Thursday, November 16, 2017

Morgan's ArtWorld on an Anything Goes Challenge

This is a perfect little bear to use at Christmas.

I don't see this image at the moment in the store, but it has been and I used this image as one of the beginning images when I first joined Morgan's ArtWorld.  I have loved so many of her images and this is one I wanted to use a second time.

From Word, I printed two exact panels and an extra cropped version of just the head and hat, as well as one cropped version of the gifts with arm and holly. Then:
1. I cut only out the entire frame of green leaves and colored them and put Nuvo Red Berry on all the berries.
2. I cut out the bear in its entirety.
3. I cut out the holly at the bears feet
4. I cut out the gifts and arm holding the gifts with the holly
5. I cut out the bears hat
6. I colored every item I cut out.
7. I added Nuvo crystal drops in different colors to the topmost items as well as the snowflakes.
8 I adhered all tops portions on pop dots to the panel I did not cut out, but did color the same colors as those I had cropped. 

I smudged the white Nuvo drops on the bear's scarf because I put those on when I had the card completed and then touched the card before it was dry.  But all in all, I love this little bear.

A Close up

Morgan FitzSimmons digital image
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Copic markers E30, E31, E33,  B00, B02, G00, G03, YG63, R24, BG15, B21, 100 (black)
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Berry Red, Simply White, Woodland Green and Midnight Blue
Vagabond die cut machine

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Calendar I have been working on

I have made my calendar for 2018 and I'd like to share some of my pages with you.  I used two sided papers for my calendar as the calendar is in notebook form, turning at the top.

January 2-18 and I put my red Cardinal in.  This set is sold out at A2Z Scrapbooking, but any Winter scene you want to use would be fine.

February 2018 has a blue snowy background paper

I figure everyone would have spring fever, including me and what gives us more of a feeling of freedom than the great outdoors and scooting around.  These little scooters are in the digital kit City Adventure here.

Come April and we're all thinking of trips to our National Parks and so I used the "Save Our National Parks stamp, which may be custom ordered.  

May is all about butterflies flitting around and this Color Layering Butterfly stamp set is on sale right now here.

June is time to relax with a cup of hot tea for me and I used the Kitchen Silhouettes for my cup with a die-cut steam.  But you could use the digital kit Caffeine Fix for your cup here.

I've taken you through June of 2018 of my calendar.  I guess I am prepared.  Happy Calendaring, Scrapbooking and Cardmaking to you all.

Catch this post at A2Z Scrapbooking.

Supplies were linked at the different calendar pages, but I will include them below also.

Each calendar uses the Calendar Bold Prints stamp from Hero Arts.  Remember, if you can't find it at A2Z, you can custom order it.

January - Color Layering Cardinal at Hero Arts  or custom order from A2Z Scrapbooking.
March - City Adventure here.
April - Save Our National Parks at hero Arts
May - Color Layering Butterfly stamp set is on sale right now here.
June -  Kitchen Silhouettes for my cup with a die-cut steam.  But you could use the digital kit Caffeine Fix for your cup here.

Be Happy this weekend.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Hero Arts Natural Christmas

Lots of Thanks to A2Z Scrapbooking for their sponsorship this month.  A great month to say thanks.  We celebrate Thanksgiving in November in the U.S. and I wanted a simple Thank you.

A2Z Scrapbooking has the Hero Arts digitals at your beck and call.  I used A Natural Christmas Digital Cut file for this card.and kept it tailored and simple. Dark burgundy and cream make this a striking color combination.

This sample post is also posted at Die Cut Divas.
Hero Arts A Natural Christmas Digital Cut file at A2Z Scrapbooking
Elizabeth Craft Designs Thanks die-cut # 734
Elizabeth Craft Designs Postage Stamp Squares die-cuts
Scrap papers
Vagabond die cut machine

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Die Cut Divas Shows Winter Thanks

Die Cut Divas is being sponsored by A2Z Scrapbooking and I have a Winter Thank You card for you.

I had some post cards stamped up with an old Hero Arts envelope stamp and it was in a perfect color for making a Winter Thank You card.  I adhered the postcard to a white card, added Nuvo Crystal Drops Red Berry to the heart, colored the trees with Copic markers, added Clear Wink of Stella and that die cut arrow to the card.  

You really are going to want to pick up that Nuvo Red Berry Crystal Drops at A2Z for Xmas cards.

