5.25.2017

A Slothful Pair // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today, with a slothful pair of animals....(ha, I know, it's awful)


Pop on over to the blog for more details!

5.24.2017

Many Blessings // Hero Arts

Part of the fun of making projects for assignments is that it usually takes me a couple runs to get a project I'm completely happy with, which inevitably leads a trail of stamped scraps behind. Using these scraps is a fun, relaxing little challenge for me.

For today's card, I was trying to focus on the beautiful Wallpaper Pattern stamp for THIS blog post, but I didn't end up using the background because it didn't stand out enough on it's own for me.
However, it still looked pretty stunning, stamped in Butter Bar, and topped with flowers from Color Layering For You Flowers.
The flowers were stamped in Soft Apricot, Navy, Green Hills, Fresh Lawn, Soft Purple, and Ultra Pink.


For the sentiment, I heat embossed the beautiful Many Blessings in Versamark with clear powder.  The sentiment doesn't stand out as much as I usually like to make my sentiments stand out, but I like how it works with the bright background.


For the last touch, I mixed a little bit of Sparkle embossing powder with some Martha Stewart glitter, and then heat embossed the mixture on a scrap of Sunshine layering paper. Mixing glitter with Sparkle embossing powder is a great way to get a custom color sparkle embossing powder.
I won't lie, it doesn't mix quite as well as legitimate glitter embossing powders, but hey, it works!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Hero Arts Sunshine layering paper, Canson Bristol
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering For You Flowers, Many Blessings
Ink: Hero Arts Butter BarSoft ApricotNavyGreen HillsFresh LawnSoft Purple, and Ultra Pink, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts Clear and Sparkle embossing powder, Martha Stewart glitter

Tools: heat gun

5.17.2017

Something Magical // Hero Arts

Hey everyone! I'm here today participating in the Hero Arts Summer Catalog 2017 Release hop!

Today's hop is a special one for me, since I'm sharing two projects using stamps from the catalog that I designed. Absolute craziness!

My first card today is from the catalog, and uses the woodblock stamp I designed, Something Magical (pretty fitting title for one of my first ever stamps, eh? ;))...


I first die cut the Star Confetti die die out of scratch paper, and used this to make a mask on some Pool layering paper  I covered it with Versamark, pulled away the mask, and heat embossed the stars in clear Sparkle embossing powder.

Then, I heat embossed the sentiment in Gold on some white cardstock, and adhered some sequins.


Finally, aren't this new Unicorn Stamp and Cut so much fun? I think I'm gonna have a hard time not using these unicorns on every other project for the foreseeable future. ;) I heat embossed the unicorns in Gold, then colored them with light pink and grey ZIG's. While I hand cut them out, the set does come with coordinating dies - I just didn't have them on hand.
I adhered the unicorns to the card base, and that finished off the card!

Here's a video of the process...


And for my second card, using a 4x6 clear set I designed, Enjoy the Journey, which was totally inspired by the ending of the animated Peter Pan (one of my favorite films all time)...


This card was literally made last minute, using leftovers from THIS project, so I'll probably revisit it later, as I love the idea, just not particularly the execution.

I just posted a video on the Hero Arts blog the other day on how to make the background. It also used the fun Star Confetti die, as well as Fresh Peach, Ultra Pink, Navy and some Grape Juice to really make it pop. It was, of course, also heat embossed with clear Sparkle embossing powder.


The sentiment is a mix from the new Unicorn Stamp and Cut and Birthday Celebration, heat embossed in white. I was really lazy with this banner, but dangit, I needed to stick a sentiment somewhere on that card! The ship felt too lonely without it! Maybe some fish or birds next time....


Gah, I love how this ship die cuts! The sails were topped with Wink of Stella, and because I'm fool enough to be making a project and video in the wee hours of the morning, I went all out and added some more clear Sparkle powder to the bottom of the die cut vellum clouds.

One last design bit: whenever I design anything from scratch, I like to have mood boards on Pinterest. HERE's a link to my mood board for the Enjoy the Journey stamp set - hopefully it will spark your creativity!

Lastly, but not least, I wanna give a huge thanks to Hero Arts for letting me have this opportunity! You guys are the bestest!

GIVEAWAY


Hero Arts is giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Hoppers, please comment by Wednesday, 5/24 at 11:59pm PT and Hero Arts will announce the winner the following week.

Also, because I got some duplicates in my last box, I'm also giving away the Color Layering Mangrove with ink set to one lucky commenter. Just comment on this post by Wednesday, May 24 at 11:59 EST for a chance to win! I will also be giving away an Enjoy the Journey stamp set on my Instagram, so be sure to look out there.
Winners will be announced here and on my Instagram.

BLOG HOP


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop!

