Monday, October 20, 2014

My new craft space...(sneak peek) + new cards!!

    Brrr!!!  Was I ever chilly when I work up today!   I can already tell that winter is starting to creep in and fr this girl, that's not fun -- I LOVE Summer and dread the long cold and gray days of Winter! UGH!!   We even had our first "Freeze" warning last night we all know, it's get a LOT colder before the warmth of Spring return here in New England!   Some day, I hope I never have to endure cold winters and would LOVE to be heading to a warmer year round climate, right about now!!  But, we need to wait for Hubby to retire and still have some time to go!!   On a happy note, it's a sunny day today and I'm happy to savor every moment of the warm sunshine!  Especially when the forecast for the rest of this week is "Rain".... and rain is never good me!   It's hard on Fibro and achy joints and  my pups are terrible about going outside to do their "business" when it's rainy!  Something "Dachshunds" are well known for -- they do NOT like wet feet, especially cold wet feet!

    I guess the good thing is that all this "indoor" time will give me more time to create and also continue the move into my new room!  I'm doing it little by little and try to spend at least some time "every day" moving more things in or organizing what I have!   I am slowly making progress and if things go well, I may just have my old room 'cleared out' by the end of the week.   And because it's taking so long, I though I would start sharing some updated pics of who the move is going!   This first picture was taken in my "old" room and was taken the morning that we started the "move".  As you can see we had a LOT to get moved and I also have the huge task of completing a major purge and also totally re-organizing all of my craft supplies.  My new room is smaller, but that's okay with me, as I really do HAVE to much, as do many of my fellow "crafty" friends.  And everyone who does eventually scale back, is also happier.  It's not nearly as overwhelming and it's MUCH easier to find and USE what you love!

    As you can easily see by the first picture -- I had a LOT to move and purge!!    NOTE:  Happily I donated several boxes of supplies to one of my favorite Dachshund Rescues "Little Paws", who held their annual fundraising yard sale this past Saturday!   Happily, they have now raised over $1000, all for the doggies and every thing they sold was donated!   YAY!!
Photo: We're having a yard sale today!  Temi Road, Holliston, MA - come one, come all for some great bargains and wonderful treasures!  All money raised in the sale will be used for our veterinary fund!  Look forward to seeing our Massachusetts friends tomorrow!

My "Old" craft space!!
Overflowing !

This is my new "Craft Space"  
Before, we started moving things in!

   As you can see even from this one angle, this room is nice and sunny and offers a lot more light!  I also love the nice 'old' Pine floors!   I was so excited the morning I took this picture!  It was the day the "move" began!!

  It's come a LONG way since this day!  All my "IKEA" furniture is now moved in, as well as my work desk and my computer desk and about 80% of my supplies!  I am already out of space, so it's NOW the big decision time and that's why I'm taking it slow and continue to toss things and put things aside that I'll donate!  !   I have a LOT done and still have more to do, but will definitely share more pictures, very soon!   

    Today, I did quite a bit organizing in the morning and then hit my craft desk for a fun-filled afternoon of cardmaking.  I completed four new cards today and I'm happily sharing each one with you now.    My first card was inspired by the newest challenge over at "Addicted to CAS" where our code word is "Vellum".  

  I knew right away that I wanted to stamp on Vellum and also heat-emboss my image.  It's a trend I'm seeing more and more of lately and I really love how it looks!   The hardest part for me, is choose which "Stamp" to use, especially since I feel like I have a huge new Stash, after finding so many favorites that were kind of buried in my old room.   I chose this wonderful "new retired" Wire Star from Hero Arts and it's one bought in 2012!  If you love the style, then you'll be happy to know there are two newer versions, still available, including this beauty "Big Star", which I also own and love. Once I had my stamp, I went to work on the card and quickly inked it up with Versamark and stamped it onto a sheet of Vellum.  

    Next, was choosing what color embossing powder and I picked a fun new one I bought over the weekend at my LSS.  It's one of my first bottles of the popular WOW brand of Glitter embossing powder and this one is called "Vintage Champagne"!  A very pretty combo of white powder with clear and gold glitter!   Fabulous and one I know I'll use often, ow that i have it!   Once I had my star all embossed, I decided to add a hint of color and covered it with Ranger's Lilac Ink, a favorite for me.   I then cut it out using my dies, and also cut a second larger star from some Purple Polka dotted paper.  I added my Vellum star on top of that piece and added it to a piece of white cardstock which I embossed with this new "On Point" embossing folder, which is from Stampin' Up!   I used foam tape to add that panel to my pretty "purple" cardbase and stamped on this cute little "Twinkle Twinkle" sentiment, from Studio Calico!  Its' actual a free set that I received for signing up in Lisa Spangler's "Send Joy" Card Class!   Super cute !!   

