clean & simple card making giveaway winner

Merry Christmas Eve!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Clean & Simple Card Making giveaway! I apologize for the delay in getting back to the blog to announce the winner. My daughter drew a number on Wednesday night and the lucky one is...
...Devon! (December 19, 2011 12:10 PM) "Oooh! I would just love a chance to win! So many favorite Christmas treats, but I've been making this amazing baked brie lately that is going to have to stay a holiday only recipe, or I'm going to be the size of a house! Puff pastry, brie, apple compote, and homemade caramel sauce... who knew you could make a pie with cheese?"
Congrats, Devon! I've emailed you. I hope you enjoy Clean & Simple Card Making!

Wishing you all peace, love & much happiness. Merry Christmas!


giveaway! clean & simple card making

Hello! I have a giveaway for you today -- a spot in Clean & Simple Card Making, courtesy of the sweet gals behind the class! Have you heard about it...?

Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire and special guest teacher Julie Ebersole for Clean & Simple Card Making!

In this class we aim to take the mystery out of creating a minimalist card that looks “complete,” and wow you with numerous tips and techniques for clean and simple cards!  This upbeat and inspirational class will include nine fabulous guest artists (including me!), discounts to our favorite retailers, giveaways and a few surprises along the way!  Clean and Simple Card Making will feature over 25 new card ideas and over 15 instructional videos.  What better way to start the new year than with a wealth of new ideas to add to your card making arsenal and simplify your creations!

Class is January 9-23, 2012, but class materials (videos, pdfs, etc.) will be accessible for a lifetime. Click HERE for an introduction video and more info!

As a huge fan of clean & simple design, the class description alone makes me weak in the knees. 15 videos? Hello! I'm counting down the days. :)

So would you like to win a spot in class? To enter, simply leave a comment here by Wednesday, December 21st at midnight CST. Just for fun, if you'd like to tell me your favorite holiday treat, I'd love to hear! The winner will be randomly chosen and posted on December 22nd. Good luck!

I wish you the happiest of holidays and hope you're enjoying the season!


hero arts 2012 catalog blog hop

Hi there! Welcome to the next stop on the Hero Arts 2012 Catalog Blog Hop!

I just love catalog release time...nothing like new stamps to spark some creativity! Today's hop celebrates the Catalog Debut, and tomorrow stores around the world will be starting to kick off their preview party events. So much fun! These stores will be the first to have the newest 2012 Hero Arts stamps! (Check for locations here.)

Now onto my project! Today I'm sharing a pair of simple, colorful cards that could be given as Valentines or just to send a little sweetness any day of the year.

Did you spot the new background? It's CG422 Zig Zag. YUM. One of my new favorites! It's stamped with Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow Ink onto an off-white letterpress notecard.

Those fun hearts come from the CG426 Four Hearts Cling set. I added a touch of faux stitching with black pen to the edges, and one heart on each card is lifted with foam adhesive.

Here's a look at all three of the new stamps I used on my cards. They're already arriving in stores, and will available in the Hero Arts Online Store on January 5th along with many, many more!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Remember, Hero Arts is having FIVE giveaways that include lots of brand spankin' new 2012 stamps and all you need to do to enter is comment on any of the participating blogs, including mine! More comments = more chances to win! And if you don't have time to do the entire hop today? No worries. You have until Monday, December 12 at midnight PST to hop and comment.

Next up is the blog of the fabulously talented Cristina Kowalczyk -- click on over to see what she's created with some of the new stamps!

Happy hopping and happy holidays, everyone!

*** If you encounter any broken links, you can always hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in the hop. Thank you! ***


holiday card boot camp winner

If your name is Karina Beck, guess what? You're going to Holiday Card Boot Camp!

Congrats, Karina! I've sent you a Flickr mail. Please reply and I'll pass your information along to Jennifer. See you in camp!