Close-up of the Sparkly florals on the trees and arrow

Hero Arts Tree-Mendous kit at A2Z Scrapbooking
Nuvo Crystal Drops Red Berry at A2Z Scrapbooking
Distress Oxide Fired Brick
Copic markers YG01 for sure.  I think I had some YR09 and R11, R24 and R29 in there too
Spellbinders Shapeablitlies Page/Maps
Wink of Stella - clear

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Winter A2Z Challenge Holiday House

I so enjoy using the tags I make for gift giving.  You can make them any size and not have to squeeze your writing into a limited space.  This is the largest tag of the Hero Arts Tag dies.

I darkened the roof with a dark red marker and added some other colors to the house.  I thought that even I, could doodle some pavement outside the house.   There's enough room at the top of the tag to write the name of the person to whom you are giving your gift.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge
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Please join A2Z Scrapbooking in this months "Winter" challenge for your chance at a $25 gift card to the Hero Arts store. The current monthly challenge can always be found in the menu bar, and runs from the 1st to last day of the month

The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code Arlene15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

If you're looking for a Hero Arts product you don't see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

  • Hero Arts Holiday Houses
  • Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies D1197
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Silver Moondust
  • Hero Arts sentiment (wood block out of stock for a couple years)
  • Copic markers
  • Vagabond die cut machine

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hero Arts Vintage Travel Ideas

Today at A2Z Scrapbooking, we're showing how versatile the digital kit of Vintage Travel is.  This is one of my favorite digital kits and I have always used the old autos or some of the other images, but I have rarely concentrated my efforts on this postage stamp type image.  I printed the Travel Post and trimmed it to 5 1/4" X 4".  The wonderful lady in the old fashioned hat is from another image which I cut out by hand.  I colored her hat and I also laid down some more color on the ship (I almost called it a boat).  I took a white card and sponged it with Wilted Violet so it took on a deep shade for my background for the Travel Post panel.  I spritzed it with water and then adhered my panel to the card, with the lovely lady going on the lower corner with just her hat peeking over the violet card.  I wanted a personal touch so used a sea sentiment.  I love using those Nuvo Chrystal Drops too.  They make for great texture.

One of my friends is going on a trip up to Alaska by ship and this will be perfect.


Hero Arts Vintage Travel Digital kit
Wilted Violet Distress Ink
Copic markers V91, V93 &V 95, R39 & B14
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Friend
Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer (just got it and I love the spritz spray - perfect for spritzing :)
Nuvo Crystal Drops Crushed Grape

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A simple Stencil Equals A Big Impact

Time for a new challenge and non other than A2Z Scrapbooking is the Die Cut Divas' sponsor.

The A2Z Scrapbooking store<carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags and more. Proceeds from the A2Z Scrapbooking store benefit Celiac and Behcets disease foundations.   If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don't see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

Here is my first card for the challenge of Thankfulness,   

(Wild Honey and Fired Brick)

A close-up of my card below. Don't drink and view.

Below is my second card.  I think the sentiments are flying around on this card.
(Wilted Violet and Grape Preserves)

This is a bit too dark, but I wanted to show you another color combo.  

Hero Arts Spiral Stencil at A2Z Scrapbooking
Hero Arts sentiment from Hero Arts Thankful for You (out of stock)
Sizzix Thinlits - sentiment - friend
Distress Oxides fired brick and wild honey on one card with a dot of Nuvo Crystal Drops (Red Berry and Ebony Black)
Distress Oxides wilted violet and seedless preserves on the other card with a dot of Nuvo Crystal Drops (Crushed Grape and Ebony Black)
Vagabond die cut machine

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Love An Eerie Sky

I really love the background on this card.   You know when you have an idea in mind of what you want a creation to look like and it doesn't always work out?  Well, this worked out better than I imagined it would.  I thought it would look decent, but I'm loving the way all the colors fade and merge into each other, including what I was thinking of as green grass.

Bugaboo Digi Stamps is the sponsor for Die Cut Divas this month

I knew I wanted to work with a circle concept because of the nature of the image.  Our challenge is using a mood board as our inspiration.

The image was such that all it needed was color and I think I gave it color!

I knew I wanted to use this image because I also made it to send to my Card Chain Challenge partner, Lucille.  The October challenger here is now closed, but I was able to put Autumn and a cat into the challenge options for October.  You always have four options and one is always friendship.   The November challenge is now open here.  It's great to receive cards from other artists and crafters from all over the world.

Those eyes are looking at you!