    I was very happy with the "Vellum" card and it reminded me of how much Vellum can add to a project!  I plan to use it even more in the next few weeks!!

   My next card of the day, is my card for the brand new "Muse Challenge"!   After almost being too late for last week's challenge, this week I'm done very early --- the first day!   And it was a lot of fun because the Muse Card was so inspiring and just happened to feature a die that I have owned for ages, but don't ever recall using - (hanging my head in shame) many things do YOU own that you have yet to use?   Me --- too many, but with my new plan, that should soon be a thing of the past! Wish me luck!   Hubby to me that I should only buy new things if I am getting rid of something older - something he does with his tools and such.   Good idea, I might add, but he's far more stringent then I'm sure I will be.   He said it keeps him from spending too much and keeps his cellar neat and organized!  I'm going to give it a try...(soon)!!  It's hard with all the new Holiday goodies, but its' a NEW goal that I want and NEED to work on!!

My Card

  I am so happy that I finally put this die to use and it's a beauty, called "Sunshine" and is one of the many exclusives from Simon Says Stamp.  It was so great to see it used this week and that's just one more reason, why I LOVE challenges.   I totally changed my card to a simple "Hello" them and chose a color them or Teal and Aqua.  Hope you like it and hope the "Muse" team will too!!   Thanks to Marion for getting me to use another product that i had never touched!  Yay!!

  My next card also featured another fun SSS exclusive die and this one is one that I think is perfect for more Christmas Cards and since that's my goal, since I am creating the for card drives, I thought I would continue making some more today!  I also used some of the "scraps" left over from my card above and put together this sweet card, which I am entering into the new "Anything Goes" 
challenge over at the SSS Monday Challenge !

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

  This turned out to be another card that I love and one that I do think I'll re-create in different colors.  I love the teal and white, but think it could work in pretty much any color combo an with a variety of sentiments, including the other three stamps that are part of the wonderful "Winter Wonders" set that I just LOVE -- by Hero Arts!    It's a set I've used quite a bit lately and will continue to do so!  The font is amazing - Kudos to Heather Ruwe, the gal who's amazing handwriting inspired this set  :)

 I will also be sharing this over the the new "Simon Says Stamp" Flickr Group, that I happily now belong too!   They are now hosting challenges there too!  Come on over and meet the group!!!

  And now moving on to my last card for today, which is another card that all started with one of the adorable "Art Pad" images from Lili of the Valley!   I simply picked out this sweet little "Bear" family image and then using a Circle Die, cut it into a circular shape and layered it onto a larger circle die cut from the my new "Fave" Christmas papers - Snow Day from Lawn Fawn.  I used the same paper set to create to banners that I placed behind the circles and added them all to a Hero Arts notecard, another of my favorite products, which are really handy to have when you are making lots of cards!   Love them and we have a ton of great colors over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store!!

   I have a question for you all and its' about the "We R Memory Keeper's"  Evolution  Machine, in particular this new bundle which is being sold on HSN.  One of the gals in the card class I took at my LSS on Saturday, had recently bought this, (I believe with it was the deal of the day) and she LOVED it and said it's going to replace her Cuttlebug and Big Shot, plus also now allows her to do Letterpress, which she also raved about.   She also loved how it has "dials" which can be set for each cut or embossing, so that you get the perfect cut every time !   While I have not tried Letterpress (at least not yet), it does interest me and this bundle does seem like a great price for all it includes?  I'm really tempted to order this, especially since it's still available at a good price and also offering the option of "three" payments - (Evil Pay), as I call it because it makes the purchases easier and you dish out less money.  I also could return it, and only have one payment invested and that's what is even more enticing?  But, do I really NEED this and will I use it?   I could easily and happily donate my older machine to charity, but want to hear from someone I know who has this, uses it and can tel my your "honest" opinion!  Here's a picture of the bundle and this is a link to HSN, where there are also videos!   Please tell me more, if you can and/or if it's something you might ask Santa to bring YOU for Christmas -- that's my thought??
We R Memory Keepers Evolution Advanced Machine

Thanks everyone!  Have a wonderful night!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cut, Color and Create...

