Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Bright Flower in the Garden

I've always liked this flower because it is so versatile   I also sent this card to my partner, Lucille through the Card Chain Challenge over at Society of Stampaholics.  Deborah Nolan started this challenge a number of years ago and I love participating.  It's wonderful receiving your own card in the post from fellow crafters.

This is also my sample of the month for the Die Cut Divas' challenge for April.  Save the best for last?  I do love the bright and cheery card.

Hero Arts Hand Drawn Flower I can't find the cling version, which is what I have.  There is a wood version at Hero Arts.  This flower is actually stamped three times and cut out to make layers.  Depending on how you stamp this, the flower can be simple to complex.  Using this Hero Arts note card from the boxed cards set, I adhered it to the upper left and stamped "Hello" in the pre-designed space.

Hero Arts Hand Drawn Flower
Hero Arts Hello Flowers CL774
Clear sequins in center of flower as well as dotted randomly on the card with dots of Xmas Red Stickles in the centers.
Copic Markers R24, R27 and R29
Obsession Impression butterfly die from a set of 4
Glue-dotted the butterfly to the flower


I colored the three layers separately and I really like the depth of color three shades of red markers gives this.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello Flowers

April has come again and so too has Die Cut Divas' wonderful sponsor Hero Arts!

Hero Arts is always on the cutting edge and I love their flowers.  Here's my sample for the Die Cut Divas blog.
Hero Arts Hello Flowers CL774
Blossom Cuts DI096 
Hero Arts You're a Rainbow OWH CL765
Patterned background
Copic Markers
BoBunny Jewels 

Close up of the die cut flowers
Instead of a single flower, I doubled the flowers and the flower suddenly has a great depth to it and actually makes me think there must be more flowers hiding behind the first flower.
I love the matching dies that go with this stamp set.  I'm not spending so much time cutting out.

Thank you for visiting.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Glitzy and Fun

My butterfly is crawling up the stem of the flower to say "Have a FABULOUS Day" to you all.  I overdid the sparkle, but I was in a mood to bring sparkle into my life.  It's spring and the flowers are popping up here.

Hero Arts Butterfly and Flower CL750
Hero Arts Tropical Background CG659
Hero Arts Flower and Butterfly Set dies DI090
Elizabeth Craft Designs die-cut from Beach Edges 981
Copic Markers
Gem in middle of flower with Stickles

Close-up of the sparkly butterfly
Some clear gems make the body of the butterfly and don't you love the flower background?

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.