Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Hero Arts Stamps

I went to the Hero Arts 2012 catalog debut party at Archiver's a few weeks ago and purchased one of the stamp sets with die cuts. I finally had a chance to do some crafting after the busy holidays and I made this card. I stamped the background with the Hero Arts Fabric stamp (love that stamp!)  After I stamped and die cut the flowers, I colored them with Copic markers. I'm going to submit this for the Hero Arts December contest. I used one of the sketches for this month's contest.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you are recovering from the holidays.  :)

supplies: Hero Arts stamps/dies, Basic Grey paper, Copic markers, HA Chalk ink

Monday, December 19, 2011

Moxie Fab World Challenge - Get Inspired!

I haven't played along with the challenges over at Moxie Fab World in awhile, so I decided to submit something for the Get Inspired by Home Decor  challenge. Here is my card. I know Earth Day isn't until April, but I couldn't resist. :)

Not much else to report. Still working on getting ready for Christmas. I hope you are enjoying the pre-holiday frenzy.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas.....

Hi there. I've been working on my Christmas cards. On this first one I used the Hero Arts stamp and Sizzix embossing folder combo. Love the way it creates that perfect background.   

On this second card, I used a Hero Arts stamp from last year. I love this tree stamp. I paired it with some Basic Grey paper and used Copic markers to color in the ornaments then added som pearls and gems. I like the way it turned out. :)

Are you still working on your Christmas/holiday cards, or are you all done already?

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, gems and pearls, Sizzix embossing folder, EK Success border punch, Jenni Bowlin ink, Basic Grey paper

Friday, December 2, 2011

Background Stamps

I love the Hero Arts' background stamps and this is one of my favs. You don't need to add much more to finish up the card. I heat embossed it in white and then added TH distress inks to give it color. I also added a couple sprays of Perfect pearls to give it the perfect shine. :)   Thanks for dropping by.

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Archivers ribbon, Sixxix die, Basic Grey flower and rub-on, TH distress inks, Zing embossing powder

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Virginia!

My sweet, online friend, Virginia, is celebrating a milestone birthday this year. The big five-0!  Yay!  She's having a virtual b-day party. If you haven't joined in the fun yet, check it out here.

Anyway, I chose to make the card below for Virginia because I love her whimsical and colorful cards. Virginia has so many good qualities, but my favorites are her sense of humor, and her never-ending positive and encouraging attitude. She always leaves such sweet comments on my blog and that warms my heart. Also, any time I visit her blog, it makes me laugh!  Love all the humor!

Virginia, I hope we can meet in person sometime, maybe in FL in the winter - thus the palm tree and snowman on my card! :)  I just know we'd have a great time and lots of laughs. Happy Birthday, my friend! You're the best, and I hope you have the best day ever!!

supplies: Hero Arts stamp (thanks Anita!!), Basic Grey paper and heart

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving week!  I hope you all get to enjoy some quality time with family and friends tomorrow. Here are a couple of Thanksgiving cards I made for my parents and my in-laws.

On this first card, I had made the ATC with the turkey and flower on it and then decided to add the ATC to a full size card. I used Hero Arts stamps, as usual and added some lace. It's hard to tell, but I clear embossed the Large Fabric Design stamp for the background of the card.

This second card is very simple, but I love the patterned paper for the background and the added twine bow.
supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Basic Grey paper, TH Distress Inks, Zing embossing powder, Sew-it Twine, Copic markers, lace

Friday, November 18, 2011

Trying to Get Caught Up

Well I'm still trying to get caught up with life after our  move, so I don't have a card to share today. I do have some fun news though. My "Art is the Tree of Life" project was featured on the Aussie Scrap Source blog. Check it out here.

I'm hoping to make some cards this weekend and get something posted here. :)  I hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, November 7, 2011

I'm back....

Well, we've moved and are almost settled in. My craft area is still a work in progress though, so I thought I'd share a card I made before the move. I added "Happy Birthday" on the front, but didn't get an updated pic after I added the sentiment. Wasn't sure what box my camera was in. ha!  I used Bella Blvd papers. So cute!  My niece loves dogs so I gave her this card for her birthday.

I hope you are doing well. I'm hoping to be able to do some blog hopping again soon.

supplies: Bella Blvd paper, Archiver's ribbon, TH mini staples

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


It's been awhile since I've posted. We are moving so I've been busy packing.  I made a few Halloween cards before I packed up all my supplies, so I thought I'd share one today.  I used some Bella Blvd patterned paper and a Hero Arts sentiment.  The ribbon came from my online friend, Barb.  Thanks Barb!

