Thanks for Being You

We have a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero today, and it’s all about Metallics! I didn’t used to be a fan of gold, I was more of a silver gal, but lately, I’m just loving everything that’s gold in the crafty world.


I used a great sentiment stamp from Hero Arts and surrounded it with a wonderfully whimsical stamp from a Neat & Tangled stamp set.

I stamped this on vellum cardstock and embossed with gold embossing powder from Hero Arts. Adhered that to a scrap piece of cardstock with some gold thread, and a few drops of glossy accents along the edges, underneath the solid circle image, just to keep the edges down. Then popped that up on foam for dimension. I really didn’t want to jump on this foam bandwagon, but I have, and frankly, I love it.

Please hop on over to the blog and join us in this fun challenge. It’s sponsored by the wonderful Simon Says Stamp, and they’ve offered a $25 gift certificate to the winner. Very generous of them, and we thank them very much.







Rainbow Thanks

It’s challenge time over at A Blog Named Hero, and we are using a few pictures for inspiration:


Lots of rainbow fun, right? Rainbows are bright, and colorful, and happy. And I like creating things using the colors of the rainbow, somehow, it always just “works”, naturally.


The only thing I think I need to mention about this card is that I used a piece of graph paper to punch holes in the watercolor paper before I colored it like a rainbow. After the watercolor pain was dry I used the May Arts iridescent string to make embroidered French knots in each hole.

This was my second iteration of this card. Here’s the first one:


Why, yes, that is a giant blob of Glossy Accents on the card front. Why do you ask? :)

Make sure to join us in this challenge, as always, our wonderfully generous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp is offering a $25 gift certificate to their store. Where you might want to get some more Glossy Accents, and one of those needle tip bottles. Or, is that just me?




Simon Says Stamp Favorite


We’ve got a fun challenge going on at A Blog Named Hero. It’s called “Favorite” which can be interpreted any way you like it. I refer to this as my “favorite stamp and die set that I had to have from Simon Says Stamp and I’ve finally used it after a year in my stash” card. This stamp set is so cute, the most darling dog and cat. I am 100% an animal lover and am so happy that I finally put this to good use.

It’s quite a simple card, but it uses my favorite things; kraft paper, embossing, copic coloring and vellum. Can’t go wrong with that combination. The only thing tricky here is that I used those enamel dots as “rivets” to cover my need to glue the vellum down to the card base. And I cut this card to four inches wide to the “pawesome” die cut would hang over the edge, yet still fit into a standard envelope.

Come on over to A Blog Named Hero and join us in the challenge. We’d love to see your favorite something! We’ve got a $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp to give away to the winner!





New Challenge

The theme for this challenge at A Blog Named Hero is “new”. Which can be interpreted in many ways. For my card, it’s a new technique, a new stamp set, new die, and new cardstock. Lots of news.



The new technique for me was “no line watercoloring”. So much fun. This was my first time doing it, and I’m far from a watercolor genius, but I loved it, and can’t wait to do more of it. Soon!

Used the new WPlus9 Botanical Bunch stamp set for the images. What a great set. I know I’ll reach for it over and over. That amazing sentiment is from the WPlus9 Quite Like You sentiment set. All of the cardstock is WPlus9, as is that pinking die. I am so thrilled with all of their products. My wallet (and husband) should hide

Please be sure to check out all of the creations that our wonderful Design Team did for this challenge, and join us in the fun. Up for grabs is a $25 gift certificate from our wonderful sponsor, Simon Says Stamp. Wish I was eligible to win that prize, Simon has been sending me lots of mail lately…









Clean and Simple Challenge

Today we’ve got a new challenge up at A Blog Named Hero. It’s all about Clean and Simple cards, which are my absolute favorite.


Since we have collaborated with the magnificent Wplus9 Design Studio, I have used a lot of their products today. I took a piece of their white cardstock, and some washi tape to mask off a window in the center of the card. Then I used a watercolor brush and their new Lake House spray mist to color the open area. It’s a gorgeous color, and I’m not typically a fan of blues.

I flicked some of the same spray mist onto the cardstock after that for a little bit more depth of color. Once that was dry I stamped the sentiment in black ink and then clear embossed the heart for a bit of dimension and to tie the sentiment into the focal point.

Super simple card, but I really like how it turned out.

I hope you’ll join us in the challenge. Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 gift certificate to the winner, which I would highly recommend you spend on Wplus9 products. :)