Hero Arts Winter Time Fun slider card

a2z Scrapbooking, Card Challenge, Cards, Hero Arts

Hello all, its December already, the last month of 2018!! Is it just me or are the months just flying by faster than before? Time to go chop down our tree, put up those decorations and as the German tradition goes, bake cookies for the 4 Sundays of Advent, although mine never get that far, so I have to bake double this year! Its also the start of a new challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking blog where our last theme of the year is “Winter Wonderland”. So I hope to see your wintery cards over at our blog and you might just win the prize this month which is the Hero Arts Holiday Tags digital stamps!

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So for this challenge I decided to make a fun slider card with Hero Arts Winter Time Fun stamp set. I first created the background by sponging in Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry & Mermaid lagoon distress inks and cut it with a rectangle die. For the snowy bit, I added white watercolour from the Prima Marketing metallic range so its nice and shiny! The snow hill was created using a white chalk marker. I then stamped all the little critters, the tree and the sleigh onto a white card stock and cut it with my Brother scan and cut. Next I coloured them with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers.

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All I had to do now was to stick the little critters on the sleigh and assemble the slider part which I did by cutting a little rectangle on the card and adding a foam tape between my sleigh and a coin. To see a video of how I create slider card you can see this post here. I adhered the fox and the tree on the card, adding some Nuvo crystal drops to create snowlike effect in the tree. To finish I adhered this panel onto my card base with foam tape so that the coin would have space to move between the coloured panel and the card base.

Here’ s a video of my slider card in action! if you liked any of the Hero Arts stamps in my post, you can get it from a2z Scrapbooking store and if they’re sold out, you can custom order it! Make sure to use my code Gwendolyn15 to get a 15% discount on any of your orders $25 and above.

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope I inspired you to make a fun Winter card for our challenge over at a2z Scrapbooking. I look forward to seeing your cards there!

Have a great creative weekend!

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Thankful for You

a2z Scrapbooking, Cards, Hero Arts, Ink Blending

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog today to share with you how I made this card with a really simple technique using Hero Arts products you can find at the a2z Scrapbooking store. There’s also still time to join in on our “Give Thanks” challenge which  you can find here.

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Wanna know how I got the iceberg glistening in the water? Its all revealed on my post at the a2z Scrapbooking blog so I look forward to seeing  you there!

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Have a great week!

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I’m also sharing this over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Baby its cold outside

work it wednesdayWork It Wednesday – Give Thanks

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take it make It challenge – Anything Goes

PCM-challengesParu’s cardmaking challenge – Thank You

a blog named hero.jpgA Blog named Hero – Grateful

Unoriginal artist

Blog, Cards, Stamplorations, Twofer card challenge, Watercolor

This is going to be a very heavy post, loaded with photos and results of some soul searching. So you have now been warned and you continue at your own peril!

First, the cards I made for the Twofer card challenge, where I had to think up of different ways to incorporate the same butterfly on my cards. I say it each time but I LOVE this challenge! I made a photo tutorial instead of a video because I’ve lost my voice after a bout of tonsillitis…and talking too much while my voice was already strained… It’ll hopefully come back very soon but my hubby is enjoying the quiet I think, LoL!

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So for the first card, which is a Graduation card, I used the same Stamplorations “Happy Flowers” stencil and the same Cutplorations “Layered Butterfly” dies which I used on both cards. I first created the butterfly before stencilling in Momento’s “London Fog” dye ink through the flower stencl as I wanted the butterfly to stand out.

So I first drew the outline of the butterfly using the full die and watercoloured large spots with my Zig clean color real brushes. Using my Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle pen, I blended the colours a little before I diecut it using the 2nd detailed die. I then coloured the bottom full die with Spectrum Noir Illustrator marker nos CT2-Sunshine and CR11 Flame Red in the middle & around it. I wanted more shine & texture so I added Lukas’s Crystal gel on both butterflies and let them dry.

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My 2nd card was influenced by Mayline’s beautiful pop up peony card but I used a butterfly instead and the colours from the photo inspiration at The Card Concept. I first sponged in Abandoned Coral distress ink in the middle of the two flowers on the left and then added Mustard Seed to the rest of the flower. The stems were coloured with Twisted Citron distress oxides. I then spritzed water on it to blend the colours a little more. The flowers on the right were coloured using the same method but with Seedless Preserves in the middle and Picked Raspberry distress Inks. The sentiment in the middle from the “Hashtag authentic” Bold sentiment stamp set was stamped with Versafine ink.

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So the theme at Twofers is butterfly, so where is the butterfly on this card? Yes, its on the inside of the card! To create this butterfly, I just diecut the detailed wings die and covered it with Lukas gel again and dusted some Wow Embossing glitters on it. To make sure no glitters would fall off, once the gel had dried, I went over it again but this time with a clear glue/lacquer from Marabu that dries non sticky.

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The full butterfly diecut was cut from some watercolour scrap I used to practise my blending (waste not want not!) and the sentiment from Stamplorations Trendy Butterflies stamp set was stamped with Versafine too.

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And these are all the products from Stamplorations I used to make both cards.

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I’m actually quite relieved I can’t post another video yet, as I had an awful experience afew days ago, when someone on a crafty Facebook group accused me of stealing ideas for my own profit. This was after I posted a video I made on ink blending. It was all unfounded and a company rep even came to my defense, but I find myself still affected by this incident a week later and I’ve been asking myself why.

