Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hero Arts Orchid Birthday

It's my turn to share at A2Z Scrapbooking today and I've made a red and pink birthday card.  I used the same design as I used last week,

Orchid Birthday

I have used Hero Arts CL946 Color Layering Orchid in a Pot, stamping with a variety of pinky/red inks.  The leaves are stamped with three tones of green inks.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts CL738 Messages with Flourish (no longer available)  Finished it off with some sequins.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Text background

Last night I was commenting on the fabulous creations on the Hero Arts Flickr scramble and saw this card from Lin | quickcard148 | I have been wanting to play with this Leaf and Floral Background stamp again, and LaVon's challenge was perfectly timed!  Using a technique that Cindy first used.  I  stamped it using shaded lilac distress ink, then turned the stamp 180 degrees and stamped it a 2nd time using blueprint sketch distress ink.  The panel was trimmed down, inked along the edges, and attached to a white card base.  My happy die-cut was then sponged with both inks in an omb...:  

Isn't it gorgeous.  I loved how she double stamped the floral stamp.   I decided that I was going to CASE this card.  

I used Catherine Pooler inks - Aquatini and Something Borrowed to make my panel. I used two layers of fun foam to layer it for dimension,  I stamped the Text stamp in the Something Borrowed.  My die cut is from CAS-ual Fridays and I covered it with glossy accents.    I didn't get it photographed in time for the scramble.  Thanks Lin for the inspiration

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Another Altenew Inspired card and Hero Arts Scramble...

I have seen my bloggy friend Virginia use Alcohol inks with her stamps and I decided that I would use some Altenew stamps with the inks to make another card for the Inspiration challenge for Februray

I used Beautiful Day stamp set and black embossed the glossy card and the used Alcohol inks on the images.  I then die cut the flowers and leaves.  My patterned paper is from Kaisercraft.    This was such a fun card to make and so quick to make.  

 This morning I also hit the craft room to join the Hero Arts 90 min scramble.  It was a 24hr one, so you just crafted at any time within the 24 hrs and make and photo your card within 90 mins.  I took 1 hour 20mins to make this one.  Our theme was to make a background.

A very busy background.  I used a HA stamp called Flower Medley.  It reminded me of the colouring book pages that are popular at the moment.  I used Zig Markers and water to colour them flowers.  As it was sooo busy, I chose to use vellum to add a sentiment.     I had fun doing this one too. 

It has been a very hot day, so my stints in the craft room cooled me down as my room is on the cooler side of the house. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pink and gold for Altenew February inspiration

I LOVE my Altenew flowers and this month inspiration photo is simply beautiful.


Who doesn't love pink flowers.  For my card I have used the sketch from February's Card Chain Challenge together with my flowers and leaves

I foiled some double sided tape for a touch of cold.  My flowers are from the Adore You set as is the sentiment.  I used some Zig Real Brush Markers to color my flowers and then fussy cut and added to my card with some foam tape. I left the rest of the card CAS with no other embellishments.  

I have entered this into the February challenge at Altenew and the Fantastic Florals at Simon Says Stamp.

Just getting this done quickly prior to lunch.  We are going out this evening into the city for Dinner and then onto the Jimmy Barnes show.  Looking forward to this. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Just a note

I've been home today with a sore throat so after having a sleep in the morning, I decided to get a head of my DT work.   While I had some Hero Arts stamps out, I also grabbed some Catherine Pooler Party inks... Rocking Red, Party Dress, Green Skirt and Lime Rickey and made a card

I started with Party Dress and stamped off the first layer to get my lightest layer.  Next layer was full Party Dress and then Rocking Red for the final layer.    I used some Lime Ricky for the first layer of leaves and Grass Skirt for the second layer.  I added the sentiment in Rocking Red and the little heart outlines.  I used the ink to watercolour inside the hearts.  To get the green matching the leaves, I did direct to paper with the Lime Rickey and added a small piece to each side.

Entering into the challenge at
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Fantastic Florals
A Blog Named Hero - CAS 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Love you

On the 5th February NZ time, Betty had a Hero Arts 24hr Scramble going on.  I managed to squeeze in some time to play... 45 minutes to be exact.

Betty's theme was to create a card with the colors GOLD AND BLACK and the theme of LOVE.

Here's what I came up with

Used an older cling background embossed with Platinum powder - gives an old gold look.  Die cut heart was also embossed with the same powder onto some white card.  The embossing has interesting texture as the black card is a textured one.

It was a fun scramble and there were some lovely entries.

And I'll leave you with a Photo of hubby and I at the wedding

Monday, February 13, 2017

Be Happy Butterfly

Hi there.   It's my day to share a card over at Die Cut Divas and I am using our Sponsor's product.... and  this month's challenge theme... Using Pink or Red.


We are lucky to have Hero Arts as our sponsor this month.  One of our lucky entrants will win a $25 gift voucher to spend in the Hero Arts store... and how exciting is that.   The wonderful Jennifer McGuire recently did a video showing all the latest release.  SEE HERE.

My card using an older Hero Arts stamp and cut set that has this beautiful butterfly stamp and die

I embossed my white background with an all over butterfly design (very hard to see in my photo)
Here's a better look

I stamped and coloured my butterfly with Copics and die cut him out.  I added a lot of wink of stella glitter and used the excess pink on my brush to add to the centre of the embossed butterflies.
My sentiment comes from the Be Happy stamp set - another of my older Hero Art sets.  

I've away from home for the last 4 days - in Mangawhai for the wedding of the daughter of our best friends.. It was stunning.  The day was perfect, the bride looked amazing, the groom very handsome, the venue (our friend's backyard) was perfect and the whole afternoon into the night time was just the best ever.  And then all day Sunday back at the house, eating and drinking with a spot of heading to the beach for a swim or two, and catching up with old friends and new.  Such a fun and exciting time.   I wish Maggie and Kristian all the very best for their future life together. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pretty in Pink

It's my day for sharing at Southern Girls Challenge today.   Our sponsor is Crafts and Me.

the team got to use images from our sponsor.  I chose to use Annabelle Digital Stamp for my card 

Our theme this fortnight is to use 3 or more patterned papers on your project.  I used three different pink patterned papers from a Theresa Collins pack.  I had the papers in mind and the design (thanks to a sketch I had saved into my Pinterest board) and printed the image so I could die cut it.  I coloured with my Prismacolor pencils before using the Spellbinders rectangle die.  I used a gold paint pen to edge around my PP panels and my focal panel.   Finished with a flower and some pink leaves. 

Hope you can find the time to join our challenge.  

I have entered this into the challenge at