Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You're Pretty Sweet

Hero Arts makes me color more.  Yes, it's all their fault.  I guess it's a fruity day, some apples from the orchard and let's pick some sweet cherries too.  I colored some fruit and plants at my monthly Copic Marker get-together at  The Stamp Art Shoppe.  We meet every last Tuesday of the month.

I also went to the Stamp Convention in Sacramento, California this past Saturday with a couple of friends from the Copic Marker get-togethers.  We went wild for a couple hours, going from vendor to vendor.  I'm NOT telling how much I spent, but it was certainly FUN.  I got a new die from The Stamp Doctor, An Outpatient Clinic for Stampaholics.  This is a Side Step Card Die.

I chose YELLOW, yes, really bright yellow because I thought that if I made a mistake, I wouldn't care if it came out wrong... you heard me.  I don't like yellow, my least favorite color, especially very YELLOW yellow.  I was so surprised because I found some orange, yes, ORANGE, zigzag paper to use with it.  Next some green paper to go under the orange zigzag.

Completely out of my comfort zone, but here's my card.  The first shot is a straight on view of the card, yellow, green and orange stripes.... not as bad as it sound, well, I hope not.

The Stamp Doctor (side step card die)
Hero Arts "Stamp Your Own Fruit" CL835
Copic Markers

 I separated the stamp sentiment "You're Pretty Sweet" and I like the way it turned out.

I did a lot of blending to make this apple appear somewhat real.  I finally just had to say,  I also hand-cut the apple and cherries, yes, tedious, but someone had to do it. 

I hope you enjoy this card.  There's a contest over at Die Cut Divas "In the Garden", so check it out.  Hero Arts is the sponsor and you won't be able to stop coloring either.

I'd like to enter this card into "Virginia's View Challenge" which is going two months long this time.  The challenge is "Layers and Dimension"  
Have FUN!

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Pear of Us

 I love the new Stamp Your Own Fruit set and I had to match the pear with a cheery background.  I found some marvelous papers I didn't even know I had.  This is one of my favorite cards - sort of charming, sort of fun, sort of wonderful curvy shapes.

Close-up of the sparkly background - The strawberries are perfectly bright and fun.  They're like little bright embellishments you'd add to a card.  

 Close-up of the pear - I dotted the darker marker on top of the blended pear and did a little blending.  I used R01 and some crazy greens to make a mottled pear that's just turning lighter.

I do like the way the pear turned out.  Loving the fruity.

Hero Arts Butterfly and Flower CL750
Hero Arts Flower and Butterfly Set dies DI090
Hero Arts Stamp your own Fruit CL835
Copic Markers
Die-Namics Stitched Square Stax
QuicKutz Nesting Scallop Squares
Small Green Gems

Hope you like my card.  Arlene

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Plants in Glass Houses

Samples for the Die Cut Divas challenge this month.
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I really like the plants Hero Arts created for their spring catalog this year.  I hope you like them too.  I've planted my own succulent garden.  At least these will live longer than the ones in my house.  When I look at these plants, I think of glass houses, hence the title of this post. Anything for fun!


Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Succulents CL839 
Die-Namics Stitched Rec Stax
Die-Namics Stitched Square Stax
BoBunny Jewels - Pale green gems
Red multicolored panel are from a tissue box

Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Succulents CL839
Die-Namics Stitched Rec Stax
Die-Namics Stitched Square Stax 
BoBunny Jews Green
Red multicolored panels are from a tissue box

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

An Apple a Day

A Hero Arts "healthy treat for you."  

I love the fruit in this set. You can make your own juicy fruit and the sentiments are so "sweet".  I wanted a sparkly background and a little goes a long way. I do so like this, so much fun and really says what you want it to.  Yes, you're so sweet.

My sample for Die Cut Divas
Hero Arts Stamp your own Fruiet CL835
Copic Markers
Patterned paper
I think this is a Spellbinders oval tag - one of a number of tags in one metal plate.

A Close-up of the background so you can see all the glitter.  The apple is adhered by glue-dots which allow the image to float a little above the surface of the card.  It doesn't add a lot of bulk, yet doesn't appear flat.  It gives some depth without popping an image up and paying extra for mailing.

Remember that this is a new month and new challenge at Die Cut Divas.  Check it out.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Friends are Your Umbrella

I love using one of my favorite Bugaboo Ditgi Stamps - they are so much fun to color in any size you make them.  Maybe it's the little girl inside me that wants to dress up some paper dolls and finds there's no end of outfits these friends can wear.

Be sure to visit Die Cut Divas to see all the end of month samples.

Die-Namics stitched TradTagsStax
Copic markers
Owl Stickers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Deacon likes Color in his Life

This is one of my favorite digital stamps by Bugaboo because it is so versatile.  You could print this out to be a large tag and use it for a gift tag.  imagine this as a Christmas tag on a present with Christmas colors and a cheerful message.  I think that's what I'm making for this Christmas.  However, this card reminds me of the earth, a rocky stream and very masculine.

Die-Namic Square Stitched die-cuts
Copic markers
Metallic  dots

Hope you like it.  

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Darling kid with a chocolate Chip Cookie

Who could resist a chocolate cookie?  I really like this little guy and wanted to make multiple tags.  This chocolate chip cookie is fat-free. I'm all in for that!
Be sure to visit Die Cut Divas!

Bugaboo Digital Kidz - Cookie
Copic Markers
Little B Handwritten (sentiment - "hi")
Die-Namics stitched TradTagsStax 

Bugaboo Digital Cookie Friend Sentiment on the inside