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Hero Arts House: Fall Tutorial [video]

Thanks for the comments on yesterday’s beach house tutorial! Today’s technique for the house is a lot easier in terms of coloring skills; it’s not as subtle as the clapboard, and can cover up some of a beginner’s blending struggles. (And believe me, I’m all for covering up things I wrestle with!)

Copic colors: E33, E15, E37, E29, R46

And now…your video! For my smart device readers who might not be able to see videos embedded: Click here for the video.

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Hero Arts House: Summer Tutorial [video]

Happy Monday, everyone! I’ve got a pretty special week planned here on my blog…I’ve wanted to do this for ages, and have finally gotten around to it: finding more ways to use the Hero Arts Right at Home set, particularly the house! Lots of you have asked me over the last 6 months to do more tuts on how the heck to color it, so….better late than never, right? (New stamp sets are in progress right now – as soon as I get some in my hands I’ll get busy on tutorials sooner!)

So since we’re still in summer, it’s time to go to the beach! I went for a whitewashed beach house, right on the waterfront – I went to Nags Head years back and this scene reminds me of the house that some friends and I had rented for that vacation. Maybe there’s not enough of the beach grasses here, but…well ya know πŸ™‚ Copic colors for whitewashed house: C2, E00, E000; shadows C3, C1, C0; doors E31; windows B21.


I had particular fun with the ribbon embellishment; there’s so much going on I wanted it to add to the design, not overpower it, and I think it works pretty well! The May Arts jute cord strikes just the right tone for the beach.

Here’s the video tutorial….I kept it short, just showing you the most interesting bits. After you watch (and like!)—- go get beachy!

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My Country: Mit Land Bloghop!

Welcome to the bloghop! If you’re just checking in here, you’ll want to go to the top of the hop here and check out why part of this banner is in DANISH! πŸ™‚ Here’s the sketch for my card….

I turned it into what I think is called a Kickstand card – let me know if it’s got another name! But…the front is cut short and a panel stretches to the bottom. It’s not a particularly popular type of card format, but thought it might be a fun thing to try out. I used one of the MFT images in the sets being given away on the bloghop – so be sure to comment and get a set for yourself!

Copics used to color the image: E53, E51, RV69, R37. Stamped the image on white and ran it through my Big Shot, trimmed it as a pieced dress. I debated whether it ought to say “my head” inside – but the stamp in the set says “It’s YOU!” so I decided to go with that! πŸ™‚

Your next stop on the bloghop is my friend

Charlotte, at her blog:Β At the Home of Charlie

Β She’s the one who started up the Danish OSH, so you’ll want to go see her post for sure! I happen to know she’s got some Peanuts going on – you’ll smile! She does speak English, so leave her lots of love and OWH encouragement! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me….be sure to leave comments on all the blogs to qualify to win – there’s a winner of an MFT stamp set on EVERY blog, so get chatty!

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May Arts Makes a Lovely Day

I am so excited…nervous…and hopeful! I made it, as you probably know, into round 2 of the May Arts DT competition. We were given the ability to request ribbon for our project but since I already have so much, I decided to come up with something with what I already had. Chevron and lace. YUM! Wish me luck….and leave some good luck wishes here and on the YouTube page πŸ™‚ Maybe if both get lots of likes and comments they won’t be able to say no πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Here’s the template; cut your card base to 11 x 4.25 and fold it on the 5.5 inch mark.

Click the image to download the jpg template.

Shopping links for supplies are at the end of this post in the InLinkz Manager. Be sure to leave a comment over on the YouTube page to qualify for the ribbon prize!

One last thing – I added a function to the comments that might be easier for some of you: you can now use your Facebook or Twitter log-in to leave comments! I was excited to find that functionality πŸ™‚ And of course you can also subscribe by email in the sidebar – and have my craziness delivered right to your email box. (And I hope that my e-subscribers will take a moment once in a while to come comment here, too! Love you guys!)

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Oozak Challenge and tutorial video

This month I’m the Β hostess for the Oozak Challenge….and I’m so stoked! I created this video for it after a conversation with some friends – we laughed about how much we onceΒ thought we would save by making our own Christmas cards. (Ha!)

I stressed so much over this card, believe it or not! I wanted to start off right with Oozak πŸ™‚ I made it several times, with different papers, etc.. Copic colors are: B00 and B0000 for the background; I colored it first so as not to drag any of the other colors out into the blue area. Flesh: E53, E00 and a little E0000, and his feet have a little YR61 and RV10 in them; Greys are W5, W3, W1; Basket is colored with E57, E15, E35, and the hearts have R59 for the shadows, and R46 and R17 for the rest.


