Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Favorite Stamp

My favorite new Hero 2010 stamp is the dandelion frame. I love, love, love it! Had so much fun making this card for Gina's birthday that is on Jan. 2nd. Worked all day in my room yesterday getting it straight and clean after the mess of the holidays. Got my creative juices flowing again.

I colored the cling stamp with markers from SU and added touches of color with copic markers.
Cut out the center shape using spellbinder nestabilities. Stamped the sentiment on white and used a smaller nestability to cut that out. Used copic markers to color around the edges.

The bird and the butterflies are also new Hero stamps. They were also colored with copic markers.

Hope you are looking forward to a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Gift Card Holder

Made a little trip to Archivers yesterday to pick up some card stock. You know just a quick trip in, hubby waiting in the car, not really any time to look. BUT! they were doing a free make and take. Using a big shot die that I hadn't seen before. Sooooooooooo, of course I took the time to make one. It was a little time consuming since in the store we were using glue to adhere the pieces of patterned paper to the chip board, but this morning when I made another I ran it through my xyron and it saved a lot of time.
Did I purchase the die? Oh yes! Also more pp, some of the white chip board, and wanted to get some of the magnets that they used for the closure but they were out. So the search will be on for those.
Thought these might make those gift cards and cash a little more personal. For the guys you could leave off the handle, use more masculine card stock or even suede or leather paper to make it more like a wallet.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Oh Cristmas tree, O Christmas tree!

Don't you just love Christmas trees? Especially now that they have prelit trees. I like to leave my tree up for a long time so I changed over to artificial probably 15 years ago. It used to take me all day to get the lights on but now I can get my tree up in half the time thanks to them being pre-lit. In the past I have put up as many as 5 trees and I have a small house so it looked like a forest, but I am so over that! One tree is enough for me. I love glass ornaments, snowmen and santas. Lots of snowballs, frosted poinsettias and touches of green. New this year are the glass pinecone ornaments that I found at Target. I really don't ever need to buy another ornament but still usually add a little something different every year. Below are some closer views where you can see the ornaments a little better.

If you have pictures, of your tree, online I would love to see them and if you would like to share you could post a link in the comment section.
Happy decorating!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Starting to Panic!

I promised myself last year that I would have things done early so I could relax and enjoy the season.
Where has time gone? Tomorrow is the first day of December......
I haven't designed my Christmas cards yet and I usually send out around 60.
Haven't designed the cards for the babies in the NICU, another 40.
Haven't shopped at all.

So this weekend and this morning I have started making these notebooks for special people on my list.
I got this great idea from Michelle Wooderson's blog. They are lots of fun to make and I hope the people that receive them will like them.
You can buy the notepads for the inside from the Papertrey Ink site or you can buy your own notepads and have them cut to the size you need.

If you want to see more of her ideas check out her blog here
Use the tag "notebooks" and that will take you to the specific posts.
Better run have lots more to make, cards to design, fa, la, la, la, la

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone is looking forward to a great day tomorrow. One shared with family and friends and lots of great food. I will be spending my day with my friends at work, taking care of the little ones who are having their very first Thanksgiving! This is a sample of the cards that I have made for each of the babies in the NICU. Used a picture of my niece since I couldn't post a picture of any of the babies that are currently in the unit.
All the staff is bringing in food so we will be having a feast, looking forward to it.
We had our Thanksgiving at home last Saturday. We fried 2 turkeys and had lots of food. I think there were about 15 of us all together. So I will get to have Thanksgiving twice this year.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, be safe and enjoy time with family and friends!

Friday, November 6, 2009

October Card Chain Challenge

Deborah Nolan is hosting her second card chain challenge on her blog and I was excited to participate. You can check out her blog at http://dominodebi.typepad.com. We had around 25 participants from all over the world play this month.
I received the adorable card, shown above from Brenda Matley of California. Isn't it great! Thanks Brenda!
We had 3 options for our card, we could use all three or any one of the three. We could choose from 1. a combination of colors, 2. a template, or 3 the theme of Thanksgiving/Gratitude.
As you can see Brenda chose the theme, and I just love those pilgrims!
The card that I made was sent to Agnieszka from the UK and she will be posting that card.

After November 10th you can check out Deborah's blog and see all the cards that were made, who made them and where they are located. This has been a lot of fun and I hope we will continue to do this. Maybe you can join us.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Gorgeous Fall Leaves

We took a little trip last weekend to the North Carolina mountains. We were going up for a 60th birthday party for 4 of Larry's cousins and it coincided with the peak of leaf season.
Everyone from that area kept telling us that the leaves were not that spectacular this year but we were in awe! Down on the coast we don't have nearly the amount of color and we thoroughly enjoyed it. This first view is in Glendale Springs at the location of the party. It was getting late and it had been cloudy but as the sun was going down the clouds were breaking up and it was stunning.

Larry's sister Shiela, her husband and daughter were with us. Megan is a professional photographer and I am sure her pictures will be spectacular. We had stopped to take pictures near a stream and were trying to get closer to it when I busted my backside on the side of the mountain. First thing I heard was don't help her up till I get pictures........I had people on both sides of me snapping away. Those pictures are private viewing only as I reminded Megan that she couldn't post any unless I looked skinny and young LOL! Larry came back up the hill and saw me on my backside in the mud and the only worry I saw in his eyes was "she is not getting in my vehicle covered in mud!" Thanks goodness there was something to sit on or I might still be there waiting for some clean clothes.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Welcome Home Ariana!

