Monday, July 16, 2018

Hero Arts Peony with a Crazy Color Combo

Hi you guys!

I know, I've been... not here. This summer has been wild and wooly (and not in a "I've been living at the beach" kind of way) and I have not had as much time to create as I would like. Still, I am grateful for the time that I do get and this past weekend I got to do some really fun things so I can't wait to catch you up on that (amazing classes with Dina Wakley on gelli printing and creating transparent layers in the media journal-it was epic!). 

For today I've got a card to share. I colored this flower last month when I was participating in Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I finally had time to turn it into a card and here it is...

The flower is colored with Copic Markers in the following colors: BV00, B02, B41, BG01, V00, RV23, YR61. The leaves are colored with YG41, BG10 and BG23.
#mariawillis, #cardbomb, #cards, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #paper-garden, #papercraft, #cardmaking, #heroarts, #copics, #copicmarkers #flower, #congratulations

After coloring and die cutting my flower and leaves out I layered them on top of some gorgeous pearlescent paper from Paper Garden that I die cut with the Papel Picado Confetti die (Hero Arts). A while back Paper Garden sent me some gorgeous paper to sample and this paper is truly beautiful! After that I heat embossed my sentiment in white on black cardstock and adhered everything with foam adhesive. 
#mariawillis, #cardbomb, #cards, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #paper-garden, #papercraft, #cardmaking, #heroarts, #copics, #copicmarkers #flower, #congratulations

I added a few sequins to finish the card off and called it good. Ok, that is it for today! I'm going to take some pictures of what we did in Dina Wakley's classes this past weekend and I will be back soon to share it all.

Have an awesome day!
Maria





Wednesday, July 11, 2018

New Distress Oxides are Available Now!

Surprise, surprise!! Tim Holtz just released set number four of his amazing Distress Oxide inks! If you follow my blog at all you have definitely seen these in action but if you are new and haven't seen them before... They are truly amazing inks! They have the properties of both dye and pigment inks mixed into one ink. You can stamp or blend with them just as you would a normal ink but when you add water to these inks things start to get a little crazy (crazy amazing!). These inks oxidize when they are combined with water and you can get some really cool effects by doing this. You can also layer these inks because of their pigment ink qualities. This gives you opportunity to create in ways that you never could with regular dye inks. I'll share a couple of cards that I've made using Distress Oxide inks in the past but first let me share the link to the new set of inks as they are sure to sell out fast. 

Ranger is offering a FREE Tim Holtz bag to carry your inks in as well as FREE SHIPPING so snatch up this deal on the double! I just ordered mine and the other thing I added to my order was the new Alcohol Lift Ink which I cannot wait to get my hands on! 


#distressoxideinks, #timholtz, #newdistressoxides, #newrelease, #ink, #rangerink, #cardbomb, #alcolholliftink, #cards, #stamp, #paper, #papercraft, #technique,     #distressoxideinks, #timholtz, #newdistressoxides, #newrelease, #ink, #rangerink, #cardbomb, #alcolholliftink, #cards, #stamp, #paper, #papercraft, #technique,



Ok! Here are a few examples of cards that I've made using the Distress Oxide inks in previously released colors.

This background for this seal card was made by sponging, blending and watercoloring with Distress Oxides.
#distressoxideinks, #timholtz, #newdistressoxides, #newrelease, #ink, #rangerink, #heroarts,  #cardbomb, #alcolholliftink, #cards, #stamp, #paper, #papercraft, #technique,

This bright background was created by blending the Distress Oxide inks and that spritzing with water to oxidize the ink.
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Both of these octopus cards were created by blending Distress Oxide Inks, spritzing with water, spritzing with Distress Spray and repeating the process multiple times. The effect is really cool in person as the background has texture from the Distress Spray. I wish you could touch it and feel for yourself!
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#distressoxideinks, #timholtz, #newdistressoxides, #newrelease, #ink, #rangerink, #cardbomb, #alcolholliftink, #cards, #stamp, #paper, #papercraft, #technique, #heroarts


This background was made by using the Ink Smooshing technique with Distress Oxides.
#distressoxideinks, #timholtz, #newdistressoxides, #newrelease, #ink, #rangerink, #cardbomb, #alcolholliftink, #cards, #stamp, #paper, #papercraft, #technique,


These two were ink blended and then both lightly misted and heavily splattered with water.
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This last card was ink blended and then I flicked water onto the background at an angle to make the drops appear like falling rain. In this card you can really get an idea how these just blend like butter. They are so smooth and forgiving to work with and I love the chalky, matte finish they have (with no chalky residue!).
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Ok, guys! That's it for today! If you want to check out any of Ranger's other amazing products I will leave you with the link below. Enjoy and have an amazing day!

