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Backgrounds-Hero Arts August MMH kit

I have to warn you, this is a long post!

The August kit and add ons were packed full of great background options! I couldn’t pass on that great Pretty Moon Spiral Bold Print background stamp (my first traditional background stamp).  The stencil included in the kit is great as well, and those mist sprays!!!

So, let’s get started. I jumped right in with the mist sprays (they are magic)!

There were two sprays included in the kit. A Metallic Blueberry Mist and a Gold Shimmer Mist. These sprays have different appearances depending on what color cardstock you spray them on. The blue mist looks blue on white cardstock and silver on dark cardstock. The white spray is gold on dark cardstock and more of a faint shimmer on white cardstock.

They also change appearance when you tilt the cardstock in the light. It’s gorgeous!

The two samples above were sprayed from a couple of inches above the cardstock (I did get a bit closer for a couple of shots on the white cardstock and you can see the concentrated spots).

I sprayed my cardstock in a box, and I couldn’t let the extra spray go to waste. The panel below was a combination of me “smooshing” in the extra spray of several cards and then spritzing the panel with one or two hits of the spray.

On the next panel I used water color paper and covered it with water before spraying it. The spray mixed with the water, spreading over the cardstock. It lightened the color a bit and turned out a beautiful sapphire color.

I had already cut the panel in half to use in a card, but the whole panel looked like this.

This panel was made by spraying the mist a bit closer then the previous panels. I will admit I was struggling with the blue spray. The ink kept leaking out of the spray top and dripping in big drops on my cardstock. Eventually the spray jammed. I was just going to let it go, but I was watching a YouTube video of someone making cards with their kit  where they had the same leaky problem and mentioned they got a replacement. I got in touch with Hero Arts and they sent one the same day they received my email (yesterday). I’ll let you know how it goes, but I was impressed with their quick response.

Let’s move on to the Pretty Moon Spiral stamp!

For my first background I stamped the background stamp on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White in MFT’s Grout Gray.

Next, I decided to stamp it on Gina K Design’s In the Navy in Versamark and heat emboss it with clear powder. I did once with the stamp centered on the cardstock, and once with it offset.

I really like the navy backgrounds!

For my last background I used the stencil that came with the MMH August kit and some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in silver. This was my first time using the mousse with a stencil and I didn’t do a very good job. I didn’t have a pallet knife so I used a plastic cake server. Next time I’ll wait for the pallet knife. 🙂

I was able to use a black gel pen to hide some of the spots where it seeped under the stencil.

You can see some of the cards I made with the  backgrounds on this post. I’ll write another post when I use the others.

Thanks for sticking with me through all of that!



Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge Back to School

This week the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp’s is back to school, featuring Avery Elle products.

I skipped using Avery Elle products, as I only have a couple of sets that did not fit the challenge. Instead I used my trusty Stamping Bella unicorns! They always come through for me!

I am going to take this opportunity to admit that I am totally hooked on dry embossing using dies. I think this technique is fabulous for creating a background or a focal point. Here I used Hero Arts Clouds nesting dies to emboss several clouds on a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar white card stock that I had trimmed using my favorite Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle Die.

Then I used Inkadinkadoo’s masking paper to cut out the clouds and mask them. I covered the panel in Broken China Distress Oxide ink and sprayed it with water. After I blotted off the water I sprayed the panel with Shimmer Spray. Then I removed the mask.

I added my unicorn with fun foam for dimension. I stamped the trio of stars from the stamp set in Versamark around the clouds and heat embossed with Sparkle powder.

The sentiment is also from the set and is stamped with Altenew Jet Black ink. I finished the card with Lucy’s Cards jewels in pool and adhered the panel to a white card base with fun foam.

Thanks for stopping by!



Jacob Priestly Birthday Card Wish

Today’s post is a bit out of the norm. Today is Jacob Priestly’s 15th birthday. This young man is terminally ill with Mitochondrial Disease and all he wants for his birthday is to raise awareness about his illness with a birthday card drive. His goal is to receive 100,000 cards. 

Now, I recognize that today is a bit late to share this message. However, even if the cards are late, they still count. And, what better way to raise awareness then to share his story? Here is a link to Jacob’s story.

My card is going out today!


New Products

Hero Arts MMH August Kit Cards

I  made a couple of cards this weekend with the new Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit, and the add on items I picked up. This kit is fabulous, with tons of great sentiments!

Here is the first card I made. This is with images from the add on kit Dream Big, and a sentiment from the kit stamp set.


