Monday, October 5, 2015

I Had Grand Plans

I had grand plans for this weekend.

I was going to get half of my Christmas cards done at a crafty retreat with some friends this weekend. I cut up some cardstock, pre-stamped a few things, packed things carefully (including determination) and headed off.

Five days later - the box of supplies still has not been opened. It was just hard to focus with all the giggling and Periscoping and borrowing other people's stamps, and spilling things all over the table, and using InstaKitty to put cats on people.

However, I DID open another box, and that was this adorable Hero Arts kit with a layering poinsettia.

You know I'm a complete freak for layering sets, and this kit was wicked fun. It came with five of the mini ink cubes (perfect for using with the MISTI since it's a layering set), dies, stamps and embellishments.

They have a really good guide in the package in full color to help you line the stamps up and the whole thing comes in a little plastic envelope with a snap that's about the size of a business envelope. There's another smaller envelope inside with a snap too that holds the embellies and the dies. I loved the packaging almost as much as the stamps. (I'm weird like that.)

This fun little bundle was the only thing that enabled me to make a single, finished card in five days of creative chaos and I really enjoyed it, so I am participating in a little hop about it today. Here's a walkthrough that will explain the contents better than I did :).

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Love the teeny leaf dies - I put those down on the cardstock and then popped the two poinsettias up over them. I sponged the edges of the flowers and the leaves withe the darkest red and green of the four with a Fantastix. The sentiment and the rhinestones are from the kit.

 Now you should see what everyone else did with the kit, so please check out their work below. I got to see Kathy's card in real life and it's amazing. The soft pinks she got with her second generation stamping are really beautiful.

Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Jayne Nelson
Joan Bardee
Kathy Racoosin
Libby Hickson
Lydia Fiedler
Mariana Grigsby
Sandy Allnock
Suzanne Dahlberg
Wanda Guess
Yana Smakula

Also - I have the winner of the Online Card Classes Class from this post - so see if there is some beautiful watercoloring in your future!

Here's my winner! Please use the link in the sidebar to email me.

Email me with the link in the sidebar and I'll hook you up!

Have a great week.



  1. I like the peekaboo window for the sentiment

  2. Yay, I'm so glad you had fun with your kit, Lydia! And what an accomplishment to actually get you to finish a card at the retreat! :-D Love your card, and love YOU!!!

  3. Aha! So I'm not the only person ever to attend a fabby gathering of stampy friends and yet "not" create what I had intended to create from that seriously-time-taking-painfully-thought-out-pre-planning&packing!!!!
    Thank you!!! #andwelcometotheclub

  4. What a cute and simple card - elegance!

  5. Sweet!!! Love the round window adorned with very pretty poinsettias!

  6. Beautiful card! I loved watching all of the videos and photos that were being posted from the retreat. It looks like you all had a fabulous time!

  7. I love the card.. but I also love the periscopes at the retreat.. you and your gal pals had a blast.. and your zombie making abilities are out of this world.... but what you did with the card is a fab idea.. love the window idea... have an awesome day!!!


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