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My Monthly Hero April Kit

Hello and happy Monday! I finally have the unboxing post I promised you, for the April My Monthly Hero kit. My apologies for the tardiness, I’ve been working tons of overtime lately!

What is in the kit, you ask. All this:


► – 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set

► – 20 Coordinating Frame Cuts Dies

► – 1 Ornate Floral Border Die

► – 3 Reactive Ink Cubes (Fiesta Red, Fiesta Teal, Fiesta Yellow)

► – 3 6″ x 18″ Sheets Unryu Paper (Assorted Colors)

Let’s get to it!

I love that blue tissue paper, and I tried really hard to save it, but no luck. Those ribbons are really pretty too, and I managed to keep my cat from eating these (so far).

Here is a closer look at the two bundles in the kit.


The stamp set is super cute! I couldn’t wait to color that bird at the bottom, along with the donkey. There are some great and unusual sentiments too!


There is the Ornate Floral border die on the right (with smaller dies in it). I haven’t tried it out yet, but I think it’s gorgeous.


The Unryu paper is so vibrant, and had great texture. The reactive inks are also really pretty. I believe the reactive part means they interact with water, but  I haven’t played with them yet. I did see an Instagram post that Hero Arts shared, where someone used them as watercolors.

I did create a really quick card with the kit, using a background I had previously made with Distress Oxide inks and watercolor paper.


The background was made with Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks. I colored the donkey with Copic markers, and added him to the card with foam tape. I stamped Fiesta Time in Versafine Onyx ink and heat embossed it with Wow Holographic Sparkle powder. I added some purple Lucy’s Cards jewels to finish it off (and cover a spot where I smeared black ink). The card base is MFT’s Boysenberry.

That’s my quick post for today. Hope you had a great weekend, and talk to you again soon!

Thanks for stopping by!



Making Cards · New Products

Hello Bluebird and Alcohol Ink

Happy Wednesday! I have a stunning card to share with you, and a new stamp and die company to share.

I have to give Jennifer Frost-Ballas credit, she wrote a couple of Instagram post sharing this Hello Bluebird and I thought they were adorable. I only picked up a couple of dies sets, as I am on a strict budget until we get through this house stuff. But, there are tons of really cute stamps sets I have on a list, for when I’m free to spend again. Check them out!

I have a few cards to share, but they really don’t due the products justice. And, one of them also has Mama Elephant products. But, you will get an idea of how versatile they are!

First up, the stunner! The last time I was playing around with alcohol inks, I ran out of Yupo Paper (really, that happens every time, I keep going until I can’t anymore…). This time I decided to try out some other materials. I used acetate and vellum, and the results were pretty cool.


This first card features the outer frame and Hello from Gallery Frame die, cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. As I mentioned, the panel is alcohol ink on acetate. This panel is Wild Plum ink and Rose Gold Mixative. I added the frame to the acetate panel with foam tape, to create a shadow below it.


See the shimmer from the Rose Gold Mixative. And the depth you get from the clear spaces.  It’s even better in person.

Next up is a card featuring the same hello die, and one of the dies from Tropical Foliage.


This card is really simple, considering how I got here. I originally had filled the whole panel with the images from the die set, all cut from an alcohol ink panel. Then I decided to add some Nuvo drops, to fill the white space. Only, I kept adding drops, and kept adding. Then I realized how ridiculous it looked, and decided that smearing the Nuvo Drops would be really cool. It would look like a funky paint effect. No, not cool at all. I ripped all the die cuts off. Being a bit gun shy about over doing it, I just added the one image and the hello die cut, in Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock. The card base is MFT’s Cool as a Cucumber.

This last card has the inner frame from Gallery Frames.


You can see the actual die in this picture. The one die cuts out both frames at the same time.

For this card I used the dragon and girl from Mama Elephant’s Me and My Dragon, stamped with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and colored with Copic markers. The mountain and city backgrounds are from Mama Elephant’s Kingdom Trio, with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink blended on both (just the tops of the city). Tumbled Glass Distress ink was used to blend the sky. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant’s Dragon’s Wishes, and was stamped in Altenew Jet Black ink. The card base is MFT’s Grout Gray cardstock.

