Kit Unboxing · Making Cards · New Products

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2018 Unboxing

Hello and welcome back! I wanted to write a quick post to share my unboxing of this month’s Hero Arts kit. I apologize for the poor pictures, the mail arrived late and I had to use the crappy lighting in my craft space.

First off, here is the official list of the kit’s contents:


► – 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set

► – 4 Fancy Word Dies

► – 7 Fancy Shape Dies

► – 4 8.5″ x 5.5″ Sheets Basic Kraft Cardstock (80 lb cover)

► – 4 8.5″ x 5.5″ Sheets Basic White Cardstock (80 lb cover)

► – 4 8.5″ x 5.5″ Sheets Basic Black Cardstock (80 lb cover)

► – Sparkly Sequins 1.5 oz

► – Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder 0.5 oz

► – Unicorn White Ink Cube

Here is the box:





The kit includes several sheets of standard black, white and kraft cardstock. It also has a gorgeous Sparkly Silver embossing powder, and my new favorite sequins mix! Check it out:


I love the stars, and the velum like sequins!


The script work dies truly are beautiful! The have a little something extra that makes them stand out. I love the little tag die. Its the perfect size!


Look at that huge stamp set! I love the little decorative images too, like the coffee mug and could.

So, of course I made a card. Well, really I had already made a couple of cards. The only issue was I was struggling to add sentiments to them. I was just playing around one night with left over die cuts and backgrounds, and put three cards together, no real plan. Then they just sat there…waiting for me to finish them. I was toying with the idea of not adding any sentiments. Then I saw this kit and figure if there was any way I could figure out sentiments, it would be with this.


This first card is all Hero Arts. The background was from when I was smooshing Distress Oxide inks. This one is Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke. I added the white spray from a previous kit. I used the same spray on the eggs. I added a strip of vellum to anchor the nest and tucked the eggs inside.

The sentiment was gold glitter cardstock layered on pink three times. I finished it off with gold confetti sequins.


For this card, I used Concord and 9th’s Polkadot stamp, with Delicata Shimmery Pink. I added the Altenew Build a Rose flowers and leaves with foam tape. The sentiment on this card was cut out of MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock and three layers of Gina K Design’s Moonlit Fog. I added Wink of Stella to the flowers and leaves, and some Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Drops. The card base is Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink.


This card is another Distress Oxide ink smooshing background, with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke. I used Simon Says Stamp’s Wonky Rectangle dies to cut out the panel. I added the leaves with double sided adhesive, and the rose with foam tape. The sentiment was layered the same as above. Silver Moondust Nuvo Glitter drops to accent the card.

I had a lot of fun making the cards, just playing around for fun. I think the scripty font of these dies add the perfect touch to them. They are just delicate enough not to over power the images, even layered over the flower like the second card.

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Current Situation

Hello and happy weekend! I wanted to give you a quick update.

I’m not sure if you’ve picked up on it from the blog, but I am a bit clumsy. I can’t take credit for my back injuries, as I have a genetic issue that has pretty much wrecked it. I could yawn and be out of commission for weeks. Honestly, I’m so blessed to be as active as I am.

That being said, this is my current situation:

I bruised my wrist pretty bad while making some adjustments to one of my Raskog carts (future post on that). And, of course, I’m right handed… The splint still gives me decent movement, but the big issue is it hurts to use my thumb.

However, I am stubborn (which is my my wrist is messed up, i didn’t just hit it once…). I’m going to try to play around with alcohol inks this weekend. I have the new Rose Gold and Gunmetal Mixatives and I want to see what they look like.

I also did some Distress Oxide ink smooshing on glossy cardstock last night, then added Micro Glaze. This is magic!!! I hope to write a post at least sharing the results. I may not have cards to share, but I’ll have something!

Another thing I have going on that may slow down my post a bit is searching for a new house!!!! The lease on our Condo is thru July, so it won’t be a mad rush. But, I will be spending some weekends looking at homes. Since I almost only craft on the weekends, my output will slow a bit.

Please hang in here with me! My goal is to find a place with a good, naturally lit, craft space and eventually craft videos!

I’ll be back on Monday with a quick post on the Distress Oxides and Micro Glaze. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole and Fireball, my Physical Therapist

Making Cards · Techniques

Emboss Resist, with Black!

Hello! Does this ever happen to you? You are lying awake at night, unable to sleep because you have card designs, or some other creative idea, running through your head? That happened too me this weekend!

I’ve been coming across several videos with ink blending and cards using emboss resist. And of course, I have to take an idea and do something different with it. So, what about emboss resist, with black embossing powder, instead of white?

