Destash for Charity II

Hello all! I'm popping in today with Round II of destash for charity!
Like previous "rounds" - the stamps and dies are mainly from Hero Arts. Also, since I was given all of this product for creative team work, I can't sell it. However, so that this destash is a win-win-win, I thought I'd introduce a benefactor, Mary's Meals.

Here's a short blurb (from their website) if you're not familiar with them:

Mary’s Meals is a global movement supported by people from many walks of life and different backgrounds.
Our vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.
Working together with those who share our vision, we believe there is no good reason why this cannot be realized.
Our mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time, or prayer, and through this involvement, provide the most effective help to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities.
We welcome all into the Mary’s Meals family and we believe everyone has something important to contribute to the realization of our vision.

I have some friends with close ties to the organization, I love it, and it's honestly one of the few charities I feel totally and completely confident in, so I thought this would be a great way to spread some stamping love! ALL the proceeds will be going to Mary's Meals, and right now,  every donation you make will be doubled through December 31, 2017.

Here's the goodies bundled up - ETA: only two left!

Each envelope has at least $100 worth of goodies, yours for 50. Also, each envelope has one exclusive My Monthly Hero stamp set and coordinating dies, if that's any incentive. ;)

I've had some great responses to my destashes, and I thank all of you. This one is even more important though, in that every donation is being matched! If you'd like to donate just 'cuz, well, that's just plain awesome! :)

Payment must be received within twenty four hours of confirmation, using Paypal friends and families. Once everything has sold, I will make the donation and post a screenshot or receipt of the donation to THIS fundraiser since I don't have a fancy button to do it for me haha.

E-mail me at ctprezzia15@gmail.com if you'd like one! First come, first serve.


Scrap Christmas Trees

I shared some shaped Christmas cards on the Hero Arts blog a couple weeks ago - they were a bit of a process to make, but I'm here today showing how to get two more quick cards in the same go!

The base is some pretty woodgrain cardstock splattered with a bit of water and black ink.

The tree uses the gorgeous Holiday Florals background, stamped in Versamark on red cardstock and heat embossed in White. Using the Fir Tree Infinity dies, I die cut the two largest trees for the Hero Arts blog post, and used the leftover 'scrap' here, with the center die cut using the next smallest tree die.
I mean, these are called Infinity dies for a reason - you can just keep cutting them inside of another until you're left with the smallest piece. ;)

I added a little bit of color to the die cut with a red ZIG pen in the little elements.

Same process for this card, except green cardstock and a green ZIG.
The sentiment, from Holiday Ornaments Stamp and Cut, was heat embossed in Gold, and then cut into strips and adhered to the card with dimensional adhesive.

Both cards are topped off with some golden stars, die cut with the Star Confetti die.

Pretty simple and quick! 
Thanks for stopping in and God bless!


Ink: Versamark; Hero Arts Black
Other: Hero Arts Gold and White embossing powders

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Star Confetti die and Fir Tree Infinity dies, paintbrush and water



Pink Christmas Tree

Happy Friday!
For today's card, I was shooting for those little fake pink trees look, but it might look a little too...pink? Ha!

I stamped the Classic Christmas Tree in Versamark, heat embossed in Gold, and colored in with Light Carmine and Pale Pink ZIG brushes.

I adhered the colored panel to a Blush card base, and added a little black strip of cardstock on the side.

In real life, this tree is so pretty - I covered it with clear Stickles, and it really shines! After the Stickles died, I heat embossed a sentiment from Poster Christmas Carols in Gold, cut it out, punching the corners with a hole punch to get inverted corners, and adhered it on top.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels white, Bazzill Black Licorice, Hero Arts Blush Layering Papers
Stamps: Hero Arts Classic Christmas Tree and Poster Christmas Carols
Ink: Versamark, ZIG Light Carmine and Pale Pink
Other: Hero Arts Gold embossing powder and clear Stickles

Tools: heat gun


November Inspiration

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with Jessica, showing some of the add-ons from November's My Monthly Hero kit...

The kit is already sold out, but there's still some great options with the add-ons! If you managed to snag yourself a kit, here's a sneak at a project I made for the countdown - full details HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Watercolor Northern Lights + VIDEO

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts November 2017 My Monthly Hero Arts blog hop!

