Dreamy Constellations with Hero Arts – Watercolored!

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I’ve been holding onto a secret for a while now and today is the day I get to share it with you!  Hero Arts asked me to be a guest artist on their blog and Youtube channel using some fun stamps from their Constellation line.

WHAT!!???   What an honor, right?

I got busy stamping and made some fun projects for them to share – but I didn’t stop there.  How could I with these fun products? I grabbed some watercolor paper, some inks and had some fun…view the video to see how I made this dreamy, watercolored Constellation background!

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Fun right?  Like I said in the video, using Watercolor Paper allowed for adding a lot of water to the paper without it warping.  The ink travels and mixes and does all sorts of fun things with all that water!  As it dries, you will see some watermarks emerge as well.

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Click here to download the PDF with 4 complete Dreamy Constellation project tutorials! 

The card design is simple, which is a perfect way to highlight a really cool technique piece. The Watercolor Paper is cut to 3-1/2 x 4-1/4 and the Rose Red layer behind it is 3-1/4 x 4-1/4.

This was layered onto an 11 x 4-1/4 piece of White Cardstock that was folded in half. I actually use this layout quite a bit.  I hope you will try it!

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  • Constellation Background and You’re a Star stamps (Hero Arts)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Rose Red, Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holz)
  • Ink:  Night of Navy, Rose Red, Versamark
  • Accessories:  Stitched Stars Die (Lil’ Inker Designs), Baker’s Twine (Darice), Black Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Silver Glimmer Paper, Aquapainter

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Now, hop over to the Hero Arts blog to view

my projects and video over there!

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Embossing Folder Stamping with Papertrey Ink

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Sketches are a great way to jump start your Mojo and are one of my very favorite ways to get my motor runnin’ when I head to the stamp room.

For this card, I checked out CAS(E) this sketch, where our very own Maureen just joined the Design Team.  Congrats, Mo!


Once I decided on the sketch, my next step was to pick out the stamp set and colors.

Do you like using sketches?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Be sure to check out the Definitely Sketches program if you like sketches -you’ll love it!  If you haven’t used sketches a lot, you may be wondering the best way to use them.  Click here to download the “How to use a sketch” pdf tutorial, it’s a great resource!

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Onto the project…view the video to see how this card came together (click the title of the post to view online if you are viewing in your email).

There are so many possibilities with this sketch.  You can keep it simple, or stamp, layer, embellish and layer some more.  It’s up to you!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.  I may try this sketch again.

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  • Mum’s the Word and coordinating dies (Papertrey Ink)
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, White Craft Ink
  • Accessories:  Chevron Embossing Folder, Circle Framelits, Smooch


Don’t forget to visit on Monday – I’ve been keeping tight lipped about something and I can’t wait to spill the beans! ;)

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Basics and Beyond Card Making with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

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I really love making “Basic” cards.  They are fun, they are quick, easy and mass producible.  In fact, I have a whole series on my blog that I’ve been running for a couple years based on Basic cards.  You may know about it…it’s called KISS Cards…Keep it simple stamper!

You can find all those posts by clicking here.

I also love making “Beyond” cards by taking those ideas and layering, embellishing and adding techniques.

It’s important to understand “Basic” ideas first…then it’s a natural progression to go “Beyond”.  This video tutorial will show you how I took the Love Notes Stamp Set by CAS-ual Fridays and made a Basic card first, then went Beyond.

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The class begins with 6 “Basic” lessons on design with multiple samples for each one showing you how to change out colors, stamp sets and tweak parts of the design for a new look.  From there, we move on to showing you “Beyond”.  This is where we really get creative!

The response for this class has been amazing, we hope you will join us there!


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  • Love Notes Stamp Set by CAS-ual Fridays
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper
  • Ink:  Versamark, Memento Black, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay
  • Accessories:  Rhinestones, Small Butterfly Punch, Print Pattern Designer Paper, Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, Celebrations Dies (Penny Black)

Virginia’s challenge is all about watercolor, so I entered my card in that challenge - find it here!

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Hot Pink Ombre Hello Card with Copic Markers

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These word die cuts are utterly dominating the craft world right now, have you noticed?

Luckily, I got to hang out with my friend Vicki a couple weeks ago, because she cut out a couple of these “Hello” dies from Simon Says Stamp and I had a ball with them!

View the video to see how to use Copic Markers to create this hot pink ombre look (viewing in your inbox?  click the title to view online):

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  • Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Spectrum Noir Cardstock
  • Copic Markers:  RV02, RV04, RV06, RV09
  • Accessories:  Hello Die (Simon Says Stamp), Chevron Embossing Folder

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The giggle is on me…Distress Paints and Ghost Stamping!


In today’s video I’m bravely sharing with you the biggest stamping mistake of my life.  You have to see it to believe it.  And truly, I wish I had turned the video camera on.  This was crazy!

Once you get done giggling at me, the video will show you how to use Distress Paints (the RIGHT way!) and Ghost Stamping!

I hope you can learn from this stamping debacle!  Distress Paints are fun and gave the Ghost Stamping Technique a fun twist.  I hope you will try it!

StampNation Members – this is our challenge of the week.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Click here to view the StampNation exclusive video (tutorial #321) where I explained how I broke through my lack of mojo along with 3 more sample Ghosting Technique samples.

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You can also try this technique with stamping a background stamp in white, then a different image on top.  Or try a flower, circles or other graphic images stamped in white, the off-set a hair and stamped again in another color.  Try it!  It’s awesome!


  • Perfect Pennants Stamp Set (WM: 133227, CM: 133230)
  • Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Raspberry Ripple, 101856 Vellum,124005 Silver Glimmer Paper,
  • Ink:  White Distress Ink, Versamark, Raspberry Ripple
  • Accessories:  Sequins and Pom Pom Trim (Pretty Pink Posh), Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

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What do you think you will try?  Ghost Stamping with Distress Paint?  White Craft Ink?  Will you stamp the same image in white, then again in a color?  I’d love to know your ideas for using this technique…tons of fun things you can do with the same idea and products!

Give it a go and let me know how it turned out!

I ESPECIALLY want to know if you have a big stamping boo-boo!  Then, I’ll know I’m not alone…

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