Hero Arts Scramble 157

Hero Arts Scramble 157

The challenge for Scramble #157 is “Frame It”.  LaVon asked us to use a frame or framing technique as part of our creation. LaVon was the host for this Scramble and she showed a card made by Jacqueline that she received a few years back and one that she made and they were both very nice so mine was made from this inspiration.

Here is my card and I went over the 90 minute time frame some.. what’s new. Whenever I use a layered stamp I have to stamp it many times to practice the lining up and get the color combo I want. So when will I learn not to use those during the Scrambles. I think I spent at least 2/3 of the time stamping over and over to come up with the right color combo and have the layers lined up nice.

Anyway.. I first put down three different Distress Oxide green inks on watercolor paper that I wet first. I used Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron. I set that aside to dry. The first one didn’t come out right so this is number two.

Then I spent quite awhile stamping the bird. Stored with the stamp set was a die set so I thought great just die cut that bird. Well I just noticed that the die set I put in the same plastic sleeve was not even the one that matched this stamp set. Ha jokes on me. So I hand cut the bird. The stamp set I used is Color Layering Bird (CL866). The die is for the Color Layering Dimensional Bird. Oops! Now I need to get that stamp set. The inks I used on the bird was Color Box Chalk Dark Peony, Colorcube Heliotrope, Distress Ink Seedless Preserves.

The branch is by Tessler (DCL019) and I altered it after die cutting. There was a swirl at the end of the branch and I cut of one grouping of leaves and a single leaf so the bird could sit there. I colored the branch with Oxide inks Peeled Paint and Frayed Burlap.

The sentiment is from a set by Simon Says Stamp called Birthday Messages (SSS101391) stamped with Memories black ink. It is stamped more crooked than I would like it to be.

The circle frame is from Rubbernecker Stamps Freehand Border Circle (955) and also stamped with the Memories ink.

Hero Arts Scramble 155

Arlene hosted our 24 hour Scramble starting yesterday morning. We have 90 minutes to create a card and post it in Flickr. The theme for Scramble 155 was pop up something on your card and die cut/punch out something.

Hero Arts Scramble 155

I started the background by putting down Oxide ink on my craft mat. I used Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, and Broken China. I sprayed water on the inks and put watercolor paper down on it. I did this a couple of times drying each layer with my heat gun. I was trying to stamp the seaweed and coral at the bottom with just water but that wasn’t working. So I used the same Oxide inks to stamp them which I like. They are there but on the subtle side. I stamped the big seahorse with Avery Elle inks Fizz and Mimosa and Versa Magic ink Red Brick.  I have a book where I stamped pretty much all my inks and it really helps to look at that to pick out the inks for a project. I hand cut out the seahorse. The seahorse became the die cut element because I forgot about that important part. The seahorse is raised as you can see. The smaller seahorses are stamped with Avery Elle inks. The bubbles are stamped with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and then filled in with Nuvo Clear Drops. The sentiment is from Altenew set Painted Greetings and stamped with the Chipped Sapphire ink. This is the first time I used the Color Layering Seahorse set. I am just going to say this is not my favorite card. It needs something so I may alter it some or maybe just move on.
Hero Arts sets used – Color Layering Seahorse (CL956), Set Sail BG (CL842), July 2016 My Monthly Hero kit. It’s nice because all of these have a sea theme you can use together.

Hero Arts Scramble 154

Today I am hosting the Scramble. You have 90 minutes to create and post your card during a 24 hour period of time.

I got my ideas for today’s Scramble thinking about my Dad. It is Father’s Day next weekend and his birthday is at the end of the month. He is turning 88 this year and still on his own and driving. Amazing. I am looking forward to seeing him next week.

The theme for Scramble #154 is 3 three things.
– Create a masculine card
– Use a different size from the usual A2
– Throw a little decor on the envelope

I challenged myself too coming up with 2 masculine cards which for me are not that easy. Here is what I came up with for my examples.

Scramble 154 #2

The card size is 5 X 5 which I now realize should have been 5 1/2 X 5 1/2. Not exactly standard but at least it fits in the envelope.

The Hero Arts stamps I used are:
Set Sail (CL842)
Many Birthday Messages (CL611)
Days & Month (CL687)

I stamped the ships wheel and the little sailboats on the background with Versamark. The wheel is from the Set Sail set and the little boat is from the Days & Month set. For the textured ships wheel I stamped with Versamark and used Stampendous Chunky Gold embossing powder. You have to be careful with this powder and heat it from underneath so you don’t blow all the bigger chunks off the paper. I hand cut the wheel out. For the greeting and arrow things I used brass embossing powder. The arrow is from the Set Sail set.

Scramble 154 #1

My card size for this one is an A6 size card. I once went in a stationery store and just grabbed many little packets of random sizes of envelopes to have them. It was years ago and I haven’t run out of any of them.

The Hero Arts stamps used:
Striped Arrow (G5799)

The sentiment is a stamp from the Artful Stamper which I have had for quite awhile.

The die shape is cut with a set from Bo Bunny called Nested Fancy Frame Dies.

Oxide Distress Inks used: Faded Jeans, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint.

Regular Distress Inks used: Chipped Sapphire and Peeled Paint.

On some Bristol paper I applied some Oxide Distress ink with the blending tool. For the arrows I can’t remember if I sprayed and dropped water or just dropped water. For the sentiment I sprayed over the Oxide ink. Then I stamped the arrows and sentiment. For the arrows outlines I stamped with regular Distress inks and hand cut them out. It took me a few times of moving the arrows around to make them look more interesting. My mind thinks fairly linear but sometimes you need go for a more random look. One little oops is the green arrow near the top was supposed to be glued down the other direction but it went down and everything else was glued so I couldn’t really fix it. So here it is…

Scramble 154 #3

Just some simple stamping to dress up the envelopes a bit. The arrows were stamped with Oxide ink. The whale was stamped with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and the other image with Quick Quotes ink Creamy Cocoa.

Hero Arts Scramble 152

Hero Arts Scramble 152

We had a fun 24 hour Scramble ending this morning. I made my card yesterday and took a little longer than the 90 minutes. Scramble 152 was hosted by LaVon and her theme was use a single image 3 times. I decided I wanted to use a wood mount Hero Arts stamp because they don’t come out as much.

Background – That took a few passes and I started with different colors that I didn’t like. These are Oxide inks Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber watered down on wet watercolor paper.

The flowers – I heat embossed them with brass embossing powder. The stamp doesn’t have a name but the number is H5481. One of them, as you can see, I colored in painting with Oxide inks Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade. Towards the center of the flower I used Vintage Photo Distress ink. The center of the flower was done with a yellow Glaze pen. The other two flowers are just heat embossed on the watercolor background with that same brass powder.

The leaves – They are from Hero Arts set Three Dotted Flowers (CG291). I heat embossed them with the brass powder and painted them with Oxide ink Peeled Paint and a tiny bit of watered down Vintage Photo Distress ink.

The sentiment – It’s from Hero Arts set It’s Your Day (CL661) stamped with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

Hero Arts Scramble 151

Cindy hosted the Hero Arts Scramble today. Her theme was use an oval.

Hero Arts Scramble 151

I wanted to make an Easter card and I liked her large ovals that were part of her cards. I don’t use this oval die very much so it was an opportunity to use it.

Background Paper – Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid – Rainbow. I love their plaid paper pads. I have two different ones.