The main kit stamp set is super fun, and I've already made a card and a tag using it - see them on the Hero Arts blog HERE.
For today though, I wanted to play with an add-on stamp set, Winter Animals. I got stuck on the idea of using the Northern Lights with the animals, and it was just too easy to make a trio of cards using different animals.

I started by creating the backgrounds, a watercolor mixture of Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers. Watch my video (at the end of the card pictures) to see how.

After I heat set the watercolored background, I added some "stars" by flicking Hero Arts Unicorn spray, and then heat embossing them with clear Sparkle embossing powder. This way, I didn't have to wait for them to dry or risk the white fading if I heat set it. 
Also, if I have any excuse to put that sparkle embossing powder on a project, you'd better believe I'll use it. ;)

I created the "middle ground" (not sure if that's the technical term, but it's what I'm going with!) by die cutting the pretty one of the Snowy Drifts out of some black cardstock, and then heat embossing black powder over it. This gives it some pretty shine and also helps it stand out from the foreground.

The foreground was Hero Arts black cardstock, prepped with anti-static powder. I particularly like using the Hero Arts black cardstock for this black-on-black look, as the cardstock isn't super black and the embossing can stand out from it.

I then stamped trees from Winter Silhouettes and critters from Winter Animals in Versamark, and then heat embossed with the Black Detail powder. Be careful with this stuff - its reach is as bad far as glitter!

The sentiment is from Wonderful Stamp and Cut, heat embossed in White. Once I had all my layers finished, I just trimmed them down and adhered them to watercolor card bases.


Watch how I made the card, including the watercolor background, here...

(If you are having problems viewing this video, please try watching it HERE in HD on You Tube)


This month's kit includes:
  • 6x8 Clear Set
  • 4 Tag Dies
  • 4 Shaped Dies
  • 60 Assorted Gift Tags (ornament, star, tree & snow flake: colored, kraft, white)
  • 10 yards of red & white baker's twine
  • 2 Delicata Ink Cubes (Golden Glitz + Celestial Copper)
The value of the kit is $72, but it is sold at $34.99.
The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!


For inspiration and a chance to win this month's kit, hop along with us!
  May Park 


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero Arts will reimburse them if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, November 12th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.


Cardstock: Canson watercolor and Hero Arts black cardstock
Stamps: Winter AnimalsWinter Silhouettes and Wonderful Stamp and Cut
Ink: Versamark; Tim Holtz Chipped SapphireBroken ChinaCracked PistachioMermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers
Other: Hero Arts Whiteclear Sparkle and Black Detail embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Tim Holtz blending tool, water, paintbrush, Hero Arts Snowy Drifts die


Foiled Adhesive

Welcome to Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® + CardMaker® Magazine One Day Blog Hop and Giveaway! Do you have foil, glitter, embossing powder and microbeads in your stash? We can show you new uses for them! “Wear Your Adhesives on the Outside” uses Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® products with different mediums to create designs. Let me show you how!

I received products from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own.

For my tags, I used the 3D Foam Embellishment Kit to add blue and red foil to the snowflake foam adhesives. It was so quick and fun! I adhered them to some kraft tags I had die cut and stamped with Hero Arts Hand Drawn Snowflakes in Unicorn.

I finished the tags off with a heat embossed sentiment from Color Layering Wreathcircle die cut, and adhered using small 3D Foam Squares. To make sure the backs of the snowflakes that extend over the edge didn't try sticking to everything, I brushed some anti-static powder on the back.


Visit others designers to see what they created using “Wear Your Adhesives on the Outside”:


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Cardstock: Papertrey Ink kraft
Stamps: Hero Arts Hand Drawn Snowflakes and Color Layering Wreath
Ink: Hero Arts Unicorn; Versamark
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® 3D Foam Squares and 3D Foam Embellishment Kit

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Circle Infinity and Tag Infinity die


Bright Bulbs

Happy November!

I'm stopping in today with another card from the Hero Arts Winter 2017 catalog, this time featuring the beautiful Christmas Lights Bold Prints.

I heat embossed the stamp in Silver, and then colored the bulbs in with a touch of ZIG Cobalt Blue to each, and water to spread it. I won't lie, it took awhile to color all those little bulbs, but they're just so darn cute!

The sentiment, from Color Layering Holly, was heat embossed in White, cut out, and then adhered to the card with foam adhesive.

That's it for today - thanks for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Canson watercolor, Bazzill Licorice Twist
Stamps: Hero Arts Christmas Lights Bold Prints and Color Layering Holly
Ink: Versamark, ZIG Cobalt Blue
Other: Hero Arts White and Silver embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, paintbrush and water


"Personalized" Cards

Today's post is a quick, goofy one.

When I began playing with the Winter Hearth Stamp and Cut set, an October My Monthly kit add-ons, it quickly devolved into a little guy named Calcifer. Now, you may or may not know who this fiery little dude is (ha, I couldn't help myself), but he's a character from Howl's Moving Castle (aka, one of the best animated films of all time), and he's the most adorable little fire demon ever.

Calcifer was stamped in Cup O' Joe for the log, stamped in Orange Ombre, and then I added the mouth with a ZIG pen and the eyes with a Sakura white gel pen and a micron pen. The Sakura white gel pens are so awesome, and something I haven't played with in a long time.

Anywho, he was nestled on the dry embossed coordinating die, on white cardstock, and given a speech bubble (of course!), courtesy of the Holiday Cheer stamp set.

I white heat embossed a strip of Kraft layering paper with the beautiful Holiday Florals background, and adhered that to the card. Pretty simple, but I know whoever receives this card (probably my sister) will love the little guy as much as me.

It's not often that I go out of my way to "personalize" a stamp, but it just occurred naturally with this fire image.

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels white, Hero Arts Kraft layering paper
Stamps: Hero Arts Winter Hearth Stamp and CutHoliday Cheer and Holiday Florals
Ink: Hero Arts Cup O' JoeOrange Ombre and Black; ZIG; Sakura white gel pen
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Winter Hearth Stamp and Cut  and Holiday Cheer die


Joyful Season

I'm popping in today with another card from the Hero Arts Winter 2017 catalog. The first stamp set I reached for from the catalog was this adorable Color Layering Penguin - he is just too sweet!

I stamped him in Soft Granite, Charcoal, and Black, and then heat embossed a sentiment from Color Layering Holly in Silver below him. I hand trimmed him out, but you could use the coordinating frame cut and partial die cut him to save some time.

I set him on a background I had blended from Chipped Sapphire and Broken China. It's hard to tell in the photo, but I used the Star Confetti die as a stencil and heat embossed some clear Sparkle embossing powder on the background.
I then stuck some freehand cut vellum hills in between, adding a little bit more of that clear Sparkle powder on the tops because you can really never have too much of this stuff. ;)

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels white
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Penguin and Color Layering Holly
Ink: Hero Arts Soft GraniteCharcoal, and Black; Versamark; Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire and Broken China
Other: Hero Arts Silver and Sparkle embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Star Confetti background die, Tim Holtz blending tool


Shaped Christmas Cards

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a little card set and a video...

Head on over for more details, and thanks for stopping in!


Heat Embossing on Felt

Hello! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and Terial Arts.

For my project today, I used the Terial Magic fabric stabilizer to stabilize the felt for my mushrooms. I've been wanting to use the adorable You're a Fungi stamp set since it came out, and today's project was the perfect opening!

I sprayed the stabilizer on some Papertrey Ink felt, let it dry for a couple hours (since I accidentally soaked my little bit of felt!), and then ironed it completely dry. After drying, I doused it in anti-static powder, stamped the mushroom in Versamark, and heat embossing with WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle embossing powder.

Even though it's not the crispest impression, I really love heat embossing on felt. You have to be careful of overheating the powder and the felt - I detail tips in THIS blog post (with a video!).

I adhered the little guy to a card base that I had heat embossed with some dandelion things(?) from the same set. I stamped the sentiment in Black, using the word "sending" from the Yes Stamp and Cut set.
I die cut from hearts from felt using Hero Arts Heart Infinity dies, and then adhered them to the card. Finally, I heat embossed a strip of black cardstock with clear Sparkle power, and added it to the bottom.


Follow this blog hop for more inspiration:
Stamps: Hero Arts You're a Fungi and Yes Stamp and Cut
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts Black
Other: Papertrey Ink felt, WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle embossing powder and Hero Arts clear Sparkle power

Tools: heat gun, Hero Arts Heart Infinity dies, anti-static powder tool


More No-Line Coloring with Paper Layering Dies

I'm not gonna lie, I'm not great when it comes to dies. I pretty much stick to the staples - simple shapes, coordinating frame cuts, and the occasional background die. Anything else, and my little crafty brain does not compute.