Thanks everyone who entered and left comments about what you're grateful for...I really enjoyed reading them! So much to be thankful for. Have a great week! :)


giveaway! holiday card boot camp

Hi there! I've got something exciting to share with you today -- Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner have once again teamed up to put together a fabulous new online workshop, Holiday Card Boot Camp. So honored to be a small part of this. As a guest designer, I get to give away a seat in the class...yay!

Have you taken a peek at your calendar recently? The holidays are just around the corner! We're here to help you check hand crafted holiday cards off your to-do list!

Join Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner and 12 of their most talented friends as they walk you through how to create your own 2011 holiday card in Holiday Card Boot Camp. Whether you're hoping to create a card that includes photos, a newsletter, a gift card or more - you're sure to be inspired. This class includes easy to mass-produce cards, 16 videos, card sketches, and stamping and cardmaking techniques.

Holiday Card Boot Camp runs November 7-21, but all content will always be available after signing up! This fabulous class is only $29 and includes many prizes, along with discount codes to favorite online stores.

For more class information or to register, click here.
Did you catch the part about 16 videos? That's a video every day! Awesome. :)

So how about a chance to win a spot in boot camp? To enter, simply leave a comment here by Saturday, October 15th at midnight CST and tell me one thing that you're grateful for today. Anything at all. One winner will be randomly chosen and posted on Sunday, October 16th.

Happy commenting, and good luck!


double stamped lotus background

Hello there! Quick share today...

The design here is pretty straightforward. First I stamped the circle doily from the Hero Arts/BasicGrey Picadilly Hello There set (coming in October!) in black. Then, I masked it off and stamped the Lotus Background not once, but twice, over the top. The second generation impression was given a little mist of water. I like to change the look of a background stamp by double stamping it like this every now and then. It's all about the versatility! Oh, and the background is also misted lightly with Perfect Pearls and water, but the sun didn't want to come out so I had trouble capturing it in the photo.

So happy the weekend has rolled around. Do you have any fun plans? I have a little birthday shopping to do for a soon-to-be 10 year old. No more single digits around here...we're movin' on up! Ready or not. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great weekend!


circle window sympathy card

I've needed to send quite a few sympathy cards this year and I'm sad to say, here's another. These don't ever get any easier to make, but I always keep them on the simple side.

I punched a 2" circle from the front of the card, so that the inside shows through the window when the card is closed. Here's a closer look...

Stamps: Hero Arts (La Lettre, With Sympathy, Leaf Prints)
Paper: Hero Arts Floral Designer Paper
Embellishments: Hero Arts Lavender Pearls, Glossy Accents

Thanks for stopping by! I think I'm off to stamp for a bit more...that Sally has me itching to splatter some paint around tonight. :)



hero arts holiday blog hop

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts Joy to You Holiday 2011 Blog Hop! I have a few things to share with you today, all created with new stamps from Joy to You! Here's a peek. A bit of Christmas, a bit of Halloween...

First off, a Christmas card that uses one wood, one clear, and one cling stamp -- how's that for spreading the love around? :) The trees are from LP222 Merry Holiday, the sentiment from CL543 Very Merry Christmas, and the background from CG324 Holiday Background. This is a "white Christmas card"...not because it's white, but because I only used white cardstock. All of the color comes from ink.

Next up is a one layer card with some simple masking. F5536 Peace Ornament was an instant favorite with my two daughters! I wanted to pair the image with a "peace" message and found the perfect one in the CG389 Wishes Come True set. This card would be really easy to mass produce, and is mail-friendly too.

Shifting gears now to Halloween! Some great Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving stamps can be found on pages 28-31 of the Joy to You catalog. Isn't this tree from CG393 So Scary cool? To make this card, I took a piece of patterned paper from the BasicGrey Out of Print collection (like this, only scaled down to 6" x 6"), inked it, then inked it some more! Shades of purple, orange and green Distress Inks were blended, and bold black images stamped over the top. I had the most fun making this card!

Once in Halloween mode, I whipped up a clean and simple mini card using images from the CL560 Spooky Halloween clear set.

