Saturday, February 13, 2016


This month our collaborative partner is Simon Says Stamps and the challenge is "sparkle".  

Aren't these just the cutest little kids ever???  I felt like I was 10 years old again coloring my paper dolls!!  

Colored my little friends with Zig watercolor markers and die cut them with the dies that coordinate with these stamps.  For the background, I tore some paper, added it to the bottom and then coated the torn edges with WOS.  Stamped the background with some HA snowflakes in Versamark and embossed with white EP.  Lastly I sponged on some Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass) and added a few clear sequins.  The sentiment (from the same set) is stamped in HA black and embossed with clear EP.  Finally, I dressed my sweet little kids in their hats, mittens and scarves and sent them outside to play in the snow!

You have all of February to create your own "sparkle" card and enter it here.  


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sending Warm Fuzzies with Simon Says Stamp

Hey Everyone! Kristina here today! This month we're collaborating with the fantastic Simon Says Stamp, one of the best online retailers for all things craft and card making! In addition to carrying anything you could ever imagine needing, they have their own amazing line of stamps, dies, inks and more! Thanks to Simon's crew for sending us some goodies of their to play with for this months collaboration and the February Challenge!

Here's My Card!

Isn't this the cutest little teddy bear! I original had him copic colored, but the more I looked at him it just felt like a good image for watercoloring so I pulled out my Prima Watercolor Pencils!
I wanted something very soft and subtle. For my background I cut out some cloud masks from post its and very lightly inked around them with Hero Arts Soft Pool ink. To pull it all together, I mounded Mr. Bear onto a vellum die cut and added my sentiment to some Hero Arts Pool Layering Paper. To add my Bit of Sparkly, I went over the clouds with my clear wink of stella, Here's a close up:

Now, Make sure you head over to this months challenge post to view all the details and link up your 'Bit of Sparkle' creations!

Monday, February 8, 2016

You Light Up My Life

Hi there my fellow crafters, Alisha here with my card for the February challenge "A little Sparkle".  For this card I used the Hero Arts set "Mason Jar Bugs" and it is adorable!  I had a million beautiful artsy ideas for it and each one kinda crashed and burned as I worked through them - so sad.  After a few tears my husband came over and told me to stop trying so hard (not helping honey) but he was right as usual.  I kept it clean and very simple, hope you like it!

The Mason jar is propped up on dimensionals and the little lightning bugs have yummy lemon yellow stickles on their tushies.  So very cute and simple!  Now, to go and conquer this set and some of those earlier ideas I had for it.  

Hope you all come and join our challenge!  Just head up to the top right and click on the "Current Challenge" link.   We'd love to see what you come up with.

Have a great day,

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Valentine's Day Sparkly Trio

Good evening!  Jess here with a trio of sparkly cards for the February A Blog Named Hero Challenge!  This month we're teaming up with Simon Says Stamp and challenging you to add a little sparkle to your cards!  You can click the graphic below to go straight to the challenge link!
If you're a regular reader of mine you know that I just can't help adding sparkle to most of my creations so I was super excited for this challenge.  I couldn't limit myself to just one type of sparkle so I made three cards!
For my first card I did a watercolor wash with distress inks and let it dry.  While it was drying I die-cut the hearts from white cardstock and then pressed a versamark pad all over the die-cut.  While it was still sticky I dipped it in holographic embossing powder and heat set the powder.  I adhered the die cut to the watercolored panel and then added an embossed sentiment on vellum from a Hero Arts set over a tangle of metallic silver thread.
For the second card I adhered a piece of stick-it adhesive to a piece of white cardstock.  I die-cut the same hearts die and then carefully peeled off a little of the adhesive backing to reveal the top of the die.  I sprinkled pale pink glitter over the top third of the die and then carefully burnished it with a bone folder.  Next I peeled a little more of the backing off and sprinkled a dark pink glitter in the middle third of the die.  After burnishing the dark pink glitter I peeled off the rest of the backing, sprinkled red glitter on the bottom third of the die, and then burnished the whole die.

Next I spritzed shimmer spray onto a piece of white cardstock and let it dry.  I stamped the sentiment with red ink and then adhered the die-cut to the shimmery background.  After looking at the card I decided to glitter a few of the hearts from the die-cut and glued them back inside the die.
For my last card I wet a piece of watercolor paper in the same basic shape as my die-cut.  Then I smooshed the same distress inks onto an acrylic block and dropped color onto the wet paper and let it spread naturally.  While that dried I used stick-it adhesive and cardstock to adhere gold glitter to my heart die.  Once my background panel was dry I flicked on some gold shimmer spray, stamped and heat-embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder, and adhered my glittery die-cut.
So there you have it...lots of sparkle with the help of sparkly embossing powder, glitters, and shimmer sprays!  I hope that gives you some ideas of how to add sparkle to your projects!
I hope you'll play along with our challenge!  One lucky crafter will win a prize from our sponsor:
Thanks so much for visiting today and enjoy the rest of your weekend!