.....what does all that equal -- lots of crafty time and lots of new card to share!   Woohoo!   After all those weeks of feeling so poorly dealing with Fibro, I had one of my best weekends in ages, and it was a blast to not only feel good, but to also have lots of time to create!!

     My first creative venture started yesterday when I headed off to my LSS, "Absolutely Everything" for a super cute card class where we made these adorable cards, all featuring aome very sweet Lawn Fawn products.   Not only are they adorable, but we had a lot of fun putting hem together, and had a great little group yesterday --- another thing I so LOVE about going to the store to take these workshops!   Great day out and a lot of laughs while we create!!

   And while I was there, I had the treat of seeing some of the many new card class projects that Kate and the girls are putting together for us!   I can tell you already that I'll be spending lots of extra time at the store and these classes look great!   Check them out HERE on the AE Facebook page!  Kate, the owner, has been putting together some great new videos and has been sharing them on the FB page.  She is so creative, as are so many of the AE group and I know I'm so lucky to have a store like AE!

   Today, while my Hubby continue to tear apart our family room, (he's removing the old carpet/pad as we are having new floors put in on Wednesday).   In the meantime, between my craft room move, (Still not done), my house is in total disarray and the only thing I can do to survive is "hide in my craft room!   I'm terrible when it comes to any remodeling and have been through it soooo many times now -- I love the end result, but the mess it creates during the "process", is super stressful and a bit overwhelming me!   Probably because I am typically very neat and tidy and seeing both the upstairs and downstairs in this "mess" is truly a challenge!    Happily, once that room is done, we will be "carpet" free on the first floor, something that is a must do, when you have three dogs!  Two of which came in as "Puppies"!!

  But, in trying to battle this mess, I find that card-making is the perfect escape for me and always has been.  It's also great therapy for Fibromyalgia and why this hobby is now such a passion in my life.   And today, I was very happy with how my cards were all working out - Yippee!   I have two that are Design projects for a2z Scrapbooking, but I can tell you that both cards feature this really pretty Hero Arts stamp -- "Love from the Garden", which you can find here at the a2z Store.  I have loved this stamp from the first time I saw it and love that it can be used in so many ways.   You can color it, stamp it, emboss it and use it year round for a variety of cards.  I also think it's a great addition to this "Flower Garden" clear stamp set, which I also own and love.  Oh, speaking of Hero Arts, we are also very excited to have most of the newest release, already in stock now at the a2z Store!   You can also used my DT Promo Code ( LISAH15 ) on the brand new release too -- Just enter it at Checkout to save 15% off of any order of $25 and up (excluding shipping)!!  Stay tuned for those new cards coming up shortly, and don't forget there is still time to play in the October Challenge!

  In addition to those cards, I was delighted to finally get my card done (just in the nick of time), for the current challenge at the MUSE Cardmaking blog.


 I have had ideas on what to create all week and then realize that today was the my last day to come up with something a cute as this MUSE card that I'm sharing as this week's inspiration!

Therese's Muse Card
(Adorable as can be)

My Card

  I loved the design of Therese's card and those adorable little animals, and I took that inspiration along with a few of my favorite little Christmas supplies to create this sweet card.  My image is from Lili of the Valley and I just love their fabulous pre-colored "Art Pads".  The images are simply adorable and I love that they are come all colored, (some come in black and white too), making it very easy to put together a card, when you don't always have a lot of time to do your own coloring.  They are also very affordable and ship free, another bonus!  Love them and I have a few of the sets and will be using more in the next few weeks.   I created my little "rolling hills", with the my Mama Elephant "Creative Cut" dies, a set I have been using a lot lately and another set, that is very popular!   The papers I used are from this sweet set by Lawn Fawn, and my sentiment is a favorite from the new Winter Wonders Set by Hero Arts!  

    I will also be entering the card into the current Holiday Challenge over at "Hero Arts" under the category of "Anything Goes".

   It's also being entered over at "Addicted to Stamps" latest challenge, which is also "Anything Goes"!
Addicted to Stamps and More!

