Saturday, November 28, 2020


A few weeks ago, Jennifer Mcguire shared some alcohol inking techniques on glitter paper.  Loved the effect so much, I had to have a go.  

I first inked up some white glitter paper with various shades of blue alcohol ink.  From one sheet of 6x6 paper I was able to make three cards - two with the HA rolling hills die and one using the leftovers for trees.  I die cut several more little trees to add to the rolling hills scene and added a few snowflake sequins around the edge to add to the night sky.  The sentiment is a retired one from Concord & 9th.  The background for the line of trees is SSS forest border 3D embossing folder.  Die cut the glittered trees and added to the foreground.  Gold sequins for the tree toppers and a little sentiment finished it off.

 A Blog Named Hero's current challenge is "glitter/sparkle"  - maybe these will give you a little inspiration to make a sparkly card.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020


Today I'm up as lead designer for the first time - had to design the TTT board and of course make a card.  I went down the right side with sparkle, stencil and snow.

I had purchased the slimline bare tree stencil several months ago and thought this was a good time to break it in.  I used speckled egg DO ink for making my background.  Die cut my tree three times for some dimension and covered it with Spectrum Noir glitter pen.  Tore a piece of white cs for my snow bank and added glitter to it also.  Cut a mat to match the tree, stamped my sentiment in gold, put it all together with a few gold sequins and done!  You can kind of see the glittery bits on the tree - so difficult to photograph (especially since I'm not the best at it!!).

I hope you can find some inspiration from my board and enter your card here.

I am also entering my card at Stamplorations November Stencil Challenge since I used their wonderful slimline stencil on my card and the Just Add Ink "S" challenge since I have sparkle, stencil and snow plus it's also slimline. 


Wednesday, November 18, 2020


Two CAS masculine Christmas cards today for several challenges - Christmas Kickstart (embossing folder and a stamp), Let's Squash It (embossing folder and a stamp) and CASology (stag).

Embossed a white piece of cs with my new SSS Forest Border ef and sprayed with some shimmer spray and stamped the "peace" (retired HA) sentiment.  Mounted on a gray card base and added the stag (retired IO die).  The darker spots on the background are where the shimmer spray was a little thick - looks fine IRL but not so much in a photo.

I made another center fold card - had to run it through the machine all folded but it worked out pretty well.  Smudged ink over the foreground trees and added the sentiment and stag and done!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020


I decided to make some Christmas tags for our A Blog Named Hero "glitter/sparkle" challenge this month.

Began by die cutting some tags from kraft cs, giving them an embossed background and using some brown ink on the edges for some definition.  Had the little wooden snowflakes in my stash for ages and they became my sparkle element.  I smooshed them into my Versamark pad, liberally covered them with gold glitter powder and heat embossed.  The "Merry" sentiment was die cut from glitter paper and the "Merry Christmas" sentiment was stamped in black and clear heat embossed for some more shine.

Add some sparkle to your cards and enter them here for a chance to win one of two gift vouchers from Hero Arts!

I am entering the snowman tag at Christmas Kickstart (embossing and a stamp) and also at Let's Squash It (embossing and a stamp).

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Monday, November 16, 2020


Here's a fun fold card that looks rather complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it's quite easy.  Check out this video if you'd like to have a go at making a card like this.  I made my card for the current CASology challenge which has the cue word "stag".  Maybe it could have been more CAS, but I was happy with the way it turned out.

Everything I used on my card is pretty old - the patterned paper background is from Target a few years ago, the stag is from Ellen Hutson and not sure about the rest.  This card is an A2 and folds quite flat.  I used some Nuvo drops for the little red berries on the wreath.

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