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Christmas in July?!

In Arizona, Christmas means 67 degrees and sunny. Sure, we want to dream of Christmas all year long, especially in July and August. This weekend, I started my Christmas Cards. Night scenes are some of my favorite to create because I like the think about where the light falls from a full moon. I was playing around with a bunch of my Christmas stamps from last year. Doodlebug and Simon Says stamps came together to make a kit last year that I just loved! It landed on my desk again and I pulled some Lawn Fawn and another Simon Says Stamp kit set and this baby was born.

Believe in the magic of Christmas

I did color the craters in the moon with prisma and polychromo pencils. I added a few lights in windows to keep the eye flowing through the image. Notice they are creating a natural triangle. it really also lights up because the brightness of the moon.

Have a fantastic week. Merry July and hopefully you enjoyed the card.

My blending combo for the sky in order moving out from the center of the moon: Old Paper, Iced Spruce, Evergreen Baughs, Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch and finally a little Black Soot on the edges to give the light some pop.

Keep Creating

Erika

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Hero Arts meets Lawn Fawn

I recently undertook the daunting task of making refrence books for my inventory of independent dies. While doing so,I realized I have a lot of interactive dies I have NEVER used. (Those suckers aint cheap). I think because they don’t come with written instructions, so I kinda don’t use them.

After this process of die cutting ALL my independent dies — I didn’t do the coordinating becuase they are all housed in the sleeves with the stamps and I would never get that task done. I took to task that I need to learn to use them and make some interactive cards.

I started with the reveal wheel – I have it, but didn’t take time to use it. As the days have passed, I have used many of these wonderful dies and have really enjoyed the time making fun interactive cards.

Well, Hero Arts July 2021 monthly kit release combined two things I really like. 1. GNOMES (I loved them before they were cool) 2. Interactive dies. When I got my kit I knew just which interactive die I wanted to use because it would allow me to add EVEN more cute images to the card because it is the magic double slider surprise from Lawn Fawn. (YouTube Video, if you need it.)

I was right the results were fantastic. I just love how it finished up. I know you can’t see them, but the sky also has pretty little shiny stars. I would also point out that because this is an interactive card, the gnome poking out from the notch, is only adhered to the front of the flap. Be careful when adding him or you can get glue on the slider and well, don’t ask me how I know, but the slider will indeed fail to slide. (see in written instructions that would be a good WARNING)

I found out after posting online that this very month (July 2021) that Hero Arts had a challenge every month and this month it is interactive. (Totally a but happenchance thing). I do hope you enjoy this card and maybe are inspired to join me over on the Hero Arts blog to make an interactiec card this month (it doesn’t have to use the MMH kit – but HA products are probably the right way to go… I mean I know they are because well…. they are awesome stamps.) Let me know what you think in the comments!

Blessings

Erika

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SIDE NOTE FOR MAUNFACTURERS: UH manufacturers while many of us are visual and I totally appreciate the YouTube videos, we need the written instructions too! I do really well with written instructions and actually prefer them to YouTube. (I even volunteer to be the content writer of said dies if you provide the dies.)

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MFT Color challenge

You may not know this but one of my favorite stamp companies, MFT stamps, is updating and adding new colors to thier line up.

The new colors are fantastic! Fire Coral, Butterscotch, Candied Yam, Caribbean Blue and Riffle Tower. I have been enjoying them as well as the revamp of some of my favorite classics Sour Apple, Field Day, Limelight, Field Day and Milk Chocolate.

This week’s color challenge included most of the new colors. The 161st challenge was to use Fire Coral, Butterscotch, Caribbean Blue, and Eiffle Tower.

I had a great time playing with the new and came up with this. Fun colors and this super cute image from Fast Track Friends came together and made this card.

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Koi, Oh Koi – Mix it up with multiple stamp sets

Stamps – Hero Arts -Lotus Flower, Koi Fish – Altenew Inks – Hero Arts ,Catherine Pooler, Tim Holtz, Copic Markers and Polychoromos colored pencils; Stencil – My Favorite Things

Have you ever had a moment when you get a new stamp set that you say, “Oh, Boy, I know what I want to do with that!” I love how this card did that!

I had two stamp sets show up on the same day and I had one of those moments. I opened my happy mail and set them out on my desk so I could put them in the storage sleeves and these two stamp sets, from Hero Arts and Altenew, popped an idea into my mind and Koi, oh Koi did I love it.

I did ink over the image of the koi to give it a look of being underwater. I thought it came out great when I used the “Pool” stencil from MFT to give the water a look of motion. Simply using an ink that is slightly lighter (TH Tumbled Glass) over the new Catherine Pooler Cummerbund ink that I used with the stencil. I did put the ink over the image of the koi. (Which made me nervous– but hey, it’s only paper right.)

It’s sometimes hard to imagine mixing stamp sets and stamp sets from different companies even more so when it comes to images. I try to stretch my stamps by mixing them with not only images from within a company line but look outside the company as well. In this example, it worked great.

I encourage you to make something and combine many companies images. It is fun and a great challenge.

Blessings,

Erika

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MFT Sketch Challenge

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Beautiful new release this month with NEW colors of ink and cardstock. Most of us have heard the Pantone colors being yellow and grey and of course I love that color combination. I decorated my house with these colors a few years ago.

Sketch Challenge this week was really cute and I love how quickly this card came together in my mind. I did spend time assembling this card once I had the idea and a few things changed from my original thoughts. That is something I love about sketch challenges. Well, all challenges really. I love that they are a “launching pad” for a creative session.

This was the sketch this week:


Every week there is a sketch challenge at My Favorite Things. Click here for more information.

