Today I am posting cards three and four from the Hero Arts March Monthly Kit.
I was reminded of the best crafting advice I ever received, while I was making card four. The late great Christy Riopel once told me, “If you don’t like it, it just isn’t done yet.” I can tell you that card four in its’ original 6 X 6 size was a hot mess…………….. I thought it was just plain “done” and destined for the big round file. Just like Christy predicted though, it just “wasn’t done YET.” When I trimmed it to a narrow panel and added a complementary background, it was a keeper.
I am loving the Monthly Hero Arts Kits. The large stamp set, that is just one part of the kit, provides a lot of inspiration. When you add in the dies and the add on selections that are available, the possibilities are endless.
I have a goal of making at least 10 cards in quick succession from each kit. While I haven’t finished yet, the first two cards turned out quite well. Take a look:
Wait it is a new post on Maverick Muses! I cannot believe how time is flying these days. I have already started to think about going home to Canada, and yet, I also think I haven’t fully unpacked yet.
I always send St Patrick’s Day cards to a couple of my friends and so I thought it was a great opportunity to get a new post on the blog at the same time.
I failed to bring any St Patrick’s Day stamp sets with me and so I was limited to using the Wooly Lucky Stamp set that I recently got from Simon Says Stamp. It is a cute little stamp set with an Irish Llama and some punny sentiments.
Take a look:
Thank goodness that it is Valentine’s Day, because I couldn’t use “Where doe the time go? …again…….even though it is very appropriate.
I once again had big plans to send some Galentine cards to my gal friends………..even bought two stamp sets that specifically said “Happy Galentine’s Day”. Alas, it did not happen.
I did make this card for my male Valentine friend but did not get it in the mail on time either. The stamp set is a layering set from Hero Arts and the yummy looking chocolate sauce is Vintage Nuvo drops from Tonic Studio. The waffles and strawberries are so realistic looking, it is making me want to head out to IHop.
I cannot believe that my last post was in December and now January is almost over.
I did not get anything posted on this blog, but I did have a busy January. Taking Christmas decorations down and packing to leave for Arizona seemed to take more time than usual even though I didn’t have as tight a schedule as last year.
Creativation was on here seemingly before I got a chance to unpack. Had an unbelievably fun week with most of my pals from Scrapendipity. On Thursday and Friday, we were all busy with classes, which were without exception simply wonderful. It is really a special treat to see crafting celebrities in person and to watch them work in class. Included were classes from Altenew, Lawn Fawn, Gel Press, Dyan Reavely and Faber Castell. Then on Saturday, Sunday and Monday we drooled over all the new products coming out. Sandra flitted from booth to booth, sitting down to make dozens of Make and Take projects. It was all I could do to keep up with her. We hung around the Ranger booth, learning about the new alcohol inks and Oxide sprays from Tim Holtz. We were clearly visible in our Canadian buffalo plaid shirts in several of the different companies’ videos being made of Tim’s demonstration. Shameless, we were.
Here is a photo of some of the loot we received in the classes and some of the Make and Takes we did.
I did have some time to do some crafting including this layout of us with Tim Holtz…………………………………I know…………………shameless
Sometimes in life, we get a surprise. When I began to work with the contents of the December Hero Arts, it was one of those times. At first glance, I was thinking “yuck” ………………fairies…………..mice………….and dandelions as the theme for the kit. Clearly, none of these is on my favourites list. I ended up being surprised to find that I liked the images and the ideas for cards just kept flowing. I had been watching a few tutorials that were of the “10 cards 1 kit” variety and I decided to see if I could replicate this. You are going to think that I can’t count as there are only seven cards in this post. Truth is, I had to stop, not because I was out of ideas, but rather because I needed to clean up and pack up my stuff for the trip to Phoenix.
I ended up being very happy with the cards. They are all different and yet all seem to evoke smiles and happy thoughts. Enjoy!
Simon Says Stamp wants to know what Christmas Cards we are working on and there is a $100.00 gift certificate up for grabs. I had just finished this fun card using products from Concord and 9th, so this is the one I am linking.
Ok, I lied. I managed to make one more card before leaving for work.
I wanted to use The Daily Grind collection from Photoplay. I mean if you don’t use it for a coffee bloghop when can you use it?
I wanted to repeat the pattern on the background on the focal cup. I used Amplify to make the dimensional coffee cream. I like the idea a lot, but my execution of the card was hurried to say the least.
Check it out.
This will be my last card for the bloghop as I have been called into work today. I just received this background stamp from Picket Fence Studios and I wanted to use it. I had bought their ghost stamp for Halloween that says “Let’s get sheet faced together”. As it turned out, I never found the time to make the card and send it to the person I had in mind for it. I didn’t want the same thing to happen with this stamp………………………………….so here it is………………………fresh from my mailbox.
The sentiment is from Verve Stamps, a company that I only knew about through them being a sponsor on the Coffee Lovers Bloghop. I bought a number of their stamps on a close out sale.
The main coffee cup is from a recent Hero Arts Kit. I had hoped to make more cards from this multi-image kit, but maybe next blog.
The little sloth is back today. He is just too cute and deserves a second card. This time Lawn Fawn’s Knit Picky provides the background. My Favourite Things Ice Cube shaker pieces double as sugar cubes in this card. The spoon is from a tea cup die set from Simon Says Stamp.