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Monday, June 30, 2014

It really does look NEON!

A very big "Thank You" goes out to Hero Arts.  I love the new die and stamp coordinations.  I did NOT color in the lines on the flower or butterfly.   I know... what's become of me.  I was moving color outside the lines, inside the lines and everywhere.  You can ask the people at my LSS, The Stamp Art Shoppe.  I go every 3rd Tuesday of the month to color with other Copic marker enthusiasts.  I added white dots to the flower and butterfly, hard to see here, but quite nice.  The card is NOT green;, it's yellow.  I know, hard to see here.  But YELLOW, it is.
I hope you continue to enjoy Hero Arts stamps and find them fun and easy to use.

Recipe:
Hero Arts Blossom Cuts (flower stem) DI096 
Hero Arts Flower and Butterfly Frame Cut DI090
Hero Arts Butterfly and Flower CL750
Hero Arts You're a Rainbow (sentiment) CL765
Pearls
Cuttlebug

And Dawn's gone for a very masculine monochromatic thank you


Recipe
Hero Arts My Favorite AC030
Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages(sentiment) CL184
Hero Arts Shadow Inks - Wet Cement, Charcoal.
Pearls
Cuttlebug Folder 
Cuttlebug

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to all of you celebrating an anniversary. 

I got a new die and thought I'd try it out.  Yes, those are new dies on the front of the card too.  I kept the front simple and white.  I thought it fitting for an anniversary card.

I think the inside is marvelous, if I don't say so myself.  The Garden Bench is fun to make and you can check out the Karen Burniston video on YouTube to see exactly how to set up this bench.  I did.  A little help goes a long way.


A Close-up of the bench woven with a branch on the back and the Hero Arts Lattice stamped in Silver.

Recipe:
Hero Arts wood block stamp - Happy Anniversary (very old stamp)
Hero Arts wood block stamp - Lattice (I don't see it on the website, but there is a cling stamp called Lattice          Background that looks much like this one - 331065
Hero Arts A Little - CL758 - (Love sentiment)
Light blue note card folded inside out
Elizabeth Crafts die - Garden Bench
Impression Obsession die -  (DIE161-N) - bird on a branch in the card
Spellbinders Nestabilities Radiant Rectangles used on front and inside with Love stamped on it
Copic Markers

The Lattice is stamped on the blue note card centered in the middle.  I folded it so the pattern showed through the bench.   I die cut the branch on which the bird is sitting several times so I could add depth.  The back of the bench shows a bit of the twigs twining through and some of the branch on the page creeping lower in the back.  .

I really like how this turned out and hope you do too.

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Little Birdie Told me

Dear Readers, Happy Monday!

I can't believe we are already near the end of the month! Time flies by way to fast, so fast that I can barely keep up with posting.

Today I'm showcasing Hero Arts Large background stamps, 8 years ago I never even knew there was such a thing, but when I bought my first one I think I must've used it on every card : ) I Love how they fit perfectly on A2 sized cards.

I have mentioned many a time the difficulty I have making masculine cards, so I always try to make a card somewhere in the middle that can be used for anyone, I had a lot of fun making this card.
If you are new to stamps and die-cuts you have to put background stamps on your list to purchase, they are especially perfect for beginners.
I hope you give them a try!
Have a Great Week!
Hannah and the DCD team
 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Collage of Stamps and Dies

FINISHED this morning!  My LSS, The Stamp Art Shoppe in Roseville, California, USA is hosting a contest and I usually don't do anything other than cards, but this time I wanted to do something more.

The contest must have a Julie Nutting doll.  This is like paper dolls for adults.  I had die-cut the doll and dress,then found some deep blue ribbon (almost black, it's so blue) that would make for a silky frock for the dear to wear.  The ribbon is pleated and about 11/2 inches wide.  I wrapped it around the doll until she had most of a dress on her.  I took Black Soot Distress Stickles and stickled the top of her black dress.quite heavily.  WOW... you can't see the glitter here, but it's quite amazingly glittery I gave her long hair plus bangs from the stamp and die set, "Halie".  Since I have more than one doll, I stole the hat and boots from another doll named "Priscilla".  Don't worry about Priscilla.  I can make her another set of boots.

I found the black chalk board at Michaels.  It's not only a black board, but the other side is a white board about 11 inches tall & 7 or 8 inches wide.  The two boards are held together at the bottom by about 6 inches of cording. I saw this and had my project thought out.  The beautiful flowers are from Hero Arts and the butterflies are from the new Hero Arts Butterfly die. Lots of fun putting this together.