I encourage you to check out Hello Bluebird. They have some adorable stamps! My favorite is Away in a Manager. I really like the die set I got, Gallery Frames. It’s one of those dies that you can use for some many things. And, the set didn’t just include the frames, it also has the hello die, and three different confetti dies (hearts, stars and flowers). This set is only  13.99!

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Making Cards · New Products

Nuvo Shimmer Powder

Happy Monday! I finally have that post about Nuvo Shimmer Powder I promised you. And cards!

I know I already showed you the swatches I made, but let’s take another look.


There are actually eight powders available, four with multi -color and four solid. When I purchased mine from Tonic, they didn’t have a lot of information. They have added color swatches now, and a little more info. I have one solid color (Storm Cloud) and three of the multi-colors (Catherine Wheel, Violet Brocade and Atlantis Burst).  Jennifer Frost-Ballas shared these on Instagram, and I was hooked.

The top of the swatches show what the powder looks like when sprinkled on cardstock and then spritzed with water. The more water you add, the more the color spreads and blends. The bottom half of the swatches has the powder mixed with water, like a watercolor paint. Can you see all the shimmer the powders contain?

Here is my first card, which I shared on a previous post.


Here is the original post, with the details for this card.

The next panel I used features the Violet Brocade powder. I was able to make 2 cards out of it.


I love the “spattered,” look you get when you add only a little water! The colors in Violet Brocade are beautiful, and I wish you could see the shimmer.

I use MFT’s Mod Rectangles on the water colored panel, then used MFT’s Celebrate word die to cut a window for a shaker card. The heart shaped balloons are also MFT, cut from MFT Cornflower and Cotton Candy Sparkle cardstock. The card base is Gina K Design’s Blue Raspberry. I used clear and iridescent sequins for the shaker, and over stuffed it (usually I add too little). I used the blue cardstock behind the shaker window, but there is so much sequins, you can’t see it.


As you can see, I used the die cut from the first card on a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White panel, die cut with Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle die. The same Blue Raspberry cardstock was used for the base. I kept it simple, to let the die cut shine.

Up next is my favorite card from this set.


This card was made from a panel using Atlantis Burst, which has blues, greens and yellows. I die cut the panel with Simon Says Stamps Wonky Rectangle die. I added a rose and leaves from Altenew’s Build a Rose set. I used Rock Collection for the leaves, and Sweet Dreams Altenew ink for the images. The sentiment “Thanks,” is from Altenew’s Signature Words set, die cut from MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock. I cut a circle from vellum, run the edges over a Versamark ink pad, and added Hero Arts Silver embossing powder, to use as an anchor for the flower. I added the silver embossing to give it a bit more definition. I finished it up with Studio Katia Platinum gems.


Last, but not least, is the card using Catherine Wheel Shimmer Powder.


This one was pretty simple. I added a bit more water to this panel, as you can see. The pinks, yellows and oranges blend together a bit more, and spread out. I die cut the “hello you,” from the March Hero Arts kit, three times from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and layered them together using a Quickie glue pen. Oh, the watercolor panel was die cut with the same Wonky Stitch Rectangle as the previous card. I finished the card with some hearts from a Concord and 9th die. I added Glossy Accents to the hearts after I took this picture. The card base on this card and the previous one are Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. The envelope is Gina K Design’s Sweet Corn.


You can see a bit of the shimmer here. It’s almost gold. And, I love that pink.

I have to tell you, these powders are magical! I have a feeling I will be getting a lot of use out of them. I could see using the dies from the March Hero Arts kit, like I did above, and making a quick set of cards. The are perfect for making a very interesting background.

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Making Cards · New Products · Techniques

Mama Elephant’s Me & My Dragon and Nuvo Shimmer Powders

Welcome back! I have a quick post for you, sharing my first card with the awesome Me and My Dragon set from Mama Elephant.

This set is fabulous! It has a very close resemblance to a certain, extremely popular show with dragons and wolves.

I actually stayed up until midnight the night is this release, so I would not miss it! The samples shared on Mama Elephant’s social media accounts were so inspiring. I know I can’t color that well, but I gave it a go.