It is probably that deep down, I do feel guilty of the fact that I rarely come up with original ideas and all the techniques I use have been created by someone else, so whatever I share, is not really “mine” to share. Even the rare times when I think I’ve discovered a new technique, I realise later that someone already thought about it.  I am always influenced by someone else’s card, whats on Pinterest, a painting, or even the theme of a card challenge. Being relatively new to this craft, I have learnt everything I know from someone’s blog, video, card-making classes and I do give credit when I remember where its from, so I always have the feeling that my work is not original. I wonder if others feel this way?

Anyway, my remedy for fear is to get back onto the saddle so hopefully I’ll be posting a new video soon when my voice comes back. My guilt will not stop me from sharing what I do as this is my way of giving back to the community that has taught me so much. I think my Asian sense of “payback” is stronger than my Christian sense of guilt…or they might be linked – do we give back due to our sense of guilt for taking? Ok… I think thats too much philosophy for one day. LoL!

Anyway, sorry for the ramblings and bravo to those who made it this far! It always helps me to write about my troubled thoughts, and I feel better already! As always I do appreciate your little hugs of encouragement through your comments, and I wish you a great day!

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I’m also sharing the 1st card at:

CAS WatercolourCAS Watercolour Challenge – Rainbow

stamplorationsStamplorations Cutplorations challenge

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Stencil It

and the 2nd card at:

stamplorationsStamplorations CAS challenge – Things with Wings

Wow embossing powder.jpgWoW Embossing Powder Facebook challenge

AAAcards.jpgAAA Cards – Inspired by Nature

card concept.png The photo inspiration from which I got the colours for the 2nd card.

 

 

Creative with Stamps & More – Mother’s Day card & origins

Cards, Creative With Stamps, mothers day card, Watercolor

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Hi all.  Its the 1st of the month so another challenge begins at Creative with Stamps and the theme this month is Mother as Mother’s Day in most parts of the world is on May 13th, except the UK where it was on the 11th of March. We have a generous sponsor MHK Designs who are giving away 3 products of your choice from their Etsy store so I hope to see many of your cards with the Mother theme in the link up!

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I made my card using a Heart stencil from Stamplorations which I inked up with Spun Sugar distress oxide inks, and a stamp from Winnie and Walter called Big Hugs. I first stamped this cute image with Versafine black ink onto 300g watercolour paper and cut it with my Brother Scan and Cut. I then water coloured it, trying to give it a more “artsy” look! I really love the sentiment from Altenew Precious Moments set, which has very beautiful sentiments for parents and children. Unfortunately I stamped it crooked and unevenly…and I even used my Misti! I didn’t want to twice stamp it as I’m always afraid to smudge my  sentiments… The ribbon was a scrap in my drawer so unfortunately I don’t really know where it comes from.

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Do you know the origins of Mother’s Day? It started in the US in 1907 with the efforts of a devoted daughter, Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia. She did it to memorialise the work of her mother, Ann Jarvis, who started “Mother’s Work Days” to improve the sanitation and avert deaths from disease-bearing insects and seepage of polluted water. A few years later in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day, and within a few years, the idea gained worldwide prominence! Now isn’t that truly a labor of love from one mother to all mothers and the greatest show of love from a daughter for her mother! Well I hope this little history lesson inspires you to do something nice for your mothers on Mother’s Day and not just giving something nice… although I know if my kids remember the day at all I would be ecstatic! Lol!

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll be inspired to join in our challenge at Creative with Stamps with your beautiful cards honouring your mothers. Do pop over to my team mates blog and leave them some love as they inspire you with their wonderful creations!

Thanks for stopping by and your comments always make me so happy! Have a Great Day!

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I’m also playing along at:

time outTime Out challenges – Wild

wordartWord Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

w&w-blogbannerWinnie and Walter link up

casology.jpgCASology – Jungle. Not sure if there are bears in a jungle…although Baloo was in The Jungle Book so…

PCM-challenges.pngParu’s cardmaking Challenge – Mother’s Day

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp – Anything Goes

work it wednesday SSS Work It Wednesday – Mother’s day

 

Addicted to stamps and More – CAS card

Addicted to Stamps and More, alcohol inks, Cards, Pink Fresh Studio

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Hi all! Its Wednesday so time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week we have a CAS – clean and simple theme, so show us your cards with lots of open space and minimal embellishments.

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The card I made today to inspire you is not very Clean but its simple to make. I just covered a piece of Yupo paper with my Spectrum Noir illustrator alcohol markers, using Cobalt, Lilac, and Hydrangea colours. I then added a few drops of alcohol hand gel randomly on my paper and moved it around with a dry wet wipe I had on hand, to mix and blend the colours. I then die cut it with the beautiful die from Pick Fresh Studio called “Bright side of Life”.

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To add a little more detail on my card, although I know I should have left it at that to make it CASer…, I stamped one of the stripe stamps from Winnie and Walter’s “Scenery Stripes” stamp set all down the left side of the card with distress oxide inks and went over it with a water brush to have graded looks on each line.

Well I hope you liked my card today and that you’ll pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog to admire my teammies cards and leave them some love too! Have a great day!

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I’m sharing this over at:

Calling All Sistahs.jpgCalling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

HLS AG with Dies BadgeHappy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies

DiesRUsDies R Us – Springtime

papercraftPapercraft challenge – Clean and Simple