Sunday, July 8, 2018

Lick It!

Hi, bloggin' Buddies!
I used this Hero Arts stamp set the other day and I just couldn't put that sweet face way without making another summertime card. Too cute, eh?

The set is "Life of the Party" from 2011. I also used the "Life of the Party Words" background stamp. Fun, cool and simple! I added a little pom-pon to his hat, some pearls and a small bow to compete the look.

I am sending this off to the challenge at A Blog Named Hero - "Summertime Fun". I'd love to keep playing, but we are packing up and heading on a little summertime fun adventure later today, so I wish you a wonderful week filled with lots of summertime fun!

Thanks for the visit,

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Give Me a Hand!

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Finding a little time to craft again today - summer is such a fun and busy time! Yesterday I kind of told you my history with Hero Arts and the older classic stamps that I cherish. Well, I am also crazy about all the new layering sets. They make getting great dimension on our cards an easy task (most of the time!).

I am a big fan of the ocean, so this Color Layering Octopus (CM 104) is a favorite of mine and just perfect to reflect summertime fun. I don't often make shaker cards, but I did today. I added some Pearl Pen for a shiny eye and some Wink of Stella for sparkle.

This is headed to the current challenge at A Blog Named Hero - "Summertime Fun" . You have time to play along and celebrate summer.

Thanks so much for the visit,


Friday, July 6, 2018

I Scream!

Hi, Blogging Buddies!

Summer has seriously hit here and I can't stop thinking about the current challenge at "A Blog Named Hero". Now, I've been making cards since the late 1960's (no, I'm really not too old - I was in high school then!). I actually used office stamps ("fragile" "post-dated", etc.) to create fun backgrounds and a few rubber stamps from some small "underground" companies that I hunted in the San Francisco Bay Area.

But it wasn't until Hero Arts came about (in 1974) that I really understood quality stamps and what all that could be done. I loved that it was a Bay Area company and their designers were top-notch. I became an advocate, and I still am. While I typically cycle through my stamp sets from year to year, there are some older Hero Arts wood stamps and sets with which I will NEVER part.

This is one of them - it's not that old - from 2011. But, who couldn't love the theme (ice cream) and that adorable smile and cute hat????? I bet I've used it 100 times! I've taught classes  and crafted with kids using it, too. It gives a smile to everybody! This is called "Life of the Party" - perfect, eh?

I stamped it, heat embossed the cone, used some festive paper and added some vintage elements - the crepe paper was found at an estate sale (it is actually a bit yellowed) and the rick-rack was among some of my Mom's old sewing stuff. I added the sweet rose cheeks and some rhinestones and it is a party in itself!

So, yes, this is headed to the "A Blog Named Hero" challenge, which is "Summertime Fun". I hope you have lots of fun (and some ice cream, too!)

Thanks for the sweet visit,






Sunday, July 1, 2018

Summertime Fun!

Hello and Happy Summer, Bloggin' Buddies!

I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted. Life happens! What can I say? But summer has hit, and hit hot where I am! Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the season.

Here is a card I made awhile ago featuring the Hero Arts Layering Bird stamp and die set. Of all of these sets that I have used to date, this one is the easiest to line up! I tried a funky  summer color combo and I like it.

I lifted him with dimensional and embellished him with punched flowers, leaves, twine and some sparkly sequins. The cardstock is some cool woodgrain paper from one of my favorite stores, the paper Garden Boutique in Sacramento, CA.

I am submitting this to A Blog Named Hero's current challenge, Summertime Fun.

Thanks for the visit and have a safe and happy summer,

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Critters in Yosemite

Hi, blogging Buddies!

We have just returned from several days in Yosemite with our Hiking Group. With all the rain we have had this year the falls were extra-spectacular. We also had amazing weather, so the trip was simply terrific.

When we go on these excursions with the Hikers I like to make a little something for everyone.

Normally I do not do mass-production, but these folks are special so I cranked up my die-cutting machine, grabbed my Lawn Fawn "Woodland Critter Huggers" die set and went to town! They turned out so cute that I keep smiling every time I see them. I had a bit of a problem cutting out the eyes so I tried making a stencil from cardstock with the dies and using it with a Sharpie Pen to draw the eyes onto the faces. It worked like a charm and it saved me some time. I made a total of 30 of these critters and tucked some Dove dark chocolate pieces into them.

