Destash for Charity II

Hello all! I'm popping in today with Round II of destash for charity!
Like previous "rounds" - the stamps and dies are mainly from Hero Arts. Also, since I was given all of this product for creative team work, I can't sell it. However, so that this destash is a win-win-win, I thought I'd introduce a benefactor, Mary's Meals.

Here's a short blurb (from their website) if you're not familiar with them:

Mary’s Meals is a global movement supported by people from many walks of life and different backgrounds.
Our vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.
Working together with those who share our vision, we believe there is no good reason why this cannot be realized.
Our mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time, or prayer, and through this involvement, provide the most effective help to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities.
We welcome all into the Mary’s Meals family and we believe everyone has something important to contribute to the realization of our vision.

I have some friends with close ties to the organization, I love it, and it's honestly one of the few charities I feel totally and completely confident in, so I thought this would be a great way to spread some stamping love! ALL the proceeds will be going to Mary's Meals, and right now,  every donation you make will be doubled through December 31, 2017.

Here's the goodies bundled up - ETA: only two left!

Each envelope has at least $100 worth of goodies, yours for 50. Also, each envelope has one exclusive My Monthly Hero stamp set and coordinating dies, if that's any incentive. ;)

I've had some great responses to my destashes, and I thank all of you. This one is even more important though, in that every donation is being matched! If you'd like to donate just 'cuz, well, that's just plain awesome! :)

Payment must be received within twenty four hours of confirmation, using Paypal friends and families. Once everything has sold, I will make the donation and post a screenshot or receipt of the donation to THIS fundraiser since I don't have a fancy button to do it for me haha.

E-mail me at ctprezzia15@gmail.com if you'd like one! First come, first serve.


Scrap Christmas Trees

I shared some shaped Christmas cards on the Hero Arts blog a couple weeks ago - they were a bit of a process to make, but I'm here today showing how to get two more quick cards in the same go!

The base is some pretty woodgrain cardstock splattered with a bit of water and black ink.

The tree uses the gorgeous Holiday Florals background, stamped in Versamark on red cardstock and heat embossed in White. Using the Fir Tree Infinity dies, I die cut the two largest trees for the Hero Arts blog post, and used the leftover 'scrap' here, with the center die cut using the next smallest tree die.
I mean, these are called Infinity dies for a reason - you can just keep cutting them inside of another until you're left with the smallest piece. ;)

I added a little bit of color to the die cut with a red ZIG pen in the little elements.

Same process for this card, except green cardstock and a green ZIG.
The sentiment, from Holiday Ornaments Stamp and Cut, was heat embossed in Gold, and then cut into strips and adhered to the card with dimensional adhesive.

Both cards are topped off with some golden stars, die cut with the Star Confetti die.

Pretty simple and quick! 
Thanks for stopping in and God bless!


Ink: Versamark; Hero Arts Black
Other: Hero Arts Gold and White embossing powders

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Star Confetti die and Fir Tree Infinity dies, paintbrush and water



Pink Christmas Tree

Happy Friday!
For today's card, I was shooting for those little fake pink trees look, but it might look a little too...pink? Ha!

I stamped the Classic Christmas Tree in Versamark, heat embossed in Gold, and colored in with Light Carmine and Pale Pink ZIG brushes.

I adhered the colored panel to a Blush card base, and added a little black strip of cardstock on the side.

In real life, this tree is so pretty - I covered it with clear Stickles, and it really shines! After the Stickles died, I heat embossed a sentiment from Poster Christmas Carols in Gold, cut it out, punching the corners with a hole punch to get inverted corners, and adhered it on top.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels white, Bazzill Black Licorice, Hero Arts Blush Layering Papers
Stamps: Hero Arts Classic Christmas Tree and Poster Christmas Carols
Ink: Versamark, ZIG Light Carmine and Pale Pink
Other: Hero Arts Gold embossing powder and clear Stickles

Tools: heat gun


November Inspiration

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with Jessica, showing some of the add-ons from November's My Monthly Hero kit...

The kit is already sold out, but there's still some great options with the add-ons! If you managed to snag yourself a kit, here's a sneak at a project I made for the countdown - full details HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!


Watercolor Northern Lights + VIDEO

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts November 2017 My Monthly Hero Arts blog hop!

The main kit stamp set is super fun, and I've already made a card and a tag using it - see them on the Hero Arts blog HERE.
For today though, I wanted to play with an add-on stamp set, Winter Animals. I got stuck on the idea of using the Northern Lights with the animals, and it was just too easy to make a trio of cards using different animals.

I started by creating the backgrounds, a watercolor mixture of Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers. Watch my video (at the end of the card pictures) to see how.

After I heat set the watercolored background, I added some "stars" by flicking Hero Arts Unicorn spray, and then heat embossing them with clear Sparkle embossing powder. This way, I didn't have to wait for them to dry or risk the white fading if I heat set it. 
Also, if I have any excuse to put that sparkle embossing powder on a project, you'd better believe I'll use it. ;)

I created the "middle ground" (not sure if that's the technical term, but it's what I'm going with!) by die cutting the pretty one of the Snowy Drifts out of some black cardstock, and then heat embossing black powder over it. This gives it some pretty shine and also helps it stand out from the foreground.

The foreground was Hero Arts black cardstock, prepped with anti-static powder. I particularly like using the Hero Arts black cardstock for this black-on-black look, as the cardstock isn't super black and the embossing can stand out from it.

I then stamped trees from Winter Silhouettes and critters from Winter Animals in Versamark, and then heat embossed with the Black Detail powder. Be careful with this stuff - its reach is as bad far as glitter!

The sentiment is from Wonderful Stamp and Cut, heat embossed in White. Once I had all my layers finished, I just trimmed them down and adhered them to watercolor card bases.


Watch how I made the card, including the watercolor background, here...

(If you are having problems viewing this video, please try watching it HERE in HD on You Tube)


This month's kit includes:
  • 6x8 Clear Set
  • 4 Tag Dies
  • 4 Shaped Dies
  • 60 Assorted Gift Tags (ornament, star, tree & snow flake: colored, kraft, white)
  • 10 yards of red & white baker's twine
  • 2 Delicata Ink Cubes (Golden Glitz + Celestial Copper)
The value of the kit is $72, but it is sold at $34.99.
The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!


For inspiration and a chance to win this month's kit, hop along with us!
  May Park 


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero Arts will reimburse them if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, November 12th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.


Cardstock: Canson watercolor and Hero Arts black cardstock
Stamps: Winter AnimalsWinter Silhouettes and Wonderful Stamp and Cut
Ink: Versamark; Tim Holtz Chipped SapphireBroken ChinaCracked PistachioMermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers
Other: Hero Arts Whiteclear Sparkle and Black Detail embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Tim Holtz blending tool, water, paintbrush, Hero Arts Snowy Drifts die