Hero Arts Home for the Holidays

Howdy! It is time to get some Christmas cards done. For my card today I used the Hero Arts Home for the Holidays stamp and die sets. There are so many cute things to make up a scene.

Home for the Holidays

To create this little scene I started by doing some ink blending with Distress inks on an oval, that I cut out, using two different colors of blue.  I cut a hill using a die and glued that over the ink blended oval. There is a little bit of glitter along the top of hill which might be kind of hard to see.

For the houses I stamped them and colored them using Copic pens. For all of the snow I used a Quickie glue pen and then sprinkled on ultra fine glitter. The glue pen worked really nice to get in the small areas and cover the roof of the brown house. I stamped the smoke for the chimneys with Oxide Distress ink in gray. I really like that smoke stamp in this set.

I stamped the trees and die cut them along with the snowman. On the snowman I also used the Quickie glue pen and he got some glitter too. For his hat I colored it with a black Glaze pen. For his scarf I used a Copic pen.

The sentiment is also from the Home for the Holidays set but I did a little altering. It is actually We wish you a Merry Christmas. I like that sentiment but it was a bit to long so when I inked up the stamp I just  covered the first part with paper so there wasn’t any ink on that part.

To frame it I used an oval die from the Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies to cut an opening in a panel.

Entered in the Die Cut Divas November Challenge Anything Goes.

 

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Hummingbird Bday

Hummingbird BDay

This one was a fun one and there is an oops that turned into the background it has. So I cut out the background using Memory Box Bengal Background die. I thought oh no how to glue it down. So I put StickIt on some white paper and cut it out again. Oops I cut it out upside down. Not impossible but the “wrong” side doesn’t look as good. So don’t waste that StickIt. I got out some extra fine glitter and covered the die cut. The flower was cut from a panel I created and got out of my huge box of panels and pieces. I heat embossed the flower, hand cut it and sprayed it with Perfect Pearls. The hummingbirds are cut with a Hero Arts die. I looked up hummingbirds and tried to color them with Copics to look like a real one. The bodies have Perfect Pearl powder on them and I created little pieces of paper with the green Perfect Pearls on it to glue behind all the holes on their wings.

Background – Memory Box Bengal Background die (99060) and Elizabeth Craft Designs Micro Fine Glitter in Cool Diamond.

Flower – The Ton Stamp Large Peony and Distress Oxide inks and Hero Arts white embossing powder. Sprayed with Perfect Pearls.

Hummingbirds – Hero Arts die Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair (DI335). blue, green, gray Copics and Perfect Pearls powders blue & green

Holiday Polar Bear

Holiday Polar Bear

I was inspired by the theme last week over at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge. I made the card but not in time to post to the link up. At least I got another Christmas card done. The theme was use a bear.

I did not have any bear stamps so I took a look at the Silhouette images. I have not really done to much paper piecing so it was fun to do. On a couple of the pieces I had to think a bit since I’m not used to using all the layers. Anyway it was something different and fun. I added some super fine glitter to the hat to add a little something. The background and red on the bear are from some random Christmas pad of paper that I had. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Family and Friends (CL803).

Rainbow Birthday

Here’s another card from the OCC class Sparkle and Shine. It is kind of funny I am not big on shiny sparkly but I love their classes so I signed up. It was great as usual and I am seeing that depending how you use it glitter can look great. It’s not that I don’t like it. I also don’t care about any glitter mess but if you don’t do it right well of course it doesn’t look right. So I will just say I was really pleased with this card especially the glittery part.

OCC Sparkle and Shine - Rainbow Birthday

I can’t remember if I made this glitter paper or used a pre-glittered piece. I think this one I actually added the Warm Diamond Elizabeth Craft Designs micro fine glitter to paper using Sookwang double sided adhesive. I then used my Copics to color the rainbow colors. I used a The Stamps of Life die called Happy Birthday Circle and an additional Spellbinders Circle to cut out the glittery rainbow sentiment. In real life it looks cool with the ultra fine glitter which I prefer. The background paper is from a DCWV paper pad.

County Fair Entries & The Results

This is the results of the four cards I entered at this years Alameda County Fair. I did win some money but it is all really for the fun of doing it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is that time of year again for our county fair. It is the Alameda County Fair and it starts in just under a month. Kind of fun this year they are having a cattle drive down the main street of the town where the fairgrounds are. Let me just say I do not live in a rural area. This is the first time they are doing this and I want to go check this out.

So last year my son suggested that I enter some of my cards at the fair so I entered two last year. This year I got more ambitious and entered four. I picked 4th of July, Sympathy, Birthday, and a Thank You card. At the same time as I was creating the cards starting about 2 weeks ahead of time the OCC Sparkle and Shine class was going on so there was a tiny bit of overlap but also it took a lot of my time to come up with so many cards in a short period of time. And.. I only did 2 days of the 6 days of classes. You know when they are going to be on display at the fair you have to be more picky. So you know how that goes. Try something it doesn’t look right, sleep on it, try another combination of things and on it goes. Finally you get them done.

