Thursday, May 26, 2011

Inspirational Cards

Hello Everyone,

I want to share a few cards that I made a few days ago. I haven't had much time to do any crafts this week, but I did manage to squeeze a few hours in. I am entering this card and the ATC card into the Hero Arts challenge. Please check here for details of the challenge.

This "HappyAnniversary" card was inspired by Jill Foster and I used the following Hero Arts Stamps: Flower Burst Pattern CG315, Blossom Art CL495, and Everyday Sayings CL342. To see the card that inspired me, please go here. (The card that was my inspiration is called "Daisy Thank You" on page 2 of the PDF.)

This ATC was inspired by Jennifer McGuire. I saw a one of her cards on her blog a few days ago and it inspired me to make this ATC. To see the card that inspired me, please go here. The stamps that I used are Hero Arts: Antique Brocade CG102 and Friends C3002. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comments.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Flowers and Flourishes

Hello Everyone,

I made these two cards and the ATC over the weekend. I was inspired by Jill Foster and I have always admired her work. I used basically the same design as she did, but I used different stamps.

For this first card, I stamped the Garden Roses (Hero Arts K5056 [circa 2008]) with Memento Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko. Then I colored in the image with Copic markers. I destressed the bottom of the image with Walnut stain destressing ink and used China Blue for the sky area. I destressed the front of the card base with Peeled Paint and Crushed destressing ink using a blending too. I stamped over the green panel with the Flourish Background (Hero Arts CG119) with peeled paint. After the destressing and stamping was finished, I flicked small amounts of water over the inked portion and then let it dry. The sentiment is from the Everyday Sayings stamp set by Hero Arts (CL342). This card was also inspired by Jill foster and I used her same design, but with different stamps. I took a 5.5" x 8.5" piece of white cardstock for the card base. I pierced holes on the top portion of the card and destress the bottom portion of the card with peeled paint and then stamped the Antique Flower Background stamp (Hero Arts S5264) with Forest Moss Destress ink. For the flower panel, I stamped the solid flower flourish (Hero Arts LL228) with Memento Ink in Cantaloupe. (I used the thumping technique to achieve the black and red stripes.) After the image is inked in a light color, I taped a red marker and a black marker along the image and then stamped the image on the paper. The flower panel was destressed with spiced marmalade destressing ink. To make the image stand out on the page, I applied walnut stain ink along the edges of the panel.
For this ATC, I destressed the paper with Tumbled Glass destressing ink and then used Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink to stamp the Fabulous Flourish stamp onto the card (Hero Arts S5449). The Rose is from the Hero Arts Two Birds (CG152) stamp set and it was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The rose was colored with Copic markers. The word Love was stamped with Hero Arts Fancy Love stamp (A1295[circa 1997]) using clear ink and white embossing powder.

These three projects are entered in the Hero Arts Flickr group. To see how to enter, please click here. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comments.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May Challenge Cards

Hello Everyone,

Wow, I can't believe it, it has been over a month since I posted anything on my blog. Part of the reason was because I lost my mojo for a couple of weeks and decided to take a break. Then when I my mojo returned, Alabama was hit with very bad tornados on April 27th and we were without power for almost a week. Now that things are starting to return to normal, I can get back in the routine of making cards and posting them. Anyway, it is good to be back.

I got my inspiration for this first card from Jennifer McGuire. To see her inspirational card, please go here. The stamps that I used are Hero Arts: Flower Bird Garden CG270, Friend Definition CG125, and thinking of You CL140.

This card is another Jennifer McGuire inspiration. Please go here to see her card. The stamps are Hero Arts: Good Thoughts CL443 and thinking of You CL140.


Here are a few ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) that I made. These little cards are fun to make and they measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". The stamp for the "I like you a latte" is by Hero Arts: Coffee CL187.

The stamps used in the next 3 ATC's are Hero Arts: Party Time LP160, Small Variety Alphabet CL137, Birthday Sayings CL340, Birthday Messages CL139, and Cupcakes CL158. These three ATC's are a set.

These cards and ATC's are going into the Hero Arts Flickr pool for their monthly challenge. For more information to the challenge, please go here.

Thank you for dropping by and I appreciate the comments.