Bugaboo Digi Stamps Happy Halloween Cat
Die Cut leaf from a fellow card artist colocred with black Copic marker
Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black and Ripened Pumpkin
Distress Inks Wilted Violet, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron and Mustard Seed
Vagabond Die Cut machine
QuicKutz Nesting Circles dies

See what the other Divas have done at Die Cut Divas and have fun crafting

Friday, October 27, 2017

From Graveyard to Globe

I just had too much fun with the MOOD BOARD and Bugaboo Stamps that I kept making cards.  I am going to have to watch that.

I think the color combo worked so well for the creepy zombie scene.  It was so much fun, really, just making fun changes from color to color.

Using the same color combo, this globe card turned out so very pretty.


I cut the butterflies from the globe (I cropped the butterflies so I didn't waste paper) and colored them as well as parts of the inside of the globe in light blue-green. (BG0000 Some Nuvo Crystal Drops complete the scene

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Supplies for Zombie scene:
Bugaboo Digital stamps - Scene it - Mummy Scene
Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies
Nuvo Crystal Drops -Ripened Pumpkin and Ebony Black
Copic markers
Vagabond Die Cut machine

Supplies for Globe
Bugaboo Digital stamps - Butterfly Globe
Spellbinders dies
Copic markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Crushed Grape and Ebony Black

Friday, October 20, 2017

Beep Beep at the A2Z Scrapbooking Challenge

We’re changing things up at A2Z Scrapbooking for our monthly challenge here at a2z and our challenge winner for October’s Watercolor challenge will win the Go Wild digital set. If our random winner is also using Hero Arts products, we will add a $20 gift card to the store!

I made a little scene for a holiday trip on a scooter.  Very simple, but fun.  I combined two different techniques here.  For the ground (grass) and part of the blue sky layer above the grass, I used distress markers and a water color brush.  Then I just sponged on the distress ink on the sky and spattered with water.  A few beeps and the vacation sign from the same digital set were added.  Some Glossy Accents and Nuvo Crystal Drops completed the card.

Close-up of the scooter which I fussy cut.

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Hero Arts Monthly Challenge

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Hope you’ll join in our monthly challenge so you can have a shot at this stamp set. Remember you no longer have to use Hero Arts to participate in our monthly challenges, the winner is randomly drawn for the digi prize of the month…and if you do use Hero Arts products on your project, you could win the Go Wild digi set of the month AND $20 to the store! The Design Team will also be choosing their top three favorite projects from the challenge each month and award them a cool TOP 3 blog badge.

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 The a2z scrapbooking store carries a wide variety of Hero Arts products! Get discounted new releases, sales, grab bags & more. Proceeds from our store benefit Celiac & Behcets disease foundations. Use my discount code insert your code here to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don't see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

 List of Supplies:
  • Hero Arts City Adventure
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White , Midnight Blue and Woodland Green
  • Distress markers with a water brush in Festive Berries, Faded Jeans and Twisted Citron
  • Glossy Accents
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Rectangle Die Cut
  • Vagabond Die Cut machine

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Flower for Morgan

What a beautiful flower to be able to color.  I hope you see a flower as a calming coloring session to let your artistic side out.  Just take it a petal at a time.  I have found so many images at Morgan Fitzsimons' site that I have so enjoyed coloring and eventually make cards.

This is my sample for the "Anything Goes" challenge at Morgan's ArtWorld.  Visit and enter the challenge.  It's an "Anything Goes" challenge, what is there to lose?

This is "Flower 1"

I do hope you join in on the challenges at Morgan's ArtWorld.  

Flower 1 at Morgan's ArtWorld
Little B Scallops
Elizabeth Crafts Design "The the Lens" Wood series paper
Copic markers
Vagabond die cut machine

Saturday, October 14, 2017

scramble at Hero Arts Starts 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Welcome to the 161st Scramble at Hero Arts.Flickr Group.   Our theme is to create a card or paper arts project that includes a die cut or punched cut and is holiday themed.  

1. Please use at least one Hero Arts stamp, stencil, or die to create your project.

2. You can use a punch or die cut from any machine (Cameo, Cricut, Vagabond, Cuttlebug, etc.)

3. You can choose any Holiday from Fathers or Mothers Day to Christmas or Thanksgiving.

You have 90 minutes to complete your project, and you can choose your 90-minute block at any time during the next 24 hours. The 24-hour window ends October 15, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. PDT (12 noon EDT). 

• Once your project is completed, take a photograph and tag it as quickcard161 (all one word—no spacing). Post it to the Hero Arts Flickr group photo pool. 

• Post the photo of your project in this discussion thread on Flickr by copying the URL of the photo and pasting it within square brackets--like these: [ ] in your reply to the discussion.

