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A Blog Named Hero -Announcement!!!

Pinch me now.  I am so thrilled to have been chosen as a Design Team member at A Blog Named Hero for 2016.  I have long been a huge fan of Hero Arts and am beyond excited to work on this talented team.

I’d love it if you checked out the announcement over at the blog and join up as a member so you can come and play with us.  This blog has fantastic sponsors offering great prizes.

Starting in 2016, I’ll also be using inlinkz for the supplies used on my cards and would really appreciate it if you use the links to make your purchases to support the team.

For the announcement, I prepared a Hello card for you using Wreath of Leaves, Tree Bird n’ Message, Thinking of You, and Everyday Sayings, all Hero Arts Stamps. I finished off with sequins, white enamel, and stickles. I colored my bird with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

Hello Hero Arts

Thanks for your support!!

kathy

Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist #2 & Lindy’s Stamp Gang December Color Challenge

I was so inspired by Day 5’s Feminine tags over at the Ellen Hutson’s Classroom, I had to create another.  This tag is inspired by  Carissa Wiley and Kryssi Ng.  I loved the theme of Glitz & Glitter, which is pretty unusual for me but since I am no longer sending cards to OWH, there’s a lot more sparkle in my life!  In addition, I wanted to use the Lindy’s Stamp Gang December Color Challenge as additional inspiration so here is that color palette.

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I used Ellen Hutson’s Mondo Poinsettia and Brushstroke Christmas stamps as well as the Brushstroke “Joy” die. It’s all on sale now too so go check it out!  I colored the poinsettia in with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Mica’s in Rizzo’s Rowdy Red, Ponderosa Pines Olive and Black Orchid Black.  I also used Flat Shot Cafe Au Lait for the center then dotted with a little Black Orchid Black Magical.  The pine boughs from Penny Black were stamped in the background with Versamark then embossed with Snow Tinsel powder by Ranger.  The tag is Papertrey Ink which I extended using the same partial die cutting technique as shown by Carissa in her video in the Ellen Classroom.  

The Tags are Simon Says Stamps Wonky label cut three times using my all time favorite paper by Little Yellow Bicycle called Winterings, which is no longer available.  I embossed those with the Snow Tinsel powder as well.  I finished off by adding the stitched elements on the bottom, red stickles for the berries, and Penny Black birds in the trees with a bit of wink of stella. 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my second feminine tag!  Which one do you prefer?There is so much inspiration in the Ellen classroom, you won’t regret stopping by.

Ellen's Tag2

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Ellen’s 2015 Tags with a Feminine Twist

Lindy’s Stamp Gang: December Color Challenge

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Addicted to Stamps: Winter

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Virginia View: Glitter

Simon Says Stamp: Let It Snow

Cupcake Inspiration: Let It Snow

Pile it One: Christmas

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #127 – Twist: Lots of White-use embellishments for color

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with sketch #127 at From The Heart Stamps.  These are great challenges because you can use just the sketch, or if you’d like, add the twist. The only requirement is that you use a From The Heart image and the sketch.  The rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is to use a mostly white card and add embellishments for color.

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I used only the sketch this week.  My image is a happy snowman called, “Catching Flakes” which I colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers.  I created the background using the My Favorite Things “Candy Stripe” builder background.  I finished off with the button embellishments and some diamond stickles for sparkle.

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Sure hope you’ll join us for Sketch #127 at From The Heart Stamps this week.  Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!

 

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #125 – Monochromatic Twist

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with this weeks sketch challenge at From The Heart Stamps.  These are great challenges because you can use just the sketch, or if you’d like, add the twist. The only requirement is that you use a From The Heart image.  The rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is to make your card “monochromatic.Sketch125I used only the sketch this week.  My image is called “Toboggan Ride” which I colored with Copic’s.  The paper used is “Bundled Up” from Carta Bella.”   To give movement, I stamped lawn fawn snow flakes with Simon Says Stamp white pigment ink and dotted with stickles.

