Thursday, July 24, 2014

Online Card Classes: Stretch Your Stamps 2 Giveaway!

We are so excited! Our lovely friends at Online Card Classes are letting us give away 3 spots in the upcoming Stretch Your Stamps 2 class.

Leave us a comment by August 1 (at 5pm EST) telling us what your favorite OCC class has been. If you haven't had the pleasure of participating in an OCC class, leave us a comment anyway! 

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hello Crafty Friend

I've had one of my crafty friends visiting me for a few days. I'm sure it's not just me who think it's hard to find time to craft in the summer with all sorts of fun things going on. I was so happy when we planned this and even though the weather has been insanely warm and wonderful we have been scrapping away in my scrap room for a couple of days and it was so much fun having company, talking, laughing and being silly. Since we have the collaboration with Paper Smooches (love them!) this month here at ABNH I thought I would make some cards to send to some of my crafty friends and the I heart art set has the perfect sentiment for that.

My friend had some inspirational pictures with her to kick-start our creativity and this card was based on one with some paint splatter. The brush strokes set from Hero Arts is a perfect companion to this Paper Smooches set!

I love the paint brush in the set, so fun to color! 

This one was a bonus card, I was playing around with a new embossing folder and the small neon ink cubes from Hero Arts. 

There is still some time to enter the current challenge, Simon Says Stamp has generously sponored us with a great prize! One layer cards, now that is a challenge! 

Thanks to Paper Smooches who sent me this fun stamp set to play with! And thanks to you for stopping by :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello (again) everybody!

Tanja here, today it's my turn to bring some inspiration to you. Meanwhile all of you know, that I love one layer cards. And what fits perfect together? Right! One layer cards and masking technique. That's why I decided to create this birthday card. 
As you can see we have a great collab partner this month.

Throughout July we’re collaborating with  Paper Smooches !

Awesome or awesome?


Don't Forget our current challenge. 
Won’t you Play along and create a one-layer card?
Remember! One random entry will win a $25 gift voucher from our generous sponsor,
Simon Says Stamp.
Good luck!



Saturday, July 19, 2014

One layer CAS cards with Paper Smooches

Hi, Hero Arts fans!  I have three cards for you today - all using Hero Arts "Many Birthday Messages" clear stamp set and Hero Arts Shadow Inks, as well as Paper Smooches "Reflections" stamp set, and all fit our current challenge! 

I kept all of the designs pretty CAS, and I used masking in two of the three cards. All three cards are stamped on Knight linen-textured cardstock. 

 For this card, I stamped the sentiment first in Versafine Smokey Grey, then masked over it with some masking paper that I'd cut down to a square.  I stamped around this square using a variety of inks (Pale Tomato, Soft Cantaloupe, Butterbar and Green Hills), making sure that a lot of the images overlapped the border of the mask - this ensures that you get a recognisable straight line around your masked area. 

 For this next card, I didn't use a mask, because I wanted a more organic edge to the stamped elements.  I went with a much more masculine colour palette - Cup O' Joe, Wet Cement, Soft Brown and Soft Leaf.  I also overlapped the stamped images a lot more than I did with the brighter colours. 

 For the last card, I masked a diagonal line across the card.  I then stamped with Cornflower, Tide Pool, Soft Lilac and Bubblegum.
  I finished with some clear Wink of Stella, and a tiny bit of Star Dust Stickles. 
Have you entered our latest challenge??

As always, there's a prize up for grabs from the FABULOUS Simon Says Stamp
Make sure you visit our challenge post to see all the one layer cards from the design team.

And thanks again to Paper Smooches!