Snowy Background

Hi all! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and Quietfire Designs.

I got to play with A Whisper on My Nose stamp set, and I made a quick little tag with it....

I blended Distress Oxide's Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet to get my background, and then die cut it using Hero Arts Tag Infinity dies
I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed in white, then splattered it with some water and Hero Arts Unicorn spray. 

It's hard to tell in the pics, but I also stamped the snowflakes in Versamark, and heat embossed with Hero Arts Clear Sparkle embossing powder for a little extra sparkle.
The tag was topped off with some luscious silk ribbon, and that finished it off!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!


Quietfire Design/Suzanne Cannon is hosting a giveaway of a $50 gift certificate to their online store.


For lots of inspiration, follow this hop!
Other: Hero Arts White and Clear Sparkle embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Tag Infinity dies

Birdy Background

Today's card has been almost a year-long in the works. 

When I got the Color Layering Birds and Blossoms prototype stamp set back in November, I knew right away I wanted to make a cute background with it. So I did just that, stamping my little birds on some pretty Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock, and then...I just tucked the background away, never to see the light of day again until almost a year later!

My background was made by stamping the solid part of the bird in Soft Granite, and then stamping the second layer in Black. I stamped some hearts in Versamark, and heat embossed in Gold.

The last bit is pretty easy – just stamp and heat emboss the sentiment (from Color Layering Happy Day Flowers) in White, then die cut using the Heart Infinity dies. Adhere the sentiment to the card.

I trimmed the panel down to fit an A4 card, and that finished off the card!

How often does that happen with you? You start making a project, but then set it aside to finish at another time, and then you just forget? I've got a whole little box full of backgrounds and images all ready to be made into cards!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels white, Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock
Ink: Hero Arts Black and Soft Granite, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White and Gold embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Heart Infinity dies, heat gun


Toile de Jouy

I'm over on the CardMaker blog today with a Toile de Jouy inspired card! Don't know what that means? Head on over to the blog to find out!

Thanks for stopping in today and God bless!


Chatty Owls

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with some chatty owls...

Head on over to the blog for more details, and thanks so much for stopping in!


The Reach of Kindness

I'm a creature of habit. When I find something I really like, I usually stick with it. Examples:
  • Chik-fil-a original sandwich. Nothing else on the menu is as good...(not that I've really explored)
  • McDonald's mocha frappe. Or just mocha frappe by any other name at any other coffee-selling vendor.
  • My mom's Italian meatballs (everything else is 😝)
Hm, well, upon reflection, it appears I'm mostly a food-based creature of habit...but it does extend a bit to my card making!

Case in point: this background.
When I was on a roll making it, I was on a ROLL.

So when I got my hands on the August My Monthly Hero add-on, Astronomical, I just knew the pair were a match made in heaven.

Because the background is so utterly gorgeous (if I do say so myself), I decided to keep it simple with the images. I colored them lightly with Light Gray and Gray Brown, and then die cut them with the coordinating die cuts.

I adhered them to the background using Scrappy Glue, my favorite kind of glue for smaller, delicate pieces and also slicker surfaces, such as this embossed background.

HERE'S a video showing how I made the background, but here's a quick overview:
  1. Blend Hero Arts Grape Juice, Ultra Pink, Soft Apricot, and Navy. You could play around with other pinks and oranges, but it's really the Grape Juice and the Navy that really ties everything together for me.
  2. Cover dried inks with Versamark, and heat emboss using Hero Arts clear Sparkle embossing powder (aka, the best stuff EVER invented!!). I feel like this is the most essential, as it seems to really blend the background together.
  3. Die cut using the Hero Arts Star Confetti die. (you could do this step last and get two cards - check the video for details!)
You can really get a lot out of this project - the video itself shows how to get two backgrounds from this process, and you could even get three projects, if you used the die cut stars as confetti.

I die cut a shimmery navy panel using the Rectangle Infinity dies, and then tucked a white heat embossed vellum sentiment behind it.

Thanks for much for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Hero Arts Astronomical
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts Grape JuiceUltra PinkSoft Apricot, and Navy, ZIG Light Gray and Gray Brown
Other: Hero Arts White and clear Sparkle embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Astronomical Frame CutsStar Confetti and Rectangle Infinity dies


Subtle Die Cut Background

Hi all! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and Spellbinders.

