Friday, February 12, 2016

Coffee Loving Cardmaker Guestie!

Happy Aloha Friday friends!  I'm guesting over at Coffee Loving Cardmakers!! I look forward to this awesome coffee/tea/cocoa lovin' blog hop each season.  If you haven't heard of it, head on over to the blog and join us each season with some delicious looking projects.  Of course there's lots of prizes from super generous sponsors and even blog hoppers do giveaways too.  Truly the best part of the hop is sitting down with a cup o' joe and ooing and awing over everyone's amazing designs with my favorite theme!

 I'm super ecstatic to share my favorite Coffee Blog Hop card (shown above) and a new one I made just for being a guest.  A BIG MAHALO to Amy the the crew for allowing me to share!

This card was inspired by the latest Avery Elle Challenge

 using their fun set Pixie Dust and Tea Time.  The background was made with Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Carved Pumpkin on the edges and Hickory Smoke for grounding.  The images were copic colored and die cut with the matching dies.  I hope you'll stop on by and leave me some comment love!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Simple Valentine's Day Card for a2z Scrapbooking

Aloha and happy Monday friends!  I'm over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog with 2 cards that are quick to make and perfect for the loved one in your life.  Would love it if you hopped on by!  Here's a little sneaky peek of one of them.

Also the a2z Scrapbooking shop has the latest Hero Arts release so you'll definitely want to check that out.  There's even an awesome sale section that the stamp set I'm using today is in!  The best part is that a portion of the proceeds goes to helping out the Behcet and Celiac Disease communities.  Hope you have a ridiculously amazing Monday!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Emboss Resist for a2z Scrapbooking


It was an awesome weekend celebrating the hubby's birthday and now it's back to the daily grind!
Today starts the new challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking:  Masking

I used clear embossing powder to "mask" off the heart images and then ran the Hero Arts Pink to Red ombre ink right over to create a striped/swiped look.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts You're So Kind foam taped to a die cut Lawn Fawn heart stackable die.  I love that sentiment sent for it's bold look and large font!  I added a few Doodlebug Design Beetle Black sequins for a bit more pop of black.

Can't wait to see what you all create for the challenge!  Be sure to stop by the a2z Scrapbooking store as well to find this fun Hero Arts stamp set and many more newer sets from the latest Hero Arts catalog.  Don't forget proceeds from your purchase go towards helping the Behcets and Celiac Disease communities.

Mahalo for stopping by!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Create your own coloring page!

Happy Monday Friends!

If you're on Facebook I would love it if you "LIKED" the A Blog Named Hero page. You'll be updated with the latest A Blog Named Hero challenges, trends and happenings with Hero Arts!  We can even interact if you ever have any questions on your Hero Arts projects!

Today I'm creating a card for the Lasting Hearts Card Drive.  When I first heard about the cause, it really tugged at my heart strings as I've experienced 2 miscarriages.  I'm definitely blessed though by my 2 little miracles and would love to share hope with the thousands of moms out there that are, or have been struggling.  Prayer was huge for me and I think the Hero Arts collab with Simon Says Stamp set Prayers is the perfect sentiment to use.  It is definitely one of my favorites!

I wanted to create my own coloring page and first started with watercolor paper and stamped the butterflies from the Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Butterflies multiple times with Versamark ink then covered with Hero Arts Silver Embossing powder and heated.  I think the embossing helps to keep my watercoloring (with Gansai Tambi 36 color set) in the lines and gives a pretty shine.  To create the blue wash I masked each butterfly with masking fluid, allowed to dry and went over it with a large brush keeping the blue heavier at the top then the bottom to allow my sentiment to stand out.  I die cut the word and adhered to vellum and stamped out the top sentiment with Hero Arts India Ink Black.  

The closeup shows the silver embossing a little better and the die cut sentiment on vellum.

For more information check out this post for the Lasting Hearts Card Drive .

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Just Because with matching Hero Arts envelopes

If you're joining me from A Blog Named Hero's Facebook page welcome!
Who still has out their Christmas stash?  I've been struggling with putting away everything Christmas (because I'd rather create than clean up).  Since I had a bunch of my Hero Arts Christmas sets out I decided to go ahead and make another card set (trying to keep to my goal of making more than one card at a time). Today I'm playing with the Hero Arts Sparkle Borders set.  A very versatile and fun set that can be used year round!

I stamped the lanterns with Versamark ink and used Hero Arts Gold and Silver Embossing Powder and Tombow markers to color in the lanterns.  To create the background colors I used the Fineline Masking Fluid Pen over each lantern and allowed to dry.  The blue background was created using ink smooshing (Tombow marker scribbled on craft mat, spritz a few times with water and then smoosh the watercolor paper into the ink).  The yellow background was brushed on using Tombow yellow marker, spritzed with water than using a flat paint brush.  Once dry, I was able to peel off the masking fluid with ease to reveal the perfectly preserved lanterns.

And just for fun I went with Distress Inks and Hero Arts India Ink Black (this ink doesn't bleed with watercolors).  This time I didn't mask the lanterns.  Instead I used a clean brush dipped in water and took away color with just water and a paper towel to each lantern.  The background color lightened enough to color in with a yellow Tombow marker.

For Christmas I got the awesome Hero Arts colored envelopes and I'm in love.  There's something about colored envelopes that takes your card to a whole other level!  I love that there are different shades for each color and they go with matching Hero Arts Shadow inks as well to give a sweet tone on tone look if you feel like stamping them.

So that's it for me today!  There's a fun challenge going on over at A Blog Named Hero.  Create a one layer card and link it up for your chance to win a prize by their sponsor for the month!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Clean and Simple with Glitter for a2z Scrapbooking

YAY for Friday!
Today I'm over at a2z Scrapbooking  with a Clean and Simple (CAS) card with glitter!

and made 3 cards!
This stamp set is also on sale for an awesome price.
Remember that proceeds go towards helping out those with Behcets and Celiac Disease.

I would love it if you hopped on by and left some comment love!!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Girly Sparkly Thanks for a2z Scrapbooking

Happy New Year!

I'm over at
a2z Scrapbooking
with a fun challenge to start up the New Year!

Now's the time to use everything that sparkles in your crafty place.
We're talking about glitter, gemstones, metallic embossing powders...
anything that will make your project sparkle!

Here's my girly, sparkly card...

This card came together quickly using the Hero Arts Blush Folded Cards for my base and adding double sided sticky tape 3 times.  I poured Ranger Distress Glitter in Platinum over the sticky tape and rubbed the glitter in with a scratch piece of paper and a bone folder to make sure the glitter was completely adhered.

I inked up that beautiful font sentiment from Hero Arts Cheers Messages by Lia
and heat embossed using Hero Arts Platinum Embossing Powder.
I added the same embossing powder to the edges of Hero Arts White and Cream Print Flowers using a Versamarker and heat set.  Of course for more bling I used Hero Arts Pale Pink Gemstones.

Here's a closeup...

Enter your sparkly project HERE  for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store!
For all the products used here and more, head over to a2z Scrapbooking Store.
Use code NICKI15 for 15% off!!

MAHALO for stopping by!

More to Love!