Hero Arts + A2Z Scrapbooking Digital Blog Hop + Giveaway!

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Hey hello! Welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts + A2Z Scrapbooking Digital Blog hop, so glad you’re here. If you’re already hopping along, you should have arrived via Kymona’s blog. If you’re just now joining us or encounter any broken links you can always head back to the start at Hero Arts. Here’s the full list:

Hero Arts
Tami Hartley
Kelly Latevola
Kymona Tracey
Lisa Spangler <<< YOU ARE HERE
Michelle Liimatainen
Kathy Wade
Lucy Abrams
Chitra Nair
Char K
Ruth Bosner
Jocelyn Olson
Zoey Scarpelli
Stephanie B
Kelly Rasmussen
a2z Scrapbooking

Currently, A2Z Scrapbooking offers a selection of Hero digital, but in the coming weeks, they will be adding to their collection and stocking the entire Hero Arts digital range. To celebrate the new collaboration, a number of artists from A2Z and Hero Arts have teamed up to provide you with a whole host of inspiration and fun. Just hop along and see how digital products can be used!

So, now that the bookkeeping is out of the way, on with my card! My Dad lives in Ohio and they got hit by a week of rain and cold weather, so he asked me to send him some sunshine. I wanted to make a big ole thundercloud but my stamps just weren’t BIG enough. Enter the Hero Arts Weather Cuts kit, and boom crash — fast as lightening I had my digital hybrid card :)

Sending Sunshine by Lisa Spangler

It was really super easy to do, thanks to the trace function in the Silhouette. Here, let me show ya.

Step 1: Silhouette Storm

I began by opening the PNG file of the distressed cloud that’s included in the kit. See how the distress bits are pretty small? This would work great for home decor if you sized it to 8.5×11 — but I wanted it to be small enough to fit on a card. That’s where the handy trace function comes in! The best part is that you can use this technique to trace any PNG file that you like — tons of possibilities.Open PNG

After I had the file loaded, I selected the trace area, then unchecked the High Pass Filter, and cranked up the Threshold to 100%.

trace

One that was done I hit Trace Outer Edge and I got my cut lines without the distressing. Easy, right? At this point you’ll have the outline and the original PNG image on top of each other. Go ahead and delete the original PNG image as we no longer need it.

After tracing

From here I just sized the cloud so that it was 4.25″ across so that it would fit in an envelope. Then I cut it out of white cardstock. I went ahead and cut out some lightening bolts (also in the kit) from yellow cardstock too.

Step 2: Mist!

Next I misted the heck out of the cloud with Hero Arts silver spray, and the lightening bolts with gold. Love how shimmery these are!

Gold mist!

Step 3: Raindrops keep falling on my card…

For my card base, I made a top folding card with tide pool layering paper, then I used the Hero Arts/BasicGrey Raindrop background — but with a twist! I first inked the stamp with VersaMark ink, then I daubed on tide pool and white on some of the raindrops. Then I heat embossed it all with clear sparkle powder.

Dauber drops!

By putting the VersaMark down first I was able to get a good embossing.

Step 4: Trim

trim

Next I trimmed the card base so that it would fit into an envelope. Then it was just a matter of putting it all together.

The Finished Card

Here’s a look back at the finished card:

Sending Sunshine by Lisa Spangler

I wish you could see how shimmery the sprays + the clear sparkle embossing powder are in real life — the camera doesn’t quite capture it.

Shimmer

Cloud closeup by Lisa Spangler

I love how it fits in the envelope, too!

The envelope, please :)

Closeup of the raindrops

Oh and! The “sending sunshine” message is from the Lisa’s Mix & Match messages set. Sure hope it makes my Dad smile. :)

Giveaway

A2Z are giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store to one random commenter from all the stops, yay! Just so you all know, the giveaway can be used on anything in the store — not just digital. How generous is that? The giveaway will close  at 11.59 pm Sunday 31st August and winners will be announced in the A2Z blog on 3rd September. So be sure to leave a comment here before you hop along to Michelle’s blog! Wait until you see what she’s made — she even has a video for you!

