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Cards in Envy Challenge – Cheers to You!

For this Cards in Envy Challenge, we are raising our glass and having a “Cheers to You” theme.  Create a congratulations or celebration card for your entry.  Our challenge runs through Sunday, September 17th and the design team will be picking their favorites. As a quick reminder, Cards in Envy asks that you make your card fit into a standard A2 card, which is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.

My card today features a technique I saw by Kelly Laveotla comparing Distress Inks vs. Distress Oxide Inks.  I used Distress inks in Milled Lavender and Broken China.  My stamp is from an older Hero Arts kit long sold out but I liked the ease of cutting out the mask for this technique.  My sentiment is Alte New, “Magnolia’s For Her” which I white heat embossed.

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your “Cheers to You” cards.


Cards in Envy Challenge “Be Mine”

As we get closer to Valentine’s day, here at Cards in Envy we are having a “Be Mine” challenge. Cards in Envy challenge entries can be any size as long as they fit within a standardized A2 Envelope.

For my card today, I used a few different Hero Arts products.  The first is last years Hero Arts January Card Kit, which is no longer available, but new kits come out monthly.  I also used Hero Arts “Love” Stamp and Cut, which has both the stamp and the die in one package.

The background is created with a Rhonda Palazarri stencil that I applied with white Pan Pastels. Using Pan Pastel’s in stencils is a fabulous because the paint doesn’t seep through the other side and you get a really nice image.  I blurred out the background to get a little more cohesion, which I felt looked “cloudy” and lovey.

After doing my stamping and die cutting, I applied a strip of American Crafts black glitter paper over American Crafts design paper called “Valentine”.  I edged the hearts in black Tombow and popped them up with foam tape for dimension.


I do hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your “Be Mine” cards.  The challenge will run through February 19th and we look forward to seeing your entries!

A Blog Named Hero – Tone on Tone Floral

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a little Hero Arts inspiration for the May “Tone on Tone” challenge at A Blog Named Hero.


This month we are collaborating with GinaK Designs, who not only has a great store, but provides hours of amazing video content so be sure to visit and learn some amazing stamping techniques.

For my card today I used the April Hero Arts Kit, which sadly is already sold out and usually happens quickly, so grab them when you can.  This kit comes with a stunning floral set that has both pop-up and standard dies to match.  There was also a Daniel Smith watercolor sampler giving you a chance to test several colors.  Once you try these quality paints, you’ll absolutely love them.

Tone on Tone 3-5

I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our May Tone on Tone Challenge!  We can’t wait to see your May entries.  Happy Stamping!!






Cards in Envy Challenge: Tickled Pink

Happy Monday!  That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week we are celebrating Tickled Pick cards! Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 envelope without any large lumps or bumps.  The challenge will run through Sunday, February 28th and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

For my card I used the January 2016 Hero Arts Card Kit.   This is a fabulous kit that includes two stamp sets, three dies, note cards, envelopes, vellum, shaker transparency, sequins, and ink.


I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week for your Tickled Pink cards for the Cards in Envy Challenge!

Cards in Envy Challenge – From The Heart!

As we get closer to Valentine’s day, here at Cards in Envy we are having a “From The Heart” challenge.  Please keep the size of your card to a standard 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch size and able to fit in an A2 envelope.  You have until February 14th to enter your card.

For my card, I used the Hero Arts January Card Kit. These were so popular the entire site went down on the day they were released!  I placed one of the dies on the card front and cut the fluttering hearts.  I then mixed the inks from the kit with perfect pearls and painted in the hearts and flicked splatters.  I used one of the sentiments, also from the kit and put on a Steel Grey card base.

Hearts 2-1

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your “From The Heart cards!

A Day For Daisies: Showcase “Cozy Day”

Happy Friday friends!  I’m here this afternoon bringing you more inspiration for the ongoing “Stitching” Challenge at A Day For Daisies showcasing the Cozy Day collection at the ADFD Blog.

For my card I used the adorable “Human Doll” image.  This sweet image was a pleasure to color with Copic Markers.  I used the technique I learned in the December Create & Learn at Kit & Clowder for the sky.  The sentiment is from the new Hero Arts Kit and if you haven’t checked it out, hope over and do so.  It’s glorious.

Mermaid Night

We can’t wait to see what your “stitching entry looks like using your A Day For Daisies Images. Please also visit our Facebook Community Page as we’d love to see your cards there too!

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