However, one of the great things about being on the Hero Arts Creative Team are the monthly assignments. Sometimes I get assigned to work with products I really want to play with it, and other times, products that I never would've touched otherwise.

Today's card is an example of that - I was assigned to work with the Paper Layering Bear with Frame die set for THIS post, and I ended up having so much fun with this little guy, that I had to make him again in a different color way.

The bear was cut out of regular cardstock, but if you wanted to do heavier watercoloring or get a more blended look (I was being lazy with this bear - ha!), then watercolor or Bristol paper would work well.
I colored him in with ZIG's Pale Pink, Black and Cobalt Blue. Pretty easy, since he's mostly white anyways, but you could totally go in for shading.

I stamped a sentiment from Santa's Door Accessories in White, then die cut it using the Yes Stamp and Cut die, because he's a bear, and well, you know, bears talk. It's not that I'm obsessed with speech bubbles. Not at all.

The Wallpaper Background was stamped in Indigo, and the bear adhered on using dimensional adhesive. The background was actually from another project I was working on for Hero Arts. This particular one didn't stamp out too well (see the double impression on the left side), so I decided to keep it for a more laid-back card such as this.

Hope you enjoyed my blushing polar bear, and thanks for stopping in!
God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Sea Layering Paper, Michaels white cardstock, Joann Fabrics black cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Santa's Door Accessories and Wallpaper Background
Ink: Hero Arts Indigo; ZIG Pale PinkBlack and Cobalt Blue, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Paper Layering Bear with Frame and Yes Stamp and Cut die, paintbrush


Christmas Ornament Blessings

Hi all! Today I'm stopping in with a quick little number from the 2017 Hero Arts Winter catalog.
This Holiday Ornaments Stamp and Cut set is super neat, because the stamps can be easily be used for so many different designs and styles!

Today, I paired the ornaments with Hero Arts Purple and Pink Ombre inks.

After stamping the ornaments, I stamped the branch in Soft Olive, and my sentiment, from Blessings Stamp and Cut, in Black.

I adhered the stamped panel to a card base, along with a black strip of cardstock and a strip of cardstock I had colored with the Soft Olive.

If you have a Misti (or not!), this would be a super easy design to replicate to lots of Christmas cards. You don't need any fancy tools to crank this little bugger out. ;)

Thanks for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels white, Bazzill Black
Stamps: Hero Arts Holiday Ornaments Stamp and Cut and Blessings Stamp and Cut
Ink: Hero Arts Purple and Pink Ombre, Soft Olive, and Black


Caroling Elves

Popping in today with a cheery little number, featuring a stamp I designed for Hero Arts that was part of their October MMH add-ons - Three Happy Elves.

I colored the little guys in various ZIG's - . I didn't have a minty color, so to achieve the color, I put down a layer of Cobalt Blue, and then went over it with Pale Green.

I've only recently starting recording my obsession with speech bubbles, and with these little guys, it was inevitable. I think I'm in love with the little bubble from Holiday Cheer - I want like, fifteen more of them in different sentiments! The little guy was stamped in Soft Granite, and the main sentiment, Joy to the World, was stamped in Orchid.
I'm not gonna lie, it was a rather sloppy stamping job there, but you know, I'm really all for that homemade look these days. ;)

The background, Garden Tile Pattern, was inked in Versamark, then Mint Julep, stamped on a mint layering paper, and heat embossed with clear Sparkle powder.

That finishes off today's card - thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Pool Layering papers, Michaels white cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Three Happy ElvesGarden Tile PatternHoliday CheerJoy to the World
Ink: Hero Arts BlackOrchid and Soft Granite; Versamark; ZIG Cobalt Blue and Pale Green.
Other: Hero Arts clear Sparkle powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Holiday Cheer frame cuts


Plaidtastic Foxes

I used to not be able to understand why people would post Christmas projects all the way back in September or October, but as I've grown older and wiser, I've discovered the key motivating factor behind this: procrastination. 
If it doesn't happen month's before Christmas, it's unlikely to happen close to Christmas, especially with all the business that surrounds it.

With this in mind, I'm going to start posting cards I made for the Hero Arts 2017 Winter Catalog.

We'll kick this off with a bright and colorful Christmas card, featuring the adorable Color Layering Cool Foxes.

