"A cheerful heart is good medicine . . . Proverbs 17:22

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

So Excited

I made this card using some ideas from some lovely women who share their talent on cardmaking sites. I was so excited that they actually worked for me! Most of the time I am not as proficient in my skills and I am DEFINITELY a hands-on person, therefore, I am very thankful for the video demonstrated age :)

Here is the result:
By the way ~ SO glad you stopped by!

I watched the video by Julie Ebersole on the Hero Arts blog for the coloring technique - did all my "huffing" too :) I used the inspiration from Jill Foster on shading the white label while leaving it in the frame so that the label would have a framing effect. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass. AND  I took some white seam binding and colored it with one of my copics to dye it to blend with my other shades of blue. Marcy clued me in on where everyone buys their seam binding - thanks Marcy. Last but not least - I watched a video on how to tie the perfect bow!!!!!  I was one "high-tech" woman for a day!!! Love the results.

Flower: Sizzix Hero Arts 657776
Memento Markers: Flower-Dandelion, Tangelo; Stem~New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves
Labels: Spellbinders Labels 14
Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Wild Honey (for the sentiment label)
Seam Binding: Zipper Stop (White)
Sentiment: Hero Arts CL177 Sparkle Clear: Hello Birdie
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
Copic Marker and BLING 

Another card - but not all the techniques :)

Thought For The Day:
Create in me a clean heart, Oh God; and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."
Psalm 51:1-12

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Dotted Flowers

Had fun with one of my older Hero Arts Stamps - Dotted Flowers! It is always so much fun to work with.
Spring has sprung here in the south so I took a photo of my card among my azaleas. Since we had that last hard cold, the blooms are nearly as plentiful as in years past but they are still pretty.

So glad you stopped by.

Used Memento Tangelo, Hero Hues Poppy, and Tsukineko Versa Magic Thatched Straw to create the background.
Stamped all 3 sizes of Hero Arts CG291 Dotted Flowers in Memento Tangelo on the background.
Stampabilities Labels 18: Larger size actually some printed Zig Zag paper from Recollections Bright and Basic
Sentiment: Hero Arts CL305
Flower: Hero Arts CG291 Dotted Flowers colored in Copics YR18, YR15, and YR12; curled and layered with pop dots.
Leaves are Sizzix 654999
"Bow" is hemp cord
And always have to have a little bling :)

Thought For The Day:
"He said, 'The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, "though seeing, they my not see; though hearing, they my not understand.'"
Luke 8:9-10
Today, I will listen with my heart.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Velveteen Stamping

I was really pleased with the effect of Velveteen Stamping but it took me several tries to find the right background and then stamps. Thanks to Shari Carroll for sharing this with us on the Hero Arts Blog.

Not sure that I could get a photo that shows the effect as well as seeing it up close and in the right kind of light. The stamping seemed to do better with certain stamps and inks.

Thank you for stopping by and looking!
Background HA CG405 (Leaf and Floral Background) stamped in ColorBox White.
Flower stamps: HA CL508 (Luscious Patterned Flowers) and Sizzix/Hero Arts 657851
Sentiment: HA CL283
The ColorBox White shows through much better in the yellow stamp if you look closely.
Inks for flowers: Jenni Bowlin #14 (Speckled Egg) and #4 (Lemon Drops)

My second attempt:

Background HA CG405 (Zig Background) stamped in ColorBox White.
Flower stamps: HA CG303 (Luscious Bold Flowers)
Sentiment: HA CL283
The ColorBox White shows through much better in the green stamp on this card if you look closely.
Inks for flowers: Memento Bamboo Leaves for the green flower and Jenni Bowlin #4 Lemon Drops for the yellow flower.

Thought for the day:
"For I am Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and say, Do not fear; I will take care of you."
Isaiah 41:13

Monday, March 12, 2012


Started this card not really knowing which direction I was going to go with it but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
Thank you for stopping by!

I white embossed the background with Hero Arts S5447.
I rummaged through my stamps and found one of my first Hero Arts background stamps Design Block: Outline Flowers S5135 that I had rarely used. It turned out to be just what I needed. Most of the flowers on this background stamp allow color to be added. I have recently purchased several Marvy Le Plume Markers after watching a video by Kathy Racoosin. I used them to fill in the flower stamps. I was really pleased with the results. Added some bling, Hero Arts butterflies CL383, ribbon and VOILA - my surprise, surprise card! It doesn't look half bad :)

Thought for the day:
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

Dogwoods are blooming, Azaleas are showing their stuff, and Bradford Pear trees are looking like an abundance of snow. Love this part of spring! I just finished a set of cards with two new Hero Arts stamp that I got. I couldn't seem to stop once I got started. One of the Hero Arts card challenge this month is to make cards with flowers. So here are three that I will be entering.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hero Arts Flower: CG412 Newspaper Flower
Hero Arts Background: CG405 Leaf and Floral Background
Green twine
White embossed the Leaf and Floral Background on black cardstock. Stamped the Newspaper Flower several times on yellow and green cardstock. Layered the large flower and curled the leaves and popped the the two smaller layers. Stamped the center of the flower twice on green cardstock to make the smaller flowers.

I fell in LOVE with these two stamps as you will see in the picture below - could not get enough of them!
Here is my set:

Another entry for this months challenge:
I used some patterned papers as my background. Stamped and masked Hero Arts H5481 Classic Bloom. Colored with copics. Glossy Accents on the centers that you can see. Paper lace as my border and a little Lady Bug button that I had stashed away.

The last card I am entering today:
Hero Arts CL495 Blossom Art
Sentiment Hero Arts
Patterned Paper as my background
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch

Thought for the day:
"There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1-2