Tuesday, January 31, 2012

For Cath (sans CHA) with Love Blog Hop

Do you recognize this gal??  Cath Edvalson from Moxie Fab World is a very sweet blogger who keeps us in tune with all things new in the crafting world and shares great giveaways on a regular basis.  She usually attends CHA in Anaheim CA each year as part of the Paper Crafts Connection team.  Well, Cath has been suffering with shoulder pain for sometime now, and was unable to attend this year.

So,  Virginia Lu and others have organized a blog hop in Cath's honor for all of us to show her some love and support as she deals with this health issue.  I hope Cath will like the card I made for her:

And, I hope the doctors can evaluate this problem correctly and get her started on a treatment plan that will resolve it quickly!

Sending lots of hugs out to Cath! (You can go to Virginia's blog to see the participants in this hop.)

Monday, January 30, 2012


This week at CFC we are to use a sketch for the challenge:

I altered is just a bit:

Hero Arts image and black pearls, Sizzix embossing folder, sentiment is one I have from a clear set.  The packaging is long gone and there is no marking on the backer sheet to tell me what company made it.  Lots of greetings, though, so I keep it around for when I might need to use one of them.  LOL

The pink paper that the image is layered to is from the Basic Grey 6 x 6 Kissing Booth pad.  Love the papers in this pad!

I am also posting this to the Simon Says challenge this week which is "anything goes".

Hope your day has been a good one so far!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine Card Exchange

Anita Rex on the Hero Arts Flickr group organized a Valentine card exchange.  My card was sent to Cornelia and she has let me know that she received it.  So, here is the card:

I love this new Hero Arts newsprint bird!!!  I heat embossed it in red Brilliance ink and then added some tea dye distress ink over it to age it a bit.  The sentiment and small heart are from the new XO clear set and were heat embossed, too.  The papers are from the Basic Grey 6 x 6 Kissing Booth pad.  I used a scallop border die from My Favorite Things and the lace is from Hero Arts.  Also added a rhinestone eye and some Stickles diamond glitter. 

Hope your day is fabulous!

Saturday, January 21, 2012


There is a new monthly challenge on Lily Pad Cards!!  The uber-talented Virginia Lu will be providing an inspiration photo called "Virginia's View" for these challenges.  Here is the first one:

We are to use the photo for our inspiration and also incorporate a Valentine's theme into our card. I love these colors, don't you??

Here is my card:

Could I be anymore literal here??

Penny Black brush stroke image, Memento markers, Hero Arts sentiment, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, black pen stitching and a polka dot ribbon.

Also want to give a shout out to another new DT member for Lily Pad Cards - Barb Engler!  Barb is one of the sweetest gals around and her cards are always beautifully crafted.  Congrats, Barb!

Gotta' go shovel some snow!

Friday, January 20, 2012


This is my second post for today.  For my Tuesday Trigger card, scroll down to the next post.

Black and white always looks classy to me.  Here is my card for CAS-ual Fridays:

Stampendous stamp with Hero Arts sentiment heat embossed with Versafine onyx black ink.  Martha Stewart border punch.  Hero Arts black pearls.  Outlined the panel with a black Sharpie pen.

Fun challenge!


Here is the trigger for this week's challenge at Moxie Fab World:

I love the soft colors of this photo, so I die cut some Tim Holtz alterations tattered florals from cardstocks in those colors to make my card:

After die cutting the flowers, I stamped over them with Hero Arts old French writing and then distressed the edges with spun sugar and tea dye distress inks.  Layered the different colors together with brads in the middle.  The sentiment is a new clear set from Hero Arts. 

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


We are supposed to get some snow today, so I decided to make a card with another new stamp I have from Penny Black:

Wish I could be as enthusiastic as this little snowman seems to be with snow in the forecast.  I prefer warm sunshine:)

The sentiment and snowflakes are from a Fiskars clear set I found on clearance at JoAnn's.  Lots of wintery stamps in the set. 

After coloring and running the panel through the Cuttlebug, I added baby blue Stickles for the ground and some on the snowflakes and snowman, too.  The pretty snowflake stickers are from Jolee.

Enjoy your day, whatever your weather might be!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


For this class, Julie had beautiful examples of using a plain white card for the clean and simple design. 

My card is very "plain", that's for sure!  I used a cling stamp from Hero Arts, colored it with Prismacolor pencils and added glitter.  The sentiment is from a new clear set by Hero Arts.  I then layered the diecuts and added glitter along the outside of the black one.  Dimensional foam squares were used to pop it off the card.

I will probably emboss the white card the next time I do a card similar to this.

Jennifer, Kristina and their guests designers have done a fabulous job with this class; so many tips and techniques to store away for the future. 

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 16, 2012


Two of my newest stamps are from LaBlanche.  I love to color these detailed stamps and use distress inks to enhance the backgrounds.  The first one was a birthday present:

I colored this adorable little girl with Prismacolor pencils.  Used several colors of distress inks for the background.  Added a pretty flourish stamp to the background randomly.  Some Stickles glitter for the centers of the flowers and around the edges of the piece, too.  Punched two butterflies from the pink polka dot paper and touched them with the glitter, also.

The second card was done in pretty much the same way as the first:

The sentiment is from a new 2012 Hero Arts clear set.  And, I used some dew drops of which I have entirely too many, for embellishment.  Gotta' remember to use them occasionally.

By the way, 9 times out of 10 I use Versafine onyx black ink to stamp my images.  I love this ink!  It is great for detailed stamps.  And, did you know that you can use watercolor with this ink??  You don't have to heat set it at all.

I enjoyed making both of these cards so much - hope you like them. 

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


My first blog post since returning from Colorado!  There have been so many things to do; I'm still catching my breath!  And, I have been a bit under the weather this week, so haven't felt up to making cards. 

I signed up to take this class with Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner and friends.  These gals are super talented and the classes are fabulous!! So far I have made one card from the first day.  Well, it's a start, isn't it??

The sentiment I used is an old Hero Arts favorite of mine and the pink metallic hearts are from JoAnn's. Sorry the picture isn't so great; but I am going to try to do more photos instead of scans this year. With practice, maybe I'll get better at it!

Happy 2012 to all!