gorgeous, and so much fun to shop. Lots of sorting and filtering options. You will love it. Go check it out!

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