I decided to use the Pretty Moon Spiral Bold Print background, as it’s such an interesting stamp.

As you can see, I masked off the center part of a panel of Gina K Design’s Onyx Black cardstock and then stamped the background with Versamark ink and added Hero Arts Black embossing powder.

After I melted the powder I masked the area off again, and blended Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink over the embossing.

See how the ink makes the embossing stand out! It’s super cool!

I decided to use the February My Monthly Hero kit for the rest of the card. I stamped one of the birds and the branch image with Versamark ink and embossed with Hero Arts Silver powder. Then I used the matching dies to cut them out. I added them to the blended panel with foam tape.

The sentiment is from the same kit, and was also heat embossed in the same silver. I use MFT’s Stitched Fishtail banners to die cut the sentiment and the bigger one with MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock and layered them. I added the sentiment with foam tape too.

I added the card panel to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock card base, and added Studio Katia Silver gems.

I know, it’s a little different, but I think it’s fun! What do you think?

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Challenges · Making Cards · New Products · Techniques

MFT Sketch Challenge #374

Happy Monday! I miss the weekend already, it went by so fast! I have a bright and cheerful card for MFT’s sketch challenge. Hopefully it brightens your day!

I took a little break from MFT challenges, so I could focus on the new products I picked up in February. It’s nice to be back with a simple sketch!

And here is my card!

I’m sharing 2 picture as the one in natural light (2nd pictures) doesn’t really show how shiny the sentiment is.

My first step was to get out the dies I planned to use, and lay them out so I could decide on placement.

Next, I die cut a rectangle frame from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangle dies) as well as the larger card panel. Using my Gemini, I was also able to cut out my sentiment and the rectangles at one time.

I used the smaller rectangle die to cut a mask out of Inkadinkado Masking paper and added it to my card panel. Then I blended Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink, going for an ombré look. Once I had the ink blended the way I wanted it, I sprayed Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and also water on it. I blotted the water with a paper towel, then dried the panel with my heat gun.

Next, I added foam tape to the frame, and applied it to the inked panel. To help make sure I lined the frame up correctly, I used a scrap piece of release paper (this one is from the back of the magnetic sheets I use to hold my dies).

I put the release paper down, covering most of the panels. Then, I position one side of the frame, make sure the rest is lined up correctly, and press it down firmly. Pulling out the release paper, I continue to push down firmly on the frame, until it’s cleared the frame.

As you can see in the picture above, I had already cut out my heart balloon’s (MFT) from MFT’s Silver Sparkle Cardstock. I also cut it from Pure Plum and Cotton Candy. I then cut the balloon strings from Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice (I used this for the sentiment too). I adhered the balloons to the frame, using foam tape where they didn’t overlap. I couldn’t really use foam tape for the strings, so I glued the ends at the bottoms down with Multi Medium Matte.

This is where the Nicole factor steps in on this card… I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use the Lacquer pen from an older My Monthly Hero kit, which I’ve never used before, on the Hooray sentiment (MFT). I also knew that I wasn’t going to apply it to the sentiment while it was on the card. That is just a recipe for disaster. Guess who waited until the end to apply the lacquer. Yup, this girl! So I had to wait for it to dry to add it to the card. And I got impatient, so if there is ever a point where law enforcement needs my fingerprints, check the last two letters on the sentiment.. I eventually added it to the card with more Multi Medium Matte. I’m a little worried about the Y just hanging off the end, and will probably glue it down, or try to get a really tiny piece of foam tape under it, once the lacquer is really dry.

The card base is Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink, and I stamped “Heck Yes! It’s Your Birthday!” inside. That great sentiment is from the Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes from the February release. This is a great stamp set filled with tons of non-standard birthday greeting.

This card was so fun to make! I kinda took a crafting break this weekend, not producing the volume of cards I’ve been making since before Christmas. I still have some new products I haven’t used a whole lot, but I needed a break. I only made cards that made me happy, things I really enjoyed. That’s what the weekend is for, right? Having fun, no pressure! Anyway, I’m trying to change my approach to card making, so it feels more like something I do for fun and less like a second job. This means I may scale back the blogging a little bit. I want to be a little more fluid, and not force myself to make cards just so I can blog about them. We’ll see how it goes!

Thank for stopping by!


New to Me · Rambling

Stamping Tools Take 2

Welcome back! I promised you a post on my new MISTI and I’m delivering today!

Let’s get something out of the way first, the link to my original Stamping Tool post here.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let me explain how I came to own a MISTI.