Recipe:
Hero Arts Butterfly - DI078  (yellow butterfly from almost a buttercup yellow thick glitter paper, all      other butterflies are recycled from tissue boxes)
Hero Arts Blossom Cuts DI096
Hero Arts Hello Flowers CL774
Julie Nutting A4 Buff Paper Pad - page used for doll's body
Julie Nutting Tag Pad Hancock Park (tag)
Julie Nutting "Halie" stamps & dies
Open weave 5 inch wide ribbons (Hobby Lobby in their fabric section)
Chalk Board stands upright and all materials held on by glue dots.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Purple Hydrangea

 
Dear Readers, and friends,
 Todays card features the lovely hydrangea stamp from Hero Arts, and this card was made by my fellow "diva" Dawn,
 
it is such a simple design, but holds plenty of charm and elegance with the soft watercolors, I wonder who the lucky recipient might be? 
I'm always drawn to the simple cards and just amazed how much beauty they still have, and this is no exception!

And Keep those entries coming! I love getting on every day and viewing all the wonderful cards you post
Have a Great Day!
Hannah and the DCD Team
 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A cute Operation Write Home (OWH) Easel Card

A cute Operation Write Home Easel Card

Well, I think it's cute.  I was having such a difficult time deciding how to color this set that I turned to paper piecing to solve my problems.  It worked for me.  I just colored in the eyes with a white gel pen.  A little flourish here and then and I have a cute OWH easel card.


See that holder sticking up?  That's an Elizabeth Crafts Design die from the set Stand Up Helpers.  Cute name and there are 6 dies.

Hero Arts OWH Lil Hoot CL755
Lots of patterned paper
Elizabeth Crafts Design die from the set Stand Up Helpers
Impression Obsession butterfly (four little butterflies set)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thinking of you

In a time rush I can get more cards done, then if I had all day its seems, of course they all are very simple like this example
I have also found that using a die cut is a great solution for a quick card as well, and although this card has more of a masculine touch, it's great for anyone.

I stamped the hexagon background(CG517) in green (field green I believe it was) and covered the white areas with mowed lawn distress ink, for the next step I tore the paper and the rest just a quick assemble, the die is from a HeroArts stamp and die set 657776 Floral

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Mid Town California

 This reminds me of a modern busy city, sun shining brightly, traffic moving along, buildings rising to touch the sky.  The hot sun seems to be burning hot, beaming down on this city, heating up the cars to sweltering temperatures, just like here in Sacramento area last week, 106 degrees Fahrenheit.  It took me awhile to put this together because I water colored the background, then i waited until some kind of illumination might hit me so I could continue to build this card.  I never saw any light except this sun, so I just kept adding something day by day and the card turned out better than I thought it would.


Recipe:
Hero Arts Operation Write Home (OWH) You're a Rainbow CL765 (sun)
Hero Arts OWH What a Guy *CL753
Lots of die-cuts
Cars cut on Cuttlebug out of a Coke can  (Yes, I do recycle.)
Distress paint tarnished brass

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas

Friday, June 13, 2014

Coming up Dad's Day!

The Big Day is coming up for DADS in the U.S.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads.  I'm wishing my son a great big Father's Day with the Hero Arts wood block stamp from 1994 when Hero Arts used to date their stamps.  Now I'm DATED.   Since my son's a teacher, he also receives an apple for his work. I think the Denim type card stock lends itself well to a card for guys. Here's the card as you would see it when first pulled out of the envelope.

Here you see it sitting upright as a panel on an easel.
The "for you" is not smudged, it is the patterned back of the dotted paper.

Close-up of the sentiment & apple

Recipe:
Hero Arts Wood Block stamp - Happy Father's Day
Die cuts from Little B - (for, you, and congrats)
Die cuts from L cutting dies - circles
Die cut from Elizabeth Dies - tab for holding the easel panel upright
Apple stamp out of a Michael's bin - distributed by Greenbrier International Inc. stamped on water color paper & colored with Distress inks - this was colored months ago, possibly with Shabby Shutters and Warn Lipstick or Spiced Marmalade.

