Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Something New for A Blog Named Hero

has a new challenge out

We're challenging you to use your 
NEW stuff or a NEW technique.

I was super excited to use my 
NEW Hero Arts stash...
the perfect excuse to take some crafty time out of my
busy work and family schedule...haha!

I decided to create a window with the largest
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle die
(I've said it before, but they are my faves!)
Then I placed a rectangle stitched die insert
stamped with the my newest Hero Arts background stamp
Forest Floor Bold Print.
(talk about'll be seeing me use this background stamp a lot!)

I had the most fun with the
Layering Hibiscus set!
I had to experiment with some ink colors and finally settled on these.

The first flower on the left was the most subtle, but reminded
me of our state flower...the yellow hibiscus.
It was a combination of Lawn Fawn's sunflower for the base
and Hero Arts Shadow Ink Butter Bar for the top layer.
Of course it wouldn't be our state flower without the red stemen in
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Red Royal.
The middle flower is Butter Bar with Lawn Fawn's Fake Tan
and the far right hibiscus is Butter Bar and Fresh Peach.
The leaf base is Lawn Fawn's Freshly Cut Grass with
Hero Arts Ombre Ink (the lightest color) for the detail.
This stamp set is a great way to play with all your inks!

I stamped the sentiment in Hero Arts Shadow Ink Forever Green
to keep with the color theme.
Everything was fussy cut and adhered with some foam tape
on certain petals for added dimension.

I hope you'll play along with us for your chance to win

Mahalo for stopping by!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Teacher Tags

Happy Monday all...

It's almost summer in this household with my son graduating from
preschool in a couple of days.
Of course that calls for teacher gifts!

He has a great set of teachers, and by that I mean
there are 4 of them.
That called for something quick and easy, yet practical.
Which means Starbucks!

I was inspired by the latest

I used the color theme and of course coffee from the 
Lawn Fawn set Love You A Latte.
I ran the die cut "thanks" through my Fiskars Crimper.
(yup, dusted it off)
I wanted to get that coffee cozy/sleeve look from Starbucks.

And here's a look at all 4 of them...

Hope you all have a great week ahead!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Playing with a NEW tool!

I got this new tool for Mother's Day and could not wait to play!

I've seen a lot of crafters use this tool to create pockets for photos and memorabilia,
but I've also seen it used to make shaker cards!
I LOVE shaker cards, but not fond of the bulk and expense in using a lot of foam tape.
The sewing machine and I don't get along, so stitchwork doesn't work for me.
This tool though...

I took left over plastic packaging
(from the hundreds of stamp packages that seem to accumulate, haha)
I used the We R Memory Keepers nested heart die as a template to run the tool
along the inside of the die to seal the shape.
(don't forget to leave an opening to place sequins and goodies before completely sealing)
In the shaker I used Lawn Fawn's Happy Birthday Border die
and snipped the words apart.  I added some Doodlebug Designs
sequins in Bubblegum and die cut some stars from
Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journaling Card.
I took the larger heart and die cut the shape.
*TIP: I took tweezers and ran it along the edging between the plastic layers
making sure everything was sealed.
I did have a couple of spots that did not seal well, so I just ran the tool again over those spots.

I actually wanted to just pop this on a card, but the hubby said it looked unfinished.

I wanted to enter this in the next
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
so I went with this week's theme colors.

I created a heart window with the smaller heart die
after stamping the background
(with Simons Says Stamp Falling Snow)
 in Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Bubble Gum.
Those sweet images along the bottom is
Simon Says Stamp Baby Party Animals that were copic colored
and fussy cut.  I added some dots to create grounding for the images.

Ok that's it for me!
Hope you're having a great weekend.

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Congrats Grad

With graduation season right around the corner,
I've made a card perfect for that grad in your life!
I'm over at 
A Blog Named Hero
and would love for you to check it out.

I've used these supplies below and even have a fun
way to use your left over Deco Foil!

Stop on by 
 for all the details and more!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Aloha Friday Challenge: Girly Card

Happy Aloha Friday!

Have you made a girly card recently?

For this challenge we are sponsored by the lovely

Here's your chance to enter it over at 
The Kitty Bee Design

Need some inspiration check out my card
and my teammates!

This sweet girl called 
was colored with copics and
die cut with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares.
Added some twine and sequins for even more girliness!

I hope you'll join us!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts 4 Ways!

Hello there!
This weekend I played with the latest
Talk about SUPER versatile!!

