Gotta balance out some Distress with some cutesy… (and a giveaway!)

Hey there.

Since I have been sharing so much distress-y stuff lately, I thought I would balance it with a bit of non-distressy. :)

First up, I am leading the Hero Blog this week.  The challenge is to use photos on a card or project.  I love this theme.  I hope people can play along.  A lot of people leaving comments there today said they have never done one!  Here is a peek at what I created.  Click HERE for more info…

Cards 2(c) Hero Arts Blog

Here is a card I did long ago for the Hero Arts catalog.  (Since it is an oldy, I hope I haven't share it already.)

062909 Old Catalog Card Supplies: The supplies are the same as the card found HERE.

Well, I am watching the fabulously guilty-pleasure that is called "The Bachelorette" now.  Wes gives me the creeps.  (And usually guys with a guitar melt me.)  Oh, and Jake?  I want to hook him up with my friend Courtney.  Hmmm… I am thinking there are going to be some great one-liners in tonight's show.  (Yes, I know the show is a joke.  That is why I like it. :)


New Thinking Inking Video is up…


Just wanted to let you all know quickly that the new Thinking Inking class is up HERE.

This week focuses on Paint Dabbers and stamping – my fave!

TI Week 3 1

More soon!


I am back online!

Yikes.  That was no fun.  The only thing I need to do is get Photoshop on this new computer and then I am set.  I love Apple… they make things soooooo easy.

OK… back to stamping. :)

Here is a card I did long ago but forgot to share (I think).  It is a bit different for me, but playing with inks makes it fun to create "new" looks for yourself.  Everything here is Distressed Inked then speckled with water.  Fun fun!

061909 Butterfly Mess 2 Supplies: Distress Inks, Tim Holtz Fragment clear tag), Hero Arts stamps and notecard, old text paper, Paper Studio butterfly punch, Glossy Accents (for butterfly body)

And!  A quick mention: Hero Arts is now on Twitter.  If you aren't on Twitter, you really should check it out.  You don't even have to tweet to do it – you can just follow others and get GREAT links from fellow artists.  You can follow Hero HERE and me HERE.  And, if you sign up to follow Hero, you could win some stamps.

OK… off to catch up on everything computer-related.  Smooch.


Well, my screen went dead on my computer today.  It's the video card.  So, I won't have it back until Tuesday.  BOO!  On my old PC now.  (Which is like pulling teeth.  Ha.)

But no worries – the Thinking Inking class will go on…

Today's project and video is up HERE.  Go check it out!

Also, be sure to check out Jana's blog HERE – she has some giveaways.

And!  2Peas has lots of Ranger stuff just in HERE! :)

Be back soon…

Teacher Gifts – Card Sets


I forgot to share what I made for Colin's teachers this year.  He goes to a Montessori, so he has several teachers – 6 right now.  They each got a set of 10 cards.  Wanted to make more, but ran outta time. 

Each set was in a clear box with a matching bow.  Each card is embossed with a Cuttlebug or Quickutz embossing folder, along with some simple stamping added.  (No coloring = big timesaver.)  I used two of my favorite stamp companies: Hero Arts and Papertrey Ink.  Each envelope is stamped on the flap to match the cards.

The embossed background really brings the cards to life, even though they are simple.  I also covered some of the stamped images with smeared sitckles for fun.  The photos are bad (as usual for me), but here they are…

062509 Teacher Card 6

062509 Teacher Card 4

062509 Teacher Card 5

062509 Teacher Card 1

062509 Teacher Card 3

062509 Teacher Card 2 Supplies: Quickutz and Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Hero Arts stamps (flourish, big butterfly, all greetings, flower and apple), Papertrey Ink stamps (stars, damask, hearts), Diamond Stickles, Hero Arts notecards, Shadow Inks and gems

(ETA: That last card was inspired by Dawn McVey.  She rocks.)

I had fun Slip 'N Sliding with Audrey and Colin tonight.  Audrey was so happy to have me join her.  I will likely be sore tomorrow – off to rest. :)

Thanks for stopping by…

Next video is up…


Just a quick post to let you know that the next Thinking Inking video is up HERE.


TI Week 2 Part 2

Also, just an enabling FYI – 2Peas has a hugs load of Ranger goodies coming soon.  If you are looking to get your hands on some, please go there to get it all.  This class is free, so, as a thank you, it would be great if we all supported them back. :)   Lord knows I do. Ha!

More soon. :)   Oh, and all your Bachelorette folks out there – oh my!  Wes?  Come on!!  Blech.