Another Fall Birthday Card

Had a lot of fun making this one for my brother’s birthday. I used a foiled piece done with my laminator for the background, then added black Distress Oxide ink to it. Wiped it off with a dry cloth so you would see the shine of the foil. The piece was a Gina K hot foiling background piece. I know it really isn’t supposed to be gears/axles, but that is what it reminded me of, so that’s why I used it. rest of this were from a Hero Arts Monthly kit from long ago that I loved. Had a lot of fun coloring the bird with Sakura Stardust Pens and some colored pencils. Added some of the Pops of Color drops. These are also what I consider fall colors, so I’m sharing this with the Shopping Our Stash Weekly challenge, as well as the Hero Arts Challenge Blog.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Dragon Sketch

My Favorite Things is an amazing small company that sells stamps, dies, paper, ink, embellishments, etc.  They have a card challenge site where they post different challenges.  Once a week, on Wednesdays, they post a sketch challenge.  The sketch for this week was interesting, so I made a card to go with it.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week they had a sale on their clear stamps, as well.  I saw it on Monday and asked my daughter if there was anything she wanted, so we put in an order together.  We didn’t have quite enough for free shipping, so I added some paper and ink in what looked to be a fun color: Green-Eyed Monster.  It isn’t quite the color I thought it would be, but it is a fun one, so, as the order arrived, yesterday, I used that, too.

5-5-18 MFT Sketch

For this I used the Green-Eyed Monster card and ink (to stamp the dragon), their Magical Dragons set and some patterned paper from a value paper set from Me & My Big Ideas called Alison.  I’ve had the paper for many years, so not sure if it is still available.  Also used some PrismaColor pencils in Lemon Yellow, Apple Green, Dark Green, and Crimson Lake.  Used a Sakura Stardust pen in gold, a clear Sparkle Noir pen, adhesive, foam pop dots, and white layering weight paper.


Made a very different sympathy card for a funeral this morning, as well.  I’m just posting the card, not all the supplies I used.

5-5-18 WCC Sympathy - Betty H

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.  Go have a wonderful rest of your weekend and do something creative.  There are so many different ways to be creative, from making fun stuff, to working on engines, to hiking, singing, etc.

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  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.