Wednesday, 12 September 2018

WWC187 - Kath's "All About Occasions" Challenge

This is a wonderful time of the year for an "Occasions" card.  Well, besides the usual birthdays, of course.  But it's getting closer to Hallowe'en and there are lots of wonderful stamp sets from the brand new Holiday Catalogue which I am "itching" to use.



I love the look of what is called an eclipse card.  While I didn't create a full eclipse, I love how the raised die-cut letters look in this distressed retired Designer Paper, don't you?  The little creatures all come from the delightful Trick or Tweet stamp set.  They really are adorable, aren't they?  Of course I had to fussy cut them in order to place them the way I did and to raise them up on dimensionals, but it was a labour of love.  Instead of orange, I used the new Mango Medley and absolutely love the softer tone.

In order to have the stamped sentiment "trick or tweet" show up, I heat embossed it using my white embossing powder.  To have the balloon around it, pointing to our little "ghostie" bird, I used a white ink pen to hand draw it.  


You'll notice that we have an awesome Guest Designer, Sheri Lee, with us this week.  Expect to see her wonderful cards for the next four weeks while Charlotte Ehrukainen is away on a month's health leave.

I hope you'll be joining us by linking up your awesome creations before Monday, September 17th at 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.  To see the wonderful creations by our Watercooler Artists, check out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.

I've also linked my card up to the following challenges:

Frilly and Funkie:  All Creatures Great and Small Challenge

Crafty Creations #374 - Anything Goes Challenge

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

ATS&M #309 - CAS

It's time for another Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge.  This time it's all about CAS--an acronym for "clean & simple".

While on the surface a clean & simple (CAS) card should be a "slam dunk", it's not as easy as it seems.  You have to leave a good deal of white or empty space.  You want your card to grab the attention of your viewers with a minimum of detail.  I love making this style of card.  They make me think and plan a lot more than many of the much more detailed cards which I create.

For my card I turned to the Enjoy Life stamp set.


I spotlighted the wonderful sentiment by stamping that pretty Pineapple Punch background using the image from the Love What You Do set.  Then, after the yellow had completely dried, I dusted it over using my "embossing buddy" and stamped the sentiment with Versamark before heat embossing it with Black embossing powder.  I love how well it shows up using that technique.  I decided to keep with primary colours and so stamped the image of the girl using Lovely Lipstick ink and that sweet little butterfly using Blueberry Bushel.  To finish up I added three pale yellow sequins and the card was done.


Check out the awesome creations by the rest of the Design Team and link up your card HERE.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

WWC186 - Marsha's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

I'm so glad that our challenge this week is a Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge!  I had an idea for a card which will be perfect for this challenge.


I haven't used any of the gorgeous designer vellum panels from the Graceful Glass Suite for months.  When I came across this panel with those beautiful irises, I knew I had to use it for a card.  And why not add the butterflies and sentiment from the Painted Glass stamp set as well, since they can so easily be cut out with the matching Stained Glass Thinlits dies.

This was a perfect opportunity to use the lovely new colour, Highland Heather.  Not only did I use the cardstock for the mattes, but I also used the colour in my new Stampin' Blends for the vellum and in my Stampin' Markers for the butterfly.  And lest I forget, I dragged a piece of the dainty Polka Dot Tulle ribbon across my stamp pad to change it from white to Highland Heather as well.

Since I didn't want the leave the white area beside the vellum panel plain, I decided to use the Hexagon embossing folder for only half that piece of Whisper White.  It makes a perfect spot for those butterflies to land, doesn't it?


I hope you'll be joining us by linking up your awesome creations before Monday, September 10th at 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.  To see the wonderful creations by our Watercooler Artists, check out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

WWC185 - "Anything Goes"

Yay!  It's the fifth Wednesday of the month and we get to do an "Anything Goes" challenge!  How sweet is that?  And this time I was inspired to make a special fold.


