Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WINNER of my Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop Prize!

Hello! Happy Wednesday! I'm back really quick to announce the randomly selected winner from last weeks Hero Arts Blog Hop.

My random generator chose:

All the coloring is lovely--be it with copics or otherwise! LOVELY! Thanks for the chance to win, too!

Congratulations!! N Patricia Castillo, I will contact you for your complete mailing address....enjoy your goodies!!

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments!  Don't forget, all new Hero Arts Spring 2015 Release products can now be purchased at their online store HERE!!!  Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop AND a Give-A-Way

Hello!! Welcome to the Hero Arts Hostess Hop, featuring fabulous stamps from the new 2015 release!  If you've been following along, you've just arrived from Suzanne's Blog! If you've arrived here on your own, you may begin at the Hero Arts blog HERE.

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! Don't forget to scroll down for my give-a-way too!

Let's get started! For my first card, I did some watercoloring using this pretty floral set - DC147 - Butterfly and Flower, Stamp and Cut:

I first, repeatedly, stamped the floral and leaves stamp in Versamark ink, covered in snow white embossing powder, and dried with a heat gun. I then used Tim Holtz's Distress Inks to watercolor each flower, leaf, and butterfly.  The butterfly was trimmed with a matching die that is included in the set!

Next up,  I made a one-layer card and used the exact same set but instead of watercoloring, I first masked, then colored in my butterfly images for a much bolder look:

The sentiment is from this stamp - F6069 - Thanks for being you. I only used the very top word on this sentiment stamp.  A sprinkle of dots and shading with a light grey copic marker finishes the look.

For my final project, I used this super fun birthday/celebration set - CL845 - Papel Picardo Banners to create this layout for my son's 10th birthday:

A close-up, I used the dotted lines to make my own journaling spot. The 'CELEBRATE' banner uses multiple ink colors for a fun, bright visual:

Created borders around the patterned papers and photo with the dots and scallop stamp:

A cluster of horizontal and small banners at the top of the layout:

And how about a small giveaway from me? Simply comment here for a chance to win:

(3) Hand dyed silk ribbons from Paper Source.
(1) Hero Arts woodblock stamp - S5923/Reverse Constellation Background.
(1) Hero Arts Cling Stamp - CG663/Lines Background.
(1) Knot & Bow package of 12 gold doilies from Paper Source.  I may thrown in some additional surprises! ;))

If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Club Blog.  Also, please report broken links to:

Your next stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop is ARLENE
Card 1:
Stamps, butterfly die, and sentiment: DC147/Butterfly & Flower Stamp & Cut.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Snow white embossing powder - Stampendous.
Heat gun.
Tim Holtz inks: Antique linen, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, shabby shutters, wild honey, milled lavender, peeled paint, worn lipstick.
Inks: Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black.
Paint brushes.
Die cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.
Pearls: Queen & Co.

Card 2:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Butterfly stamp: DC147/Butterfly & Flower Stamp & Cut.
Sentiment: F6069/Thanks for Being You.
Copic Markers: YR16, YG25, RV06, R29, Y18, R05, BG05, V15, C1.
Scallop border punch and corner punch: EK Success/Martha Stewart.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black.
Dark pink candy dots: Queen & Co.

Scrapbook Layout:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Stamps: CL845/Papel Picardo Banners.
Inks: Memento - lady bug, cottage ivy, tangelo, bamboo leaves.
Patterned papers: Teresa Collins. Save the Date.
Numbered alpha stickers: American Crafts.
Fine tipped Sharpie Marker.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

You're a real 'cutie'....and....Teachers Valentine's

Hi all!! Awwww.....Valentine' of my favorite holidays.  I think it comes in 2nd to Christmas, or maybe I've moved it to the #1 spot now. ;)) There's just something magical about it, I love it for the kids especially, it's so joyful for them....and I love making frilly stuff for the teachers and the aids.  Is everyone ready for Valentine's?  I have finished up the Valentine's for teachers but have not finished up the kiddie ones yet.

For the teachers and aids, I made little glassine treat bags and filled with goodies and decorated the outside with some floral pins, satin ribbons, doilies, yummy twine, burlap, heart-shaped fabric and a stamped tag:

They turned out really adorable, I used four different colors for four ladies:

Teachers do so much for our kids, I love to spoil them a little.  And it doesn't have to be anything expensive, just something small, sweet, and use your existing supplies!! I did buy the glassine bags, and little knick knacks but other than that, I pretty much already had everything else.

That's it for the teacher's gifts.

Next up, I took to Pinterest for inspiration......and I thought doing something more healthy as the Valentine's for kids would be a good idea.  This would be the 2nd year that I've done a none-candy theme.  You will need a small see-through snack bag, a heart punch, your choice of patterned papers, orange ribbon, and you can print out this free printable tag that is shown below HERE :

This tag is so perfect for the Tangerine/Cutie (fruit) theme that I had in mind.  And since cuties are so popular right now, even my boy LOVES cuties.  We eat them so much around here.  I simply take a tiny plastic bag, insert the cutie and any other accessories you want (punched hearts), punch a hole through the tag, use the ribbon and tie a bow at the top of the bag.

And you're done! Don't hesitate to alter what you put inside the bag as long as the cutie is the main theme and you keep candy out of it. I hope the kids like it....even Christopher approved of this instead of candy. :))

Hope everyone has a beautiful Valentine's with your kids and loved ones!

Supplies for glassine bags:
Glassine bags: Michael's.
Floral clip: DaisoJapan.
Sentiment stamp: Avery Elle.
Inks: Memento.
Doilies, ribbons, twine, heart shaped fabric: Craft supply.
Patterned Papers: American Crafts.
Tags: American Crafts.

Monday, February 2, 2015

I adore you....

..... Hello my friends, I was very much in the mood for a bit of coloring this evening...and with very little time on my hands, my coloring was quick, big strokes on this darling image from Penny Black:

I adore you

Oh my goodness, isn't she just the sweetest image ever? :)) It's an older stamp from 2013 but it's irresistible. Her name is Melle Papillon - and she makes me squeal with happiness.  This would be great for a girlfriend, that sweet princess in your life, or even Valentine's Day.

I gave her some soft, dark brown hair, and a blush pink dress.  Love the little, flutterling butterflies too!

I just love making cards for girls, can you tell?  It's a little part of me that wishes I had a little girl, too. *smitten* Have a beautiful day!


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Stamp: Penny Black/4300K/Melle Papillon.
Sentiment stamp: Avery Elle.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black and Memento.
Markers: Copic Markers.
Stitched frame die: Mama Elephant.
Scalloped edge die: Mama Elephant.
Die cutting Tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.