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Water Colored Background

Hi everyone,

It’s Barb here today sharing a card using our challenge theme for this month, ‘Water Coloring’! A few weeks ago, I shared a card where I water colored a butterfly but this time, I wanted to create a background with an ombre effect using my water colors.Here is my card:

 

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Hero Arts Water Color Wheel has several shades of each color, so it was easy to start with light red, then orange and yellow. Then, I perused the Silhouette Store for a Hero Arts pattern to highlight the background that I had created. I used gold embossing powder for the sentiment, added a few gold sequins, and that was it!

I hope my card inspires you to take out your water colors and try something new with your stamps! And, if you do, please feel free to enter your card in this month’s challenge by clicking on the link on the right hand side bar, or go HERE! You may enter up to five times to be eligible to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store with each entry.

As always, you are welcome to use Coupon Code BARB15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store! I am also including an “Inlinkz” product list at the bottom of this post to link you to all these supplies!

Have a wonderful day ~

barb3


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Clean & Simple Water Coloring

Hi everyone,

It’s Barb here today sharing a card using our Challenge Theme for this month, ‘Water Coloring’! I consider myself a ‘Clean & Simple’ card maker, so water coloring has been known to instill panic in me when I venture too far…in fact, I took the online card class that was offered a few months ago, and I am now on my second package of Hero Arts water color paper with very little to show for it – Ha! Oh well, it’s all about experimenting, right?

Here is my card;

 

I Love You  - Water Color

Please excuse the darkness of this photo. We have had overcast skies for the past few days and I had to use my light box to take this photo.

I stamped the butterfly with black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then, I applied my soft blue water colors, and die cut the butterfly and oval aperture. After I stamped the sentiment in Soft Granite ink, I mounted the front panel and added silver stars and gems. And, that was it…Clean & Simple water coloring!

I hope my card inspires you to take out your water colors and inks and try something new with your Hero Arts stamps or stencils! And, if you do, please feel free to enter your card in this month’s challenge by clicking on the link on the right hand side bar, or go HERE! You may enter up to five times to be eligible to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store with each entry.

As always, you are welcome to use Coupon Code BARB15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store! I am also including an “Inlinkz” product list at the bottom of this post to link you to all these supplies!

Have a wonderful day ~

barb3


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Trying New Things

Hi everyone,

It’s Barb here today sharing a few cards I created while trying out some of my new Hero Arts goodies and a few new techniques.

First up is a card I created after watching THIS VIDEO by Jennifer McGuire using a technique called “Stamping and Colored Pencil Highlighting”. Here is my card:

Get Well Soon

I started by stamping the flowers in Fresh Peach Mid-Tone Shadow ink and the leaves in Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow ink. Then, as Jennifer shows in her video, I took my white pencil to add highlights and a dark red pencil to accentuate the shadows of the flowers. I used a dark green pencil for the shadows on the leaves. Here is a close-up:

Get Well Soon Close-Up

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I’ve been wanting to create a card with a Bokeh effect, and learned that there are several ways to go about it. I chose to use my Bubble Confetti Stencil for the first time, and ink the circles at a diagonal in three different shadow inks. To add to the effect, I placed a vellum panel over the top and a sentiment on a rectangle piece of black cardstock. Here is my card:

You Are Very Special

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For my last card, I wanted to ink a yellow/orange circle to create the effect of the moon behind the owls. Generally, when I create an inked background, I use the entire panel, so this was a little different for me. I was also excited to use my new Lil’ Hoot dies. Here is my last card:

So Proud of You

After I masked and inked the moon, then stamping and die cutting the owls, I used two sentiments in this set…just because!

I hope my cards inspire you to step outside your comfort zone, try something new, and create a card for this month’s challenge…We would love to see what you’ve created! Our theme for this month is ‘Anything Goes’, and you may enter up to five times to be eligible to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store with each entry.

As always, you are welcome to use Coupon Code BARB15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store! I am also including an “Inlinkz” product list at the bottom of this post to link you to all these supplies!

