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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hello, Lovely

Hi everyone ~
I've been trying to play in more challenges again, so when I saw Donna Mikasa's inspiration tags for this week's challenge at Tag You're It  I had to take out one of my favorite stitched tags and play. Here is my tag:

I started by die cutting the tag with Kraft cardstock, then die cut some of my 'new to me' leaf dies and ink them in different Hero Arts Shadow inks. I added the sentiment die cut word and stamp from the PTI Wet Paint set, and a gold foil heart from Mama Elephant's Confetti dies.

So, that's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by ~


Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Wet Paint
Ink: Hero Arts - Butter Bar, Pale Tomato, Green Hills, Pool; Versamark
Cardstock: Neenah - Dessert Storm; Papertrey Ink - Stamper's Select
Dies: Lil' Inkers - Anytime Tags; Lawn Fawn - Stitched Leaves
Twine: Silver Sparkle Lawn Trimmings

Monday, September 1, 2014

Tag, I’m “It"

Hi everyone ~
A few weeks ago, my sweet and talented blog friend, Karin Akesdotter invited me to be part of the Creative Blog Hop.  It is a blog hop that is held every Monday, and part of participating is to then choose other bloggers and "tag" them to be "It" on a future post.

Before I begin, I would like to share a card I created for this week's challenge at Addicted to CAS for the Code Word 'Luxury'!

And, here is my card:

 I'm finally really playing with my Cameo, so when I found this high heel, I couldn't resist using the pink glitter cardstock Betty sent me (thanks, Betty!) to make this shoe even more luxurious! The sentiment is embossed with Liquid Platinum, and I added a few simple Hero Arts hot pink gems!

On to the Creative Blog Hop ~
The advantages of being part of the hop, is to make new friends, broaden our list of blog artists, and to answer a few questions for our readers.

So. here we go:
What am I working on now? I love adding sequins and enamel dots on my cards, so lately I’ve been trying to bake all the Perler Beads I bought (2,000) at Joann’s to create my own Enamel Dots. To see my photo tutorial, which is too long to add to this post, click on the link at the top of my blog that says Tutorials, or go HERE

- How does my work differ from others in my genre? I have only been creating cards for a few years, so I feel that I am still learning how to create a CAS card. I find that I always need to edit my card, because I think it needs just one more thing. It is getting easier! 

- Why do I create what I do? Because I love the clean lines and uncluttered look of a CAS card!

- How does my creative process work? Usually, I hunt around for a challenge blog with a theme or sketch, and I'm almost always inspired to create!

Now, I would like to introduce you to 2 of my Blog Friends, whom I have tagged for the Creative Blog Hop:

Betty Keefe
I met Betty through the Hero Arts Flickr Group  and immediately fell in love with her elegant creations. She continues to inspire me and is one of the kindest and most encouraging crafters in our community! Check out Betty's Blog HERE and be prepared to be really inspired!
Here is a little more about Betty in her own words:
I have been crafting forever (maybe since the 70’s when I made macramé plant hangers), but really started only making cards in the late 90’s and found Hero Arts stuff.  Then in 2008 I did an online class with Jennifer McGuire thru Two Peas and that’s when it became an addiction!!
 I live in Lincoln, NE where before I retired, I was a library media specialist and teacher. I have 3 grown children and 4 grands (Matt 21, Leah 19, Anna 14 and Katie 11) and none of them live near me so I HAVE to travel a lot!!
 Am an avid, avid bridge player, read all the time and design cards the rest of the time! 

And now I would like to introduce my other Blog Friend, Chark
I also met Chark through the Hero Arts Flickr Group, and a short time later, we became Design Teammates at a2z Scrapbooking.  She is incredibly talented, and happens to be a writer who loves making art and making crafts. She blogs at Glitter in my Kitchen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and spends the rest of her time making a mess of the kitchen with paper, glitter, paint and inks (her words, not mine). You can see some of Chark's articles at Books Make a Difference, an online magazine.

In her own words:
I've been making cards for about five years and scrapbooking a little longer. I love reading crafty blogs and watching people create online. I've learned a lot from You Tube videos! I did a lot of crafting while my kids were young for their birthdays and school parties. I've had a story published in an anthology called Military Life: Stories and Poems for Children and that still makes me happy when I see the book on the library shelf.
What I like best about crafting is that it fills an itch I have to make something and it's usually something I can give to someone, which makes it useful too. I also love the community of crafters online and in real life, because we are a group of supportive and helpful people who enjoy others' creativity. That's lovely to see!

I hope you will take the time to stop by Betty and Chark's blogs to say hello and of course to be inspired by their beautiful card art!

Thanks so much for stopping by today ~ I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend ~

Saturday, August 30, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch

Hi everyone,
I finally found some time to just 'play' in my craft room, and created a card for this week's challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch. Here is the sketch:

I love the angled panel on the left side of this card, so for my design, I flipped the sketch and created a horizontal card:

I used one of the Landscape Trio dies from Mama Elephant to create the cloud for my angled panel, and Femme Frames for the blue panel. Then, I stamped the images and colored them with Copics, and sponged some white clouds on the soft blue background. I also added Wink of Stella clear glitter to the wings on the cherub and embossed the sentiment with Liquid Platinum. Those tiny stars are from Delish Beads. 

