Thursday, April 13, 2017


It's "Anything Goes" for this month's theme at A Blog Named Hero!  And you know me and my flowers so...

Today's card is totally inspired by Yana Smakula's card - I have always been total rubbish when it comes to making a background - have never liked what I've made - somehow it always looks off kilter or I screw it all up when I'm almost finished!!!  So using the hibiscus stamps I carefully did a similar placement of stamps and I'm finally happy with the results.  Now that I have this background placement technique down pat, I just might be making more of this design in various colors!

I used only the first and second layers of the flowers and picked some pretty HA colors.  Since I wanted perfect coverage, used my Misti in case I needed to stamp several times.  Added some little dots to fill in the blank spaces. When I was finished I embossed around the flowers and leaves using the dies.  This is the sandwich I use on my Cuttlebug to emboss with a die - A plate, B plate, tan Spellbinders mat, paper, die (face down), B plate.  Cut down the size of the piece with one the larger infinity rectangles and put it on a soft grey base adding some fun foam underneath.  Embossed the little sentiment on some HA layering paper (sorry don't know which color it is) using HA white powder.  Finally a few Nuvo crystal dots in rosewater.

HA inks used - pale tomato, a pink from Lia, butter bar, pastel blue, sea glass, soft granite - the light grey is  london fog and the pale yellow is dandelion - both from Memento.

Have a go with any Hero Arts stamps in your stash, create a card and enter it this month's challenge!!  

Thanks for visiting today and love to read your kind comments.


  1. Gorgeous hibiscus background, Betty, and I love that you embossed it using the matching dies! Might have to try that one!!

  2. It turned out so beautifully!! Wow!

  3. Fabulous Betty. Love the idea of embossing with the dies

  4. I loved Yana's card, too & you've done her proud with this incredible card, Betty! Absolutely beautifully stamped & love the color combo!

  5. Gorgeous Hibiscus blooms, Betty! You created a beautiful pattern and your color palette is really pretty! I would say you nailed it, my friend!

  6. Oh my gosh, I completely forgot to wish you a Happy Easter! I hope you have a lovely day!!!

  7. beautiful. have a happy easter and thank you so much for your kind words

  8. Oh here's a card that speaks to my...love all those gorgeous blooms.


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