Have a wonderful day ~

barb3


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Hello Sunshine

Hi everyone ~ It’s Barb here sharing a card I created using Perfect Pearts to add shimmer to my card. Generally, I prefer a CAS card…the more white space, the better for me. But, I couldn’t resist jazzing up my card with a fall themed flower and some sparkle. Here is my card:

 

Hello Sunshine

I started by stamping my flower, then inking it with distress inks and water. I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls mixed with water, and set it aside. I stamped the pattern with Hero Arts/Basic Gray Highline Ironwork background stamp in Butter Bar ink, and arranged the layout of my card. I also used my black gel pen to add texture to the center of the flower, and added some white thread to place behind it.

Here is a close-up of the flower:

Hello Sunshine Sneak Peek

I hope my card inspires you to step outside your comfort zone and create a card for this month’s challenge. Our theme for this month is ‘Anything Goes’. You may enter up to five times to be eligible to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store with each entry.

As always, you are welcome to use Coupon Code BARB15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store! Have a wonderful day ~

barb3


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Playing with Background Stamps

Hi everyone,

It’s Barb here today sharing a few cards I created with my new background stamp…The Capture Number Background! I love the chunky bold numbers, and thought it would be fun to play with it a few different ways! Here is my first card:

 

POST BIRTHDAY 1

For this card, I used the stamp in the most traditional way. I heat embossed it in white, and blended my shadow inks to add a gradient of color, I love the chalkboard look on my cards, so I added my sentiment by stamping it in white on black cardstock, added a few smudges (for a realistic effect) and finally a hand drawn border.I mounted both panels on to a black card base, and placed a piece of white cardstock inside the card to write my message.

*TIP: Shadow inks and distress inks leave residue on heat embossed images. Instead of using water or a wet baby wipe to clean it off (doing so may warp the card), I use a small amount of alcohol on a q-tip to remove the ink. The q-tip also makes it easier to get into really small spaces!

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POST BIRTHDAY

For my second card, I thought it would be fun to use this background stamp to create an embellishment on a card. I inked white cardstock with Ruby Red ink, and die cut it with one of the heart frame cuts. I love an angled card with separate panels, and I think the sentiments from the Enjoy Today stamp set work perfectly for this design. I added a bit of twine and a DIY enamel dot, and my card was finished.

TIP: For a tutorial on creating your own enamel dots, please go to This Post

To view and purchase all of the supplies I used on both cards, please click on the photo in the Inlinkz below. And, as always, please don’t forget you are always welcome to use Coupon Code: BARB15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping) in the a2z Store where there are lots of new products being added every day!

Lastly, there is still plenty of time to join us for this month’s Challenge by going Here or clicking on the link in the right side bar! You only need to use two Hero Arts ‘hard products’ (stamps, stencils) to qualify, and the winner will receive a $25.00 Gift Card to the a2z Store!

I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start! Thanks so much for stopping by!

barb3


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Jingle All The Way

Hi everyone, it’s Barb here ~

The theme for the October Challenge is to use two Hero Arts Products. So, I couldn’t wait to grab my stamps, dies and inks and get started on my card:

 

Jingle All The Way

For my card, I die cut the Hero Arts Ornaments Dies in white, and inked each one in ‘rainbow’ order. Two are inlaid into the front panel and three are raised up to create dimension. I added some cute little silver stars, stamped the sentiment from the Merry Christmas Messages Stamp set, and added faux strings by punching holes into the panel. Lastly, I mounted the white panel on to a black card base, and that was it!

I hope you’ll take the time to enter your card in our Monthly Challenge! Scroll down to just below Michelle’s name and add your project to the InLinkz Link-Up Tool. You may enter up to 5 times, and will be eligible to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to the a2z Store!

Also, don’t forget we are having a Design Team Call, and would like to invite you and your friends to apply. If you are interested, please check HERE for the details, or click on the link on the sidebar.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, and that you’ll be able to carve out some crafty time…Take care ~

barb3

 

 


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Oh, Christmas Tree!

