Monday, February 29, 2016

Combining Old and New Hero Arts Stamp Sets

Happy Monday friends!  Today I've got a couple of cards using the newest Hero Arts sentiment stamp set called Hello Gorgeous.  Love this set for it's fun and trendy sentiments.  I loved the sentiment "awesome sauce" and thought it would be fun to pair it with Brush Strokes (an older Hero Arts set from the Stamp Your Story line) and a wood mount stamp called Painted Circle.

I used the Hero Arts ombre ink in Light Ruby to Royal Red stamped on Hero Arts Mixed Layering Papers in Blush for the card.  I did a little snipping of the sentiment to get the spacing I wanted inked in Hero Arts India Ink Black.  I die cut the square piece using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square and adhered with foam tape.

And here's another take...

I think these would be great for just about anyone needing a little encouragement...even those guys in our lives!

Mahalo for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Easy Masking, Neon Ombre and a Deal!

Aloha friends!  I'm over at a2z Scrapbooking sharing a fun card using a $5 Hero Arts background stamp, the newest Neon Ombre ink pad in neon chartreuse to blue, and super easy masking!

Here's a sneak peek...

Ok....ok...I know it's not of the card...but it's of the technique!  Would love it if you stopped on by and left some comment love.

Oh, and if you decide to do any buy that $5 background stamp... use code NICKI15
to get 15% off any purchase over $25.  Don't see what you were looking?  The store takes special orders!  The best part is that proceeds go towards helping out the Behcets and Celiac Disease communities.  Have a happy Tuesday and MAHALO for stopping by!

Monday, February 22, 2016

I go crazy for PINEAPPLES!

Hope your Monday is off to a great start friends!  I'm a sucker for all things pineapple and when the stamps and dies came out I could not get enough.  When Hero Arts came out with the fun Paper Layering Pineapple Die I knew it had to be mine!

I initially wanted a faster way to color the area prior to die cutting to give it some color, so I traced around the die with a Versamark pen and sprinkled Hero Arts Platinum Embossing Powder

Then used Finetec Mica Watercolors in Gold Pearl and Inca Gold in a cross-like pattern. The leaves were brush strokes using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in 40 and 48.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Fruit.  I then outline the pineapple using a Distress Marker in Mermaid Lagoon and a brush with water to lighten any harsh lines and fade out the color.  I then die cut that panel with Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables die and adhered to Hero Arts Mixed Layering Paper in Sunshine for the card.

The next card skips the outline and blue watercoloring...

I kinda like the simplicity of this card.  What do you think? 

These dies are so fun to play with!  Check out this side view...

If you missed the other Hero Arts Paper Layering die check it out HERE.

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Using those scraps!

YAY for Friday!  I'm super excited for the next Lawn Fawn release and while I'm eagerly awaiting my goodies to arrive, I decided to give some older Lawn Fawn sets some lovin'.

It all started with some scrap pieces I kept.  You know the ones from your 6x6 pad that only have 1/2 an inch left?!  I really can't stand to throw them away, but they've been accumulating so I decided to use it as a background.

Here's what I mean...

I glued a bunch of scrap pieces onto some printer paper and then die cut a scalloped rectangle stackable from Lawn Fawn.  Then I cut down some white cardstock to create the scene and used the scalloped rectangle as a mat.

I used Lawn Fawn sets Love n' Breakfast, Year Four (for the balloon), Year Two (for the party hat) and Scripty Sayings to kinda match the font of the first line of the sentiment.  Each image was colored with copics and cut with the matching dies!  I LOVE matching dies!!  I used foam tape to adhere the pieces for dimension.

This card was inspired by the latest Lawnscaping Challenge

Mahalo for stopping by!

Monday, February 15, 2016

A Fun Die with Hero Arts

With the new Hero Arts release came some really fun dies!  Today I got to play with Paper Layering Mum Flower and it is GORGEOUS!  The fun is that it only partially die cuts the flower petals and you're able to put a colored card stock behind for it to show through the lifted flower petals.  Let me show you what I mean...

See those gorgeous petals just lifting off the paper with the yellow peaking in the back?!  To color the petals I took a piece of scratch paper behind each petal and used a sponge dauber to ink them up using Hero Arts Hybrid ink in Dandelion, Tangerine and Strawberry.  I toned the Strawberry down a bit with Unicorn ink only because it is pretty vibrant!  To see these inks layered check out THIS POST.

To create the dotted background I used the Hero Arts Dot Moire Bold Print Background stamp.  I inked it up with Green Apple and used the die as a template to wipe away ink where I didn't want it.  I then laid the card panel on the stamp and rubbed it down to get the impression.  (I know it's not perfect, but still think it turned out pretty cool)  The yellow card is from Hero Arts Sunshine Layering Paper.  To create the sentiment I used the Hero Arts collab with Simon Says Stamp Prayers and die cut the word twice in the yellow and Kraft Layering Paper to create a shadow.  Then inked up the words with Caramel hybrid ink.  The die cut is popped up with Kool Tak clear Foam Tape to give a bit of dimension.

Here's the completed card...

It's been a while since I've created a card that was specifically for a challenge and will be entering this in to the Hero Arts Fabulous Flowers Challenge!

For this beautiful die and more you can find it at a2z Scrapbooking.  They just filled their store up with some fabulous new things from the latest Hero Arts catalog.  If you purchase $25 or more you can use code NICKI15 for 15% off your entire purchase.  The best part is a portion of the proceeds goes to helping the Behcets and Celiac Disease communities.

A big MAHALO for stopping by!

Hero Arts Hybrid Ink LOVE!

Aloha and happy Monday!  It's definitely a happy Monday for me having a 3 day weekend for President's Day.  As a nurse, these long weekends don't come often enough so I'll definitely be making the most of it in my craft room!

Today I'm playing with the FABULOUS Hybrid inks from Hero Arts.  Let me just tell you they are YUMMY!  I can't even describe my excitement when I started playing with them.  They work beautifully with the Color Layering series from Hero Arts, they stamp crisp, have quick drying time and are just gorgeous.  Take a look...

I used the latest Color Layering Fish with matching dies and made these beautiful layered fish!
The first color is the lighter color used for the solid stamp and the second color is used for the details.  I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Wet Cement for the eyes.

Here's a card I made with a few of the fish...

I started with the card panel swiped in Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon).  I took the Forest Floor Bold Prints Background stamp and sprayed with water until the water pooled and I layed the card panel on top to soak in the water and create that cool texture effect! I let that completely dry on its own.  I die cut an oval piece of vellum using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Oval Stackables and adhered the fish to the vellum and stamped out the sentiments from Hero Art's Hello Gorgeous.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from an older Hero Arts mini set from my stash.  I drew in my own parentheses with a permanent marker.  

Here's a closeup...

I LOVE these Hybrid inks!  If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments and I will try to answer them as best as I can.  

I'll be entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: One Layer!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

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!

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