When Hannah said she might go AWOL to leisurely work on some cards, I said "DO IT" and I'd steal the blog today.  hehehe

Arlene and the Die Cut Divas   

Thursday, June 12, 2014

An Old Hero Arts Flickr Card


So I spent last night visiting flickr (which I miss so much) going through my old flickr photo's. It's been too long since I've uploaded anything there, and I would love so much to get back to it as well as my forgotten blog, but any how I have a good old Hero Arts cards I thought I would share.
 
 
Card Chain Challenge
Made in November 2010
 
 
 After I went through my photo's I just want to spend a long weekend doing nothing but cards, it's been forever since I made a card leisurely and not just a quick card that I had to get done.  Hmmm some chocolate and a chai latte, some music, I might just do that!

Well Good Luck and Have a Great Weekend I think I might go AWOL for a bit : )
Hannah
 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Thinking of you

 
 
 
I love using Hero Arts die and stamp sets, and find myself using this flower in particular often, just like in the example below I usually pair it with a single background, which makes a quick note card in minutes.
 

To dress  this card up a little more, I added some score lines.
 


Thanks for stopping by I can't wait to show you more fun things!
Hannah and the DCD Team

Friday, June 6, 2014

DT Roll Call....

Dear Friends and Readers,
Our Dear friend Paula has retired from the DCD, and we need Your Help.
Here are the Details and requirements
We are a small group and work as a team to bring out each post. ( Know of anyone who might be interested? please pass this post on.)
1.  DTs make  at least 3 cards a month 
2.  Stay in contact with your fellow members at all times, and check the private Design blog frequently,
3. Have cards ready and inserted in Design blog at least 2 weeks prior to publishing the post.  
If you wish to become a Die Cut Diva DT, please email us a thedcdivas@gmail.com with the following information
1.       Name & Blog name & blog address
2.       Why you want to become a DCD Diva
3.       Are you on a team now?  What ones. What is/are the DT blog address(es)?
4.       Have you ever been on a team?  Which one(s). What is/are the DT blog address(es)?   Being on other teams does not count against or for you.
5.      Sponsors, Arlene is our sponsor coordinator, but if you want or know of someone who will sponsor us let her know, and between you and Arlene, the prospective sponsor will be contacted.  You will want to do this in advance (even up to a year) giving plenty of time to get an answer, DT supplies,  and time to prepare for the challenge.
Looking forward to hear from you all.
Hannah and the Die Cut Divas

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Great Outdoors


 
What portrays masculine better then the "Great Outdoors"?

(Smoky Mountains Tennessee Taken in 2012)
 
Making Masculine cards can be somewhat difficult for us ladies who love making floral cards but Hero Arts makes it easy with a great selection of "Manly" stamps such as the "OWH What A Guy!" set.
 
Hero Arts wide variety of products make the job even more simple allowing you to color coordinate, colors and stamps
 
Though this card may not appear very comical, I just got a kick out of the idea of the fish going after what he wants rather than being the hooked victim, and the sentiment adds to the humor.
 
 


Come Again!
Hannah and the DCD Team

Monday, June 2, 2014

Winners from May Challenge!

I'm announcing the names of two winners for the month of May for "A Day for Daisies!
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100. karenladd

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Second winner is:
17. Gramma's Room: The Eyes Have It

Congratulations to you both.  Please email us at our blog here with your email address so our wonderful sponsor can contact you with information on how to claim your winnings: a 12$ gift card for each of you at A Day for Daisies.  

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Is it Yours, Mine, or Ours? June Challenge


Dear Readers,
Needless to say (but I'm going to anyway) I had difficulty coming up with this month's challenge, seeing this is the month for Fathers day in the USA, I intended a masculine theme, but because not everyone celebrates at the same time I chose a His and Hers theme, so without further ado here are your options

His: Make a masculine or fathers day card and/or use this color scheme





Hers: Make a feminine card, and/or use this color scheme






Ours: There always seems to be lots of weddings in June so lets see your wedding and anniversary cards too


Just remember to enter you must use at least one die or embossing folder on your card/project, and you can see further rules by clicking the contest rules tab above.


Our Sponsor this month is Hero Arts, and I'm so excited! I like to call them the founders of my creativity as it was though them that I became an avid card maker, and I just can't wait to share all of their wonderful products with you.

 The Prizes a $40 Value

                         Birthday Collage picture  Postcard Collage picture

 

And Now for some lovely examples from our Diva's!
Arlene at A Bit of This and That


Dawn

Hannah
 
Hannah and the DCD Design Team