A Blog Named Hero – January Challenge

Hi everyone, it’s time for the January challenge at A Blog Named Hero. This month’s challenge is Anything Goes. In 2019, I got on the blender brush train and I’m bringing that into 2020!

I used the Spiral stencil with three different distress inks for my background. You can’t really see it in the picture, but I did spray this with shimmer spray. I then used a rectangle die from my stash to cut out the zig zag panel.

I then cut out the Thanks Message Fancy die three times, once in a coordinating turquoise paper and twice in white. I glued these layers together to give the card some dimension. To finish the card, I added moonshine sequins from the December 2018 My Monthly Hero kit.

Head over to A Blog Named Hero to see all the other awesome cards from the design team and join in on the challenge!

Season’s Giving Blog Hop

Happy New Year and welcome to the Seasons Giving blog hop. The hop is organized by Latisha Yoast who I had the pleasure of meeting this year. This is the 8th year of the hop and the first time that I’ve joined in. This hop is a way to say Thank You to those who stop by, read, and comment on my blog. There will be giveaways at every blog on the hop.

My giveaway some of my favorite products from Kat Scrappiness – Embossed Rectangle dies, acetate sheets, and a few sequin mixes.

Here are a few of my favorite cards that I’ve made this year. You can find most of my projects on Instagram.

Leave a comment by January 8, 2020 telling me your favorite new product from this year, and I’ll pick a lucky winner for my prize package! I’ll announce it here on my blog on January 10, 2020. The winner will have two days to get in contact with otherwise I will pick a new winner.
 
Enjoy the hop!
 
Caren Bartholomew **You are here**
 

A Blog Named Hero – December Challenge

Hi everyone, it’s time for the December challenge at A Blog Named Hero. This month’s challenge is Sparkle. I had no problem creating a card that has sparkles. I love to put sparkle on my cards!

I have several things that sparkle on this card – the background, the tree, and the pillow!

I started by heat embossing the background using the Graphic Snowflake Bold Prints background stamp and sparkling embossing powder. I colored the images with Copic markers which are from the November My Monthly Hero kit (which is still available when this was posted.) It is hard to see but I added sparkle to the tree with a Specturm Noir sparkle pen. I also added prisma glitter (which came with the October My Monthly kit) to the pillow.

The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Color Layering Christmas Tree stamp set. I heat embossed it on a red sentiment strip.

I can’t wait to see what everyone does with this challenge. Head over to A Blog Named Hero to see all the other awesome cards from the design team and join in on the challenge!

A Blog Named Hero – November Challenge

Hi everyone, it’s time for the November challenge at A Blog Named Hero. This month’s challenge is Muted Tones. I will tell you that this was a challenge for me, I love bright colors! I think I came up with a card that passes as muted colors.

I started the card by ink blending with distress inks and a stencil on a piece of white card stock.

I then stamped, colored (with Copic markers), and die cut the vase and flower images from the September 2018 My Monthly Hero card kit (it’s still available!!)

I heat embossed the sentiment from the Beautiful Day Agapanthus stamp set with VersaMark ink and rose gold embossing powder.

I can’t wait to see what everyone does with this challenge. Head over to A Blog Named Hero to see all the other awesome cards from the design team and join in on the challenge!

Coffee Lovers 2019 Fall/Winter Blog Hop

Hi everyone. It’s time for another Coffee Lovers Blog hop. Kat Scrappiness is a super sponsor for this hop. Here is some of the awesomeness that is happening at Kat Scrappiness:

  • 15% off everything in the store using code: COFFEE2019
  • All orders above $50 will receive a free Kat Scrappiness DIE!
  • Giveaway of a $50 Kat Scrappiness Exclusive Prize Pack at the coffee hop

I started by water coloring on a panel with brown water coloring and then by splattering some brown specks. I then used the largest rectangle die from the Embossed Rectangle set from Kat Scrappiness to die cut the water color panel. I then adhered the panel to my kraft card base.

