We have an easy “Anything Goes” challenge over at A Blog Named Hero this month. Come check it out.
Happy Monday to you! Thanks for spending a bit of your day here with me in my corner of the internet. Today starts our new challenge at A Blog Named Hero, and as our namesake suggests, it’s all about Hero Arts! To make it especially easy to join this month’s challenge, we’ve made it anything goes. As long as it goes with Hero Arts. 🙂
Here’s my card for this month’s challenge. It features the newish Large Hydrangea Stamp and coordinating dies. I just love hydrangeas, and one day I hope to live somewhere where I can grow them in my yard and/or garden. A girl’s got to have dreams, right?
Here are the steps to create this card:
- Stamp the hydrangea on four pieces of watercolor paper. I used versafine ink and then clear embossed the images to help with any coloring that I was going to do.
- Use the coordinating dies to cut out the different layers of the image. This is optional, but since I had the dies, and love dimension, I wanted to do this.
- Use Zig Clean Color markers to color the different pieces of the image. I used green and light green for the leaves, and deep violet, violet, and lilac for the flowers.
- Die cut a panel of cardstock to use as the base for your image. I chose a medium grey color and the second largest of the infinity postal dies from Hero Arts.
- Stamp your sentiment onto this base, before you do anything else. Ahem. Also, please note that this sentiment is from an amazing Holiday stamp set from Hero Arts. I often find myself using sentiments from holiday sets, more than the images. Love that I get more use out of these!
- Adhere some fun foam to the back of that panel for extra dimension when layering onto a card base.
- Adhere the leaves, then the layers of flowers onto the base. I used tape runner adhesive for most of the leaves, and then a thin foam square on the left side, for some lift. For each of the floral die cuts I used the same thin foam squares. I usually love ALL the dimension, but for this one I wanted something less dimensional, and am so glad I had those thin foam squares in my stash. Hoarding to the rescue!
- Attach this floral piece to your card base and then embellish with whatever you prefer. I am trying to use more sequins, but I had these Nuvo dots on my desk and they just spoke to me. I love how you can get so many different sizes with them. When I first got my bottle I was just playing around with it on a piece of acetate, and now just use that to make my dots, and then glue them on to projects as needed.
This picture shows a bit of the layering and dimension that this stamp and die set can give you. What it doesn’t show, but it should, is that I colored all the flowers in with a shimmer pen. It’s like a project isn’t complete if I haven’t gone over it with that pen. And… I just bought the black, silver and gold pens. Look out!
Now, make sure to join us in this challenge. I expect we will get lots of entries and I’m excited to see them all!
Welcome to the final stop on today’s blog hop at A Blog Named Hero!
You likely arrived from the amazing Kelly Latevola’s blog, so I’d like you to make pretend you’re cleansing your craft palate before you proceed with my post. Maybe grab something to drink? Watch a cat video? I just know that Kelly is a hard act to follow. And I mean that in a loving way. She’s amazing.
This blog hop is celebrating the fact that A Blog Named Hero is turning five. Today! Five years of amazing friendships, collaborations, and inspiration. I am so very lucky to be a part of A Blog Named Hero and I want to thank Linda and Mary Dawn for believing in me and accepting me onto their Design Team many moons ago.
I also want to make sure to mention that none of us would be here if it wasn’t for Hero Arts. It’s a given that we love the Hero Arts designs and products, or else this blog wouldn’t have even been created. But the people of Hero Arts are the source of all of the positive energy that we feel when we use their products. They are beyond generous and kind and it shows in their environmental concerns, in the way they treat their employees as family, in the way that they interact with other craft companies. It’s an honor to help spread the love of Hero Arts to our blog readers.
Now, on to my projects for today. When I was thinking about this blog hop and how it all came to be, I realized that one of the very best things about products from Hero Arts is how they stand on their own. You don’t need to be a technique maven, or a watercolor artist, or even have hours to spend in your craft area in order to make their products shine. So, I went through my stash and pulled out some background stamps, even some (half) that I’d not even gotten inky yet! I also grabbed an older sentiment stamp set that I knew would help me celebrate this milestone. And proceeded to make 20+ backgrounds.
They all have the same steps, so I’ll list them here.
- White heat emboss on watercolor paper.
- Use the new distress oxide inks to experiment on coloring the backgrounds.
- Die cut if you like, to make card fronts.