  I have one more card to share and this one was created using a cute little "Stampin' Up" stamp that I am "Recycling" again after finding it during my craft room move.  I have found so many things that I either forget that I had, or they were buried so deep in my craft closet that I could not even get to them.   It's like shopping for new things only I don't have to spend any money and I can combine them with some of my new goodies to make some really fun new cards!  I have to admit that  I will be very excited to finish this task and be much better organized.  I'm also thrilled that I was "able" to let go of a LOT of things that I just was not using and now that actually has given me even more space and made finding my things SO much easier!   

     This stamp is one that makes a card very easy and fun, because the image and the sentiment are combined for you!   All I had to do with stamp it out, color it up, which I did with my Copic Markers and a a clear Wink of Stella Marker!   I then trimmed it down and layered it onto a white and red Polka dotted frame and added that on to of this cute stitched banner, which is another die set that I'm loving lately and it's also from Lawn Fawn!  I created my red card base using my favorite layering paper, which are from Hero Arts!    I finished off this one with some sheer white polka dotted ribbon, which like my stamp is another thing I found in my Stampin' Up!  '

    Being that I am using "Oldie but Goodie" products, I thought this card would fit perfectly in to the current "Recycle It" Challenge being hosted over at "A Blog Named Hero".  I love that I have come across so many of my older projects during this move and it's been like finding new treasures! 


  I will be back in my craft room tomorrow working on more Christmas Cards and more challenge cards!  In the meantime, I hope you all had a weekend as nice as mine has been and hope it included lots of fun and crafting time!  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Another Fabulous Friday in Fall ---

    I saw this picture on a friend's Facebook page today and I LOVE it....!  It reminds me of younger Summer Days....Crusin' to the beach of a gorgeous Summer day!   I am such a Summer lovin' "Flip Flop" kind of girl and this makes me Happy ---

    Wising you all a very Happy Friday too --

   I also have a short little post to share two new cards that I created yesterday for some new challenges.  My first card is one I colored up for two "color inspired" challenge, one at the Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Blog and the other over at the Colour Q!!   Loved that they both had the same basic colors and I chose to go with a Halloween theme --


  I decided to use one of my new SSS Exclusives and its' the same set that was actually used for the card they have in the inspiration image -- totally adorable and you can find it HERE in the store.  The moment I saw it, I  knew I had to have it.  That's how I feel about pretty much and adorable images that have sweet lil pups!!   I can't resist!!

My Card

  I also combined it with another cute SSS Set, to add the sweet little birdie, which is from this set, another cute Exclusive!   I love almost every thing that Kristina seems to design -- my shopping never seems to end, when there are stamps this adorable!   I used my Copics along with a Wink of Stella Marker to color the pup and the bird and then "fussy cute" them out and layered them onto of the little hills, that I die cut with this Mama Elephant Set (another line I LOVE).  I them used a variety of other images from the Halloween set to create a little Halloween themed card -- hope you like it?   I have to admit, it is NOT my favorite and I'm disappointed in my coloring, but after spending a LOT of time working on this, I was not about to toss it!  Plus, I like to show all the cards I create, even those they don't' turn out as cute as I had hoped?

   After that let down, I was thrilled when my next card came out ever better than expected.  Go Figure!  It was easier to make and also took far less time!   And this card was created for the latest challenge over at "The Card Concept", based on this lovely Sunflower themed image!

    I love Sunflowers and always think they make such wonderful Fall cards.  This image is another wonderful digi image part of the Digital Kit from Hero Arts!  For this card, I made sure to print a really large sunflower so that it would be the primary focal point of my "Clean & Layered" card.  I again color this with my Copics, cut it out and them edged it with black soot Distress Ink.   I created my card base with a golden shade background and added a layer of brown wood-grain cardstock, that I found as on the the "Essentials" over at Ellen Hutson.   I then tied on some twine, keeping in the Fall mode and then my sunflower, which I popped up, using foam tape!  I used this fabulous Winnie & Walter Stamp set, to create my sentiment and did that on the same cardstock I used for my card base.  I will also be sharing this card over at the Winnie & Walter Gallery!   To finish this one, I added a layer of Wink of Stella Marker, and some black gemstones!  The sparkle from the Wink of Stella shows up very nicely in this next photo!!

  I am a big fan of the wonderful shimmer that the Wink of Stella and Wink of Luna Markers can add to projects.  I use the clear markers most often, but I do now have a fun range of colors and think they ROCK!  Kudos to Kuretake for creating such an cool product!! 

  And now it's time to pack my craft bag, as I will be heading to my LSS "Absolutely Everything" for a new class tomorrow morning.  When I saw that we'd be using Lawn Fawn stamps, I knew it would be a class I'd love !  This is a little sneak peek of the card samples!    Cute, don't you agree!

   Stop by again tomorrow and hopefully, I have my new cards to share!  In the meantime, don't forget about our latest "Hero Arts" themed Challenge over at the a2z Scrapbooking Blog, as well as the current Design Team Call!   Just head over to the blog for all the details!   

Happy Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Crafty friends.....

 ......are really great friends and that's just one of the reasons that I love this  stamp!   It really is so fun to create with and I always  enjoy creating with this stamp!     Today, after checking several things off my never ending "Task List", I was very happy to find some more time to create and have a fun new array of cards to share, starting with my first card, which was created for a challenge that is new to me.   It's called "One-Layer Simplicity" and I'm tickled that I found it so that I can play along.  Of course, now that I'm ALL ready to post my card, I realized that I will need to work on another one, as I did not follow the theme!  UGH!  I was so excited to have found a new challenge that I foolishly did not even pay attention to the fact that there was a theme in addition to making certain to create only a One Layer Card, which for me, is a challenge in itself!   The good news is that this is a Monthly challenge, so I still have time, and hopefully I can still find time to create another card soon!    In the meantime, I will still share my "One Layer" card, since I worked hard to meet even that rule!   LOL!  

   I love how it came out and it all started with the idea of using a nice heavy watercolor paper, so I would be sure that my one layer would be nice and thick.   I used a variety of Distress Inks along with Perfect Pearls mist and a plain acrylic block to create the background, something I learned in the wonderful online card classroom!  Once I had it dry, I then added my stamping, which is this fabulous "Crafty Friends" stamp by Hero Arts, along with a few elements from this fun stamp set, one of my SSS Sets.  I added a few matching sequins and was very happy with the result!

   My next card is again a card inspired by a challenge and thankfully this time, I have it right.  It's the latest Challenge over at CASology where our the theme is "Candy"!   As soon as I saw the theme, the very first thing that came to mind, was this very sweet little stamp that I just happened to find while moving into my new craft space.  It's from DeNami Designs and is one of the stamps from their sweet and adorable "Chickies" line! 

  This stamp is called "Christmas Chickies" and it's still available to purchase from the DeNami online store!   For my card I colored with my Copics and then added lots of extra fine glitter for more sparkle and shine!   This card is much cuter in person and and really sparkles in the sunlight, but it's already dark now, so not one of my best photos!  

   My next three cards were all super fun and easy to create and that's because they all started with one of my many  Hero Arts Digital Kits!   I just LOVE these and love that I can make a lot of cards in a short time and make them all unique and fun by adding my own touches.

   First, we have Mr. Moose or is he a Reindeer, as I called him yesterday?  I'm really not sure and since I think he's adorable either way, I decided to call him a Moose today and created my own little
"Happy Kissmoose" sentiment, which I thought was a fun touch to this card!   This particular kit is an "oldie but goodie" now retired.  Even so, I still enjoy using many of my older "goodies" and it's been really fun "finding" all these things during my move!   

   For this card, once I had Mr. Moose and the Sentiment designed, it was simply a matter of printing out that portion onto some nice white cardstock.   I then, took my fabulous Lil Inker Stitched Die set out and picked out the size I wanted for this design. I cut out the image and then began the fun of adding my own touches.  I started by adding some pretty "Copper" Glitter to his antlers and then coated them with a layer of 3d Crystal Accents, which I also used on his scarf and eyes.   I  added a sparkly gold enamel dot to his nose, matted him onto a piece of nice green cardstock and added him to a  Hero Arts Notecard!  

    While printing out my moose, and as I always do when I am working with digital images,  I filled my entire page with images and my next card is another that I put together with a second image from the same print out!  I still have two more to work on and hopefully will have them ready in the next day or two!   You can find the this digital kit, along with all the newest  Hero Art Digital Kits,  over at the  a2z Scrapbooking Store!

    This card was created using the the ornament from this "Bottle Brush" kit along with another digital sentiment from my stash.    I added on the red star, the little bow and the red ornaments.  This turned out to be a favorite and a card I can easily re-create in a wide array of colors!   

 And my last card today was a card I created using lots of fun die cuts and some pretty patterned paper, for the new challenge over at "The Cutting Edge".  I loved the red, white and blue them of the "inspiration" card and used that idea to come up with this card, which reminds me of Summer again and being out on the ocean!  Oh how I miss Summer already.....sigh!!!

