Category Archives: Hero Arts

winter wishes

I’m just about finished with my Christmas cards – here are my latest two.  I used the same stamp set for both with just a few changes.

In this first card the main image – colored with prisma pencils -is  mounted on a tag created in Silhouette.  Snowflakes on the blue cardstock are embossed in white.  The coloring was quick and easy.

 Winter wishes blue

The hills are made a bit more festive by adding some Martha Stewart glitter – here is a close up

 Winter wishes blue close up

The main image and sentiment are from Papertrey, and the snowflakes are from Hero Arts.

The second card uses the same image but is mounted on a white base.  I drew the hills in on the base card.

 Winter wishes white

Glitter was also used here – both on the main panel as well as on the hills drawn on the base card.

 winter wishes white close up

Thanks for stopping by today – hope all is well!

damask in green

Here’s my last card before Christmas!  I combined damask images with pear tart ink from Memento for a soft clean and simple card.

The background is from Papertrey’s Damask Designs set – it is so easy to do backgrounds with this set!  The main panel was stamped with a Hero Arts image in the corner – which I cut along image to add a little interest, and a sentiment from Fiskars.  The panel was sponged along the edges with the same pear tart ink.  

The pearl accent started out as white but I wanted it to stand out a little more so I colored it with a copic marker in one of the YG colors. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas weekend!


clean and simple Monday

It’s the week of  Christmas and I hope all of you are ready for this weekend!   I’m done with the shopping/wrapping/mailing and all my christmas cards have been mailed.  I’m ready to just kick back and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. 

I’ll be showing clean and simple cards this week and I hope you will join me over at Splitcoast stampers for the weekly clean and simple challenge.   Here is one of my cards for this week…

The base card is Bazzil textured cardstock in vanilla that was embossed with a cuttlebug folder.  The main panel was stamped and embossed in white with a Hero Arts damask image then sponged with an aqua pigment ink.  The sentiment, from Papertrey, was stamped in the same ink.  SU’s vanilla ribbon was wrapped around the main panel and pearls applied on top of it. 

I love the soft feminine feel of this!   Check back tomorrow for more!

Thanks for stopping by today!

A summertime card, more travel notes

Here is a quick and easy card for two SCS challenges this week.

The dandelion image is from  Hero Arts and only a portion of it is shown here, the sentiment is from Flourishes.  You can’t tell from the photo but the lower portion of the blue card was stamped using PTI’s background text stamp.  I’m just a little disappointed in this set because I thought the text would be larger.  I stamped all images in Pacific Point ink.  The card stock is from SU, the ribbon from Michaels.

More notes from the travel Journal – how do you miss a big lighthouse?

We left Savannah and drove up to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a series of barrier islands.  The area is beautiful and had a rugged quality to it.   There are tons of beach houses in this area and I imagine it is very busy in the summer.  We were here just before the high season and really enjoyed it.

How do you miss a 200 ft tall, black and white striped lighthouse?  As we crested the bridge to bring us to the island where the Cape Hatteras lighthouse is, we saw the lighthouse off to the side and figured it was just a short drive.  Once we came down the bridge the lighthouse went out of site.

We drove and drove and realized we must have missed it because we ended up at the end of the island!  So, we stopped at a store and was told to  turn around and go past the elementary school.

We did, drove some more and were very close back to the other end of the island – still no lighthouse!  We stopped once again at a gas station and were told that it was about 200 yards more on the right.

Again we drove some more and saw the sign we missed on the way in and turned into the park – lo and behold there it is!  You can’t see the lighthouse from the street, but the sign is big enough that we should not have missed it! It’s a beautiful lighthouse – you can climb up inside, but it is the equivalent of going up a 12 story building so we passed!

We stayed at the Best Western in Kill Devil Hills – right on water with a great ocean view.  Here’s my beef with hotels..we ask for a non smoking room.  Upon check in we have to sign our life away saying we won’t smoke in the room or we’ll be fined $200.   We walk into the room and smelled the terrible aroma of stale smoke. 

Obviously the room at one time had been a smoking room, but when the hotel changed it to non smoking they failed to replace the carpet and drapes and did not repaint.  We went down to the front desk and got another room which was a true non smoking room.   Other than this little issue we enjoyed our stay.  All the rooms are suites and the ocean view was incredible.   Included in the cost of the room was a full hot breakfast.

If you are visiting the area, have a meal at the Outer Banks Brewing Station – a restaurant and micro brewery on the main street in Kill Devil Hills.  I had one of the most tenderest steaks there and Orvil had a shrimp platter with enough food to feed two.  It’s America’s first wind powered pub and restaurant!

If you are a scrapbooker visit Beach Memories –  the Scrapbookers Paradise, also in Kill Devil Hills.  They have a nice selection of Outer Banks related paper and embellishments.   I picked up a nice lighthouse stamp there and hope to use it soon.

I’ll share more notes about the Outer Banks and our visit to the Wright Brothers memorial and museum in my next post.

Thanks for stopping by today!

using scraps for a quick sketch

I had a bunch of scraps left over from the mini album I made over the weekend and I thought I would put them to use on a quick card.

The sketch is from today’s SCS sketch challenge.

The designer paper in the background is so pretty – I could not throw away even the smallest piece!  It’s from the My Minds Eye paper pack that I mentioned yesterday.  You can’t tell from the photo but the design is embossed and glittered…and probably my favorite design in this particular pack.

I stamped the floral image, from Hero Arts, in memento rich cocoa ink on a piece of Papertrey’s aqua mist cardstock – which goes perfectly with the designer paper.  The sentiment is from PTI as well.  Since the background paper is sparkly, I went over the image on the main panel with a stardust gel pen to give it a little more “oomph”.  The base card is a cream colored that came in a pack from the Paper Company. 

Stop by tomorrow and I’ll share with you photos of the mini album I made using more of this paper from My Minds Eye.

Thanks for stopping by today!