I punched the heart out and trimmed it down, adding the sentiment from Hero Arts to it (just half of the XOXO sentiment), and created my own embellishment out of it! Last touch was Glossy Accents….since I’m a messy crafter, I leave the wet things for very last so I don’t dare touch them while working on something else on the card! πŸ™‚


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Loss of a hero

My tribute post made on the day much of this footage was shot has been refreshed today in honor of this sad anniversary. Please feel free to watch this on YouTube, or at least go there to leave a comment for Rick’s family.

*I found out the hard way that my mobile template does not show videos! Agh. I’ll try to remember to post the urls for videos so mobile viewers can click on them to watch the video. This tribute video:Β

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Top Ten of Twenty Eleven!

What fun it was to stroll through my own blog to pick out my ten favorite cards of 2011! I hope everyone else is enjoying their trop down memory lane – and getting to see the ‘cream of the crop’ from all the OWHers!!
This first card was a nobrainer. I love love love this puffer fish by Imaginisce! Til I trolled through my blog I totally forgot I was going to go find it and buy it – this one had been donated to me by a friend.
This is my kitten digi, and it was a Christmas card….I just love how the kitten came out πŸ™‚ And I’ve been enjoying fancy fold cards, so this was a blast to make.
Something about this Snoopy card just made it soar onto my top ten list. The Jillibean and October Afternoon papers are some of my faves, and the layout came out so different than my usual – I was using up bits and pieces and they came out great.
Another coloring project, and with one of my digis…it was a blast distressing the heck out of it to achieve this vintage look….
What year would be complete without a fun Sparkle Creations stamp! This one also used some shiny paper that had been hoarded til I made this card.
This next card was for the May Arts happy accident challenge that I entered. Didn’t win, but oh what fun to play with all the ribbon!
This card sports some Hero Arts stars—not from the OWH sets, but this was the thank-you card I sent to the CEO after the July CHA show.
This card had a fun layout, and a darling fundraiser image by KnK designs. Patterned papers by Moxie.
And you know some of my faves were going to sport the new OWH/Hero Arts stamps, didn’t you? This one also has my new favorite Basic Grey on it too πŸ™‚
And oddly – a CAS card made my top ten! All the product donated for the cruise and CHA inspired me to really get out of my normal box lately. This card was the result of some fun playtime with distress stains….and I went and bought myself some since the bunch that were donated got packed up for the cruise. I think you’ll be seeing me playing with a little more Ranger πŸ™‚

So that’s my list…..hope something you liked made it onto mine!

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Gettin’ scrappy with Studio Calico

I’ve been poking around trying to get myself motivated to start doing more scrapping again…SO many photos and letters from our heroes need to make it into a book! Agh. With winter CHA feeling like it’s around the corner – and us getting a booth there!!! – I thought getting some fun pages added would be great. And replacing a few of the yukky ones I’ve done would be good too!? So…I checked out the sketch on the Studio Calico blog:
My layout leaves a lot to be desired…it’s been a long time since I worked large-format! So this is just a warmup. It does look better in real life than here, but it’s still…well. Whatever. πŸ™‚ I did use TWINE, though, STD girlies! The photo I scrapped is me with little Miss Lainey; she and her soldier dad and mom and brother came to haul me and boxes to the post office post-surgery earlier this spring…this was my first time with no scooter and I was one happy camper. And Lainey was so proud she could carry that box! I sent the photo to a bunch of our contacts in my notes to them, and the handwritten note is from a reply received from Afghanistan: “Also tell Lainey I think she is super-strong for carrying that big box all by herself.” He’s a great guy who loves writing to his kids, and I think that photo really warmed his heart. So….girl-strong is the title on this one. Even if it’s crookedy. πŸ™‚
And since I had to compensate for the scrappy page by doing something better, I used the sketch for a card too. Sorta. But in any case, I clearly am more comfortable in an A2!
Papers used are from my Studio Calico kits, mostly. Have I said lately how much I love them??
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Rest in peace, hero

One of my dear friends online, Velda (oldstamper), lost her veteran hubby last week. πŸ™ Very very sad day. I sent her this card….I kept it pretty simple, the stamp says it all. 

Papers are My Mind’s Eye (Stella Rose), stamp is a clear set by I know not who.

It’s Thursday…you know where I’ll be tonight. Tune in to hear from someone very special πŸ™‚