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Monday, September 29, 2014

Handmade for Christmas

Hi everyone! Today I'm joining my Hero Arts friends for a blog hop featuring goodies from the Handmade for Christmas catalog. You should have arrived here by way of the sweet and talented Lucy Abrams. If you didn't, head on back to the Hero Arts blog to start from the very beginning.

For my card today, I decided to use one of my very favorite sets from the new catalog, Family and Friends.

I really have a thing for bottle brush trees, so this set was love at first sight for me! They are so much fun. Today I was inspired by this cool photo to create an entire little "forest" of them.

I worked on watercolor paper, and got out my paintbrush and water bottle while playing with colors inspired by the photo - Navy, Tide Pool, Forever Green and Neon Blue inks.

I love the little circles included in the set. They could be used as ornaments, but I added them randomly to the sky, to add a whimsical, bokeh-like look.

And now the fun part of the hop! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded. The three prize winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs, so the more comments left along the hop, the better their odds of winning! The giveaways will close at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2, with the winners announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

To continue with the hop, please head over to Yana Smakula's blog!

Hero Arts
Lisa Spangler
Kelly Rasmussen
Donna Mikasa
Tami Hartley
Cheiron Brandon
Jennifer McGuire
Mariana Grigsby
Lucy Abrams
Libby Hickson --- that's me!
Yana Smakula
Wida Miller

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Funky Trees

Here's a quick and simple card using the Texana Designs Jam'n Tree Outline stamp.

I stamped the tree on three different papers from a Carta Bella Christmas pad (I got mine at i {heart} papers), and cut them out. The design is simple but the funky trees make me happy. The "snow" are little white pompoms. They were harder to photograph than I thought they'd be and look really contrasting in the photo. Ah well, such is the quality of photographs on my blog! At least I stamped. Yay!

Stamps: Texana Designs (Jam'n Tree Outline)
Paper: MFT (Kraft), Neenah (Solar White), Carta Bella ("so this is Christmas" 6x6 pad)
Ink: Hero Arts (black)
Other: White mini pompoms, scallop edge die, hemp twine

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Always remember...

I know I most certainly will.

I used the Hero Arts Big Star and coordinating Stylish Stars dies for this card. To give the star some dimension, I cut out five stars and glued them all together.

I played along with the Retrosketches challenge for this one.

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Hero Arts (K5931 Big Star, CL730 Anything Can Happen)
Paper: Hero Arts (Snow, Azure)
Ink: Hero Arts (Red Royal, Navy)
Other: DCWV burlap stack, twine

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Here's a card that was going to be many different things, before becoming what I'm sharing here today. Does that ever happen to you? I stamped and die cut some butterflies, then played and tinkered and sighed in frustration. And then finally I made this:

Not really what I thought it would be, but I like it. I wanted to play with my Hero Arts Butterfly set. I know I've been in polka dot mode for YEARS now, but what can I say, I still love them!! So I loooove that this set has a polka-dotted butterfly. And a coordinating set of dies, too? Awesome! My wise friend Leslie had the smart idea to put a vellum die cut on top of my polka dots. I love the dimension!

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Elegant Trees

Hello! It's Texas Tuesday, my favorite day of the week to share cards created with my beloved Texana Designs stamps! Although this one doesn't really have a Texas flair...

This card features one of the new Texana Designs stamps for the holidays - a solid tree. I really love how elegant this simple little tree looks when you pair it with gold embossing powder and a script background. Texana also has an outline tree, which could be combined with the solid image or used on it's own. Christmas Words Background is the perfect compliment to my gold trees.

Tip: No twine to match your project? Color your own. I colored some hemp twine with a blue Copic to match my blue paper.

I'll be back soon with more of the Texana Designs holiday goodies - including some images that will make ya holler YEEHAW!

(In all my years living in Texas - I'm the only person I actually heard say "yeehaw". I thought you should know.)


Stamps: Texana Designs (JC02 Tree-Sol, TD172 Christmas Words Background)
Paper: Neenah (Solar White), MFT (Blu Raspberry)
Ink: Hero Arts (Red Royal), Versamark, blue Copic marker
Other: Victorian Gold embossing powder (source unknown), Enchanted Gold embossing powder (Ranger), hemp twine (Hemptique)

Monday, September 8, 2014

You Make Me Smile Big!

Lookie lookie!! I stamped!! I made my last Tour de Craft card in July and then the kids started back to school (we start EARLY here in Georgia - August 4!) and life got busy and my stamp room was neglected once again. Until last week! My friend Leslie aka The Crooked Stamper came for a visit, and we barely left my stamp room! It was wonderful. And I even made some stuff!!

That's right, stamping, YOU make me smile big! ;-) That "you" die and the coordinating stamp was from some goodies Leslie brought along on her visit.