Ariana came home last night and we are having a family gathering this evening at her Nana's house to welcome her back to the east coast. I am predicting that this is the start of many wonderful things for her. Bookmark this page so you can look back and see that I am predicting that one day you will see that name in Broadway lights! A beautiful dancer that has such stage presence, it is hard to see anyone else on the stage when she is one of the dancers. I am not going to dignify the judge's words to her by commenting on them specifically here.
Ariana, we are so proud of you and love you very much!
Welcome Home!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Meet the top 20 show of SYTYCD was on last night. I know I am biased but I thought Ariana was great! The contemporary number that she was in was amazing! When she took that first flying leap through the air into the arms of her partner, I could feel the tears coming. She has worked so hard all her young life to get to this place and we are so happy for her. She has a fan site on facebook and if you would like to show support or leave her a message this is the site
Last night was fun because it was a showcase and no fear of elimination. Tonight the first 2 dancers will be eliminated so my nerves will be shot by the end of it. Whatever happens, it has been a wonderful opportunity for her and we couldn't be more proud.
We love you Ariana!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance

Ariana has made it to the top 20! We are so proud of her and are looking forward to the first show next Monday night. We will be voting, join us!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ariana update

I am so happy that Ariana has made it to the top 36 on So You Think You Can Dance!! Now a whole week to wait to see if she makes it into the top 20...........I'm not sure my nerves will hold up :).

Friday, October 9, 2009

Memory Box and Movers and Shapers

Just got a brand new toy........Sizzix movers and shapers to be used with the Big Shot machine. I think it is going to be a favorite. So far I only have the one shape that came with it but can't wait to check out the other shapes. The large part of the die cuts out the card shape and you can place the magnetic shape anywhere in the open part of the die so that the cut out is anywhere you want it on the front of the card, and the card can be horizontal or vertical. Love that versatility. I had a coordinating punch from SU that I used to punch the turquoise shape in the center of the cut out.
All the stamps are by Memory Box and they were stamped on blue cardstock, touches of color added with copic markers and then covered with glossy accents. It takes the glossy accents about an hour to dry, but other than drying time this was a quick and easy card!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Ariana SYTYCD update

Ariana made it through the first round of Vegas!!! She is in the top 77!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

World card making day 4

Challenge 4 is to make a card based on Australia and use masking or white dots. I did both. I used PTI start prints to make this card. First I stamped the star several times on plain card stock and placed them over off white textured cardstock. Then I sprayed the card stock using 3 colors of Memories Mists. After removing the masks I stamped the star image over the masked areas. To add some color to the misted area I used copic markers. Added the white dots with a uni-bal gel pen. Stamped the dragonfly (stampendous) and the sentiment (PTI) and placed on card base.
This has been a great challenge. What a unique idea to base it on the colors and cultures of different countries.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day everyone!
I am looking forward to joining in all the online activities, checking out all the blogs and in between I am going into my craft room to have some fun there. Have a few projects I need to work on today.
1. Design Halloween cards for the babies in the NICU where I work
2. Design ATCs for a swap.
3. Make a card for a friend.
4. Birthday cards
Sounds like a busy day.............but have a friend coming up in the afternoon and we are going to have some FUN! Later on today will post some pictures.
So however you are spending your day, Enjoy it and have lots of creative fun!

Thursday, October 1, 2009


The challenge on the Hero blog this week is to make ATCs. I haven't had much experience making them so I decided to give it a try and see if it would get those creative juices flowing again. They have been on vacation since I had surgery and I was ready for them to get back. I wanted to use some of the new Hero cling stamps and Beate Johns had a tutorial on her blog about using acrylic paints between acetate and card stock so the first ATC is a combo of those things.

First I stamped on the acetate using staz on and allowed the image to dry. Using the ranger paint dabbers I covered the back of the acetate with a combination of pink and peach acrylic paints adding to the paint until I was happy with the amount of color and then placed that over white glossy card stock. Once dry I used my spellbinders nestability to cut out the shape. Added flowers, pearls and glossy accents for dimension.

On this ATC I dabbed the acrylic paints directly on to the glossy card stock. After thoroughly dried I stamped the image over the paints using a dye ink and allowed that to dry. The colors of the flowers was not as bright as I thought they should be so I added color with copic markers.
punched out the butterflies and the fence. The flower was a large white flower that I folded into quarters and added color again with the copics and added pearls for the base of the flower.

I think the last one is my favorite. I like the black and white with only one added color. This time I inked up the stamp and stamped once on scrap paper then restamped on glossy card stock. So there was not as much coverage and it ended up having a marbled look in person. Colored one flower and added a silver brad for the center. Covered the entire card with frost versamark and embossed with clear powder. Cut the turquoise base from cooredinations card stock and sanded the edges to give it a distressed look. Added a touch of ribbon and 2 brads.

I would be interested in hearing which of these looks you like the most.

Hope you are having a great day and getting some creative time in!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


We only got to see her for about 1 minute last night. When they were doing the final choreography and with the group at the very end saying "We're going to Vegas". but that is the most important part. She has made it to Vegas. So will she make the show???????????? We don't know and neither does she, it's wait and see time now. WOW!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Totally excited!!!!!

Our granddaughter, Ariana, auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance in Atlanta. They are showing those auditions on Fox tonight. We don't know whether she will be shown or not, but we are so excited to watch and see what happens. I have tremendous butterflies, I can't imagine how she is feeling. She is 18 and we think she is beautiful and talented and most importantly, she is so sweet and beautiful inside also. So watch with us and keep your fingers crossed.................................

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thank You Photo Card

I received these flowers from a friend after my surgery. Not sure if this photo captures how beautiful the colors really were, the roses were just amazing! Wanted to share with her how beautiful they were so I decided to use a picture on her "thank you" card. This was so easy to make and would really work for people who don't have lots of stamps. I can't imagine not having lots of stamps but I am sure there must be someone who doesn't......LOL!
The sentiment is from Hero Arts and the brown and green card stock are from Memory Box. Ordered some of their card stock collections from Ellen Hutson this week and they have some great colors.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Better Day!

Feeling and little less sore, have a little more strength so I decided it was time to get dressed and walk around outside a little bit. This pretty mama and her babies were out in the field. I could just sit and watch them all day. The younger deer were running around and having a good time, mama was just concentrating on feeding.
Still haven't felt like doing any crafting.........but hopefully soon. Been sitting around watching sports today with Larry who has taken very good care of me while I am recovering. Hope you are having a great weekend and having lots of fun!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wonderful Answer

The first word I heard when I woke up from surgery yesterday was "benign". what a wonderful way to wake up. Still sore but can handle all of that. What a relief! Had so much support from friends and family. My cousin, Wana, and my friends Cheryl and Carol came and sat with Larry during the procedure. Just like we hoped I got to come home last night. So glad that is over with. Hopefully next week will feel like getting back in my room and creating something.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Questions and Answers

Have you ever wondered what it felt like when someone got the news that they might have a serious illness? I have. I got the word yesterday and I am trying to figure out how I feel now. Have been having some health issues since the first of the year......thinking that they were part of the getting older process. I usually don't go to the doctor but this year it seems like it has been pretty constant. So this last 2-3 weeks it has been labs, ultrasounds, 2 MRIs, and the word is that I am having surgery on Tuesday. That's when I will have more definite answers. Looking forward to knowing one way or the other, but a little afraid to find out. Lots of thoughts running through my head......how will the answers affect me, my family, my friends, my job...........no way to know until Tuesday.
If you know me you know that I am not a very patient person, so waiting is really not my thing. sounds like I better work on getting some patience doesn't it?

Monday, August 24, 2009

They're Back!!

I am so excited! I haven't seen the deer in the field behind our house all summer and I happened to glance up today and there they were. Brought along 2 new deer from this year! I love it, I could sit and watch them all day. The young deer seemed especially skittish and stayed near the edge of the woods in the shadows until they all ran across to the other side and disappeared into those woods. It's a good day!
I have been busy all day preparing for leading my stamp club tomorrow. We will be doing 2 techniques, one using colored pencils and a watercolor technique using aqua painters. Hope they have fun and like the techniques.
Last Friday was my birthday and I got some beautiful flowers from my son and daugher-in-law.

Aren't they beautiful? Thanks Jared and Anita!
Don't birthdays seem to just come faster and faster????? mine do and this one was definitely unique!
Better run and finish getting ready for tomorrow. Hope you see something that makes your day like those deer made mine!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Dear Santa!

I know, I know, it's only August but Hero is showing sneak peeks of their new winter and cling stamps. The challenge on their blog this week is to create a card inspired by some of the sneak peeks they have shown. Looks like it's going to be a good holiday season :).
I like the combination of the pink, red and bright greens they used. It has such a fresh bright look to it. My Christmas cards in the past have usually stayed with the traditional red, green and white so it's time to update and step out of my comfort zone.
I stamped the background stamp in white and embossed with white powder and was delighted to find that you can color over embossing with copic markers. The Santa note is one of the new cling stamps that I stamped once in green and once in red and then cut the red out and layered over the green. And what is more important than getting your letter into Santa early so that you beat the rush and are at the front of his list? Started to list all I wanted individually but neither the "write your own" stamp or the card were long enough LOL!
Hope this hint of the holidays makes you feel a little cooler where you are. Went outside to photograph the card and I have to tell you that I was "glistening". We say that here in the south....sounds a little better than "sweating like a pig"...don't you agree?
Thanks for coming by, stay out of the heat. Going to be 97 here tomorrow.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

With Sympathy

image copyright @ Stampin' Up!

Just sharing a simple Sympathy card that I made today. The color combination is Sahara Sand
and Sage Shadow with white. I think that combination has a calming and peaceful feel to it.
I can't think of any time a home made card is more appreciated than when you are experiencing a loss. I appreciated all the cards I received when my mom died, but the homemade cards really touched me and even though it has been 5 years now I still remember how special they were.
Supplies used:
Sahara Sand classic ink pad
Sage Shadow classic ink pad
Thoughts and Prayers stamp set
Simple Friendship stamp set
white card stock
sage shadow card stock

Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy Birthday

image copyright @ Stampin' Up!

Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise with a touch of white are the colors for this summer birthday card. Melon Mambo is one of the great new In Colors. I am loving this lattice die, it just makes me think about summer and beautiful flowers and butterflies hovering nearby. Add in a few polka dots and it's perfect for a summer birthday!
Supplies used:
100814 tempting Turquoise classic ink pad
115656 Melon Mambo classic ink pad
111564 Flight of the Butterfly stamp set
115370 Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
113397 Simple Friendship stamp set
107305 Large oval punch
115958 Stampin' Up Lattice
113439 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
These supplies can be viewed and/or ordered on my dbws by using the link on the right hand side of the page.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Simple Friendship

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New In colors from Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry. Don't they look great together? The die is the Bigz Lattice die used with the Big shot. What a great die! It would make a great window card wouldn't it? The stamps are all from the Stimple Friendship stamp set. The butterfly was inked with melon mambo and then edged with the razzleberry, I really like that it has script and flourishes on it.
You can find the details of how I made the card on my dbws site www.debbiedebose@stampinup.net
If you would like to purchase any of the supplies they can also be found at that site in the online store.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge # 13

My entry for the Raspberry Suite color challenge this week. This is a gorgeous new stamp set from PTI. It was a new release this month. I had been watching the sneak peeks prior to the release and just knew that this was a stamp set I NEEDED! I think it will lend itself to many different techniques and styles, very versatile. Imagine it on a very elegant wedding card.......
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Red Bird

I found a pretty new stamp from Memory Box when we went to the Enchanted Cottage last Saturday and I have some new Copic markers that I hadn't played with much. Stamped the image on the blue card stock and colored in the leaves and bird with the copics. I was pleased at how well they did on the colored card stock. The bird didn't come out quite as bright as I would have liked so I did add some additional color with a colored pencil. Last I added a few high lights with a white pencil.
The sentiment is from PTI and the butterflies were made by stamping and embossing the dots and flowers image from Hero Arts and punching with a Martha Stewart punch.
Back to my craft room to see what happens next.................................
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

New Hero Cling Stamp

What a busy day yesterday. My friend Tanya and I went to a stamp show in Winston Salem. After the stamp show we traveled a little farther west to the Enchanted Cottage, a huge stamp and scrapbook store. We ended up our day coming back down I-40 with a detour to Archivers before we came back home.
Archivers had some of the new Hero cling stamps and we both picked up a few of those. The card above is made with one of them. I think it is so pretty and I love that it uses the dots and flowers background. It was so easy to make. I stamped the image twice using sailboat blue ink from ranger, once on spring rain (PTI) card stock and once on white. Cut out the white image to layer over the spring rain. Added white accents with a gel pen and a couple of blue gemstones. mounted that on blue cardstock. And then placed it on a spring rain card.
Our day was busy but so much fun and so relaxing. Can't beat good conversation, good food, fun shopping and a good friend!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thanks Hero Arts

Our first Hero Blog Hop! WOOHOO!!
Ashley had a fabulous idea to have a hop make a Thank You card for Hero and answer a couple of questions about Hero Arts.
Question 1. How did you start using Hero products?
I first found Hero products in a LSS called Stamp Works. The owner, Nancy Lewis, had a great supply of Hero products and promoted them by doing demos and I was hooked.
Question 2. Why are you thankful for Hero Arts?
This could take a while.......................

1. First of all they have great products, and if they weren't, this relationship wouldn't have lasted such a long time. Thanks!
2. The Hero online site. Such wonderful ideas, techniques, cards, artists. And the new site is wonderful! Love the new store and the great new layout. Thanks!
3. The Hero artists. I have learned so much from all of them. Not only on this site but also on their blogs. So much useful information, great videos, and this has all helped me to grow as a stamper. Thanks!
4. The Hero flickr group. I almost got there in the beginning, just a month or so after it started. The opportunity to meet people from all over the world and share something that we all love to do.....That has been amazing. Not only have I seen myself grow but it has been fun to watch the growth in others as well. Thanks!
5. It has also been a thrill to to compete in the weekly challenges and actually win a couple of times! Boy did that make my day, week, month!! Now when I look at the number of people who are there, over 1500, and how amazing the talent is, it is a little overwhelming! Thanks for those thrills!
6. Hero has also helped me develop some computer skills ( I know this is an odd one)
But I had to learn to be able to join the group and join in the fun. Thanks!
7. I also think that Hero and the people on flickr inspired me to start this blog..I still have a hard time wondering why people would want to read what I say and see what I do..But I enjoy putting it out there, and hope if you do come by, you enjoy what you see.
8. I want to say thanks to the people who have commented on my cards on the flickr site. I want you to know that I am thankful for everything anyone has ever said. Who doesn't enjoy positive reinforcement! Thanks!
I know I have probably forgotten to mention something or someone (sounds like the oscars doesn't it?) but I can hear the music playing and I am going to say Thank You Hero once again and leave the stage.
Hero Supplies:
LL891 Circle Pop Alphabet
CL151 Share Laughter
CL184 Thankful Messages
F4321 Graceful Leaves

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Melon Mambo and Sahara Sand

Melon Mambo is a great new in color from Stampin' Up! Isn't it gorgeous?
It is so bold that I wanted to pair it with neutral colors since I was making a "Thinking of You" card.
The card is made from Sahara sand card stock.
I stamped the rose on melon mambo with white pigment ink and embossed with white powder.Then it was cut out and applied to card. The flower around the edge is stamped using the melon dye ink pad and accents of white are added with a gel pen.
I used a border punch to create the strip at the top.
image copyright @ Stampin' Up!

