Winter snowflake card set

Hope you are doing well and have had a wonderful Christmas. Just a quick post of a card set I made for a friend.
A little stamp layering and second generation stamping of snowflakes. The bird is cut from Hero Arts Merriest wishes stamp set and set in a little snow made of rock candy stickles and fake snow.

Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!

Made with Hero Arts...
cl234 Winters Butterfly
cg215 Wreath of Leaves
cg377 Merriest Christmas Wishes
Buffalo Snow fluries
Ranger Rock Candy stickles
Mini Tags
light green pearls
old paper, Iced spruce, worn lipstick & peeled paint distress inks

Poinsettia Christmas Tag

Just trying to fit in a few last minute project before Christmas! A little Poinsettia tag made with Canvas (from an Ikea Bag) and Claudine Hellmuth Matte Medium. I cut 6 small medium and large petals from canvas material, inked with Mahogany distress ink and sprayed with a mini mister filled with water. Once dried I brushed on the matte medium and shaped the petals, once dried glued with a hot glue gun. I can see using the matte medium for other flowers as it makes the fabric stiff and holds its shape.

Have a cheery & merry day!

Made with ..
medium silver bell (dollar store)
Christmas pipe cleaner (dollar store)
K4831 Collage Merry & Bright
CG877 Merriest Christmas Wish
star tag
thin twine
Claudine Hellmuth Matte Medium
Mahogany, Ice Spruce Distress Ink
Stickles, Platinum, Lime, Diamond, Patina
Hot Glue Gun & mini mister
Sizzix Spicy Chicken Alphabet
Leaves from Tim Holtz Pine cone Die
canvas fabric
center from plastic flower

Pinecone Christmas tags

Just playing around my craft room today making some Christmas Tags. The pine cones are made with a Tim Holtz die, added a few bells and distressing.

Hope you are all ready for the holidays. Have a great day!

Made with Hero Arts ...
LL956 Three Holiday Messages
CG222 Music Background
CG877 Merriest Christmas Wish

Tim Holtz ...
Pinecone die cut
Mahogany,Peeled Paint distress inks

Buffalo Snow Flurries
Mini Bells/dollar store
Winterwoodland Cricut (Snowflakes)
Plantin School Book (Tag)
Ranger Stickles

Christmas cards

Hope you are doing well and in the Christmas spirit! My tree is up and I am trying to get my act in gear. Christmas cards are in the mail today, I know a little late, I sure hope they are delivered in time for Christmas.

The card above is the design I used for my Cards this year. Using the Winter Woodland Cricut cartridge really helped with these last minute cards.
A little shopping at the mall on Thursday, spotted Santa and enjoyed the Christmas displays around the mall.

Thanks for stopping by, hope all is well and you are enjoying the Christmas season.
Sorry I have not been around lately, its been a trying year but I look forward to peeking aroung the internet too see what everyone has been up to :)

Vintage Handmade with love ATC & pocket

Thanks for stopping by :) Looking forward to the cooler weather and spending time indoors crafting! Just a small post of a little vintage ATC set.

A few vintage snaps, buttons & distress inks were used. The girl image is from an old sewing pattern, the background and torn tag are made with Hero Arts Simply Handmade clear stamp set. Also a matching pocket to hold the ATC.

Made With..
Vintage Lace
Simply Handmade CL429
Tim Holtz Measure tape ribbon
sewing stitches
tim holtz sanding block
assortment of Tim Holtz distress inks

Thanks for stopping by, have a great crafty day! :)

Vintage Pink Paris ATC

Happy Friday! A few days off this week has allowed a bit of time for crafting. A little experimenting on this ATC on the background using a rubber stamp and texture magic from Delta. Texture magic is a dimensional paint that adds texture to any surface (...wonder if drywall compound would also work). It was in the dollar bin at our local store so I just had to try it! A thick layer of this gunky material was added to the ATC background, smoothed out with a craft knife and stamped. (Also wiped the stamp with baby oil so it would release from the texture magic.) A few sprays of Glimmer mist, along with vintage photo and walnut distress inks.

Hope your weekend is amazing!

Made with Hero Arts ...
CG244 Large Fabric Design (ATC background)
K5344 La Letter
CL325 Paris
baby oil
Green apple glimmer mist
vintage photo, walnut distress ink

Its been awhile...

It's been awhile since I have posted. Sometimes life gets in the way of the important things like stamping! Glad to be back, enjoying all the creativity out there.
Super quick card made with Hero Arts ...
S5435 grid background
CL434 Just find me
cl431 watercolor petals

Stamped with Tim Holtz distress inks.

Thanks so much for stopping in!