Do you make Halloween cards?
Sorry I haven't been visiting your blogs. I should have more time after we get all packed and move.

supplies: Bella Blvd paper, Hero Arts stamp, Doodlebug button, Michaels ribbon

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fall Colors

I just realized I haven't posted for quite some time. Life has been busy, so I'll keep this short. I made this card for the Fall card exchange on the Hero Arts flickr group. I used distress inks with perfect pearls to paint the autumn trees and give them a sparkly shine. I colored the house with Copic markers.

Hope you're having a great Fall so far. :)

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, TH Distress Inks, Basic Grey Paper, Bella Blvd paper, Copic markers

Friday, September 23, 2011

I *Heart* Birthdays...

I made this birthday card for another one of my nieces. Lots of September birthdays! I used some Bella Blvd papers and the greeting is an older Hero Arts stamp.  I added some Sew Easy bakers twine too.

I want to thank all of you for the encouraging comments and for those who voted for my photo tray at Scrapfest last weekend. I won 2nd place and am so grateful!! My tray is shown here on the Archiver's site. The tray contains pics of several of my nieces and nephews. I told them they are all famous now. heehee... :)  Have a great weekend!

supplies: Hero Arts stamp, Bella Blvd paper, Sew Easy bakers twine 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Another Beetle for a Birthday

I just love this little beetle car stamp from Hero Arts. I made this card for my niece's birthday. I used some Bella Blvd patterned papers and Basic Grey paper.  Aren't the trees in the background cute? :)  I used a craft knife to cut out the windows of the car and then glued acetate on so it looks like real windows. ha!  I wanted the balloon to look like it was floating away into the sky. And I added some faux stitching to the road.

Hope you're having a great weekend!  Thanks for dropping by. :)

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Bella Blvd paper, PaperTrey Ink cloud die cut, EK Success border punch

Monday, September 12, 2011

Santa's on his Way.....or maybe not quite yet....

I created this card for the Hero Arts August challenge. I love this Santa stamp and I used a Birthday stamp for the presents. I took off the top present that said "Happy Birthday" and made my own to say "Merry Christmas" instead. The embossed background was done using the Cuttlebug snowflake folder. I know it's a little early to work on Christmas cards, but I'm doing it anyway.  :)

I hope you're having a great week and if you're going to ScrapFest this week, have a great time! Also, please see my post here.  I wish I was going, but I can't. Maybe next year!

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Basic Grey paper, Copic markers, Hero Arts gem

Monday, September 5, 2011

My Art Tree

I've seen the quote several times, "Art is the tree of life...." and I decided to make a home decor project based on this quote. I used a Cuttlebug leaf die cut and several different scraps of Basic Grey patterned paper. I also used the Silhouette to cut out the tree trunk. I used one of Kerri Bradford's tree and bird shapes from her Halloween Shapes kit. The digi image was just 1/2 of the tree trunk with the bird on a branch so I used the Silhouette software to copy it, then flipped the image horizontally to make a full tree trunk. I moved the two images around a bit in the software so the 2 sides didn't line up perfectly - so it would look a bit more like a real tree trunk and then welded the image together. After the Silhouette cut out the trunk from kraft paper, I distressed it with TH distress ink to give it a bit of shading. The letters are also from a Basic Grey collection and the the stamped letters are from a Hero Arts clear alpha stamp set. The background cloud paper is from Pebbles. Once it was all done, I framed it and hung it up in my art/craft room.

So, what do you think?  Will you make your own tree of life?  :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Whoooo Doesn't Love Owls?

I love this owl paper from Jillibean Soup. Isn't it adorable?  I created this card for one of my nephews for his birthday. It was a quick card to make.

That's all for now.  :)

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Jillibean Soup paper, Marvy punch

Monday, August 29, 2011

Archiver's One-of-a-Kind Wall Art Contest

I'm very excited about this - it's big news for me! I entered a photo tray in the Archiver's One of a Kind Wall Art contest and my photo tray won for the southside Indianapolis, Indiana, Archiver's store. I can't tell you how thrilled I was when the Store Manager called to tell me I won.  I was over-the-top excited!  :)  The next step is to send my tray to the Archiver's at the Mall of America and the folks who attend Scrapfest 2011 in September will get the chance to vote on their favorite trays. There will be one from each of the Archiver's stores, so there will be 45 trays. Wow!  Anyway, if you are planning to attend Scrapfest, I would soooo appreciate your votes.

I used Hero Arts stamps and Basic Grey paper. Two of my favorite companies.  I also used stamps from Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday and some of the new Amy Tangerine fabric Thickers. Part of my title was cut with the Sihouette using one of Kerri Bradford's kits.

If you'd like to see the details a little more clearly, click on the photo to enlarge it. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in my excitement! 

supplies: Basic Grey Out of Print paper and stickers, Hero Arts stamps and pearls, Kerri Bradford kit, Amy Tangerine fabric Thickers, Archivers flowers, Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday stamps, Silhouette SD

Friday, August 26, 2011

Girly and Glitzy - Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger

I created this card for the Tuesday Trigger: Girly and Glitzy on the Moxie Fab blog. Here is the inspiration photo.

