Monday, May 2, 2016

Keep Swimming with Hero Arts

Mondays need a little encouragement so today's card is just about that!


I was going for an underwater bokeh effect.  I started the background with the Hero Arts Bubble Confetti Stencil inked up on Hero Arts Sea Layering Paper using Hero Arts Unicorn ink and Hero Arts Pool to Navy Ombre Ink.  

A stitched rectangle die was used to cut white cardstock and the stencil was used again with the same ombre ink.  I needed the rectangle piece to break up all the blue and really highlight my fish and seaweed.  The stamp set is Hero Arts Color Layering Fish with coordinating dies.  The fish was inked up in Hero Arts Bold ink in Dandelion and Tangerine.  For the cool looking seaweed I used Hero Arts Lime to Forever Green ombre ink on vellum and used clear embossing powder for shine.  The sentiment is using Hero Arts Intense Black ink.


I used some foam tape on the fish and Kool Tak Foam behind the vellum pieces for dimension.

Wishing you all a great week ahead and MAHALO for stopping by!




Sunday, May 1, 2016

New Challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking

Aloha friends!  Hope your weekend is going well and you're finding lots of time to craft.

We are starting a new challenge up over at a2z Scrapbooking: CAS (Clean and Simple).


CAS can be a challenge for me, but this sweet Hero Arts Pinata needed to be the star of my card!  I used colored embossing powders (Zing! Embossing Powder in Rouge, Apricot, Butter, Leaf and Wave) to create a rainbow and then cut out coordinating cardstock to matte the image.


 I love the Hero Arts Pinata wood mount because you can use it for so many types of celebrations like birthday, congrats and even just encouragement!  Today I paired it with a birthday sentiment from Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday..

I hope you'll join the fun over at a2z Scrapbooking for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store!!  Mahalo for stopping by.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Use those Dies for A2Z Scrapbooking!

Happy Saturday friends!  I'm over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog  sharing a fun way to use those coordinating dies without the stamps.  There's also a little tip on keeping your die cuts exactly where you want them when trying to glue them down!


Here's a little sneaky peek of what I'm talkin' about!  I would love it if you hopped on over to take a look!!

For all my supplies you can find it at the a2z Scrapbooking store and use code NICKI15 for an extra 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.  The best part is a portion of the proceeds goes to support the Behcets and Celiac Disease communities.

MAHALO for stopping by!!


Monday, April 11, 2016

Meet Biscuit!

Hi friends and Happy Monday!  It's been whirlwind of events in my household celebrating 3 generations of birthdays within a week, having family in town and the addition of this new little fella...


Meet Biscuit!  He's a 2 month old Pomchi (Pomeranian/Chihuahua) from a coworker's litter.  All of his siblings (all girls) were sold and my coworker kept asking if anyone wanted him.  It just so happened my 10 year old has been asking for a puppy since her 5th birthday, but I just didn't feel it was the right time and totally unsure about taking care of a pet!  We fostered him for a weekend to see how he would do with the kiddos and everyone fell in love!!

So with a new puppy means I had to make a puppy card!


I combined Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday and die with Hero Arts Playful Animal.  I created the panel by diecutting a stitched rectangle.  I used distress inks to create a subtle blue background.  I then die cut the balloons using the coordinating dies.  I stamped up some solid balloons using Hero Arts ombre inks and die cut them as well to create more dimension to the shaker card.  I used the WRMK fuse tool to make the shaker (filled with Martha Stewart mini sterling stars) to keep the card from being too bulky.


I used Hero Arts Intense Black ink for the dog and sentiment and colored with copics.  I love that Hero Arts now has a copic friendly ink!!


That's my card for today!  I really liked adding the die cut balloons with the shaker balloons for dimension and fun.  Definitely a perk to have coordinating die cuts with your stamps!!
Mahalo for stopping by!!


Friday, April 8, 2016

Congrats Cranes for A2Z Scrapbooking

Happy Aloha Friday friends!  I'm over at a2z Scrapbooking blog today to share some watercoloring and heat embossing...a winning combination in my book...hehe.  Would love it if you stopped on by!


Here's a little sneaky peek...


I would love it if you stopped on by!  My supplies can be found over at the a2z Scrapbooking store. Use code NICKI15 for 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.  
Mahalo!!


Friday, April 1, 2016

Mother's Day Bloom

Happy April friends!

We've started up a new challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking using watercolors!  I'm a huge fan of watercoloring and was super excited to use some Hero Arts goodies from the latest catalog.


For my sentiment I heat embossed Hero Arts Platinum Embossing Powder using Hero Arts Kelly's Outline Letter and used some watercoloring to highlight the words.  Then I took the Hero Arts Paper Layering Mum Flower and die cut the corner of the stitched rectangle piece.  Each petal was watercolored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I added an enamel dot and some sequins for more bling and mounted the watercolor panel on a scalloped rectangle die cut and then my card front.


I think watercoloring is such a fun and easy way to add color to any image or die cut!  I hope you'll join the challenge for your chance to win $25 to the store!!  The stamping and die cuts can be purchased at a2z Scrapbooking and if you use code NICKI15 on your purchase of $25 or more you can get a 15% discount.  A portion of the proceeds goes to helping the Celiac and Behcets autoimmune communities.

Mahalo for stopping by!


Monday, March 28, 2016

Balloon Animal Fun!

Happy Monday friends!  Hope you all had a beautiful Easter (if you celebrate) and are refreshed to start off the week.


I always need birthday cards so today I'm playing with the Hero Arts Balloon Animal Birthday.  I wanted to watercolor them I heat embossed them with Hero Arts Platinum embossing powder and used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush pen to spread the color.


Sometimes I get so excited for a stamp set that you just have to use all the stamps!  I had some scrap pattern papers around so I heat embossed the sentiment with the same embossing powder. 


 Isn't that confetti stamp so fun?!  It's been a while since I entered a challenge and linking up to Seize the Birthday!

Mahalo for stopping by and I'll be announcing my random winner from the Spring Coffee Blog Hop soon!  Stay tuned.


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