ALL of the stamps shown today are now available right here in the Hero Arts Online Store! Would you like to win some of the new holiday stamps? Be sure to comment here and on the rest of the hop stops for a chance. Oh, and here's a look at the fabulous stamps Hero Arts is giving away!

Your next stop on the hop is the blog of a talented stamper who also happens to share DNA with me. :) CLICK HERE to see what fabulousness Kelly Rasmussen's created today.

Happy hopping, and thanks so much for stopping by!

P.S. - If you stumbled upon this post by chance, you'll want to start back at the Hero Arts blog so that you don't miss out on any of the blog hop fun!


must. ink. now.

Sometimes, ya just can't wait to test out an ink pad until you get home from the store.

Even if home is less than a mile away. :)

Maybe I need to start keeping a test stamp in my glove compartment at all times. One can never be too prepared. :)

Anyone else guilty of this?


studio calico + hero arts blog hop

I'm so excited to be a part of the Studio Calico + Hero Arts blog hop today!

Let's cut right to the chase. I am in serious LOVE with these new stamp designs! My heart skipped a beat the day they arrived, and several have since found a home in my "most used" basket pile. I know you're going to love them too! (FYI, stamps will be available in August.)

Today I'm sharing a home decor project -- a little something I made for my daughter's room. After printing the song lyrics onto white cardstock, I filled the canvas with lots of Studio Calico + Hero Arts images. No patterned paper here, just pure stamps and ink.

Here's a closer look at the cute woodgrain cloud, fabulous circle designs, and sweet polka dot butterfly. Oh, and the grid pattern in the background...yum!

---- New Studio Calico + Hero Arts stamps used ----
ST508 "My Happy" (circle frame) • ST509 "Hooray" (cloud)
ST510 "You are the Best" (floral circle) • ST503 "Grid Pattern"

Don’t forget there are stamps up for grabs! Be sure to comment here and on ALL of the designer's blogs for a chance to win. Hero Arts is giving away 5 sets each day of the hop, Monday through Wednesday, with the winners drawn from all blog hop comments.

Next up is the blog of Studio Calico design team member Kelly Noel. CLICK HERE to see what she's created today!

Have fun hopping, and thanks so much for stopping by! :)


simple summer birthday card

Sometimes, you just need a simple little birthday card to throw on top of the gift before you walk out the door. Know what I mean? This is one such card, easy to whip up in a few minutes. :)

It went on top of a plain kraft paper wrapped package, not in an envelope or anything. Even though I'm addicted to buying wrapping paper, kraft is my go-to. Trusty ol' kraft...gotta love it!

Something else I'm loving is the flower stamp on this card, from the Hero Arts/BasicGrey set called Butterflies and Print. The stamp with all the words (Life of the Party Words) is the stamp of the week at Hero Arts this week -- it's a fun one too! Did you see the scene Jennifer created with it here? Brilliant, I tell you.

Work is super busy and my house is in desperate need of of a good cleaning. Or any cleaning for that matter. ;) We've been enjoying summer and lots of this...

My husband coaches both daughter's teams so we spend many an evening at the ballpark this time of year.

Hope you're enjoying summer!


summer card camp giveaway winner

Hi there! Goodness, this week is flying by...it's already time to announce the winner of the spot in Summer Card Camp 2011!

From all the comments, my daughter picked the number 55...

....which means the winner is Lee Anne! Congratulations, Lee Anne! I've emailed you.

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway! Class starts on Monday, but registration is open through June 29. I'm so looking forward to "going off to camp" with Jennifer and Kristina, and I'd love to meet you there!


giveaway! summer card camp 2011

***This giveaway is now closed. Winner announced here. Thanks!***

Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner have put together a new online workshop, Summer Card Camp 2011, and as a guest designer, I get to do a giveaway for a spot in the class today. Yay! So honored to be a part of this...

Get ready for a summer full of colorful cardmaking fun with Summer Card Camp 2011. Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner have teamed up to bring you a 4-week workshop loaded with fresh color combos, cutting edge techniques, and versatile sketches that will leave you feeling inspired to create! Summer Card Camp is your all-access pass to 48 new card ideas, daily PDFs, twice weekly videos, guest designers (including me!), huge prizes and access to a private blog where you can share your own creations. For more information and to register, visit http://onlinecardclasses.com/summercardcamp2011/classinfo.html.

