Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge # 8!

I'm pretty exciting to be participating in my first ever Lawnscaping Challenge! The theme for this challenge is Calling All Critters! I adore stamping animals so I jumped at the chance to take part in this one! So exciting! I wish I had Lawn Fawn stamps to use but I haven't had the opportunity to buy any just yet! :)

Here are some of the cards I created....

Love how this one turned out...

Super cute owl... I just made it a little more personalized! :)

Happy Hello with a fun color bird!! Love this ones tail.. so fun to color.

That is all for today...
hope everyone has a great Tuesday! :D

Monday, April 11, 2011

Love For Hero Arts!

Hello everyone! Whew it has been awhile since I've posted anything... been crazy busy with getting ready to move into an apartment. Sadly, with this move... I will lose my scrapbook room. :( So, I'm going to have to find a space saving way to put up everything I currently have. It will all work out in the end, I'm sure of it. :)

Well, today I wanted to talk about one of my favorite stamp companies, Hero Arts.

As you know, I used Hero Arts stamps, OFTEN... and the reason is simple: They are amazing! From the simple sets to the detailed sets, they have it all. One of my favorite kinds of stamps that they make are the clear sets. I just adore stamping with clear stamps which I really feel is a little easier to judge where exactly your stamps will STAMP! haha.

I did a little research on Hero Arts and I found out some very interesting things about them.. Jackie Leventhal, founder of Hero Arts, started making stamps in the mid-70's and she was an art teacher. I was always curious as to how Hero Arts got such a name... CLICK HERE to read more about the story of how it was named Hero Arts. Such a great story. :) 

Which one is my favorite?

It's so hard to pick from all the wonderful stamps that Hero Arts makes... but I would probably have to go with the one that I use a lot which is Everyday Sayings...

On the Hero Arts website, they have an option to set up a Wish List... My Wish List is ridiculously long lol Take a peek...

Anyway, that concludes my ramble about how much I love Hero Arts stamps. I hope you love them too! :)
Have a blessed day everyone.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fun with Distress Ink & Card Shares!

Hello! Happy Tuesday! Off to another start of a fabulous week... 
Today I started my day off with having fun with water and Distress Inks by Ranger. Love these inks. They come in so many wonderful colors, it's hard not to get addicted. I have a small but perfect starter set and I use almost all the time. They do wonderful things with water, as you can see below...

The color lineup (starting from left to right) -
First Row: Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, Faded Jeans, Forest Moss
Second Row: Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, Barn Door

So neat to see what they do when you just sprits them with water.... it looks even better on paper! ;)

Next, off to a card share!

This is a card that I made for a family friend of ours that is going through a hard time and I have to say I'm IN LOVE with how this card turned out... probably because I'm kind of  a big fan of purples. I used THIS background stamp that I can't get enough of and stamped with StazOn Opaque Cotton White Ink.

This one is a fun little bird from THIS stamp set. It's such a fun thing to stamp with when I'm in the mood to color. Simple & Easy... the perfect thing about card-making! :) 

I hope everyone has a great Tuesday! Back with another post tomorrow!!
God Bless!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ribbon Storage & Card Shares!

Hello there everyone! Just another post... today, I had a question about ribbon storage. This is the only way that I can find to store my scrap ribbon. Any one else out there have another way of doing it? I'm kind of desperate because it's such a pain to dig through all of that ribbon to find something. 

My precious little helper! This is my cat Penelope, one of my many "foster failures" lol I decided to keep her when I was fostering her and her brother. She is just a doll and one of the sweetest cats I've ever seen. She likes to "help" me scrapbook... which really means... get in my way. But I adore her anyway! :)

Card Shares!!

Love the green Mind's Eye paper! and Just A Note clear stamp from Hero Arts.

This card turned out so cute! Glittery Goodness! That's for sure. :)

Enjoy your Thursday everyone! Tomorrow is Friday... yay! 
Hopefully I'll have a video up by Saturday! :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Wednesday!

So glad it's almost the end of the week. It's been a busy busy week and it's going to be an even busier weekend! But, I am blessed with time to create from cute cards I'm going to share here quickly... First, I made this one as a "Welcome baby boy!" set :) (This stamp is actually from the baby girl set but I liked it so I decided to "boy" it up a little :)

Hero Arts, Adorable Baby Girl Stamp Set

Stamped with Adriondack, Pitch Black pigment ink... Love this stuff! Takes a little while to dry but it's worth it!

Added a little bit a border, foam dots and it's all done! :)

It wasn't quite done yet.. I decided to add pearls to the wheels just to give it a little softer look. I also added blue loves to the top part that were originally clear dots. 

That's all for now... hope you all have a great Wednesday! :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Just Saying Hello.

Just saying hello! Such a cute, simple hello greeting! It's finally Friday... yay! Anyway, on to the reason for the post... This card is a 5x7 inch card and I stamped the background with a Hero Arts Large Cling Background Stamp, called Magical Background! I got this one from Memento's in my hometown when I was there last week and it is AMAZING! I love this fun, busy background! The ink I used Is Spiced Marmalade, Distress Ink by Ranger-Tim Holtz (I'm a little crazy about Distress Ink, Just an F.Y.I) :D

The "Just Saying Hello" Stamp is from Everyday Sayings set from Hero Arts, Love that stamp set! I inked it using the same color as I did for the background onto white cardstock, used my paper trimmer to crop it, adhered it with foam dots. I also used Glossy Accents, which I also love to make sure that everything stayed in place, sometimes the foam dots are not as sticky as I would like. :)

Here is a close up of the added dimension that I LOVE when using foam dots! Perfect, Perfect, Perfect! 

next, I gave the card a couple of sprays of Perfect Pearl Water (put a couple of scoops of your paint brush into a Ranger Mini Minster that is filled with water about 3/4 of the way full. Shake!) to give it a shiny finish!

Close up of the shiny goodness! ;)

The Finished Product! 

So since today is Friday (YAY!) I'm picking my Friday Favorites... which is.. Glossy Accents! This stuff is addicting, to say the least and it is literally a lifesaver! If you haven't had the chance to use this product, I recommend getting to your nearest craft store to do so... right away! :) 

In closing, I'm leaving you with some examples of how much amazing-ness Glossy Accents can bring to a simple card! 

Have a great weekend everyone! Be safe! :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Happy Birthday! :)

This is the first post to my brand new blog! What a better day to start than on my birthday! :) Happy Birthday to me! So anyway, this is going to be a new thing I'm starting up to kind of share some of my ideas on scarpbooking and card making - without breaking the bank! :) Today I'm going to show a card that I made this morning for one of my friends back home.

The card features the Happy Everything stamp set from Hero Arts. I used the "Thinking Of You" #CL342 stamp and it is just amazing. So elegant and perfect!

The back ground for this stamp is also Hero Arts.. it's Flower Pattern, Cling Background #CG241. I'm a big fan of purple so I went with that color for the background of the card! :)

A little close of an "uh oh" on the card that kind of just works! A lot of people tend to stress about making the card PERFECT... who cares? it's supposed to be for fun.. if you make a mistake, just go with it. It will make it look more artistic in the end. ;)

Once I stamped the image onto a lilac colored piece of cardstock, I used my ink blending tool from Ranger to work shades of purple on the sides, leaving the middle to have a highlighted look. 

Mounted the saying on top of some twine and TADA! Perfect & simple! :)

Any questions about this card or the products used to create it, please feel free to email me

I'll be back tomorrow with another card! Have a blessed day everyone!