I used Gina K In the Navy cardstock, and sprayed it with the ink sprays included in the kit. Isn’t it gorgeous?!?! I have a whole post on these sprays, and some backgrounds I made coming soon.

I stamped the star image and the twinkle image in Versamark ink and heat embossed in either silver or gold. The sentiment was heat embossed in gold.

I colored the moon and sheep images with Copic markers and adhered them to the card panel with foam tape.

Check out the shimmer in that background! I love how the color of the spray changes when you tilt it around. I also added a bit of Wink of Stella to the clouds.


My second card was a collaboration with my daughter Caitlin. She is the reason I picked up the add on items. She loves outer space, planets and all of that stuff. This card is for her best friend’s 18th birthday.

She loved the moon image I had colored, so that became the center piece of the card. She also loved a panel of white cardstock I had tried out the ink sprays on, specifically the little tiny mist drops.


I made a panel trying to only get tiny drops on the outside (much more difficult then it sounds). The spray nozzle on my blueberry mist spray broke (with my heart…) so I ended up with some splotches, but not a big deal.

I used some of Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock and stamped the Pretty Moon Spiral Bold Prints background stamp, which was an add on, in Versamark ink, and heat embossed with clear powder. I stamped the sentiment from the kit on some Black Licorice cardstock, and heat embossed it in silver. The moon and sentiment were adhered to the card with foam tape. I finished the card off with a Black Licorice card base, and stamped “Happy Birthday,”  in Versamark ink and heat embossed in silver on the inside.


See how some of the bigger drops of the spray look gold and silver when you tilt the card. I love it!!

My third card was made using the fancy window die from the kit, along with the little girl with balloon strings, and a sentiment from the Dream Big add on kit. I used the sprays again, but this time I sprayed them on watercolor paper that was sprayed with water. I covered the panel completely with the sprays. Then I let it dry.


I cut the fancy window out of Gina K Designs Moonlit Fog cardstock and adhered the ink spray panel behind it. And then realized I needed to stamp the sentiment on it… I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed carefully with clear power. I used a ton of my embossing magic tool to make sure the powder didn’t stick to the background. I didn’t have issues with the embossing powder, but it was as raised and shiny as normal on the ink spray background.

I used the Moonlit Fog cardstock to stamp the image of the little girl with Versafine Black Onyx ink and embossed with clear powder. The matching die that was included in the kit only cuts out the little girl, so I did a partial die cut with most of her body, then fussy cut the rest. I adhered her to the card with black foam tape. I used a In the Navy card base to complete the card.


Look at all that shimmer in the background! I love that shade of blue too!

I’m really enjoying this kit! I spent probably half the day today playing around making backgrounds. I’ll share those and a closer look at these backgrounds in a upcoming post.

Thanks for stopping by!



MFT Camp Create Session 2

Since I’m fairly new to card making, I wasn’t familiar with MFT’s Camp Create. When the first session occurred earlier this summer, I skipped it. It seemed like a huge commitment, to make a card a day and the camp caught me off guard, not having been a MFT follower last year.

This second session also caught me off guard, as I didn’t know they would do it again. But I was more prepared this time! I had all those MFT images I had stamped, colored and die cut weeks ago. AND, I had all those Distress Oxide ink backgrounds. It made the camp a breeze this time around. And so, here is my Camp Create Session 2!

Day 1 card theme was Inlaid Made Easy!

A co-worker asked me to make a card with the following requirements: three cats, pink and red wine. MFT Cool Cats to the rescue, with a little help with Hero Arts for the little wine bottle.


I used Peek-a-boo Triple Window and Edge for the background, cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I blended Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry on the circles that were cut out, sprayed water and shimmer spray on them and set them aside to let them dry. I cut out the cloud edge from Sno Cone cardstock and inlaid it with the original cut panel. I stamped the sentiment from Cool Cats with Gina K Bubble Gum Pink ink. Then I grabbed the circles and finished drying them with my heat gun. Then I taped them back into the peek-a-boo openings. I adhered the previously colored die cut cats with fun foam, slid in the wine bottle and adhered everything to a Gina K Bubble Gum Pink card base. I added the pink jewels from Lucy’s Cards, and some Glossy Accents to the wine bottle. Viola, day one down!

Day 2 was Magnificent Masking!

This card I had to make from scratch, no pre-made pieces. I decided to use Counting Stars and Wishes and Stars for this card, with a masked area for a galaxy.


I used Gina K in the Navy cardstock, and torn paper to mask the section in the center. I used Distressed Oxide ink in Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans and Black Soot to blend the area, and then sprayed it with Mica Spray (Brushed Pewter and Vibrant Turquoise). The sentiments and stars were stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in silver. The word stars was die cut from Neenah White Silver cardstock 4 times and layered. The card was finished with Silver Confetti sequins. Day two in the bag.

