I got up at 6:30 am this morning and watched the sun come up. This is a thing that only happens a few times a year. Actually I got up to participate in the Hero Arts Scramble. It is early for me but I love the Scrambles and there are only a few left until next year.
Heather hosted Scramble 121 and her theme was use some recycled items and make tags. What a great idea! Hero Arts is a green company and Heather noted that and I also appreciate that.
The reindeer tag is made from an envelope that a gift card came it that I have been saving. The brown twine I cut off from it and made the bow. I cut the whole back part off of the envelope. The red paper is Bazzill textured paper. The reindeer is Hero Arts stamp Reindeer (CG240) stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa. I colored the reindeer with Copics. The antlers have Wink of Stella on them which you probably can’t see in the photo. The snow hill is made with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. If you want a smoother glitter look don’t use 3-N-1 glue. On the one hand it makes it more textured but it just depends on the look you are after.
The sentiment is from the Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880) and embossed.
The ink around the edges of the white card stock is VersaMagic Wheat chalk ink. Note to self this ink takes awhile to dry. I smeared it some while working on the other parts.
The peace & joy tag is cut and embossed with a Spellbinders die called Build a Tag Two (SCD-011). The sentiment is from a set I just got by Hero Arts called Peace & Joy (CL880) and embossed with Judikins Aegean Silver embossing powder. The recycled items are the ribbon and the poinsettia which came in the packaging with my Hero Arts order.
For this card I embossed the background with a Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folder called Cobwebs. I went over the embossing with Quick Quotes chalk ink Coconut. The strip of paper at the bottom is Basic Grey Eerie paper. The purple and white circles are cut with Spellbinders dies. The pumpkin is a Hero Arts stamp from the Faces for Halloween set (LP362) in Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. Then some ribbon was added.
A little bit about the Chemex and the kettle. The Chemex is a great way to make your coffee if you really want a nice cup of coffee. It has a special multi layer paper filter that takes out a lot of the bitterness of the coffee. If you are really into your coffee I highly recommend it. It is not for those who drink half a pot a day but more for a person or two to have one really nice cup of coffee. The special kettle is called a goose neck kettle and really helps with control while pouring the water over the coffee which is important for this style of coffee making. The kettle is not absolutely necessary but does make a difference. My poor electric coffee maker is sad since I have not used it for several months since using the Chemex.
I made this card as a thank you for someone that gave us a great coffee maker. As you can see above I love the Chemex. It took me making many different backgrounds to get to this one. So those are saved for other projects.
The background is “water colored” with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. I put the ink pad direct to my non-stick mat and sprayed water on it and then put the already misted watercolor paper down on it. That is also what I did for the blue strip. I used a stamp from the HA set called Not Perfect (CL698) to make the coffee rings. The sentiment is from the Stampin Up stamp set Regular Joe from a few years ago.
For the strip I water colored it as mentioned above with Broken China. I used a Stampin Up stamp called Regular Joe to stamp the coffee beans.
The circle I cut with a Spellbinders die called Big Scalloped Circles (S4-250). I seem to like the bigger scallops rather than the smaller ones. The coffee cup is heat embossed and also a stamp from the Stampin Up set. I colored the cup with Copics. The edge of the circle is inked with Quick Quotes ink called Mocha Mama.
I made this card with several different products. The background is Quick Quotes paper from the 49 Shades of Grey line. The fence is punched out with a Martha Stewart punch. The pumpkins are Hero Arts stamps from set Faces for Halloween (LP362). The mouths and eyes on the pumpkins are filled with a yellow gold glitter from Martha Stewart. A Quickie Glue pen worked really slick to fill in the mouths and eyes to glue the glitter on without getting the glue all over. The sentiment is a rub-on from Little B. The moon is cut with a circle punch from Quick Quotes paper and inked with Quick Quotes Peach Tree Powder Puff ink. The bat stamped with Colorbox Black Lava pigment ink.
Lisa’s Scramble in Flickr today was Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine along with either Christmas or winter. I was struggling some trying to do something with a tree and it just wasn’t working. So I decided to use the ornaments. I like the way it turned out in the end. If you have never joined in on a Scramble it is a lot of fun.
For the background I used a Hero Arts stencil called Swirl and sprayed that with Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine spray. I stamped the Hero Arts ornaments, from set Decorate Your Holidays, on kraft paper. I used some red embossing powder along with a little glitter to give them sparkle and heat embossed from the under side. For the hangers I wrapped gold ribbon around the top of the ornaments and then also used that for the hanger. The hard part was getting the red line tape to cooperate with the ribbon. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Decorate Your Holidays which I heat embossed with red.
This was hard to photograph because of the sparkle and shine so here are two different photos of the card.