And here is my card. I added some sparkle pen and gems to the chandelier to 'glitz' it up some. :)

Have you had a chance to play along?  Have a great weekend!

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Me and My Big Ideas paper, Authentique paper, gems, Sparkle pen

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Embossing Challenge

I'm submitting this card for the CAS-ual Fridays embossing challenge.

I dry embossed the white snow on the bottom of the card with the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder. I also heat embossed the trees in the background. All stamps are Hero Arts. The letters are Making Memories Glitter Bling letters.

Thanks for dropping by. Your comments always make my day. :)

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Making Memories Glitter Bling letters, Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder

Friday, August 19, 2011

Little Critters....

Love this new Authentique patterned paper. Love this Hero Arts stamp set with the little dog and cat.
Love to add Glossy Accents to the windows on the house.

That's all.  :)

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Authentique paper, Glossy Accents, Copic markers

Monday, August 15, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays 2 in 1 Challenge

I'm submitting this card for the CAS-ual Fridays 2 in 1 challenge

I used distress inks and spritzed them with water to stamp this image on watercolor paper. I think the blue and green looks serene together.

Have you played along with the CAS-ual Friday challenge yet?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Birthdays and more birthdays...

I made this card awhile ago for my brother for his birthday. I love this Hero Arts Going stamp set. Too cute! I paired the truck with some Jillibean Soup patterned paper. Love all the different colors of blue.

Also, I'm very excited that my photo trays are featured on the Aussie Scrap Source blog. Check it out. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you're having a great day!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sizzling Summer

I've submitted this card for the Hero Arts August challenge. This little owl is one of my favorite stamps. I always put Glossy Accents on his sunglasses to make them look more real. I love the Beetle car too.  I guess this little owl is waiting on the side of the road for a ride. heehee...  :)

I'm also submitting this for the BasicGrey Sizzling Summer challenge. I used several different BasicGrey paper collections on this including Life of the Party, Lime Rickey and Mellow.

Thanks for dropping by. Your comments always make my day!

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Basic Grey paper, PaperTrey Ink stamps, Glossy Accents, Copic Markers, EK Success border punch

Saturday, August 6, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Glitzy Glue Dots

I'm playing along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge again. This week's challenge is to add glitter using Glue Dots to a card.  I colored the beach ball with Copic markers and then added a few glue dots and some Martha Stewart glitter to it.  I'm also going to enter this into the Hero Arts August challenge which is to create a scene. 

I used several different Hero Arts stamps from several different sets. I really like how it turned out.

Have you played along with either of these challenges yet?  If not, now is the time.  :)

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Basic Grey paper, Martha Stewart glitter, Glue dots, PaperTrey Ink cloud die cut, Copic markers

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Christmas in August

I ordered a new Christmas stamp set from Hero Arts. Several people requested a nativity type stamp set and as always Hero Arts listened to their customers and created one.  Here is the first Christmas card I've made this year. I usually don't start this early, but I wanted to try out my new stamp set.  I used several different colors of TH Distress Inks.  This is one of those cards that looks much better in real life. Oh well, you get the idea.

Have you started on your Christmas cards yet or are you still hanging out at the pool?  :)

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, TH Distress inks, Sparkle pen

Monday, August 1, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

I finally got the change to play in the CAS-ual Fridays challenge.

The challenge was to make a tall card and here is what I came up with. It's a card for my nephew's birthday this month so I tried to make it more masculine.  I love this Lawn Fawn stamp from the Fanciful Frames set. The star stamps are Hero Arts. I used colored pencils to color in the frame and I also used some Jillibean Soup patterned paper.

Have you been able to play along with this challenge? 
supplies: Lawn Fawn stamps, Hero Arts stamps, Jillibean paper

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summer Card Camp - Kids Challenge

My 6 year old niece spent the night at my house last night and we decided to make a card. Hannah wanted to make a card for her brother's birthday.  We are entering it into the Summer Card Camp - Kids Challenge.  Wish her luck.  :)

Here is Hannah's card.  She used distress inks on the background and lots of Hero Arts stamps, along with a border punch, circle punch and she did cut out some fish too.

And here is the inside of the card. 

Isn't Hannah's card great?  I think we have a little artist in the making. heehee... Thanks for dropping by. Hope you're having a great weekend! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Moxie Fab Stamp It Challenge and Summer Card Camp - Week 3

I'm still playing along with the Summer Card Camp - this time with the week 3 colors. I really like the neutral palette. This online card class has been great!