Maria

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hero Arts: June My Monthly Hero Kit & Add-ons

Hi guys! I hope you all are doing well and getting lots of crafting time in. I have been a wild woman this past week. My son got out of school and got his first job! We've been so busy with paperwork and meetings and shopping for his work uniforms (among other things) that I haven't had much time to craft or even to blog the things I made weeks ago. I do have some AWESOME  news though! 

I started out the month playing along with Kathy Racoosin's 30 day coloring challenge (and fell off the bandwagon when life struck but that's ok!). A while back I realized that her Coloring Challenge Road Trip would be at Hero Arts which is only a couple of hours away from me! I was so excited at the possibility of attending and then so bummed when I realized that I was too late and the event was full. I decided to message Kathy to see if there was a waiting list. Today I heard back from Hero Arts and there is room for me to attend! That means that this coming Saturday I will be spending the day at Hero Arts with an amazing group of crafty people. We will just color all day long and apparently eat turkey sandwiches for lunch. Woohoo! So, this is the perfect chance for me to share some of the projects I've made recently using Hero Arts products.

This card features the June My Monthly Hero kit and one of the add-on sets called Seal of Approval. This card was custom ordered for a boy (Ethan) who was turning ten. 
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #heroarts, #mymonthyhero, #beach, #ocean, #sea, #seal, #timholtz, #distressinks, #distressoxideinks, #cards, #cardmaking, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft,

I sponged the sand and stamped the ocean with Distress Oxide inks. I wanted a softer look to the ocean so before stamping the second and darker layer of water, I spritzed the inked up stamp to oxidize the ink. I was happy with the way it blended into the larger body of water. Instead of stamping the third layer of water with the finest detail in ink... I decided to use my White Puff Embossing Powder from Wow Embossing to add some sea foam to the top of the water. I love how that embossing powder adds life and texture to the card. I watercolored the sky with Distress Oxides and stamped the clouds in white pigment ink. The clouds weren't bright enough for me so I used a white gel pen to outline the tops of them. Last, I stamped the birds in gray archival ink. 
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #heroarts, #mymonthyhero, #beach, #ocean, #sea, #seal, #timholtz, #distressinks, #distressoxideinks, #cards, #cardmaking, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft,

Now, since this card was for a ten year old I decided to make it interactive and I rigged a little mechanism on the side to make the ball bounce around a little. Here's what it looks like when it's in motion...




It's pretty basic but apparently Ethan loved it and that is all that matters. It was pretty simple to make but I wanted to share a picture of the guts of the card so that you could see what I did. After coloring the ball with Copic markers I used a hole punch to punch out a hole that was smaller than the ball. I wanted the ball to have room to move without the hole being visible from the front of the card. I put a small piece of foam adhesive on the back of the ball and fit the adhesive through the hole that I had punched. Then I used a 1/4" strip of cardstock to connect two circles that I had punched out with punches (but you could also dies or cut by hand). I attached the larger circle to the foam adhesive on the back of the ball and placed it so the smaller circle would stick out the side to move the ball around. Then I used foam adhesive to create a channel for the mechanism to sit inside, added adhesive to the rest of the card and attached it to my card base. 
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #heroarts, #mymonthyhero, #beach, #ocean, #sea, #seal, #timholtz, #distressinks, #distressoxideinks, #cards, #cardmaking, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft,

My seal was also colored with Copic Markers. Ethan's name was created by die cutting the letters out of paper that was sponged with color. I taped off the bottom half of the letters and used the Sand Embossing Powder that came in the kit to heat emboss the top of his name. You can't see it in the photo but the sand EP has quite a bit of copper in it and it gleams like Fool's Gold. It's a really cool product!
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #heroarts, #mymonthyhero, #beach, #ocean, #sea, #seal, #timholtz, #distressinks, #distressoxideinks, #cards, #cardmaking, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft,

This set made it so easy to create a gorgeous beach scene that I am sure I'll be using it often in the future.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #heroarts, #mymonthyhero, #beach, #ocean, #sea, #seal, #timholtz, #distressinks, #distressoxideinks, #cards, #cardmaking, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft,

I'm going to enter this card into the A Blog Named Hero monthly challenge. The theme for this month is Summertime Fun and I think this card fits the theme.

