4.07.2017

Fabulous Cat // Hero Arts

Holy cow, it's been forever since I've blogged! Craziness! I only have sneak for you today...


To the entire card (and a cute little number from Amy!), head on over to the Hero Arts blog! Thanks for stopping in!

3.27.2017

BIG DESTASH #2

My last destash went well, so here's round two!


I'm mostly not doing the flat rate boxes this time, so I can squeeze more goodness into one box. :)

UPDATE: Sold! Holy snappers, you guys are fast! Thank you!

I'm not trying to make a profit here - any costs are there to partially pay for the what I paid for the stamps originally (at full price), and to cover any time/gas/packing materials I spend getting the bundle ready for you. Also, a big reason why I don't charge much is because some of the stamps were given to me as part of design team work (i.e, a My Monthly Hero exclusive stamp set/die), and so that passes on to you free of charge. :)

PayPal friends & family. Free Shipping! Leave me a comment here or (preferably) e-mail me if you'd like one!

E-mail me at ctprezzia15@gmail.com for questions.

NOTE FOR HERO ARTS STAMPS: The stamps that I am selling are ones that I won/purchased, not stamps that I have been Hero Arts provided me with to create projects as part of their Creative Team - any creative team provided stamps are just added into the boxes and envelopes rather hackey sack as a little bonus, since I'm not using them and would like them to have loving homes. ;)

3.25.2017

Legendairy // Hero Arts

Hello all! Today I'm participating in a hop celebrating A Blog Named Hero's fifth anniversary, as part of the Hero Arts Creative Team.

For my card today, I used the fun Egg-cellent! stamp set. I'm kinda obsessed with Stonewash right now, so I based the rest of my color palette around it, using Fresh Peach, Pale Tomato, Butter Bar and Passion Flower.


I stamped my pattern rather randomly, and adhered it down to some kraft cardstock and strip of navy.


For my sentiment (which I think is absolutely hilarious), I covered a piece of cardstock in Stonewash, heat dried it then slathered it with some anti-static powder.
I inked up the sentiment with Versamark first, then Navy, stamped and heat embossed it in clear - gives it a nice little shine. ;)

I topped off the card with some sequins, some from the Hero Arts Ombre Blue collection.

GIVEAWAY


The hop will take place over two days and there are different giveaway prizes to be won each day


A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies! Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day! Giveaway prizes total more than $500! To win, leave a comment on each hop stop. We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning! And be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday hoppers and prizes! Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28thand winners will be announced on March 30th.

Today's prizes include the following:

$50 gift card to Hero Arts
$40 gift card to Pretty Pink Posh
$35 gift card to Lil' Inker Designs
$25 gift card to Newton's Nook
$25 gift card to Paper Smooches
$25 gift card to Winnie and Walter
$25 gift card to The Ton
$20 gift card to Right at Home
One Online Card Class of your choice

Good luck and happy hopping!

BLOG HOP


You should have come from the fabulous Laura Bassen and your next stop is the amazing Kelly Latevola. Please visit A Blog Named Hero's blog for the full hop list if you encounter any broken links.

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Hero Arts kraft cardstock, Michaels (white)
Stamps: Hero Arts Egg-cellent!
Ink: Hero Arts StonewashFresh PeachPale TomatoButter BarNavy and Passion Flower, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts clear embossing powder and Ombre Blue sequins

Tools: heat gun

3.13.2017

Birthday Wreath

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a fun, Spring card...



Head on over to the blog for more details! 

3.06.2017

Always in Season // Hero Arts

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts March 2017 My Monthly Hero blog hop and sharing chic herb card set!
I know you're gonna be seeing a lot of bunnies from the main kit today, so I decided to show off the beautiful add-on, Fresh Herbs.


For my first card, I stamped all the images in Dusty Blue on a light green card base.


To make sure my sentiment panel matched the ink, I covered a piece of cardstock in Dusty Blue, heat set it, and then smothered it with anti-static powder before embossing my sentiment.


I think that Dusty Blue is just one of the prettiest colors - it's so interesting! Not quite blue, not quite purple - works for different moods, which means it's perfect for me!

Because this stamp set makes me think of something you'd find at some chic stationary store, I wanted to make a matching card. This second card took way longer to make, but I think the pair of them are quite fetching and worth it. ;)


To get the colors to match with the first card, I had to do some tedious stamping. Here's the step-by-step process:
  1. Using the mini MISTI (if you have the larger one, it would work better), I used Green Hills to stamp as many of the images as I could fit onto some white cardstock that I had prepped with anti-static powder.
  2. Not removing my images from the MISTI, I cleaned them off, then used Versamark to stamp the images again. NOTE: I have an Ugly Betty Versamark pad - I use it purely for stickiness and don't worry a whole lot about getting ink on it.
  3. I then added some Clear embossing powder, heat set the images, and then repeated these steps until I had my entire background covered.
Once I had all my images embossed, I covered the cardstock with Dusty Blue, applying the ink pad directly on the paper, and using an inking tool to get into any nooks and crannies.
I then wiped off the excess ink with a wipe, and oila! A background!


I tried saving myself all the steps by just heat embossing in clear on the green cardstock I used for the first card, but because the cardstock is coated, the Dusty Blue didn't show up quite as vibrant.
However, to save yourself from double stamping, you could use some quality light green pigment ink. The pigment ink will provide the color and also the stickiness needed to heat emboss.

For matching sentiment banner, I covered a piece of cardstock in Green Hills, and then heat embossed my sentiment from Egg-cellent (also a new add-on this month) in white.

I topped both cards off with some sequins and adhered the sentiments with adhesive foam.

THE KIT


This month's kit includes:
  • 2 4"x6" clear stamp sets
  • 21 coordinating Frame Cut metal dies
  • 2 Fancy Dies
  • 2 5.5"x8.5" sheets of Chocolate & Herbeus cardstock (brown & green textured cardstock)
  • 1 6"x6" sheet of teal marble paper (color may vary)
  • 1 5.5"x8.5" sheet of burlap
  • 1 Intense Black ink cube (ideal for use with alcohol markers)
The kit value is $75, an amazing deal at $34.99.

The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one! Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, March 10th.

HOP


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop! You should have arrived from the amazing Wanda Guess, and the always stunning Debby Hughes would be next on the hop, after me:


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes Sunday, March 12 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Hero Arts Foliage Layering paper, Michaels white cardstock (the non-weird kind)
Stamps: Hero Arts Fresh Herbs and Egg-cellent
Ink: Hero Arts Dusty Blue and Green Hills, Versamark
Other: sequins, Hero Arts White and Clear embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, ink blender