Cardinal (the bird)

Cardinals are one of my favorite birds – probably because they live here in my neighborhood (they don’t migrate). There are several kinds of cardinals. The type in my neighborhood are Northern Cardinals. Male and female cardinals look different. Male cardinals are typically bright red overall, with a black ring around the beak. Female cardinals are usually predominately brown, with bright red bills and a red crest on the top of their heads (figures the male gets all the beautiful color).

I used the sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches for today’s card.

The cardinal and sentiment are from Hero Arts February 2018 Kit and the other items are from my stash.

I have challenged myself to keep using this Hero Arts Kit to create cards. One negative note about this particular kit is that I asked Hero Arts if they could tell me the names of all the birds. They couldn’t. There are 11 birds in the kit and I can only identify three. You would think the artist would know the names of the birds.

In addition to Tuesday Morning Sketches I would like to participate in 2 Crafty Critters Crazies.

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Cards In Envy – Give It Some Heart

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The challenge over at Cards In Envy is “Give It Some Heart”. I was very busy last month making cards using the Hero Arts January 2018 kit (love). Here is one of the cards I created (cased from Tina at Cards and Coffee Time).


In addition to Cards In Envy I would like to participate in the Lemon Shortbread – Anything Goes challenge.

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Feathers for the Guys

Continuing the challenge I set for myself (to keep using Hero Arts February 2018 kit to create cards), I created this card using the sketch over at  Cardz4Guyz challenge.

I spritzed the background with Hero Arts Ink Spray (Pool) and colored the feathers with the inks that came with the kit and also Ombre Mermaid. After cutting the feathers with the dies that came with the kit, I placed them on the spritzed panel using the sketch as a guide. The sentiment is from GinaK Designs.  I then placed the panel onto the card base (sorry don’t know which card stock that is).

In addition to Cardz4Guyz I would like to participate in the following challenges:

As You Like It – Single or Multiple (layers). Single, I like clean and simple cards.
4 Crafty Chicks – Just add a Sentiment
Through the Purple Haze – Anything Goes

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Black and White Spring Card

The challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week is Black and White. I received the February Hero Arts Kit earlier this month and I am challenging myself to use it to make all my cards until I receive the March Hero Arts Kit. I didn’t think I would be able to pull off a “spring” black and white card but I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Here is my card:

The papers I believe are from Die Cuts With A View (old) the three flowers are an EK Success punch and I added the highlights with a sharpie. The bird and sentiment are from Hero Arts. I white heat embossed the bird on black card stock and then using the matching die, cut it out – you really can’t tell in the photo but the bird has a black outline around it. I used a sketch I found on Pinterest to design this card.

In addition to Tuesday Throwdown I would like to participate in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp – Anything Goes

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Tuesday Throwdown Sketch

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.

This week’s challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown is this sketch.

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.

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Friendship is Love

I have made several Valentine’s cards using January 2018 Hero Arts Kit. Hero Arts Kits are a great value because so much is included in the kit.

Here is one of the cards I made:

Everything was included in the kit – the stamps, the dies and the sequins.

I would like to participate in Little Red Wagon challenge (Love) and Crafting by Designs (Valentine).

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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.

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Stencil Background

I have been a shipper for Send A Smile 4 Kids for the last two years. Knowing what the upcoming Holiday Season brings to my door, I needed to reorganize my spare bedroom to enable me to work more efficiently. I worked on moving things around to make space more accessible, discarding boxes, and labeling cards and files. Now I am ready to receive all the beautiful creations our card makers design.  These cards put smiles on the faces of the kids who have to spend time in the hospital due to serious illness.

After that I hit my craft room. My husband came home from work today, clutched his chest and said the Lord was calling him (ha-ha). He came home to my craft room cleaned, desk uncluttered, papers put away and floor vacuumed (I am very bad with that one).

After all that was accomplished, I finally needed to do something for me. You got it — had to create a card. The challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown this week is to use a stencil. Here is my card:

I used Holly Background Stencil (Stamplorations), then stamped MFT Music Background stamp on top of the stenciled panel. I added the border to the panel using DCWV Glitzy Pastels, and the sentiment is from MFT Seasonal Sentiments. The gems are from Hero Arts.

In addition to Tuesday Throwdown I would like to participate in the following challenges

Crafting With Friends – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers  – Anything Goes
Emerald City Crafts – Anything Goes

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Bridal Shower For Bridgette

My beautiful niece Bridgette is getting married in July. Recently a bridal shower was held for her and here is the card I created.

I have had the Hero Arts Monthly Kit from February and barely used it but I broke it out for this card which I thought was perfect. This is my second Monthly Kit and I have to tell you what a great value it is. The umbrella I colored with copics and used glossy accents to give it some rainy shine. The sentiment was computer generated. The frame is a Die-Namics Blueprints 27.

I would like to promote and link up this card to the following challenges.

Little Red Wagon (April Showers); DL Art (April Showers)


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Words 2 Craft By September Challenge

The September/October Challenge over at Words 2 Craft By is “Every Child Deserves a Hero”. This is the quote to use as inspiration:

Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists they become the best they can possibly be. Rita Pierson

I am a grandmother to three wonderful human beings. I love spending time with them and seeing their achievements at each milestone in their lives. Yesterday the youngest (6 months old) said MOM for the first time. My other grandson is almost 10 and loves every sport on the face of the earth and stops at nothing to at least try it out. My granddaughter is 7 and loves, loves, loves football. She is on a flag football team this year (yea girl power). My husband and I try to go to all their games. Grandparents play a huge role in being a champion for their grandchildren.

Here is my card which was inspired by the above quote.


I used an image from Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps, colored with Copics. The sentiment was computer generated. Papers from Stamps of Life and the bling is from Hero Arts.

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