Supplies from Stampin' Up! are listed below:
melon mambo card stock
sahara sand card stock
melon mambo classic ink pad
uni-ball Signo gel pen
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set
These can be ordered online using the link to my demonstrator website.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Thinking of You

A quick and easy Thinking of You card. I really like the look of the Sahara Sand and the Sage Shadow together. The Sahara Sand may be my new favorite neutral card stock.

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1. Cut a piece of Sahara card stock in half and fold to make an A2 sized card.
2. Stamp flowers along bottom of card with Sage shadow ink and accent with white using uni-ball
signo gel pen.
3. Cut a piece of sage card stock and round corners. stamp image from Easter Blooms set with
versamark ink.
4. cut a piece of white card stock 1/4 inch larger than sage piece and round corners.
5. The flower was stamped on sage, embossed using white ink and powder. I stamped the image
twice and punched out the center of the second image and used it with the build a brad set to
make the center of my flower.
6. Stamped thinking of you in sage.

All done! A quick, easy card!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Distressed Elegance

This is my latest card for the Hero challenge this week. My inspiration from the Hero website was the watercolor technique with distress inks by Shari Carroll. This technique is so much fun because it is so easy to change if you are unhappy with results you get along the way.
The 2 things I had decided to use when I started was the Asian Frames clear stamp set and Distress Inks in the following colors. Shabby Shutters, Broken China and Worn Lipstick.
Just love that combination.

1. Inked the dots and flowers stamp with worn lipstick and shabby shutters ink, spritzed with water, stamped on scrap paper. Spritzed again without reinking and stamped on water color paper. The image was a little harsh to me so I used my aqua color pen with plain water and diluted out the image until it had a softer feel about it. Then I picked up some broken china ink with the aqua pen and added to background.
2. Next I stamped the 2 flourish stamps with white pigment ink and embossed with white powder.
3. Next stamped the image from the Asian frames set, inked the stamp with versamark ink and then added shabby shutters, stamped on water color paper and embossed with clear powder.
Stamped it 3 times and cleaned the stamp between each time so I wouldn't have the green ink on my versamark pad. After stamping colored with distress inks using the aqua painter and water. Left one image complete and cut the flowers from the other 2 stamped images.
4. Cut the flower shape from wc paper using my spellbinders templates and cuttlebug. Embossed with dots using a cuttlebug folder. Applied the Asian frame image to the front and distressed the edges using diluted tea dye distress ink.
5. Used ribbon from PTI for an accent. Stamped the small Hello sentiment and mounted card front on to card.
Sometimes it is hard to get the colors to show on a picture and on the computer screen that is true to how the actual card looks but finally was able to get this one that is a good match.
hope you like the card and thanks for looking!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Bleached Asian Frames

The Hero Arts challenge for the week
is to make a card that is inspired by
something on their new website. In the technique's section there is a great post by Leslie Lightfoot about stamping with different mediums such as acrylic paints or bleach. I chose to use bleach because I think it creates a very soft look especially when used on lighter colors of card stock. I picked a light blue and aqua card stock to use.
First I folded a couple of layers of paper towel and placed it on an old lid from a plastic container and poured a little household bleach over it. Just enough to saturate the paper towels.
I used the HA dandelion stamp and stamped the image using the bleach on the aqua paper. The stamp image is pretty detailed and the images were not very crisp but I thought that just added to the look.
Next I used the Asian Frames clear stamp set and stamped images from that using white pigment ink and clear embossing powder. Then I used my aqua painter to pick up some bleach and apply that to sections of the stamped, embossed images.
Using a Spellbinders die I cut out the label in off white card stock and then layered 2 dies to cut out the frame in the light blue card stock. On the blue frame I stamped portions of the bamboo stamp, again in white ink and embossed in clear.
The left hand side of the card was made by cutting a strip of off white card stock and rounding the top corners. Then I cut a slightly smaller piece of the aqua card stock, rounded the top corners and then embossed it in my cuttle bug using an embossing folder then highlighted some areas with bleach. The circle flowers on the top layer were made by stamping and embossing, highlighting areas with bleach and then cutting them out.
The butterflies were made by stamping the heart winged butterfly with bleach, allowing to dry, covered the entire butterfly with versamark ink and embossing using clear powder. Then punching out shapes with a MS butterfly punch.
The sentiment was stamped on a strip of off white cardstock, then layered on a strip of blue, rounding the corners.
The final touch was adding pearls for accents.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Eastern Blooms

