Today’s card used a stamp set that was an add-on product from a recent Hero Arts Monthly Hero Kit. I have always had a fascination with the amazing scenes that Baristas can create with the cream in my coffee so I was immediately drawn to this stamp set. When I realized I could use Puffy embossing powder to give fluffy dimension to the cream, it had to go in my cart.
The Scalloped Circles die from Lawn Fawn, Doodlebug Sprinkles and coffee coloured sequins turned the whole thing into a cute shaker card.
Today’s card is special. It is special because it is made with a stamp set that I won in the last Coffee Lovers Bloghop. It is from The Cat’s Pajamas and is adorable. The image is small but I wanted it to take centre stage. A soft and faded out stencil background is a good way to ensure that the image isn’t lost. I love the sentiment on this card and certainly for me, is true.
It appears that I am out of sync with the calendar. Today I made a couple of cards that would have been great at Stampede time, but somehow they didn’t get made. Actually, the longhorn skull was just purchased as an add-on to my Hero Arts Kit of the month, but I have had the cowboy boot for awhile so no excuse for that one. Anyway, I teamed up the two dies to make a couple of cards that turned out well. So well, in fact, that I am thinking of framing them as an Art Card shadow box for my wall.
I love the Authentique barbed wire paper so much, that I immediately began to think of where I have to go to replenish my stash of it. I also love the Tonic Soft Leather Jacket speciality paper I used for the boot and skull frame.
Today’s sponsor is Reverse Confetti and I did not have any stamps from them. I do have the All Framed Up Die which is one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITES, so I wanted to use it here. I took inspiration from Michele Ferguson who used a reinforcement die to turn a frame into a tag. The image in the tag is from Hero Arts Naughty Elves.
This is a case where the operation was successful but the patient died. I love the look of the card, but sadly it will not actually work. I don’t even want to discuss what I did to render it useless, but useless it is. I will be remaking this card when I am not sitting in a messy house with company coming in a few hours.
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:
Trends come and go and sometimes they come back again. Lately I have noticed more silhouette stamp sets coming to the marketplace. These were very popular in the days before we had a multitude of mediums with which to add colour to our cards. Hero Arts June Monthly kit features Silhouette stamps. What is new and unique about the stamps in this kit, is that it features the same animal in various sizes and poses. This adds wonderful versatility to what you can do with these images when creating scenes on cards.
The other great thing about the Hero Arts Kits is that they offer add products to enhance and expand the versatility of the base kit. While the base kit is on a “when it is gone , it is gone” timeframe, the add ons are available on an ongoing basis. I liked this kit so much, I purchased more add ons on two separate occasions.
Today is the last day of the blog hop. I recently got this sentiment stamp which pretty much sums up how I cope with life. The ants not only convey summer, but the inevitability of problems that either need to be dealt with or endured. That’s life, folks!
Supplies: Verses Lots of Laughs stamp, Doodlebug Picnic Ants stickers, Simon Says stamp coffee die and Adult Beverages die set, Paperhouse At the Vinyard patterned paper, Reverse Confetti All Framed up die, Lawn Fawn Make me smile die, Alideco washi tape, My Favorite things Abstract Art stamp set, Hero Arts Painted circle stamp,Simon Says stamp card base and Scor tape.
Today’s card came from an experiment that just worked out. I had recently bought Deco Foil transfer gel based on a video from Jennifer McGuire. She demonstrated a dimensional foiling technique that looked interesting and I wanted to try it out. I admit that I was skeptical, as I had never been happy with any foiling technique except toner ink with a laminator. I was very happy with the resulting dimensional background and I wanted to turn it into a card. It ended up being a coffee card as my My Favorite Things Dienamics coffee die set happened to be sitting on my desk.
Supplies: Dienamics Tea Party die set, Hero Arts Diamond stencil, Decofoil Transfer Gel, Rainbow Decofoil, DCWV foiled cardstock, WeRMemory Keepers Words dies, Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle die, Copic X-pressit cardstock, Simon Says Stamp cardbase and Scor tape.
Some weeks are just better than others, and this week was just the best! I was blessed enough to have another perfect grandson added to our family! Now I know I sound like Captain Obvious when I say this, but the birth of this amazing little child is truly a miracle! One can’t look at those perfectly formed little fingers and toes without tearing up at the wonder of it all. No fancy degree or lofty career or zeros in a bank balance can compare to the creation of this little life.
So you probably think I will post a baby card today………………….nope! I have been playing with my Hero Arts May kit and decided to post the card that resulted from the craft session.
Ocean backgrounds always seem to work. Whether I try for a realistic or cartoon like look, they seem to avoid the big round file. On this one I used the stencil included in the kit and Ombre Inks that I sponged on.
I see that I should not have been eating greasy Cheezies while photographing my card. Please do not adjust your screen, there really is smudgy fingerprints on the card frame, but this week nothing is going to bother me.