I had fun playing along with a couple challenges for this card. First, the colors. They are the latest Color Throwdown! I used to play this color challenge all the time (you know, back when I was an upstanding citizen of Blogland... way back then...) and just like back in the day, I once again enjoyed playing along immensely.

The sketch is from Retrosketches - but being the goof that I am, I totally didn't catch the deadline for posting this one. Ah well. It was a super fun sketch for using up some of my ridiculously massive stash of washi tape!

I even dipped into my old embellishment stash and used some Freckled Fawn resin stars I'd been hoarding for a while. Nice!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Au Revoir

Well, the sun has set on another Tour de France. Le sigh. It's always my saddest day of the summer.

I made my little Paris at night scene using a piece I had watercolored quite a while ago and never used! I thought the purples and grays would make a nice evening sky. The stars were added in silver ink from the Hero Arts Shoot for the Moon set. And the Paris skyline is a cut file from the Silhouette store!

I had a ton of fun creating all of these TdF-inspired cards this month, and I hope you had fun tuning in to see them. You can find all of the bike-inspired cards I've made over the years on my Pinterest board!

Now the big question - will I keep stamping regularly now that the Tour is over? Tune in and find out. ;-)


After today's stage of the Tour de France, one of my very favorite cyclists, Jens Voigt, is retiring after 17 years of making his fans smile. He's the biggest character in the peloton, and I will miss him so very much!

All stamps for this one are Hero Arts - I was very happy to see I had a "danke" stamp for this card celebrating my favorite German!

Jensie is known as one of the most aggressive riders - he never gives up! And he's famous for this "shut up legs" quote.

There's so many things I love about Jens - his attitude, his humor, his tweets, the fact that he geocaches all over the world, the way he talks about his kids, the years of going solo and completely kicking butt... Man I'm going to miss him!

Stamps: Hero Arts (CL699 Sketchbook Letters, LP202 Three Bikes, 331479 Love This)
Paper: Neenah (solar white)
Ink: Encore silver, Archival black, Hero Arts Red Royal

More than just a haircut...

Today is the final stage of the Tour de France. THE FINAL STAGE! Say it isn't so! What will I do with my mornings?? Actually ride MY bike??? :-) The overall winner of this year's Tour has already been decided through the cobbles, the mountains and the time trial - the final stage into Paris is always just a formality in that respect. But, there's always (or usually, anyway?) an exciting, all-out sprint on the Champs-Élysées to win the day's stage! And today's card is inspired by my pick to win today's stage - Marcel Kittel!

This is an old digi image from The Greeting Farm, it's been on my computer for a while but I thought it was perfect for today's card - I'll explain why in a moment. After coloring him with Copics, I masked off and stamped a little bicycle on his tshirt. The black, white and blue color scheme is inspired by Kittel's team, Giant-Shimano. The bicycle brads are from Eyelet Outlet - aren't they the cutest??

I used the Sunburst shape from Hero Arts on my Silhouette for the background before adding the brads. I was inspired by the new retrosketches challenge:

As for Marcel Kittel... he's an amazing sprinter. But, he's also REALLY into his hair. It's pretty funny. They call it the Kittel-cut.

He even tweeted this as the Tour left England for France...

It just cracks me up. But as they said on NBC during coverage, "Marcel Kittel is more than just a haircut." Indeed! He's already won three stages so far this year. And here he is winning on the Champs last year:

Will he do it today?? We'll see. GO MARCEL!

Stamps: The Greeting Farm (Edward digi image), Hero Arts/Studio Calico (331479 Love This - message), cute little bicycle stamp Lisa Spangler bought in Japan on his tshirt
Paper: Neenah (solar white), black, blue
Ink: computer printer ink, Copic markers, Archival ink
Other: "Sunburst" cut file by Hero Arts in the Silhouette store, Eyelet Outlet bicycle brads

Friday, July 25, 2014

Flora the Cyclist

Today's post doesn't really have anything to do with the Tour de France, except that it includes a bicycle. And it makes me happy.

This sweet stamps is from Stamping Bella called Flora the Cyclist. And it's uncanny, she looks JUST like me, when I go out for a bike ride in my pumps. ;-) I colored her with my Copics, and added a bit of Distress Stickles on her trim. The message is half of "hello there" in Hero Arts' Enjoy Today set. I really love the font of these greetings! I went with my rule that clouds always make a card cuter, and I broke out my sewing machine for the first time in ages.

The Tour is almost over. Only two more stages - a time trial tomorrow, then a sprint into Paris on Sunday. Say it isn't so!!!

Stamps: Stamping Bella (EB120 Uptown Girl Flora the Cyclist), Hero Arts (CL759 Enjoy Today)
Paper: Neenah (Solar White), MFT (Blu Raspberry), Stampin' Up (Pink Pirouette)
Ink: Tsukineko (Memento Tuxedo Black), Copic markers
Other: Lil' Inker Designs (cloud die), Ranger Distress Stickles (Rock Candy), machine stitching


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