Thursday, January 12, 2017


This is my first post for A Blog Named Hero Facebook Team which I was asked to join in December - I will be posting a card to carry out the monthly theme for ABNH the second and fourth Thursday every month. The theme for the January challenge is "New to Me" - this can be a new stamp, a new technique, new anything.

I chose to use a "new to me" technique - painting with alcohol inks.  TaeEun has colored flowers with alcohol inks, but i have no idea how she really does this - so I decided to just do my own thing.  First I gold heat embossed the flowers and leaves (from the April My Monthly Hero Kit).  Then I added cranberry, watermelon and shell pink inks, wet a small brush with blending solution and just played around with the color.  Did the same for the leaves with lettuce and botanical inks.  Since I kind of went out of the lines while doing this, I put some ink on an acrylic block with some blending solution and painted all around the leaves and flower.  Wasn't intending to make a Christmas card, but since the flower looked like a poinsettia, I went along with that.  Lastly I put some of the green on my brush and spattered it.  Added some gold seed beads and the glitter sentiment backed with black.

This card goes along with the following challenges:
CAS Mix-Up (liquid inks, stamping and embossing)
Happy Little Stampers Christmas (anything goes)
A Blog Named Hero (new to me)

Remember to stop by A Blog Named Hero Facebook page and A Blog Named Hero for the latest Hero Arts inspiration and to enter the monthly challenge!  

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

MR. & MRS.

The Paper Players' challenge this week is "going green" - use something recycled on your card.  I often save cards that have a potential for remaking into a new card.  The recycled part of my card is the embossed piece with the sentiment in silver on the bottom right.  It was the front of a thank you from a recently married couple.  I couldn't get the sentiment to show up very well in the photo, but it says Mr. & Mrs.

I trimmed the piece down and matted it in black.  The flower and leaves were colored with Zigs - covered the whole flower with spectrum noir clear, added a few sequins and done.

I am also entering this in Color Throwdown.


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Saturday, December 31, 2016


When I started my blog in 2014, my first post was my favorites from 2013.  Since then my blog and my style have changed quite a bit - I hope you agree that it's all for the better or at least it's different!  So here are my faves (click on title to link to original) for 2016. 

Hydrangea Petals

Easter Blessings




Welcome Baby

Yellow Peonies
Fabulous Friend

And so my fabulous friends, 2016 is ending and we have 2017 beginning soon - Happy New Year to all of you and thanks for visiting!

Friday, December 16, 2016


My younger days growing up in Wisconsin had lots of snowy winter sledding days.  We mostly used a toboggan tho.

I made my sled by die cutting a tag from a piece of woodgrained paper, added the runners, twiggy wreath (from the September HA monthly Hero kit), greenery, a bow and the EH joy sentiment and done!  Gave everything a bit of distressing with brown ink. 

I am entering this in the Merry Monday, Ellen Hutson Pinsights, and a2z Scrapbooking challenges.

Thanks for visiting today.  This will be my last post for 2016 as I will leaving for TX to spend the Christmas holidays with my daughter and family and won't be back until January.  Wishing all a wonderful holiday season.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Loved the colors in the Paper Players challenge this week and thought I'd have a go at it with my new mistletoe die.

Die cut the mistletoe three times from silver and white metallic cardstock and die cut the frame using one of the HA infinity dies.  Next I stamped the sentiment on the black piece, embossed in gold and put it all together on the card base.  After dotting the mistletoe berries with Nuvo gold, I arranged them on the card, added the gold bow and done!   I am also entering this in CASology's challenge this week since I have a bow on the card.

Thanks for stopping by today and your kind comments always make my day!