I would also like to enter this card into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for the theme 'Anything Goes'!

Well, that's it for me...I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by ~

Stamps: Mama Elephant - Love From Above
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark; Hero Arts - Unicorn Pigment Ink
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Stamper's Select; Bazzill - Icy Mint
Dies: Mama Elephant - Femme Frames, Landscape Trio
Embossing Powder: Ranger - Liquid Platinum
Other: Delish Beads - Resin Stars; Wink of Stella - Clear Marker

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #110 - Photo Inspiration

Hi there blog friends ~ We are back with another fun challenge this week at Addicted to Stamps & More, and this time, we have a beautiful inspiration photo for you! 

When I looked at this photo, the color palette screamed ‘Vintage’ to me, so I just went with it and created this card:

 Since I had these flowers in my stash for quite a while, I decided to start with the rose. I added leaves from the SSS/Mama Elephant 'Summer Garden’ stamps and dies, and a sentiment from the 'Bountiful Blessings’ set, also from Mama Elephant.

I hope you will take a peek at the ATSM Blog ~ My teammates have created some really amazing cards, which I hope will inspire you to join in the fun!

And, don’t forget, we always have a wonderful sponsor, and for this challenge it’s QKR Stampede, who is offering the winner of this challenge 3 digi stamps! 

Thank you so much for stopping by ~

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp/Mama Elephant - Summer Garden; Mama Elephant - Bountiful Blessings
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: Hero Arts - Silver
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Soft Stone; Memory Box - Dove Gray
Dies: Simon Says Stamp/Mama Elephant - Summer Garden
Gems: Hero Arts - Small Pearls


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thinking of You

Hi everyone ~
Today is my turn to post on the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies Blog, and I have a card to share:

I started by creating a stencil with the Hero Arts Triangle Background Die, and inked it sporadically with Soft Pool Ink to create a subtle background for my card. Then, I added the sentiment with Versamark and gold embossing powder, and placed the panel on a Soft Pool card base.

I'm happy with how this card turned out...and, my favorite thing is the enamel dots, which I created by baking Perler Beads on my cookie sheet. For a step-by-step tutorial, please check out my post at the a2z Scrapbooking Blog.
There's still time for you to join us in this month’s Challenge. Our theme is 'Encouragement’, and all you have to do, is link up your Hero Arts card or project to the gallery for you chance to win a $25.00 Gift Card at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. And, please feel free to use my discount code: Barb15 anytime you are shopping in the store!

This week's Code Word at ATCAS Challenge Blog is 'Geometric', so I would like to enter my card in the challenge, as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope everyone has a fun and crafty weekend!

Stamps: Hero Arts - Fancy Basics
Ink: Versamark; Hero Arts - Soft Pool Shadow Ink
Embossing Powder: Hero Arts - Gold
Cardstock: Hero Arts - Snow Layering Papers; Pool Layering Papers
Die: Hero Arts - Triangle Background Die
Misc: DIY Enamel Dots  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Let's Catch Up

Hi everyone,
Just a quick post today, but before I begin, I would like to say 'Thank You' to everyone who stopped in at the Hero Arts Blog to leave such lovely comments for me! I am so humbled...Thank you!

I haven't played in a challenge in the last few weeks, so I was thrilled to have the time to create a card for this week's challenge at CASology! The Cue Card is 'Java'! 

So, I pulled out my stamps from Clearly Besotted and for fun, stamped up the coffee mugs and saucers in Hero Arts neon inks and the steam in a light gray. I also added a little Wink of Stella Clear marker to the steam and a few sequins to add sparkle to the card. The stitched angle was created with my Lil' Inkers Die 'On the Diagonal'.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope everyone has a great weekend ~

Stamps: Clearly Besotted Stamps - Warm Wishes
Ink: Hero Arts - Neon Ink Cube Pack; Versafine - Onyx Black; Simon Says Stamp - Smoke
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Select White, Soft Stone
Die: Lil' Inker - On the Diagonal
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh - Clear (4mm)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pinch Me!

Well, hello there Blog Friends! I am Over The Moon with excitement today, and would like to share my news with you ~

A few weeks ago, Tami Hartley from Hero Arts asked me if I would be interested in being a Guest Artist for the Hero Arts Blog! Seriously??? I had to read the email twice to convince myself she was really asking ‘me’ this question! Of course I said YES faster than a speeding bullet, and the rest is history!

I have turned off the comment section for today, and would be thrilled if you could head on over to the Hero Arts Blog to see 2 cards I created with a few of the new stamps and dies from the brand new Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Catalog.

Here is a sneak peek of one of the cards

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day, and I hope to see you over at the Hero Arts Blog!