  • Tulips – Hero Arts Tulips (F895). I think these are from a thrift store also.
  • The other two flowers are from a Hero Arts set I found at a thrift store. I don’t have the name but they are from 2004. All of the flowers are colored with Copics except the purple one which is colored with a Violet Wink of Stella pen. I added Clear Wink of Stella over the yellow flower.
  • The grass is a stamp from Avocado Arts. I stamped it several times and then ink blended over it.
  • The bunny is a La-La Land Crafts – I colored the bunny with Copics. It is hard to see but there is Wink of Stella on the bottom part of the dress.
  • The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498)


Hero Arts Scramble 150


The theme for today’s Scramble, hosted by Greta, was use at least 2 of these 3 elements:
•Three of something
•Light blue or blue/green color
•Daffodils (any color) or a yellow flower

Ok today was just one of those days. I fumbled around a lot and didn’t quite make it by times up but here it is. Bumps in the road, road blocks, curves, dead ends. I’m just not jiving today. There are a few different flowers stamped and colored and a few backgrounds and card bases.  The fun part is I finally came up with a card I liked and I used my Distress Oxide inks.

  • The card base is inked around the edge with Broken China Distress Oxide ink.
  • The mat is inked with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink direct ink pad to paper. I sprayed it with water. After it was mostly dry I stamped over it with Hero Arts background stamp Tartan Plaid (CG440) using Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I actually dropped the daisy stamp on it after stamping the flowers on the white paper. I wiped it off with a wipe and cut some off just in the process of making the card so whew at least that got saved
  • For the flower panel I used Hero Arts stamp Daisies (K5586). I colored it in with Zig Clean Color pens. I then cut the panel out using Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die set (S5-090). The panel edge is inked with the Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I added a few dots from Queen & Co. that I just got at Stamp and Scrapbook Expo. The flower panel is raised with a foam panel.

So far I am loving the Distress Oxide inks. I like how they look when you spray them or not spray them. They blend nice which is a challenge for me. I like that they are soft creamy colors. I would say kind of pastel but I am not really a pastel fan usually. I have 5 colors so far. I don’t usually buy that many of things when they come out so that tells you something.


Hero Arts Scramble 147

Hero Arts Flickr Scramble 147

Betty’s theme today is create a card with the colors GOLD AND BLACK and the theme of LOVE. It can be a valentine, anniversary, wedding or any other occasion that works. White, cream or other neutrals are fine with the two main colors. For these Scrambles you need to use Hero Arts images, dies, embossing folders or stencils. You have 90 minutes to create your card or project. Betty did a 24 hour Scramble which is nice so we see more people creating.  In this case you select a 90 minute time frame that works for you.

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It is funny when I started I thought that is a challenging theme. And look what happened. Two were created during the Scramble and the other one after. That is the great thing about the Scrambles. Someone comes up with a theme and it gets you thinking in a way you might not normally. I also really enjoy seeing what others come up with.

The First Card
Background – A heart from an Inkadinkadoo set stamped with gold pigment ink.
Washi tape – maybe from Hobby Lobby
Stamp/Heart image – From Hero Arts stamp set Untitled Heart (A0002) white embossed on shiny gold paper.
Sentiment – black embossed with a stamp from Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages (CL954). The sentiment is raised with foam tape.

The Second Card
Background – Firefly adhesive stencil sprayed over with Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine. My favorite spray.
Hearts – From Hero Arts stamp set Untitled Heart (A0002) white heat embossed on black paper.
Sentiment – black embossed with a stamp from Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages (CL954)

The Third Card – I switched up the color scheme on this one.
Background – A heart from an Inkadinkadoo set stamped with Versafine ink.
Washi tape – maybe from Hobby Lobby
Stamp/Heart image – From Hero Arts stamp set Untitled Heart (A0002) gold embossed on black paper.
Sentiment – white embossed with a stamp from Hero Arts Many Everyday Sayings (CL342). The sentiment is raised with foam tape.

Hero Arts Scramble 146

I was the hostess for Hero Arts Scramble 146 in Flickr. It was the first Scramble for 2017. For the Scrambles you have 90 minutes to create a card using the theme. Some Scrambles everyone is creating at the same time which mine was. Others go for 24 hours and you pick your 90 minutes when you have time during the 24 hours. This works well so that more people are able to participate.

