Die cutting, Heat Embossing, Hero Arts, Ink Layering, MFT, Stencils

Be a HERO, with a little Dad joke!

Okay, this sentiment is what made me buy this set. Honestly I was watching the Sunday Fun Day live at Scraps of Love when they showed this adorable set. They card they showed as an example had the dad joke “whale, whale, whale I heard it’s your birthday.” I laughed out loud. I knew I had to have this set for three reasons. 1. I love orcas most of all animals with the exception of Dash. 2. Dad joke. My kids are so funny they really love dad jokes–lucky for them, their dad has plenty. 3. Hero Arts has been my jam lately.

I paired the Color Layering Orca the Hero Arts Underwater Pillar die, made a watery background with the My Favorite Things perfect pool stencil and the Hero Arts school of fish background set to make this fun little card. I hope you enjoy it.

Please, leave a comment if you are so inclined.

Keep Crafting

Erika

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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.

Altenew LLC, Challenges, Colored Pencils, Copic Markers, Faber-Castell Polychromos, Hero Arts, Ink Layering, MFT, Paper Art, Self Challenge, Techniques, Uncategorized

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

Challenges, Copic Markers, MFT, Paper Art, Uncategorized

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!

Copic Markers, MFT

A special thank you…

COVID-19 has taught us many things, one being that we have amazing people willing to put themselves in harms way to help others. I have been awed at the people in the medical field that continue to get up and go to work each day. Not only them but our hard working friends in the grocery stores. I have made many cards to send out to some healthcare professionals and am working on making some for the others out there working to allow our country to continue to function – I also would like to say, I owned the stamps, but My Favorite things made digital images available for everyone to create with. Hop over there and find them on the blog (Click HERE)

All items to make this card were purchased at My Favorite Things Stamps
(exception Copic Markers and Polychrom Pencils)
https://mftstamps.com/

Not my best picture, but hope you enjoy!

30 day coloring challenge, Challenges, Copic Markers, Hero Arts, MFT, OCCStampHappy, Paper Art

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!

Challenges, Copic Markers, MFT

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.