Challenge #12 Inspiration

My Card

   That's it for today!  I am off to take my car into the shop tomorrow for the six month check up.  I can hardly believe I have already have my RAV4 for aix months---time does fly by!  But, I LOVE my new card and am so please with it!  I think it will likely turn out to be my all time favorite car and when I had my Alero (which I loved), I never thought I would drive another vehicle I loved that much...but I think this may be the one and I could not be happier!   And since I'll be right down the street, I want to stop by "The Container Store" tomorrow and get some new storage goodies for my new space! I also happen to love that store and always take any chance I can to stop in!  

  Goodnight my friends....see you all tomorrow!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oh what a day....

....and for me that means I had another wonderful day, most of which was spent in my new craft space.  I spent a few hours this morning moving more things in and also did a bit of organizing, which is something I love doing, because the end result makes my life so much easier!!

    After I did that I was right back at my craft desk working on more new cards.   Take two you might say of the day I had yesterday!   And my first card is also my second take on one that I created yesterday, but ended up totally messing up at the very end while stamping on my Sentiment. This is the card I did yesterday, which was for the 90 Minute Scramble over at the Hero Arts Flick Group ---

   Notice how the sentiment is actually a cute out that was stamped a second time, (after the first one smeared), and 'added' on top of the big mistake.   And this is "Take Two",   I could not figure out a good way to fix my first card, so I decided to make a mew one this time, I was very careful to stamp the Sentiment first, that way if it was bad, I could quickly start over ad not have to totally color the flower again.  I also used added some patterned paper ( my favorite, "Viola" retired from Memory Box), to frame my flower and also went with a white wood-grain card base for this revision.

  I am now submitting my new card to the current "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Addicted to Stamps challenge blog!
Addicted to Stamps and More!
Challenge #116  - Anything Goes

   Moving on I have a new Sketch Inspired challenge card and this is for the SFYTT Challenge over at Reverse Confetti.   After I made my card yesterday, I quickly found that the sketch I had used was the wrong sketch, and was the sketch that had been provided for the September Challenge?  I thought.....WOW -- How did I pick the wrong one, only to later realize that it the side bar link on the RC blog, was taking me to the wrong sketch!!   PHEW?  At least it was not me "losing it" which could easily be Fibro Fog too!.  It's since been fixed and I'm happy to be sharing my new card, based on the October Sketch, which is this one --

Reverse Confetti - SFYTT
"Sketch for You to Try" - October

My Card

  I totally love this sketch and it's wonderful CAS style.  I actually had fun making this card and it also was one I managed to created very quickly.   I started with a piece of Watercolor Paper to use for my card base.  I love the thickness and also think the texture is a nice addition for a CAS type card.  I then used "Scraps" to created the two rectangle shapes.  Next, I pulled out this new set, which just arrived from RC this weekend, and decided to use the heart stamp.  I inked it in Versamark, and then stamped it to some deep purple cardstock, which I heat embossed in White.  I used foam tape to add that adorable little image to a scalloped circle which I created with a Stampin' Up Punch!   Easy and yet it's adorable and a card that can be used for many occasions.  You could add a sentiment to the front, or simple write your own message inside.   I also consider "Hearts" to be LOVE, so I would likely add a stamped "Love" type sentiment to the inside of the card, probably stamped in Deep Purple to Teal to go with the card!   

  My next few cards were all inspired by the new "Holiday Challenge" being hosted over on the Hero Arts Blog.  Here are the details, if YOU would like to play along -- 

  This time I chose to enter a card into the "White Out" Category and also thought it would be fun to use a Hero Arts Digital image for my card.   I happen to love to create with Digital image and now that I'm part of the the a2z Design Team, I am especially excited, because the a2z Scrapbooking Store is now the Exclusive seller of the entire line of Hero's digital goodies!   We have a nice selection in the store now and will continue to add new sets, as Hero releases them to use!  You can find them HERE at a2z's Store on Etsy!  

  This first card is the one that I'm submitting to the Challenge and one that I think is adorable, yet super fast and easy to make.   NOTE:   I realize now that most of the digi images I have used on my cards today happen to be from an older digital set that we not not currently have at a2z.  This sweet set is one that I have had in my stash for a few years and I believe it's now retired!   Even so, it is shows just how versatile these images are and how you can quickly put together some great Christmas cards.  I love to add extra embellishments and even change the colors or add the images to my on colored cardstock, which makes these cards called "Hybrids", because I used both digital images and traditional cardmaking products too!  This is the style I love most, because I can make them my own!  

