Hero Arts + Paper Smooches Challenge: Day 4

Welcome back to my Hero Arts + Paper Smooches Challenge with Kim Hughes. After this, be sure to check out her blog. Her cards are darling!

Today we will both be using the Hero Arts Many Dots and the Paper Smooches Word Up sets:

And, boy… did I keep this one simple.

These circle stamps are perfect for stamping on buttons. So I decided to do some messy white embossing…

Plain and simple. Sometimes that is all ya need.

Be sure to head on over to Kim blog next!

Have a good one!

Hero Arts + Paper Smooches Challenge: Day 3

Welcome back to my Hero Arts + Paper Smooches Challenge with Kim Hughes.

Today we will both be using the Hero Arts Lauderdale Floral and the Paper Smooches Pretty Phrases sets:

I decided to make a set of simple thank you cards…

I embossed the greeting on vellum and adhered it to the card by hiding dots of Glossy Accents behind the pearls and folding the ends of the vellum back.

Simple and fun. Oh, and I used lots of Jenni Bowlin inks from Ranger on these. These inks are *fabulous* – you can find them all HERE.

Be sure to go to Kim’s blog next to check out her creation. Oh, and remember that we will be giving away some goodies…


Hero Arts + Paper Smooches Challenge: Day 2

Hi, there! I am back with another day of my Hero Arts + Paper Smooches challenge with Kim Hughes.

For day 2, we will both be using the Hero Arts Get Merry and the Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes sets:

Here is my card. The photo isn’t the best – sorry…

The background papers are from the Basic Grey Nordic 6×6 pad. Love them. Oh, and the top of the snowdude’s hat is a Blush Dot. These are a great way to add a little something without the loud bling of gems.

Be sure to hop over and see what Kim created with the same stamps. Her card yesterday was so adorable.

Did you miss out on my Inspiration Showcase class?

We had such fun – people seemed to enjoy all the techniques. You can now sign up for the class as “read/watch” only. You still get lifetime access to it all. The only difference between now and when the class was live is that you can’t leave comments or load in the gallery. Everything else is the same! Click HERE to sign up.

See you soon.

Hero Arts + Paper Smooches Challenge: Day 1


I haven’t done a challenge week in awhile – a week where I team up with someone and we take on the same challenge. I decided to change that. :)

I emailed Kim Hughes – the creator of Paper Smooches stamps. I love how her stamps are so original and fun. So, this week, we are doing a Hero Arts + Paper Smooches Challenge.

For day 1, we will both be using the Hero Arts Happy Halloween and the Paper Smooches Your Halloween sets:

Here is my card. I decided to use the pumpkin from the Paper Smooches set, but I masked the face out and drew in my own. Makes it look like three different stamps…

Love stamping with black on dark brown cardstock…

The background is one Hero Arts greeting stamped repeatedly with Frost White Pigment Ink on a Kraft notecard. Awesome ink.

So be sure to head over to Kim’s blog HERE to see what she created with the same stamps.

Oh, and a little hint: We will be giving some goodies away this week. ;)

See you soon!

(PS: The winner of the Studio Calico giveaway was Angie in Utah. I emailed you.)

Go-To Gal Designer Challenge: Cosmo Cricket goodness…


Today I am part of the Paper Crafts Go-To Gal Designer Challenge. This is a fun challenge we do the last Wednesday of the month… where we use goodies from a favorite manufacturer. I was bummed to not play last month, so I had to this month! Be sure to hop on to the next Go-To Gal when you are done here. The links are below.

Today we are all using some delicious Cosmo Cricket. I adore Cosmo Cricket papers. (Especially their 6×6 pads. They are l.o.v.e.l.y.) Their colors are always perfection.

I decided to challenge myself to try to do something I find really hard to do: Create a simple card with colorful patterned paper. I just am not good at simple cards or using patterned papers, so this is a challenge for me! Here is what I came up with…

I love patterned papers that have several patches of patterns/colors on one. These papers are perfect for punching or die cutting little shapes… and they all will easily match when you put your card together. (I call this “creative cheating.”) So, THIS is the Cosmo Cricket paper I die cut my birds from…

(Oh, and I forgot to photograph it, but I put a strip of the reverse side of the paper on the inside of the card for fun.)

After die cutting the birds with THIS die from My Favorite Things, I inked the edges with Distress Ink and my Ink Blending Tool. I drew lines with a black pen and a ruler and stamped the bird legs and greeting (both from the My Favorite Things die/stamp set). Oh, and to make it pop, I used Black Enamel Accents for their eyes. This works so well!

Oh, and here is the MFT die and stamp set I used…

So, that is my simple patterned paper card. Thank you to Cosmo Cricket for creating that gorgeous paper – making it easy for me to make this happy card for my daugther. :)

Be sure to check out what the other Go-To Gals created with Cosmo Cricket, too: the gorgeous Julie, the super kind Windy, the classy Betsy, the lovable Kim and so-very-funny Teri.

Go vote

Oh, and the winner of the goodies from Ellen Hutson was Brenda B. I emailed ya.

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Wednesday Designer Challenge with Go To Gals

Today is my first Wednesday Designer Challenge with my fellow Paper Crafts Go To Gals. (This is a team of 6 contributing editors for Paper Crafts magazine. I am honored to be one!) We will do these challenges once in awhile… such fun.

This challenge is to use some fabulous new products from October Afternoon. Honestly, this isn’t much of a challenge, as I adore their papers. :)

I used papers from the 5 & Dime October Afternoon line, making it effortless to pull together. They are so delicious that I hoard every little scrap of them! Look…

For the butterflies, I used Amuse Studio butterfly die cuts (contact Mary Dawn if you are interested in ordering). And here is a fun tip for creating antennae on butterflies: wrap a piece of string around the butterfly’s body a few times and then tie into a double knot at the top. Trim… and you have the perfect body and antennae…

Oh, by the way… I also added a butterfly to the flap of my Hero Arts envelope so it matches. I have found that if I glue it flat really good, it makes it through the mail ok. Love the decorative edge of the Hero Arts envelopes…

Be sure to check out what the other Go To Gals created with October Afternoon goodies, too:

Have a great day.
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