A Blog Named Hero – March Challenge

Hi everyone, it’s time for the March challenge at A Blog Named Hero. This month’s challenge is Anything but a card. I decided to create envelopes using Hero Arts products.

I used stamps, stencils, and inks from Hero Arts to create a set of four envelopes.

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

Freshly Made Sketches #422

I’m playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge again this week.

I love pattern paper and have so many Echo Park kits that I need to use up. This sketch was perfect for using one of my Spring kits. Both the pieces of pattern paper and the tree came from the kit. I added a bow using coordinating green twine. Then stamped a small Happy Spring sentiment to finish the card.

Here is a look at this weeks sketch.

Thanks for stopping by!

A Blog Named Hero – February Challenge

Hi everyone. Hi everyone, it’s time for the February challenge at A Blog Named Hero. This month’s challenge is Birthday. I’m always needing birthday cards and this card is one that I could quickly make duplicates of.

I was recently at a stamp retreat, and we had a gift exchange. I received some water coloring supplies and was eager to try them out. I water colored a background with my new shimmery water colors.

Once that dried I stamped the large flower image and the Happy Birthday sentiment from Hero Art’s Togetherness Flower Bouquet stamp set in black ink. I stamped it a few times using my Misti. To finish the card, I added a few clear flat sequins.

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 – 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!