Hiya! Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home birthday bash 2013 blog skip with Hero Arts! Love it that they call it a “skip” since it’s a short hop, lol! If you are skipping along with us already, you should have arrived here via JoAnn’s blog. If you’re just joining us, feel free to head back to the beginning at Operation Write Home.
Most cardmakers have heard of Operation Write Home by now — they collect blank handmade cards for servicemen and women to send back home. Such a great idea! Hero Arts supports OWH by donating 25% of the profits from the sale of OWH stamps to them. A win-win! You can see all of the great OWH stamps right here.
Cards must meet certain guidelines, including an A2 size card, no lumpy embellishments and most importantly, no glitter. Now if you know me, you know that I’m the kinda girl who loves to add glitter to all of her cards. So before I started stamping I sat down to think about what I could use to give the cards some umph — and I decided to break out my new Hero Arts neon red ink! I rubbed it on some white cardstock to color it red and die cut some hearts like so:
Then, since I have a whole stack of chalkboard backgrounds waiting for me I decided to use some of them, too! (I did a video on how to make these stamped backgrounds using the newly released Chalkboard Background stamp for Hero Arts on Monday and hadn’t cleaned my desk yet — sometimes it pays to be a messy stamper, ha ha!)
So now that you’ve got the backstory, on with the cards!
I started out by stamping the globe from the You’re My World set a bunch of times with black ink on white cardstock, then watercolored them and let them dry. I like how this globe is kinda old school and cool — goes with the background!
Then I applied some glossy accents and let that dry too. Then I just added a message from the same set, some hearts and patterned paper and ta dah!
Just love how this turned out! The patterned paper adds just a touch of color that really makes the chalk background pop, don’t you think?
Since I have all those hearts and globes I couldn’t stop there — just had to make a second card!
This one has a little more going on! First I used the tweed pattern stencil and Mister Huey’s honeydew to create a subtle background. Then while that was drying I went to town creating a little chalkboard framed message.
I first white embossed the message from this set on one of my chalk background pieces, then die cut it, and went around it with a white colored pencil to give it more of that chalkboard feel. Love how it’s softer than a white pen — and looks more like chalk! Couldn’t resist adding a little chalkboard tape, too!
Well, that’s it from me. Thanks so much for joining me on the skip! And hope you’ll consider making some cards to send to OWH — even though you can’t use glitter. Ha!
Your next stop in the skip is a fellow Texan – Alison – can’t wait to see what she’s made! :)
Hi all! Don’t know if you’ve heard the news, but my friend Linda Trace (aka cutiepiechan, aka one super fun and awesome stamper, aka half of the genius behind A Blog Named Hero) just had a baby girl! Yay! Congratulations, Linda! So happy for you! And the pictures of Olivia are just so adorable!
Mary Dawn (aka the other half of the genius behind A Blog Named Hero and one hilarious chica) organized a blog hop to celebrate the big occasion! At first it was called “Linda’s About to Pop Hop” but then Olivia arrived so she quickly changed it to “The Linda’s Popped Hop” lol! More on the hop later — on to the card!
I was hunting around my studio for a baby stamp to use when I spied the “Welcome Baby” in the September Studio Calico Bubblegum card kit add-on. Then I knew just what I wanted to do, as this kit comes with silver leaf sequins and some fun flower stamps.
So, first I misted a base kraft card with pink neon Mister Huey’s (yes, they come in neon as a limited edition — mini bottles of bright neon goodness! Love). Had to add a little seafoam and white too. Then I stamped the Welcome Baby twice — first in Hero Arts’ new soft silver ink, then I used a stamp positioner to stamp it slightly offset in navy.
I just love this new soft silver – can’t get enough of it! It’s so pretty and well — soft! Ha.
Then I went to town stamping flowers and leaves in various colors. Can you believe I used three different pinks here? (See supplies at the end of the post for the list.) I was trying for kind of a new take on the typical pink baby theme, but wanted to keep it soft and sweet too. What do you think?
I had to add some Hero Arts silver metallic decor – if you haven’t seen them, they are kinda like enamel dots, only well, metallic. Yum.
Then once Linda had Olivia I peeled up some flowers and added her name with my trusty typewriter — just love using typewritten words to personalize cards. I typed it on copy paper and left the end free for extra dimension.
Can’t wait to send this to Linda! Now, on with the hop!
Here’s the list of hoppers welcoming sweet Olivia to the world! You should have arrived here via Kelly Latevola’s blog, but no worries if you didn’t! :)
- Mary Dawn Quirindongo
- Chari Moss
- Danielle Walls
- Leslie Hanna
- Sue McRae
- Melissa Shea
- Stephanie Britt
- Kelly Latevola
- Lisa Spangler <– you are here
- Lucy Newton
- Cristina Martinez
- Michelle Lupton
- Tina Basa
- Michelle Liimatainen
- Cheiron Brandon
- Libby Hickson
- Wanda Guess
- Jennifer McGuire
Your next stop is the sweet Lucy Newton at Dulces Creaciones blog — cannot wait to see what she’s made! Happy hopping, and congratulations again to Linda! xx
Studio Calico Supplies
Heya! In case you hadn’t heard it’s Dauberpalooza week on the Hero Arts blog! I’m up today with a card and gift bag combo that I made for my stepmom’s BIG 6-0! Can’t wait to give it to her on Saturday.
It uses the all NEW white dauber — so new that I just received the prototype! Love how it looks on kraft.
This is the first animated gif I ever made! It was so fun, I was giggling as I made it. I followed this tutorial — it was easier than I thought!
Come join the fun and see the complete materials and instructions over on the Hero Arts blog. :)
Guess what? I am beyond honored to be the guest muse for June over on the CASE Study challenge blog. When Chupa contacted me and asked me if I’d like to be the muse I was just over the moon. I mean, have you seen the awesome things the team comes up with? (If not, you should check them out! And check out the past muses too. What an honor to be in their company.)
So for this month’s first challenge, Chupa chose this card:
Recognize it? It’s from the Hero Arts Stamp Your Story blog hop. It was the first time I ever used the new daubers on a card. When I made it, first I swiped the daubers on the card, and then I stamped the feathers over top in black.
For my challenge card, I used the same daubers — only with a little twist. This time I stamped the brushstrokes in white first, and then I swiped the duabers over top. Love how it turned out:
Here’s an “in process” shot so that you can see how the technique works! It’s really simple, just stamp the brushstrokes in white, let dry — or if you’re impatient like me you can hurry it along with your heat tool. Then swipe the daubers over top.
And you’ll get a little something that looks like this!
Isn’t that just too cool? :)
Hope that you join me for this challenge! Find all the details right HERE. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! xx
Hi! I’m over on the Hero Arts blog today with a fun Father’s Day card for J’s Dad :)
Come join me over there to find out all about it! :)
AND! I finally got to use my new Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher — gotta say, I love this little thing. What is it about things in miniature that make them irresistible? Staples are the perfect embellishment for masculine cards, too. Just sayin. :)
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