This card was made using the Eastern Blooms and Sincere Salutations stamp sets. The card stock is apricot appeal and the new in color "melon mambo".
I think they work together nicely.
The card front was made by inking the stamps with versacolor ink and then re-inking with So saffron classic ink. The touches of Melon Mambo were added by pressing the ink pad on an acrylic block. Then using an aqua painter I picked up some of the color and added to the stamp. Then I stamped the image and covered with clear embossing powder and embossed. The touches of white were added using a uni-ball Signo gel pen.
The border at the bottom was made using a Fiskars border punch and repeating the border on melon mambo and white card stock. These layers were then adhered to a 81/2 by 5 1/2 piece of Apricot appeal card stock that was folded in half.
images copyright Stampin' Up! 1990-2009

Inspired by 2 techniques by Shari Carroll

This card was inspired by Shari Carroll's techniques: Water color effects and Cutting and remounting. You can find them at www.heroarts.com
1. fold a 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 piece of kraft card stock to form a A2 sized card
2. Applied shabby shutter and broken china distress inks to non porous surface, spritzed with
a fine mist of water and used as ink pad to apply ink to bird on a branch stamp. then
stamped on glossy card stock.
3. When dry I punched out circles and flowers from the image.
4. On the folded kraft card stock I stamped the swirl with flower with versamark and
embossed with clear powder.
5. I stamped the black and white flower stamp once using versamark and clear powder on
kraft card stock and then again on glossy card stock with white and used white powder.
6. I colored the image on the glossy card stock using the same distress inks and an
aquapainter. Then I cut out the colored sections and applied to the kraft image.
7. The sentiment is from a clear stamp set and was in a straight line but I wanted to adapt
it to fit this card so I cut it apart and arranged it on an acrylic block, then stamped with
white pigment ink and embossed with white embossing powder.
8. Then I arranged the tiny punched flowers as accents to the swirl with flower stamp and
added white pearls.
9. Finished off by adding some distressing.
Supplies used:
Hero stamps
Ranger distress inks:
shabby shutters
broken china
Paper flowers
Kraft card stock
versamark ink
colorbox white pigment ink
white and clear embossing powders.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Glossy Accents

This card was inspired by Shari Carroll's technique that is posted on the Hero website. I started by inking the background stamp with distress inks and stamping on glossy card stock. I added accents to the background by adding glossy accents to the small butterflies, flowers, and dots and sprinkling glitter over them.
The butterfly was stamped first inking the stamp with versamark, reinking with broken china distress ink and them embossing with clear powder. Color was added to the inside of the butterfly by picking up the pink and green with an aqua painter and adding where desired. After cutting out the image, I added glossy accents and let dry.
I stamped the flower image in the same way but used worn lipstick distress ink. Again added glossy accents, when it was almost dry I bent the flower slightly and it caused a crackled look. I used a clear button for the center of the flower and gave it some dimension by covering with versamark and distress inks and then embossing with clear powder. Punched holes in the center and added white and green thread.
The ribbon was made by using white ribbon and adding distress inks, spritzing with water and then rubbing with a baby white to get the desired effect.
I stamped the sentiment and cut out using a Spellbinders lables 4 template. The touch of color around the edges is broken china ink that was applied with the aqua painter.
Supplies used:
Hero Stamps:
Ranger distress inks:
broken china
shabby shutters
worn lipstick
PTI stamp:
mini mixed messages
Spellbinders Labels 4 template
Rangers glossy accents

Fun and Prizes on the Hero Arts Blog

This is going to be a fantastic week on the Hero Arts Blog and website!!! The website is getting a whole new look, can't wait to see it. They showed a tiny preview this morning and it looks awesome!
They have doubled the prizes for their weekly card contest..How cool is that?
Want to check it out..this is where you can find their blog.
I plan to be there everyday to see what new and exciting things are going on. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Trying a new technique!

This is a new technique that I found on the Stampin' Up! website using reinkers and baby wipes.
The flower stamps are from a great set called Petal Pizzazz and the border at the bottom is the Romance wheel stamp. The sentiment is from one of my all time favorite sentiments sets, "Sincere Salutations".
The reinker colors are "pretty in pink" and "so saffron" with a touch of "watermelon" by ranger.
It was stamped on white glossy card stock and then layered on barely banana. The border is a fiskars borderpunch. The ribbon was attached and then the card front was added to a 81/2 by 5/12 card that was folded in half. This color combination really appeals to me, I hope you like it too! :)
Images copyright 1990-2009 Stampin' Up!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Happy Together

These birds are one of the new stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! catalog and I thought they were adorable! They were stamped using melon mambo. I inked them up and stamped the image once on scrap paper then reinked the stamp using so saffron then stamped on white cardstock.
The line under the happy little birds was the stem from the Petal Pizzazz stamp set.
After stamping I cut out the label shape from a spellbinder's nestability set, layered onto dusty durango card stock and cut a border around the shape. Then I used a piercing tool and mat to punch the holes around the edges of the label.
I folded a golden orange cardstock to make a card that is 51/2 by 41/4 then I cut to rectangles
2 1/4 by 2 3/4 out of the dusty durango card stock and placed on opposite corners. I stamped the stem from the Happy set with versamark ink on all corners. I highlighted the stem with the uni-ball signo gel pen. Placed white ribbon over the seams and then added the label to the card using foam tape to add dimension.

