"Nature" at A Blog Named Hero

The new challenge at A Blog Named Hero is "Nature" - I made a card with butterflies and a rainbow!


I used the Butterfly stamp & cut set, along with a sentiment from Many Birthday Messages, both from Hero Arts, over a distress oxide background.


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Fusion: Pumpkin Diorama

Welcome to a new challenge at Fusion!
 

To make this one-layer card, I used a stencil from Paper Rose Studio, with distress Oxide inks blended with Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. The sentiment is from Studio Katia.



 Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation!
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Purple alcohol inks

A quick alcohol ink card to share today.


The sentiment is a die from Simon Says Stamp and part of a very VERY old stamp from Hero Arts.


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Kelly Szafron

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Kelly Szafron of Kelly's Papercrafting. She has challenged me to make a card using a sketch that she drew.
You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I started with a tag I cut using a punch from Stampin' Up. I then stamped and white embossed the poinsettia image from Simon Says Stamp, and coloured it with Zig markers. I traced around the edges of the image using some BG Copic markers. I sprayed the tag with Perfect Pearls in water and added a pink grosgrain ribbon to the top of the tag.
The background panel is patterned paper from my stash (honestly don't know the brand, sorry! Could be Lawn Fawn, but I'm guessing). I cut it using a stitched rectangle die from Lil' Inkers. I finished by popping the tag up on dimensional adhesive, and adding a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp white embossed onto a scrap of black cardstock, also popped up.


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Release day at Picket Fence Studios

There is a new release of some awesome products from Picket Fence Studios available today! This is what I made with some of them:


I used "Charlie the Chameleon" stamped onto watercolour cardstock, and coloured him using Zig markers and water. I hand-drew the branch he's sitting on, and added some colour above and below the branch, and some pick at the top. I added a white embossed sentiment from the same stamp set. 


I wasn't done with Charlie - for this card, I cut him out with the matching die, and coloured him with a rainbow of Copic markers.


I added some interest in the background with the die and some Distress Oxide inks, stamped the sentiment in Picket Fence Studios Black Hybrid Ink, and then popped Charlie up on an action wobbler.


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Anita Bowden

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.


My guest for today is Anita Bowden of Neet and Crafty, and she has has challenged me to make a card using the inlaid die cut technique

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I started by making a panel of yupo with alcohol inks. I then die cut some white cardstock using the snowflake dies from Simon Says Stamp, then cut the same snowflakes from the yupo. Then I spent a good half hour just replacing all of the little pieces to create the inlaid die cut look. I finished with an embossed sentiment from Clearly Besotted.


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Ocean thanks for Picket Fence Studios

I am having a ball playing with a bunch of stamps from Picket Fence Studios! I paired these with a panel of yupo with alcohol inks.


I stamped the "Ocean Swells" stamp onto vellum with Versamark ink, and I then white embossed it and fussy cut it. I coloured the back of the vellum with Copic markers, and then I wrapped it around the panel of Yupo, then added a white embossed sentiment from "Small ways to say thank you".


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More Cheer and Joy from Simon Says Stamp

I have another card to share with you for the Cheer and Joy release from Simon Says Stamp!


I used the Christmas Foliage Dies cut from various shades of pale green and pale pink to create this wreath. I added a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp "Inside Christmas greetings" in pale grey ink and then some Wink of Stella to some of the leaves and berries. I added the panel to a pale pink card base, then added some finishing touches with white gel pen faux stitching and some little dots of Stardust Stickles.


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Cheer and Joy release at Simon Says Stamp

I was recently sent a leafy die set called "Christmas Foliage" from the wonderful people at Simon Says Stamp for their "Cheer and Joy" release - this is what I made with them:


I started with a panel of white cardstock and used my Life Changing Blender Brushes to add Distress Oxide inks in Bllueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean. I cut the foliage dies from various pieces of green cardstock and the berries from red cardstock. I arranged then around the edge of the blue panel, and added a sentiment (also from Simon Says Stamp) cut from glitter cardstock (also from Simon!).


