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Rainbow & Ombré Stripes



You don’t wanna know how long it took me to figure out exactly HOW I wanted to achieve this striped effect; the end result is simple enough, but yes, there were some epic fails prior to getting to this point…


In the end, I could not sit on my hands… wanted the stars to stand out a wee bit more… Still debating whether or not it was a good move…

Thankfully, the recipient will never know the internal artistic struggle I endured; they will be occupied with cake (gotta love Jim Gaffigan!!!). *cheeky grin*

Sorry about the background noise on the audio; the Sound of Freedom was running exercises. I’m glad they practice.

Have a fab weekend!


Hero Arts & Basic Grey Blog Hop: Spice Market + a GIVEAWAY


Hello and welcome to the Hero Arts & Basic Grey Blog Hop! We’re sharing some Spice Market goodness with you! Gotta love the eye candy, eh?!

I have 3 card designs that I hope inspire:


The Spice Market collection features a great mix of colors and patterns…


I had to watercolor the peonies in the Lovely stamp set–borrowed the greeting from the Best Time Ever set and stamped it onto some vellum and stapled it on with the Tiny Attacher.


This one features mostly the papers and stickers from the 12 x 12 Spice Market Collection Pack but also an acetate die cut (amazing)–. I stamped the delicate lace border from the  Best Time Ever set along one edge of the top panel with Delicata Golden Glitz for a little bit of shimmer. It’s hard to see in the pic–a good thing, actually–but I 3D mounted the acetate die cut with these Kool Tak Clear Foam Adhesive Squares.



I thought the Large Petal Background stamp would look subtly sophisticated embossed with white on some of the patterned paper from the 12 x 12 Collection, and then I layered one of the pre-printed die cuts and white embossed a greeting onto some scrap black card stock.  It may look like I sewed the floral die cut but I cheated and just used a fine tip black marker. :)

Before you hop away, be sure to leave a comment here! Why? Well, because Hero Arts and BasicGrey will be giving away two complete Spice Market collections — including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps. The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, March 2. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning!



That’s a whole lotta paper crafty goodness, I tell ya’!

Your next stop is the extremely talented:

Tina Aszmus


Thanks for joining us on the hop and remember that if you get lost or there’s a busted link, you can always go back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the participating bloggers!

Happy hoppin’!



 The Hero Arts and Basic Grey Spice Market Collection are available at Ellen Hutson, LLC



Normally, I wouldn’t think to stamp a bunny, of all things, with black ink, but I think it suits him in this Easter greeting. *grin*

Had to coat the carrots with Stickles, and add a little bit of natural twine with the Tiny Attacher Tool to bundle ‘em up there on the wreath, too!

Can’t lie; I literally squealed when I saw this Happy Spring set at CHA–I love loVE LOVE the British style of it! It’s featured in today’s Hello, Monday, and part of a fab giveaway of Avery Elle’s new pigment inks!  Check out the video and CLASSroom post HERE!

Hope the above sparks another fun idea for you to create with that adorable set!

Hope your Mundane is anything but! *wink*




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