The card today uses one of the dies from the September Spellbinder XL Die of the Month. Today is my parent's 35th wedding anniversary, so I wanted to make a clean and simple card for them using the dies.

I die cut one of the borders three times in white cardstock, then adhered the strips to a white card base. I topped off the die cuts with some blue gems from my stash.

The sentiment is from the Happy stamp set by Hero Arts, and was embossed in Copper powder on vellum. I cut one short edge of the strip into a banner edge, and adhered it to the card base. I used a little bit of vellum adhesive on the right short edge, and also used some Scrappy Glue directly behind the embossing (so it wouldn't show behind the vellum).

I really like using Scrappy Glue - it's a little less flimsy (funny word to describe adhesive, I know ;)) then Multi Matte Medium, and it also dries matte.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Spellbinders is hosting a giveaway on their blog of a one-year kit subscription.


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Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut
Ink: Versamark
Other: Hero Arts Copper embossing powder, blue gems from stash

Tools: Cuttlebug, September Spellbinder XL Die of the Month, heat gun


Enjoy the Last of Summer

Fall is always so bittersweet for me, as I am a huge fan of summer, but I guess if you have to leave the greenness and sunshine of summer, what better way to go out then the beautiful colors of fall?

Before my musings take me to winter (ugh! and I'm a winter baby, too!), let's have a nice summery card, shown in the Hero Arts 2017 Summer catalog.

This simple card features my first stamp set, Enjoy the Journey.

First, I heat embossed some of the waves in white on watercolor cardstock, and loosely colored around them with my ZIG Cobalt Blue pen.

I heat embossed the main ship in white on black, and trimmed that out (I didn't have the super handy-dandy die on hand at the time). With the boat adhered to the dried out waves, I topped the panel off with a cheeky sentiment stamped in Black and some Ocean Ombre sequins.

I adhered the panel to a card base, along with a strip of gray cardstock, and finished the card off with some string.

I love how this card can be used for anyone, for almost any occasion!

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy the fourteen (!!!!) days left of summer!


Cardstock: Canson watercolor, Bazzill Licorice Twist, gray cardstock from stash
Stamps: Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey
Ink: Versamark, ZIG Cobalt Blue, Hero Arts Black
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder and Ocean Ombre sequins, string

Tools: heat gun, water, paintbrush, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey die


Squirrelly Thanks // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog with Amy today, sharing some cards that use add-ons from this month's My Monthly Hero.
Here's a peek at what I made...

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


Misprinted Stationary Style

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts September 2017 My Monthly Hero Arts blog hop!

My card today was inspired by pretty misprinted stationary, and stars the one of the monthly add-ons, the adorable Color Layering Squirrel.

I stamped the three layers in Fresh Peach, Pale Tomato, and Mulled Wine, respectively.

I purposely didn't try hard lining up the stamps and getting crisp impressions, so that I could achieve the misprinted look. It's also a great excuse when you want to be lazy, which is definitely not me. Ever. ;)

I used some of the small elements from the same stamp set to create the little scene around the squirrel, but I used more elements from one of my favorite Hero Arts stamp sets ever, Let Love Grow. I used Passion Flower and Soft Purple for the purples, Soft Pool and Pool for the blues, Soft Apricot and Pumpkin Pie for the oranges.

The top sentiment was stamped in black, and the bottom heat embossed in white on black cardstock. I die cut the squirrel panel using the Rectangle Infinity dies, and then layered it on the card base, finishing off the card.

Quick, easy and cute!


The supplies included in this months kit:
  • 1 6" x 8" Color Layering Clear Stamp Set
  • 8 Coordinating Frame cuts
  • 5 Ink cubes (Butter Bar, Cup O’ Joe, Orange Soda, Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine)
  • 3 Brass sunflower charms 
  • 3 Brass leaf charms
  • 2 5.5" x 8.5" Pumpkin Vellum 30lb
  • 2 5.5" x 8.5" Moonrock Cardstock 80lb
The kit value is $70, 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!


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop! Here's the entire list:

  May Park 


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. (Hero will reimburse the winner if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Monday, 9/4 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Squirrel and Let Love Grow
Ink: Hero Arts Fresh PeachPale TomatoMulled WinePassion FlowerSoft PurpleSoft PoolPoolSoft ApricotPumpkin Pie and Black
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies, Cuttlebug


Selective Sentiment Adjusting // Hero Arts

This little number appeared on the Hero Arts blog yesterday, with a video...