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Thanks so much for joining me! xx

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CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop!

Hey, hi and hello! Welcome to my stop on the CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop! Can’t believe it’s been 4 years! Congratulations to Chupa and the whole team. YAY!

4thanniversary

 

There’s an amazingly talented group hopping today! It’s quite an honor to be among all these former muses!

Joni Nina Andaya
Teri Anderson
Laura Bassen
JJ Bolton
Nina Brackett
Clare Buswell
Keisha Campbell
Andrea Ewen
Pamela Ho
Jeanne Jachna
Anna Kossakovskaya
Elena Roussakis
Lisa Spangler <<< you are HERE :)

In case you were wondering, I was the muse for June of 2013 and you can check out my posts here. It was so fun!

I’ve been asked to let you know that in order to be eligible for the awesome prizes up for grabs this week you’ll need to leave a comment on each stop in the hop. You have until Tuesday at 11.59 pm to enter. This week’s sponsors are Serendipity Stamps, Penny Black and Waffle Flower so you don’t want to miss out! :)

There’s also a challenge opened for all to play along. You are invited to CASE any one of the projects featured in the blog hop. Check out the  CASE Study blog for more.

Now that the bookkeeping is out of the way, on to my cards! I have two to share with ya today with our theme of “inspiration”!

Card #1: Hey Hey They Say It’s Your Birthday!

August is birthday month around here and I needed a card for one of my sisters, stat! So I looked around my inpso board on pinterest and found this snappy album cover that I thought would be just the thing:
Album inspo

(Source: Album cover pin. Find a whole pinterest board of things that inspire me here.) 

At first I was thinking of cutting a strip of paper and then offsetting the stripes the way it is on here. But then I spied some Studio Calico paper from the Hello Hello Scrapbook Kit that I had sitting on my desk and the white stripes lined up perfectly when I flipped the paper around! So it just had to be done that way instead — it’s like it was meant to be!

Trim striped paper and reverse a strip by Lisa Spangler

I can’t wait to try another card inspired by this pin someday — soon! I’m thinking of trying a gold misted stencil and making the dots out of washi tape. Or tissue paper. Or sequins. The list goes on. Wish there was more time in the day!

Now for a bit more about the card.

The birthday is a die cut that comes with this stamp set from Studio Calico. I cut it out of silver glitter paper but it didn’t pop enough, so I grabbed a black Copic marker and colored over it. Perfect.

They Say It's Your Birthday by Lisa Spangler

I thought I’d share a bit about my process in case you’d like to try this too! First I positioned everything on the card without adhering it like so:

Positioning

Then I made a mark with a pencil so I’d know where to cut the paper.

adhere top part

Next I adhered the top piece of paper to a white card front, then I flipped the strip around and adhered it too. After that I just adhered everything in place. Love having a photo of what I was planning — can’t tell you how many times this has saved me after I’d been interrupted or had to stop working on a card for the day. No more scratching my head going what was I thinking again? Ha.

Card #2: Happy Anniversary to J!

Next up, I needed an anniversary card to give to J! August 15th will be our 17 year anniversary together. And I love him now more than ever.

Enter this tandem bicycle stamp that just I had to have when I spied it at Paper Source. For this one I was inspired by this bike pillow from West Elm. It’s discontinued now, bummer! But it lives on over on my pinterest board.

West Elm Bike Pillow

(Source: West Elm Bike Pillow. Find more bike inspo on my i like bikes pinterest board.)

I really like bikes. A ton. I own three real bikes — not to mention my collection of bike stamps lol. So I’m always on the lookout for fun ways to use my collection of bike stamps.

Happy Anniversary to my hon! by Lisa Spangler

The only trouble with bike stamps is that bikes are so thin and liney that it’s hard to make them really pop! So I love how the pillow had two colors and left some white around the bikes! The bikes on the pillow have their insides cut out, but I’m not that handy with a craft knife so I didn’t attempt it. Plus I knew J wouldn’t mind. :)

The cardstock is also from the Studio Calico Hello Hello Scrapbook Kit — the same kit that has the striped paper —  it’s like this card was meant to be, too!