Let’s start off with a Congratulations card, because this is a celebration!
Now, onto the nitty gritty of the hop! Make sure to read all the details.
A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies. Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day. Giveaway prizes total more than $400! To win, leave a comment on each hop stop. We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning! And be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday hoppers and prizes.
Today’s prizes include the following:
- $50 gift card to Hero Arts
- $40 gift card to Pretty Pink Posh
- $35 gift card to Lil’ Inker Designs
- $25 gift card to Newton’s Nook
- $25 gift card to Paper Smooches
- $25 gift card to Winnie and Walter
- $25 gift card to The Ton
- $20 gift card to Right At Home
- One Online Card Class of your choice
In case you a stop here’s the entire blog hop list for today:
- A Blog Named Hero
- Linda Trace
- Hero Arts
- Sandy Allnock
- Coralynn Murray
- Donna Idlet
- Michelle Lupton
- Tracy Freeman
- Melissa Chipperfield
- Amy Tsuruta
- Wanda Guess
- Cecilia Hsieh
- Tenia Nelson
- Paper Smooches
- Cheiron Brandon
- Bhavana Kesarker
- Newton’s Nook
- Kristina Beagle
- Michelle Liimatainen
- Pretty Pink Posh
- Simone Naoum
- Laura Bassen
- Clare Prezzia
- Kelly Latevola
- Lisa Stein <—- you’re here!
Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.
Good luck and happy hopping!
Hello there! Thanks for stopping by today. Once again, I’ve made three cards. Here’s what happens when I sit down to create: I think I want to use one color scheme, but I’m not sure. So I grab some more colors to try. Or I do the same technique a few times, because history says I’m going to mess them up, and will need back up. Yet, lately, knock on wood, I’m actually getting multiple cards out of each session. Which makes me very happy. I’ve been sending lots of cards to friends lately, so I like to refresh my stash.
We are collaborating with Studio Katia this month at A Blog Named Hero. And because she has such amazing sparkly stuff, we made our challenge theme “Bling it Up”. It’s a match made in heaven. I am not naturally bling inclined, but with her sequins and jewels and beads, wow, it’s hard not to be converted. 🙂
Now on to my cards! For each card I used a distress stain and just made some simple, imperfect, blobs of color randomly on the watercolor paper. Once that dried I stamped the largest bloom from the Together We Bloom stamp set into the center of the colored area. I didn’t care that it wasn’t perfect, I wanted it to be organic in design, and I just love how they turned out. I used the champagne gold paint from the Finetec set to create some organized splatters in the white areas. I also used the same paint to paint some rectangles of watercolor paper that I would use to cut out the sentiment dies. Love how that turned out, and will certainly do that again.
I also cut the same sentiment from black fun foam and then adhered the gold piece atop the foam piece. On the inside of each card I used a coordinating sentiment from the Duo Talk stamp set. I love how versatile this set is, I know I’ll likely keep it on my desk to reach for all the time. I like the mix of styles and words, definitely a useful set.
And to make sure that I adhered to the challenge theme, I had to use some of these gorgeous Vintage Sheer Fusion Sequins. They’re simply a must have for me, a person who struggles with bling. I also added some seed beads to the top of the sequins, to cover the hole. Which makes me laugh, but also supremely happy.
And here are the other cards I made, which help to explain the title of this blog post. 🙂
Hello and welcome to my blog! You’ve likely arrived here from Sandy Allnock’s post where she introduced her Charity Blog Hop. When she asked me to join the fun I could not have replied “YES” any faster. I think it’s a great idea to spread the word that there are lots of good causes out there that need our help, and they often have wonderful gifts that you can purchase for your friends and loved ones.
The charity I chose is Farm Sanctuary. Their mission is “to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.”
Now, Farm Sanctuary does sell many gifts and items that help support their cause. I wasn’t in need of a gift at the moment, so I chose to donate to them directly, which makes me a member. And that comes with the awesome benefit of being able to reserve accommodations at their various locations. That is definitely a gift to me and my husband, as we would love that. I wonder if any of the animals snuggle?
An additional gift to me was that knowing this blog hop was coming up allowed me to justify the ownership of this incredibly cute stamp set from My Favorite Things. Now, I’m not a pig person. Not anti-pig, was just never the person that thought they were cute or anything. I do happen to think they are insanely intelligent. Have you seen the Sow Much Cuteness stamps and dies from My Favorite Things? They seriously make me giddy with joy, and I do not know why. But I love them. And had to have them.