Hi everyone! Barb here with my post focusing on getting some Christmas cards done, and after perusing the a2z Scrapbooking Store for some stamps and stencils, I’m ready to go!

My first card was made with sort of a chalkboard theme (I love white pigment ink on black cardstock). I stamped the tree with Fancy Tree and Unicorn White Pigment Ink, then stamped the sentiment (from Merry Christmas Messages) with Versamark and Hero Arts White Embossing Powder (my favorite for a crisp, clean sentiment). I also took out my colored pencils and added some color to the flowers and holly leaves. I think this is a great card to reproduce…it’s festive, but not complicated.

 

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The color is really subtle, so here is a close up:

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My 2nd card is 5 x 7” and was made with my new Hero Arts Swirl Tree Stencil. I know it’s difficult to see on screen, but it is totally sparkly IRL! I mixed a little green ink with White Embossing Paste for the tree, and before it dried, I added clear glitter. My sentiment is also from Merry Christmas Messages, stamped with Versamark and Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

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Here’s a close up of all that sparkle:

Stencil close up

Please don’t forget that we have a monthly challenge going on.  We would love for you to play along with us. This month’s theme is Autumn and Christmas. You may enter up to 5 times and you will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking store with each entry. Click HERE to submit your entry.
Also, we would like to invite you and your friends to apply for our Design Team. The link is over the to right if you are interested or you can click HERE for more details.  We really hope you will apply.

Please note: Submissions close at 11:59 p.m. EST on October 20, 2014, so if you are interested, be sure to apply on time.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit us today…I hope everyone is having a great weekend ~

Barb


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Having Fun with Stencils

Hi everyone,

It’s Barb here today, and I have a few cards to share with you using some of my new stencils:

 

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For my first card, I used the Circle Christmas Tree Stencil. I inked the circles with Mint Julep Shadow Ink, the plant pot with Hero Arts Silver Shadow ink, and embossed the sentiment from the Merry Christmas Trees set (which is retired). I also added the diagonal stripes by stamping Thin Stripes from Impression Obsession, and mounted everything on to a red card base.

Thanksgiving Blessings

For this card, I inked a section of the Hero Arts Bubble Confetti Stencil with Shadow Inks (Butter Bar, Orange Soda, Pumpkin Pie), then created a vellum tag and embossed the sentiment and leaf in white EP from the Thankful For You stamp set.

For your chance to win a $25.00 Gift Card to the a2zScrapbooking Store, feel free to enter your Hero Arts cards or projects to our Monthly Challenge! We would love to see your creations! And, don’t forget you are always welcome to use Coupon Code BARB15 for 15% off your order of $25.00 or more, before tax and shipping at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. There are new products being added daily, including Hero Arts stamps, inks, and stencils, and there are over 60 items on sale/clearance for you to choose from!

barb3

 



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DIY Enamel Dots

Hi everyone ~ It’s Barb here today sharing an ‘Encouragement’ card and a tutorial for DIY Enamel Dots!

I love a clean and simple card with a few small, colorful elements, and my favorite are enamel dots. But, after a while, they can become really expensive! So, when I learned that I can make them myself for a fraction of the cost, I decided to do a little research.

I read some blog posts and watched a few videos, then bought a bag of Perler Beads (1,000 beads for $2.99 – Google for the best price) and some parchment paper. Perler Beads create small enamel dots, Walmart Faceted Beads create a medium size, and Pony Beads create the largest dots.