SUPPLIES


Something Magical card
Cardstock: Hero Arts Pool layering paper, Canson Bristol
Stamps: Hero Arts Unicorn Stamp and Cut and Something Magical
Ink: Versamark, ZIG
Other: Hero Arts clear Sparkle and Gold embossing powders, sequins

Tools: heat gun, Hero Arts Star Confetti die

Magical Birthday card
Cardstock: Canson bristol
Stamps: Hero Arts Enjoy the JourneyUnicorn Stamp and Cut and Birthday Celebration
Ink: Hero Arts Fresh PeachUltra PinkNavy and Grape Juice, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey dies and Raining Fluff dies


5.15.2017

Two Backgrounds in One + VIDEO // Hero Arts

Hello! I’m over on the Hero Arts blog today with a sparkly duo…



Check out the blog for more details! Thanks for stopping in!

5.09.2017

Happy Birthday, Beautiful // Hero Arts

Today I'm popping in with a sweet and simple card, using some fun colors!

For the centerpiece, I stamped the lil' gal from Dress Up Stamp and Cut, and colored her with some ZIGs. I ornamented her with some of the smaller images from the same stamp set, using Rose Madder, Soft Pink, Soft Granite, and Indigo for my colors.


I love how the Indigo, stamped using the beautiful Wallpaper Bold Print, pops off the blue layering paper!


For the sentiment, I mixed stamps from Birthday Animals and Let Love Grow, and heat embossed it in white. Mixing stamp sentiments is one of my favorite things to do. I usually like to mix a simple font, like a serif or sans-serif font, with something a little fancy or scripty.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

SUPPLIES:


Cardstock: Hero Arts Sea Mix Layering papers
Stamps: Hero Arts Dress Up Stamp and CutWallpaper Bold Print, Birthday Animals and Let Love Grow
Ink: Hero Arts Rose MadderSoft PinkSoft GraniteIndigo and Versamark
Other: ZIG pens, Hero Arts White embossing powder

Tools: heat gun

5.01.2017

Flippin' Awesome // Hero Arts

Hello all! I'm here today participating in the Hero Arts May 2017 My Monthly Hero blog hop!

I'm gonna be honest - as pretty as the little mermaids from the main kit are, mermaids have never really been my thing. Ariel from The Little Mermaid always annoyed me, though I do enjoy the soundtrack. ;)

So, for today's cards, I used the super versatile and fun Manatee Stamp and Cut, as well as some of the fabulous fancy dies from the main kit.


To start the card off, I blended a background using Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean, on watercolor cardstock. I'm not gonna lies, I totally picked those colors out pretty much because their names fit the occasion. ;)
I added some water droplets, then picked the water up with a paper towel, for a little ghosting.

I also blended a second background, using Navy and Grape Juice, then covered it with Sparkle embossing powder. I heat set the powder, then die cut a bunch of seaweed, using the main kit Fancy Dies. The sparkle embossing adds such a nice touch!


Setting the stage for the manatee, I die cut an oval out of a piece of cardstock I had die already die cut using the Rectangle dies. I adhered a piece of acetate behind it, then tucked the die cut seaweed between the acetate and cardstock.
Next, to create my shaker, I die cut a piece of one-sided adhesive foam, using the a slightly larger oval die and a slightly smaller rectangle die, then adhered it to the back of the die cut cardstock. I added a dash of Ombre Blue sequins, and then added the cardstock to the front of my blended background.


Finally, I stamped the manatee in Charcoal, colored the manatee simply with Light Gray and Light Pink ZIG pens, and blended it out using some water. Then I quickly colored a present from Irreverent Birthday Messages - a perfect example of using one of those little images often included in sentiment stamps sets.
I cut out both the manatee and present and adhered them to the card front, adding a little bit of clear Stickles to the present for some extra pizzaz.

Finally, I used the sentiments from the Manatee Stamp and Cut, but I did some creative masking to arrange the words the way I wanted, then heat embossed in white, cut the sentiment out, and adhered to the card.

THE KIT


The supplies included in this months kit:
  • 1 4” x 6” clear stamp set
  • 18 coordinating dies (5 Fancy Dies & 13 Frame Cuts)
  • 1 6” x 6” stencil
  • More than 2.5 teaspoons cyrene sequins 
  • 3 ink cubes (Deep Blue, Aqua, Amethyst)
  • 5 5” x 6” acetate sheets
  • 1 bottle of turquoise silk liquid ink (iridescent)
  • 3 sheets of 6” x 6” lightweight paper (Ice blue, Marble Tissue and Swirl Tissue)
The kit value is over $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! Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, March 10th.

BLOG HOP


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop! If you've been following the blog hop, then I'm your last stop, but if you haven't, here's the entire list:


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 Sunday, May 7 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Canson watercolor cardstock, gray scrap cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Manatee Stamp and Cut
Ink: Hero Arts Grape Juice, Navy, Charcoal, Tim Holtz Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean
Other: Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder and White embossing powderOmbre Blue sequins

Tools: Cuttlebug, water, paintbrush, paper towels, Hero Arts May 2017 My Monthly Hero Fancy DiesRectangle Infinity dies, Oval Infinity dies, heat gun

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