Sorry about the bad lighting, I finished the card at about 8 last night and had to share it with you today.

I colored the dragon and little girl with Copic markers. I used the colorless blender to add some texture, along with a white gel pen.

The galaxy background was made with Nuvo Shimmer Powders (Violet Brocade and Stormy Skies). The whole panel is shown below. Unfortunately the shimmer does not show in the pictures.

I used MFT’s Starry Circle to cut out the background, and layered MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock behind it. Then I added it to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock panel, die cut using Simon Says Stamps Stitched rectangles.

I add the dragon and girl with foam tape.

The sentiment is from Dragon Wishes, a companion set to Me and My Dragon. It ha some fabulous sentiments!

The white panel was added to a card base made from Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavender.

I can’t even begin to tell you how easy it was to make this galaxy background, using the Nuvo Shimmer Powders! Sprinkle some powder, spray some water then let dry. I never thought I would be able to make one so colorful!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned! I have a couple more cards I make using the Nuvo Shimmer Powders. This week is pretty busy, but I’ll try to put another post together for Thursday.


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Playing With Stencils and My Monthly Hero Kits

Hello and welcome back! Sorry about the little break. I was resting my wrist and generally going stir crazy! I did play around a bit with Distress Oxide backgrounds, one of which I will give you a peak today. I have a full post on them I will share Wednesday, so come back!

I also took some time to play around a tiny bit with stencils. I feel that this is a weak area for me, and I really want to start incorporating them into my work more. This time around, I used some Nuvo Glimmer paste, and a couple of different stencils. Let’s take a look.


For this first card, I took an old alcohol ink background (I think it’s mostly Flamingo and Amethyst with silver mixative). I used the stencil from the My Monthly Hero December 2017 kit, with Moonstone Glimmer paste, going over parts of the stencil and skipping others.


To keep the card simple and let the background shine, I used the Hello and You dies from the new My Monthly Hero March 2018 kit, cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and layered 3 times. I also added thin strips of silver glitter cardstock to the top and bottom of the panel. These were from my scrap stash.

The panel was added to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base with fun foam and there you go, I used a stencil!!!

The next card is very similar. It’s actually the other half of the alcohol ink panel I used above.


You can see, this half has more purple to it. The same Nuvo Glitter paste was added, in the same technique, with the same stencil.

I used the lantern images from the MMH December kit, stamped with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and colored with Copic Markers. The silver areas are Silver Wink of Stella.

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink on a vellum strip, and embossed with clear powder. I wrapped it around the panel and adhered it in the back.


I added some iridescent Lucy’s Cards Jewels to the vellum strip, and Glossy Accents to the lanterns. Check out the color variation with that Moonstone paste on the different alcohol ink colors. It’s gorgeous!!!

My last card is a bit different. Brace yourself for some bright colors!


I know this background looks like alcohol ink, but it’s actually Distress Oxide ink! Come back Wednesday for the details!

I used my new favorite Nuvo Moonstone Glitter paste (really, its the only one I have, but that will change soon) and this time a sunbeam stencil from Clear Scraps. I lined up the middle of the stencil with the edge of my panel, to get a sunset like look. I though it would make a great desert sunset!

I took the palm tree and oasis stamps from the MMH December 2017 kit, and I stamped them with Versamark on Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock. I really thought the black would contract nicely with the bright oranges and yellows. I’m not exactly sure how I feel now, though. I really struggled with the sentiment.


Anyway, I decided to color in the water, using Polychomos pencils. I left the rest black. I added the images to the inked panel with black fun foam.

The sentiment is also from the MMH December kit, and was stamped in Altenew’s Jet Black ink. I tucked one end under a palm tree after the aforementioned struggle. The panel was added to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base and thats it!

That was my first foray into stencils. Well, I used a stencil with the August 2017 kit and some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, but that was kinda rough. I see so many beautiful cards using stencils and I get frustrated that I’m not very good with them. I think I did a lot better with the Glitter Paste, but I still need to practice.

Thanks for stopping by, and sticking with me through my break!


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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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!