Monday, October 30, 2017

Hero Arts Kit- Pumpkins, Pumpkins, and more Pumpkins

Today, I made some Thanksgiving cards using the September Hero Arts Kit and Papertrey Ink Leaf Prints stamp set.  I'm having too much fun playing with this kit.  It's been laid out on my crafting table for the last few days and doesn't seem to be leaving any time soon. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this set is perfect for the upcoming holiday.  So, here are the cards I made today:

1st Card:

2nd Card:

Hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I had fun making them.  Thanks for dropping by!


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sending you Sunshine

Hi there!  Today I created another card using my September Hero Arts Kit.

The background was made in the same exact way as yesterday's card and placed on Ripe Avocado cardstock and a Kraft cardstock base. This time, I used the sunflower and stalk images for the focal point.  The images are multi-step creating dimension.  It was again stamped on Rustic Cream cardstock, rounded in the corners and blended with Distress Oxide Ink in Antique Linen.   I stamped the sentiment on vellum and adhered that to the bottom of the image.

Thanks for stopping in!

Card Supplies:
September Hero Arts Kit
Tsukineko Momento Rich Cocoa Ink
Rustic Cream cardstock.
Distress Ink Oxide in Antique Linen
Ripe Avocado cardstock
Leaf Prints stamp set
Cream baker's twine
Kraft cardstock

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Autumn Greetings and Hero Arts Monthly Hero Kit

My love for clothes probably ranks up as high as my love for card making.  I have a quarterly clothing subscription that I love and when I found out there was  card subscription available, I was pretty much all in.  There honestly are so many different subscriptions out there but I wanted something that would allow me to get the best bang for my bucks.  After some research, I decided to go with Hero Arts- My Monthly Hero Kit.  I looked at previous kits they offered and liked what I saw (different supplies, stamps, and inks).  My second Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts arrived a while ago, but I haven't had much time to play with it until today!  I love my Hero Arts subscription because you get an awesome kit with new products to try out every month.  The kit usually sells out quickly but as a subscriber, you are guaranteed a kit. It's a great deal because you get about $70 worth of products for $35.  I've received 2 months worth so far and couldn't be happier with what I'm getting.  It's always a great surprise when my Monthly Hero Kit arrives.  To see previous Monthly Hero Kits, go here: 

The following is the September Hero Arts Kit:
The images on the left of the kit are just samples of what can be created with the kit.  These projects are not included in the kit.  The images on the right are the kit contents.  It includes ink cubes, stamps, die cuts, assorted papers, and embellishments.

Here's my card I made from the kit:

I die cut and stamped the pumpkin and leaf images from the September Hero Arts Kit.  I stamped the sentiment "autumn greetings" in Tsukineko Momento Rich Cocoa Ink on Rustic Cream cardstock.  I rounded the corners of the cardstock and blended Distress Ink Oxide in Antique Linen around the edges.  Then I placed the pumpkin and leaf images on it with double sided foam tape.  Next, I die cut a piece of Ripe Avocado cardstock with my Spellbinders Nestibilities die and blended the same color around the edges of the die cut.  I adhered this piece under the Rustic Cream cardstock.  To create the background, I used different images of my Leaf Prints stamp set and stamped various leaves in different colored inks  (Orange Zest,  Canyon Clay, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise) on white cardstock.  I layered a piece of orange vellum (which was included in my Hero Arts kit) on top of the stamped background and then tied a piece of Rustic Cream baker's twine around the background piece.  I placed this on Ripe Avocado cardstock and then adhered it to a Kraft cardstock base.  Lastly, I added the rustic cream I made at the beginning on top of the background piece.

I enjoyed making this Autumn card and can't wait to make more with my Hero Arts kit.  Thanks for stopping in.


