Launch Party // Hero Arts

Hi all, I'm quickly popping in today for a...

Woohoo! Lisa has done an absolutely stunning job with the new site - it looks absolutely gorgeous!!
Some cool stuff of this new site;

  • the website has a new look & feel, which a much improved store interface
  • Hero Arts is offering free shipping on all US orders of $50 of more, AND they are giving away a free stamp set with all orders, while supplies last
  • the holiday products are now available on heroarts.com

Now that you got the deets, here's a card....

I did a little bit of watercoloring on the wooden tag using the Hero Arts Past Times stamp set (excellent for making masculine cards). The water will really spread across the wood, so if you try some watercoloring on wooden tags or paper (well, I guess technically all paper is wooden, but you catch my drift), give the image a little gimme room for the water to spread out. So basically, don't color right up to the lines - the water will take care of that for you. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping in and ENJOY the new website!! :)


Cardstock: Canson
Patterned paper: Crate Paper "DIY Shop"
Stamps: Hero Arts "Past Times"
Ink: Stazon
Other: vellum, washi tape, twine, wooden tag

Tools: Cuttlebug, My Favorite Things Framed Greetings die, Papertrey Ink Wet Paint die


Stay Cool // Throwback Thursday

I didn't plan this, but you're getting a bunch of masculine/gender neutral cards this month. ;)

Initially, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the fan patterned paper from Echo park, cute as it was, but then I found a cute dollar bin stamp set, and look how perfectly they work together?
A match made in Michaels. ;)
I used a cloudy vellum on the fan wings (is that what they're called?! I have no idea!) to keep a light, airy look.

Stay cool, my friends, as summer comes to an end.



Cardstock: LSS, Hobby Lobby
Patterned paper: Echo Park "This and That"
Stamps: Michaels
Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz
Other: vellum (Hobby Lobby), buttons and string (stash), pearl (Joann Fabrics)

Tools: scallop scissors


Custom Stamped Background // Avery Elle

Hi all, I'm stopping in today with a card for two challenges, that focuses on making your own custom stamped background.

I started with the Storybook stamp set (I know, I know, I'm obsessed!) from Avery Elle, and instead of using the images as focal points, I used them to create a soft focal background (not sure if that's an oxymoron or not...) piece.

I covered my watercolor panel with some anti-static powder (corn starch is a good substitute) then began stamping all the images from the set. I would stamp one or two images, then cover them with white glitter embossing powder, then resume stamping, repeating the process. Once everything was stamped, I heat embossed everything and went in with some soft watercolor.

I topped the card off with a bold but simple heat embossed sentiment from the Ellie stamp set (which I'm also obsessed with) and a few sequins.

I placed my finished panel on a piece of kraft cardstock that I had already embossed from a previous project.

That finishes up the card, made for the AEI{heart}U Embossing challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge.
Thanks so much for the kind words and have a lovely day!


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Canson
Stamps: Avery Elle "Storybook" and "Ellie"
Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz
Other: sequins, embossing powder (Hampton Art, Hero Arts)

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, water, paintbrush


Coloring Twine // Papertrey August Blog Hop Challenge

Hello! I'm here with a card for the August Papertrey Ink blog hop, with a card that involves a little "dyeing".
Here's the pretty inspiration photo...

This photo reminded me of my sister who used to knit and dye yarn - she was an AMAZING knitter!
In the spirit of dyeing, I "dyed" some twine for my card today.

Here's a how-to video.

I wound some twine around a cream yardstick panel, then, with the front of the cardstock protected by some paper, I used some inks, water and a brush to color the string. Once the twine dried (it was pretty fast), I topped the tie-dye effect with some pearls, and some die cut birds from the Tick Tock stamp set.

I stamped the sentiment vertically before embossing the card base with the Woodgrain impression plate - it's very hard to get a clean stamped impression on embossed cardstock if you don't stamp it first.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, local craft store
Stamps: Papertrey Ink "Tweet Talk"
Ink: Versafine, Tim Holtz
Other: twine, pearls (Darice)

Tools: Cuttlebug, Papertrey Ink Woodgrain impression place and Tick Tock dies, water, paintbrush

So Happy // Hero Arts

Today's the day I can finally tell you - I am a Hero Arts Artist!!!

Libby asked me about this time last year, and I cannot tell you how excited I was! Then, super disappointed - I was spending the fall semester in Austria, and there was no way I could design from there. :(
Lucky for me, Hero Arts is a fantastic company and they invited me to join the next term around.
And here I am, my dream come true, designing for my favorite company ever, along with a few more girls who will be introduced in the next few days (I don't want to spoil the surprise, so no hints right now ;))

I started the card off by stamping the classic Designer Woodgrain in Versamark onto the kraft card base.
For the centerpieces, I stamped the Pattern Hearts and Flowers floral bunch on watercolor cardstock, doing some creative masking to get an extra large bunch.
I inked up the clear stamp with the Versamark first, so that the ink would be extra sticky and I could heat emboss, and then I inked it up with a pink ink. I covered the image with clear embossing powder, heat embossed, and then colored in using some Hero Arts ink and water.
I love using pretty much every ink I have as a watercolor - just press against a clear block or acetate, spritz with water, and oila! Instant watercolor!
Once I cut out the flowers, I felt they looked kinda stark against the background, so I stamped and heat embossed another bunch on some vellum, cut that out, and placed it behind the card. This softens the entire look - I love it!

I hopped off the card with an embossed sentiment and die cut from the Stamp and Cut Happy set, some gems, and Wink of Stella (but of course!) in the center of the flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping in and have an AWESOME day!


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Bazzill, Canson
Stamps: Hero Arts "Designer Woodgrain", "Stamp and Cut Happy", and "Pattern Hearts and Flowers"
Ink: Hero Arts, Versamark
Other: gems (Darice), embossing powder (Hampton Art, Hero Arts), vellum

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Happy die