Speckled Bloom Card - PDCC#94

Made for the Playdate Cafe Colour Challenge #94 which incorporates Fudge, Goldenrod and Teal. It was fun playing with this colour combo, teal is such a beautiful tone of blue.
This flower is made up of three parts with an added pop dot in the center. Along with a tiny bit of white acrylic paint for some added texture.

Made with Hero Arts...
cl401 speckled ornaments
CL434 Just find me
H5481 classic bloom
white paint
tim holtz distress vintage photo, tumbled glass, scattered straw, wild honey

Thank you soooo much for stopping by! :)

Summer's Garden Card

Happy Friday! Been playing around with this big flower called Classic Bloom & a little masking to give the flowers a layered look. This flower is great for creating Summery cards, I can also see making some flowery designs in Fall colours too!
Made for the Hero Arts project challenge at 2P's Thanks for stopping by today, hope your weekend is full of BBQ's and Sunshine!

Made with Hero Arts
H5481 classic bloom
cl444 sending smiles
e3374 summer memories
s5507 envie pattern
Tim Holt Distress Inks
White embossing powder
versamark clear ink
Kraft cardstock
plain white ribbon

Butterfly Flowers

Needing a little card therapy after a busy day! Quick and simple design coloured with Prismacolour pencils. Loved inking up this butterfly flowers stamp, it reminds me of a wonderful mix of flowers in the garden.

Thanks for stopping by!

Made with Hero Arts
H5489 Butterfly flower
CL434 Just find me
Martha Stewart Butterflies
Prismacolor Pencils

Christmas in July - Completed 90 minute scramble

The 90 minute scramble took place on Sunday and I had so much fun hosting. (The card above is one of the sample cards made for the scramble.) A few Gals even had time to make two cards, in the 90 minute time frame! Really hope I have another chance to host again in the future, it was tons of fun :)
Check out all the amazing creations here from the talented ladies on the Hero Arts flickr group!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The next 90 minute scramble on Sunday!

I am very excited to be hosting the next 90 minute scramble on the Hero Arts Flickr group!
Here are the details...
Date: Sunday July 24th
Start time: 11am Pacific/1pm Central/2pm Eastern in US
Please see all the details here

If this is the first you've heard of the scramble here are some more details :) First you will need to have a flickr account so you can post your creation.
I will post a new thread on the Hero Arts Flickr Group announcing the start of the challenge.
Basically you will have 90 minutes to create a card based on a theme to be announced at the start of the challenge. You must use at least one Hero Arts stamp on your card and have fun! :)

Hero Arts has generously donated a digital kit prize and I will also be offering a prize (shown above). Both giveaways will be by random drawing at the end of the scramble.

If you're new to posting I can help. Just email me through flickr :)

Everyone is welcome to join, hope to see you there :)

I made the card above at the last scramble hosted by Dana!

Summery Flower

It's been a while since I have posted. Yep a little break was in order to restore my craftyness! Just a little card to celebrate the beautiful Summer weather and gardening.

Hope you are doing well and enjoying great weather :)

Thanks for Stopping By!
Made with Hero Arts ...
CL218 Love That
CL444 Sending Smiles
CL375 Big flower Pattern
Sew Easy Tool (for the stem)
Sew Easy floss
Copic y21 y17 bg10 bg15 bd23 yroo yr02 yr04
Sizzix embossing folder

Lisa's Photo tutorial part two

Been playing around with ISO, aperture, and shutter speeds for the second part of Lisa's photo tutorial. Knowing how to make adjustments to the camera settings really helps!
These sweet tea cups are available at Creature Comforts, they were so much fun to water color!
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day! :)

ATC and a card

Just a quick post tonight of an ATC made earlier in the week and a card recently sent to a friend.

I love making ATC (Artist Trading Cards) which are old, worn, stained & vintage paired with something that sparkles or a bit of texture.

ATC is made with ....
Hero Arts K5329 Lace Frame
LP195 silhouettes
cg244 large fabric design
k5354 French post.
crackle accents
MS butterflies
craft feathers

The card below was sent to Great in Oregon which was just received by her this week. Still love using this dogwood stamp I think it's one of my favorites!
Made with ...
s5363 HA Dogwood
CL156 Clear design Treasure
Forest moss Tim Holtz distress ink
Victorian Velvet Tim Holtz distress ink
Tim Holtz Heirloom Gold shimmer spray

Have a great evening, thanks for stopping by!

