Saturday, February 21, 2015

So Excited About This!!!

Hi everyone!

 If you're looking for my Hero Arts blog hop post, click here.

I'm really excited to share some fun news with you! As many of you know, I'm the administrator for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group and we have challenges over there every two weeks.

Our newest challenge just started yesterday and the theme is, "Get Crafty With Kraft" but the best part is that we've teamed up with Lawn Fawn's Flickr group for this one! Isn't that fun?!  




Lawn Fawn's group moderator is my sweet friend, Nancy Krueger and the two of us have been in cahoots, working hard to bring this fun challenge to life.

Here is the direct link to the challenge, where you'll find all the details, rules and guidelines. 
Co-Challenge on Flickr with Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp.

Both Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp are giving away two $25.00 gift cards to randomly chosen winners! That's FOUR winners - woo, hoo!

We hope you'll stop by and check out the challenge! We're looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with using kraft!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spring 2015 Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop!

Hi and welcome to the last stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop!


My hostess sisters and I have been featuring fabulous stamps this week from the new 2015 release and we hope we've given you some fun ideas for using these awesome new stamps! If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from the awesome and talented Cheiron's blog, My Crafty Life!

  • Hero Arts will be giving away three prize packs containing an assortment of Hero Arts goodies (new 2015 Spring Catalog included!) For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!
  •  The commenting deadline is Sunday, February 22 at 11:59pm PST.
  •  From all eligible comments, three winners will be selected at random and announced on the blog next week.
  • If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Club Blog. Also, please report broken links to: blog@heroarts.com.

We were all sent some new stamps to play with and I couldn't wait to get started! I love the Tropical Background Cling stamp and I could not stop playing with it. You can get so many different looks from this one stamp.


This card took awhile to create but I love playing with ink so it was fun! , after white embossing the image, I added color with three different Distress Inks, a bit of water and a tiny paintbrush. And that fabulous sentiment is from a set called, Happy Stamp and Cut. It comes with the Happy die and a bunch of coordinating sentiments!

This next card was done by stamping the same image in black and clear embossing.




I love how it turned out! The colors were added using Distress Inks and a foam applicator. I have to thank my friend Kelly for giving me this fun idea!

And yes, I made one more card using this awesome stamp! This one is a bit more subtle.


This time, I inked up the stamp with a few different shades of blue ink, spritzed with just a little water, then stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper. I love that new sentiment stamp - it's a little wood stamp called, Thankful.

I DID play with another stamp set too. This one is called, Stamp Your Own Plant. It comes with a wonderful variety of leafy images. I used one of the leaf clusters from the set, stamping the image with a couple of different shades of green Distress Inks.



I added some splatters and inked the edges of my panel before stamping the sentiment. Love those mixed fonts!


And that's a rap! We hope you have all enjoyed the hop! If you've missed any of the stops along the way, please head over to the Hero Arts blog to find all the days and links of the hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥ 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's Valentine's Week!

Hi there!

It's my crazy week at work and if I were being honest, I'd tell you I am NOT looking forward to it. It's a lot of hard work but it's also fun, so I'm trying to stay positive for all those men out there who need to buy roses for their honey's! 

I've got a quick post today - I'm glad to have this one day off so I can share something creative!

I wanted to make a Valentine's Day card with non-traditional colors.


I used lots of Simon Says Stamp products for this one. Their Sending and Wishing stamp and die set, the Combined Hearts die set, the Small Heart Doily die, and their Falling Hearts stencil. I love how it all came together!

Before I sign off, I want to remind you there is another fun challenge going on in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group! It's the 12th one and it's, "So Sparkly!" You can check out all the details here. I'd love it if you found some time to play along! You have until Thursday morning, February 19th to enter, and you could win one of two, $25.00 gift cards to the SSS store!

Thanks for the visit! I'll be back at the end of next week with something REALLY fun! ♥

Monday, February 2, 2015

Day 5 and 6 - Clean and Simple 4

I'm back again with more cards from the online card class, Clean and Simple 4.