Everyone loved them and had a great time hiking. It was such a memorable time.

Thanks for the visit and happy hiking,

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Stencil Me In!

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

Today I thought I'd share a card a made awhile ago but never posted. It was a struggle for me, but I do like the results and actually recently used it for a Mother's Day card.  It is watercolor with a stencil (Penny Black Sun Catcher). I used Distress Inks for the watercolors. To be truthful, I used my sentiment strip to hide a boo-boo! I diecut the word using the same creamy kraft cardstock as I did for the card base. I used the Simon Says Stamp "Hello You" set for this sentiment.

I didn't like it when I first made it, but I have to say that this grew on me.

I'm entering this in the current Simon Says Stamp  Challenge which is "Stencil It". Thanks to Simon for challenging me so many times.

Hope you are having a great week full of Spring. Thanks for the visit,

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Cinco De Mayo

Hola, Bloggin' Budies!

Well, as you can imagine, there are lots of celebrations here in California today. What a colorful culture! We are heading to a fun neighborhood dinner.

I made this card for the hostess. Lots of fun. I used the Lawn Fawn Everyday Pop-Up Dies for the card base and the new Hero Arts "It's Fiesta Time" stamp and dies set for the cute pop-ups. These were so much fun to color with Copics. I added some colorful banners and some small flowers from my stash.

I've been having such fun with these Lawn Fawn pop-up dies. They add such a fun dimension to cards. It does add some extra time to the process because you have more surfaces to decorate, but for a big impact it is so perfect.

Have a colorful day and thanks for the visit,

Friday, May 4, 2018

Put a Flower On It!

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Today I have another Hero Arts creation using a layering floral set, "For You Flowers". It isn't always necessary to use all the layers of the layering sets. I only used them for the focal image, which is stamped with Distress Oxide inks. I softened the layers up a bit with an aqua brush.  I added a sentiment from an old (2011) favorite, "Sending Smiles Messages", which is heat-embossed.

I appreciate that the challenges and Design Team at At A Blog Named Hero inspire my creativity. Though I am typically not much of a "flower gal" (although I was a Flower Child in the 1960's!), it is fun to stretch out of my normal style. Today's card is headed to the current challenge, "Put a Flower On It". The challenge ends May 10th, so try to play along.

Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend!



Monday, April 30, 2018

Fawn-tastic!

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

Lawn Fawn makes so many super-cool dies to add lots of pop to our creations - they are unique and such fun. Today I have a card I made using the "Everyday Pop-Up" dies and the "Toadally Awesome" stamp and die set. This is only the third card I've made using this Pop-Up set and I almost have it mastered - ha! Kelly Marie's video makes it look so easy - I just thought I could do it this time without watching the video. No way! Soon it will become second nature (I hope).

I love this "Toad" set - the faces on the little guys are just too cute! I colored them with Copics and added some embellishments with some Wink of Stella and Signo white gel pen. Die cuts from splash background and flower dies (from my stash) complete the "hoppy" scene.

It isn't easy properly photographing a 3-D card! I did my best. This is headed to the Lawnfawnatics current challenge, "3-D cards."

Thanks for the visit!



Thursday, April 26, 2018

What's to Celebrate?

SPRING, my dear Bloggin' Buddies!

I see it on the horizon, too. I made this card for my sweet 97-year old Aunt who lives in Upstate New York. She is so sick of winter and her very favorite color is yellow. She seriously celebrities Spring, and will this year, especially with the weather that she's had.

I took advantage of the current challenge at the Creativity Meets C9 blog which is "Spring". I love using stencils, but I honestly wasn't too sure about using this "Flora Fill-In Set" with coordinating Patterned Paper - mainly because the paper is pre-printed. I wan't sure how it would come together. But, I figured that Concord & 9th has never let me down and they have some of the most inovative products on the market, so why not give it as shot?

I am so pleasantly surprised! I love the elegant softness of this card. I wasn't going for bright and flashy, so I used Distress Oxide inks to stencil over the paper. I love how it looks over the grey shades.  I popped-up a few of the images to add some dimension and picked up the grey tones with the die-cut ovals and added sunshine-colored sequins. My sentiment is from a set called "Birthday Stacks Stamp Set", which is so versatile - I can't wait to play with it further.

If this doesn't usher in Spring, I sure don't know what will.

Thanks for the visit and I hope Spring happens soon wherever you are,

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