I have always loved watching birds especially when they build their nests. When I was a kid we had so many robins in our yard that every spring we always found robins eggs in their nests (never touched them). When the Hero Arts February 2018 Kit arrived I was very excited. Wow so many stamps with matching dies.
Using the Hero Arts February 2018 Kit I created this card:
The nest die is very detailed and has perforations for you to be able to insert those eggs. I used the three ink cubes to color the nest (direct to paper). Then using the robins egg ink cube I ran it over another piece of card stock a few times and spritzed the card stock with brown ink spray (to make it look like robins eggs). I then die cut the eggs. I also spritzed the background on both panels with Hero Arts ink spray (Pool color). The tree branch was colored with Distress Markers. I stamped the birthday greeting on the top left so I moved the embellishments over to the right. The little leaf die also has a perforation to be able to manipulate it to make it look 3D.
Do you have a favorite stamp set that you are always drawn to? Today’s card features a stamp set from Power Poppy. I have quite a few of their digital stamps but this is the only clear stamp I own. It is my go to for female birthday cards because it features three lovely stamps (plus sentiments) to color.
When I saw the current challenge over at Seize the Birthday, I knew I had to use this stamp. Here is the card that I will be using to participate in the challenge.
The image was colored with copics. I used a scallop border die from Our Daily Bread, sequins, paper and sequins are from my stash.
Playing catch up with challenges I love to participate in. This card was created for the “Sweets” challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown.
Donuts2Stamp stamps and dies from Stamps of Life were used to create this card, colored with copics and you can’t see in the photo but I covered all the icing on the donuts with Wink of Stella. Sequins were from my stash and I also used My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 to create the panel.
The current challenge over at Cards In Envy is “Love You So Much”. January 2018 Hero Arts Kit was all about love and here is one of the cards I made from the kit:
I have a difficult time with two step stamping. I only have a few stamps and I never like the outcome. While experimenting with this beautiful two step script Love stamp I stamped in the reverse. I stamped the outline first and then lined up the word Love on top of the outline and I was very pleased. Everything used on the card came in the kit except the yarn for the bow. I felt I needed to add the bow to bring out the grey in the beautiful hand made paper.
This is my second post today — I have finally been able to catch up with making cards. With the excitement here in the Philadelphia area, and the Eagles winning their first ever Superbowl, we have been celebrating all week and unable to focus on anything else. Time to get back to normal. I created this card for Send A Smile 4 Kids and I made three more for my Grands.
The step up is a die from Stamps of Life which includes 20 dies. The stamp set I used is from Your Next Stamp, I couldn’t find the bee mine sentiment which is part of the stamp set so I wrote it in myself. Then I found it stuck to something on my desk (don’t you hate when that happens).
The challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown is “Confetti”. I don’t have any type of confetti paper or stamps but I do have all the elements for a shaker card so I created a birthday card. In addition I used the sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.
Here is my card:
The papers are from Stamps of Life. I used the Happy Birthday confetti piece in the upper right for the three embellishments on the sketch.
This year I want to step out of my comfort zone — make three cards each week and post them to various challenges. I am very picky about the challenges I choose to enter. I am most comfortable with entering challenges that I am familiar with or that I know the card makers who may be on the design team. Being a part of Operation Write Home for five years, I have come to know quite a few bloggers/card makers. I am a shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids and I know immediately when I receive cards that the card maker was involved with Operation Write Home by the way they insert the cards into the envelopes.
One of the weekly challenges that I want to enter is Tuesday Morning Sketches where Carol (a fellow OWH member and who lives relatively close) is on the Design Team and today I enter this challenge by way of her blog.
Another one of my blogging friends is Debi B and she is on the Tuesday Throwdown DT challenge and one of the faithful card makers for SAS4KIDS. She actually is one of the “Three Musketeers” (a team of local ladies who are always helping me especially in times of crisis. They are Debi B, Sybilla G, and Eileen K). Luckily for me the challenge this week is Anything Goes so I will be entering this card into all three challenges.
I used a new to me stamp from Sweet N Sassy Stamps called Love Birds and various papers from my stash. I paper pierced a few areas on the birds.
The current challenge over at Cards In Envy is Tuxedo (black and white cards). Here is my card:
All the items I used in my card were from my stash. The greeting is from Power Poppy and the stamps are from MFT. I stamped directly on the background paper to give a silhouette effect on the card. The white top layer I scored lines to create a board effect.
I would also like to participate in the following challenges: