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:
The challenge this week is to create a card with faux gilding. At first glance, I thought the only possibility in my Papertrey Ink stash would be the feather. In fact, I have down real gilding using this stamp set before. I happened to find the What the Doodle Ornament Set and bonus, it was brand new. Not only, did it work for this challenge, but it also satisfied my need to not have unused stamps in my stash,
It actually worked even better than I expected. What slowed me down in getting it posted though, was finding a frame that enhanced but did not overpower the ornament. I tried the Papertrey Ink Marquee frame first, but it was a bit too ornate to showcase the ornament well.
Here is the card:
I just picked up the Tropical Suite from Stampin Up and I am already declaring it my all time favourite Stampin Up set. I love everything about it, from the colours to the versatility of the dies, and on to the great 6 X 6 patterned paper pack.
The other thing that is great about it, is that I was able to pair it up with images and dies from Heartfelt Creations and Sizzix. I have found that usually Heartfelt Creations does not play well with others. By this I mean that trying to pair stamps and dies from other companies, with stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations often results in failure. The card looks like a nerd dating a Kardashian…………………they just don’t go together. It worked on this card though.
Take a look:
This card acted like many watercolour cards I have done. It was ugly, until suddenly it wasn’t. Probably still wouldn’t be the one I would choose to send to the Queen or even Prince Charles 🙂 , but it does have some charm. Funny how I needed triangles as my stamp again, but at least this one from Concord and 9th was adaptable to the task.
If struggle and hard work ensures good results, then my card would be a Picasso. Working on this card is pretty much all I have done today, and my craft room mess emphasizes this. Trouble started early, when I realized that I didn’t really have any stamps sets with triangles on them for trees. In fact, the only stamp set I had with varying sizes and solid and outline images was my circles set from Simon Says Stamp. No problem, I say to myself…………..I will make snowmen instead of trees. This proved problematic as well, as the graphic elegance of Laura’s card was impossible with snowmen as the image. They are just cartoonish, and that is all. No problem, I will make a fun version of the card. More problems arose with ink selection, blah blah blah. I finally got the card made, albeit with much darker colours than I intended, but then I went to embellish. I found great little hats in my stash, but they were too big for the snowmen heads. Yikes.
I started over, this time picking snow man heads that fit the hats and worked backwards from there. This time, I liked the results and the holographic cardstock that I used to frame the card finished it off nicely. The only remaining problem is that the camera doesn’t play well with shiny, sparkly things. The card is actually nicer that it appears in a picture.
Supplies: Lots of Dots Stamp Set from Simon Says Stamp, Recollections glitter embossing powders in Mauve Blue and Green, Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks, hats from Happy Howlidays Lawn Fawn, Glasses and bowtie from Stylish Simon, DCWV holographic cardstock, Happy Holidays sentiment stamp from Be Joyful stamp set from Simon Says stamp
I received my Hero Arts kit for August on Monday. The good news for me was that it came so fast this month. Surprise happy mail, what could be nicer. What wasn’t so good is that Canada Customs decided to extract their pound of flesh from me. Paying the GST (Goods and Services Tax) is not sooo painful, but being charged a $10.00 fee for the government to take their tax IS quite painful. No matter, I will continue to get the kit because it still offers a lot for the money and it is so much fun to create with.
I think I was inspired by a couple of blog hops I went through online, where designers offered multiple cards on their segment of the blog hop. As a result, I made three similar but different cards, using the main kit and one of the add-on stamp sets. The theme of the kit also gave me the opportunity to use some Signs of the Zodiac dies that I had gotten with an older Tattered Lace Magazine.
Here are the cards:
Just adding a quick card for the Make it Monday Challenge. Quick is a relative term. Quick for me is when I don’t have several half done possibilities before I post something. Because this is the only card front sitting on my desk, it qualifies as quick.
I have the What the Doodle Snowflake that i wanted to try out but thought the result would look pretty close to Betsy’s sample and I wanted it to be at least a little bit different. I decided to use the What the Doodle Teacup as it was fairly intricate although finer in detail than the snowflake. It actually turned out better than I thought it would:
Supplies: Papertrey Ink What the Doodle Tea Time stamp and die sets, Ellen Hutson vellum, Stampendous and Recollections embossing powders, Recollection cardstock, Simon Says Stamp card base, Sunny Studio’s Fishtail Banners die, Nuvo Crystal drops and Scor tape
The challenge this week was to use pumpkins in three different ways. This is one of my favourite types of challenges, so I dropped what I was doing (housework………so it was an easy choice) and started to get to fun. I decided not only to use pumpkings in three different ways but to use the very same pumpkin stamp in three very different ways, Additionally, I decided to make the three cards in three different styles with three different techniques. Amazingly, they all came together and I like them all! Oh happy day!
Card #1: Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp set, Recollections gold embossing powder, Inkadinkadoo masking paper, Copic markers, My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 die, Recollections card stock, Simon Says Stamp card base, Elen Hutson 40lb Vellum and Scor Tape.
Card #2 : Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp, Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks stamp set, Lawn Fawn Sequins, Ranger Sticky Back Canvas, Memory Box Cross Stitched Rectangles die, Zig Real Brush Markersm Reminisce Fall Harvest patterned paper collection, Recollections embossing powder, Lawn Fawn sequins, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape
Card #3 : Uses Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp set, Friendship Jar shaker die, Unknown glitter paper, Color Burst watercolor powders, Judikins Microglaze, Wink of Stella, Lawn Fawn and Craft Medley sequins, Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.
And finally, here they are in one picture.
The challenge for today was to use a stencil. The challenge I gave myself was to make a quick card. This should be easy but for me it is not. I could never make a project for Take Ten magazine as it is impossible for me to make a card in the allotted ten minutes. This one would have been close if not for the twenty minute phone call with my dropped off the face of the earth co-blogger Sandra.
Supplies: Tim Holtz Treads stencil, Simon Says Stamp Road Trip and Sketchy Banners stamps and die set, Recollections embossing powder, Versamark ink, Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, Copic markers and Scotch Foam tape