Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Acetate Hearts

Another Valentine card, this time for Virginia's View Challenge over at Lily Pad Cards. It's Virginia's first challenge and she chose this lovely photo to inspire us.
Love the pretty colours on these transparent hearts.

Supplies: Ranger Alcohol Inks (Wild Plum, Red Pepper, Sunset Orange, Watermelon), Versafine Ink (Onyx Black), Spellbinders Dies (Classic Hearts, Standard Circles Large, Standard Circles Small), Hero Arts Layering Papers (Punch, Snow), Hero Arts Stamp (Sparkle Clear: Messages)

I wanted to play with the transparent effect so I coloured some acetate with Alcohol Inks and die cut a few hearts. The large heart was die cut twice and is on the inside of the card peeking out through a die cut window. The only stamping is the XOXO which is from Hero Arts.

The photo of this is not very good, so sorry but it was very hard to get a decent shot because the acetate produces too much shine and glare.

I'm also entering this for the Moxie Fab Cool Tool Die Cut Challenge and the Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stripes and Spots

Simon Says challenge this week is to use spots and/or stripes on a project.
I used the dotty flower image from Kaiser Crafts Lilac Avenue stamp set and the background is Hero Arts Envelope Pattern. I made a little patch of grass using a border punch and finished off with a sentiment and some pearls.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hero Hostess Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and welcome to day 4 of the Hero Hostess Blog Hop! This week has been jam-packed with creativity featuring new releases from the 2012 catalog.

You should be arriving from the uber talented blog of Virginia.  If you come across a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Club Blog. Also, please report any broken links to Tami

My first card uses the Starbursts stamp.
Aren't these the happiest little flowers!

I inked them with Versamark and coloured them with PanPastels, which are like chalk. I layered this piece onto a HA Lilac Folded Card which was stamped with the Designer Woodgrain and inked with Soft Shadow Lilac Ink. I added a sentiment from Everyday Sayings and finished off with some twine and pearls.

Next I used Border Messages as the focal point of my card.
The greetings in this set (there are 3) are very large and take up the entire card front.

The sentiment has a debossed look to it because I melted 5 layers of white embossing powder onto cardstock and while the embossing powder was still hot I pressed the stamp into it and let it sit there until cool. When I took away the stamp it left all the wonderful debossed details. Here's a close-up.
For the background I used the rose image from the Two Birds stamp set. This was inked with Soft Pink Shadow Ink on Carnation cardstock.

My final card uses the new Dot Flower Pattern stamp.
I stamped the image with Versamark, coloured them with PanPastels and cut them out in heart shapes.
(the top heart was covered with Glossy Accents).To complete the card I stamped the Envelope Pattern in Soft Sand Shadow Ink on white cardstock and added the sentiment from Celebrate Everyday set.

Here's a look at the inside of the card. The hearts are actually layered on the inside and peek through a heart window. I used the Classic Hearts die set from Spellbinders.

Don't forget that Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day's starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!
Now your next stop on the hop is the lovely Sarah's blog. I can't wait to see what goodies she's created.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Clean & Simple Card Making

I'm participating in the Clean & Simple Online Class which can be found here. There's still time to register and learn great things from some fabulous designers!

Yesterdays class was to make a CAS card using a sketch. I chose this sketch.

 And here is my card.
I went with a monochromatic card, using one of the colours from Hero Arts Pool Mixed Layering Papers. I inked up HA Classic Fabric Design stamp with Colorbox Aqua pigment ink and clear embossed it.

The centre panel was pierced around the edges and the three hearts were punched from paper that I embossed with Antique Verdigris embossing powder.

Overall, I think this turned out to be an elegant and simple card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Lucy's Sketches

I have a couple of cards today for Lucy's Card Sketch Week. I really like her clean and simple designs, very fun to play with.

This is the sketch for Day 3.

And here is my card.

I coloured some vellum with alcohol inks and cut them into strips and added some hearts cut from glossy cardstock, and these were also coloured with alcohol inks.

The next sketch is from day 4.
For this card I inked Hero Arts Starburst Lace with Punch Chalk Ink and added a layered butterfly. The two turquoise layers of the butterfly were embossed with Stampin Up's Square Lattice embossing folder and I put a vellum layer between them.

Thanks for all the inspiration Lucy!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I'm popping in to post a quick card I made for the ColourQ challenge of using black, white and any other one colour.
I was inspired by the large, bold pattern and used the new Dot Flower Pattern stamp from Hero Arts.

The flower image was embossed with Turquoise Tapestry embossing powder, it has little specks of gold and black mixed in with the turquoise.

I'm also entering this in Lucy's Sketch Challenge -Day 1.

Lucy is doing a week of sketch challenges, drop by and see if you're inspired to play along.

And I'm also entering this into the Simon Says- Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!