I wanted to try another card using the same stamp set yet achieve a totally different look. So this time the birds became blue birds except for their little friend at the end.....not sure what kind he is. This label was made using a quickutz die cut out in white and then I cut the larger die out of green card stock and just used the edge to highlight the central shape. I used the Simple Flower embosslit die to cut out and emboss the flower in blue, white and green. I trimmed the edge from the white flower and layered onto the blue one. I cut the green flower in sections and used as leaves. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set stamped in ballet blue on green card stock and punched out with a label punch.
Hope you like the new set!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Watercolor with Distress Inks

The inspiration for this card came from Jennifer McGuire's Thinking Inking classes on the Two Peas site. If you haven't checked them out she has some great video's using Hero stamps and Ranger products.
A friend came over and we watched all of the videos and it was lots of fun. It felt like we were getting great free stamping classes and we were :).
I hadn't been feeling really creative this last week and getting together with Tanya and talking stamping, visiting websites, taking the classes, and sharing ideas was just what the doctor ordered.
The card front was stamped on watercolor paper. I used my finger to apply the different color distress inks to the stamp, misted it with water and stamped the first image on the left hand side of the card, re-misted and stamped the same image along the bottom.
I didn't realize that you can emboss with distress inks until watching the videos, so had to give that a try. Inked the butterfly with distress ink, stamped on watercolor paper, applied clear detail embossing powder and embossed.
Using an aqua brush I picked up dabs of the green distress inks and colored the inside of the image, then cut the image out after drying with a heat tool.
The sentiment was stamped and cut out using a spellbinder nestability. The edges were colored using the aqua brush and applying the inks randomly, drying and rubbing tea dye distress ink along the edge.
Applied gemstones to the butterfly and flowers to finish.
Supplies used:
Hero Arts stamps CL267 card messages, K5133 Swirl with flowers, F5158 Heart winged butterfly
Ranger Distress Inks: Tea Dye, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Worn Lipstick

Friday, June 26, 2009

Complementary Red and Green

Today's colors for the Hero blog challenge are red and green. Usually this brings to mind the Christmas season, but if you are like me it is way too early to be thinking about that! So I pulled out the dots and flowers stamp and embossed it with celery green and clear embossing powder on white card stock. Then I sat and stared and stared and stared...I was stuck. The first thing I tried was a red and white flower. I tried a tissue paper flower, alternating layers of red and white card stock. embossing in clear, embossing in red. I wasn't coming up with anything that really worked. So back to my clear stamp drawer and the Asian frames caught my eye. Not a stamp set that I would envision in red and green..but this was a challenge and I decided to see what would happen. This set is so elegant to me. I just love it! So I picked the circle image and embossed it in white on red card stock and to give a little more dimension I used my versamark marker colored in a few sections and embossed with clear powder. I layered that on top of green and white flower shapes that were cut out with spellbinders nestabilities and my cuttlebug. Then I embossed some more flowers using the same process as before and cut out and added to the design.
Now I needed a sentiment to complete the card and I stamped a frame and sentiment from the clear Frames and Messages set. The complete frame was too big for the card so I just cut out the area around the message "you're special".
Tied a little ribbon around the bottom of the card, layered on white card stock and the card is done.
But this is how my desk looks now!!! It really was fairly clean and straight when I started and I didn't show you pictures of how messy the floor, my cutting area and everything else is. But believe me, it's a mess!

Off to clean up so I can start all over again!
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Fun

Continuing this week with the Hero Arts challenge. Today's complementary colors are blue and orange, which to me is a wonderful combination for summer. Colors that just belong on the beach and so here they are in this little beach scene. The umbrella was made using a die cut from Sizzix. Cut it twice in blue and orange and then stamped and embossed the blue top portion. Thought it called for some fringe at the bottom and so I cut lengths of ribbon, trimmed diagonally, and adhered to the back.
Next I made the fun beach blanket by stamping on white and using strips of blue and orange for the edging and the top and bottom of the blanket.
Used my cloud stamp from hero for the sky and used fun flock on some of the clouds to add some dimension.
The cute plane is a great little stamp from Rubbernecker. It has a banner flag flying behind it but not enough room on this card so I just used the plane.
The sand was made by using kraft card stock and covering with adhesive and layering embossing powder over it. Didn't heat emboss it because I like the texture as is and didn't want it to become shiny.
Randomly cut blue and white card stock for the waves and used a Hero alphabet stamp for my sentiment.
When I was photographing the card the sun was hitting the card so that it was shaded on the side under the umbrella. Hadn't planned it that way but it reminded me of those days at the beach when it is so bright and beautiful and those fluffy clouds float by occasionally and offer a brief sensation of cool!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Complementary colors

This is my second card for the Hero blog this week. Today I did the purple and yellow combination. This dandelion stamp by Hero is a favorite and I used lavendar ink by stampin up, stamped it once and then stamped again without reinking. The grid stamp is from Unity Stamps. Thinking of you sentiment from PTI.
Added yellow ribbon and adhered to yellow card stock. Very simple and quick to do.

Had a great morning with the members of my Seaside Stampers stamp group. We had a Stampin up demonstrator come in and did a great project. Lots of fun and just lots of fun being together and laughing:) It is always fun to get together with friends who enjoy stamping and creating.

