Thursday, December 22, 2011


I made this card for Ellen Hutson LLC's "Take 'n Make" challenge as part of the debut of the Hero Arts 2012 stamp release.  Unfortunately, I don't have any of the new HA 2012 clear stamps......yet!  But, graciously, Ellen Hutson is allowing us to use any HA clear stamp.  I've actually had this floral stamp set for a while, but have never used it, so I was more than happy to dig it out!

Sorry the clear stamp sets don't show up very well :(  

Here's how I did it:
The floral stamp was inked with various shades of Color Box Chalk Ink with a sponge dauber.  It was then stamped on white cardstock.  I immediately stamped it a second time on another piece of cardstock to get the "shadow" image of the flower. The brighter image was then partially cut out to adhere over the "shadow" image with 3-D adhesive dots - offsetting the images a bit. These images were then adhered to the green background paper, then onto the card.  Ribbon and Liquid Pearl embellishments were then added.  The sentiment was stamped with black ink and also adhered to the card with 3-D dots.

Thanks so much for looking!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011


Here's my second card: "Journey in Time"

And here's how I did this one:

The Hero Arts "Watch Gears" stamp was inked with StampinUp Chocolate Chip ink and stamped onto patterned paper. Unfortunately, this double-sided patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket has been discontinued :(   The edges were distressed with Tim Holtz Paper Distresser and lightly inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The sentiment was then stamped the same way.  I curled some of the edges on both stamped images to reveal a little portion of the reverse side of the paper.  The card was then "embellished" with paper from the same collection.

Here's the supplies:


I just received a couple of my NEW 2012 Hero Arts stamps and have been so excited to create with them!!

This card "Enjoy Today" is a VERY quick and simple card!

Here's how I did it:
I used each of the 3 stamps in the Hero Arts "Flying Airship" stamp set.  I covered the words on 2 of the stamps with painters tape, then inked the stamps with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The tape was then removed, and the images were stamped on paper from the Basic Grey "Oxford" collection. Each stamped image was trimmed, then adhered to another piece of paper from the same collection.  The "formula" paper on the bottom of the card is also from the same paper collection.  Added a little bit of ribbon, and voila!  The card is done!!

Here's the supplies for this card:

Saturday, December 3, 2011


To me, Christmas is all about the birth of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm always looking for stamps that reflect that - especially stamps that include a Nativity scene.  A card, by Franziska, was posted on the Flickr Hero Arts Group site that used the Hero Arts Village stamp and incorporated the nativity scene.  To me, it perfectly illustrated the scenario in the town of Bethlehem when Christ was to be born.

The background of the card was made with Alcohol Inks stamped on glossy photo paper, then cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  The village background was made by stamping Hero Arts Village stamp onto kraft cardstock and heat embossing it with white embossing powder.  I stamped the nativity scene onto a remnant of the alcohol-inked background and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I then adhered this to the underside of the acrylic charm with Glossy Accents.  The star was cut of the same alcohol-inked paper as well.


I just can't seem to get enough out of the background stamp used on this card.  The Hero Arts Florentine Pattern stamp creates absolutely GORGEOUS backgrounds!  I inked the stamp with distress inks, then spritzed with Perfect Pearls. The angel stamp was inked with the same colors and again misted with Perfect Pearls. The brown background was made by swiping Walnut Stain Distress Stain on white cardstock.  The sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The "pearls" were made using Adirondack Dimensional Pearls in Espresso. (Not all are perfectly shaped pearls, but I was pleased with the way the card turned out anyway! ;D)


         This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas stamps by InkadinkadoIt amazes me to see all the detail and pictures within the stamp!
         The background of this card was created my sponging distress ink on white cardstock, then spritzing it with Perfect Pearls.  The stamp was then inked with the same colors and spritzed with Perfect Pearls before stamping. Then I added the gems for a finishing touch.


I loved creating the "window" for the key point of the nativity scene on this card.  I don't normally use patterned paper, but I really liked the colors of this paper!


I'm a little embarrassed to have been silent on my blog for so long!!  I've been really busy preparing for the holidays, which includes making a BUNCH of Christmas cards!  I wanted to share some of my favorite cards with you.  My descriptions may be brief, but I wanted to get them posted!!

This card was made using a variety of stamps to create the background grid.  I find myself really drawn to grid cards because you can use "scraps" of stamps to create beautiful cards!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Christmas is a time when I will only make cards that reflect on the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.  He is my source of peace, hope and joy!

I had the idea for this card in my mind for a while, but when it came time to creating it, things didn't work as I had planned.  So, I spent a lot of time in trial-and-error until I came up with the final card!  Here's how I did it:

The angel was made by inking Hero Arts Starburst Lace with Versamark and stamping onto white cardstock and heat embossing it with white embossing powder.  The circle of lace was then cut into 3 pieces to create the body and wings of the angel.  I then distress inked the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink, inking heavier on the edges. I stamped the center of Starburst Lace stamp a second time to make the head of the angel.  

The "swirly" background was made by inking Hero Arts Florentine Pattern with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink misted with Perfect Pearls Mists (in the Perfect Pearl color) and stamped onto white cardstock.  The angel was then adhered to this background with 3D foam squares.

The center Nativity scene stamp was inked with Versamark and stamped onto vellum, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I then distress inked the edges of the vellum with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.  This was adhered to the card using very small dots of Glossy Accents.  

The solid blue background of the card was made by heavily swiping the Chipped Sapphire ink pad over white cardstock, then misted with Perfect Pearls Mist.

Finally, the sentiment stamp was inked with Versamark, stamped on a vellum strip and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

My prayer for everyone during this holiday season, is that all would experience the love of Jesus Christ in their lives and that He would remain in the center of all our activities and celebrations!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Featured Card

I've been been so blessed this past month with my card "Autumn Leaves" pictured below:

First, I found out that I was one of the "Fab 5" winners on the Hero Arts website (for a September Challenge) and won a $50 shopping spree at Hero Arts!  Woohoo!!!

Then, today, I discovered that my card is featured on the Simon Says Stamp blog

I'm just very excited and honored, so I wanted to share it!!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

World Card Making Day Card

October 1, 2011 was World Cardmaking Day.  I began this card on that day, but unfortunately, didn't finish it until today - October 2, 2011.  Nevertheless, it was created to celebrate WCMD 2011!

 Here's how I did it:

I cut the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations "Townscape" in my Cuttlebug with watercolor paper.  I then "watercolored" the die cut with various Distress Inks.  (This was the first time I used this die cut, and I wasn't sure what colors to use, so I kind of copied the picture on the packaging of the die!) Each house was then distressed with Black Soot Distress Ink. Then, I lightly spritzed it with water so that the inks would blend. Once the ink was dry, I covered the die cut with Glossy Accents.  I love the way it gave it almost a metallic look.

I then cut my various strips/shapes out of patterned paper and assembled/adhered them onto a 5.5" square card.  The edge of the sun was distressed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  The sentiment banner was distress with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, as was the outside borders of the card.  The sentiment banner and the Townscape die cut were adhered to the card with 3D foam dots.

Here's the supplies I used: