3 Fish

The current A Blog Named Hero has a challenge going right now called Repeated. So, I made this:

Had fun making it. Added a bit of texture with some Nuvo Stone Drops on the coral, and popping different pieces up at differing levels.

I used Hero Arts’ Color Layering Betta Fish, and the sentiment and coral are from their March 2019 kit.

Thanks for joining me today! Your taking the time to check out what I’m working on is very valuable to me.


Shaking Up Some Fun

When I was checking my email today, I saw that the new A Blog Named Hero challenge was anything goes. Also saw a couple of videos on different ways of doing shaker cards (I’ve tried more than those). And, a friend recommended the Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge as a great place for challenges. Their challenge, which ends today is to use hearts in some way. So . . . I had some fun.

Had some fun, as well as some frustration. I LOVE the color layering stamp sets from Hero Arts. However, they have these tiny little stamps for details that are next to impossible to line up properly because they are so stinkin’ small. The beak and eye detail stamp kept moving on me and never did quite line up properly.

I used their Color Layering Peacock, as well as their Color Layering Koi sets. The sentiment is from the Koi set. I also used some Distress inks to blend the background and do the peacock. The shaker uses a shimmer sheet and lots of shaker elements from who knows where. There are several heart pieces in the shaker elements. You can actually see some of the orange ones in this picture.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful week.

Fish Space

Sorry, couldn’t help myself.  I did two cards, one was a fish card and the other a white space card.  Tried some new things.

The fish card I was using 3 colors from a tri-color challenge on WeCraftCards.com.  My colors were purple, blue, and orange.  I was also using a stencil for pressure embossing, as well as a different stencil for heat embossing.

The fish card the only white in it was the cardstock I stamped on.  You can see tiny bits of it, but everything else is blue, orange, or purple.  I stamped the sentiment in purple, and the outer, detail layer of the fish is with a really dark purple.

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The background stencil is a leaf esque one from Hero Arts.  I thought it would work for water, as it reminds me a bit of different currents.  The one I used at the bottom for rocks was a Ranger one.  I pressed my Versa Mark pad through it, then shook on the glitter embossing powder.  Thought it would look a bit more like rocks, but it wasn’t as “gray” as I thought.  Oh well.  I had fun with this one.  My son suggested making the fish glossy, but as I wanted to use Glossy Accents for the “bubbles”, I chose to use some orange and purple Sakura Stardust pens to add a bit of glimmer.  I’m entering this in the A Blog Named Hero challenge.

This next one is for the MFT Summer School Day 5 Challenge of using white space.  I don’t tend to leave tons of white space, so had to think on this one for a bit.  A friend of mine has sent me some amazing cards where there is a frame, with only the inside of the frame decorated, so I went with that idea.

This one is also for my Erika take on the Summer School challenges.  I used 3 different MFT stencils in that tiny little scene.  I also added bling, which is also something I don’t do too often.  I just forget about it.  So, I went for it on this, to stretch myself.

8-6-20 MFT White Space

It isn’t the greatest picture, as the white on white really looks like the same color white in real life.  Erika liked this one, so she’s getting the card.  She liked that I embossed the frame.

If all goes well, I’ll get some more cards done this weekend.  First, however, I need to try and catch up on my crochet-a-long.  I’m more than a week behind at this point.  Oops!  Work has been crazy lately.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today!  Have a wonderful weekend.

Fairy Prayer

I was trying to use the Hero Arts Fairy Window die with different papers.  In doing this, I realized my Cuttlebug has gotten to the end of it’s life.  Even with new plates, it didn’t cut well.  Fortunately, I have a Spellbinder’s Grand Calibur, which worked.  So, wanted to use what I made, that was useable.  (The vellum wasn’t savable after cutting it with the Cuttlebug.  I’m very sad about this, as I’ve had the Cuttlebug for a very long time.)

For this one, I used some glitter paper I got from My Favorite Things, which they no longer have.  It goes perfectly with the Plum Punch card at Gina K Designs.  Also used Tuskineko Brilliance Archival Pigment Ink Pad in Peacock.  I just used the bright green, as I thought it needed a bit of color, besides pink/plum.  (Apparently, this isn’t readily available anymore.  Yes, I keep and treasure/use sparingly what I actually purchase.)

Anyway, here’s the card.