The most tragic thing happened at the end of December, I broke my Stamp Perfect!!! I know, I cried too! I blame it on all the Christmas Cards I made.

It’s not so broken that I can’t use it, but it’s only a matter of time before it goes completely. Let me show you.

I knew I was going to need a new tool soon. I do like the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform, but not for everyday stamping. MFT had a sale, and I thought it was the perfect time to pick up a MISTI. This one is the full sized MISTI.

Let’s take a look at all three tools.

I still use the Stamp Platform for large stamps, especially turnabouts and backgrounds. Sometimes I end up with “dead spot,” on smaller stamps, or parts of the stamp that doesn’t stamp correctly.

I will admit, I love the MIST! I understand the hype now! It’s basically the same build as the Stamp Perfect, only much better quality. The plastic is thicker & stronger. It’s also bigger than the Stamp Perfect. I’m hooked! I also picked up the creative corners, but haven’t really used them yet.

As you can see, I still have the Stamp Perfect. I’m not sure why. Maybe I should put my personalized stamp in it, and only use it for that.

So, yes, I have joined the MISTI bandwagon. I drank the Kool Aid and am hooked! It’s so easy to use, sturdy and makes stamping a breeze.

Thanks for stopping by!


Making Cards · New Products · Techniques

Concord and 9th Everyday Tintables

Hello! I hope your week is flying by! If you are reading this, I survived my speech on Tuesday.

I wanted to take some time to introduce you to a new product from Concord and 9th. I know, I feel like a C&9th sales person. I promise they aren’t paying me, I just Love their products.

In all honesty, the only reason I have these tintables is because they were included in the February release bundle. Otherwise, I would not have purchased them on their own. That being said, I was presently surprised. I was smooshing some Distress Oxide inks last weekend and decided to pull some of these out to test.

Let me explain what the tintables are. They are cards with patterns and images added to the cards and work as ink resist. There are three patterns and one sentiment. Here are the patterns, with Distress Oxide ink smooshing.

I didn’t smoosh any ink on the sentiment card until today, when I went to make them into cards. My daughter picked out the colors.

We used Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber. I kept this card simple, adding it to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base with fun foam. There are Lucy’s Cards Lime Mix jewels to finish the card.

On this card I used Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon. I immediately thought of the ocean and decided to use some Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Stamps, from the May 2017 kit. These stamps were recently re-issued with the new catalog. I colored the images with Copic markers and die cut the seaweed from Simon Says Stamp’s Aqua glitter cardstock.

I used a vellum circle to anchor the images and to stamp the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx ink and embossed with Wow Hologram powder.

The mermaid and fish were added with foam tape, and I added Clear Iridescent Jewels to finish the card. I used the images to hide the double sided tape used to attach the vellum circle.

More Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean for this card. I used the Everyday Circles to cut out the Circle from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and another Circle from Gina K Designs Blue Raspberry. I added the circle with foam tape, along with some Clear Iridescent jewels.

Last but not least, we have my favorite card! This one has Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet and Faded Lilac ink. I used more vellum, this time an oval, to anchor the sentiment. “Hello,” was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink and embossed with Clear powder. The Hello comes from Everyday Greetings, and says “Hello, Friend.” I masked off the parts I didn’t want before stamping.

I used the same trick with the vellum and the adhesive, hiding the double sided tape behind the sentiments.

The rest of the sentiment is from Fabulous Phrases, and was die cut from MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock (along with the tiny hearts). I also die cut the sentiment a couple of times from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, so I could layer them for dimension. I used the tiny hearts to embellish the card.

I had a lot of fun with these! They may not have been my first choice, but they won me over! I see the possibilities now. I think you’ll be seeing more of these in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!


Challenges · Making Cards · Rambling

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge 18!

Hello! I have a quick post to share, for the Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge 18, watercolor! Here is the challenge post.

This card may look familiar to you. I shared this card in Monday’s post, and decided to enter it in the challenge as well.

With this card I stamped the large image from Wonderful Florals on Bristol watercolor paper with Versamark ink and embossed it with Hero Arts white embossing powder. Then I used my Faber Castell watercolor pencils and a water brush to color the image.

Next I used the die to cut the word “Wonderful,” from Simon Says Stamp’s Orchid glitter cardstock. I really like how the glitter on this cardstock is iridescent instead of just purple. It’s beautiful when it catches the light!

I added the watercolor panel to a Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavendar card base and added Pale Periwinkle Nuvo Jewel Drops to the berries.

Thanks for stopping by!