This fun fold stands up beautifully but easily folds flat to fit into a regular envelope.  As you can see, I used quite a few retired products in my creation.  For some inexplicable reason I had never used the Birthday Fiesta bundle before this.  Looking at the adorable Llama and the other images, I can't explain how that happened, but I certainly loved working with it for this card.  Despite the fact that the bundle has retired, I have future plans for it.  Those images just beg to be used again.  The designer paper behind the cacti and Llama is from the gorgeous Share What You Love suite.  I think it's perfect for this scene, don't you?


I had to take a photo of the card from this angle.  It shows the fold so well.  To fold flat, everything just pushes upwards.  I'd have to say that this is one of the easier folds I've done, but it certainly looks involved.


I hope you'll be joining us by linking up your awesome creations before Monday, September 3rd at 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.  To see the wonderful creations by our Watercooler Artists, check out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.


Tuesday, 28 August 2018

ATS&M #307 - Make Your Mark

It's time for another Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge.  This time it's all about making your mark.  What does that mean?  We'd love to see any creations for which you use your pens, pencils, watercolours, markers, anything that creates a mark. 

For my card I decided to use my Watercolour Pencils and Aqua Painter.  



I've used the new Country Home stamp set from the soon-to-be-released Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.  I love the old milk can with that gorgeous bouquet of cotton bols, eucalyptus and dried florals.  



From this angle you can see the shine of the metallic inks I painted onto the milk can, over the original shaded grays of the watercolour pencils.  I also added some copper ink to dress up the milk can.  It looks great against the silvery body of the can as well as the copper ribbon, doesn't it?


Here you can see the details of the shading I did with the watercolour pencils.


Check out the awesome creations by the rest of the Design Team and link up your card HERE.


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

WWC184 - Helen's "All About Holidays" Challenge

Oh my goodness!  I received my pre-order from the Holiday Catalogue last Wednesday and the first stamp set which I mounted and used was the Pleasant Pheasant set.  As you know, I love watercolouring and this set just demands some serious colouring.


I kept my card very clean and simple since I wanted all the attention to fall on the wonderful pheasant couple.  Don't the colours just dazzle?  I wound up layering my watercolouring, adjusting the colours just to the point where they looked closest to the real pheasant photos which I had found on the internet.  For the most part, the pheasants are watercolour pencils and Aqua-Brush with a bit of additional coloured ink layered on.  The background grasses, sky and foreground are all Stampin' Up! inks applied with my Aqua-Brush.

As an added bit of embellishment (and I don't do a lot of that), I used three tiny Metallic Pearls.  It's the first time I've used them even though they came out with the Annual Catalogue.  I love the way the gold works with this card, don't you?


I hope you'll be joining us by linking up your awesome creations before Monday, August 27th at 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.  To see the wonderful creations by our Watercooler Artists, check out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

WWC183 - Gail's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

I've been waiting for this.  It's a Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge this week, hosted by Gail Allen.  Why have I been waiting for it?  I've been dying to use an Art Impressions stamp set which I bought a few weeks back.  The name of the set is "Reel Great Guys", which should give you a hint.  Yes, it's all about fishing.  What else would I get for the man in my life?


I love this set!  It's funny but the images are so well drawn.  Look at that little Dachshund, for example, so self-satisfied, floating around in his inflatable.  And the fisherman, decked out in his special fishing vest and hat, having fun casting his line.  Those images are awesome, aren't they?  I coloured them using my Stampin' Blends and love the results.  I decided to cut each image separately, using two different styles of stitched dies.  The little Dachshund is peaceful with that single line of stitches around his oval.  The fisherman, however, is cut with a square "wonky" double-stitched die which reflects all that "wonky" casting he's doing.

I decided to mount the images on the wonderful Wood Textures Designer Series paper.  It just supports that masculine theme so well, doesn't it?  And behind that is a layer of Early Espresso.  I mounted both background pieces a-kilter for fun, using a retired Natural White base.


And for the inside, what could be better than a greeting with a smiling fish?


I hope you'll be joining us by linking up your awesome creations before Monday, August 20th at 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.  To see the wonderful creations by our Watercooler Artists, check out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.

I've entered my card in the following challenges:

Craftaholics R Us Challenge #33 - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts Challenge #51 - Boys and Men
A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge #74 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

ATSM #305 - Photo

It's time for another Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge.  This time it's all about the Photo Inspiration shown below.


For this card I've turned to my Lemon Zest stamp set.  I think it carries off the photo theme rather well, don't you?  My background is a sprinkling of the Brusho Gamboge on Mixed Media paper, lightly sprayed with water.  I love the yellow, gold, orange and red tones which resulted.  After stamping various images from the stamp set using Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Lemon Lime Twist, Grapefruit Grove and Granny Apple Green inks on Whisper White, I fussy cut them all.  I turned one of the lemons into a pear by adding a hand-cut Soft Suede stem and one of the stamped leaves.  Another lemon turned into a lime.  Overall, the fruits worked out beautifully and made me a bit thirsty.  My sentiment is from the retired Sharing Sweet Thoughts set.


Check out the awesome creations by the rest of the Design Team and link up your card HERE.


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

WWC182 - Tristan's "All About Occasions" Challenge

This week Tristan Dawes is host for our popular "All About Occasions" challenge.  I know that there are a lot of possible occasions that we celebrate throughout the year, but for this one I had to use one of my brand new Art Impressions stamps.  Who can resist these plump chickens?  Especially when one of them is offering a "coop-cake" for your birthday!

I had a lot of fun setting up this card.  Once the worst was over (fussy-cutting those chickens), the card just came together beautifully.  I watercoloured the chickens using my Aqua-Painter and a mix of the following inks:  Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Mango Melody, Smoky Slate, Gray Granite and Poppy Parade.  For my background I used a wide brush and my Balmy Blue and Crushed Curry inks.




 I wanted seeds scattered across the bottom and found that the sand image from the Magical Mermaid set worked perfectly.


The foil chicken wire?  Who knew I had a die for that?  I plan to use this one a whole lot more!


And, of course, I had to create a fun envelope to go with the card.



I hope you'll be joining us by linking up your awesome creations before Monday, August 13th at 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.  To see the wonderful creations by our Watercooler Artists, check out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday: Water!  (although I've kept to the "anything goes" theme)

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

WWC181 - Kath's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

This week Kath Ricks is host for our Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge.  I had a lot of fun creating my card, despite a few set-backs.  I hope you will enjoy it, too.

The set-backs?  Well, I've been house/dog-sitting for the past two weeks and only have a certain amount of paper and stamps with me.  I've gone back home to add to the pile several times, but that still means if I wind up changing course during the creative process, I reach for something I don't happen to have here.  I suppose that just adds to the challenge, right?

I decided to use the Beautiful You stamp set believe I love those images so much.  This time I decided to use the dancer holding hands with a mirror image of the same dancer.  Once I had completed my stamping, I fussy cut the images and then proceeded to colour them.  I had some of the new Stampin' Markers with me as well as my Neutrals collection.  And so my images are all in Poppy Parade and Smoky Slate.  The skin tone is my "go to" Blush Blossom marker.

I glued the dancers onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock cut with a gorgeous Gina Marie Design die and then onto a retired piece of DSP for which I can't recall the name at the moment.   I attached that onto a piece of Poppy Parade and finally onto a base of Basic Black.  To dress up the black, I scattered tiny black and silver sequins.


While it really doesn't look like it in the photo, that gorgeous sentiment is actually heat-embossed using Silver embossing powder.  


I hope you'll joining us by linking up your awesome creations before Monday, August 6th at 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.   To see the wonderful creations by our Watercooler Artists, check out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.

I've also entered this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

ATSM #303 - Holiday

It's time for another Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge.  This time it's all about Holidays.


For this card I used one of my favourite Christmas sets (sadly retired by Stampin' Up!) called Christmas Magic.  I think it's magical the way the holiday train is coming out of that tunnel, carrying all those wonderful gifts.  I've gone over parts of the train and snow with some H2O sparkle.  In real life it makes a dazzling difference.


Check out the awesome creations by the rest of the Design Team and link up your card HERE.

I've also entered my card in the following:

Crimbo Crackers Challenge #163 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges #183 - Christmas in July

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

WWC180 - Marsha's "All About Holidays" Challenge

Woo Hoo!  We have a brand new challenge today!  Marsha is hosting the new "All About Holidays" Challenge this week.  I'm excited because it means I could make a card for any special holiday.  How perfect when Easter and Thanksgiving roll around!


You can see a few of the choices of holidays on the banners shown in the challenge icon.  I've decided that I may as well keep adding to my Christmas stash.  I don't want to be scrambling to make my cards when it's time to write them, after all.

I chose a clean and simple design with my card base in the Heavy Whisper White.  On a regular weight Whisper White I used a circle mask to sponge Bermuda Bay topped with a light coat of Pacific Point.  Then I removed the mask and let my circle dry.  At that point I used my Memento ink to stamp the trees, the reindeer, and the sentiment from the wonderful (and still current) Nature Sings stamp set.

I added a bit of Soft Suede to the reindeer and a bit of Mossy Meadow to the trees, using my Stampin' Markers.  I attached the piece to my base using the Foam Adhesive Strips and then added five sequins.  Simple but I love the results, don't you?


I hope you'll check out the wonderful creations by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.   And then I invite you to link up your Holiday creation to our challenge.

I'm also entering my card in the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #32 - Anything Christmas

as well as in the Crafty Gals Corner Challenge 170 - Christmas in July

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

WWC179 - Heidi's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge


It's my turn to host the Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge this week.  What fun!  Masculine cards always add to the challenge, making me think outside my usual comfortable "box".  Of course I have enough men in my family to make having a stash of masculine cards a real bonus. 


I bought the Rooted In Nature Bundle right after the OnStage which Stampin' Up! hosted in Red Deer, Alberta.  Sadly this is the first time I will have used it.  And quite honestly, it's not purely a masculine styled bundle.  This set can be used for all sorts of occasions and creations.  Having used it now, and having loved all the images and framelits that make up my card, I am at a loss as to my long wait in  creating with it.  You can be assured I won't be waiting long to use it again.

Since this is a masculine challenge, I thought that using the carried-over Wood Textures Designer Series paper would be a great start.  In fact I pulled all my paper and ink colours from this designer paper.  My base is the new Gray Granite, then comes the designer paper, and then layers of Early Espresso and more Gray Granite.  That final layer of Gray Granite really shows off the great embossing possible with several pieces of the Nature's Roots Framelits dies.  I used all three of the embossing dies for this textured background. 

I also stamped the tree onto a piece of the Gray Granite using the Mossy Meadow ink, stamped off once.  Then I used the matching framelit to cut it out and mounted it onto the embossed piece using Dimensionals.  If you look carefully, you'll see that I actually stamped the tree several times and then added more dimension by cutting out three sections of foliage and mounting them over the stamped image.


I love how the copper ribbon allows itself to be pulled wider and formed.  That's what I've done here and then I've glued the undulating form onto the paper using Tombo white glue.  That embossed leaf is cut from Champagne Foil and then I've run my Smoky Slate marker over it to dull the shine and add more interest to the embossing.

I hope you'll check out the awesome creations by our other Watercooler Artists at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.

I've also entered my card into the Sunday Stamps SSC183 - Cottage Colours

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

ATSM #301 - Anything Goes

It's time for another Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge.  This time it's an anything goes.


For this card I used the sweet Moon Baby stamp set (sadly retired).  I coloured the images with my Koh-I-Noor Colour Pencils and Gamsol.  Those embossed hearts on the background textured blue cardstock echo the star hanging from the baby's hand.  Unfortunately the photo doesn't pick up the sparkle of the Wink of Stella on that star.


Check out the awesome creations by the rest of the team and link up your creation.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

WWC178 - Crystal's "All About Occasions" Challenge


It's Crystal's turn to host our challenge, which is "All About Occasions" this week.  I love special occasions, don't you?  This time, since I was dying to use a brand new stamp set which I just bought, I decided on a birthday card.


Which stamp set?  I can just about hear people asking the question.  Well, I won't delay any longer.  This week I finally got an Art Impressions set which I had ordered a little while ago.  Bonnie Krebs, the original artist, has done a wonderful job creating this adorable set of Sloths.  The image of the one in the birthday hat, hanging off a branch "spoke" to me.

I wanted this to be a bright and happy card and so, after using a white card base, I used a "skinny" layer of Soft Suede as a matte for the gorgeous new Pineapple Punch In-Color.  It's such a clear and bright yellow and sets off the Real Red of the "celebrate" die-cut sentiment and rounded matte for the main image.

On a piece of Whisper White I stamped that wonderfully goofy Sloth and had a ball colouring him.  For the balloon, I coloured the image using Real Red even though it is mainly covered with that cute Real Red Honeycomb embellishment (sadly retired).  For the party hat I continued with the red and yellow theme.  To finish up the image panel, I used my aqua-painter to add splotches of Pear Pizzazz, Coastal Cabana, and Old Olive to give an illusion of leaves and sky peeking though.


What can I say?  He makes me smile.  I hope he makes the birthday boy smile as well.

For a look at the wonderful creations by our Watercooler Artists, check out our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.  And then feel free to link up your own special occasion card.

I'm also entering my birthday card into the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #300 - Birthdays
And also into the Sunny Day Crafting Challenge #26 - Any Animal

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

WWC177 - Charlotte's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge


Oh, so much happening today.  First of all, Happy Birthday to our neighbours to the south, celebrating their 4th of July.  Second of all, we have a brand new Watercooler Artist who is joining our team this week, Crystal Komara, who many of you may already know from her Super Stamp Girl blog.

Last but definitely not least, Charlotte is hosting our awesome Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge this week.  I'm dying to show you the card I designed!


I'm still sorting through my all-too-horrifically large stash of stamping products.  Of course it's a lot of work but every once in a while it's like striking gold.  (Okay, I'm easily excited.)  This time I found a sheet and a half of some Designer Paper which I absolutely LOVED when it came out and stashed away so that it wouldn't all be used and disappear.  (How sad is that?  Paper should be used.  Right?)

Well this retired paper inspired the entire card which I created.  You can see, it's all about the dandelion seeds in black, floating across the white background.  Simple, yes.  Striking---oh my goodness, yes!  And so I took my Fairy Celebration stamp set and stamped the little fairy sitting on the toadstool, surrounded by flowers.  Once the ink had thoroughly dried, I used my stitched oval framelit to cut it out.  Then I used my scalloped oval framelit to cut out a piece of Basic Black cardstock as a matte.

Because I wanted the card to be predominantly black and white, I coloured only the top of the toadstool and the little fairy, leaving the rest of the image black and white.  Because I'm still in love with the colour pencil/Gamsol technique of colouring, I turned to my set of Derwent Colourself pencils and had a ball bringing the little fairy to life.


For my sentiment I did much the same as I did with the image, using a sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set matted on a Basic Black scalloped oval.  That pretty coard under the sentiment is black and as shiny as can be.  It's in the new Annual Catalogue and is simply called Black 1/8" Cord.  Its impact is not so  simple.

I hope you'll check out the cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.

I've also entered this card in the Just Us Girls Challenge #447 - Anything Goes

And also the Try it on Tuesday Challenge - Things with Wings

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

ATSM #299 - CAS (Just a Little Note...)

I'm so excited to begin as a member of the Addicted to Stamps & More design team.  Since this week's challenge is all about clean and simple, I went wading through my stamps for inspiration.  Thanks to Tim Holtz, inspiration didn't take long in coming.


I love this coneflower!  It was such fun to colour, especially since these wonderful flowers come in a variety of colours.  For this one I stuck to my mauves and lilacs, using my beautiful Coloursoft pencils by Derwent and then smoothing them out with Gamsol.  For my sentiment, I used the brand new Highland Heather ink which came out in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue.  To finish up and add a bit of pattern, I cut the white matte onto which I attached my fussy cut flower with a new Gina Marie designs set of dotted-line dies.

Check out the awesome creations by the rest of the team and link up your creation.



Wednesday, 27 June 2018

WWC176 - Kath's "All About Christmas" Challenge


It's Kath's turn to host a challenge this week and this time it's "All About Christmas".  I love this challenge and have a nice little stash of Christmas cards building up, waiting to be filled out and sent at the end of the year.  Such a "painless" way to do it!