3-8-19 HA WCC Wing & Prayer 2

I just love all the sparkle.  Putting this one in the A Blog Named Hero challenge, as well.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!  Have a wonderful weekend.

Alcohol Ink

Had fun with some alcohol ink, foil tape and Yupo paper last night.  My friend Erika is going to flip, as I actually used a Mermaid image.

Just used quite a few different alcohol inks, some blending solution and some 91% Alcohol in a spray bottle.  There were quite a few backgrounds, some very inky fingers, that are still inky today, and some fun.  I used my favorite piece with some Ranger Alcohol Lift ink and created this card:

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As it’s got lots of sparkle and shine to it: I used a silver pigment ink for the sentiment, Perfect Pearl spray on the background and a few sequins, as well as the Yupo paper and alcohol ink; I am entering it in the A Blog Named Hero monthly challenge.  The stamp set is Hero Arts CM160 Mermaid Kisses.

It also has lots of splash and splatter with the alcohol ink piece and the sprayed background, so it’s getting entered in the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday challenge this week, too.

Oh and if you’re wondering why I have a Mermaid stamp set, there is a pearl image and sentiment on it that is wonderful.  The mermaids are kind of fun, as well.

Now, to figure out what to make with my husband’s favorite alcohol ink piece.  Something will definitely be coming soon.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!  Have a wonderful rest of your day.

Summer Birthdays

We often try to make birthday cards seasonally appropriate.  Personally, I tend to make them for the person, if I know things they are interested in.  But, for Summer birthdays, there are so many possibilities.  You’ve got flip flops, drinks, sun, beach, pool, and, of course, ICE CREAM.  Now, as one of my friends says, “Happy Cake and Ice Cream Day”, figured this would be perfect as a birthday card.

7-24-18 WCC HA Ice Cream

You can’t really see it too well, but each and every ice cream scoop has sparkle to it.  The ice cream and sprinkles are from the Hero Arts Ice Cream Layering set.  The cherry and chocolate chips are in that set, too.  I used Nuvo Crystal Drops to add some dimension and shine to all of the sprinkles and the cherry.  It actually rounded the cherry up, too.  There are a few bright pink sprinkles that were done with a neon pink glitter glue, too.  The sparkle on the ice cream is from a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen in clear.  I used that over the sentiment, as well.

So, just a fun card for a birthday any time of the year, but especially in summer.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Tic Tac Toe

One of our wonderful hosts at WeCraftCards.com challenged us with tic tac toe.  This is the board he gave us:

Shades of Purple                       Patterned Paper                             Sticker

Bird/Bee/Butterfly                     Ribbon                                             Shades of Green

Polka Dots                                   Shades of Blue                                Flowers

So, I’m working on making one for each possibility.  If all goes well, I’ll get it done.  But for now, I have 3 done.

Here is the one for bottom left to top right:

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Here is the one for the top row:

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And for the right column:

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I also wanted to do cards for for the monthly challenge on A Blog Named Hero and the Monday and Wednesday Simon Says Stamp Blog challenges.

So, here are the first few.  Now, back to work on the rest!

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Birthday Card Fun

My uncle moved away from Arizona many years ago.  So, thought I would give him a fun southwest birthday card to celebrate his birthday.

5-2-18 WCC HA Bill Bday

Used the Hero Arts April 2018 kit for this one.  It’s rare that I purchase a kit, but this one was too fun to pass up.  There are many more images and dies in it, too.

Now, for the pieces, I water colored in two different ways.  The snake and flowers were done with Derwent Inktense pencils, and a water brush.  I have to say, my water brush puts out too much water, so some of my color ran outside the lines.  They are easy to use, however and fun, as well.  For the mouse, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens.  I didn’t use additional water and I loved the precision I could get.  The gold details on the mouse were done with a Sakura Stardust pen in gold.

Because I wanted to water color the images, I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp them.

My friend, Terrie, has this braid card style as the challenge for this week on WeCraftCards.com.  My husband was beyond impressed with it and it wasn’t difficult.  Terrie gives links to how to do it, as well as the template.

I am also entering this in the Hero Arts Challenge: Put A Flower on It.  I actually have 3 flowers on it.  One of them is cut in half, but had fun with doing that.

Just wanted to show you what I’ve been working on this week.  Thanks for spending some of your precious time with me.