I'm writing this late Sunday night and trying to get every last minute of my vacation squeezed in. Hate the thought of going back to work. Don't get me wrong, I do love working with flowers but as I get older, I want to work less and less. Lol!

Anyway, it's gonna be another quick post because I really should already be in bed by now, so let's get to the cards.


This first one is my take on Kristina's fun card! I tried a different color combo than I would normally use. Such a fun die-cutting technique too! The border stamps are from Simon Says Stamp -  all from different sets that I rarely use.



Laura shared an inking technique that was really fun too! I love the way this card turned out! The flower is from Simon Says Stamp's Friendly Flowers stamp and die set. 

 On day 6, there were some more awesome techniques but I only had time to try one of them.


Tasnim showed us a masking technique and I love how this one turned out too!

And that's it. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hopefully I'll be back soon with a card from day 7. ♥

Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 4 - Clean and Simple 4

Hi!

Today's cards are from playing with the fun techniques shown on day 4 of the online card class, Clean and Simple 4.


I first have to apologize because I am in a huge hurry today and will not be sharing any links to products, so if you have any questions, just ask in a comment below and I'll do my best to get an answer to you.

My first card uses the faux dry embossing technique shared by Yana. You use die-cuts to create the look. 


My next card is a fun one! I love using embossing paste and I really enjoyed trying to layer the paste using different stencils! This was inspired by Jocelyn Olson's beautiful card!



I didn't really love how this turned out so I wanted to try it again with two different stencils.


I sure am enjoying this class! 

I'm off to get some other, non-crafty things done around here! The house and chores have been neglected this week, to say the least!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by! ♥


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 3 - Clean and Simple 4

Hey there!

I'm back with a few more cards today. I loved all three techniques from day 3 of the online card class, Clean and Simple 4. More importantly, I actually had time to try each one!

This first one was inspired by Julie Ebersole's technique. You stamp using Gesso and it works as a resist.


I used the Hero Arts, Classic Bloom wood stamp for my flowers and the sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp's, Friendship Messages.

My second card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire. She shared a really fun technique too! Who knew that clear, VersaMark ink could give results like this!?


The stencil I used is from Simon Says Stamp. It's called, Make a Scene. That adorable tree die is from their Woodland Tree set and I used another sentiment from their Friendship Messages set.

My last card uses a technique most of you have probably heard of and it's a favorite - velveteen stamping. It always gives gorgeous results!


Here's a close-up so you can see the white-on-white text showing through the stamped flowers.


I first stamped Hero Arts' Friend Definition in white pigment ink and let dry before stamping the flowers. Speaking of those sweet flowers, they're from a set called, Floral Bookmarking from Simon Says Stamp. I thought they'd look really pretty, stamped in Hero Arts' Cornflower Mid-Tone ink. The sentiment is from a set called, Flower Friend by SSS.

I had a lot of luck today playing with these techniques. Hoping it continues through the rest of the class!

Thanks for the visit! I'm off to check out day 4! ♥

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 2 - Clean and Simple 4

Hi there!

I'm back again today with another card. I know, I know, don't faint! Lol! I rarely blog two days in a row but when you have time off from work AND there's an online card class going on, it's easier to find the time.

In today's lesson, the instructors shared some fun techniques for CAS cards using dies. I loved Kristina's card and wanted to give it a try.


What a fun way to get more out of your dies! I used the Stitched Slopes and Hills die set from Simon Says Stamp. The butterflies are from their Butterfly Drift die and the sentiment is the from WPlus9 stamp set called, Hand Lettered Thanks.

Here's a close-up of the shimmery butterflies.


I used Simon Says Stamp inks to do my shading. Surf Blue, Island Blue and Blue Violet.

The first two days of class have been wonderful! If you didn't get a chance to see my faux ceramic tile card from day 1, click here. And if you're interested in these classes, click here. They are so worth the price and I always learn something new and fun! These classes are even worth it if you just need to get your creative mojo going!


I'm also entering this card in the Inkspirational Challenge #74, Ombre. Thank you, Pia for the info!
 Thanks for stopping by! ♥