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

3.05.2017

Hoppy Birthday // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today, with a sneak peek of the newest My Monthly Hero kit coming your way, starring some adorable bunnies from the main kit stamp set.


Pop on over to the blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in! God bless!

2.28.2017

Rainbow Thanks + VIDEO // Hero Arts

Squeezing in one last quick post (and a video!) for February.

Again, starring the February My Monthly Hero kit - I'm a little obsessed. The March kit also promises to be a doozy, so don't feel down if you missed out on this one. ;)

I only planned on making the right one, but while filming the video, the second just happened.


I started my rainbow cards out with a Sea card base, that I stamped using the gorgeous Kelly's Background Squares and then heat embossed in clear Sparkle embossing powder.


Isn't that such a pretty background? Hero Arts has some other really pretty backgrounds, like Kelly's Background Stars, Floral Wallpaper Background, and Doily Pattern.


I die cut a white cardstock panel using the Rectangle Infinity dies, then stamped and heat embossed sentiment from Thanks Stamp and Cut.


For the "thanks" die, I heat embossed a piece of black cardstock with Black Detail embossing powder, then die cut it. I do this so that I can get that extra shine from the black powder - it's something I especially love doing with the Black Sparkle embossing powder.


The umbrella's were from the main kit, which is sold-out and unavailable, but I listed some good substitutions for them in THIS blog post. Anyways, I stamped and heat embossed the umbrellas, colored them in quickly with my ZIG's, die cut them, and adhered them to my card base! All done! 

One quick question - has anyone else noticed their red ZIG ink being rather messy? Even when heat set, the red ink seems to very easily come off at slight touches.
Lastly, pay no heed to the fact that my rainbow is out of order! Lol, didn't realize until I was doing the voice over for the video! Let me know if you catch it, because it apparently was sneaky enough for me to make the mistake on both cards. ;)

VIDEO


It's been awhile since I've done one of these, and this one is a quicky!


If you are having problems viewing this video, please try watching it HERE on YouTube.


SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Hero Arts Sea Layering Paper
Stamps: Hero Arts 2017 February My Monthly Hero kit (see substitutions HERE), Thanks Stamp and Cut and Kelly's Background Squares
Ink: Versamark, ZIG pens

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts 2017 February My Monthly Hero kit coordinating die, Thanks Stamp and Cut die and Rectangle Infinity dies

2.25.2017

Quick Sunshine // Hero Arts

Today I'm sharing some quick cards I made using this month's My Monthly Hero - these cards use an image from the main kit, but I found some substitute stamps you could use (continue reading for more info!) and also, the design is something pretty to easy to replicate with a number of different images anyways. ;)

For my first card, I stamped the umbrella image (from the main kit stamp set) in Pale Tomato, Rusty Blue, Passion Flower and Fresh Peach - not my usual color combo, but something I was inspired to use from browsing Pinterest.


For the sentiment, I heat embossed a message from the Color Layering Graphic Flowers stamp set. This stamp set is such a staple - images that work for various styles and occasions, with such well crafted sentiments.


For my second card, I stamped a whole rainbow of umbrellas, using Grape Juice, Orchid, Crimson, Soft Apricot, Fresh Lawn, Dandelion, Deep Ocean and Summer Sky


This card would take a little longer to create than the first, just because you'd have to clean off the image more in between using all the different colors.


Same sentiment idea, and for both cards, I adhered some little hearts I die cut using Sun Showers Cutting dies - I think this die has the most perfect little heart shapes ever!

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, the umbrella stamp comes from a limited edition kit by Hero Arts that sold out, so I have some substitute suggestions.


I found these all real quick browsing through my Hero Arts 2017 catalog, so basically just check any simple line image sentiments you may already have and you have something fun in store!

MY MONTHLY HERO KIT


In case you haven't heard about My Monthly Hero, or you're just a little confused about it, THIS page has all the info!

The March kit will be coming in about two weeks, so keep a lookout! If you're worried about missing a kit - they often sell out extremely quickly - you can become a subscriber.

Hope that helps, and please feel free to ask me any questions! Have a great weekend and God bless!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Canson Bristol (white), Bazzill (black)
Stamps: Hero Arts February 2017 My Monthly Hero (sold out - similar stamps listed above) and Color Layering Graphic Flowers
Ink: Pale TomatoRusty BluePassion FlowerFresh PeachGrape JuiceOrchidCrimsonSoft ApricotFresh LawnDandelionDeep OceanSummer Sky and Versamark,
Other: Hero Arts Ocean, Blush, Blue, Green, Sunshine, and Purple sequins, White embossing powder

Other: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Sun Showers Cutting dies

2.22.2017

Vol. 1 #CardmakerProbs // Hero Arts

I've decided to start a new, impromptu series here on the blog, called (very trendily) #CardmakerProbs. The series will follow REAL-LIFE problems of cardmakers - REAL problems, people, REAL.