Card Supplies:
September Hero Arts Kit
Tsukineko Momento Rich Cocoa Ink
Rustic Cream cardstock.
Distress Ink Oxide in Antique Linen
Ripe Avocado cardstock
Spellbinders Nestibilities die
Leaf Prints stamp set
Cream baker's twine
Kraft cardstock

Friday, October 27, 2017

Papertrey Ink- Make It Monday #301: Matting With Glitter

Hi All!  This week on Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday, Lizzie Jones shows us how to add bling to cards with glitter mats.  I love how easy it is to make a simple card special by just adding a bit of glitter.  Although working with glitter can be a tad bit messy, the result you get is well worth it.  

Here's Lizzie's card:

Here's my take on this challenge:

I had fun making this card. The most time-consuming and tedious was creating the cross stitch background.  I die cut a piece of white cardstock with a cross stitch die and then used red, green, and white cross stitch floss to create a pattern.  I added the sentiment "Merry & Bright" on top of the cross stitch piece using Ranger Multi Matte Medium.  I find that particular liquid glue works best with the cross stitching. Then I placed the whole thing on top of a red glitter mat that I made using Scor-Tape and Martha Stewart Garnet Glitter.  I embossed a piece of white cardstock with Stampin' Up Petals-a-Plenty Flowers Embossing Folder.  I've had this embossing folder for years and usually take it out for Christmas cards.  Still love it as much as the day I received it.  I layered the cross stitch piece on top of the white embossed card stock and then placed the whole thing on top of a red card base.  I love how it turned out! Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this. 

Thanks for stopping in. 


Card Supplies:
Martha Stewart Crafts Fine Glitter, Garnet, 1-1/2 Ounces
Stampin' Up Petals-a-Plenty Flowers Embossing Folder

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Botanical Letters - Merry Christmas Card

It's only October and I'm thinking of Christmas already!  And I've begun making many Christmas cards to get ready for the holiday season.  In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned how I've been using the Botanical Letters stamp set for a variety of occasions.  Here are the two Merry Christmas cards I made with the stamp set:

Card 1:

Card 2:

I decided where I wanted the placement of the letters and drew a light pencil line on white cardstock using a ruler.  I stamped out the word "Merry" with the Botanical Letters stamp set starting from the middle letter and working my way out to get the correct spacing. Then I added a stamped "Christmas" sentiment underneath it.  I used the Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches Wafer Die to die cut around the stamped words, and added some images from the Beautiful Berries stamp set.   I also added a couple of bows to the second card.  I've been playing with the Beautiful Berries set and have made other cards with it.  It's definitely a great Christmas set to get and a good decorative addition to have.

Thanks for stopping in and visiting today!

Card Supplies:
Botanical Letters stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches Wafer Die
Beautiful Berries stamp set
Beautiful Berries die

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Watercolor Beautiful Friend

I love watercoloring images. I'm not an artist, but I think watercoloring is very forgiving, especially when you emboss an outline image. Although you can use any watercolor paints you have on hand, I have two sets that I usually go to when watercoloring: the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Set and the Sakura Koi Watercolor Sketch Box. The Kuretake is my favorite with 36 bright opaque, creamy colors.  The Sakura has 24 colors that are very pigmented and comes with a watercolor brush and a great mixing tray to extend the set.

Here's the card I made today:

I used the Clearly Besotted Beautiful Friend stamp set and Versamark Ink to stamp the two flower images on watercolor paper.  I embossed it with Wow White Pearl Embossing Powder and watercolored the images. When you emboss the images, you can contain the watercolor paint inside the image and not worry about it bleeding out of the lines. This makes it much easier for novices like myself. After the watercolor images dry,  I blended the white spaces around the images with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I stamped the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from Beautiful Butterflies stamp set. I layered it on top of Autumn Rose cardstock then placed it on a White cardstock base.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Card Supplies:
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Set
Sakura Koi Watercolor Sketch Box
Clearly Besotted Beautiful Friend
Wow White Pearl
Tumbled Glass
Beautiful Butterflies stamp set
Autumn Rose cardstock
White cardstock