Can't wait...it's going to be so much fun!

To enter for your chance to win a spot in Summer Card Camp 2011, simply leave a comment here by Wednesday, June 22nd at midnight CST. The winner will be randomly chosen and posted on the 23rd. If you are picked as a winner and have already signed up, you will be given a refund.

Good luck! Hope to see you at camp! :)


father's day card

Hi! Just popping in to let you know I've got a Father's Day card over at Hero Arts today...here's a peek!

Lots of goodness from the BasicGrey/Hero Arts Oxford collection and lots of mixed patterns. That Formula Fun stamp (second circle) is so much fun!

Full details HERE on the Hero blog.

Hope your week is off to a great start! 


i really do.

Believe it or not, my blog title is not a complete lie. :) I do make cards from time to time. It's just that they rarely make it to the photography stage, unless they're for work. Need to get better at that...I'll try!

Annnyway...here's a card I made a while back for a friend.

Love using the Hero Arts Designer Papers as card bases -- nice and thick and white on the other side. The card is pretty straightforward, so I'll just cut right to the supply info...

Stamps: Hero Arts (Sweet Threads Thank You, Old Letter Writing)
Paper: Hero Arts Floral Designer Paper, green strip is from an older BasicGrey collection (Urban Prairie, maybe?) and tan grid strip is BasicGrey Basic Manila
Embellishments: Hero Arts White Adhesive Lace

Thanks for stopping by today!


fresh inspiration friday

Happy Friday! Ahhh...that sounds so nice! I have to tell you, I haven't been feeling especially creative lately so I apologize for the lack of posts. It's a good thing I was scheduled to blog at Hero Arts this week...it forced me to create and stick with it!

So today I'm sharing a little something I stamped for today's Fresh Inspiration Friday challenge. Anita provided a fabulous inspiration piece, didn't she? I was in the mood for some simple stamp layering and here's what I came up with...

The size of this card may look odd -- that's because I created it to fit into one of the Maya Road Kraft Envelopes. I'm in love with these cute envies! I've learned if you're creating anything but a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card, start with the envelope and go from there...makes life much easier. :)

Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (Flower Swirl Vine, Circle Lace, Friends & Treasures, Silhouette Spray), Basic Grey patterned paper (Manila Basics 6x6), Martha Stewart ribbon, Ranger Distress Ink (Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain), Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Soft Pool, Soft Brown), Colorbox Chalk Ink (Chestnut Roan), Maya Road Kraft Envelope, pop dots.

Speaking of the Flower Swirl Vine, here's another card I did with it this week.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend everyone!



Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I wish you a heart shaped chocolate brownie with frosting and sprinkles kind of day, with a little craftiness on top!


celebrating the hostesses

Last week on the Hero Arts blog I had the pleasure of introducing the newest group of Hero Hostesses -- Linda, Heather, Anita, Sharon & Sally. Five wonderful women...kind, generous, supportive, talented and then some! All around gems. On Friday, Sarah came up with the fun idea of a color challenge based on the new Hostesses' chosen apron colors:

I hopped on board and here's my card...

The five large tulips each represent a Hostess, while the small daisies are a nod to the traditional yellow Hostess apron. (Hostesses are given yellow aprons with their names and can dress them up as they wish.)

Here's a little on the process: Stamp flowers onto white cardstock with Versamark and emboss with white powder. Watercolor with Memento markers. (Just scribble markers on a non-porous surface, mist with a small amount of water, and paint away.) Watercolor blue background. Stamp thank you text background. Wipe any excess ink from embossed areas. I think the rest is pretty straightforward but if you have any questions, ask away in the comments. :)

Stamps: CG199 Sunny Smiles, CG268 Thank You Definition, S5435 Graph Background, CL510 Sweet Threads Labels (sentiment)

Alrighty, that's enough blah blah blah for a Monday. :) Hope your week's off to a great start!


with sympathy

I wish we never needed to make these sorts of cards.

