Well, i got my kit a little, (a lot) late because of a doopy problem with my email address on my SSS account. Because I paid with PayPal last month, my SSS account populated with the email address associated…. and sent my invoice to that email address. Along about the middle of the month (well probably sooner) when I didn’t have my kit but I was seeing cards on Youtube, I called them and found out where my invoice was. And paid it immediately… and my kit was in hand 3 days later! My whine is over now… and I can post a couple cards I made last night!
The first card is a shaker card I made using the cute little hexagon die that came with the kit. I cut it 3 times out of a piece of patterned paper from the Honey Bee Stamps “The Bees Knees” paper pad that was in the kit, lining the die up each time with the previous cut. I filled it with the adorable sequins included… there are yellow and black, along with two different golds. I stamped the bee, the word BEE (I cut apart the “BEE yourself” sentiment stamp) and one of the little hearts and watercolored them. I fussy-cut them out and adhered them to the card with foam tape, which I taped to a top folding cardbase made from Neenah 110# Solar White cardstock that I doctored up by coloring a 1/2″ strip on all 4 sides with black ink. I stamped “yourself” with Memento tuxedo black ink and added some more sequins and also covered the heart with some glossy accents. I had to use a little hexagon I cut from the patterned paper scraps to cover up a pen boo-boo from when I went around the outside of the paper with black ink. And that’s my first card!
My second card is stamped directly onto some more patterned paper from the Honey Bee paper pad. It’s a wood-panel image, and I stamped the two bees holding hands, a heart, and the honeycomb, using Memento tuxedo black ink and colored them with my Zig markers. I stamped “You’re the bees knees” and “Thanks for bee-ing there” on the upper right side. I added some sequins and used glossy accents on the heart again. I used tape to add it to another piece of the patterned paper for some contrast and adhered it to my Neenah cardbase using foam tape. A super easy card.
I will definitely be making some more cards with this kit!
Here are 5 cards I have completed using the June 2019 My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts, “the jungle kit.” It is a beautiful kit and I was super excited that there was a realistic elephant which made me think that I might actually scrapbook my 2017 trip to Thailand where I volunteered at an elephant sanctuary. No… I’m probably not going to get around to that :). Anyway, it included some Daniel Smith paint dots and since I have just recently been trying my hand at watercoloring, that was pretty exciting too. There were some fabulous extras also, and the kit is still available at Hero Arts! In addition to my monthly kit, I purchased the Jungle Frame Fancy Die as well as the Chameleon Stamp and Cut set.
I have not been videoing or even taking in-progress photos but I do have pictures of my completed cards. I clearly need to work on my photography skills…. I used to photograph my seaglass jewelry for my Etsy shop and I took some beautiful shots, so I have the capability… just need to spend more time on it. Anyway, here are the 5 cards.
For my first card, I used the included watercolors and painted the elephant, a couple of the leaves, the adorable little (sad looking) monkey, and the snake. Next thing I did was lightly ink-blended some distress oxide inks on a 4.25×5.5″ piece of Neenah cardstock and added some layers of grass I cut out using the MFT Grassy Fields Scene die. I then used the frame die to cut out the foliage shape and spritzed it with Tim Holtz distress oxide spray in peacock feathers. I popped it up with foam dots on a card panel using Neenah cardstock (yeah, I did! That is a lot of teeny tiny pieces of foam dots in some cases!) I then popped up my elephant using some more foam dots, and adhered the leaves, snake and monkey directly to the frame cut using Gina K Connect glue. I stamped the sentiment from the kit “sending a jungle of joy” on some Hero Hues cardstock in the color Paradise with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder and adhered it directly to the frame cut with some more Connect glue. I have no idea what I used to cut the sentiment out with to get those curved stitching lines lol. Finally, I went over all the stamp lines using my Tomboy Mono drawing pen, used a black gel pen for all the eyes, and fancied up the headpiece on the elephant with some Wink of Stella, and popped it all onto a top-folding A2 cardbase of Neenah 110# in Solar White. I like it 🙂
For my 2nd card I used alcohol ink and successfully used the ink-lifting technique. I had tried this in the past and failed – of course I didn’t bother reading directions or watching any Tim Holtz instructions… but still…. First I used some Yupo paper and after inking it up I stamped the tiger, the leopard, and some leaves with Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Off ink about 3 times, wiping the excess ink off in between. I used some Yupo vellum with some alcohol pearl inks and added some foiling to it randomly while it was still sticky. I used the Jungle Frame die to cut out the vellum, and adhered it to the background with Gina K connect. I stamped the sentiment “hello friend” from the kit directly on the background using Stazon jet black ink and called it good!
