Thursday, March 29, 2018


Have another magnolia card for you today.  When I first received this new Hero Arts stamp, I decided I would use it with different mediums and different card designs for my A Blog Named Hero Facebook team posts this month.  In case you missed it, the first one is here.   Since I have been using it, it's fast become my favorite flower stamp - which is the challenge this month at A Blog Named Hero - use your favorite Hero Arts product.  Besides this stamp I love their embossing powders and black ink - use them all the time!

I colored with my polychromos again, but this time on kraft cs.  I laid down a base of white on the magnolia before adding color with two shades of pink.  The flowers were first stamped with Versamark and white embossed and the sentiment was stamped in black and clear embossed. I had to snip a bit of the flourish off on the "you" so I could get it to fit on the card properly.  Trimmed the piece down to 4"x5.25" and popped it up on a white card base with fun foam.  Added some white Nuvo drops and done.  TaeEun has a wonderful video showing how to color with pencils - she is a fantastic artist and you can learn so much from her.

Plan on experimenting with alcohol inks, watercolours and copics with this same stamp.

I have always had trouble positioning a wood block stamp.  To make things easier for myself, I peeled this stamp off the block and coated it with Aleene's Tack It Over and Over - I just put a little bit on the back and smooth it out with a credit card or something similar - let it dry overnite and you have a cling stamp to use in your MISTI. 

There's still time to create a card with your HA faves and enter it here.

Thanks for stopping by today and always love to read your kind comments.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


A friend asked me to make an 80th birthday card and here's what I designed for her.

I had a difficult time photographing the closeup of the hidden "80" (looks like a different color background) but you can get the idea.  My card is a combo of this card and one by Therese.  Inside the sentiment is "and fabulous!".  

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Sunday, March 25, 2018


Had this piece of alcohol inked and foiled Yupo paper on my desk for a bit and when I saw the challenge at CASology, it inspired me to use it.  

I first stamped some smaller eggs using Versamark all over the background piece for a little interest.  Next figured out where I wanted the eggs, stamped and embossed the sentiment and then adhered the eggs.  Mounted all on a white card base, added a few Nuvo drops and done.

In case you don't know how to do foil with alcohol inks, here is a link. 

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Friday, March 23, 2018


In the midst of finishing some Easter cards, I made a Christmas card at the last minute for the new challenge - CAS Christmas.

I stamped the HA holly and colored with copics.  Then used the alpha dies to cut out the word "joy" - cut three more sets of letters in white and stacked them.  Adhered the stamped piece to the base and then put my stacked letters back in place.  Added some Nuvo drops to the berries and done.
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Friday, March 16, 2018


I have never felt I've been any good at stamping a wreath - so decided to have another go at it - turned out fairly decent even tho it is rather oval shaped.  Think it has sort of a folk art look to it tho.

Sorry for the shadow from the sprig prop - didn't notice it when I took the photo this morning and had already mailed off the card to my granddaughter today.  Used EH stamps supporting breast cancer research which I bought last summer and have barely used.  Lots of little layering stamps in this set which I thought would work well for a wreath.   Added a few Nuvo drops for some texture and done.
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Saturday, March 10, 2018


Hi all - this is my introductory post for A Blog Named Hero Facebook Team for 2018 - so made a special card with a new Hero Arts stamp for the new challenge year.

Created the background for my magnolia flower by stamping it with Versamark and white embossing it.  Stamped and embossed another flower on the same pale gray cs I used for the base and die cut - then colored with polychromos. I used a black glaze pen to make the tiny dots in the flower center. Trimmed the white panel and added to a light gray base.  The sentiment is stamped in black and clear embossed.  Popped up the flower with some foam tape, added a few sequins (tiny gold Nuvo drop in their centers), gold thread and done.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check out the A Blog Named Hero FB page for more Hero Arts inspiration.  Also check out my blog again for more ideas using this gorgeous stamp.