Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Joy's challenge is to choose a card that another stamper has made to use as inspiration for making a similar card.  As others have done, I looked in my "favorites" on the Hero Arts Flickr group and decided to use this card made by Sally Sherfield as my inspiration:

I pretty much cased Sally's card:

I used two square nesties; dry embossed the largest one with the swiss dot folder and white embossed the smaller one with Hero Arts classic fabric design.  The Hero Arts butterfly was stamped on patterned paper, cut out and then added to the card with dimensional foam squares to pop it up.  Small pearls and glitter embellish the butterfly.  A ribbon was added to the left side.  I rounded the corners of a top folded white card and added the prepared layers to it. 

Blue and green are such a pretty color combo and I loved Sally's card the minute I saw it.  Thanks, Sally, for your fabulous design.  And, thanks, Joy, for the fun challenge!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Here is the sketch for this week on CARD PATTERNS:

And here is the card I made:

As you can see, I chose to turn the sketch a bit to my own liking.

The patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Hello Luscious pad that I got from Hero Arts.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts CL497 Find Joy set.  I layered everything on a kraft card base and black cardstock.  The butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart.  I layered it on white cardstock and then used Ranger Stickles diamond glitter to fill in the open areas.  (This doesn't show up so well in the scan!)  A few black stitching lines were hand drawn along the black cardstock.

I'm still loving that paper pad from Basic Grey!!

Monday, March 28, 2011


Today Sharon, a Hero Arts hostess, held a 90 minute scramble for the Hero Arts Flickr group.  Her theme was to make a card with a window.  Here is my card:

The Hero Arts classic fabric design stamp was white embossed on the front of a kraft card.  A Spellbinders nestabilitie oval die was used to cut out the window.  The Hero Arts Live Life sentiment was white embossed on the inside of the card.  I added a Prima faux flower with a jeweled brad in the center for the only embellishment.  This was my first time playing in a scramble, but I hope to play again soon.  Sometimes the day and time of the scramble is not convenient for me - I know other gals have this problem, too. 

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The card I made for Deborah Nolan's March CCC has finally arrived in The Netherlands, so I can post it now:

I used the sketch Deborah provided.  On lavender  cardstock I embossed the Hero Arts S5507 envelope pattern in purple, and on purple cardstock I embossed it in white.  On a small piece of cardstock I embossed the sentiment (Stampendous) in purple and added the Hero Arts K5486 Flower Swirl Vine to the background with Brilliance pearlescent lavender inkpad.  The large flower (Hero Arts CL482 Dots and Flowers) was purple embossed on white, cut out and added to the card with dimensional tape.  Pearls for the embellishment and rounded corners to finish the card. 

Deborah's monthly card chain is a lot of fun - this month there were more than 50 participants.  Check it out!

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Last week on Kristina Werner's Finally Friday video, she used various lengths and widths of patterned papers to create her card.  Since I just got this fabulous 6 x 6 Basic Grey Hello Luscious paper pad, I wanted to do something similar with these gorgeous papers:

I also used the Hero Arts Life of the Party Dots which I clear embossed on the left side of the card.  The sentiment is from the Hip Hip Hurray cling set which I also clear embossed and then cut with a nestie label die and mounted on a rectangle of one of the pp's.  A strip of green grosgrain ribbon and some red gems were used for embellishments.

I really love the dots and these papers - may have to order another pad, soon!!!  I am also entering this in the Simon Says Happy Birthday Challenge and the Hero Arts monthly challenge. 

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Here is my card for the current sketch on CARD PATTERNS:

The background papers are from the Basic Grey Hello Luscious Paper Pad.  The cupcake and sentiment are from the Hero Arts Hip Hip Hurray cling set (CL494).  Spellbinders Nestabilities scalloped circle die was used for the cupcake. 

I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils, added a bit of Stickles glitter.  The flowers are from Prima and a tiny faux gem was added to the centers.

Love the new Basic Grey papers - turquoises, reds, greens - so pretty. 



A couple of weeks ago, I was the winner of a $50 shopping spree just for commenting on the Hero Arts blog!  I was so excited to have won such a fabulous prize - Here is a picture of what I received today:

It is hard to see the two clings that I got, which are the Life of the Party Dots (CG298) and the Luscious Bold Flowers Set (CG303) - both are SO-O-O gorgeous!  These were two of the sets that were coordinated with Basic Grey, so I had to order the Hello Luscious Paper Pad (PS636).

The clear set is Hip Hip Hurray! (CL494) and the woodblock is the Ruffled Flower (S5482).  I couldn't make it come out to an even $50; so I did go over by $8.00, but I am truly a happy camper to have won such bounty!  Thanks so much to Hero Arts. 

Now on to making cards! 

Sunday, March 13, 2011


I  have been missing in action for awhile - sometimes it is impossible to find time to stamp.  And, then, it is even harder to come up with a design I actually like!!

Here is a card I made today using the envelope pattern with the long stem poppies:

The poppies were colored with Prismacolor pencils and then overstamped with the envelope pattern using peeled paint distress ink.  I layered the image on black and green cardstock.  On the top folded base card, I stamped the envelope pattern again at the top with Adirondack meadow rose ink.  Patterned paper was adhered to the bottom of the card and a strip of Hero Arts lace trim was added along the seam; pearls placed above.  The sentiment was black heat embossed and layered to black cardstock.  I mounted the focal image with dimensional squares and added one to the right side of the sentiment to lift it from the card base too. 

So glad I finally got the woodblock envelope pattern.  It makes such a cool background, doesn't it??

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Thursday, March 3, 2011


The Hero Arts Flickr group is very close to the 50,000 posts mark.  A special number for sure!  Here is a card I made for the special drawing:

The background was made using HA CL482 dots and flowers on white cardstock.  Then distress inks were added to the edges.  I used the DCWV Street Lace 8x8 stack for the patterned paper strip and the border punch is from Martha Stewart.  

The larger flower was stamped and colored with distress inks, mounted with dimensional squares and a small black button glued to the center.  The sentiment is from the HA CL493 Live Live set.  After adding small turquoise faux gems to the flower centers, I mounted the whole thing on another pp from the same stack and then to a white card base.