#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #heroarts, #mymonthyhero, #beach, #ocean, #sea, #seal, #timholtz, #distressinks, #distressoxideinks, #cards, #cardmaking, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft,


Alright, y'all. It is late in my neck of the woods and I need to head off to bed now. Thank you so much for stopping by and I will see you back here soon.

Have an awesome day!
Maria

















Thursday, June 14, 2018

Waffleflower Crafts Meets Tonic Nuvo Mousse Background

Hey guys! Guess what? I have a new blog header...did you notice? I don't make big changes very often and the colors in my new header make grin stupidly so I'd say I'm pretty happy with it (Thank you for the pretty work Fancy That Jane!).

Today I want to share a card I made using a set from Waffleflower Crafts called Bouquet Builder 1 Combo. I love these long stemmed buds of flowers and I decided to color them in using my Copic markers (I can't remember which colors I used-I'm sorry!). 

#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudiosusa, #tonicstudios, #nuvo, #nuvoembellishmentmousse, #copics, #waffleflowercrafts, #technique, #color, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft, #cardmaking,

I wanted to do something different for the background so I decided to try sponging on some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse with a sponge dauber. I started by embossing my background piece. Then I light sponged the mousse over the raised areas of the background to make them pop (and shine because this mousse is so glimmery!). I got a little heavy handed in the bottom corner but overall, as long as I was careful, this technique was pretty easy to pull off.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudiosusa, #tonicstudios, #nuvo, #nuvoembellishmentmousse, #copics, #waffleflowercrafts, #technique, #color, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft, #cardmaking,

Here's a close up of those gorgeous flowers... even the stems and leaves are beautiful. I colored and die cut two sets of flowers and then layered them to get a fuller look. 
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudiosusa, #tonicstudios, #nuvo, #nuvoembellishmentmousse, #copics, #waffleflowercrafts, #technique, #color, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft, #cardmaking,

Here's a last look look at the full card. Have you tried out this Nuvo Embellishment Mousse yet? This was my first time using it and I found it really easy to work with. I just ordered a few more colors because there's a lot you can do with it. Aside from sponging it onto your cards, you can also use it with a mask like texture paste, watercolor with it, or even make your own custom spritzers with it. It's pretty cool stuff and I'm looking forward to playing around with it more now that I have more colors. I will add a link below just in case you're interested in picking some up for yourself.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #tonicstudiosusa, #tonicstudios, #nuvo, #nuvoembellishmentmousse, #copics, #waffleflowercrafts, #technique, #color, #stamp, #ink, #paper, #papercraft, #cardmaking,


Alright folks, it's late and I have work tomorrow. Even crazier than that, my son has his first job interview tomorrow and I need to go make sure I don't have to iron a shirt for him (Update: I ironed four shirts...). Fingers crossed he gets the job!


Good night!
Maria

mariawillis@hotmail.com


PRODUCT SUPPLY LIST:
-Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
-Tim Holtz 8.5" / 22cm Trimmer


Friday, June 8, 2018

#TGIFC163 - Sketch Challenge

Hello everybody and welcome back for another fabulous TGIF Challenge! I'm sad to say that this will be my last week with the TGIF Design Team. If you follow my blog then you know that I've resigned from Stampin' Up! so that I can expand my creativity and use products from all of the amazing stamp and craft companies out there. TGIF is a team that is made of SU Demos. As I am no longer a demo I am stepping down from the design team. I am excited for my new crafty adventures but this design team holds a special place in my heart as all of the members are really wonderful human beings. I will miss creating alongside them.

This week we've got an awesome Sketch Challenge for you! Here's my take on it using a new stamp set from SU's new catalog. The set is called Sea of Textures and has a matching set of dies that is pretty epic! I started out by watercoloring my background and a bunch of extra pieces of paper to cut my shells and coral from. Then I layered a piece of vellum over the background and started arranging my pieces.
#cardbomb, #stampinup, #cards, #watercolor, #seaoftextures, #octopus, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #stamping, #art, #ocean,

Here you can see close up of the gorgeous die cut pieces. The sand dollar is really cool bc you can pop the center out or leave it in. 
#cardbomb, #stampinup, #cards, #watercolor, #seaoftextures, #octopus, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #stamping, #art, #ocean,

The sentiment is heat embossed in white embossing powder and I added a blue sea star to the banner to anchor it to the design. If you look closely, you can see that behind the seagrass I added some blue dots for detail with an alcohol marker.
#cardbomb, #stampinup, #cards, #watercolor, #seaoftextures, #octopus, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #stamping, #art, #ocean,

The octopus is stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink and heat embossed in clear. He's such a cool looking guy and I like that it looks like he is walking across the sea floor. 
#cardbomb, #stampinup, #cards, #watercolor, #seaoftextures, #octopus, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #stamping, #art, #ocean,


That's it for today you guys! If you'd like to see what the rest of the Design Team has done with this sketch then head on over to the TGIF Challenge Blog! Here's a graphic of the sketch for you to check out. If you've got a great idea on how to interpret it then please play along with us this week!


