Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Hero Hostess alumni blog hop !

Welcome to the Hero Arts Hostess Hop, featuring stamps from the new

2016 release and winter catalogue!

You should have arrived here from   Linda's fabulous blog.

 I stumbled upon the Hero Arts Group flickr page back in 2008 and was immediately welcome into this exciting and friendly group. In 2011 I was lucky enough to be chosen as a Hostess by Hero Arts and I really enjoyed being part of the support and inspiration.  Its been amazing to be given the chance to do a reunion Blog Hop and to be part of this amazing group again, (Thank you Hero Arts) and thank you Virginia and Lin for all your hard work and help!!!! Now to the details of this hop!
Hero Arts will be awarding 4 prizes from randomly drawn comments 1 x $25 Hero Arts shopping spree and 1 bonus prize on today's hop and the same for yesterdays hop. For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on Oct. 24th and 25th, including each day’s end post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!
 Please comment by Sunday Oct 30 11.59 PT. If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Club Blog.

For my cards I have decided to showcase one stamp three ways.  I have used the new K6176 Antique Poinsettia stamp For this first card the Poinsettia stamped onto good quality patterned paper with Distress Inks, I have then lightly blended the image with a little water to spread the ink and create this washed effect.  The sentiment is using the CL983 Holiday Messages and Frames Set, stamped, embossed and fussy cut then layered up with foam tape.

For this CAS design I have used  a masking technique and have used Hero Arts Wet Cement Shadow Ink for a much more subtle card. I have added a die cut sentiment and some sequins.

Lastly a small die cut card using the same mask and stamp technique.

Another of my favorite items from the Holiday release is the DI196 Paper Layering Snowflakes with Frames Set. Gorgeous Snowflakes with lots of dimension.  This card is made from a spellbinders die to get the shape, I then made a background panel with Peacock Distress ink and my favorite technique of the moment, "Waxed paper embossed ".  The snowflakes have been cut in glitter card and I have layered up two of the die cuts to make a more elaborate snowflake.  Next I added a gold embossed sentiment and lots of pearls. Its very sparkly in real life hard to capture in a photo!

As you can see lots of dimension.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog today , the next blog on the hop is the very talented Deborah.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Think Pink!

I wanted to take part in the " Think Pink" challenge over at Simon Says this week, October is Breast Cancer awareness month, its very important to check yourself for any signs of cancer.  This year a close friend went through this, she is only 36, it can strike at any age!  Luckily she is out the other side after a year of treatment and operations, I made this card thinking of her.

I am also entering this card in the a2z Scrapbooking October challenge "Layer it".

A very CAS design just stamped and die cuts using the HA Hibiscus flower set and my new " Holiday Messages and Frames set" some of the sentiments are suitable for non Holiday cards.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Sneak Peek !!!

2016 HAHosti Hop sneak peek

Just to let you know that the Hero Arts Hostesses are having a reunion Blog Hop next Monday 24th October and Tuesday 25th October.  I am really looking forward to taking part and am busy working on my cards, here is a small sneak peek , Hero Arts have generously provided prizes! so mark your calendars and remember to Hop with us next week.

Friday, 14 October 2016

More Snowflakes

While my Hero Arts "Snowflake Dies" were on my desk I decided to have another play using a background I had made using this Gina K "Waxed paper resist technique".  After ironing the waxed paper I used Peacock Feather distress ink to make this, I then cut with an Avery Elle die.

Next I positioned the snowflake dies and held in place with some washi tape. I then added the sentiment stamped, gold embossed and fussy cut using the Hero Arts"Holiday messages and frames "set.
I am adding this card to two challenges Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Totally Resistable" and the Hero Arts "Holiday Cardmaking" challenge.

I am off back to Surrey this weekend to see a show with my best friend, celebrating her Birthday.  We are seeing a dancing show featuring ex dancers from Strictly Come Dancing and I am very excited!!  Hope you enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Super Snowflakes.

One of my new purchases to make this years Christmas cards is this fabulous Snowflake Die Set from Hero Arts.  As soon as it arrived I couldn't wait to get started, I love the layering effect the dies create.

Here is a close up, and so pretty.    For my card base I layered up a die cut square that I had stamped and embossed with white, the stamp is a really old Hero Arts cling "Flourish Background"I then used Peacock Distress ink.  Layered onto Glitter card I then added my snowflakes and the sentiment is from the new "Holiday Messages and Frames" set from Hero Arts.
I am adding this card to two challenges Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Totally Resistable" and the Hero Arts "Holiday Cardmaking" challenge.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

White Poinsettia.

 I had fun with the last card I posted using alternative Christmas colours that I decided to have another go, this time I used some wax paper embossed backgrounds that I had made and had in my stash. Here is an article on how to achieve the look , I love the effect that it creates. I have cut with my Avery Elle rectangle die a frame in the pink and adhered it to the red background, clashing colours I know but I really like them together.  I have then added a die cut poinsettia made with the Hero Arts "Peace Poinsettia " stamp and die.  The tag is made from a patterned paper scrap I had in my basket.

I am adding this to two challenges, firstly the "Geometric "challenge at A Blog Named Hero (hope it qualifies)!! and also the Love Cards challenge over at flickr which is for alternative Christmas

Have a great week.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Christmas Poinsettia.

I wanted to enter the current Wednesday Challenge over at the Simon Says blog but as we don't send Halloween cards here in the UK I decided to use the colour option and make a Christmas card. I had this lovely patterned paper in my stash that was the perfect colours so used that for the backing.  The poinsettia is a Hero Arts stamp and die set that I have stamped and embossed in gold on Vellum and layered up, I have then added some die cut tags. Hopefully this card qualifies for the challenge.  I shall also add it to the a2zScrapbooking October challenge "Layer it".

Hope you are having a good week, the weather is still really sunny here but the temperature has turned colder and it feels like Autumn has arrived.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

A Pink Christmas!

After seeing some of Shari Carroll's inking techniques I decided to have a play with my Distress inks and some water colour paper, this is the result which I thought looked a bit like twinkly Christmas lights.  A very simple card  as I have just added the die cut bauble and an old Hero Arts sentiment, I am pleased with the alternative Christmas colours.  I am adding this to the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says and also the "Thread" challenge at Less is More.

 I also had time to play with my cute snowman again, I have layered him up on some glitter card for added sparkle.  The sentiment is a really old Hero Arts stamp.

Looking forward to the weekend as we have our family visiting.  Hope you have a great weekend.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

"Gift Card"

While I had my Hero Arts Snowman die and stamp on my desk I decided to make a card for the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Gift It" . I used my Avery Elle tag die for the card base, I also used another panel of  a Waxed paper embossed background that i had in my stash (see here for the details on how to make this ) Next I cut a piece of card big enough to hold my coffee gift card and also added a glitter card panel to that.  My stamped and die cut snowman is raised up on foam tape for added dimension.  I shall also add this to the a2z scrapbooking challenge "Make it a Tag". All ready now to give at Christmas!!

Its a beautiful sunny Autumn day here in Dorset , I hope the sun is shining where you are.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Shaker Snowman!

Seeing the challenge over at CAS-ual Friodays is " shaker cards" I decided to play along as I enjoy making shakers, the challenge was to make it "clean and simple" I hope this qualifies!! The p[ool background is made using the "wax paper embossed background" technique shown here by Gina K.  The snowman is an old Hero Arts stamp that I love , I have paper pieced his scarf and holly, the message is cut on my Silhouette machine.

Did you see my snowdrop bauble another I couldn't resist when I went to Liberty's in London.

Here is a close up of the shaker, lots of glittery goodness !!!

Have a great weekend,