To begin, I preheated my oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and placed a piece of parchment paper onto an old baking (cookie) sheet. I put the beads on with the divot (opening) facing vertically:

 

PERLER BEADS 1

Here is a close up:

PERLER BEADS 3

The beads are ‘done’ when the divot (opening) is no longer visible and the dot is smooth and shiny. I baked the beads for about 20 minutes, and VOILA!!! ~ I had my very own homemade Enamel Dots! Well, mostly ~

 

PERLER BEADS 5

Here are a few tips ~ If you look closely, you will see that a few of the beads are not as smooth as others. I left the whole tray in for a few more minutes, but they never actually smoothed out all the way. I noticed that the problem was with the darker beads. So, the next time I baked them, I bumped up the temperature to 375 F (some have suggested this temperature), and baked light colored beads for 25 minutes and dark beads separately for about 30 minutes. And, that seemed to help. Here are a few more things that I learned:

– Just to be safe: Use an old baking sheet, and keep it for ‘crafty projects only’ (even though I’m using Parchment Paper, I won’t use this pan in the future for food)
– check your oven temp, so that it’s not too hot – everyone’s oven is different, and yours may run ‘hot’. It’s a good idea to check your oven with an oven thermometer, if you have one
– Bake ‘like’ colors together, as some colors may take a little longer (ie, dark colors)
– Pony beads are rather large, and if you leave them in for a shorter time, they will spread less.
– Space the beads on the baking sheet so they are not too close together
– When finished, cool for 5 minutes, and the enamel dots will slide right off the parchment paper
– A few people have noted that there was a distinct smell while baking the beads. I would bake them on a day that you can open the windows in your house to avoid any lingering odor

Enamel DotsI love having my ‘economical’ enamel dots in a small jar right on my desk, so I can reach for them often!

I have only used Perler Beads, but I want to share some of the research I did using other types of beads, in case you are interested.

Baking time and temperature for different types of beads:

Perler Beads – 375 degrees F (190 C) for 20 – 25 minutes for light beads, and 25 – 30 for dark and bright/neon beads –>>Small enamel dots

Walmart Faceted Beads – 400 degrees F (205 C) for 15 minutes –>>Medium enamel dots

Pony Beads – 425 degrees F (220 C) for 12-15 minutes –>> Large enamel dots

I hope all of my trials and tips help, if you decide to try making your own enamel dots. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a note (with your email address) in the comment section, and I will get back to you asap.

On to my card…I used Teal and Clear Perler Beads ~

Thinking of You - DIY Enamel Dots

A ‘Thinking of You’ card is great to have on hand, because it can be used to console someone in their time of need, or encourage someone who just needs a ‘Shot in the arm’. So, I decided to use this sentiment in the Fancy Basics stamp set as my focal point, but thought it needed a soft background to make it pop! I die cut the Triangle Background Die using masking paper and inked it lightly in some places and heavier in others with Soft Pool Ink, then embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder for an elegant touch.I mounted the panel on to a Soft Pool card base, added a few DIY enamel dots, and that was it!

We would love to have you join us in This Month’s Challenge. Our theme is ‘Encouragement’, and all you have to do, is link up your card or project to the gallery for you chance to win a $25.00 Gift Card at the a2z Scrapbooking Store.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit us today…I hope everyone has a great weekend ~
Barb

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You Are Very Special

Hi there crafty friends, it’s Barb here today ~

I love being a paper crafter! When someone I love needs a little encouragement, or if I want to let them know how special they are to me, I just pull out my crafty supplies and create a card! It seems to work out well every time! Today, I’m sharing a card for my sister, who is very special to me.

You Are Very Special

To create this card, I started by stamping the Leafy Vines pattern on to a piece of Lilac Layering Paper for a tone on tone look, then stamping the sentiment in black. I also stamped the sentiment on a 4 by 5 inch embossed Snow Layering Paper. I die cut the Lilac paper with the Frame Cuts Heart and mounted it on to the white background, lining it up with the sentiment. Lastly, I added some silver hearts and placed the white panel on to a scalloped lilac card base with dimensional tape.

We would love to have you join us in this month’s challenge. Our theme is ‘Encouragement’, and all you have to do, is link up your card or project to the gallery for you chance to win a $25.00 Gift Card at the a2z Scrapbooking Store.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit us today…I hope everyone has a great weekend ~
Barb

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