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Technique Junkies – Contemporary Flowers

Hello Junkie Friends.  Today I’m bringing you a couple of clean and simple cards using another August Release stamp called “Contemporary Flowers S#638.”  I absolutely love this stamp and have been using it like crazy!

My first card is simply heat embossed with clear powder over Versafine Black Onyx ink.  The sentiment is another August Release called, “Always Hope SD#651.”

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My second card features the Spritzed Stone Tutorial from Technique Junkies Newsletter Dec 09/Jan 10′, which uses Copics and 91% alcohol.  I love the way this background came out.  For the sequins, I added stickles in the center to give both shine and cover that little hole.

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I hope you’ll join us over at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog for more inky goodness.

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Design Team Challenge

12 Tags of 2014; September; Tim Holtz

The September tag uses a alcohol inks with a resist technique.  If you look at Tim’s example below, you will see a great resist pattern, but I tried multiple times but couldn’t really get that achieved.  I also didn’t have the stamp, dies or any bright alcohol inks.  What, me, not have supplies, I know, crazy, huh?  So I improvised and used a lovely stamp from Sweet Pea with flowers from I am Roses. I stamped the image with Archival inks so when I went to use copics on the image, it smeared.  I totally forgot those two don’t mix.  I then tried the distress markers which worked, though didn’t really blend well over the alcohol ink background.  As an improvise, I covered it with Wink of Stella, which also didn’t work and puddled over the top.  Plan C, or was it Q, who knows – this tag was a lesson in NEVER GIVE UP.  I ended up putting stickles over the flowers, which looks okay.   I finished the tag with some rub-ons and a “journey” stamp from my stash.

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September Tag; Tim Holtz1

Exploring Art Journaling Pages 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21

Wow – this is a lot of pages!  I’ve had a great weekend catching up on my 30 day Art Journaling Challenge using Christine Urias’ “Exploring Art Journaling 4” class at Scraptime.ca.  

Day 17’s page uses Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint Daubers to make flowers.  I topped all of them with a TON of stickles because I have lots of them and can’t really use them on my Operation Write Home cards.  I got that idea from Joggles U-tube channel.

 

Day 17 Dauber Flowers with Stickles over watercolor base

Day 17 Dauber Flowers with Stickles over watercolor base

Day 18 uses a lettering technique to make large statement words.  The pages starts on a base of Gelatos and I used Sharpie Paint markers for the colored letters.  I have a LONG way to go and A LOT to learn when it comes to hand lettering, but I have to say it really interests me and found a great book on Amazon called “The Art of Whimsical Lettering” by JoAnne Sharpe.

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Hand Lettering w/Sharpie

 

Day 19 is a fun page I really like and uses some watercolor paint and salt to make some fun background texture.

Watercolor & Salt

Watercolor & Salt

Day 20 uses die cuts collaged on the page and then using the new Dina Wakely Acrylic Paint over them.  If you haven’t tried her paints I would highly suggest it.  They are FABULOUS.  I have a ton of paints and I tell you the vibrancy and texture of this is like using butter.  It’s fabulous.  Hobby Lobby is now carrying the line so I’ll be there to pick up the other colors very soon.

This page felt chaotic to me, so I came up with the theme “lost ?”, because as humans, we all feel that way and I’m sure most everyone can relate. It’s life and that’s what Art Journaling is meant for, expression.

4 - Day 20; Die cut Texture

Die Cut Collage

Last, Day 21 is a favorite so far.  The technique is stamping into transparent molding paste for texture.  To do this you apply a fairly even, thin layer of translucent molding paste, then simply stamp into it, letting it dry and painting over it with distress paints in shaded lilac and picked raspberry.  I cut out some of the newsprint collage sheets for flowers and the butterfly and used some old stamps from my stash.  I like that the little girl in the top right corner almost looks like me when I was a little girl.  I hated that pixie, but that’s what I was given. I did some hand patterning around the edges that I learned from the Sakura website.  They have some great video’s, so I’d check them out.

4-Day 21; Translucent Gel Stamping

Stamping in Translucent Gel

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