Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CFC #3

The third challenge on Cas-ual Fridays is to "bring the bling".  Keeping in mind that the card should be clean and simple, too.  Here is my card:

The green gems were a free gift from Simon Says with my recent Hero Arts order.  The poppies and sentiment are from Hero Arts.  The patterned paper is from K & Company and the scalloped border stamp is from Studio 490 (Wendy Vecchi).

I'm not sure if this qualifies for a CAS card, but am submitting it anyway :)  Still trying my hand at this style of card. 


Edit:  Since the flowers were colored with Prismacolor pencils, I am also submitting this card to the Hero Arts monthly challenge.

Stamps Used:

Hero Arts H5350
Hero Arts CL499
Studio 490 Lcs028

Friday, May 20, 2011


The Crafts Meow is the sponsor of a challenge on the Lily Pad Cards blog.  We are to use embossing (dry or heat, or both) for the card.  Here is my card:

I used an embossing folder from Darice and a small flower punch for the dry embossed background.  The Hero Arts butterfly was white embossed on Tim Holtz patterned paper (the same paper was used to punch the flowers).  The Hero Arts sentiment was stamped with Broken China distress ink, which was also sponged around the sentiment and the background layer.  For embellishment, I added a few turquoise gems for a bit of bling.   

The embedded embossing is fun and I love the results. 


Thursday, May 19, 2011

CAS card

Just wanted to make a card for a special friend:

This embossing folder from Sizzix is so cute!  All I did was add some color on the raised areas and there is also some Stickles glitter added.  The Hero Arts sentiment is very appropo for my friend.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011


This week I have been playing with some new stamps I ordered from Hero Arts.  Since one of the challenges at Hero Arts this month is to use colored pencils, I wanted to use the Girl Holding Flowers wood mounted stamp.  And, I wanted to try to color her as a blond and then as a brunette.

For the first card, I pretty much copied the design from Deborah Nolan's recent post on Lily Pad Cards:

Here is my card:

Pretty much self explanatory - patterned paper for the background, a labels die for the sentiment, some of Hero Arts new twine (this is fabulous!!). 

Here is my brunette:

I used the Hero Arts Life of the Party Dots for the background by just stamping it on the cardstock with Versamark ink.  The flower is from Prima with a cute flower brad in the center.  The sentiment is from the Sending Smiles Message clear set. 

This little gal is so cute and a lot of fun to color!

Thanks for visiting. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC1

The first challenge on the new CAS-ual Fridays blog is to use text in our design.  Here is the card I made:

Text is Hero Arts Old Letter and the flower is from the Luscious Bold Flowers set.  I heat embossed it in black on paper from the Hello Luscious paper pad and added a Prima flower with black gem.  Popped it up for some dimension.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Congrats set; I added the three dots in front. 

Thanks for visiting.

Stamps used:

Hero Arts CG197
Hero Arts CL488
Hero Arts CG303

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Today I received a complimentary copy of the July 2011 issue of Scrap and Stamp magazine.  Here is my card that was published in this issue:

The birdcage stamp is from Inkadinkadoo and the sentiment is from Endless Creations, Inc.  They were both heat embossed with black ink.  I used patterned paper from the DCWV mariposa pad and used a Martha Stewart punch for the black border strip.  A sheer orange ribbon brought out the colors of the pp. 

It's always fun to see a card of mine in a publication. 


Tuesday, May 3, 2011


The themes for the month of May on the Hero Arts blog include flowers.  Here is a card I made using the Hero Arts hydrangea stamp, which I will be sending to a friend:

For the background layer, the hydrangea was heat embossed with silver powder on a cream cardstock.  Then I overstamped with the Old Letter writing using Ranger distress ink (bundled sage).  Some lace and aqua ribbon was tied around the bottom.  

I embossed the hydrangea again in silver, colored with distress inks by smooshing the pads on a craft sheet and using a water pen to pick up the colors (tumbled glass and bundled sage).  Cut out the image and popped it up off the card, along with a K & Company butterfly, which was the perfect color.
After distressing the edges with the tumbled glass pad, I popped the whole piece up from the folded card. 

"Sending Caring Thoughts" was silver embossed on the inside, along with a portion of the hydrangea in the lower right corner. 

I will be entering this in the Hero Arts May challenge and also in Lisa Spangler's Make It and Mail It #2.

Thanks for looking. 

Monday, May 2, 2011


The card chain challenge has now been moved to the Lily Pad Cards blog.  We are to use their color palette or sketch or one of three themes for our card.  Here is the sketch, which is what I decided to use, along with the friendship theme.  

My card is fairly simple, but I love the contrast in colors and the layers.

The Hero Arts stamps were white embossed on hot pink cardstock.  The patterned paper is from a K & Company Jubilee 4 x 6 inch pad.  The border punch is from Martha Stewart - one of my favorites!!  The only embellishment that I liked were the pearls; too busy for any others, in my opinion :)

Thanks for visiting my blog!

stamps used:

Hero Arts CL493 and K5486