My 3rd card uses the elephant again and is a birthday card. I watercolored the elephant, the toucan, the branch, and some foliage. For the background I lightly ink blended a piece of 4.25×5″ Neenah cardstock using oxide inks and used some water splatter for that effect. I cut the fancy frame (can you tell I love that die??) from watercolor paper and painted it with the black paint dot. I adhered all my elements directly to the background and adhered it to a top-folding A2 cardbase. It was missing something so I made a frame using cardstock and a couple of the Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle Infinity dies. I added some interest to the frame with an MFT Basic Stitch Line die, and painted it black and added Wink of Stella. I popped it up using thin strips of foam tape. I stamped “happy birthday” from the kit with the Hero Arts Intensified black ink cube that was included in the kit – after everything was adhered to the cardbase, so I lucked out being able to get it stamped as well as I did, although “happy” is a little squishy. I used my gel pen again for the eyes and some of the details on the toucan, Wink-of-Stella’d the elephant’s headpiece and the card is finished!
My next card uses the Chameleon Stamp and Cut add on. I used distress oxide inks in a rainbow pattern and water splattered it. I cut out the jungle frame again but this time I left all the pieces in place. Well, i tried to… I spent a fair amount of time putting back the pieces to the jigsaw puzzle it became when a lot of the little pieces automatically fell out when I took it off my Big Shot. Good thing I enjoy jigsaw puzzles! And crawling around on my craftroom floor looking at tiny little pieces of paper to find the last couple pieces 🙂 I then stamped the chameleon, the branch, the dragonfly and the ladybug directly onto the background. I colored in the chameleon using the distress oxides and an old eyeshadow applicator. I colored it using whatever color of the rainbow background it happened to fall in, but darkened it up quite a bit. I colored the ladybug with a zig marker and a black gel pen, and left the dragonfly as-is color-wise but added Wink of Stella. I found the little “smile pretty” in some old scrapbooking supplies.. and used it because the chameleon IS smiling…. it is! I cut the sentiment up so I could leave out “a” because I thought “you’re one in chameleon” flowed better than “you’re one in a chameleon”. Anyway, that’s it! It’s pretty much a one-dimensional card that looks very dimensional, don’t you think?
The last card I have finished is my flamingo card. I colored the flamingo from the set using Zig markers and fussy cut it out. I didn’t want to use the die because I didn’t want the lines as nothing else in the scene has lines. I won’t be doing that again by the way. I added some Wink of Stella and glossy accents to make her gorgeous! Again I used distress oxides for the background. I cut out the piece for the sand/shore line from some scraps using the MFT Beach Scene Builder dies. I also used that set to cut my clouds and the Palm Tree using scraps from a previous project colored with oxide inks and… a stencil? some stamps? I think the shore and the other scraps were all using the same techniques and product, but…. I don’t remember. Anyway, I used the wave lines from the Hero Arts Seas The Day Seagull stamp set for the water. I stamped some flamingo “friends” on the background panel and put my gorgeous girl in front of them. I stamped “you amaze me” using a sentiment in the kit and heat embossed it in gold – again using scraps; it was already basically in that shape so I just used it as is, but I popped it up using a little strip of foam tape. But Go Me using my scraps, huh! And after using Wink of Stella on my clouds, card # 5 is done!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my cards. I have some more images watercolored and ready to make into cards and I am working on the “ideas” part of the process.