In our first installment...

#CardmakerProbs No. 1 - Photography


The struggle is real, my fellow crafters. While some of us cardmakers - such as Keeway, Melania Deasy and Lisa Spanlger - apparently do possess magic (also lots of patience and skills), the rest of us mortals just have to struggle-bus it out.

I present to you Exhibit A.


Okay, so to be fair,  for these card I used some strangely weird white Michaels cardstock, so that didn't help getting the darn white balance right, but I tell ya, I spent at least two hours photographing these.
Two hours may seem little - I mean, two is kind of a small number, technically speaking - but hours! Of my life! On card photos! Absurd.

Anywho, I got sick of trying to make things fancy, so I ended up with these...


These two simple little numbers use some add-ons from this month's My Monthly Hero - Fun in the Rain - so that means, the stamps are still available! Yay! Well, technically not the little girl image I used in the first card, since that came from the sold out main kit, but the cat and umbrella from Raining Cats and Dogs would be just as cute! (and I know because I've already done a card like this with it ;))

I used Soft Pool and Black for my ink, and then some quick and snappy coloring with my trusty ZIG pens.


Aren't those little puddles and ducks just the cutest?!

I forgot to take a close up shot while I was at it, and I was too lazy/annoyed to set up again, so there it is! Two hours of my life, for everyone to see!

One day, when I have the ideal work-at-home job (you know, the imaginary kind where you don't actually have to work? ha!), I'll take lots of nice pictures in nice, natural lighting, but for now, we struggle on folks, we struggle on.

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: cheapo Michaels white
Stamps: Hero Arts Fun in the Rain and Raining Cats and Dogs
Ink: Hero Arts Black and Soft Pool
Other: ZIG pens

Tools: scallop edge scissors (for rounding corners)

2.21.2017

Timeless Classic // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today, sharing a super versatile background stamp in some Spring-ey colors!


Check out the blog for more details!


2.14.2017

Blossoming Jar // Hero Arts

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts 2017 Catalog Release blog hop and sharing a fun floral card!

I'm gonna be honest - I got my blog hop dates confused and long story short, had to whip this card the night before (and am writing this post in the wee hours of the morning!), so it didn't turn out quite the way I wanted, but it works for a pinch. ;)

My card features the beautiful new Color Layering Hydrangea, as well as the Birds and Blossoms...


I stamped the base layer of the hydrangea in Soft Pool, and the top layer with Stonewash, then die cut it using the handy dandy coordinating dies. The leaves were stamped with Lime Green, Moss, Field Greens, and Forever Green, and also cut using the coordinating dies.

The Color Layering Hydrangea also comes as part of a bundle, where you get the stamp set, dies, and a coordinating four ink cube set in one bundle!

To give the bouquet some more volume, I stamped and die cut some wee flowers from the new Birds and Blossoms stamp set, and also added some blossoms from the Color Layering For You Flowers. Ink wise, I used Pale Tomato, Fresh Peach, Soft Pink, Rose Madder (beautiful new pink ink!) and Red Royal

Birds and Blossoms is also available as a bundle - inks, dies, and coordinating ink cube set! Actually, you should probably just look at the entire catalog - many of the stamp sets come in these nice little bundles! ;)


These flowers desperately needed a vase, so I provided one using the Mason Jar Bugs stamp set and Jar die, then stamping in Unicorn. I shortened my jar using the tips I gave in THIS blog post.

For the sentiment, I embossed a panel of black cardstock in Detail Black embossing powder, then die cut it using the Happy Stamp and Cut die. I also die cut a piece of black foam, adhered the two together, and added that to my base, along with a matching white heat embossed sentiment.

All of this new goodness was adhered to a white card base that I had adhered to a panel of new Woodgrain Vellum. I love this stuff! It has beautiful texture, and at least with white cardstock, you don't have to worry about the adhesive showing through, like you do with most vellums! 

Topped off the card with some clear droplets and a piece of twine, and done!

BLOG HOP


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop! The always amazing Yana Smakula would be next on the hop, after me:

Hero Arts is giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Tuesday, February 21st at 11:59pm PT and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Hero Arts Woodgrain Vellum and Kraft cardstock, Michaels white cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Hydrangea, Birds and Blossoms, Happy Stamp and Cut, Color Layering For You Flowers, and Mason Jar Bugs
Inks: Hero Arts Lime GreenMossField GreensForever GreenPale TomatoFresh PeachSoft PinkRose MadderRed Royal, Unicorn, and Versamark
Other: clear droplets - 4mm & 6mm, string (stash), Hero Arts Detail Black and White embossing powders

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Color Layering Hydrangea, Birds and Blossoms, Happy Stamp and Cut and Jar die

2.06.2017

Watercolor Clouds

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the February My Monthly Hero blog hop and sharing a fun Pinterest inspired card!

I used the add-on, Raining Cats and Dogs, to create a fun background, inspired by THIS pin...