Here they are all together.

And here we go with the details on each card.

I created the watercolor background some time back and finally put it to use. I stamped the flowers using Hero Arts stamp Blooming Meadow (CG171). I die cut the scalloped oval with a Spellbinders die Big Scalloped Ovals (S4-251). The tree is cut with Memory Box die Small Alder Tree (98792). The greeting is from a somewhat new set to me by Altenew called Painted Greetings.

This one took several passes before I got the look I liked. Seems like a simple card but it took a bit to get there. The background is Neenah Desert Storm paper which I was waiting for from a recent order from Simon Says Stamp. I have not had any of it before. The fireworks are stamped and heat embossed with Hero Arts stamp Fireworks (D5999)(strange name ha). I used Ranger Red Tinsel embossing powder which has some glitter in it but it doesn’t show to much in the photo. The sentiment is heat embossed using a Hero Arts stamp from the set Celebrate Everyday (CL498). The stars is a die from Simon Says Stamp called Star Parade (S227). I cut it out three times from a paper pad by Authentique. The die cuts the outline and the stars/partial stars. So I laid them all out and put various patterns back in.

This was a fun one! I just got this die set that cuts the card back and front, the heart panel and hearts and the thank you. This is a card that worked for the OCC class Sparkle and Shine and for the fair. So you cut out the back and front at once from a long piece of paper. The die is by Sizzix/Stephanie Bardnard called Thank You Drop-in. Then I cut out the white panel with the hearts. I also used that panel part to cut out some colorful hearts from the Lawn Fawn plaid paper pad. I glued the hearts back in some of the open spots. The Thank You is where the OCC Sparkle and Shine came in.  The first day was all about glitter. I used some glitter paper with the ultra fine glitter on it already. It was white so I colored with Copics to match my card and cut the Thank You out with the die that comes with the set.

And here is the last but not least. As you can see it’s a floral birthday card which is one of my favorites to make. For the background I used an embossed white piece of paper from a DCWV paper pad I got on sale. I inked over it with some Quick Quotes ink. I love this ink for when you are looking for a more subtle chalky look. The panel behind the flowers is cut with a Lawn Fawn die Stitched Journaling Card.  The flowers and leaves are from a brand new set to me from WPlus9. Actually they are from 2 sets Modern Peonies and Modern Anemones. I heat embossed all the leaves and flowers on watercolor paper using brass embossing powder. I then painted them in with Oxide inks that I put down on my mat and watered down and also did some mixing them together. I used Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint. I also did fussy cutting and the largest flower is raised using foam tape. The sentiment is from a somewhat new set to me also by Altenew called Painted Greetings using the same brass embossing powder and heat embossing.

This is a pretty lengthy post wouldn’t you say. If you read all the way to the bottom or skimmed to the bottom.. let me know which card you like best.

OCC Sparkle & Shine Day 1

OCC Sparkle & Shine - Copper Birthday

This was really fun to make and I am happy with the way it turned out. I had a blue watercolor panel already done. I stuck some Sookwang double sided adhesive to the back of the panel. I cut the butterfly out and put the detail part of the butterfly back in the die cut area.  I dumped on some Elizabeth Craft Designs copper glitter and kind of pushed it down onto the adhesive. Then I kind of burnished it with my finger. I used the Swiffer Sweeper pieces to clean up the glitter and they worked great. I cut out the panel using Spellbinders die Marvelous Squares (S4-383). The sentiment is heat embossed with PSX copper embossing powder with a Hero Arts stamp from the It’s Your Day set (CL661). The copper background paper kind of looks glittery but it is not. It is more shimmery.

OCC Sparkle & Shine - Glitter 4th

Here’s another watercolored background. The stars I created using a Simon Says Stamp die called Star Parade. I adhered Sookwang  to white card stock. I die cut it and then took the adhesive release paper off. I sprinkled blue extra fine glitter all over and used the same technique as above. The fireworks are stamped with a Hero Arts stamp called strangely enough Fireworks (D5999). My intention was to stamp with Versamark and emboss with silver glitter powder. Well I had a bunch of stuff out and grabbed the wrong thing. So I did stamp with Versamark. I thought I was grabbing the silver glitter powder but it was actually Judikins Sticky Stuff embossing powder. Oh no for just a second, then wait this is an opportunity. So I heated it up with heat gun like Kristina mentioned in class and then sprinkled extra fine glitter on it. BONUS! I got to try another one of the techniques from Day 1 of Sparkle & Sprinkle. The greeting is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498).