Lisa's card photo turorial - part1

Taking photos of cards is not an easy task. There is nothing more frustrating that having a nice big shadow on the face of your card. Most of my pictures are taken at night after work and to add to the darkness is the lighting in the house. There have been many evenings where I have tried to balance a lamp basically on my head while trying to take a photo. Sounds funny I know.... it's true! I now have a light box that works really good and cuts down on the frustrating moments but it would be really nice to take a quick and easy photo with natural light and let the camera do all the work!
Lisa's is providing a tutorial over on her blog . The first part which is filled with great tips is on white balance. These photos were taken at about 8pm and we have basically had no sunlight and a lot of rain this week. Really shocked on how slight adjustments to the cameras settings make a big difference.

Check out Lisa's tutorial, she provides a card to download and detailed information on white balance.

The white balance selections are per programed so I changed the auto white balance on the camera to Incandescent. Also I found a scene selection which allows you to choose the scene such as food, beach snow, fireworks and high sensivity. I changed the scene to the High Sensivity selection and it's to shoot without flash in low light

Spare Bedroom South facing window

Master Bedroom north facing window

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great evening! :)

Lucky number 13!

Its been one lucky Friday the 13th. I had misplaced my gold necklace Christmas Eve and gave up searching for it months ago. Came home for lunch and found it sitting in an old pyrex bowl happy :) My Italian grandmother would say the number 13 is a good luck number in Italy, I now believe her!

Here are a few vintage ATC I have been working on. I love this Hero Arts dogwood stamp, it has a beautiful old world charm.
This little set of three is embellished with micro glass beads, stamped in Victorian velvet,vintage photo and sage distress inks. Victorian velvet is a really neat ink, when its first stamped its more of a bold colour and as it dries it has a real soft look to it. This may be my new favorite distress ink! The combination of sage & vintage photo seem to give an old patina look which is great when creating vintage. Also created a little ATC pocket to hold and display these cards!

Made with a mix of Hero Arts stamps & sprayed with Ranger perfect pearls Heirloom Gold mist.
Dogwood Flower - s5363 Dogwood stamp, cg197 old letter & cl156 treasure the moment.
Vintage Bird - S5501 Musical Collage, CL555 Sending Smiles.
Memories -- CL1156 Treasure the moment, K5376 Hydrangea, CG190 Variety and Quality

There's nothing better than snail mail!

I was pretty excited to find out that my friend Greta popped a card in the mail for me! Knowing that there is snail mail due to arrive I usually peek out the front window waiting for the mail man to drive up and watch to see if it looks like bills or fun mail being dropped in our box. A few times he caught me peeking so I just smile and wave (how embarrassing ... lol). Well I missed stalking the mail man the day Greta's card arrived as I overslept and had to dash out the door. So I had a lovely suprise waiting for me once I returned home.
Greta cards are always so beautiful and full of special details. The embossing and distressing adds so much texture to her design and the added flowers are a gorgeous touch! I am totally spoiled to receive this wonderful package.
Thanks soooo much Greta! :)

Spring flowers

A few projects to share today. A little pot of spring flowers inked in weather wood and spun sugar. I really love this big flower set, the flowers are just so cheery. The center of the flowers are raised on pop dots and glossy accents are also added.

Also wanted to share a make and take I made at Scrapfest in Kitchner at the Maya Road Booth. Lots of fun to put together, these big bottle caps are really neat!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great inky day :)

Made with Hero Arts CL375 Big Flower & CL342 Everyday sayings

Lets Talk - Masculine card

Just a quick post this morning. Wanted to share a masculine card made with Kraft Paper and distress inks. A sketch was used from Hero Arts which really made things a lot easier with creating this "guy card". Faded Jeans and Vintage photo distress inks plus also Mementos Tuxedo Black ink which shows really well on Kraft paper. Faded Jeans is a fairly new ink in my collection and I was surprised how well it matched with the Jean Scrapbook paper I used as my backdrop!
Thanks for looking, have a fab Friday!
Made with CL502 Just saying Hi

Musical Walk

Just test driving a new stamp with this quick circle card. Tried to use some fresh colours for a spring like feel.
I am totally excited about Scrapfest in Kitchener Ontario, it's this weekend and if you are going I might just see you there! I will be attending with my local scrapbook store, booth #620 on both Friday and Saturday :)

Made with...
Hero Arts f5468 Musical Walk
CL434 Just find me
Scattered Straw & Stormy Sky distress inks

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Friday and Happy April to you! We are one step closer to seeing some warm weather and I can't wait!
Getting ready butterfly birthday is made with Hero Arts cg265 getting ready and cm003 happy birthday sentiment. The colours used are from Fresh Inspiration Friday…the Dining Room photo on the Hero Arts blog. The getting ready image is clear heat embossed, cut out with pop dots added against patterned paper. The sentiment is stamped on clear acetate and some craft feathers to create a boa. I really love this sweet image it reminds me of a little girl playing dress up.