Here is my card. I embossed the flowers and used red distress inks for the background. I love this new Hero Arts/Basic Grey stamp set.  I'm also entering it in the Stamp-It Cards Week Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

Thanks for dropping by. Hope you're having a great week!  :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Moxie Fab World Stamp -It Challenge

I'm entering this card in the Moxie Fab World Stamp-It Cards Challenge. The tree, bicycle and sun are all Hero Arts stamps. I used distress inks for the background and Basic Grey papers.

Don't you just love those white walled tires on the bike?  :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer Card Camp Week 2 Again....

I made another card for the Summer Card Camp - Week 2. See the post below this one for more info. Inside the card, the sentiment says, "Live it Up!"  All stamps are from Hero Arts and the patterned paper is Basic Grey... as usual.  That's all for now.  :)

Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Card Camp Week 2

I created this card for the Summer Card Camp. It's a great online class!  We're in week 2 now so the color combo has changed.  I love these colors for summery cards.

The stamp set I used for this card is a Hero Arts set called "Simply the Best." I used another older Hero Arts set for the sentiment.  I also used patterned paper from several different Basic Grey collections. 

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Fiskars border punch, Jenni Bowlin ink, Distress Inks, Copic Markers, Glossy Accents, Basic Grey paper

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Card Camp Week 1

I'm participating in the Summer Card Camp hosted by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. So much inspiration and fun!

Here is the card I created using this week's color combo. I was going for a whimsical theme. This is for a lady I work with who is retiring this week and she likes whimsey and flowers.  :)  I used all Hero Arts stamps, Copic markers and some Jenni Bowlin ink. The stem is a strip of Basic Grey paper. I added some bling on the flower petals and added Glossy Accents to the center of the flower and used dimensional squares to pop it up a bit. TFL!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Love Lawn Fawn

I just love this Lawn Fawn fanciful frames stamp set. I made this card with Basic Grey and Jillibean Soup patterned paper. The owl with the party hat and balloon cracks me up.  :)  The sentiment is from an older Hero Arts stamp set.

supplies: Lawn Fawn stamps, Hero Arts stamps, Jillibean Soup paper, Basic Grey paper

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Oceans of Joy

I made this card to be used as an Anniversary card. Love this Hero Arts stamp set. I colored the fish with Copic markers and then added Glossy Accents on the fish and bubbles so they look like they are underwater. The circle is adhered with dimensional pop-dots.

That's all for now.  :)

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Copic markers, Fiskars border punch, Basic Grey paper, Glossy Accents

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Smile Crocodile....

I made this card for one of my nephews. He loves monkeys. I used Glossy Accents on the Crocodile's eyes...or is this an alligator?  :)

Thanks for dropping by. Hope you're having a great week!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Perfect Pair

I've seen this phrase used before with this Hero Arts stamp set.  Tami used it here and her card inspired me to make this one. I am submitting this for Virginia's contest, Stamp your Hero HeArt Out

Hope you have a great weekend!

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Jillibean  Soup paper, Distress inks, Copic markers

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Jillibean Soup paper, TH distress inks, Marvy punch, Copic markers

Friday, June 3, 2011

Distressing....not stressing....

I wanted to try this Hero Arts stamp again, but this time with distress inks. This is what I came up with.  That's all for today.  :)  Hope you have a great weekend!

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Basic Grey brad, TH distress inks, Stampendous white embossing powder, versamark ink

Monday, May 30, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 4

I've been checking out the CAS-ual Fridays Challenges and decided to play along for the fourth challenge on creating cards for graduates. My sweet friend Virginia is one of the DT members and I love her CAS cards. Check out her blog and the CAS-ual Fridays blog too!

Here is my card. I used a Hero Arts owl stamp, colored it with Copics and added Glossy Accents to her glasses. I also used some Basic Grey paper from the Life of the Party collection.

Have you played along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenges yet?

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, Basic Grey paper, DCWV notecard, Glossy Accents, Copic markers

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I made this photo tray (from 7 Gypsies) as a gift for my niece, Grace, for her 8th grade graduation.  She was recently in the "Suessical" the musical at her school and played the Cat in the Hat. She did a wonderful job! She had 22 people (family, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends) in the audience all there for her big performance!  :)  I had to include that photo in the tray. I also included photos of Grace with her mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, family and friends. Gracie, you rock!

I used several Hero Arts stamps on this, as well as Lawn Fawn and Technique Tuesday stamps. I made ATC's and inserted them into the tray. I hope she likes it.

As always, thanks for stopping by. :)

supplies: Hero Arts stamps, shadow ink, gems, Lawn Fawn stamps, Kerri Bradford Silhouette image, Archivers flowers, 7 Gypsies tray, Bazzill dotted cardstock, My Minds Eye paper, Basic Grey paper, Fiskars punch and EK Success punch, Martha Stewart butterfly punch.