My First Hero Arts Stamp

Hero Arts is 45 years old and is inviting everyone to a SHOW & TELL CELEBRATION – SHARE TO WIN!

my first Hero Arts stamp was this dandelion (G4917) that I purchased in 2009 and it’s still available today.

Hero Arts dandelion stamp-1

i used it to create a thank you card for those who showed kindness when my son passed away from brain cancer in 2009.

today i’ve used the image on a clean and simple card. the sentiment (LL165 Happy Everything Greetings) is from a Hero Arts wooden set of sentiments that i bought shortly afterward but i can’t find a link.

thanks for popping by.

One Of A Kind

i’m playing along with the 101 waterolour challenge; over the next couple of weeks we’ll be playing with masks, so this week’s assignment is to create watercolor backgrounds with the assistance of background stamps and embossing powder. i watched all three videos linked from class and i decided to use the technique from catherine pooler’s tutorial; since my painting is controlled, i liked the more controlled look of her sample.

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hero arts background

i bought this hero arts background stamp with my daughter in mind because i knew she’d love the pattern and shamefully, this is the first time i’ve used it. i heat embossed with white ep and i only used a yellow and a blue twinkling H2O and let them naturally turn into green in spots; it’s matted on green card stock because that’s my daughter’s favourite colour. i heat embossed the sentiment on vellum, attached die cut hearts out of the same painted paper and some gems. thanks for popping by.

Easter Bunny

card with easter bunny holding a big egg in purple, pink and green
i made this card for my daughter; she has two bunnies and this hero arts bunny stamp reminds me of her bigger bunny, although they’re both adorable and very smart. i coloured with distress inks and twinkling H2Os, added glitter to bits of the egg and flower centre and flower soft to the tail. i’m submitting this card to the spring/easter themes of these challenges: hero artscrafty calendar, word play saturday and oozak. thanks for popping by. 

I Love Vellum!

card with vellum butterfly in teal on a teal patterned paper circlei don’t use it very often, but i just love vellum so i heat embossed this hero arts butterfly on vellum, coloured it with distress inks, cut it out by hand and popped it on a foam square. i followed another Hero Arts CAS sketch for their august contest and i’m also submitting this to the open theme of flutterby wednesday, which has just re-opened. thanks for popping by.

Hi There!

teal card with hi there sentiment and layered diec cut flower
i followed the hero arts august sketch for this clean and simple card, die cut the flower, added gel dots to the ticket and followed kelly’s embossed button tutorial. i mentioned the other day how some paper crafting tools are not universally accessible to people with disabilities, so instead of the tweezers kelly used (which i own but can’t use), i found a toothpick worked nicely. i’m also submitting this to marianne’s design divas ‘anything goes’ challenge. thanks for popping by.

Bright Butterflies

card in orange with yellow ribbon and butterflies
everything on this card, except for the butterfly paper, is over a year old. orange is a colour i don’t use very often, but it’s growing on me; i just can’t wear it. the butterfly is coloured with distress inks and popped on the paper; i punched the corners and added a punched border with a ribbon and knot – very simple. i’m submitting this to these challenges: tuesday alchemy – beautiful butterflies, oldie but a goodie – things with wings and CAS-usual fridays – punches or dies. thanks for popping by.

Sock Monkey Smiles

four sock monkeys in a square on square yellow card
i haven’t played along with the inspiration challenge at splitcoaststampers for a really long time, but this weekend i was inspired by one inspiration photo to make two cards. this was a quick and easy card that i started when the butterfly wasn’t working; it’s just printed paper matted and attached.  i’m also submitting this to the allsorts challenge which is ‘free and easy’ for all of july. thanks for popping by.

Framed Butterflies

wavy edge framed image with butterflies on summer coloured background
the less is more challenge this week is a one layer card with the theme of ‘in the frame.’ since i watercolour 99.9% of my cards, because of my hands, this was a real challenge for me.  the card base is watercolour paper; i inked the image with three different distress inks, lightly spritzed it and stamped it – done. i feel like i cheated; i didn’t actually paint an image. lol.  thanks for popping by.

Colour Challenge Card

circle framed flowers on berry coloured square card basei never seem to have the right colours to play along with splitcoastampers‘ colour challenge, but i used substitute colours that i think are close enough. the base is a very dark boysenberry, which might explain why the photo looks a bit blurry? sometimes red card stock is tricky.  anyway, the image is watercoloured, die cut and popped on foam tape; of course i had to add stickles to the flower centres and dots on the frame. thanks for popping by.

Have A Special Day

purple and blue iris flower with pearls and yellow ribbon trimwhen i first noticed flourishes stamps at splitcoaststampers, they were not available in canada; now they are!  this is for the april flourishes bring back beautiful challenge – the beauty of spring colours.  i watercoloured the iris, pierced the corners of the die cut image and popped it on foam tape. i pierced the sentiment circle, added pearls and sponged the edge; the bow was made with the bow easy.  i’m also submitting this to the splitcoaststamper’s monthly fan club theme. thanks for popping by.

Cased Christmas Card

the current caardvarks challenge is to create a card based upon one of the crew caards, and i chose to case heidi’s caard for a couple of reasons: it’s red and green, which i rarely use for Christmas cards, but always like it when others do; and it’s cas, although it took me several hours to make it.  my cast was removed on tuesday, so now it’s just a matter of adjusting to the fact that i’ll have limited use of my left hand and wrist – i’m rather proud of my one handed bow. :)  thanks for popping by.

CAS Butterfly

blue and green butterfly on blue green paper

clean and simple is my preferred style, so i made another card for the caardvarks challenge. besides, i think the pain in my hand (11 days to cast removal) is distracting me; for the second time this week, i forgot to read the fine print on challenge blogs. so, one card was a day late and another is ineligible – i think i’ll stick to not combining challenges and just admire those that do. :)  i watercoloured the butterfly, added stickles, sponging, ribbon, punched border and papers. thanks for popping by.