Bye guys! I'll be back with another fun post in the next day or so. 

Have an amazing day!
Maria

mariawillis@hotmail.com



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Moon Men- You're Outta This World!

Hey Everybody! It's been a while since I've posted and I'm sorry for being a bit MIA. A lot has been going on in the last couple of weeks. I've been trying to knock things off of my "to-do" list and I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut-off. The end of "things to do" isn't really in sight but I'm so glad to have the time to say hi to you guys today. I have been crafting but haven't had time to photograph and blog much so I'm sorry I haven't been sharing here. 

Anyhow, on to today's card because I'm sure that's why you are here... And, I absolutely LOVE what you can do with the Nuvo Shimmer Powders that I used on this card! It was my first time using them and they are easy to use and you can get such a variety of gorgeous effects with them (video coming soon!). The shimmer powders made the perfect, magical background for the astronaut and planets from Reverse Confetti's Moon Men stamp set. I'll put a link to the Nuvo Shimmer Powders at the bottom of my post in case you'd like to pick them up for yourself.
#cardbomb, #simonsaysstamps, #reverseconfetti, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvoshimmerpowder, #moonmen, #watercolor, #art, #outerspace, #copics, #color, #paper, #stamping, #ink, #card, #cardmaking,

Here's a close up of the background. I started with a piece of watercolor paper and used just three colors of shimmer powder to create this background. I started out by tapping out some of the powder onto the dry paper and then I spritzed it until I saw the powder activating. Depending on how much water is on your paper you can tilt it back and forth to mix the colors, or, you can use a paint brush to drag them around to where you want them. 
#cardbomb, #simonsaysstamps, #reverseconfetti, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvoshimmerpowder, #moonmen, #watercolor, #art, #outerspace, #copics, #color, #paper, #stamping, #ink, #card, #cardmaking,

I colored my Moon Man and the planets with Copic Markers. I wish I could remember what colors I used... but I made this a few weeks ago and didn't make note of what I colored with before cleaning up my desk. 
#cardbomb, #simonsaysstamps, #reverseconfetti, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvoshimmerpowder, #moonmen, #watercolor, #art, #outerspace, #copics, #color, #paper, #stamping, #ink, #card, #cardmaking,

If you look closely at the purple planet you can see that I also added a little bit of the black shimmer powder to add some shading. It looks cool in real life bc it glitters when you move it. I heat embossed my sentiment in white added it to the card with foam adhesive.
#cardbomb, #simonsaysstamps, #reverseconfetti, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvoshimmerpowder, #moonmen, #watercolor, #art, #outerspace, #copics, #color, #paper, #stamping, #ink, #card, #cardmaking,

I used some awesome Crystal Clear Confetti sequins by Studio Katia to finish off the card. These sequins have a gorgeous iridescent look and have no hole in the middle which I love! It makes them so easy to adhere as you don't have to worry about glue seeping out the hole in the center. 
#cardbomb, #simonsaysstamps, #reverseconfetti, #tonicstudiosusa, #nuvoshimmerpowder, #moonmen, #watercolor, #art, #outerspace, #copics, #color, #paper, #stamping, #ink, #card, #cardmaking,

Before I go I'm going to enter this card into a couple of fun challenges
-Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Wedding/Anniversary (I would totally give this to my husband for our anniversary)

That's it for today you guys! I'm so glad to be back here. I hope you all have an amazing day today and I will be back soon (really, I promise, lol!)!

Maria
mariawillis@hotmail.com



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Nuvo - Shimmer Powder - Atlantis Burst - 1213n












Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bow Chicka-huahua!

