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!
We are generously sponsored by

Mahalo for stopping by!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tag Turned Card

Can you believe it?

I'm back again,
this time to join the fun over at 

Unfortunately I need to restock my stash of sympathy cards and
I'm absolutely loving this Studio Calico set

(sorry for the bad photo, I was in a hurry)

I've used the sentiments quite a bit for thinking of you, encouragement,
get well and now for sympathy.

Here's the tag by itself turned into a card...

I used some left over pattern paper from my stash
and then stamped the bloom right over it with Lawn Fawn Deep Sea ink.
The sentiment was heat embossed in Zing embossing powder, apricot.
I loved the color elements and the scallop edging from the challenge.

To finish the card I used a Martha Stewart edge punch 
and ran some washi in similar colors to the tag.
I also punched out some butterflies for embellishment.

I also saw the Curtain Call challenge 

inspired by the blue background and blooms!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

P.S.-  Did you see my giveaway?
Click HERE for details.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Wish Big with Avery Elle and a GIVEAWAY!

As promised this is what I was working on...
Head towards the bottom for details on my giveaway!

I've had the Avery Elle Ellie stamp set sitting on my desk for a while.
Do you do that? 
 I find that if I put new purchases away I forget to use them!
So I end up with a pile on my desk which forces me to play, 
then I can put them away.

I took the dies from the Avery Elle Finished Frame Die set
to create a starry card panel...

See those stars? With my smaller dies I tend not to cut them a part.
I've always loved the look of those panel die cuts that have either falling hearts
or stars, but they can be a bit pricey.
I decided to use the stars on my card panel and die cut twice to create
my own starry background.  I used some distress inks in 
chipped sapphire, faded jeans, salty ocean and tumbled glass for an ombre look.

Behind the card panel I smooshed some Versamark and sprinkled with 
Judikins Egyptian Gold embossing powder, then heated for some sparkle.
That sweet elephant and stary balloon was watercolored with distress markers,
then die cut and adhered with foam tape.  For even more sparkle I splattered some
Wink of Stella in clear how it reacts with distress inks!

I wanted to play along with the latest 


Hope you all are having a great weekend!

As a little MAHALO to all who stop by,
I'm giving away a some crafty goodies I picked up during my shopping spree.

These cork stickers and felt clips were too darling not to pick up
and I would love to send them to one lucky winner!
Would love to hear from you.
You have until 4/20/15 at midnight to comment to win.

Mahalo for stopping by!!

The Happenings...

Aloha dear friends!
I've been on a little break with a few scheduled postings
as we just got back from our trip to Colorado.
Time flew by (doesn't it always when you're having fun)!

One of the highlights of our trip... 
I met up with the awesomely talented, sweet and gorgeous 

LOVE this gal!!!

I also did quite a bit of shopping...

Everything seen here was either on sale or I had a coupon for.
Gotta love a good deal...or two...or three...

I celebrated my birthday prior to leaving for Colorado 
and because my birthday was on Easter the hubby gathered an Easter basket for me!

So now it's back to the daily grind.
I'm actually oncall this weekend but managed to squeeze in a bit of crafty fun...
My next post will be up shortly with a 
GIVEAWAY!  Stay tuned!!

Mahalo for stopping by!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Have A Fabulous Day with Hero Arts and Altenew

I'm over at 
A Blog Named Hero today and
I just can't get enough of the latest 

Vintage Flowers!
The possibilities are endless and is so magical when layering ink colors!

I decided to play with the smaller flowers today
 and Kraft cardstock.

Here's a sneaky peek...

I'd love it if you stopped by

All supplies for this card can be found at...

MAHALO for stopping by!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Blog Named Hero Collab with Altenew Week

Aloha Everyone!
This week A Blog Named Hero is collaborating with 

and I'm so excited to share my card over at

A few hints...
these are all the supplies I used

and my title is 
Hop on over to check it out with a mini picture tutorial.
I would love to hear what you think!


Design Team Spotlight for Kitty Bee Designs

Happy Aloha Saturday!
If you're stopping by from 
If you're a regular...MAHALO 
for coming back!!

On to today's card...

I was going for an Easter themed card,
but quickly realized I may not get it out in time, so 
I decided to change the sentiment to something a bit more general ;o)
The sentiment was die cut from
 Penny Black's Words of Gratitude.
If you've been following my blog you'll know I've been obsessed with 
Deco Foil and you can see my VIDEO HERE and HERE.

I used some American Crafts Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic pattern paper,
with a that fabulous rainbow washi tape up the side.
The Kitty Bee Design Bun was colored with Tombow markers
and a blender for a watercolor look. 

I think you can see the foil shine better in the above picture.
I think the muted background helps balance the colored image, rainbow washi
and that bit of color in the banner to tie everything together.
That's it for me!

MAHALO for stopping by!!

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