In my mind, this is what a day in the life of a pig at Farm Sanctuary is like. They get their own house, they have glittered ears and bellies, and butterflies and flowers flock to them. I hope reality is pretty close to this for them.
This card is pretty straight forward in design, but here are some highlights:
- I made the grass by applying some distress inks to a scrap of watercolor paper. Spritzed it with water and let that mix until I liked the color. Then I used the Lawn Fawn grassy border die to cut the lawn.
- I stamped the Hero Arts dog house stamp on some wood grained patterned paper. Cut that out with scissors and used a black marker along the edges to cover up any mistakes I made. I then cut a piece of the same patterned paper to use as the inside of the dog house. Applied some Vintage Photo distress ink to that to make it darker, since it was inside the house, and not as much light would get to it. Have to make the pig’s dog house as realistic as possible.
- Stamped and colored various images from the Sow Much Cuteness stamp set. I used copics for all of the coloring and then some colored pencils for some shading on the pig. I originally had him laying down, but decided I liked him “twinkle toes” style, so that’s why the relaxing pig is in standing position. Added some shimmer pen to his belly and ears, to all of the flowers, and to the butterfly’s wings.
- I assembled the card with some craft foam, foam tape, and liquid glue. It took me a bit to figure out what should be dimensional and what shouldn’t. And there are no rules, so do whatever makes you happy.
- Last but not least, I heat embossed the sentiment on some black card stock and adhered it to the dog house as if it was the pig’s name on the front of his house. And now that I think about it, I should have hung it askew. Oh! And I could have hand written that sign with a versamarker pen and made some letters backwards. That would have been darling. Next time!
Here’s a close up of the dimension behind this flower, and also the Nuvo Drops that I used as “nails” on the doghouse. So very cute, and clearly I need Nuvo drops in black. And look at that lovely discoloration on the wooden dog house! That’s the patterned paper, but it’s perfect for a reclaimed wood structure.
And this is the butterfly, where you can see a bit of his shimmer. Those Spectrum Noir overlay pens are my favorite. I’m glad they come in a three pack, no fear of running out.
Awesome companies are helping inspire you to hop along and leave comments on all the blogs – Altenew ($30), Lawn Fawn ($50), My Favorite Things ($25), and Ellen Hutson ($25)! Be sure to go say thanks to them on their social media for helping get the word out about giving, and leave comments by Wednesday March 22. Winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday March 23.
Here’s the full list of blog hop participants. Be sure to head back to Sandy’s blog in case any of the links don’t work. She won’t let you get lost.
- Sandy Allnock
- Lisa Stein – that’s me!
- Caryn Davies
- Carly Tee Minner
- May Sukyong Park
- Lisa Spangler
- Aimes Gray
- Jessica Frost-Ballas
- Ellen Hutson Blog
- Julia Stainton
- Emily Midgett
- Taheerah Atchia
- Joanne Soukup
- Melissa Miller
- Libby Hickson
- May Flaum
- Cindy Lawrence
Thanks for hopping by. If you’ve got an animal, go hug it. If you want to help animals, go to Farm Sanctuary. They do good things. We all need good things.
Yes, I do make a lot of baby cards. Must be the season or something, but I’m a regular old factory here churning out baby blankets, and therefore I need baby cards. This one is made with some great new products from Concord & 9th. Click on the picture for all of the details.
This month it’s all about Clean and Simple and this is my card for the group challenge post. And I love it. There is a bear. Peeking through a window. Oh my gosh, it makes me giggle. I love his expression. He’s all “I know this might be creepy, but come on, I’m adorable. Let me in. Do you have snacks?” Now, I couldn’t exactly fit that on the card front as a sentiment, so I went with “congrats”. 🙂
This card is actually pretty simple. So, the card base is yellow cardstock that I clear embossed with a great background stamp from Hero Arts. The window is a die from My Favorite Things. The window frame is clear embossed on kraft card stock with a woodgrain stamp from Hero Arts. The background of the window, or, you know, the sky… I just used a wide marker Copic, BG10, and swiped that all over it to make it sky colored.
In this close-up you can see Mr. Bear again, in all his adorableness. And, you can also see that I used a star outline stamp from the Jane’s Doodles set to stamp some images in the sky. And then used a glitter pen to color those in for some interest.