Friday, October 20, 2017

Mom’s Birthday Card

It's my Mom's birthday on the 29th.  I love making birthday cards and my new favorite stamp set is Papertrey Ink's Botanical Letter Stamp Set.  Although it's been out since March, I've just recently purchased it and found that it can be used for so many different occasions, and it's also very pretty.  I've used it for Christmas cards, Birthday cards, Wedding cards, and letter stamp sets are always great for personalizing. I wanted to make a special card for my mom and so I combined this set with the Make It Market-Wonderland Holiday Kit that I just received.  I love combining different sets and creating something unique.  Here's the card I made:

I stamped "MOM" with the Botanical Letter Stamp Set on white cardstock.  I find it easiest to use a ruler and draw a light line with a pencil on where you want to place your letters.  I always stamp the middle letter first and then work my way out for evenness in spacing.  The pencil line can be easily erased after the ink dries.  I used my Tombow Mono Sand and Rubber Eraser.  This eraser is also great for erasing mistakes that you may make from accidentally transferring ink from your fingers to cards or light ink mark mistakes that you may make.  It has two ends, a rough end and a smooth end.  I use the rough end to take the pencil mark or ink out and then smooth it out with the smooth end.  It won't take out full stamped ink images, just light ink mistakes or in this case, pencil marks. I also blended Abandoned Coral Distress Ink Oxide around the stamped letters.  I used the large Brushed Off Oval Die to cut out the shape on Berry Sorbet Cardstock. I dabbed some Stampin' Up Rose Red ink onto the opening edges just to make it pop. I stamped some Wonderland Greenery with Stampin' Up Old Olive ink, Rose Red ink, Cameo Coral ink, and PTI  Simply Chartreuse ink.  I layered these on the top and lower edges of the oval shape. I stamped the "Birthday Wishes" sentiment from the Meadow Greens Stamp Set in the bottom right corner. I adhered this piece on top of the "MOM" image using double sided foam tape and then placed it on a white card base.

Thanks for stopping in today!

Card Supplies:
Botanical Letter Stamp Set
White Cardstock
Berry Sorbet Cardstock
Tombow Mono Sand and Rubber Eraser
Brushed Off Oval Die
Abandoned Coral Distress Ink Oxide
Meadow Greens Stamp Set

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cross Stitch Card

After watching Jennifer McGuire's video on Stitched Cards, I felt quite inspired to experiment with cross stitching.  I cross stitched with my Mom when I was little, so it brought back many happy childhood memories.  Picking up a needle and thread to cross stitch was quite easy, and it was so nice to combine it with my love of card making. Although time-consuming, I find cross stitching very relaxing, and it gives my cards that extra special attention.  I've been able to cross stitch when my boys have swim practice for about an hour every day.  As Jennifer suggested, I carry my cross stitch materials in my Kangaroo Bag and pretty much bring it everywhere with me when I know I'll have some spare time.  You can get the Kangaroo Bag and Pouch Set at DaySpring.  The set comes with a bag and one pouch.  I purchased extra pouches to separate different projects. Right now, they have an awesome sale going on for 25% off  with the code "Family".  Unfortunately for me, I purchased it at full price.  But if cross stitching is something you're interested in, the Kangaroo Bag is great for storing projects you're working on.

Here's the first card I made with cross stitching:

I used the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die to die cut holes on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 paper (Neenah Classic Crest Color Solar White 110 lb). I found that the more heavyweight paper works better for cross stitching to avoid  any ripping, so go with an 80 lb-110 lb weight paper. I found a flower cross stitch design online and used it to make the flower. I trimmed down the cross stitch paper and placed it on an Americana cardstock base.   I finished it with a "thanks" sentiment from Altenew.  If I had to do it over, I'd probably use a different color for the sentiment.  The black blends in too much with the dark blue cross-stitching.  Overall, for my first card, it came out pretty good.  I'm working on some Christmas cards right now so I'll post those as I finish them.

Thanks for visiting!

Card Supplies:
Kangaroo Bag and Pouch Set
Kangaroo Pouch
Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die
Neenah Classic Crest Color Solar White 110 lb
Papertrey Ink Americana Cardstock
Altenew Script Words 2 Die Set