Clouds Galore


Today I have a unique shaped card for you…

I created this using some fun cloud dies (more on that in a second). And to turn it into a card, I die cut a second large cloud from white… scored it 3/4″ from the top… applied adhesive above the score line… and added it to the back of the big cloud on the card’s front. That score line acts as a hinge to allow it to open and close…

The sun was easy peasy. After punching a large circle, I adhered it to another piece of patterned paper. I then took a small circle punch and punched around it, making the curved rays.

Now… back to the clouds. They rock, eh? All of the clouds – all four sizes – are from this incredible Jumbo Die Stax. Adore this set. You will be seeing it a lot more… and I used them yesterday. (Yep – it works with all die cut machines.)

I used a variety of patterned papers on the clouds and sun. And to give them all a defined edge, I added a bit of Distress Ink (Perfect Peacock and Wild Honey) to edges with an Ink Blending Tool. This really makes a BIG difference in helping the card to pop.

The greeting? That was computer-generated. (Cheater cheater pumpkin eater! Ha. I love to cheat by using my own messages.)

Enjoy! See you soon.



Good To Be Back

Hello there.

I am a very happy camper to be posting again on the Hero Arts blog. It had been way to long. I won’t be back full-force… just once and awhile.. but very happily. (Lots of big changes over these months here – gotta take it easy.)

So… here is the card I did. Bright and cheery.

(I told you it was bright.)

This card uses two of my favorite things:

The Newspaper Background Stamp

And the new My Favorite Things Jumbo Cloud Stax Dies… (More on these soon. They are must-haves. That big one is big!)

Oh, and I used the Hero Arts Neon Pink, Orange and Yellow Inks. And these go great with the Green Hills and Splash Inks. That makes a complete, happy rainbow.

For more on this card (and a cutie picture of Lila), head over HERE.

Stamp Storage


I get a lot of questions about storage and organization. I am currently in the middle of a big remodel… which includes moving my studio from a large re-done basement area to a not-as-large first floor location. I am incredibly happy to be up in the daylight with big windows and family around. And I am happy to go slightly smaller. I think big areas can be overwhelming – you end up collecting way too much that it can be intimidating.

So, as I get ready for this move, I am redoing a lot of my storage. First? My clear stamps.

For a long time now I have been using plastic sleeves to hold them, along with cling stamps. I first kept them in binders and I then moved them to a clip-it-up system. (You can see videos on these systems HERE.)

Now? They will still be in the same sleeves. (I love these sleeves so very much – I won’t be getting rid of them!) But I will have them in pull-out drawers in big cabinets, with areas where I can flip through them to find what I need.

So to read more about this storage for my clear and cling stamps, go HERE to Paper Crafts. I share all the details and links.

And a big cheers to Kay. Not only did she do the blog takeover last week, but she also put all my stamps in these sleeves (some had yet to be done) and labeled them. Yes, she rocks. (And now she is in a mission trip with our church youth group. You go girl! So proud.)

Hope this helps. I will share photos once I am moved into the new studio in September. But first? I need my kitchen back! Ha! Just a few more weeks…

See you soon.

Kay’s Blog Takeover 2012 Day 5

Hello! Welcome to the last day of posts from my 17-year-old-step-daugther, Kay. (You can find out more about this HERE.) Enjoy – I will be back soon…

Hello, recovering Purple People Eaters. I hope that you have been well in my absence and remembering the Seven Step Process to recovery. (But it’s not like we judge you.) :)

Today is a bittersweet day in Blog Week History. You see, this is the last day of Kay’s Blog Takeover Week. I know, I know – I’m just as sad as you are. I’m going to miss making these cards, writing these posts, and talking to you guys every day.

