Happy Thursday everyone! How are you doing this week? Good I hope and I hope you are enjoying the lovely Fall Season, that we here in the U. S. are now in. I can hardly believe that Christmas and the Holidays will be here in a matter or week — Wow is time every flying by!! Today’s card is one that will be perfect as one of my Christmas Cards and created it to showcase a new Hero Stamp Set (Under the Mistletoe) and also to inspired you to play along in our October Challenge. For all the details on this challenge and to upload your card, please go to the Challenge Post HERE! You’ll also find more amazing inspiration from my Design Teammates there.
As for me, (it’s Lisa in case you don’t know), and I have been dying to create something fun with one of my newest stamps sets, which one being from the “Handmade for Christmas” Catalog Release and a set that has been very popular. Happily, we have it in stock again now over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store, but if you want it order fast, as has already sold out once!! To meet the challenge requirement, (using two Main Hero Arts Products, I chose a second stamp and this is a large cling background part of the Hero Arts/Basic Grey line. It’s called “Pine Horizontals CG610”, and although we are currently out, please know that we are always happy to place special orders! If this is a stamp you would like to purchase, please leave a comment here or fill out a request form, over at the a2z Store.
I started this card by taking a variety of the clear stamps and then lining them up on my craft mat, creating the design I wanted for my card. Once I had them all lined up, I simply placed my Fiskars stamp press onto the stamps, which easily picked them up and then inked them and stamped them directly to my white background. Using a stamp press in this way, makes it easy to pre-arrange your stamps and do the inking and stamping in one easy step. I colored the images with Copic Markers and then added a hint of sparkle using a Wink of Stella clear marker, which we now carry at the a2z Store. I then added some red Hero Arts Gems to each of the berries and added on finished off this section by stamping on my Sentiment, also from the “Under the Mistletoe” set. Next, I created the card base, starting with some “Pine Green” Layering Paper. I wanted to create a subtle background with a tone on tone look and did that using the Pine Horizontals Stamp inked in Hero’s “Forever Green Shadow Ink. I then cut down my image and framed it using some patterned paper from Echo Park, and then added that panel directly to my stamped card base. It was really a fun and easy card to create and I have lots of other ideas of using this same wonderful set. I think it would look fabulous stamped in embossed in Gold or Silver on a bright red card based, or stamped in Gold on a solid white base!
While, I am here, I want to remind you that there are still a few days left to enter into one or all three of the Challenges we posted on Saturday in Celebration of World Card Making Day. You find each of the three posted HERE and each challenge has its own them and own Inlinkz Gallery. You have until Midnight on October 12th to upload your projects have a chance to win one of the three $20 Gift Certificate prizes that will be randomly drawn from each of the entries! You’ll also find the Design Team has shared some wonderful inspiration for each challenge and there are already some amazing entries! Thank you to all of you who have already entered and best of luck in the Prize Drawings.
I also want to encourage any of you crafters who happen to LOVE Hero Arts products as much as we do, to consider submitting your application for our current Design Team Call. You’ll find all the details and requirements on the call HERE and you have until October 20th to apply. As one of the Design Team Members who has been on the team since day one, I’m so happy, proud and honored to be part of this amazing team and to also help promote the wonderful products and service that you’ll find when shopping at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. It’s truly a pleasure to be part of this Design Team and I also really love creating with such a talented, friendly and caring group!
In closing I want to share my special thanks to each of you all kind and caring thoughts, and to also for being so supportive while I have been dealing with a brutal Fibro Flare over the past several weeks. I feel so lucky to be here posting today and to be healing again and finding time to create, which I so LOVE and had missed terrible. I’m so very thankful for everyone who has left a comment on my blog, sent me a nice note or left me a message on Facebook. It’s mean so much to see how many people care! I am most grateful to the a2z DT and our dear leader Elizabeth for being so supportive! I’m very lucky to be on such a amazing team and so grateful for your concern, encouragement and support during these rather difficult health issues. This team ROCKS, and Elizabeth, our “Boss Lady” is a sweetheart, in more ways than I can ever express! Without her understanding and endearing heart, I know that I would never have been able to remain on this team! I’m extremely grateful to her for being there for me. Paper-crafting is truly a passion for me and often it’s very much my main form of relaxation and therapy in dealing with the chronic pain and fatigue of Fibromyalgia. Without this in my life, I know that it would only make living with this illness even more of a challenge! Thanks from the bottom on my heart for everything — it means more than you know!