Monday, June 22, 2009

After an early morning trip to the doctor I got to come home and play in my craft room! Something I always look forward to. Checked out the Hero blog this morning to see what the challenge will be this week and it's going to be fun. Different colors each day using complementary colors and today's colors are black and white. Always a striking combination.
Then the decision of which stamps to use. The Hero Asian Frames clear stamp set seemed like it would be nice in black and white so decision made on stamp set.
I played around some with embossing in white on black and then tried black on white and decided that had more of the look that the Asian frame stamps called for. At first I thought of doing something geometric with the hexagon stamp but I wanted to incorporate the bamboo, so the hexagon became a vase. Then I stamped and embossed some of the flowers in the circle design, cut them out and placed them in the bamboo and used a larger one to place in the lower right corner. The stamp "Thanks" is from a clear PTI set. Layered the vase and bamboo on white and black card stock that I cut out with spellbinder's nestabilities.

Still time to play some more and I had been working on a card using the colors of green, white and black. I wanted to make it a window card for the current Caardvark challenge, so I knew I was going to make the black frame pop up with foam tape. I stamped the leaf branch from the hero "be yourself" set in celery green ink from Stampin Up. Then thought about this adorable little bird stamp that had been "aging" and decided to add it. That is when the color scheme took a turn. A black or green bird didn't seem right for this stamp so I stamped it on blue Bo Bunny paper and then covered it with white fun flock for feathers. Since the original color plan I started with flew out the window when the bird flew in, a touch of bright yellow was the next color, flowers and butterflies in yellow and flowers in blue added more color.
Then tied 2 ribbons together and added to the left side of the frame. And below is the finished project.........maybe another day I will get back to the original color scheme :)

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Be Inspired

This week on the Hero Arts blog they are featuring the Win-A-Day artists. Monday featured Lucy along with Hero design team member Jennifer Mcguire. They had some really inspiring cards that they collaborated on. The bright bold colors they used on kraft paper caught my eye immediately and the challenge this week is to create cards inspired by the artists featured this week.

This was my first attempt. I stamped the tree background stamp with versamark ink and embossed with clear detail embossing powder. Stamped the butterfly and bird images with black ink, cut out and then placed them in the tree. Stamped the little white flower with color box white and embossed with white detail embossing powder. added a few gemstones as accents.
The fence is a border punch that I layered behind a stip of green Bo Bunny pp. Punched out some flowers in the same colors of the birds and butterflies hoping to give the effect that the tree is in a beautiful little garden.
I liked the colors but didn't feel like I had captured the look that Jennifer and Lucy are so wonderful at so I decided to give it another try.

Tried to keep this one a little cleaner looking. It is always hard for me to know when to stop.
Limited the colors used to the pink, green and blue. The bold flourish is stamped and embossed using versamark and clear embossing powder.
Used a spellbinders nestability to cut out the scalloped kraft design and stamped with dots and flowers background stamp and embossed. The edge blended into the background until I edged it with a versamark pen and embossed. The pink flower and leaves were stamped and embossed using versamark. When I stamped the butterfly I used white ink and clear embossing powder. I am not sure if the difference shows up in the photo. The small flowers were made by stamping the large flower from the Share Laughter clear set and punching our the center of them.
I hope I got a little closer to their cards with my second try. :) I think that is what the challenges are all about. Pushing yourself out of your usual comfort zone, and it might take a while to achieve the look you are aiming for, but isn't it fun trying? Sometimes along the way you surprise yourself!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Created this little scene today for the 2009 Gallery Idol challenge. It also worked for my personal challenge because the only card stock that wasn't a scrap was the white paper used for the card and the light brown paper for the hills.
The clouds, tree, sun, and hot air balloon are from a new clear set by Verve. Isn't it wonderful? there are 3 more balloons in the set and I really like them all.
The patterned papers are from Making Memories and Bo Bunny.
I did use white fun flock over my clouds and it turned out a little more transparent than I wanted, but it does give it a little depth.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and the rest is from a clear set by Hero Arts. In order for the words to follow the curve of the hills I cut the words apart, laid the stamps on the card where I wanted them and then picked them up with an acrylic block, inked and stamped. That works so well and is a great feature of the clear stamps.
TFL :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hero Arts die cuts challenge card 3

Making Memories pp
Making Memories sticker
quickutz die
Hero stamps:
This quickutz die was a prize on the Hero blog post this week. I wasn't the lucky winner, but I got an Archiver's coupon in my email this week. I took it as a sign, the closest Archiver's is about 100 miles away and I got the coupon the day before we were going to our granddauther's graduation in Raleigh. I told my hubby it was a sign and so we had to go a little early and just give me 30 minutes to shop..............I thought that was pretty good on my part, since I could easily spend the day in there. He did a little grumbling about signs and then just agreed to the change in plans :).
Isn't this yummy pp from Making Memories? Love the whole line, the colors were just very appealing to me. I don't use lots of stickers but these looking glass stickers just matched the paper so perfectly I couldn't resist. I mean after all I live so far away and if I did need them it would mean another long trip so really I am saving gas money and all that time by purchasing them now.....LOL!