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Sunday 8 April 2012

Hero Arts goes Blue

Hi Folks
Happy Easter to you all.  Unfortunately not quite the bright sunny Easter Sunday we would have liked.  Currently raining here and looks like it might be set for a little while.  With the extra day off tomorrow I am managing to get some crafting time in today.
I have been having a play around with one of my Hero Arts images.  This particular stamp is one of my newer purchases but I just love it.  It is so versatile and can be used for all sorts of occasions. The sentiment banner on it is blank so you can personalise it as you want.

I started by completing the image panel first. I stamped my Hero Arts stamp onto the center of some white card.  I then used my distress inks to blend in the blue colour all over the white card.  This was then spritzed with water to give a speckled effect.  Although you can't see it very well I also used another Hero Arts swirl stamp on the background. I kept brushing the stamp with water and stamping it onto the background.  This removed some of the distress ink leaving a subtle swirly image.
I followed the sketch over at Sketch Saturday to decide on the design of my card. The gingham panels create the frame image around the stamp.  Finishing touches were a sentiment which was die cut and some die cut flourishes added to it.  I die cut some butterflies and also added a bow, some pearls and a bit of doodling to the side panels.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - photo inspiration
Totally Papercrafts - Bingo (blue, ribbon, pearls)
Sketch Saturday - use sketch
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - To die for
A Blog Named Hero - use favourite Hero Arts product
Sweet Stampin - Dies and doodles
Catch the Bug - Anything goes
The Crafty Pad - Just die-delicious
Robyns Fetish - Anything goes

Thanks for popping by and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.  Might even pop out a bit later if the weather improves.  One of our local pubs always has a few live bands playing each bank holiday.  Trouble is the bands are on a covered stage in the beer garden.  Okay for the band as they are dry but not so good for the crowd lol.

Take care and hope to see you soon.


Unknown said...

Fab stamping Mags and the colour is beautiful. what a stunning card. Wow great work hugs Elaine

Daniele said...

gorgeous card Mags, I love the speckled look you get from spritzing water on the background
hope you've had a lovely Easter despite the weather

debbi taylor said...

lovely card, love the colour combination that you have chosen - thank you for joining in with the crafty pad challenge this week x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous Mags,love the layout.xxx

Deloris said...

Very pretty! Love the layout and colors.

I would like to invite you to enter your card in the new challenge at Great Impressions. The theme for April is Flowers.

Here's the link if you would like to check it out:

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous card Mags, I like the stamp, the design and the butterflies.
Kevin xx

Dawn said...

Die-liscious indeed! Thanks for playing at The Crafty Pad this week!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

Donna Mosley said...

Ooh! Mags, this is gorgeous hun. I love the image and very pretty details. Thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday.

Donna x

downrightcrafty said...

oh what a lovely creation, just love it, such an unusual layout but very eye catching
Hugs Kate xx
ps Happy Easter :)

Shelby said...

Gorgeous work! Love how you've framed up the image and the blues make for an incredibly striking card.


Venus said...

How cute! Very nice card! Thank you for sharing at the Crafty Pad


Venus said...

Want new craft supplies? I have a giveaway over here :-)



Kim said...

Very pretty, love the colors! Glad you could join us at Sweet Stampin this week.

Crafting Diva said...

Hi Mags stunning card love the blue tones and a great design hugs from diva

Carol Willis said...

Gorgeous card Mags, beautiful image.
Caz x

Teresa - My Crafty Heart said...

Hi Mags, Wow! What a fab card - great Hero Arts image, wonderful embellies & I love the little butterflies too, Have a great day, Hugs, Teresa x

marion said...

Gorgeous ! Happy Easter ! Hugs, Marion

Marianne's Craftroom said...

How pretty, love rhe stamp and lve rhe blues.

Sazzle said...

Mags this card is fab, loving the colour, the distress ink and the way you've made a from for your stamp too :-)

You're right about the weather, it's terrible isn't it?

xx Sazzle xx

Laurence said...

Just stunning..... a bit of a change to see a monochromatic blus card. Thanks for sharing it with us at Robyn's Fetish.


Chari Moss said...

Lovely Card.

Michelle said...

Beautiful card. I love the stamp and especially the butterflies. Stopping by to Thank You for joining us at The Robyn's Fetish.


Sarah said...

This is so pretty! The stamping is fabulous.

Thanks for joining us at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge.

Sarah x

Kim said...

I love your card! It is such a pretty blue! I love your blog too! It is so organized and easy to get around! : )

Linda said...

whaty a great card! it's so so pretty and just a lovely blue :)

Thank you so much for playing along with our challenge!

Good lucK!

A Blog Named Hero

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Really pretty card. Love the way you created the background.
Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week.
Caroline xxx

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous, love the shades of blue and details on your card. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week and good luck xx

HelenR said...

A gorgeous card, love the shades of blue. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week :) Helen x

Tammy Miller said...

Wow I just love your project! Thanks so much for joining our April Anything Goes at Catch the bug!
I hope you will join us again!

Jen Nelson said...

love that colour!!

thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday this week

jen xx

Tammy Miller said...

Wow I just love your project. thanks so much for joining our challenge t Catch the Bug, hope to see you again soon!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful card, thanks so much for playing along in our Anything Goes Challenge at Catch-the-Bug!