Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Card or Wall Decor??

The inspiration for this project came from my daughter's bedroom.  She chose to paint her room in these colors and I really liked the way it turned out.  I had always wanted to make a grid card (I've tried many, but this was my first 'success') so I decided to incorporate these colors.  Here's how I did it:

The red squares were made by generously swiping white cardstock with "Fired Brick" Distress Ink, then lightly swiped with "Black Soot" Distress Ink.   I then inked the Hero Arts "Fabulous Flourish" stamp with Versamark and stamped onto the red paper.  Then, the stamped images was sprinkled with black embossing powder and heat embossed.

The black squares with the swirls was made by stamping cream colored cardstock with Hero Arts "Florentine Pattern" stamp inked with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.

The cream colored squares were stamped with Hero Arts "Classic Fabric Design" stamp inked with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.

The stamped images were then randomly cut into squares using a 1.5" paper punch, arranged, and applied to cream colored cardstock.

Now, my dilemma is whether to use it as a card, or as wall decor!!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - "Use Dawny's Sketch" (Card #2)

This is my second "entry" for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.  I've had this Snoopy stamp for a while, as well as the paper.  I always have a tough time coming up with "not too childish and cheesey" cards for my nephews.  "Dawny's Sketch" inspired me to combine the stamp and paper to come up with this card.  I'd like to be sitting on the beach, under an umbrella, listening to the waves right now!!!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

You're One of a Kind

I just had to make one more card with Hero Arts "Florentine Pattern" stamp.  Now, I'll give it a "rest".  I think this is my favorite of the 3 cards I've made with this stamp.  The butterfly stamp is from Inkadinkado's "Garden Delight" set.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts "Fancy Friendship" set.  Again, all inks used are Distress inks spritzed with Perfect Pearl water.

90 minute scramble - Newest Hero Arts stamp

This card was made with my newest HA stamp "Real Blossom".  The paper flower was stamped with Hero Arts "Dictionary Greetings"  All ink used is Distress ink.  The purple center of the flower is another paper flower sponged with Dusty Concord Distress ink.

90 minute scramble - Oldest Hero Arts stamp

I made this card for a 90 minute scramble for Hero Arts Flickr group.  During this scramble, you were to use either/and your oldest or newest Hero Arts stamp.   This card was made with my oldest and very first HA stamp.  Actually, this was my first stamp EVER.  I actually forgot I had it, so it was fun getting it back out again.  I stamped it on kraft cardstock, then  colored it with colored pencils.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Warm Wishes

I'm just loving this Hero Arts background "Florentine Pattern" - especially with distress inks and spritzed with Perfect Pearl water!! 

Other Hero Arts products used are:  CL491 and CH190

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - "Use Dawny's Sketch"

I made this card for a Simon Says Stamp challenge. We were given a sketch that we had to follow and this was what I came up with. The stamps for the background and flower were inked with distress inks, then spritzed with "pearlized" water before stamping. Unfortunately, the sheen doesn't show up in the picture, but it looks beautiful in real life. I'm really becoming drawn to the "watercolor" look of distress inks when they are misted with water.  Even when misted, the colors still remain vibrant.  

All stamps used were Hero ArtsS5458, K5376CL497

Monday, August 22, 2011

Honey Bear

This is a card I made for 2 different contests/challenges:  Hero Arts August 2011 Contest and Simon Says Stamp's "Food and Drink" Challenge.  I've had the bear stamp for a while, but had never used it.  I had a particular friend in mind when I made the card.  Her husband is a bee-keeper (and she often works with him).  She's my main supplier for honey!  But, she also is a very sweet, light-hearted and loving woman who truly brings a smile to my face whenever I think of her.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Birthday Calories????

Here's a card I made for Simon Says Stamp's Card Challenge for this week.  The theme was "Food and Drink".  I don't have too many food related stamps.....except for this one.  These Art Impressions "Girlfriends" stamps are hilarious...great on cards for women (especially those with a sense of humor!!) 

It's the Little Things

This was a card made for a 90-minute "Quick Card" challenge on Hero Arts' Flickr site. (If anyone really enjoys stamping, the Hero Arts group on Flickr is a fantastic group!!!  I'd HIGHLY recommend you check it out!  Here's the link:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/heroarts/The challenge was to make a card using the "little" stamps that come with a clear stamp set.  These stamps are generally used as "fillers" and not one of the main stamps in the set.  I used 2 different Hero Arts clear stamp sets:  "Thinking of You Messages" (CL140) for the flower "bunch" and the remainder of the stamps are from the "Find Joy" set (CL497).

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Simon Says Stamp All White Challenge

This card was made for Simon Says Stamp's All White Challenge.  The card is actually a bright white in real life, but I couldn't get the right lighting when I took the picture. I love the look of the white with just a "pop" of color.  The sentiment oval was not my original plan for the card.  I ended up using a different sentiment stamped directly onto the card.  But, it looked TERRIBLE, so I had to cover it up! The only oval embossing tool I had was too simple for the card, so I decided to distress the edges for a little "oomph".  Not sure that was the best way to go, but it'll have to do :{

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Masculine Birthday #2

This was another attempt at a masculine birthday card.  I was aiming for an "antique" look.  I often think that Tim Holtz stamps are some of the best for achieving that look.  I was concerned that it might be a little "dark", but my husband gave me his approval, so off it went!

Masculine Birthday

I always find it challenging to come up with masculine cards.  I happened to see this one in a Flickr group that features cards made with Hero Arts stamps.  There are so many incredible cards posted on that site, and I have to admit that I "copied" the idea for this card off that site.  I used Ranger's Antiquities Embossing powder (Verdigris) on the fern stamp.  The color of the Verdigris embossing powder is gorgeous!!  So much better in real life.