I had the worst time with this card!  Oh, making it was fun and no trouble at all, but getting a decent photograph was such a pain that I almost decided to make a different card.  Why, you ask.  Well, I'll bet you think this is a blue and white card, right?  You would be wrong.  This card is definitely blue.  In fact I've used one of my favourites, the Pacific Point cardstock.  Everything else is silver.  The background to the die-cut oval piece, the scalloped edge around the embossed piece, and the heat-embossed sentiment:  all are silver.  Try as I might, they all photographed white. 

In person this card looks elegant and absolutely gorgeous.

I've used the Sparkle embossing folder.  I've also used the Hometown Greetings Edgelits.  And that sentiment?  That's from the Nature Sings stamp set.  Don't they all work well together?


I hope you'll check out the awesome samples by the other Watercooler Artists over at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.

I'm also entering this card into the CHNC Challenge #391 - Christmas Anything Goes

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

WWC175 - Marsha's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge


I love our Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge.  It gives me the opportunity to build up a stash of cards to which I can turn when the many men in our family have another birthday or a special event.  This week Marsha is our host for this challenge.


Just a reminder about our Design Team call which will end with this challenge, on June 25th.  I hope to see your card linked up with a DT so that we can consider you for our team.

For this week's challenge, I decided to use the new Sitting Pretty bundle.  Isn't that bulldog adorable?  I love him and the way you can either colour him from "scratch" or use the provided second stamp to colour him.  I decided to use a combination of Soft Suede and Crumb Cake because I have several bulldog friends with those colours.

I wanted an interesting background and so used the embossing framelit in the bundle to create that slate floor upon which he's sitting so pretty.  After doing the embossing, I lightly sponged over the slate with some Smoky Slate ink.  For the brick wall behind him, I used the brick stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and some of my white Embossing Paste (with a couple of drops of Sahara Sand ink stirred in).

Since this is a birthday card, I embossed the front of my Basic Gray base cardstock using the Polka Dot Basics ef.  The next layer is the beautiful new In-Color, Lovely Lipstick.  I used the Balloon Bouquet punch for my balloons, cutting the large one from a piece of Pineapple Punch and the smaller one from a piece of Lovely Lipstick.  The little heart is cut from Red Foil.


I loved creating the little birthday banner using the Duet Banner punch and the coordinating Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  My inks are, again, the Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick.

I hope you'll check out the wonderful creation by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.  I look forward to seeing your creation linked up, too.

I'm also entering my card into the Stinkin' Inkers Challenge - The Guys Have It.

And also in the Try It On Tuesday Challenge - For the Boys.


Tuesday, 19 June 2018

You're Incredible!

As I continue to sort through my retired stamps, I come across sets which I've kept simply because they work perfectly for kids, especially boys.  One of the sets I came across this morning is the Everyday Hero stamp set.  I love the way you can put the images together to make the card more "girlie" or more"for the boys".  After all, super-heroes should not automatically be boys (or men). 

Using the new Gray Granite to stamp on, I used the Basic Gray to stamp the city scape at the bottom of the piece.  I wanted it to be twilight or dark and this combination worked well.  It also allowed me to stamp the big "expression frame" using the new Lovely Lipstick.  Having that in place, I heat embossed the sentiment "You're incredible!" using White embossing powder, placing it between the city scape and the "frame".  Then I free-handed two "WOW" sentiments using an embossing pen and then heat embossed those using White embossing powder.

My "hero" would fit perfectly into that "expression frame".  The stamps in the set let you mix and match heads, bodies, and capes.  It's such fun because there are almost endless choices.  Mine wound up being a blond guy wearing a blue mask and a blue cape.  His costume is a vivid red and yellow.  Of course I used my Stampin' Blends to do the colouring.  Once I had mounted the super hero using Dimensions, I used a narrow Whisper White matte and then attached the whole piece to my base of Coastal Cabana.


This was a fun card to create.  I've decided to enter it into the TGIF Challenge #tgifc164 - Doodle bug since I've hand drawn the two "wow's" and also drew in some lit up windows in the city scape.

And I'm also entering it into the Try It On Tuesday - For the Boys challenge.