Here is my last card. I used the cutest card set again today (THIS one) – one that’s based on teenagers. It has everything from a cell phone, to lockers, to cute phrases like “I <3 U”…

I thought the lockers were exceptionally cute, in a sort of simple type of way. Here is my masterpiece…

I will now tell you how to make it. I hope that you enjoy it :)

Step 1: Stamp 11 lockers onto white cardstock with Memento Black Ink and color them in with Copics markers, making every locker a different color. Cut them out.
Step 2: Decide what order you want to put the lockers onto the card and attach them to the card, making every other locker stand out with foam adhesive.
Step 3: Embellish every other locker (except for the one in the middle) with glossy accents, and embellish the middle one with Stickles.
Step 4: Stamp the “friend” greeting onto white card stock. Stazon ink is fine. Then, punch the greeting out and attach it to the notecard with pop dots.

And you’re done! It’s simple and easy.

Well, I’m going to miss you guys. Until next blog week…

- Kay

Kay’s Blog Takeover 2012 Day 4 + Other Info

Hello! Welcome to day four of five posts from my 17-year-old-step-daugther, Kay. (You can find out more about this HERE.) Enjoy – this one is funny…

Hello my lovely minions – er, that is, blog readers.

Today’s card is a reaction card. After my orange card went up last week, I was reading through the comments and I couldn’t help but notice that quite a few of you are averse to the color purple.

Honestly, I suggest that the lot of you make a “Purplephobians Anonymous” group together. I will be your mentor. We can talk you through this problem, because its okay and we all accept you. Purplephobia is a common problem and it’s not a choice that you made – you were born with it. And we understand.

So, to help make a stand against the color purple, I have crafted my second monochromatic card of the blog week. I present to you: The Seven Step Purple People Eater (actually, that’s what we’ll call the group. Purple People Eaters Anonymous. And it will be a seven step process. Just like this card.)

The 7 Step Purple People Eater is a relatively simple card to make…

Step 1: Using the darker colored notecard, cover it with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Coat it. Put emphasis on the edges, since it will give it more of an aged feel. On your lighter notecard, coat one side with Spun Sugar, and coat the other half with Chipped Sapphire. Once that is dry, do a layer of Picked Raspberry. Then a layer of Spun Sugar.
Step 2: Cut the light notecard side (smeared with Spun Sugar) into 4 1.5” X 1.5” squares. Cut a 3.5” X 3.5” square out of the side smeared with many layers of Distress Inks. This gives you the smaller squares and the square that they are mounted on.
Step 3: Stamp the four flowers onto white cardstock using the Black Memento Ink, and carefully color them in with purple copics markers in varying shades. Cut out – meticulously. The one that’s in the circle? Cut it OUT of the circle. Or leave it in. Whatever.
Step 4: Adhesive glue 1 flower to each of the 4 little squares, as shown.
Step 5: Mount the flower covered squares to the darker backdrop using Pop Dot things and adhesive the whole thing to the notecard that you covered ONLY with Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Step 6: On white cardstock, color a certain area – large enough for the greeting – with a purple Copic marker (I used V06). Stamp the greeting on it in Black Memento Ink. Using a paper trimmer, cut the whole business out.
Step 7: Cover a bigger area of white cardstock in Dusty Concord Distress ink, mount the greeting onto it, and use a paper trimmer to trim off excess paper until you have a tidy, mounted rectangle. Using adhesive, attach this to the card.

And before you know it – you have conquered your fear of purple!

If your fear extends to other colors than purple (and orange, as seen in a previous post), make this same card in the color that you fear most. Because no matter what, we love you.

Wishing you all the best in your adventures with these words of wisdom:
William Shakespeare once said “Don’t stalketh thee on facebook if thou cannot speak to thee in person.” (Remember – I am a teenager. Facebook is important.)

Keep that in mind in The Purple People Eaters Anonymous. :)


I also wanted to share some news. You all know I am a big fan of My Favorite Things. They have a new member on their team – the oh-so-sweet Lisa Johnson. She will have her own line of stamps – Lisa Johnson Designs – available in August. I can’t wait to see what she creates! You can see more information HERE.

I also am a big fan of Paper Smooches stamps. Be sure to check out their blog HERE. This new Buckeroo set? I need to get that for Kay – she used to love horses!

Thanks for stopping by.

Be right back…

I will be back soon with the rest of Kay’s posts. She did her work… now I gotta do mine and load them. :) Will share them (along with some other cards) soon. Summer has gotten in the way! See you then.