Day three was Background Bonanza!

This one was easy! I had all those backgrounds…and images. All I had to do was put the pieces together.


I used the background made with Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I used the images and sentiment from Magical Dragons, and they are layered on a vellum panel. I heat embossed the sentiment in white. A couple of purple and blue Lucy’s Cards jewels and done!

Day 4 Monochromatic Magic!

This one was really quick again. I had the negative space from a card I had made a bit ago with Diagonal Stripes cover up, which had been cut from a Distress Oxide ink background with Worn Lipstick and a tiny bit of Wilted Violet. 

I filled the die cut spaces with white cardstock. I cut the Celebrate die cut out of Cotton Candy sparkle cardstock and then white a few times and glued it together with a glue pen. I also cut out the Heart Balloon out of the sparkle cardstock. Lucy’s Cards pink jewels accent the card. I left the card blank inside so I could use it for lots of different occasions.

The bonfire celebration bonus card is Awesome Ombre!

I was inspired by a recent video from Jennifer McQuire for this card. My trusty Otters came to the rescue here.


I used Spellbinders Standard Circles dies to emboss circles on a Neenah panel. Then I used the smallest circle that I used to cut out a mask. I think this is Broken China ink that I blended in the circle but I’m second guessing myself now.  I started at the bottom and pulled the color up to get the ombre affect. I should have made my mask big enough to cover the whole page, but mine was slightly smaller, and I ended up getting ink on the bottom. I placed the sentiment, which was stamped on Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock and heat embossed in white. I used the smallest of Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangles to cut it out (I also use the biggest of these rectangles for almost all of my cards). My favorite Lucy’s Cards jewels complete the card.

The fifth and final day was Delightful Die Cutting!

My recent baby card kick came in here. I had some of the images die cut from LLD Bundle of Baby clothes already on hand.


I love this blue color! The sentiment from LLD Welcome Baby was stamped in MFT’s Lush Lagoon. The blue cardstock is Gina K Blue Raspberry. I adhered the baby clothes with foam tape, and some Wink of Stella on the tiny stars and hearts. Silver Confetti sequins accent the sentiment and images. I used a tiny bit of Liquid Pearls and a pin to put dots where the snaps were on the die cut images. And I actually finished Camp Create!!!

It was intimidating to take on, but I had fun and the cards went much faster. I’m glad I decided to participate.

Thanks for stopping by!







Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge- Add a Sentiment

This week the Wednesday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamps is “Add a Sentiment.” The products to feature this week are Impression Obsession.

My options were limited as I only have one stamp set from Impression Obesession. However this is a lovely set with a fabulous sentiment!

Here is my card, featuring Zenspiration Butterflies.


I stamped the image and sentiment on Ranger Distress Watercolor paper in Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder. I did this because I knew I was going to color the images with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearlescent watercolor paints, and my Perfect Pearls powders. I started off with the Perfect Pearls on the flower. I didn’t remember the colors being so dark, so I did touch them up with the Gansai Tambi watercolors to lighten them up. I used just the watercolor paints on the butterfly. Then I did a watercolor wash on the background with Tumbled Glass Distress ink.


Look at all the shimmer from the paints and Perfect Pearls!

I finished off the card with Aquatic Mist Nuvo Glitter drops, and some Morning Dew drops on the flower.

I made a card base with MFT Sno Cone cardstock and that completes my card for this week’s Wednesday challenge.

I love that sentiment! Its so strong and encouraging. This is a great card to give to a friend.


Thanks for stopping by!




Craft Space Makeover!

I’ve mentioned this post a couple of times and I’ve finally carved out the time to get it together.

Since I started this card making adventure in March, I’ve tried to be somewhat financially responsible and use the items at hand as much as possible. But, it quickly became obvious to me that I would not be able to stick it out with my old computer desk. I have a bad back, and I tend to craft standing up, leaving me bent over all day long. Not good!

I had my computer desk in an area I like to refer to as the “nerd den.” It’s officially the dinning room of my apartment, but we made it the office space when we moved in, and parked the family computer (our only computer at the time) in this area. Since the computer was mainly used for gaming, we might have decorated the area to match our main pursuit (the nerd den…).

Almost two years ago I got a computer for myself, leaving the family computer on it’s desk. At least until summer time. Once school ended for the year, the family computer disappeared into my son’s room. It made sense, as the family computer was right outside of my bedroom, and he would keep me up playing video games.