Remember, you can always go back and use the previous sketches or other challenges to get your mojo flowing.

Blessings my friends!

Erika

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Superstar Card Contest

Well, it has rolled around again and I am going for it in two categories. Color Virtuoso and Clean and Simple. I am excited to share my creations for the contest. I am both proud of myself and I am nervous for getting back in the game. I’m also considering looking for a Design Team to join. It has been a while but I am in my own craft room again so that makes it a little more fun. I also know that I love working under deadlines and truth be told, I kinda miss it! So why not. I always loved working on DTs.

Enough about me, I wanted to share my cards for the Superstar Card Contest. So, here they are:

Coloring Virtuoso – I spent a lot of time making sure each house was different and adding texture to the buildings. I also had to alter the puppy to make him to not be itching his ear.

For the Clean and Simple Category, I used a set that is most often used as a “fall” card. Lots of orange and reds. I went another way. I also didn’t make a “fall” card. I really enjoyed making this card and sharing it. I am very happy with the result of this one.

There you go now I wait, with a flip floppy stomach. I don’t know why it makes me so nervous other than having another person judge your work 🙂 I like them and I know that’s all that matter but there is so much talent out there, so many better than mine. What I do know is you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂

Be blessed my friends!

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Day Three of the Coloring Challenge

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I am usually pretty pressed for time on Tuesday nights (I create mostly in the evenings) but when you have awesome products it helps. I love that Clearly Besotted gave me the cute backdrop with the stamps which of course extends it uses. I also just made the holly leaves in her hair into pedals. Finding the right sentiment was easy, just grabbed my Hero Arts bin of sentiments and these (which I got as part of a class on Online Card Classes) were perfect.

I used both Copic markers and Colored pencils to color in the images then inked the clouds using the My Favorite Things stencil. I think what I liked best was the use of grey on the mushrooms and rocks. I mixed cool and warm greys to achieve the depth. Anyway, that’s today! Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave a comment on your favorite coloring technique!

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Color Challenge 126 – Fallabulous

MFT Color Challenge – Erika Hayes, Paper Artist

Good afternoon Crafty Designers!

Seriously, these colors are fabulous together. I plan to use this combo a few more times over the next few days!!! So, what are these fantastic colors???!!!???

I love the little hint of gray in this color scheme. It was a beautiful idea so kudos to whomever chose that little bit of neutral niceness. If you get a chance to make a card with these lovely colors, be sure to enter the contest for a chance to win some MFT Cash Click HERE to pop over and see some of the other entries and maybe add your own!

Anyway, I have a lot more fun cards to post from other companies coming soon. A few you can look forward to… StampingBella, InkBlot , Rabbity Hole Designs(one of my newest favorite companies), Oh and the Simon Says kit of the month

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Happy Camper at MFT

I love challenges, and MFT has some of the best!

Last week was Summer Camp for My Favorite things.  They put up five different techniques and challenges and I happened to get them ALL DONE!  True!  Now I need to add them and share them.

The Challenges were:

  • Day 1 – Watercolor (Galaxy style – “You Mean the World to Me”
  • Day 2 – Resist (I used Tim Holtz resist spray – “High Tide or Low Tide”)
  • Day 3 – Slider Card – (MFT has the cutest slider stuff.  It makes it fun and easy “Hugs”)
  • Day 4 – Shaker Card (Gnome with adorable clay mushrooms from HIA “You Gnome Me”)
  • Day 5 – Glitter (The video added a little glitter to the sequin and I loved that idea.  I use a lot of glittery goodness, but to add just a touch is not always easy. “hello”

Anyway, here are the cards I made.

Day 1: Galaxy Watercolor
Day 2: Resist
Day 3: Slider Card
Day 4: Shaker Card
Day 5: Glitter Challenge
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Fri YAY!

Life has kept me pretty busy but yesterday I was able to sit down and create for a little while.  Here is what I came up with.

First, the card I made for my hubby for our 24th Anniversary. It is special because I have been a member of the Stamps of Life club for almost a year and this is the first set I have actually used.  (Thinking I may need to cancel that subscription,but the stamps are so cute… Who we kidding I just need to create with them more.)

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Next, I tackled the My Favorite Things Color Challenge.  I usually do the sketch challenge but I mixed it up a little.

The colors were: Blue Raspberry, Blue Yonder, Red Raspberry and Black Licorice.  I added the yellow because I liked it AND there was a LOT of blues and it needed to be broken up a bit. I also used a Wink of Stella on the sentiment to add a little sparkle.

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Then I was feeling like, hey let’s play with some embossing powder.  I am prepping for a class and thought what is something fun they might not do every day.  (I am an out of the box creator after all.)  I decided to play with rainbows and black. It POPS!  So after playing with my Distress Oxide Inks, I pulled out a rainbow of embossing powder and WHA-LA  this card happened.  (Needs refining but I like the concept behind it.) IMG_20180706_184039


I was on a roll, so I pulled out some stamps from My Monthly Hero Arts subscription, another one I love getting but rarely use…  I am a die hard MFT fan but I am really trying to get outside of only using Copic markers and MFT stamps.  I have invested too much money in the other stuff I have to ignore it.  (BUT I do really love MFT.)  I sometimes miss my job at FSJ too, they have a fantastic new catalog.  More on that later — but over 200 new products and new COLORS of Ink & Cardstock– much-needed colors!  LOVE the new stuff.  ANYWAY here are two from the HERO ARTS Monthly kits.  The first is the current monthly kit  (JUNE 2018)  the second is I think March of 2018, I’m not 100 % sure but I love the dies that came with that set.  That font is fantastic.

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Well, that’s what I came up with.  It was overall a good day with the paper and ink!  Have a happy weekend.