The plaid background was made by stamping the Candy Stripes Bold Prints background twice in Indigo, each in opposite directions - an older video of this technique HERE.
The foxes were stamped with Soft Apricot, Orange Soda and Black.

I white heat embossed a sentiment from Holiday Ornaments Stamp and Cut, and die cut it using the Yes Stamp and Cut die. I'm officially documenting my obsession with speech bubbles, starting from THIS post. It's a thing.

I topped the card off with some Pool Mixed Accents gems.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Sea Layering Paper, Michaels white cardstock, Joann black cardstock
Ink: Hero Arts Soft ApricotOrange SodaIndigo and Black; Versamark
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder and Pool Mixed Accents gems

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Yes Stamp and Cut die


Scenic Village

HI all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts October 2017 My Monthly Hero Arts blog hop!

This kit is jam packed full of adorable images and versatile dies, and today's card uses both of those...

To start the card, I made a background by using the Star Confetti die as a stencil, and inking a kraft card base with Unicorn White ink. I stamped the flying santa in the upper corner, and then began building the little village.

The images were all stamped in Black, colored simply with a Carmine Red ZIG pen, and then some Stickles were added for a bit of sparkle. I tucked the buildings in between mountains and trees, die cut from the amazing kit dies.

To finish the card off, I die cut a speech bubble from Yes Stamp and Cut and then heat embossed a sentiment from Color Layering Wreath in White. Adhered the bubble to the base (I'm kind of obsessed with speech bubbles) and that finished the card!


This month's kit includes:
  • 6x8 Clear Set
  • 10 Frame Cuts
  • 3 Fancy Dies
  • 6 sheets 5x7 decorative paper: 3 assorted styles 2 of each
  • 1 Thick Lacquer Pen
  • 1 Silver Embossing Powder 0.5 oz 
  • 1 Unicorn white Ink Cube
The kit value is $70, an amazing deal at $34.99.
The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!


For inspiration and a chance to win this month's kit, hop along with us!

Clare Prezzia 


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero will reimburse the winner if they have already bought the kit).
Giveaway closes Sunday, 10/8 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.


Cardstock: Michaels white cardstock, Hero Arts Kraft layering paper


One Layer Village

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today, with a one-layer card using the newest My Monthly Kit.

Check out the blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in!


Cat and Mouse Chase

As I've detailed in previous posts (see HERE, HERE, and HERE), I'm a little in love with a particular background.

After making THIS card, I had the vellum piece leftover, and so this card came about, using the adorable Mewn and Back stamp set.

Because I've made this background several times, you can follow one of the aforementioned links at the top to find out how to make it. It uses the beautiful Star Confetti die, some pretty inks (Fresh Peach, Ultra Pink, Navy, and Grape Juice) and my fave embossing powder, Hero Arts Clear Sparkle embossing powder.

With my background done, I heat embossed a sentiment from Astronomical in Silver, and then die cut the cardstock using the Circle Infinity dies. The sentiment was adhered to the base with thin dimensional adhesive.

The cats and mice were stamped in Charcoal, and then colored with Pale Gray, Gray Brown and a touch of Pale Pink for the cheeks and ears. I die cut the cats, trimmed the mice out, and adhered them around the sentiment, filling in some space with black gems.

The Mewn & Back and Astronomical stamp sets are both part of the August My Monthly Hero add-on release.

If you haven't heard of this kit before, the website HERE does a great job explaining it. The actual kits are often sold-out, so subscribing guarantees you can get the main kit.

However, Hero Arts releases similarly themed stamps to the main kit (August was space themed), that can be purchased separately. If you order them along with the main kit, there is no additional shipping charge, but if that's not your thing, you can totally buy them later! Either way, it's great to check in every month, even if you're not a subscriber, and see what new add-ons there are.

If you have any questions about the kit, feel free to message me, but again, the website really does a good job explaining all the ins and outs - it's not too complicated, so no worries there. ;)

Thanks for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels, Bazzill black
Stamps: Hero Arts Mewn and Back and Astronomical
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts CharcoalFresh PeachUltra PinkNavy, and Grape Juice; ZIG Pale GrayGray Brown and Pale Pink
Other: Hero Arts Silver and Clear Sparkle embossing powder, black gems

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Star ConfettiCircle Infinity, and Mewn and Back dies