Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hero Arts February Challenges

Hero Arts has a monthly set of challenges that I recently started playing along with, and here are my cards for their February challenge 2013A. The challenge for this card is "love and lace." I went with a pink & brown theme, using Ranger spun sugar ink along with brown and white embossing powders. I chose 3 different shades of pink card stock for the layered, punched border to add the lace look. The word "love" was done with my Quickutz.

Another challenge is this sketch, and here is the card I created by using it for inspiration.

The background was made by embossing a HA/Studio Calico lattice background stamp with white embossing powder, and coloring it in with a Ranger distress Antique Linen marker. To get that darker look here and there, I just colored over some places a 2nd and 3rd time. The horizontal panel is a piece of decorative tape I picked up at a dollar store years ago. I added some very tiny black rhinestones from Pizzazz Aplenty to the centers of 3 stars on that panel. The vanilla ribbon was stamped with a tiny heart from the Lawn Fawn My Silly Valentine stamp set.

And last but not least, I made another Christmas card by using the "fancy fold" challenge.

This HA tree stamp was embossed with silver ep and adorned with turquoise pearls. I used some heavy silver glitter paper that came in a pack of Halloween dsp from Teresa Collins, and added a star to the top of the tree along with a clear rhinestone to the center. Here's a close-up....

The Hero Arts monthly challenges run for the first half of the month, and again for the remainder of the month, and winners are selected twice for each round of challenges. I've won all of the beautiful Hero Arts stamps you see on these cards by playing along, so grab your HA and play along! You have nothing to lose! All of the details are right here.

Thanks so much for checking in, and I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

If I failed to answer any of your questions with the information below, please feel free to email me and I'll get back to you with your answers :)


card 1

stamps -HA patterned hearts, SU! doily
paper - unknown pink dsp from LSS, vanilla
inks - versamark, ranger spun sugar
accessories - brown and white eps, SU! ribbon (R) twine, MS doily punch, HA pink heart gemstones, Quickutz die cut letters

card 2

stamps - HA/Studio Calico lattice backgrounder, SU! teeny tiny wishes, SU! hearts a flutter, Lawn Fawn my silly valentine
paper - black, vanilla
inks - versamark, versafine onyx black
accessories - white ep, ranger antique linen distress marker, self-adhesive decorative tape, black rhinestones, SU! hearts a flutter dies & heart punch, SU! fancy fan ef, vanilla & black ribbons, cream pearls

card 3

stamps - HA tree image H5629, HA Believe sentiment
papers - K&Co Floral Dreams, Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows (silver glitter), turquoise cs, white
inks - versamark, turquoise, turquoise marker
accessories - SB labels 25 die, MB star of wonder die, Crafty Cutts diamonds die, SB ribbon tag die, turquoise pearls, clear rhinestone, silver metallic ribbon


Irene said...

Hello Carol

Oh my what wonderful cards, they are truly beautiful. And I love the background technique for the second card.
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

All I can say is "WoW"! I don't even have my eyes open yet and you are knocking me out with all this creative brilliance! All three are pretty, but you have me dazed by that fancy fold tree.

Kim S said...

Such special touches on each card - I especially love the twine on the wide ribbon and the beautiful star on the tree.

LeAnne said...

WOW!!! These are gorgeous! That star and tree, though....the BEST!

jimlynn said...

WOWSERS on all three!!!! You've really been busy and I love each and every one of these. My favorite has got to be the first one! SO lovely and that big, wide ribbon is perfect.
Great cards!

Benzi said...

Wow! Carol, you are a card making machine. I love the ribbon treatment on the first card and the letters on the heart. The second with the trio of hearts is awesome. Ooh, you know I love that beautiful tree and star. It's a beauty. Well done, my friend!!

StampTramps said...

Beautiful group of cards, Carol! And I see you've already got the first challenge done in the VCMP over at OWH - chevrons! Way to double up!

Darnell J Knauss said...

These are gorgeous, Carol. The Hero Arts cards should have you covered as winning ~ at least in my book!! A stunning Christmas card, too!!

Janice M said...

Great cards Carol!! Love that first one with the doily in the BG alot!!

Cherie from PA said...

Oh WOW! I love all your cards. Very beautiful art work! I really love the tree card with the teal and silver together.

JD said...

All great cards, I really like the background in your second card...Beautifully done!

Dixie Cochran said...

Oh. My. Goodness. These are the best cards! Just beautiful! I love the turquoise gems on your silver tree. Perfection!

Donna Hanley said...

Three gorgeous cards, Carol. I really love the technique you used on the second card. It looks like the papered was actually printed in those colors. That tree in your last card is just stunning, but my favorite has to be the first card. That card just exudes love and romance and I'm always for romance. Outstanding job on all three, my friend.

Shannon White said...

Goodness!!! you are on a roll!! These are all Fabulous Miss Carol!! And it would be way too hard to pic a favorite! You already know I am a Sucker for hearts, but I Adore Christmas Too!! So I am just Loving all of these beauties! Wowie!! 8-)