Sunday, September 19, 2021


CAS Christmas wants "plaid" as the main theme for their challenge this month and I created another card using a similar design as the one I did the other day. 

This time I made a landscape card with the same plaid overlay for the background.  I had some green and white plaid pp but wanted it to be all green, so sponged rustic wilderness DO over it before die cutting the leaves.  Sponged lots of green on the same paper before cutting out the sentiment.  Shadowed the sentiment with some black and then added the smaller sentiment.  Arranged some gold sequin berries and done.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021


CAS Christmas wants "plaid" as the main theme for their challenge this month.  I have hoarded this gold/kraft cardstock for way too long and so today I broke down and used it.  It's difficult to see the plaid on the cut out leaves so used it in the background of my photo.

First I created a plaid background with a die using the same color card as the base.  I die cut the wreath three times and layered it on the kraft background.  Die cut the large sentiment from some gold and also kraft so I could give it a shadow effect.  Added the black sentiment and a few red enamel berries and done.  I considered not using the plaid background for the wreath, but felt it needed a bit more texture.  Maybe not CAS enough for this challenge, but I'm happy with it.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021


Our challenge this month on A Blog Named Hero is CAS - clean and simple - white space, one focal point, few layers and easy to reproduce.  I made two cards, both same design but with different colors and stamps.


I began by taping the edges of my card base with one inch Post-It tape - then blended color.  After making sure all my inking was dry, I stamped the new Christmas Rose on the blue background and the new Holly Berries on the green one.  I used Versamark ink and gold embossing powder on both cards.  Added the sentiments - both from the new Holidays Stamp & Cut - and a few embellishments - done!  Plan on making more of these in different colors - fast and easy!

Join our challenge on Instagram #abnhseptemberchallenge and tag @ablognamedhero. Be sure to enter by 26 September for a chance at one of two gift cards from Hero Arts! 

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Thursday, September 9, 2021


Wow! so many fun choices on this board created by Vicky for this week's TicTacToe Challenge - I had a hard time choosing which way to go and ended up using just about every element except watercoloring.


I went across the bottom - heat embossing (the sentiment), shades of orange/yellow and ink blending.  Began by ink blending a background with DO inks - mustard seed, fossilized amber, orange marmalade and cracklin' campfire.  Then I die cut the leaf piece and adhered it onto a light kraft card base.  Stamped the sentiment in black and embossed with clear powder.  Added the little orange enamel dots and done!

My card is also being entered at the Color Hues challenge where the colors are yellow and orange.

Hope you'll join our TicTacToe challenge this week - you have until Thursday, 16 September to post your card here.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021


It's beginning to feel a bit like fall here in Nebraska even though the weekend is predicted to be quite warm.  Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to leaves turning, cooler days, pumpkins and pumpkins spice coffee!  Have two cards today - one just because and the other for three challenges.


I die cut the large leaf from watercolor paper and then just played around with color.  Used a 3D leaf embossing folder on cream cardstock for my background and then lightly blended color around where I wanted my leaf.  Spattered with gold paint, added the sentiment and done.  I am entering my card at CAS Mix-Up (watercolor, autumn colors), AAACards (1/3rd, autumn leaves) and The Card Concept (autumn colors).  My card is just CAS - one focal point, white space, easy to reproduce.


My second card was using alcohol inks on acetate as demoed by Jennifer recently.  After making my acetate/AI piece I die cut it with an old large leaf from PTI.  Added the outline in gold metallic cs and put it on a tan background again embossed with the leaf background.  I'll add a sentiment when I need to send.  I love the look of the AI on the acetate but found die cutting very difficult - ended up practically fussy cutting.  My acetate was from HA and very thick so maybe that was the problem.

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