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.

Images copyright @ Stampin' Up!

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
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