I've turned to this new Hero Arts With Sympathy set more than I would have liked already this year.

VersaMagic Chalk Inks give great coverage on the flowers. Here are the colors I used:

 Pixie Dust, Mango Madness, Tea Leaves, Pink Grapefruit, Pink Petunia.

The grass is stamped by turning the floral image upside down and stamping the stem portion repeatedly with first, second, and third generation inkings. (Same as here.)

Thanks for stopping by today...I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


match made in heaven

Hi there! Just a quick share today -- wanted to show a few cards I created that were displayed in the Hero Arts booth at CHA. These all use the the new BasicGrey stamps (now made by Hero Arts) and patterned papers.

Is this real life? I'm fairly convinced this is the best collaboration ever. :)

Here are three cards with the scrumptious Hello Luscious collection...

And here are a couple more using Life of the Party. It's hard to tell in the smallish photo but I made a rolled paper cone for Little Miss Cotton Candy there...

These are the first two lines that will be released. Lauderdale and Sweet Threads (probably my favorite!) will follow in April.

Delightful. Hope your day is the same!


frosted glass

I've had this big jar of clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) since we lived in California...which means it's at least 8 years old. Maybe 10. I guess it doesn't expire because it's still kickin'!

The other day I found it in the back of a drawer and pulled it out to play. I ended up creating a frosted glass look by combining it with another neglected embossing powder in my stash -- White Pearls by Stamp-N-Stuff.

Sometimes it seems like a card just doesn't want to be photographed. This is one of them. It was a stubborn stinker and looks better in person...you'll just have to trust me. ;)

To create the UTEE piece, I first stamped images from the Hero Arts With Sympathy set onto slightly damp watercolor paper. LOVE this useful and beautiful set. Tip: Flip the floral image upside down and stamp with green ink to fill in some of the area at the bottom. Looks grassy that way.

I then applied some Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, and Peeled Paint Distress Inks, generously tapped Versamark Ink to cover the whole thing, and embossed it with UTEE. Once the first coat of UTEE was dry, I did a layer of White Pearls powder, not really knowing what would happen. I liked the frosty effect and went with it. One more coat of UTEE over the top gave it a nice smooth finish.

Easy as that! Frosty and fun. (I don't know about you, but I could use more fun and less frost in my neck of the woods. Hurry, spring!)


winter white

This week's Tuesday Trigger over at the Moxie Fab World blog is this gorgeous three tier wedding cake. It tempted me all week and I finally got a chance to play this morning. (My first time!)

Let me just say, I would not want to be the cake server at this wedding reception. How could you bear to cut into this work of art...?

I jotted down a few notes: white + cream, overlapping flowers, rounded corners, pearls. Instead of doing a wedding card, I decided to go with a birthday theme. Here's what I came up with:

The cut out flowers on the cake made me think of the new Hero Arts Daisy Outline Pattern, which I stamped onto white cardstock with Soft Sand Shadow Ink. I added the slightest touch of pink because it just seemed more "birthday-ish" that way. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're enjoying the weekend! We're finally getting some of the "winter white" stuff here and I'm loving it. Hope it sticks!


on the 12th day of christmas...

Hi! Popping in with a fun little something to share today.

I was honored to be invited by Ellen Hutson to be a guest blogger in the wonderful "12 Days of Christmas" series on the CLASSroom blog this year. And today's my day!

Here's a peek at what I came up with, using some of my favorite new Hero Arts stamps and scraps:

If you tend to make and accumulate lots of inky backgrounds (hello, Distress Inks!) this is a very simple idea that will help you get them out of your scrap drawer and onto cards in a matter of minutes.

Click over here to the CLASSroom for the whole enchilada and be sure to leave a comment there because there's a giveaway...a really fabulous giveaway! Let's just say it might involve the number 12 and a certain company I love. ;)

Thanks for stopping by!