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


Step Up Card Set + VIDEO // Hero Arts

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts 2017 Winter Catalog blog hop!

There are so many awesome new stamps from this release that it was difficult to choose which one to feature, but in the end, the fun and versatile Winter Silhouettes stamp set won.

I made three cards, same design, different color combos, and each a "step up" from the previous.
First off...

The jar comes from an older Hero Arts set, Winter Scene, and is stamped in Silver.
The trees are stamped in Passion Flower and Soft Lilac for the purples, and Navy for the boy, dog and sentiment. The sentiment comes from a fun new clear set, Poster Christmas Carols.

The panel is adhered to an A4 card base, and first one is done! This could be even faster if you have a stamp positioning tool.

For the second card, the same process as the first card is repeated, except using Cotton CandyBubblegum, and Grape Juice  This one has a little extra something though, in the form of glitter. 

I stamped the snow (from the Winter Scene set) using the Essential Glue pad. It's been forever since I've used this, but it's so fun! I have an old video on how to get it to work well, but essentially, you add a little drop of the glue refill onto the pad, squish it around, ink, and stamp! 

To make sure the glitter stays on for more than one day, give the glue some time to set and then add the glitter. This will make sure the glitter stays on - I know I have some really old cards where I stamped the glitter, and that glitter is still holding on to this day! The finer the glitter, the better the hold.

Finally, the shaker card...

For this card, you're actually stamping on the card base, instead of the panel. To get the stamped base and die cut panel to align perfectly, first die cut the panel using the Jar die  Then use some washi tape to hold in place on the base, and stamp the jar.

The rest of the stamping is per usual, in CornflowerDusty Blue, and Charcoal . Some chunky Martha Stewart glitter and clear sequins complete the shaker card and this little card set.


Here's a video of the process...


Hero Arts is giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Hoppers, please comment by Wednesday, 8/30 at 11:59pm PT and Hero Arts will announce the winner the following week.


Cardstock: linen cardstock
Other: Martha Stewart glitter

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Jar die


10 Minute Card // CardMaker Magazine

This is a little late, but I have a post on the CardMaker blog up, showing how to make a cute little card in less than ten minutes...

Check out the blog for more details!


Modern Ami // CardMaker Magazine

Hi all! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

The kind folks at CAS-ual Fridays sent the team some stamps to play with. Today, I used the bold Mon Ami to make a bright, modern card.

I created a pattern by stamping the beautiful bloom in Hero Arts Indigo over a white card base. I then colored the blooms in with a Chameleon pen from the Cool Tones set. I was feeling pretty lazy, so the blending is definitely not as smooth as the markers can be, but I'll chalk the look up to "artsy." ;)

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark on some blue scrap paper, and then heat embossed it in white. Two of the corners were punched using a good ol' office hole puncher, and then the sentiment was adhered to the card base. Pretty simple and retro!


CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is offering four prize packages, each with a value over $40 - check out their blog for more details.


For lots of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop:

Clare Prezzia (you are here!)


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami
Ink: Hero Arts Indigo, Versamark
Other: Chameleon Cool Tones, Hero Arts white embossing powder

Tools: office hole puncher, heat gun


Manly Mangrove // Hero Arts

I realize that it might seem like there is a disturbing lack of card making going on around here, and I'm here today to inform you that that's not the case! Lots of cards get made, but I just forget to post them.
Such as the case with today's card, which was part of the Hero Arts Summer 2017 catalog.

For the card, I started off by stamping the Color Layering Mangrove stamp in its various layers, using Green Hills and Forever Green for the foliage, and Cup O' Joe and Soft Brown for the trunk. There's more little images you can add to the tree, like little creepers, but I opted not to.

Then, for a very subtle touch, I dry embossed a frame on the panel, using the Rectangle Infinity dies. I used a larger rectangle die to then cut the panel out.

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white on a black piece of cardstock, and then I die cut it using a die from Number It Stamp and Cut set.
Finally, I adhered the stamped panel down to a Kraft card base that I had stamped in Versamark with the Scribble Bold Prints background stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels white, Hero Arts Kraft
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Mangrove and Scribble Bold Prints
Ink: Hero Arts Green HillsForever GreenCup O' JoeSoft Brown, and Versamark
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Number It Stamp and Cut die