So, when I started crafting, using the empty desk in the nerd den made sense too. But, my back can’t handle being hunched over, and I started coveting counter height craft tables on Pintrest. How was I going to find someone to make me one of these glorious tables? I started looking at already made alternatives, but they were so expensive.

About a month ago I came into a little bit of money. And I started looking a little bit harder at alternatives to the custom tables. I found a bar height table at Target for $95. Perfect! But my old desk had a lot of storage in it. If I was going to go with a plain table, I would have to find some more storage. Then the IKEA Gods smiled on me and the Kallak units went on sale! I got a two by four cubby unit for $50! I drove down to Fort Lauderdale to save myself $150 in shipping, and grabbed a couple of accessories while there. The last piece to the finish off my space was a bar stool. One day after work I wandered through TJ Maxx and found a gorgeous seat on clearance for $50 (originally $129).

Ok here is the original “Nerd Den.”


All the storage on the side of the original desk.


Having all of my cardstock and markers in reach was lovely!


Plastic storage drawers to the right of the desk. I was able to completely empty that with the Kallak unit.

IMG_2948How many people have a map of Middle Earth in their “Dinning room?” And the Legos? They are Harry Potter and Lord of the Ring’s sets. You can see I already had the white shelves from Target, and I had started to creep into them with my stash. I had one Raskog cart and the other was an old shoe rack.

Here is the new space:IMG_2958

My coloring assistant Fireball. And by coloring assistant, I mean she sits on whatever I am trying to color and demands attention.


I’m using the photo shelf from IKEA for my Nuvo Drops and Mica Sprays. The bar and baskets was a way to keep favorite tools in reach without sacrificing table space.

These next couple of pictures were taken before the space was finished (my ink rack wasn’t here yet). But you get a good shot of my $50 bar stool! Which, really isn’t a bar stool, it’s a cat perch!


This is the “finished” look. I may make some adjustments in the future, but I’m pretty happy with it. I have to move my Copic markers to the desk when I color, but thats not a big deal. I don’t have so many that it’s cumbersome.

That Kallak unit was more then enough storage! The top row left side has my 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock, stored in Job Ticket holders placed in magazine holders from IKEA. Next to that is my Organize More ink rack, which I had ordered before I redid my space and it finally arrived last week! The bigger wire baskets on the next shelf hold my glue guns and punches in one, and all my adhesives in the other. Under my ink rack I have my Distress tins full of my ink cubes, my acrylic blocks, paint brushes, alcohol wipes and mini misters. Next row down holds my 12″ x 12″ paper pads and next to it are wire baskets with my finished cards, envelopes and cellophane sleeves. The bottom of the Kallak unit has two drawers from IKEA. One has stamp and die storage supplies (magnetic paper, storage envelopes and cheap cardstock for the envelopes) and spare items like Wink of Stella shimmer markers. The other has fun foam cut down, stamp cleaning suppies and little used tools.

My dies are in the mini binders (I used to keep them on my Raskog cart under my Spellbinder Platinum 6 but I moved them when I freed up the room), and my Copic markers are next to them. Underneath are wooden crates that hold my stamps. Below that are plastic bins with stickers and embellishments, with my sequins and jewels in the next cubby, in the plastic storage tray. The gray cloth drawers have empty boxes and other miscellaneous items.

I have my original Raskog cart, which has my die cut machine on the top basket (it’s installed upside down to serve as a shelf, and you can see this in the picture with both cats and the chair). Below that are spare cutting plates, embossing plates and embossing folders. On the bottom shelf I have paper towels and a wooden board.

I did get a second Raskog cart, but it may have been over kill. In the top I have my trimmers, baby wipes, stamp scrubbing pad and a microfiber cloth. The second basket has my embossing powders and other heat embossing items. The bottom shelf has coloring tools like gel pens, colored pencils, Distress Markers, and my watercolor paints.

I also have a my fuse tool, accessories and craft mat stashed in one of the cabinets with doors from the original shelves.

I’m probably going to have to order another ink rack soon. I just ordered three more Distress Oxide inks! But I think I can move my pigment inks to the self below, or to the cart with my embossing items and it won’t be that bad.

When I’m done crafting for the weekend, I tuck the two carts in between my desk and the shelves and it tidies up the space a lot!

Whew! That’s my craft space make over! I’m really happy with how it turned out! And my back is very happy! I don’t get to sit much in that gorgeous chair, but I don’t seem to need too. And it means Fireball doesn’t sit on my projects anymore, since she’s usually sleeping in the chair…

Thanks for stopping by and sticking with me through all that!