Let's get to it shall we...

#1. Get your favorite ink color and get inky
(You can get a little fancy too and create an ombre effect like I did below)

I actually used the Hero Arts Ombre ink Pink to Red

I took it a step further and used the
to create a fun frame for a shaker card!

I used Lawn Fawn's Finley's ABCs die to cut cork letters
and used Lawn Fawn's wood veneer for the "O."
I thought it a little plain so I added my own little banner
from the scrap piece of cork I couldn't bare to throw away!
I stamped it in StazOn from Lawn Fawn's Love 'n Breakfast set.
I just loved the little heart dotted "I."
Found a new challenge to enter
D.L. Art Thankful Thursday Challenge

#2. Create a tone on tone look with colored cardstock and similar colored ink.

and inked the background stamp with 
Hero Arts Shadow inks in Grape Juice and Passion Flower.
I had a request from a friend to make a photo shaker card for his wife.
I used Lawn Fawn's Say Cheese polaroid die and cut it out
5 times on 110lb white cardstock, stacked and glued them together.
The photo was glued to the back of the stacked die cuts.
I then cut one more polaroid and added acetate paper, filled with sequins
and glued to the top.
(if there are requests I could make a video! ;o)
Stamped the sentiment and added Lawn Trimmings to complete the look.

Next up...

#3.  White heat emboss and play with watercolors!

After inking up the background stamp with Versamark ink
I sprinkled white embossing powder and heat set.
Then I got out my watercolors!
I'm totally in LOVE with my Gansai Tambi 36 color water set!
It has a beautiful rose gold color that I just swept across the card 
from side to side, putting the heaviest of color at the top.
I wanted the bottom of the card to have a similar shimmer
so I dipped the brush in this pearlescent color...
talk about GORGEOUS!!!
(check out stampnhi on Instagram to see it in action)
I kept it simple by die cutting letters from 
Lawn Fawn's Cole's ABCs
in DCWV Glitter Matstack (my favorite glitter paper of all time!)
This will be entered in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge too
since it's pretty Clean and Simple.
The sentiment below is from Lawn Fawn's Penelope's Blossoms inked in 
Lawn Fawn's Hippo ink.

Finally...thanks for hanging in there...

#4. Create a scene!

Again I white heat embossed, but this time I wanted the concentration of hearts
towards the bottom so I did a little masking and sort of reverse stamped from bottom
of panel to top, leaving a little space for the sentiment.
The sentiment is Hero Arts/Basic Grey Be Silly and added
"MOM" with Hero Arts CL492 Typewriter Letters.
I thought it matched perfectly!

I actually stamped out the flower from 
Hero Arts Hello Flowers and masked with 
Fineline Masking Fluid before using
distress inks in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry.
**Note to self...don't peel the masking fluid right after inking with distress inks
it peeled my paper and I hit myself on the forehead thinking...duh...
let the ink dry first...sheesh!
So to fix it I just restamped the flower using Hero Arts Ombre inks in 
Butter to Orange for the flower and Mint to Green for the leaves,
fussy cut and adhered...can't tell right?!

Versatile right?!
There's so many techniques and designs to create with this fun
background.  I hope it's inspired you!

A few days ago (ok about a week ago...sorry)
I had a giveaway
The lucky commenter of some bloggy goodies...

Shawna Standish!
(please e-mail me your address so I can send the goodies!)

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

One Layer Challenge with A Blog Named Hero

Happy Monday!
It's a new challenge over at 
with the theme

can I just say this one stumped me!
It just about killed me not to add another layer of something (sequins, die cuts, paper)

So I was wrecking my brain for a few days 
when the lightbulb finally came on!

I used the Hero Arts Ombre inks
to bring more dimension to my One Layer Card!!

This card was all about stamping, masking and ombre inks!
I first stamped all the frames from the Shine Bright set in the Grey to Black
 ombre ink pad using the MISTI.
I then created a mask by stamping the frame
on a post-it note and cutting the inside.

I wanted an artsy feel so I only used the detailed part of the Altenew rose stamp
and got out all my Hero Arts Ombre inks!
Each frame was stamped with a different colored rose.

Finally the sentiment stamped in the Pool to Navy ombre ink pad
from the Stamp Your Own Fruit set.
I cut apart the sentiment to get the words side by side.

I LOVE the dimension that magically appears with the ombre inks!

I hope you'll join us for our
One Layer Challenge!
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Mahalo for stopping by!!!

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