I started off by stamping the clouds in Versamark, then heat embossing in white. I had to do a little masking here and there for the overlapping clouds, but nothing too intense. ;)

After I had heat embossed the clouds, I quickly colored them in using my ZIG pens. Because the color was a bit too intense with just the pen, I added some water to the clouds, then dabbed at it with a paper towel. The paper towel picked up some of the color, leaving a less intensely colored version of the clouds. 
Just be careful with the paper you use whenever you add water - watercolor paper works best, and if not, I find that thicker, uncoated cardstock works decently as long as you don't add too much water.


I adhered my grey panel to the card base, then white heat embossed a sentiment from You're So Lovely on black, and adhered the sentiment to the card base. To top everything off, I used some of the gorgeous new Hero Arts sequins - I think these sequins are my new favorite thing. ;) I used Ocean, Blue and Purple to match my clouds.

THE KIT


The kit contains:
  • 1 4X6 clear stamp set
  • 20 coordinating dies
  • 1 coordinating stencil, with several cutouts included
  • 1 Soft Sky ink cube
  • 1 sponge for daubing 
  • 2 thin rolls of glitter washi tape in blue and silver 
  • 1 skein silver embroidery thread
  • Vellum in blue and patterned white 
The kit value is $65, an amazing deal at $34.99.
There are also some amazing add-on stamps (such as the one I used today) and dies, so be sure to check out the Hero Arts blog for information on them.

BLOG HOP


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win one of these kits, follow this hop! The amazing Kathy Racoosin 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.

The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never have to worry about missing it! More details on the subscription HERE.

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Canson watercolor, Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Raining Cats and Dogs and You're So Lovely
Ink: Versamark, ZIG pens
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder and OceanBlue and Purple sequins

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun

2.02.2017

You Age Well

I have a punny little card on the Hero Arts blog today...


Check it out for more details!

1.09.2017

Pool Lovin' // Hero Arts

Hello everyone! Today I'm participating in the January My Monthly Hero blog hop with a super bright card! You may want to put your sunglasses on. ;)



I started out by stamping the solid part of the heart bouquet (from the main kit stamp set) in Soft Vanilla, then the outline layer with Versamark and Butter Bar.

Because I inked up my stamp with Versamark before Butter Bar, I was able to add some clear embossing powder to the heart without contaminating any ink pads and only stamping once.
I repeated this step twice, die cut the bouquet using the coordinating dies, and then layered my small and large flower.


I stamped the tissue paper in Tide Pool on some minty layering paper, and the bow in Ocean. I die cut both, topped the bow off with a gem, and adhered them together with the bouquet and a white cardstock strip. 

For the sentiment, I heat embossed my sentiment in white, then used the newest Infinity Die set - Nesting Postage Stamps! These are so fun to play with!


Finally, I layered everything on a pool card base that I stamped using the add-on, Love Notes, and heat embossed with some clear Sparkle embossing powder (because no My Monthly Hero post from me is complete without it ;))

My sister says this card has too much Pool in it, but I'm already so tired of this winter and looking forward to summer, that the bright colors make me happy. Even if there is a lot of it. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping in today and enjoy the rest of the hop!

KIT DETAILS


The kit contains:

► A 6"x8" clear stamp set
► A set of 18 coordinating Frame Cuts dies that match the stamp set
► Five ink cubes: Tide Pool, Mint Julep, Soft Pink, Bubble Gum and Strawberry
► 2 Wood grain Size A1 Envelopes
► 2 Wood grain Size A2 Envelopes
► 4 half sheets of Wood grain card stock
► 2 Pool colored Envelopes
► 2 Tide colored Envelopes
► 2 Shallows colored envelopes
► Red Wax cord - 8 yards

The kit value is more than $70, an amazing deal at $34.99.

BLOG HOP


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win one of these kits, follow this hop!


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.

The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone.

SUPPLIES

Cardstock: Hero Arts Pool Layering paper, Michaels white cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts January My Monthly Hero and Love Notes
Ink: Hero Arts Soft VanillaButter BarTide PoolOceanVersamark
Other: Hero Arts clear Sparkle and white embossing powders, Hero Arts Pool gem

Tools: heat gun, Hero Arts main kit stamp set and Nesting Postage Stamps Infinity dies

1.08.2017

Same Color Layered Stamping // Hero Arts

It's taking me a good while to get my first card post in for 2017, but it's a fun one! I'm on the Hero Arts blog today, with some cards using the fabulous stamps that are part of this month's My Monthly Hero...


Check out the Hero Arts blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in!

1.02.2017

BIG DESTASH

ALL SOLD! Thank you so much, everyone!!!

I'm going to be moving! (again!) So that means I have to send off a lot of product that isn't getting any love from me - everything here has gotta go!


Small priority box #1 and #2: SOLD

Medium priority boxes: SOLD

Flat rate envelopes #1 and #2: SOLD

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 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. ;)