I clearly need to learn a few things about this blogging business…. not the least of which is making the cards the correct size so you don’t have to scroll for days to get to the end of the post. But I am liking this so far… I have a bunch of blogs I follow and find it so much more satisfying reading everyone else’s posts and watching tutorials than spending hours looking at videos of kittens and puppies doing goofy things. NO… I love dogs and cats.. I have a dog (Deeogy) and two cats (Mudbuddy and Turtle)…. I just found getting lost in la-la land for two hours watching the videos to be less than the best use of my time 🙂 I’m also keeping a list of things I am trying to figure out and am hoping to find someone in the community that can take the time to help me out a teeny bit by answering some questions 🙂
Here is one of the cards I created today using Simon Says Stamps Artful Flowers. I don’t yet know how to make a video of the process, and I didn’t take any in-progress pictures, so we have just the one picture of the completed project.
I watercolored the flowers and stems using Zig Real Brush markers after stamping with Versamark and embossing with white embossing powder. I added a leaf stem from the Hero Arts October 2018 kit, then placed them all in a jar that I stamped and modified (I sliced about 1/4″ off the right side of the jar to make it more proportionate) using a Stampendous stamp which I also colored using the Zigs. I adhered that using LOTS of Scotch foam tape to some Hero Hues cardstock in Sand that I had embossed with a Spellbinders Deco Chevron Texture Plate. I successfully stamped “Friend” from the Artful Flowers set (I say successfully because I had already adhered the jar to the card base) in Hero Arts Intense Black ink. Speaking of successfully, I wrapped the jar with Lawntrimmings from Lawnfawn in Hemp AFTER it was popped up and adhered to the base. Pfewf…. I luck out way more often that not! Finally, I stamped “You Make Life Beautiful” from SSS “You Got This” sentiment stamp set on some more Hero Hues cardstock in pitch black and white embossed it.
Thanks for stopping by to look at my first posted card! Unfortunately I don’t know how to link to supplies for you….. and I’m not sure about tagging the companies whose products I used…. but I’ll learn. Probably from reaching out to some of you in the community!
Hi and welcome to my blog! The first thing I have learned is to Save Draft! Holy Cow I just spent all that time creating my first post and went to Preview….. and “that site cannot be found”. Hmph. Oh well, maybe God is telling me I don’t need to share quite that much? LOL.
My name is Dori, and I have lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life. I was blessed to be able to retire in 2017 and I am loving watching my great grand babies, Wesley and Willow, and crafting my art out! I have previously cross stitched and embroidered (in my 20s), scrapbooked (in my 30s and 40s), and made seaglass jewelry and art in my 50s. In 2017 a mentor of mine suggested I send a card to someone I was having a difficult relationship with, and I couldn’t find an appropriate sentiment in the store (“you are my favorite….”; “I can always count on you…”) so I made one. A very inept one, but I made one, and I mailed it. And it felt good!! So I started making cards for other people in my life, but I knew I had to be able to do better! I know I am artistic and creative! And I happened upon (you-know-who!) Jennifer McGuire. I’m not sure how since I didn’t use Youtube and didn’t know about the card making community. But that has started a whole new obsess er… love for the art of card making! And I was involved in the scrapbooking community when I was into that craft and loved entering challenges and posting layouts on boards of clubs whose kits I bought. Giving and getting support was part of the community and who doesn’t love and need that! I’ve posted a few cards on Instagram (dori.leslie – check it out!) and decided a blog was the next step so I could join challenges on the sites of the manufacturers whose products I love.
Stay tuned! I will be posting some cards soon from my kits from Simon Says Stamps Hero Arts, Spellbinders, Gina K…. and others!