  For this card, the little "Tree" is the digital image.  I always design my digi card in Word, and that's how I added the black frame around the little tree.  I actually printed it out twice, and cut out the second tree and adhered it on top of the first to give it more dimension.  I also used added some ultra fine Hero Arts Prisma Glitter on tops of the "snow" covered parts of the tree.  My sentiment was hand stamped below and is from one of my favorite new Hero Arts sets -- called Winter Wonders.  I absolutely LOVE the handwritten design and was thrilled to learn that Heather Ruwe, (who I know from "blogland"), is the gal who's handwriting was used for these fabulous new stamps!   I absolutely LOVE her "style" and also own the "Crafty Friends" stamp that Hero also designed using Heather's wonderful handwriting!   Way to Go Heather!!  I am totally thrilled for you and also LOVE your style!  I do HOPE Hero will have you draw more sentiments for us, your handwriting is perfect and such a trendy style!!   

   Whenever I do decided to print out some Digital Images, I always tend to print out a full sheet of them to fill up an 8 1/2" X 11"  piece of cardstock.   No waste here and even if I don't use them all right away, they are all set and ready to go, if I should need to make a card very quickly!     Below are two more I created today, all using some of Hero's fabulous digital kits, and the new kit are equally as fabulous.  
Happy Reindeer Card

  I again used the Picture Formatting tools in "Word" t add the shadows on this handsome guy, as well as the deep burgundy frame.  I then cut him out and adhered him to a matching card base.  I added a black enamel dot for his nose, (if I used red, he would be Rudolph), and to smaller black gems to his eyes.   I colored over his "Antlers" which a Clear Wink of Stella marker, which adds a lot of sparkle and shine.  Too bad, it doesn't photograph well, it's really pretty and sometime I use on many of my cards now.   We also now carry the Wink Of Stella Clear Markers at the a2z Store and we have some of the wonderful Wink of Luna's too!   I hand-stamped a sentiment and this time, added it to the inside of my card.   This is a little peek of the inside, which shows the Sentiment, also a Hero Arts product!

  And next is a sweet lil "Gingerbread" cookie card, also another Hybrid which stared with the little Gingerbread image and combined it with two Digital Sentiments from this amazing "set" a must have if you love working with digs and want a nice variety of sentiments.  I printed this with the others, them used my Lil Inker Designs "Stitched Mat Dies" to cut her out and added her to a piece of red cardstock. I then added texture to the "icing with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen and topped that off with more glitter.  I finished this one off by adding three white pearls as the buttons!  Super fun and easy and another card, already done!!   

  That's it for today folks, I hope I have inspired you to try out some of the awesome Hero Arts Digital Products and also to play along in the challenges!   Don't forget that you still have plenty of time to play in our October Challenge over at the a2z Scrapbooking Blog.   Just go HERE, read the rules, design your projects and upload it to the Inlinkz Gallery link, that is now toward the bottom of the page!   One lucky winner will be chosen by Random Drawing and will win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Store!!   You can even enter FIVE times, as long as each project is different, new, fits the theme, and meets our Challenge Guidelines!    WooOO!   Have Fun and as always -- Happy Crafting!!

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Purple is my favorite color and ironically - Purple is the Awareness Ribbon color for Fibromyalgia, a chronic illness I now live with. I am a Mom to two grown sons, Alex who is now 22, and Brian amazingly is 27, now happily married to Meghan, my new "daughter" and living across the country in beautiful San Diego. I miss them so much and am looking forward to visiting them again soon. Hubby, me and our three "Pups" (Scout, a Senior Male Dachshund, along with Skye and Zeva, two adorable Chiweenies, who we rescued in 2013), all live very happily in a tiny coastal town in Massachusetts. I am very lucky to be blessed with wonderful friends and I adore and cherish each of my friends as much as my family! I am an avid card-maker and totally love every minute I can spend in my craft room. It's become my passion, a wonderful way to relax and my own little form of therapy. I also enjoy taking online card classes and technique classes at my LSS. Some day, I hope to get away from the cold New England winters and would love to live in a much warmer year round climate. Maybe even San Diego, but never too far from the ocean.