Friday, July 29, 2016

Hero Arts: Christmas in July




Did you catch the sneak peeks from the Hero Arts 2016 Winter Catalog?  Seems crazy to be talking about the holidays when it's the summer but hey, Christmas in July!


2016 holiday

Wondering when you’ll be able to get your hands on the 2016 Winter collection? It won’t be long! Products begin shipping to retailers August 1 and will be available in the Hero Arts shop August 22

Here's one of my cards that you can find in the Winter Catalog:


The soon-to-be released, Peace stamp & cut is a favorite of mine!  Awesome fonts and sentiment sizes!  I teamed it up with the Garland Bold Prints.  I love how fun, festive + postal friendly the design is!



Thursday, July 28, 2016

You are so cool



Sadly, July is coming to a close.  Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?  The kids & I celebrated by going HERE on Sunday.  My ice cream of choice:  Stumptown Coffee.  THIS awesome card by Deanne reminded me that I needed to use my MFT You're the Sweetest  + the Sweet Treats die-namics:


I was inspired by the current MFT Sketch Challenge.  I whipped up this card yesterday morning but when I was initially doing the photo editing, I thought something didn't look right.  When I went back to the sketch, I realized that I forgot to add the circular detail.  I flipped the location because it looked better on the other side (wink).


Um yeah, did you see this gorgeous Color Throwdown?!!!!!


The colors I used are Stampin' Up's:  

Crisp Cantaloupe  •  So Saffron  •  Pink Pirouette

Oh, by the way, notice the cone and the popsicle stick----> Starbucks Coffee Sleeve

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Heart Desires: Aloha






If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen this:


Ingredients for a project I was working on earlier this week....turned out like this:


Pineapples have become like coffee...can't have enough of them...in real life too.  Love this set by Concord & 9th, Pop Art Pineapples.  Isn't the Pebbles, Everyday paper perfect for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge?



I used the following Hero Arts ink colors:

Butter Bar  •  Navy  •  Orchid  •  Gold

Make sure you pop over to The Heart Desires shop!




Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Be bold!




Happy Tuesday!!!


I combined Neat and Tangled's:

Big Bold Brew  •  Perfect Blend  •  Sunburst

I was thoroughly inspired by Retrosketches:


Did you know that The Heart Desires carries quite a bit of Neat and Tangled?








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Monday, July 25, 2016

Hero Arts: Need a hand?


Were you one of the lucky shoppers that scored on the Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero kit?!  If so, isn't it awesome?!  If not, have you seen the optional add-on products?!  In today's card I have a combo of both:


I used the sequin mix from the July MMH kit and the Optional Add on Color Layering Octopus stamp set.  I love how it turned out with the Orchid + Aquatic Bold Inks!


The sentiment has been stamped in Hero Arts Charcoal Shadow ink.  

I love the sentiments in the Color Layering Octopus set:


Love the detailed coordinating Frame Cuts:





Sunday, July 24, 2016

Reverse Confetti: oh, happy day


The past couple months I've been playing along with color and it's interesting to see my flickr account at a glance...there is a ton of purple and aqua.  I love that color combo:


I haven't used the Reverse Confetti Peacock Pretties set in a very long time.  It's such a pretty set and today I used it with an ombre ink pad.  Don't you love that bold sentiment from the With Love set? I love the contrast next to the delicate feather.

It's always fun to use the Sweet Treat Tent confetti cuts as a tag.  The gold foiled clip is a perfect complement to the tag design.

Happy Sunday!


peacock pretties


with love




Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hero Arts: National Ice Cream Month



In case you haven't heard, July is National Ice Cream Month!  No surprises but my favorite ice cream is coffee...THIS is my favorite Ben & Jerry's.  Mmmmm....I want ice cream now!  Let's get to my card, shall we?!  One of my favorite summer time colors is Hero Arts' Tide Pool...team it up with charcoal and it's a winner in my book!

Let's start with the base and work our way up.  I used a charcoal base and clear heat embossed the Glasses Bold Prints.  Such a fun background, love how it looks stamped in Versamark and clear heat embossed!


The Pool Mix Layering papers = one of my favorite collections.  The colors are sooo pretty!  Love how you can stamp other colors and they look perfect.   Check out the Color Layering Ice Cream cone!  I started with Soft Vanilla and layered Soft Brown on top.  The ice cream scoop is Tide Pool with Versamark + clear embossing powder.  

A postal friendly card with a ton of texture, gotta love that!

Another busy weekend in store....yesterday was spent with the kids.  We had brunch at this cute restaurant called The Fat Hen:



The wait was worth it, everything was delish!

Have a great day!






Friday, July 22, 2016

Tag You're...it!







I'm super excited to be guesting for Tag You're It Challenge!  Surprise, Surprise....I was able to include coffee into my tag!


I used the a • muse ⎪ studio Crazy Friends set.  Let's be honest, it was the coffee cups that drew me to the set but the sentiments are absolutely hilarious:


(chuckling) There are many friends that I can send this card to....Just check out all the fun sentiments:


I can't wait to see how you're inspired and I hope that you'll play along!



crazy friends birthday
note card:  memory box
paper:  seven paper - amelia
stamps:  a • muse ⎪ studio - crazy friends
ink:  versafine black, zig clean color markers
other:  recollections gold glitter cardstock