Made one more fabric flower from Kelly's tutorial using Pool paint dauber from Tim Holtz, CG187 floral brocade plus also added a pin and vintage button.

Today is hat day at work. March is always our busiest month at the company I work for and they have been spoiling us all week. I tried to crochet a hat with a flower back in December but my tension was too tight and it ended up too small. One of the fab gals at work brought me in this felted flower hat and I am so excited to wear it today!

Have a great creative weekend!

Flower Hair Embellishments

The weekend is just around the corner and I look forward to having some time to create! These embellished hair clips are super fun to make! I ended up using Tim Holtz paint daubers instead of ink as the colour is more vibrant. Also, most of my coloured inks are distress and I was not sure if distress inks would bleed if the recipient of these clips was caught in the rain. I believe with acrylic paints the colour is permanent once dried, so I gave it a try! Both the front and back of the cut circles are stamped since cream coloured fabric was used, it just seemed like to much of a contrast leaving the backside unstamped.
The small heart shaped clips are from the dollar store and they worked great. Also picked up the butterfly ones to, they were too cute to pass up!
The instructions and idea for these clips are provided by Kelly on the Hero Arts Blog. She gives a great tutorial/demo on how to make these! I think these would be fun clipped on a hand bag, purse or back with a pin for a coat. Thanks for the inspiration Kelly! Now I just need to make a card to clip them onto.
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Made with ...
silky cream fabric
Large Fabric design cg244
Tim Holtz paint daubers red pepper, pool and snow cap white
Webester Pages gems and Tiffany’s Treasures Jewel Centers Diamond White
dollar store hair clips


Just a quick post this morning. One more little matchbox to share,made for the Shabby Tea Room bingo challenge
The challenge is to use any 3 embellishments in a row as noted on their blog. So I added Lace, handmade flower Made from 3 Tim holtz tattered florals (one small 2 medium flowers) held together with a brad plus heat embossing to the base of the matchbox. Some die cut butterflies, glimmer mist, pearls and tissue tape. These little boxes are such fun to make!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great scrappy day :)

Made with ...
Hero Arts S5878 Old Letter Writing on the leaves
S5216 Grid Pattern on the base of the box
Maya Road heart pins
Tim Holtz tattered florals sizzix die
Tim Holtz tissue tape
Martha Stewart Butterflie punch
craft feather
lace from my LSS
pearls and gems

More flowers ! Yay!! :)

Ok, I admit it ... I am out of control and obsessed with making flowers, I will stop soon, promise! I have two different flowers to share. Both ribbon flowers are made with a silky white ribbon from my local scrap book store. They are inked with worn lipstick and weathered wood. The instructions come from Anita one of the sweet Hero Arts hostesses. Check out her video here, Anita tutorial is great and these are really fun to make!
The second flower which I call my coconut flower was actually a flower experiment which did not turn out. So I started sniping the peatles and this is what I ended up with!

Made with cl375 big flower & CG139 Cling dots

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Friday and weelkend too!

I {heart} snail mail!

There is nothing better than receiving a handmade card from a friend in the mail. I was fortunate enough to receive this gorgeous card from sweet Greta. I love the added flower combined with these soft colours and amazing sparkle, there are just so many great details added to her card. Greta, thank you so much for thinking of me and sending this beauty!
I also wanted to share a few photos of flowers made in my flower making class on Sunday. Yep, it's been a flowery few days and it makes me even more excited about gardening this year!
Have a great week, thanks so much for stopping by!

Butterflies & Flowers

A few new projects to share. These butterfly mini boxes are made with little 32count wooden match box. I always add a little handmade item to a friends birthday gift, since she is a scrapbooker I will add a few trinkets, ribbon and a few other goodies inside the box.
Made with ...
Hero Arts Large Fabric design cg244
Martha Stewart Butterfly
metal embelishment
crushed olive distress ink

2 flower cards are made with ..
Made with Hero Arts CL375 Big Flower. & CL342 Everyday sayings
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Dreaming of Flowers

Many of my cards have been of flowers lately. I am getting excited about gardening! Still too early but I cant wait :) We have tons of lilly of the valley that pop up in the spring, the photo below is from last year.

Lily of the Valley card is made with emboss resist technique
Hero Arts CG165 Silhouette Bells,
little metal love tag from Maya Road
Basic Grey white card stock

Pink Flower card is made with..
CL342 Everyday sayings
Pink floss from We R Memory
EP Papers, life is good - Happy Borders
Prima Pink Flower

Have a great scrappy evening! :)