Hey you guys! I feel like I haven't posted in for-ev-er! It's been just over a week since I've posted and although I made this card quite some time ago I haven't gotten my act together to write this post. I am still loving this Chihuahua set from Hero Arts. The sentiments absolutely kill me! Bow Chicka-huahua! And, get a load of this guys eye wink-it cracks me up every time I look at it!
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #simonsaysstamps, #ssswchallenge, #rangerink, #timholtz, #heroarts, #copics, #color, #distressoxideinks, #distressinks, #chihuahua, #cards, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #cards, #papercrafting, #creative, #handmade, #diy, #texture,

For this card I started out with a Hero Arts background stamp called Sunburst Bold Prints (CG732). I inked it up with some Distress Oxide ink. Before stamping it onto my paper I gave it a quick spritz of water to activate the ink. 
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #simonsaysstamps, #ssswchallenge, #rangerink, #timholtz, #heroarts, #copics, #color, #distressoxideinks, #distressinks, #chihuahua, #cards, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #cards, #papercrafting, #creative, #handmade, #diy, #texture,

The charming little chihuahua is from Hero Art's It's Fiesta Time (CG252) stamp set. I stamped him with black Memento ink and colored him with Copic Markers. I cut him out with the coordinating dies (DI494) and used foam adhesive to pop him up over the sentiment piece. 
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #simonsaysstamps, #ssswchallenge, #rangerink, #timholtz, #heroarts, #copics, #color, #distressoxideinks, #distressinks, #chihuahua, #cards, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #cards, #papercrafting, #creative, #handmade, #diy, #texture,

I finished the card off by adding a black mat and putting that on a card base of Island Indigo cardstock. The final touch was adding some black sequins in multiple sizes.
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #simonsaysstamps, #ssswchallenge, #rangerink, #timholtz, #heroarts, #copics, #color, #distressoxideinks, #distressinks, #chihuahua, #cards, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #cards, #papercrafting, #creative, #handmade, #diy, #texture,

I'm entering this card into this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (Click HERE to check out the challenge blog). This week's challenge is to use more than one stamp set and I've used two on this card. 

I'll be back soon! I've been playing around with Nuvo Shimmer Powder and that stuff is so amazing! I can't wait to share what I've made with you. 

Have an awesome day and I'll see you back here soon!

Maria
mariawillis@hotmail.com


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ay, Chihuahua! SSS Stencil Challenge

Hey you guys! So this week Simon Says Stamp has a killer challenge going on over at their Monday Challenge: Stencil It! The crazy-cool thing is that they've got the exact same challenge going on over at their SSS Wednesday Challenge! So, I'll be entering both of their challenges with this card. 
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #simonsaysstamps, #sssmchallenge, #ssswchallenge, #rangerink, #timholtz, #stencils, #heroarts, #copics, #color, #distressoxideinks, #distressinks, #distresscrayons, #chihuahua, #cards, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #cards, #papercrafting, #creative, #handmade, #diy, #texture,

I started out by watercoloring my background (watercolor paper) with Distress Ink and made sure I had some good layers on there. Then I grabbed my Tim Holtz stencils, my Distress Oxide Inks and blending tools and went to town. I also randomly stamped a musical background stamp (Stampin' Up!) in Black Archival ink all over the background. 
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #simonsaysstamps, #sssmchallenge, #ssswchallenge, #rangerink, #timholtz, #stencils, #heroarts, #copics, #color, #distressoxideinks, #distressinks, #distresscrayons, #chihuahua, #cards, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #cards, #papercrafting, #creative, #handmade, #diy, #texture,

The bottom of the card has a bit of a cobblestoned look to it. First, I sponged some Distress Oxide ink (Faded Burlap) using a Tim Holtz stencil. Then, I used the same stencil with the Antiqued Brass Distress Crayon add a layer of metallic goodness to the left sides of the "cobblestones." I wish you could see how it looks in person because it's way cooler in real life than in this pic. If you look closely you can see that I've also used a white glaze pen to add detail to the background of the card (cobblestones and edges of sponged details).
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #simonsaysstamps, #sssmchallenge, #ssswchallenge, #rangerink, #timholtz, #stencils, #heroarts, #copics, #color, #distressoxideinks, #distressinks, #distresscrayons, #chihuahua, #cards, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #cards, #papercrafting, #creative, #handmade, #diy, #texture,

This party animal dog from Hero Arts was so much to fun to color with my Copic markers. I also used part of the "It's fiesta time" sentiment to stamp "fiesta" repeatedly onto the background. I used a black glaze pen to darken up one of the "fiestas" as well as some of the music notes. I heat embossed my sentiment in white on black cardstock and popped that and the dog up on foam adhesive. 
#cardbomb, #mariawillis, #simonsaysstamps, #sssmchallenge, #ssswchallenge, #rangerink, #timholtz, #stencils, #heroarts, #copics, #color, #distressoxideinks, #distressinks, #distresscrayons, #chihuahua, #cards, #stamps, #ink, #paper, #cards, #papercrafting, #creative, #handmade, #diy, #texture,

This is really my first time getting crazy with stencils and it was so much fun! I've used them before for texture paste but that's about it. I was really glad to have a fun selection of Tim Holtz mini stencils to choose from to make this project. 