I heat embossed the sentiment from the Let’s Get Caffeinated stamps set from Kat Scrappiness using brown embossing powder. I then die cut it using a smaller rectangle from the Embossed Rectangle die set. I adhered this to my my card panel with foam adhesive.

To finish the card, I added sequins from the Espresso sequin mix from Kat Scrappiness.

Head over to the Kat Scrappiness blog to check out the rest of the hop. Thanks for stopping by!

A Blog Named Hero – October Challenge

It’s that time for a new challenge on A Blog Named Hero. This month the challenge is Nature.

When I think of nature, green and brown tones seem to come to mind or yellows and reds for fall. I changed it up and went with some bright colors for my card.

I colored and die cut one of the butterflies from the New Day Butterflies stamp set using pink and purple Copic markers. I found this gorgeous piece of plaid pattern paper in my stash that matched perfectly! I adhered this to my white card base and stamped my sentiment, also from the New Day Butterflies stamp set.

I wrapped a piece of pink and white twine around the card where the pattern paper met the white card base. I embossed a stitched circle from turquoise paper with a tiny dots embossing folder and adhered the butterfly to the circle using dimensional adhesive. To finish off the card, I added a few pink and purple jewels.

Head over to A Blog Named Hero to see all the other awesome cards from the design team and join in on the challenge!

A Blog Named Hero – September Challenge

It’s Challenge time on A Blog Named Hero. This month the challenge is Inspired by another crafter.

There are so many amazing card makers out there that it was hard to choose from! I choose Jill Hawkins. I seriously think she has never made a card that I didn’t like! Her cards are clean and simple, often contain soft rainbow coloring and stitching.

I started the card by heat embossing the Bursting with Love background stamp with white embossing powder on watercolor card stock. I then water colored using some pretty rainbow colors. Now the part I was most nervous about, I stitched this panel onto my card base using a small sewing machine. I really can’t believe how straight the stitching turned out!

I then die cut the Thanks Message Fancy die out twice in white card stock. I ink blended one of them with pink ink. I wasn’t happy with the way it looked, so I used my second die cut to offset it. This way it shows just a little bit of pink.

This was such a fun challenge. I’m inspired by so many crafters out there. Who are some of your favorites? Head over to A Blog Named Hero to see all the other awesome cards from the design team and join in on the challenge!

A Blog Named Hero – August Challenge


It’s time for the August challenge on A Blog Named Hero. This month’s theme is Stretch Your Stamps. I decided to stick with the Christmas theme again this month.

A lot of stamp sets come with small images to fill out the set. I hardly ever use them. So for my card today, I took the tiny images from the Holiday Messages (coming soon) and added them to a block to create my own background.

I stamped the sentiment from the same set on a stitched die cut square and colored the images with Copic Markers. Attached my self made background to a kraft card base, added a piece of red glitter ribbon, and my sentiment to the card. I added one red jewel on the sentiment square to finish off the card.

I loved the way this turned out and will have to use this technique with all my other little stamps!

Head over to A Blog Named Hero to see all the other awesome cards from the design team and join in on the challenge!

A Blog Named Hero – July Challenge

It’s time for the July challenge on A Blog Named Hero. This month’s theme is Christmas in July. This is my first Christmas card this year and it got me in the mood to start making Christmas cards. They are my favorite to make.

I used the Naughty Elves stamps and dies and a sentiment from Irreverent Elf Messages.

To begin, I die cut a rectangular panel out of blue snowflake patterned paper. I then add a white snow drift. I layered this piece on a piece of black card stock. I colored the two elf images and snowball stacks with Copic makers and die cut them using the coordinating dies. I used foam adhesive to attach them to the snowflake panel and stamped the sentiment onto this panel.

I found a piece of red and white glitter paper from my stash and layered that onto a piece of black card stock. I attached this to my white card base and then added the elf panel with foam adhesive.

Head over to A Blog Named Hero and join in on the challenge!