The stamps are from the Studio Calico Camelot Card Kit — love this kit so much. The happy anniversary message was stamped with Studio Calico deja blue ink, and the banner was stamped in Hero Arts unicorn white.

Happy Anniversary by Lisa Spangler

One tip I wanted to pass on here is that I ended up stamping the bike on printer paper/copy paper instead of cardstock. Then I adhered it in place with a gluestick and really burnished it on there with a bone folder. I think this makes it look more like it’s printed on the paper.

Stamp on printer paper and use a gluestick :)

I finished it up by adding some Studio Calico star sequins in navy to go with the ink and some gems from Hero Arts. I might go back and add a few more gems later.

On the inside I plan to write “I love you more than all the stars. And bikes! And that’s saying alot.” Still can’t believe we’ll be married 17 years. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

Oh and! I wanted to share this pretty washi tape I picked up at Paper Source the same day I got the bike stamp. It’s from Little B designs and it has metallic silver stars! So cool. It also has a built-in cutter — genius!

It's the little things -- like Little B tape :)

Okay that’s it for me today! Hope I gave you lotsa ideas and inspiration. I’m the last stop on this hop, so if you’re just joining us check out my list at the top or click on over to the CASE Study blog.

Happy anniversary again to Chupa and the whole CASE Study team! xo

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Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamps 2 Giveaway!

Hey hey! I am so excited! I’m a contributor for Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamps 2, and I get to do a giveway! Yay!

Here’s a bit about the class —  I just know it’s gonna be awesome! There’s an amazing lineup of contributors — and just look at these peeks:

SYS2 Peeks!

Look at your stamps in a whole new way! Back by popular demand, join Online Card Classes for another great installment of Stretch Your Stamps!

Join instructors Kristina WernerJennifer McGuireDebby Hughes, and friends (including me!), to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started. In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples. Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.

For more information Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes, click HERE. Class starts August 4, 2014, but you will have lifetime access to the content.

 

Here’s a video with even more info and the stamps we’ll be using:



SYS2 stamps from Online Card Classes on Vimeo.
 

Told ya class is gonna be awesome!

Giveaway

Class starts on Monday, so let’s have a short and sweet giveaway! Just leave a comment here on this post with your favorite thing about summer, and I’ll announce the lucky winner on Saturday by noon CST. Ready set go!

Edited on Saturday at 11:45 am: Loved reading everyone’s comments about your favorite things about summer. And the lucky random winner is SmallT! I emailed ya. Comments are now closed — see everyone in class! :)

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Tour de Craft!

Hi all! Today I am over at my fellow biker chick Libby’s blog for the Tour de Craft, where we celebrate le Tour de France in stamps and other crafty goodness. I reached into my suitcase of tricks and whipped up this little quick little number in a roundabout 30 minutes. I was in time trial mode as I’ve been working like a woman possessed on the Hero Arts Christmas release and today is the big day it launches on the wholesale site. (If you can’t guess, I’ve been channeling Phil and Paul as I wrote this — they’re the primo Tour commentators.)

Here’s a little peek at one of the techniques I used on my card, along with a super sneaky peek at the rest :)

watercolor through a stencil by Lisa Spangler

I’ve recently discovered watercoloring through stencils — it’s so relaxing and fun! Here I used Studio Calico well red ink to watercolor the red, and Hero Arts gold mist for the gold along with the Hero Arts confetti dots stencil. The red dots to represent the king of the mountains jersey since today is a mountain stage, including the Col du Tourmalet. It’s gonna be a great stage, I’m watching it live right now.

Ride on over to Libby’s blog and join us for more!

And, someday Libby and I *will* make it to the Tour! Thanks so much for having me Libby! and vive le Tour — de Craft! xo

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