Ok, like I said at the beginning of this post I am excited to playing along with both of this week's Simon Says Stamp Challenges. Here are links to both of them. The SSS design teams are amazing so if you need a little inspiration go check them out!



Ok, guys, I'd better be heading off to bed now but thanks so much for stopping by! I'm linking to the products that I've used down below. If you're interested in picking anything up for your crafty stash I'd be so grateful to have you shop through my affiliate links below at no extra cost to you.

Have an awesome day and I'll be back here soon with another fun chihuahua card from this Hero Arts stamp set.

Bye for now!

Maria
mariawillis@hotmailc.com



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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Exciting Changes and a Mermaid Card!

Hi Everybody! I'm here with some pretty big news today. If you've followed my blog at all over the last few years then you know that I have been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator pretty much since I discovered stamping. Stampin' Up! is an amazing company and I'm so happy to have started my stamping journey with them. 

Lately, I have been branching out with my creativity and have been enjoying playing around with different inks and different brands of products. I have become really excited about some of these products and want to use, share and promote them. For this reason I have made the decision to resign from Stampin' Up! I will still be sharing my projects here on the blog, as well as on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. The difference is that going forward I will be using products from a wide variety of companies and brands. I believe that this will allow me to take my creativity to the next level and I am so jazzed to get started on this new journey. 

You will see me start using different inks and different media over the next couple of months and I hope you will like what you see. If you're curious about what products I am using, and where I am getting them, please head on over to my "Shop" page to see the companies that I am now affiliated with. I will do my best to share product links at the bottom of my posts as well.

I'll kick this news off by a sharing a card I made featuring some Hero Arts products. Hero Arts is an amazing company based in Northern California and it's located only a couple of hours away from me. I was able to visit their factory in March and it was pretty amazing! For this card I've used the Mermaid Kisses (CM160) stamp set and matching Frame Cuts (D1456).
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I used my Copic Markers to color in the mermaid and the fish. These markers are alcohol based and are amazing for getting a seamless blend in your coloring. I added a pearl to the mermaid's hand because it looked like she should be holding something.
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Have you noticed all of those fantastic little sea creatures delicately cut out to frame the background? That amazing die is called the D1385 Reef Border and Frame Fancy Dies (E). It really has incredible detail and was so easy to cut out (no paper tearing and it easily releases from the die).
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My background piece was made using the Hero Arts SA110 Mermaid Sea Waves Stencil on Shimmery White Cardstock. This stencil has such fun detail and I sponged over it using my Pool Party ink (Stampin' Up!) and sponge daubers and then spritzed over the whole thing with a light mist of Island Indigo ink. I popped each layer up on foam adhesive to give it some dimension and then splattered the whole thing with clear Wink of Stella to give it some sparkle.
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That's it for today you guys. I hope all of you Moms out there have an amazing Mother's Day!
See you back here soon!

Have an amazing day!

Maria
mariawillis@hotmail.com



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Thursday, May 10, 2018

OSAT: Red Carpet

Good Morning!
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Hey everybody! I'm back today with the OSAT blog hop crew and that means that you are in for a real treat! Our theme this month is on the "Red Carpet." The idea for this hop was for us to roll out some new products to get you all excited.

Unfortunately, my preorder has not arrived yet I'm going with the Red Carpet them and glamming it up! This card is pretty blinded out and certainly has enough personality for a red carpet (it's a bit crazy). I cut the MOM out of gold foil and backed it a slightly off-set layer of black to give it a shadow and make it pop off of the card. Right behind the letters my stamp is heat embossed in clear on water color paper and watercolored in Blackberry Bliss (which is a new/returning color). 
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The background of my card was heat embossed in gold and I added a few pink glitter embellishments to finish it off.
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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you'll keep on hopping along with me as I visit the rest of the OSAT design team. There's a full list of bloggers below so that you can hop along at your convenience.

Have an amazing day and I'll see you back here soon!

Maria
mariawillis@hotmail.com

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