Don’t forget that you have 90 minutes to complete your project. The Scramble ends October 15 at 9:00 a.m.PDT (12 noon EDT) so be sure to post by then!

Here are some samples for you.  I'm afraid I didn't get the entire first card in the photo.  The outside layer is white.  I used the jar with all kinds of little images and fun dies to work with from a few Winters ago and also the bow is from Hero Arts Red Christmas Felt too..   (Winter Scene)

The Christmas cups from last year are one of my favorites,  I used an Ombre ink pad Pool to Navy on the cup and the new Spiral Stencil with Distress Ink Broken China peeking through the stencil. The stars are from Hero Arts Red Christmas Felt from a couple years ago.
(Coffee Cut Tags and Spiral Stencil) 

Close-up of the coffee cup - love those Nuvo Crystal Drops in 
Red Berry, Simply White and Midnight Blue. (Coffee Cut Tags)

A creme colored tag (Hero Arts Nesting Tag Dies) with Hero Arts Ornaments Stamp and Cut images.  Some Nuvo Crystal Drops (Ebony Black and Red Berry)

Have FUN!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Halloween Fun Coloring Contest with House of Morgan Fitzimons and Linda Larsons International


Free Images to join the Halloween Fun Coloring Contest & Art Challenge - Fae Entertainment - House of Morgan Fitzimons and Linda Larsons International

To find out more about the contest, please visit A Perfect Time To learn all about it and to download your free image.

 I thought this little ghost was so cute.  A bit of sparkle never hurt a ghost either.

 I used a cute ghost and I have a confession to make.  I used cream colored paper to print my ghost out.  It looked white last night.  LOL... So my little ghost got a bit of coloring and sparkle to take the focus off of a cream colored ghost, not a white ghost.

Pumpkin Ghost from Fae Entertainment
Copic markers YR09, YR12, YR14YG01, YG03, YG61 and 100
Nuvo - ebony black on the eyes and bottom panel with ripened pumpkin for the inside of the pumpkin Crystal Drops
Wink of Stella - clear
Elizabeth Craft Designs papers Through the Lens Series
Different sized leaves cut with my Cameo
Die-namics Pierced Circle STAX dies
Vagabond die cut machine

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Time to Play during this weekend for World Cardmaking Day

Image may contain: flower and text

Weekend Challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking: (make a fun-fold card, anything other than regular fold) and you receive the free Halloween Labels digi for all entries this weekend. We'll also have a Rafflecopter giveaway that includes signing up for Twitter, etc in which you will get entries for a $20 gift card to the store (you get entered for making the card too). It's a random giveaway and just for the weekend. And a 25% off sale (except the already low-priced clearance section) 

Here's my card I made for the challenge of making a fun fold card  -  an easel card.   I've needed a lot of "Thank You" cards recently to thank all the people who attended my retirement lunch and presented me with a gift card.  They are very special people and I do so appreciate everyone.  Here is my Easel Thank You.

Close-up of the Easel set-up


Hero Arts Weather Cuts Digital Files at A2Z Scrapbooking
Elizabeth Craft Designs Laugh die
Elizabeth Craft Designs Katie Label Pivit Card label at the bottom of the card.  Only label used.
Vagabond die cut machine
Easel card done on Silhouette

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Autumn Owl to Winder Fairy

Be sure to play with the Die Cut Divas for the October MOOD challenge.  It should be fun and get you in the mood for Autumn. Our sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and they have some darling images.


My cards for October 7th were fun to color and this owl scene was quite an easy scene to create. That little owl just makes me smile.

It was so much fun to add Nuvo Crystal drops to this little owl's eyes and the nails on the fence.  I love how Nuvo makes that pumpkin glisten.

I hope you like this little scene and the closeup.

I couldn't help myself. I had to see how a Winter fairy would look in Autumn colors, using the mood board above.  I think she turned out fantastic.  I actually love the leggings.  I hope you are inspired to go Autumn.

Supplies for Owl Scene
Bugaboo Fall Fence
Nuvo Crystal drops Ebony Black and Ripened Pumpkin
Copic markers  Fence E30 & E31, Flowers Y04 & Y19, Pumpkin Y12 & YR16, leaves, YR12, Y19 & E30, Owl Y04 & E30, Sky V20
Spellbinders die
Distress Inks - Wilted Violet & Carved Pumpkin
Assorted gems colored with Copic markers

Supplies for Winter Fairy
Bugaboo Winter Fairy
Spellbinders die
Nuvo Crystal Drops Ripened Pumpkin
Spellbinders dies
Copic markers are much the same colors as the owl scene

Have fun coloring.