Here is the description of  Scramble 146. Out with the Old, In with the New. In this case it doesn’t mean get out old stamps and get rid of them. It means get out old stamps and use them. So.. Get out your oldest stamp either the oldest you remember getting or the oldest by date. I have a few newer to me I found in a thrift store that are from 1995 and I got them in the last year. Anyway… if you should make a second card then use your newest stamp. The twist is create a background with something other than a stamp or stencil. I used a piece of lace and inked over it and on the other card I waded up a piece of foil and flattened it with an acrylic block.
• Use your oldest stamp.
• Create a background using something around your house.
• If you get to card two use your newest stamp.

Here are my examples.

For this I scrunched up a piece of foil and smashed it down with an acrylic block. Then inked it up.
For this background I inked over a piece of lace.
Back to the foil on this one.

For the first card there is the ink over lace background using Hero Arts Butter Bar ink. I wasn’t sure if it would seep through and kind of run all over but I think it made a nice pattern. The stamp is my oldest Hero Arts stamp called Two Irises (F213) from 1990. The text is Hero Arts stamp La Letter (K5344). The dies that I used are from Bo Bunny Nested Fancy Frame set.

The second card I started the night before my Scramble but my eye was having a problem that worried me so my mojo kind of went. I ended up posting it after the Scramble. The background is the waded up and then inked up piece of foil. The flowers and leaves are from a fairly new set to me Color Layering Hibiscus (CL868). The sentiment is from Spellbiinders die set Sentiments One (S2-082).

It is a lot of fun to host and watch the cards coming in and not having the stress. It is also a lot of fun to participate in the Scrambles. If you have not and have some Hero Arts stamps check it out. Here is the link to the Hero Arts group in Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/groups/heroarts/


There were only 4 people participating so I decided to send everyone something.  One reason is I just felt like it and another is I was participating a long while before hosting so it was time to throw out some prizes. In the package for each person I included these tags. It was alot of fun to make these.
Distress inks for the backgrounds.
Hero Arts Stamps – Newspaper Tulips (K5576), Background La Letter (K5344), Playful Animal (CL832), Exotic Bloom (H5424), Dandelion (G4917).
Sentiment – Not sure..

Hero Arts Scramble 144


For Linda’s Scramble today she tied into the Hero Arts Challenge of holiday cards and added a twist of including a tree.

For the background papers I used some DCWV papers from a few years ago. It is called Winter in the Woods. The frame is cut with a Lawn Fawn die called Say Cheese Polaroid Frame.
The deer, trees and sentiment are from Hero Arts set Christmas Reindeer (CL540). The trees are stamped with Vivid Vintage Green ink and one of them colored with a Zig watercolor pen. The reindeer was colored with Copics and I hand cut him and the trees. The sentiment is heat embossed with brown powder.

Hero Arts Scramble 143


The theme for LaVon’s Scramble today was diagonal.

Background – A card size shiny gold piece of paper then I cut all the red plaid pieces so that I had a narrow gold strip.
The wreath – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero September 2016. The kraft paper is the woody wreath. Then I used two different colors of green for the leafy wreaths. I lightly touched all wreaths with white pigment ink to look like just a tiny bit of snow. It is probably hard to see in the photo.
The bird – I stamped it with Hero Arts Royal Red ink. It is from Hero Arts set Swirl Christmas (CL469) and hand cut it.
The sentiment is an already made one I had hanging around. I like the size and color of it for this card.

I was going along on my merry way making a diagonal background. Then oops didn’t think it out. Start over. Working with gold shiny paper can be a challenge. Glue shows up and 3-in-1 glue removes the shiny gold from the paper if you try to rub it off.

Darn it.. I meant to post this to Merry Monday but got busy doing Halloween stuff and forgot.

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