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Jeanne Jachna

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Jeanne Jachna of "A Kept Life".  She has challenged me to make a card with only diecutting - no stamping!!

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I used the Fresh Pine Curved Border by Memory Box to create the layers. I sprayed the navy blue layer with Perfect Pearls in water to give some shine and to make it look a bit like a night sky. The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays.


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Vellum over Yupo

I have done embossing on Yupo before - it is possible, but there's usually at least a little bit of warping. I avoided that with this card by embossing onto vellum instead.


The floral stamp and the sentiment are both from Simon Says Stamp.


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Jenny Martin

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.



My guest for today is Jenny Martin of My Paper Epiphany.  Jenny has challenged me to make a card with watercolour.

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


 I used the Poinsettia Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp white embossed onto watercolour cardstock. I then coloured it with Zig markers and water. I sprayed the whole panel with some champagne mist ink from Tsukineko in some Isocol to give it an all-over shimmer.  I added a mirror gold and black layered die cut sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, and a border from Altenew.


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You make me happy

Rainbows make me happy!


I made a panel of yupo with alcohol pearls, then added a sentiment from Hello Bluebird embossed onto a grey diecut cloud from Memory Box. I added some white faux stitching and some wink of stella to the clouds.


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Challenge me a Christmas Card with Michelle Wallace

Welcome to "Challenge me a Christmas Card" for 2019! I have asked cardmaking friends to join me in the lead up to Christmas by challenging me to make a card using a specific style, theme, technique or product.


My guest for today is Michelle Wallace of Seashell Creations.

Michelle has challenged me to make a card using glitter.

You can check out her take on the challenge HERE

Here's what I came up with:


I used Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone over a stencil from Paper Rose Studio to create the background.  The image and sentiment are both from Neat and Tangled.


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World cardmaking day

Happy world cardmaking day! I've been busy making Christmas cards lately, so I decided to just make a card for fun today.


I used the Flora Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, white embossed onto watercolour cardstock and watercoloured with Zig markers. The diecut sentiment is from Pink and Main.


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Blog post at Picket Fence Studios

I have a post at the Picket Fence blog today - here's a sneak peek:


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Fusion: Dragonfly

Welcome to a new challenge at Fusion!


I made a panel of yupo with alcohol inks and alcohol pearls, then added a dragonfly from Hero Arts white embossed on vellum, and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted.



Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation!
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Dies from Paper Rose

In a pink kind of mood today.


I made a panel of Yupo with alcohol inks, then added the gorgeous Rose Circle die from Paper Roses, and the Beautiful word die and a sentiment from the matching stamp set embossed onto vellum.


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You are my sunshine

When I'm need of cheering up, all I need is a rainbow.


The sentiment is from a stamp set from Hello Bluebird - it is called "Rainbow Script", and it has heaps of sentiments that are perfect for my rainbow cards!


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Leftover rainbow

If you saw my video posted for Ardyth's 3000 Subscriber video hop the other day, you might have noticed that I cut off a slice of the rainbow background that I had made using Catherine Pooler Inks and Perfect Pearls. I couldn't possibly let it go to waste, so I made this quick and simple card: 


I added a sentiment from Paper Rose Studio.


If you didn't catch the video hop, make sure you visit my YouTube channel - there are heaps of prizes to be won! 

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De-bossing with Picket Fence Studios

Picket Fence Studios makes dies that are used for foiling with heat foiling machines. But did you know that they can also be used for de-bossing?


I used gold foil cardstock and the Christmas Leaf Bulb Foiled Impression Die and ran it through my die cutting machine the same way I would when embossing with a die. I then did the same thing with the Falalalalaaa Foiled Impression Die on red foil cardstock. I used the Silent Night stencil with Gold pigment ink with my Life Changing Blender Brushes for the background, with some black Distress Ink around the edges.


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